AGO confirms LGBT job seeker ban, says they want normal people, not weirdoes

CNN Indonesia – November 22, 2019
AGO Law and Information Centre Chief Mukri – February 1, 2019 (Kompas)
AGO Law and Information Centre Chief Mukri – February 1, 2019 (Kompas)

Jakarta – The head of the Attorney General’s Office’s (AGO) Law and Information Centre, Mukri, has declined to comment at length about the Ombudsman’s findings on the special requirements for the selection of state civil servants (CPNS) for 2019, one of which is that applicants are not allowed to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT).

Mukri has admitted that in the 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.

Similar stipulations also apply for special positions for people with disabilities which were opened for data management, decision making positions and material evidence protocol.

For general positions such as specialist doctors and specialists prosecutors, applicants are even required to have an ideal body posture with a standard Body Mass Index of between 18 and 25.

Earlier, the Ombudsman said it had received several reports about discrimination in the selection of CPNS for 2019, including from people that have a different sexual orientation or are LGBT.

“This is an issue of sexuality, there’s absolutely no relationship with them as civil servants. Anyway how would they know. In the end it would be very subjective”, said Ombudsman member Ninik Rahayu at the Ombudsman building in Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Wednesday November 20.

Aside from receiving reports about several ministries which are said to reject LGBT candidates, the Ombudsman cited the Defense Ministry which has also prohibited pregnant women from applying.

“What’s wrong with a pregnant woman? This is a reproductive ability which is only possessed by women. Pregnancy, menstruation, giving birth and breastfeeding. So they should be respected not discriminated against”, said Rahayu. (fey/osc)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Kejaksaan Agung Tolak Pelamar CPNS LGBT”.]