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Indonesian capital city to move outside Java

Indonesian capital city to move outside Java

May 3, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

In a high-profile move immediately following elections, Jokowi has reinvigorated discussions to relocate the capital city to outside of Java. On 30 April 2019, Jokowi asked Indonesians for their views on moving the capital city from Jakarta, tweeting “Jakarta now bears two burdens at once: as a centre of government and public services as well […]

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Pemilu 2019 – Corruption, intolerance and democracy

Pemilu 2019 – Corruption, intolerance and democracy

April 12, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

The 2019 elections will mark two decades of democracy in Indonesia. But in the context of declining democracy across the globe, Indonesia’s democratic system has also begun to fracture. Issues such as corruption and intolerance towards minority groups in Indonesia prevail, but there is still much hope for Indonesia’s future as a moderate democracy. Corruption […]

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MRT opens in Jakarta

MRT opens in Jakarta

March 29, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

More than twenty years in the making, the new MRT was inaugurated on Sunday 24 March 2019 in Jakarta. According to Jokowi, “the [MRT] is part of a new culture because this is a first in Indonesia”. Beyond the transformation of the capital city’s public transport system, it is hoped that the MRT will also […]

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Indonesian construction sector pushes for better safety standards

Indonesian construction sector pushes for better safety standards

March 15, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

In 2019, infrastructure and human resources are a major focus for the Indonesian government. Gearing up for the April elections, Jokowi has aimed to highlight the progress made under his leadership in these areas, particularly through transport, water management and telecommunications infrastructure. This success, however, has been tainted by loss and workplace injury. A key […]

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Women and work in Indonesia

Women and work in Indonesia

March 8, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Friday 8 March marks International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate women, and to call for greater gender equality across the globe. In Jakarta, the annual Women’s March will be moved ahead to 27 April, a date chosen for its proximity to Kartini Day, as well as to avoid the politics of the general […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesia wages war on plastic

Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesia wages war on plastic

March 1, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Starting from 1 March 2019, plastic bags at Indonesian shops will no longer be free as the Indonesian Retail Traders Association implements their ‘no free plastic bag’ policy. Indonesia’s plastic consumption is among the highest in the world, and as an archipelago, Indonesia’s oceans have taken the hardest hit from this mass plastic waste. Maritime […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: A look at the village fund program four years on

Indonesian Media in Brief: A look at the village fund program four years on

February 22, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Infrastructure was a major theme of the second presidential debate, with Jokowi emphasising the progress made under his leadership through the development of toll roads, airports, irrigation, dams and other infrastructure such as broadband connectivity. In particular, one initiative pioneered by Jokowi has been the village fund program. Since coming into effect in 2015, the […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesian farmers get smart

Indonesian Media in Brief: Indonesian farmers get smart

February 8, 2019 By Jesse Thomas

Indonesian farmers are set to be more efficient and make more profits, as the government rolls out a specialised agricultural training program as part of a national push for food self-sufficiency. Dr Arif Satria of Bogor Agricultural University argues that agricultural workers of the future need to ‘get smart’; “in the [coming] years we need […]

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