Sat, 15 May 2004

NGOs demand right to legislate

JAKARTA: The Coalition for Participative Policy renewed on Friday its demand that lawmakers grant the public the privilege of taking part in the deliberation of bills.

Sugiarto, the secretary of the coalition, said on Friday his group had met the House factions to seek support from the lawmakers.

Although some factions have expressed support, the government looked likely to reject the demand, he said.

Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yusril Ihza Mahendra once said the authority to produce and enact legislation was limited to legislators and the government. -- JP