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April 14, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
Antara News - April 14, 2019

Manokwari, W Papua – Foreign journalists and monitoring institutions can monitor general elections in Indonesia, particularly Manokwari, West Papua province, if they secure permits and immigration documents.

The permits can be obtained from the Foreign Ministry, Chief of the Manokwari Immigration Office Bugie Kurniawan said in a press briefing here on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Reuters - April 14, 2019

Ed Davies, Jakarta – When Indonesian President Joko Widodo was elected five years ago, the former furniture salesman seemed to offer a clean break from the military and political elite that had clung to power since the fall of strongman ruler Suharto in 1998.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 14, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The fifth and last presidential debate on Saturday touched on the issue of nationalism in the economy as well as inequality, but all it showed was a difference of opinion on how to reach them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 14, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – While the presidential candidates made the final pitches in their political campaigns, activists from various backgrounds gathered at the offices of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, or YLBHI, in Jakarta on Saturday to declare their resolution to abstain from voting in this year's election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
The Star - April 14, 2019

Muhammad Asad – Of late, we've seen many incidents of intolerance throughout Indonesia, especially hatred on social media over religion.

The case of the Saracen syndicate being paid for hateful online content a few years ago is one piece of evidence. Even though some of its members were arrested, expressions of hostility over religious identity continue.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 14, 2019

Christian Lee, Jakarta – Starting from today, Indonesian voters will go through masa tenang, a mandatory three-day "quiet period" before heading to the polling booths on Wednesday (17/04).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 14, 2019

Jakarta – In a rare departure from his xenophobic rhetoric, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto praised China for its drastic reduction of poverty over the past 40 years, a feat he believes Indonesia should have emulated if previous presidents stayed true to the country's economic plan.

News ›› West Papua ›› People & Places
Jakarta Post - April 14, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Papua Peace Network (JDP) coordinator and Catholic priest Neles Tebay died at the age of 55 on Sunday, having been in intensive care for the last few weeks for bone cancer at Saint Carolus Hospital in Central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - April 14, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – Joko Widodo is running late. The clock is slowly ticking towards 8.30pm and the Indonesian president, who on April 17 will ask 192 million voters to give him a second term, was due on stage at this East Jakarta sports and recreation hall a couple of hours ago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 14, 2019

Nur Yasmin Jakarta – BTP, the acronym for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the ex-Jakarta governor formerly known as Ahok, uploaded another vlog on YouTube on Saturday (13/04) to explain why he decided to rejoin the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) straight after his release from the Mako Brimob prison, where he spent two years on blasphemy charges.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Reuters - April 14, 2019

Gayatri Suroyo, Maikel Jefriando, Grinting – In several ways, Tama had President Joko Widodo to thank for his crop.

The Village Fund program, launched by Widodo, paid to turn a dirt track between his house and the farm into a paved road. It also brought more electricity, powering lights that trap moths at night, cutting his spending on pesticides.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - April 14, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Women's empowerment in small businesses and a finance system for startups will be discussed during this year's second meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council, or ABAC, in Jakarta on April 23-26, organizers said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Nikkei Asian Review - April 14, 2019

Erwida Maulia and Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's signature infrastructure drive dominated his final TV debate with opponent Prabowo Subianto before Wednesday's election for leader of the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
ABC News - April 14, 2019

Tasha Wibawa – In Indonesia's upcoming presidential elections this week, thousands of West Papuans will be voting differently from the rest of the nation, despite the province being claimed as part of the country for more than half a century.

