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Omnibus bills submitted to House, public remains in dark

  • Adrian Wail Akhlas and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 13, 2020   /  08:25 am
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Workers who are members of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) held an action to reject the Omnibus Law Cipta Karya in front of the Parliament Building, Senayan, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (02/12/2020). The mass of workers threatened a mass strike if the Parliament passed the Omnibus Law on Employment Copyright. - JP / Dhoni Setiawan / vja / 20(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The government submitted on Wednesday the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives but without releasing the document for public scrutiny, as thousands rallied outside the House complex against the bill’s potential detrimental effect on labor rights. “Now that the government has submitted the omnibus bill to the House, deliberations must start to involve the public and they must be more transparent for it to become inclusive,” Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah said. The omnibus bill on taxation has also been submitted to lawmakers, but again no official draft has been made available as yet for public discussion. “The closed nature of the government’s drafting of the omnibus bill is difficult to comprehend,” said Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) analyst Lucius...