The Indonesian Update — Volume XV, No.9 – September 2021 (English Version)

The September 2021 edition of the Indonesian Update features a main report on the plan of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) to revive the state policy, which is now known as the Principles of State Policy (PPHN). This would certainly be a setback, as in the past, Indonesia had implemented a future development pattern through the GBHN established by the MPR. Also, historically, the GBHN could be used as an excuse to impeach the President. In this way, there would be a high chance that history would repeat itself through the impeachment of the President.

In the economic field, the Indonesian Update discusses the budget deficit and the resulting swelling government debts. In this case, the stimulus that has been given and the payments of debts, as well as the additional burden for taxpayers are some of the consequences that must be borne. Countries must also be ready to patch up their spending budgets.

In the field of law, the Indonesian Update raises the issue of the Personal Data Protection Bill (PDP), which should be able to provide protection to the public’s personal data, and should not turn it into a means of imprisonment due to the multi-interpretations of articles in the ITE Law. Next, we discuss the ethical violation sanctions against the leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

In the political field, the Indonesian Update discusses the discourse of changing the presidential term into three terms, even though Article 7 of the 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945) states that the President and Vice President can only serve a maximum of two terms. This has certainly been a hot public discussion.

In the social sector, the Indonesian Update addresses the fulfillment of children’s rights. One of the ways to do this is by creating a child-friendly environment. Next, we discuss the government’s decision to conduct Face-to-face Learning (PTM) during the pandemic, which has sparked various pros and cons in the community.

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 issues in Indonesia, as well as an understanding of public policy in Indonesia.

Happy reading.

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