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February 23, 2024

Jakarta Post - February 23, 2024

Aditya Hadi, Jakarta – Two major credit rating agencies, Fitch Ratings and Moody's, have raised concern that Prabowo Subianto's expensive campaign promises could result in more expansionary fiscal policy.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia called on Israel to withdraw its forces from Palestinian territories during a recent public hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Tempo - February 23, 2024

Rizki Dewi Ayu, Jakarta – Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani announced that the total amount of funds disbursed by the government for the 2024 general elections had reached Rp71.3 trillion.

Speaking at a press conference on the state budget on February 22, she elaborated that this amount was the election budget disbursed from 2022 to early 2024.

Tempo - February 23, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi inaugurated nine roads in Bolaang Mongondow Regency, North Sulawesi on Friday, February 23, 2024. He hoped that these new roads would boost the local economy.

This ceremonial event was an implementation of the Regional Road Instructions (IJD), as noted by the Press Bureau and Presidential Secretariat.

Straits Times - February 23, 2024

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – About 60.9 per cent of Indonesian voters in Singapore voted for the archipelago's Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto as their new president, a slightly higher proportion than ongoing national counts.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia's balance of payments posted a $6.3 billion surplus in 2023, according to Bank Indonesia.

This marked an increase from the $4 billion surplus the previous year. The central bank attributed the significant growth to the strong capital and financial account performance.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an internal investigation into alleged misappropriation of official travel funds worth Rp 550 million ($35,248) involving an employee at the administration division, a spokesman said on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Muhammad Fakhruddin & Heru Andriyanto, Surabaya – Chaos erupted at Assalam Purimas Mosque in the East Java capital on Thursday evening during a religious event, as a group of individuals disrupted the gathering, preventing the renowned cleric Syafiq Riza Basalamah from delivering sermons due to his alleged "radical and divisive views."

Persuasion - February 23, 2024

Joe Rachman – "Do you all want to see me dance?" He called to the crowd, which roared back its approval. The short and almost spherical 72-year-old obliged them by jigging about the stage in his signature baby blue shirt.

Tempo - February 23, 2024

Yonhap News and Nabiila Azzahra, Jakarta – Indonesia and South Korea have agreed to continue to work on the joint development of the KF-21 fighter jet, a project delayed due to Jakarta's suspended payment for its share, according to the discussion between Indonesia's Retno Marsudi and South Korean Foreign Minister Cho Tae-yul on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Kompas.com - February 23, 2024

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) have found 310 cases of alleged violations in the 2024 elections.

Tempo - February 23, 2024

Andry Triyanto Tjitra and Sultan Abdurrahman (Antara), Jakarta – Presidential candidate number three Ganjar Pranowo responded to rumors that his running mate, Mahfud MD, opposed his call for the House of Representatives' (DPR) inquiry into the election which he deemed has been marred with fraud.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – Muhammad Arief Rosyid Hasan, the commander of the young voters campaign team (TKN Fanta) for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, has revealed that Prabowo plans to establish a dedicated ministry to oversee his key program: providing free lunch for school children.

ABC News - February 23, 2024

Hellena Souisa – Indonesians have voted for their next president, but there's yet to be an official announcement of who has won as vote counting continues.

Informal tallies, known as the quick count – which uses large samples of votes from polling stations – and the ongoing real count, have indicated who is in line to take over from Joko Widodo.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Sevianto Pakiding, Papua Pegunungan – A joint operation conducted by the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) and the National Police shot dead a member of an armed criminal group in the Kali Brasa area, Dekai District, Yahukimo Regency, Papua Pegunungan, on Thursday.

Tempo - February 23, 2024

Sultan Abdurrahman, Jakarta – Vice presidential candidate number three, Mahfud Md, refused to comment on the discourse on the DPR's right to inquiry to investigate allegations of fraud in the 2024 elections. The proposal for the right to inquiry was previously conveyed by Mahfud's running mate, Ganjar Pranowo.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Herman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Traditional Market Traders Association (Ikappi) is raising concerns over the rising price of rice, as traders encounter challenges in acquiring premium rice due to restricted stocks in milling facilities.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently called Prabowo Subianto his "brother" in a letter that congratulated the latter for his election victory.

CNN Indonesia - February 23, 2024

Jakarta – Chaos broke out during a demonstration in front of the General Elections Commission (KPU) office in Central Jakarta on Friday February 23 with protesters arguing and scuffling with police.

In response, police moved a water cannon tactical vehicle towards the protesters while a speaker was still articulating their demands.

Jakarta Globe - February 23, 2024

Sella Rizky, Jakarta – The General Election Commission (KPU) will organize a redo election at 686 polling stations across the country on Saturday – the deadline for voters to cast their ballots.

South China Morning Post - February 23, 2024

Resty Woro Yuniar – The conclusion of Indonesia's general election has prompted an unusual trend among the country's youth – nostalgia for the "good life" during former president Suharto's 32 years of dictatorship.

Tempo - February 23, 2024

Ikhsan Reliubun, Jakarta – The head of the General Elections Commission or KPU Hasyim Asy'ari denied that the recent election was the worst post-Soeharto regime. "I don't think so, [but] whether [the election] was good or bad I can't judge by myself," Hasyim told Tempo on Thursday, Feb. 22.

The Japan Times - February 23, 2024

Kyodo, Jakarta – A group of Indonesian environmental and human rights activists on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Japan to demand it stop releasing treated water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, which started last summer.

