Bangkok, Thailand – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) will send fact-finding missions to Timor-Leste in connection with the country's bid for membership in the regional bloc, according to Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
June 25, 2019
Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore – In 2018, Meiliana, a Chinese Indonesian living in Sumatra, was jailed. Her crime? A complaint to a neighbour about the volume of the call to prayer at her local mosque.
There are no eternal allegiances in politics, and, despite Gerindra's fervent opposition against the government during and even before President Joko Widodo's tenure, the party doing a 180 and supporting the government is not at all beyond the realm of possibility.
Markus Yuwono, Yogyakarta – The Karangtengah 3 State Primary School in Karangtengah Village, Wonosari sub-district, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, has issued a circular on the enrolment of students for the academic year 2019-20 requiring them to wear Muslim uniforms.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Prabowo-Sandiaga campaign team (BPN) asserted it did not instruct supporters to form mass mobilization during the court ruling on presidential election dispute in Constitutional Court (MK).
"If there is a mass mobilization, that is not our instruction," said the BPN spokesman Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak in Jakarta, Monday, June 24.
Jakarta (Bisnis) – The government has officially released a regulation (Finance Ministerial Regulation or PMK) No. 92/PMK.03/2019 concerning the drop in income tax (PPh) 22 for luxury goods sale from five percent to 1 percent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Halida Bunga, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) announced that it will remain as an opposition together with Adil Makmur coalition that sides with Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno
"PKS will preserve the Adil Makmur coalition," said Mardani Ali Sera, the party's central executive board head of youth to Tempo today, June 25.
Yustinus Paat & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – A prominent expert on constitutional law has called on all parties involved in the ongoing dispute of the result of the 2019 presidential election to stop assuming or giving the impression that the Constitutional Court supports or sides with a certain candidate pair.
Jakarta – National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian inaugurated former law enforcement deputy of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Insp. Gen. Firli as the new South Sumatra Police chief.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police have released on bail former Army Special Forces, or Kopassus, commander Sunarko but refused a bail request from another former Army general, Kivlan Zen, since he was uncooperative during his interrogation, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo told the Jakarta Globe.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The political parties in Prabowo Subianto's electoral coalition will determine whether or not they will stay in opposition or join incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's camp after the Constitutional Court (MK) hands down its decision on the presidential election dispute next Thursday.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Human rights group Amnesty International has claimed that personnel of the National Police's Brigade Mobile (Brimob) tortured at least five people during the recent post-election protests that descended into chaos in Central Jakarta.
Adri Wanto and Leonard C. Sebastian, RSIS – During his first term, President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo was repeatedly accused of being anti-Islam.
James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Two high-profile Australian scholars have been denied entry to Indonesia amid a crackdown by local authorities on foreigners doing academic research.
Catarina Demony, Lisbon – East Timor and Australia are set to ratify a maritime border treaty, which regulates how the two countries will share revenue from the offshore Greater Sunrise natural gas field, later this year, East Timor's foreign minister said.
Due to the country's increasingly conservative political atmosphere, officials in Muslim-majority Indonesia can rarely go wrong by pushing for more religious studies and requirements.
June 24, 2019
Asni Ovier & Bayu Marhaenjati, Jakarta – Religious leaders, including heads of Islamic boarding schools, from Prabowo Subianto's electoral strongholds have called on Muslims to refrain from participating in street protests during the election dispute trial at the Constitutional Court.
Zaheer Merchant – Indonesia's government has been listening in on people's private chats in WhatsApp groups, the South China Morning Post reports.
Christian Lee, Jakarta – Kantar, a London-based market research firm, has released the results of its annual Brand Footprint report, which measures which brands are purchased most often by consumers.
Technically, Indonesia's infamous hardline group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) should no longer exist as a civil society organization (referred to in Indonesia as "mass organizations" or ormas for short) after its permit expired on June 20.
Jakarta – Rubber tree growers in North Barito, Central Kalimantan have started focusing on their corn crop business after the sharp decline in the price of rubber in the global market.
Jakarta – The Finance Ministry has revealed that spending on social welfare reached Rp 60.33 trillion (US$4.26 billion) at the end of May, a year-on-year (yoy) increase of 53.7 percent.
The ministry added that the figure was 60.16 percent of the total spending allocated for social welfare in the 2019 state budget.
