Dewi Nurita, Riani Sanusi, Jakarta – The decision that was taken by President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, in appointing the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan to specifically handle the cooking oil fiasco garnered criticism from a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Deddy Yevri Sitorus.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
May 25, 2022
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Bukit Barisan Military Command (Kodam) 1 has detained five Army personnel after they were named as suspects in the case involving the illegal and fatal caging of people at the residence of the inactive regent of Langkat, North Sumatra.
A total of 10 Army personnel have been named suspects in the case.
UCA News reporter, Jakarta – Church activists in Indonesia are calling for a transparent investigation into a series of arson attacks targeting homes and other buildings in Papua province.
Palembang (Antara) – Former South Sumatra Governor Alex Noerdin was recommended a sentence of 20 years' imprisonment for corruption allegations during a hearing in the provincial capital Palembang on Wednesday, eight months after he was arrested by prosecutors.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo highlighted Indonesia's achievement in fighting forest fires in the 7th Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022 on Wednesday, May 25. He reported that the largest forest fires experienced by the archipelago occurred in 1997-1998 which scorched 10 million hectares of land.
Jakarta – Indonesia and Qatar have committed to strengthen the countries' economic ties, with the latter agreeing to invest more than US$500 million in Indonesia's "10 New Balis" tourism project.
Trade between Indonesia and Qatar has increased in the past few years to reach $687 million in 2020.
Susan Price – The United Nations International Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories runs from May 25-31.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Human rights group Setara Institute criticized the House of Representatives (DPR) for ratifying Revised Law No. 12 of 2011 concerning the drafting of laws and regulations (RUU PPP).
May 24, 2022
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Crisis Response Mechanism (CRM) staff Riska Carolina on Monday said she was startled by the statement from the coordinating minister of politics, law, and human rights Mahfud MD who said behaviors related to LGBT could be legally punished under the draft criminal code (RKUHP).
According to the UN there are 17 Non-Self-Governing Territories.
In the Pacific region there are 6. French Polynesia and New Caledonia/Kanaky. (France). American Samoa and Guam (US). Pitcairn (UK) and Tokelau (NZ).
Another territory which is not on the list of self governing terrorites but should be is West Papua.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's central bank announced on Tuesday more aggressive hikes in the reserve requirement ratio (RRR) for banks, expecting inflation to rise slightly above its target band this year, but kept interest rates unchanged at a record low.
Jakarta – Indonesia, the world's biggest palm oil exporter, will next month remove a subsidy on bulk cooking oil and replace it with a price cap on the raw materials sold to local refiners, a senior official said on Tuesday.
Tim Mann – On 23 May, Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia's new prime minister, after the Labor Party secured enough seats to form government and defeat the conservative Liberal-National Party coalition that has led the country for the past nine years.
Laili – The People Movement Alliance (ARB) held a protest action to commemorate May Day, National Education Day and 24 years since reformasi in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta on May 22.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Plaintiffs that consist of two retired Nuclear Energy Regulatory Agency (Bapeten) employees, Sudarta and Dedi Sunaryadi, along with one entrepreneur Achmad Nawawi, have filed a lawsuit against President Joko Widodo or Jokowi at the Supreme Court over Indonesia's national energy policy, specifically the Article 11 government regulation No. 79/2014.
Jakarta – This time will be a good opportunity for the nation to look back at what happened 25 years ago when the severe Asian financial crisis started to devastate Indonesia's economy and one year later in May 1998, it spelled the end of then-president Soeharto's 32-year rule.
Melanie Reid and Bonnie Sumne – Documents tabled in a New Zealand court case show how a Kiwi developer and a company which has cut down Papuan rainforest intend to make around $110 million from the timber to make floors and decks – in stark contrast to statements made in a recent Newsroom investigation.
Konradus Epa – Indonesia's national human rights watchdog has called on people in predominantly Catholic East Nusa Tenggara province not to be afraid to report abuses, including those by state forces, after opening a complaints center there.
Yanuar Fajari and Siwage Dharma Negara – While total investments into Indonesia have increased over the years, much of these were driven by a rapid increase in domestic direct investment while foreign direct investment remained relatively stagnant.
Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III member Arsul Sani from the Islamic based United Development Party (PPP) has confirmed that the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP) will not criminalise Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups.
Jamal A. Nashr, Jakarta – The Semarang City Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) on Tuesday announced that the coastal flooding that hit the region on Monday had affected 1,255 households.
The area was inundated under ocean water after the region's coastal embankment failed to withhold rushing seawater caused by high tides.
Windraty Ariane Siallagan, Jakarta – The government has ended the 2021 fiscal year on a high note with Rp 2.74 quadrillion (US$195.7 billion) in disbursements, or 99.7 percent of the budget, achieving a tax-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of 9.11 percent, compared to 8.33 percent in 2020.
Anita Permata D, Fadhli Ruhman, Jakarta – Data has shown that, on average, women are only attending school for eight years or more, meaning that a large percentage of women are only finishing primary education, an Indonesian minister said.
Katharina Reny Lestari – Ten Indonesian soldiers have been named as suspects in a human trafficking case in North Sumatra province.
