In his official statement, Coordinating Legal, Political, and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD regretted that the protest turned violent, and led to the destruction of public facilities and looting.
“Such actions are crimes that cannot be tolerated and must be stopped,” Mahfud said in a press conference that is televised by Kompas TV on October 8.
Mahfud said that the government respected the people’s rights to express their opinions about the new Job Creation Law as long as it was done peacefully, respected the rights of other people, and did not disturb public order.
Here below is the government’s official statement read by Mahfud MD:
With the developments of the current situation as people have expressed their aspirations for the new Job Creation Law in several places throughout the country, the government will convey the following matters:
1. The Job Creation Law was formed to carry out the government’s duties in building the welfare of the people through the creation of more job opportunities, protection of workers, simplifying the bureaucracy, and eradicating corruption and extortion and preventing other corruption crimes.