National Quarters of the Scout Movement Had an Audience with the Chairperson of the Constitutional Court
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The Chairperson of the National Quarters, Prof. Azrul Azwar and Deputy Chairperson of the National Quarters, Amoroso Katamsi, were talking with the Chairperson of the Constitutional Court, Moh. Mahfud MD during the audience of the National Quarters of the Scout Movement (27/9) at the Court Building.


Jakarta, MKOnline – The Chairperson of the Constitutional Court, Moh. Mahfud MD, accompanied by the Secretary General of the Court, Janedjri M. Gaffar, accepted the audience of the National Quarters (Kwarnas) of the Scout Movement on Monday (27/9), in the delegation room at the 15th floor of the Court Building, Jakarta.

The guests include the Chairperson of the National Quarters, Prof. Azrul Azwar and Deputy Chairperson of the National Quarters, Amoroso Katamsi together with several managing officials and other members of the scout. 

The audience was intended to discuss the Draft Law on Scout Movement which is presently being formulated by the People’s Legislative Assembly (DPR) and the Government. “We wish to consult with Mr. Mahfud. We would like to explain about the scout movement, its characteristics and the history as to why there is only one Scout Movement in Indonesia, and several other matters,” Azrul explained.

According to Azrul, the presently circulating rumor is that if organizations like the scout movement only have a single body, it will potentially violate the 1945 Constitution, particularly Article 28 concerning the freedom of association and assembly. In fact, however, Azrul continued, in 150 countries worldwide, organizations like the scout movement only have a single body in every country. “In the US and England, for example, which are known as democratic countries with high recognition for human rights, it is not a problem,” he elaborated.

With regard to such matter, Mahfud MD explained that theoretically, in relation to a regulation, there are two characteristics of legal policies, namely open legal policy and closed legal policy. “In open legal policy, the regulation is subject to the legislators. Whether or not the existence of such organizations is to be limited only to a single body depends on the legislators, in this case the People’s Legislative Assembly (DPR) and the Government,” he explained. 

In Mahfud’s opinion, the drafting of the Law on Scout Movement could be categorized into open legal policy. Therefore, Mahfud added, the issue of Draft Law on Scout Movement along with some potential regulations in the future should rather be discussed at the legislators’ level and not within the Court. In other words, the Court will “step in” when there is a judicial review. “The playing field is within the DPR and the Government,” he affirms. “The arena is within your (the managing officials of the National Quarters-ed.) organization,” he reminded. (Dodi/Koen)


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