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December 8, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jawa Pos - December 8, 2019

Muhammad Ridwan – Becoming an activist, especially a human rights defender, often means confronting the law. Human rights defenders are not exempt from the treat of criminalisation.

The threat of criminalisation was revealed from data compiled by the Civil Society Coalition for the Protection and Defense of Human Rights (HAM).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - December 8, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – In its previous term, the House of Representatives failed to pass a bill on the elimination of sexual violence even though it was included in its priority list.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
South China Morning Post - December 8, 2019

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat – News about the 165,000 Indonesian domestic workers in Hong Kong dominates coverage of the relationship between the city and the Southeast Asian nation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - December 8, 2019

Yustinus Paat, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The smuggling fiasco at Garuda Indonesia continues with the flag carrier's board of commissioners taking the drastic action to suspend several of the state-owned company's directors who were implicated in the case at the weekend.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Tempo - December 8, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A joint team of the police and the Environment and Forestry Ministry has arrested five people over alleged illegal hunting of Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris) in Riau Province.

The arrest was made on Saturday (Dec. 7) at 06:00 a.m., the ministry's Director for Forest Prevention and Security Sustyo Iriyono said in a statement on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - December 8, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Child Protection Agency (LPAI) head Seto Mulyadi has suggested that the government cut down the school week to three days from the common five to six days to allow students to explore their potential outside of the academic field.

He said he had applied such a system in his homeschooling service in Bintaro, South Tangerang, for the last 13 years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
South China Morning Post - December 8, 2019

Ainur Rohmah – It is early morning in Giriloyo, Yogyakarta, and a group of women are busy drawing motifs on white cloth in an open gazebo. Next to them are buckets of liquid wax that they will melt on a small stove and use to draw intricately detailed patterns filled with flowers and birds.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - December 8, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo introduces a unique anti-corruption campaign targeting his own subordinates by sticking stickers reading a daring oath to never commit corruption on government cars.

The sticker carries a Javanese sentence that translates to "If I commit corruption, I won't be safe".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - December 8, 2019

Jakarta – State-owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has issued a circular meant to end the notorious practices of distributing souvenirs during state companies' shareholders meetings, citing efficiency and good governance.

However, non-state shareholders in publicly listed state companies are exempt from the new ruling issued earlier this week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Straits Times - December 8, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia's Health Minister has caused a stir by proposing that the country promote traditional Indonesian treatments and herbs such as Tongkat Ali, Purwaceng and Mak Erot to boost medical tourism.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Internationalist Notebook - December 8, 2019

James Balowski – Surya Anta Ginting, the national spokesperson for the pro-independence Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) – who along with five other Papuan activists is being held in Jakarta's notorious Salemba prison awaiting trial on treason charges – is reportedly seriously ill.

December 7, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
South China Morning Post - December 7, 2019

Amy Chew – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has fuelled speculation that he plans a tilt at the presidency by speaking at a rally held by the Islamist movement that helped orchestrate the fall of his Christian predecessor.

News ›› West Papua ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Jakarta – An exhibition at Darmawangsa Residence in South Jakarta brings the art of Papua's Kamoro tribe to the capital and lets visitors place bids on sculptures and plait work from Indonesia's far east.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Tempo - December 7, 2019

Purwani Diyah Prabandari, Jakarta – A number of regional administrations are striving hard to make human rights the basis of their policies. They shared the ups and downs of their experiences at the 2019 Human Rights Festival, November 19-21.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Heavy rains in Greater Bandung since Friday afternoon have caused the Cisangkuy River, part of West Java's longest river, the Citarum, to overflow, inundating with floodwater 11 of the 13 community units (RWs) in Kamasan village in Banjaran district, Bandung regency, at night.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Straits Times - December 7, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia has been named the third-most spammed country in the world by Swedish-based smartphone application Truecaller, a significant jump from last year's 16th position. In South-east Asia, Indonesia was the most spammed market.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
New Mandala - December 7, 2019

Edward Aspinall and Marcus Mietzner – Indonesia's 2019 elections confirmed both the country's status as a competitive electoral democracy and the trend of decreasing democratic quality.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
South China Morning Post - December 7, 2019

Kathleen Magramo – An Indonesian domestic helper and citizen journalist deported from Hong Kong for overstaying her visa said on Saturday she was forced to take off her clothes in front of a male doctor during her detention, as about 100 people joined a rally in Central to throw their support behind her.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Tempo - December 7, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A landslide hit railway in the area of Cicewol Village, Sukabumi, West Java, on Saturday, December 7, canceling four train schedules of Sukabumi-Bogor's KA Pangrango. The natural disaster hit the railway located between Cicurug and Parungkuda train stations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Money Politics & Elite Conflicts
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle has addressed President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's disapproval of the party's plan to amend the Constitution at the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Sydney Morning Herald - December 7, 2019

Fergus Hunter – Australia and Indonesia have jointly declared "serious concerns" about the state of the South China Sea, issuing a warning about China's militarisation of the contested waters and urging adherence to international law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Tempo - December 7, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Minister of State-owned Enterprises (SOE), Erick Thohir, said his office would deactivate four other directors of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia. It will be done following the illegal cargo findings in Garuda's newest airbus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Jakarta Post - December 7, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD played down on Friday recent reports from several organizations regarding Indonesia's forest fires in 2019, saying that the country is better off than other countries that also suffered from forest fires.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
The Strategist - December 7, 2019

Donald Greenlees – Joko Widodo begins his second term contemplating the legacy he will bequeath as Indonesia's seventh president and with precious little time to do it. His inauguration on 20 October marked the start of what, according to the current constitution, is a final five-year term.

