Government to reexamine clauses in Criminal Code Law draft: Kalla

Government to reexamine clauses in Criminal Code Law draft: Kalla

Archive - Vice President Jusuf Kalla attended the High-Level Panel during the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, Monday (23/9/2019). (Vice Presidential Secretariat Bureau)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed that the government will submit a request to the House of Representatives to revisit several clauses in the contentious Criminal Code Law draft (RUUKUHP).

"There are several clauses that the public disagrees with, one of them being that concerning premarital sex, and of course, everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. The House and government will take a look at these varying views," he remarked in between events at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, as cited in a video statement received here, Wednesday.

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For the passage of a bill, the public’s views should be taken into account, and to this end, he affirmed that the government shares the same beliefs as the public in deferring the passage of the bill.

"The government believes it should be postponed and discussed further in the House. Public hearing is part of passing a bill," he noted.

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Students from several universities conducted mass rallies in the country on Monday (Sept 23) and Tuesday (Sept 24), as a mark of protest against the Criminal Code Bill and the anti-graft Law that had been passed for revision.

President Joko Widodo had ultimately urged the DPR to postpone the ratification of the Criminal Code Law along with the Law of Land, Mineral and Coal Law (Minerba), and Penitentiary Law (PAS).

"I do not have knowledge on much since I have been here in the US. However, I also communicate with the president, and he provided information on the development of the situation," he added.

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