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February 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Language & Culture
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – A linguist in Jambi has criticized the rampant use of "cliches" or gobbledygook among government officials and political institutions, saying that such use comes from illiteracy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Kompas.com - February 1, 2019

Hanief Syafi Al Umam, Jakarta – The Minister for Youth and Sports Affairs (Kemenpora), Imam Nahrawi, has sent an example by following his own ministerial appeal for cinemas to get audiences to sing the national anthem Indonesia Raya before film screenings when he went to watch the film "The Cemara Family" at the Studio 01 Djakarta Theater XXI in Central Jakarta on the evening of Th

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

The Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, has called for international action on the conflict in Indonesian-ruled Papua

At a rare press conference in neighbouring Papua New Guinea, OPM representatives were joined by PNG civil society groups and two high-profile local MPs pushing for a change in the PNG government's policy on West Papua.

Johnny Blades reports.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mysticism & The Supernatural
Coconuts Jakarta - February 1, 2019

Indonesian Flat Earth Research (IFER), a community that rejects the objective reality that the Earth is round, is planning to hold its first national conference in Jakarta in October.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Speaking to investors at a seminar in Jakarta recently, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati felt compelled to mention each of the business sectors eligible to apply for a tax holiday.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto said that his institution would establish psychological and territorial operations in Papua in a bid to engage the locals to be familiar and have no fear of the TNI officers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Tempo - February 1, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Legal and Human Rights Ministry is currently reviewing the remission granted to I Nyoman Susrama, a murderer of the daily Radar Bali journalist AA Gde Bagus Narendra Prabangsa.

"It's being discussed," said the ministry's Director General of Correctional Services Sri Puguh Budi Utami in Jakarta, Friday, February 1.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Ruslan Sangadji, Palu – The Central Sulawesi administration will need at least three years to rehabilitate areas most affected by recent natural disasters, including Palu, Sigi, Donggala and Parigi Moutong, an official has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Youth and Sports Ministry withdrew on Friday a circular that was issued to encourage cinemas to play the national anthem before screening movies, only two days after Minister Imam Nahrawi signed the draft.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Agence France Presse - February 1, 2019

Jakarta – Facebook has shut down hundreds of accounts and pages linked to an Indonesian group accused of spreading hate speech and fake news, the company said Friday.

The world's biggest social network said cyber group Saracen engaged in "coordinated abuse of the platform" by operating a network of hoax accounts that mislead online readers about who was behind them.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Pantau Foundation, a Jakarta-based journalism research and training organization, gave the 2019 Oktovianus Pogau award on Thursday to two Gadjah Mada University (UGM) students, Citra Maudy Mahanani, 20, and Thovan Sugandi, 22.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

The Free West Papua Movement, or OPM, has called for United Nations intervention over conflict in Papua's Nduga regency.

The Highlands regency is the current focal point of armed conflict between Indonesian security forces and the West Papua Liberation Army.

News ›› West Papua ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – The Army's Special Forces (Kopassus) commander, Maj. Gen. I Nyoman Cantasia, commented on the recent attacks by a civilian armed group (KKSB) in Papua. He said the group mainly comprised young criminals seeking attention.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

Vanuatu's foreign minister has dismissed criticism from the Indonesian government for including the United Liberation Movement (ULMWP) for West Papua in its meeting with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – Vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno pledged to revise Law of Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE Law) should he and Prabowo Subianto winning the 2019 Election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - February 1, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Gerindra's legislative contender Mohamad Taufik said the General Election Commission' (KPU) was overacting when it decided to announce the names of former graft convicts running for parliament.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Riska Rahman and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The rupiah may have overcome its toughest period last year, but a problem still persisted in the current account deficit, which could haunt the exchange rate if it were not managed this year, an analyst has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The passing of a bill on sexual violence, which has been deliberated on by the House of Representatives since 2016, is at risk of being delayed again, this time by those who consider it to be "pro-adultery" and "pro-LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender]" by omission.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – A total of 15.81 million foreign tourists visited Indonesia throughout 2018, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS), falling short of the government's target of attracting 17 million tourists.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Globe - February 1, 2019

Diella Yasmine, Jakarta – Eva Susanty Hanafi Bande, a women's rights activist, environmentalist and land rights defender, became the talk of the nation when newly elected president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo granted her clemency in 2014.

News ›› Aceh ›› Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
CNN - February 1, 2019

Euan McKirdy – Two 18-year-olds were publicly flogged Thursday in the conservative Indonesian state of Aceh for displaying affection.

The college student and her boyfriend each received 17 lashes for publicly cuddling, which is a violation of the state's strict interpretation of Sharia law, according to a government spokesman.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Jakarta Post - February 1, 2019

Maya Wang – The Chinese government has been on the offensive in recent weeks, dismissing claims of one million unlawful detentions and other human rights abuses against Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang in northwest China.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - February 1, 2019

Johnny Blades – Efforts to focus international attention on the West Papua independence cause surged in the past week.

First, a petition claiming to represent the voices of 1.8 million West Papuans calling for decolonisation of Indonesian-ruled Papua was handed to the UN Human Rights Commissioner, Michelle Bachelet, in Geneva.

