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January 21, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Globe - January 21, 2019

Kathleen Adelaide Setiawan, Jakarta – Edy Rahmayadi resigned as chairman of the Indonesian Football Association, or PSSI, over the weekend amid fresh allegations of match-fixing in the national league, which have reignited the sport's long-running struggle against corruption.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand International - January 21, 2019

Indonesia's military says one of its soldiers has been killed by Papuan rebels during a shootout in the Highlands region.

Military spokesperson Colonel Mohammed Aidi told Antara News that an officer was killed on Friday in Puncak Jaya regency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - January 21, 2019

While Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has been able to take down many powerful figures in recent years, graft remains endemic throughout much of the government, especially in certain regions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - January 21, 2019

Sheany, Jakarta – Civil society groups and human rights organizations have expressed concern over the future of law enforcement and the protection of human rights in Indonesia, sharing a common view that neither candidate showed any commitment to these issues during Thursday's first presidential debate.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - January 21, 2019

Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – Stakeholders are worried the United States-China trade war will continue to take its toll on Indonesia after inflicting a huge blow to the country's trade balance in 2018.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
CNBC - January 21, 2019

As Indonesians head to the polls in April, religion and the economy will likely take center stage as President Joko Widodo seeks re-election, experts told CNBC.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - January 21, 2019

Jakarta – Environmental activist Eva Bande and a local group from Central Java, Sedulur Sikep, have won the prestigious human rights Yap Thiam Hien award for their roles in agrarian conflicts.

Imdadun Rahmat, board supervisor of the Yap Thiam Hien foundation, noted the growing trend of conflicts that involved big corporations and local communities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Coconuts Jakarta - January 21, 2019

When President Joko Widodo announced that his running mate would be Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Chairman Ma'ruf Amin, some were concerned that it represented the nation's leader's willingness to pander to ultra-conservative Muslims.

Some see those concerns as validated after the president signed off on the early parole of firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir last Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Globe - January 21, 2019

Sheany, Jakarta – Convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Baasyir is set for release from prison after receiving a pardon from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in a widely perceived political move ahead of the 2019 presidential election.

Jokowi said the decision to set Baasyir free was based on humanitarian grounds, especially considering the terror convict's health and advanced age.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Tempo - January 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Committee for the Acceleration of Priority Infrastructure Provision (KPPIP) is targeting to complete 30 national strategic projects (PSN) worth Rp276.4 trillion in the third quarter of this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - January 21, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) has decided not to provide the presidential candidates with a list of question before the next election debates, after public criticism of the first debate, which took place last Thursday at Bidakara Hotel in South Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - January 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) is investigating alleged price fixing behind airfare increases.

"We are investigating the issue because we could not rely on information from the media," said KPPU commissioner Guntur Syahputra Saragih as quoted by tempo.co on Monday.

January 20, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - January 20, 2019

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – The first presidential candidate debate is over, but candidates Joko "Jokowi" Widodo with his running mate Ma'ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno will face each other in four more before the April 17 election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - January 20, 2019

Winny Tang, Jakarta – Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) companies may continue to face challenges in 2019 amid slow consumption growth and new competing products, although there is potential for a rebound in their stock prices next year, analysts have predicted.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Detik News - January 20, 2019

Andhika Prasetia and Rachmadi Rasyad, West Bandung – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's vice presidential running mate Ma'ruf Amin says that he proposed the release of Al-Mu'min Islamic boarding school leader Abu Bakar Bashir back in 2018. But at the time, Bashir still had to submit an appeal for clemency with President Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 20, 2019

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has recorded that capital inflows into the country totaled Rp 14.57 trillion (US$1.03 billion) in the period from Jan. 1 to Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - January 20, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – A video showing nuns singing with a qasidah (Islamic pop music) group went viral over the weekend, with netizens praising it as a heart-warming example of interfaith acceptance amid rising intolerance across the country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Tempo - January 20, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Some 89.1 percent of the millennial generation are optimistic about diversity in Indonesia based on the Indonesia Millennial Report 2019.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - January 20, 2019

Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – The production of biofuel from sources such as palm oil and sugarcane is prone to delays and vulnerable to fluctuating supplies and prices, the government has acknowledged.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sport & Recreation
Jakarta Post - January 20, 2019

Niken Prathivi, Jakarta – Edy Rahmayadi announced his resignation as chief of the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) during a national meeting in Badung, Bali, on Sunday, saying that he had failed at his duties.

