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Jakarta Post

New colonial code?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, December 10 2019   /  01:17 am

A lawmaker once involved in the deliberation of the amendment of the Criminal Code proudly called the revision “a decolonization process” as the bill would replace the century-old law inherited from the Dutch colonial masters. But how is it that a bill that was said to dismantle the colonial character sparked student protests nationwide, which left five dead, in September?The mounting challenge to the draft amendment of the Criminal Code, as well as several other bills, prompted President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to advise the House of Representatives not to endorse them and pass the buck to the succeeding legislature, which began its term on Oct. 1. Then-law minister Yasonna Laoly, who had pushed for the House’s approval of the revised code, opted to resign, claiming that he wanted to focus on his political career as an elected lawmaker.Less than one month later, President Jokowi ...