Jakarta – Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) has named Indonesian woman, Ida Saparida, a hero of the environment in its 2019 list, among other environmentalists from 50 other countries who have devoted their lives to fostering conservation efforts in their communities.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
February 8, 2020
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Jakarta Post received two awards at the 2020 Indonesia Print Media Awards (IPMA) from the Union of Print Media Companies (SPS) in a National Press Day event in Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan, on Friday.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Almost a month after the first novel coronavirus case outside of China was confirmed in Thailand on Jan. 13 and amid the virus's subsequent spread to a number of other countries, Indonesia seems to remain free of the fast-spreading illness.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The Manpower Ministry has announced it will ask Indonesian migrant worker placement companies (P3MI) to stop placing workers in mainland China and will tighten screenings of future departures to Hong Kong and Taiwan amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Jakarta – The press in Indonesia has long learned never to take its freedoms for granted. Although international watchdogs rate our press freedom as "partly free", media outlets and journalists appreciate their independence compared with colleagues such as in neighboring Thailand, where the les majeste law applies.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – An East Jakarta court ordered the government on Wednesday to grant financial compensation to victims of a bomb attack that occurred in a residential area of Sibolga, North Sumatra, in March 2019, a victim-protection agency has announced.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – A study by a group of researchers at Harvard University has suggested that Indonesia should have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus already, considering the high air travel volume from Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak in China, to the country.
The areas of Indonesia where Dutch colonial rulers built a huge sugar-producing industry in the 1800s remain more economically productive today than other parts of the country, according to a study co-authored by an MIT economist.
The research, focused on the Indonesian island of Java, introduces new data into the study of the economic effects of colonialism.
February 7, 2020
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) urged the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) and police to investigate the sudden price hike of face masks amidst the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Beritasatu, Jakarta – More Indonesian top politicians have voiced opposition to the proposed repatriation of hundreds of former Islamic State fighters now living in foreign countries.
Even chief security minister Mahfud M.D. said he personally opposed the return of the so-called foreign terrorist fighters, or FTFs.
Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office (AGO) named on Thursday holding company PT Maxima Integra director Joko Hartono Tirto as a new suspect in a case of alleged corruption involving ailing state-owned insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya.
Arya Dipa, Bandung – The West Java administration is offering a project to construct 24.8 kilometers of road connecting several mining sites across the province to mining companies and investors, as the administration has finished designing the project.
Jakarta – Terrorism emanating from the global extremist group Islamic State (IS) and the state of the world economy are the two biggest concerns among Indonesians, according to survey data on threat assessment released by Pew Research Center last year.
Rebecca Ratcliffe – There is growing concern that the new coronavirus may be going undetected in Indonesia, where officials have not confirmed a single case of infection in the country of 272 million people which has close links to China.
Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Friday approved a proposal to build an underground tunnel connecting the Istiqlal Mosque, one of the country's landmarks in Central Jakarta, with its neighbor, the St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral.
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Every now and then you might come across headlines about those who are arrested in Indonesia for smuggling marijuana, while some are nabbed for growing cannabis for medicinal use or producing marijuana-laced cake, and you might wonder: How illegal is cannabis in the country?
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government's economic growth target in 2020 is unrealistic given last year's sluggish economic expansion and looming risks from the coronavirus outbreak, economists have said.
Lukman Solihin – The 85 million children growing up in Indonesia are the first generation in the country's history to experience sustained economic growth.
Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – Advocate for Novel Baswedan, Saor Siagian, has lamented the police's move in holding a closed crime scene reconstruction of the acid attack case against his client. Saor said the public should be allowed to witness the process.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has expressed a desire to accelerate the local manufacturing of long-range military drones – the first of their kind in the country – to 2022.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The country's foreign exchange (forex) reserves rose to near record-high levels in January at US$131.7 billion owing to foreign inflows from global bonds issuances and the oil and gas sector, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry will close down or merge state-owned companies that have consistently failed to post profits as part of the government's restructuring of SEOs, Deputy SOE Minister Kartika "Tiko" Wirjoatmodjo said in Jakarta on Thursday.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The novel coronavirus outbreak has pushed investors to leave the country's financial markets, resulting in a foreign outflow of about Rp 11 trillion (US$805.9 million) last week, which has put pressure on the rupiah, a central banker has said.
James Massola, Jakarta – In the 10 years since Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono addressed a joint sitting of federal Parliament, relations between Australia and Indonesia have been to hell and back, several times.
February 6, 2020
Johannes Nugroho – For the past two months, Indonesia's press and social media have been abuzz with reports of pretender kingdoms on the island of Java. These "royal courts", complete with devout local followings, have made some sensational claims.
