TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chief of the Indonesian Muslim Students Action Front (KAMMI) Elevan Yusmanto urged the government to cancel discussions on Omnibus Law.
"If the government continues this problematic Omnibus Law, KAMMI will take to the streets with the people to reject it," Elevan said in his written statement, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020.
KAMMI assessed that the Omnibus Law proposed by the government, specifically the Job Creation Bill, has the potential to make the government more authoritarian.
One of the ways is through article 170 in the Job Creation Bill, which states that the government can change laws with government regulations. "This is a strange and potentially abuse of authority," he said.
KAMMI's Chief of Public Policy, Abdussalam, added that the omnibus law is clearly revealing an authoritarian side of the government. "Which democratic country would allow its President to change the law? It is very clear that the article will be tucked into the authoritarian side of the government,” said Abdussalam.
According to him, laws should be made in the interests of the people through the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR). If the government can change the law with Government Regulations (PP), he said, the government is going against the will of the people themselves.
Regarding Article 170 in the Job Creation Bill, Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly previously claimed that there was a mistype. Although article 170 states that the government can change laws with government regulations, Yasonna suspected there was an error in writing the related article.
The Omnibus Law has not only been protested by KAMMI, but also various groups. One of the other protesters is the workers unions.
FRISKI RIANA | DIO SUHENDA (INTERN TRANSLATOR)