National Legislative Program should resolve modern challenges

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Head of the House of Representatives (DPR)’ Legislation Committee , Supratman Andi Agtas. (Photo: DOC. DPR RI)

IO – The House of Representatives (DPR)’ Legislation Committee (Badan Legislasi – “Baleg”) has finalized 33 Draft Laws to be entered as a 2021 Priority (Program Legislasi Nasional – “Prolegnas”). This inclusion was performed in a Working Meeting held between the Baleg DPR, the Minister of Law and Human Rights, and the Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah Republik Indonesia – “DPD RI”) in the Parliamentary Complex, Jakarta, on Tuesday (09/03/2021).

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to ask: Can we approve the List of Prolegnas of 2021 and Amendments to Draft Laws Prolegnas 2020-2024?” asked the Head of the Baleg DPR Supratman Andi Agtas, in his function as Chairman of the Meeting. “Aye,” agreed the Meeting’s participants.

In today’s Work Meeting, the Elections Draft Laws was taken out of the Priority Prolegnas 2021. Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoly, stated that the Government agrees with Committee II of DPR’s suggestion to take this Draft Law out of the Priority Prolegnas 2021 list. In exchange, Yasonna proposes that the Draft Laws concerning the General Provisions of Taxation be included in the List as proposed by the Government. After all, this Draft Law was included in the Priority Prolegnas List, but its discussion was delayed. “If possible, with theapproval of the Factions, we might consider this Draft Law to fill in the vacuum created by the extraction of the Elections Draft Law,” he said.

“Aye,” said most of the Meeting’s participants, except for the Democrat Party Faction and the Prosperous Justice Party (Partai Keadilan Sejahtera – “PKS”) Faction whose stance was that the Elections Draft Laws remain in the Priority Prolegnas 2021 List. However, the PKS Faction stated that they will respect the decision made by the Head of Commission II in relation to the polemic regarding this particular Draft Law.

Several Draft Laws are still included in the Priority Prolegnas of 2021 List, with a special note: Draft Law concerning the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (Badan Pembinaan Ideologi Pancasila – “BPIP”), Draft Law concerning the Prohibition of Alcoholic Beverages, and the Draft Laws concerning the National Capital. “We are still in the planning stage. The later stages of discussion and conception will be highly dynamic,” Supratman said.

The Factions of Baleg DPR hope that the legal products generated by this term’s Prolegnas remain in context and can resolve outstanding issues. Baleg DPR RI member Riezky Aprilia, representing the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (Partai Demokrasi Indonesia Perjuangan – “PDIP”) Faction, states that the Prolegnas must be created based on the State’s philosophy, Pancasila, and the Preamble of its Constitution of 1945, which clearly declare that the purpose of the State is to protect the people and to help with their welfare. “Therefore, the Prolegnas should not just support the Government’s work, but it should also be able to satisfy the people’s legal needs in line with the demands of the Reforms,” she said during Priority Prolegnas Decision-Making Meeting between Baleg DPR RI, DPD, and the Ministry of Law and Human Rights held at Nusantara II Building, Senayan, Jakarta, on Tuesday (09/03/2021).

Riezky went on to say that the creation of new Laws within the Prolegnas must consider the dynamics of progress in the current era. The PDIP Factions encourage the creation and discussion of Draft Laws to be based not on quantity, but to be focused on how to satisfy the people’s needs, without discriminating against any social division that they belong to.

Meanwhile, Baleg DPR RI Santoso represents the Democrat Party by saying that they hope that there is still time to discuss the revision to the Election Law in this term’s Prolegnas. “We need to be more realistic with this Prolegnas, as our Session is only 9 months long. Therefore, Priority Prolegnas of 2021 should not be focused on the quantity of Draft Laws to be discussed, but on the quality of these Laws themselves,” he said. (des)