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December 22, 2022

Jakarta Post - December 22, 2022

Fad, Galang Island, Riau Island – The Galang Island special infection hospital task force in Riau Islands officially ceased its operation on Wednesday, but dozens of health workers complain that they have yet to be paid their meal allowances.

Jakarta Post - December 22, 2022

Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya – Surabaya city administration and the Transportation Ministry launched on Tuesday 17 electric buses to ply one of the city's bus routes.

The buses are grants from the ministry. The vehicles were first used as transportation during the Group of 20 Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, last month.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 22, 2022

Jakarta – "Sorry" is the hardest word for the Netherlands to say. It is so hard that it has taken the country more than two centuries to apologize for its role in the slave trade.

Jakarta Post - December 22, 2022

Adi Marsiela, Bandung – Police have named seven suspects in connection with the fatal suicide bomb attack earlier this month in Bandung, West Java.

Jakarta Globe - December 22, 2022

Jakarta – Bank Indonesia, the country's central bank, has eased off the accelerator with a decision to raise its benchmark interest rate by only 25 basis points to 5.50 percent on Thursday, citing the slowing inflation and inflation expectation as its primary reason.

December 21, 2022

Kompas.com - December 21, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – An alliance of non-government organisations calling themselves the Civil Society for Safeguarding Clean Elections reported 10 General Election Commission (KPU) officials at all levels to the Election Organisers Ethics Council (DKPP) on Wednesday December 21.

Agence France-Presse - December 21, 2022

After dawn in a small eastern Indonesia town, a young man holds an ornate umbrella over non-binary priest Puang Matowa Nani, as they walk barefoot to a nearby pond to perform the annual ritual of Mappalili.

Tempo - December 21, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani in a virtual press conference on Tuesday revealed that the government managed to collect Rp231.75 billion from the cryptocurrency tax from June up to December under the Electronic Systems Trade Operators (PPMSE).

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 21, 2022

Jakarta – Following the success of the burden-sharing agreement between Bank Indonesia (BI) and the Finance Ministry in financing the fiscal deficit over the past three years to prevent a deeper economic crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, the government and the House of Representatives have agreed to maintain that cooperation under the newly enacted omnibus Financial Sector Law.

Tabloid Jubi - December 21, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – A total of four residents of Tolikara Regency were shot at the Tolikara Police Headquarters in Mountainous Papua Province on Monday, December 19, 2022. One of them died.

Tempo - December 21, 2022

Aliyyu Medyati, Jakarta – City-owned bus operator Transjakarta on Tuesday pledged its support for the anti-sexual harassment campaign during a talk show held by Yayasan Suara Perempuan.

Transjakarta secretary Anang Rizkani Noor said the company has tasked 1,800 additional service personnel to prevent sexual crimes from happening on Transjakarta buses.

Tempo - December 21, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The construction of the East Java Semantok Dam, located specifically in Nganjuk Regency, is officially one of the national strategic projects under the Joko "Jokowi" Widodo-Ma'ruf Amin administration that saw a cost overrun from the initial Rp805 billion to Rp2.5 trillion as it was introduced today.

Jacobin Magazine - December 21, 2022

An interview with Benny Wenda – Since Indonesia annexed West Papua, its people have faced brutal military repression while the US helps whitewash the occupation. But the country's freedom movement is pressing ahead with a unique liberation project based on ecological principles.

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – A recent survey has sounded alarms about inequality on the country's road to recovery, as vulnerable families, including households with disabled members or those that are led by women, are facing tougher challenges to bounce back from the pandemic compared with more well-off families.

Antara News - December 21, 2022

Anita Permata, Raka Adji, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has called on the House of Representatives (DPR) to ratify the Domestic Workers' Protection Bill (RUU PPRT) to give comprehensive protection to domestic workers.

Tempo - December 21, 2022

Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – Anticorruption activist Ubeidillah Badrun on Wednesday finds it unfortunate that Coordinating Minister Luhut Pandjaitan lamented sting operations against corruption suspects, which the minister said in a public event on Tuesday.

Jakarta Globe - December 21, 2022

Jakarta – In a surprising move, the Indonesian government has announced a ban on all bauxite exports starting in June 2023 to encourage domestic processing industries.

Mongabay - December 21, 2022

Wahyu Chandra, Kahu-Kahu, Indonesia – Fishers in this village on the northwestern tip of Selayar Island, in eastern Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, are a fortnight into a community experiment.

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway (HSR) service is expected to see lower demand than initially projected. At its inception, the Jakarta-Bandung HSR was estimated to transport 60,000 passengers per day, but a new study conducted after the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has cut the estimate by half.

Tempo - December 21, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – An epidemiologist from Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Bayu Satria Wiratama agreed with President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's plan to lift the public mobility restrictions known as PPKM at the end of 2022. He opined that it is because there is no urgency to continue the policy.

