Backgrounder

Tenggara Backgrounder Aug 03

Prabowo’s political map

With his coalition still shaky, presumptive nominee Prabowo Subianto’s political map is as yet unfinished. His meetings on Monday, July 30, with Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Sohibul Iman however, have shedsome light on Prabowo’s ruse, particularly regarding his potential vice presidents.

Kalla, Jokowi and democracy in peril

Jusuf Kalla’s legal battle over Article 169 of the 2017 Elections Law may bear a wider relevance than just his pursuit for vice-presidency. The tight countermotion from a group of academics and activistsagainst United Indonesia’s Party (Perindo) on July 30, indicated a bigger implication for Indonesia’sdemocracy.

Flip-flopping DMO regulation

The recent Domestic Market Obligation (DMO) regulation flip-flopping is a bad precedent to the investment seeking Indonesia. DMO price cap elimination announcement on Monday and itscancellation on the next day reflected government’s inconsistency and unthorough planning.

Tsingshan’s game changer investment in Morowali

Chinese government announced anti-dumping probes on stainless steel import from the European Union, Japan, South Korea and Indonesia in July 23. The Indonesian case is particularly interesting, as it highlights how far competition between Chinese companies can go.