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January 29, 2024

Jakarta Post - January 29, 2024

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – Indonesia's largest Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama's (NU) neutrality pledge for the upcoming presidential election has come under scrutiny following reports of its leadership mobilizing support for candidate pair Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka.

Jakarta Post Editorial - January 29, 2024

Jakarta – In just two weeks, voters will head to the polls for one of the world's largest single-day elections. However, many people are still uninformed about how the legislative race fits into the grander scheme of things.

Human Rights Monitor - January 29, 2024

Human rights observers have expressed concerns regarding a series of armed clashes in Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency, from 19 to 24 January 2024, which resulted in two Papuan men killed and one Papuan woman injured by joint security forces.

Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2024

Ashlynn Hannah, Jakarta – Indonesian companies are lagging behind their counterparts in Asia Pacific on generative artificial intelligence adoption, according to the PwC's 27th Annual Global CEO Survey.

Around 53 percent of CEOs in Indonesia report generative AI has not yet been implemented in their companies, compared with 41 percent in the Asia Pacific region.

Tempo - January 29, 2024

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – North Maluku's Halmahera Study Forum of Foshal, The Indonesian Forum for Environment, Trend Asia, and the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation revealed a plethora of problems found in the nickel downstream agenda. The Jokowi-initiated program in North Maluku, for example, led to a massive deforestation issue.

Reuters - January 29, 2024

Sydney – Australia said it will spend $23 million to support policing in East Timor, boosting disaster response and technology capabilities in the small Southeast Asian neighbor that recently upgraded ties with China.

Minister for International Development and the Pacific Pat Conroy arrived in East Timor on Monday and met with Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao.

Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2024

Fito Akhmad Erlangga, Magelang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo shared a meal with his potential successor, Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, at a restaurant in Magelang on Monday.

Jakarta Post - January 29, 2024

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – Indonesia's nickel miners are bracing for a price slump in 2024, as the global glut is expected to continue growing while demand growth has declined.

A slew of announcements by companies worldwide about cutting production and closing mines has yet to prop up the metal's prices, and analysts do not expect the reduced supply to lift them soon.

Tempo - January 29, 2024

Aisyah Amira Wakang, Jakarta – Former investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Yudi Purnomo Harahap expressed his concern about the decline in the National Integrity Index in 2023. "This decline is certainly worrying," he told Tempo on Sunday, January 28.

Jakarta Post - January 29, 2024

Jakarta – Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan has lamented the fact that North Maluku, one of the country's richest provinces, still lives in poverty and faces teacher shortages and poor school infrastructure.

Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2024

Fito Akhmad Erlangga, Magelang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, accompanied by Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, officially inaugurated the main building of the Military Academy (Akmil) in Magelang, Central Java, on Monday.

Jakarta Post - January 29, 2024

Ruth Dea Juwita, Jakarta – GoTo CEO Patrick Walujo has dismissed allegations that the government's recent curbing of TikTok's operations in Indonesia was a collusive act intended to compel the Chinese short-video platform to strike a deal with the Indonesian tech giant's e-commerce arm, Tokopedia.

Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2024

Jakarta – Thousands of lawyers from the Indonesian Advocate Alliance recently declared their support for the presidential candidate pairing of Prabowo Subianto and Gibran Rakabuming Raka in the 2024 election.

Tempo - January 29, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency or BMKG Balikpapan detected 77 hotspots across East Kalimantan.

Tabloid Jubi - January 29, 2024

Jayapura, Jubi – Frits Ramandey, the Head of the Papua Office of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM Papua), emphasized that mining activities in the Wabu Block in Intan Jaya should obtain permission from the indigenous landowners.

Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has set a goal of attracting a minimum of 1,000 individual investors through the introduction of the 'golden visa' program, granting an extended stay permit in the country.

Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2024

Agnes Valentina Christa, Jakarta – The General Election Commission (KPU) called for increased participation from young voters in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections scheduled for this year.