Jakarta – A 6.0-magnitude earthquake in Central Mamberamo regency in Papua was followed by at least 30 aftershocks within six hours after the main shock at 8:05 a.m. Jakarta time on Monday or 10:05 a.m. local time, a government agency has reported.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko advised the 212 group not to stage any rally in response to the upcoming announcement of a ruling by the Constitutional Court (MK) on the trial of the 2019 presidential election dispute.
Ray Jordan, Jakarta – Riots broke out at the Polewali Mandar Class IIB Prison in Polewali Mandar regency, West Sulawesi, on Saturday June 22 over of a requirement that inmates seeking parole must be able to read the Koran.
The Justice and Human Rights Ministry has removed Polewali Mandar prison warden Haryoto over the affair.
Doused in black warpaint, draped in ammunition and clutching guns almost as big as some of them, the boys stare with hardened gazes into the camera.
The photo, taken somewhere in Papua's remote hills, is like countless others released by the West Papua Liberation Army, a rebel group waging war on the Indonesian military and proclaiming independence from the state.
A senior official at Indonesia's Directorate General of Immigration yesterday said that no officer had stopped Australian model Tegan Martin from boarding her flight back to her country last week.
Jakarta – The textile industry was one of Indonesia's largest earners of foreign exchange last year, with exports valued at $13 billion, marking a 5 percent increase from 2017.
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto said the industry has become more competitive in both the domestic and international markets, referring to last year's growth rate of 8.75 percent.
Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The list of demands drawn up by presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno and delivered to the Constitutional Court last week might have mistakenly suggested that the court can act beyond its authority as the sole interpreter of the constitution.
The police's ongoing probe into the lighter factory fire that killed 30 on Friday has revealed that the business was operating illegally, which ultimately led to the horrific deaths of many of the factory's employees.
Panca Nugraha, Mataram – A vast area of savanna in Mount Rinjani National Park in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara has been engulfed by fire since Sunday evening, with authorities yet to discover the cause of the fire in the popular tourist destination.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The Indonesian Public Accountant Institute (IAPI) has asked that state-owned airline PT Garuda Indonesia restate its 2018 financial report.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has indicted the suspended president director of state-owned electricity company PLN, Sofyan Basir, for his alleged role in graft pertaining to the construction of a power plant in Riau.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court is set to deliver its ruling on the presidential election dispute on Thursday, in a final decision that is expected to end the drama surrounding incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's reelection victory.
Jakarta (Antara) – Jakarta Metro Police planned to conduct a raid on people coming from outside the capital city prior to the 2019 presidential election dispute trial verdict in the Constitutional Court (MK). The last trial of the appeal filed by Prabowo – Sandiaga team is scheduled to be held on June 28.
Telly Nathalia, Bangkok – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo met the president of the Phillippines Rodrigo Duterte on the sideline of the Asean Summit in Bangkok on Saturday to sign off on a maritime border agreement between the two countries.
Jakarta – Several Indonesian regional authorities have been reminded to intensify monitoring for possible forest fires and drought, a report on Saturday (Jun 22) by the Antara news agency said.
The caution comes as the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMK) forecasts that this year's dry season could be worse than the previous year.
Two Indonesian women have been repatriated from China, bringing to light a suspected human trafficking ring involving financially desperate Indonesian women being tricked into working in China with the promise of a happily married life.
Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has expressed concern about a slowdown in tax revenue this year.
By the end of May, the state had collected Rp 727.7 trillion (US$51.52 billion) from taxes and customs, or 31.9 percent of the full-year target stipulated in the 2019 state budget.
Jakarta – As many as 47,000 personnel from the police, Indonesian military (TNI) and the Jakarta administration are on standby to secure important landmarks across the capital, leading up to the Constitutional Court's (MK) ruling in Central Jakarta on Thursday on the presidential election dispute case.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The trade balance bounced back to a surplus in May following a large deficit in the previous month as a drop in exports was followed by a steeper decline in imports, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.
Jakarta – Indonesian Muslim figures spoke at the second international conference on moderate Islam, "Seeking The Middle Path (Al Wasatiyya): Articulations of Moderate Islam" in Radboud, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, to promote moderate Islam along with hundreds of international Muslim figures.