Regional Representatives Council (DPD) Speaker Oesman Sapta Odang has come under fire after calling the Constitutional Court “stupid” in¬†a controversial statement made live¬†on television regarding the¬†court’s recent ruling on DPD senator candidacy.
The Constitutional Court, the¬†court of final and binding arbitration¬†in determining the constitutional validity of the nation’s laws and which issues decisions on electoral¬†disputes, recently issued a ruling that bans political party members¬†from running as a DPD candidate in the 2019 legislative election.
During¬†a¬†Kompas TV talk show that was broadcast live¬†on July 26, Oesman, who is also the Hanura Party chairman, appeared to be irritated during a discussion on¬†the polemic¬†surrounding the ruling, and quipped that “the MK [Constitutional Court]¬†is stupid”.¬†
On Tuesday, July 31, the Constitutional Court sent a legal notice to Oesman¬†following¬†a meeting the court’s nine justices held on Monday, during which¬†they watched and reviewed a recording of the Kompas TV¬†talk show.
“The Constitutional Court has concluded that [Oesman’s] statement can be deemed¬†an action that insults¬†the honor, authority and dignity of the [court] and its¬†justices,” said Constitutional Court secretary-general Guntur M. Hamzah.
On Wednesday, Oesman still seemed¬†reluctant to apologize to the court, saying that the court should be the one to initiate a meeting to discuss the matter.
“I can [ask for] apology.¬†There’s no problem with that,” Oesman said. “However, as the DPD speaker, I must uphold the interests of the people, particularly those who live in the regions.”