Jokowi Has Yet to Ratify UU MD3 Law

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  • President Joko Widodo talk with former President Megawati Soekarnoputri in state palace, Jakarta, Jan. 17, 2018. ANTARA

    President Joko Widodo talk with former President Megawati Soekarnoputri in state palace, Jakarta, Jan. 17, 2018. ANTARA

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) revealed why he has yet signed the Law on the People`s Consultative Assembly (MPR), House of Representatives (DPR), and Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) or known as the UU MD3.

    Jokowi admitted that he is waiting for the legal study report before ratifying the Law.

    “The Law has been on my table but I have yet to sign it. I haven’t ratified it because I want study reports on whether I should sign it or not,” said President Jokowi on Wednesday, February 21. 

    Jokowi realizes that the Law has attracted criticism from the public who is worried that it would blur the lines between legal issues and ethical issues. Meanwhile, others say the Law’s formation was heavily influenced by politics.

    “I am aware that we do not want democracy to deteriorate,” said the seventh Indonesian President.

    Furthermore, the UU MD3 will automatically take effect 30 days after it was issued even though the president has not ratified the law. Jokowi said that it is the risk contained in the Law (UU).

    However, Jokowi said that whether the UU MD3 is ratified or not, the government will not issue a cancellation of the law. The president suggested that people who are against the UU MD3 to submit a judicial review to the Constitutional Court.

    Vindry Florentin