Jakarta – East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has announced that his administration is encouraging the production of moringa liqueur, which experts at Nusa Cendana University (Undana) are currently researching.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
April 2, 2019
Rizieq Shihab, the controversial founder of the hardline Islamic Defender Front (FPI) may not have nearly the influence on this year's presidential campaigns as he did in the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial race, given his current self-imposed exile from the country.
April 1, 2019
Jakarta – The Directorate General of Taxation has announced that 10.93 million taxpayers, or 70.15 percent of its target of 15.58 million taxpayers, had filed their annual tax returns (SPTs) by Saturday night, one day before the March 31 deadline.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's opposition has uncovered data irregularities affecting millions of people in the election rolls and vowed on Monday (April 1) to take legal action, or use "people power", if its complaints were not resolved.
Peter Milne – Two Australian mining investors want locals to look to nearby and untapped East Timor for their next venture.
Iron Fortune founder and director Mary Thompson said the private company had been seeking iron ore opportunities in South Australia before a 2014 trade delegation trip to East Timor.
Indonesia's parliament is currently trying to pass the Bill on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS), a piece of legislation which activist say is desperately needed to provide adequate legal protections for victims of gender-based violence.
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – PT MRT Jakarta purposely did not provide trash bins inside the MRT stations. Company officials said this is done to teach people not to bring potential garbage inside the station.
Jakarta – Players in the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) have been in a wait-and-see mode since early January and will continue to bide their time until the General Elections Commission (KPU) announces the results of the April 17 presidential and legislative elections.
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – An antifeminist group, Indonesia Tanpa Feminis (Indonesia Without Feminists), has launched a social media campaign amid heated debate over proposed sexual violence legislation that pits feminists and some Islamic groups against each other.
Three months after the Lion Air plane her husband was piloting plunged into the sea, Garima Sethi sat with senior officials at the Indonesian carrier in January and urged them – again – to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8.
Multi-millionaire businessman Sandiaga ("Sandi") Salahuddin Uno has been the surprise star of the 2019 presidential election campaign. The 49-year-old is running for vice president on Prabowo Subianto's ticket, although he has little in common with the former military general.
Given the capital's high prevalence of both smokers and motorcyclists, seeing a biker taking a long drag at an intersection is a pretty common sight in Jakarta. But perhaps not for much longer as police have begun enforcing a new traffic law that classifies smoking while driving as a form of distraction and a ticketable offense.
Andita Rahma and Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police planned to beef up regular operations, such as mobile patrols, ahead of the 2019 general elections slated to take place on Wednesday, April 17.
Joint patrols of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and the National Police (Polri) will also be intensified, said Jakarta Police spokesman said Commissioner Argo Yuwono.
Pekanbaru (Antara) – The Peat Restoration Agency (BRG) is currently striving to restore 40 hectares of vegetation areas in the Giam Siak Kecil and Bukit Batu biosphere reserve forests in Riau province.
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Jakarta's first MRT line, MRT Jakarta, has finally opened on April 1 for commercial operations at 50 percent discounted fares for the entire month, a strategy to encourage people to use the new rail service.
The current presidential race between the incumbent Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma'aruf Amin partnership and the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno challengers reflects a major flaw in the country's political discourse.
Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Opposition leader Prabowo Subianto lambasted President Joko Widodo, criticizing his opponent's economic diplomacy and peacemaker aspirations, while touting his own vision of building Indonesia's military might, as the two faced off in debate a few weeks ahead of the April 17 presidential vote.
James Massola, Jakarta – Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's campaign has claimed massive voter irregularities and flagged a legal challenge to the election result, warning supporters will hit the streets for mass protests.
In any election, it's essential for law enforcement to remain neutral, but that neutrality has been called into question ahead of Indonesia's upcoming presidential election on April 17 due to a shocking claim by an alleged whistleblower from the police force, which is dominating headlines in the country today.
Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry has found that 130 of 1,224 hoaxes and fake news spread from August 2018 to March 2019 were related to the presidential candidates, political parties and election organizers.
Christian Lee, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto may like to lament the fact that Indonesia trails its peers in firepower, but the country's military has made sure that this is not for lack of trying.
Jakarta (Antara) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited victims of floods in Jayapura, Papua province who were sheltered at the Toware Sports Center, Waibu district, today, April 1.
"Yes, relocation is necessary because the area is prone to disaster. So people must be relocated," said President Jokowi after having a dialogue with the evacuees on Monday, April 1.
March 31, 2019
Surabaya – Dangdut singer Rhoma Irama touched on the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS) in a speech at a campaign rally for presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno at the Delta Sidoarjo Sports Stadium in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya on Sunday March 31.
Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto crushed any concerns that he may compromise Indonesia's national unity by being too cozy with radical Islamists during Saturday evening's debate.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry has issued two new regulations on airline tickets that will determine the calculation of airfares and price ceilings.
