Mobile phone addiction, more commonly referred to as "gadget addiction" in Indonesia, has become a legitimate concern for many parents whose kids just can't take their eyes off of the screen (though it must be said that many parents suffer from this affliction too).
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
October 22, 2019
Julio Achmadi, Jakarta – The deceased Golfrid Siregar was a human rights defender in North Sumatra who fought for the right to a good and healthy environment. Civil society mourns as he took his last breath on 6th October 2019 in Haji Adam Malik Central General Hospital, Medan. His death posed a great prejudice whether it's due to killing.
Arya Dipa, Bandung, West Java – A man, believed to be a foreign worker, was killed in a major fire at an oil pipeline owned by state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina in South Cimahi, West Java, on Tuesday.
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Human rights activists have lambasted President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for failing to address human rights issues in his inauguration speech on Sunday, pointing out that he instead focused on the country's economic development.
October 21, 2019
Jakarta – Students protesting near the Horse Statue in Central Jakarta today said they hope that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will not betray the people during his second term in office.
Camellia Webb-Gannon – Last weekend, the Indonesian police took 43 West Papuan students into custody for allegedly disrespecting the Indonesian flag during an independence day celebration (an allegation the students deny).
Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – The legal counsel team for seven suspects of treason case from Papua stated their clients are in good condition after a visit in Kalimantan Timur.
Hong Kong – The global collapse in coal prices this year has dealt a particularly heavy blow to miners in Indonesia, the top exporter and one of the largest producers of the fuel.
Karim Raslan – The Nggapulu – named after a glacier-covered peak in Papua's Jayawijaya range – is a German-built ship that forms part of the fleet operated by Pelni, Indonesia's national ferry company.
Jakarta – PDIP secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto defended President Jokowi's presidential inauguration speech that was widely criticized for not mentioning issues regarding law enforcement, human rights, and corruption eradication.
Jakarta – A Quran teacher, identified only as AI in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, is suspected of molesting seven elementary school girls. He allegedly offered his victims money for them not to resist nor divulge his deeds.
Jakarta – The amount of land in Indonesia consumed by fires through September this year has exceeded the amount burned during all of 2018, according to data given by a government official on Monday.
Rosseno Aji, Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Human rights activist and founder of the Lokataru Law and Human Rights Firm, Haris Azhar, subjected President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to firm criticism on the inauguration speech the president delivered on Sunday.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has confirmed that the Gerindra Party will be represented in the upcoming Cabinet, the Jokowi Mania volunteer group has claimed.
Volunteer group chairman Immanuel Ebenezer said after meeting with the President on Sunday night that Jokowi told the volunteers that Gerindra would be represented.
Corazon Miller – Two men accused of gambling are the latest to receive a public whipping in the capital of Indonesia's Aceh, where people are commonly flogged for a range of offences including drinking alcohol, sex before marriage and homosexuality.
Diana Mariska, Nur Yasmin, Farouk Arnaz, Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo stopped short of announcing his new cabinet on Monday but the list of people he invited to the State Palace throughout the day gave a few hints as to how his cabinet portfolios would shape up in the next five years.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Gerindra Party chairman and losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has stated he is ready to join the Cabinet in the second term of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's administration following a closed-door meeting at the State Palace on Monday.
October 20, 2019
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Shortly after he took an oath of office for the 2019-2024 presidential term, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave his inauguration speech, outlining his plans for his second term.
Below is the unofficial English translation of his speech:
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin have officially taken their oaths to serve the country as the President and the Vice President for the 2019-2024 term in a plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) on Sunday.
Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia Director Usman Hamid says that it will be difficult to stop the current attempt to weaken the fight against corruption by crippling the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
Amy Remeikis – Scott Morrison's whirlwind trip to Indonesia is a "good thing", his political opponent says, as Labor embraces bipartisan support for Australia's latest free trade agreement.
Morrison travelled to Indonesia for Joko Widodo's second inauguration as president, with talks between the two leaders planned at the presidential palace.
Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – Laurenzus Kadepa, Papua parliament member from Politics, Legal and Human Rights Division, said Papuan peoples do not need an offer in the presidential cabinet of Joko Widodo for the period of 2019-2024. What they urgently need at the moment, he further said, is the state's attention to solve problems in Papua (Jayapura, 16/10/2019).
Dicky Christanto Wulandaru, Jakarta – The incoming chair of the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) should focus on improving the performance of the senior national team, following its consecutive losses at the 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian qualifiers, a top sports official has said.