"I received no pressure at all to step down. This is the best decision for the nation," Edy said after delivering his resignation speech as quoted by Antara.

January 19, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - January 19, 2019

Jakarta – The legal team representing firebrand Muslim cleric and terrorism convict Abu Bakar Baasyir rejected on Saturday claims that the unconditional release of the cleric was "a gift" from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, saying that the release was part of a regular judicial procedure.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
South China Morning Post - January 19, 2019

Resty Woro Yuniar – Indonesian presidential contender Prabowo Subianto is trying to cultivate an image as a pious Muslim, with analysts calling his recent national address an effort to boost his electability and appeal to the country's significant Muslim voting bloc ahead of the April 17 election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - January 19, 2019

Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta – The Surakarta administration in Central Java has finally decided to cover a cross-shaped road mosaic in front of the City Hall with paint following complaints from conservative Muslim groups.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Sydney Morning Herald - January 19, 2019

James Massola, Karuni Rompies & Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – The early release of radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir is very disappointing and a "slap in the face", according to survivors of the 2002 Bali bombings, who have lashed Indonesian President Joko Widodo's decision.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Jakarta Post - January 19, 2019

Jakarta – Convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Ba'asyir will be unconditionally released from Gunung Sindur prison in Bogor, West Java, as he has received a pardon from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Radio New Zealand International - January 19, 2019

Dozens of students have turned out across Indonesia to protest military action in Papua's Nduga regency.

Since late last year, a large, joint military and police operation has been underway in the Highlands region in pursuit of the West Papua Liberation Army.

January 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - January 18, 2019

An Islamic group named the Surakarta City Sharia Council (DSKS) in the city of Surakarta (also known as Solo) in Central Java says they plan to protest a particular public facility that they argue resembles the symbol of another religion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Human Rights Watch Dispatches - January 18, 2019

Kyle Knight – This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting "LGBT activities." The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined by Indonesian soldiers and local residents in an incident that follows a disturbing pattern of similar vigilante raids across Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
South China Morning Post - January 18, 2019

Resty Woro Yuniar – Indonesian presidential contender Prabowo Subianto on Thursday blamed terror attacks in the country on foreigners and said homegrown extremism was the result of Indonesians feeling economically marginalised, during a face-off with incumbent Joko Widodo in the first of five debates ahead of the April 17 presidential election.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Sydney Morning Herald - January 18, 2019

James Massola, Amilia Rosa & Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – The radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will be freed from jail in a matter of days, according to a senior adviser in President Joko Widodo's campaign team.

News ›› West Papua ›› Independence & Self-Determination
Berita Bali - January 18, 2019

Denpasar – Scores of people from the People's United Forum (FPR) and the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) held a rally in and around the Renon area in the Balinese provincial capital of Denpasar on Friday January 18.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - January 18, 2019

Ganug Nugroho Adi, Surakarta – Mosaic art surrounding a statue on a major road in Surakarta, Central Java, has drawn ire from conservative Muslim groups, which have said that an aerial view of the art showed that the design resembled a Christian cross.

