Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The number of people signing an online petition titled "Revoke Rizieq Shihab's Indonesian citizenship" (Cabut Status WNI Rizieq Shihab) continues to grow. As of Saturday morning, June 8, the petition launched on May 17 has already been signed by 70,800 netizens out of a target of 75,000.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
June 8, 2019
Stefi Thenu, Jakarta – The man who launched a failed suicide bomb attack on a police post in the Kartasura subdistrict of Sukoharjo, Central Java, earlier this week, reportedly admitted to having sworn allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group on social media, but claims to have acted alone.
June 7, 2019
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has expressed his optimism that the economy will grow faster in the second quarter of 2019.
Jakarta – President Joko Widodo's proposal to allow foreign airlines to operate Indonesian domestic routes with the aim of bringing down ticket prices has sparked a robust debate among stakeholders.
The business community, in particular, noted that this would boost competition and eventually benefit the tourism industry.
Willy Masaharu & Hotman Siregar, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has reportedly been in discussion with Prabowo Subianto to bring the former Army general and his Gerindra party into a ruling coalition, sources said.
Jokowi is seeking to double down reform efforts in his second term after winning 55.5 percent of the vote in April's election.
Jakarta – A University of Indonesia (UI) international law expert has cautioned the government over its plan to invite foreign airlines to serve domestic routes in an attempt to push down airfares in the country.
Vanuatu's Foreign Minister Ralph Reganvanu says the Pacific Islands' Forum needs to be stronger in its stance regarding West Papua.
Vanuatu is a strong proponent of West Papuan self-determination from Indonesia and has taken the battle for decolonisation to the global stage.
Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – This year's mudik road rush saw far fewer road accidents than in previous years, thanks to improved awareness of road safety and beefed up preventive measures from the authorities.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) has called on the government to find a way to reduce the country's dependency on imported raw materials for its manufacturing industry, which has become the main factor of the widening current account deficit.
June 6, 2019
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Deputy Chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Fadli Zon, was reluctant to make any comments or speculations in relation to the offer made by Joko Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin bloc to his party.
Jakarta – More than 700 residents of Gunung Jaya village in Siotapina subdistrict in Buton, Southeast Sulawesi were forced to leave their homes to nearby Laburunci village on Wednesday afternoon following a brawl between the villagers and locals from neighboring Sampuabalo village.
At least 56 homes were reportedly burned down during the clash.
Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – Deputy Chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Bara Hasibuan, said that the Adil Makmur Coalition, or also known as the Prabowo-Sandiaga coalition is only valid until the 2019 Presidential Election.
Jakarta – The government has vowed to keep a close eye on social media for content that may spread agitation and hate ahead of the preliminary hearing on the presidential election dispute in the Constitutional Court next week, Communications Minister Rudiantara said on Wednesday.
Jakarta – Two separate brawls broke out in Central and North Jakarta during the Idul Fitri holiday, leaving an 18-year-old seriously injured.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Chief of the Indonesia National Police (Polri) Gen. Tito Karnavian, said that the Police will bring the result of investigation of the May 21-22 riot to the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM).
Jakarta – Over 1.2 million cars left the capital in the week leading up to Idul Fitri, according to state-owned toll road operator Jasa Marga.
"PT Jasa Marga recorded a total of 1,216,859 vehicles leaving Jakarta and heading east, west, and south between May 29 and June 4," Jasa Marga spokesperson Irra Susiyanti said in a statement on Wednesday.
Matthew Abbott, Lospalos, East Timor – The two scientists, crammed in the back of a sweltering car, had come a long way hoping to encounter what most people try to avoid: man-eating crocodiles.
June 5, 2019
Carlos Ky Paath & Adi Marsiela, Jakarta – Indonesia observed a peaceful Idul Fitri celebration on Wednesday with a message of unity and calls for reconciliation, following this year's elections and their violent aftermath, which many believe had sharpened divisions within the nation.
Seventeen people were missing after a cargo boat sank off eastern Indonesia, authorities said Wednesday, the latest maritime accident to hit the sprawling archipelago nation.
The vessel overturned on Saturday afternoon with 18 people onboard.
It was sailing from Bitung, on the northern tip of Sulawesi island, to Morowali regency in the south, rescue officials said.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo approached members of the public still waiting in line at the National Monument (Monas) square in Central Jakarta on Wednesday for an Idul Fitri open house event at Merdeka Palace after the event had finished.
Febriana Firdaus, Wamena, Indonesia – Under the pine trees, a nine-year-old girl is sitting on a blue tarpaulin, rubbing her feet.
For the past six months, she's been living in a church-run shelter after escaping the chaos that enveloped her village in Nduga, a remote highland region in the western part of the island of Papua.
Matius Alfons, Jakarta – Loosing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto visited the Cendana residence – the private home of the Suharto family – where he was greeted by Suharto's daughter Siti Hardijanti Rukmana (Tutut Suharto).
Wearing a cream coloured short-sleeved shirt, Prabowo arrived at Jl. Cendana in Central Jakarta at around 10.20 am on Wednesday June 5.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – The chairman of the Democrat Party's Joint Task Force Command (Kogasma), Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono or AHY, paid a visit to fifth Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri on Jl. Teuku Umar, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.
Ganug Nugroho Adi, Kartasura, Central Java – Neighbors of a suspected 22-year-old suicide bomber identified only as RA have revealed details about the man, whom they say had a somewhat closed personality.
