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June 27, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Suara.com - June 27, 2019

Ferry Noviandi, Ismail – Falcon Picture is again producing a film based on a story taken from a novel by Indonesia foremost author Pramoedya Ananta Toer. This time, Falcon Pictures is working on a film titled "The Fugitive" (Perburuan).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Business Times - June 27, 2019

Nusa Dua, Indonesia – Indonesian coal miners said upcoming regulatory changes are putting added pressure on their businesses amid depressed prices and rising competition from other energy sources.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Melbourne Age - June 27, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesia's Constitutional Court looked set to confirm that President Joko Widodo won April's presidential election, after declaring defeated candidate Prabowo Subianto had not proven multiple claims of electoral malfeasance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – The revenues of state-owned mining holding company Indonesia Asahan Aluminium (Inalum) increased 17.38 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 17.48 trillion (US$1.23 billion) in the first quarter of 2019, but its net profits dropped significantly, particularly as a result of higher financing costs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Andi Aqil, Jakarta – Jakarta is set to receive an honorable mention at the 2020 Sustainable Transport Award in Fortaleza, Brazil, for the city's efforts to develop the Transjakarta bus network, which has seen a 200 percent increase in passengers in less than three years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has admitted to accepting US$30,000 from Saudi Arabia and not reporting it to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has rejected evidence by losing candidate pair Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno which suggested that regional leaders' support for Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin was proof of structured, systematic and massive fraud in the 2019 presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court said on Thursday that it had found no evidence that could prove allegations of "structured, systematic and massive" electoral fraud filed by the losing Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno ticket in its petition challenging the presidential election results.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto announced on Thursday evening that he accepted the Constitutional Court's decision to reject his petition to overturn the April 17 election result, though he stopped short of conceding defeat.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Asian Correspondent - June 27, 2019

Treviliana Eka Putri and Dewa Ayu Diah Angendari – Last month, the Indonesian government temporarily blocked access to social media for three days following violent post-election protests in the capital. The government claimed the move aimed to stop the spread of disinformation that could worsen the violence.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Brisbane Times - June 27, 2019

Steve Jacobs – An Indonesian regency in Central Java plans to end its brutal dog meat trade following a shocking investigation in neighbouring Surakarta by a coalition of animal welfare groups.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Coconuts Bali - June 27, 2019

Bali's Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) said yesterday that the Benoa Bay reclamation project will not be implemented, adding that they support Bali Governor Wayan Koster's position of rejecting commercial development in the area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Globe - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has invited some of Indonesia's richest people to the State Palace on Wednesday to discuss investment in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone in West Nusa Tenggara.

Among those invited were Chairul Tanjung, Peter Sondakh, Hary Tanoesoedibjo, Eka Tjandra, Data Sri Tahir, Muchtar Wijaya, Sulistyo and Budi Hartono.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – United Kingdom-based international property consultancy firm Savills has ranked Jakarta as the 20th most resilient city in its recent real estate index.

Alongside Singapore, Jakarta is one of only two cities in Southeast Asia to be included in the top 20. Jakarta ranked 51st in 2018 and 103rd in 2008.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit by the campaign team of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno against the Elections Supervisory Agency's (Bawaslu) ruling on alleged election campaign violations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian government has invited experts from around the world to take part in studying the little-known phenomenon of soil liquefaction, which devastated neighborhoods in Palu, Central Sulawesi, on Sept. 28, 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 27, 2019

Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has rejected a claim by losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno that the Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin ticket's call for its supporters to don white shirts while voting was some form of election violation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Population & Migration
Coconuts Bali - June 27, 2019

Fearing a significant decline in Bali's local population, the provincial government is stepping up its campaign to increase the birth rate on the island by advising islanders to consider having four children.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Detik News - June 27, 2019

Samsudhuha Wildansyah, Jakarta – Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) General Chairperson Sobri Lubis has called on supporters to prepare themselves for and take part in a long-term constitutional jihad (holy war) if incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election.

June 26, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - June 26, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Jakarta Metro Police Traffic Directorate has closed streets near Constitutional Court (MK) as 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212) will stage a street rally today, June 26.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - June 26, 2019

Jakarta – The government is yet to find a solution to the recent drop in the price of chicken meat that has seen poultry farmers cry foul.

In the last two days the average farm price of chicken has been Rp 9,883 per kilogram, Trade Ministry Domestic Trade Director General Tjahya Widayanti said on Tuesday, adding that prices began to fall on May 30.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2019

Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Ahmad Salman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may have his way to establish a supermajority coalition of parties in the House of Representatives during his second-term administration.

But the public stands to lose the most without a significant opposition to challenge the government over the next five years, an expert has warned.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Jakarta Post - June 26, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The Lake Toba Authority (BPODT) has ordered an indigenous tribe who live near the massive lake to leave a state-owned land plot upon accusations that they have erected new buildings there.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Bloomberg - June 26, 2019

Tassia Sipahutar, Jakarta – Indonesian prisons are overflowing with convicts and authorities worried about their negative influence on city dwellers are exploring shifting them to some of the uninhabited islands in the archipelago.Overcrowded jails mean petty criminals like chicken thieves are lodged together with drug traffickers and terrorists, according to Indonesia's Coordinati

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Al Jezeera - June 26, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – It should have been a happy day. As the residents of Sambirejo village on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia set up tents and prepared food for a party, they heard a series of loud explosions from a nearby house, which had been turned into a makeshift factory to make cigarette lighters. A fireball ripped through the roof.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2019

The Indonesian police received quite a bit of praise for the restraint they showed during the riots that engulfed parts of Central Jakarta on May 21-23 – sparked by the announcement that presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto had officially lost the election – such as their decision to not use live ammunition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Zero Waste Alliance Indonesia has called on the government to enforce its ban on waste imports, especially plastic waste and scrap, as it has a disproportionally negative affect on underprivileged people in the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2019

Indonesia's Constitutional Court announced today that its judges had already rendered a decision on the election fraud lawsuit submitted by defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - June 26, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) deputy chairman Zainut Tauhid Saadi has called for all Muslims and the public in general to accept any ruling delivered by the Constitutional Court on presidential election dispute.

