Tenggara Backgrounder August 16

Religion removed as fear factor in 2019 race

With Ma’ruf Amin chosen as Joko Widodo’s running mate, religion issue should not become a campaign problem for the incumbent. Instead, the promotion of ekonomi umat (people-based economic system) would lead incumbent into a head-to-head battle with the rival, whose signature program also revolves around the economy. 

Vice-presidential candidates, how do they contribute?

Vice-presidential candidacy announcements came as surprise, instigating speculations over the real reasons behind their appointment. How could these ‘unexpected’ vice-presidential candidate contribute? 

Grab, Go-Jek bow to pressures from unionized ‘ojek’ drivers

Stealthy development of ride-hailing ojek unionization may potentially shift the tariff war and government’s perception towards motorcycle as public transportation method. With the assistance of labor activist these unions may become an ‘unexpected’ powerful lobby. 

Biodiesel policy might be based on faulty assumption

The hasty B20 regulation implementation trial on Sept. 1 may face rough path ahead as several business groups considered the policy based on a faulty assumption. The B20 will oblige all diesel-based vehicles to use blended biodiesel with 20 percent palm oil to 80 percent diesel oil ratio.