Thejakartatimes – People with disabilities in Indonesia welcomed, when the government and the House of Representatives passed Law No. 8 of 2016. The struggle to give birth to the Disability Law is not easy and requires a lot of energy. According to the mandate of the rule, the Government Regulation must be drawn up to a maximum of 2 years after the law is passed. People with disabilities recommend that at least the government should make 15 PPs, so that the interests of the disabled are fully accommodated. But now, the government decided to only make one PP.
Persons with disabilities who are members of the Coalition of People Rejecting PP Sapu Jagat voicing their rejection in Yogyakarta on Thursday, August 10, 2017. The term broom of the universe is used as a depiction, that a PP is made by the government to solve all aspects of the problem. Coalition considers this step wrong. Moreover, the government set the Ministry of Social Affairs that will be the implementer of the PP, which seems to put the issue of disability as a matter of compassion. Presti Murni Setiati, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues from the coalition, said the government was still tied up with patterns in the past, and continued an unconcerned attitude.
“This disability problem is a matter of fulfilling human rights. Not just abort the obligation, the matter of charity or mercy only. The government’s awareness is not yet high enough, and that is why the disabled community has established relationships with other ministries, but on the other side so far the flow of government is like that. The problem of disabilities is only considered as a matter of the Ministry of Social Affairs, “said Presti Murni Setiati.
Jokowi considered to violate his own promises during the campaign, which is contained in the Soeharso Charter. In this charter, in writing Jokowi promised that his government would be built with the perception that people with disabilities are state assets, not burdens. This principle will be enacted in the policy-making of political regulations and budget politics.
The decision to make only one PP did not illustrate the implementation of the Soeharso Charter. Aria Indrawati, of the Working Group on the Implementation of the Disabled Law when contacted by VOA stated that the government did not formally involve disabled support groups in the discussion of the regulation so far. Aria admitted several times following the meeting at Bappenas concerning the plan of making PP as the elaboration of the law. According to Aria, the decision to make only 1 PP is lack of commitment and budget factor.
“This is part of the education process for the government, ministries and institutions that have considered the issue of disability as an issue under the Ministry of Social Affairs only. While the Disability Law is multisectoral. From 15 then squeezed out of 7, from this 7 we heard that no ministry budgeted the making of PP. We do not know how the process, the government then menginiasi PP it into one only. Well, that’s what we refuse aloud. Because it means violating the mandate of the law, “said Aria Indrawati.
Aria added, now all depends on the goodwill of the government, including the commitment of President Jokowi to carry out his promise. There is still time to meet the aspirations of PwDs, by making at least 15 PPs. The problems faced by people with disabilities are not just rehabilitation issues that are the Ministry of Social Affairs area. As with other citizens, persons with disabilities also have issues in the areas of employment, education, health, etc., which each ministry will need the PP as a guide for programming.
“Because the PP must detail all the general orders in the law, all the details in the PP. Well, if the 15 sectors were then placed in a PP how long the PP. What makes the draft Act on People with Disabilities is us, the people. We compiled 265 articles with the unnecessary expectation that PPs could be implemented, but by the government and the Parliament reduced only to 153 articles. He said later that details will be in PP only. Now there is a mandate to make 15 PP, only one PP will be made all summarized. It could not be detailed. That later will not arrange anything, “concluded Aria Indrawati.
Indonesia has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) adopted by the United Nations. This convention spawned Law no. 19 of 2011 which implements disability as a multi-sectoral issue in government. The decision to issue only one PP on this issue is judged to be totally inconsistent with the spirit of the ratified convention. (VOA Indonesia)