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.
Questioning the urgency of foreign aidTenggara 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.
Jokowi winning the campaign to woo Muslim votersTenggara Backgrounder September 28
<p><strong>Jokowi winning the campaign to woo Muslim voters</strong></p><p>The 2019 presidential race has just gotten much harder for challenger Prabowo Subianto after an important faction in Nahdlatul Ulama, representing the family of the late former president Abdurrahman Wahid, threw its support behind the incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Golkar: Teetering on the verge yet again</strong></p><p>The Golkar Party is under fire after its chairman Airlangga Hartanto become a target of public scrutiny lately. After two of its politicians were named suspects in the bribery case related to the coal-fired power plant (PLTU) project in Riau, the corruption sage plaguing the Golkar Party will likely to continue.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Resource nationalism triumphant in Freeport deal</strong></p><p>Indonesia has officially legalized its ownership over 51 percent stakes in PT Freeport Indonesia after the state mining holding company, Inalum, signed a US$ 3.85 billion sales and purchase agreement (SPA) with Freeport McMoran and Rio Tinto on Thursday. Finding the significant investment in underground mining exploration will be the next challenge for Indonesia’s triumph.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Govt uses moratorium to fight excess supply</strong></p><p>Although the Presidential Instruction No. 8/2018 on oil palm plantations expansion prohibition received a laudable response from environmental groups, there are actually a lot of homework for the government to start addressing the underlying problems in the palm oil sector. </p>
Election campaign: Tumultuous but not dangerousTenggara Backgrounder September 21
<p><strong>Election campaign: Tumultuous but not dangerous</strong></p><p>The tumultuous and polarizing presidential campaign will officially begin on Sunday and end on April 17. Despite the delicate situation it may create, it will not be necessarily a dangerous time. Historical records showed that election campaigns in Indonesia have never been violent, albeit tensions arose.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Supreme court versus KPU: struggle continues</strong></p><p>The General Elections Commission (KPU) proves to be tenacious in its fight against corruption. Amidst the Supreme Court’s decision to annul the former’s regulation that bans former graft, sexual assault and drug abuse convicts from contesting, the KPU continues formulating strategic maneuvers for anti-graft campaign.</p><p> </p><p><strong>Govt races to save universal coverage policy</strong></p><p>With a projected Rp 11 trillion cashflow deficit, the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS) issue is becoming a national problem that should be handled with care, given its social, economical and political implications.</p><p><strong> </strong></p><p><strong>Jokowi’s fuel subsidies reform is just an illusion</strong></p><p>President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s fuel subsidies reform is more likely about moving government’s subsidy burden to state-owned energy company Pertamina’ financial. At the same time, his persistence to maintain fuel prices for his reelection bid in 2019 faces growing opposition from technocrats and the business community.</p>
Team Jokowi forges ahead, Team Prabowo strugglesTenggara Backgrounder September 14
The battle between Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto are entering new phase. With the election campaign slated to start on Sept.23, incumbent President Jokow has put together his dream team. On the other hand, challenger Prabowo was reported to struggle building his own dream team.
Who’s in charge of the 2019 elections?Tenggara Backgrounder September 7
Electoral system’s credibility and election result might be jeopardized when two election key agencies, General Elections Commission (KPU) and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), are disputing each other’s decisions.