The Indonesian Update — Volume XIV, No.9 – September 2020 (English Version)

The September 2020 edition of the Indonesian Update raises the main report on the violations of a number of prospective candidates in the registration stage of the 2020 Regional Head Election (Bapaslon) candidate pairs (Pilkada). Violations in this stage are due to crowds, which should have been avoided,  in order to grow the image of the regional head candidates. It could be seen that the existing health protocol in PKPU 6/2020z in conjunction with PKPU 10/2020, is not able to be an anticipatory instrument for the implementations of Pilkada in times of health crisis.

In the economic field, the Indonesian Update discusses the analysis of economic stimulus policies for the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) sector after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia. In addition, we discuss the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for the economic sector after the implementations of the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy in DKI Jakarta.

In the legal field, the Indonesian Update discusses the sustainability of the 2020 Pilkada amid the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus. This will very much depend on community discipline, candidate compliance and organizer readiness in obeying the health protocol. In addition, we discuss the Revision of the Constitutional Court Law (MK Law), which was passed on September 1, 2020. There are several things that should be concerned about in the process of its formation. One of them is related to the discussion process, which has set a record in the history of the formation of legislation.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the use of government electronic systems that have had a positive impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of public services can now be accessed online. However, the facts on the ground still show that there are a number of public services that still have to be delayed. This is an issue that must be resolved because the shift work system is not fully effective. Apart from that, we also discuss the polemics  over the issue of the rise of the PKI. This issue has become a political commodity propagated by certain individuals or groups in order to fulfill their political interests.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update raises the importance of accurate COVID-19 data to be a priority for the Central and Regional Governments so that policy making during the Covid-19 period is made to accurately approach public needs. In addition, we discuss the steady direct assistance policy for formal workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, we also discuss the portrait of vulnerable sexual and reproductive health services in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 obtain actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions. political, social, and legal in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

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