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House nixes family resilience bill

  • Galih Gumelar

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 27 2020   /  01:00 am
We time: A family relaxes in Malang, East Java, on Sunday. The draft law on family resilience is in the spotlight for its perceived intrusion into private matters.(JP/Nedi Putra AW)

The House of Representatives decided to halt all deliberation of the controversial family resilience bill this week, after concerns among several party factions about legislative overreach into people’s private lives led to an end to the process. The House Legislative Body (Baleg) announced the decision during a hearing session on Tuesday, in which five out of the nine factions at the House voted against continuing the deliberation. The scales tipped slightly in favor of secular-nationalist parties such as the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Golkar, the Democratic Party and the Nasdem Party. The National Awakening Party (PKB), which is part of the government’s big-tent coalition and whose membership overlaps with that of the nation’s largest grassroots Muslim organization, Nahdlatul Ulama, also voted against continuing the bill’s delibera...