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October 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Militarism & Security Approach
Jakarta Post - October 18, 2019

Yulia Savitri, Palembang – A college student has died during basic training for members of a university paramilitary group (Menwa) in Palembang, South Sumatra.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Kompas.com - October 18, 2019

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo refused to answer a question from a journalists about progress in solving the acid attack against senor Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan. Widodo instead responded the question by talking about the makeup of the next cabinet.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
The Guardian - October 18, 2019

Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty – Australia's negotiations with Timor-Leste should be the subject of a royal commission, and the government should return $5bn unfairly taken from the impoverished nation, a parliamentary inquiry has been told.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Associated Press - October 18, 2019

Byniniek karmini, Jakarta – In fisherman Saimin's fly-strewn riverside slum, less than an hour's drive from Indonesia's presidential palace, much of the age-old problems President Joko Widodo has promised to fix are a stark day-to-day reality.

News ›› West Papua ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - October 18, 2019

Jakarta – If the government is serious about finding the best solution to the Papuan problem, the communication and informatics ministry should support the endeavor by Facebook to rid the site of computer-generated propaganda about Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Australian Financial Review - October 18, 2019

Emma Connors – Indonesia is on track to ratify the free trade agreement with Australia by the end of the year in what will be welcome news for Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who will be in Jakarta on Sunday for the inauguration of President Joko Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Reuters - October 18, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia has issued regulations to allow authorities to block smartphones purchased on the black market, in a bid to encourage investors to produce mobile phones in the country, a minister said on Friday.

Indonesia is a large market for mobile phone producers, with 60 millions phones sold every year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Coconuts Jakarta - October 18, 2019

There have been debates in recent months on whether or not controversial hardline group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) should be disbanded, but one high-ranking government official has been unequivocal in his condemnation of the group with pointed words of criticism that, ostensibly, could've put someone of lesser standing in hot water.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Globe - October 18, 2019

Yoseph A. Kelen, Jakarta – A government official has urged caution on meat imports from Timor Leste following an outbreak of African swine fever in the state bordering Indonesia's eastern province of East Nusa Tenggara.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 18, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Two days before the inauguration ceremony of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's second and final term, a get-together was held between the President and his current Cabinet members in an event that closes the curtain on a five-year administration.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Reuters - October 18, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia launched an international aid agency on Friday to strengthen its regional diplomatic relations, some of which have been strained by Jakarta's approach to the restive Papua region.

October 17, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1998 Fall of Suharto & Reformasi
The Conversation - October 17, 2019

Tim Lindsey – It's deeply ironic that Indonesia's third president, BJ Habibie, died on September 11 – less than a week before the national legislature passed a law that gutted the highly-regarded Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK), effectively killing it.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Arnoldus Kristianus & Abdul Muslim & Herman, Jakarta – The government is optimistic that an international trade exhibition will help the country overcome a persistent trade deficit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Arya Dipa and Bambang Muryanto, Bandung – Hundreds of protesters – students and activists – rallied in big cities on Thursday to demand that the President issue a regulation to revoke a new law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), three days before President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo starts his second term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The Police have started to close off access to Merdeka Palace with barbed wire today, Oct. 17, before the planned student rally staged by university students this afternoon.

At around 11:05 a.m., barbed wire fences have blocked the capital's main roads, including Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, before the building of the Tourism Ministry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – The Jakarta Administration's water resources agency has lodged a budget up to Rp110 billion to continue the construction of the city's giant sea wall known as the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) in North Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Reuters - October 17, 2019

Tabita Diela and John Geddie, Jakarta – An Indonesian unit of management consultants McKinsey & Company has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study on moving the capital from the crowded, flood-prone city of Jakarta on Java island to the forested island of Borneo, an official said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Syofiardi Bachyul J.B, West Sumatra – Air quality in West Sumatra has decreased significantly as it touches a level considered unhealthy this week.

The head of Global Atmosphere Watch in Bukit Kototabang, Wan Dayantolis, said air quality had decreased from normal to unhealthy on Tuesday and Wednesday morning at around 10 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is working hand-in-hand with nine other state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to bring PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines back to life after the latter ceased operations in 2014 due to financial problems.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - October 17, 2019

A Canberra court has shut down a private citizen's bid to provide advice to the court in a trial involving an East Timor bugging scandal.

Ernst Willheim asked the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday to allow him to make an open justice case during the trial of Bernard Collaery, the former lawyer to spy-turned-whistleblower Witness K.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - October 17, 2019

Today, the controversial revision to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law officially comes into effect, as President Joko Widodo has thus far failed to use his executive power to block its implementation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Telly Nathalia & Beritasatu TV, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo confirmed in a Twitter posting on Thursday that he had completed the selection of a new Cabinet for the second term of his presidency, which will commence on Sunday.

The ministers' names will be announced either immediately after his inauguration, or in the following few days.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Detik News - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – Students have taken to the streets on the first day that the revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK) came into effect. The students are urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - October 17, 2019
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian Chief of Police Gen. Tito Karnavian reminded about staging demonstrations ahead of the presidential inauguration.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – The heavily amended Corruption Eradication Commission Law will come into effect by default on Wednesday, 30 days after it was passed by the House of Representatives, a minister has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has made assurances to the public that the constitutional articles on the presidential election will remain untouched as plans to amend the 1945 Constitution remain firmly in place.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman met with the Australian parliament's human rights subcommittee on Wednesday to speak with its members about the current situation in West Papua.

