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.
PT Pos struggles with cash flow and employee benefitsTenggara Backgrounder August 2, 2019
Postal services all over the world, including Pos Indonesia, reportedly suffered under technological disruption due to the rise of e-commerce. In the case of Pos Indonesia, cashflow issue and the management’s attempt to cut back employee benefits might be the main culprits.
Megawati-Prabowo, Paloh-Anies: Foes turn friendsTenggara Backgrounder July 26, 2019
In a sudden turn of events, foes recently turned into friends this week. The meeting between Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) matriarch Megawati Soekarnoputri and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto on Wednesday ended the distant relationship between the two, at least for now.
Rini Soemarno rumored to get ousted from CabinetTenggara Backgrounder July 19
Rumors are swirling again that State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno will be ousted from the Cabinet. There has been a struggle among several political parties to take over the lucrative ministerial position. What will be the fate of Rini’s plan to create a super holding company for state-owned enterprises?
How much power will VP-elect Ma’ruf have?Tenggara Backgrounder July 12
The presidential inauguration is not due until October, but Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic mass organization, is among the groups that are pressing for their rewards. They may have a natural ally in vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin, a politician-turned-cleric who grew up in the NU tradition.
Indonesia to boost domestic demand of palm oilTenggara Backgrounder July 5
Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has suffered most from falling international prices of palm oil due to slowing demand and rising output. The government’s approach to protecting what is a strategically important industry has been less conciliatory and more interventionist: boosting domestic demand by subsidizing biofuels and later “green energy”.
Prabowo, Jokowi rumored to join handsTenggara Backgrounder June 28
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly has offered two ministerial seats, one deputy speakership at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and two spots on the Presidential Advisory Board to Gerindra as part of reconciliation. Gerindra joining Jokowi’s government may appear an ideal settlement after an exhausting, noisy political year. Such a solution, however, will pose more problems.