The Indonesian Update — Volume XV, No.4 – April 2021 (English Version)

The April 2021 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main report on the issue of government debts that has resurfaced recently. Empirical evidence notes that the position of Government debts as of the end of February 2021 was already at IDR 6,361.02 trillion, with a ratio of government debts to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 41.10 percent. The government must remain careful in managing its debts, especially in the midst of a pandemic, which has caused Indonesia’s GDP growth to decline at any time.

In the field of law, the Indonesian Update discusses the regulation of punishment or penalties in Law Number 11/2008 concerning Electronic Information and Transactions (UU ITE). Until now, there are still debates over to the classification of the ITE Law. Does this law fall into the category of administrative law or administrative penal law? In addition, we discuss a new range of problems related to Law Number 11/2020 concerning Job Creation (Job Creation Law) that has resurfaced again. This started with President Joko Widodo’s steps to stipulate 49 Government Regulations (PP) and four Presidential Regulations (Perpres) on February 21, 2021.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the vulnerability of increasing acts of terrorism involving millennials. It is important to encourage BNPT as the main actor in countering terrorism in order to optimize its role in preventing the spread of radical understanding among the younger generations. Apart from that, we also discuss the Orwellian-nuanced governance of Indonesia that has taken place in recent years. Since Joko Widodo served as President of the Republic of Indonesia, the issue of the Orwellian state has often emerged as a reaction to the direction of government policies that use police agencies to monitor the public. This form of use can be seen; for example, through the discourse of police patrols on the social media.

In the social field, the Indonesian Update raises the impact of Distance Learning (PJJ) that has been implemented in Indonesia for more than one year. The policies carried out to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have also been implemented by various countries in the world. In addition, we discuss BPJS Kesehatan partner health facilities, which are mostly focused on curative efforts. Increasing the use of digital systems and strengthening the Puskesmas Essential UKM units need to be done so that promotive and preventive efforts are not increasingly displaced. Next, we discuss the National Committee for Governance Policy (KNKG). The formation of the KNKG is stipulated in the Decree of the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs (Kepmenko) Number 44/2021 concerning the KNKG. However, not many people or business people know about the KNKG. Then, we also discuss the elimination of the practice of child marriage as one of the targets for sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs) in 2030.

Monthly publication Update Indonesia with actual themes are expected to help policy makers in government and business – as well as academics, think tanks, and civil society, both within and outside the country, to get actual information and contextual analysis of economic conditions, politics, social, and law in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

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