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November 6, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 6, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator, Novel Baswedan, expressed deep pessimism towards the revised KPK Law Constitutional Court lawsuit. He argues that it is made worse by the reluctance of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to side with the country's war on corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
KBR - November 6, 2019

Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – Research and international digital rights advocacy institute Freedom House says that internet freedom in Indonesia has worsened compared with last year.

According to their rating, in 2018 Indonesia was rated as 54 out of 100, but in 2019 its position dropped to a ranking of 51.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo deems it inappropriate to issue a presidential regulation in lieu of law on the Corruption Eradication Committee, or KPK, while a judicial review of a revised law on the national antigraft agency is still ongoing.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Indonesian companies are among the world's most optimistic when it comes to their business prospects next year and the medium term, and they have strong confidence in the government's macroeconomic policy, particularly in boosting investment and domestic consumption, according to the latest survey by multinational bank HSBC.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – A pedestrian bridge near the heart of the capital Jakarta on Jl. Sudirman has a new, surprising look: it no longer has a roof.

Jakarta Bina Marga road agency head Hari Nugroho said the roof of the bridge had been removed so that pedestrians could enjoy the view while walking.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Liquid waste in the form of a traditional Javanese alcoholic drink called ciu has contaminated the Bengawan Solo River in Surakarta, Central Java, killing fish and disrupting the area's clean water supply for residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has revealed that he has dreams for the new capital bigger than those of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), he wants the soon-to-be developed city in East Kalimantan to be "the best on earth".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Reuters - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday urged bank executives to help stimulate the economy with cuts in lending rates and loans to small and medium firms, as authorities vowed to support growth after feeble third quarter data.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
The Strategist - November 6, 2019

Evan Laksmana – Since it was announced in August, Indonesia's plan to relocate its capital to East Kalimantan in Borneo has engendered much debate, but few have examined the potential military and strategic implications of the move.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Septinus George Saa, Birmingham, UK – In its second term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's government should learn crucial lessons from the political actions taken in Papua and in the rest of the country, led by students.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Antara, Jakarta – Twelve terror convicts have been transferred from the Nusakambangan prison island in Central Java to a deradicalization center in Bogor, West Java, under a reintegration program, an official said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has given Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan additional responsibilities with a new presidential regulation (Perpres) vesting greater authority in the office of an already powerful minister.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Activists grouped under the National Movement to Safeguard Ulema Fatwas (GNPF) are set to return to the streets for a "reunion" marking the 2016 anti-Ahok rally in Jakarta next month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Beritasatu TV, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked Indonesian banks to cut their lending rates to accelerate growth after Bank Indonesia, the central bank, gradually lowered their benchmark interest rate in the past four months.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Research & Technology
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – The Indonesia Biodiversity Index (IBI) was launched on Tuesday to provide a comprehensive database on the diversity of the archipelago's flora and fauna.

The Indonesian Biology Consortium (KOBI) unveiled the initiative at the Bogor Botanical Garden in Bogor, West Java, as part of National Plant and Animal Day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – Indonesia and Norway are stepping up their commitment to continuing bilateral discussions on human rights, through which both sides seek to leverage more cooperation initiatives in the future.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Reuters - November 6, 2019

Indonesia will meet social media companies to discuss its plans to impose fines up to about $36,000 if they allow pornography, violence or other "negative" content on their platforms, a communications ministry official said.

News ›› West Papua ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Radio New Zealand - November 6, 2019

Johnny Blades – A controversial land sale in New Zealand has met with disapproval from the West Papua solidarity movement.

The government has decided to allow Japanese firm Pan Pac to purchase 22,000ha of land without any scrutiny from the Overseas Investment Office, or OIO.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – The national antigraft agency will assist police to investigate 56 fictitious villages in Konawe district, Southeast Sulawesi, allegedly used to siphon funds from the state budget.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has called on the public to beware of political propaganda aimed at inciting riots during commemorations of Free Papua Movement (OPM) anniversary on Dec. 1.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – Thousands of pigs believed to have died from cholera have littered rivers and streets across North Sumatra in the past few days after they were allegedly discarded by their owners, raising fears of contamination and further spread of the virus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have arrested an Indonesian businessman named Giovani, his girlfriend Nola Aprilia and four police officers for allegedly conspiring to kidnap and to extort a British man identified as Matthew Simon Craib in Jakarta last week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and Southeast Sulawesi Police have teamed up to probe into the alleged corruption of village funds in Konawe regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – As the investigation of the acid attack against Novel Baswedan appears to have stalled, the senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator has been accused of faking his left eye injury, an allegation perpetuated by influential users, according to social media analysts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 6, 2019

Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutors have demanded a seven-year prison sentence for former Golkar Party lawmaker Bowo Sidik Pangarso for his alleged role in bribery and graft cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
South China Morning Post - November 6, 2019

Amy Chew – The United States is remaining tight-lipped on whether it will lift an entry ban on Indonesia's new Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto over alleged human rights violations, as China and Russia publicly court the former special forces general.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Coconuts Jakarta - November 6, 2019

A woman in the Indonesian city of Palembang has been arrested on suspicion of infanticide, in which the victim is her own newborn baby.

