Category: Politics

Nation of Conflict

Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelagic country with 17,508 islands and a total population of nearly 270 million. Over 1,340 ethnic groups exist in Indonesia with over 1,211 native languages. Indonesia recognizes six of the largest religions and other ethnic religions practiced in the country. Diversity is what makes Indonesia unique, but there are seeds of conflict. A slight misunderstanding, miscommunication, and misinformation can be used to trigger conflict and to create instability, much like the riots that broke in Papua and West Papua.

Read More

Female Attorney General?

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gave the assurance that the next attorney general (AG) would be someone from outside of a political party. Yenti Ganarsih has been mentioned as a potential candidate. She is now leading the selection team tasked by Jokowi to select new leaders of the 2019-2023 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Read More

The TNI’s Personnel Issues

Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto recently announced another round of job rotation of high-ranking officers of the Indonesian Military (TNI). A few of the high profile jobs affected are the position of Commander of the Kasuari Territorial Command ( Pangdam Kasuari) and Commander of the Cendrawasih Territorial Command (Pangdam Cendrawasih). TNI structural reform.

Read More

Measuring Jokowi’s Rhetorics

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gave a speech before the People’s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (MPR RI) in the latter’s annual session. It’s his customary, pre-independence-day speech. Since it’s a big speech after his victorious re-election, many wonder whether Jokowi would be making any bold statement. Did he? 

Read More

Jokowi’s Cabinet Design

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with editors in chief of mainstream media outlets yesterday (Aug. 14). In a generous move at entertaining the press, the President gave a teaser on the shape of his upcoming cabinet. The new cabinet, the President said, would be young and mostly professional, with the addition of at least two new ministries and the merger of a few ministries. Let’s go over this idea one by one. Let’s start with Jokowi’s goal of setting up a professional cabinet.

Read More

Jokowi and Businessmen

As part of Indonesia’s 74th Indonesian Independence Day celebration, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is scheduled to hand out honorary awards to the nation’s prominent figures. According to the list circulated in the social media, four businessmen are among the candidates to get the awards.

Read More

Victim of Politics

The personal life of Officer Cadet Candidate Enzo Zens Allie was dissected by the press after the suspicion that he could have ties with the notorious Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) went viral on social media platforms. The TNI has repeatedly explained its cadet recruitment process in a bid to convince the public that no radical recruit would pass their screening. But at this point, the case might have gone beyond the issue of ideological infiltration into something even more troublesome: politics.

Read More

Prabowo, Hijackers, and the Ruling Coalition

One moment an enemy, the next an ally. Such is the nature of politics. What one sees captured in the press are but parts of the story. After the riots that broke in May 21, 2019, netizens quickly turned to Prabowo Subianto. He was the failed presidential candidate whose supporters had run amok in the streets of the Capital City. But here we are today, Prabowo is now the symbol of unification. He’s also being painted as a patriot. What on earth is going on?

Read More

PDI-P maintains the winning team

PDI-P chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri has decided to maintain most of party executives contributing to its victory in this year’s legislative election and the reelection of party cadre Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo. Hasto Kristianto, for example, is maintained as the party’s secretary general, which breaks the party’s tradition.

Read More

Regeneration Joke

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) is holding its 2019 congress in Bali. National media outlets widely reported the opening of the congress yesterday. They mostly noted the much-anticipated attendance of Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto. Overall, it was a bland news cycle. PDI-P had promised a surprise from Megawati, but there wasn’t any. If the news of her renewed leadership of PDI-P was supposed to be the surprise, then it wasn’t a very good one. All that buzz on regeneration was for naught.

Read More

Fantasy Cabinet (1)

Imagine if Susi Pudjiastuti, minister of fisheries, will be appointed new minister of health, or Sri Mulyani Indrawati, finance minister, as minister of education in the second term of President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo. General consensus in the market is a status quo for both famous ladies, but be prepared for some surprises.

Read More
Loading
error: Content is protected !!