This article was first published in The Forest Scribe, a sister website.
Friends of the Earth Indonesia (WALHI) on Wednesday (29/1) called on the government to drop plans to come out with two draft omnibus laws that is said would only favor corporations and not the people, and instead comply with Resolution IX of 2001 of the People’s Representative Council (MPR)
“The president and the DPR (People’s Legislative Council) should execute the orders contained in MPR Resolution IX of 2001, halt the issuance of the pro-investment omnibus laws and other pro-investment products, including permits for the extractive industry,” said Khalisah Khalid from WALHI’s Political Desk.
Speaking at the launch of the latest WALHI report, titled “A review of the Environment 2020: Sowing Investment, Reaping a Multi-Dimensional Crisis,” here on Wednesday, Khalisah said that MPR Resolutions were not only higher in rank compared to omnibus laws but were also clearer legal bases for action. But the government has continued to ignore MPR Resolution IX/2001, she said.
“The execution of this MPR resolution is key in freeing the people from the agrarian crisis and the destruction of the environment,” the report said when recommending that the government comply with the MPR resolution.
The resolution basically covers a review of all permits and regulations issued so far, and a halt to development practices that ran against the spirit of agrarian renewal.
The government has been preparing two draft omnibus laws – laws that revise a couple, or even dozens of other laws – and the two are now included in the list of the legislative’s “Super Priorities” national legislation for 2020. One of the two draft omnibus laws deals with the creation of jobs and while the other is on taxes.
The government has argued that these omnibus laws would be able to reduce if not eliminate the overlaps in existing laws and regulations, and make the process to change laws and regulation more efficient.
But Wahyu Pradana, WALHI’s Manager of Food, Water and Essential Ecosystem Campaigns, said that Law Number 12 of 2011 on the formulation of laws and regulations, does not recognize omnibus laws.
Speaking at the same occasion, Wahyu also said that the two draft omnibus laws were both “very pro-investment and in favor of corporations,” and were not in favor of the interest of the people.