TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for the first time in public spoke about the freshly-passed and equally controversial omnibus law on job creation (UU Cipta Kerja), which arguably sparked nationwide protests for the past three days.
Jokowi emerged in public—though virtually—after holding a meeting on the Job Creation Law with members of the government and governors on Friday, October 9.
“During the limited meeting, I made it clear why we need the Job Creation Law,” said Jokowi on a virtual press conference aired on the presidential secretariat’s Youtube page.
The first reason, the President said, there were currently 2.9 million productive age population that were entering work, making the need for new job opportunities be ever more critical.
Especially considering that there are roughly 6.9 million people unemployed amid the pandemic that has also affected a further 3.5 million workers. “New jobs need to be created, especially in the labor intensive sector,” said Jokowi.
The second reason is that the law is hoped to better facilitate people, especially SMEs, to establish new businesses as overlapping laws and complicated procedures are slashed in the Job Creation Law. Third, Jokowi said the law further supported corruption prevention and eradication as permits were handled electronically, which he claimed would eliminate illegal levies.