December 6, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Max Melit – "There is no such thing as a buzzer in politics," insisted Dede Budiyarto, former head coordinator of President Joko Widowo campaign's social media, now an external consultant for Jokowo's team.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia announced Friday the country's foreign reserves were down slightly to $126.6 billion in November from $126.7 billion in the previous month.

The central bank said the amount was enough to support import funding and macro-economic stability.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – In two separate cases, a woman and a man in Aceh passed out on Thursday after being publicly caned as a punishment for violating the province's Qanun Jinayat (Islamic criminal code).

In East Aceh regency, a 22-year-old man found guilty of extramarital sex was beaten unconscious after a sharia officer punished him with 100 strokes in a flogging.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Local residents have found another dead sea turtle washed up on a beach near Baai Island Port in the city of Bengkulu, on Thursday, making it the 10th dead turtle discovered in the area over the past two months.

The carcass was found between rocks by a group of locals who went fishing at around 4 p.m. local time. The cause of the sea turtle's death is unknown.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani has welcomed the dismissal of flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia president director Ari Askhara by State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Tax and Levy Agency (BPRD) and the Jakarta Police are conducting joint raids on the homes of luxury car owners as part of the city administration's efforts to collect tax arrears on over a thousand luxury cars registered in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration plans to conduct various events next year at Rawabadung Lake in Cakung, East Jakarta, in an attempt to get potential tourists to take note of this and other lakes in the city.

News ›› East Timor ›› Tourism & Hospitality
The Diplomat - December 6, 2019

Sakib Awan – Bali is expected to have a total of more than 6.7 million foreign visitors in 2019. Such enormous numbers are achieved by reputation, word of mouth, and travel media such as the U.S. magazine Travel & Leisure, naming it one of the 10 best islands in the world to visit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, South Tangerang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has thrown his weight behind State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir's decision to fire the president director of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra or Ari Askhara.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Associated Press - December 6, 2019

Indonesia's state-owned enterprises minister said Thursday he will fire and seek the prosecution of the head of the national airline after he was implicated in the smuggling of a Harley Davidson motorcycle into the country on a new plane.

News ›› West Papua ›› Health & Education
Antara News - December 6, 2019

Muhsidin, Rahmad Nasution, Biak, Papua – The Papuan provincial government has ordered all district and city administrations to ban sales of alcoholic drinks ahead of the Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations, and the convening of the 2020 National Games (PON).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesia's tourism market was recorded at US$6 billion (Rp84.6 trillion), according to Goldman Sachs' data. As quoted by Traveloka Xperience Head of Marketing Terry Santoso, the data also suggests an increase has taken place in Asia's tourism activities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2019

Triyan Pangastuti, Jakarta – Indonesian consumers were more optimistic last month, showing positive expectations of higher future income, job availability and better economic prospects, Bank Indonesia said in a statement on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman has submitted a report alleging maladministration in a "peace declaration" that sought resolve the 1989 Talangsari tragedy in Central Lampung.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Family businesses account for almost all of businesses in Indonesia, employing millions of people and boosting the economy. However, their sustainability is a big problem as only 13 percent survive until the third generation, a consultancy firm says.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The Garuda Indonesia Cabin Crew Union (Ikagi) has thanked State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir for dismissing Ari Askhara as the national flag carrier's president director following a smuggling case allegedly involving top executives of the airline.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Tech giants Google and Facebook are considering setting up data centers in Indonesia, Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate has said.

He told journalists about the matter after accompanying President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a meeting with delegates from the United States-ASEAN Business Council at Merdeka Palace on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis has appointed President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's former adjutant, Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo, as the chief detective to lead the police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Islamic preacher Jafar Shodik has been named a suspect of defamation by the police after a video showing him insulting Vice President Ma'ruf Amin by calling the latter a "pig" during a sermon went viral on social media.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Business Times - December 6, 2019

A.N. Basil, Thailand – The Indonesian Ministry of Finance announced on Thursday that it has optimized tax incentives for businesses under the research and development segment as part of the government's efforts in improving the overall business environment in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo believed the perpetrator of the acid attack against Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), could be revealed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - December 6, 2019

We can now put knee-high concrete barriers among the list of things ineffective at controlling the oftentimes out-of-control Jakarta motorists.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – The KPK should investigate those who gave orders for the bribe to be paid to a number of Bekasi Regency officials. A permit system without corruption is needed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - December 6, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – A member of the Jakarta Legislative Council's (DPRD) Commission C from the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) faction, Anthony Winza, rebuffed allegations that he sent a press release regarding yet another budget oddity for the procurement of computers and devices proposed by the regional tax and retribution agency worth Rp128 billion.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – On Thursday December 5 the South Jakarta District Court accepted material evidence during a pretrial suit challenging treason charges against Surya Anta and five other Papuan suspects. The evidence, which was in the form of documents, was handed over by the defendant, the Metro Jaya regional police.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - December 6, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia and Japan have agreed on a local currency settlement deal that will allow both countries to use the rupiah and the yen to settle bilateral trade and direct investment transactions.