Category: Politics

Ganjar & Puan

The national media outlets reported the absence of the Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo in the inauguration of Pasar Legi, the largest traditional market in Surakarta (Central Java). The event was led by the House Speaker Puan Maharani. Both Puan and Ganjar are politicians from the ruling party PDIP, and the dynamics between the two figures are worth highlighting given they’re still competing to win the Party’s nomination for 2024 race.

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More Obstacle for Airlangga’s 2024 Bid

The so-called Generasi Muda Partai Golkar (GMPG) or the Golkar Party Youth Generation criticizes the Chairman of Golkar Airlangga Hartarto. The GMPG pointed to the electability of Airlangga that had remained insignificant even though the latter had ordered the Party’s infrastructure down to the regions to massively display billboards and videotrons of him across the country.

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KPK Sting Operation: North Sumatera, Again

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) ‘s third sting operation in 2022 tells us that people seldom learn. The operation ensnared the Regent of Langkat, Terbit Rencana Peranginangin (Golkar). Langkat is a regency in North Sumatera, and in our records, Terbit is the 16th regional head of North Sumatera embroiled in a corruption scandal in less than a decade.

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KPK’s Investigation into Formula E Continues

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) continues its investigation into the allegations of corruption related to Formula E Championship, the flagship project of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan. The KPK recently examined Dino Patti Djalal, former vice minister of foreign affairs under the administration of the sixth President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY). The examination is worth highlighting considering Dino’s role in the project, and his relationship with Anies and other high-profile figures in the country.

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KPK Sting Operation: East Kalimantan

Entering the third week of 2022, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has shocked the public thrice with sting operations. The latest two happened in less than a week’s time. Last week, the KPK arrested a dozen people in two separate locations in Jakarta and East Kalimantan. It later named the Regent of Penajam Paser Utara, Abdul Gafur Mas’ud (Democratic Party), a suspect of corruption. This week, the KPK arrested several people in North Sumatera, and named the Regent of Langkat, Terbit Rencana Perangin Angin (Golkar), a suspect. Let’s talk about East Kalimantan and its “tradition” of corruption.

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Ahok’s Future (2)

Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a.k.a Ahok, responded to the recent speculation saying he could be appointed chief of the new capital city authority or run as governor candidate in Jakarta’s 2024 gubernatorial election. Ahok’s response is worth highlighting because many wonder about his future in Indonesian politics.

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The Pangkostrad Race (2)

The Military Commander (Panglima TNI) General Andika Perkasa told the press that the new commander of the Army’s Strategic Reserves Command (Pangkostrad) will be announced this week. The Pangkostrad position, as we all know, has been vacant for two months after General Dudung Abdurachman became the new Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) on Nov. 17, 2021.

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New Capital City, Cabinet Reshuffle & 2024 Question

Today, Jan. 18, the House of Representatives is scheduled to pass the Bill on the New Capital City (RUU IKN) into a new law. With the said new law, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will have a legal umbrella to accelerate the development of the new capital city in East Kalimantan. The President will also appoint the new capital city authority chief soon.

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Ganjar & West Java Battleground

The supporters of aspiring presidential and vice presidential candidates continue to scramble, trying to promote their respective nominees ahead of the 2024 race. Teman Anies, a volunteer group of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, has set a target of collecting one million signatures to support the Governor’s 2024 bid. Meanwhile, the volunteer groups of Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo intensified their campaign in West Java, the largest province in the country that is also known as home to Prabowo Subianto’s supporters.

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Unhealthy Discourse

A group of people called the Sekreariat Bersama (Sekber) Prabowo-Jokowi or the Prabowo-Jokowi Joint Secretariat endorses President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to run as Prabowo Subianto’s running mate in the upcoming 2024 presidential election. Previously, another group, namely the so-called Komunitas Jokowi-Prabowo 2024 or the Jokpro 2024 Community, campaigned for President Jokowi to run for a third term in 2024 with Prabowo as his running mate. This is unhealthy discourse. 

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