Knee-jerk reaction

Kompas – October 12, 2013
Knee-jerk reaction

President Yudhoyono: Save the MK

Kid: That’s all very well but when will we be saved Dad?

In a characteristically knee-jerk reaction to the arrest of Akil Mochtar – chief justice of the Constitutional Court (MK) which is tasked with handling electoral disputes – Yudhoyono plans to issue a regulation in lieu of law (perppu) to restore the court’s image amid fears the scandal will invalidate scores of past MK electoral rulings and further undermine the credibility of the 2014 elections in the eyes of an increasingly cynical public.