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Jakarta Post

Calls mount to reject government’s national security bill

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 18 2012   /  09:30 am

Top guns: Counterterrorism personnel from the Wirabuana Military Command climb aboard a vessel during an exercise on the seas south of Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Monday. The House of Representatives is due shortly to begin deliberations on a national security bill that will allow members of the Indonesian Military (TNI) to investigate cases considered threats to national security. (Antara/Sahrul Manda Tikupandang)Lawmakers and rights groups have rejected the deliberations on the contentious national security bill and called on the House of Representatives’ leaders to return the bill to the government, fearing that it could undermine the country’s fledgling democracy.Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Sidharto Danusubroto, also a member of the House’s Commission I on defense, foreign affairs and information, said on Monday that his faction, together with the ...