Jones Gultom, Medan – A number of student organisations from the North Sumatra University (USU) which are part of the group Student Solidarity Speaking Out (Somber) held a peaceful protest at the USU campus on Thursday March 28.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
March 28, 2019
Jakarta – Papuan independence fighters are vowing more attacks on a highway that's the Indonesian president's key development project in the troubled easternmost region.
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has disbursed Rp 324 billion (US$22.7 million) for a child nutrition program to be implemented at state elementary schools across the province.
Recently, an entertainment resort in Indonesia covered up statues of mermaids in an attempt to be more 'family-friendly.' The incident has stirred a debate on nudity and "immoral" conduct.
Furious over the European Union's (EU) plans to phase out palm oil from transportation biofuel mix, Indonesia warned of pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The EU "should not underestimate Indonesia," said Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Natural Resources.
A significant number of Indonesians, especially young people of voting age, have expressed their dissatisfaction with both candidates vying for the presidency in next month's election and some have announced they would golput (abstain from voting) to both voice their disappointment in the candidates and the whole system that produced them.
Indonesian democracy throws up many contrasts. The public have repeatedly shown that they have little faith in the key pillars of democracy, such as political parties and the House of Representatives. Yet public trust in democracy itself remains high, and turnout in elections remains strong. How do we explain this puzzle?
Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fransiska Nangoy, Jakarta – A senior Indonesian minister warned on Wednesday Southeast Asia's biggest economy could consider exiting the Paris climate deal if the European Union goes ahead with a plan to phase out palm oil in renewable transportation fuel.
Medan, Sumut News – Students from the group Student Solidarity Speaking Out (Somber) from the North Sumatra University (USU) held a protest action in front of the USU rectorate on Thursday March 28.
During the action they condemned the attitude of the USU rectorate for revoking the accreditation of the Suara USU (Voice of USU) editorial board.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) apprehended a lawmaker and a high-ranking official of state fertilizer holding company PT Pupuk Indonesia during an operation in Jakarta that took place Wednesday night to the early hours of Thursday.
Jim Zarroli – When a friend texted him the news that a Lion Air plane carrying 189 people had crashed off the coast of Java early on the morning of Oct. 29, a Jakarta man named Fenlix felt an immediate sense of dread.
Yogyakarta – In a metal pavilion down a backstreet in Yogyakarta, a mid-sized Indonesian city, Tutiek Widyo is making her pitch to the crowd. She is a candidate for the local legislature from the National Mandate Party (PAN), a small Islamic outfit, in the general election on April 17th.
Yamin Kogoya – Last Thursday, The Jakarta Post published an opinion article by the Indonesian Foreign Affair Minister, Retno LP Marsudi, highlighting a plan for diplomatic engagement with the South Pacific countries.
Ikhsan Abdul Hakim – The actions by North Sumatra University (USU) Rector Runtung Sitepu in closing down the student press publication Suara USU (Voice of USU) has been criticised by many parties.
With anti-LGBT sentiment at "alarmingly" high levels in Indonesia (stoked at least in part by political interests), few Indonesian authorities are brave enough to speak out in defense of the rights of the highly stigmatized minority group.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – A poll released by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on Thursday shows President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo with a double-digit lead over Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto, with less than a month to go until election day, April 17.
Indonesia's president has started beaming a hologram of himself to reach voters in key battleground provinces as he shuttles around the south-east Asian archipelago ahead of national polls.
Than Donnell – Six months after the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia, 118 children are still officially registered as missing. Unifef NZ's Leader of Digital Content Ethan Donnell met one family reunited through Unicef.
Duncan Graham – Before the horrifying March 15 mosque massacres in Christchurch, New Zealand was best recognized for its knockout landscapes and relaxed lifestyle.
Presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno's campaign have been beset by numerous PR disasters in the lead up to next month's election, but this latest one seems to have been entirely avoidable if not totally unnecessary.
March 27, 2019
Jakarta – The government has raised Rp 223.97 trillion (US$15.76 billion) from the auction of conventional and sharia government debt papers implemented along the first quarter of 2019.
The figure was 21.07 percent higher than the target set by the Finance Ministry's Financing and Risk Management Directorate General, which was Rp 185 trillion.
Jakarta – Major Muslim and Christian religious organisations have called on the faithful to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming elections to counter a rising movement in favour of abstaining and the possibility that potential voters might choose to go on holiday during the election week.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua has urged all Papuans in Indonesia to boycott the upcoming national elections.
Indonesia, which has over 190 million eligible voters, goes to the polls on 17 April. It will be the first time the country's president, vice president, and members of the legislature are elected on the same day.
Fadli, Batam – Bank Indonesia (BI) in cooperation with the Indonesian Navy is distributing cash to the country's 116 outermost islands to help prevent the use of foreign currencies in border areas.
Jakarta (Antara) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced there are only 111 members of the House of Representatives (DPR) who have already submitted the state official wealth report (LHKPN). Meanwhile, the report submission deadline falls on March 31, 2019.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) called on greater synergy between stakeholders to help the country book a higher gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
BI governor Perry Warjiyo said the good synergy between monetary and fiscal authorities through the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK) had helped Indonesia manage the volatility last year.
