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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
April 5, 2019
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.
Jakarta – The South Central Timor Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) found election material for North Sumatra in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Thursday.
A Bawaslu officer in NTT, Jemris Fointuna, told Antara on Friday that it might have been mailed to the wrong destination.
April 4, 2019
Ericssen – Breathe deeply. The presidential election will finally be over two weeks from now. But at the moment, the proliferation of polls may still give us a headache.
Most of these polls show that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is on track to win a second term quite comfortably, with double-digit leads of around 15-20 points over his rival Prabowo Subianto.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has revealed that its investigators have found thumb-shaped stamps on thousands of envelopes confiscated from Golkar Party lawmaker Bowo Sidik Pangarso during an arrest related to an alleged corruption case.
Iqbal Tawakal Lazuardi (Contributor), Jakarta – Executive Director of pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia, Burhanuddin Muhtadi, claims Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's presidential election electability is not affected by the graft case of United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy (Romy).
Jakarta – A police officer in Garut, West Java, divulged on Monday that his accusations about the local police being impartial were the result of a personal conflict.
Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry issued two regulations last week with the aim of pushing airfares down, however it said that it may issue another regulation if prevailing regulations do not help reduce prices.
Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has announced that it has completed the refarming of 800 and 900 hertz frequencies, giving customers faster speed for internet services on cellular devices.
The refarming process, which started on Feb. 25, will affect Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo customers.
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Five years ago he was south-east Asia's democratic poster boy, Indonesia's Obama. His face plastered across Time magazine with three words: A New Hope.
Aceh, the only Indonesian province given special authority to enact sharia laws, has seen numerous instances of human rights violations in their enforcement of their ultra-conservative interpretation of said laws, such as public canings for those caught engaging in premarital and LGBT relations.Aceh seems to also have had an influence in the making of one of Southeast Asia's most c
Agus Maryono, Banyumas – Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo attended on Thursday a campaign event at Purwokerto sports stadium in Banyumas regency, Central Java, just days after his challenger Prabowo Subianto held a similar event.
Agus Setyadi, Banda Aceh – The Brunei Darussalam sultanate has enacted laws ranging from canning to stoning to death for the crime of homosexuality. Prior to enacting the laws, Brunei conducted comparative studies in Aceh to learn about Islamic law.
Deden Abdul Aziz (Contributor), Jakarta – The West Java Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) announces that it will closely monitor social media accounts owned by Indonesian state civil apparatus (ASN) throughout the 2019 general election.
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – It never occurred to Lini Zurlia that she would become the subject of a controversy surrounding golput (voting abstention) on social media. A photo she posted late last month, depicting her holding up a sticker saying "Saya Golput", was originally intended as harmless self-expression.
Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has stressed that the cancellation of the e-commerce tax regulation would not apply to those sold products through online marketplaces and social media platforms.
Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – Spokeswoman for Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno campaign team (BPN), Dian Islamiati Fatwa, said that the team is greatly disturbed by the people accusing them of being in favor of a caliphate ideology and Islamic state.
Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Chairman of the Prabowo Subianto presidential Campaign team Amien Rais attended a hearing at the South Jakarta District Court, Thursday, April 4. Amien Rais came to take the witness stand and testify in the Ratna Sarumpaet hoax trial.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Indonesia's ready-to-sell oil and gas production, known as lifting, was recorded at 1.814 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first quarter of 2019, 5.4 percent lower than the target of 2.205 million boepd stated in the 2019 state budget.
Kanupriya Kapoor, Jakarta – "Mama, just killed a man," sings Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo during a recent ride in a local YouTube celebrity's car while Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody plays in the background.
Jakarta – A regulation by a village in Central Java considered discriminatory against non-Muslims has been revoked following an incident that went viral on social media earlier this week.
Presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto has long courted the vote of conservative Islamic voters that support hardline organization such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), with the former general even promising to fly to Saudi Arabia in a private plane to pick up FPI leader Rizieq Shihab (who is living in Mecca in self-imposed exile) to bring him back to Indonesia.
April 3, 2019
Jakarta – With only two weeks left until Indonesia's presidential election on April 17, it is only natural for supporters of both presidential nominees – current president Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his rival, ex-army general Prabowo Subianto – to ramp up their rhetoric. But the latest salvo from Prabowo's camp may have just gone more than a little over the top.
Bogor – Prosecutors demanded on Tuesday the death penalty for two of the three defendants who are standing trial at the Cibinong District Court for the murder of Abdullah "Dufi" Fithri Setiawan, a former journalist whose body was found in a drum in Bogor, West Java, on Nov. 18, 2018.
Ben Bland – How do you organise free and fair elections in a sprawling developing country beset by political corruption, bureaucratic incompetence and organisational inefficiency?
