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October 2, 2019

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - October 2, 2019

Jakarta (Bisnis) – After the wave of massive demonstrations in Jakarta for the last few days, toll gates belong to state-owned toll operator Jasa Marga in several locations were damaged. The corporate spokesperson Irra Soenardi said the losses reached billions of rupiah.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - October 2, 2019

Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Carlos K.Y. Paath & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Puan Maharani, the only daughter of Megawati Sukarnoputri, Indonesia's first female president, and granddaughter of Sukarno, the country's first president, made history of her own on Tuesday night when she was sworn as the first female speaker of the House of Representatives.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Elite Conflicts & Power Struggles
Jakarta Post - October 2, 2019

Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri has once again reasserted her dominance in the country's political sphere by snubbing two other prominent politicos: NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh and Democratic Party executive Agus Harimurti, son of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Reuters - October 2, 2019

Kuala Lumpur – Lawmakers sworn into Indonesia's parliament on Tuesday are being urged to push through a sexual violence bill to protect women from abuse that rights groups say has reached "emergency" levels.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
South China Morning Post - October 2, 2019

Amy Chew – Indonesia's new Parliament got its first female speaker of the House of Representatives when Puan Maharani, the daughter of the country's first female president, Megawati Sukarnoputri, was sworn in on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
By Coconuts Jakarta - October 2, 2019

Yasonna Laoly, who recently left his post as justice and human rights minister and was sworn in as a member of the House of Parliament (DPR) yesterday, has urged President Joko Widodo to not use his executive power to block the implementation of a highly controversial law that critics say would cripple the graft-busting abilities of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - October 2, 2019

The judge overseeing a case against the lawyer of a former spy at the centre of a bugging scandal involving East Timor could face 10 years in jail if he breaches secrecy arrangements.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 2, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta Education Agency asserted that the city administration would stop the student support program dubbed Jakarta Smart Card or KJP for those who are proven to commit a crime during the DPR rally.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 2, 2019

Francisca Christy Rosana and Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan opined President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo cannot necessarily issue a regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - October 2, 2019

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has called on Indonesian companies to exercise caution and be wary of the risk of default amid potential for a global economic slowdown.

A slowdown would force companies to change their revenue assumptions and business plans, as they may no longer be profitable.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - October 2, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Amid the ongoing mass protests against the government and members of the House of Representatives, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has urged all parties to protect child protesters from violence as well as to uphold their right to express their opinions during the protests.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Spy Scandal
Australian Associated Press - October 2, 2019

The judge overseeing a case against the lawyer of a former spy at the centre of a bugging scandal involving East Timor could face 10 years in jail if he breaches secrecy arrangements.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Globe - October 2, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – "Karma" is the theme of the 16th annual Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, set to take place at various locations in Ubud, Bali, on Oct. 23-27.

There will be 180 speakers from 30 countries participating in the literature festival, ranked among the world's five best by Britain's The Telegraph.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Straits Times - October 2, 2019

Jakarta – Many of the newly sworn-in 575 House of Representatives and 136 Regional Representatives Council members might feel relieved as they can finally begin their terms on Tuesday, thanks to maximum security measures taken in the wake of demonstrations just outside their workplace.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Straits Times - October 2, 2019

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Thousands of workers plan to carry out protests against Indonesia's labour, wage and health insurance regulations, which they say are discriminatory, raising fresh risks for the stability of South-east Asia's largest economy.

October 1, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - October 1, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi and A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – A protest that took place near the legislative complex in Jakarta on Monday ended in more clashes between demonstrators and security forces, resulting in hundreds of people getting injured, while hundreds of others were arrested.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
The Telegraph - October 1, 2019

Nicola Smith – Indonesian police fired tear gas in central Jakarta on Monday after a new round of protests against controversial legal reforms descended into running street battles.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Radio New Zealand - October 1, 2019

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has told media he is prepared to meet West Papuan pro-independence groups to discuss problems in Papua.

Viva News reports that President Widodo, known as Jokowi, indicated he was willing to meet anyone to discuss important issues in his country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - October 1, 2019

Jakarta – Amid heightened security measures following days of protests that ended with clashes, university students took to the streets on Tuesday with flowers in their hands as a symbol of nonviolence and peaceful demonstrations in the capital.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Coconuts Jakarta - October 1, 2019

Police in Indonesia have been widely criticized for their heavy-handed approach to securing student-led protests nationwide that have entered its second week, with one particular incident which took place in Jakarta yesterday putting authorities under increased scrutiny.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Detik News - October 1, 2019

Marlinda Oktavia Erwanti, Jakarta – The new speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR), Puan Maharani, says that the eight draft laws (RUU) which were postponed by the previous DPR will be prioritised and included in the DPR's 2019-2024 Priority National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).

News ›› East Timor ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Cuban News Agency - October 1, 2019

Dionisio Da Costa Babo Soares, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, will make an official visit to Cuba starting this Tuesday, October 1.

According to the Cubaminrex website, as part of the program, the distinguished visitor will meet with Cuban authorities and carry out other activities.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
The Guardian - October 1, 2019

Daniel Boffey, Brussels – The relatives of five men summarily executed during the final years of Dutch colonial rule in Indonesia will have their case heard in court after a ground-breaking decision to lift the statute of limitations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 1, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The University Student Executive Bodies or BEM Nusantara has stated its readiness to meet President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to convey their objectives regarding several controversial draft bills.

