Indonesian 2014-2019 Members of Parliament - Photo: DPR-RI

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian House of Representative period 2014 – 2019 ended its term today (09/30), resulting in only 84 laws with 23 members of parliament (MPs) stumbling over legal issues, most are corruption cases.

Of the 84 bills passed, 35 bills are included in the priority national legislation program. The remaining 49 are open to cumulative bills. From the 35 priority bills that were passed, there is some revision of the same law, Forum Masyarakat Peduli Parlemen (Formappi) data showed, released on Sept, 26.

“The legislative function is very unproductive. They only produce 84 bills for five years, far less than the previous period which reached 125 bills,” Formappi researcher Lucius Karus said in a written statement.

Besides weak in legislation, the MPs also familiar with legal issues. There are at least 23 MPs who stumble with legal issues, most of which are corruption cases, according to Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) resent data.

There were 7 MPs from the Golongan Karya Party, the Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan, Demokrat and Amanat Nasional Party contributed for 3 MPs, respectively, 2 from Persatuan Pembangunan and Hati Nurani Rakyat Party, and Nasional Demokrat, Keadilan Sejahtera, and Kebangkitan Bangsa Party gives 1 MPs, respectively.

Amid the many MPs who were arrested by the antigraft commission, the House passed the controversial changes to a law governing the Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) on Sept, 17, amid of a big wave of rejection by students, anti-corruption activists, community coalitions due to it’s considered killing the anti-graft commission.

Having successfully prosecuted hundreds of politicians and officials since its formation in 2002, the CEC has become one of the country’s most respected agencies. There have been repeated efforts by politicians and police to undermine the commission and last week parliament passed a motion to debate amendments to the 2002 law that created the commission.

The proposed changes include placing the agency under the oversight of an external board which would have the right to decide whether the anti-graft commission could run wiretaps. The mooted reforms have alarmed anti-corruption activists and society, who fear they are meant to weaken the agency.

Since then, the protests against the CEC law and other controversial laws began and have turned violent in several places with more than 300 hurt in Jakarta alone. Its 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.

The two dead university students, both men, were part of a rally on Thursday in Kendari on the island of Sulawesi. One died the same day and the other on Friday. Police gave the cause of one of the deaths as bullet wounds. Another student was critically ill with head injuries after a protest in Jakarta on Tuesday, officials and the university said on Wednesday.

More rallies took place in the capital on Friday, but on a smaller scale than on previous days and no clashes were reported. Police chief Tito Karnavian said at least 200 people had been arrested since the protests began.

President Joko Widodo said on Thursday said he was considering revoking the new anti-corruption law. On Friday he said he had ordered an investigation into the two deaths, telling reporters in Jakarta: “I told the national police chief that his personnel should not act repressively.”

Today the students planned to stage another massive rally, asking Widodo to resign from his position. Its predicting thousands of students will gather at the House office in central Jakarta.

Widodo is due to be sworn in for a second term on Oct. 20 after winning a national election. Chief Security Minister Wiranto has said the student protests were hijacked by a group aiming to disrupt parliament and Widodo’s inauguration next month.

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