Surakarta's Muslim Troops (LUIS) has questioned the design and demanded that the city administration review it.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Sydney Morning Herald - January 18, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – It was billed as the great debate on law, corruption, terrorism and human rights.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - January 18, 2019

Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – The first 2019 presidential debate between candidate pairs Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno kicked off on Thursday, with the rival camps expected to present their views on the issues of law, human rights, corruption and terrorism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Coconuts Jakarta - January 18, 2019

What former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama is going to do after he leaves prison next week has been the subject of much speculation in Indonesia, but in a heartfelt open letter that he wrote yesterday, he seems most concerned with turning a new leaf and becoming a better man thanks to his time in prison.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Coconuts Jakarta - January 18, 2019

The controversial Indonesian cleric known for being the spiritual leader to Jemaah Islamiyah, the regional terror group blamed for the deadly 2002 Bali bombing, is set to be released from prison this week after receiving early parole with the express permission of President Joko Widodo.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Indonesia at Melbourne - January 18, 2019

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin squared off against Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno last night in the first of five presidential debates. Each debate follows a different theme, with the first on law, human rights, corruption and terrorism.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Guardian - January 18, 2019

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – With their moustaches, traditional headwear and big campaign promises, Nurhadi and Aldo resemble almost any other politician.

But, as Indonesia heads towards a presidential election, looks can be deceiving. The two presidential candidates are in fact fictional.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - January 18, 2019

Jakarta – A survey commissioned by Charta Politika on Thursday revealed that the electability of 2019 presidential candidate pairs Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, has remained stagnant ahead of voting day in April.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Okezone - January 18, 2019

Putra Ramadhani Astyawan, Jakarta – The lawyer for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and vice presidential running mate Ma'ruf Amin's election campaign team, Yusril Ihza Mahendra, says that Widodo's release of Abu Bakar Bashir is evidence that head of state does not criminalise ulama (Islamic clerics).

News ›› East Timor ›› Farming & Agriculture
Dili Weekly - January 18, 2019

Paulina Quintao – The National Director for Agriculture, Horticulture and Extension at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishery (MAP), Amaro Ximenes, said every year the government provides seeds only to some farmers because it only

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - January 18, 2019

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – Ma'ruf Amin was anything but young and millennial – until he showed up for the first presidential debate on Thursday night.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Urban Poor & Informal Sector
Coconuts Jakarta - January 18, 2019

The number of unlicensed street vendors in Central Jakarta's Tanah Abang shopping district has been a problem for years, with the area so crowded with sellers on most days that many of them end up spilling out onto the streets, adding to the district's interminable traffic jam woes.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - January 18, 2019

Sheany and Sarah Yuniarni, Jakarta – Incumbent Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was not shy to throw a few jabs in the first presidential debate on Thursday, pushing his challenger, Prabowo Subianto, to make some serious blunders as the candidates debated human rights, law and corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Nikkei Asian Review - January 18, 2019

Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – A subdued performance from Joko Widodo's running mate in the first televised election debate has raised questions over his ability to support the Indonesian President's bid for re-election in April – and inspired a flood of memes.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Radio New Zealand International - January 18, 2019

Lawyers in Indonesia have launched legal action against last month's arrest of three members of the the West Papua National Committee in Timika.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
CNN Indonesia - January 18, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian Institute for Science (LIPI) researcher Amin Mudzakir has revealed that that based on the results of a LIPI survey in 2018, there are three regions where there is a high-level of acceptance of fake news or hoaxes.

"The three regions are Aceh, West Java and Banten", said Mudzakir as reported by the Antara state news agency on Friday January 18.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Coconuts Jakarta - January 18, 2019

The much-awaited first presidential debate finally took place on Thursday evening, pitting incumbent President Joko Widodo and his running mate Ma'ruf Amin against Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - January 18, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The strengthening rupiah in November led to an increase in Indonesia's external debt, Bank Indonesia data has revealed. Meanwhile, the private sector also banked on the favorable borrowing conditions to seek funding from overseas, analysts have said.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - January 18, 2019

Jakarta – Human rights groups have called on the Papua Police to immediately and unconditionally drop the "rebellion" charge against three activists from the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and release them.