As many as 106 professors from various universities in Indonesia signed a joint statement to refuse the revision of Law No. 30/2002 on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
The statement letter was sent to President Joko Widodo on Sept. 11 to call him out to reconsider his decision on the Law revision. Head of the Indonesian University Professor Association (Pergubi) Gimbal Dolok Pasaribu said the professors did not want the President’s decision to bring the country into the lower point.
“We hope the revision is reconsidered fully. We can’t stand to see our country is damaged by irresponsible people,” Gimbal said during the press conference at Red and White Building on Friday (Sept. 13).
Gimbal said the letter to the President conveyed several points. First, the educators said the revision was too hastily done and lacking accountability and public participation. Secondly, they refused any revision and change of the Law that will potentially weaken KPK.
“We also ask the President to reject the revision because it goes against the President’s vision and mission on corruption eradication work and his commitment as the top commander of corruption eradication efforts in this country,” he said.
Previously, during the meeting of Pergubi delegation with KPK Chairman Agus Rahardjo and Deputy Chair Laode M. Syarif, Gimbal said the professors had a lengthy discussion on the situation faced by KPK.
“We continued to discuss every day, because we feel obliged to contribute,” said Pergubi Secretary General Prof. Muhammad Arif.
Agus Rahardjo said he appreciated the visit and support of the professors, adding that he hoped the President heeded the call. “Thank you for the support, hopefully our wish will be met soon,” he said.