Minister urges students to halt demonstrations to reject draft bills

Minister urges students to halt demonstrations to reject draft bills

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto accompanied by Military Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto (left), Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian (second right), and Chief of the State Cyber and Cryptography Agency Lt Gen. Hinsa Siburian (right) at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday (Sept 24, 2019). ANTARA/Zuhdiar Laeis/sh

The president has decided (to postpone deliberations on the bills) after he met with leaders and members of the parliament
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has appealed to students to halt protests to oppose some draft bills since the government and House of Representatives had already deferred deliberation on the draft bills.

"I urged them to hold off or cancel the planned demonstrations held to reject the draft bills," Wiranto informed journalists here on Tuesday.

Wiranto noted that of the total eight draft bills scheduled for deliberation before the House ended its term, the president has solely agreed on three draft bills, including the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) bill.

"Five other draft bills postponed were those on the criminal code, agrarian bill, mass organization bill, mineral and coal bill, and manpower bill," he revealed.

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The decision to postpone deliberations on the bills was made based on public interest after the president took into account the people's aspirations and opinions.

"Some articles still need further evaluation. The president has decided (to postpone deliberations on the bills) after he met with leaders and members of the parliament," Wiranto remarked.

Hence, Wiranto pointed out that the demonstrations to reject the draft bills were deemed irrelevant.

Thousands of university students from across Indonesia once again took to the streets on Tuesday.

They gathered in front of the House of Representatives' compound in Central Jakarta at 1 p.m. local time to echo their demands for lawmakers to halt the passage of several controversial bills, including a revision of the Criminal Code (KUHP).
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