Allegra Mendelson, Dili, East Timor – Jose Ramos-Horta, who came out of political retirement to run for president of Southeast Asia's youngest nation a second time, has a raft of challenges as he embarks on his first full week in office.
May 23, 2022
International Labour Day 2022 was commemorated by the Labour Party as a "May Day Fiesta" at the Bung Karno Sports Stadium (GBK) in Jakarta on May 14. An estimated 30-60 thousand workers attended the fiesta. Even if the lower estimate of 30,000 is used it shows an increase in mass mobilisations.
Adhyasta Dirgantara, Jakarta – Leaders of the 1945 Indonesian Christian Party (Parkindo 1945) visited the Justice and Human Rights Ministry (Kemenkumham) today to protest the change of their party's name into the Indonesian Student Party.
Parkindo 1945 believes that the status of the Indonesian Student Party is unclear.
Antara, Jakarta – Over a dozen of houses, and kiosks located in the Dogiyai Regency in Papua went ablaze after being intentionally burned by unknown people on Sunday evening, May 22. This has forced 100 women and children to take refuge at the region's military-police post.
Yanuar Nugroho – Although President Jokowi has officially announced the date of the next Indonesian presidential election, there are important strategic and personal considerations that could tempt him to seek to remain in power.
Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Humanitarian Coalition for Papua urges the government to involve actual, meaningful participation of indigenous Papuans regarding the amendment of Special Autonomy Law and the government's plan to establish three New Autonomous Region (DOB) Bills in Papua.
Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Parents should consider placing at least two words when giving names to their children to avoid administrative issues when they grow up, a Home Affairs Ministry official said on Monday.
Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – A recent survey conducted by Indonesian pollster Lembaga Survey Indonesia (LSI) found that 40 percent of its respondents were dissatisfied with the country's anti-corruption stance.
Jakarta – Indonesia allowed a resumption of palm oil exports from Monday after a three-week ban, but shipments were not expected to get underway until details emerge on new rules aimed at securing domestic supplies of the edible oil.
Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesia summoned Britain's ambassador on Monday (May 23) over an LGBT flag displayed at the British embassy, with Jakarta calling on foreign envoys to respect local sensitivities in a country where same-sex relationships remain taboo.
Chris Barrett, Singapore – New East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta wants Australia to back a major infrastructure drive in south-east Asia's newest nation, saying it's in the new government's strategic interest to retain a "pro-Australia, pro-Western values" near neighbour.
Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ministry of Health – citing a report from the Covid-19 task force – revealed that 44,099,737 people had received booster shots up until Sunday noon of May 22.
Indonesia summoned Britain's ambassador on Monday to explain the raising of an LGBT flag at its embassy and urged foreign missions to respect local "sensitivities" following a backlash among conservatives.
Indonesians may soon be a step closer to post-pandemic life, as the government says it plans to end a COVID-19 restrictions protocol the country has had to live with for over a year.
May 22, 2022
Jakarta – A rainbow flag was flown alongside the Union Jack at the British Embassy in Jakarta on May 17. A number of groups subsequently criticised the flying of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) flag.
Antara, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy said that corona virus disease (COVID-19) would be treated as an ordinary disease once the government change its status from pandemic to endemic disease.
May 21, 2022
Ryan Dagur – Timor-Leste's new president Jose Ramos-Horta has pledged to maintain democracy and peace in the Catholic-majority country stressing his commitment to defend all sections of society, including sexual minorities, regardless of ideology and religion.
Jakarta – Protesters from the Labour Movement with the People (Gebrak) brought a giant effigy of a rat wearing a tie along with a large book, flags, posters and a banner containing their demands on the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin to a rally in Central Jakarta today.
Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – While tens of millions of Indonesians jumped at the opportunity to visit their family homes for Idul Fitri earlier this month after a two-year hiatus, the younger generation is open to parting with the tradition for the holiday break.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Long lines of trucks trying to unload palm fruit formed outside Indonesian processing mills this week, illustrating the growing cost of a palm oil export ban by the world's biggest producer.
Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Supporters of Indonesian preacher Abdul Somad Batubara staged protests in Jakarta and Medan, North Sumatra, on Friday (May 20) against Singapore's recent move to deny him entry over his history of extremist teachings.
May 20, 2022
Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan respected figure, theologian and activist Benny Giay throws the question of why the Indonesian government has not wanted to engage in a dialogue with Papuans. Instead, the government always chooses a security approach by sending troops and police to the Land of Papua.
?Indonesia will reimpose a domestic sales requirement on palm oil, the government said on Friday, a day after the world's biggest producer of the key edible oil reversed a ban on its export.
LGBT+ rights have seemingly taken a hit lately in Indonesia amid an unsettling wave of homophobia triggered by a controversial podcast. Yet one diplomatic mission remains steadfast in reflecting its home nation's support for the marginalized community.
Jakarta – On Friday May 20 President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo invited political figures from Papua and West Papua provinces to an audience at the Bogor Presidential Palace in Bogor city, West Java.
During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues including the creation of new autonomous regions (DOB) in Papua.
George Heagney (Stuff) – A group of students from West Papua, the Melanesian Pacific region in Indonesia, are fearful about their futures in New Zealand after their scholarships were cut off.