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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers’ trip to Germany to meet protest

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, November 18 2012   /  10:19 am

Indonesian lawmakers’ working visit to Germany to learn about engineering legislation is expected to be met with hostility from Indonesian communities in the Western European country.

The Berlin chapter of the Association of Indonesian College Students (PPI), the German branch of Nahdlatul Ulama and Watch Indonesia in Berlin said in a joint statement that they were opposed to the visit because it lacked transparency and urgency.

Eleven members of the House of Representatives’ legislation committee are scheduled to visit Germany Nov. 17–23. Another 11 lawmakers will depart for Britain for the same purpose next month.

Committee chairman Ignatius Mulyono said that the visits to Germany and Britain were part of the House’s efforts to obtain input needed to draft a bill on engineering. The law will be vital for Indonesia to regulate free competitions when Indones...