Jakarta: The United Development Party (PPP) has rejected the proposal to raise the parliamentary threshold from four percent to five percent. The party believes that the current parliament threshold is ideal.
"PPP thinks the parliamentary threshold should not be raised," PPP secretary general Arsul Sani said here on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
He explained that a higher parliamentary threshold could harm the country's political system. He warned that the House of Representatives (DPR) would be dominated by large political parties.
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) proposed an increase in the parliamentary threshold at its national working meeting (Rakernas). The party said the threshold should be increased from 4 percent to 5 percent.
"That is in the context of realizing presidential system, effective government, strengthening and simplifying the politicial system and creating cheap elections," said PDI-P Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto.
People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo supported PDI-P's proposal to raise the parliamentary threshold. The Functional Groups (Golkar) lawmaker hopes his party can also support the plan.