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October 25, 2022

Reuters - October 25, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesian authorities detained on Tuesday a woman carrying a gun outside the presidential palace in Jakarta, though the country's leader was not there at the time and there were no injuries, officials said.

The incident had happened at about 7 a.m. local time (0000 GMT), said a presidential official, Ali Mochtar Ngabalin.

Radio New Zealand - October 25, 2022

Indonesian police have arrested Buchtar Tabuni, one of West Papua's most important liberation leaders, and other United Liberation Movement for West Papua ministers, the movement reports.

The Movement's leader Benny Wenda said Indonesia is again suppressing freedom of expression and assembly in West Papua, in an attempt to crush the spirit and commitment to the struggle.

Jakarta Globe - October 25, 2022

Beritasatu, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara – At least 14 people were killed after fire broke out and burned a ferry in the Timor Sea, East Nusa Tenggara, officials said on Tuesday.

During the Monday's incident, the Cantika Express ferry was sailing from the provincial capital Kupang to Alor Island carrying more than 250 passengers and crew members.

Sydney Morning Herald - October 25, 2022

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – Police officers and football and security officials have been taken into custody in Indonesia on charges of negligence as the death toll from one of the world's worst sporting disasters rose to 135.

Jakarta Globe - October 25, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police ruled out terror allegations after a woman was arrested for pointing a gun at a security officer guarding the State Palace or the office of President Joko Widodo in Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning.

The woman has been identified as Siti Erlina, 24, a housewife living in Koja, North Jakarta.

International Federation of Journalists Statement - October 25, 2022

Two journalists have been summoned by the National Police of Timor-Leste (PNTL) after publishing two articles on a minister's request to dismiss Gastao Pereira, the Director of Internal Intelligence at the National Intelligence Service (NIS).

Tempo - October 25, 2022

Maria Fransisca Lahur, Jakarta – The Food and Drugs Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has cracked down on the circulation of syrup medicines that is concluded to be the cause behind the acute kidney injury cases that had killed over 133 to date.

Tabloid Jubi - October 25, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – One of the eight activists who raised the Morning Star flag at Cenderawasih Sport Center on December 1, 2021, Zode Hilapok, died after being treated at the Yowari Regional General Hospital, Jayapura Regency, on Saturday morning, October 22, 2022.

Tabloid Jubi - October 25, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The spokesperson for the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Ones Suhuniap, questioned why the police searched the house of KNPB activist Stevanus Itlay in Sentani, the capital of Jayapura Regency, on Sunday, October 23, 2022. Suhuniap considered the police's reason for searching Steven Itlay's house for a stolen motorcycle to be far-fetched.

Straits Times - October 25, 2022

Luke Pachymuthu, Singapore – Indonesia will continue supplying natural gas to Singapore from South Sumatra when an existing sales agreement expires in 2023, the country's energy minister told The Straits Times on Tuesday.

October 24, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 24, 2022

Jakarta – Despite the warming political tensions on both the elite and grassroots levels following the declaration of former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan as presidential candidate of the NasDem Party, the move is worthy of an acknowledgment as the fruit of political reforms more than 20 years ago.

Tempo - October 24, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – The NasDem Party reportedly would create a coalition with the Democrat Party and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). Deputy chair of the NasDem Party, Ahmad Ali, stated that the three agreed to endorse Anies Baswedan in the 2024 general elections.

Tempo - October 24, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Senior economist from the University of Indonesia (UI) Faisal Basri on Thursday gave his response to Tempo on the government's incentives offered to investors of the New Capital City of Nusantara.

Jakarta Post - October 24, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Political parties have been racing to announce who they will be backing in the 2024 presidential election. Most recently, the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) declared its support for Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo in the election, saying he is the most suitable to carry on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's legacy.

Tabloid Jubi - October 24, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – General Manager of Papua and West Papua Unit of State-owned electricity company PLN Budiono revealed there were still at least 199 villages in Papua and West Papua untouched by electricity to date. These villages are to be directed to use new and renewable energy utilizing rivers and solar power.

Jakarta Globe - October 24, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Poland is setting its sights on Indonesia's railway sector, according to its diplomat and business representatives.

"Currently, Polish railway companies are looking at Indonesia's ambitious railway development strategy," Polish Ambassador to Indonesia Beata Stoczynska recently said at the 2022 Railwaytech Indonesia exhibition in Jakarta.

