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September 12, 2023

Jakarta Globe - September 12, 2023

Jakarta – Former police general Ferdy Sambo, who was convicted of murdering a subordinate, has been transferred from Salemba prison in Jakarta to Cibinong Penitentiary in West Java after the Supreme Court upheld his conviction, an official announced on Tuesday.

Tabloid Jubi - September 12, 2023

Manokwari, Jubi – Following an incident in the Kramomongga District, Fakfak Regency, West Papua Province on August 15, 2023, the police have apprehended a total of 12 individuals suspected of involvement in the attack. Seven of them have faced legal prosecution, while five were fatally shot by law enforcement officers.

China Daily - September 12, 2023

Jakarta – Jakarta is planning to extend remote working for public employees and ramp up water misting from tall buildings as the city's air quality has not improved despite various efforts to curb air pollution.

Fulcrum - September 12, 2023

Aswin Lin, Deasy Simandjuntak – Notwithstanding his high popularity in recent polls, Prabowo Subianto's uneven track record as defence minister begs more scrutiny from Indonesian voters before they head to the presidential vote next February.

Jakarta Post - September 12, 2023

Aditya Hadi, Jakarta – Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Minister Teten Masduki has questioned the plan of TikTok to expand into e-commerce and other sectors, saying the popular social media platform could become a "monopoly" and potentially threaten Indonesia's small businesses.

Tabloid Jubi - September 12, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – Yustus Yekusamon, a key figure and driving force behind the economic progress of indigenous communities in Grime Nawa Valley, Jayapura Regency, is collaborating with the Assessment and Empowerment of Indigenous Peoples Association (PPMA Papua).

Jakarta Post - September 12, 2023

Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – Promoting the country's ambitious Nusantara capital city project at the Group of 20 Summit in India last week, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo returned to Jakarta with four fresh investment commitments, albeit still with no concrete promises of actual funding.

Jakarta Globe - September 12, 2023

Jakarta – State-owned oil company Pertamina says it is adopting carbon capture storage (CCS)/carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technologies in a bid to help the government reach net-zero emissions by 2060.

September 11, 2023

Jakarta Globe - September 11, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The government is planning to allow other countries bury their carbon in Indonesia through a process popularly known as carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Jakarta Globe - September 11, 2023

Maria Gabrielle, Jakarta – The Jakarta Police have taken four men and one woman into custody, charging them with the production and distribution of explicit adult content.

Law enforcement officials are actively seeking at least 11 other women who are believed to have been featured in the clandestinely produced videos linked to this group, an officer said on Monday.

Fulcrum - September 11, 2023

Syafiq Hasyim – As his running mate, Muhaimin Iskandar could bring something to the table for Anies Baswedan's 2024 campaign and the former would not be down and out even if their team does not beat the other two presidential contenders next February.

Jakarta Globe - September 11, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The Golkar Party indicated on Monday their intention to nominate former West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil for the upcoming gubernatorial election in either West Java or Jakarta amid speculations that he might be considered as a running mate in the presidential race taking place in the same year.

Tabloid JUBI - September 11, 2023

The Regent of Bintuni Bay Regency in West Papua Province, Petrus Kasihiw, has officially recognized the ancestral lands of three clans within the Moskona tribe: Masakoda, Yen, and Yec clans, totaling 6,262 hectares. This decision was made following the issuance of a Decree during a meeting on Saturday, September 9, 2023 in Waraitama Village, Manimeri District.

CNN Indonesia - September 11, 2023

Jakarta – Ahead of the 2024 elections, the political elite who have stepped forward as presidential and vice presidential candidates have begun to outline their promises if elected. These promises have been conveyed publically on several occasions.

Summarised by CNN Indonesia, the following are the promises that they have conveyed to the public.

Jakarta Globe - September 11, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – A senior government official on Monday revealed a global company is looking to invest in a petrochemical plant in Indonesia. However, not much is known about the project except for the fact that Indonesia's large carbon storage capacity was what got the mysterious investor hooked.

Jakarta Globe - September 11, 2023

Jakarta – State-owned energy firm Pertamina is setting up solar panels in Tanjung Karang Village, Aceh. The new solar panels will power the Rumah Kreatif Tamiang, a workshop dedicated to training people with disabilities.

