Revisions to Bill Suspended
20 September 2019
Amid mounting criticisms rejecting the controversial revisions of the Criminal Code, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for the House of Representatives to hold off on passing the bill, citing public concerns over some problematic amendments.
In a statement to the press on Friday, Jokowi said he had continuously looked into and listened to the concerns of members of the public who have expressed their objections to some articles in the bill and that he agreed the proposed changes needed to be “thoroughly reviewed”.
“I have ordered the Law and Human Rights Ministry to convey [my] stance to the House, that the passing of the Criminal Code bill into law should be postponed and that the bill should not be passed during the current sitting period," Jokowi said.
“I hope the House is on the same page about this matter so that the deliberation of the Criminal Code bill be continued [by lawmakers] in the next period."
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