Politics Behind Revision of MD3 Law

The MD3 Law revision is said to be politically motivated to accommodate PDI-P’s desire for chairman seats in the DPR and MPR, compensating it for more Golkar seats in the cabinet.


Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Bambang Soesatyo during his inauguration, Jakarta, January 15, 2018. | ANTARA FOTO/Wahyu Putro A.

The House of Representatives (DPR) has enacted the revision of Law No. 17/2014 on legislative institutions - the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), the DPR, the DPRD and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) (MD3). It was driven by political interests to accommodate the PDI-P’s wishes to have seats in the DPR and MPR. The revision also triggered the emergence of new controversial rules related to the authority of legislative members.

In a plenary session held on Monday (12/2), eight out of the 10 factions in the DPR agreed to enact the MD3 Law. Two other factions – the United Development Party (PPP) and the Democratic National Party (NasDem) – walked out of proceedings. They rejected the rule that allows additional chairman seats in the MPR and DPR.

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