The discussion on the Job Creation Bill (known as the “RUU Cipta Kerja” in Indonesian) is still ongoing in the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI). Both the Government and the DPR RI have been under public pressure to postpone, improve the draft, and initiate a broader process of involving the community. On the other hand, there is a strong push from the Government to swiftly pass this bill as a solution to Indonesia’s economic challenges, especially considering the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country’s economy.
However, criticisms have emerged from the public and universities regarding the substance of the Job Creation Bill, which utilizes the omnibus law method. Certain provisions within the bill are deemed not aligned with sustainable development, a developmental paradigm recognized by the 1945 Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia.
Furthermore, the omnibus law method, which has been employed by various countries since the 1880s, has been identified as containing various weaknesses. For instance, the vast number of topics covered and the limited time available for drafting and discussion make it challenging for parliaments and communities to thoroughly assess bills utilizing the omnibus method. Additionally, the experience of other countries implementing omnibus laws covering diverse subjects has led to the inclusion of unrelated issues (riders) that do not align with the core objectives of the omnibus law. Indonesia should learn from the experiences of other countries that have employed this method and ensure that every bill in Indonesia using the omnibus approach adheres to the principles of good legislation making.
Based on these considerations, the Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative (IOJI), an independent think-tank and policy advocacy institution promoting sustainable maritime policies based on good governance, in collaboration with Hukum Online, will release two analytical manuscripts and policy recommendations titled:
The launch of these two studies will be conducted through an online seminar via Zoom organized by the Indonesia Ocean Justice Initiative in partnership with Hukumonline, under the title “Omnibus Law in the Perspective of Good Legislation Making and the Implications of the Job Creation Bill on Sustainable Maritime Development.” This seminar is scheduled for Wednesday, August 19, 2020, from 14:00 to 16:30 WIB (Western Indonesia Time).
Registration can be completed through the following link: