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Can public service law be applied to private sector?

  • Mohamad Mova Al Afghani

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 14 2009   /  09:59 am

The House of Representatives passed the public services bill into law on June 23, 2009. The law can impose a variety of sanctions on public servants in the form of written warnings, removal from office, termination of employment and compensation to victims. It stipulates recourse for violations of public service obligations (PSO) through the ombudsman offices, the House of Representatives and the administrative court. This law represents quite a breakthrough for bureaucratic reform. As far as regulating government officials goes, the law is fairly strong. However, in sectors where services are privatized, it is unclear if and how this law is applicable. Consider for example the administrative sanctions that can be given to an offender. If the case involves public officials, the law on civil servants can be used to prosecute, but this is not the case when the offender ...