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July 4, 2024

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2024

Jakarta – A woman who has completed her prison sentence for a terrorism conviction has voluntarily pledged allegiance to the Republic of Indonesia and vowed to abandon her radical views, a police officer said on Wednesday.

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2024

Thomas Rizal, Jakarta – The National Awakening Party (PKB) is considering nominating Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno for the West Java gubernatorial election, a party executive said on Thursday.

PKB is currently monitoring Sandiaga's electability to run in the country's most populous province before making the final decision, said PKB Deputy Chairman Jazilul Fawaid.

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 4, 2024

Jakarta – Not a day goes by without stories about the "flood" of products from China and calls for protective trade barriers in response. Indonesia is no different in this regard to the United States or Europe. The only difference is the types of products we fear.

Tempo - July 4, 2024

Afron Mandala Putra, Jakarta – Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information (Kominfo) confirmed that it has attempted to use the decryption key provided by the Brain Cipher ransomware group to unlock access to the compromised Temporary National Data Center (PDNS).

Jakarta Post - July 4, 2024

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The United Nations' recent report of a learning crisis experienced by low-and-middle income countries globally has raised concerns about the state of early childhood education in Indonesia, which appeared to be lagging its neighboring countries.

Tempo Editorial - July 4, 2024

Laila Afifa, Jakarta – Mistakes with government import regulations continue to claim victims. After many textile companies collapsed as a result of a shortage of raw materials, now it is the turn of airlines, which are having to limit their operations because they are unable to import aircraft spare parts.

The Register - July 4, 2024

Laura Dobberstein – Brain Cipher, the group responsible for hacking into Indonesia's Temporary National Data Center (PDNS) and disrupting the country's services, has seemingly apologized for its actions and released an encryption key to the government.

That key was in the form of an 54 kb ESXi file. Its efficacy has not yet been confirmed.

Jakarta Post - July 4, 2024

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – The country's poverty rate has fallen to a historic low this year while inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient, has hit its lowest point in more than a decade, but both figures remain below the government's target.

Tempo - July 4, 2024

Andika Dwi, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) is gearing up for Super Garuda Shield 2024, a large-scale multi-country military exercise scheduled from August 26 to September 5, 2024.

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2024

Muawwan Daelami, Jakarta – The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry, as the majority shareholder of local carrier Garuda Indonesia (GIAA), is proceeding with plans to merge Garuda and Pelita Air Service, a subsidiary of the state-owned energy company Pertamina, into the tourism holding company Aviasi Pariwisata Indonesia, also known as InJourney.

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The visiting UN Committee that is in charge of promoting Palestinian rights said Thursday that it had high expectations for Indonesia's next administration set to be led by the current defense minister Prabowo Subianto.

Reuters - July 4, 2024

Will Dunham, Jakarta – On the ceiling of a limestone cave in South Sulawesi, scientists have discovered artwork depicting three human-like figures interacting with a wild pig in what they have determined is the world's oldest-known confidently dated cave painting – created at least 51,200 years ago.

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2024

Antara, Solo – The Festival Pecinan Nusantara, a non-halal culinary event hosted at Solo Paragon Mall in Surakarta, Central Java, has been temporarily suspended amidst controversy.

Veronica Lahji, Chief Marketing Communication of Solo Paragon Mall, announced on Thursday that the mall is unable to confirm the future of the Chinese food festival at this time.

Jakarta Post - July 4, 2024

Jakarta – Key members of the terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) in Indonesia have dissolved the organisation but analysts caution that the threat posed by the group, which has claimed responsibility for a string of deadly attacks in the region, remains potent.

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2024

Bella Evanglista, Jakarta – Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the Director General of Informatics Applications at the Communications and Informatics Ministry, resigned from his position in the wake of the breach of the Temporary National Data Center (PDNS) 2.

Jakarta Post - July 4, 2024

Jakarta – The family and lawyers of a 13-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten to death by police officers in Padang, West Sumatra, are in Jakarta this week, visiting several state institutions and media organizations in the hope of finding support in their search for justice.

