Tag: Sudirman Said

Central Java Election & KPK’s Investigation

The incumbent Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo, who is also a PDIP politician, is predicted to win his reelection by a landslide. All polling results have shown his electability as being too strong for his contender Sudirman Said to beat. But the problem for Ganjar is that he’s still haunted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)’s investigation into the electronic identity card (E-KTP) graft scandal.

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Central Java Election & the 2019 Race

Another polling agency reaffirms the domination of incumbent Governor Ganjar Pranowo, who is also a PDIP politician, in the Central Java’s 2018 gubernatorial election. Ganjar, according to Indikator Politik Indonesia’s latest survey result, leads the poll with 72.4% electability, far ahead from his contender Sudirman Said with 21%.

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Lawsuits for Freeport Indonesia

The last two years have been tough for PT Freeport Indonesia. The Company had to deal with extortions, and a challenging contract renewal negotiation with the Government. This was topped with protests from the workers and employees. Things are still going to be rather challenging for the Freeport Indonesia. Some of its officials are suspected of having close ties with judges in the district court, and the allegations have been reported to the Supreme Court and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). In addition to that, Freeport Indonesia must face a lawsuit filed by three individuals related to the ownership of thousands of tons of scrap iron waste.

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Last Minute Twists (2)

PDI-P’s surprise decision in picking Gus Yasin, politician from Islamic party PPP, as running mate for incumbent governor Gandjar Pranowo has led to series of last minute changes in dynamics of Central Java election. Democratic Party, led by Indonesia’s sixth president SBY, joined NasDem, PPP, and PDI-P in endorsing Gandjar-Yasin pair, which might eventually lock the race to a head-to-head between Gandjar and Sudirman Said, a candidate endorsed by Gerindra and Islamic party PKS.

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The Opposition’s Pick for Regional Politics

In a press briefing held at the PKS’ headquarters yesterday (Dec. 27), PKS Chairman Muhammad Sohibul Iman announced the gubernatorial pairs that PKS, Gerindra, and PAN would endorse. Prabowo was present in said press briefing and gave a speech. PAN Chairman Zulkifli Hasan, however, was not present. In fact, no PAN representative was present when Sohibul and Prabowo made the announcement on stage.

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Prabowo, Regional Elections, and His 2019 Ambition

The Chairman of the opposition party Gerindra, Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto, announced the Party’s governor candidate for Central Java: Sudirman Said, who is the former minister of energy & mineral resources (ESDM) under President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Sudirman’s nomination means that Gerindra has been nominating their own candidates in all of the gubernatorial races in Java that will take place next year. What does this mean?

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Sudirman Said vs Jokowi on the Jakarta Bay Reclamation Project

Sudirman Said, former Minister of Energy & Mineral Resources (ESDM), openly challenged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s statement on the Jakarta Bay Reclamation project. Jokowi had told journalists that he never issued any permit for the Jakarta Bay Reclamation project, be it as President of the Republic or as Governor of Jakarta. But Sudirman Said begged to differ. As quoted by Kompas.com, Sudirman claimed that Jokowi, as governor of Jakarta, issued two regulations that gave way to the issuance of the reclamation permit. What’s going on?

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Gross Split for Oil & Gas

Newly appointed minister of energy and mineral resources Ignasius Jonan revealed a plan to change revenue split between the State and contractors from cost recovery scheme to gross split. A more simplified gross split system is expected to boost attractiveness of Indonesian oil and gas industry.

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