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.
Strange picks in Jokowi’s ‘Dream Team’Tenggara Backgrounder October 25, 2019
A general who was discharged from the military was named defense minister, an army medical doctor who lost his practicing license for ethics violations was chosen for health minister, a former army general was picked for religious affairs minister, and a successful young start-up entrepreneur became minister of education. These are some of the strange if not controversial picks in the new Cabinet as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo began his second term in office this week.
Jokowi set to name bigger rainbow coalitionTenggara Backgrounder October 18, 2019
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will likely announce his new Cabinet within hours of his inauguration on Sunday, and swear in the ministers the next day. Most negotiations of who is in and who is out would have been concluded by now. Regardless, there may be last minute surprises as diverse groups have been maneuvering to get into the Cabinet.
Rising nickel price complicates Vale divestmentTenggara Backgrounder October 11, 2019
The PT Vale Indonesia (INCO) divestment process is set to complete this month, yet its value remains unclear. Meanwhile, the INCO share price has been increasing, giving its owners greater bargaining power, as this could lead to a higher valuation. While some have alleged INCO stock pumping, the fundamentals appear to support the share price rise, since the nickel price has surged dramatically this year.
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.