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Jakarta Post

It’s time to flesh out the reform agenda

  • Pranoto Iskandar

Cianjur, West Java   /   Mon, September 5 2016   /  08:40 am

The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the joint session of the House of Representatives and the Regional Representatives Council, is moving to reinstate the New Order’s broad State Policy Guidelines (GBHN), which signals a renewed interest in the old model of constitutional arrangements where the MPR sits at the apex of the system.

This means the MPR is being resurrected in its former role as a suprabody in the hierarchy of the Indonesian political system. In addition, it features a carrot-and-stick approach in which the executive is subject to, in the worst-case scenario, removal from office. In fact, as this newspaper noted, it will be one of the main features of the upcoming fifth constitutional amendment.

Unfortunately, the effort of putting the MPR back on the map is just the latest in a series of regressive political discourses that are unwittingly leading to ...