NGO urges government to be transparent on scrapping regional regulations

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government should release details on 3,143 regional regulations scrapped by the Interior Ministry, according to Research Director of Setara Institute Ismail Hasani.

"Details should be furnished whether the revoked regional regulations include those that are intolerant and discriminatory in nature," he noted in a statement here, Tuesday.

The National Commission for Anti-Violence against Women had conducted a study that found 365 discriminatory regional regulations, while the Interior Ministry found only 21 such regulations.

"The Setara Institute has recorded that 53 regional regulations are discriminatory in nature and concern religious matters," he revealed.

President Joko Widodo recently announced that the Interior Ministry had scrapped 3,143 regional regulations as they were believed to hinder regional economic growth and lengthen the bureaucratic process.

The regulations were also viewed as having complicated the investment and business licensing process or having contradicted with higher laws.

The number of scrapped regulations was the highest since the implementation of regional autonomy.

During the 2002-2009 period, a total of 2,246 regional regulations were scrapped, 1,501 regulations in 2010-2014, and 139 from November 2015 to May 2016.

Hence, in total, the government has scrapped 7,029 regional regulations since 2002.(*)