The Jakarta Post
Musicians had expressed their disappointment over the draft bill, considered ridiculous and limiting. (Shutterstock/Barna Tanko)
Musicians welcomed on Monday the House of Representatives’ decision to drop a draft bill on music from this year’s National Legislative Program (Prolegnas) priority list.
“We are happy that the House has officially dropped the draft bill on music from the Prolegnas priority list,” Wendi Putranto from the National Coalition to Reject the Music Bill (KNTL RUUP), a collective of more than 200 local musicians who rejected the proposed bill, said during a meeting on Tuesday as quoted in a statement.
“We thank everyone who has rejected [the draft bill] and the more than 313,000 people who signed the petition. This is a precedent that shows bringing together aspirations can make a change,” said singer Kartika Jahja who is a member of KNTL RUUP.
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Hafez Gumay, a researcher at the Indonesian Art Coalition (KSI), said the cancelation of the draft bill may serve as a catharsis for national music industry stakeholders.
“Improvement in the industry’s governance is urgently needed. The energy used to reject this draft bill should not dim but should be continued for the sake of positive change,” he said.
Singer and founder of We are Indonesian Music (KAMI) Glenn Fredly also welcomed the decision.
“This is in accordance with President Jokowi’s message when KAMI delivered the results of the 2018 Indonesian Music Conference,” he said. (gis/kes)