Excessive regulation is hampering research in Indonesia, placing the country far behind other Asian countries in terms of research productivity, a study shows.
Commissioned by Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD), the study reveals that cumbersome bureaucratic procedures and uncertain waiting times for obtaining research permits are discouraging research activity, which at the same time continues to be subject to competition for influence between the country’s institutions.
KPPOD executive director Robert Endi Jaweng said on Monday that it took about three weeks to get a permit for a research project.
He opined that the requirement for an individual or institution to get a permit for a research project was unnecessary, because public information should be freely accessible for all people.
“It contradicts the spirit of our regulations on the freedom of informa...