Iqbal Tawakal Lazuardi (Contributor), Jakarta – The Indonesian election supervisory agency (Bawaslu) published its latest report on Indonesian regions that are prone to dispute during the 2019 general elections. They claim that 16 provinces are classified under this category.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
April 9, 2019
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has been named the Best Halal Tourist Destination on the 2019 Indonesia Muslim Travel Index (IMTI), followed by destinations in Aceh, Riau, Riau Islands and Jakarta.
Bambang Nurbianto, Jakarta – The head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, has said Indonesia is still lagging behind three other ASEAN members – Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia – when it comes to exports.
Jakarta – Gerindra Party chairman and presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto showed a glimpse of his notorious temper at a campaign event in Yogyakarta on Monday.
Dessy Sagita (AFP) – When Indonesian authorities arrested a politician with some 400,000 cash-filled envelopes, it was a stark reminder that a long-time election staple is alive and well in the corruption-riddled country – vote buying.
Iwu Dwisetyani Utomo – A recent Gender and Reproductive Health Study in Indonesia found a surprisingly high degree of comprehension of sexual harassment among Indonesian students and teachers, but there were some worrying differences across various demographics.
Jakarta – The uptrend in airline tickets is hitting the domestic tourism industry hard. According to the Indonesian Travel Agents Association (ASITA), Indonesian tourists prefer to travel abroad.
The situation began after the airfares for domestic routes soared at the end of 2018.
April 8, 2019
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Representatives from online marketplaces and online retailers have welcomed the government's decision to revoke a regulation on e-commerce taxes that was originally to be enforced on April 1.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Foreign exchange reserves strengthened in March to US$124.5 billion, up from $123.3 billion in the previous month, on the back of improved foreign exchange earnings from the oil and gas sector, Bank Indonesia (BI) reported on Monday.
Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have objected to the European Union's plan to reduce the use of palm oil in biofuel to zero by sending an official joint letter to the bloc.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's Supreme Court has upheld a jail sentence for a mother of four who was convicted last year on blasphemy charges for complaining that her neighbourhood mosque was too loud.
A West Papua support group in New Zealand is urging the government to call for the withdrawal of Indonesian forces in Papua.
It comes after human rights advocates in Papua last week said more than 32,000 people had been displaced by armed conflict in Nduga regency.
Fake news is once again a major concern for authorities ahead of Indonesia's elections on April 17.
Iqbal Tawakal Lazuardi (Contributor), Jakarta – Democrat Party's secretary-general Hinca Pandjaitan said the grand presidential campaign held by the Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno ticket on Sunday, was teeming with messages of identity politics.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled to meet thousands of his supporters in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Monday, while challenger Prabowo Subianto is set to hit the campaign trail in Yogyakarta.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry issued on March 29 new regulations on airfare, namely Transportation Ministerial Regulation No. 20/2019 and Transportation Ministerial Decree No.72/2019, to regulate airline ticket prices for economy class services of commercial airlines.
Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has claimed that 1 million supporters attended his open rally at Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium in Senayan, Jakarta, on Sunday. However, many are saying it is impossible for the stadium to house that many people.
Martin Slama – Observers have noted the relative tranquillity that has characterised Indonesia's election campaign this year.
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno should be on a high after their massive Kampanye Akbar (Grand Campaign) event yesterday at Jakarta's Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Stadium, but whatever momentum the rally generated was tampered by an untimely criticism from one of Prabowo-Sandiaga's biggest allies, former president and Democratic Party Chairman Su
Victor C. Mambor, Jayapura – State-owned mining holding company PT Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) is waiting for a deal to be made between the Papua provincial and Mimika regental administrations on the ownership of 10 percent of the 51.23 percent of shares owned by Inalum in PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI).
Jakarta – PT Berkarya Makmur Sejahtera president commissioner Hutomo Mandala Putra, who is also known as Tommy Soeharto, plans to establish at least one Goro wholesale grocery store in each province. Hutomo is better known as Tommy, the youngest son of former president Soeharto.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is criticizing the opposition's allegations that fraud was being committed by his side for the upcoming election, while electoral institutions state that such accusations were attempts to delegitimize the vote.
Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – As Indonesia heads toward its presidential election on April 17, incumbent Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, will be partially judged on his economic track record since taking office in 2014.
On 20 March, a day after the vice presidential debate featuring Ma'ruf Amin and Sandiaga Uno, President Joko Widodo and Ma'ruf's campaign team reported online publication tirto.id to the Press Council for sharing a "hoax" meme.
Indonesia's Supreme Court has officially denied the second appeal by Meliana, the woman who was found guilty of blasphemy for complaining about the volume of her neighborhood's mosque, meaning the 44-year-old Indonesian woman of Chinese descent will still have to undergo her 18-month prison sentence as there is no higher court to appeal to.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in tandem with the General Election Commission (KPU) planned to expose names of members of the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Legislative Council (DPRD), and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) who have not submitted the state official wealth report (LHKPN).
