Indonesia: House paves way for omnibus’ return with revision of 2011 law

  • The House of Representatives passed a revision to a 2011 law on 24 May 22 to give lawmakers the authority to pass omnibus laws, opening the way for the controversial and previously “procedurally unconstitutional” Job Creation Law to be rectified and implemented.
  • The legislature passed a revision of the 2011 Drafting of Laws and Regulations Law, making good on an agreement with the executive reached before the House’s Idul Fitri recess.
  • During the House plenary session, deputy Legislative Body (Baleg) chairman M. Nurdin said 19 changes had been made to the 2011 law.
  • All but one of the political factions in the House agreed to the revision, with only the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) opposing the bill.
  • Most of the changes sought to provide lawmakers with a legal framework to formulate laws using the so-called “omnibus” method, which entails the compilation and passage of a variety of provisions under a single piece of legislation.
  • Speaking at the session on behalf of the executive, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the law’s revision was a step forward in forming legislation that was “more dynamic and progressive”.
  • “With the inclusion of the omnibus method, the Drafting of Laws and Regulations Law now has clear-cut and standardized methods, while also fulfilling principles of drafting laws using the omnibus method,” Sri Mulyani said.
  • The minister went on to say that lawmakers should closely follow the changes that had been made, especially those that concerned public participation in the drafting process.
  • Not long after the plenary session concluded, the chairman of the recently formed Indonesian Labor Party, Said Iqbal, said his party and a host of labor unions would mobilize tens of thousands of workers to protest at the House complex in South Jakarta on 8 Jun 22.
  • The groups included the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) and the Confederation of Indonesian Prosperity Trade Unions (KSBSI), two of the biggest labor unions to have staged protests in recent years.
  • Said added that he would seek to challenge the revised 2011 law at the Constitutional Court before the end of the month, describing its passage as “legal subterfuge”.
  • “The House, together with the government, revised the 2011 law only as a legal trick so that the Job Creation Law could be ratified immediately,” he said in a press statement.

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