ITE Law Revision; Legislator Calling for Government Initiative

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  • Deputy Secretary General of the National Mandate Party DPP Saleh Partaonan Daulay while giving a media statement in commemoration of Labor Day, May 1 2018. TEMPO / Hendartyo Hanggi

    Deputy Secretary General of the National Mandate Party DPP Saleh Partaonan Daulay while giving a media statement in commemoration of Labor Day, May 1 2018. TEMPO / Hendartyo Hanggi

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Saleh Partaonan Daulay, a National Mandate Party (PAN) legislator speaker, on Monday said that his Party officially urges the government to take initiatives upon revising Law No.11/2008 on Information and Electronic Transactions (UU ITE or ITE Law) as they believe this to be the most time-efficient alternative. 

    “If [the revision] becomes a government initiative then the process could possibly be quicker. [In contrast] it would need the approval of every Party faction if it is a DPR initiative,” said Daulay on Monday, March 1. 

    He personally believes that revising an ITE Law draft will not be a hassle as there are many inputs from people affirming a number of clauses that are deemed to be troublesome and overly wide ranging. He also maintained that PAN is open to opportunities to collectively discuss the revision together with the government.

    Daulay believes a revision is somewhat ‘obligated’ to stop the sending out an impression that the law is a tool used by elites to silence and criminalize people who have opinions on another side of the pond. 

    The DPR PAN Speaker said the government’s plan to create an interpretive guideline for the ITE Law will only further harm the government because this ‘guideline’ is not acknowledged by a lawful structure.

    His statement comes after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that he personally had asked the DPR to revise the Information and Electronics Transactions Law or ITE Law if the application of the “product of legislation” does not give a sense of just for the people. 

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