Joko Widodo


SINGAPORE (Aug 12): “To my understanding, OP was a term — Optimus Prime, I don’t know — to refer to the Prime Minister.”AmBank relationship liaison manager Joanna Yu, referring to the alias used by Jho Low for former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak. Optimus Prime is the leader of the Autobots, the good guys in the animated alien robot series Transformers.

New mandatory cybersecurity rules for financial industry


SoftBank to invest US$2 bil through Grab to grow Indonesia's digital infrastructure

(July 29): SoftBank will invest the US$2 billion ($2.7 billion) over five years through Grab to help accelerate the development of Indonesia’s digital infrastructure.

In particular, Grab and SoftBank will create a next-generation transport network for Indonesia based around an electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.

Both companies will also develop geo-mapping solutions for Indonesia, to drive the country’s development and adoption of future technologies.

6 protesters killed as Indonesia election rally turns violent

SINGAPORE (May 22): At least six people were killed and hundreds more injured in clashes between police and supporters of Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in the worst political violence to hit Jakarta in two decades.

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan appealed for public order and urged police to exercise restraint and avoid conflict with the protesters in the capital city. About 200 injured protesters have been admitted to various hospitals in Jakarta, Baswedan told reporters. The violence is the worst since to grip the city since the downfall of Suharto in 1998.

Jokowi declared winner a month after Indonesia presidential vote

(May 21): Indonesian President Joko Widodo won last month’s bitterly contested election by a double-digit margin, official results showed Tuesday, putting the former furniture exporter in charge of the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation for another five years.


SINGAPORE (Apr 29): “I suggest you build and not just buy. You are more likely to win the race this way.”Manpower Minister Josephine Teo, urging financial institutions to invest more in training their workforce.

Biden enters Democratic race for president

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has announced that he is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, throwing his hat into a field that now includes 20 candidates.


Indonesia: Will a re-elected Jokowi rise to the occasion?

SINGAPORE (Apr 29): President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) cruised to victory in last week’s presidential election against his only challenger, Prabowo Subianto. The “quick count” of votes showed Jokowi winning the election by a clear majority of around 54% compared with Prabowo’s 46% — a slightly higher margin compared with his 2014 win over Prabowo. Parties supporting Jokowi are likely to secure a majority in parliament as well.



SINGAPORE (Apr 22): “I’m a kiasu Singaporean. Being first in line for this is a privilege that will never happen again.”Justin Zheng, who was the first in line to eat at US burger chain Shake Shack in Jewel Changi Airport on its April 17 opening day. He started queuing at 4.30am.

Jokowi takes lead in early counting


Indonesians to vote in world's biggest single-day election

(Apr 15): Tens of millions of Indonesians will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections this week after campaigns focused on the economy, but with political Islam looming ever larger in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.

President Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman who launched his political career as a small-city mayor, is standing for re-election in a contest with ex-general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in 2014.

Indonesia says election targeted by Chinese, Russian hackers

(Mar 13): Chinese and Russian hackers are attacking Indonesia’s voter data base in a bid to disrupt the country’s upcoming presidential election, according to a senior election commission official.

Relations between big powers becoming more and more like ‘Game of Thrones’, says Widodo

(Oct 12): Indonesian President Joko Widodo urged global central bankers and finance ministers on Friday to remain committed to cooperation and to "nudge their leaders in the right direction" to contain growing risks facing the world's economy.  

At the plenary session of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings being hosted by Indonesia, Widodo peppered his speech with references to the HBO series "Game of Thrones", where families and kingdoms battle for power in a fictional continent, to explain risks facing the global economy.

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