Jokowi Holds Limited Meeting, Discussing Jakarta Specialty Status
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government is discussing the specialty status of Jakarta (Jakarta Specialty Bill) in a limited meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday, September 12, 2023. The bill is necessary since Jakarta will no longer be the capital city of Indonesia.
The limited meeting was attended by several related ministers, namely Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Azwar Anas, Minister of National Development Planning Suharso Monoarfa, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, and Acting Governor of Jakarta Heru Budi Hartono.
The ministers refrained from giving statements when met by the media. Heru Budi, when asked for his statement, said that the draft Jakarta Special Bill would still be discussed with the Minister of Home Affairs, Tito Karnavian.
"No, it will still be discussed with the Minister of Home Affairs," said Heru.
Previously, the government has proposed for the bill to be included in the national strategic program in 2023. "The urgency of this bill is no longer avoidable," the Ministry of Law and Human Rights wrote in a press release.
Article 41 of Law No. 3 of 2022 on State Capital mandated the change in Jakarta's status as the State Capital. Without adequate regulation, Jakarta will bear the same status as any other region in Indonesia.
"This will potentially create various problems since the implementation of Regional Government Law in Jakarta will require a long transitional period," said Vice Minister of Law and Human Rights O.S. Hiariej in a remark on behalf of Yasonna Laoly.
The proposed bill on Jakarta's status will maintain the specialty aspects of the province as the national economic activity center. Additionally, the bill is expected to help provide comprehensive solutions to the ever-growing problems in urban Jakarta.
DANIEL A. FAJRI
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