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Jakarta Post

Declaration says intelligence bill will revive New Order

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 11 2011   /  08:00 am

More than 70 noted experts and activists issued a declaration on Sunday condemning a House bill regulating the nation’s intelligence agencies, saying it would return authoritarian rule to Indonesia.

The bill was premature and would lead to abuses of power similar to those that occurred under former president Soeharto’s, according to the declaration.

“Lawmakers on the House of Representatives’ Commission I overseeing defense must cancel deliberations of the bill, or possibly drop it,” the statement said.

“Lawmakers should first start collecting public opinion about an ideal bill before starting deliberations.”

Critics said article 17 of the draft bill, which would give the President as the head of the National Security Council (DKN), the authority to determine “potential threats”, evoked the practices of Soeharto’s New Order.

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