Anti-Radical Organization Law Not Targeting Certain Mass Organizations

Monday, 17 July 2017 , 16:00:00 WIB -

Vice President Jusuf Kalla (front left), followed by Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Affairs Wiranto (second left), the Ministry of Internal Affairs (right) and House of Representatives Vice Chairman, Fahri Hamzah (rear right) are seen after a opening a coordination meeting on border control, Jakarta, Wednesday (12/7). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – The Substitute Legislation No.2/2017 on Mass Organizations have spurred protests from many people. Minister of Internal Affairs, Tjahjo Kumolo, stressed that the substitute legislation is necessary and the government has strong legal standing to issue said law.

"The government had strong legal standing to issue the substitute legislation, namely that the existing law (Law No.17/2013 on Mass Organizations) is no longer effective," Tjahjo said, in a written statement, Saturday (15/7).

Tjahjo claims that there are mass organizations who intend to replace the national ideology and the 1945 Constitution.

Furthermore, the drafting of the substitute legislation involved the government, lawyers, academics, religious leaders, and local and national public figures.

"The substitute legislation is not targeting certain mass organizations. It was issued as the government’s obligation to protect the nation, which is based on Pancasila and the 1945 Constitution," he said.

Tjahjo added that the government is now preparing concrete measures to implement the substitute legislation without acting like an authoritarian as many fears.

"A government team under the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Law and Security Affairs is now working to collect information on the mass organizations that have violated the new law, who would see their license revoked," he said. (dtc/mfb)