Emma Connors – There was pomp and ceremony aplenty but compared to the last presidential inauguration, Sunday's crowning of Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his new Vice President Ma'ruf Amin was a much more muted affair.
James Massola, Jakarta – Prime Minister Scott Morrison has discussed free trade, Papua and Indonesia's proposed new capital during a flying visit to Jakarta for President Joko Widodo's inauguration, while also seeking to improve relations with Beijing during a meeting with China's Vice-President.
Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – Today, exactly five years ago, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was inaugurated as the president of the Republic of Indonesia for 2014-2019. Today, on Sunday October 20, Widodo was again inaugurated as president of Indonesia for 2019-2024.
There was a striking difference however between the two inaugurations.
Thresa Sandra Desfika, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Hotman Siregar, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has set lofty goals for his second-term presidency, promising to simplify bureaucracy, cut off red tapes and redirect focus on talent development to lay the foundation for transforming Indonesia into a $7-trillion economy at the time the country celebrates its centenary in 2045.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Leaders from ASEAN countries, Australia and Swaziland made courtesy calls on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Sunday at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta to congratulate him ahead of his inauguration for his second term in office.
Jakarta – The Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) offices in Medan, North Sumatra, has been attacked by molotov cocktails thrown by unidentified assailants. Police are currently searching for two people beloved to have thrown the bombs.
Arys Aditya, Viriya Singgih and Karlis Salna, Bloomberg News – Joko Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's president for a second five-year term and faces an early test to shore up support for reforms aimed at boosting investment and rejuvenating an economy growing at its slowest pace in two years.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – According to the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), President Joko Widodo or Jokowi did not mention at all the issue of law enforcement, human rights, and corruption eradication in his inaugural address at the MPR building, on Sunday, October 20, 2019.
October 19, 2019
N. Adri, Balikpapan – Social tensions in the area of Indonesia's future capital in East Kalimantan that had escalated into riots and arson attacks on hundreds of homes and a ferry port on Wednesday, had eased by Friday after police and military personnel conducted large-scale patrols of the area.
Since the fall of the Indonesian dictator Suharto in 1998, civil society has flourished under the country's burgeoning democracy. Observers even began calling Indonesia the most democratic nation in Southeast Asia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is making a flying visit to Jakarta for ceremonial reasons but the trip comes at an opportune time to talk trade with Indonesia.
The prime minister will be in Jakarta on Sunday for the inauguration of President Joko Widodo, who won re-election in April.
Haeril Halim – Indonesia's human rights commission called for a probe into scores of deaths in Papua on Friday after some of the deadliest violence in years swept the restive region.
Dozens were killed when riots broke out in Wamena city last month, with some victims burned alive when buildings were set ablaze, and others stabbed in the chaos.
Yoga Rusmana – The world has more than enough coffee, and Indonesia is looking to add to the glut.
Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received a letter in mid-August, urging him to support the swift passage of a controversial criminal code bill that would outlaw acts including extramarital and gay sex.
Rully Satriadi, Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – At least 18 heads of state, heads of government and special envoys of friendly countries are planning to attend the inauguration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin on Sunday.
October 18, 2019
Indra Nugraha, Jakarta – Indonesia's anti-corruption agency has charged a former politician from Borneo in connection with a port development project, in a move that could shed light on an earlier scandal involving permits for oil palm plantations.
Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – Indonesia has been re-elected to have a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council through voting in New York, United States, on October 17. Along with 13 other new members, it will serve as the council member starting in January 2020.
Semarang (Antara) – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo proposed a new model to patrol the neighborhood to anticipate various threats of terrorism in the surrounding environment. This new model of neighborhood watch is, unlike the usual, not to secure residential areas against thieves.
A former journalist with Berita Satu TV won an important case for workers' rights in Indonesia, with his former employee ordered to pay severance and pending salary on October 9.
Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono, Medan, Indonesia – Ais likes to dance. She knows the words to "I'm a Little Teapot." Her dimples are disarming.
Her parents didn't want their daughter to dance. They didn't want her to sing. They wanted her to die with them for their cause.
A shocking case of alleged deadly animal abuse has sparked huge outrage on social media in Indonesia this week, prompting a police probe into the matter.
We've been through this before, but this time it's official: cell phones obtained outside of legally recognized means may soon no longer function in Indonesia, as the government today passed a new regulation in a bid to curb the spread of illegal phones in the country.
Yulia Savitri, Palembang – A college student has died during basic training for members of a university paramilitary group (Menwa) in Palembang, South Sumatra.
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.
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.
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.
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.