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July 8, 2024

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry reported a budget deficit of Rp 77.3 trillion, or 0.34 percent of GDP, in the first half of 2024. This came alongside an 11.3 percent increase in government spending and a 6.2 percent decline in state revenue.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2024

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – Several neighborhoods in Jakarta were inundated over the weekend following heavy rain in the capital last week, with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) forecasting more heavy rain to come in the following days.

Tempo - July 8, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian state-owned port operation company PT Pelabuhan Indonesia or Pelindo is expanding autogate implementation at 29 ports across the country by 2024 to prevent illegal levies.

"Gate automation will shift the payment system from case to cashless," said Pelindo Managing Director Putut Sri Muljanto in Jakarta, on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Surveys may put former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan as the most popular figure if he runs for reelection for the same job in November, but he will not win it, and may not even be able to contest it, if President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has anything to do with it.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2024

Jakarta – Defense Minister and president-elect Prabowo Subianto on Monday pledged that he would promote good governance in the management of the state budget while in office.

Prabowo made the statement before holding a private meeting with outgoing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Monday.

Tempo - July 8, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia braces for the Flash Thunder Iron 2024-Joint Combined Exchange Training (JCET) between its navy's elite Frogmen Command (Kopaska) personnel and the United States Navy SEALs.

Fulcrum - July 8, 2024

Iim Halimatusa'diyah, Endi Aulia Garadian – Nahdlatul Ulama's venture into the mining business might send the wrong signal for Indonesia's emerging green Islam movement.

Tempo - July 8, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Head of Indonesia's National Population and Family Planning Agency or BKKBN, Hasto Wardoyo, sought to clarify his previous statement about each woman having one daughter, which was misinterpreted and sparked a stir.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Panji Satrio, Karo, North Sumatra – The North Sumatra Police announced on Monday that they have launched a murder investigation and arrested two suspects after a local journalist, his wife, son, and grandchild were found dead inside their burned house in Karo regency on June 27.

Reuters - July 8, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia's budget deficit this year is estimated at 2.7 per cent of gross domestic product, higher than the government's 2.29 per cent target, as state spending is expected to increase due to the rupiah's depreciation, its finance minister said on Monday (Jul 8).

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2024

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – The political parties backing president-elect Prabowo Subianto face a bumpy road to agree on joint nominations for the November regional elections in several key regions after some of them insisted on nominating their own preferred candidates.

Tempo - July 8, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The population of Sumatran tigers in the Kerinci Seblat National Park (TNKS), which spans four provinces including Bengkulu, South Sumatra, Jambi, and West Sumatra, is estimated to be above 150 tigers, according to an official.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno has proposed office daycare facilities amid controversy over extended maternity leave policies. The new law mandates up to six months of maternity leave, up from three months previously, raising concerns among employers about workforce productivity and women's employment.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Juan Ardya Guardiola, Johnny Johan Sompotan, Jakarta – With the 2024 Regional Elections approaching in November, political parties are actively seeking the endorsement of celebrity couple Raffi Ahmad and Nagita Slavina, who command a massive following of 76 million on Instagram.

Raffi Ahmad disclosed that he has yet to decide whether to enter the upcoming election.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2024

Jakarta – We proudly join Indonesians all over the country and across the globe, raising our metal horns for celebrated music outfit Voice of Baceprot, who last week marked a milestone as our first musical ambassadors to perform at the esteemed Glastonbury Festival in the United Kingdom.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is actively investigating allegations that several of its employees are engaged in online gambling activities.

"We have received information indicating the involvement of some employees in online gambling," said KPK spokesperson Tessa Mahardika in Jakarta on Monday.

Tempo - July 8, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian food distribution state-owned corporation Bulog claimed to have been the victim of "marking up" allegations on rice imports from Vietnam, which was reported to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

South China Morning Post - July 8, 2024

Johannes Nugroho – The gruesome deaths of Indonesian TV journalist Rico Sempurna Pasaribu and three of his family members have raised concerns about the rule of law and low wages of reporters in the country as initial investigations point to foul play linked to corruption.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2024

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The regional leadership councils (DPDs) of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) in Jakarta have proposed several names to run in the upcoming Jakarta gubernatorial race in November, following separate plenary sessions on Sunday.