Willy Masaharu, Jakarta – Residents in the Indonesian capital may be spared a repeat of last month's post-election violence after losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto called on his supporters to stand down, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Tuesday.
Jakarta – Vendors at Tanah Abang, Southeast Asia's biggest textile market, in Central Jakarta said that they enjoyed better sales during the Ramadan holy month. However, they were dissatisfied with overall sales compared to the previous year.
June 4, 2019
Jakarta – The streets of Jakarta have mostly been empty this week, with millions leaving the capital to travel home for the holidays.
Few vehicles were seen on thoroughfares in Central Jakarta, West Jakarta and South Jakarta on Tuesday, one day before Idul Fitri.
Ibnu Nadzir – Indonesia's peak clerical body, the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI), is known for issuing sometimes controversial religious opinions on all matter of topics, from wishing Christians "Merry Christmas", to Islamic banking, smoking, and even yoga.
Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry is studying a proposal made by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, who suggested inviting foreign airlines to serve domestic routes as an attempt to push down airfares.
Jakarta – The government continues to intervene in the market to keep the prices of major commodities stable ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday, which falls on Wednesday.
Budi Waseo, the president director of Bulog, the state-owned logistics firm, said on Sunday that operations had been implemented all over the country to sell the main commodities for below market prices.
Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Ministry has reduced the prison sentence of 112,523 Muslim inmates across the country as part of Idul Fitri celebrations. Of them, 517 were immediately released.
West Java had the highest number of prisoners receiving remissions, with 13,245 inmates, followed by East Java and North Sumatra with 12,614 and 12,595, respectively.
Jakarta – Central Java Police investigators have scoured a security post in the Tugu Tani area in Kartasura for evidence, following a failed bombing attack that injured the suspected bomber on Monday evening.
Rik Glauert – The head of Indonesia's population and family planning agency has labeled LGBTI citizens the 'main enemy of national development'.
'In addition to violating religious rules, these sexual deviations also weaken us' Nofrijal said on Monday (3 June) according to Antara.
Dion Bisara & Mikael Niman, Jakarta – A toll gate in Central Java, named after Britain's efforts to leave the European Union, may have gained notoriety during the 2016 Idul Fitri holiday exodus, when massive traffic congestion over several days resulted in many travelers literally dying from exhaustion.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry has attributed a notable decrease in the number of traffic accidents during the exodus season to travelers shifting to toll roads and the many free mudik (exodus) programs.
Jakarta – The police have deployed 6,226 officers to major areas of the capital to ensure public order and safety through June 13 as many residents return to their hometowns to celebrate the Idul Fitri holiday.
Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said officers had been deployed to anticipate and prevent any possible acts of terrorism.
June 3, 2019
Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Key benchmark surveys on Indonesia's consumers and manufacturing sector have pointed to robust confidence among local buyers and businesses, which indicates higher demand in the economy in the near future.
Jakarta – Based on monitoring by the Transportation Ministry, the seasonal exodus in a number of places – along toll roads and conventional roads as well as through seaports – took place smoothly on Monday, two days before Idul Fitri.
Phnom Penh – Cambodia and Timor-Leste vowed on Monday to enhance bilateral relations in trade, tourism and education, a Cambodian spokesman said.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Indonesian police have arrested Fitriadin, a man who allegedly spread the hoax about the attack inside a mosque in Petamburan during the May 22 riot. The police said that he posted the lie on a Facebook account under the user name Adi Bima.
Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry has recorded a 30 percent decrease in air travelers during this year's Idul Fitri exodus from last year.
The ministry's executive head of the National Idul Fitri Transportation Command, Sigit Irfansyah, said the data was based on the ministry's calculation of air travelers from May 29 to June 3 at 36 airports across the country.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is no stranger to political gaffes, but on Monday, during a condolence visit to former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's home in Bogor, West Java, he let slip an etiquette blunder as well.
Jakarta – Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's visit to former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's residence to mourn the passing of former first lady Kristiani "Ani" Herrawati appeared to turn sour by the end of the day.
Mario Sofia Nasution, Padang – National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) Principle Secretary Nofrijal says that the sexual disease of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) is the main enemy of development and is calling on regional heads to fight against it.
Hannah Ekin – The Jakarta History Museum in Kota Tua is currently hosting -2m: Voices From (Below) the Sea, a contemporary art exhibition that explores the spatial, social and ecological changes currently taking place along the Jakarta coast, the area's dynamic history, and the challenges the city and its residents face into the future.
This time, it's from the National Population and Family Planning Board, also known as the BKKBN, which today said homosexuality is not only a disease that can and should be cured, but is also "an enemy of development."
June 2, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – As many as 81 Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia who are being deported after paying MYR 135 arrived at the Dumai International Port together with the homecomers on Saturday, June 1, 2019.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), encouraged the government to apply the open sky system, which will allow foreign airlines to conduct business in Indonesian airspace.
Suherdjoko, Semarang, Central Java – A ruwat (traditional purification ritual) was performed during an interfaith gathering at the Johannes Maria Presbytery of Soegijapranata Catholic University in Semarang, Central Java, on Saturday to express the hope of restoring the country's unity after the divisive political contest of the recent 2019 general elections.
Ian Wilson – Many of the questions surrounding who was responsible for the violence that erupted in Jakarta on 21-22 May will likely never be answered.