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May 20, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Panji Satrio, Medan – Bobby Nasution, the son-in-law of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, officially joined the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) on Monday, further deepening the feud between the president's family and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The government aims to achieve economic growth between 5.1 percent and 5.5 percent in 2025, focusing on sustainable inflation, the development of the electric vehicle industry, digitalization, and climate change initiatives through green economy and energy policies. Indonesia had set a

Kompas.com - May 20, 2024

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition for Security Sector Reform is asking the House of Representatives (DPR) to cancel deliberations on revisions to Law Number 34/2004 on the Indonesian Military (TNI).

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) is considering nominating musician Ahmad Dhani for the mayoral election in Surabaya after he was recently elected as a member of the House of Representatives.

Dhani garnered more than 134,000 votes in the East Java electoral districts of Surabaya and Sidoarjo to win the House seat.

Tempo - May 20, 2024

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) recorded 791 corruption cases with 1,695 suspects throughout 2023. An ICW researcher Diky Anandya said the number had increased significantly compared to the previous year, during which there were only 579 cases and 1,396 suspects.

Tempo - May 20, 2024

Ni Kadek Trisna, Cintya Dewi, I Anisa Febiola, Jakarta – The government has decided to postpone the deadline for mandatory halal certification for MSMEs. Originally set for October 17, 2024, the deadline has now been changed to 2026.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Jakarta – The leadership of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has decided not to invite outgoing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin to the party's national meeting next week.

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia is hoping that New Zealand drop the lawsuit over food import restrictions, arguing that Jakarta had already made adjustments according to what the international trade body had asked for.

Indonesia at Melbourne - May 20, 2024

Simon Butt – During an interview at the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha last week, Indonesia's president-elect, Prabowo Subianto, was asked to respond to concerns that democracy would further regress under his presidency. According to a Jakarta Post report, Prabowo responded: "Where are the concerns about democracy?

Fulcrum - May 20, 2024

Burhanuddin Muhtadi and Kennedy Muslim – The victory of the Prabowo-Gibran team in Indonesia's 2024 presidential elections was due to Jokowi's high approval rating and support from young voters. The Bansos social assistance scheme also maintained support for Jokowi which in turn boosted support for Prabowo-Gibran indirectly.


Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo formally introduced Prabowo Subianto as his successor on Monday, during the opening ceremony of the 10th World Water Forum in Bali.

The Diplomat - May 20, 2024

A. B. Abrams – Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Jose Tavares confirmed last week that a $1.14 billion contract signed for the acquisition of 11 Su-35S fighter aircraft from Russia remains in force, in spite of widespread unconfirmed reports and speculation since early 2019 that it had been terminated due to threats of sanctions by the United States Treasury Department.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Jakarta – Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Sunday that he had made an offer to Elon Musk for SpaceX to launch its rockets from Biak, Papua, where the government plans to build the country's first space station.

May 19, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2024

Juan Ardya Guardiola, Jakarta – Indonesia's economic productivity is lagging behind its neighbors due to too many government-approved holidays each year, an economist said on Saturday.

Kompas.com - May 19, 2024

Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) recorded 791 corruption cases in Indonesia throughout 2023, involving 1,695 suspects.

CNN Indonesia - May 19, 2024

Jakarta – Hundreds of people from Jakarta and the satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) held a protest action to defend Palestine in front of the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta on Sunday May 19.

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2024

The Jakarta Police have identified the deceased as pilot Pulung Darmawan, co-pilot Suanda, and a mechanic named Farid.

The Tecnam P2006T training plane, owned by Indonesia Flying Club, crashed near an open field in the Bumi Serpong Damai real estate just south of Jakarta at 1:43 p.m. local time (6:43 a.m. GMT).

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Yusril Ihza Mahendra abruptly announced his resignation as the chairman of the Muslim-based Crescent Star Party (PBB) on Saturday evening, prompting an internal vote to appoint an interim leader.

The former justice minister cited his age as the main reason for the surprise decision.

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Red Ant - May 19, 2024

James Balowski – Tens of Thousands of workers, students and civil society groups took to the streets across Indonesia on May 1 to commemorate International Labour Day.

May 18, 2024

Antara News - May 18, 2024

Kumurkek, SW Papua – Some 29 former members of the separatist group Free Papua Movement (OPM) operating in Southwest Papua have sworn allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, a military officer stated.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Muawwan Daelami, Jakarta – SEG Solar, a photovoltaic (PV) panel component manufacturer from the United States, is investing over US$500 million (Rp 8 trillion) to build a factory in Batang Industrial Park (Grand Batang City), Central Java.

Tempo - May 18, 2024

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Another nickel smelter in Kalimantan has exploded. A nickel smelter owned by PT Kalimantan Ferro Industry (PT KFI) in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, exploded on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17.

Straits Times - May 18, 2024

Linda Yulisman, Sukabumi, West Java – A trial programme providing a free meal a day has yielded not just financial relief for households but also improved child nutrition and student outcomes such as attendance and focus.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Jakarta – The Job Creation Law Task Force recently held a meeting with stakeholders to discuss minimum wage and outsourcing policies.

