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Violators, beware! New decree grants PSBB sanctioning power to Jakarta agencies

  • Budi Sutrisno

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 13, 2020   /   11:47 am
Violators, beware! New decree grants PSBB sanctioning power to Jakarta agencies Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers instruct customers to leave a shopping complex in Glodok, West Jakarta, on April 23 to enforce the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the capital. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has issued a decree that serves as the legal basis for sanctioning violators of the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and the social distancing policy imposed in the capital.

The administration had previously referred to the 2018 Health Quarantine Law to regulate sanctions for violators, and many criticized the police for their lack of effective enforcement.

Gubernatorial Regulation No. 41/2020 on sanctions for PSBB violators comes roughly a month after the Jakarta administration imposed the PSBB on April 10 in Jakarta, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia.

The new decree contains sanctions that apply to individuals, businesses and other institutions that are found to be violating the PSBB.

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“The regulation aims to enforce more discipline among the public in practising physical distancing. All of us, not just some, must work together in preventing the transmission,” Anies said on Tuesday.

“It will also serve as the legal basis for [law enforcement] officers in the field to enforce the [PSBB],” he said.

The decree authorizes the Public Order Agency (Satpol PP); the Jakarta Manpower, Transmigration and Energy Agency and the Jakarta Transportation Agency to impose administrative fines on violators.

The amount of the fine and the issuing body depends on the type of violation. The fines will be deposited in the Jakarta Treasury.

Violators may also be subject to criminal sanctions in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Criminal Code.