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22 September 2017

Politics: Politicians from PDI-Perjuangan and Golkar are again attempting to taint a chair of the Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) as a corrupter.  In fact, the accusations against Agus Rahardjo sorely lack credence – but a police case is nonetheless conceivable (Page 2).  Perhaps cognizant that the shrill anti-KPK antics of Masinton Pasaribu threaten to harm the party’s image, PDI-P officials removed him as vice chair of the Special Committee (Pansus) on Censuring the KPK.  But PDI‑P’s stance on the commission remains unchanged (p. 3).  KPK officials are examining the medical records of Golkar Chair Setya Novanto, who again missed an interrogation session – in order to undergo surgery to implant a heart ring (p. 4).  Sectarian protesters besieged NGO activists whom they falsely denounced as communists.  Only after hours of skirmishing with tear gas and water cannon were police able to clear the streets and evacuate the activists (p. 4).

Justice: A district chief argued that selling appointments and promotions is a longstanding tradition, but judges nonetheless sentenced her to 11 years in prison (p. 9).  The listed tollroad operator PT Jasa Marga suspended an employee who allegedly gave a Harley-Davidson to a state auditor (p. 9).  After barbiturate‑laced drinks hospitalized elementary‑school children in Kendari, police nabbed a nation‑wide supplier (p. 9).

Regional Elections: National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas Ham) Chair Natalius Pigai accuses senior police of skullduggery in maneuvers ahead of the Papua gubernatorial race next year (p. 8).  Bandung’s mayor garnered endorsement (p. 9).

Policy News: Under a new government regulation (PP), tax officials intend to ag­gressively pursue Tax Amnesty participants deemed in breach of their agreements (p. 10).

Infrastructure: Regional governments along the proposed route of the Jakarta‑Bandung fast train have designated locations for the planned track.  Project officials are optimistic that this will enable land acquisition to accelerate (p. 11).

Appointments: Police seek Rp1 trillion in budget funds for an anti-corruption detachment with 500 personnel present in all provinces.  Genuine anti-corruption work by government law-enforcement agencies is long overdue – but, in this case, pitfalls abound (p. 11).


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