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.
Meet new House, MPR, DPD leadersTenggara Backgrounder October 04, 2019
New and old faces grace the House of Representatives and Regional Legislative Council (DPD) as the elected 711 members of the two bodies for the 2019-2024 term, who form the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), were sworn earlier this week. The stars of the show, however, are the new leaders of the House, DPD and MPR, namely Puan Maharani, Bambang Soesatyo and La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti respectively.
House selects politicians for BPK leadershipTenggara Backgrounder September 27, 2019
The House of Representatives finally selected five members for the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) on Wednesday through a secretive selection process. With politicians dominating its leadership, many observers doubt the competence and independence of the country’s auditor institution in conducting financial audits on all state institutions.
KPK dead, fight over the carcass continuesTenggara Backgrounder September 20, 2019
Last week marked the end of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), many say, following the appointment of the controversial cop Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri as the KPK’s new leader and the issuance of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s acceptance to deliberate amendments of the KPK Law. The public put pressure on President Jokowi to halt the deliberation process, yet Jokowi himself might attempt to seize command from the House and hand it to the President instead.
KPK bill tests Jokowi’s will and powerTenggara Backgrounder September 13, 2019
The House of Representatives, in its very last month of seating before it is dissolved, has dropped a bombshell on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s doorstep: A bill that will remove the independence of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The goal is clear: House members want to exact revenge on the KPK for sending dozens of colleagues, including speaker Setya Novanto, to jail for graft.
Rini strengthens her grip on SOEsTenggara Backgrounder September 6, 2019
State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno punished Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) president director Suprajarto by appointing him to lead state housing lender PT Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN). Suprajarto retaliated by turning down the new job.
Jakarta faces growing resistance in resource-rich PapuaTenggara Backgrounder August 30, 2019
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invested a lot of resources, as well as his personal time and energy, in the last five years in developing Papua and trying to raise the welfare of the people. There is justification: Papuans count among the poorest in per capita income, although their homeland is the richest, with massive gold and gas operations, and now forestry and plantations in the sparsely populated territory.