Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The death of a junior police officer has caught the nation's attention this past week, with the media and the public increasingly skeptical of the National Police's claim he had been killed in a gunfight with another lower-ranking officer after he tried to sexually assault the wife of Insp. Gen. Ferdy Sambo, the chief of internal affairs.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
July 25, 2022
Lee Sue-Ann – The race for Indonesia's 2024 presidential elections remains wide open. Among the top three contenders, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is the one with the most options. If he does not make a run for the nation's top job himself, he is well-placed to become a kingmaker.
Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Garibaldi "Boy" Thohir, the president director of Indonesia's second-largest listed coal miner Adaro Energy, has become the chairman of the China Committee at the country's largest business lobby group, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, or Kadin.
The United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) and the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front (FLNKS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreeing to mutually support each other's independence struggles.
New Caledonia's pro-independence FLNKS movement has signed a memorandum of understanding with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), which wants independence from Indonesia.
The deal was signed by Roch Wamytan, the President of New Caledonia's Congress, and the visiting ULMWP leader Benny Wenda.
Bali Water, Asia's first sustainable spring water start-up, has formed a strategic partnership with global advertising network Saatchi & Saatchi to launch plant-based bottles and a mission to plant 10 million trees in Bali by 2030.
Dozens of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have sent an open letter to Elon Musk, urging the Tesla Inc's (TSLA.O) chief to not invest in Indonesia's nickel industry on environmental concerns.
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.
July 24, 2022
Emma Connors, Singapore/Jakarta – Inadequate compensation, vaccine hesitancy and the difficulty involved in reaching millions of farmers are hampering Indonesia's efforts to stop the spread of foot and mouth disease (FMD).
Indonesia's central government is rushing to slaughter animals that have the disease or have been in contact with it, and to vaccinate others.
July 23, 2022
Indriani, Mecca Yumna, Jakarta – The Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Ministry has said that an understanding of the law on sexual violence needs to be built among the general public in order to assist victims.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Bandung – After months-long negotiations between youth delegates of G20 countries, the Y20 Summit finally came to a close on Friday night with the announcement of policy recommendations for the leaders of the world's biggest economies.
Chris Barrett and Amilia Rosa, Bali – At Kubu Anyar, a five-minute motorcycle ride from Bali's popular Kuta beach, hobby farmer Made Purba Wilantara understands Australia's high anxiety about foot and mouth disease.
As the owner of a small family-run hotel in Kuta as well, he also knows just how much the Indonesian island needs Australians right now.
Victor Mambor and Alvin Prasetyo in Jayapura – The US Holocaust Memorial Museum is warning in a new report that mass killings of civilians could occur in Indonesia's troubled West Papua region in the next year to 18 months if current conditions deteriorate to a worst-case scenario.
Kiki Siregar, Nusantara, Indonesia – These days, eastern Kalimantan has a new tourist attraction.
In the middle of a lush forest, a large sign says "Point Zero Nusantara". It marks the site of Indonesia's new capital city and serves as a reference point for calculating the height of the future buildings in the vicinity.
Jakarta – The National Police have arrested 13 suspected militants believed to be members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) during separate operations by counterterrorism squad Detachment 88 in the province of Aceh.
Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Batam's district court has sentenced an Indonesian captain of a Singapore-owned vessel to seven years in jail for transporting containers of hazardous and toxic liquid waste into Indonesia, breaching both environment and shipping laws.
July 22, 2022
Hamdan Cholifudin Ismail, Jakarta – The Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo) decided to give five more days for private electronic systems providers (PSE) to register their platforms, extending the registration deadline to July 27, 2022. The ministry had sent an official letter to unregistered PSE.
Indonesia's leading Catholic university has signed a deal to collaborate with nine universities and colleges in neighboring Timor-Leste, as part of an effort to improve education quality and foster fraternity between the institutions.
A global media watchdog has urged Timor-Leste to drop charges against a journalist accused of violating judicial confidentiality by publishing reports questioning the virginity tests of underage girls in an abuse case involving an ex-priest.
Jakarta – Nothing can justify the act of violence that claimed the lives of 11 people and wounded another, all unarmed civilians, on July 16 in Nogolaid village in Nduga regency, Papua.
Death, taxes, and civil servants sitting on their asses are truly some of the only certainties in life. On the latter, it should come as no shock that civil servants also neglected their work during work from home (WFH) arrangements.
Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan targeted Indonesia to become the qibla or the benchmark of the world's Muslim fashion by 2024. The government, Zulkifli said, supports the growth of the sector through exports.
Fransisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – State air carrier Garuda Indonesia has added three aircraft to its active fleet after the Central Jakarta District Court declared the company free from bankruptcy. Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra said the company will operate Boeing 737-800 NG that were previously relocated by lessors.
Three men attempted to intimidate a journalist at his house in Tamiang Layang, Central Kalimantan, on July 17, allegedly for his coverage of sexual harassment by a local official.
Ali Akhmad Noor Hidayat, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan said that Saudi Arabia did not want to lose Indonesia as its partner. Luhut added that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said that Saudi wanted to make more investments in Indonesia.
Jayapura, Jubi – The Jayapura District Court on Thursday, July 21, 2022, continued the trial of the alleged treason case involving seven Papuans who raised the Morning Star flag at Cenderawasih Sports Center and marched carrying banners with the Morning Star on December 1, 2021.
