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Jakarta Post

The new intelligence law: Not smart enough

  • Fitri Bintang Timur

Singapore   /   Wed, October 12 2011   /  04:00 am

Secret service implicated: File photos on a hearing a case review of human rights activist Munir's murder features key witnesses at Central Jakarta District Court. Testifying in court were former Garuda Airline president Indra Setiawan (foreground in top photo), Garuda pilot Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto (right in top photo) and former National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Muhammad Patma Anwar aka Ucok (center in bottom photo). Also present was Munir's wife Suciwati (right photo). JP/Ricky Yudhistira When one comes across new legislation, they should ask: What does this bill regulate? For example, the Law on Internet Security should ideally regulate people using the Internet, while the Law on the Indonesian Military (TNI) should contain directives for members of the military corps.

Having the law’s name different from its objective is equivalent to implementing ineffective regulat...