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Jakarta Post

Lawmakers at loggerheads over family resilience bill

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 18, 2020   /  06:22 pm
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Firefighters spray disinfectant at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Aug. 9 in the lead up to the House’s plenary meeting to mark Independence Day. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Political party factions at the House of Representatives remain divided over the so-called family resilience bill, with those in opposition casting doubt over the bill's substance and proponents citing the urgency of drafting a specific law covering family-related issues. Members of the House Legislation Body (Baleg) convened in a series of hearings on Monday and Tuesday to deliberate the bill, during which some party representatives criticized content they argued would overreach into people's private lives. Golkar Party politician Nurul Arifin said there was no urgency to draft the bill as several prevailing laws touched on family-related issues that the bill aimed to cover, such as a 2009 law on population growth and family development as well as a 2019 law on marriage. She further said that the draft of the bill had tried to cover too many issues, including on th...