Subsidiary Pertamina Hulu Energi – particularly the Pertamina EP Asset Rantau Field – is in charge of this solar panel project.

Tempo - September 11, 2023

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi returned from the G20 Summit in India on September 10, 2023. During his three-day visit, Jokowi paid attention to climate issues and explored further investment possibilities for the Indonesia's new capital city (IKN), Nusantara.

Jakarta Post - September 11, 2023

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The country's political landscape has changed after the announcement that former Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan will partner with National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin "Cak Imin" Iskandar as presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Jakarta Post Editorial - September 11, 2023

Jakarta – Soaring food prices have become more concerning and for rice, it is alarming. The price of rice was Rp 12,530 (81 US cents) per kilogram in early September, up 16 percent year-on-year, according to National Food Agency data.

Mongabay - September 11, 2023

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – An Indonesian court has upheld a government decision to curb the expansion of a multibillion-dollar oil palm plantation project in the country's easternmost region of Papua.

Tempo - September 11, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – Jakarta-owned bus operator PT Transportation Jakarta (Transjakarta) shares optimism about replacing its entire fleet with electric buses by 2030. The company's director of operations and safety, Daud Joseph, said the goal is to create a clean service that does not produce air pollution.

Tempo - September 11, 2023

Yogi Eka Sahputra, Jakarta – Thousands of indigenous Malay people from the Riau Islands held a demonstration in front of the office of the Free Trade Zone and Free Port Authority or BP Batam on Monday, September 11, 2023.

Jakarta Globe - September 11, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Former West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil is among the few potential running mates being considered by Prabowo Subianto for the upcoming presidential election, according to an executive of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

The Guardian - September 11, 2023

Christopher Knaus – Australia's parliament will be given only a limited ability to scrutinise unlawful and improper intelligence operations, prompting concerns it will not be able to meet a pre-election promise for an investigation of the 2004 Timor-Leste bugging scandal.

UCA News - September 11, 2023

Catholics have joined advocacy groups to ask the Indonesian government to end violence aiming to crush opposition to a controversial tourism project on a picturesque island.

"We regret the repressive actions and tear gas shooting which resulted in students being treated at the hospital," said a Sept. 10 statement from a lay group called, Catholic Youth.

Reuters - September 11, 2023

Jakarta – President Joko Widodo on Monday said Indonesia has sufficient rice stock at home, seeking to allay concerns about supplies as prices of the staple hit multi-year highs due to periods of drought and low output.

Rice prices rose at the fastest pace in over a decade in August, even as the inflation rate remained relatively low.

September 10, 2023

Arah Juang - September 10, 2023

Riang Karunianidi – On August 16, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo presented his State of the Nation address to the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) making the commemoration of the proclamation of Indonesian independence on August 17.

Jakarta Globe - September 10, 2023

Heru Andriyanto, New Delhi – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo met with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in New Delhi on Saturday to express his government's appreciation for France's investment commitments in Indonesia's new national capital, Nusantara.

Jakarta Globe - September 10, 2023

Heru Andriyanto, New Delhi – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo seized the opportunity to garner support from leaders of major powers for Indonesia's bid to join the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) During the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

Jakarta Post - September 10, 2023

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – The specter of the New Order's state-sponsored women's organization Dharma Wanita came to my mind when I recently attended a routine gathering of a group of young mothers with their three-year-old kids and tutors in a public kindergarten in Kebon Jeruk, West Jakarta.

Channel News Asia - September 10, 2023

Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – When a friend asked her to do pro-bono legal work for farming communities in a number of villages across Indonesia, lawyer Helianti Hilman, who loves to travel, jumped at the opportunity.

September 9, 2023

Australian Associated Press - September 9, 2023

Melissa Meehan – Indonesia has lifted its suspension of Australian live export cattle, declaring it safe from lumpy skin disease.

The country had stopped the importation from four Australian facilities in early August after its authorities found a small number of Australian cattle had been detected with the disease.

Jakarta Globe - September 9, 2023

BeritaSatu, Jakarta – The recently inaugurated Light Rail Transit (LRT) system in Greater Jakarta has proven its popularity by ferrying an average of more than 30,000 passengers daily during its first ten days of operation, the government said on Saturday.

