Over the weekend, President Joko Widodo went on an innuendo offensive against his electoral challenger, Prabowo Subianto, by implying that his rival's campaign was using a "Russian propaganda" strategy of misinformation, with the aid of "foreign consultants" to divide the nation in order to win the election.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
February 6, 2019
Jakarta – Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto says he is deeply moved by the support given to him by the Indonesian Metal Trade Workers Federation (FSPMI) in the 2019 presidential election.
Jakarta (Antara) – The Communications and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) identified an average of 4-6 daily hoax contents across the internet and social media platforms in January with a total of 175 contents from social to political issues.
Kominfo on Tuesday said that the largest amount of contents they detected was on January 22, 2019, with 11 contents in a single day.
Devina Halim, Jakarta – The Pro-Women's National Legislation Program Network (JKP3) is calling on the House of Representatives (DPR) and the government to straighten out fake news or hoaxes about the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS). One of the hoaxes circulating says that the RUU PKS will create a permissive culture of adultery and free sex.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called on residents to allow the construction of an oil refinery in Tuban regency, East Java, by state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina and Russian oil company Rosneft.
Jokowi asked residents to reconsider their objection to the project and take into account its positive impact on residents living close to the project site.
Jakarta – The Finance Ministry has issued a new regulation on a new tax incentive that reduces interest income taxes for exporters that place their foreign exchange earnings as fixed deposits in Indonesia.
Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy last year grew at its fastest pace since President Joko Widodo took office, but failed to hit the government's growth target.
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), one of Indonesia's most prestigious universities, says it has put to rest a highly publicized rape allegation with a "peaceful" resolution between the alleged perpetrator and victim, following months of criticism that the institution's officials had been slow to act and deliver justice to the victim.
February 5, 2019
Paulina Quintao – The Chief of Suku of the Suku of Kaikoli, in the administrative post of Vera Cruz, Dili municipality, Hipolito Marques, said drains are full of rubbish because the government has not created a proper rubbish control and management system.
Jakarta – A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced on Monday former member of the House of Representatives Amin Santoso to eight years in prison and a fine of Rp 300 million (US$21,497) for bribery.
Ayat S. Karokaro, Medan – Police have charged the brother of a top official in Sumatra with clearing a protected forest for a palm oil plantation.
Kristian Erdianto, Jakarta – The Islamic based Justice and Prosperity Party (PKS) faction in the House of Representatives (DPR) has rejected the Draft law (RUU) on the Elimination of Sexual Violence.
Jakarta – The East Nusa Tenggara administration has agreed to release a tanker owned by PT Ocean Tangker after the company pledged to compensate for damages to coral reefs it had caused in the Pantar Strait Marine Park in December.
Indonesian corruption investigators have been assaulted while tailing Papua Governor Lukas Enembe.
Indonesian state media reported the two officials were hospitalised prompting an inquiry from Jakarta police.
Dion Bisara, Jakarta – E-commerce accounted for 8 percent of total retail sales in Indonesia last year, on course to reach 18 percent by 2023, fueled by changing behavior among tech-savvy customers who are willing to spend more for convenience, according to a recent study by American multinational investment bank Morgan Stanley.
Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) faction at the House of Representatives has rejected the passing of the long-awaited sexual violence bill, saying the bill has a "liberal perspective" that is contradictory to Pancasila and religious values.
Jakarta – The corruption trial of suspended Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf began to unfold like a soap opera after his close companion, Steffy Burase, was grilled on the stand about allegedly receiving a portion of the money the former had allegedly embezzled.
February 4, 2019
Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Agnes Anya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ruffled some feathers by suggesting that his challenger in the 2019 presidential election employed a foreign political consultant to support his campaign.
Havana, Cuba – Loro Horta, Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of East Timor to Cuba, participated in this capital in a martial arts exhibition, which aimed to further strengthen relations of friendship and solidarity between the peoples of both countries.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) decided to evaluate its security standard procedure after two of its investigators became victim to an assault taking place early this morning at 02:00 AM local time.
"We will evaluate the existing security procedure," said KPK Deputy Chief Saut Situmorang in a text message on today.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the country needed at least 40,000 additional agriculture instructors to boost production and reduce food imports.
He said the country had around 17,000 of such instructors currently, and they had managed to help farmers improve productivity of various commodities, including corn.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Accenture, a Fortune 500 business consultancy, has estimated that Indonesia's e-commerce market may grow from US$27 billion last year to $300 billion by 2025, if the country's digital ecosystem can leapfrog into a fully integrated "quantum commerce" environment.
Premesha Saha – A new military base was inaugurated by the Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander, Air Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto on 18 December 2018 in Natuna Besar, a disputed territory between Indonesia and China in the South China Sea. The two countries have conflicting interests and rights on this island, which is the largest in the southern peripheral of the South China Sea.
Kate Lamb – Hundreds of musicians in Indonesia have lashed out against what they say is a ludicrous draft bill that could "destroy" freedom of expression.
