19 September 2017
Surabaya – Public Relations | An amount of six Indonesian Parliament staff visited the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UNAIR on Tuesday (19/9). The visit was scheduled for the procurement of a Focus Group Discussion themed “Optimizing Role of Society in Preparing Academic Paper and Drafting Law”. The discussion that took place in the Common Room 2nd Floor of Building A FISIP UNAIR was attended by two FISIP experts and one expert from the Faculty of Law (FH). Prof. Dr. Budi Prasetyo, M.Si and Drs. Priyatmoko, MA as representatives from FISIP UNAIR gave input on the preparation of academic texts and law drafts, which took place since 10.00 pm. While from FH, Lilik Pujiastuti, Ph.D participated in the FGD.
It was a government program to increase public participation in formation of academic texts and law drafts. Previously, an MoU had been conducted with several educational institutions to generate synergistic cooperation and produce the best experts. Now Airlangga University represented by FISIP UNAIR is expected to join and this discussion can be an annual agenda. In the discussion, the Parliament Expertise Board asked the opinions of the academics who were present about what should be implemented so the program could absorb people’s aspirations. Many actions have been done before, such as organizing local experts gathering, discussions, and visiting educational institutions. However, these things are still considered not optimal. As stated in Article 8, the need for direct and indirect community input can be realized through socialization, seminar, and FGD.
The next agenda discussed about the 12th Article in Indonesian law which stated “The public is entitled to give both oral and written input in the formation of legislation.” In reviewing the article, the academics present assumed that this article was intended for the community, and not the government as the creator. “There is a gap between the government and the society, because the government in formulating legislation is not clear what to do,” said Lilik in analyzing through a law perspective. The implication is the society is ordered and not the government as the formulator of laws.
"It is hoped that some of these evaluations may be considered for amendment, so that the emphasis on some articles is not on society alone but also on the government to open up a forum. What is later formed by us will become a new norm for the district, city, and province government," explained Budi who is also Vice Dean I FISIP UNAIR. Lilik also added that not only the optimization that is the main priority but also the low participation. (UC / OB/ NZZ)