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Falling in the same hole, again
Publication Date : 27-09-2013
It is logical for one to fall in, when he first passes by a hole on the street. However, it becomes weird and ridiculous if he falls into the same hole again, or for the third or umpteenth time.
Such a comparison is apparently valid to describe those who keep on making the same mistakes again and again.
The case in point is the recent revelation when deputy head of the Judicial Commission (KY) Imam Anshori Saleh said that a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) legal commission III had attempted to bribe the seven member KY, each with 200 million rupiah (US$ 17,646), for them to pass a candidate for the chief justice post at the Supreme Court, to enable him to proceed to the final screening test by the Commission III. Passing the screening by KY is a prerequisite for the final screening by the house commission.
The revelation by Imam came only a few days after “the toilet incident” when a different commission III member met with a candidate for the chief justice post inside a toilet within the House compound, allegedly for an illicit deal in regards with the candidate’s bid for the post while the screening on the 12 candidates by the commission III was underway.
Their meeting was spotted by a journalist, who then brought the issue to a larger audience of the House.
The latest alleged bribery cases were only a repetition of previous cases of bribery involving house members. In 2004, a number of House legislators were implicated for receiving bribes during the fit and proper test for Miranda S.
Goeltom, who was aiming for the post of senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia. Twenty eight lawmakers from different political parties were eventually convicted and jailed for their wrongdoings.
In January this year, lawmaker Angelina Sondakh of the Democratic Party faction was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after she was proven to have taken US$4.64 million in bribes to facilitate construction contracts for the youth and sport, and education ministries.
Previously, in April 2012, the Jakarta Corruption Court jailed former Democratic Party lawmaker and treasurer, Muhammad Nazaruddin for four years and 10 months, also for accepting bribes in connection with tenders for the 2011 Southeast Asian Games.
As if to add to the burden of the tarnished image that the House has to suffer in regard to all those corruption cases, a survey by Transparency International Indonesia, which was released last July, has put the parliament among the top three corrupt institutions in the country: The National Police, the House and the Judiciary.
All in all, the court verdicts on corrupt lawmakers and the latest revelations by the KY commissioner and the journalist covering parliamentary issues should be more than enough proof of how corrupt our parliament is. They should also have been more than enough deterrence for the lawmakers to commit the same wrongdoings again. The problem is that they never learned.