Tenggara Backgrounder November 9

Mid-sized Islam-based parties: Where will they go?

Latest surveys forecast that the majority of mid-sized Islamic parties will not pass the 4 percent parliamentary threshold in the upcoming legislative election. Looking at the implications carried by the decrease of the Islamic parties’ electability rates, strategies to avoid further decline could be formulated.


Paradox of Plenty in Indonesia: Unhealthy lifestyle

The latest Health Ministry report on the state of the health of the nation shows many remarkable improvements that can be attributed to the policies of the government of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, but it also reveals one disturbing fact: that increasing prosperity does not automatically guarantee better health for some people. Some old health problems remain, and new ones are emerging, reflecting poor eating habits and lifestyle choices.


Lion Air crash raises questions on passenger safety

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.


Meikarta may only be the first domino to fall

Lippo Group’s credit rating downgrade by Moody’s Investor Services and Fitch Ratings were a surprise, even for Lippo. However, business climate lethargy that is combined with series of “unwanted” events have dragged the group’s general profitability down. With potential cash shortage to meet its liabilities, it is then reasonable why these credit rating agencies lowered their assessment despite the good news about their profit achievement.