Markus Junianto Sihaloho
The Golkar Party has asked that one of its lawmakers who has been named a corruption suspect in a Koran procurement project be dismissed from the Budget Committee at the House of Representatives.
Golkar has been quick to try and distance itself from Zulkarnaen Djabar, who is being investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission.
In a letter to the House’s Ethics Council, Golkar said the party was undertaking a reorganization in the wake of the allegations.
The letter, signed by Setya Novanto, Golkar’s chairman in the House, said Zulkarnaen “needs to be replaced on the Budget Committee. His replacement will be announced later.”
Ethics Council (BK) deputy chairman Siswono Yudohusodo thanked Golkar for its initiative in seeking Zulkarnaen replacement on the committee.
“BK thanks the Golkar Party faction for asking Zulkarnaen to resign from the Budget Committee,” Siswono said. “BK will leave the investigation of Zulkarnaen to the KPK.”
Siswono said the Ethics Council would suspend the Golkar lawmaker from the House if he was named a defendant and it would dismiss him if he was convicted in a court of law.
“But if he is found not guilty, his name will be rehabilitated,” Siswono said.
He said the Ethics Council had summoned Zulkarnaen over the graft case but added that the council was not allowed by regulations to publicly discuss the results of its investigation.
An anonymous source in Golkar said the letter to the Ethics Council was the first step in an effort by the party to remove Zulkarnaen from the House, and it was hoped the lawmaker would announce that he was stepping down in the next day or two.
Zulkarnaen has denied his involvement in the graft case and has asked the public to uphold the presumption of innocence.