Drunken Republic Cartoons

March 2019

Kompas – March 20, 2019

Indonesia is the world’s second-largest sugar importer behind China and imports have doubled over the last 10 years. Last year, less than half the sugar consumed in Indonesia was grown domestically.

Kompas – March 6, 2019

With only a month to go before Indonesia holds simultaneous presidential and legislative elections, tens of thousands of people may not be able to vote.

February 2019

Kompas – February 27, 2019

A shift in control over land, minerals and other resources to regional governments as part of the regional autonomy process, along with the cost of campaign spending for regional legislative bodies reaching into the millions of dollars, has turned campaign finances into a potentially lucrative investment for corporations and local business.

Kompas – February 20, 2019

With the General Election Commission (KPU) and political party factions in the House of Representatives only agreeing on KPU Regulation (PKPU) Number 3/2019 on Vote-Casting and Vote-Counting on January 10 the KPU is now scrambling to socialise the highly technical and complex regulation to the public.

Kompas – February 13, 2019

Musicians have slammed a new draft law seeking to criminalise content deemed pornographic or blasphemous, saying it could potentially limit freedom of expression in Indonesia.

Kompas – February 6, 2019

Sixteen political parties – including four new ones – and their legislative candidates (caleg) will be contesting the April 17 legislative elections vying for places in the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and provincial and regional legislative councils (DPRD).

January 2019

Kompas – January 23, 2019

Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) chairperson Edy Rahmayadi resigned from his position over the weekend amid fresh allegations of match-fixing in the national league which for years has been dogged by a series of corruption scandals.

Kompas – January 16, 2019

Amid a series of arrests of high-profile politicians in sting operations by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), many voters were eagerly awaiting the first live presidential debate scheduled for tomorrow evening between incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) and vice presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin and rival Prabowo Subia

Kompas – January 3, 2019

Human rights activists and civil society groups have few expectations that the first presidential debate scheduled for January 17 between incumbent President Joko Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto will address human rights issues in any substantial way given that neither camp has shown any commitment to protecting civil and political rights or a

Kompas – January 2, 2019

While some may be hoping that next year will see a “healthier” electoral rivalry between incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and presidential hopeful former General Prabowo Subianto, if last year is anything to go by, they have little reason to be optimistic.

December 2018

Kompas – December 19, 2018

With many senior government officials – including several members of President Joko Widodo’s so called “Working Cabinet” – totally preoccupied with getting themselves reelected in next year’s legislative elections, little attention is being paid to rising food prices, which place a massive financial burden on Indonesia’s poor.

Kompas – December 12, 2018

According to a report by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) and Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) on its latest study on the public’s perception of corruption, 52 percent of respondents in 2018 agreed that corruption levels have increased in some way.

Kompas – December 5, 2018

On November 19 a team from Wakatobi National Park found 5.9 kilograms of plastic garbage inside the stomach of a dead sperm whale that had beached on Kapota Island, Southeast Sulawesi.

November 2018

Kompas – November 21, 2018

Electoral observers say that one of the reasons that it will be difficult for the public to make educated choices in the 2019 elections will be because of the limited information available to voters on legislative candidate’s (caleg) profiles and backgrounds.

Kompas – November 14, 2018

The Indonesian Medical Association has recommended a medical audit as an option to solve a perpetual deficit in the national health insurance scheme which is expected to reach over Rp 10 trillion this year.

October 2018

Kumparan – October 30, 2018

President Joko Widodo (left) announced Saturday that all vehicles will be free to use the 5.4 kilometre Suramadu (Surabaya-Madura) toll bridge connecting the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya and Madura Island without charge claiming the move would help spur economic development on the island.

Kompas – October 24, 2018

A polemic has erupted over the importation of rice verses self-sufficiency with supporters of presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto using the issue to attack incumbent President Joko Widodo.

Kompas – October 10, 2018

While President Joko Widodo was applauded for his remarks at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB) annual meeting in Bali after he compared the global economic situation to the TV series Game of Thrones, protesters outside the meeting venue received a far from warm welcome.

Kompas – October 5, 2018

Frog under a coconut shell (kodok dalam tempurung) – an Indonesian proverb referring to a frog which lives under a coconut shell and refuses to venture out so they have no knowledge of the outside world but remain happy in their ignorance.

Kompas – October 3, 2018

The tsunami that hit Central Sulawesi on Friday – where walls of water up to 6 metres and a magnitude 7.5 earthquake killed at least 832 people in the cities of Palu and Donggala – has highlighting the weaknesses of the existing warning system and low public awareness about how to respond to warnings.