The Case Of The East Kutai Regent, Icw: The Political Dynasty Of The Disease Of Democracy

The Case of the East Kutai Regent, ICW: The Political Dynasty of the Disease of Democracy

East Kutai Regent, Ismunandar, officially wears a detainee vest after the KPT OTT is netted to the media crew, at the KPK building, Jakarta, Friday, July 3, 2020. Investigators also detained the Head of Kutim Bapenda, Musyaffa, BPKAD Chief, Dedy Febriansara, Head of Public Works Office, Aswandini and two bribe suspects, Aditya Maharani and Deky Aryanto. TEMPO / Imam Sukamto

East Kutai Regent, Ismunandar, officially wears a detainee vest after the KPT OTT is netted to the media crew, at the KPK building, Jakarta, Friday, July 3, 2020. Investigators also detained the Head of Kutim Bapenda, Musyaffa, BPKAD Chief, Dedy Febriansara, Head of Public Works Office, Aswandini and two bribe suspects, Aditya Maharani and Deky Aryanto. TEMPO / Imam Sukamto

, Jakarta - Indonesia Corruption Watch believes that the corruption case that ensnared East Kutai Regent Ismunandar cannot be separated from the problems of political dynasties in Indonesia. ICW believes that the political dynasties in East Kutai are like a disease in a democratic system.

"Political dynasties are indeed a disease of democracy," ICW researcher Donal Fariz said in a written statement on Sunday, July 5, 2020.

As is known, Ismunandar and his wife Encek UR Firgasih who is also the Chairperson of the East Kutai DPRD was arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission for allegedly taking bribes. The KPK suspects, Ismunandar and Encek and, 3 service officials in East Kutai accept bribes by arranging project rations in the areas they lead.

According to the KPK, Ismunandar has a role in ensuring to contractors that the project budget will not be cut. Meanwhile, Encek is suspected to intervene in the appointment of the winner of the project auction.

Donal said that the political dynasties that arose in East Kutai originated in the party problem which was managed undemocratically. As a result, the figures offered by the party to become public officials are often problematic, such as ex-convicts in corruption cases or from dynastic groups.

He said political parties need to clean up. "I saw OTT yesterday a problem that will not stop as long as the party is not addressed," he said.

KPK Deputy Chairman Nawawi Pomolango asked the community to learn from the case in East Kutai. He said there was a role for the community from the election of husband and wife to executive officers, as well as legislative leaders. "Please take the learning community," he said.

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