April 7, 2019
Jun Suzuki, Jakarta – Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto hinted he would concentrate power in the hands of the central government if elected, reversing a longstanding trend as he promises to tackle corruption and grow the economy.
James Massola, Jakarta – With just 10 days until Indonesians vote in the 2019 presidential election, both President Joko Widodo and his challenger Prabowo Subianto are campaigning right across the country.
Earlier in the week Mr Joko, who is widely known as Jokowi, addressed thousands of people at rallies in Ngawi, in East Java and Sragen, in Central Java.
Jakarta – The Surabaya administration has banned smoking in public places. The legislative council of the East Java city passed a bylaw on smoke-free zones on Thursday.
Thomas Pepinsky, New York – Indonesians will go to the polls in April to elect their next president, national legislature, and many provincial and local governments. This will be Indonesia's fourth direct presidential election and its fifth parliamentary election since the country democratised in 1999, propitious signs of a consolidated and maturing democracy.
Jakarta – A group of men clashed with residents near the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) regional headquarters in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Sunday.
Jakarta – State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno has expressed her appreciation for the significant increase in SOEs' profits, which had grown by Rp 57 trillion (US$4.04 billion) in the last five years.
Silkina Ahluwalia – After months of investigation and two deadly crashes involving their 737 Max jets, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has finally apologized and admitted their mistakes concerning the two incidents.
April 6, 2019
Kiki Siregar, Sragen, Central Java – Tears stream down Lilis Hastirini's mascara-smudged face after she waited hours to snap a selfie with Indonesia's president, only to be thwarted by a crush of other female fans with the same idea.
Angguntari C. Sari – In less than a month, Indonesian voters will head to the polls. The fourth pre-election presidential debate between incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto took place on Saturday, March 30. The fourth round of the debate focused on defense and foreign policy.
Susan Connelly – Franz Kafka's book "The Trial" is a waking nightmare. Josef K, a bank clerk, is arrested. He is never charged, and no evidence of wrongdoing is ever revealed. For the next 12 months he undergoes a series of encounters with strange people, hearing insinuations and veiled accusations.
Amanda Siddharta, Jakarta, Indonesia – In a bid to increase renewable energy use in Europe, the European Commission adopted a new regulatory framework in June 2018.
Johannes Tjendro – Rian Ernest Tanudjaja says he's just a "regular guy". "I just ordered my dinner through Gojek while taking care of my child. I don't have any personal assistant to do all this," he told CNA in a recent interview.
Yulia Savitri, Markus Makur, Ganug Nugroho Adi, Palembang, East Manggarai and Surakarta – Legislative candidates are resorting to the supernatural ahead of April's election, with many visiting the graves of respected figures or praying to the ancestors in traditional rituals.
Prashanth Parameswaran – Earlier this week, a Malaysian defense delegation paid a visit to the Indonesian defense ministry for a scheduled meeting. Though the engagement was just one among several, it nonetheless put the focus on the ongoing development of bilateral defense ties between the two countries amid wider changes at play in their domestic and foreign policies.
April 5, 2019
Muhammad Halwi, Jakarta – Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) defense and security researcher Diandra Megaputri Mengko argues that both presidential candidates for the 2019 presidential election, Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto, failed to deliver new substance of discussion in the 4th presidential debate.
Christian Lee, Jakarta – You may have made up your mind already on your choice of candidate and cleared your schedule for this month's election, but you can always level up your participation a notch by volunteering.
News Desk, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has rolled out a program to provide extra meals for schoolchildren in order to boost nutrition among children in the capital.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said the program was introduced over concerns about children who went to school without eating breakfast.
Jakarta (Bloomberg) – For Siti Mutmainah, a government cash handout of 800,000 rupiah (S$76.50) every quarter has turned her family's life around, putting healthcare and education for her two children well within her reach.
The Jakarta Metro Police yesterday arrested Bukhori Muslim – a cleric known as one of the founders of the Persaudaraan 212 (PA 212), an Islamist political advocacy group – for his alleged role in defrauding 27 people of at least US$136,500 in a Hajj pilgrimage scam.
Iqbal Tawakal Lazuardi (Contributor), Jakarta – The Indonesian Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center's (PPATK) deputy of eradication division, Firman Shantyabudi, said his institution found a new mode of money politics used by participants of the 2019 general elections.
The new style included the provision of an accident insurance policy and electronic money.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Up to eight political parties may not pass the electoral threshold in Indonesia's upcoming legislative election on April 17, two polls indicated this week.
Jakarta – Four police officers were caught off guard when a terror suspect they arrested stabbed them with a machete in Batujajar, west Bandung, West Java, on Thursday.
By the time Fachruzio Alfarisi graduated high school last year, he'd seen a lot. There's nothing more memorable, however, than seeing six of his classmates collapse on the ground, sob uncontrollably, and shout at the top of their lungs. Fachruzio knew immediately what was going on: His friends were possessed by an evil spirit.
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Two ships have been spotted allegedly dumping waste oil in the sea off the eastern coast of Sumatra, highlighting what activists say is poor enforcement against marine pollution violations in Indonesia.