|A row of speakers in UMM Citizens’ Legal Discussion. (Photo: Rizki/PR UMM)|
Faculty of Law University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) held a Law Discussion of UMM Citizens entitled "Discussing the Actual Issues of National Law" on Monday (7/10). This agenda was motivated by the increasing pressurefrom a group of people who rejected a number of decisions of the Republic Indonesia Parliament for the 2014-2019 period at the end of his term of office. A number of decisions that were considered odd and not pro-people eventually led to mass action in a number of regions in Indonesia.
The consultation agenda was held at GKB IV, 9th floor, Campus III UMM. There are several laws that have been accepted and some others are still in process. Among these laws are amendments to the KPK Law, the KUHP draft, Penitentiary Draft Bill, Agrarian Draft Bill (Land), and the Eradication of Sexual Violence Draft Bill. Some laws seem to be enforced because they have not yet entered the National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).
This has triggered various reactions from various groups, from academics, anti-corruption activists, until college students. Various rejection reactions are manifested in various ways. Among them by expressing opinions in various media, both in electronic mass media, online media, and social media. The peak of the reaction was conveyed through demonstrations at the RI Parliament Building, even at the DPRD Building which ended in chaos and took the lives of college students.
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Not a few statements that appear in the student action were excessive. This raises the assumption that students and the general public lack understanding of changes to the various laws. The lack of this understanding raises the pros and cons especially in the general public who do not understand the law that can lead to anarchism. This condition could potentially be the cause of divisions between the Indonesian students.
In his opening speech, UMM Dean of the Faculty of Law Dr. Tongat SH MHum said that there was a lot of confusing social media information whose truth could not be justified. For this reason, the Faculty of Law must straighten out the perspective on Law problems in Indonesia. "In addition, I advise students when they want to take action, they can respond wisely, orderly, and know what substance they want to convey," he said in front of hundreds of participants.
Describing the current situation and political conditions in Indonesia, an expert in Constitutional Law, University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) Dr. Sulardi. SH., M.SI., said that let justice be done though the heavens fall. Sulardi's statement quoted from a monumental statement of the famous philosopher Calpurnius Piso Caesoninus (43 BC). "Whatever the reason, the law must always be upheld," said the lecturer, who is also active writing in regional and national mass media.
This discussion was also attended by Prof. Dr. Syamsul Arifin, M.Si. Vice Rector 1 of UMM, Dr. Tongat, SH., M.Hum Dean of the Faculty of Law (FH) UMM, Dr. Idah Zuhroh M.M (Economist), Zen Amiruddin S. Sos., M.Med.Kom (Political Communication Expert), Dr. Fifik Wiryani SH., M.Si. M.Hum (Agrarian Law Expert), Abdul Aziz Pranatha (President of UMM Students) as well as hundreds of UMM students and academics. This discussion went dialogically. Participants can also respond to presenters. (joh)