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January 30, 2019

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

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – "Hi guys," 22-year-old legislative candidate Tsamara Amany says in the opening to the latest video on her Instagram account.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2019

Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police will question philosophy lecturer and government critic Rocky Gerung on Thursday over a remark he made last year, in which he referred to holy books as works of "fiction".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has recorded Rp 721.3 trillion (US$51.1 billion) in foreign and domestic investment throughout 2018, up 4.1 percent from the year before.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
The Guardian - January 30, 2019

Helen Davidson – Indonesia has agreed in principle to allow the UN office of the human rights commissioner into West Papua amid continuing violence in the region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Coconuts Jakarta - January 30, 2019

Anand Mathai – The governor of Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat, seems intent on taking drastic action to boost his province's tourism industry.

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.

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

Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry is planning to issue 1,000 wood legality certificates this year to support the revival of the country's wood industry.

Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar stressed that the revival of the wood industry should be supported by an adequate supply of high-quality raw materials and quality product designs.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
ABC News - January 30, 2019

Tasha Wibawa – Earlier this week, a petition signed by more than 1.8 million people calling for an independence referendum in Indonesia's West Papua province was delivered to United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Coconuts Jakarta - January 30, 2019

A lot of us were feeling a certain sense of schadenfreude after musician Ahmad Dhani was found guilty of spreading hate speech and sentenced to 1.5 years in jail on Monday.

News ›› East Timor ›› Freedom of Information & The Press
Pacific Media Centre - January 30, 2019

Antonio Sampaio, Dili (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch) – New debates in Timor-Leste are circulating about political interference in newsrooms.

Attempts to condition or determine that somebody cannot make news on a subject or interview this person or that person. It's a problem affecting both public and private media groups.

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

Astari Pinasthika Sarosa, Jakarta – Ahead of the Presidential Election and Legislative Election slated to take place on April 17, 2019, a mass organization 'We The Youth' held a campaign dubbed "100 Persen Indonesia Nyoblos" (Indonesians will entirely vote 100 percent) to encourage young people to not being an abstainer or also known as golput.

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

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – As voting day draws near, the presidential candidates, incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto, have stepped up their campaigns to lure women voters, a coveted demographic group for the 2019 elections.

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

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – Only about one-fifth of the 51-member commission in charge of deliberating the draft law on renewable energy attended a scheduled deliberation hearing at the House of Representatives, which had invited energy experts from notable universities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - January 30, 2019

Jakarta – The owners of a satay restaurant in Padang, West Sumatra, are under investigation following reports that they have been secretly serving Muslim customers pork satay.

Officials from the Padang Trade Agency have conducted an inspection and confirmed that the satay restaurant had been using pork without notifying their customers.

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

Ruslan Sangadji, Palu – Central Sulawesi Governor Longki Djanggola on Wednesday revealed the result of the administration's final count of victims in recent deadly disasters in the province, noting that the powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami and soil liquefaction last September had claimed 4,340 lives.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand International - January 30, 2019

Indonesia's military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua's Highlands on Monday.

Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.

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

Ahead of the Presidential Election on 17 April, many Indonesian voters have begun publicly declaring an intention to not cast a vote, or golput. Frustrated with a lack of candidates representing their interests, young voters have even offered their support to a satirical fictional candidate pair Nurhadi-Aldo ("Dildo") in preference to the official candidates.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Coconuts Jakarta - January 30, 2019

It's a sad commentary on the high levels of opposition towards LGBT rights in Indonesia that certain groups would create fake banners saying a political party supported the rights of the protected minority group in order to attack them.

January 29, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Banks Association (Perbanas) has said that 50 to 70 banks are sufficient to ensure healthy competition between lenders in the Indonesian market.

According to the Indonesian Banking Statistics (SPI), there were 115 banks in the country in November 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2019

Suherdjoko, Semarang – The administration of Central Java is deliberating a draft for a bylaw aimed at "protecting" local fishermen by providing access to technology and financial assistance to increase catches.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
The Conversation - January 29, 2019

Mirra Noor Milla and Haykal Hafizul Arifin – Terrorism was one of the main topics in the first round of Indonesian presidential debate last week. Both candidates – the incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto – agreed that economic woes were the root causes of terrorism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2019

Ganug Nugroho Adi, Wonogiri – Hundreds of students at a state junior high school in Wonogiri, Central Java, staged a protest on Monday to demand the ousting of an English teacher, HA, who allegedly harassed a student.

The protest was the second one to hit SMPN 1 Slogohimo after they also rallied on Saturday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - January 29, 2019

Chinese-Indonesians were not allowed to celebrate Chinese New Year during Suharto's New Order dictatorship, just one part of his regime's attempts to repress Chinese culture.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2019

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawarti has responded to criticism of swelling government debt, which reached Rp 4.42 quadrillion (US$313.83 billion) in December, by arguing that people should not only see the debt from its nominal side.

Government debt was recorded at Rp 2.61 quadrillion when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo took office in 2014.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
The Strategist - January 29, 2019

John McBeth – When Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi delivered her traditional annual foreign policy review recently, she made a point of referring to last month's separatist slaughter of 19 construction workers in rebellious Papua.

