The Indonesian Update — Volume XIII, No.11 – November, December 2019 (English Version)

The November-December 2019 edition of the Indonesian Update raises the main report on the Provincial Minimum Wages (UMP) in 2020. This theme is very relevant because the regulation on UMP needs to consider a balance between social welfare and the business climate. The minimum wages that are a guarantee for justice for workers are still burdening employers in Indonesia.

In the economic field, this edition of the Update discusses the quarterly-2019 economic growth report. This theme is relevant because according to BPS calculations, the Indonesian economy is able to grow by 5.02 percent annually or year-on-year (yoy). Previously, in the first and second quarters of 2019, the Indonesian economy also managed to grow by 5.07 percent and 5.05 percent, respectivelly (BPS, 2019). In addition, we also discuss poverty in DKI Jakarta. Even though the number of poor people continues to decline, in fact there is still a lot of homework that must be addressed immediately, especially by the Government of DKI Jakarta.

In the field of law, we discuss the formation of the KPK Supervisory Board, which requires openness and active participation of the community. In addition, we also discuss Criticizing the Use of Defamation Articles in Indonesian Legislation. We also discuss the issue of legislative formation and the performance of legislators in the 2019-2024 period.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the threats of the use of identity politics in the 2020 Simultaneous Elections. In addition, we discuss the phenomenon of the existence of buzzers in our democracy today. This theme is relevant because the spread of misinformation or even disinformation by the buzzers has the potential to have an impact on the implementation of democratic values in a country. We also discuss the polemics over the DKI Jakarta Regional Budget Draft for 2020.

In the social field, the Indonesian Update raises a theme on the realization of E-Budgeting in Jakarta. This theme is relevant to discuss because the realization of E-Budgeting in Jakarta still shows weakness. The absence of KUA-PPAS this year has caused public unrest. In addition, this time the Indonesian Update also discusses the policy to increase BPJS Health Contributions in January 2020.

The monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with actual themes is expected to help policymakers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks, and elements of civil society, both domestic and foreign, to obtain actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, politics, social, and law in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

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