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October 4, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - October 4, 2019

Meidyana Aditama Winata, NC, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) head of planning and partnership, Esrom Hamonangan, opined the quality of the country's polluted air has not been improved over the years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 4, 2019

Heru Andriyanto & Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – The unanimous election of Golkar politician Bambang Soesatyo as speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, or MPR, on Thursday night sealed a commanding victory for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's coalition in the national legislature, paving the way for a smooth start to his second term later his month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - October 4, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Batu, East Java – The Trade Ministry is working with a special task force to audit producers' importer identification numbers (API-P) to verify the textile industry's import quantity and identify possible "import leaks", a top official said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Reuters - October 4, 2019

Heru Asprihanto, Tangerang – After 13 years of happily unmarried life that has brought them three children, one middle-aged Indonesian couple is worried.

Their relationship is neither legal nor official, and a controversial new penal code to be discussed in Indonesia's parliament could make them criminals by banning consensual sex outside marriage.

News ›› Aceh ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Agence France Presse - October 4, 2019

Jakarta – Poachers who threaten endangered orangutans, tigers and other wildlife could receive up to 100 lashes under new rules in Indonesia's Aceh province, which usually reserves whipping for morality crimes under Islamic law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
KBR - October 4, 2019

Heru Haetami and Resky Novianto, Jakarta – The nine political parties backing the government have agreed that they do not want President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the recently revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Tempo - October 4, 2019

Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, has made an official apology for his heartless remarks on the refugees of the Maluku earthquake. Earlier, Wiranto said the refugees' eagerness to return home and remain in refugee camps would burden the government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - October 4, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta administration under Governor Anies Baswedan reportedly has set a budget ceiling for the procurement of software license and antivirus in 2020 at Rp12 billion. The figure significantly increases from this year's budget at Rp200 million.

News ›› West Papua ›› Refugees & Asylum Seekers
Tempo - October 4, 2019

Antara and Halida Bunga Fisandra, Jakarta – There are at least a total of 9,078 people taking refuge from Wamena. A number of refugees are staying at the Papare Military (TNI) Base, with some set to board the Indonesian Air Force's Hercules aircraft destined for regions outside of Wamena this Friday, October 4.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - October 4, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Golkar Party politician and former House of Representatives speaker Bambang Soesatyo has been elected by acclamation as the new People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker for the 2019-2024 legislative term with support from all factions in the MPR.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Jakarta Post - October 4, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police arrested 1,489 people during a series of student protests in Jakarta and intend to prosecute 380 of them.

The 380 individuals are facing different charges, such as spreading false information, hurling rocks at the police, possessing sharp weapons, vandalizing police stations and possessing Molotov cocktails, the police said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
The Conversation - October 4, 2019

Luthfi T. Dzulfikar, Novi Poespita Candra and Syaikhu Usman – Scholars say semi-militaristic discipline techniques, and competition-based learning at schools and universities, are behind recent student hazings in Indonesia. To end them, they propose shifting the focus of the education system to one of human development.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Radio New Zealand - October 4, 2019

The treason trial of several West Papuan pro-independence activists is to be moved to Indonesia's East Kalimantan province.

The activists, who belong to the West Papua National Committee and United Liberation Movement for West Papua, were arrested during recent unrest in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - October 4, 2019

Jakarta – The Riau administration has lifted the emergency status for haze as hot spots have finally decreased to zero.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 4, 2019

Jakarta – A suspicious aroma is starting to emerge around the controversial Supreme Court ruling that quashed the conviction of former chairman of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Tempo - October 4, 2019

Eko Wahyudi, Jakarta – Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher Pingkan Audrine Kosijungan said the government should take preventive measures to safeguard its national economy from the global recession.

Pingkan mentioned a number of factors that may increase the possibility of a recession in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - October 4, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Batu, East Java – The Trade Ministry will revise 18 ministerial regulations considered to be hampering exports and investments while possibly revoking some of them, officials said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Straits Times - October 4, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – A senior politician with Indonesia's second-largest party Golkar, Bambang Soesatyo, has been appointed Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), as lawmakers gear up for the new legislative year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - October 4, 2019

Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – Police anti-terror unit Detachment 88 arrested a policewoman in Yogyakarta who they say has been radicalized by Islamic State supporters in Yogyakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Sydney Morning Herald - October 4, 2019

Amilia Rosa, Denpasar – Every year, millions of holidaymakers flock to Bali for its white sandy beaches, lush green paddy fields, cultural wonders and friendly people.

To create that picture-perfect holiday, many labour behind the scenes. These unseen workers of paradise earn just a trickle of the holiday dollar.

October 3, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Health & Education
Tempo - October 3, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – A number of residents, who are being evacuated from Jayawijaya, Papua due to Wamena riot, are starting to suffer from diarrhea and skin disease at the refugee camps.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 3, 2019

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Metro Jaya Police claims to have sent home each and every high schooler and college students who were nabbed in police's massive detainment following the students' street protest on September 30.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 3, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Darman Mappangara, the president director of state-owned telecommunication company PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia Persero (INTI), a graft suspect in a case pertaining to a baggage-handling system procurement project.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Globe - October 3, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Soft drink giant PepsiCo will pull all of its products from Indonesia on Oct. 10 after discontinuing a contract with local distributor Anugerah Indofood Barokah Makmur.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - October 3, 2019

Norman Harsono, JAKARTA – State-owned energy company Pertamina has added this year 37 new locations for its single fuel price program, bringing the 3-year-old program's total reach to 161 locations as of October.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
South China Morning Post - October 3, 2019

