Taliban Issue Drama to HTI Accompany the Dismissal of KPK Officers

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia

The dismissal of dozens of employees of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)NCP) on the pretext of not passing the national insight test (TWK) to become a State Civil Apparatus (ASN) is colored by related issues taliban or Hizb ut-Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).

A day before 57 KPK officers ended their working hours, Friday (29/9), an open letter was uploaded in the name of Iwan Ismail.

Iwan claimed to be a former KPK security guard who was fired for photographing the flag that the HTI group often raised at a desk in the anti-corruption agency’s room. The photo went viral and resulted in his dismissal as a security guard with a temporary employee status at the KPK in 2019.

Then on October 1, the KPK officially opened its vote on the open letter from Iwan. In his official statement, Acting KPK Spokesperson Ali Fikri also said that Iwan was fired because his actions included in the category of serious violations in the discipline of KPK employees and had violated the code of ethics at the institution regulated by Commission Regulations: Perkom 10/2016 and Perkom 7 /2013.

“In the event of distributing a photo of a flag similar to HTI in one of the work rooms of the Red and White KPK Building in September 2019, the team immediately conducted an examination of several witnesses, evidence and other supporting information. So it was concluded that the person concerned intentionally and without rights had spread false information (lie) and mislead to external parties. This then creates hatred from the public which has an impact on reducing the image and good name of the KPK, “Ali said in his official statement.

From the examination, said Ali, the employee who put up the flag was proven to have no affiliation with a prohibited group/organization, so there were no regulations prohibiting his actions.

Meanwhile, Iwan denied that his statement regarding the installation of the HTI flag on one of the employees’ desks was a hoax. He claimed to have clearly seen the flag and had time to take a picture of the flag.

“This is not a hoax, the flag really exists, it can be checked on CCTV footage when I took the photo,” said Iwan, Sunday (3/10).

Not the first

This is not the first time an issue similar to HTI in the KPK is present. HTI itself is known to have had its legal entity revoked in July 2017 because it was considered to spread the concept of the caliphate that was not in accordance with Pancasila.

Since the issue of the Taliban strengthened in 2019, which also coincided with the process of selecting a new KPK leader as well as the revision of the KPK Law, the anti-corruption agency has often been associated with far-right Islamic organizations and sects.

In 2019 before the election of the KPK leadership, for example. At that time, several KPK employees were accused of belonging to the Taliban.

The issue was originally raised by the Presidium of the Indonesian Police Watch (IPW) at that time, Neta S Pane. Neta thinks that the Taliban camp refers to Novel Baswedan’s camp, and the Indian police refers to the outside Baswedan’s camp.

Neta–who died on June 16, 2021–in 2019 accused the Taliban police of having a very strong position in the KPK and could determine which cases should be brought to the surface or prosecuted.

“In the KPK, there is the issue of the Bubat war between the Indian police group and the Taliban police group,” said Neta.

Apart from Neta, social media activist Denny Siregar also wrote the article ‘There is a Taliban in the KPK?’ on his personal Facebook account on June 13, 2019. According to him, Novel Baswedan and former KPK commissioner Bambang Widjojanto were part of the Taliban police group.

Considered a Weakening of the KPK

Both HTI and the Taliban are seen as attempts to weaken the KPK. Novel considers that the issues of radicalism that have been brought up to the KPK are to interfere with the work of the anti-corruption agency.

“Friends can already mark that when the issue is raised, usually their interests are disturbed in the KPK,” Novel told reporters. CNNIndonesia.com through a written statement, Monday (25/1).

“And so far this has been the case, if the KPK is working properly to fight corruption, then they (corruptor supporters) attack using that issue,” he continued.

Later, Novel was also part of the 57 KPK employees who were fired because they could not change their status to State Civil Apparatus (ASN) according to the provisions of the law due to not passing the national insight test (TWK). For information, the transfer of status to ASN is a must after the KPK Law which was revised in 2019 came into effect even without the signature of Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

Since the announcement of the final results of the TWK became a condition for the transfer of ASN status, and those who did not qualify would be ‘kicked’, Novel et al were supported by civil society ranks and student elements tried to fight for their fate. Almost all paths have been passed from the judicial review at the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court, the Indonesian Ombudsman, Komnas HAM, the Central Information Commission, to conveying aspirations on the streets in a number of areas.

However, the government and the Corruption Eradication Commission did not budge until Novel et al were finally kicked out of the anti-corruption agency. The Indonesian Ombudsman and the National Human Rights Commission have sent their recommendations to Indonesian President Jokowi regarding allegations of maladministration and human rights violations in the KPK TWK process. However, until September 30, 2021, Jokowi as the head of government has not granted Komnas HAM’s request for a hearing on their recommendations, nor has he implemented the recommendations of the Indonesian Ombudsman.

Read the next page about the counter-narrative of the Taliban and the Radicalism of KPK Employees

The Taliban Contradiction to the Radicalism of KPK Officers



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