New chief of Indonesia’s anti-graft agency vows to make a comeback

The new chief of Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission plans to strike back at forces trying to undermine the agency’s powers after a year of crippling attacks by police and politicians in one of Asia’s most graft-plagued nations. “Last year we were severely weakened, but now we are back to full force,” Agus Rahardjo told Reuters late on Thursday in his first interview with foreign media since taking over the reins in January of the body best known as the KPK. Rahardjo said the agency was determined to pursue the so-called “oil and gas mafia”, which wields influence over energy sector officials and is among the vested interests hampering President Joko Widodo’s efforts to open the economy to competition. Reuters