Seoul, South Korea – Indonesia expanded a cooperation agreement with South Korea on Thursday relating to the construction of a new capital city in Kalimantan to replace overcrowded Jakarta, paving the way for Korean firms to participate in building digital infrastructure.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
July 29, 2022
July 28, 2022
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Police intercepted an attempt to smuggle 91 Indonesian migrant workers to Selangor, Malaysia, as the government temporarily stopped sending its citizens to work in the neighboring country.
Zacharias Wuragil (Reuters/Nature), Jakarta – Indonesia is set to produce a COVID-19 vaccine using messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, which is similar to Pfizer and Moderna in the United States. The technology was brought from China as it was developed by Suzhou Abogen Biosciences Co.
Dio Suhenda, Tangerang, Banten – The first Data and Computational Journalism Conference Indonesia (DCJ-CI) kicked off in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday, with experts and practitioners highlighting the need for a more data-driven approach to journalism.
News Desk, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has revealed that CCTV cameras had captured the events leading up to the fatal shooting of police officer Nopryansyah Yosua Hutabarat – also known as Brig. J – at the residence of the police's internal affairs chief, Insp. Gen. Ferdy Sambo, in Jakarta on July 8.
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore – Indonesia is reporting zero cases of foot and mouth on Bali but experts warn the island is far from free of the dreaded livestock disease that threatens to infiltrate Australia to devastating effect.
Antara, Jakarta – Residents of Bojong Kulur Village in Gunung Putri, Bogor Regency, complained about the pollution of the Cileungsi River. They reported that the river was foamy and emitting a foul smell on Tuesday, July 26.
Jakarta – Toyota Motor Corporation, the largest car company in the world, plans to increase its investment in Indonesia over the next five years to tap into the Southeast Asian country's burgeoning electric vehicle industry.
It looks like we have to wait a little bit longer for a second airport on the Island of Gods after the plan to build the facility in the northern part of Bali was officially shelved by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
Oliver Boden – Australian Labor governments have tended to want friendlier relations with their Asian neighbors. With a little luck and a lot of enthusiasm, now may be the time for the Indonesian language to make a comeback in Australian schools.
Muhammad Zulfikar, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) is recommending to the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) that they revise the Draft Law on the Second Revision to Law Number 11/2008 on Information and Electronic Transaction (ITE).
Kuala Lumpur (Reuters) – Malaysia's human resources minister on Thursday (July 28) said Indonesia has agreed to lift a freeze on sending its migrant workers to the country effective Aug 1, after the neighbours ironed out concerns surrounding workers' rights.
News Desk, Jakarta – The results of the second autopsy of Brig. Nopryansyah Yosua Hutabarat, who was reportedly killed in a shootout at the Jakarta residence of a high-ranking police official, will only be available in the next four to eight weeks, according to a team responsible for the process.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The trial of eight defendants accused of being involved in the fatal caging of people in the house of graft suspect and inactive Langkat regent Terbit Rencana Perangin-Angin has begun at the Stabat district court in Langkat, North Sumatra.
Tramaditya Salim, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has urged the government to revisit the Kudatuli massacre and bring the perpetrators to justice, even as the victims warned against politicization ahead of the 2024 general elections.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – Second Cpl. Muslimin, who had been on the run from the police for hiring hitmen to kill his 34-year-old wife Rina Wulandari, was found dead at his parents' home in Kendal, Central Java, on Thursday morning.
Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The country's top Muslim leaders have convened to raise awareness about the impacts of the climate crisis and to mobilize support from the country's millions of Muslims.
Moh. Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria ensured that Citayam Fashion Week would never be closed and banned. This phenomenon emerged as teenagers of SCBD (Sudirman, Citayam, Bojonggede, and Depok) often hung out in Dukuh Atas areas, Central Jakarta, with their fashionable and attractive street style.
Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid in a written statement on Thursday responded to a statement made by Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria and the city's social service office that made a comment against the LGBTIQ community that was reportedly seen in the urban fashion event dubbed the 'Citayam fashion week'.
Hendartyo Hanggi, Jakarta (Bisnis) – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government pocketed Rp48 billion in tax on cryptocurrency transactions. The figure was obtained from both income tax (PPh) and value-added tax (VAT).
Merauke, Jubi – Lawmakers of the Merauke Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) are worried about the lives of indigenous Papuans who are deemed threatened by the rapid investment in plantations in Merauke Regency.
July 27, 2022
Iqbal Muhtarom, Jakarta – The Confederation of Indonesian Labor Unions (KSPI) urged Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to file an appeal against the Jakarta Administrative Court's (PTUN) verdict that revoked the increase in the provincial minimum wage by 5.1 percent to Rp 4.64 million by this week at the latest.
Bernadette Christina, Jakarta – Indonesia on Wednesday launched road tests for two types of biodiesel containing 40% palm oil, hoping to conclude by the end of the year whether they are viable for public use, the energy ministry said.
The government currently mandates that all diesel sold in the country must contain 30% palm oil – the highest compulsory blend in the world.
Agencies, Tokyo, Japan – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday he and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had agreed during talks to cooperate in a variety of fields, including energy and maritime security.
Makassar – The South Sulawesi branch of Indonesia's peak Islamic body the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI) believes that the Makassar Fashion Week phenomena has the potential to damage the younger generation's morals because the clothing worn is not in accordance with Islamic law (syariat Islam).
