The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) plans to file a judicial review at the Constitutional Court against Law No. 5/1999 on monopoly bans and business competition, particularly regarding the authority of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU).
The Apindo members are concerned about the power of the KPPU, which, as stated in Article 35 of the law, is authorized to assess agreements made by businesspeople, Apindo chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said as reported by tribunnews.com.
“We are serious. We will file the judicial review soon, particularly against the excessive authority of the KPPU,” Hariyadi said on Monday, adding that the association was currently preparing a draft judicial review.
Under the law, the KPPU is authorized to assess whether a certain party is too dominant in a certain business agreement. The KPPU also has a role in advising the government on its business competition policy.
Hariyadi said the KPPU’s function should only be as a jury in certain business disputes and therefore, the institution should not have the authority to fine particular parties.
He expressed hope that the businesspeople’s aspirations would be accommodated in a planned legal revision that is scheduled to be discussed between the government and the House of Representatives this year. (bbn)
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