Jakarta Post - January 29, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo claims he is within his legal rights in taking sides and taking part in campaigns in the coming general election, literally thumbing his nose at a petition calling for his impeachment because of his constant interventions in the race.

Jakarta Globe - January 29, 2024

Surya Lesmana, Semarang – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said Sunday his chance to win the February 14 election has improved significantly since he appointed Gibran Rakabuming Raka as his running mate.

During a campaign rally in Semarang, Prabowo pointed to many polls suggesting that he now even has a chance to secure an outright win in the three-person race.

Tempo - January 29, 2024

Michelle Gabriela Momole, Jakarta – Economist Thomas Trikasih Lembong, popularly known as Tom Lembong, highlighted the second-term curse of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's administration in a podcast with Novel Baswedan, a former investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), released on Sunday, January 28.

CNN Indonesia - January 29, 2024

Magelang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has responded to a statement by presidential candidate number 2, Prabowo Subianto, who referred to the Onward Indonesia Coalition (KIM) of political parties backing his presidential bid as "Team Jokowi".

January 28, 2024

The Conversation - January 28, 2024

Jati Savitri Sekargati – As Indonesia's general election draws closer, the spread of hate speech targeting political figures is expected to intensify, similar to what happened in the 2019 election.

Tempo - January 28, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian Minister of Communications and Informatics Budi Arie Setiadi stated that Indonesia and Timor Leste agreed to advance the communications and informatics sectors of both countries.

Tempo - January 28, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The National Food Agency (Bapanas) has expressed readiness to work with the Indonesian Ombudsman on public service governance to ensure the availability and stable pricing of staple foods.

Tempo - January 28, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Ministry urged Israel to comply with the International Court of Justice's (ICJ's) ruling to prevent genocide acts against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip that led to at least 26,000 being killed.

Agence France-Presse - January 28, 2024

Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia's election lineup next month will be dominated by men, but a number of women are trying to break into a political scene long overshadowed by patriarchal elites.

Jakarta Globe - January 28, 2024

Panji Satrio, Jakarta – An election official in the town of Padang Sidempuan, North Sumatra, has been arrested for allegedly attempting to extort money from a legislative candidate, according to the police statement on Sunday.

Straits Times - January 28, 2024

Linda Yulisman, Subang, West Java – From as early as 6am on Jan 27, supporters of presidential frontrunner Prabowo Subianto started pouring into a park in Subang regency, West Java province.

Thousands of excited people, pumped up by the loud, booming music, cheered and chanted Mr Prabowo's name as he stepped out of a white Toyota Alphard at 9.20am (10.20am Singapore time).

Jakarta Post Editorial - January 28, 2024

Jakarta – It's never a good sign when one of the most respected ministers in the cabinet, who many considered as the steady hand that guided the Indonesian economy through some of the most turbulent times in the country's history, is rumored to be planning her exit.

Jakarta Globe - January 28, 2024

Yusitnus Paat, Chandra Adi Nurwidya, Yogyakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held a closed-door meeting with Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwowo X at the Yogyakarta Palace on Sunday with a royal staff member urging the media to refrain from speculating on their discussions.

Tempo - January 28, 2024

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The West Papua Liberation Army of the Free Papua Movement (TPNPB-OPM) stated it received an official report from TPNPB troops of VIII Intan Jaya Defense Regional Command, Papua, saying that Commander Undius Kogeya claimed TPNPB troops of Intan Jaya VIII Defense Regional Command attacked the Indonesian military (TNI) and police posts in Titigi.

January 27, 2024

Global Voices - January 27, 2024

Mong Palatino – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has been accused of being partial to certain candidates despite his earlier pledge to remain neutral in the presidential and general elections scheduled for February 14.

Straits Times - January 27, 2024

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – Indonesia President Joko Widodo has clarified comments that he made about his right under the law to campaign for election candidates, following criticism from netizens and representatives of presidential candidates that he is trying to cling on to power.