Associated Press - February 23, 2024

Andi Jatmiko and Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – Indonesia and Australia held high-level talks in Jakarta on Friday as the neighboring countries seek to strengthen security ties by signing a defense cooperation agreement in the coming months.

February 22, 2024

Tempo - February 22, 2024

Novali Panji Nugroho, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) asked presidential and vice presidential candidates and political parties to exercise patience and await the General Elections Commission's (KPU) announcement of the valid and legally binding election results.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Triyono, West Lampung – A villager was discovered dead in a plantation in Lampung province early on Thursday with police suspecting a Sumatran tiger attack as the cause of his death.

Mongabay - February 22, 2024

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – The Indonesian government's efforts to tackle illegal fishing in its vast waters have had the unintended consequence of driving an increase in maritime piracy, according to a new study.

Just Auto - February 22, 2024

New vehicle sales in Indonesia plunged by 26% to 69,619 units in January 2024 from 94,087 units a year earlier, according to member wholesale data compiled by local automotive industry association Gaikindo.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Jakarta – Sungai Watch's audit on the rivers in Bali and Banyuwangi recently raised criticisms from the Indonesian Waste Management Foundation (Yaksindo), arguing that the non-government organization's report was unfair and misleading.

Tempo - February 22, 2024

Defara Dhanya, Michelle Gabriela and Adil Al Hasan, Jakarta – Capital market observer William Hartanto expressed concern that the allegations of fraud in the 2024 elections could potentially hamper the interest of investors and entrepreneurs in Indonesia. He believed that if there are any demonstrations related to the issue, the interest may decline.

Jakarta Post - February 22, 2024

Jakarta – The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) has warned of potential flooding in Kalimantan, especially in the new capital city Nusantara area, in the middle of March this year.

Reuters - February 22, 2024

Jakarta – West Java was struck by a tornado of a scale previously unrecorded in the country that injured at least 33 people and damaged buildings, government officials said.

Jakarta Post Editorial - February 22, 2024

Jakarta – Digital communication technology could have been a boon for the media industry.

The breaking down of physical barriers and the flattening of delivery costs by using the internet have allowed media companies to reach millions of readers, viewers and subscribers.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Senior minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan recently revealed that China would make a major petrochemical investment in North Kalimantan, arguing that Beijing's current economic conditions did not diminish its interest in investing.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Muhammad Rizky Fajarullah, Makassar – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially inaugurated the Centralized Domestic Wastewater Management System (SPAL-DT) in Losari, Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Thursday.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Chief Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan is confident that Indonesia will not miss its investment target this year although some of the major investor countries are facing economic turmoil.

Tempo - February 22, 2024

Kukuh S. Wibowo, Surabaya – Dandhy Dwi Laksono, the producer and director of Dirty Vote, stated that the success of a movie depends on the interpretation. However, the most valid answer for a movie's success is measured by the intention of the maker.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Jakarta – A study by digital research firm Populix reveals that 65 percent of Muslim respondents support the Indonesian Ulema Council's (MUI) call to boycott products affiliated with Israel as a form of solidarity with the people of Palestine.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Tech giant Meta announced on Thursday that it will not be obligated to pay for news content shared on its platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, despite the recent issuance of a presidential decree on publisher rights.

South China Morning Post - February 22, 2024

Johannes Nugroho – Prabowo Subianto's projected victory in Indonesia's recent presidential election is considered polarising among some sections of the country's ethnic Chinese minority, given the alleged involvement of senior military officers during the tragic 1998 riots including the former general.

UCA News - February 22, 2024

Nearly 94 officials died of fatigue and thousands fell ill during the world's biggest single-day polls in Indonesia, sparking calls for changes to norms to ease the burden on people on election duty.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) is on alert to anticipate the rise in rice prices from early 2024 leading up to Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr, which falls between March 10 and April 9. These months are traditionally associated with a surge in demand for rice, contributing to seasonal inflation concerns.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The government has issued state bonds amounting to Rp 107.6 trillion ($6.9 billion) to fund the state budget as of January 31. This figure constitutes 16.6 percent of the annual debt target set at Rp 648.1 trillion for the fiscal year 2024.

Tempo - February 22, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (Kominfo) has blocked approximately 4.8 million negative content spread across the web and social media platforms from 2018 to February 15, 2024.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Mita Amalia Hapsari, Makassar. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo officially inaugurated the Makassar New Port, the largest port serving the eastern region of Indonesia, in the city of Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Thursday.

He mentioned that the Rp 5.4 trillion ($346.5 million) port is expected to reduce logistics costs in the eastern part of Indonesia.

Indonesia at Melbourne - February 22, 2024

Yohanes Sulaiman – On February 14, 2024, Indonesia held its presidential, national legislative, and regional legislative elections on the same day.

Tempo - February 22, 2024

Jakarta – Jokowi has yet to propose a replacement for Firli Bahuri as KPK Chair. This is proof that the government does not care about wiping out corruption.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Vinnilya Huanggrio, Jakarta – The Indonesia Mining Association (IMA) recently denied claims that China benefited the most from Indonesia's decision to push for the domestic processing of nickel.

Jakarta Globe - February 22, 2024

Fito Akhmad Erlangga, Jakarta – After being inaugurated by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, Hadi Tjahjanto, the recently appointed Chief Security Minister, highlighted his key objectives.

Tempo - February 22, 2024

Jakarta – The Indonesian banking sector remains attractive to foreign investors, according to Dian Ediana Rae, the Banking Supervisory Executive Head at the Financial Services Authority (OJK). Despite facing a dynamic and competitive landscape, the sector continues to lure investors from overseas, particularly from Korea and Japan.