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The Indonesian Update — Volume XV, No.5 – May 2021 (English Version)

The May 2021 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main report on the discussion of the Personal Data Protection Bill (RUU PDP), which is still ongoing today. The discussion regarding the PDP Bill is currently still focused on the institutional status of the Personal Data Protection Authority (OPDP). The debate over the position of the PDP supervisory agency has started to heat up. The government, represented by the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo), positions OPDP as part of Kominfo. Meanwhile, all factions in Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) want OPDP to be independent, by considering guarantees of non-intervention, transparency in order to avoid conflicts of interest.

In the economic field, the Indonesian Update discusses the cost-benefit analysis of Article 116 of Law Number 8/2016 concerning Incentives for Private Companies that Provide Concessions for Workers with Disabilities. It is not a secret that people with disabilities often get discrimination in getting job opportunities because they are considered to have physical deficiencies. Whereas, in principle, people with disabilities can be said to have equal abilities with non-disabled groups. In addition, we also discuss the impact of this year’s Eid exodus ban. From an economic point of view, the existence of a policy to prohibit the Lebaran exodus will certainly bring difficult consequences.

In the legal field, the Indonesian Update discusses the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) employees, whom were originally recruited independently by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and are now transformed into state civil servants (ASN). This is one of the impacts caused by the revision of the KPK. The new law changes the position of the KPK, which initially operated independently, but now must be willing to be under the executive branch of power. Furthermore, we also discuss the weakening of integrity and independence of KPK. A series of incidents involving KPK employees have tarnished the integrity of this anti-graft institution. Apart from discussing the institutional problems of KPK, we also discuss corruption cases that have occurred during this pandemic.

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the unclear resolution of past gross human rights violation cases. The settlement through judicial channels is still in place. Meanwhile,, an offer with an out-of-court or a non-judicial settlement through reconciliation is deemed insufficient to fulfill the aspect of justice for the victims. In addition, we also discuss the merger of the Ministry of Education and Culture (Kemendikbud) and the Ministry of Research and Technology (Kemenristek) into the Ministry of Education and Culture-Research and Technology. The formation of the Ministry of Education and Culture-Research and Technology could become a new chapter in the development of national research if it is accompanied by a number of strategic steps.

In the social field, the Indonesian Update raises the policy of free learning. It is necessary to evaluate the extent to which the policy has a positive impact on improving the quality of learning. In addition, we discuss the implementations of social assistance distributed by the Ministry of Social Affairs (Kemensos) to the community. The hope is that the above policies can be implemented optimally so that the poverty rate in Indonesia decreases.

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. politics, social, and law in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

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