Politician Threatens to Dissolve Ethics Council for Naming Absentee Lawmakers

Democrat Party lawmaker Sutan Bhatoegana, left, shakse hand with the wife of Gus Dur, Sinta Nuriyah, in Ciganjur, Jakarta, in this 2012 file photo. (JG Photo/Handoko)

Democrat Party lawmaker Sutan Bhatoegana, left, shakse hand with the wife of Gus Dur, Sinta Nuriyah, in Ciganjur, Jakarta, in this 2012 file photo. (JG Photo/Handoko)

Senior Democratic Party politician Sutan Bhatoegana threatened to dissolve the House of Representatives’ ethics council after he was named on a list of lawmakers who frequently skipped meetings and plenary sessions.

“It’s a lie, there is no such thing, it’s a complete lie,” Sutan said on Wednesday.

Sutan demanded the ethics council to name the dates when he missed meetings or plenary sessions.

“I will file a complaint. I will dissolve the council if I they insisted I was frequently absent, I will definitely dissolve it,” he said.

Sutan said as the head of the faction and the commission, he never missed a meeting that required his presence.

“Tell the ethics council that Sutan Bhatoegana is challenging them,” he said.

The ethics council on Tuesday released the names of lawmakers with low plenary session attendance records amid calls from concerned voters.

Council member Ali Maschan Moesa noted that none of the lawmakers named exceeded the lowest attendance threshold, though their attendance records are still considered below par.

The House stipulated lawmakers who missed four meetings in one sitting period would face termination.

Ronald Rofiandri, advocacy director at the Center for the Study of Law and Policies of Indonesia (PSHK), said the frequent absence was the result of the lack of supervision from the political parties and the factions.

He said the House did not have a mechanism that would force lawmakers to work consistently.

“For instance, we don’t have voting days where the lawmakers presence was really needed in making a decision, therefore some lawmakers think their presence are not very relevant,” he said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

    LOL and some wonder why there will be no laws passed giving out hard sentences and confiscation of all properties when a politician is found to be corrupt.

  • -Lauren-

    He was called out so he got mad and had a tantrum. How ethical is it to threaten to dissolve an ethics council that highlights your lack of a work ethic?

    • devine

      Indonesian ethics… different than in the rest of the world…

    • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

      As ethical as he can be.

  • blightyboy

    Me thinks he doth protest too loudly.

    • antifreeze

      Took the words right out of my mouth. I especially treasure his attempt at rebuttal.

      “Sutan said as the head of the faction and the commission, he never missed a meeting that required his presence.”

      Weasel words!

      • http://www.facebook.com/dewi.thompson.9 Dewi Thompson

        Antifreeze, it is probably true since I doubt many meetings actually required this fellow’s presence. I mean if you were in a meeting at the DPR would you require his presence unless it was his presence to answer serious charges of some kind brought against him?

        • antifreeze

          My thoughts entirely. Yet another prime example of the oxygen thieves in the DPR.

  • devine

    Sutan Bhatoegana … hahaha… remember that name!

  • TalkingEid

    Ah, the kindergarden mentality of our politicians…..again.

  • sheldon

    Guess they can’t stand the emarrassment

  • devine

    RIP Gus Dur…

    • TalkingEid

      Sadly missed. I feel we lost our best chance with him.

  • Catweazle

    Make them all ‘clock in’ with their e-KTP cards by swiping the electronic card readers, which no one has ever seen. No photocopies allowed.

    • devine

      Haven’t they installed fingerprint scanners yet?

      • PakLe

        i remember reading a few months back that they were spending a vast amount of money installing electronic attendance monitoring equipment. What happened to that??

        • TalkingEid

          Pakle – I don’t think we need 3 guesses – lets see…

          let x = money

          let y = Indonesian politicians

          now then class, can anyone tell me what x = y equals?

          • Valkyrie1604

            Eid, I know!…..can it be DDDD? “datang, duduk,dapat duit (attend, sit receive money)

        • Valkyrie1604

          check “IN” and then “CHECK OUT”. Remember? Ibas did that!

  • AndiA

    Make an electronic board, listing each fraction, number of members, number of absentees – and record it electronically, combined with a view of the hall and seats, to be viewed by anybody who cares, in front of the gate.

  • zerodiversity

    You know your government is embarrassing and dysfunctional when you have to keep attendance. What are we? Primary school children? These lawmakers are chosen by the people and they act like school kids. Maybe I shouldn’t insult the school because at least school kids are more organized and responsible. Then they have the gall to complain and threaten when they are criticized for not doing their jobs, in which they are very well paid compared to most Indonesians. It’s even sadder to know that most of these irresponsible people are going to be nominated again. Indonesia deserves better leaders.

  • Catweazle

    “Here I sit, bored as hell, waiting for the bloody bell”…. yes, politicians and school kids, a very good analogy.