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This added to the controversies surrounding the KPK under Firli, including reduced efforts to crack down on graft cases in place of focusing on preventing corruption and meetings between leaders and state organizers that have sparked outcry from activists over the fear of compromising the antigraft agency’s integrity.Critics of the current commissioner’s performance also came following attempts to defang the KPK, most notably by stripping the antigraft agency of most of its powers with a repudiated revision to the KPK Law passed last year. The move had eroded public trust in the previously doted-upon KPK, as seen from several public surveys.“If the public no longer believes in the KPK [because of the Firli controversy], it is better for him to resign as the head of the KPK, but I think it will be difficult because asking him to resign from his position as a police officer has been difficult as well,” Kurnia said, referring to Firli’s refusal to resign from the National Police despite concerns of a conflict of interest.Kurnia noted that People’s Consultative Assembly Decree No. 6/2001 on national ethics stipulated that state officials who violated the political and governing ethics, including being honest and modest, should step down from their position.Gadjah Mada University Center for Anticorruption Studies (Pukat UGM) director Zainal Arifin Mochtar also lambasted the supervisory board’s sluggish and secretive handling of the alleged ethical violation reported by the public.He noted that the supervisory board only announced it had summoned Firli for questioning without disclosing whether or not Firli had been found to have committed ethical violations.Read also: Supervisory council questions KPK chairman over alleged ethics violationAdditionally, the activists said the board had been quiet in responding to the other ethical violation reports.Zainal suggested that the public resort to other institutions, such as the Indonesian Ombudsman or the Civil Servants Commission, to report other alleged ethical violations.Alternatively, he said the government needed to establish a new body to fight graft to make the KPK obsolete, noting how the KPK Law revision, which also established the supervisory body, was causing the poor performance of the antigraft agency.“If needed, we can ask whoever the president is in 2024 to establish a new KPK, […] because we have to seek other ways to breathe life back into the antigraft agency,” he said during the discussion.KPK spokesperson for law enforcement Ali Fikri did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s inquiries on activists’ calls for Firli to step down from his position. But he brushed off the critics saying the Supervisory Council had carried out clarification procedures and that the process was still ongoing. Topics : “Can we still trust the KPK leaders? If not, we can use this momentum to rebound to save the KPK,” he said in a discussion held by Indonesia Corruption Watch on Wednesday.KPK chairman Firli Bahuri was recently under fire for his alleged “hedonistic lifestyle” after he was known to take an expensive helicopter ride to his hometown in Baturaja, South Sumatra on a personal trip last month. The Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) had filed Firli’s alleged ethics violation with the agency’s Supervisory Council, which later questioned him over the report.Read also: Activists slam KPK for discussing raise for leaders amid declining public faithIndonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Kurnia Ramadhana urged Firli to step down from his position as the latter had been at the center of the controversies. Moch. Fiqih Prawira AdjieAntigraft activists have called for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri to step down from his position as part of “drastic measures” to save the agency and the fight against graft in Indonesia amid controversies and what they claim to be a lackluster performance by the agency.Former KPK commissioner Bambang Widjojanto urged for new commissioners amid declining public trust in the agency.
Wenger accepts the decisions of the independent panel may in some cases be difficult to understand, but believes in what they stand for. “It is a decision we have to accept,” said Wenger, whose side were knocked off the top of the Barclays Premier League by Chelsea after they were thrashed 5-1 at Liverpool. “This decision is questioned, and people who make these decisions can answer these questions, I do not know why they made the decision. “One positive thing is that this committee exists and that the players know that they can be punished even after the game, so that is very positive. “After that, the decision is made by human beings and then you have to accept we will not always agree on the way the decisions are made. “But it is a good thing that this committee and the whole (disciplinary) process exists.” The decision not to take action against the Ivory Coast star is a huge boost for City – he could have faced a three-match ban but the three-man panel of former elite referees which reviewed the incident did not unanimously believe it was an act of violent conduct. That will come as a big relief to City boss Manuel Pellegrini as his club chase the Premier League and FA Cup trophies – including a home match against Chelsea in the cup this weekend. Blues boss Mourinho, though, was less than impressed. “If he is not suspended, the message is clear: the players can do what they want if the referee doesn’t see,” he said ahead of the panel’s decision being made on Monday afternoon. “If there’s no suspension, the message is normally that, if the FA defends football, he’d have to be suspended. “It’s the same for everyone: if the referee doesn’t see, I can do whatever. “It doesn’t matter about cameras or others seeing. I can do whatever I want.” Toure, arguably City’s most influential player this season, will now be available for Wednesday’s game against Sunderland, the Chelsea cup tie and the league fixture against Stoke. Norwich boss Chris Hughton, meanwhile, claimed Toure did kick his player, though said it was a “minimal incident”. Van Wolfswinkel also gave his backing to the decision, writing on Twitter: “Good to see Toure not getting suspended. Players like him belong on the pitch! What happens at Carrow Road stays at Carrow Road. “Things happen on the pitch. But we all enjoy watching him play. So get on with it and enjoy the football. That’s what it’s all about.” There was more good news for City on Monday, with Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri taking part in a training session after injuries. Press Association The FA decided to take no action against Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure for an apparent kick at Norwich’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel during the closing stages of Saturday’s goalless draw at Carrow Road, an incident which was missed by the match officials. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who views City as the title favourites, claimed not suspending Toure sent out the wrong message. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the Football Association’s retrospective disciplinary powers remain a potent deterrent for players – even if everyone will not always agree with the outcome.