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The Indonesian Update — Volume XV, No.2 – February 2021 (English Version)

The February 2021 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main report on the polemics over the proposed dissolution of the State Civil Apparatus Commission (KASN). KASN as a non-structural institution (LNS) is tasked with overseeing the implementations of the merit system in ASN policy and management. The enforcement of the merit system through KASN has received a lot of positive responses from ASNs who have experienced arbitrary actions. Moreover, Indonesia’s bureaucratic climate is prone to corruption and the transactions of positions. Therefore, the proposed dissolution of KASN by the DPR needs to be reviewed through a comprehensive performance evaluation.

In the legal field, the Indonesian Update discusses the importance of harmonizing the Election Law in order to prevent the practices of money politics in elections and regional elections. Regulatory reform and harmonization are needed in order to provide a deterrent effect for the parties involved in money politics. In addition, we discuss the discriminatory articles in the Draft Election Law (RUU Pemilu).

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the plan of the Indonesian National Police to create a virtual police tasked with campaigning the importance of personal data security. In addition, we also discuss President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) ‘s decision to accommodate the interests of political parties into the government. So, what will happen to the society in the future when power runs without meaningful supervision and balance? Next, we discuss the polemics over the Election Law. It is hoped that the revision of the Election Law can be an entry point to improve the quality of elections.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update raises the issue of violence perpetrated by unscrupulous police. The violence perpetrated was far from the police’s function as protector and the principle of democratic policing. Next, we discuss the application of Distance Learning (PJJ). PJJ is designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, the fact that many children play with their peers without health protocols during PJJ can actually lead to a cluster of the spread of COVID-19 in itself.

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 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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