The suspect, identified as 36-year-old Sutina, was a babysitter who worked at the residence of South Sumatra's former vice governor Ishak Mekki.

November 5, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Tempo - November 5, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The reappointed Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly announced the ministry's plan to evaluate controversial articles in the revised criminal code (RKUHP) bill. One of those to be revised is the article on cohabitation or adultery.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Indonesia at Melbourne - November 5, 2019

It has been almost a century since the novel Sitti Nurbaya was published. In the book, Sitti Nurbaya ends up agreeing to marry a much older and abusive businessman, Datuk Maringgih, so that he will forgive her father's debt.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - November 5, 2019

Jakarta – Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has banned employees of the ministry from wearing niqab at the office, reasserting his stance that all staff must abide by the rules.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
Agence France Presse - November 5, 2019

Medan, Indonesia – Two men have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a pair of Indonesian activist journalists who were mediating in a land dispute between a palm oil company and locals, authorities said Tuesday (Nov 5).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Agence France Presse - November 5, 2019

Indonesia posted another quarter of slowing growth Tuesday, its weakest pace in two years, as Southeast Asia's biggest economy feels the sting of slumping commodity prices.

The economy expanded 5.02 percent in the July-September period, slipping from 5.17 percent in the same period last year, and the weakest since 2017.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 5, 2019

Jakarta – Born in 1996, William Aditya Sarana, a politician from the nascent Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), is the youngest and only Generation Z (Gen-Z) member of the City Council. His older colleagues seem to be struggling with his way of doing things.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - November 5, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – A volunteer for former presidential and VP candidates Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, Lieus Sungkharisma said that he is able to accept the fact that the opposition father-figure he backed throughout the election has now entered President Jokowi's Cabinet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Tempo - November 5, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – Retail businesses have voiced concerns about involving Bekasi's minimarket parking service management woes, which allegedly is controlled by local thugs. An internet video that spread on November 4 showed members of a mass organization persuading minimarket organizers to leave parking services under their control.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2019

Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Newly-appointed Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto says he welcomes a greater role from the private sector in providing healthcare, given that most hospitals across Indonesia are run by business entities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2019

Dion Bisara & Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy expanded at its slowest pace in two years in the third quarter as investment continued to taper and economic activity in Papua and Maluku shrank.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - November 5, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The government plans to build more than 5,000 kilometers of new roads in the next five years to improve connectivity to seaports, industrial zones, tourist destinations and isolated areas.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Thomson Reuters Foundation - November 5, 2019

Beh Lih Yi, Kuta, Indonesia – Standing on her surfboard as it was lifted by a wave, Zahwa Ardika Utami is one of a small but growing number of girls breaking with Indonesian tradition to take up the macho sport.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - November 5, 2019

Aman Rochman, Pasuruan. East Java – A girl and a teacher died while 14 others were injured when the roof of their school in Pasuruan, East Java, collapsed on Tuesday morning.

State elementary school SDN 1 Gentong was built only in 2017, the police said. He said the roof fell into four classrooms.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 5, 2019

Andita Rahma and Friski Riana, Jakarta – The police stated that they did not set a deadline for the investigation of the attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan. The police's sole agenda is to solve the case immediately.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
East Asia Forum - November 5, 2019

Michael Leach – Relations between Australia and Timor-Leste appear to be back on track following the March 2018 treaty which created permanent maritime boundaries between the two states for the first time. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's visit to Dili in late August 2019 saw notes exchanged marking the formal ratification by both parliaments.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 5, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Senior Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan firmly denies the Twitter allegation accusing that he staged his own attack, which has permanently scarred his eye.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - November 5, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia's economic growth reached 5.02 percent in the third quarter, the lowest level in more than two years, with investment failing to contribute to the economy, which has been hit by a global economic slowdown driven by the trade war between the United States and China.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - November 5, 2019

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's national election organizing agency said it has received budgetary approval for Rp 9.8 trillion ($701 million) to hold next year's regional elections in nine provinces.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Bloomberg - November 5, 2019

Karlis Salna, Rieka Rahadiana and Viriya Singgih – Indonesia's economic growth has barely moved in three quarters, prompting some analysts to cast doubt about the data.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 5, 2019

Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Researcher for the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), Kurnia Ramadhana was openly discontent by the exoneration of graft defendant and former president director of state-owned electricity firm PLN Sofyan Basir.

November 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - November 4, 2019

Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – Indonesia has reasserted its stance to reject shipments of hazardous and toxic waste from abroad and called for its peers in East Asia to establish an official cooperation in preventing the illegal dumping during the 14th East Asia Summit in Bangkok.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - November 4, 2019

A story about a girl's sexual naivete prompted a discussion about the importance of sex education in Indonesia recently, because apparently she didn't know what semen was.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
CNN Indonesia - November 4, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) says that civil freedoms under the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo have tended to worsen. LSI Executive Director Djayadi Hanan said that the worsening of civil freedoms has occurred in concert with a decline in several other democratic indictors.