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I sat down with Dr. Djayadi Hanan, the director of political science at Paramadina University and the executive director of LSI, to discuss how the pandemic might impact the controversial Omnibus Bill, the push by political parties to bring more power back to the central government and why has Governor Ridwan Kamil’s popularity increased as a resul…
 
The Central Government has prevented provincial leaders, such as Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan, from implementing a lockdown, despite the fact that Jakarta is the country’s epicentre for the Covid-19 virus. The president says that a lockdown would cripple the country’s economy and lead to social unrest. Does the government have the capacity to su…
 
When we ask ourselves how people would even begin to conceive and believe in conspiracy theories and hoaxes during a critical time such as this pandemic, we find that it is so much more than just an issue of how we access and process information, as many would believe. Evidently, world leaders around the world are also engaging in wild narratives s…
 
Nothing is permanent when it comes to relationships among political parties in Indonesia. As parties lack strong ideologies, most relationships are established when it’s deemed beneficial rather than based on issues to stances. It’s now beneficial for both Gerindra and PDIP to collaborate and build a strong relationship, both at the local and natio…
 
From unknown gadgets to the vice president's table, what do some of our team members believe is the most important object/equipment when recording our podcast episodes? Apparently, it's not as obvious as you think! In this Indonesia In-Studio episode, Tanita and Veronica share their experiences in learning what object/equipment matters most when re…
 
Ever wonder what it takes to produce our episodes? There is an entire process that goes into each and every one and often times they are not as simple as record and publish! The process includes brainstorming, research, finding the guests, conducting the interview, crafting a story, collecting extra clips and editing all of that raw audio. All that…
 
President Widodo set lofty goals when he took office in 2014 and many have yet to be achieved. Hoping to achieve them in his second term, Widodo’s newly-formed cabinet has raised serious questions as to whether those goals are attainable. The government coalition is super-sized and the make-up of cabinet is full of political accommodations and comp…
 
Indonesia began its transition to democracy in 1998 amid a simultaneous political, social and economic crisis. While the country has made tremendous progress with important economic and political reforms, Indonesia continues to remain in a democratic transition today. At an Indonesinist live event hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affair…
 
The Indonesian parliament has delayed passing the controversial new amendments to the criminal code, which dates back to the Dutch Colonial Era. Widodo backtracked his support at the last minute after public protests against the bill which is viewed as overcriminalization and draconian. One article in the bill that garnered attention is on the rein…
 
Photo by Tyler Easton/ Unsplash The 2019 presidential election is over but the discourse about “election fraud” in Indonesia remains foggy and tends to shun away from the statistical elements that makes up the election itself. The Constitutional Court rejected Prabowo’s challenge to the 2019 presidential election results when he complained of “stru…
 
Photo by Soe Zeya Tun/REUTERS A wave of optimism flowed over Myanmar in 2010 when the ruling military general, Than Shwe, implemented the first steps in the nation’s roadmap to democracy by implementing both economic and democratic reforms. At the same time, the government began new efforts to establish peace with more than a dozen armed ethnic min…
 
Presidential contender, Prabowo Subianto along with his political coalition, rejected the official presidential election results announced by the General Election Commission (KPU) and filed a lawsuit in the Constitutional Court in May citing that “structural, systematic and massive electoral fraud” had occurred on election day. According to the KPU…
 
We had the honor and privilege to interview Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, on April 18, 2019, less than 24 hours after the nationwide elections. Kalla is known as prominent businessman turned veteran politician, serving two five-year terms as vice president for two different presidents. He was the critical figure in mediating peace in Aceh along with…
 
Some people, primarily among the international community, question whether the 2019 Indonesian elections will be free and fair, void of voter irregularities and/or violence. But are these concerns well-grounded? Do we need to be worried? Shawn believes that these concerns are reasonable but unfounded. We take a look at Indonesia’s recent history in…
 
Although ASEAN has been under fire for its powerlessness in the face of several human rights atrocities such as attacks on Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, internal ASEAN officials, some of whom have lengthy human rights activism experience, remain optimistic that the association can be a force for good. What do they actually see in ASEAN’s non…
 
On April 17 this year, Indonesians will elect their president, vice president and local representatives on the same day, a first for Indonesia. We sit down once again with Dr. Djayadi Hanan from Saiful Mujani Research & Consulting (SMRC) and look at how the new “concurrent election” impacts the political landscape, how presidential/legislative thre…
 
