Fri, 21 Mar 2003

Ten bills await government response

JAKARTA: The House of Representatives (DPR) complained that the government was slow to respond to draft bills initiated by legislators, and that it would cause more delays in the deliberations.

House legislation body chairman Zein Badjeber said on Thursday that the House had handed 10 draft bills for the government to review, but had not received any responses yet.

According to Zein, the legislature could not start deliberating the bills without the presence of government officials.

He said he hoped President Megawati Soekarnoputri would soon appoint ministers to discuss the relevant bills with legislators.

The draft bills legislators include bills on the Supreme Court, on the Attorney General's Office, and on the Judicial Commission.

Zein, a politician from the United Development Party (PPP), said the legislators were ready to start deliberations anytime. -- JP