Jakarta – Gerindra Party lawmaker Andre Rosiade's efforts to catch a prostitute in flagrante has drawn criticism from rights activists and watchdogs, who said that the West Sumatra politician's stunt did little to address underlying social problems.
Jakarta – The coronavirus outbreak originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan has affected imports of garlic from China, causing the commodity's prices to rocket by more than 40 percent as stocks plummet in Central Java.
Dili – The government of Timor-Leste has expressed its gratitude to New Zealand for helping to evacuate 17 Timorese students from Wuhan, the city in China which is the centre of the corona-virus outbreak.
Jakarta – Bali Governor Wayan Koster has issued a gubernatorial decree regulating the province's traditional liquors in a bid to preserve and promote the drinks in the region.
Diana Mariska, Beritasatu, Jakarta – Economic contraction in Indonesia's easternmost regions of Maluku and Papua has shown up an Achilles heel in the government's approach to development, economists have said.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday (Feb 6) ordered government officials to find a permanent solution to prevent devastating annual forest fires that he understood had been almost entirely started by humans but made worse by climate change.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) stated that the raids on online commercial sex workers by Gerindra politician Andre Rosiade underlined the trend of masculine morality.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has injected about Rp 25 trillion (US$1.82 billion) into the country's financial markets as investors sell off assets over fears that the rapidly spreading coronavirus will hurt the global economy.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Prominent New Order finance minister and member of the so-called "Berkeley Mafia" JB Sumarlin passed away at the age of 87 in Jakarta on Thursday.
Finance Ministry acting spokesman Nufransa Wira Sakti confirmed the news.
M Rosseno Aji, Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) accused the Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Firli Bahuri as being authoritarian in leading the KPK, as apparent in the polemic regarding the dismissal of investigator, Commissioner Rossa Purbo Bekti.
Jakarta – East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has agreed to lend Timor Leste a helping hand as the neighboring country pleads for assistance from Indonesia to quarantine its citizens airlifted from coronavirus-stricken China, an NTT administration official says.
Arya Dipa, Bandung – The West Java administration will construct waste treatment sites that process plastic waste into diesel fuels and raw plastic materials that it hopes will be used by 2023.
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Communality remains the one thing to sustain art communities in Indonesia, allowing them to survive amid dearth of sponsorship and a government too busy papering over cracks in its funding programs with increasingly empty "creative industry" neologisms.
Indonesia has reached an important milestone in the animal rights movement, as the government has officially banned traveling dolphin circus shows throughout the country.
Emma Connors – When Indonesian President Joko Widodo delivers a planned address to a joint sitting of Parliament in Canberra on Monday, he might just have convinced his own legislators to approve the long-awaited free trade deal between the two countries – or it might still be in what his government has described as "the final stages of ratification".
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Indonesia will need private sector help to provide the Rp 11 trillion (US$803 million) in funding required to power isolated regions this year, as the country's largest electricity company PLN can only fund one fifth of the projects, according to a government official.
Ghina Ghaliya and Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Lawmakers have officially ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), marking a new chapter of cooperation between the neighbors.
At least 374 House of Representative members agreed to the bilateral pact during a plenary session on Thursday.
Jakarta – The Surakarta chapter of the Democratic Party has declared its support for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, in the upcoming Surakarta mayoral election in Central Java.
February 5, 2020
Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – City-owned bus operator PT Transjakarta made Jakarta public transportation history on Tuesday for achieving its goal of serving one million customers in a day.
Ainur Rohmah – Women in Indonesia still face challenges ranging from deeply entrenched patriarchal attitudes – due to cultural or religious beliefs – to a lack of government support for legislation that can guarantee their rights and protect them from various forms of violence.
Maikel Jefriando, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has submitted a sweeping tax bill to parliament that proposes corporate tax cuts and seeks to make internet giants pay more taxes, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.
Now we know prostitution totally exists, you guys, and we can thank one of our elected representatives for the enlightenment.
Jakarta – The National Civil Service Agency (BKN) is using a detector to prevent talismans being used in a month-long competency test of civil servant candidates at Tasikmalaya city hall in West Java that started on Saturday.
Jakarta – Several areas across Tangerang in Banten have been inundated by floodwaters for four days and the levels keep rising.
Most of the affected areas were housing complexes, such as the Garden City Residence Periuk, with local authorities estimating that hundreds of families were affected.
Astri Yuanasari, Lea Citra, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Kurnia Ramadhana believes that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is not serious about dealing with the bribery case involving ensuring a seat for a lawmaker from the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) in the House of Representatives (DPR).