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Despite outcry, govt to press on with jobs law supporting regulations

Jakarta Post - October 15, 2020

Jakarta – The Executive Office of the President has said that the government will "immediately" begin drafting regulations for the implementation of the Job Creation Law following the submission of the final draft of the law to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday.

"The government will now start working to draft required regulations that will provide detailed explanations of the provisions in the law," said Donny Gahral Adian, a leading expert at the office.

He said officials would begin the drafting process immediately, particularly since the President had set a target for the deliberation of the required government regulations (PP) and presidential regulations (Perpres) of within three months of the law's passage.

Donny added that the government would involve members of the public in discussions of the regulations.

"The drafting team will definitely invite scholars, public figures, civil organizations as well as other figures who are able to contribute their input for the regulations," he said, as quoted by tempo.co.

The House of Representatives, which passed the omnibus bill on job creation into law on Oct. 5, has officially submitted the final draft of the law to Jokowi.

House secretary-general Indra Iskandar submitted the 812-page final draft to the office of State Secretary Pratikno at the State Palace complex on Wednesday afternoon.

Previously, three different versions of the law – 1,035, 1,052 and 905 pages respectively – had circulated in the public and added to the controversy surrounding the contentious law.

The 905-page draft was the one used by the House to pass the bill into law on Oct. 5, both House deputy speaker Azis Syamsuddin and Indra Iskandar confirmed.

Azis Syamsuddin said on Tuesday that the law would belong to the public after the House handed it over to the President. The Golkar Party politician also said the House had not changed any substantial content in the draft and said that changes were only made to font and page size. (dpk)

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/10/15/despite-outcry-govt-to-press-on-with-jobs-law-supporting-regulations.html