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House submits final draft of jobs law to Jokowi

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 14, 2020   /   03:33 pm
House submits final draft of jobs law to Jokowi House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani (fifth left), accompanied by House deputy speakers Rachmat Gobel (left), Azis Syamsuddin (third left), Sufmi Dasco Ahmad (fifth right) and Muhaimin Iskandae (second right) open the fourth sitting period for the 2019-2020 term at the House compound in Jakarta on June 15, 2020. (Antara/M Risyal Hidayat)

The House of Representatives has handed over the final draft of the controversial Job Creation Law to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday.

Out of four final drafts circulating in public, which has caused confusion among citizens over the final content of the law, the House submitted the latest 812-page draft to Jokowi.

House secretary-general Indra Iskandar submitted the final draft through State Secretary Pratikno at the Presidential Palace complex in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon, Kompas TV reported.

Earlier on Wednesday, Indra told The Jakarta Post that the House would publish a copy of the law for the public after Jokowi signed it, instead of on the day of submission.

As of Wednesday morning, the House had yet to officially distribute or publish a copy of the final law to the public.

The draft uploaded to the House's website was the one that had yet to be finalized by the House Legislation Body (Baleg), which was 1,028 pages long.

Read also: House scrambles for clarity amid four different final drafts for jobs law

Besides the 812-page and the 1,028-page drafts, three copies of different drafts -- comprising 1,035, 1,052 and 905 pages respectively -- also recently circulated in public following the passage of the controversial law last week.

The 905-page draft was the one used by the House to pass the bill into law on Oct. 5, both House deputy speaker Azis Syamsuddin and Indra Iskandar confirmed.

Azis said the law would belong to the public after the House had submitted it to Jokowi.

"The deadline for submitting the law is at midnight on Oct. 14, 2020, so that when the law is officially sent to the President, as the head of government, this law will officially belong to the public," the Golkar Party politician said on Tuesday.

Having caused public confusion, Azis swore that the House had not changed anything substantial in the draft and said the changes were due to different fonts and page size.

"I guarantee that, according to our oath of office, we don't dare to insert additional articles [after the passage]. It is a criminal act," he said.

However, the Post has obtained all the four final drafts, compared three of them and found differences between the 905-, the 1035- and 812-page versions.