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Agrarian Bill Deviating from Justice

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People hold up their land deeds on 8 March 2018 during a public land transfer event in Lamongan regency, East Java. President Joko Widodo attended the event, which transferred 5,750 land deeds to the residents of five districts, namely Sidoarjo, Gresik, Tuban, Lamongan and Bojonegoro.

The draft Agrarian Law is not in alignment with the main program of the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration. The bill is not viable for passing into law.JAKARTA, KOMPAS— The draft Agrarian Law contains many problematic articles that are unjust and contradict the ideals of agrarian reform as the government has outlined in the Nawacita program. The bill is also deemed to contradict Law No. 5/1960 on Basic Agrarian Principles. Various articles in the Agrarian Bill () show partiality toward investors.

Those are the highlights of Kompas’ interview with a number of academics and legislators, contacted separately. In Nawacita, the government seeks to bring justice to the marginalized by closing the gap between the weak and those who have capital through agrarian reform.