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Indonesia: Tax Amnesty Proposed

(May 10, 2016) On May 17, 2016, the Indonesian House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat, or DPR) will begin to discuss the administration’s proposed tax amnesty legislation. The proposal has been advocated by President Joko Widodo for the last six months, but has run into political opposition in the past. It is now listed as […]

Indonesia: Constitutional Amendment to Be Considered

(Apr. 19, 2016) Indonesia’s People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR in Indonesian usage) is considering amending the country’s Constitution, which was first adopted on August 18, 1945, at the time of Indonesia’s independence from the Netherlands. The Constitution has already been amended four times: in October 1999, August 2000, November 2001, and August 2002.  (MPR Mulls Fifth […]

Indonesia: Capital Requirement for Starting a Business Reduced

(Apr. 8, 2016) On March 21, 2016, Indonesia’s President, Joko Widodo, signed into effect a regulation changing the requirement for starting a business in the country. The previous requirement that any new limited liability company have initial capital of at least RP50 million (about US$3,780), with at least 25% of that already in hand, has […]

Indonesia: Proposal to Punish Abusive Police

(Apr. 4, 2016) Members of Indonesia’s House of Representatives, citing a recent case of a terrorist suspect, have proposed that a provision be added to the draft legislation on terrorism that would impose punishment on police officers who abuse their authority when dealing with alleged terrorists. (‘Punishment for Rights Abusers Should Be Stipulated in Terrorism […]

Indonesia: Dispute Over Ride Share Companies to Be Resolved

(Mar. 22, 2016) Companies that provide online ride-sharing applications for public transportation have grown in market share in Indonesia in recent years, and government officials have varied in their responses to the phenomenon. In November 2015, the Transportation Minister, Ignasius Jonan, sent a letter to law enforcement agencies indicating that app-based car and motorcycle services […]

Indonesia: Political Party Proposes Anti-LGBT Law

(Mar. 9, 2016) One Indonesian political party, the People’s Conscience Party (Partai Hati Nurani Rakyat, known by the shortened name Hanura) has proposed that the country enact a law curtailing the rights of homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered people. (Viriya Paramita Singgih, Hanura Calls for Law Against LGBT People, JAKARTA POST (Mar. 5, 2016).)  Homosexuality is […]

Indonesia: Plan to Issue ID Cards to Children

(Mar. 3, 2016) In February 2016, Indonesia’s Home Minister, Tjahjo Kumolo, announced that under Home Ministerial Regulation No. 2 of 2016 the government will begin issuing identity cards to children in March. The cards, to be called Kartu Identitas Anak [Child Identity Cards] (KIAs), will have unique numbers that will be issued to all Indonesians […]

Indonesia: Procedural Simplification as Development Incentive

(Feb. 29, 2016) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, speaking on February 22, 2016, advocated building the country’s infrastructure and decreasing regulatory obstacles as vital to Indonesia’s economic competitiveness. The issue of competitiveness in the region is especially important, he said, now that Indonesia is part of the ASEAN Economic Community. “This is the era of competition […]

Indonesia: Regional Elections Law Revision Proposed

(Feb. 18, 2016) On February 15, 2016, Indonesia’s General Election Commission (Komisi Pemilihan Umum, or KPU) outlined a number of ways in which Indonesia’s Regional Elections Law should be improved. (Revisions Needed in Indonesia’s Regional Election Law, Says KPU, JAKARTA GLOBE (Feb. 16, 2016).) The legislation in question was originally a government regulation, but was […]