'Indonesia', she declared, 'will not back down, not even an inch, when it comes to its sovereignty.'

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - January 29, 2019

When the East Java capital city of Surabaya shuttered Dolly, then the largest red light district in Southeast Asia, there were fears that sex workers would be forced to go underground and no longer receive the regular health checks they received while working in the area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2019

Jakarta – The government has targeted Rp 500 billion (US$35.49 million) in revenue from plastic taxes as stated in the 2019 state budget, but the plan to issue a regulation on the issue is still in the early phase despite previous expectations that it would be issued late last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2019

Jakarta – The Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) has said Indonesia's economy faces several risks this year, such as continuing trade and current account deficits and liquidity constraints.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 29, 2019

Arya Dipa and Kharishar Kahfi, Bandung and Jakarta – In January last year, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said the key to settle all the environmental problems of the Citarum River – the longest river in West Java – was integration of efforts by ministries, institutions and all government branches both at the central and local levels.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand International - January 29, 2019

Civil society groups in Papua New Guinea are urging the government to speak out about violent conflict in the neighbouring Papua region of Indonesia.

This comes amid a recent escalation of conflict between the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces in Papua's Central Highlands.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Coconuts Jakarta - January 29, 2019

Celebrity musician, failed politician and Nazi-apparel aficionado Ahmad Dhani is officially filing an appeal for his 1.5-year prison sentence, which was handed to him at the conclusion of his hate speech trial in the South Jakarta District Court yesterday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Infrastructure & Development
Detik News - January 29, 2019

Jakarta – The construction of a bridge on the Trans Papua road in Nduga, West Papua, will be finished by the army (TNI AD). The construction of the bridge was postponed following the December 2 fatal shooting of construction workers by the West Papua National Liberation Army.

January 28, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - January 28, 2019

Maimon Herawati, the woman perhaps best known as the initiator of an online petition demanding that Indonesian authorities take a "vulgar" Shopee ad featuring K-pop girl group BLACKPINK off the air, is back.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - January 28, 2019

Vindry Florentin, Jakarta – In a coordination meeting between state ministers and regional heads on Monday, January 28, 2019, Vice President Jusuf Kalla – or popularly known as JK – touched on transportation network management across the Greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek), which comprises Jakarta Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2019

Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's younger brother, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, who is also a member of Prabowo's campaign team, said he could guarantee that the Gerindra Party chairman would not seek to create an Islamic state if he won the upcoming presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Housing & Property
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Indonesia Real Estate Broker Association (AREBI) chairman Lukas Bong has called on the government to relax regulations on property ownership for foreigners to help the country's property industry grow.

Lukas said it was still difficult for foreigners to acquire property in Indonesia, despite many expressing the desire to do so.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - January 28, 2019

While many analysts have predicted that "Islamic mobilization" (i.e.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council's (MUI) Bogor chapter in West Java has urged members of the public not to heed the call from a conservative Muslim group who wants to ban Cap Go Meh celebrations.

News ›› East Timor ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Dili Weekly - January 28, 2019

Paulina Quintao – After a secret voting at the National Parliament, Sergio de Jesus Hornai, was elected new Commissioner for the Anti-Corruption Commission (KAK) for the period of 2019 until 2023.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - January 28, 2019

Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – Vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno criticized 31 regional heads in Central Java for publicly declaring support for the incumbent candidate Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

"Because this is people's election, not for the regional head. So, let the people choose," said Sandiaga at Rumah Djoeang, Jalan Wijaya I, South Jakarta, Sunday, January 27.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Tempo - January 28, 2019

Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) secretary-general Raja Juli Antoni has called Prabowo's and his Gerindra Party's political fashion as primitive following a recent statement by Gerindra's supervisory board deputy chief, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, that the party was open to the support of descendants of the now-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

Statements ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Pacific Media Centre - January 28, 2019

London (Benny Wenda/Pacific Media Watch) – As chairman of The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), I have presented the West Papuan People's Petition for self-determination to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2019

Jakarta – Exporters have welcomed the government's short-term policy to boost exports by reducing the number of the commodities requiring surveyor reports (LS's) and those on the restricted exports list.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - January 28, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Making up nearly half of the electorate, millennials are at the top of every political party's target group list this election year.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - January 28, 2019

A petition by West Papuans seeking decolonisation has been handed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet.

The petition was delivered in a meeting officially facilitated by the Vanuatu government in Geneva on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Coconuts Jakarta - January 28, 2019

Celebrity musician, failed politician and Nazi-apparel aficionado Ahmad Dhani was sentenced to 1.5 years in prison today after being found guilty at the conclusion of his hate speech trial in the South Jakarta district court.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Free West Papua - January 28, 2019

A group of UK parliamentarians in the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for West Papua have welcomed the handing-in of the historical West Papuan People's Petition to the UN human rights chief.

In a statement, the APPG said:

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Tempo - January 28, 2019

Ayu Cipta, Tangerang – The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) of Tangerang City stopped a Post Office located on Jalan Daan Mogot from delivering the remaining 150 packages or 450 copies of mysterious Tabloid Indonesia Barokah in the region.

The act was a response following a finding of six copies of the tabloid in Baiturrohman Mosque, Karawaci days ago.