Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Environmental activists say they fear for what's left of Indonesia's tropical rainforests, following a fiery call by President Joko Widodo threatening action against anyone hindering investment in the country.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
July 23, 2019
Paulina Quintao – The National Director for Public Health at the Ministry of Health (MoH), Pedro Canisio said from January to May 2019, health professionals have detected 58 new positive cases for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) through laboratory testing.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Police's anti-terror squad Densus 88 arrested a member of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah or JAD in Padang, South Sumatera on July 18. Further investigations revealed that the member had accepted money from Afghanistan.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Law has done much to push the industry towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on human rights.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Prosecutor's Office has released 50 names on its wanted list (DPO). Among them are dozens of graft suspects including businessman Adelin Lis, who was sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Supreme Court in August 2008 for corruption and illegal logging in North Sumatra.
Rik Glauert – An Indonesian city of nearly two million people is planning an anti-LGBT law.
The city council of Depok, not far from the capital Jakarta, is following other regions legislating against LGBT people amid nationwide anti-LGBT hysteria.
Homosexuality is not currently illegal in most of the country. But in some areas, it is illegal under Sharia Law.
Michael Taylor, Kuala Lumpur – Green groups have urged the Indonesian government to step up help for hundreds of thousands of people made sick by forest fires and the haze they cause each year, after the nation's top court ruled Jakarta must do more to stem the problem.
Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – Indonesian police say its anti-terror squad has arrested a suspect and foiled a plan for terror attacks on August 17, Independence Day.
July 22, 2019
Anne Barker and Michael Barnett in Suai, Timor-Leste – At the Xanana Gusmao International Airport on Timor-Leste's picturesque south coast, a morning flight comes in to land.
In fact, it is the only plane scheduled for the day. The next regular flight will not be for another four days.
Eight members of the House of Lords call on the foreign secretary to take a strong stand against the banning of nearly all foreign media, NGOs and humanitarian agencies from entering West Papua
Mon 22 Jul 2019
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – May. Gen. (Retired) Kivlan Zen, who is suspected for allegedly having illegal firearms, will face his pretrial in South Jakarta District Court today, July 22.
Jakarta – The level of air pollution in Depok, West Java, has alarmed a group of regular pedestrians, who referred to data from an air quality monitoring service showing that the city in the Greater Jakarta area suffered from unhealthy air.
David Robie – Indonesia recently hosted a bold public relations window-dressing expo in Auckland presenting itself as a "Pacific" nation while attempting to provide an unconvincing impression of normality in the two Melanesian provinces known collectively as West Papua.
Jon Grevatt – The Indonesian Ministry of Defence (MoD) has called for greater levels of synergy between the government, military, and the national defence industry in efforts to improve indigenous military production capability.
Dina Afrianty – Despite many controversies surrounding deliberation on the anti-sexual violence bill in Indonesia's parliament, people with disabilities welcome the new bill.
Fans of former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama may have to live with the fact that he won't ever return to politics in Indonesia. But that doesn't mean he'll completely withdraw from the public eye – quite the opposite, in fact.
Jakarta – The Constitutional Court has rejected 58 of the 260 petitions filed against April's legislative election results.
The rejections were submitted by all three panels of the court. Of the 58 rejected petitions, 14 were handled by panel one, 23 by panel two and 21 by panel three.
Jakarta (Antara) – Fire has razed 15 hectares of peatland on the outskirts of the Riau provincial capital of Pekanbaru since Friday (July 18, 2019)
Jakarta – The Taxation Directorate General has revoked a regulation on individual income tax to simplify the tax calculation process and ensure legal certainty.
Tax office spokesman Hestu Yoga Saksama said Taxation Regulation (Perdirjen) No. 14/2019, issued on July 3, to revoke Perdirjen No. 32/2010 on individual income tax collection for certain businesses.
Jakarta – A number of ormas (social or mass organisations) arrived at the People's Democratic Party (PRD) offices in the Bratang Gede area of the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya on Monday July 22. Tension in and around the location were apparently unavoidable.
July 21, 2019
Jakarta (Antara) – As many as 1,048 people have registered to join a parade rejecting single-use plastic bags in Jakarta Sunday. The parade will start at 06:00 a.m. and end at 10:00 a.m., with the participants marching from Hotel Indonesia (HI) roundabout to the National Monument (Monas) Square.
Jakarta (Antara) – As the search for Mega Tug Boat's four missing crew members is still under way, the Search and Rescue (SAR) Office in Pontianak, West Kalimantan Province, was reported that MV Arta Jaya carrying 25 passengers aboard has sunk around the waters of Tanjung Sambar, Ketapang District in the province.
Supriyadi – The Depok municipal Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) has tabled a draft regional regulation (Raperda) against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT). Loosing Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) is at the forefront of the anti-LGBT fight in Depok.
Jakarta – The Jakarta provincial government plans to plant and establish mother-in-law tongue (lidah mertua) gardens at the mayor's office and local administrative offices to reduce pollution in Jakarta.
Jakarta (Antara) – A civil society coalition of 49 environmental groups, including the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) and Greenpeace, launched a public awareness campaign highlighting the menace of single-use plastic bags by showcasing a plastic monster.
Robert Isidorus, Jakarta – An Indonesian soldier was killed in a separatist attack on the Yuguru River Bridge construction project in Nduga district, Papua, on Saturday.
The Indonesian Military (TNI) believes the gunmen acted under orders of Egianus Kogoya, leader of the military wing of the Free Papua Movement (OPM).
