Category: Politics

Dynamics in Golkar

The former Golkar chairman Aburizal “Ical” Bakrie attended the press conference whereby the gubernatorial pair Anies-Sandi and their supporters celebrated the Pair’s victory in the Jakarta election. Elsewhere, two Golkar elites engaged in an argument on the appointment of Robert Joppy Kardinal as the new head of Golkar faction at the House of Representatives (DPR). Things are moving inside Golkar. The question is, to which direction?

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KPK Politics: Revisiting BLBI Investigation

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revisited their investigation into the embezzlement of Bank of Indonesia Liquidity Assistance (BLBI) fund, the 320 trillion bailout that the Soeharto administration issued in 1997. This time, the KPK decided to examine Kwik Kian Gie (former PDIP politician and former coordinating minister for economy under Megawati Soekarnoputri). From what we’ve learned of the investigation, we gathered that the KPK seems to only focus on the Fifth President and PDIP chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri and government officers under her administration (2001-2004), instead of digging deeper into the very beginning of the formulation of the bailout policy in order to find the real bandits.

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Anies-Sandi Victory: Jokowi’s Response

Anies-Sandi victory in Jakarta is seen by some a wake-up call for President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, the rise of Islam politics, and those closely linked to them, including VP Jusuf Kalla, who is chairman of Indonesian Mosques Council (DMI). Some see this a ‘threat’ to a prospect of Jokowi’s reelection bid in 2019. Really?

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Anies-Sandi & Their Heavy Luggage (2): Bukaka/Bosowa-Saratoga

Anies Baswedan and Jusuf Kalla are like ‘son-father’, at least that based on their respective statements. Some also see ‘Sandiaga Uno-Edwin Soeryadjaya’ at Saratoga Group as ‘son-father’ relationship. Interestingly, Kalla’s family business Bukaka Teknik Utama (BUKK) is long-time business partner of Tower Bersama Infrastructure (TBIG), a company controlled by Saratoga Group.

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Anies & The Chopper Ride

A helicopter ride from Lippo Group’s Siloam Hospital at Jl TB Simatupang to Aryaduta Hotel, Tugu Tani (also Lippo Group) by elected Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan to meet incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) at the City Hall is story of the day most commented with negative tones.

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Prosecutors Seek Light Sentence for Ahok

On April 20, 2017, the prosecutors in charge of the trial of the Governor of Jakarta Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama demanded a conditional sentence to be imposed on the Governor. What’s interesting is that the prosecutors concluded that they could not charge Ahok with blasphemy, and instead formed their demand after concluding that Ahok is only guilty of harassment.

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Freeport: Where are We?

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, coordinating minister for maritime affairs, admitted President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo discussed Freeport Indonesia issues with visiting US Vice President Mike Pence at the State Palace Thursday (April 20), including mandatory divestment of up to 51% shares. “Pence was satisfied with President’s explanation,” claimed Luhut, one of the president’s most influential advisers.

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Anies Victory: What That Means (3)

Anies Baswedan, the likely new governor of Jakarta, had a busy Thursday morning. Other than meeting with incumbent governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok), Anies met VP Jusuf Kalla, who was accompanied by family members like Aksa Mahmud (brother-in-law) and Erwin Aksa (nephew). Also seen in the picture was Shinta Kamdani, owner of Sintesa Group, who is also member of expert team for the VP Office.

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Speculations on Ahok’s Future

People are speculating on the future of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama following his projected defeat to Anies Baswedan in the Jakarta gubernatorial race. Ahok had met with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo a day before the election. Some believe that Jokowi and Ahok had a chance to talk about the blasphemy case and a strategic position in the cabinet. If this is true, what position could Ahok get in the cabinet?

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Anies–Sandi’s Victory & the 2019 Race

Winning Jakarta’s gubernatorial election does not necessarily mean the winner will be victorious in the 2019 presidential election. But having Anies Baswedan and his running mate Sandiaga Uno (Anies-Sandi) as the new governor and vice governor of Jakarta will affect the dynamics ahead of 2019.

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