News ›› West Papua ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Nindya Astuti, Jakarta – Regional coordinator of SafeNET, Damar Juniarto, suspects there are blatant attempts to suppress information regarding Papua as they deemed information from the region has been framed in inaccuracy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Asip A. Hasani, Blitar, East Java – Lawmaker Arteria Dahlan from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has been in the news lately for his controversial defense of the revised Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which many observers fear will neuter the KPK.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
CNN Indonesia - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – Activist and human rights lawyer for Papuan affairs, Veronica Koman, has met with Australian parliamentarians in Canberra. She said that during the meeting she asked the government of the Kangaroo Country to play a more active role in ending the bloodshed in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Conversation - October 17, 2019

Noir Primadona Purba – Indonesia's oceans, some of the richest in marine biodiversity, are becoming rubbish bins – altering underwater ecosystems.

Based on a research led by Jenna Jambeck of University of Georgia, Indonesia is the world's second-largest ocean plastic polluter. Yet, we know little about how plastic waste impact marine life in Indonesia's waters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
KBR - October 17, 2019

IndonesiaLeaks, Jakarta – On Thursday October 17 IndonesiaLeaks released excerpts from a CCTV video recording which is said to show Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators allegedly destroying evidence. The evidence destroyed was related to a bribery case involving a judicial review of the Law on Animal Husbandry and Livestock Healthcare.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo must shift his government's focus to increasing productivity in the domestic manufacturing industry and improving the investment climate during his second term to stem a slowdown in the country's economic growth, economists said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Secretary General Ahmad Muzani said he was keen to see the party leader, Prabowo Subianto, join the coalition of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma'ruf Amin administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Reuters - October 17, 2019

Kuala Lumpur – A new green fund being set up by the government should prioritize protecting its rain forests and creating a carbon trading program to help Indonesia meet its goals to curb climate change, environmentalists and officials said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – A group of economists have penned an open letter addressed to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, urging him to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the latest revision to the 2003 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, arguing that weakening the antigraft agency will harm the economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) plans to stage a rally in front of the State Palace on Thursday following a decision by the Jakarta Police to restrict protests ahead of the presidential inauguration on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesia has risen six places over the last decade to be ranked 68th out of 170 countries in the Global Index of Economic Openness as shown in a recent study by a London-based think-tank the Legatum Institute.

October 16, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Facebook said on Wednesday during its first-ever Facebook Summit in Jakarta that its myriad of applications – including the Facebook app, Instagram and WhatsApp Messenger – have made positive economic and social impacts on local businesses, the government and the Indonesian society as a whole.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Muh. Syaifullah, Yogyakarta – A total of 400 Indonesianists from 43 countries attend the World Indonesianist Congress held in Yogyakarta State University (UNY), on October 14-15.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo decided not to comment on questions about the Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK Law) that will be effective on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The revised KPK Law was passed one month ago on September 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – MRT Jakarta, the operator of the city's mass rapid transit train network, has collaborated with Gojek Indonesia, one of the largest ride-hailing companies in the country, to provide a feeder transportation service for MRT passengers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The government has given Japanese oil company Inpex Corp and Dutch energy giant Shell a 27-year extension to develop the Abadi gas field in the southeastern part of the Arafura Sea.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police claim to have foiled terror plots, including suicide bombings, in several cities across Java, which were allegedly planned by Islamic State-linked homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
CNN Indonesia - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Institute for Public Research and Advocacy (Elsam) says that freedom of expression and opinion in Indonesia has declined since 2014. Citing data from the Freedom House website, Elsam said that for the last five years freedom of expression in Indonesia has been rated as no longer free.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Nikkei Asian Review - October 16, 2019

Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – On the face of it, Indonesia's capital Jakarta, a sprawling megacity of 10 million people, and Sweden's Kiruna, a town of only 20,000, couldn't be more different. But they have one thing in common: Both are sinking.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - October 16, 2019

On Friday, TransJakarta recommissioned buses made by Chinese manufacturers ZhongTong, officials have confirmed, which had previously been mired in scandals related to passenger safety and corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
Detik News - October 16, 2019

Muhammad Aminudin, Malang – Seven young people in the East Java city of Malang took turns in reading out quotes from the Fact Finding Team (TPF) report on the assassination of Munir.

The event calls into question a government statement last year that the TPF Munir report has disappeared. The document titled "Quotes from the final TPF Munir Report" was 12 pages long.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi claimed that he did not order police apparatus to prohibit public demonstration on the day of the presidential inauguration on October 20, 2019.

"No [such an order]," said the President shortly after the meeting with the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speakers at State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday, October 16.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has arrested eight people in the East Kalimantan cities of Bontang and Samarinda and also in the capital Jakarta on Tuesday over allegations of bribery related to a major road project on the island.