Jakarta (Bloomberg) – When Harijanto needed more workers to make Nike and Adidas sneakers at one of its factories outside the Indonesian capital Jakarta, he couldn't make the numbers work.
Dina Fitri Anisa & Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – James Riady, founder and chairman of Pelita Harapan University, expressed concern over asylum seekers' access to education and health care after speaking with several of them during a visit to a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta, on Saturday.
Jakarta (Antara) – Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has urged all companies that produce plastic products to help clean up seas and oceans from plastic debris.
Jakarta – The construction of a new observation tower near the offices of the South Tangerang administration has apparently irked local residents living nearby.
Residents of neighborhood unit (RT) 03 and 05 in community unit (RW) 04 Serua, Ciputat district have been affected by the construction following the closure of an access road to Jl. Adi Sengkong
July 20, 2019
Benny Mawel, Jayapura – West Papua National Committee (KNPB) congratulate Mr Benny Wenda for receiving the Freedom of Oxford City Council. The organisation that always support his agenda in the UK by organising series of peaceful demonstrations throughout West Papua declared that this award is a recognition of West Papuans' struggle for self-determination.
Juhri Selamet – Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry has failed to communicate the risk of air pollution in the capital, Jakarta, and surrounding areas.
Jakarta – West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has made plans to allocate Rp 240 billion (US$17.24 million) to disentangle Depok city's infamous traffic congestion.
Ridwan said the budget would be used to build an overpass and underpass across the Citayam railway crossing and Jl. Dewi Sartika, which is notorious for severe congestion.
Jakarta – Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has said Indonesia's waters will have more plastics than fish by 2030 if the country does not take action to tackle the marine debris problem.
Rizal Bomantama, Jakarta – Indonesian Child Protection Agency (KPAI) Commissioner for Education Affairs, Retno Listyarti, has revealed that the cases of sexual violence in schools in 2019 were dominated by teachers and school principles.
Nick Rodway and Grace Dungey – In a time of near universal dependence on the English language, it is all too easy to dismiss the importance of linguistic diversity across the globe. This diversity, however, is under threat.
Irsyan Hasyim, Depok – The Depok Love Society has questioned the urgency of planned deliberations on an Anti-Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Draft Regional Regulation or Raperda Anti-LGBT by the Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) which was proposed by the Depok municipal government (pemkot).
July 19, 2019
Jakarta – The Garuda Indonesia Workers Union [Sekarga] has revoked a police report it filed against YouTube content creators Rius Vernandes and Elwiyana Monica for posting a photo of a flight menu written on a piece of paper in an Instagram Story.
They were reported to the police for allegedly defaming the national flag carrier.
Jakarta – Thousands of people in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua have been displaced by fighting between soldiers and separatists, and at least 139 of them have died from malnutrition and disease, an aid group said on Thursday.
But the Indonesian military disputed the figures for deaths and displaced issued by the Solidarity Team for Nduga aid group.
Andrew M Potts – East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, has celebrated LGBTQI pride for a third year in a row, with a Pride March taking place in the capital, Dili, on July 12.
An estimated 3,000 people took part in the "Marsa Diversidade" (Diversity March), six times the number of people who took part in the first East Timor Pride Parade in 2017.
Indonesia has condemned the Oxford City Council for its recognition of West Papuan independence leader Benny Wenda.
Mr Wenda was given the Honorary Freedom of the City during a ceremony at the Oxford Town Hall on Wednesday.
The chairman of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua was granted political asylum in the UK in 2002.
Jakarta – Indonesia must pass the new land bill into law to give investors legal certainty and avoid conflict with indigenous communities, experts say.
Deliberations on the land bill may be delayed indefinitely after the special committee in the House of Representatives tasked with drafting it signaled that there are various complex issues that must be accommodated.
Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – PKB and Golkar are not the only parties eyeing the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker position. Gerindra also has the ambition to have that position given to its politician.
Gerindra DPD chairman Sodik Mudjahid claims that giving the position to his party is part of the 'reconciliation spirit' after the presidential election.
Jakarta – A lawmaker's revival of an idea to build a nuclear power plant in Indonesia has triggered public debate over the pros and cons of the technology, particularly about its safety and efficiency.
Jakarta – The removal of a bamboo art installation titled Getah Getih from near the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Wednesday has left an empty spot in the area.
Despite the dangers and despite the fact that is not easy being Jewish in Indonesia – the largest Muslim country in the world – two members of the Torat Chaim community in the north of the country dared to visit Israel to study Judaism at the Machanayim Yeshiva operated by the Ohr Torah Stone Modern Orthodox movement.
Jakarta – Businessman Tomy Winata is apologizing for one of his lawyers who allegedly assaulted two judges during a court session in Central Jakarta on Thursday.
Tomy's spokesperson Hanna Lilies said the tycoon was surprised and regrets the attack took place.
Nick Baker – A series of marital rape cases have made headlines in Indonesia this month, with activists demanding the country better address this "hidden" crisis.
This week, a woman in West Java attacked her husband with an axe after he constantly demanded sex, despite her only giving birth two months ago.
Siti Sadida Hafsyah, Jakarta – Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) researcher Cahyo Pamungkas says that the Trans Papua Highway has yet to bring any benefits to the Papuan people.
Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – Garuda Indonesia has dropped its defamation charge against a local vlogger who posted a photo on social media of a handwritten menu he was handed in business class.
The photo, accompanied by the caption "The menu is still being printed, sir," quickly went viral and caused a major public relations disaster for the flag carrier.