Agus Setyadi, Banda Aceh – A Base Jam concert on the closing night of the 2019 Aceh Culinary Festival (ACF) has been closed down by a hardline Islamic group. The band, which gained fame through hit songs such as "Not Pujangga", decided to leave the stage after the third song.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
July 8, 2019
Following Prabowo Subianto's failed legal challenge to overturn President Joko Widodo's election victory late last month, one of the most hotly discussed issues in Indonesian politics is whether or not there will be a political "reconciliation" between the pair and the coalitions they represent, particularly with the Prabowo-led opposition coalition all but dissolved.
A resident of North Jakarta's Tanjung Priok neighborhood, identified as 37-year-old Anton Nuryanto, was arrested on Friday for violently assaulting his wife, identified by her initials FA (34). According to the police, the attack came after she refused to have sex with him.
On Saturday, dozens of activists from the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) who were holding a rally to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the Biak massacre in Denpasar clashed with local organizations and pecalang(traditional Balinese security forces) during their demonstration, with some of them physically assaulted.
Bayu Marhaenjati & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Former army general Kivlan Zen's lawyer said he will report Judge Ahmad Guntur from the Jakarta District Court to the Judiciary Commission for delaying his client's pre-trial.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – A joint fact-finding team (TGPF) for Novel Baswedan case has completed the investigation of the acid attack against the senior investigator of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). The team would submit the report to National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian in the near future.
Mukhlis Dinillah, Bandung – The West Java Ministry of Justice and Human Rights representative office (Kemenkum HAM Jabar) is proposing a special way to handle inmates who have a deviant sexual orientation. Inmates who practice homosexually and lesbianism will be moved to separate cells.
Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said that the government plans to operate Tanjung Priok Seaport in North Jakarta, the country's largest port, for 24 hours seven days a week in trying to boost exports.
Jakarta – Drought is taking its toll on nearly 103,000 hectares of rice fields in at least 100 regencies and cities across the country after 30 days without rain.
Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – The House of Representatives and the government have agreed on a set of macroeconomic assumptions that will form the basis for the 2020 state budget. The agreement projects accelerating gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
Jakarta – The number of conflicts between residents and Sumatran elephants doubled in Riau during the first half of this year compared to the same period last year, data from the Riau Resource Conservation Center (BBKSDA) shows.
Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) says that the Aceh Regional House of Representatives (DPRA) does not need to issue a regional regulation (qanun) on polygamy. Despite the current discourse on polygamy in Aceh the matter is clearly regulated under Law Number 1/1974 on Marriage.
Even as soccer fans around the world watched and celebrated the incredible performances of the gifted athletes at this year's recently concluded Women's World Cup (congrats Team USA!), Islamic organizations and ulema (Islamic scholars) in the ultra-conservative region of Aceh in Indonesia have been denouncing plans for a women's soccer league in the region, arguing that women playi
Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – After his re-election, President Joko Widodo said his new cabinet for the second-term of his presidency might include millennials or youths under 30 years old.
Aichi Halik, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has reprimanded State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno and Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan for the trade deficit Indonesia recorded in the first five months of this year.
Mukhlis Dinillah, Bandung – The West Java Ministry of Justice and Human Rights representative office has found signs of deviant sex being committed by inmates at a number of correctional institutions and prisons as a result of overcrowding.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo said that its Commission III requested that President Jokowi pardon honorary senior high school teacher Baiq Nuril.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Yogyakarta – Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) is not yet in full operation, as the developer is still working to complete facilities in the new airport in Kulon Progo. However, an airport operator said it had served about 1,000 passengers in one day.
Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry has issued a regulation that requires all public transportation companies to install a global positioning system (GPS) device in every vehicle for monitoring those in operation.
Jakarta – The draft Aceh qanun (bylaw) legalising polygamy has attracted support and opposition. Some believe that the qanun needs to be supported providing that it includes stipulations on the husband behaving fairly towards his wives.
There are others on the other hand who believe the qanun is in fact an attempt to turn polygamy into a lifestyle.
Aw Cheng Wei, Singapore – The young South-east Asian nation of Timor Leste is hoping that Singapore will play a bigger role in its development story as it strives to become an upper middle-income country by 2030.
The overcrowding in Indonesia's prison system is at near crisis levels. Sadly, a homophobic warning recently given by a government official may be one of the few things that could get Indonesians to pay attention to the problem (if for the wrong reason).
July 7, 2019
Jack Board, Surabaya – The village of Bangun is surrounded by greenery – stretches of lush paddy fields and a slow-moving river. But within its confines, a dystopian environment of piles of waste, black smoke and twisted metal has emerged.
Vicky Amin, Jakarta – Pointing at somewhere in the distance, a middle-aged woman asked a bajaj driver: "How much to the station?"
"Twenty-five thousand rupiah (US$1.70)", the driver responded, and an intense negotiation ensued under the afternoon sun by a Jakarta street, before both settled at 10,000 rupiah.
