Thursday, October 8, 2009
Random thoughts on Indonesian Law
Many Indonesia experts have remarked that Bahasa Indonesia possesses an acronym for everything and anything: ABRI, KKN, KPK, GESTAPU, BAPPENAS, POLRI, PKS, PP, FHUI, PERPU, LBHI, etc... Despite the country's unique skill in this regard, it rarely bestows creative names to its legislation. Most laws are known by a long name (e.g., Law on Judicial Affairs...), by a number, and by the year it was passed. By contrast, in the U.S. legislators take great pride in silly acronyms and titles for famous legislation (PATRIOT, No Child Left Behind, SCHIP, VAWA, SSA, APA, NEPA, etc.). Does anybody know any creative Indonesian names of laws? I'd be curious to know.