"Because MK's ruling is final and binding," Zainut told reporters in Jakarta, Wednesday, June 26.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Surabaya District Court in East Java sentenced local celebrity Vanessa Angel to five months in prison on Wednesday for the online distribution of inappropriate content related to the prostitution services she was offering.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - June 26, 2019

Jakarta – The government has been urged to scrap the import tax for aircraft components to incentivize airlines to adhere to a request that they cut airfares for domestic flights.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - June 26, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Rachmat Yasin, former regent of Bogor, West Java, a suspect for allegedly accepting gratuities during his term in office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - June 26, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesia's Constitutional Court is tipped to reject claims of systematic fraud in the April presidential election, and that ruling will likely trigger more protests on the streets of the national capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2019

Although Indonesia is not a Muslim state, many state institutions have their own mosques for the convenience of Muslim civil servants. The teachings at these mosques have been under scrutiny after a report last year by the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) found that dozens of the houses of worship were spreading radicalism to government workers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - June 26, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Wiranto supported the meeting plan of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto to bring more peace for Indonesia after the heated presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Tempo - June 26, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and President of Argentina Mauricio Macri are holding a bilateral meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java.

Upon welcoming the president, Jokowi mentioned his delight in meeting Mauricio Macri once again after both men last met each other at the G-20 meeting in 2016.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Jakarta Post - June 26, 2019

Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has cancelled a monthly religious event that planned to feature preacher Felix Siauw, a supporter of the banned Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), at Fatahillah Mosque inside the City Hall complex on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - June 26, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Hundreds of losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto supporters gathered near the Constitutional Court in Central Jakarta on Wednesday morning, demanding that the justices deliver a "fair verdict" for a lawsuit filed to challenge the victory of incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - June 26, 2019

Suherdjoko, Semarang – State high schools and vocational schools in Central Java can only accommodate 45 percent of the province's junior high school graduates, Central Java Education and Culture Agency head Jumeri has said.

Central Java is home to 5,037 junior high schools but only 425 state high schools and 237 vocational schools.

News ›› East Timor ›› Mining & Energy
The Guardian - June 26, 2019

Helen Davidson – Timor-Leste's state-owned gas company has rejected reports it is set to take a $16bn loan from China's Exim bank to finance the Greater Sunrise project.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Immigration & Border Security
Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2019

QR (quick response) codes have become ubiquitous in Indonesia in recent years, particularly in the use of e-payment systems, but the tech may soon be used for Black Mirror-esque surveillance of foreigners if the Immigration Office gets its wish.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mysticism & The Supernatural
Coconuts Jakarta - June 26, 2019

As demonstrated by real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren (made famous by The Conjuring film series), you don't need irrefutable evidence to get people to take your ghost stories seriously.

June 25, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – Setya Novanto, the disgraced former speaker of the House of Representatives currently serving a 15-year prison term for massive graft in the so-called e-KTP corruption case, has also been implicated in a bribery case related to a $900 million power plant project in Riau, court documents showed on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - June 25, 2019

Jakarta – People whose homes are to be demolished to make way for the construction of a new runway at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, have blocked Jl. Perimeter Utara near the project site in protest, claiming they have not received the agreed upon compensation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - June 25, 2019

Jakarta – Poultry farmers in Yogyakarta plan to give away 5,800 chickens free of charge on Wednesday to protest the government's inaction over recent price drops.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Coconuts Jakarta - June 25, 2019

Back in 2017, there was a lot of speculation that Hary Tanoesoedibjo – the Indonesian media mogul, politician and real estate developer who is often referred to in the international press as US President Donald Trump's "Indonesian business partner" – was considering a run for Indonesia's top office.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Sydney Morning Herald - June 25, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – A former Indonesian police officer who was sacked for being gay has decided to fight the country's creeping Islamic fundamentalism by challenging his dismissal through the courts.

Known as TT, the man was accused of disobeying the values of religion, law and morality and damaging the reputation of the police force.

News ›› Aceh ›› Shariah & Discriminatory By-Laws
Coconuts Jakarta - June 25, 2019

If Aceh's top ulemas (Islamic scholars) continue their crusade against the popular military shooter video game PUBG (Player Unknown's Battlegrounds) and similar games, the mere act of playing what they deem to be violent games may soon result in, ironically, violent punishment.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Indonesia at Melbourne - June 25, 2019

Less than two weeks after the presidential election, with the official result yet to be announced, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo declared his intention to establish a new capital city outside Java, with Kalimantan the most likely site.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Tempo - June 25, 2019

Hendartyo Hanggi, Jakarta – Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the government will continue making policy breakthroughs to make domestic businesses more attractive and able to drive the economy. He said that one of the policies is to provide tax incentives to manufacturers.