Jakarta – Indonesia has launched a crackdown on peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders through a new regulation and capital requirements, in a move that industry sources say should help clean up a booming online lending sector beset by consumer complaints.
July 21, 2022
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia has pushed back against the suggestion that its debate with neighboring Malaysia on migrant labor recruitment has been resolved, with an official saying that a temporary ban on sending workers there would be upheld.
Bernadette Christina Munthe and Fransiska Nangoy, Jakarta – The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has accused 27 cooking oil companies of unfair business practices, saying it has enough evidence to put together a formal case against them.
Yustinus Paat – Jakarta. The Election Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, has cleared Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan of allegations that he misused his authority to campaign for his daughter, a potential candidate for the House of Representatives.
Jayapura, Jubi – An academician of the Musamus University in Merauke, Yosehi Mekiuw, said the formation of three new provinces in Papua would marginalize indigenous peoples as it would trigger further exploitation of Papua's natural resources when forests are the source of people's livelihood. Today, many sago forests have been replaced with oil palm plantations.
Indra A, Azis Kurmala, Jakarta – Head of the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) Moeldoko has said that the Indonesian government is serious about the welfare and progress of the people in Papua region.
Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria publicly voiced his support for Prabowo Subianto to run as a presidential candidate in the 2024 general elections.
Riza, who is a cadre of the Gerindra party and the chairperson of the party's Jakarta executive board (DPD), said Prabowo had contributed to advancing the party over the past 14 years.
Jakarta – The Asian Development Bank, or ADB, has revised up its growth forecast for Indonesia to 5.2 percent this year, reflecting the country's robust domestic consumption and windfall revenue from high global commodity prices.
The latest projection was 20 basis points higher than the multinational lender's previous forecast in April of 5.0 percent.
Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Timor Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta on Thursday talked about how arduous it is to get a seat in ASEAN and even said that entering heaven would be easier than getting full membership in the Southeast Asian grouping.
Jakarta – Indonesia said on Thursday Alphabet Inc's Google has signed up to its new licensing rules for technology platforms, but warned that companies that had yet to register would be blocked in five working days.
Bangkok – Indonesian authorities should investigate a series of incidents of harassment and intimidation against local journalists, identify and bring the relevant perpetrators to justice, and work to better protect media members and their ability to report without fear of reprisal or violence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday.
Jakarta – At least nine bodies have been found after a ferry sank off the coast of Ternate island due to bad weather, a search and rescue official said Thursday.
The KM Cahaya Arafah capsized in waters off Ternate island on Monday evening, prompting a search and rescue operation for 13 missing people.
July 20, 2022
TAPOL expresses its concern and deep sorrow at the numerous events that have occurred recently in West Papua, which have led to the deaths of several people.
Damien Kingsbury – Tensions have erupted as the Indonesian government attempts to further divide West Papuan territory. But with few international allies, the Papuan resistance may be destined to fail.
Yanuar Nugroho – President Jokowi's recent Cabinet picks may not necessarily be the best persons to do their jobs. It seems the President may have prioritised consolidating power instead.
Timor-Leste and the United States have signed the largest cooperation agreement ever, valued at US$420 million, focused on improving infrastructure in Dili over the next five years.
The agreement was signed by the Timor-Leste Cabinet office minister, Fidelis Magalhaes, and Millennium Challenge Corporation Vice Chairman Cameron Alford, at a ceremony in Dili.
Hardline cleric Rizieq Shihab is conditionally a free man starting today, as he has been released on parole after serving two years in prison.
Jakarta – The Constitutional Court on Wednesday rejected a judicial review of the country's narcotics law that would have paved the way for legalizing marijuana for medicinal use, a panel of nine judges ruled.
Jakarta – Foreign direct investment into Indonesia has accelerated to a new record high from April to June this year, highlighting the country's robust economic recovery amid a prolonged Covid-19 pandemic and new global inflation and recession threats.
Maurits Pardosi, Parapat – The Women 20 (W20) Summit held at Toba Lake in North Sumatra on July 20 has been greeted by demonstrations and sharp criticisms from rural women activists.
During the action, a number of women activists unfurled a huge banner in the middle of Lake Toba with the message, "North Sumatra Women Against Deforestation".
Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – Controversial Muslim figure Rizieq Syihab was released on parole on Wednesday, five months before the completion of his two-year prison sentence handed to him for lying about the result of his Covid-19 diagnostic tests.
Aisyah Llewellyn, Medan, Indonesia – Indigenous and women's rights groups in Indonesia are protesting against the G20's headline event for gender equality over the alleged exclusion of local voices and failure to address key women's issues in North Sumatra.
Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – A group of state university chancellors and prominent education figures on Tuesday demanded the specific mention of the Educational Institution for Teachers, or LPTK, in the Bill on the National Education System.
The bill fails to mention the LPTK, causing concern about the future of the very important institution.
Waropen, Jubi – Chair of the Synod of the Kingmi Church (GKI) in Papua Rev. Tilas Mom said the church was the last line of defense to unite Indigenous Papuans (OAP) in Papua. He said that amid the division of regencies and cities in Papua and West Papua following the formation of three new provinces, the church must keep Papuans from being divided.