Martha Warta Silaban, Jakarta – University of Indonesia's Economy and Business Faculty Dean Teguh Dartanto in an event on Wednesday stated that Indonesian workers in the informal sector reached 59.97 percent up until February this year. He believes that such a situation poses complications.
Wamena, Jubi – As the law on the formation of new Papua provinces was passed, one of which was the establishment of the Mountainous Papua Province with its capital in Wamena, the Huwula Indigenous Care Team asked the local government to make regulations on customary land.
Dion Bisara, Jakarta – China has unveiled a commitment to increase its crude palm oil import from Indonesia by 1 million metric tons, or about a fifth of its annual imports, in a move that should help pare down the Southeast Asian producer's surplus inventories and prop up the commodity prices among local farmers.
Stefani Wijaya & Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The body of Brigadier Nopryansyah Yosua Hutabarat was exhumed from a cemetery in Muarojambi in the province of Jambi, Sumatra Island, on Wednesday morning for examination to find the cause of his death.
Sebastian Strangio – Papua, the easternmost region of Indonesia, displays a number of "early warning signs" of mass atrocities, linked to the unresolved grievances of Indigenous Papuans and the worsening conflict between pro-independence insurgents and the Indonesian state, claims a group working to prevent future genocides.
Agil Trisetiawan, Solo – The mayor of the Central Java city of Solo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, says that he does not have a problem if the Citayam Fashion Week is adopted in Solo city.
Jayapura, Jubi – Activists of the Papuan People's Petition (PRP) on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, distributed leaflets inviting people to join the protests on July 29 against Papua expansion and special autonomy.
Bangkok – Authorities in East Timor should drop their investigation into journalist Raimundos Oki and stop using legal threats to curb independent reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday.
The Indonesian government will begin blocking private electronic systems operators that fail to register their platforms by July 27, despite concerns from members of civil society that the policy restricts press freedom.
Jakarta – The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) is calling on Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to appeal a State Administrative Court ruling annulling the city administration's decision to increase the minimum wage by 5.1 percent.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Palm oil prices will weaken further in the short term due to softer demand and "distress selling" by top producer Indonesia, commodities consultancy LMC International forecast on Tuesday.
July 26, 2022
Nine people were killed, police said, when a train smashed into an amusement ride for kids at a gate-less railway crossing this morning in Serang, Banten.
An odong-odong, which is a colorful open-top minibus modified to seat around a dozen small children and is commonly found on the road in low-income areas, was carrying 20 passengers when tragedy struck.
Sylviana Hamdani – The first festival dedicated to Indonesian musicals aims to grow the country's local musical industry scene.
West Java Vice Governor Uu Ruzhanul Ulum had to issue a public apology after he inappropriately downplayed the severity of a disturbing child bullying case in his province. An 11-year-old boy died in that case.
Len Garae – West Papua leaders are now ready to take over the affairs of their country, with 12 members of Cabinet with (Interim) Prime Minister Edison Warome.
That is the confirmation of the Interim President of West Papua, Mr. Benny Wenda, on his latest visit to Port Vila from London, where he is based.
Jakarta – Japanese automotive giant Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, or MMC, has pledged $666 million in additional investment in Indonesia over the next three years as it seeks to expand its manufacturing activities to hybrid and electric vehicles production, the top economic minister said on Tuesday.
Agatha Victoria, Uyu Liman, Jakarta – Seven national strategic projects (PSNs) worth Rp138.1 trillion (US$9.16 billion) were completed in the first six months of this year.
Merauke, Jubi – In the last two decades, or during 2001-2021, 925,000 hectares of forest area in Merauke Regency have been lost, while 2,652,335 have been converted "for development and growth" during the same period.
Jayapura, Jubi TV – Impunity Monitoring head of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) Tioria Pretty said an Ad Hoc Human Rights Court for the Bloody Paniai case should be established at the Jayapura District Court. Tioria said she was surprised that the Attorney General's Office (AGO) delegated the case file to the Makassar District Court.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – Authorities are hunting for Second Cpl. Muslimin of the 4th Regional Military Command (Kodam IV) Diponegoro in Central Java for hiring hitmen to kill his 34-year-old wife Rina Wulandari.
Rachel Farahdiba R, Jakarta – Divers Clean Action (DCA) founder Swietenia Puspa Lestari stated that fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) producers Unilever, Indofood, and Mayora are the top three contributors to single-use plastic packaging waste pollution in Indonesia. This was obtained from the brand audit program conducted in June 2022 at 11 coastal areas across the archipelago.
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – It's a police drama with more twists and turns than a Hollywood spy thriller and a cast of characters to fit the bill.
July 25, 2022
Stefani Wijaya, Jakarta – The founder and the current CEO of Islamic charity organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap, or ACT, were named suspects on Monday for alleged fraud in their handling of funds from US aircraft manufacturer Boeing meant as compensation for the victims of a fatal Lion Air flight.
Ardi Bayage, Yahukimo – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB) rejects violence in the struggle for West Papuan liberation. This was conveyed by KNPB spokesperson Ones Suhuniap on Saturday July 23 when speaking with Suara Papua.
Suhuniap asserted that the KNPB rejects all forms of violence in the struggle to liberate Papua from Indonesia's colonial grasp.
Jakarta – Over 4,000 troops from a dozen countries will join an annual joint military exercise between Indonesia and the United States next month amid simmering tensions in the South China Sea, according to officials.