Ima Dini Shafir, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), which is the current powerhouse in terms of political influence, on Monday issued a press conference after the Mayor of Solo and President Joko Widodo's eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming, met with Prabowo Subianto, who comes from rival political party Gerindra.
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May 23, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – A group of people joined under the Advokat Merdeka Pembela Rakyat (Freedom Advocate, Defender of the People) or Ampera, on Monday reported the Youtube channel touted the 'Menara Istana' to the Metro Jaya Police over allegedly spreading false information related to the 2024 presidential election.
Eka Yudha Saputra, Abdul Manan, Setri Yasra, Iwan Kurniawan and Anton Aprianto, Jakarta – The Indonesian Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) general Dudung Abdurachman on Monday stated that armed criminal groups in Papua are merely groups of people abusing the benefits of the central government's specific funds for the region without meaningful political activities.
Pandawara Group has seen it all. The group of environmentally-conscious youngsters has made a name for themselves cleaning up some of the filthiest rivers in Indonesia, which they have regularly documented through viral videos on TikTok.
But the West Java-based group faced a new challenge recently: a beach they dubbed the "dirtiest" in Indonesia.
Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on Monday said that Indonesia's tax revenue up to April reached a total of Rp 688.15 trillion, which she deemed a moderate growth.
"If we look at everything, it is still growing, even though the growth is still moderate," said the Minister in a virtual press conference on Monday, May 22.
Jayapura, Jubi – Rev. Benny Giay, the Moderator of the Papua Council of Churches, paid a visit to the Papua High Prosecutor's Office in Jayapura City on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. His purpose was to request that the Papua High Prosecutor's Office refrain from appealing the verdict of the Jayapura District Court in the treason case against Viktor Yeimo.
Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – The Finance Minister's special staffer for strategic communications, Yustinus Prastowo, stated that the government debt principal and interest rates differ each year.
BTV, Jakarta – The central government's takeover of roadworks from the regional authorities is in line with the decentralization principle, according to Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono.
Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – Ahead of the regional elections next year, a local branch of the Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) in Depok, West Java, joined a recent bandwagon looking to support an idea to nominate President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's son Kaesang Pangarep as mayor of the city.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Suryani grew up in a family of farmers on the island of Java in Indonesia. Her parents are members of a farmer's union called SPP. The land they live and farm on isn't titled, so Suryani knows very well the importance of having farmers' land rights recognized and protected.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Nusantara – Indonesia's new capital project in East Kalimantan – is popular among investors, but it will take time for the investment to actually take shape, according to Bambang Susantono, the head of the city's authority body.
Bambang said Nusantara had amassed more than hundreds of letters of intent from investors both home and abroad.
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga dismissed the issue of increasing egg prices. He claimed he had visited a number of markets in various regions and that the price of the commodity is indeed varying but still reasonable.
Fikri Harish, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) summons of Surakarta Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka for clarification over his meeting with Gerindra Party-backed presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is indicative of the growing unease between the ruling party and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Singgih Wiryono, Jakarta – Andi Muhammad Rezaldy, from the Advocacy Team for Democracy, says that the court's ruling on a demurrer (eksepsi) or note of objection in the defamation case filed by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan against defendants Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar did not consider all the arguments presented.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) launched a search into the office of the Social Affairs Ministry on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, as part of the investigation of the corruption case in the distribution of social assistance in the form of rice.
"Yes there is such an activity (a search)," said KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri on Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
Jakarta – Indonesia recorded a surplus of $6.5 billion in its balance of payments in the first quarter of the year, up by $1.8 billion from the fourth quarter of last year, the central bank announced on Tuesday.
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Anies Baswedan, who is endorsed to be a presidential candidate in the 2024 election by the Coalition for Change, demanded the state not interfere in the process of nominating figures. According to him, after 25 years of reform, people still feel pressured to exercise democracy.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Iran promised to help Indonesia modernize its healthcare with surgical robots during a meeting between the leaders of the two countries in Bogor on Tuesday.
Does the LGBT community now have an ally in Mahfud MD, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs?
The senior minister recently gave a statement about how the rule of law applies to the marginalized community – and it's a statement that may bring a minuscule sliver of hope for LGBT rights in Indonesia.
May 22, 2023
Helmut Timothy, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, on Monday accepted clarification by Solo Mayor Gibran Rakabuming Raka about his attendance at a recent gathering in which a group of people declared support for Prabowo Subianto's presidential bid.
Chris Barrett, Singapore – Indonesia President Joko Widodo is set to make his first visit to Australia in more than three years.
Dili, Timor Leste – Timor Leste independence hero Xanana Gusmao's party was leading with two-thirds of votes counted in a parliamentary election, state media showed on Monday, heralding a possible return to power for the former rebel after nearly a decade in opposition.
Jakarta – UK Minister of State for Industry and Economic Security, Nusrat Ghani, is visiting Jakarta from Monday to strengthen partnerships on critical minerals and the energy transition.
Dicky Kurniawan, Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF) found that 80 percent of the public disagrees with the government's electric vehicle subsidy, through a social media in-depth analysis, specifically Twitter.
