TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Secretary General of the Indonesian Federation of Workers' Union (SERBUK) Khamid Istakhori considered the statement made by Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly claiming that there was a typo in Article 170 of the omnibus law on job creation, to be a fatal error.
"This shows that on a very crucial and substantial problem (Job Creation Bill), the government is hiding on the pretext of typoes. This (the government) is making up excuses whenever they want," Khamid told Tempo, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
Article 170 in the draft states that the government can change laws through government regulations (PP). However, Yasonna suspected there was an error in writing the article.
According to Khamid, Yasonna's statement at least confirmed a number of things, including the drafting of the omnibus law on the Job Creation Bill to have been done very hastily, allowing not only many technical errors such as typos, but also very substantial errors.
On top of that, Khamid considered the omnibus law on the Job Creation Bill to be made haphazardly and just for the sake of fulfilling the President’s request. "(For them) the important thing is to go after their deadlines as they must fulfill the President's request," he said.
Khamid also pointed to the absence of synergy and coordination among the government itself. The reason being that, the Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Affairs Mahfud MD was also not aware of the existence of article 170.
"My biggest suspicion is that there were indeed efforts to smuggle certain articles by individuals in the drafting team of the Omnibus Law on the Job Creation Bill," said Khamid.