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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Typhoon Haishen brings high winds, power outages to Japan

first_img“I am urging everyone to take the utmost caution, follow local authorities’ instructions and protect your own life. Once you enter an area of high wind, you may not be able to move to a safer place.”The typhoon is forecast to have atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals at its centre, and sustained winds of up to 234 km (145 miles) per hour by Monday, the meteorological agency said.The typhoon’s centre was near Yakushima, an island around 100 km (60 miles) south of Kagoshima city, on Sunday, moving northwest at 30 kph (20 mph).The typhoon was forecast to approach the Goto Islands west of Nagasaki around midnight and then move to the Korean peninsula on Monday, according to Japan’s meteorological agency.High waves lashed the southwestern coast of Kagoshima and high winds rattled street signs, NHK video showed.Airlines have cancelled more than 500 flights departing from Okinawa and southern Japan, NHK said.Japan’s coastguard on Saturday suspended its search for crew missing from a cattle ship that capsized in the East China Sea for a second day because of the typhoon.Typhoon Haishen follows Typhoon Maysak, which smashed into the Korean peninsula on Thursday, leaving at least two dead and thousands temporarily without power.Topics : Typhoon Haishen drew closer to Japan’s southern mainland on Sunday, prompting authorities to recommend evacuation and warn of potentially record rainfall, unprecedented wind, high tides and large ocean swells.Authorities urged early evacuation for more than 100,000 households in the southern prefectures of Okinawa, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Nagasaki, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA).Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with relevant cabinet ministers at 4 p.m. (0700 GMT) to discuss the emergency response to the typhoon, his office said. Elderly citizens wearing face masks due to the coronavirus outbreak were slowly gathering at evacuation centres in Kagoshima and other parts of southern Japan, footage on national broadcaster NHK showed.The typhoon has cut power to more than 3,000 homes in Okinawa, the southernmost island prefecture, and more than 8,000 homes in Amamioshima, according to national broadcaster NHK.Two injuries have been reported, according to the FDMA, but authorities were advising the highest levels of caution for a typhoon.”Areas where the typhoon passes are expected to see record high winds and waves,” a meteorological official told a nationally televised news conference on Sunday.last_img read more

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Severe Weather Update — Monday August 5th — 9:15 PM update

first_imgFROM KGLO NEWS — 8:55 PM — These counties cleared from Severe Thunderstorm Watches — Cerro Gordo, Hancock, Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Mower. Still in effect for all other counties in listening area 838 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019IAC079-091-187-197-060200-/O.CON.KDMX.SV.W.0170.000000T0000Z-190806T0200Z/Webster IA-Wright IA-Humboldt IA-Hamilton IA-838 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDTFOR NORTHEASTERN WEBSTER…SOUTHERN WRIGHT…SOUTHEASTERN HUMBOLDTAND NORTHWESTERN HAMILTON COUNTIES…At 837 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Eagle Grove, or10 miles west of Clarion, moving southeast at 45 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Trained weather spotters. At 8:35pm, trained weatherspotters 2 miles north of Eagle Grove reported a 60 mphwind gust.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.Locations impacted include…Clarion, Eagle Grove, Big Wall Lake, Goldfield, Duncombe, Thor,Vincent, Woolstock, Eagle Grove Municipal Airport, Sportsman Park andClarion Municipal Airport.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 150 and 153.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of abuilding. 858 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued a* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for…Western Hardin County in central Iowa…Southern Wright County in north central Iowa…Southwestern Franklin County in north central Iowa…Hamilton County in central Iowa…* Until 930 PM CDT.* At 857 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a lineextending from 9 miles east of Big Wall Lake to near Webster City,moving south at 45 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Trained weather spotters. At 8:55pm, a trained weatherspotter 5 miles southwest of Woolstock reported a 60 mphwind gust.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.* Locations impacted include…Webster City, Jewell Junction, Big Wall Lake, Hubbard, Alden,Stratford, Radcliffe, Dows, Ellsworth, Stanhope, Williams,Blairsburg, Kamrar, Randall, Woolstock, Buckeye, Popejoy, Galt,Webster City Municipal Airport and Drake Airport.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 129 and 163.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of abuilding.&& 844 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 915 PM CDTFOR NORTHEASTERN HARDIN…EAST CENTRAL WRIGHT…FRANKLIN…NORTHWESTERN GRUNDY AND BUTLER COUNTIES…At 843 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a lineextending from 10 miles northwest of Allison to near Ackley to 6miles north of Iowa Falls to 11 miles southwest of Hampton, movingsoutheast at 40 mph.HAZARD…60 mph wind gusts.SOURCE…Radar indicated. The Hampton Airport reported a 43 mph windgust at 8:35pm.IMPACT…Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.Locations impacted include…Iowa Falls, Hampton, Allison, Parkersburg, Ackley, Clarksville,Sheffield, Aplington, Alden, Dumont, Dows, Latimer, Coulter,Alexander, Geneva, Bristow, Rowan, Bradford, Hansell and Chapin.This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 153 and 175.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of abuilding.center_img 905 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR NORTHEASTERN HARDIN…EASTCENTRAL WRIGHT…FRANKLIN…NORTHWESTERN GRUNDY AND BUTLER COUNTIESWILL EXPIRE AT 915 PM CDT…The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the area.Therefore, the warning will be allowed to expire. However gustywinds are still possible with these thunderstorms.A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 1100 PM CDT forcentral and north central Iowa. Wright IA-Franklin IA-910 PM CDT Mon Aug 5 2019…THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR SOUTHERN WRIGHT AND SOUTHWESTERN FRANKLIN COUNTIES IS CANCELLED…The storms which prompted the warning have moved out of the warned  area. Therefore, the warning has been cancelled.A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in effect until 1100 PM CDT for central and north central Iowa.There are currently no warnings in our immediate listening arealast_img read more

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