Indonesian CEC Examined Law and Human Rights Minister Related to the ID Electronic scandal, Photo: Privacy
Indonesia' Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC)  again examined the Law and Human Rights Minister, Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly related to national electronic identity card (e-ID) case - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia’s minister of law and human rights Yasonna Laoly resigned on Friday (09/27) just hours after meeting President Joko Widodo at the State Palace. Laoly officially left his post starting October 1, 2019.

“This is related to my elected as a parliament member in the electoral district of North Sumatra,” he wrote in a letter numbered M.HH.UM.01.01-168 dated September 27, 2019.

Laoly said the decision was taken referring to article 23 of law number 39 the year 2008 concerning the state ministry which explained: “Ministers are prohibited from holding concurrent positions as other state officials in accordance with the statutory regulations.”

Beside apologize, Laoly thanked President Widodo for giving credence as his minister. He previously was a member of parliament from the Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan Party for two periods since 2004.

His resignation letter was submitted after meeting for about 30 minutes with Widodo. Laoly with defense minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, energy minister Ignasius Jonan, religion minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, and presidential staff chief Moeldoko were summoned by the president to discuss the current situation, he brief reporters after the meeting. But he did not specify what the “current situation” was meant.

However, the country is indeed heating up after students hold rallies in a number of cities. The protests, against new laws, began on Monday and have turned violent in several places with deaths of two students in Kendari on the island of Sulawesi and more than 300 hurt in Jakarta alone, prompting calls from Amnesty International for an investigation into what it called “massive” aggression by police, who have fired tear gas and used water cannon.

Demonstrators’ anger is focused on a Corruption Eradication Commission revised law that activists say will hobble Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency and Criminal Code which includes plans to outlaw extramarital sex and penalize insulting the president’s honor.

Laoly and Syafruddin, minister of administrative and bureaucratic reform, are the two President Widodo trusted to represent the government to discuss the revision law with parliament.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com