Marcel Thee – A former school principal in Indonesia, Yudhistira has paid a steep price for his personal beliefs. He defied the inflexible religious expectations of his home country and tried to teach his students to think objectively about the world's faiths.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Bloomberg - October 3, 2019

Tassia Sipahutar, Viriya Singgih and Arys Aditya – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is unfazed by the biggest student protests to hit the nation in over two decades against his government's legislative agenda and vowed to unveil more sweeping changes to labor and investment rules to fire up Southeast Asia's largest economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
CNN Indonesia - October 3, 2019

Jakarta – Trisakti University Student President Dino Ardiansyah is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the recently revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Coconuts Jakarta - October 3, 2019

Indonesia's newly appointed legislators don't seem to be trying to at least pretend that they care about representing the people, even when all eyes are still on them on the first days of their job.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Elite Conflicts & Power Struggles
Tempo - October 3, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) senior researcher Syamsuddin Haris suggested President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to issue a government regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - October 3, 2019

Jakarta – The actions of the social media buzzers supporting President Joko Widodo are increasingly endangering democracy in this nation. They have shared hoax news on social media to influence public opinion. These supporters have become part of a short-term political interest: safeguarding government policy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - October 3, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The House of Representatives just got its first female speaker on Tuesday with the election of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Puan Maharani, the granddaughter of first president Sukarno.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - October 3, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the largest party in the House of Representatives and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's coalition leader, has decided to throw its support behind Bambang Soesatyo of the Golkar Party in the race for the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker post.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Globe - October 3, 2019

Jakarta (Berita Satu) – The National Police announced on Thursday that six policemen in Southeast Sulawesi have been accused of breaching operating procedure during the Sept. 26 rally in the provincial capital Kendari that turned violent and claimed the lives of two students.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
New Mandala - October 3, 2019

Eve Warburton – Over the last week, tens of thousands of students and activists have poured on to the streets of Indonesia's major cities. Protestors are demanding legislators and the government halt the passage of controversial laws that place new limits on individual freedom and criminalise acts that insult state institutions, including the parliament and the president.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Bloomberg - October 3, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia is far from done in its campaign to squeeze more value from its abundant natural resources, and its next target could be one of the most ubiquitous commodities of all.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
CNN Indonesia - October 3, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo stated recently that he would consider calls by civil society to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the recently revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Tempo - October 3, 2019

Syailendra Persada, Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) opined that torture and other ill-treatment committed by the police against people in custody is a kind of culture among the law enforcers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 3, 2019

Caesar Akbar and Ahmad Faiz, Jakarta – The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) executive director Tauhid Ahmad opined investors, especially foreigners, might think over to invest their money in Indonesia (RI) should President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo does not show his will to combat corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - October 3, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) is set to ban people with a track record of committing adultery, gambling, drinking as well as using and trading drugs from running as candidates in the regional elections next year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - October 3, 2019

Adrian Wail, Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Ministry is looking to establish a national action plan to promote principles of human rights in businesses activities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - October 3, 2019

Jakarta (Berita Satu) – A lecturer of Bogor Agricultural University, or IPB, in West Java who is currently detained for illegal possession of explosives, had allegedly recruited and paid people to make bombs, not just Molotov cocktails as reported earlier, police said on Thursday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Straits Times - October 3, 2019

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said he will introduce sweeping changes to labour rules by the end of the year and open up more sectors of the economy to foreign investment, delivering on some of the major reforms investors have been demanding.

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
SBS News - October 3, 2019

Virginia Langeberg, Maani Truu – A pro-Papuan lawyer who has been threatened with an Interpol Red Notice says she receives daily rape and death threats as the uprising in the Indonesian provinces ramp up.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1965 Affair & Anti-Communist Purge
CNN Indonesia - October 3, 2019

Jakarta – The Institute for the Study of the 1965-1966 Massacres (YPKP 65) is ready to provide a list of names of people to the Attorney General's Office (AGO) who can be witnesses to the bloody 1965/66 tragedy. This follows long delays in resolving past human rights violations.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Radio New Zealand - October 3, 2019

Johnny Blades – The West Papuan pro-independence movement is insisting that genuine talks with Indonesia's government must address self-determination.

President Joko Widodo and his chief of staff have both told Indonesian media in recent days that they were prepared to meet anyone to discuss problems in Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Agence France Presse - October 3, 2019

East Timor on Thursday confirmed that hundreds of hogs have died in an outbreak of African swine fever, after the disease has killed pigs from China to Slovakia, pushing up pork prices worldwide.

The tiny half-island nation between Indonesia and Australia said some 400 pigs had died over the past two weeks.

October 2, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Jakarta Post - October 2, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Musician Ananda Badudu, who is in the police's crosshairs after commenting on their alleged mistreatment of detained university students, has asserted that he is ready to face legal proceedings and "voice the truth".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Globe - October 2, 2019

Primus Dorimulu, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan – The Indonesian government on Wednesday announced a competition to design the country's new capital in East Kalimantan.

It will be open to individuals and groups, local citizens or foreigners, with expertise in architecture and urban planning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Sydney Morning Herald - October 2, 2019

James Massola, Jakarta – A former president's daughter has been named the new Speaker of Indonesia's parliament, in the most recent example of a trend towards dynastic politics.

Puan Maharani, the daughter of former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and granddaughter of founding president Sukarno, took on the third most powerful job in Indonesian politics on Tuesday.