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February 25, 2020

News ›› West Papua ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Tabloid JUBI - February 25, 2020

Hengky Yeimo, Jayapura – Two civilians reportedly killed in a joint military operation at Yoparu Village of Sugapa Sub-district, Intan Jayapura Regency on Tuesday (18/2/2020). The report also informs two Papuan women have been injured during the gun conflict and currently are under medical treatment. However, no release so far made by the security forces related to the report.

February 24, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati hopes to get Saudi Arabia on board to invest more in Indonesia, particularly through the planned sovereign wealth fund that is to be channeled for projects intended to aid the country's development.

News ›› West Papua ›› People & Places
Radio New Zealand - February 24, 2020

Having fled Indonesian-rule in his homeland, Mr Ayamiseba became a central figure in advancing the West Papuan independence cause in regional fora.

Based in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila, he was instrumental in establishing the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation which became an effective regional lobbying group.

News ›› East Timor ›› Political & Economic Crisis
Asia Pacific Report - February 24, 2020

Evaristo Soares Martins, Dili – Early elections cannot be allowed to "become the political culture" in Timor-Leste, says the leader of the opposition Fretilin party, Dr Mari Alkatiri.

The former Prime Minister said he wants to see an end to the political impasse, prompted by the collapse of the governing AMP Alliance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - February 24, 2020

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – The Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) argues that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan failed to focus his efforts to overcome the capital city's urban flooding.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Asia Times - February 24, 2020

John McBeth – Indonesia's self-appointed morality police are at it again, this time featuring a university-educated member of the Commission for the Protection of Children (KPAI) who drew public ridicule by claiming that women risk becoming pregnant by sharing a swimming pool with men.

News ›› East Timor ›› Analysis & Opinion
Inside Story - February 24, 2020

Michael Leach – Saturday morning saw the widely anticipated announcement of a new parliamentary majority in Timor-Leste, led by Xanana Gusmao. Assuming it is installed by president Francisco "Lu-Olo" Guterres, the alliance will become the country's ninth government since the restoration of independence in May 2002.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesian coal miners may lose buyers because of a regulation that requires coal exporters to only use domestic shipping companies and insurance services, experts have warned.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Jakarta – Flood victims in Bekasi, West Java, are demanding that property developers and the Bekasi administration take responsibility for floods at the weekend in several neighborhood units and to carry out mitigation efforts to prevent future incidents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - February 24, 2020

Nasori, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is bracing for the full impact from the coronavirus outbreak to hit its economy in around three weeks from now when the supply of key machineries and raw materials from China to Southeast Asia's largest economy is expected to grind to a halt.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Post Courier - February 24, 2020

Frank Rai – National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has lashed out at the Australian government for being tight-lipped and ignorant on the West Papua issue in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Jakarta – A recent survey conducted by pollster Indo Barometer found Anies Baswedan to be the strongest presidential candidate in a hypothetical electoral race that pitted six regional heads against each other.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Friendly Atheist - February 24, 2020

David Gee – Indonesia, which has the world's largest population of Muslims and a history of discriminating against atheists, is encouraging its citizens to pray as protection from the coronavirus, with its health minister saying they will "rely on the almighty."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Jakarta – Late president Soeharto scored 0.4 percentage points higher than Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a survey of the country's favorite presidents by Jakarta-based pollster Indo Barometer.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – North Sumatra has become a major exporter of agricultural products in Indonesia, thanks to serious efforts made by the local government in promoting farming activities the province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has asked protesters to direct their criticism of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation toward the House of Representatives rather than President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - February 24, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The House of Representatives' Commission V, which oversees infrastructure and transportation development in Indonesia, said the Public Works and Housing Ministry's recent effort at improving flood prevention is often found wanting since the infrastructure development is often too focused on managing the country's rivers and neglecting other sources of flooding.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Mongabay - February 24, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A sweeping package of deregulation aimed at boosting Indonesia's economy will be far more harmful than initially feared as it threatens to revive the centralized power structure of the country's authoritarian era, environmental experts say.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The upcoming government-initiated landmark bill on taxation is expected to simplify tax regulations and boost investment in Indonesia as it proposes corporate tax cuts and requires internet companies to pay taxes, albeit at the expense of lower tax revenue.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - February 24, 2020

Suherdjoko, Semarang – Central Java-based bus assembling company CV Laksana has exported 10 double-decker buses to Bangladesh after exporting about 200 executive buses to Fiji and Timor Leste last year.

February 23, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Star Observer - February 23, 2020

Mike Hitch – Indonesia has received international backlash after revealing plans to legally hinder gender equality and implement the rehabilitation of "deviant" sexual persuasions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - February 23, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women's Association for Justice (LBH APIK) has received a number of unannounced visits from police officers throughout the month as the organization is currently handling a case of alleged domestic violence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 23, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The heavy downpour that hit the capital on Sunday resulted in the flooding of state-run Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), possibly damaging several pieces of valuable medical equipment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - February 23, 2020

Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto says the United States' decision to no longer recognize Indonesia as a developing country would not affect the country much, despite the potential effects the decision would bring.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Jakarta Post - February 23, 2020

Jakarta – The state should not interfere with its citizens' personal matters, Golkar Party lawmaker Ace Hasan Syadzily said in response to a controversial statement from Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2020

Antara, Beritasatu, Yogyakarta – A junior high school teacher in Yogyakarta was named suspect after at least eight students were killed by flashflood during a trip along a river bank on Friday involving hundreds of Boy and Girl Scouts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 23, 2020

Jakarta – Amid the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 2,000 people around the world, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto says that the disease has opened up new opportunities for local pharmaceutical industries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 23, 2020

Jakarta – An Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner has apologized for claiming that women could get pregnant from swimming in the same pool as men.

