The September 2022 edition of the Indonesian Update raises a main report on the increase in fuel prices. Due to the swelling of the subsidies and compensation budget, the government has made price adjustments by increasing subsidized and non-subsidized fuel prices. This government policy has created a domino effect in the community.
In the field of law, the Indonesian Update discusses the government’s efforts to resolve past gross human rights violations using non-judicial channels. In fact, Komnas HAM, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Human Rights Court should be encouraged to carry out their duties effectively in order to resolve these cases. Next, we discuss the practice of money politics, such as ‘vote buying’, which can only be prevented by collaboration amongst the community, the organizers of the general election (Pemilu) and regional head elections (Pilkada), and law enforcement officers.
In the political field, the Indonesian Update addresses the conflict within the United Development Party (PPP). This conflict was triggered by a statement by the General Chairperson of PPP, Suharso Monoarfa, at a briefing on Anti-Corruption and Politics with Integrity organized by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on August 15, 2022. Next, we discuss voter participation as a measure of election success. Therefore, ahead of the 2024 General Elections, several efforts are needed to encourage an increase in the quantity and quality of voter participation. In addition, we also discuss the projection of the coalition mapping in the 2024 General Elections.
In the social sector, the Indonesian Update discusses corrupt practices in educational institutions. Corruption in educational institutions can hinder the improvement of the quality of education and access to education, as well as hindering the process of eliminating corrupt practices in the overall state process. In addition, we also discuss the ban on the import of second-hand clothing. The second-hand imported clothing business is also one of the most lucrative business opportunities in the community. Therefore, the policy of prohibiting the import of second-hand clothing needs to be reviewed and updated.
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