State intercedes on city law
City News – March 06, 2007

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to issue instructions on the ongoing revision of Law No 34/1999 on the Jakarta administration, Home Minister M. Ma’ruf said Monday after a limited Cabinet meeting.

“The mandate will be issued this week so further discussion can get underway next week,” the minister said as quoted by Antara.

Besides Ma’ruf, also attending the meeting was Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono, Coordinating Minister for the People’s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie and State Minister for National Development Planning Paskah Suzetta.

The instructions will be followed up with the establishment of a team comprising representatives of the Home Ministry, the Justice and Human Rights Ministry and related ministries, as well as civic law experts.

The team will work closely with the House of Representatives committee that has been consolidating and developing the law.

The draft of the revised law had been proposed by the House to the State Secretariat during the administration of president Megawati Soekarnoputri in 2002. The draft had been passed on to the Ministry of Home Affairs before being returned to the House for final deliberation.

“Together with the House committee, we will work on a number of priority issues in the revision,” Ma’ruf said.

Ma’ruf said priorities included spatial planning and the proposed megacity concept.

“Most importantly, cities are not isolated states, Jakarta’s spatial development planning decisions must take Banten and West Java into consideration,” Ma’ruf said.

He said final revisions would be made before August, when Jakarta will hold its first direct gubernatorial election. — JP

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