KPAI commissioner for health, narcotics, and addictive substances, Sitti Hikmawatty, conceded that she had made an "inaccurate statement".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - February 23, 2020

Indonesians are calling for the resignation of an official who made quite a splash in the country by saying that women can get pregnant by swimming in a pool with men.

Yes. Let that sink in. She's a commissioner for KPAI (The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children) and a college professor, by the way.

February 22, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Jakarta Post - February 22, 2020

Jakarta – Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) head Yudian Wahyudi has drawn public controversy after saying that "assalamu 'alaikum" could be replaced by "salam Pancasila" as a national greeting during an exclusive interview with detik.com.

News ›› East Timor ›› Political & Economic Crisis
Presidential Power - February 22, 2020

For the second time in president Lu Olo's term (elected 2017), Timor-Leste is experiencing a severe political crisis and has been without a functioning government since early January.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 22, 2020

, Sleman, Yogyakarta – Saturday was supposed to be a happy day for the family of Khoirunnisa Nurcahyani Sukmaningtyas, a seventh grader of Turi 1 junior high school, as they were to get together to celebrate the student's birthday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2020

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Pelalawan – With the inauguration of the country's largest viscose rayon facility managed by Asia Pacific Rayon (APR) in Riau, Indonesia is one step closer in the "Making Industry 4.0" roadmap, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Immigration & Border Security
Asia Pacific Report - February 22, 2020

Djemi Amnifu, Jakarta – A group of sailing enthusiasts attempting to conduct a rafting expedition from the Timor Sea to Darwin, Australia, has been deported from Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), in the latest wave of stricter measures applied by the government on research conducted by foreign nationals in Indonesia.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
WA Today - February 22, 2020

Michael Koziol – Former Australian War Memorial director Brendan Nelson was forced to defend the integrity of his official historian in a stand-off with the Department of Foreign Affairs over the memorial's history of Australia's involvement in East Timor.

February 21, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Jakarta – The head of the University of Indonesia's (UI) student executive body (BEM), Fajar Adi Nugroho, says the university's students are planning to stage a rally against a proposed bill on job creation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Budi Sutrisno and Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – At least six students were killed and dozens others went missing after a flash flood reportedly swept away more than 250 students who were trekking on the banks of the Sembor River in Donokerto village in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Friday, the nation's disaster mitigation agency has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - February 21, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – According to Jakarta-based Regional Autonomy Watch, or KPPOD, the omnibus bill on job creation should be revised to take in more local government interests, especially the current articles on the simplification of business licensing and ease of doing business.

News ›› West Papua ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
UCA News - February 21, 2020

Ryan Dagur, Jakarta – An elementary school student in Papua province was killed and another injured after being shot during a clash between the Indonesian military and rebels that also claimed the lives of two other people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - February 21, 2020

Imagine that instead of keeping germs out, the face mask you're wearing exposes you to a plethora of diseases due to the unhygienic way it was packaged.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Budi Sutrisno and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Amid questions surrounding his suggestion that the country's rich people should marry the poor to break the chain of poverty, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy stood up for his idea, saying such a practice could be a "moral movement".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Esther Samboh, Jakarta – Last week the government submitted the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives, aiming for a conclusion in deliberation within 100 days.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The NasDem Party has confirmed its plan to nominate President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's son-in-law, Bobby Afif Nasution, as its candidate for the 2020 Medan mayoral election in North Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Belseran Christ, Maluku – The Eastern Seram Police have released four locals as of Thursday but continued to detain 22 others from Sabuai village, Siwalat district, Eastern Seram regency, Maluku, for staging a rally to protest a logging company operating in a forest the protesters claimed as their customary area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Dedek Hendry, Bengkulu – A female Sumatran tiger has been found dead in a wire trap in a forest within Seluma regency, Bengkulu, in yet another incident that has drawn attention to the already critically endangered species.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Jakarta Globe - February 21, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military will begin recruiting citizen soldiers next month to build the long-awaited military reserve force that will eventually have 25,000 members.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
The Guardian - February 21, 2020

Krithika Varagur, Jakarta – The oldest known figurative paintings in the world, located near a cement mine in Indonesia, are under threat from industry, scientists have warned.

In December, cave paintings depicting a hunting scene in the Indonesian island of Sulawesi were dated to at least 40,000 years ago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - February 21, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The government has encouraged more partnerships with the private sector to reduce plastic waste, arguing that a recent presidential decree mandating such collaborations has already helped Indonesia go some way toward reaching its plastic waste-reduction target.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - February 21, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – A controversial bill on family resilience includes a provision of six months of paid maternity leave for female workers, but only for those working in government offices, regional administrations, and state-owned or region-owned enterprises.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
CNN Indonesia - February 21, 2020

Jakarta – A number of civil society groups which reject the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation (RUU Ciptaker) have been intimidated by people from different groups.