Hengky Ola Sura, Maumere – Young farmers in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), most of whom have developed their land from square-one, are hoping to have access to the government's first subsidized microcredit program (KUR).
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
March 7, 2020
Ashutosh Nagda – On February 28, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry summoned Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Pradeep Rawat "to discuss the riots that have claimed dozens of lives" in India's capital city.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Health Ministry announced on Friday that two new COVID-19 cases linked to the first two confirmed cases had been recorded, prompting calls for the government to work faster to trace those who have had contact with the infected patients to prevent a mass contagion.
Yogyakarta – Social organisations that are part of the United People's Alliance (ARB) in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta plan to hold a Street Parliament Meeting to oppose the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation on March 9.
March 6, 2020
Robert Baird – The Australian lawyer who helped uncover the Timor-Leste bugging scandal says Australia had direct, advanced knowledge of the threat that faced the murdered Balibo Five journalists, with a report describing the men as a "hurdle to be got over" in keeping clandestine activities secret.
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration launched on Friday a website specifically designed for COVID-19 response and information following the first two cases of COVID-19 being confirmed in Indonesia.
Devina Halim, Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office (AGO) will soon return the investigation dossier on the Paniai incident in Papua to the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM).
Earlier, the AGO stated that the Komnas HAM investigation into the incident had failed to meet the formal and material requirements to be declared a gross human rights violation.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) revealed that cases of violence against women increased by 6 percent in 2019, amounting to 431,471 cases from 406,178 cases in 2018.
Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry reminded households to conduct their own waste separation following the fact that 62 percent of Indonesia's waste comes from domestic trash.
The ministry's director of waste contamination and dangerous wastes emergency response, Haruki Agustina, explained this in an event on Wednesday, March 4.
Deti Mega Purnamasari, Jakarta – Incest or sexual relations between blood relatives against girls is the most frequent form of sexual violence. In its 2019 annual report, the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) found a jump in cases of violence against girls with some 2,341 cases.
Denpasar, Ni Komang Erviani – When Ketut Suarsa Dipa, 41, heard about an outbreak caused by a new strain of coronavirus in China in January, he was not particularly concerned.
Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The COVID-19 coronavirus has hit the hotel industry hard with occupancy rates well down on the seasonal average across Indonesia, an industry group has said.
Employees at the Freeport mine in West Papua have been warned about heightened security risks in the area. PT Freeport Indonesia has told staff they and their family may notice an increased presence of security personnel.
This follows a series of attacks on Indonesian security forces in the area around Freeport's Grasberg gold and copper mine in Papua province.
Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Indonesia announced two new cases of Covid-19 on Friday, four days after the announcement of the first two cases, bringing the total number of confirmed Covid-19 patients in Southeast Asia's most populous country to four.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – The Indonesia government has finally released its official protocols for dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Members of the public are expected to follow the protocols if they find they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
Persaudaraan Alumni 212 (PA 212), an umbrella group consisting of some of the country's most notorious hardline Islamist organizations such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), is set to hold a demonstration outside the Indian embassy in Jakarta over violence against Muslims in the world's second most populous country.
Jakarta – The supervisory council for the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has finished drafting a renewed ethical code for the anti-graft body, which values include synergy with other institutions.
Deti Mega Purnamasari, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) recorded a 300 percent increase in reported cases of sexual violence against women in the cyber world. This is a significant increase from 97 cases reported in 2018 to 281 cases in 2019.
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Indonesia's Tanoto Foundation has joined hands with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to develop the first tools for measuring early childhood development in the country, in an effort to support Indonesia in achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.
Johnny Blades – Researchers say 59 people died in a month of unrest in West Papua late last year.
The Indonesian-ruled provinces of Papua experienced widespread anti-racism protests and related unrest between late August and late September.
Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry said on Friday that flights to and from South Korea are still operating despite the East Asian country being an epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak outside of China.
M Niaz Asadullah – Indonesia is home to one of the largest and most diverse education systems in the world. It includes thousands of Islamic schools, or madrasas, which cater exclusively to the educational needs of children from Muslim households.
Four app-based motorcycle taxi drivers, locally known as ojol, were reportedly wounded from what appear to be gunshots in Yogyakarta, as escalating tensions between drivers and a group of debt collectors resulted in violent clashes yesterday.
Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Women's Anti-Violence Movement, or Gerak Perempuan, an alliance of non-government organizations and civil society groups, recently pointed out that violence against women in Indonesia is a systemic problem and that the government is not doing enough to fight it.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The government is preparing derivative regulations that will support the implementation of the omnibus bill on job creation once the bill is passed into law, a senior minister has said.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's foreign exchange (forex) reserves fell to US$130.4 billion in February after the government paid its foreign debts, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday.