Episode 27: Indonesian Presidential Debates: Do They Matter? As part of the 2019 elections, the Indonesian Election Committee (KPU) will conduct the first official presidential debate on the 17th of January. The themes for this first debate are some of the most strategic and pressing subjects, which are legal affairs, human rights, corruption, and …
 
Can expression of nationalism be offensive? For the 23-year-old Indonesian music maker and producer, Alffy Rev, the answer is affirmative. Awwalur Rizqi Al-Firori, or also known as “Alffy Rev”, picked up his first musical instrument at the age of 10. His interest in arts led him to study music and film formally. He always wondered why Indonesia’s n…
 
Numerous data leaks, breaches and hacks have been on the rise over the past few years involving local and foreign players, such as Facebook. These incidents have pushed the Government of Indonesia to finalize its Data Privacy Protection Draft Bill. After working on the draft for nearly two years, the government hopes to submit it to parliament for …
 
After 20 years as a senior executive with multinational corporations across Southeast Asia, Miss Shanti Shamdasani is running for seat in parliament. She hopes to bring her values and lessons learned to the Lower House. She talks to us about the difficulties of staying “clean” and not “paying to play” on the campaign trail, her thoughts on how to i…
 
On this episode we highlight some killer Indonesian tunes. In order they are: 1. Ghe2r Rap - Bersatulah (Unite) 2. Unknown- Mars Pemilu (New Order General Election Anthem) 3. Ayub Jonn & Laze - Kursi Malas (Lazy Chair) 4. Edgar, Ben Utomo – Remix Tetap Dalam Jiwa (Still in My Heart) 5. Saykoji w/ Umbu Kaborang – Presiden Impian (Dream President)…
 
On this episode we highlight some killer Indonesian tunes. In order they are: 1. Ghe2r Rap - Bersatulah (Unite) 2. Saykoji – Persona Indonesia (Indonesian Wonders) 3. Sahat Tarida – Pasal 33 (Article 33 of Constitution) 4. Vika & Imam MF – Sanitasi Aman (Safe Sanitation -by Drs. H. Imam Mahfud) 5. Edgesiders Kerinci Brother CK – Indonesia Bersatu (…
 
Killer Indonesian music highlighted in this episode: 1. Intro Song- Ghe2r Rap feat Ebony - Bersatulah Indonesia (United Indonesia) 2. Harry Roesli - Ciociocio Werkewer 3. Iwan Fals- Surat Buat Wakil Rakyat (Letter for the House of Representatives). Such a great song. Buy it on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ph/album/wakil-rakyat/857687133 4. Unkn…
 
On this episode we highlight some killer Indonesian tunes. In order they are: 1. Ghe2r Rap - Bersatulah (Unite) 2. Sony BLVCK - Lawan Teroris (Fight The Terrorists) 3. Sugeng P. – Teroris Apakah Agamamu – (What’s your Religion Terrorists?) (Sugeng is a police officer & wrote the song after recent terror attacks) 4. Saykoji - Bersabar (Patience) Buy…
 
We speak with Michael Sianipar, at age 27, he was one of former Jakarta Governor Ahok's trusted assistant until his final days in office. He is now head of the Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) Jakarta office. We discuss Ahok's demise, his style of leadership and the future of Indonesia. We also learn more about one of Indonesia's newest political p…
 
We sit down with Deputy Speaker of the House and Senior Gerindra Party member Mr. Fadli Zon to discuss the Anti terrorism Bill, the Criminal Code Bill, the dire Rohingya situation in Myanmar and of course the Prabowo Subianto’s run for the presidency. If you have any questions on any of these topics or have suggestions or criticism, contact us at I…
 
This episode is your new manual for Indonesian politics! We lay out all the pieces of the Indonesian political Rubik’s cube and put them all together. We cover all the important elements of the 2018 regional elections, the political party dynamics, the political battle for House seats in 2019, which parties are set to become extinct as well as the …
 
Golkar Faction Lawmaker & Commission I Member, Bobby Rizaldi, provides his insights on the latest internal changes to the Golkar Party's Senior Board and answers questions on Indonesia's defense sector. Send your comments, questions or criticism to info@indonesiaindepth.comBy Indonesia In-Depth
 
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