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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
While many analysts have predicted that "Islamic mobilization" (i.e.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.