Hi there, its Khamila from Jakarta.
It’s been a special week here in Indonesia as we held general elections on April 17. The vote was described as the most complex election in the world as citizens had to choose candidates for five levels of political office on the same day. The process took place safely and orderly, with over 70% of the adult population joining in. After casting their votes, citizens proudly shared their “blue-inked finger” on social media platforms. The ink makes it easy to recognize those who have voted.
Changes in government will affect all industrial sectors in Indonesia, including the digital field. We spoke to several industry players about their expectations. They argue that the incoming government needs to work harder to improve broadband infrastructure, guarantee consumer protection, improve the IT Law, and add incentives to foster the domestic market.
During the Indonesian elections, smart initiatives from independent institutions such as KawalPemilu showed us how technology can be used for public good. The project, initiated by a group of IT experts, uses crowdsourcing to provide an alternative vote count that’s transparent and based on independently collected data.
While the country is holding its breath until the official results are announced, one former leader, BBM—once the most popular messaging app in Indonesia—had to acknowledge that is has been dethroned. The app is shutting down on May 31.
Across the narrow sea, in Singapore, the country’s tourism board announced two strategic partnerships with China’s Alibaba Group and Indonesian travel tech unicorn Traveloka to promote Singapore as a tourism destination and to learn more about travelers’ consumption behaviors once they arrive in the nation-state.
In China, this week we saw a heated discussion about the controversial “996” overtime culture that pushes employees to work from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., six days a week. Chinese tech workers are starting to question the dogma that only long hours can lead to success. But when even the richest tech mogul in the country Jack Ma speaks out in favor of “996” there’s a long road ahead before minds change.
A hubbub also occurred at JD Logistics when the company piloted a new pay structure, where couriers are offered performance-based compensation instead of a base salary plus bonuses. On top of that, the company’s founder Richard Liu is in the headlines again after a woman filed a lawsuit against him in the US, accusing him of raping her last year. Criminal charges against Liu were dropped four months ago, but JD will have to deal with more uncomfortable media attention from the ongoing civil lawsuit.
Read on to find out more interesting stories from last week, and feel free to send us a tip if you have news or just want to talk with us. Email us at [email protected] We are looking forward to hearing from you.
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