Jakarta Post - October 24, 2022

Jakarta – The Health Ministry called members of the public to immediately take the booster shot following the discovery of the new XBB strain of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in the country.

Tempo - October 24, 2022

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – The Institute for the Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) executive director Tauhid Ahmad asserted that various incentives offered by the government are not enough to attract companies to invest in the new capital city project of IKN Nusantara, especially foreign companies.

Reuters - October 24, 2022

Karanggeneng, Indonesia – Susanto looked at his catch after four hours of fishing – only four mullet – and shook his head in dismay.

Usually on an August afternoon he would be on a fishing boat off the Indonesian coast, catching mullet, skipjack tuna and other fish to support his family.

Jakarta Globe - October 24, 2022

Stevani Wijaya, Jakarta – National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo on Monday ordered high-ranking police officers to cease the practice of a subordinate giving bribes to superiors for any reason, in his continued move to eradicate rampant corruption inside the law enforcement agency.

Tabloid Jubi - October 24, 2022

Sentani, Jubi – Chairman of the sixth Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago Congress (KMAN VI) Estobio Rero Renggi said the congress' opening ceremony to be held in Tanah Tabi, Jayapura Regency on Monday, October 24, 2022, would be attended by 2,500 indigenous peoples from across the archipelago.

Jakarta Post - October 24, 2022

Bogor – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held a bilateral meeting with visiting Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh at the Bogor presidential palace on Monday.

Tempo - October 24, 2022

Sunudyantoro, Jakarta – A number of residents of Trenggalek in East Java, have traveled to Jakarta to protest against the mining permit issued for gold mining firm PT Sumber Mineral Nusantara (SMN) – whose majority shares are owned by Australian firm Far East Gold (FEG) – and voiced against the mining permit that directly affects 12,833.57 hectares or nearly 10 percent of the East J

The Conversation - October 24, 2022

Haryanto and Rizkika Lhena Darwin – In recent years, voters in the world's third-largest democracy, Indonesia, have preferred to support candidates with solid religious personas and a lifestyle and appearances adhering to Islamic values. This preference is in line with the increasing trend towards Islamic piety in the Muslim majority country.

Bloomberg News - October 24, 2022

Jakarta – Public trust in Indonesia's government fell to the lowest level since 2019, in part due to growing anger over rising living costs and several instances of blunders by the police, including their role in a deadly stampede at a football stadium.

October 23, 2022

Reuters - October 23, 2022

Mumbai, India – Palm oil prices are likely to strengthen further as excessive rain in key producing countries curbs output, while demand increases for its use in food and biofuels, industry officials said.

Jakarta Globe - October 23, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Poland is seeking to further promote its fast-moving consumer goods, starting from fruit juice, buckwheat cakes, and hummus to personal care, to the Indonesian market, in a bid to improve bilateral trade.

Jakarta Globe - October 23, 2022

Carlos Paath, Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo enjoys a strong polling lead against his main potential rivals for the 2024 presidential election despite the uncertainty that he will be nominated by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), according to a survey released on Sunday.

October 22, 2022

Straits Times - October 22, 2022

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesia will buy more antidotes from Singapore and Australia to help reduce child deaths from acute kidney injury linked to medicinal syrups, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Friday.

Jakarta Post - October 22, 2022

Ayesha Nadya Muna, Jakarta – Biotechnology is looking to surpass the shares of chemically derived drugs and dominate the global pharmaceutical industry by 52 percent in 2027, according to data from the International Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group (IPMG). This means that advancing biotechnology is a necessity. However, for Indonesia's biotechnology sector, challenges persist.

Tabloid Jubi - October 22, 2022

Makassar, Jubi – The continued trial of the Bloody Paniai human rights violation in Makassar, presented three expert witnesses on Monday, October 17, 2022.

Bernama - October 22, 2022

Mohd Iswandi, Kasan Anuar, Jakarta – A British registered charity, Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), has placed Indonesia in top position as the most generous country for the fifth year in a row.

Kenya is ranked second globally in the recently launched World Giving Index 2022 annual report, followed by the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

Jakarta Globe - October 22, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo has issued a landmark ruling that bans officers from issuing tickets for traffic offenders immediately at the scene.

