With three confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, and given our knowledge about its virality and the struggle of many countries facing hundreds or even thousands of new cases each day, why is our government reluctant to take the steps necessary to prevent its spread?
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According to the author, Ari Junaedi, in order to know the character of a politician you have to observe what they do when they are in power. Do they use their power for the benefit of society or just to fulfill their personal desires.
A string of recent cyber security threats has highlighted the vulnerability of Indonesia's data security systems to attacks and intrusions that endanger not only people's privacy rights but also state security.
Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) says that a Constitutional Court (MK) ruling declaring that all convicted prisoners have an equal right to remission, including corruptors, shows that law enforcement officials have no sense of crisis over corruption.
Having touted its fuel-to-gas energy conversion program as the answer to the country's growing dependency on fuel consumption, the government now appears to have abandoned the problem ridden project in favour of electric powered vehicles.
In an article titled Loss of internal democracy seen as reason for many corrupt political party leaders, Gajah Mada University Anti-Corruption Centre (Pukat UGM) researcher Zaenur Rohman – who was responding to two Golkar Party leaders being recently declared corrupti
The Indonesian (and often international) media has carried its fair share of stories about unscrupulous individuals – including quite a few senior government officials – who seem to find ever more inventive ways to make a quick buck from the misfortunes of others during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In what anti-corruption activists are calling the final stage on the road to killing off the once formidable Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the KPK leadership is in the process of purging the agency of some of its most experienced and committed investigators.
Indonesia's once formidable Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has now been transformed into another impaired government agency after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's ruling coalition succeeded in installing a politically compromised leadership and pushing through widely unpopular revisions to the KPK Law to reign in its powers and strip it of its independence.
The Health Ministry says it is working closely with police to crack down on the reported spread of fake medical masks in Indonesia. Local news outlets recently reported their discovery of fake medical grade-labeled face masks being openly sold online and at physical stores.
Questions are being asked about whether or not the rule of law applies equally to all Indonesian citizens after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was a special guest at a glitzy celebrity wedding at a time when large gatherings are banned under Covid-19 health protocols and similar events have been routinely broken up by police.
The national police cyber crimes division has announced they will give out rewards in the form of badges or pins to members of the public who report alleged crimes on social media.
The Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) has criticised the recently established virtual police (VP) unit which is tasked with monitoring the online activities of netizens.
While the government appears to be making some headway in its Covid-19 vaccination program, the same however can't be said for its fight against corruption.
A statement by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's asking the public to be more active in conveying criticism and input on the government's performance has been met by a storm of criticism from people who have fallen foul of the draconian Information and Electronic Transaction Law (UU ITE).
The current election law (RUU Pemilu) was only enacted three years ago but the political elite are already squabbling over whether or not to revise it again.
According to the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI), there were 351 cases of civil rights violations across the country in 2020, the majority of which were violations against freedom of expression.
In early January tempeh and tofu disappeared from the market as producers went on strike to protest the soaring price of soybean, the primary ingredient of the popular food, which is mostly imported.