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.
Airlangga bares teeth, with a little helpTenggara Backgrounder December 06, 2019
Hours before the Golkar Party began its national congress on Tuesday night, Golkar executive Bambang Soesatyo announced that he was pulling out of the chairmanship race. Bambang’s announcement, which followed his meeting with several Golkar bigwigs including Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, practically assures the reelection of incumbent Airlangga Hartarto.
Corrupt-ridden PLN in good handsTenggara Backgrounder November 29, 2019
Former communications and information minister Rudiantara will, once again, grab the power to lead corrupt-ridden state-owned electricity company as its CEO. Once serving as PLN deputy CEO, Rudiantara has a better chance to make the state utility company healthier to ensure a reliable electricity supply for the country.
Calculating Ahok’s new powerTenggara Backgrounder November 22, 2019
Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama appears to have a volatile career trajectory. After his much-publicized political downfall in 2017 due to a religious blasphemy case that resulted in his imprisonment, Ahok may, in the near future, chair a strategic state-owned enterprise (SOE). Reports contend that Ahok will either be posted to oil and gas giant Pertamina or electricity firm PLN.
Jiwasraya pleas for bailout from taxpayer moneyTenggara Backgrounder November 15, 2019
Desperate for help, state insurance company PT Asuransi Jiwasraya asked the government for a bailout of Rp 32.89 trillion (US$2.35 billion) from taxpayer money to solve its financial crisis. Since the crisis is considered to be a result of the company’s mismanagement and bad investment decisions, both the government and the House of Representatives rejected the request.
NasDem gets a head startTenggara Backgrounder November 08, 2019
Barely a week after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced his Indonesia Onward Cabinet, The NasDem Party has started sniffing around the opposition despite three of its members having seats in the Cabinet. While NasDem’s move may seem ethically questionable, the party does not have the luxury of sitting around if it wants to reap a big harvest in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections (Pilkada), which will take place about 10 months from now.
Deputy minister posts mired by political appointmentsTenggara Backgrounder November 01, 2019
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has appointed 12 deputy ministers for 11 ministries. Nine of the appointments are for ministries in the economic team. Despite the political nature of some deputy ministerial positions, President Jokowi expects them to work professionally and deliver what is demanded by the President.