Jakarta – The fourth presidential debate between incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto on Saturday unexpectedly provided a stage of heated arguments – and laughter, too.
Linda Yulisman – The third debate between President Joko Widodo and his rival Prabowo Subianto ahead of elections next month did not disappoint, with both men taking a more combative stance as they locked horns over ideology, diplomacy, governance, defence and security.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – The Central Java administration has reduced nearly 4,000 hectares of slums since 2014 or some 57 percent of the total slum areas in the province, an official has said.
James Massola, Jakarta – Indonesia's presidential debates are a must-watch for millions of people in this vast archipelago, with mass screenings in parks and other venues around the country attended by thousands of people who might otherwise be out enjoying their Saturday night.
March 30, 2019
Jakarta – Presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo shrugged off a concern expressed by challenger Prabowo Subianto, who questioned the capability of the Indonesian Military (TNI) to protect the country.
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – Migrant CARE, a labor rights advocacy group, has called on presidential candidates Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto to address the protection of Indonesian migrant workers in the upcoming debate, an issue both sides have failed to comprehensively highlight on previous occasions.
Neli Agustina, Medan – Hundreds of students from the Anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Student Alliance held an action rejecting pornographic content at the University of North Sumatra (USU) in Medan on the afternoon of March 29.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) announced on Saturday that authorities had decided to end the 14-day emergency period in Sentani district, Jayapura, Papua, after a flash flood struck the area on March 16.
Nur Asyiqin Mohamad Salleh, Jakarta – With campaigning in full swing for the elections on April 17, candidates are working to address voters' main concerns.
More than 192 million will cast their ballots for their president and vice-president, as well as Members of Parliament and other officials. About one third of those are first-time voters between the ages of 16 and 20.
Jakarta – Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto clarified during the fourth presidential candidate debate on Saturday that he was not in any position to support the establishment of a caliphate in Indonesia, an accusation recently thrown at him.
Prabowo, who was born from a Christian mother, said the accusation was "cruel" and did not "make any sense".
Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – Civility is not always the norm in political discussions. Case in point is the increasingly rampant use of slurs used by Indonesian social media users to insult those who do not share their political views.
March 29, 2019
Juke Carolina – In Indonesia, the rise of rock star clerics on social media has fueled a movement known as hijrah, capturing the attention of Muslim youth seeking new ways to express their faith on social media.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The head of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences' (LIPI) research center, Firman Noor, revealed the ever-strengthening political oligarchy in Indonesia stemmed from two factors.
Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta lambasted alleged assault conducted by infamous gang leader Hercules Rosario Marshal prior to his verdict hearing at the West Jakarta District Court on Wednesday.
Tiara Maharani – With rising airfares in Indonesia impacting the local travel and tourism industry, the Indonesian government is strongly urging Indonesian air carriers, especially the state-owned Garuda Indonesia, to drop their airfares immediately.
Kristianto Galuwo – A Hound, totally wet, are walking around, scrapping over damp branches lying on the ground. Thirsty, it moves to a puddle for a sip of water. Doesn't know what to do, it turns to sniff piles of stumps that just tumbled from trees.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – A number of North Sumatra University (USU) students staged a rally at the USU campus on Thursday to protest the rector's decision to dismiss 18 students from the editorial board of student publication Suara USU after they published a short story about the struggle of a young woman who falls in love with another woman.
Jakarta – Research organization Perkumpulan Prakasa has revealed that the Indonesian government has lost about US$11 million in state revenue as $142.07 billion worth of key commodities was exported illegally from 1989 to 2017.
Jakarta, Indonesia – Indonesia's air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades, shaving five years from life expectancy in some regions, researchers say.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry has revoked a regulation on tax treatment for e-commerce transactions amid pushback from digital economy players.
Finance Ministerial Regulation No. 210/2018, which was signed by Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on Dec. 31, was originally meant to be enforced on April 1.
Dewi Nurita, Arkhelaus W, Jakarta – The survey conducted by Center Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shows the presidential and vice presidential candidate number 01, Joko Widodo or Jokowi – Ma'ruf Amin bested the opponent Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno.
Jakarta – The government is yet to issue a technical regulation on e-commerce taxation with only several days left before the new policy is scheduled to take effect on April. 1.
The expected technical regulation will be a taxation director general regulation (Perdirjen) to support Finance Ministerial Regulation No. 210/2018 on e-commerce taxation.
Jakarta – The Golkar Party announced on Friday the dismissal of member Bowo Sidik Pangerso, who has been named a graft suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a case pertaining to shipping projects at the country's largest fertilizer company, PT Pupuk Indonesia Holding Company (PIHC).
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) yesterday uncovered what they allege to be a huge scheme to buy votes during next month's legislative election while arresting House of Representatives (DPR) member Bowo Sidik Pangarso during a sting operation in Jakarta.
Jakarta – An independent team called the Nduga Case Investigation Team has reported a number of alleged human rights violations (HAM) during the military operations conducted by the TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) in Nduga regency, West Papua.