Fana Suparman & Christian Lee, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said he will reject the official election result set to be announced by the General Elections Commission, or KPU, on May 22, arguing that a "structured, systematic and massive" vote-rigging had plagued both the presidential and legislative elections on April 17.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
May 15, 2019
Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – A survey has revealed that 18 percent of Indonesians do not believe human activity causes climate change, while another 6 percent believe that the climate is not changing at all.
Jakarta – State Logistics Agency (Bulog) president director Budi Waseso has voice suspicion that cartel practices in garlic trading are the reason that prices have remained high.
Mali Walker – In the long lead-up to the world's largest ever single-day elections, disinformation ran rampant in Indonesia. It became so widespread that the government started holding weekly briefings to reveal 'hoaxes' and give the 'real facts'.
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) gave on Wednesday an unqualified opinion for Jakarta's 2018 financial report, meaning the city administration has achieved the highest audit grade two years in a row.
An unqualified opinion reflects an auditor's judgement that a financial statement is fairly and appropriately presented.
Rakhmat Nur Hakim, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) have reported the Bandung police to the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) for alleged violence committed at a May Day rally in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung.
Irsyan Hasyim (Contributor), Jakarta – Amnesty International urges the Indonesian Home Affairs Ministry and Religious Affairs Ministry to assure that the local Bekasi Administration is able to accommodate its Hindu community and fulfill their basic rights.
Jakarta – Indonesia's trade balance slumped to a $2.5 billion deficit in April following two consecutive months of surpluses as imports for machinery started to pick up after the country completed its presidential election in April.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed Government Regulation No. 34/2019 on trading in border areas to regulate trade between Indonesians and foreigners who live along shared borders.
"Trade in border areas [...] is allowed in land and sea border areas," Article 2 of the regulation states.
Jakarta – Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has criticized the government policy to import plastics, arguing that other countries including China, the largest plastic consumer, had prohibited plastic imports.
She added neighboring countries like Thailand and Malaysia had done the same thing.
Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta – The National Police's Densus 88 antiterror squad arrested three suspected terrorists in Sukoharjo and Sragen, Central Java, on Tuesday.
The three suspects, identified as A, IH, and AMF, are allegedly connected to terrorist network members previously arrested in West Java and East Java.
It has been more than five years since Indonesia began implementing a national legal aid program but many low-income people still cannot get legal representation.
On the evening of April 17, the day of Indonesia's general election, all of the quick count polls uniformly projected that incumbent President Joko Widodo had soundly defeated Prabowo Subianto by over 10% points. But Prabowo defiantly claimed victory that day nonetheless, telling the media and his supporters:
Yeremia Sukoyo & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – A group of former Reformasi activists are planning to send a 5,000-strong crowd to the General Elections Commission headquarters in Central Jakarta on May 21 to guard it before the announcement of the official election result the next day.
Dewi Rina Cahyani, Jakarta – Transportation Ministry determined to lower the upper limit tariff (TBA) of airlines ticket in a bid to suppress the trend on the rocketing airfare. Air carriers responded to the plan differently.
Rachmadea Aisyah and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo launched on Tuesday the country's first master plan for a sharia economy for implementation from 2019 to 2024.
The master plan sets out four main strategies aimed at transforming the country into a net producer instead of simply a market for halal goods and services.
Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – Indonesia's April trade balance plunged to a deficit of US$2.5 billion after recording trade surpluses in the previous two months, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has reported.
Jakarta – Indonesia's counter-terrorism squad has rounded up at least 10 people suspected of planning attacks during next week's announcement of the results of April's hotly contested presidential election, police said on Wednesday.
At least one Indonesian soldier has reportedly been killed by West Papuan rebels during a prolonged shootout on Monday.
Military spokesperson Colonel Mohammed Aidi said the incident took place in Mugi district, in the conflict-prone Nduga regency.
Ghina Ghaliya and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – Ahead of the official announcement of the 2019 general election results on May 22, Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team member Fadli Zon said the team would not dispute the election results at the Constitutional Court.
Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) Chairperson Asfinawati believes that the legal aid team formed by the Coordinating Ministry for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs (Kemenko Polhukam) will accelerate the use of the maker (treason, subversion, sedition) articles in future prosecutions.
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Legislative candidate from the Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Dewi Tanjung has reported senior National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Amien Rais to the Metro Jaya Police on Tuesday.
"[Amien Rais'] oration during the rally in front of the General Elections Commission (KPU)," she said at the Metro Jaya Police headquarters.
May 14, 2019
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Two Indonesian citizens alleged to be linked to terrorist plots were arrested in Malaysia recently, the National Police announced in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The South Jakarta District Court has rejected former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad "Romy" Romahurmuziy's pretrial motion against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), upholding the antigraft body's decision to name him a suspect in a bribery case centering on a promotion at the Religious Affairs Ministry.
RNZ Pacific – Two West Papuans accused of "rebellion" have been sentenced to more than a year in an Indonesian prison.
Yakonias Womsiwor and Erichzon Mandobar were detained in September when authorities raided the office of a Papuan independence group.
