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REFORMASI WEEKLY REVIEW
SUMMARY OVERVIEW
25 September 2020

Health: Nationwide active‑case growth slowed somewhat, but daily detections nonetheless breached 4,000.  In Jakarta, active case growth fell to two percent week‑on‑week and daily detections levelled off, but they are on a high plane and the governor extended Social Restrictions (PSBB) through 10 October.  Nationwide growth is emanating from cases in West Java and provinces outside of Java (Page 2).  After having jumped last week, testing remained flat this week and the positivity rate declined to 14 percent (p. 4).  A study of infection sources in West Java identified travel as a main driver, followed by families, hospitals, offices and places of worship (p.5).  

Politics: Former Military Chief Gen (ret) Gatot Nurmantyo, the main figure in the fledgling opposition group Kami, accused the president of coddling Communists (p. 5). 

Justice: Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) Chair Com Gen Firli Bahuri escaped his ethics examination with a mere warning, rather than dismissal (p. 6). 

Policy News: The bulk of parliamentary parties disclosed opposition to a draft bill to revise the 1999 Law on Bank Indonesia (BI).  The draft would jeopardize prudential macro‑economic management.  In fact, only PDI‑Perjuangan legislators endorse it, and therefore it now seems certain to stall.  But the notion of debt monetization as a valid means to fund fiscal deficits may still persist (p. 6).  According to a senior legislator handling the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation, parliamentarians have decided against the re‑centralization of permitting authorities, which was a prominent theme throughout the original draft.  It remains unclear if this applies to all or just some of the authorities covered in the bill (p. 8).  The Shipping Association (Insa) is voicing serious concern that the Omnibus may jeopardize its protection from competition (p. 9).  The finance minister downplayed a request from the industry minister to exempt car purchases from tax (p. 10). 

Democratization: Former KPK member Laode Syarif highlighted shortcomings in party financing as a key reason for lethargic democratization (p. 11).

Jakarta: Flooding in scores of neighbor­hoods focused scrutiny on drainage (p. 12).

International: President Joko Widodo’s maiden address to the United Nations was recorded, dubbed and awkwardly translated – but it nonetheless marked an overdue expres­sion of leadership.  Its non‑aligned sentiments contain renewed relevance (p. 14).

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