Category: Politics

Gibran & Bobby

Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, and his brother-in-law Bobby Afif Nasution remain under the spotlight with the 2020 simultaneous regional elections already on the horizon. In Surakarta (Central Java), Gibran may compete with an independent candidate, or an undesignated blank ballot box. Bobby, on the other hand, will face a tougher election against the incumbent candidate in Medan, the capital city of North Sumatera. It’s inevitable that both Gibran and Bobby would have to deal with negative issues such as political dynasty. The question is whether this issue will hurt them and cost them the election.

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Jokowi & Cabinet Reshuffle

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has once again expressed his disappointment in the performance of his cabinet members. Jokowi particularly noted his ministers’ poor planning and spending of budget for the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though the State Palace and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin dismissed the possibility of a cabinet reshuffle, the President’s disappointment says it is still possible.

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The Job Creation Omnibus Bill: A Political Battle

The KSPI, a confederation of workers unions led by Said Iqbal, continues to protest the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation (Cipta Kerja). But despite the protest of workers unions and pleas from civil society for suspension, the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Government continue with the deliberation of the said bill.

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Denny Indrayana & South Kalimantan Election (3)

Prabowo Subianto’s Gerindra Party has endorsed Denny Indrayana in South Kalimantan’s 2020 gubernatorial election. The former Vice Minister of Law & Human Rights under Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)’s administration will challenge the incumbent Governor Sahbirin Noor, who has been backed by the largest political party in the province the Golkar Party.

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Kalla’s Latest Move (4)

Former Vice President Jusuf Kalla, who is also a former chairman of Golkar Party, remains busy with activities related to the mitigation of the COVID-19 pandemic. He is, after all, the chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) and the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI). He has given speeches in several virtual discussions in the last few weeks. Meanwhile, Kalla’s nephew Erwin Aksa stated that the Bosowa Group would sue the Financial Services Authority (OJK) over the acquisition of Bank Bukopin (BBKP) by Kookmin Bank (South Korea).

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Nadiem & Cabinet Reshuffle

Minister of Education Nadiem Makarim has been sitting on a hot seat for months. Many desire his position, while others seek his dismissal. The two largest Muslim organizations in the country, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and the Muhammadiyah, lately criticized Nadiem’s teacher training grant program known as the Program Organisasi Penggerak (POP). PAN, a political party affiliated to the Muhammadiyah, even called for Nadiem’s dismissal.

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The Democratic Party-PKS Axis (2)

The Chairman of Democratic Party Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY), who is also the eldest son of the sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), continues his political tour. This week he visited two former members of his father’s ruling coalition: PKS and PAN. One of PKS’ leaders expressed his wish to maintain the Party’s alliance with the Democratic Party as the opposition group and for the 2024 presidential race.

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The New Pangkostrad

Maj. Gen. Eko Margiyono is the new commander of the Army’s Strategic Reserve Command (Pangkostrad), which is the largest military unit in Indonesia. He replaced Lt. Gen. Besar Harto Karyawan, who will be entering his mandatory retirement age next year—he has been transferred to a new position of commander of the infantry’s weaponry center at the Army’s training & education school. Eko will earn his three-star rank. With the appointment as the new Pangkostrad, Eko has a huge chance to become the next Army Chief of Staff (KSAD), or even the military commander by 2024.

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Jokowi’s Damage Control

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently met with media mogul Surya Paloh, who is also the chairman of Nasdem Party. In the said meeting, President Jokowi reportedly asked Paloh to not endorse the former’s brother-in-law in a local election in Gunung Kidul regency, Yogyakarta. Many believe that it is Jokowi’s way of managing negative issues such as political dynasty that have followed his sons’ participation in regional elections.

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Military Procurement: Conflicting Vision?

The Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto’s plan to purchase 15 used Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets owned by the Austrian Air Forces continues to draw criticism. The ruling party PDIP has joined the chorus. Prabowo, who is also the chairman of Gerindra Party, has been urged to cancel the said controversial plan. Typhoon controversy aside, the Indonesian Ambassador for Russia Mohamad Wahid Supriyadi gave the assurance that the deal with Russia over the purchase of 11 Sukhoi Su-35 fighters was still ongoing. The Vice Minister of Defense Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, meanwhile, talked about the plan to purchase F-35 stealth fighters from the United States (US).

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PDIP, Kalla & Makassar Election

The ruling party PDIP decided to endorse Syamsu Rizal a.k.a Daeng Ical and his running mate Fadli Ananda in the city election of Makassar, South Sulawesi. Ical, who is a former vice mayor of Makassar, is known for being close to former Vice President Jusuf Kalla. Ical is the chairman of Makassar’s Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), whereas Kalla is the chairman of Indonesian Red Cross. Kalla’s nephew Munafri Arifuddin a.k.a Appi is still struggling to find a ticket to run in the race. Appi has only secured the backing of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY)’s Democratic Party.

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