The public considers the condition of the Indonesian rule of law to be inferior. It has been 15 years since the reforms, but it turns out that the people do not think that law enforcement is on its track. The rule of law in Indonesia is also considered unable to provide a sense of justice and welfare for all people. “From a scale of 1-10, it turns out that the perception index of the rule of law in Indonesia only reaches 4.53 points. It is not encouraging because the results are less than half,” said Executive Director of the Indonesian Legal Roundtable Todung Mulya Lubis, Friday (31/5/2013), in Jakarta, when launching the 2012 Indonesian Law of Law Perception Index report.
The Indonesian Legal Roundtable surveyed 1,220 people across Indonesia to find out the public’s perception of Indonesia’s rule of law. This survey was supported by the Tahir Foundations, which also supported the implementation of the Yap Thiam Hien award, restrictions on cash transactions to prevent corruption, research at the University of Indonesia on social conflicts, and research on migrant workers policies.
Todung added, in 15 years it can be said that the eradication of corruption has been slow. “Corruption in Indonesia in public perception is considered worse than in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and even lost to Timor Leste,” he said. Member of the National Law Commission, M Fajrul Falaakh, admits that legal reform has not been very successful. “Supervision of judges, for example, only started in 2006. So, only in the last period there has been more consistent supervision of judges,” said Fajrul. From the survey, it is even known that the independence of the judiciary only achieved 4.72 points. “When the backbone of law enforcement institutions is fragile, you can imagine what a state of law would be like. In my opinion, from all these surveys, it is this independence point that must be addressed immediately,” he said.