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.