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Jakarta Post

Controversial bills threaten business climate, analysts warn

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Riska Rahman and Prima Wirayani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 25, 2019   /  06:33 pm
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Hundreds of students in Bali carry banners during a protest about various issues, ranging from racism and forest fires to the revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law on Sept. 24. They also protested against the Criminal Code revision bill.(JP/Zul Trio Anggono)

The controversial moves by the government and the House of Representatives to amend several laws have not only triggered protests by tens of thousands of students, who took the streets of Jakarta and other cities on Tuesday, but also threatens the country’s business climate amid President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s efforts to attract investment. The students have protested against the recently passed revision of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which they claim has effectively defanged the antigraft body. They have also demanded the government and the House halt the passage of several problematic bills, including the revision of the Criminal Code, which analysts have warned could severely limit freedom of expression and the right to privacy. “While these proposed legislative amendments do not have a significant direct impact on the business...