Setya Novanto arrived in a wheelchair at the Corruption Eradication Commission in Jakarta early this week. (Rosa Panggabean/Antara Foto, via Reuters)

Indonesian anti-corruption officers have arrested the head of the country’s Parliament after failing to appear for questioning over a huge graft scandal, disappeared and then resurfaced at a hospital, claiming to have been severely injured in a car accident.

In the news

  • What do local official arrests tell us about Indonesian political system? An op-ed at the Jakarta Post shows the authoritarian and corrupt regime of the New Order has reincarnated in a more localized way.
  • Islamists have gained strength in Indonesia thanks to political support from Prabowo Subianto’s allies. Read Dr. Terry Russell’s analysis on Zon, Zen, and the art of mass mobilisation in Indonesia.
  • The Sumatran rainforests of Indonesia are home to the Orang Rimba – the people of the jungle. Their faith and nomadic way of life are not recognised by the state and, many are forced to renounce their faith to survive.
  • Demonstrations on International Labour Day have recently featured somewhat surprising calls for the dissolution of the Industrial Relations Court. Dr Herlambang P Wiratraman looks at why the court – originally intended to provide greater protection for workers’ rights – has failed to live up to its promise.
  • Jokowi’s administration has promised to build 1,000km of toll roads, 24 seaports, 35,000 megawatts worth of power plants and more during his five-year term. However, the state enterprises are racking up debt to keep projects going with $355bn infrastructure drive.
  • The Australia-Indonesia Centre’s Indonesia Director Kevin Evans wrote on minority recognition following Australia’s marriage equality poll and Indonesia’s religious freedom Constitutional Court ruling.
  • Newly-appointed Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Kristiarto Legowo speaks about the future of Indonesia-Australia relations: President Jokowi’s bilateral focus on capacity building, trade, and the all-important people-to-people relationships.

On the blog

  • Check out our latest post with Rosie Clynes, whose film Hilang won ReelOzInd’s Best Fiction for 2017. With her background as a theatremaker, the short film was based on her experience of moving to Indonesia and a sense of longing.


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