January 31, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
South China Morning Post - January 31, 2019

Max Lane and Hui Yew-Foong – On April 17, 2019, Indonesians will go to the polls and choose their next president, or maybe not, if they choose to Golput – the act of casting a blank vote, or abstaining from voting. This usually serves as a sign from the electorate that the candidates do not deserve their votes.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Antara News - January 31, 2019

Yashinta DP, Fardah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Government has sent a note of protest to the Government of Vanuatu for smuggling Papuan separatist Benny Wenda into the South Pacific nation's delegation while meeting the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet Jeria.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Tempo - January 31, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The deputy chairman of Gerindra party, Fadli Zon, planned to bring up the court verdict on Ahmad Dhani, which he deemed bizarre, in the hearing with the legal commission of the House of Representatives (DPR).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 31, 2019

Syafiul Hadi, Jakarta – The General Election Commission (KPU) recently released the list of ex-corruption convict taking part in the 2019 legislative election. Out of 16 political parties, only four parties that did not submit candidates who previously named as convicts in the graft case.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – Although the government has disbursed Rp 10.5 trillion (US$743 million) to cover the deficit of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), the Pharmaceutical Companies Association (BP Farmasi) said medicine manufacturers have received only a fraction of what they are owed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Yuli Savitri, Palembang – The government has started research into developing peatlands as agricultural lands and conservation areas, following years of plantation companies and farmers using the slash-and-burn method in an attempt to cultivate peatlands.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo has said that under the current exchange rate, the rupiah was still undervalued and could, therefore, further strengthen against the US dollar in the coming days.

"The strengthening rupiah will support the effort to narrow the current account deficit," Perry said in Jakarta on Wednesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - January 31, 2019

Gayatri Suroyo, Fransiska Nangoy, Jakarta – Indonesia intends to challenge an EU directive on renewable energy at the World Trade Organization, arguing the plan to curb the use of crops that cause deforestation will unfairly target palm oil, a senior Indonesian official told Reuters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Straits Times - January 31, 2019

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has renewed a pledge to cut corporate tax rates in South-east Asia's biggest economy if he is re-elected in April, an economic adviser said on Thursday (Jan 31), following a similar promise by his election opponent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Radio New Zealand International - January 31, 2019

Indonesia has agreed in principle to allow the office of the United Nations human rights commissioner into Papua region, or West Papua.

This comes amid continuing violence in the region's Highlands regencies between the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Benar News - January 31, 2019

Victor Mambor, Jayapura – Indonesia has strongly criticized the tiny Pacific island-nation of Vanuatu for including an exiled Papuan separatist leader as a member of its delegation during a meeting in Geneva last week with the U.N. human rights chief.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 31, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) commissioner Alexander Marwata lauded the General Election Commission (KPU) for releasing the list of former corruption convicts who is running as legislative candidates in the 2019 Election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has ruled that checking the GPS on a mobile phone while driving is punishable by up to three months' imprisonment, as stipulated in the 2009 Traffic Law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – Retailers are strongly protesting Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan's decision to increase the minimum wage for retail workers to Rp 4.29 million (US$306.28) per month, higher than the city's minimum wage of Rp 3.94 million.

News ›› Aceh ›› Sharia & Discriminatory By-Laws
Straits Times - January 31, 2019

Banda Aceh (AFP) – Two teenagers were whipped in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday (Jan 31) after they were caught cuddling in public – a crime under the conservative region's Islamic law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Reuters - January 31, 2019

Cindy Silviana, Jakarta – Indonesia will finalize in May a plan to put four state banks under a holding company, marking the sector's biggest shake-up since the Asian financial crisis as authorities try to create a lending powerhouse in Southeast Asia's biggest economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - January 31, 2019

Indonesian drivers must continue to rely on their memory and intuition (or dedicated GPS devices) to get around after the country's courts upheld a law making the use of GPS apps on smartphones while driving illegal.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - January 31, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Alexander Marwata said that sexual bribery should be listed as a criminal act, moreover, if the case is related to authority abuse, permit issuance, and others.

News ›› Indonesia ›› TNI Defense & Military Operations
CNN Indonesia - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian military (TNI) chief Air Martial Hadi Tjahjanto says that the TNI is revising Law Number 34/2004 on the TNI (UU TNI) so that middle- and high-ranking military officers can serve in government ministries and state institutions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – Police have arrested a suspect, identified as I, 23, in Morowali, Central Sulawesi, for allegedly spreading false information on social media.

News ›› West Papua ›› Freeport & MIFEE Food Estate
Jakarta Post - January 31, 2019

Jakarta – State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno has said the government does not expect big revenue from gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) in the next three years, following a US$3.85 billion divestment deal.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
SBS News - January 31, 2019

Lin Evlin – Indonesia's Ambassador to the UN, Hasan Kleib, has strongly condemned Vanuatu for helping exiled West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda to meet with UN officials during one of its periodic review meetings.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Reuters - January 31, 2019

Wilda Asmarini, Bernadette Munthe, Jakarta – Indonesian insurance rules that come into effect on Feb. 1 are causing huge coal supply backlogs, with dozens of ships held up outside ports unable to load as authorities start checking to see if vessels are in compliance with the new policy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - January 31, 2019

It's common knowledge that corruption is so rife in Indonesian politics that many politicians who have already been convicted of graft go on to run as candidates again after serving out their sentences.

January 30, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - January 30, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Musician turned political activist Ahmad Dhani will still be considered as a member of the Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno campaign team (BPN) despite his recent imprisonment for a hate-speech crime.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2019

Jakarta – In an apparent case of identity theft, a family in Tamansari, West Jakarta, have just learned they are recorded as the owners of several luxury cars and that substantial taxes are owed on one of the vehicles. The only problem is that they live in a narrow alley through which no cars can pass.

News ›› Aceh ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2019

Hotli Simanjuntak, Banda Aceh – The rampant destruction of forests in the Leuser ecosystem, a major water source for Aceh, has led to frequent flooding in the province.