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House’s widespread private-sector affiliations raise concerns: Observers

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, October 14, 2020   /  02:57 pm
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The Marepus Corner, a group of independent sociopolitical researchers, presented a study last week that found that 318 members of the House – about 55 percent of the chamber – had roles in multisector enterprises, including manufacturing, technology, mining and construction. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Business players dominate the House of Representatives; six out of 10 lawmakers have direct or indirect involvement in private enterprises, a new study has found. The report comes amid a public outcry against the House’s ratification of the Job Creation Law after a furtive deliberation that included midnight decision-making and changing locations among hotels in several different cities during the week. Many critics, including scholars, say the law will be more beneficial to businesspeople than to the public. Observers have raised concerns about conflicts of interest in the House, arguing that the large number of business-affiliated lawmakers make the chamber likely to produce legislation that will disproportionately favor business interests. Marepus Corner, a group of independent sociopolitical researchers, presented the study last week. They found that 318 members of the...