Today, most Indonesian newspapers opened with negative headlines concerning the country's political arena. In Indonesian politics, scandals - whether connected to corruption or other issues - are frequently reported and seriously undermine people's (both domestic and foreign) confidence in the nation's governance. In today's newspapers, three cases were center of attention and illustrate the problems within Indonesia's political elite.
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Several Indonesian media reported that a deal has been reached between the governments of Singapore and Indonesia that will foresee in an increase of flights (accompanied by a lowering in fares) between Singapore and several big cities in Indonesia (including Jakarta, Surabaya and Medan). The route Jakarta-Singapore is one of the busiest airline routes in Asia, mainly due to business traffic because of (growing) trade and investments flows between the two countries.
An unit of Bank Mandiri - Bank Syariah Mandiri - is aiming for an initial public offering (IPO) in 2014. This step would make Bank Syariah Mandiri the first publicly listed Islamic lender of Indonesia. In Indonesia, 11 Islamic lenders are active but total assets of these lenders are small compared to the country's total banking assets. In recent years, however, Islamic financing has experienced substantial growth in Indonesia.