Edition 11 June 2021

  • The Palace’s Hands in KADIN’s Chair Election
    Cover Story

    The Palace’s Hands in KADIN’s Chair Election

    Election for the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman turned heated. The Palace’s alleged support for one of the candidates puts pressures on voters.

  • I Still Believe in a Happy Ending
    Cover Story

    I Still Believe in a Happy Ending

    Some of Anindya Bakrie’s supporters in the Indonesian Chamber of Industry and Commerce National Conference were reportedly visited by the National Intelligence Agency. There is also information that a Palace representative summoned Anindya and asked him to withdraw from the race.

  • I’m Certain I Have the Majority Vote
    Cover Story

    I’m Certain I Have the Majority Vote

    Arsjad Rasjid emerged only recently as a candidate for Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman. The Indika Energy CEO admits to have met with cabinet members and political party officials to ask for their blessing.

  • The Force behind the Rulers
    Cover Story

    The Force behind the Rulers

    The role of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the formulation of government’s strategic policies strengthened under President Joko Widodo. The result of a privilege of a law inherited from the New Order era.

  • In-laws Lobbying for TNI Commander
    National

    In-laws Lobbying for TNI Commander

    Two military chiefs of staff are maneuvering in their quest to succeed Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto. Andika Perkasa’s prospect is affected by his age of retirement, only a year away. Yudo Margono is hampered by the tragedy of Nanggala-402.

  • Patients with Military Escort
    National

    Patients with Military Escort

    The number of Covid-19 cases has gone up in some areas. Many residents in Bangkalan, East Java, refuse to take PCR tests.

  • Precious Metals Import Tax Dispute
    Law

    Precious Metals Import Tax Dispute

    Officials at the directorate-general of customs are disagreeing about tariffs and import taxes on gold imported by 11 companies at Soekarno-Hatta Airport from 2019-2021. State losses could potentially reach Rp2.9 trillion.

  • A Meeting You Can't Miss
    Market Pulse

    A Meeting You Can't Miss

    Yopie Hidayat Contributor

  • Legal Technocrat with Many Faces
    In Memoriam

    Legal Technocrat with Many Faces

    Mochtar Kusumaatmadja occupies a special position in Indonesia’s development in legal thinking and education. Educator, thinker, practitioner, and legal bureaucrat: he was that rare person who personified all of the above.

  • Dead End in Myanmar
    Asean & Beyond

    Dead End in Myanmar

    ASEAN is progressing slowly in its handling of the crisis in Myanmar. The military junta refuses to meet envoy from the organization.

  • Interview

    Interview

    We’ve Lost Hope in ASEAN

    Dr. Sasa carries out his duties as International Cooperation Minister and Spokesperson for National Unity Government (NUG), Myanmar’s parallel government, from an undisclosed hiding place. He moves from one discussion forum to the next to lobby for support from the international community. Sasa has been in contact with international leaders and politicians from the US, UK, EU or even Japan, yet he has been unsuccessful in establishing communication with ASEAN. He presses ASEAN to take a more prominent role in resolving the crisis in his home country, among others, by promptly appointing a special envoy to mediate dialog between the NUG and junta leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. According to him the five point consensus from the ASEAN Summit has not been followed up.

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  • Environment

    Voices against the Waste

    Voices against the Waste

    Protests against coal waste management have repeatedly erupted. Dispute resolution efforts are seen as not pro-environment and public health.

  • Environment

    Processing Coal the Asian Way

    Processing Coal the Asian Way

    Countries in Asia designate fly ash and bottom ash in different categories and have long allowed it to be used in various processes, generally for a mixture of building materials and road pavers.

  • Environment

    Taking Toxic Waste Off the Hazardous Waste List

    The Environment and Forestry Ministry issued a ministerial regulation which becomes the basis of implementing rules for toxic and hazardous waste processing. There seems to be a bias towards businesses.

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    Photo

    K-Pop Madness Food

    Delivery drivers crowd and wait for BTS meal orders in a McDonald’s restaurant in Bogor, West Java, Wednesday, June 9. Thirty-four McDonald’s stores around the country re-opened on Friday, June 11, after they were forced to close amid soaring demand for special meals inspired by K-pop sensation BTS that led to chaos amid huge food delivery orders. The meal features 10 Chicken McNuggets, fries and a Coke, along with sweet chili and cajun dipping sauces hand-picked by the band members, McDonald’s Korea said when it went on sale there. Sofyan Shah/Radar Bogor/via REUTERS

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    Photo

    Despoiled Tiran

    Mineral’s nickel mining activity on the hills located in Lasolo Subdistrict, North Konawe Regency, Southeast Sulawesi, Friday, June 11. The local forestry office has ordered Tiran Mineral to stop its nickel mining activities in a prohibited production forest area of 800 hectares because the permit issued by the government was only for a smelter factory construction. ANTARA/Jojon

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  • Gagged
    Cartoon

    Gagged

    Cartoon: Yuyun Nurrachman

  • Suharto’s New Order Déjà Vu
    Opinion

    Suharto’s New Order Déjà Vu

    The election of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry chair will determine the overall support of businesspeople in the 2024 presidential election. There are efforts to restore KADIN to the role it had in the Suharto era.

  • Wanted: A Non-political TNI Commander
    Opinion

    Wanted: A Non-political TNI Commander

    The candidates for TNI commander are maneuvering to seek support. If the President chooses the wrong person, the aspirations of the reformasi movement will not be achieved.

  • The Unfinished Business with Tax
    Opinion

    The Unfinished Business with Tax

    The government passed its proposal to revise the General Taxation System Law on to the House of Representatives. This does not solve the problem.

  • Anticipating New Waves of Covid-19
    Opinion

    Anticipating New Waves of Covid-19

    The number of coronavirus infections rose again after the Lebaran holiday. We cannot simply hope for improvements to government policy.

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