Category: Politics

Luhut & the Golkar Party

The Secretary General of the Golkar Party Lt. Gen. (ret) Lodewijk Freidrich Paulus has been widely mentioned as the frontrunner to replace Azis Syamsuddin as the new deputy speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR). Lodewijk...

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Luhut vs Watchdog Groups (2)

The lawyers of Haris Azhar (the executive director of Lokataru & former coordinator of KontraS) and Fatia Maulidiyanti (the current coordinator of KontraS) said that they would reveal the data that led to the allegation that General (ret) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, the Coordinating Minister of Maritime & Investment, is behind in the Wabu Block. The Wabu Block is a gold mine in Intan Jaya, Papua that was once operated by PT Freeport Indonesia, but it has been handed over to the Central Government.

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Anies & His Political Backing: Will it Last?

A number of political parties, including those in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s ruling coalition, defended Anies against harsh criticism lobbed by Giring Ganesha, the Chairman of PSI Party. It shows that many political parties still back Anies Baswedan even though the Jakarta Governor is under the scrutiny of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The question is: will said parties continue to support Anies in the future?

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Ganjar on 2024 Race

The popular Governor of Central Java Ganjar Pranowo, who is also a politician from the ruling party PDIP, stated that he had not been thinking about the 2024 presidential race. The Governor said that he was still focused on conducting his duties and that matters concerning PDIP and the 2024 race are the domain of Chairperson Megawati Soekarnoputri.

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Luhut vs Watchdog Groups

The Coordinating Minister for Maritime & Investment Affairs General (ret) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan reported two activists from two watchdog groups to the Police on account of defamation. Luhut is the second member of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s cabinet that have resorted to such a measure after the Chief of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) General (ret) Moeldoko.

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Azis Syamsuddin & Case Brokering Scandal: Implications?

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Azis Syamsuddin, who is also the deputy chairman of Golkar Party, has been implicated in a case brokering scandal investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission. The biggest question now is: what kind of political implications would follow if Azis were named a suspect?

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Anies’ Wasteful Spending & the Urgency of Budget Reform

The Corruption Eradication Commission questioned Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan for five hours on Tuesday (Sept. 21) in relation to the allegations of corruption in the purchase of land in Munjul, Pondok Ranggon, Cipayung, East Jakarta. The land purchase is reportedly related to the Zero Rupiah Down-Payment housing project, the flagship project of the Governor. The said housing project is not the only controversial project under Anies’ administration, many of the Governor’s projects are considered wasteful.

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Another Mission for Luhut

After successfully curbing the Delta variant outbreak, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime & Investment General (ret) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has been given a new assignment.  President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made Luhut the leader of the Made in Indonesia Campaign (Tim Gernas BBI), a movement designed to advance local micro, small and medium enterprises (UMKM) and instill pride in locally made products.

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KPK Examines Anies

Today, Sept. 21, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is scheduled to question the Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan in relation to the allegations of corruption in the purchase of land in Munjul, Pondok Ranggon, Cipayung, East Jakarta. The said land acquisition is reportedly related to the Zero Rupiah Down-Payment housing program, the flagship program of the Governor.

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