Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly, center, said the government is preparing a regulation that will establish stricter requirements for the formation of mass organizations, and harsher penalties for groups that break the law. (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Gov't Preparing Regulations to Rein In Mass Organizations: Minister

BY :ALIN ALMANAR

DECEMBER 14, 2016

Jakarta. The government is preparing a regulation that will establish stricter requirements for the formation of mass organizations, and harsher penalties for groups that break the law, a minister said.

The regulation is aimed at detailing a range of stipulations under the 2013 Law on Mass Organizations, which officials say has made it more difficult for the government to disband rogue mass organizations.

"If the technicalities are not well regulated, it will be troublesome," Justice Minister Yasonna Laoly told reporters in Jakarta on Wednesday (14/12).

Officials have also said that the procedures to establish mass organizations under the 2013 law are too simple, which led to a rapid increase in the number of such groups and difficulties in monitoring them.

"We are discussing the regulation now, after witnessing the current trend related to mass organizations," Yasonna said.

There have long been concerns over mass organizations that oppose the Pancasila state ideology, or national values, as well as those breaking the law. However, the government has been considered too lenient towards them.

The National Police have earlier vowed to act against members of mass organizations who break the law and warned that it may ultimately affect the legal status of such organizations.

Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said that while it may involve a more complicated legal process to clamp down on mass organizations, the actions of individual members could be addressed directly.

National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said the government needs to take firm action to disband mass organizations that violate the law and threaten the unity of Indonesia.

Such action would involve the National Police, the Indonesian Military (TNI), the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the Home Affairs Ministry and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN).

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