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, Indonesia's highly regarded disaster agency spokesperson, a man who continued to provide updates on the country's inordinate number of natural disasters even as he suffered lung cancer, has died aged 49.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Ever since taking office in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara, in December, Nagekeo Regent Johanes Don Bosco Do has been receiving grim reports from residents living in coastal areas in the northern and southern parts of the regency.
Jakarta (Antara) – The 2019 presidential election held simultaneously with legislative elections on April 17, 2019, across Indonesia was a long and tiring process with a campaign lasting more than six months, leading to a deeply divided nation.
Viji Menon – The political gridlock in parliament in 2017-2018, which resulted in its inability to pass the 2018 budget, led to the second general election in May 2018.
Jakarta – Fiscal incentives in the form of a tax cut introduced by the government resulted in a slight increase in sales of luxury homes and apartments in June and early July, according to property marketing firm Lamudi.
It's 21 years since a massacre on Biak Island in West Papua and an activist says there's yet to be any action taken against the perpetrators.
On the 6 July 1998 scores of Papuans, who had been holding a rally over the preceding week, were killed by members of the Indonesian armed forces. The protestors had been flying the banned Papuan Morning Star flag.
July 6, 2019
Antara, Meulaboh – West Aceh Ulema Council (MPU) chairman Teungku Abdurrani Adian has expressed support for a plan by the Aceh administration to legalize polygamy.
"Polygamy is legal in Islam, but it has not been regulated in the local bylaws. We [ulema] will support if it will be implemented," Adian told Antara in on Saturday.
Jakarta – The Acehnese Regional House of Representatives (DPRA) is justifying a plan by the Aceh government to legalise polygamy on the grounds that it will save women and children who have fallen victim to nikah siri (common law marriage recognised by Islam).
Fikri Arigi and Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo said that everyone should understand the Supreme Court verdict on rejecting Baiq Nuril's appeal for a case review (PK). He added that Nuril had previously followed all legal proceedings; from an appeal, cassation, until case review or PK.
Jakarta – Asylum seekers from several war-torn countries are camped out on the sidewalks of Jl. Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta as they wait for clarification from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Dozens of asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan are gathered on the sidewalks in front of the UN body's office.
Denpasar – A commemoration of 21 years since the "Bloody Biak Tragedy" in West Papua by the Papua Student Alliance (AMP) in the Balinese provincial capital of Denpasar on Saturday July 6 has ended in chaos.
Jon Afrizal, Jambi – The Supreme Court has rejected a cassation appeal filed by the Muarobulian Prosecutor's Office in Jambi in relation to the case of a 15-year-old rape victim charged for undergoing an illegal abortion.
The girl had previously walked free after the Jambi High Court acquitted her of all charges in August last year, but prosecutors appealed the case.
Jakarta – Perempuan Mahardika (Free Women), a non-government organisation (NOG) working to protect women, is calling on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to give amnesty to Baiq Nuril after the Supreme Court rejected her appeal yesterday.
Joniansyah Hardjono, Jakarta – Dozens of Damri bus drivers and the conductors at Soekarno-Hatta went on strike since last night until this morning, July 5-6, hampering the bus service from the airport to several locations in Jakarta Greater Area (Jabodetabek).
Fadli, Batam – The Batam Customs and Excise Office has warned the importers of 49 containers filled with hazardous waste to follow the government's order of returning the waste to their countries of origin within 90 days.
Jakarta – Under an intense public spotlight illuminating Jakarta's heavy air pollution, the city administration has admitted that it still needs more measuring equipment to better gather accurate data about air quality.
Michael Andrew – West Papuan human rights defender Rosa Moiwend was in New Zealand this week, speaking about the need for more countries to challenge Indonesia on its human rights abuses in her homeland.
A demonstration by Papuan students in Bali commemorating 21 years since the "Bloody Biak Incident" was forcibly broken up by Tanjung Bungkak Village Balinese traditional security guards and police on Saturday July 6.
July 5, 2019
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes has called on the government not to overregulate the aviation industry, arguing that it could kill the business itself.
Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Pasuruan, East Java – A resident of Semedusari, Lekok district, Pasuruan regency, has been wounded by a stray bullet that allegedly came from the Navy's Combat Training Center (Puslatpur) in Grati, Pasuruan.
Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo will announce a major overhaul of his cabinet aimed at firing up South-east Asia's biggest economy, but will now delay the reshuffle until October.
Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has recorded that, from June 2018 to May 2019, the National Police carried out hundreds of acts of violence under the shield of its "discretion rights".
Gita Irawan, Jakarta – Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) researcher for political affairs, Professor Syamsuddin Haris, is concerned that there is a plot to "tame" the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) through the selection of new batch of KPK leaders for 2019.
Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) released a report on its official Twitter account about women's representation at the Indonesian parliament, which the commission deemed the highest in the post-reform (pasca-reformasi) era.
The controversial case of Baiq Nuril has come to an end with a recent court ruling, which will see her serve a six-month prison sentence for trying to out her sexual harasser.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah regrets that the Supreme Court (MA) rejected the appeal for a case review (PK) submitted by Baiq Nuril who is a non-permanent teacher at a high school convicted under the electronic information and transactions (UU ITE) for exposing her alleged sexual harasser.