Category: Politics

Jokowi & Haji Isam

On Thursday (Oct. 22), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated the sugar factory of PT Prima Alam Gemilang, a subsidiary of Jhonlin Group, in Bombana, Southeast Sulawesi province. Jhonlin Group, one of the largest coal miner and traders in Kalimantan, is owned by Haji Andi Syamsuddin Arsyad, popularly known as Haji Isam. Haji Isam is a coal businessman from Batu Licin, South Kalimantan province, who is known as one of the key financiers in Indonesian politics.

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Military Job Rotation & Security Concern

The Commander of the Indonesian Military (TNI) Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto instituted another round of job rotation affecting 47 high-ranking military officers, including the Chief of the TNI’s Intelligence Body (Kabais) and territorial commander (Pangdam). Some believe that the rotation is related to the security concern following the riots that followed the passage of the Omnibus Law on Job Creation (Cipta Kerja).

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Anti-Omnibus Law Rally: Media & Politics

Rallies protesting the new Omnibus Law on Job Creation (Cipta Kerja) continue to be held all over Indonesia, mostly in Java. Some groups plan to stage a big rally on Oct. 28, riding on the momentum of the commemoration of the Hari Sumpah Pemuda (Youth Pledge Day). Let’s talk about media coverage on the rallies.

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MUI Chairmanship: Islam & Politics

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) will elect a new chairman to replace Vice President Ma’ruf Amin in its upcoming congress (Munas) to be held on Nov. 25, 2020. VP Ma’ruf Amin could play a significant role in who would be elected as his successor.

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PBSI Chairmanship: Sport & Politics

The Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) will hold its congress from Nov. 5 to Nov. 6, 2020 to elect a new chairman to replace General (retired) Wiranto, who will soon end his term. A number of high-profile figures in Indonesian business and politics are said to compete in the said congress. Who are they?

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The Bargain Game (2)

The riots that broke in the capital city following the protests against the new Omnibus Law on Job Creation (Cipta Kerja) put the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on high alert. The Government is anticipating a possible riot today (Oct. 20) with some groups planning to stage another rally. Today is special given that it marks one year of Jokowi’s second term. But for those wanting to strengthen their bargaining position vis-à-vis the President, the situation today could serve as a momentum in light of the talks of an upcoming cabinet reshuffle.

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Jokowi’s Second Term: One Year On

Today, Oct. 20, marks one year of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term. The President is facing a rough start because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the riots following the passage of the new Omnibus Law on Job Creation (Cipta Kerja). Even before the pandemic, Jokowi was already facing difficulties with the riots that broke after the general elections, and the riots that broke in Papua. There were also forest fires spreading in Kalimantan and Sumatera, and then there was the controversy surrounding the revision of the KPK Law and the election of its new commissioners.

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Prabowo’s Overseas Trip & Military Procurement’s Strategy

After visiting the United States (US), the Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. (retired) Prabowo Subianto will continue his overseas trip to Austria and France. Prabowo, who is also the chairman of Gerindra Party, was interested to acquire 15 used Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets of the Austrian Air Force and to purchase 48 Dassault Rafale jets and 4 Scorpene submarines from France.

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Jokowi’s Political Accommodation

The Government is working to complete 40 technical regulations mandated by the new Omnibus Law on Job Creation (Cipta Kerja). The rallies to protest the Omnibus Law continue. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is urged to issue a Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) to cancel the Law. Will there be compromises? How will the President accommodate those opposing the Law?

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KAMI & the Anti-Omnibus Law Riots

The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Division (Bareskrim POLRI) has named nine members of the so-called Coalition to Save Indonesia (KAMI) as suspects related to the recent riots occurring in the rallies protesting the new Omnibus Law on Job Creation (Cipta Kerja). The said nine members of KAMI, including its three leaders, were accused of spreading hoax, hate speech, and inciting the riots. Some shocking facts were revealed by the Bareskrim regarding the conversations made among the suspects related to the rally. KAMI is the new opposition group led by the former Military (TNI) Commander General (ret) Gatot Nurmantyo and the former Chairman of PP Muhammadiyah Din Syamsuddin.

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Prabowo’s US Visit

Today, Oct. 16, the Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto starts his itinerary in the United States (US). Prabowo, who is also the chairman of Gerindra Party, is expected to meet top US officials in the Pentagon today.

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