When the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) was established in 2003, people in Indonesia was very happy because we finally have a powerful law enforcement agency with full authority, including Investigation and Prosecution, to fight corruption seriously.
Under the leadership of Antasari Azhar, KPK was so strong that it jailed former top officer of the central bank (Bank Indonesia) who was the father in law of President SBY and investigated the case of mysterious voters during the General election and Presidential election in 2009.
Those successes ended when the Police and the Attorney General Office accused Antasari of masterminding the murder of a director of a state owned company, and South Jakarta District Court sentenced Antasari to 18 years in prison last year.
Many people refused to believe the criminal charges against Antasari. They said that the authority wants to get rid of him because KPK has been uncontrollable.
Especially that during the Court trials there were some strange things : the other suspects including a Police Colonel and witnesses including former Chief of Police Detective denied the charges against Antasari.
The forensic expert who examined the condition of the body of murdered person said that the body was manipulated when it was brought to him.
After that, the KPK became a "Paper Tiger".that has very strong authority based on the KPK Law No.30/ 2002 but cannot implement them because it has no strong leader.
Efforts to eradicate the KPK became more transparent after the Speaker of the House of Representatives Marzuki Alie, a top leader of the ruling Democrat Party, told reporters that KPK must be disband if it cannot find a leader.
This statement was criticized by politicians, other public figures and members of the society.
In my opinion, as a Speaker of the House of Representatives Marzuki Alie has no right to say such kind of anti-people and pro-corruption statement.
I hope that said statement would not not slow down KPK's efforts to eradicate corruption in Indonesia. ..