Jakarta – The government's repeated warnings often go unheeded as irrationality prevails amidst the growing panic over news of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Indonesia in the past week.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
March 10, 2020
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Several major events in Jakarta have been either canceled, postponed or allowed to go through as long as extra precautions are taken by organizers as the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country spreads fear of a widespread outbreak.
Yulia Savitri, Palembang – Edi Susanto of Muara Medak, South Sumatra, can now cultivate a plot of land in the village forest without being afraid of being chased by officers. Every day he works there where he plants areca nut, jelutung (Dyera costulata), pineapple and crops.
Hengky Ola Sura, Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara – Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has thanked local health workers for their efforts to tackle a dengue fever outbreak in East Nusa Tenggara's Sikka regency despite the death of 13 patients to the mosquito-borne viral disease.
Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Supreme Court has acquitted Karen Agustiawan, the former president director of state-run oil company Pertamina, of graft charges by overturning an earlier district court verdict that saw her guilty of corruption and sentenced her to eight years' imprisonment.
In an historic address to Australian parliament last month, Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called for both countries to take stronger action on climate change, including by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and investing in renewable energy.
Jakarta – Dutch King Willem-Alexander apologized on Tuesday for the "excessive violence" inflicted on Indonesia during his country's colonial rule, the monarchy's first such admission of regret to the Southeast Asian nation.
Jakarta – The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has issued a new regulation that allows stocks, at all price ranges, to fall by a maximum of 10 percent in an effort to anchor the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) after a deep drop on Monday.
Djemi Amnifu, Kupang – A four-meter-tall wall has blocked an access road leading to Petra private Christian elementary school in Alak district, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), forcing students to climb over it on their way to the school.
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – While many enjoyed a relatively peaceful and high-spirited International Women's Day (IWD) rally in Jakarta on Sunday, some female protesters had the unfortunate experience of becoming the subject of harassment allegedly perpetrated by male protesters affiliated with labor groups during the event.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia is preparing measures similar to those made during the 2008 global financial crisis, including buying back government bonds and halting income tax, to restore confidence in the financial markets and soften the economic impacts of COVID-19.
March 9, 2020
Jakarta – Gerindra Party executive and former vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno has acknowledged that several Gerindra members want him to run for the party chairmanship in the upcoming national congress.
He added, however, that whether he would run was in the hands of the current party chairman, Prabowo Subianto, who had held the position since 2014.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I has reported that as many as 12,703 flights with about 1.67 million passengers have been canceled from January to February at its 15 airports across Indonesia following the COVID-19 outbreak.
Mila Novita, Jakarta – Many people have publically voiced out their support for the annual International Women's Day on March 8. Here in Indonesia, many continue to campaign their fight against issues women face on a daily basis from financial gaps up to sexual harassment.
Jakarta – Indonesia state oil and gas company PT Pertamina plans to import more crude oil as global price tumble, Ego Syahrial, acting director of oil and gas, told reporters on Monday.
Oil prices plummeted around 30% on Monday after Saudi Arabia started a price war, even as the spread of the coronavirus erodes global demand growth.
Yuliana Lantipo, Sorong – The rain seems not to interrupt a group of young people in Sorong City, Papua Barat, to raise banners and posters in solidarity for Nduga's people on Friday afternoon (7/3/2020). This Friday's candlelight solidarity event has conducted two months ago, started in January 2020.
Ati Nurbaiti, Jakarta – Indonesian men in their 30s are beginning to feel more comfortable with women earning more than them, an economist has said.
Yogyakarta – On Monday March 9, hundreds of students from different campuses across the Central Java city of Yogyakarta began moving off towards Jl Gejayan just north of the city to hold a Gejayan Calling (#GejayanMemanggil) action against the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.
Jakarta – State-owned Indonesia Port Corporation II (IPC) is prohibiting crew members of all foreign vessels docking at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok Port from getting off their ships as part of the efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country.
Jakarta – The death toll of the dengue fever outbreak in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has risen to 32 as the number of people infected by the dengue virus continues to increase.
According to the East Nusa Tenggara Health Agency, 2,697 people are currently hospitalized due to dengue fever across 20 regencies and one municipality in the province.
Emma Connors, Jakarta – Indonesian scientists have doubts about the accuracy of the country's COVID-19 testing and have called on the government to work with others to speed up and improve diagnosis.
A soccer pundit in Indonesia has apologized for uttering highly offensive and sexist remarks while commentating a game on live TV amid public outcry across the country.
Over the last few decades, Indonesia has taken great strides to expand access to education. Official data shows that Indonesia has achieved near universal participation in elementary school.
Shinta Maharani, Jakarta – Thousands of are set to protest against the passing of Indonesia's omnibus job creation bill (RUU Cipta Kerja) in Gejayan, Yogyakarta on Monday, March 9.
The government is expediting imports of buffalo meat, garlic and sugar to stabilize prices in preparation for a surge in demand during this year's Ramadan festivities that will start in late April amid the coronavirus outbreak, officials say.
