Civil society groups have urged the House of Representatives to halt the deliberation of a controversial omnibus bill and focus on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country during its current sitting session, which was opened on Monday.”We demand the House stop deliberating the bill, which particularly endangers poor families, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) said in an Instagram post on Sunday.The omnibus bill, which is aimed at amending 73 existing laws and consist of 15 chapters and 174 articles, has gained criticism from activists who argue that the bill will harm the interests of workers. Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutesSimilarly, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) also urged the House to stop deliberating the bill, saying that lawmakers should focus on demanding that the government ensure supplies of basic needs for the public during the outbreak.”This includes ensuring food supplies, access to clean water, sanitation and financial assistance for poor people,” Walhi campaign coordinator Edo Rakhman said.The House opened the new sitting period on Monday after having been in recess for a month since Feb. 28 amid the government’s policy of physical distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.House Speaker Puan Maharani previously said that all House activities would be directed to the handling of COVID-19 during the health crisis.As of Monday, Indonesia had reported 1,414 coronavirus infections in the country, with 122 cases that have turned fatal.Topics : The Federation of Independent Workers Unions said the bill would significantly relax outsourcing restrictions and eventually make employees “contract workers during their whole lives.”The YLBHI also urged the House to keep watch on the government’s measures to handle the rapidly escalating health crisis as to avoid further social, economic and health impacts.”The House, together with the government, should reallocate state funds for COVID-19 relief,” the YLBHI said, adding that among spending that could be reallocated included salaries of the House members and government officials.The legislature should also assure that the public get fast, accurate and reliable information from the government regarding the pandemic.
Ramsey has returned early from international duty (Picture: Getty)‘He gave it a try yesterday and it just wasn’t settling down as quickly as we thought but it was just too short a turnaround really.‘We made sure that we had a plan B and we’ve been working on that during the week. We had two options.‘Of course you’re going to miss someone like Aaron but we prepared for if he didn’t make it as well.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesGareth Bale admitted that Ramsey’s absence comes as a major blow to Wales ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier with Slovakia.‘Obviously it’s a big blow for us, he’s a big player for us and we’ll obviously miss him,’ Bale said.‘But it gives someone else a chance to step in, do a good job and hopefully help the team to get a win.’MORE: Raphael Varane speaks out on Real Madrid future after Manchester United link Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 2:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link158Shares Advertisement Aaron Ramsey has been sent back to Arsenal for further treatment (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has returned from international duty with Wales due to a niggling thigh injury.Ramsey, 28, played no part as Wales defeated Trinidad and Tobago 1-0 in Wrexham on Wednesday night after picking up the knock but Ryan Giggs was initially confident the midfielder would return in time to face Slovakia this weekend.However, the Arsenal man’s attempts to train proved unsuccessful and he has been ruled out of Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifying match following the setback.Arsenal boss Unai Emery will be hoping that Ramsey returns to full fitness for the side’s Premier League clash with Newcastle after the international break.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWales manager Giggs confirmed that Ramsey had been sent back to north London for further treatment on his thigh.‘Aaron’s gone back to Arsenal. He won’t be available tomorrow,’ said Giggs.‘His injury didn’t clear up in time so it’s obviously a blow. Especially with the form that he’s been on and with the quality that he’s got. He’s not made it but that gives someone else a chance. Comment Advertisement Aaron Ramsey returns to Arsenal for treatment on thigh injury