Foreign reserves stood at $131.7 billion in January, which was the second-highest level in Indonesia's history after the $131.9 billion booked in January 2018.
March 5, 2020
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Director of the Jakarta Legal Aid (LBH), Arif Maulana launched strong criticism against the government's Omnibus Job Creation Bill (RUU Cipta Kerja) that was composed in a short amount of time.
Sitti Hikmawatty, a child protection commissioner, was forced to apologise in late February after making the false claim that pregnancy could occur through "indirect contact" between people of opposite sexes, including via water in swimming pools.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – Central Java Police arrested on Tuesday three residents of Semarang for alleged price gouging in the wake of the buying frenzy that erupted on Monday, when the country confirmed its first cases of COVID-19.
The three had reportedly been caught stockpiling face masks and hand sanitizers and reselling them at almost nine times the original price.
Made Anthony Iswara, Bandung – A public-private partnership has allowed farmers in Ciwidey in Bandung, West Java, to reap better profits from selling Japanese vegetables.
Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto has urged mask producers to halt the export of masks and cater to domestic needs first amid a spike in demand for the item in Indonesia.
The problem is, he said, that a number of producers have intentionally been holding back mask supplies and raising prices.
Jakarta – Residents living alongside the Ciliwung River canal in Kebon Manggis, Matraman, East Jakarta, have raised concerns over their safety after Jl. Kesatrian X, a street running in front of their houses and right beside the canal, collapsed on Tuesday.
Jakarta – Cabinet Secretary Pramono Agung said that he "missed" the pointed criticism from outspoken opposition figures following President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's successful consolidation of power in the past few months.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Executive-director of Amnesty International Indonesia, Usman Hamid, argues that the process of composing the omnibus job creation Bill, known as RUU Cipta Kerja, goes against the basic principle of Indonesia's and the international community's human rights.
Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Illegal cosmetics dominated cases of regulation violations handled by Indonesia's food and drug supervisory agency last year as demand for beauty products skyrocketed in the country.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The government has stepped up its efforts to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) by tightening health screenings at borders and testing more people after confirming two cases in a Jakarta suburb over the weekend.
Scientists, however, say there is still a crucial element lacking in the war against the virus: transparency.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia may not be affected severely by the global health emergency, thanks to its minimal exposure to the global trade and its wide room to maneuver in monetary policy, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said.
Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has found no violations in relation to the scarcity of face masks, which has caused their prices to skyrocket amid growing fears over the new coronavirus in the country.
Investor Daily, Jakarta – Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said on Thursday that Indonesia's vehicle exports have been on an upward trend since 2018, even overcoming a sluggish global automotive industry last year.
Jakarta – The Jakarta city administration has temporarily suspended the issuance of permits for mass gatherings, including for film shooting purposes, as part of its COVID-19 containment efforts.
Jakarta – Around 60,000 surgical masks confiscated from hoarders will be sold to the public, the North Jakarta Police said on Thursday.
North Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Budhi Herdi Susianto said that the masks would be more useful if they were sold to the public rather than kept as evidence, especially given the public's fears about the spread of COVID-19.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) chairwoman Nining Elitos said that workers' unions are planning on commencing a nationwide strike in protest of the omnibus job creation bill, known as the RUU Cipta Kerja the government is attempting to pass.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Foreign Affairs Ministry has banned travelers from Iran, Italy and South Korea from entering Indonesia as the three countries continue to struggle to contain a widespread Covid-19 outbreak.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Publicly listed state coal miner PT Bukit Asam has allocated Rp 4 trillion (US$283.34 million) in capital expenditure this year, most of which will go into developing a power plant and coal transportation infrastructure.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) has called on Muslims who are ill to refrain from praying at mosques as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
London, United Kingdom/Jakarta – Twitter and Facebook have suspended more than 80 accounts following a Reuters investigation that linked them to a network of news sites backed by the Indonesian army that publish pro-government propaganda about the restive region of Papua.
Fadli, Galang Island, Riau Islands – Residents of Galang Island in Riau Islands regency are objecting to the government's plan to turn a former refugee camp on the island into an infectious diseases hospital, and have urged authorities to consult them first before proceeding with such plans.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Coronavirus fears have continued to take a toll on the event industry in Indonesia, as more music festivals and seminars are either postponed or canceled, especially after the country announced its first two COVID-19 cases earlier this week.
March 4, 2020
Jakarta – The Central Information Commission (KIP) has ordered the Development Finance Comptroller (BPKP) to disclose its audit report on the Health Care and Social Security Agency's (BPJS Kesehatan) deficit.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Health Ministry has said it will now assign its regional labs to test people suspected of carrying the novel coronavirus amid concerns that it has not been proactive enough in detecting infected people to prevent its spread.