Indonesian students from various universities gathered and held a protest in front of the House of Representatives in Jakarta - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian students from various universities gathered and held a protest in front of the House of Representatives in Jakarta on late Thursday (09/19), put up various banners and posters, reads “the building was confiscated by students.” The students conveyed the motion of no confidence in the members of parliament (MPs) as the people’s representative.

Hundreds of students, in their actions, conveyed the motion for several things. Starting from the ratification of the Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) Law Revision, the determination of CEC leaders deemed problematic, as well as the discussion of the revision of the Criminal Code.

“The anti-graft agency has been castrated! The CEC, which should have been able to work optimally, was actually weakened,” shouted a student from the command car.

The students came from the University of Indonesia (UI), Bandung Institute of Technology, Paramadina University, Trisakti University, Veterans National Development University, Indraprastha University, and others, Tempo reported. Representatives of the students took turns giving speeches on the car right in front of the fence of the parliament complex.

UI spokesman M. Elang said the student action was evidence of disappointment with the MPs, who were in a hurry to discuss a bill that was considered to be their priority, not the peoples.

“Why in the discussion of the CEC Law which actually makes it difficult to eradicate corruption, there is no opposition? All agreed, “he shouted adding that regulations that are needed by the public, such as the elimination of sexual violence law have received a lot of opposition.

We deeply regret the problems that have occurred lately. Ranging from corruption to democracy in Indonesia which is increasingly threatened. Efforts to eradicate corruption in this country are weakened,” he shouted with support from the masses.

Revision of Law Number 30 of 2002 concerning the CEC was officially passed into law at the 9th Plenary Meeting of the House on September 17. The law was still passed despite the public controversy.

In addition, the government and parliament have agreed to bring the revision of the Criminal Code to the plenary meeting next week.

Besides the deliberate discussion process, the revision also contains many problematic articles such as insults to the president/vice president, the application of the death penalty, adultery article, treason article, special criminal acts such as corruption and human rights violations. Then there is also a living law that allows officials to use the law in accordance with customary law.

“The discourse to finally ratify the Criminal Code, even though the articles in it are still inconsequential, many are still problematic. Starting from the problem of corruption itself then the problem of democracy that we highlight the most. These two things actually make our motion of no confidence to the state,” a student said.

Students Occupy the House Office in Riau

Meanwhile, hundreds of students from a number of campuses in Riau Province occupied the local House office as a form of protest over the poor air condition caused by the dangerous haze in the region.

The mass coordinator of the Riau Islamic University Andri Kurniawan said the MPs had to give sanctions to the perpetrators of forest burners from corporations or individuals.

“Imposing sanctions on land-burning corporations, doing transparency in applying regulations to forest concession holders, and immediately formulating regulations related to the handling of forest and land fires,” he said during a speech at the House plenary room.

He added that the executive and legislative must provide health insurance to the people affected by forest and land fires.

They also urge President Joko Widodo to immediately remove officials or agencies who were negligent in dealing with forest and land fires.

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