Fri, 11 Jun 2004

Poor attendance puts House behind

JAKARTA: The House of Representatives (DPR) failed on Thursday to have a Bamus (deliberation body) meeting as only 22 of the 76-member committee showed up.

Deputy House speaker Tosari Widjaja expressed concern about the poor attendance, saying it was the 16th meeting House leaders had canceled due to inadequate numbers.

The meeting was supposed to arrange schedules, including the endorsement of central bank officials and the deliberation of bills.

Tosari said many legislators had played hooky from important sessions since the April 5 legislative election. Many of these legislators were not reelected and were due to leave the House soon.

The bad attendance has contributed to the failure of the House to finish deliberating many important bills. - JP