Indonesian students from a number of universities are suing the revision of Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) Law to the Constitutional Court on Wednesday (09/18) - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesian presidential palace spokesman Fadjroel Rachman announced on Friday (11/29) that President Joko Widodo would not issue government regulations in lieu of a law to revoke a new law that critics fear could curb the powers of the Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC) that has triggered nationwide demonstrations.

Passed into law in September, the revised 2002 bill governing the CEC, means the agency will be overseen by a committee and no longer able to independently wiretap suspects. Concerns over the bill that presides over the CEC has sparked nationwide protests for the past two months, during which there have been five deaths and scores injured.

“The government regulations to replace the CEC law are no longer needed. There is already a law, namely Law Number 19 of 2019. So the president cannot revoke it,” Rachman told reporters at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta.

Shortly after the bill was passed, Widodo had said he would consider replacing it by issuing a presidential regulation in lieu of a law. But in early this month, he told reporters he would press on with selecting members for the committee and also let the Constitutional Court decide upon a judicial review which was filed by students in the hope that the bill is dropped.

“Since the judicial review process is ongoing don’t let there be a compounding legal decision,” he told a meeting of reporters on Friday (11/01), adding he was selecting members for the overseeing committee for the CEC, with their inauguration set in December.

Critics of the new bill have also raised concerns about the makeup of the CEC’s new board of commissioners. Firli Bahuri, a police inspector general, will be inaugurated in December as the agency’s chief. He has been accused of ethical violations during a previous attachment to the CEC, which he denies.

A judicial review of the new bill was submitted by 190 students from various universities and the general public to the Constitutional Court. In reading the verdict on Thursday, the Court stated that the lawsuit of 190 students was not considered further.

They are suing the formal test of Law Number 16 Year 2019 concerning the Second Amendment to Law Number 30 Year 2002 concerning the KPK and the material test Article 12B, Article 12C, Article 21 paragraph (1) letter a, Chapter VA, Article 40 paragraph (2), Article 47, Article 69A and Article 69D Second Amendment to the CEC Law.

The constitutional judge, Enny Nurbaningsih, said the petitioners’ new request regarding the review of Law Number 16 the Year 2019 regarding the second amendment to Law Number 30 the Year 2009 concerning the anti-graft agency was either wrong object or error.

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