Yogyakarta – Hundreds of students from campuses in Yogyakarta and Magelang, Central Java, held a long march on Monday March 9 to Jl Gejayan just north of Yogyakarta city to hold a Gejayan Calling (#GejayanMemanggil) action against the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Indonesia is aiming to double gas production over the next 10 years to 12,300 million cubic feet per day (mmscfd) as it sets sights on becoming one of the top global gas exporters with major projects in the pipeline.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Low oil prices may be a double-edged sword for Indonesia after Saudi Arabia started a price war with Russia by slashing its selling prices and pledging to boost supply amid falling demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Ayat S. Karokaro, Medan, Indonesia – Activists have deplored the recent jailing of two indigenous community members in Sumatra in a land conflict involving an affiliate of pulp and paper giant Royal Golden Eagle.
Abeth You, Nabire – The panel of judges of the Nabire District Court read the verdict to three defendants of Deiyai's anti-racism case.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government's big-check fiscal stimulus to bolster purchasing power and tourism- and trade-related industries amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will reduce state revenue and raise debt levels, economists say. They have called for productive spending to support the economy.
March 8, 2020
Jakarta – As many as 790 people have fled their homes in mountainous areas around the Freeport mining site to take refuge at the Tembagapura Police headquarter in Timika, Papua, on Friday over fears of an armed criminal group (KKB), the police have claimed.
Shinta Maharani, Yogyakarta – Police have examined posters and banners being prepared by activists prior to the commemoration of International Women's Day (IWD) in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on Sunday March 8.
Renae Henry – Bali has controversially allowed hundreds of cruise ship passengers to disembark on the tourist island, despite them being turned away from other Indonesian ports over coronavirus fears.
Lugas Subarkah, Jogja – Continued cultural and systemic gender based oppression does not just befall women but other vulnerable groups as well. In response to this, a number of organisations in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta took to the streets on International Women's Day (IWD) to call for equality and gender justice.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – A large number of protesters have began gathering in front of the General Elections Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) office on Jl MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta to take part in this year's International Women's Day (IWD) rally.
Bagus F, Bandung – Coinciding with International Women's Day (IWD) 2020, protesters from the Wanoja Ngalawan Assembly (KAWAN) held a protest action at the Gedung Sate building (the governor's office) in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung on Sunday March 8.
Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has proceeded with the prosecution of businessman Saeful Bahri in a bribery case implicating Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku, even though the latter remains at large.
Jakarta – Hundreds of people of all genders took to the streets on International Women's Day in Jakarta on Sunday to demand that the government put a stop to systemic violence against women.
Adrian Amurwonegoro, Denpasar – Scores of people from the Bali Gender Justice People's Coalition (KRBAG), the majority of which were women, held a peaceful action at the Car Free Day Area in the Renon area of the Balinese capital of Denpasar on Sunday March 8.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Yogyakarta Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI) is urging that the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS) be ratified immediately.
Yogyakarta AJI Chairperson Shinta Maharani said women journalists are vulnerable to experiencing violence in the workplace and in public when doing their job.
Jakarta – The commemoration of International Women's Day (IWD) in Jakarta on Sunday March 8 was marked by a long-march from the General Elections Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) building in Central Jakarta to the nearby Presidential Palace.
Jakarta – Gerindra Party executive Riza Patria has resigned from his seat as a member of the House of Representatives as he hopes to become the deputy governor of Jakarta.
"I have submitted my resignation letter. The House leadership [should] issue a statement about my resignation soon," Riza said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.
Jakarta – Residents of Paniaran village in North Tapanuli, North Sumatra, found a 3-month old baby boy who had been left next to a house in the village on Thursday along with a letter from his mother, who claimed to be a victim of rape.
Jakarta – Two more patients have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), bringing the total confirmed cases in Indonesia up to six, the Health Ministry announced on Sunday.
Tiara Azzahra – On Sunday March 8 protesters held a long-march to commemorate International Women's Day (IWD) 2020 which began in the Jl MH Thamrin area of Central Jakarta.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – International Women's Day (IWD) 2020 protesters have voiced their opposition to the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation (RUU Cilaka). This opposition was as one of the demands taken up during an action today along the length of Jl MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta on Sunday March 8.
Apriadi Gunawan, Jakarta – A group of women's rights activists under the North Sumatra Women's March movement staged a rally on Sunday to commemorate the 2020 International Women's Day, during which they gathered support for the passage of a long-awaited anti-sexual violence bill.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Maimon Herawati is an accomplished woman who believes in equal opportunity for women. She finished her Master's degree at Abertay University in the United Kingdom in 2003, securing tenure as a lecturer of mass communication science in West Java's Padjadjaran University and then juggling her family life with her social and political activities.
Dikanaya Tarahita and Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat – According to Inang Winarso, executive director of the Sativa Nusantara Foundation, an organisation actively researching the use of medical marijuana, it was first brought by merchants and sailors from Gujarat in India to Aceh in the 14th century to be used not only for smoking, but also as a steeped drink, a cooking spice, and as a