April 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 13, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – One thing vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno loves to do during presidential debates, is relate anecdotes of the moms he has met on his campaign trail.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Economist - April 13, 2019

In what was once a roadside food stall in Kampung Baru, a village in eastern Java, a group of housewives is preparing food for a wedding. One shaves the last morsels of meat from a chicken carcass. Another chops vegetables while keeping an eye on a huge bubbling wok.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - April 13, 2019

Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has announced the names of his potential team to help him address the problems he deems plaguing Indonesia, such as wealth flowing out of the country, inequality, injustice, climate change and rising prices of food, energy and clean water.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 13, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Indonesian election authorities in Malaysia have ensured that the voting process for Malaysia-based voters will be held on Sunday as scheduled despite the ongoing investigation into alleged vote-rigging.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - April 13, 2019

Sita W. Dewi, Jakarta – Presidential candidates incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto pledged to empower women to achieve economic equality during the final presidential debate in Jakarta on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Guardian - April 13, 2019

Kate Lamb, Palembang – Prabowo Subianto is not the type of man you want to inadvertently enrage – especially not while seated directly across from him in his private jet, flying thousands of feet above the Java Sea.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - April 13, 2019

Christian Lee, Jakarta – Pre-marked ballots for Indonesia's presidential and legislative elections found in Malaysia have sparked a war of words over what is seen as the latest attempt to undermine the democratic process in the world's fourth-largest democracy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - April 13, 2019

Ruslan Sangadji, Luwuk – The situation in Banggai Raya in Central Sulawesi has returned to normal following a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the province on Friday evening, as people have started to return to their homes after seeking higher ground in anticipation of a tsunami.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 13, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – A rock-concert-like atmosphere pervaded inside the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium in Jakarta as tens of thousands of people sang along to legendary rock band Slank, at the final campaign rally of incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 13, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – A top Democratic Party official has slammed presidential contender Prabowo Subianto over his remark in which he blamed the nation's economic ills on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's predecessors.

News ›› West Papua ›› New York Agreement & 1969 Referendum
Asia Pacific Report - April 13, 2019

TAPOL and the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) have applied for a judicial review of the "Act of Free Choice" by the Indonesian Constitutional Court.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Globe - April 13, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Just days before Indonesia's presidential election, three new electability surveys have shown conflicting results of who the likely winner would be.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 13, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo drew the curtain on his reelection campaign with a final rally at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium (GBK) in Jakarta on Saturday, in the largest political event prior to voting next week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 13, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto opened the final presidential debate on Saturday with an indictment of the Indonesian economy, which he said was on "the wrong track", while President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo vowed to make economic growth more equitable in the archipelago.

April 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - April 12, 2019

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) released on Thursday a report on the performance of the manufacturing sector in the first quarter of 2019, reflected in the prompt manufacturing index (PMI-BI), which was recorded at 52.62 percent, higher than the 52.58 percent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Channel News Asia - April 12, 2019

Pichayada Promchertchoo, Banten, Indonesia – Pride and excitement fills the heart of many residents in Banten as they count down to the presidential election on Apr 17.

For the first time in Indonesian history, the coastal province on the island of Java could soon be known as the home of one of the country's vice presidents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Jakarta Post - April 12, 2019

Jakarta – A special task force authorized to take down all non-credible news portals was officially established on Friday after a long-standing plan. The task force is formed jointly by the Communications and Information Ministry and the Press Council.

The ministry conveyed the idea in 2017 but the plan did not materialize until Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - April 12, 2019

Crammed conditions on the KRL Commuterline on regular days can be suffocating, but today the commute between Bekasi and Jakarta Kota was reportedly a whole lot more nightmarish than usual due to delays caused by railway maintenance, leading to several passengers fainting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Militarism & Security Approach
CNN Indonesia - April 12, 2019

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) and the Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM) have again warned that both presidential tickets – incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin as well as rival Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno – have close ties with retired TNI (Indonesian military) generals.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - April 12, 2019

Indonesia issued a tsunami warning, urging people to evacuate to higher ground after an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the coast of its island of Sulawesi.

Indonesia suffered its highest death toll in natural disasters in more than a decade last year, following two major tsunamis and several earthquakes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - April 12, 2019

Jakarta – Several banks have said they have been able to reduce the number of nonperforming loans (NPLs) in the first quarter through various measures including more selective disbursement.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
CNN Indonesia - April 12, 2019

Jakarta – Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chief Bambang Widjojanto says that the petition signed by KPK staff citing obstacles faced in indicting 'big fish' indicates an attempt to obstruct justice by officials within the KPK and elements of the commission's leadership.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
ABC News - April 12, 2019

David Lipson – Known as "preman" from the Dutch term for "free man," they can be seen at every political rally dressed in military fatigues, army boots and berets.

