‘WHO ARE YOU PEOPLE?”—one voter makes their confusion with Indonesia’s complicated electoral system known on a ballot paper for the upper house of parliament.
In the news
- On Wednesday, Indonesians went to the polls to elect new national, provincial and local parliaments. AIYA’s @TimothyPGraham has a terrific summary of what went down over on the AIYA Blog.
- We loved the #GueNyoblos hashtag, showcasing young people’s enthusiasm for exercising their democratic rights.
- A tip of the hat too to @AyoVote for their hard work in getting out the youth vote!
- Financial markets, expecting a decisive win for Jokowi’s PDI-P party, responded negatively to Wednesday’s results.
- Academics and pundits have hit the ground sharing their thoughts on the elections: here’s Dave McRae (@_DaveMcRae_), Jeffrey Winters, Tom Pepinsky (@TomPepinsky), and there’s plenty of fresh analysis over at the ANU’s New Mandala site.
- Whoever wins the upcoming presidential race can enjoy the new presidential jet delivered to the Indonesian Air Force yesterday.
- On another topic: at the AIYA Blog, Ross Taylor asks whether Australia is ready to be Asia’s food bowl as some of our pollies want us to be.
- The superb @StepVaessen went on the road with frontrunner presidential candidate Jokowi for Al Jazeera’s 101 East.
- AIYA NSW held its own Indonesian election—well, it pretended to at least. Check out the videos from this fun event here.
Events and opportunities
- Sunday 13 April, Brisbane: AIYA Queensland will be helping out with UQ’s 2014 Indonesia day.
- At the AIYA Job Board, an opening for a Research Officer at Asialink Business in Melbourne and an internship at Icon Communications in Jakarta.
- RMIT’s James Nunan is looking for participants for his survey about Australian uni students’ motivations to learn Indonesian. Take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire here.