Representation of the Omnibus Law in the Jakarta Post Article Entitled “Omnibus Law Boosts Indonesian Growth Prospects”

Wilbert Christian *

Maranatha Christian University, Surya Sumantri 65, Bandung, 40164, Indonesia.

Trisnowati Tanto

Maranatha Christian University, Surya Sumantri 65, Bandung, 40164, Indonesia.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Abstract

This research aims to find out the representation of the Omnibus Law constructed in The Jakarta Post article entitled “Omnibus Law Boosts Indonesian Growth Prospects” in the micro level analysis, namely in the macrostructure, microstructure, and superstructure aspects using the qualitative descriptive research method and the library research method. The research was conducted at Maranatha Christian University, Bandung, Indonesia, from January 2022 until May 2022. After the collection of data, it is then analyzed in the three aspects to unveil the representation of the Omnibus Law. Firstly, in macrostructure, the headline and lead are further analyzed. Secondly, in microstructure, three linguistics tools, namely evidentiality, consensus, and example/illustration, are employed in analyzing the data. Lastly, in superstructure, the text is divided into five different schematic categories; thereafter, the analysis focuses on the organization of ideas. The result shows that in macrostructure, the data constructs a global topic that “The Omnibus Law gives Indonesia some improvements in the economic aspect, especially in the business climate and labor market flexibility, in the hope of getting the international competitiveness.” Through the usage of three linguistics tools, the Omnibus Law is depicted positively. As for superstructure, the comment category becomes the most prominent category used by the author with seven times of appearances, through which the positive representation of the Omnibus Law is disclosed. The Omnibus Law’s positive representation is consistently seen through the analysis aspects of macrostructure, microstructure, and superstructure. Moreover, the data appears to be subjective due to the dominant use of comments that conveys the author’s personal opinion. The semantic macrostructure of the data also turns out to be subjective as the author explicitly mentions the positive things regarding the Omnibus Law.

Keywords: Covid-19 pandemic, the omnibus law, critical discourse analysis, micro level, positive representation


How to Cite

Christian, W., & Tanto, T. (2022). Representation of the Omnibus Law in the Jakarta Post Article Entitled “Omnibus Law Boosts Indonesian Growth Prospects”. Asian Journal of Language, Literature and Culture Studies, 5(3), 159–172. Retrieved from https://journalajl2c.com/index.php/AJL2C/article/view/97

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