3 terms in office for president? Proposals for more terms put forth at MPR

22-Nov-2019 Intellasia | JakartaPost | 8:12 AM Print This Post

Proposals to revise constitutional provisions to increase the term of office for a president and vice president have been put forth at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Assembly deputy speakers have said.

Assembly deputy Speaker Arsul Sani said on Thursday that proposals had been put forth for amendments to the 1945 Constitution that included increasing the presidential term limitation to three from the current two.

“Some suggest that the limit be three terms. Well, it’s still just discourse as there have been other proposals as well,” the United Development Party (PPP) politician said on Thursday.

Hidayat Nur Wahid, another deputy speaker from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), said other Assembly members had proposed amending provisions on the term so that each elected president could serve for only a maximum of eight years.

The current Constitution stipulates that a president and vice president may serve only two five-year terms in office, meaning a maximum of 10 years.

“We can’t prevent people from making such suggestions,” Hidayat said on Wednesday.

He added that proposals for the Assembly to amend the Constitution back to its original version as drafted in 1945, as well as suggestions on total revision, had also resurfaced.

That said, planned amendments to the 1945 Constitution may not be limited to reinstating the State Policy Guidelines (GBHN), which were scrapped in 2002 as a result of amendments.

Hidayat, however, declined to specify which factions had proposed such amendments, but only said that Assembly speakers were currently discussing all plans regarding constitutional amendments.

“The process is still far from over,” he said.

Upon being elected Assembly speaker, Bambang Soesatyo of the Golkar Party indicated that he would pursue limited amendments to the 1945 Constitution to revive the GBHN. Discourse on the subject, however, is snowballing among political parties.

NasDem Party secretary-general Johnny G. Plate previously said that constitutional amendments should be comprehensive and that there was no such thing as “limited amendment” in the country.

Critics and experts have scrutinised the planned amendment for indications of moving toward abolishing direct presidential elections and instead returning the authority to the Assembly, as the highest lawmaking body, to appoint presidents and vice presidents ─ similar to the practice during the days of the New Order regime.

Bambang, however, has repeatedly given assurances that the amendment would not touch constitutional articles on the presidential election, asserting that the president and the vice president would continue to be elected by the people.



Convicted terrorists on Batam Police radar following Medan suicide attack

21/Nov/2019 Intellasia| JakartaPost

The Batam Police in Riau Islands province are monitoring former members of the Katibah Gonggong Rebus (KGR) radical group following a suicide bombing at the Medan Police headquarters in North Sumatra.

Members of the KCR were accused in 2016 of plotting a rocket strike against Singapore.

Batam Police chief Insp. Gen. Andap Budi Revianto said recently that former terror convicts would also be required to participate in a deradicalisation programme. The programme will be run by two police directorates: the community guidance directorate (Dirbimas) and the intelligence and security directorate.

“Apart from the KGR, another group will also be monitored, although I can’t reveal more details about it at this time. The force has put both groups on our deradicalisation radar,” Andap told The Jakarta Post recently

The police chief, however, failed to mention whether members of the two groups had participated in a deradicalisation programme organised by the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and the Social Affairs Ministry.

The East Jakarta District Court convicted in 2017 six members of Batam-based KGR for their involvement in the radical group as well as plotting a terror attack against the neighbouring city-state of Singapore.

The six convicted membersEka Saputra, Trio Safrido, Tarmizi, Gigih Rahmat Dewa, Hadi Gusti Yanda and Leonardo Hutajuluwere believed to be supporters of Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian militant who supported the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria, who was reportedly killed in a drone strike during counterterrorism operations in 2018.

While Rahmat was sentenced to four years in prison, the others were only sentenced to three years.

Riau Islands acting governor Isdianto said the provincial administration had also become a spearhead for deradicalisation to prevent the spread of radical beliefs among the people.

In Batam, two institutions have been allocated funds and tasked with addressing deradicalisation, namely the Coordination Forum for the Prevention of Terrorism (FKPT) and the Interfaith Communication Forum (FKUB).

“I believe cooperation among law enforcers and the regional administration will succeed in preventing the spread of radical beliefs,” Isdianto said.

A former participant of the deradicalisation programmeidentified only as YIhowever, said the current programme was ineffective in assisting participants to find a way to make a living, which was one of the programme’s main purposes.

YI was a former migrant worker who was deported from Singapore on suspicion of being involved in a radical group. After her deportation, she participated in a two-month deradicalisation programme run by the BNPT and the Social Affairs Ministry.

“Most of the time during the programme was spent eating and sleeping. An INGO later provided assistance by giving as capital to open a business. However, my fried banana chip business in Cilacap failed,” YI told the Post recently.

She currently lives in Batam with her children and husband, who works as a security guard.



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