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President Jokowi slammed over response to jobs law criticism

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Severe migraine: A student protester holds up a poster based on the packaging design of a headache medicine on Thursday, October 8. 2020 during a demonstration on Jl. M.H. Thamrin in Central Jakarta. The poster reads: “The omnibus law causes headaches, environmental damage, workers’ oppression.” JP/Seto Wardhana(JP/Seto Wardhana)

As labor unions, activists and their lawyers prepare to petition the Constitutional Court for a judicial review of the recently passed Job Creation Law, critics have accused President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo of sidestepping public concerns over the rushed process to pass the legislation.   Nearly a year after the President announced his intent to push a set of sweeping revisions in a draft law called the omnibus bill on job creation, lawmakers passed the bill on Oct. 5. The House of Representatives passed the bill earlier than originally expected, in a move that sidestepped unions’ plans to hold a nationwide strike in protest of the bill.   The Jokowi administration has continued to insist that the new law is intended to attract foreign investment and create jobs to prop up a floundering economy. This point received a rare nod on Friday from the World...