Backgrounder

Tenggara Backgrounder August 31

Racial discrimination in the judiciary

Indonesia failed in another litmus test of treating all citizens equally before the law. A court ruling on a blasphemy case against Meiliana, a double minority — by race and faith — undermines Indonesia’s reputation as a pluralist nation with the state motto of “Unity in Diversity”.

Idrus Marham and the future of Golkar

The future of Indonesia’s oldest party, Golkar is in limbo after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) exposed a series of power plant corruption scandals, involving a number of its senior politicians and former social Minister Idrus Marham as suspects.

Import PPh exposes Jokowi’s weakness in policy design

The plan to increase income tax for import (PPh import) to reduce projected increase of current deficits this year might complicate the economy, instead of alleviating the burden. Ranging from potential trade retaliatory to policy incoherency, the potential consequences are incomparable to the expected outcomes.

After a decade, Pertamina is one step away from taking over TPPI

State owned energy giant Pertamina is just one step away to control one of the most advanced refineries in Indonesia, after a Heads of Agreement was signed with Finance Ministry’s Directorate General of State Assets (DJKN), entitling the company with 51 percent of PT Tuban Petrochemical Industries’ shares.