Health Office Retiree Challenges Ministerial Regulation on Indonesian Alphabets

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Ludjiono, retired civil servant at the Situbondo Regency Health Office, at the judicial review hearing of the Regulation of the Minister of Education and Culture No. 50 of 2015 on the General Guidelines for Indonesian Spelling System (Permen PUEBI), Tuesday (11/10/2021). Photo by Humas MK/Bayu.

Monday, October 11, 2021 | 15:57 WIB

JAKARTA, Public Relations—The Constitutional Court (MK) held a judicial review hearing of the Regulation of the Minister of Education and Culture No. 50 of 2015 on the General Guidelines for Indonesian Spelling System (Permen PUEBI) on Monday, October 11, 2021 in the panel courtroom. The case No. 52/PUU-XIX/2021 was filed by Ludjiono, a retired civil servant at the Health Office of Situbondo Regency, East Java. The preliminary hearing was presided over by Constitutional Justices Daniel Yusmic P. Foekh (chair), Wahiduddin Adams, and Manahan M. P. Sitompul.

The Petitioner, who appeared before the Court virtually without any legal counsel, said the ministerial regulation is not in line with Article 36 of the 1945 Constitution in that it does not regulate the spelling of names of persons. He requested that the Court order the Government to stipulate a legal basis for Indonesian alphabets.

“The Indonesian alphabets can be adopted from the alphabets existing throughout the country. I would like to suggest that the Indonesian alphabets be adopted from Latin so that Latin alphabets with Indonesian spelling to be Indonesian alphabets,” he said.

Justices’ Advice

Constitutional Justice Manahan M. P. Sitompul advised the Petitioner to study the provisions on filing a judicial review petition to the Constitutional Court, especially Article 51 and Article 10 paragraph (2) of the Constitutional Court Regulation (PMK) No. 2 of 2021 on the norms that can be petitioned for review. He also requested that the Petitioner distinguish between ministerial regulations and laws. “Therefore, please study the norms to petition. The law stipulates that the Court review laws and government regulations in lieu of laws,” he said.

He also asked the Petitioner to affirm the background of the petition and the petitum. He also expected that the Petitioner study the hierarchy of laws and regulations.

Meanwhile, Constitutional Justice Wahiduddin Adams requested that the Petitioner study the Court’s judicial review authority. “The Petitioner must understand it by studying the filing of a petition and discussing it with legal experts or those who can assist the Petitioner in seeking justice,” he said.

The Petitioner was given 14 workdays to revise the petition. The next hearing will hear the revisions to the petition.

Writer        : Sri Pujianti
Editor        : Lulu Anjarsari P.
PR            : Tiara Agustina
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Translation uploaded on 10/12/2021 10:42 WIB

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