Jakarta, Lei – Deans of the Indonesian Law Schools Association relaunched the ninth law policy package aimed at supporting the government in ensuring legal certainty in the investment sector, its chairman St. Laksanto Utomo stated here, Monday.
“We have handed over the (law policy package) recommendation to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) through the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Coordinating Ministry of Political, Security, and Legal Affairs. Under his administration, we hope the president would step up his efforts to reform the legal system in Indonesia,” Utomo remarked in Jakarta.
According to the dean association, the law recommendation will play a key role in backing the 16th economic policy package, which was launched by the authority in last August.
On a similar occasion, the association’s advisory board member, Faisal Santiago, stated that if the government is seeking to attract more investment, then the authority should prioritize legal certainty for developing the economy.
Certainty in the legal system will provide security and safety to businesses keen on investing in the country, Santiago remarked.
However, since the past years, the country’s legal system has been disrupted by dozens of graft cases committed by some high-ranking officials and law enforcement officers.
“We have witnessed dozens of our law enforcement officials from the Police, Attorney General’s Office, and Supreme Court being caught red-handed while committing acts of corruption. Such scandals have led to distrust among the public, including investors, (toward our legal system),” he remarked.
Hence, the president should consider the law policy package that has been prepared by the dean association since last year.
Launched in July 2016, the law policy package comprises nine recommendations on reforming the country’s legal system.
“We highlight nine issues, including the law enforcement system, law and welfare for economic development, monetary and state income, land reform, regulations in the maritime sector, law on natural resources and environment, administration of law schools in Indonesia, and regulations on the electoral system,” Utomo said.
Meanwhile, Zainal Arifin, a member of the group and one of the authors of the recommendation, said the country’s legal system should be immediately reformed to ensure that dozens of economic policies imposed by the authority bring welfare to the people.
“Massive development in infrastructure should be balanced by a comprehensive law. As a leader of the country, the president needs to implement a proper regulation to back the government’s economic policies aimed at improving the well-being of the people,” Arifin noted.
On a similar occasion, the dean association further called on the president to review the performance of his ministers and other officials in the country’s law enforcement system through a cabinet reshuffle.
“Following some graft scandals that allegedly involved our high-ranking officials in the cabinet, the president should review the performance of his ministers. If a ministry official, for instance, is suspected of committing corruption, the president should remove that person from the cabinet,” Utomo stated.
According to Santiago, reshuffling the cabinet will help the authority to maintain synergy among the country’s law enforcement offices, starting from the Police, Attorney General’s Office, and Supreme Court.
Moreover, Arifin remarked that reviewing the ministers’ performances by reshuffling some positions in the cabinet will ensure that all high-ranking officials serving the country will function independently or will not be influenced by the interests of some political party.
“We understand that some people who are assigned as ministers and high-ranking officials in the law enforcement system were once affiliated to several political parties, but when they are serving the country, these officials need to set aside all their political interests, since being civil servants, they have to comply with the president’s terms and not their affiliations to their political groups,” Arifin reiterated. (Ant)