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November 2, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Straits Times - November 2, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi has triggered a debate about Muslim attire after saying that the government may issue a regulation banning anyone wearing a cadar or veil from entering any government building or premises.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Post - November 2, 2019

Ramadani Saputra, Jakarta – Comr. Gen. Mochamad Iriawan of the National Police was elected on Saturday as the new chief of the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) for 2019-2023, making him the first police general to lead the country's soccer association.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Globe - November 2, 2019

Antara, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – A police general was elected chairman of the Indonesian Football Federation, or PSSI, in a heated "extraordinary congress" at a Jakarta hotel, where eight of 11 candidates walked out before voting on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - November 2, 2019

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The head of Jakarta's Regional Development Planning Agency, or Bappeda, Sri Mahendra Satria Wirawan, and the head of the city's Tourism and Culture Department, Edy Junaedi, resigned from their posts on Friday after coming under fire for their ridiculous budget proposals.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - November 2, 2019

Jakarta – University of Indonesia (UI) lecturer Ade Armando has been reported to the police for allegedly circulating an insulting meme of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Facebook.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Channel News Asia - November 2, 2019

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – As soon as a group of customers walked in, Mr Boy Alfian, 55, swiftly lifted a piece of red cloth covering two large metal bowls at his open-air stall in South Jakarta.

Inside one bowl were small cuts of pre-cooked goat meat, tripe and liver, popular among the majority of the customers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 2, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – State Administrative Law expert Bivitri Susanti expressed her disappointment when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo stated that he is reluctant to issue Government Regulation in Lieu of A Law concerning the Corruption Eradication Commission (Perppu KPK).

November 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Tempo - November 1, 2019

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The central statistics agency, Statistics Indonesia or BPS, noted slowing production growths in large and medium manufacturing industries over the last two years. In Q3/2019, this production group only recorded a growth of 4.35 percent (yoy), down from 2018's 5.04 percent and 2017's 5.46 percent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia posted a $122.42 million profit in the third quarter, in a strong comeback from its $114.08 million loss in the same period last year, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - November 1, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Sluggish car sales throughout the year coupled with weakening commodity prices have taken a toll on diversified conglomerate PT Astra International.

The publicly listed company's profit was down 7 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 15.87 trillion (US$1.14 billion) in the January to September period of this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 1, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has indicted Tubagus "Wawan" Chaeri Wardana, the younger brother of former Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah, accusing him of accepting illicit payments amounting to more than Rp 1.7 trillion (US$120 million) in relation to projects in the province between 2005 and 2012.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Mongabay - November 1, 2019

Ahmad Supardi, Bengkulu – Hearings in a lawsuit filed by residents over a newly built Chinese-funded coal-fired power plant in Sumatra have revealed a litany of irregularities behind the permit that allowed it to go ahead.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
The Guardian - November 1, 2019

Elle Hunt – At Karet Bivak cemetery in Jakarta, the neat rows of headstones extend as far as the eye can see, seeming to sprout into skyscrapers at the horizon.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2019

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati appointed on Friday her expert assistant Suryo Utomo as the new tax director-general, tasking him to make sure the country meets this year's revenue target, completes a brace of tax law revisions and continues reforming the tax office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 1, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Friday he would not revoke the controversial amendment to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law and would instead accelerate the establishment of a team to supervise the country's antigraft agency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 1, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Senior investigator of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Novel Baswedan said he had predicted the police's failure to disclose the case of an acid attack against him. He reminded again the importance of the formation of the Joint Fact-Finding Team (TGPF).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 1, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan commented on the National Police's claiming there had been significant improvement in their investigation into his acid attack.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2019

Farid Firdaus, Jakarta – The central bank has assured businesses that it is committed to deploying all monetary and macroprudential instruments at its disposal to maintain growth in the Indonesian economy, assuaging concerns that the country may slump next year due to recessions expected in some developed economies.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - November 1, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inaugurated on Friday Gen. Idham Azis as the new National Police chief, replacing Tito Karnavian who has been tapped to lead the Home Ministry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Bloomberg - November 1, 2019

Karlis Salna – Indonesia's national dish of nasi goreng, or fried rice, has become a lot cheaper these days as the nation's two big ride-hailing apps wage a price war on everyday groceries.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Agence France Presse - November 1, 2019

An Indonesian man working for an organisation that helped draft strict religious laws has been publicly whipped himself after he was caught having an affair with a married woman.

Flogging is a common punishment for a range of offences in the deeply conservative Aceh region on Sumatra island, including adultery, drinking alcohol, and having gay or premarital sex.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2019

Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – Idham Azis rose to become a police general after being sworn in as the new National Police chief on Friday, with predecessor Tito Karnavian warning him of tough days ahead.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Tempo - November 1, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Activists from the Wildlife Crime Team (WCT) ask the Indonesian government to form a task force that focuses on handling conflicts between men and the Sumatran tigers in Riau Province. This year, there has been an escalation of conflicts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2019

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said although it was not illegal to wear the niqab, or full-face veil, in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, he would not accept it personally.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - November 1, 2019

Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko has asserted that the government is not hampering firebrand cleric Rizieq Shihab from returning home to Indonesia from his self-exile in Saudi Arabia, adding that he was free to 'go home' if he wanted to.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - November 1, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded a slight increase in consumer prices in October as lower foodstuff prices offset hikes in those of food and beverages, cigarettes and tobacco, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Straits Times - November 1, 2019

Linda Yulisman and Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – The state of emergency imposed on the Indonesian province of Riau following the recent bout of forest and land fires and haze has been lifted.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Straits Times - November 1, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – A move to have Indonesia revert back to the 1945 Constitution, which would end the current practice of people directly electing a president, appears to be growing in momentum with the top four political parties in the legislative election held earlier this year voicing support for amendments which would shift the centre of power back to Parliament.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Globe - November 1, 2019

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The minimum wage in Jakarta has been raised to Rp 4.26 million, or $303, per month for 2020, an increase of 8.51 percent from the current minimum wage, Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Friday.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Jakarta Post - November 1, 2019

Jakarta – A member of the Aceh Ulema Council (MPU), which oversees the implementation of sharia in the province, was publicly caned in Banda Aceh after he was caught alone with a woman who was not his wife.

October 31, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Today Online - October 31, 2019

Max Lane – In announcing his new cabinet on Oct 23, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has underscored a desire for continuity, both for economic policy as well as political strategy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Human Rights Watch Dispatches - October 31, 2019

Indonesia is set to expand its abusive blasphemy laws as part of an overhaul of the country's Criminal Code.

In September President Joko Widodo ordered parliament to postpone voting on the draft Criminal Code to allow more time for review. While that raised hopes the six new blasphemy provisions would be revised, it's clear the review won't include them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Tempo - October 31, 2019

Ludhy Cahyana, Jakarta – Directorate General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation (KSDAE) of Environment and Forestry Ministry was set to open the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary II at Way Kambas National Park, East Lampung, in commemoration of World's Rhino Day.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - October 31, 2019

Heru Andriyanto & Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – The Jakarta provincial government has come under fire for ridiculous budget proposals, including Rp 82 billion ($5.8 million) for a specific brand of glue and Rp 5 billion for public influencers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - October 31, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was apparently shocked to learn of the numbers in the capital's draft 2020 budget, which recently invited a chorus of public scrutiny for its massive budget allocation for stationary items.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Marriage & The Family
Reuters - October 31, 2019

Lembar, Indonesia – Fifteen minutes into their first date, Indonesian teenager Helma Yani received a marriage proposal from a boy she had just met. He spirited her away to a relative's house and a month later, at age 17, they were married.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Tempo - October 31, 2019

Jakarta – Newly-appointed Minister of Religious Affairs, Fachrul Razi, has strongly denied information suggesting that he issued a ban on women wearing a niqab in State Ministries. He also asserts that he is not studying the possibility to apply such regulation and will not ban the religious veil.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 31, 2019

Triyan Pangastuti, Jakarta – Foreign direct investment in Indonesia jumped 18 percent in the third quarter from the same period last year, marking a return of confidence as concerns over political uncertainty and policy discontinuity subsided following the re-election of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - October 31, 2019

Jakarta – A suggestion proposed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's minister to ban the niqab in government offices has triggered mixed responses among officials and politicians amid the country's apparent fight against radicalism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - October 31, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) staffer of monitoring and documentation bureau, Rivanlee Anandar, pointed up the appointment of Police Criminal Investigation Agency (Bareskrim) head Comr. Gen. Idham Azis as National Police Chief.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - October 31, 2019

Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – The Indonesia Stock Exchange has seen the fastest growth in Asia over the past five years and gained 42 new listings so far this year, bringing the total to 656, its president said on Thursday.

The bourse has a target to attract 75 new listings in 2019 and there is still hope that it may achieve this in the remaining two months.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - October 31, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's environment ministry said on Thursday it would report countries to the Basel Convention, an international treaty on waste reduction, if they refused to accept waste shipments sent back to them by its authorities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - October 31, 2019

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Eight in 10 Indonesians are aware of the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle, while maintaining a small environmental footprint, according to a recent survey by Tetra Pak, a Sweden-based food processing and packaging solutions firm.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 31, 2019

Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto has denied reports that he would forgo his ministerial salary and decline the use of state facilities, including an official vehicle and residence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - October 31, 2019

Jakarta – Defense Minister and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto has rebuffed statements from his own party aides, who previously said he would not take his salary and would not use the official car he is entitled to as a minister.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Foreign Policy - October 31, 2019

Aaron Connelly, Evan A. Laksmana – In late May, riots raged in parts of Jakarta following the announcement that incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, had been reelected to a second five-year term by nearly 17 million votes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Tempo - October 31, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi planned to hold a training for preachers in a bid to prevent the distribution of provocative teachings to the community through mosques or other places of worship.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - October 31, 2019

Jakarta – State-owned electricity company PLN has agreed to provide enough electricity for the government's 10 priority tourist destinations and shore power connections in 11 seaports in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Straits Times - October 31, 2019

Primastuti Handayanim, Jakarta – Improving the state of national soccer is undoubtedly a tall order President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has entrusted to his Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Coconuts Jakarta - October 31, 2019

The recent appointment of Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi was mired in controversy, with religious organizations decrying the fact that the former military general, who never held a post in a religious office, was picked for the role.