Tenggara Backgrounder is a weekly briefing service combining insights and analysis by experts from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Universitas Prasetiya Mulya, as well as background information from The Jakarta Post journalists. Tenggara Backgrounder provides you exclusive insights into what’s happening behind the scenes along with insider scoops that are not published in the media.

Lion Air crash raises questions on passenger safety

Tenggara Backgrounder November 9

The Lion Air plane crash that killed all 189 people on board in late October has revealed some technical problems in the brand-new jet as well as problems in the airline’s operations and management and in governance and control. The accident raises questions about the airline’s safety standards and the government’s oversight on the operations of low-cost carriers.


Rice data polemic: where is the surplus?

Tenggara Backgrounder November 2

The announcement of the new rice data by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reveals a bigger problem in the country’s rice production. The new data disclosed by BPS on surplus is 4.5 times lower than the Agriculture Ministry’s number, sparking a question whether Indonesia should redefine its rice policy and rice self-sufficiency goal.


Bribery case is unlikely to stop Meikarta

Tenggara Backgrounder October 26

The Meikarta property project, the Lippo Group’s flagship project, is in limbo after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) caught several of its employees and Bekasi Regency officials red-handedly. Investors started shunning Lippo companies soon after the bribery case emerged, although it is not the first bribery case involving Lippo.


IndonesiaLeaks: How will we proceed?

Tenggara Backgrounder October 19

Whistleblower IndonesiaLeaks recently made an allegation of the involvement of National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian in a meat-importing corruption case. Considering the current state of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), it is doubtful that further investigation on the allegation will be conducted.


SOE’s hostile treatment threatens private investor

Tenggara Backgrounder October 12

The government’s efforts to boost private sector participation in its national strategic infrastructure projects have faced a setback, following the North Jakarta District Court’s controversial ruling on the litigation over the Marunda Port development project between PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara (KBN) and PT Karya Citra Nusantara (KCN).


Questioning the urgency of foreign aid

Tenggara Backgrounder October 5

After the 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that devastated Central Sulawesi on Sept. 29, the government has been under duress to declare the tragedy as a national disaster and accept foreign assistance. A number of considerations, however, may impede the government from doing so.