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August 14, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 14, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A fire destroyed 343 hectares of forest area, home to the edelweiss flower, in Mount Ciremai Kuningan District, West Java Province.

"The area gutted is some 343 hectares," Agus Mauludin, acting head of the Kuningan Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD), said here on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - August 14, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Reports arose of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo inviting Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) politician and 1998 activist Adian Napitupulu to the State Palace on Tuesday, August 13.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - August 14, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The endless flow of refugees and asylum seekers into Indonesia and other countries around the world in the past few years has strained the resources of the United Nations Refugee Agency, or UNHCR, that now claims it has been massively underfunded.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Radio New Zealand - August 14, 2019

Indonesia has complained to the Pacific Islands Forum secretariat over West Papuan leader Benny Wenda's participation at this year's Forum summit.

Leaders of Forum member states are meeting in Tuvalu this week, with Vanuatu's government including West Papuan representatives in its delegation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Straits Times - August 14, 2019

Jakarta – It has been a cause for concern in the region that fires razing Indonesian forests have led to a haze crisis in Malaysia.

Although Indonesia has denied that the fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan have caused haze in the neighbouring country, it is indisputable that fires are on the rise again this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Reuters - August 14, 2019

Brussels – The European Commission on Tuesday imposed countervailing duties of 8 percent to 18 percent on imports of subsidized biodiesel from Indonesia, saying the move aimed to restore a level playing field for European Union producers.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
KBR - August 14, 2019

Adi Ahdiat, Jakarta – The Nduga Regency Humanitarian Team has again called on the government to withdraw Indonesian military (TNI) and police from Nduga regency in Papua because the military operations being conducted there are terrifying local people.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 14, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Colonel Arh Sonny Septiono, Commander of the joint task force on the South Sumatra smog disaster, reportedly ordered his men to 'shoot on the sight' upon encountering wildfire arsonists. He asserted that this option can be used as a last resort against uncivilized suspects.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - August 14, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Dara Nasution, who initiated the online petition against content supervision in new entertainment platforms such as Netflix and YouTube, submitted the request signed by 75,000 people to the deputy head of Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) Mulyo Hadi Purnomo today, August 14.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
South China Morning Post - August 14, 2019

Made Supriatma – Indonesia's [1] riots over the disputed presidential election [2] this year were the worst since the 1998 unrest that toppled long-time strongman Suharto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Coconuts Jakarta - August 14, 2019

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the country's highest clerical body that also long held sole authority in providing halal certifications in Indonesia, is taking legal action to regain that authority ahead of the government's imminent take over of the certification process.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Buruh.co - August 14, 2019

Roni Afriyanto, Karawang – Around 3 thousand workers demonstrated in Karawang, West Java, on August 13 against planned revisions to the Law Number 13/2003 on Labour. In addition to the protest, the workers also handed out leaflets inviting the public to reject the revision which will further oppress workers.

August 13, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Reuters - August 13, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia may require an estimated $15 billion in investment to meet its target of reaching 7.2 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal power capacity by 2025 and is studying ways to reduce project costs, an energy ministry official said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Jakarta Globe - August 13, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Refugees and asylum seekers in Indonesia are at risk of being used as a front for human trafficking syndicates, the Immigration Office said on Tuesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
NZ Herald - August 13, 2019

Maire Leadbeater – The Pacific Islands Forum holds its annual meeting this week. Usually the leaders manage to avoid mention of the desperate human rights crisis in Indonesian-controlled West Papua in their communique, or to dismiss the issue in a formula of words so insipid it has negligible impact.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 13, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) Jakarta Executive Director Tubagus Soleh Ahmadi says the organization still awaits the governor's decree by Anies Baswedan to curb the use of disposable plastic bags in the city.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - August 13, 2019

Eko Wahyudi and Rr Ariyani, Jakarta – The Indonesian Government has dishonorably discharged 1,906 civil servants (PNS) who were involved in acts of corruption out of 2,357 civil servants muddled in corruption.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Jakarta Globe - August 13, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – The police have confirmed the death of a police investigator in Papua after he was taken hostage by an armed group on Monday.

