Several Indonesian ministries are banning job hunters in favour of what one called “normal” applicants – a move slammed as “arbitrary and hateful restrictions” by a rights group.
It might also be argued that creeping Islamisation, as much as a desire to shift the country’s centre of balance away from Java, lies behind Widodo’s plan to move Indonesia’s capital from Jakarta, in the heart of conservative West Java, to East Kalimantan.
Indonesia plans to keep direct elections in democratically ‘mature’ provinces. Papua may be left out.
Home Minister Tito Karnavian wants to “evaluate” direct regional elections in an “asymmetrical” approach.
Japan has offered to assist Indonesia in accomplishing its ambitious plan of relocating the national capital to the forests of Borneo.
Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, stated that foreign policy objectives would be defined by a “four plus one formula”, to enhance Indonesia’s role in the region and globally.
ASEAN needs its own vision for the future of regional order. But the strategic challenges facing ASEAN now are different from the past — and different challenges require different responses.
Indonesia and Australia have a vital role to play together in guiding the diverse nations of the Indo-Pacific towards a future of peace and stability.
The movement will not run out of steam, anti-establishment icon Manik Marganamahendra told Reuters. “We want the future to be better than today.”
According to the Indonesian Communications Minister, the intention of the website was “to bring together and improve the performance of our civil servants, as well as to foster higher levels of nationalism.”
If Indonesia hopes to advance as a nation, and avoid political and economic disaster, its leaders must resist the temptation of reverting to old forms of governance.
Police said on Friday they had arrested the head of the Amelia palm oil company on suspicion of having paid several men about $3,000 to kill the two activists.
To succeed in delivering programs that [build a strong, resilient nation], the government must base policies on academically sound evidence.
Mali Walker talks to the Perth USAsia Centre’s Natalie Sambhi on the appointment of Prabowo Subianto as the country’s defence minister.