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19 Dec [Premium] Country Update: 5 – 18 December 2019

Indonesia   PT Garuda Shaken Up Following Harley Davidson Scandal (5 – 13 Dec)  Indonesia’s flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia came under public scrutiny following revelations of a smuggling case on one of its new Airbus jets. Parts for a Harley Davidson motorcycle and two high-end Brompton folding...

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01 Aug [Premium] Country Update: 18 July – 31 July 2019

Indonesia   Toyota, Softbank Among Big Investors as Jokowi Eyes 6% Annual Growth (19-29 Jul) Indonesia’s economic growth rate could reach an average of 6% per annum if President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” can attract more investment, according to a proposal from the Planning Ministry. The projected rate...

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15 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 2 March – 15 March 2019

Indonesia Fake News Still a Concern in Lead-Up to Election (27 Feb, 12 Mar) Indonesia’s National Police is closely monitoring online activity in the lead-up to the April election, with the aim of preventing provocative fake news from triggering violence in public. Much of the fake news...

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01 Mar [Premium] Country Update: 16 February – 1 March 2019

Indonesia The Second Presidential Debate – Lively Arguments, Loose Facts (17 Feb) Incumbent President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) and challenger Prabowo Subianto locked horns over energy, food, infrastructure, natural resources and the environment on Sunday, 17 February, during the second presidential debate. While Jokowi sought to burnish his...

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17 Feb [Premium] Country Update: 2 February – 15 February 2019

Indonesia Jokowi Lashes Out at Prabowo over “Russian Propaganda”, Then Clarifies Statement (2 Feb) Incumbent President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” accused the campaign team of Prabowo Subianto of disseminating propaganda via a foreign consultant, calling the efforts “Russian propaganda”. Prabowo’s team denied the accusation. When subsequently asked to...

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01 Feb [Premium] Country Update: 19 January – 1 February 2019

Indonesia Jokowi Moves to Release Abu Bakar Bashir, then Backpedals (18 Jan, 23 Jan) President Joko Widodo (“Jokowi”) caused a stir on 18 January when he announced plans to release radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir. Bashir was sentenced to jail for 15 years under anti-terrorism laws back...

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18 Jan [Premium] Country Update: 5 January – 18 January 2019

Indonesia Jakarta’s First Light Rail Transit System to Begin Operations in April 2019 (10 Jan) PT Light Rail Transit (LRT) Jakarta Project Director Iwan Takwin said that construction on phase one of Jakarta’s LRT system is 97 percent complete, and that commercial operations are expected to commence...

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05 Jan [Premium] Country Update: 19 December 2018 – 4 January 2019

Indonesia Indonesia Closes the US$3.85 billion Freeport-McMoRan Mine Deal (21 Dec 2018) Indonesia’s state-owned mine company PT Inalum took control of the local unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc on 21 December, Friday, giving it control of the massive Grasberg copper mine. The deal hands Inalum a 51.23% stake...

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08 May Commentary: A Broader Lens on Myanmar’s Problems

By Simon Tay and Andrea Lee For The Straits Times It seems so long ago that people talked about Myanmar in terms of the triumph of democracy and a “frontier economy” of golden promise. Current headlines about the country instead focus overwhelmingly on a single issue, and...

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