Rules and Regulations Should be Evaluated: President Jokowi
Date 17 Januari 2017
President Joko Jokowi Widodo asserted that legal reform should not only touch downstream side that related with
public services, but also upstream side, i.e. improvement of regulation and procedure aspects. Therefore, the President asked to prioritize regulation restructuring in this times legal reform.
Yet, the President reminded that Indonesia is a country that upholds the rule of law, not a country of regulation. Thus, the rules and regulations need to be evaluated or reviewed so that they could be in line with the soul of Pancasila (Five Principles), the mandate of the constitution, as well as our national interests, the President said when delivering an introductory remarks at a Limited Meeting on Follow-up of Legal Reform Discussion, at the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Tuesday (17/1) afternoon.
Moreover, the President added, unsynchronous regulations should be evaluated because they make things complicated and cause misinterpretation that would weaken Indonesias competitiveness in global competition.
President Jokowi also asked to carry out restructuring of rules and regulations database. Make use the advanced information technology to develop e-regulation services, the President said.
The President emphasized that in 2017, the Government commits to focusing on resolving social gap issue, including access disparity to obtain justice. The President mentioned that there are still a lot of people who do not get adequate legal protection as well as assistance to fight for justice.
At the beginning of his introductory remarks, President Jokowi reminded that the first legal reform has been started. One example of this reform is an all-out illegal levies eradication, particularly in public service centers.
The President asked to continue this program intensively so the people will get its positive impacts. However, this program should be followed with a systemic restructuring so that the services will be better.It means, after the problem of illegal levies solved, it should be followed with improvement of the system, the President said.
According to the President, illegal levies eradication must be an entrance door so that public services will be faster, better, and more qualified. To Indonesian National Police (Polri), the President asked to improve the services of SIM (Drivers License), STNK (Vehicle Registration Number), BPKP (Owners Logbook), SKCK (Police Clearance Letter), and fast traffic ticketing handling. Polri should also improve their online services so people can make non-cash payment through banks.
The Limited Meeting was attended by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna H. Laoly, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureacratic Reform Asman Abnur, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara, Commander of Indonesian National Defence Forces Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, and Chief of Polri Tito Karnavian. (RMI/DND/SM/ES)(MMB/YM/Naster)