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February 8, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 8, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - February 8, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post Editorial - February 8, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - February 8, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 8, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› History & Anthropology
Eureka Alert - February 8, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 8, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - 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.

February 7, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Globe - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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?

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Nikkei Asian Review - February 7, 2020

Lukman Solihin – The 85 million children growing up in Indonesia are the first generation in the country's history to experience sustained economic growth.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Governance & Public Policy
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Sydney Morning Herald - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - 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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - February 7, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
The Guardian - February 7, 2020

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.

February 6, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Tempo - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Globe - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Coconuts Jakarta - February 6, 2020

Indonesia has reached an important milestone in the animal rights movement, as the government has officially banned traveling dolphin circus shows throughout the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Australian Financial Review - February 6, 2020

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".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
South China Morning Post - 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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Tempo Timor - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› West Papua ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - February 6, 2020

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Straits Times - February 6, 2020

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.

February 5, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mysticism & The Supernatural
South China Morning Post - February 5, 2020

Amanda Siddharta – Wili Lo spent all afternoon in the backstage area of a music festival in Bogor, a satellite city just outside the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, last Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Tempo - February 5, 2020

Eko Wahyudi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI) president Said Iqbal announced that his side was set to stage a demonstration against the premium hike of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) insurance on Thursday, February 6.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Coconuts Jakarta - February 5, 2020

An Indonesian woman who caused a huge controversy by bringing a dog into a mosque last year was found guilty of blasphemy in court today, though she has been acquitted due to her mental illness.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's second term has yet to show any signs of progress in resolving human rights violations, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development has concluded.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy grew 5.02 percent annually in 2019 because of weakening investments and exports, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Amid concerns over a decline in foreign tourist arrivals as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama says that the government has prepared measures to ensure that Indonesia's tourism sector remains healthy and lucrative despite the depressed mood.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 5, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto says that the now global coronavirus outbreak from China might become one of main challenges for Indonesia's economic growth this year.