A police spokesman said on Tuesday that First Brigadier Hedar was kidnapped by an armed criminal group called Lekagak Telenggen and then killed not long after.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Channel News Asia - August 13, 2019

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – Motorists and businesses were generally sceptical towards the government's latest attempt to expand the odd-even traffic scheme, saying that the move to curb private car usage would only cause inconvenience while not stamping out the Indonesian capital's notorious traffic and air pollution.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Pornography & Sexual Morality
Coconuts Jakarta - August 13, 2019

Indonesians are becoming increasingly concerned about possible erosions to their video streaming liberties after the country's censorship board, the Indonesian Broadcast Commission (KPI), last week proposed that they provide oversight of platforms like Netflix and Youtube to ensure that they comply with Indonesia's broadcast standards.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
CNN Indonesia - August 13, 2019

Jakarta – The United People's Labour Movement (Gebrak) plans to hold a demonstration during the annual session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) at the parliamentary complex in Jakarta on Friday August 16.

Gebrak will voice its opposition to planned revisions to the Labour Law when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gives his state of the nation address.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - August 13, 2019

Jakarta (Beritasatu) – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo confirmed on Wednesday that he had finalized his cabinet selection and that he would announce the ministers' names soon after the start of his second term in October.

He said there would be 34 ministries in the new cabinet – the same as now – but that the names of two would change.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Tempo - August 13, 2019

Caesar Akbar, Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission or KPPU suspects that there is potential for unhealthy competition behind the surge in garlic prices in February to May 2019. During those months, the commodity price soared to Rp70,000 per kilogram.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
New York Times - August 13, 2019

Fira Abdurachman, Richard C. Paddock and Eric Lipton, Jakarta, Indonesia – Donald Trump Jr., visiting Indonesia's capital on Tuesday to promote two Trump-branded resorts, defended his father, President Trump, and their family's company against allegations that their global business presented conflicts of interest for the president.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - August 13, 2019

Despite the country still having some of the laxest tobacco regulations in the world, many Indonesian cities have at least made progress in implementing bans on smoking in public places such as shopping centers over the last decade.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - August 13, 2019

Jakarta – Railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) is offering discounts for long-distance trips to the elderly, Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel, National Police personnel, Indonesian Veterans Legion (LVRI) members, journalists and toddlers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Elite Conflicts & Power Struggles
Tempo - August 13, 2019

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Kivlan Zen's attorney, Tonin Tachta, said his client is suing Wiranto, demanding the Coordinating Minister for Political, Law, and Legal Affairs to pay him Rp8 billion.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Straits Times - August 13, 2019

Petaling Jaya – Nearly 80 per cent of hotspots detected in the Asean region over the past 29 days are located in Indonesia, figures from the Asean Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC) show.

The hotspots caused by forest fires and open burning are driving the current haze situation that is affecting parts of the region, including Malaysia.

August 12, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - August 12, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The plan to hold a limited government amendment of the 1945 Constitution (UUD) that was initiated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) is still far from a collective agreement. Many question the Articles subjected by the amendment and also its urgency.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Tempo - August 12, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Broadcasting enthusiast has criticized the move of Indonesia Broadcasting Commission (KPI) which plans to monitor and supervise contents broadcasted across digital media platforms such as Netflix, Facebook, and Youtube.

Member of National Broadcasting Reform Coalition, Muhammad Heychael argues that KPI's insistence to do so is mistaken.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - August 12, 2019

Vela Andapita, Jakarta – In its bid to improve services train operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has revealed that it has purchased a total of 192 new cars, 64 of which have been received and are operating in Greater Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - August 12, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Gerindra Party Deputy Chairperson Rachmawati Soekarnoputri made it clear that the party will remain as an opposition in a statement delivered today at the Hotel Grand Sahid Jaya, Jakarta.

