Members of the House of Representatives’ Bank Century inquiry committee agreed on Wednesday meetings would be open to the public and media including live TV cover.
The inquiry committee members will begin their work next Monday to set agendas on which state officials are to be summoned to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). This seemed to send confusing signals on how it would handle the bank inquiry.
A member of the committee, Maruarar Sirait from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said that it was essential for all of the committee’s hearings to be open for the sake of the public interest.
“If it has to, I also want the committee’s internal leadership meeting to be completely open,” he said.
Bambang Susetyo, another committee member from Golkar, supported Maruarar, arguing that open meetings would avoid “hanky-panky” among the members to fix the outcome of the inquiry.
“We will even allow live TV broadcasts so that everyone can see who is serious and who is only seeking to fulfill self-interest,” he said.