A human rights group has reported that tens of thousands of people in Indonesia's Papua province have been displaced by conflict.
The estimate is the gravest yet in a months-long war between security forces and rebel fighters in Papua.
Batam – With only a couple of weeks until polling day, residents of a housing complex in Nenas village, Batam, Riau Islands, have made it clear their votes are not for sale.
They have erected a banner at the entrance to the complex that says: "Accept 'serangan fajar', but do not vote because of it".
Francis Chan, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo's lead over his election rival Prabowo Subianto has narrowed slightly, a new survey of more than 1,000 eligible voters has shown.
Tourists to Indonesia will likely be barred from the popular Komodo Island in January 2020 – a decision seemingly impelled by recent reports of Komodo dragons being stolen and smuggled overseas, potentially for dubious medicinal purposes, according to local media.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Yogyakarta has avoided another religiously charged embarrassment after Karet, a hamlet of just more than 500 people in the provincial-level autonomous region, decided to scrap a four-year-old ban on non-Muslim residents.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Military operations conducted by the Indonesian Military (TNI) in Nduga regency, Papua, in the past few months have led to various human rights violations, a recent investigation initiated by the Nduga administration has alleged, allegations that the TNI has denied.
Francis Chan, Jakarta – Self-exiled Muslim cleric Rizieq Shihab has been warned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs against making further comments about Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, after he accused Indonesia's top diplomat of being less than impartial over the upcoming presidential election.
Both the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Nduga and worsening clampdown on freedom of expression and assembly in West Papua were significant issues raised during the recent convening of the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (25 Feb. – 22 Mar. 2019).
April 2, 2019
Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) Coordinator Adnan Topan Husodo firmly stated that the Jakarta Council (DPRD) members who have yet reported their wealth are people with a bad track record.
Jakarta – Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has revealed that tourist arrivals hit 1.27 million in February, 6.12 percent higher than the 1.20 million recorded in the same month in 2018. Meanwhile, in January, tourist arrivals grew 4.80 percent year-on-year.
Jakarta – Developers are continuing to build more retail spaces in Jakarta, although the vacancy rate is increasing on the back of poor sales performance.
Jakarta – The manufacturing industry saw growth in March, as indicated by an increase in the purchasing managers index (PMI) to 51.2, from 50.1 in the previous month, higher than the average PMI in ASEAN counties, which stood at 50.3.
For some time now, supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto have made accusations casting doubt the integrity of Indonesia's elections, such as unsubstantiated allegations of foreign interference in the poll and voting rolls containing millions of "ghost votes".
Tangerang – Rizky Amelia a 12th-grader in a senior high school in Tangerang, Banten, never thought that she would do her final examination in style, wearing a pair of sunglasses.
Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – Indonesian Public Institute executive director Karyono Wibowo gave his opinion on the recent controversial statement expressed by National Mandate Party (PAN) founder Amien Rais, who threatened to spark a "people power" movement in response to electoral fraud.
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta (Antara) – Thousands of Freeport Indonesia workers may not be able to vote this coming election. As it turns out, many of them are not registered with the local General Election Commission (KPU).
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Golkar Party lawmaker Markus Nari, more than a year and a half after naming him a suspect in a multi-trillion rupiah e-ID corruption case.
Agnes Anya, Jakarta – The Foreign Ministry has rebuked a statement by firebrand Islamist Rizieq Shihab, who claimed that Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had ordered embassy staffers in Saudi Arabia to support the reelection of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo still holds a commanding lead in polls released just two weeks before the world's third-biggest democracy goes to the polls, but his gap over rival Prabowo Subianto has slightly narrowed.
The April 17 presidential election is a rematch of 2014, when Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, beat the former army general.
In a move that may have something to do with the upcoming election, President Joko Widodo took to social media today to urge Indonesians to use common sense and stop sharing hoaxes and fake news online.
Lampung Geh, Bandar Lampung – There has been support and opposition in the aftermath of the short story titled "When Everyone Refuses My Presence Near Her" (Ketika Semua Menolak Kehadiranku di Dekatnya), which was published on the Suara USU (Voice of USU) website and social media.
Indonesia's long election year started with regional and local elections in mid-2018 and culminates in its first simultaneous legislative and presidential elections on 17 April.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Incumbent presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave his response on former Pasirwangi Police District Head Sulman Azis, who claimed to have been told to mobilize votes and support for his presidential candidacy.
Jakarta – The tourist industry in West Nusa Tenggara – home to popular tourist destination Lombok – has yet to recover following a strong earthquake in July 2018 that devastated infrastructure in the fast-growing province for tourism.