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Jakarta Post

PDI-P, Gerindra slammed for lodging ‘vested interest’ bills

  • Ghina Ghaliya


Jakarta   /   Sat, June 20 2020   /  01:00 am
Deal: House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani (second right) receives a copy of a report from the head of the Legislation Body (Baleg) Supratman Andi Agtas during the House’s eighth plenary session on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The House has approved 50 bills included in the priority list for 2020.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Legislative watchdog Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) has criticized the country’s two biggest political parties, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party, for proposing two bills that it considered to be largely self-serving in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Formappi researcher Lucius Karus said the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) bill – proposed by PDI-P lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka – and the Constitutional Court law revision bill – proposed by Gerindra lawmaker Supratman Andi Agtas – were unnecessary. "This year is a strategic time to pass vested interest bills because in the coming year the lawmakers’ focus would be on elections-related bills,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. On Tuesday, the government rejected the HIP bill, which aims to regulate the values of the Pancasila i...