The new ruling is meant to prevent traffic policemen from taking bribes, for which the police have gained notoriety for so long.

Kompas.com - October 22, 2022

Irfan Kamil, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) says that the statement by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs (Menkopolhukam) Mahfud MD on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's desire to issue a Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) in 2019 to annul revisions to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law are just to garner public sympathy.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 22, 2022

Editorial board, Jakarta – The ongoing saga of domestic violence involving a couple of celebrities has inevitably drawn huge public attention, but it is appalling to find comments on social media by people who should know better than condoning the act to the point of normalizing abuses in a marriage.

October 21, 2022

Phnom Penh Post - October 21, 2022

Ry Sochan – Prime Minister Hun Sen encouraged the competent authorities of both Cambodia and East Timor to continue to effectively implement the three documents that both countries had signed in order to boost economic cooperation, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Jakarta Globe - October 21, 2022

Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – The actual number of young children dying from atypical acute kidney injury (AKI) can be five times higher than the official government data as health authorities are investigating the cause of a sudden surge in kidney injury cases, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - October 21, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo advised the Golkar Party on Friday to employ caution in selecting their candidate for the 2024 presidential election as he delivered the opening speech at an event to celebrate the party's 58th anniversary.

Tempo - October 21, 2022

Tempo, Jakarta – A new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) stated that unlocking Indonesia's untapped renewable energy potential to meet the rising demand is more cost-effective than continuing heavy reliance on domestic and imported fossil fuels, as mentioned in a press release received by Tempo on Friday, October 21.

Coconuts Jakarta - October 21, 2022

The Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) says unmarried couples getting jailed for checking in to a hotel room simply does not check out, as such a morality-based law would bring negative consequences to the tourism industry.

Straits Times - October 21, 2022

Jakarta – The large dome of a grand mosque in Indonesia's capital Jakarta has collapsed after a major fire, without causing any casualties.

Dramatic footage obtained by AFP showed a thick column of grey smoke engulfing the dome while the flames destroyed the lower parts of the Jakarta Islamic Centre Grand Mosque on Wednesday.

The Telegraph - October 21, 2022

Nicola Smith – Indonesian women are fighting for the rights of Iranians to ditch their mandatory hijabs, amid fears that their own freedom to choose whether to wear a headscarf is under threat.

TAPOL Press Release - October 21, 2022

London – "Reports of intensified violence... (have) result(ed) in unknown numbers of civilian casualties and fatalities and internal displacement" and shock at "reports of the dismembered bodies of four indigenous Papuan civilians found outside Timika in West Papua Province (sic) on 22 August".

Asia Pacific Report - October 21, 2022

Indonesian police have arrested Buchtar Tabuni, one of West Papua's most important liberation leaders, along with three other United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) ministers, reports the movement in a statement.

Tempo - October 21, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Jakarta High Court upheld the Central Jakarta District Court's ruling which stated that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the Environment Minister, the Home Affairs Minister, and the Health Minister had committed unlawful acts in dealing with air pollution.

Jakarta Globe - October 21, 2022

Investor Daily, Jakarta – The national economy is projected to grow by more than 5.5 percent in the third quarter of 2022 compared to the same period of last year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Friday.

The expected figure will be the highest quarterly growth of the year, from 5.01 percent in the first quarter and 5.44 percent in the second.

Jakarta Post - October 21, 2022

Malang – A football fan who suffered from injury resulting from a crush at the Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, East Java, died on Thursday after receiving treatment for more than two weeks in a local hospital, a local media outlet reported on Friday.

The death of 17-year-old Reyvano Dwi Afiansyah brought the total number of deaths from the Kanjuruhan stampede to 134.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 21, 2022

Jakarta – Supreme Court Chief Justice Muhammad Syarifuddin, Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) and the Press Council should revisit the long-standing practice of live TV broadcasting of court hearings, especially if they involve a murder case as in the killing of Brig. Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat.

Jakarta Post - October 21, 2022

News Desk, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) plans to deploy a massive security operation in Bali next month involving more than 18,000 personnel, 12 warships and four military jets, to secure the Group of Twenty (G20) leaders' summit.

Coconuts Bali - October 21, 2022

Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati says he is going along with the suggestion that vast land development on the island has worsened flash floods, which have claimed seven lives over the past week.