Jakarta Post - July 8, 2024

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo congratulated former Dutch intelligence chief Dick Schoof for his inauguration as Dutch Prime Minister on Monday, saying he hoped that the two countries would deepen their ties in the future.

Jokowi issued the statement in a message posted on social media platform X on Monday, five days after Schoof's inauguration.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Emmanuel Kure, Jakarta – A former employee of Lintasarta, a subsidiary of cellular operator Indosat, is alleged to have breached the second backup server of the national data center in Surabaya.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Aep Sopandi, Bandung – A judge in the Bandung District Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of Pegi Setiawan after declaring that police had violated procedures in naming him a suspect in the 2016 murder of a couple in Cirebon, West Java.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Djibril Muhammad, Jakarta – The state logistics agency Bulog recently said they would prioritize domestically produced rice despite the planned imports of the staple food.

Bulog's head Bayu Krisnamurti said that the import would take place in phases while taking into account the country's rice production and consumption, among others.

Tempo - July 8, 2024

M. Rio Alpin Pulungan, Jakarta – Cirebon Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) recorded at least 4,269 houses flooded due to the extreme downpours that hit several areas in the region since Saturday, July 6, 2024. Over 16,310 people or 5,443 households were affected by the flood, BPBD reported.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has once again drawn attention to the bureaucratic complexities that impede the government's efforts to accelerate economic growth and enhance Indonesia's competitiveness.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Muhammad Aulia Rahman, Jakarta – Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian criticized provincial and municipal governments on Monday for inefficient budget management, stating that they spend more on meetings and travel allowances than on concrete public service programs.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Zulkiflie, Probolinggo – The rate of early marriages in Probolinggo Regency, East Java, remains notably high. According to data from the Kraksaan Religious Court, approximately 189 children applied for marriage dispensations between January and May 2024.

Reuters - July 8, 2024

Jakarta – At least 12 people died and 18 are missing after a torrential rain caused a landslide in an illegal gold mine over the weekend in Gorontalo, officials said on Monday.

The landslide on Sunday morning in Sumawa district killed miners and residents living near the illegal mine, said Heriyanto, head of the local rescue agency (Basarnas).

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The government disbursed Rp 42.9 trillion in energy subsidies for fuel and 3-kg liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) gas canisters in the first half of 2024. Fuel subsidies amounted to Rp 8.7 trillion, while subsidies for 3 kg gas canisters totaled Rp 34.2 trillion.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Jakarta – The state employment security agency BPJS Ketenagakerjaan recently announced its audited financial and program report for the financial year 2023.

Jakarta Globe - July 8, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia revealed Monday that consumers were still quite upbeat about the country's overall economic conditions as of June, but data showed that Indonesians were not as confident as they used to be.

July 7, 2024

Tempo - July 7, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said the budget for the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) project and Prabowo's free nutritious meals is safe even for the next five years.

Kompas.com - July 7, 2024

Syakirun Ni'am, Icha Rastika, Jakarta – Protesters called for free schooling and criticised the high cost of education during a healthy walk event on Car Free Day (CFD) in the Thamrin area of Central Jakarta on Sunday July 7.

Jakarta Globe - July 7, 2024

Djibril Muhammad, Jakarta – Kaesang Pangarep has a better chance of winning the governorship in Central Java, where his father, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, has a strong support base, than if he contests in Jakarta, an analyst said recently.

Kaesang, 29, entered politics just last year when he joined the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) and was soon appointed chairman.

July 6, 2024

Jakarta Globe - July 6, 2024

Herman, Jakarta – A document containing usernames and passwords for accessing virtual cloud data at the Temporary National Data Center (PDNS) 2, which was hacked on June 20, has surfaced online. The password used by the PDNS 2 administrator was alarmingly weak and easily guessable: "Admin#1234."

