Secretary-General of Persatuan Pembangunan Party Arsul Sanu - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Political parties, which are backing the re-elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, conveyed their disagreements for the government to issue a government regulation in lieu of law to drop the new anti-graft law, which was passed by the House of Representatives last month.

As a response to the recent alarming student protests regarding the revision of the law that governs the country’ graft buster agency, President Widodo made comments that he is considering to revoking the recently passed law revision. to calm down the protesters.

This idea was quick to be responded by the new lawmakers, including from the coalition parties, which have been supporting Widodo’ presidential bid in April.

“We strongly rejected the plan. Certainly, five political parties [supporting Widodo] have said issuing the government lieu of law must be the last option, because there are many other things that we need to pay attention into,” the Secretary-General of Persatuan Pembangunan Party (PPP) Arsul Sani told reporters in Jakarta on Monday (10/01).

He added, there was no urgency for the president to drop the law. The politician claimed, according to the country’ law, any bills considered problematic must be brought into the Constitutional Court, for a judicial review. Only if the Court drop the law, Widodo can enact the regulation in lieu of law to fill in the gap.

Sani asserted, that the coalition parties rejecting the plan to drop the new anti-graft law are the ruling coalition, Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan Party or PDI-P, Golongan Karya (Golkar) Party, Nasional Demokrat Party, Kebangkitan Bangsa Party and PPP. Top figures from those party, he said, has delivered their arguments when met with Widodo at the Bogor Palace, West Java, on late Monday.

The President, he went on, could look for other options to amend the anti-graft law. For example, through a legislative review in the hands of the 2019-2024 lawmakers or a judicial review through the Constitutional Court.

Previously, Arteria Dahlan, a lawmaker from PDI-P, who is with the House of Representatives’ Commission III, said the president could commit into unconstitutional acts if he revokes the CEC law. He revealed, there is no clear legal basis to drop the law.

“The question is whether the current conditions require the President to issue a government regulation in lieu of law?” Dahlan told reporters on Monday.

His comment strengthened opinions by PDI-P’ secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto, who has said the government enforce the new law first, then make an evaluation after that. Meanwhile, Akbar Tanjung, a honorary board of Golkar party said the president needs to have compelling reasons to drop the law.

Ever since the draft revision for the anti-graft law was unveiled, the public has been voicing out their concerns. They also accused the government of taking advantages in the last minutes of the previous lawmakers’ end of term. Furthermore, the public, who were just just informed within a short period of time, realized the revision would severely weaken the anti-graft commission.

This has translated into a series of massive rallies all over the nation and already took some death tolls after protesters clashed with the police.

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