"[They're] basically thugs and they have built a reputation as very tough, rough. Sometimes their actions border on criminal," said Endy Bayuni, Senior Editor of The Jakarta Post.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Militarism & Security Approach
Al Jezeera - April 12, 2019

Febriana Firdaus, Jakarta, Indonesia – When Robertus Robet, a human rights activist, joined the student protests to topple Indonesian dictator Soeharto nearly 30 years ago, he sang a song criticising the military without getting into trouble.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1965 Affair & Anti-Communist Purge
The Interpreter - April 12, 2019

Olivia Tasevski – In January, during Indonesia's first presidential debate in the lead up to the Indonesian election next week on 17 April, Indonesian president, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo proclaimed that he and his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin "do not have a track record of human rights violations."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - April 12, 2019

Jakarta – GDP growth that has been hovering around 5 percent in recent years has become a tool for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto to attack incumbent Jokowi "Jokowi" Widodo, who promised 7 percent growth in his campaign five years ago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Reuters - April 12, 2019

Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Kanupriya Kapoor, Garut – When Wawan Setiawan, a volunteer for Indonesian President Joko Widodo's re-election campaign, goes door-to-door in this conservative part of Java, his opening line is: "If you hear he is anti-Islam or a communist, remember, it's all lies."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Asian Correspondent - April 12, 2019

Tip O'Neill, speaker of the US House of Representatives in the 1980s, famously declared that 'all politics is local'. The rule applies in Indonesia too. In the hotly-contested campaign for the 17 April Indonesian presidential election, a focus on roads, electricity and water is a key selling point that President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo is pushing in his bid for re-election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Agence France Presse - April 12, 2019

Jakarta – Mikhail Gorbachev is running for office in Indonesian elections next week, but it's not the octogenarian ex-Soviet leader who helped bring an end to the Cold War.

The 32-year-old – full name Mikhail Gorbachev Dom – is vying for a seat in parliament, one of more than 245,000 candidates contesting the Southeast Asian nation's biggest-ever polls on April 17.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Parties & Elections
Asia Pacific Report - April 12, 2019

Tom Stayner, SBS News – A West Papuan independence leader and Nobel peace prize nominee is calling for a mass boycott of Indonesia's upcoming elections to bring attention to their independence struggle.

Benny Wenda was granted political asylum in the United Kingdom 16 years ago – following an escape from custody while on trial in West Papua.

April 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
The Ecologist - April 11, 2019

Natalie Sauer – Sandiaga Uno may have personally benefited from payments made by one of Indonesia's biggest coal miners to an offshore firm he owned, Global Witness says.

Berau Coal paid at least $43 million between 2010 and 2012 to an obscure offshore company in the Seychelles called Velodrome Worldwide Limited, according to a report released by the NGO.

News ›› Indonesia ›› News & Issues
Coconuts Jakarta - April 11, 2019

The #JusticeForAudrey assault case, which has dominated Indonesian headlines this week and resulted in millions of Indonesians signing a petition demanding the prosecution of 12 high school girls accused of the assault, has taken a twist that may absolve some of the girls of blame.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Detik News - April 11, 2019

Jakarta – At least 114 investigators from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have signed a petition complaining over the obstacles they face when pursuing corruption cases. The petition was addressed to the KPK leadership because they are having difficulties indicting big fish.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - April 11, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – A video of people raiding an empty store in Selangor, Malaysia, and unpacking several bags containing marked ballots in favor of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and running mate Ma'ruf Amin circulated on social media on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - April 11, 2019

M Rosseno Aji and Indri Maulidar, Jakarta – Two years has passed since the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan took place. The Police has yet to apprehend the attackers who are still at large.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - April 11, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad "Romy" Romahurmuziy has filed a pretrial motion to challenge his suspect status in an alleged bribery case centering on a promotion at the Religious Affairs Ministry.