Towards the end of 2015, the public was shocked by a complaint filed by the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM), Sudirman Said, with the Honorary Council of the Parliament (MKD) regarding the allegation that then Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Setya Novanto had falsely cited the support of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President Jusuf Kalla in the process of renegotiating the contract with PT. Freeport Indonesia (PTFI).
Although Setya Novanto had finally resigned from his position as the Speaker of the DPR on December 16, 2015, in the eyes of the public, the case has undermined the credibility of the two names of the state institutions.
The main report in the December 2015 edition of the Indonesian Update is “The Fate of Natural Resources: the Case of Freeport”. On the economy, it discusses “A Look at the Indonesian Economy in 2015″. On political affairs, it discusses, ” The Resignation of Setya Novanto and the Enforcement of Ethics for Public Officials”. On social affairs, it talks about, “Ensuring the Quality of the Nation’s Children through Teachers”.
The regular publication of the Indonesian Update with its actual themes is expected to help policy makers in government and business environment — as well as academics, think tanks, and other elements of civil society, both within and outside the country, to get the actual information and contextual analysis of economic, legal, political, cultural and social developments in Indonesia, as well as to understand the public policy in Indonesia.