BEM Nusantara central coordinator Hengky Primana said the session could be held as long as it could accommodate all students' representatives from every province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Arbitrary Arrest & Detention
Tempo - October 1, 2019

Meidyana Aditama Winata, Jakarta (Antara) – The Metro Jaya Police announced that it plans to subpoena Ananda Badudu for his statement on how police conducted its investigation on arrested student protesters.

After being freed from police questioning, the musician and journalist said that a number of students were captured and questioned without the proper procedure.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - October 1, 2019

Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry is preparing a regulation to exclude nickel slag produced by local mineral smelters from the list of hazardous and toxic waste (B3) so that it can be used, such as for the construction of roads.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Post - October 1, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police's internal investigation team is questioning 13 police officers after a demonstration in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, resulted in the deaths of two students from Halu Oleo University last week.

As part of the probe, the team also confiscated 13 firearms from the officers, National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said.

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
Reuters - October 1, 2019

Tom Allard, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has opened the door to holding talks with separatists in the restive easternmost region of Papua, a departure from the stance of previous governments and some of his cabinet ministers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Sydney Morning Herald - October 1, 2019

James Massola and Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Heavily-armed security forces stood guard in front of Indonesia's parliament on Tuesday as thousands of protesters attempted to disrupt the swearing in of 575 MPs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - October 1, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Lawmaker Puan Maharani, the former coordinating human development and culture minister and daughter of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri, has been officially nominated by the PDI-P as the new House of Representatives speaker for the 2019-2024 legislative term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Tempo - October 1, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo presides over the annual ceremony to commemorate Pancasila Sanctity Day on October 1 at the Pancasila Sakti Monument field, Lubang Buaya, East Jakarta.

The President came with Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and both are accompanied by their spouses First Lady Iriana and Mufidah Kalla

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Globe - October 1, 2019

Markus Junianto Sihaloho & Carlos K.Y. Paath & Diana Mariska, Jakarta – Members of the 2019-2024 term of the House of Representatives were sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Muhammad Hatta Ali during a ceremony at the national legislative complex in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - October 1, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika & Sausan Atika, Jakarta – University students are planning to return to the streets in Jakarta on Tuesday in yet another chapter in a string of protests against the government and the House of Representatives.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Al Jazeera - October 1, 2019

Indonesia's parliament was sworn in on Tuesday for a new session that comes amid sometimes violent protests against several new or proposed laws, including one that critics say has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency and another that is intrusive to personal freedom.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Reuters - October 1, 2019

Gayatri Suroyo and Maikel Jefriando, Jakarta – Indonesia's biggest student demonstrations in decades will test President Joko Widodo's pledge to go all out in his second term to boost growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy, a former finance minister and a government adviser say.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Agence France Presse - October 1, 2019

More than 500 people were arrested after clashes in Indonesia's capital amid nationwide protests against a raft of divisive reforms – including banning pre-marital sex and weakening the anti-graft agency – authorities said Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
KBR - October 1, 2019

Valda Kustarini, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) believes there is no relationship between the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS) and the Draft Criminal Code (RKUHP).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 1, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Political parties in the House of Representatives (DPR) shared different opinions on President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's plan to issue a regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

The new legislation is believed to revoke the KPK Law, which was recently passed by the lawmakers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 1, 2019

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Education and Culture Minister, Muhadjir Effendy, said he received reports from the police about people disguising as high school students during the rally in front of the MPR-DPR Building yesterday, September 30.

The reports said that there were 50 adults wearing high school uniforms to disguise as students during the protest-turned-chaos.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Globe - October 1, 2019

Antara & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs has decided not to close Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara – the home of the rare Komodo dragons – but instead will restrict the number of tourists visiting the island, seeking to strike a balance between conservation and raking in tourist dollars.

September 30, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› Peace Talks & Dialogue with Jakarta
CNN Indonesia - September 30, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says that he doesn't have any problems will a proposal that he meet with pro-referendum Papuan figures, including those in the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the West Papua National Committee (KNPB).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - September 30, 2019

Shinta Maharani, Jakarta – The massive university students' protest dubbed Gejayan Memanggil (Gejayan is Calling) was echoed again to be held today, September 30, in Yogyakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - September 30, 2019

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade sector has received its Christmas gift early: The European Union has granted Indonesia Rp 232 billion (US$16.37 million) through a program dubbed ARISE+ Indonesia to improve trade conditions and capacity between 2019 and 2023.

News ›› West Papua ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Post - September 30, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Bogor, West Java – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has blamed a local armed group for the deadly riots in Wamena, Papua, last week, which killed at least 33 people, ordering authorities to hunt down those responsible for the unrest.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Al Jazeera - September 30, 2019

Aisyah Llewellyn – In my five years as a journalist, I've seen a fair share of tragedy.

I've reported from the site of a deadly 2018 tsunami; inside a morgue filled with charred corpses; in front of an erupting volcano; in the middle of a refugee camp. Each of these situations brought with it its own particular horror, yet none prepared me for Indonesia's deadly haze.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
TTG Asia - September 30, 2019

Kurniawan Ulung – Industry members in Indonesia have expressed their deep reservations and objections over the passing of a revised criminal code containing controversial articles, as they believe such a move would prove disastrous for the tourism sector if passed through.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - September 30, 2019

Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur – Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestle, according to a U.S.-based environmental group.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Riots & Attacks on Authority
Jakarta Globe - September 30, 2019

Bayu Marhaenjati & Farouk Arnaz & Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Police made a series of raids on Friday night and Saturday morning in Tangerang, Banten, and arrested at least six people who are now accused of plotting to create riots in Jakarta during the weekend.