The Jakarta Post
Musicians had expressed their opposition to the proposed music bill, regarding it as overly restrictive. (Shutterstock/Barna Tanko)
The House of Representatives’ draft bill on music was dropped from this year’s National Legislative Program (Prolegnas) priority list on Monday amid strong opposition from musicians across the country.
The National Coalition to Reject RUU Permusikan (KNTL RUUP), a collective of over 200 local musicians who reject the proposed bill, announced the latest development on Twitter yesterday.
Teman-teman, ada berita baik bahwa RUU Permusikan telah resmi ditarik DPR dari daftar Prolegnas RUU Prioritas 2019 pada pukul 17.00 WIB hari ini. #BersamaBatalkanRUUPermusikan— kntlruup (@kntlruup) June 17, 2019
“Good news, friends. The music bill was officially removed from this year’s Prolegnas list of priorities at 5 p.m. today,” the coalition tweeted on Monday.
Members of the coalition had previously urged musician-turned-legislator Anang Hermansyah from House Commission X overseeing art and culture to drop the controversial bill.
In February, Anang and members of the coalition came to an agreement that the House should drop the proposed music bill.
The bill caused a stir earlier this year as many musicians found several provisions in the draft troubling.
Among the contentious provisions was Article 5, which stipulated, “In creating it is prohibited to […] include negative influences from foreign cultures or to demean human dignity”.
A petition started by singer Danilla Riyadi to reject the bill in early February drew 313,510 signatures. (rfa/wng)