Tempo - September 9, 2023

Amy Heppy, Jakarta – Head of the National Food Agency (Bapanas) Arief Prasetyo Adi said the government adjusted the price of rice during the market operation or Stabilization of Food Supply and Prices (SPHP).

As of September 1, the price of rice was raised to Rp 10,900 per kilogram from the previous Rp 9,450 per kilogram.

Tempo - September 9, 2023

Padang – Indonesian Vice President Ma'ruf Amin responded to the proposal for a new system to control and monitor places of worship. He stressed that monitoring places of worship is indeed the state's obligation.

Tempo - September 9, 2023

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) urged the police to release the residents of Rempang Island in Batam, Riau Islands, who were arrested during the clash with security forces on September 7, 2023.

Tempo - September 9, 2023

Antara, Bogor – Head of Gunungsindur Subdistrict Dace Hatomi said residents have been complaining for the past seven years about wells allegedly being contaminated with fuel oil. According to him, the well water smelled like gasoline.

Jakarta Post Editorial - September 9, 2023

Jakarta – In a scramble to tackle the suffocating air pollution in Jakarta, the city administration has now pushed the pedal further on vehicle emissions testing in the greater metropolitan area.

September 8, 2023

Straits Times - September 8, 2023

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – Singapore could start importing two gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy annually from Indonesia within five years, in what is the Republic's biggest effort so far to import low-carbon electricity.

Tempo - September 8, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The forest fire currently engulfing Central Kalimantan worsens the air quality in the area. The Education Office of Palangka Raya City reminded the students in the city to wear masks at school.

Tempo - September 8, 2023

Dicky Kurniawan, Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Transportation Office of Jakarta applies a disincentive tariff for vehicles failing and/or have not done the emissions test in the form of the highest parking charges.

Jakarta Task Force for Air Pollution spokesperson Ani Ruspitawati said that the policy is based on Governor Regulation No. 66 of 2020 on emissions tests.

Jakarta Globe - September 8, 2023

BeritaSatu, Batam – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) on Friday demanded for accountability from the officers responsible for firing tear gas munitions at a school on an island near Batam. This request comes in the wake of reports that several children were injured during the incident that occurred the day before.

Kompas.com - September 8, 2023

Fika Nurul Ulya, Jakarta – The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) has condemned the verbal intimidation against a journalist covering the 43rd ASEAN Summit (KTT ASEAN) which was held in Jakarta on September 5-7.

Tabloid Jubi - September 8, 2023

Jayapura, Jubi – On Thursday, September 7, 2023, three students of the Jayapura University of Science and Technology (USTJ) who had been convicted in a treason case, were released from the Abepura Prison in Jayapura City. They were picked up by a group of student activists in Jayapura City.

Radio New Zealand - September 8, 2023

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has told Indonesia's president Joko Widodo that PNG has no right to criticise Jakarta over what he calls alleged human rights abuses in West Papua.

Benar News - September 8, 2023

Ahmad Syamsudin, Jakarta – Indonesia's image as a free-press country got dinged this week when a Voice of America reporter traveling with the U.S. vice president was temporarily barred from covering ASEAN summit meetings after shouting questions, local journalists and press advocates said.

Jakarta Globe - September 8, 2023

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – The General Election Commission (KPU) is advocating for a significant change in the registration timeline for presidential candidates and their running mates. This adjustment involves moving the date forward and reducing the registration period from three weeks to just one.

Indonesia at Melbourne - September 8, 2023

Virdika Rizky Utama – Indonesian has never been a stranger to intriguing political alliances, but the Anies Baswedan-Muhaimin Iskandar candidacy for the upcoming 2024 presidential election might be one of the most fascinating.

Reuters - September 8, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesia is expecting its rainy season to start in November, a month later than usual, after a longer dry season caused by the El Nino weather pattern, its meteorology agency (BMKG) said on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - September 8, 2023

Helmut Timothy, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo engaged in separate meetings with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and Chinese Prime Minister Li Qiang at the State Palace in Jakarta on Friday. The discussions primarily focused on potential investments in Indonesia's new national capital, Nusantara.