Gather round, citizens. Global superstar George Clooney, '90s heart-throb, 2000s serious movie star, and 2010s husband of human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, has done that thing that we seriously love – he's gone and mentioned Indonesia and Malaysia on one of his celebrity talk show interviews.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The newly government-formed legal aid team is currently studying 13 suspected hate speech cases expressed by notable figures in Indonesia such as Kivlan Zen, Eggi Sudjana, Bachtiar Nasir, Rizieq Shihab, and Amien Rais.
Jakarta – South Jakarta Social Affairs Agency head Ahmad Dumyani has urged people not to give money to seasonal beggars who thrive in the city during Ramadan, including to those using carts to carry their families.
Jakarta – At least one Indonesian Military (TNI) officer was killed in a clash with West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) freedom fighters in Nduga regency, Papua, on Monday morning.
Papua Cendrawasih Military Command spokesman Col. Muhammad Aidi said around 20 TPNPB personnel attacked TNI soldiers who were patrolling Mugi district airfield at 11:15 a.m.
Jakarta – The government has been urged to find ways to increase state revenue, which grew only 4.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter, much lower than the 12.6 percent growth in the corresponding period last year.
Jakarta – The China-backed Jakarta-Bandung fast train project reached an important milestone on Tuesday with the completion of the Walini Tunnel, the first of 13 underground passages along its track.
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Both of his hands are permanently physically impaired, two of his earlobes damaged, his entire body holds visible burn scars.
"I was nearly burnt alive," said Iwan Firman, one of the survivors of the May 1998 mass-riots when he recalled the horrific incident on Monday, May 13, commemorating 21 years since the May 98 tragedy.
Tassia Sipahutar, Jakarta – Indonesian equities slumped Monday, erasing this year's gains, as foreign funds pulled out of the local market. With almost every other Asian market still in the green, it is now the first in Asia to lose the rally it posted earlier this year.
Theresia Sufa, Bogor, West Java – Five people have died after being buried by landslides at an illegal gold mine on Mount Pongkor, Bantar Karet village, Nanggung district, Bogor, West Java, on Sunday following hours of heavy downpours.
Farouk Arnaz & Christian Lee, Jakarta – Bachtiar Nasir, the former chairman of the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council's Fatwa, or GNPF-MUI, again skipped questioning in a money-laundering case on Tuesday.
Jakarta – A network of credit card salespeople and bank employees have been trading the personal information of bank customers and credit card holders with each other in an effort to make quicker sales, as reported by Kompas daily in a recent investigation.
Francis Chan, Jakarta – Indonesia is deploying more than 32,000 troops to secure its capital Jakarta, following intelligence of possible terrorist attacks during the release of the presidential election results in the week ahead.
Avit Hidayat, Jakarta – A civil society group will reportedly reject the decision of Coordinating Minister of Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto upon forming a legal assistance team, which they deem an abuse of the law.
Jakarta – The Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) has expressed pessimism at the notion that the government's policy to lower ceiling prices of airplane tickets by 12 to 16 percent will increase occupancy rates.
Jakarta – The rupiah is moving toward Rp 15,000 per United States dollar as it was quoted at Rp 14,444 per US dollar or 0.57 percent lower than the previous day, according to the Jakarta Interbank Spot Dollar Rate (JISDOR).
May 13, 2019
Jakarta – The families of victims of the May 1998 riots in Jakarta have held a procession in which they scattered flowers and held joint prayers at the Klender Mall in East Jakarta on the morning of Monday May 13.
Carlos Ky Paath & Christian Lee, Jakarta – Secretary generals of political parties in the coalition supporting presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno visited the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office in Jakarta on Sunday evening to complain of election fraud that they claim has jeopardized their chances of winning the presidential and l
"The textile and textile products (TPT) industry is one of the mainstay se
Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) said that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) still owes 17 major corruption cases to solve.
Three of the cases are the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance funds (BLBI), the Century Bank bailout case, and the Hambalang sports complex project.
Muhamad Al Azhari & Asni Ovier, Jakarta – Muslim scholars and clerics in Indonesia say they will resist attempts by the country's political elites to drive a wedge between followers of Islam and divide them into two fanatical camps in support of presidential nominees Joko "Jokowi" Widodo or Prabowo Subianto.
Jakarta – Indonesia plans to stop importing jet fuel and diesel starting next month in order to reign in its current account deficit, a senior minister said last week.
Jakarta – While the influx of ceramic tiles from China has subsided after the government imposed a protective tariff, local ceramic tile producers are concerned by the influx of similar products from India.
According to the Indonesian Ceramic Industry Association (Asaki), ceramic imports from China declined 14 to 15 percent in the first quarter of 2019.
Johnny Blades – Indonesia has lost a significant asset from in its Pacific diplomacy efforts with the recent passing of the West Papuan, Franzalbert Joku.
The prominent Sentani landowner was the international spokesman for the Papua Presidium Council which galvanised momentum in the independence struggle at the turn of the century.
Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition representing the families of the victims of the May 1998 tragedy is calling on the president elect not to include cronies and alleged perpetrators of gross human rights violation in 1998 in the next cabinet.
Irsyan Hasyim (Contributor), Jakarta – The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) announced that it has not officially processed the complaint submitted by the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno campaign team (BPN) upon alleged systematic elections fraud in the 2019 general elections.