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Jakarta Post

House divided over Citizenship Law

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 18 2016   /  09:36 am

A number of legislators have argued for the need to relax the nation’s citizenship regulations following the sacking of a minister due to his dual nationality, saying that such a move was needed to allow more Indonesians in the diaspora to contribute to their country.

But other legislators have openly opposed such a development, arguing that the strict prohibition of dual citizenship is necessary to safeguard national interests.

The Democratic Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) are of the opinion that the 2006 Law on Citizenship should be amended to provide some wiggle room for talented Indonesians who also have foreign citizenship.

“We urgently need to revise the legislation because the existing one is too rigid, we should make it more flexible,” Democratic Party legislator Ruhut Sitompul said. “Of course, the country may not be able to recognize...