Human Rights Monitor - July 4, 2024

On 14 June 2024, Mr Pilemon Gobai, 42, was unlawfully killed, and Mr Melkias Yatipai,47, a tribal leader, sustained a bullet injury on the left heel as security force members raided the area around the Odiyai Village.

Tempo - July 4, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The government's plan to address the shortage of medical professionals by bringing in foreign doctors has ignited controversy. Professor Budi Santoso, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Airlangga University (Unair) in Surabaya, Indonesia, was recently dismissed for publicly opposing the policy.

Jakarta Globe - July 4, 2024

Antara, Malang – A Malaysian national is alleged to be the mastermind behind a synthetic drug factory in Malang, East Java. The case, unveiled by the Narcotics Crime Directorate of the Indonesian National Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), is the largest of its kind in Indonesia.

Reuters - July 4, 2024

Kate Lamb and Ananda Teresia (Reuters), Jakarta – Senior members of Jemaah Islamiyah, the Southeast Asian militant network blamed for the deadly Bali bombings, have announced they are disbanding the group, according to a report by a Jakarta-based think tank on Thursday.

July 3, 2024

Agence France-Presse - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia launched its first electric vehicle battery plant on Wednesday, President Joko Widodo said, as Southeast Asian countries move to gain a foothold in the emerging industry.

Jakarta Post - July 3, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The Financial Services Authority (OJK) has suffered another legal setback against Kresna Life Insurance. This defeat took place at the Jakarta State Administrative High Court (PTUN) on June 14, where OJK's appeal to maintain the revocation of Kresna Life's license was overturned.

Jakarta Post - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – Puan Maharani from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) said on Tuesday that the party leadership was weighing the idea of nominating Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) chairman Kaesang Pangarep for Central Java governor in November's regional head elections.

Jakarta Post - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – An ethics hearing on Wednesday ordered the removal of Hasyim Asy'ari from his post as General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman after finding him guilty of an ethics breach for harassing a female overseas poll administrator.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Djibril Muhammad, Jakarta – The General Election Commission (KPU) has established the minimum age requirement for gubernatorial candidates at 30 years old by the inauguration date of the election winner.

CNN Indonesia - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – A non-halal (non-kosher) culinary festival in Solo (Surakarta) was cancelled after objections from the Surakarta City Shariah (Islamic Law) Council (DSKS).

Reuters - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – Police in North Sumatra are investigating an accusation by a journalists' group that arson was behind a fire that killed a reporter and three of his family, an official said on Tuesday, a rare incident that has prompted concern over media freedom.

Indonesia at Melbourne - July 3, 2024

Herald van der Linde – Jakarta is a fabulous city. To many, this statement might sound odd. The city conjures up images of endless traffic jams, immense shopping malls that all sell pretty much the same thing and, of course, floods.

Tempo - July 3, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is evaluating a proposal by the Indonesia National Air Carriers Association (INACA) to scrap the maximum airfare price (TBA) policy and adopt a market-based system.

"The government is studying it," Secretary General of Air Transportation, Sigit Hani Hadiyanto stated during Indonesia AERO Summit 2024 in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Agence France-Presse - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – A woman was found dead inside the belly of a snake after it swallowed her whole in South Sulawesi, police said Wednesday, the second python killing in the province in a month.

Siriati, 36, had gone missing after she left her house Tuesday morning to buy medicine for her sick child, police said, prompting relatives to launch a search.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Herlan Kanduruan Adiwisastra, Garut – Garut Police continue their investigation into mutilation involving cannibalism case in Bantar Limus Village, Cibalong District, Garut Regency, West Java Province.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Ichsan Ali, Karawang – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday denied reports that he had asked political parties to nominate his youngest son, Kaesang Pangarep, as a gubernatorial candidate.

