Tag Archives: politic

Insider Words on Soon to be Queen of Yogyakarta

It seems that the rumour of the next Sultan of Yogyakarta has slowly been answered. On Tuesday (May 5), Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X has renamed his eldest daughter Gusti Kanjeng Ratu (GKR) Pembayun to be GKR Mangkubumi Hamemayu Hayuning Bawono Langgeng ing Mataram. Last year, an insider of Yogyakarta Sultanate told us that Sultan HB X would pass his throne to his eldest daughter GKR Pembayun. The succession plan, however, triggers family feud and controversies in Yogyakarta. [Continue reading]

The Debate on the Hate Speech Website Blockade

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and their aggressive propaganda over the internet have alarmed the Indonesian government. The Government patrols the internet and actively seek to block propaganda websites. At least 22 websites were reportedly listed for the blockade. But controversy came to surface ever since the news came to public attention. The debate has centered on freedom of expression. [Continue reading]

A Wake Up Call for Education Minister

Last week, Indonesians were shocked by the revelation that several public school textbooks contain hardline religious teachings. We obtained a copy of “Pendidikan Agama Islam dan Budi Pekerti” and noticed the second paragraph of page 170 stating, “Yang boleh disembah hanyalah Allah SWT dan orang yang menyembah selain Allah Swt telah menjadi musyrik dan boleh dibunuh”, which in English means, “Only Allah SWT should be worshiped and those worshiping Allah SWT perform idolatry and can therefore be killed.” [Continue reading]

Environmental Group Filed A Pretrial Request Against West Java Police

The West Java branch of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and the Bandung Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Bandung) filed a pretrial request against the West Java Police at the Bandung District Court on Friday (March 13). The pretrial request addresses the termination of investigation onto the galena illegal mining practice in Bogor reserved forest area. [Continue reading]

Thanks To Haji Lulung

The 2015 Jakarta city budget dispute between Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and the Jakarta city councilors have captivated Indonesian netizens for the past few weeks. Topics such as racial slurs made against the Governor, and the mysterious appropriation for the procurement of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) flooded online discussion forums. But the one topic that went viral and dominated the Indonesian social media universe had to do with the controversial United Development Party politician Abraham “Lulung” Lunggana in the conflict. [Continue reading]

The Silly Debate over Jokowi’s Suit Etiquette

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo went to Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and the Philippines for his first round of bilateral state visits. The President discussed a number of crucial issues—migrant worker issues, business investments, maritime cooperation, and trading in border areas. But rather amusingly, those issues were not the subject of scrutiny of Jokowi’s loyal haters. They’d rather to criticize Jokowi’s sartorial know-how. [Continue reading]

Fabricated Public Protests

Ever since its glory days in 1998, mass public protests have become a common sight in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta. As time passes by, protests over-taking the streets lost their grandeur and influence. For it has become somewhat of a common knowledge today that public protests can be fabricated, all for the sake of money. [Continue reading]