Antara, Jakarta – SOE Minister Erick Thohir said his department seeks to fast-track the transition to electric vehicles in Indonesia to help achieve a more eco-friendly transportation sector. He said that Indonesia has the mineral reserves needed as EV raw materials. Through SOE partnerships, he is confident Indonesia can take a major role in the EV industry.
Jakarta – Ganjar Pranowo is the most likely candidate to continue with the development programs initiated by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo when compared to his rivals, according to a new survey.
Ruth Dea Juwita, Jakarta – Indonesia's aviation industry continues to recover as passenger figures have reached 80 percent of the pre-pandemic level, according to the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA).
Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Social Concern for Women's Representation has sent a subpoena to the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu).
Jakarta – If history does repeat itself, 25 years after the downfall of the New Order we would certainly have a strongman presiding over our political lives and reigning over society under an iron grip.
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Head of the National Food Agency (Bapanas) Arief Prasetyo Adi said that the recent hike in egg prices was attributable to the increase in production costs. He explained that there was a change in production costs at the farmer level, especially the feed cost variable.
Andra Nasrie – Have you ever experienced a situation where you wanted to buy a product from a store, but the salesperson tried to persuade you to buy a more expensive or upgraded version of it? Or maybe they offered you some additional products that you didn't really need or want?
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia and Iran are set to ink a preferential trade agreement during Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi's upcoming visit to the Southeast Asian country.
On the eve of Papua New Guinea's hosted Pacific meetings, Free Papua Organisation-OPM leader Jeffrey Bomanak has called for an international embargo on Indonesian goods and services in protest over what he calls Jakarta's "unlawful military occupation" of West Papua.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Sunday had a talk with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to discuss the deforestation-free regulation which Indonesia fears can take a toll on its palm oil.
Marian Faa, Dili, Timor-Leste – South-east Asia's youngest nation went to the polls on Sunday, with analysts' predictions of a tight result largely coming to fruition.
On Monday afternoon, Mr Gusmao's party CNRT had polled just short of 40 per cent of the vote, with counting continuing on Monday and into the week.
M Julnis Firmansyah, Tika Ayu, Jakarta – The University of Indonesia student executive body (BEM UI) chairperson Melki Sedek Huang on Monday alleged that the organization's Twitter account had fallen victim to hacking over a critical post against President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo related to the upcoming 2024 presidential election.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The democracy and human rights aspects in the country has allegedly worsened as Indonesia celebrates 25 years after the fall of a dictatorship and started the reformed democratic era known as the 'reformasi,' the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) reported.
Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) suspects that a "smuggled article" has been inserted into the General Election Commission (KPU) Regulation on the nomination of legislative members in the 2024 elections.
Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – The Politics, and Human Rights Coordinating Minister Mahfud MD on Sunday elaborated that LGBT is not contained in Indonesia's new criminal code (KUHP) as issues related to aspects of naturality, such as the aforementioned gender identity, cannot be disputed by law.
Yohanes Liestyo Poerwoto – Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) Deputy Chairperson Anwar Abbas has condemned a statement by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD who said that being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) is kodrat (nature, natural destiny) so it cannot be prohibited.
Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – With registration for the 2024 presidential and vice presidential candidates opening soon, Prabowo Subianto, Anies Baswedan and Ganjar Pranowo, the only figures with a realistic chance of winning the highest office, remain in search of their running mates.
Jakarta – The public will have ample time between August and September to vet and challenge the eligibility of thousands of legislative candidates, who are currently undergoing administrative screening at the General Elections Commission (KPU).
Jakarta – The Indonesian government should support the national Press Council's efforts to protect university media outlets and mediate their disputes with school authorities, Human Rights Watch said today.
Nirmala Maulana Achmad, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud MD says that many civil society movements emerged during the era of reformasi – the political reform process that began in 1998 – but they were then used to get into circles of power.
Jayapura, Jubi – Unggul Sagena, the Head of the Internet Access Division at the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFENet), highlighted that activists and journalists in Papua remain susceptible to digital assaults. Unggul emphasized the need for an enhancement in the digital security capabilities of activists and journalists operating in Papua.
May 21, 2023
It is twenty-five years since mass "Reformasi" (reform) protests brought down the "New Order" Indonesian military dictatorship, marked by the resignation of General Suharto on May 21, 1998 after 33 years in power. The military had come to power through a historic massacre of the Indonesian Communist Party and the broader Indonesian left between 1965-1968.
Antara, Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo encourages increased cooperation between Indonesia and Iran in various sectors, including trade, health and green energy.
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia will chair the 37th Meeting of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) that will be held in Bali on May 22-26, 2023, Indonesian representative and chair of AICHR Yuyun Wahyuningrum noted in her written statement on Saturday.
Niall McCracken – One of Northern Ireland's fastest-growing migrant communities are casting their votes for elections thousands of miles away.
More than 2,000 people from East Timor who are living in Northern Ireland are registered to vote in their country's parliamentary elections on Sunday.
Dili, Timor Leste – Timor Leste holds parliamentary elections Sunday with independence hero Xanana Gusmao hoping to make a comeback as prime minister and end political deadlock in Asia's youngest country.
The polls are the fifth for the legislature since Timor Leste became independent from Indonesia in 2002 after 24 years of occupation.