The February 2022 edition of the Indonesian Update features a main report on the conditions of development in the Thousand Islands Regency, which is still lagging behind. At present, the Thousand Islands seem like a stepchild, so there is a gap between the Thousand Islands Regency and the city areas in DKI Jakarta.
In the economic sector, the Indonesian Update discusses the use of burden sharing to finance economic recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has had a very positive impact. However, it will become a boomerang if it continues. Therefore, further policy studies from the Ministry of Finance and Bank Indonesia are needed to find the alternatives. Furthermore, we also discuss the scarcity of cooking oil that has been occurring from December 2021 to February 2022. Due to the scarcity that occurs, it has an impact on the high price of cooking oil in the market.
In the field of law, the Indonesian Update discusses that the election of the head of the authority as the person in charge of the new state capital will result in disharmony with other laws and regulations and in the degradation of democracy in Indonesia due to repressive legal products. Furthermore, we also discuss the development of digital assets that lawmakers must be able to answer by presenting progressive legal products that provide legal protection to the public.
In the political field, the Indonesian Update raises the importance of excellent bureaucratic performance based on the quality of the bureaucratic apparatus with integrity and professionalism. In addition, we discuss the polemics over the purchase of 42 Rafale fighter aircraft by the Ministry of Defense. The purchase of the aircraft should be seen in the context of fulfilling the main defense system in order to strengthen Indonesia’s defense.
In the social sector, the Indonesian Update raises the issue of the implementations of the 4 Ministerial Decree concerning Guidelines for the Implementations of Learning during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Educational units should not become the clusters of the spread of COVID-19 so that the learning process can be carried out optimally. In addition, we also discuss the efforts to strengthen protection for the victims of sexual violence. The ratification of the TPKS Bill, budget injections, and the efforts of various Ministries/Agencies are needed to optimize these efforts.
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