Joko Widodo

Indonesia’s New Capital On Hold Due To Pandemic

The Indonesian government’s plan to relocate the country’s capital from Java to Borneo has hit a wall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a top official saying they would “evaluate it or something” after the crisis passes.President Joko Widodo announced last August a US$33 billion project to build a new capital city in East Kalimantan province, citing worsening traffic, land subsidence, flooding and a host of other problems in Jakarta.But the government’s current focus on handling the COVID-19 o

14 May 2020

Does Indonesia Need Better Policies In Virus War?

The COVID-19 virus first appeared as a local outbreak in Wuhan, China, and turned into a pandemic within months, hitting all parts of the world unprecedentedly. Indonesia is no exception; as per 5 May, the country has reported over 12,071 COVID-19 cases, resulting in 872 deaths according to data from the Indonesia COVID-19 Task Force.

7 May 2020

Indonesia’s Forgotten Amidst The Pandemic

The COVID-19 coronavirus has spread across the globe at an alarming pace with ominous consequences. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic, where approximately 210 countries have been affected. The COVID-19 virus has infected over 3.4 million people, with more than 230,000 deaths globally. In Indonesia, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have crossed the 10,000 mark with 800 coronavirus-related deaths.

2 May 2020

Employment Security In Indonesia Post COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly hit Indonesia’s economy, causing restriction of business activities, decline of production and other potential long-term effects. Millions of workers have been forcibly laid off, without severance pay and with no guarantee of getting new jobs after the pandemic ends. The impact of income loss is asymmetrical among workers, posing a new challenge for the Government of Indonesia to find a just and fair solution for all.

26 April 2020

Indonesia declares state of emergency

Indonesian leader Joko Widodo declared a state of emergency Tuesday as coronavirus deaths in the world's fourth most populous country jumped again, but he resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown.Widodo's administration has been heavily criticised for not imposing lockdowns in major cities, including the capital Jakarta, a vast megalopolis home to about 30 million people where most of the country's virus deaths have been reported.Indonesia's leader offered few details of t

1 April 2020

Can Indonesia contain its COVID-19 outbreak?

As of 30 March, Indonesia reported 1,414 COVID-19 cases and a total of 122 related deaths – the highest reported in Southeast Asia. Even at the early stage of the outbreak, there was international scepticism surrounding Indonesia's response and reporting of its COVID-19 cases.In mid-February, Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T. H.

31 March 2020

Indonesian minister tests positive for coronavirus

Indonesia's transport minister is in intensive care after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, an official said Saturday, as schools and tourist attractions were ordered to close over the health threat. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi was receiving treatment at an army hospital in Jakarta, according to State Secretary Pratikno.A hospital spokesman said Sumadi was encountering difficulty breathing but that his condition was improving.Pratikno said Sumadi was invo

16 March 2020

Dutch king apologises for violence during war

Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologised to Indonesia on Tuesday for "excessive violence" during the former colony's independence struggle in the 1940s.The king made the remarks during a state visit to the country with Queen Maxima after a ceremony with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in the capital Jakarta.Indonesia declared its independence on 17 August, 1945 following a brief wartime occupation by the Japanese and several hundred years as a Dutch colony."The past cannot

11 March 2020

Omnibus law for Indonesia’s maritime security

For the last several months, “omnibus law” has become a popular mantra all over Indonesia. Indonesia’s president, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration is currently trying to take a big leap in creating jobs by proposing an omnibus bill on jobs and taxation. An omnibus law combines several pieces of legislation into one. An omnibus law is a law that is created for a specific issue that might affect by changing or repealing a certain law to make it more simplified.

7 March 2020

Jokowi says no to another term

Heading towards the end of last month, Indonesia’s People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) had received proposals to revise constitutional provisions in order to increase the term of office for a president and vice president. The country’s current Constitution stipulates that a president and vice president may serve only two five-year terms in office, making for a maximum of 10 years.However, on 21 November, Assembly Deputy Speaker Arsul Sani revealed that proposals had been put forth f

8 December 2019

Ten ‘unlawfully killed’ in Indonesia riots

Ten people, including several teenagers, were killed in Indonesia’s post-election riots, the human rights commission said Tuesday, as it accused police of beating up protesters.In its final report on the May riots, the agency Komnas HAM said four victims were underage and most had been shot in the capital Jakarta and demonstrations in Kalimantan, Indonesia’s section of Borneo island.Indonesia’s rights commission called on police to find the perpetrators, who it suspected were “actors trained,

30 October 2019