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Be careful, your draft of the omnibus bill might be a hoax: Government

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 21, 2020   /   06:17 pm
Be careful, your draft of the omnibus bill might be a hoax: Government Thousands of workers organized by the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) march on the street in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) in Central Jakarta on Monday to protest against a planned omnibus law on job creation. (JP/Moch. Fiqih Prawira)

A supposed draft of the omnibus bill on job creation circulating in the media is fake, the government has said, adding that it has yet to submit a final document to the House of Representatives.

According to a statement issued by the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister on Tuesday, the government will not publish any draft until discussions on the bill have been wrapped up. To date, only some sections of the bill have been completed.

One of several false drafts circulating on digital platforms, including messenger services, is titled “Penciptaan Lapangan Kerja”, whereas the legitimate draft that is still being finalized is titled “Cipta Lapangan Kerja”, the statement reads.

The statement follows several media reports containing what is claimed to be bits of information from the bill. The government previously stated that it would submit the bill to the House this week.

"In accordance with the law-drafting mechanism, the government has completed the substance of the job creation bill, and [the substance] has been proposed by the government to the House of Representatives for inclusion in the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas)," the Office of the Coordinating Economic Ministry said in its statement.

Once the House puts the bill on the 2020 priority bill list, the government will submit it, along with a presidential letter (Supres), which has not been completed either, according to the statement.

The bill is set to amend around some 1,200 articles of 79 laws that have been blamed for hampering investment. The government deems the legal changes essential as it struggles to attract investment and boost economic growth. 

The move, however, has been rejected by labor unions, which fear the bill may undermine labor rights. Thousands of workers took to the streets at the main gate of the House compound on Monday to demand that the House drop the bill. (mfp)