Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – The results of a Kompas Research & Development (Litbang Kompas) survey between July 27 and August 7 show that there are 10 political parties whose electability is below 4 percent.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
August 24, 2023
Fitria Chusna Farisa, Jakarta – The endorsement or support of a presidential candidate by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo will of course influence voters' political preferences. The head of state's endorsement however is not that significant.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The government Wednesday claimed that China's economic slowdown would not affect its investments in Indonesia amidst Beijing's plans to work on some major projects over the coming years.
Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The head of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (Gapki) Eddy Martono responded to requests from environmental activists to disclose their right to cultivate (HGU) to the public.
He said that all companies registered to Gapki have already reported their permit documents, including HGU, to the Agriculture Permit Information System (Siperibun).
Advist Khoirunikmah, Jakarta – Head of Jakarta Environmental Department Asep Kuswanto revealed the plan formulated by the BMKG and BRIN to install generators at the top of several buildings in Jakarta. The government plans to spray water from the top of buildings as part of the effort to reduce air pollution in Jakarta.
Yohana Belinda, Jakarta – Malaysia is viewing Indonesia's Nusantara Capital City (IKN) project as a potential export market for its green electricity as it sets its sights on becoming ASEAN's renewable energy hub.
Divya Karyza, Jakarta – Newly built captive power plants fueled with coal may be a stumbling block for Indonesia's effort to cap power sector carbon emissions and get international financial support for its energy transition.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – South Korean investors prefer to wait for the outcome of the upcoming 2024 elections before investing in Indonesia's new capital project Nusantara, according to its business lobby group.
Investor Daily, Jakarta – State-owned toll operator Jasa Marga revealed on Thursday that its net profit surged by 56 percent to Rp 1.1 trillion ($72 million) in the first half of the year, compared to the Rp 734 billion achieved in the corresponding period of the previous year.
Yerica Lai, Jakarta – Presumptive presidential nominee and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has regained a small lead over his rival Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto in public opinion polls that simulate a three-way contest, but the two figures remained locked in a tight race.
Antara, Jakarta – The Environmental and Forestry Ministry is halting the operation of four companies indicated as the cause of air pollution in Greater Jakarta.
The ministry Director of Law Enforcement, Rasio Ridho Sani said that the ministry is focusing on surveilling activities that have the potential of PM2.5 pollution.
Ricky Juliansyah, Jakarta – University of Indonesia or UI's Student Executive Body (BEM UI) decided to schedule a political debate involving Anies Baswedan, Ganjar Pranowo, and Prabowo Subianto on September 14, 2023.
Jakarta – There is a new scramble for Africa, and Indonesia wants in the race. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo embarked earlier this week on a tour of four-country tour of the continent, visiting Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique before arriving in South Africa to attend the BRICS Summit.
Amy Heppy, Jakarta – Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs said that there are currently 3.3 million Indonesians in extreme poverty.
"Around 3.3 million across Indonesia," said the Deputy of Social Welfare Improvement of the ministry Nunung Nuryartono during a media briefing in the ministry office on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.
Jakarta – Indonesia has signed a deal to buy 24 transport helicopters from US weapons maker Lockheed Martin to strengthen its military air fleet, the Defence Ministry said on Wednesday.
The purchase comes after the Defence Ministry and US planemaker Boeing signed an agreement on the sale of 24 F-15EX fighter jets on Monday.
M. Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – A consumer Muhamad Adinurkiat reported the owner of Nabidz Wine, identified as BY, to the police under the Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE Law), Consumer Protection, and Halal Product Assurance.
August 23, 2023
Antara, Jakarta – Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian has issued a circular calling for Jakarta's governor, along with mayors and regents in the Greater Jakarta area, to adopt a partial work-from-home policy as a measure to combat air pollution in the capital city.
Yogi Eka Sahputra, Batam, Indonesia – Indonesian authorities have called on their counterparts in neighboring Singapore to crack down the illegal lobster larvae trade, given that the city-state is a key hub for the regional trade of the crustaceans.
Antara, Jakarta – The Fatwa Commission of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has emphasized that Nabidz wine is haram (forbidden) for Muslims because laboratory tests have found a high alcohol content in the product.
Nabidz wine is made from fermented grape juice and was recently marketed as "halal wine." Halal means permissible in Arabic.
Jakarta – The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway (HSR) is not the type of project that deserves a subsidy regardless of the government's concern that it may be difficult to attract enough ridership to keep the business alive and sustainable.
Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – The government has submitted a revision to the Capital City Law to the House of Representatives, in which it proposes preventing the next president from ditching the project.
The construction of a new capital city, which would span nearly 260,000 hectares within the jungles of East Kalimantan is President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's flagship project.
Fana Suparman, Jakarta – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo continues to hold a lead over his closest potential rivals for the 2024 presidential election. Despite the narrow margin, recent survey results suggest that his support base has steadily expanded over the past two years.
Jakarta – Two of the world's few tropical glaciers in Indonesia are melting, their ice under threat to vanish by 2026 or sooner, as an El Nino weather pattern lengthens the dry season in the southeast Asian nation, its geophysics agency said on Wednesday.
Jakarta – Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chair Megawati Soekarnoputri has shrugged off suggestions that the party's leadership is panicking over President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's increasingly close alignment with Gerindra Party presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.
Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – Jakarta streets remain congested even though the work-from-home (WFH) policy for the city's civil servants (ASN) has been in effect since August 21, 2023. Jakarta Acting Governor Heru Budi Hartono said the provincial government could not be blamed for the heavy traffic.
Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – Indonesia has expressed interest in joining the BRICS group of major emerging economies, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, a move experts believe could have benefits, but repercussions too.
August 22, 2023
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said Tuesday that Indonesia would need hundreds of billions of American dollars over the next decade to build green buildings to drastically slash carbon emissions that the construction sector emits.
Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – The government of Indonesia has stopped the special funding for Covid-19 patients in accordance with Health Minister Regulation No. 23 of 2023 on Covid-19 management guidelines in the endemic era.
Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – The Health Ministry plans to form an independent body authorized to investigate claims of medical malpractice in an effort to better protect health professionals from criminalization.
Jakarta – Thousands of public employees in Jakarta, or half of its civil servants, were told to work from home starting Monday in a two-month trial aimed at improving the city's air quality, a government notice said.
Manggi Habir, Siwage Dharma Negara – President Joko Widodo doubtless hopes to leave behind a legacy that will remind Indonesians of his grand plans for a developed, vibrant, and economically mature country. His latest – and last – budget shows what a tall order that will be.
Antara, Jakarta – The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) is currently preparing a strategy for the development of nuclear power plants in Indonesia.
"One that can also provide a very stable supply of electricity, which can then have a fairly long life, is nuclear energy," Deputy for Development Policy at BRIN,l Mego Pinandito said on Monday, August 21, 2023.
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia and six other ASEAN country members signed an MoU on transnational crime in the 17th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime in Labuan Bajo, NTT, on Tuesday, August 22, 2023.
Jayapura, Jubi – An attack resulting in the tragic death of a Marine soldier occurred in Kampung Baru, Dekai District, Yahukimo Regency, Mountainous Papua Province on Monday, August 21, 2023. The attack, allegedly done by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), targeted the Border Security Task Force Post of Yon 7 Marines.
Aditya Hadi, Jarkarta – Employers are urging the government to refrain from mandating a work from home (WFH) policy to curb pollution in the Greater Jakarta area.
Businesses saw the proposed policy as unsustainable and warned that it might do more harm than good, citing the risks of slower economic growth and lower productivity.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia is forecast to see a robust economic growth of above 5 percent this year thanks to domestic consumption and investment, according to the country's central bank.
Abdul Muslim, Jakarta – Indonesia, while offering some of the lowest rates for 1 gigabyte of mobile data in Southeast Asia, grapples with relatively sluggish internet speeds compared to its regional peers.
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The Indonesian Employers' Association (Apindo) chairperson Shinta Kamdani responded to the demand for a 15 percent increase in the minimum wage voiced by the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) and the Labor Party. She stressed that business owners would follow government regulations.
Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – SOEs Minister Erick Thohir revealed his plans to reduce national logistic costs, including merging several national airlines.
Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – Represented by Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan, the Indonesian government has signed four mutual recognition agreements (MRAs) to harmonize ASEAN member countries' standards and practices in food safety, building and construction materials, as well as the manufacture of medicinal products.
Sentani, Jubi – Yulius Kekri, the chief of Muaif Village, has made a formal request to the local Education Office to suspend the salaries of nine teachers with civil servant status who are employed at Muaif State Elementary School in Demta District, Jayapura Regency. These teachers have not fulfilled their responsibilities, prompting the request from the village chief.
Syakirun Niam, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) researcher Kurnia Ramadhana is asking ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairperson Megawati Sukarnoputri to pressure the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to immediately arrest fugitive politician Harun Masiku.
Riri Rahayu, Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Communication and Informatics Minister Budie Arie Setiadi commented on the government's plan to censor the contents of over-the-top (OTT) platforms, for example, such as Netflix, Disney+, Hulu etc.
Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Communication and Informatics Minister Budi Arie Setiadi is planning to implement sanctions on agencies that experience a data breach. According to Budi, the ministry will fine agencies that have their data breached.
Jayapura, Jubi – Greenpeace Indonesia calls on the Papua Provincial Government to make a commitment to a low-carbon development strategy in Papua. The organization emphasizes that the government's dedication is pivotal to ensure the sustainability and preservation of Papua's natural forests.
Jakarta – The Defence Ministry and US planemaker Boeing have signed an agreement on the sale of 24 F-15EX fighter jets to help modernise Indonesia's ageing fleet, the ministry and the company said.
Ilham Oktafian, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have arrested 10 suspects and seized dozens of guns along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition during recent raids targeting an arms trade syndicate.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – A million-dollar bribery case in Indonesia's Riau province, the country's palm oil heartland, has prompted calls for a wider investigation into corruption between business players and the local officials tasked with policing their operations.
Jakarta – Starting in February of next year, the provincial government of Bali will implement a $10 charge for foreign tourists. This step is taken to generate funds aimed at "safeguarding cultural heritage and natural treasures" on the picturesque island.
August 21, 2023
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration will impose remote working for city employees and learning for students ahead of the Asean Summit in September, a move aimed to curb the severe air pollution that has been choking the city in recent months.