The red-handed operation (OTT) carried out by the KPK during the first half of 2023 totaled three cases. The KPK denied that this achievement was affected by the statement by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan who asked the KPK not to conduct OTT anymore.
“Ahh not really,” said KPK Investigation Director Asep Guntur at the KPK building, South Jakarta, Monday (14/8/2023). Asep answered that the number of OTTs was affected by Luhut’s direction.
The number of OTT KPK in the first semester of 2023 has indeed decreased compared to last year. In the same period in 2022 the anti-corruption agency recorded five cases of OTT.
Asep assessed that the reduction in the number of OTTs should be responded positively. According to him, this is a sign that corruption in Indonesia is decreasing.
“So it’s true that OTT has decreased, I think positively, it means that those who have committed corruption have decreased. We must be proud of the decrease in OTT, the absence of OTT means that corruption has decreased with the least number of OTT,” explained Asep.
The number of OTT KPK cases in the first semester of 2023 is only three cases. This figure is calculated from the beginning of the year to June 30, 2023.
The three OTTs started with bribes in Meranti Regency. In addition, the Corruption Eradication Committee also caught hands in the case of the construction of a railway line at the Directorate General of Railways and a smart city project in the city of Bandung.
Luhut Asks KPK Not to Need OTT
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut is known to have often expressed his opinion regarding the OTT carried out by the KPK. Most recently, Luhut assessed that the fewer OTTs, the better the work of the KPK.
“If there is no OTT, it’s even better. It means the prevention is better,” Luhut said at the KPK, South Jakarta, Tuesday (18/7).
This year, the KPK has only conducted three OTTs. Luhut enthusiastically welcomed the ongoing law enforcement system at the KPK.
He admitted that he was surprised if the prosecution of corruption in Indonesia was still proud of the number of red-handed operations.
“Yes, you really have to go there (a little OTT). Why are we this nation always showing off OTT-OTT, proud to see that? OTT Rp. 50 million, Rp. 100 million. You have never told me how much they save trillions and billions,” Luhut explained .
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