MPR deputy speaker asks AGO not to discriminate against LGBT job seekers

CNN Indonesia – November 22, 2019
People’s Consultative Assembly Deputy Speaker Arsul Sani. (CNN)
People’s Consultative Assembly Deputy Speaker Arsul Sani. (CNN)

Jakarta – People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Deputy Speaker Arsul Sani has asked the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) not to discriminate by rejecting candidate state civil servants (CPNS) for 2019 who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

According to Sani, a person who is LGBT has the right to become a CPNS at a government ministry or state institution as long as they have not committed a crime.

“Let’s say our sisters and brothers who have a different sexual orientation which are often referred to as LGBT have not committed obscene acts, have not done things which break the law, haven’t violated morality, I don’t think that they should be discriminated against just because of their status, especially a position at the Attorney General’s Office”, Sani told journalists at the parliamentary complex in Senayan, Jakarta, on Friday November 22.

The United Development Party (PPP) politician also gave the example of LGBT people in the United States who are only prohibited from joining the military but are allowed to apply for public service jobs such as state public servants.

“For public positions, such as state civil service positions, which don’t have specific characteristics, yeah well there’s no need for prohibitions because of a person’s status”, he said.

Sani added that the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III will be asking for an explanation from the AGO on the matter during a working meeting that will be held soon.

Earlier, the head of the AGO’s Law and Information Centre, Mukri, declined to comment at length about the Ombudsman’s findings on the special requirements for the selection of CPNS for 2019, one of which is that applicants are not allowed to be LGBT.

Although Mukri did admit that in its selection of CPNS for 2019 the AGO has set a restriction on applicants based on their sexual orientation.

“We want people that are normal, just normal people. We don’t want weirdoes”, said Mukri at the AGO in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Thursday November 21.

Quoting from the AGO’s official site, there is a special requirement that applicants registering for various CPNS positions are not allowed to have a deviant sexual orientation.

In addition to this, there are conditions requiring that applicants are not allowed to have tattoos and men are not allowed to have their ears pierced. Applicants are also not allowed to have mental disabilities. (mts/ain)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “MPR Minta Kejagung Tidak Diskriminasi Tolak Pelamar CPNS LGBT”.]