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No 'intolerant' bylaws annulled: Home Ministry

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 16, 2016   /  07:20 pm
No 'intolerant' bylaws annulled: Home Ministry President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo speaks to reporters at Merdeka Palace. Jokowi announced that his administration had scrapped 3,143 problematic bylaws. (Tribunnews/Imanuel Nicolas Manafe)

Contrary to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s recent announcement, the Home Ministry clarified on Thursday that bylaws that were to be scrapped upon the request of the government excluded bylaws that promoted intolerance.

“How do we define intolerant? We are the ones that gave the label ‘intolerant’ to certain bylaws,” said Home Ministry secretary-general Yuswandi A. Temenggung on Thursday at a press briefing at the ministry on Thursday.

He assured that the 3,143 problematic bylaws that were to be annulled by local administrations upon the ministry’s supervision were those that hampered investment and obstructed public services.

“The annulments are in line with the President’s policy to improve investment,” said Yuswandi.

Jokowi announced earlier this week that the government would repeal bylaws that had the potential to cause disharmony and disrupt national unity and those that obstructed economic growth.

Yuswandi, however, assured that his office planned to annul more bylaws in the future, including those that were discriminative and promoted intolerance.

The Home Ministry's directorate general for regional autonomy, Sumarsono, who also attended the press briefing, stressed that the ministry was carefully studying bylaws that were considered discriminative and intolerant.

"We are still evaluating all bylaws and are being very careful in the process," he said, adding that annulling bylaws deemed intolerant and discriminative was not easy as it was a sensitive matter.

The Home Ministry will soon publish a list of all annulled bylaws on its website, Sumarsono added. (bbn)

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