Drunken Republic Cartoons 2023

September 2023

Kompas Newspaper – September 13, 2023

Indonesia's poor are being hit hard by a spike in rice prices that have reached record highs recently, with medium-grade rice costing almost 13,000 rupiah (around US 85 cents) a kilogram, a increase of 20 percent since January.

Kompas Newspaper – September 6, 2023

High-rise buildings in Jakarta will soon be required by law to spray water mist from their rooftops as part a desperate bid by the government to tackle the toxic air pollution that has been choking the megacity for weeks.

August 2023

Kompas Newspaper – August 30, 2023

The government is scrambling to address Jakarta's perennial air pollution problem amid a public outcry over worsening air quality in recent weeks.

Kompas Newspaper – August 23, 2023

Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has found that at least 39 former graft convicts are on the General Elections Commission (KPU) provisional list of legislative candidates (caleg), which was released earlier this month.

Jakarta Post – August 2, 2023

Jakarta – Under its current leadership, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has been subject to its fair share of criticism, but still it deserves the public's support when its efforts to enforce the law are met with resistance, even bullying, from a powerful institution.

Kompas Newspaper – August 1, 2023

The Indonesian Military's (TNI) resistance toward the arrest of a high-ranking officer and his aide by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over an alleged graft case at the National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) has reignited a debate over the military's long-standing culture of impunity.

July 2023

Kompas Newspaper – July 26, 2023

Indonesian police last week announced that they had arrested 12 suspects believed to be members of an illegal organ trade syndicate accused of preying on at least 122 victims and selling kidneys to a Cambodian ring.

Kompas – July 6, 2023

Sandro Gatra – The rate of "white group" (golput) – citizens who abstain from voting or do not use the right to vote – in elections during the reform era has tended to increase.

Kompas.com – July 3, 2023

Sandro Gatra – At every succession of the national leadership, the oligarchy issue always come up. Oligarchy is often attached to candidates who are closely associated with entrepreneurs, the economic mafia, capitalists, foreigners or foreign investors.

June 2023

Jakarta Post Editorial – June 22, 2023

Jakarta – It will be much more difficult for Jakarta to blow its anniversary candles today than in the past, not because the number will be a whopping 496, but because it is getting harder to breathe in the capital city.

Kompas Newspaper – June 7, 2023

Global warming combined with the El Nino weather phenomenon has seen Indonesia recording some of the hottest weather on record this year.

May 2023

Kompas Newspaper – May 31, 2023

Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD is urging the police to investigate an alleged leak of an upcoming Constitutional Court (MK) verdict on the electoral system.

Kompas Newspaper – May 24, 2023

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is expanding its investigation into the graft-ridden 4G base transceiver station (BTS) project to look into other related crimes and perpetrators.

Kompas Newspaper – May 17, 2023

Maria Catarina Sumarsih's world crumbled on November 13, 1998, when she received news that Indonesian soldiers had killed her son on his university campus, nearly six months after the end of a 32-year dictatorship ushered in a period of democratic reform.

Kompas Newspaper – May 3, 2023

Now that the 18 political parties contesting the legislative elections have submitted their candidates to the General Elections Commission (KPU), it is time for the public to directly and personally examine the candidates.

April 2023

Kompas Newspaper – April 26, 2023

With the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) announcing Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo (pictured centre) as its presidential candidate on April 21, the other political parties are now readjusting their positions with regard to their own nominations ahead of the 2024 elections.

Kompas Newspaper – April 12, 2023

Pro-government political parties are moving to build a grand alliance for the 2024 presidential election that will, if it materialises, turn the race into a three-way ticket – as has been widely predicted.

March 2023

Kompas Newspaper – March 20, 2023

According to the Indonesian Traditional Markets Trader Association (IKAPPI), meat imports have failed to drive down soaring beef prices amid the Ramadan holy fasting month, with IKAPPI Chairperson Abdullah Mansuri saying prices had risen to as high as 150,000 rupiah ($9.56) per kilogram.

Kompas Newspaper – March 15, 2023

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has come under fire over allegations of massive corruption or fraud, not by her, but by staffers in her ministry. The charges are not only hurting her personal reputation, but they also undermine the credibility and public trust in the Finance Ministry.

Kompas Newspaper – March 8, 2023

In what seems to have become an all too familiar occurrence, on February 3 yet another fire broke out at a facility owned by the state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina. This time round it was at the company's Plumpang depot in North Jakarta, with the ensuring explosion and fire killing 20 people and injuring scores of others.