TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, on Thursday assured that the omnibus law on job creation was not rushed, claiming its initiation can be traced back to 2015.
“Don’t say that it was rushed. Let’s look back for a moment. The president had ordered that since I was the coordinating minister for politics and law [in 2015],” said Luhut on October 15 in a television interview. “[The President] complained about the lackluster and that was how the omnibus concept was found.”
Moreover, Luhut said the government had gathered legal experts in the omnibus law initiation but was only seriously worked on after the 2019 presidential election.
“So it was not a hidden agenda, it was all open, everyone was asked into the discussion. But of course, we are not able to talk to everyone, there are limits to that,” he explained.
During the debates on the omnibus, he said, not everyone agreed to the concept but admitted that it is a democratic process as nothing is unanimous.
He also acknowledged that the job creation law is not perfect. He assured that those shortcomings will be improved in its derivative regulations that would take form as presidential regulation, government regulation, and ministerial regulation which “would be needed to accommodate the deficiencies here and there,” said Luhut Pandjaitan.