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House shelves mining law revision, activists skeptical

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 9 2020   /  01:04 am

The House of Representatives narrowly escaped public criticism last week after it shelved a plan to deliberate a controversial revision to the 2009 Mining Law amid physical distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, but activists are concerned that lawmakers will revive the plan again in the future.

The Office of the House Secretary General issued a letter on Friday announcing that a virtual meeting between House Commission VII overseeing energy and certain Cabinet ministers, originally scheduled for April 8, would be “postponed until further notice”.

Commission VII deputy chairman Gus Irawan Pasaribu, a Gerindra Party lawmaker, confirmed the postponement of the meeting.

“Yes [the meeting has been postponed]. This comes as a request from the government in view of its current focus on addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” Irawan told The Jakarta Post on ...