Among the most contentious aspects of the draft is Article 5, which outlaws "negative foreign influences" as well as blasphemous or pornographic content, punishable by imprisonment or a fine.
Surabaya – A grouping of civil society organisations calling themselves the "Surabaya Solidarity Society Against Remission for the Murderer of Journalist AA Gde Bagus Narendra Prabangsa" have sent a letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
The team was formed from KPU's suspicion on numerous attempts to delegitimize the general election organizers and corrode public trust.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo appears to have gone on the offensive against his challenger in the upcoming presidential election Prabowo Subianto as the second presidential debate draws nearer.
Jakarta – The government has said 10 new airports started operations in 2018, but it recorded a decrease in the number of airplane passengers.
Jakarta – Indonesian bureaucrats may soon face tighter competition to reach the top rungs of the career ladder, with the government planning to allow active military officers to take up positions in ministries and government institutions.
The Indonesian campaign season is really heating up now, with incumbent President Joko Widodo hitting back at attacks that he's a puppet of foreign powers by insinuating that his challenger, Prabowo Subianto, is employing foreign political consultants to implement Russian-style propaganda attacks.
Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman has urged the government to maintain a strict policy on the import of rice, corn, sugar and salt – four staple commodities, whose imports often spark controversy – ahead of the presidential and legislative elections in April.
Bangkok – A highway under construction in Indonesia's Papua province is hurting the environment and stoking conflict by threatening indigenous land rights, analysts and activists said.
The Trans Papua highway is part of Indonesian President Joko Widodo's plan to develop the impoverished eastern province, and open up access to its abundant natural resources.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Russian Ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobyeva said she objected to the use of the term "Russian Propaganda" by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the latter's recent statement.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – State electricity firm PLN hopes its customers will use more electricity this year through incentive measures amid the ongoing construction of mega power plant projects, which have been criticized as unnecessary as consumption growth has been slowing.
Jakarta – After gaining control of 51.23 percent shares of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia, the government is eyeing to gain a 20 percent stake in publicly listed nickel miner PT Vale Indonesia (INCO).
February 3, 2019
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Unidentified assailants assaulted two on-duty Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators in Jakarta on Saturday midnight, the antigraft body has revealed.
Arya Dipa, Bandung and Jakarta – The latest case of obesity in Karawang, West Java, has yet again shed light on Indonesia's rising obesity problem.
Sunarti, 39, used to be around 75 kilograms, but with her unhealthy eating habit, she is now 148 kg.
Timor-Leste's Press Council (TLPC) has strongly condemned political interference in the country's public broadcasting service (RTTL) newsroom where political-appointed advisers for the president of RTTL have interfered in its coverage.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno has promised that if elected, his government will revise the controversial 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, but political opponents and civil society activists have cast doubt on the sincerity of the pledge.
Jakarta – In April last year, Kennedy Jennifer, a filmmaker, started receiving calls and messages on her smartphone asking for a "massage service".
She responded by saying that she offered no such services. The calls and chats intensified that night, with callers demanding that she perform the service because she had "asked" for the money.
Devina Halim, Jakarta – Syahrul Fitria, a researcher with the non-government organisation (NGO) Auriga, believes that the criminalisation of environmental activists has yet to be taken up as an issue by either of the two presidential election campaign tickets.
Jakarta – A former University of Indonesia (UI) philosophy lecturer who was accused of blasphemy for referring to holy books as "fiction" faced five hours of questioning on Friday during which he was asked to explain the meaning of "fiction".
Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The financial services sector has yet to become a main engine for economic growth, but it has the potential to do so, according to joint research from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and Parahyangan University.
February 2, 2019
Jakarta – A respected Muslim cleric is in the spotlight after a video of him mistakenly praying for Prabowo Subianto to become "a leader" during an event attended by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo went viral on the web.
Kizzy Kalsakau and Jason Abel – The Government of Indonesia has criticized Vanuatu for including a West Papuan leader and the United Liberal Movement for the people of West Papua (ULMWP) chairman, Benny Wenda in its delegation to a meeting with U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named East Kotawaringin Regent Supian Hadi a suspect of graft in a case that may have caused more than US$415 million in state losses.
February 1, 2019
Almost everybody has to spend a huge chunk of their lives on the internet nowadays to do everything from work to socializing to shopping. But people in some countries are spending way more time, on average, on the internet than others. And Indonesians rank up there among the top.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – A commissioner of the National Commission of Human Rights for Women (Komnas Perempuan), Masruchah, said that the draft bill concerning the elimination of sexual violence (RUU PKS) was drafted based on Islamic values that honoring women.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Panturas Band member Surya Fikri Asshidiq said the draft bill on music, otherwise known as RUU Permusikan, would make musicians shared the same fate as those in the past under Indonesia's Old and New Order eras.
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Dog Meat Free Indonesia (DMFI), Yogyakarta band Shaggydog and 2018 Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant winner Alya Nurshabrina launched two videos to campaign against dog meat consumption on Thursday in Yogyakarta.