In the midst of a demonstration against the Omnibus Law which was marked by clashes, the Joko Widodo administration, through a number of ministers, held a special press conference on Wednesday (07/10) afternoon, responding to various allegations that the Omnibus Law Law was made for “the benefit of big businessmen”.
In the joint press conference, the relevant ministers explained the material in the Omnibus Law which was claimed to not be detrimental to workers and society in general.
They also claim that the process of ratifying this law was held openly during deliberations in the DPR.
Some ministers also asked the media to report everything related to the Omnibus Law “properly and correctly”.
A minister at the press conference accused the public of “a lot of distortion of information” surrounding the law.
This press release was held amid protests against the Omnibus Law in a number of areas, including clashes between police officers and protesters, such as the one in Bandung, Semarang and Bandar Lampung on Wednesday (07/10).
Some ministers also asked the media to report the material in the controversial law in a “good and correct manner” so that “there would be no distortion”.
This statement was made by the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto at the end of the press conference, stating clearly that the media should report the contents of the Omnibus Law “properly and correctly”.
“Earlier, the Minister of Law and Human Rights noted that there was no confusion,” said Airlangga.
At the beginning of the press conference, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto stated that the Job Creation Law was a solution in creating jobs in Indonesia.
“The law is expected to be a solution to creating new jobs while still providing protection to MSMEs and cooperatives and increasing protection for workers and laborers,” he said.
It was also said that the purpose of the creation of the Job Creation Law was to simplify, synchronize and trim regulations that hinder job creation.
The Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly asked the mass media to assist in correcting conflicting information regarding the law to the public.
He said there was what he called “an attempt to distort information on the Job Creation Law”.
“So if there is confusion, not confusion, but distortion, it can be corrected. It can be conveyed correctly and proportionally.
“Pity our people if they think this is something very exclusive,” said Yasonna.
In his statement, Yasonna claimed that the discussion of the Job Creation Law was held openly at the DPR, so that the public could provide suggestions and input.
“The discussion is very open, although relatively fast, it is discussed in the Working Committee through streaming. Good input from all factions is discussed. All are open,” he said.
Menaker: ‘Many distortions of information’
Meanwhile, the Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah said that this law still regulates the provisions for severance pay received by workers when they lose their jobs.
It also states that workers will also be “guaranteed job loss”.
For workers who are threatened with layoffs, according to him, “the Job Creation Law still regulates provisions regarding job loss insurance programs whose benefits are in the form of cash, access to labor market information and job training.”
“So it is not true that the provisions and procedures for layoffs are trimmed. It is still regulated as in Law 13/2003,” he said.
Furthermore, Ida said that people who lose their jobs will get access to the labor market which is regulated by the government, so that he said they will find it easier to get new jobs.
In his statement, Ida also underlined that “many distortions of information that develop in society are actually far from the reality.”
Ida did not elaborate further on this assumption.
‘The Omnibus Law is not only for big businessmen’
In the press conference, the Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia said that the Job Creation Law does not only take care of large investments, but also MSME investment.
That’s why, according to him, “It would be wrong for people to say that this law is only for big businessmen. That’s not true,” said Bahlil.
He then gave an example that the law also gave place to small and medium enterprises. “MSMEs are given space to take care of their permits, which are no longer the same as managing large PT permits,” he said.
“One sheet (permission), three hours are over,” he admitted. “No fees.”
Thus, according to Bahlil, this law is only for big businessmen.
He then said “do not make issues that make others difficult.”