Kompas.com - January 27, 2024

Jessi Carina, Jakarta – Presidential candidate number 2 Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto greeted a number 98 activists who have joined him in the Prabowo-Gibran National Campaign Team (TKN) at an Indonesian Youth Vote for Prabowo-Gibran event at the Jakarta Convention Centre (JCC) in Senayan, Jakarta, on Saturday January 27.

Tempo - January 27, 2024

Jakarta – Social assistance is prone to being manipulated for electoral interests. Misusing social assistance is political corruption.

Tempo - January 27, 2024

Irsyan Hasyim (Contributor), Jakarta – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) denied the Ministry of Agriculture's claim that the food estate project in Central Kalimantan, nicknamed Bumi Tambun Bungai, was successful.

January 26, 2024

Jakarta Globe - January 26, 2024

Surya Lesmana, Bogor – Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao expressed gratitude to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for the strong support extended by Indonesia towards Timor Leste's bid to join ASEAN, during his first-ever visit to the Bogor Palace on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - January 26, 2024

Ichsan Ali, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo calls for his statement, asserting his right to support candidates and engage in campaign activities, not to be turned into a controversy.

Jokowi said that the statement arose when a journalist asked him about the involvement of ministers in the campaign.

Jakarta Globe - January 26, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo thanked Timor Leste's Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao on Friday after the close neighbor trusted Indonesia's state enterprises to partake in its infrastructure projects.

Jakarta Globe - January 26, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry's Directorate General of State Assets (DJKN) has introduced new rules allowing foreign nationals (WNAs) to take part in government auctions, even if they don't have a Taxpayer Identification Number (NPWP).

Suara Papua - January 26, 2024

Jayapura – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) has explicitly stated that it rejects the agenda of the Indonesian rulers in the territory of West Papua. Specifically the festival of democracy, namely the legislative and presidential elections, which will be held next month on February 14.

Jakarta Post - January 26, 2024

Jakarta – The debate among the three vice presidential candidates on Sunday revealed little in terms of policy but shed much light on their characters, particularly that of Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the running mate of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

Jakarta Globe - January 26, 2024

Theressia Silalahi, Jakarta – Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the running mate for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, promised the traditional leaders in Papua that future development would be more inclusive and not centered around Java.

Tempo - January 26, 2024

Yohanes Joharso Maharsoyo, Jakarta – Vice presidential candidate number three Mahfud Md responded to the issue of political dynasty. According to him, political dynasty exists all over the world. This becomes a problem if a political dynasty is used to manipulate the law for the involved party's own interest.

Jakarta Globe - January 26, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said Friday that Indonesia would not let Israeli ships dock in its ports in a move to show solidarity for Palestine.

Tabloid Jubi - January 26, 2024

Jayapura, Jubi – Jhon Magal, the Director of the Indigenous People's Institution of the Amungme Tribe (LEMASA), has requested President Joko Widodo to conduct a reevaluation of the second Environmental Impact Assessment (AMDAL) concerning underground mining and tailings of PT Freeport Indonesia.

Straits Times - January 26, 2024

Jakarta – Some Indonesians are concerned that the energy transition will affect their livelihoods, particularly those who rely on the fossil fuel sector.

Tempo - January 26, 2024

Anwar Siswadi, Bandung – The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) confirmed that it cooperates with non-banking institutions, including online loan platforms, as an option for payment methods of the single tuition fee (UKT). The campus' spokesperson Naomi Haswanto claimed that other state and private universities are also adopting the same policy.

Jakarta Globe - January 26, 2024

Agnes Valentina Christa, Jakarta – In the pursuit of achieving Golden Indonesia 2045, experts emphasize the critical role of stunting prevention in children. Renowned nutritionist Juwalita Surapsari highlights the importance of ensuring a minimum daily milk consumption of 500 milliliters, serving as a vital source of iron for children.

Hindustan Times - January 26, 2024

Ananya Raj Kakoti and Gunwant Singh – As Indonesia approaches the upcoming elections, a critical decision hangs in the balance as the nation seeks a successor to the highly popular President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.