Dr. Hempri Suyatna as a Social Development and Welfare Expert from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences UGM said that the Job Creation Bill issue on Monday (5/10) had a positive impact on the growth of people's welfare because it opened up larger space for easy investment in Indonesia. Hence, it could be possible to open up wider employment opportunities.
Some Articles in this bill also presented more profitable benefits to enterpreneurs than workers. "So, there are two sides that should be our concerns. If we see from the positive aspect, this bill is expected to facilitate Indonesia's investment and facilitate job creation. However, suppose we look closely at this law. In that case, it will be more likely to provide more benefits to employers than workers," said Hempri when asked for his response on the prospects for the impact of community welfare development after the ratification of the Job Creation Law.
Hempri agrees that the Job Creation Bill is a government attempt to cut bureaucracy to facilitate Indonesia's investment climate. He also said that conceptually, this business's ease is expected to pull investors and open job opportunities. This condition is because, in some cases, investors often complain about licensing, which is presumably quite complicated.
However, this bill's emergence during a global pandemic is not quite appropriate, especially when a new world economy declines. "I reckon, it is not quite right given the declining condition of companies and the world economy," he said.
Besides, there were many rejections from workers from various circles. "Government should postpone it for a little while and revise several articles that have become the public's complaints," he suggested.
He believed, apart from opening up the ease of investment into the country, the government is also required to issue economic policies that support people's lives. "One of the economic policies that need to be taken is to stimulate increased economic turnover in the regions, for instance, employing buying and selling local products," he said.
In his remarks, he also mentioned that if this bill is still implemented, Hempri said that every economic policy taken by the state must be fundamentally based on the constitutional mandate of Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution, namely that incoming investment is proficient in making welfare instead of marginalizing the people.
Author: Gusti Grehenson
Translator: Natasa A