Antara News - July 6, 2024

Semarang – The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) comprises three branches: the Indonesian Army (TNI AD), Indonesian Navy (TNI AL), and Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU). Recently, there has been growing discourse on the need for a fourth branch: a dedicated cyber military force.

Channel News Asia - July 6, 2024

Singapore – There is a risk in the near term of "violent splinter cells" emerging from the dissolution of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday (Jul 6).

The longer-term impact of the dissolution remains to be seen, MHA said in response to CNA's query.

Jakarta Globe - July 6, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – Chief Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated that the government's proposal to impose a 200 percent import tariff is not specifically targeting China. He noted that the policy is still under thorough review to ensure it aligns with the needs of domestic industries and international trade norms.

July 5, 2024

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney) Statement - July 5, 2024

The 6th July marks 26 years since the Biak Massacre when the Indonesian security forces massacred scores of people in Biak, West Papua. The victims, included women and children who had gathered for a peaceful rally. They were killed at the base of a water tower flying the Morning Star flag.

Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Statement - July 5, 2024

New York – Indonesian authorities must conduct an independent and credible investigation into the house fire that killed journalist Sempurna Pasaribu, determine if the blaze was sparked in retaliation for his news reporting, and bring any perpetrators to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Friday.

Human Rights Monitor - July 5, 2024

On 30 June 2024, military members allegedly arrested Mr Atinus Kum (see photo on top), a member of the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), in the Intan Jaya Regency, Papua Tengah Province. According to the information received, Mr Kum was unarmed and on the way to the town to buy some necessities. The military members reportedly tortured and executed Mr Kum.

Jakarta Globe - July 5, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – The Indonesian Retailers and Shopping Mall Lessees Association (Hippindo) has voiced concerns over the government's plan to impose a 200 percent import tariff on Chinese goods, arguing it fails to address rampant illegal and bulk imports.

Tempo - July 5, 2024

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The Coalition of Communities Concerned with Women's Representation (KMPKP) urges the General Election Commission (KPU) to immediately form guidelines for handling gender-based violence. Especially in the face of the 2024 elections after the dismissal of KPU Chairperson Hasyim Asy'ari.

Reporters Without Boarders Statement (RSF) - July 5, 2024

RSF is urging Indonesian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into a recent house fire that claimed the lives of a journalist and his family, amid serious suspicions that the disaster may be a criminal act in retribution for his investigations into an illegal gambling network.

Jakarta Globe - July 5, 2024

Antara, Palembang – The South Sumatra Provincial Government is looking for a new investor for its $2.3 billion (Rp 37.5 trillion) coal downstream project in Muara Enim after the withdrawal of US investor Air Products. Acting Governor Elen Setiadi confirmed this in Palembang on Friday.

CNN Indonesia - July 5, 2024

Makassar – Police have admitted to seizing Free Papua Organisation (OPM) flags from a Papua student dormitory in Makassar, South Sulawesi.

"We have conducted a seizure of Morning Star flags at the dormitory", said Makassar Metropolitan District Police Chief (Kapolrestabes) Senior Commissioner Mokhamad Ngajib when sought for confirmation on Friday July 5.

Jakarta Globe - July 5, 2024

Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) has confirmed that the 2024 regional elections will proceed as planned despite the dismissal of Hasyim Asy'ari from his position as KPU chairman.

Jakarta Globe - July 5, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta Provincial Government aims to finalize regulations limiting private vehicle usage and vehicle age in the city by year-end.

Tempo - July 5, 2024

Annisa Febiola, Jakarta – Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati revealed an increase in state assets, reaching Rp13,072.8 trillion by the end of 2023. This represents a growth compared to Rp12,325.45 trillion at the close of 2022.

Tempo Editorial - July 5, 2024

Laila Afifa, Jakarta – Violence by police officers and military personnel continues. They have become increasingly sadistic in the way they deal with problems in the field. They torture people to death, even if they are still in their youth.