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REFORMASI WEEKLY REVIEW
SUMMARY OVERVIEW
16 February 2018

Politics: Parliamentarians passed a revised Law on Representative Assemblies (UU MD3) that will likely serve in practice to intimidate its critics, delivering a blow to democratization.  The law obligates police to arrest those who refuse to appear for questioning in parliamentary hearings, and it authorizes parliament’s Ethics Court (MKD) to summon those suspected of “traducing the honor” of parliament or parliamentarians (Page 2).  Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati won the ‘World’s Best Minister’ award.  This should give her an added layer of security if pressure arises again for her ouster (p. 4).  Local officials in East Java escalated morality‑statute enforcement on Valentine’s Day (p. 6).

Surveys: A January Indobarometer poll shows President Joko Widodo’s approval rating at 60 percent, down from 67 percent two months previously – but his support is more than double that of his only significant challenger, Prabowo Subianto (p. 7).

Regional Elections: Authorities in North Sumatra disqualified Partai Demokrat’s gubernatorial nominee Jopinus Saragih due to a dubious high school diploma (p. 9).

Justice: A Lampung kickback case involves the Finance Ministry’s infrastructure financier PT Multi Sarana Infrastruktur (MSI), but the link appears only incidental (p. 9).  The third successive chief of Subang District, West Java, entered custody for corruption (p. 10).  Prosecutors cite the possibility of pursuing money‑laundering charges (weightier than corruption charges) against former Golkar Chair Setya Novanto (p. 10).  Scores of academics called for Constitutional Court Chief Justice Arief Hidayat to resign amid repeated ethics concerns (p. 11).

Policy News: Policymakers plan a presidential regulation to help skilled foreigners obtain work permits (p. 12).  The energy minister repealed another batch of regulations to spur investment (p. 13).  Parliamentarians have begun deliberating the administration’s proposed Land Bill, while planning a regulation to mandate a Land Bank (p. 13).

Infrastructure: Land Affairs officials are finally using ‘consignment’ to overcome myriad conflicting claims over an area needed for Soekarno‑Hatta’s third runway (p. 14).  Planners postponed the target date for a Jakarta-Bandung fast train to 2024 (p. 15).

Disasters: Officials may rebuild a 2 km road section in West Java that has claimed more than 50 lives over 15 years (p. 16).

 

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