Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya – Muslims are allowed to use the greetings of other religions in order to preserve unity between Indonesians, according to Syaftudin Syarif, the secretary-general of the East Java branch of Nahdlatul Ulama Muslim (PWNU), on Tuesday.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
November 14, 2019
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A suicide bomber who blew himself up at Medan police headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on Wednesday, had pledged allegiance to a new Islamic State (IS) caliph (leader) before committing the attack, a global think tank has said.
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Journalists from Melanesian countries are urging the Indonesian government to put a stop to criminalizing journalism, following concerns about growing threats to media freedom in the country.
Louis Lee Ray, Resty Woro Yuniar and Sri Kusmiati – The burning of plastic waste in Indonesia, much of which has been sent there by the West, is poisoning the food chain, the BBC has learned.
Environmental group IPEN found, in one East Java village, toxic dioxins in chicken eggs 70 times the level allowed by European safety standards.
Jakarta – Collusion between doctors and pharmaceutical companies over the sale of medicines still continues. An initiative is needed from the new minister of health.
Beritasatu, Jakarta – New details have emerged a day after a suicide bomb attack at the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters, with police saying the wife of the lone bomber is even more radicalized than her husband.
Rabbial Muslim Nasution, who died instantly during the attack, was reportedly radicalized by his own wife, the National Police said on Thursday.
Jakarta – A teacher in the rural area of Mappi, Papua, has written an open letter to Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim asking him to pay more attention to the quality of school facilities in the village where she teaches.
November 13, 2019
Paul Daley – Suggestions that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is impeding or trying to censor an official history of Australia's East Timor peacekeeping mission are disturbing but unsurprising.
Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces have resolved to forge military cooperation.
Jakarta – Close oversight in the drawing up of the Capital's budget also shows the biggest benefit of democracy: a control mechanism that will only work properly if there is strong opposition.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia's Islamic finance rank has improved exponentially this year, but challenges remain to further develop the sharia economy.
Jakarta – The government plans to reduce the annual interest rate for its microcredit program (KUR) from 7 percent to 6 percent per year starting Jan. 1, 2020.
Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – A group of students from the Semanggi Student Action Front held a commemoration marking 21 years since the Semanggi I tragedy. They even managed to put up a huge banner demanding that the perpetrators of human rights violations be brought to trial.
Larissa Huda, Jakarta – Directorate General of Customs and Excise at the Finance Ministry recorded a total of 1,064 imported waste containers retained at Tanjung Priok Port as of October 30. This occurred because importers had not yet submitted Import declaration form (PIB), said the sub directorate import head Djanurindro Wibowo.
Jakarta – The Jakarta City Council's Commission A has recommended that the budget for the Governor's Team for Accelerated Development (TGUPP) be scrapped from the capital's 2020 budget priorities (KUA-PPAS).
Panca Nugraha, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara – State-owned electricity company PLN has imposed rolling blackouts on Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) for the past several weeks because of a decrease in its production capacity.
The policy will be implemented until the end of December.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The government is looking to develop an amphibious aircraft in the next five years to solve the perennial problem of inter-island transportation in the archipelago, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said at the International Conference of Transportation Research and Innovation in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Markus Makur, East Manggarai, NTT – The local administration and legislative council are planning to provide new buildings for SMPN 10 junior high school and other schools in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan and Jakarta – A 24-year-old man who was formerly an online-delivery motorcycle driver has been identified by police as the suicide bomber in the attack on the Medan Police precinct headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on Wednesday.
Jakarta – A key group in Indonesia's parliament expressed support on Wednesday for a plan by President Joko Widodo to replace dozens of existing, overlapping laws with bills to improve the investment climate, its chairman said.
James Massola, Karuni Rompies and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – A suicide bomber launched an attack on the Medan City police headquarters in North Sumatra, Indonesia, killing himself and injuring at least six people.
The blast occurred on Wednesday at 8.45am local time.
Sarah Ervina Dara Siyahailatua, Jakarta – The Tobacco Control Support Center recorded that Indonesia ranks third with the world's most smokers with at least 90 million active smokers in 2015.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Nickel mining and smelting companies have agreed to support the government's plan to ban nickel ore exports from January 2020 onward, as stipulated in an Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry regulation, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia has said.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reiterated his determination to improve Indonesia's investment climate at the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda), held on Wednesday at the Sentul International Convention Center in Bogor, West Java.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II is tightening security in its 19 airports following a suicide bombing that injured six people at the Medan Police headquarters in North Sumatra on Wednesday morning.
Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama has asserted that he has no plans to make Bali and Lake Toba in North Sumatra more Muslim-friendly destinations, rebuking circulating media reports that suggested he would do so in two of Indonesia's favorite tourist sites.
November 12, 2019
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD said that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered him to further strengthen the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Mahfud added that the President expected the anti-graft body to reveal major corruption cases as well.
Kristian Erdianto, Jakarta – During a working meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto explained the concept of defense and security which he will pursue over the next five years.
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – PDIP politician Dewi Tanjung challenged the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) to show proofs that she spread hoaxes regarding the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.
Jakarta (Antara) – Vape continues to become a dilemma even though it is widely deemed by its users as a safer alternative compared to traditional smoking.
However, a new chapter in suppressing vape users continues as the Health Ministry's Disease Control and Prevention Director, Anung Sugihantoni, advising people against vaping.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The government is planning to change course in its revision of a regulation on the negative investment list (DNI), saying that it will instead begin promoting priority industries that are open to both foreign and domestic investment.
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has scrapped its budget for the procurement of 118 plots of land for the Ciliwung River normalization project as the city faces a 2019 budget deficit.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has extended the contract of three oil and gas companies to exploit the gas-rich Corridor Block in South Sumatra, which has served as a strategic asset for Indonesia for 20 years.
Jakarta – A man named Samsul of Bulukumba, South Sulawesi, has completed a decades-long venture to open a road for his fellow villagers through a wild jungle.
Jakarta – Indonesia plans to construct its first spaceport in Biak, Papua, to serve as the location of the country's rocket test launches, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) has confirmed.
Jakarta – Two separate acid attacks have been reported within a week of each other in West Jakarta. The police are still investigating the incidents.
There is a worrying attitude emerging in Indonesia that the pursuit of economic development runs in conflict with democratic freedom, or is even a priority over it.
Ian Sample – A scientist who takes on the companies responsible for massive wildfires across Indonesia has won the prestigious John Maddox prize for standing up for science in the face of harassment, intimidation and lawsuits.
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly denied that the government had demanded the Saudi Arabian government issue a letter banning the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab to return to Indonesia.
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said he would examine the claim voiced by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab about the ban to return to Indonesia.
"I'll study it first," said the minister at Presidential Palace Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 12.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The communication and informatics ministry (Kominfo) initiated a partnership with 10 state-ministries and agencies to launch the aduanasn.id, a website that enables suspected radicalized state apparatus (ASN) to be reported.
The website is claimed to ensure that Pancasila (five state ideologies) is being upheld by state-apparatuses.
Asni Ovier, Jakarta – The recent debacle over hoe imports in Indonesia offers valuable lessons for the local industry to create greater efficiency and better cross-sector coordination.
The fact that Indonesia still needs to import low-complexity items like the hoe from China and Japan has made President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo furious.
Jakarta – Twelve ministries and state institutions have teamed up to launch an online portal called aduanasn.id for complaints against "radical" or intolerant civil servants.
Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said the portal was part of the government's efforts to ensure that civil servants used the state ideology and the constitution as a touchstone.
Jakarta – The immigration office denied on Monday that the government had issued an order prohibiting Muslim cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab from returning to Indonesia, rejecting Rizieq's claim that he could not come home because of such an order.
Jakarta – Jakarta City Council Speaker Prasetio Edi Marsudi has asked the city administration to stop cutting down trees on several sidewalks in the capital following complaints from residents over what happened to the trees on the sidewalks of Jl. Cikini Raya, Central Jakarta.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Journalist Safety Committee has said that the murders of Maratua Siregar and Maraden Sianipar in Labuhan Batu, North Sumatra, suspected to be related to palm oil, did not constitute violence against journalists because neither of the victims were journalists at that time.
Jakarta – The government looks set to realize its plan to form two new provinces in Papua, or at least one of them, after hearing what it claims as "grassroots aspirations".
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) chairman of Sobri Lubis claimed that his side had obtained a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and so he did no longer need to renew the organization permit at Home Affairs Ministry.
Jakarta – The Papua Advocacy Team has protested the continued restrictions on access to six Papua activists who are being detained at the Mobile Brigade Command Headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention centre in Depok.
Jayapura (Antara) – Papuan Customary figures demanded the government manage Lake Sentani like the management of Lake Toba in Medan, North Sumatra.