The Indonesian Update Volume V No. 09 Januari 2011 (English)

The wide authority of DIY always sparks conflicts between the local people and culture and the national government interests. These conflicts shall be settled by providing a regulation for the implementation of governmental activities. This is immediately required as Law No. 3/ 1950 of the Formation of the Special Region of Yogyakarta and other related regulations do not completely cover the special characteristics of DIY. This will be different from regulations on other special regions like Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Papua and DKI Jakarta, which have been agreed.

Some factors have caused the prolongation of the writing of Bill on DIY. First, the deliberations of the Bill on the Formation of Special Region of Yogyakarta was delayed by the inability of the 2004-2009 DPR to finish the Bill. The main topic of the negotiation is the positions of governor and vice governor of DIY. Also, the involvement of political interest in designing the Bill has been substantial, obstructing the improvement of social welfare.

This edition of the Indonesian update also raises some important topics from the political and social fields. on politics, it talks about the euphoria over the Indonesian football team: between performance and politicization. Another topic is the clash between the coalition political parties supporting the SBY administration. on social affairs, it discusses the MDG report: achievement or image building and a theme on the nine years of the Papuan Special Autonomy.

The regular publication of the Indonesian update with its actual themes is expected to help policy makers in the government and the business sector, academicians, and international think tanks get actual information and contextual analyses on economic, political, social, and cultural developments in Indonesia.

Happy reading!

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