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Makassar’s sole mayoral candidate has lost to a blank box on the ballot. There was an attempt to gain votes by falsifying data.
Following the Constitutional Court's decision, adherents of non-mainstream faiths are still subjected to discrimination. The government's plan to issue two types of national IDs is criticized.
Discrimination against religious minorities is rooted in the past, during Sukarno’s reign. It continues due to neglect by the government and is exploited as a political commodity.
The salaries and allowances for the Steering Board of the Agency for the Implementation of State Ideology Pancasila (BPIP), amounting to more than Rp 100 million per person, have been in the spotlight.
The Military May Not Act on Its Own
The government and parliament have agreed to pass the anti-terrorism law revision. Military involvement will be governed in a presidential regulation.
The Religious Affairs Ministry intends to eradicate hate speech from sermons, but is met with criticism instead. One individual is already deceased but still made it to the list.
Several individuals have declared themselves as presidential candidates, despite the absence of party support. Gatot Nurmantyo and Abraham Samad are particularly persistent.