TABANAN- The Chief Senator of Indonesia, AA LaNyalla Mahmud Mattalitti, emphasized that the Kingdom and the Sultanate of the Archipelago, as well as other civil society entities, need to be involved in determining the direction of the nation’s journey and structuring this country.
“The Kingdom and the Sultanate of the Archipelago have played a major role in the process of the birth of this nation and state. Their contributions and support are very concrete. However, now they are marginalized and it is the political parties that have come later in this nation that control our state administration system,” he said during a visit to Puri Agung Tabanan, Bali, Saturday (6/11/2021).
According to LaNyalla, this is one of the reasons for the DPD RI that the discourse on the 5th Constitutional Amendment is an important momentum for a better Indonesia.
“One of the 5th Constitutional amendments is that non-partisans have the same rights as political parties. In addition, civil society that participates in the process of establishing this nation is given the right place and position,” he explained.
Since the 4-stage Constitutional Amendment that took place in 1999 to 2002, the face and direction of this nation has only been determined by political parties, even political parties have become the only instrument to nominate candidates for national leaders. Through the factions in the DPR RI together with the Government, political parties decide laws that bind all citizens of the nation.
“Before the amendments were made, the original 1945 Constitution provided space for regional delegates and group delegates with the same portion as members of the DPR RI who are representatives of political parties,” explained the Senator from East Java.
After the amendment, continued with LaNyalla, the group delegates were removed, the regional delegates were changed to DPD RI, but with different authorities from the Regional Representatives. DPD RI as regional representatives can only propose draft laws and discuss them in the first phase in the Legislative Body, while the decision to ratify it into law is the DPR together with the Government.
“The DPD RI also cannot nominate presidential and vice presidential candidates from non-political parties. In fact, the public through a number of surveys wants alternative candidates from non-political parties,” he said.
LaNyalla believes that the resonance that the DPD RI continues to voice regarding the position of the Kingdom and the Sultanate of the Archipelago, as well as other ‘civil society’ entities will continue to echo and arouse public awareness, including the awareness of the Government and the Indonesian nation. (YUS)