Jakarta – Indonesia, the world's largest palm oil producer, has certified a record amount of land under palm oil cultivation as employing environmentally sustainable methods, the Indonesia Sustainable Palm Standard (ISPO) Commission said on Wednesday.
New Zealand's Foreign Minister, Winston Peters, has called for an end to violence in Indonesia's Papua province.
Mr Peters was responding to a letter from a representative of the West Papua Liberation Army, which is waging war with Indonesia's military in Papua.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – GlobeAsia's '99 Most Inspiring Women in Indonesia' special premium edition issue, with a list that includes the famously tough Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, was launched at The Sultan Hotel in Jakarta on Wednesday (27/03).
After losing his wife recently, a man from the Probolinggo regency in East Java, Indonesia had to go through the humiliation of having his genitalia inspected by local police after false rumors spread that it was the cause of his wife's death.
A theme park in Indonesia has removed its mermaid statues after images of their breasts covered by gold cloth went viral in the country and sparked an online backlash.
Ancol Dreamland Park in North Jakarta covered the breasts of two statues which have been topless for decades, saying they were incompatible with "Eastern norms".
Christopher Knaus – A senior ex-judge has condemned delays in the prosecution of former spy Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, saying they represent an "absolute abandonment" of the principles of open and fair justice.
Yulia Savitri, Palembang – Police are searching for two individuals suspected of being involved in the killing of a 24-year-old female priest, identified only as MZ, in Air Sugihan district, Ogan Komering Ilir regency, South Sumatra.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The worker's union of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would meet Police criminal investigation division chief Comr. Gen. Idham Azis today, March 27.
The meeting will talk about police investigations into terror case against Novel Baswedan and other commission officials.
March 26, 2019
Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – A national political development researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Aisyah Putri Budiarti, pointed out potential voter migration ahead of the presidential election day on April 17, 2019.
Jakarta – The government has decided to keep discounts on trans-Jakarta toll roads in place until the Idul Fitri holiday season, as the relevant parties are still calculating the tolls, which are different for each section of the trans-Java highway.
Jakarta – Representatives of two business associations have called on the government to lower the rate of corporate income tax so they can manufacture products that can compete in the global market.
They claim that the 25 percent tax rate means Indonesian products cannot compete in the global market because neighboring countries have lowered the income tax rate.
As the representative body of the West Papuan people and all West Papuan groups, the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) formally declares a boycott of the Indonesian presidential and general elections on April 17, 2019.
Jakarta – Thousands of children are living in makeshift shelters six months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami pounded the Indonesian city of Palu, aid agencies said on Tuesday (Mar 26), as authorities wrestle with a "painfully slow" recovery.The magnitude 7.5 quake and subsequent deluge razed swathes of the coastal town on Sulawesi island last September, killing more than
A pair of bare-breasted mermaid statues have been given the family values treatment at an Indonesian amusement park where officials slipped golden tube tops over their chests.
While the nude statues have been on display for years at Jakarta's Ancol Dreamland, a recent policy aimed at respecting "Eastern values" has seen the mermaids get an official cover-up.
Riyan Novitra, Jakarta – Thick smog allegedly caused by land and forest fire in Riau province clouded high buildings in Pekanbaru city, Tuesday, March 26.
The Terra and Aqua Satellite of the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Pekanbaru station recorded a total of 34 hotspots which are indicating land and forest fires across the province.
Jakarta – The government has pledged to include motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers working for ride-hailing apps in the insurance schemes of both the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) and the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).
Indonesian President Joko Widodo's track record of considering gender representation in ministerial appointments is lauded in global circles. With nine women appointed to his cabinet, there are more female cabinet ministers in Indonesia than in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Indonesia's Provincial Red Cross in Papua is working with local disaster authorities and other agencies to supply shelter, clean water and sanitation to over 11,000 people displaced by the Sentani floods ten days ago.
The death toll remains at 112 and 94 people are still missing after flash floods and landslides hit Sentani in Jayapura Regency, in Papua Province.
A student news website in Indonesia that published a story about a woman expressing her love for another young woman was ordered by university officials to shut down its entire news operation after the story went viral.
Aditya L. Djono, Jakarta – Indonesia is adopting a tougher stance against the European Union's plan to phase out the use of palm oil in renewable transport fuel.
On Tuesday (26/03), it was the House of Representatives speaker Bambang Soesatyo's turn to slam the EU plan, officially called the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II).
Rezki Alvionitasari, Jakarta – The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) said that it intensified coordination with several institutions in handling hoax or false information ahead of the 2019 general elections on April 17.
The institutions are the General Election Commission (KPU), Press Council, and the Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo).
Medan – The North Sumatra Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) says it regrets a decision by the University of North Sumatra's (USU) rector to revoke the Voice of USU's (Suara USU) editorial board's Student Press accreditation.
Jakarta – The textile industry is seeking the government's protection from high growth of imports as the sector could not compete in both domestic and international markets.
Karlis Salna and Viriya Singgih, Jakarta – Indonesia's economy, the biggest in Southeast Asia, is getting a boost from an election campaign that's kicking into high gear.