The Indonesian Update — Volume XIV, No.7- July 2020 (English Version)

The July 2020 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a major report on government spending policies during the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19). This topic   has been chosen to respond to President Joko Widodo’s anger, which was sparked by the low realization of government spending to overcome the impacts of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

In the field of Law, the Indonesian Update discusses the face of law enforcement in Indonesia through the Djoko Tjandra and Harun Masiku cases. Both cases show how weak the legal system that has been built in Indonesia. In addition, we discuss the performance of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after the revision of the law and the inauguration of the leadership of the new Commissioners.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the factual verification of prospective pairs of candidates for the 2020 Regional Head Elections (Pilkada 2020). In addition to the factual verification stage, we also discuss the voter matching and research activities in the 2020 elections. Next, we discussed the leadership of strategic actors, consisting of various Ministries / Institutions (K / L) and Regional Government (Pemda) leaders who are being tested in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic. We also discuss the polemics over the deliberation of the Pancasila Ideology Bill (RUU-HIP) and the interests in the discussion process, both from the government’s and the DPR’s perspective.

In the social field, the Indonesian Update raises a topic about strengthening social protection in the era of adaptation to new habits. In addition, we discuss the postponement of the Bill on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU P-KS) in the 2020 National Legislation Program (Proglenas). We also discuss the improvement of health services in the COVID-19 period that is needed to be conducted through adaptation and innovation.

The monthly publication of the Indonesian Update with actual themes is expected to help policy makers in government and business institutions – as well as academics, think tanks, and elements of civil society, both at home and abroad, to get actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, political, social and legal aspects in Indonesia, and an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

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