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When the PKS party collides with the PKS bill

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 6, 2019   /  04:07 pm
When the PKS party collides with the PKS bill Standing up against sexual violence: Carrying black umbrellas, activists march on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta toward Aspiration Park near the Presidential Palace. The activists held a mass rally as part of this year’s global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign, during which they called on the government to immediately pass the sexual violence eradication bill into a law. (The Jakarta Post/Iqbal Yuwansyah)

Is it because we are lazy that we Indonesians have a penchant for acronyms? But they can be problematic as the same acronym can stand for different things. For example, API stands for Akademi Perawat Indonesia (Indonesian Nurses Academy), Asosiasi Pertekstilan Indonesia (Indonesian Association of Textiles) and Almanak Politik Indonesia, which was the name of the political NGO I founded in 1999. Most political parties are known by their acronyms, e.g. Golkar (Golongan Karya), the PSI (Indonesian Solidarity Party) or the PKS (Justice Prosperous Party). Recently, the PKS has been appearing in the media together with another PKS. Really? Which PKS is that? Well, the second PKS stands for Penghapusan Kekerasan Seksual (elimination of sexual violence), in connection with a bill that the House of Representatives has been deliberating since May 2016. All parties, includ...

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