Democrats See No Urgency in Jokowi's Plan to Revoke KPK Law



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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaDemocrat Party deputy chief Syarief Hasan said there was no urgency for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) on the newly-passed revision of the KPK Law

    He argued that changes to the law had initially been agreed upon by the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) 

    Syarief compared this situation to the regional elections law (UU Pilkada) that was issued by sixth President Susilo “SBY” Bambang Yudhoyono, who at the time saw Democrats against the passing of the draft bill. 

    However, resistance from the Democrats--the government’s main political supporter at the time--was not enough and thus the draft bill was voted to be passed but expunged by SBY’s Perppu following the law’s amendment.

    “The conditions are in contrast with the Perppu that Pak SBY produced. Not that there’s anything wrong by issuing a Perppu, but we just see no urgency in doing so,” said Syarief at the Senayan Parliamentary Complex on Monday, September 30.

    He added his party could not be sure yet as to whether to accept or reject the Perppu should the president decided to issue one and consult the House on the matter. “We will have to study it first,” said Syarief. 

    So far, political parties are split on President Jokowi’s planned issuance of a Perppu on the KPK Law. The government’s main political backer, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), has shown signs of going against it.