The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) recently named Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq a graft suspect, shocking the entire nation not only because the move against a party chief was unprecedented but also because of the party’s clean reputation.
Luthfi was allegedly involved in beef-import bribery where evidence suggests that he had misused his power as a political party chairman and a House of Representatives member to give privileges to certain parties for importing
beef by means of, among other things, recommendation to the agriculture minister.
Now that the next election is just around the corner, many believe this one incident will irreparably damage any chance the PKS had of winning.
Essentially, politicians are supposed to be the “agent” for the “principal” (citizens) in which the former must act on behalf of the latter.
Regarding this relationship, many experts believe that corruption occurs when the abuse of public resources by the “agent” to gain personal benefits takes place. Criminologist Donald R. Cressey used the term “trust violators” to depict such agents who misuse their principals’ trust for their own ends.