The task force's secretary Arif Budimanta said that the Job Creation Law sought to help the government create a business ecosystem that can generate jobs and eventually spur the economy.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Maria Gabrielle, Jakarta – Chief Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, and Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga visited Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) Tanjung Priok Port on Saturday to address a controversial regulation that has left thousands of containers stranded at Indonesia's busiest port.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Hendro Dahlan Situmorang, Jakarta – The CEO of BPJS Kesehatan, Ali Ghufron Mukti, has indicated the possibility of raising participant premiums for the national health insurance scheme.

This move comes as BPJS plans to introduce the Standard Inpatient Class (KRIS) starting June 30, 2025.

May 17, 2024

Jakarta Post - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – West Sumatra authorities have declared a state of emergency in the province following flash floods and lahars over the weekend that killed dozens of people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

The emergency status declared on Monday would last until May 26, said Ilham Wahab, spokesperson of the West Sumatra Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).

Tempo - May 17, 2024

Alif Ilham Fajriadi, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia believes the government's commitment to reducing global warming is far from the 2015 Paris Agreement, which contains a collaborative framework to prevent global temperatures from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Irfandi, Makassar – A woman was interrogated after a video emerged showing her slapping an officer, police said Friday.

In the video that went viral on social media, the woman, whose identity wasn't disclosed, verbally attacked the low-ranking officer with profanities and slapped him in the face.

Tempo Editorial - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Even though it has not been started, Prabowo Subianto's free lunch program is already providing an opportunity for a number of members of President Joko Widodo's cabinet to vie for posts in the forthcoming government.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri reportedly has eight names in mind for the Jakarta gubernatorial race.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – Former East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa claimed on Friday that she has received endorsement from four political parties to seek reelection in November,

Tempo - May 17, 2024

Hendrik Yaputra, Jakarta – Tjitjik Sri Tjahjandarie, Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research and Technology, said that higher education is tertiary education and is not included in the government's compulsory education program. Hence, it could be concluded that attending a university is optional.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Chief Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto emphasized Indonesia's desire for fair treatment from the European Union in a recent interview with German media outlet Handelsblatt.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Chief Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto recently attended the inauguration ceremony for his deputy Mohamad Rudy Salahuddin who had just become the acting governor for Gorontalo.

Rudy was the minister's deputy for coordination on digital economy, labor, as well as micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

CNN Indonesia - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Students from the Trisakti University held a demonstration in the vicinity of the parliamentary complex in Central Jakarta on Friday May 17.

Based on video received by CNN Indonesia, the demonstration was marred by a clash between demonstrators and parliamentary internal security personnel (Pamdal).

Channel News Asia - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Hundreds of people living near an erupting volcano in eastern Indonesia have been evacuated after authorities raised its alert status to the highest level, an official said on Friday (May 17).

Tempo - May 17, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi receives a state visit from Australian Governor General David Hurley at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Friday morning, May 17, 2024.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Muhammad Aulia Rahman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) stands resolute against the legalization of money politics, reaffirming its stance amidst a controversial proposal by a member of the House of Representatives.

Straits Times - May 17, 2024

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – Journalist organisations and netizens in Indonesia have slammed proposed changes to the country's broadcasting law, saying this could stifle press freedom and affect the quality of news reporting.

Jakarta Post - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – House of Representatives Commission X overseeing education and research will summon representatives of the Education, Culture, Research and Technology Ministry and set up a working committee to investigate reports of high single tuition fees (UKT) in some universities across the country.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – The Indonesian government is making headlines with its recent announcement of considering the introduction of dual citizenship, a move aimed at attracting skilled labor and supporting the nation's ambitious goal of becoming a developed country by 2045. This proposed policy change is seen as a strategic step to harness global talent and foster economic innovation.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – Delta Djakarta (DLTA), the producer of Anker beer, has seen a decline in performance throughout 2023. The beer industry in the world's largest Muslim-majority country continues to struggle with low consumption rates.

Reuters - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia has relaxed import rules for electronic products, footwear and textiles, its chief economic minister said on May 17, in an attempt to quickly process imported items that have piled up in ports.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Press freedom is facing a new challenge. The broadcasting bill currently being deliberated at the House of Representatives has sparked public uproar for articles that will limit the work of journalists.

May 16, 2024

Reuters - May 16, 2024

Bangkok – Indonesia expects investments in its oil and gas sector to rise 29 per cent in 2024, the chairman of regulator SKK Migas told Reuters, as it races to ramp up drilling and exploration following the recent exits of global giants Shell and Chevron.

Tempo - May 16, 2024

Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – PDIP politician Chico Hakim responded to a statement by his party colleague, Hugua, who asked the KPU to legalize money politics. "(Hugua's) statement was no more than sarcasm," said the PDIP spokesperson in his official statement on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Tempo - May 16, 2024

Adinda Jasmine Prasetyo, Jakarta – Chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar or Cak Imin said the Broadcasting Law must be designed to face the challenges of journalism in the digital era without threatening freedom of expression.

Channel News Asia - May 16, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesian journalist organisations have voiced concerns over stifled press freedom and threats to investigative journalism following proposed changes to the country's broadcasting law.

Associated Press - May 16, 2024

Kasparman Piliang and Niniek Karmini, Tanah Datar, Indonesia – Indonesian authorities have seeded clouds, trying to prevent further rain and flash floods after deluges that hit Sumatra Island over the weekend left at least 67 people dead and another 20 missing.