Legislative watchdog slams PDI-P, Gerindra for trying to push through ‘vested interest’ bills

first_imgThe draft bill raises the minimum age of justices from 47 to 60 years old and scraps justices’ term limits. The prevailing 2011 Constitutional Court Law only allows justices to serve a maximum of two five-year terms.Lucius said the bill might be an attempt by Gerindra to increase its influence on the court, noting the court had previously rejected party chairman Prabowo Subianto’s legal challenge on the 2019 presidential election results.He added that social distancing measures enacted to curb the spread of COVID-19 had made it difficult for people to organize protests, and thus decrease the amount of public pressure on lawmakers.“The public could air their concerns on social media but this will not necessarily push the lawmakers and disrupt the process,” Lucius said. “Take the revised Mining Law for example. The House didn’t hesitate to approve it despite the outcry.”Read also: Explainer: New rules in revised Mining LawHe said the restrictions, coupled with the public’s general apathy, could lead to lawmakers taking advantage of the situation.“The lawmakers may think they have the upper hand to do whatever they want,” he said.Topics : On Tuesday, the government rejected the HIP bill, which aims to regulate the values of the Pancasila ideology and the functions of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) – where the PDI-P chairwoman and former president Megawati Soekarnoputri serves as the steering committee head – following outcry from members of the public questioning the urgency of it and some of its contentious articles.The Constitutional Court Law revision bill, however, remains on the table. Experts and civil society groups have questioned the motives behind the bill, which they said might undermine justices’ independence and discourage the public from exercising their right to challenge controversial laws.Read also: Govt opts to postpone deliberation of controversial bill on Pancasila amid backlash against HouseSupratman, the bill’s sole initiator, said the House was waiting for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a presidential letter to continue deliberation of the bill. Legislative watchdog Indonesian Parliament Watch (Formappi) has criticized the country’s two biggest political parties, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party, for proposing two bills that it considered to be largely self-serving in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.Formappi researcher Lucius Karus said the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (HIP) bill – proposed by PDI-P lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka – and the Constitutional Court law revision bill – proposed by Gerindra lawmaker Supratman Andi Agtas – were unnecessary.”This year is a strategic time to pass vested interest bills because in the coming year the lawmakers’ focus would be on elections-related bills,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.last_img read more

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Scientific Games agrees to supply VLTs through Norsk Tipping deal

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Submit Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Scientific Games records $198m loss as COVID swamps casino and lottery performance July 24, 2020 Related Articles Via its Global Draw Ltd subsidiary, industry technology group Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has secured a ‘landmark’ partnership with Norsk Tipping.The new agreement will see SGC supply 3,000-4,500 Video Lottery Terminals (VLT) across approximately 1,000 locations across Norway, which will include convenience stores, bingo venues and other arenas.Thorbjørn A Unneberg, EVP Market Operations Norsk Tipping, commented: “Having worked closely with Scientific Games over the years, we are delighted that they can extend their offering with us further.“Scientific Games was the best qualified vendor throughout the public procurement process and they have developed a unique hardware solution that meets our high expectations in terms of quality and design. We look forward to seeing the new terminals rolled out next year, and growing our successful partnership.”Under the partnership, Norsk Tipping has become the first European customer of Scientific Games to secure partnerships with the company for lottery, gaming and digital services, extending its current offering of iGaming, eInstant games, instant lottery games, lottery gaming systems and retail technology.Phil Horne, SG Gaming UK CEO, added: “Scientific Games has a wealth of gaming and lottery expertise across its business units. Using a collaborative approach and bringing in the best resources from across the Company was key to securing this deal, demonstrating that we will meet all customer needs and deliver a specific, tailored gaming solution. This has been an exciting project from the start – it has really allowed us to demonstrate our core strengths while delivering the right product for Norway.“The modular design combines sleek contemporary style with a host of advanced functions and features to provide an entertaining and engaging experience for the Norwegian player. The flexibility of the new product means that it will work in any retail environment.” Stats Perform becomes sole live streaming supplier for Norsk Tipping July 9, 2020last_img read more

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