Jakarta Post - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – Vice president-elect Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of outgoing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, assured his supporters on Wednesday that Defense Minister and president-elect Prabowo Subianto is in a healthy condition following leg surgery last week.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Thomas Rizal, Jakarta – Political analyst from Al Azhar University Indonesia Ujang Komarudin criticized Adang Daradjatun, Chair of the DPR Ethics Council (MKD), for not disclosing the names of lawmakers involved in online gambling, suggesting it highlights flaws in MKD's ethics enforcement.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – Chemical engineering expert Panut Mulyono is calling for some government measures that can protect the Indonesian petrochemical industry from an influx of imported goods.

Jakarta Post - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – Bogor Police have arrested four female influencers in West Java over the past week for allegedly promoting online gambling via their social media accounts amid the government's nationwide crackdown against the illegal activity.

The four influencers, identified only by their initials IP, LN, MS and AP, were arrested in different districts across Bogor regency.

Tempo - July 3, 2024

Michelle Gabriela,, Sultan Abdurrahman, Jakarta – Alexander Marwata, who has been serving as deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for eight years since 2015, said he has failed to eradicate corruption based on a number of indicators.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Muhammad Aulia Rahman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced on Tuesday that it had named two new suspects in the corruption scandal related to the procurement of liquefied natural gas by the state-owned energy company Pertamina from 2011 to 2021.

Tempo - July 3, 2024

Ikhsan Reliubun, Jakarta – Labor Party President Said Iqbal said hundreds of thousands of workers are affected by mass layoff, based on the data from the R&D of the Labor Party and the Indonesian Trade Unions Confederation (KSPI) over the last three months.

CNN Indonesia - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – Protesting workers have dispersed after holding a demonstration rejecting Minister of Trade Regulation Number 8/2024 on Import Policies and Regulations in front of the Ministry of Trade offices in Central Jakarta on Wednesday July 3.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Hyundai's flying taxi, set to operate in Indonesia's new capital city, Nusantara (IKN), will soon commence test flights this month. The Ministry of Transportation has issued guidelines for operators to ensure the tests are conducted smoothly.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – MNC Land (KPIG), owned by conglomerate Hary Tanoesoedibjo, will launch Trump International Golf Club-Lido, Trump Residences Lido, and Hyatt Regency Lido in the MNC Lido City Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the second half of this year.

Tempo - July 3, 2024

Yohanes Maharso Joharsoyo, Jakarta – The Press Council's Journalist Safety Commission (KKJ) is investigating the death of Tribrata TV journalist Rico Sempurna Pasaribu following a fire at his home in Karo Regency, North Sumatra.

Tempo - July 3, 2024

Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – Indonesian immigration officials have detained 15 foreign asylum seekers who had been camping outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Setiabudi, South Jakarta.

Jakarta Globe - July 3, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – A giant glass factory run by South Korea's KCC Glass is set to begin production in the Central Java town of Batang in August, according to Investment Minister Bahlil Lahadalia.

Jakarta Post - July 3, 2024

Jakarta – NasDem Party chairman Surya Paloh has said his party will support Bobby Nasution for North Sumatra governor in the November regional elections.

Paloh said the party had yet to discuss the candidate for deputy governor, adding that Bobby should make his own decisions on his running mate.

Tempo - July 3, 2024

Aisha Shaidra, Jakarta – The Directorate General of Air Transportation of the Indonesian Transportation Ministry has clarified the airport's status in the new capital city of Nusantara (IKN), which is named Nusantara Airport. The airport, which is currently under construction, is intended for VVIP flights, rather than commercial ones.

July 2, 2024

Jakarta Globe - July 2, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia is blessed with abundant critical minerals, but the nickel-rich country needs to look beyond this natural wealth when trying to enter the global supply chain as countries become increasingly aware of sustainability standards, according to a think-tank.

Jakarta Globe - July 2, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – State-owned aviation firm Dirgantara Indonesia aims for the government to complete a contract to purchase 24 Sikorsky S-70M Black Hawk helicopters from US-based Lockheed Martin by the third quarter this year.

IPMSDL Statement - July 2, 2024

The Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self Determination and Liberation, as one of the movements endorsing the Permanent Peoples Tribunal Session on Environmental Destruction and State Repression in West Papua on June 27 to 29, welcomes the success of the recently concluded Tribunal.