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Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs powerful KPK

  • Budi Kurniawan

Canberra   /   Wed, December 7 2011   /  09:38 am

In his article that appeared in the Nov. 28, 2011 edition of The Jakarta Post, House of Representatives member Fahri Hamzah argues that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is a very powerful institution in a democratic regime.

He further emphasizes that there should be no strong institution or superbody in democratic countries.

However, there is a fallacy in Hamzah’s point of view. The main point is the way Hamzah thinks about democratic regimes. Could democratic countries form strong institutions like the KPK?

The key element of democracy is the supremacy of law. There are no democracies without supremacy of law.

In some countries, an era of transitional democracy indeed creates more massive corruption in the absence of the supremacy of law.

Olson in Power and Prosperity (2002) finds an increase in the number of corruption cases in new dem...