"Up until this moment [Gerindra remains an opposition]. I myself, as a board member often encourage members to remain outside of the system," she said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - August 12, 2019

Anselmus Bata & Willy Masaharu, Jakarta – The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, has ended its fifth congress, reinstating itself as a bastion against moves to establish an Islamic caliphate in the archipelago.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Radio New Zealand - August 12, 2019

Hipolitus Yolisandry Ringgi Wangge – After eight months of the armed conflict between Indonesian security forces and West Papuan pro-independence fighters in Papua's central highlands, there's no end in sight to the struggles of the indigenous communities displaced by the fighting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Globe - August 12, 2019

Anselmus Bata & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, or PDI-P, delivered their latest political manifesto, titled "Moving Solidly for a Great Indonesia," during a congress in Bali on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - August 12, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Nine toll road routes as long as 406.14 kilometers are set to be inaugurated in stages this year as part of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's infrastructure push for better connectivity across the archipelago.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Detik News - August 12, 2019

Jakarta – The creation of NKRI bersyariah – the Unitary Islamic State of the Republic of Indonesia – one of the recommendations of the 4th Ijtimak Ulama or assembly of Islamic clerics has attracted controversy and opposition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - August 12, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji and the Environment and Forestry Ministry's directorate general of law enforcement held a meeting on the mitigation of Kalimantan's rampant forest fires by summoning 94 companies allegedly linked to the environmental manmade disasters.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - August 12, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's largest business lobby and the country's top public relations association have agreed to strengthen ties and spread a message of optimism to boost the nation's image abroad and support the government's vision for the future.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
The Guardian - August 12, 2019

Ben Doherty – Human rights violations and political independence in West Papua are set to command debate at this week's Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), where Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda will urge government leaders to support the "Free Papua" campaign amid recent escalating political violence.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
Radio New Zealand - August 12, 2019

A Polish man jailed for treason in West Papua is to appeal his conviction and sentence in Indonesia's Supreme Court.

Jakub Skrzypski was in May jailed for five years after a judge in the Wamena District court ruled he had plotted to sell arms to the West Papua Liberation Army.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - August 12, 2019

Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Jakarta – Indonesia's financial regulator has set a target of 5 million domestic investors in the country's financial market by 2021 to reduce reliance on foreign investment, which in times of global uncertainty could undermine economic stability.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - August 12, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he wanted to increase the portion of diesel blended with crude palm oil (CPO) from the current 20 percent (B20) to 30 percent (B30) starting January next year and to 50 percent (B50) by the end of 2020.

August 11, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Tempo - August 11, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) insisted on proposing to restore the Outline of State Policy (GBHN) concept for the next period of parliamentary term.

August 10, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - August 10, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have agreed to form a united front in fighting off the European Union's discriminatory policy against palm oil-based products from the two Southeast Asian countries.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - August 10, 2019

Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – The Riau Police on Friday named palm oil company PT Sumber Sawit Sejahtera as the suspect in a forest fire in Pelalawan regency, Riau.

The corporation is alleged to be responsible for causing a fire on a 150-hectare field in Meranti district, Pelalawan.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - August 10, 2019

Aman Rochman, Malang – The Kayutangan Hati Kudus Yesus (HKY) church in Malang, East Java, will suspend its morning Mass on Sunday to keep the surrounding roads and area clear for Muslims wanting to join the Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayer at Jami Malang Mosque, which is located next to the church.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - August 10, 2019

Jakarta – More than two years have passed, and the acid attack on Novel Baswedan remains unsolved. The joint fact-finding team formed by National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian last January has also drawn a blank in its bid to identify the perpetrators of the April 2017 attack.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Antara News - August 10, 2019

Timika, Papua – The Indonesian military (TNI) and Papua police will take necessary precautionary measures against security disturbances in the PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) mining area before Indonesia commemorates its 74th Independence Day anniversary on Aug 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - August 10, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Journalists and activists lambasted an Indonesian television network, NET TV, after hearing that the station, which offers free-to-air entertainment programs, is inviting its staff members to file resignation letters.