Jakarta Globe - December 21, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia's new capital Nusantara should strengthen its air defense by adopting advanced military technologies, as the first battle the metropolis would face would likely be an air-centric one, according to the National Resilience Institute or Lemhannas.

Jakarta Globe - December 21, 2022

Herman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Wednesday indicated that his government will lift all social restrictions related to Covid-19 that have been in place for nearly three years, suggesting that the country is now well-equipped to deal with the ongoing pandemic.

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia has abstained a recent resolution that expelled Iran from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), saying that the resolution was proposed without exhausting all efforts to improve the situation in Iran, including dialogue.

Tempo - December 21, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Tax revenues swelled 41.93 percent year on year to reach Rp1.63 trillion as of December 14, 2022, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati informed on Tuesday.

This high increase was due to the good recovery of the domestic economy, rising commodity prices, and the implementation of tax reform through the Law on Harmonization of Tax Regulations (UU HPP).

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

Viet Nam News, Jakarta – Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc's state visit to Indonesia will mark a new milestone in the unique and long relationship between the two countries, Veeramalla Anjaiah, a senior researcher at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Indonesia, has said.

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

Nigel Cory, Washington, DC – On Sept. 20, Indonesia ratified its first comprehensive data privacy legislation – the Personal Data Protection (PDP) Law, which has the potential to constitute a solid, well-designed foundation for its digital economy.

The Diplomat - December 21, 2022

Sebastian Strangio – Indonesia's newly appointed military chief has played down the seriousness of the situation in Papua, after several years of worsening conflict in the restive eastern region.

Hundson.org - December 21, 2022

Paul Marshall – Although it is the world's fourth largest country by population, and the third largest democracy, Indonesia usually attracts comparatively little attention overseas.

Kompas.com - December 21, 2022

Aryo Putranto Saptohutomo, Jakarta – Transparency International Indonesia (TII) Secretary General Danang Widoyoko says that Indonesia's poor Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is not caused by frequent Corruption Eradication Commission's (KPK) sting operations (OTT).

Straits Times - December 21, 2022

Jeffrey Hutton, Ubud, Bali – When Lucy retired to Ubud from her job in administration at a health insurance company in Australia in 2011, she counted on soaking up Balinese culture, good food and the balmy climate for decades.

Tabloid Jubi - December 21, 2022

Nabire, Jubi – The Papua Peace Network (JDP) encourages the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to form an independent investigation team to reveal alleged human rights violations in the shooting incident of four civilians in Tolikara on Monday, December 19, 2022. This was stated by JDP spokesperson Yan Christian Warinussy to Jubi via WhatsApp on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – Having the experience of contesting the 2019 presidential election under his belt, social-media savvy Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno is considered a strong candidate for the vice-presidential ticket.

Jakarta Post - December 21, 2022

Kornelius Purba, Jakarta – My mind has flashbacks of former foreign minister Ali Alatas telling me about the real power of the Foreign Ministry many years ago when I read the speech of Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi during the first Indonesia-Pacific Forum for Development (IPFD) in Bali early this month.

Tempo - December 21, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Minister of Agriculture Syahrul Yasin Limpo issued a statement regarding the country's rice production which comes as a direct response to a report by World Bank ranking Indonesia's rice as the most expensive in Southeast Asia, which garnered international attention.

East Asia Forum - December 21, 2022

Sulistiyo Ardiyono and Arianto Patunru, ANU – Indonesia has placed a high bet on the manufacturing sector's revival by enacting the Omnibus Law on Job Creation, but the country might miss out on the economic opportunities in emerging modern services industries.

December 20, 2022

Tempo - December 20, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The Indonesian Farmers Union (SPI) in a written statement on Monday argues that the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) has exposed its weak management of national food reserves and food production cooperation as the agency remains to be open to importing rice at the end of this year.

Benar News - December 20, 2022

Arie Firdaus and Dandy Koswaraputra, Jakarta – Indonesia's new military chief said Tuesday that violence in the troubled Papua region had not risen to an emergency level after one person died and eight others were injured when police fired on rioting villagers in a newly established province.

CNN Indonesia - December 20, 2022

Jakarta – A regional General Elections Commission (KPUD) commissioner has revealed the threats made by KPU national Commissioner Idham Holik so that they would change the status of the Indonesian People's Wave Party (Gelora), the Nusantara Awakening Party (PKN) and the Garuda Party so they could take part in the 2024 elections.

Tempo - December 20, 2022

Nabila Nurshafira, Jakarta – Indonesia's Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno persuaded investors to invest in five super-priority destinations, including Labuan Bajo and Mandalika. He asserted that investment in the tourism sector will provide great profits.

Jakarta Post - December 20, 2022

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed a regulation that details new safety and security requirements for businesses seeking to mine nuclear materials in the country.

Tempo - December 20, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday at the Gadjah Mada University 73rd dies Natalis asserted that Indonesia refuses to be forced to export natural resources that the country is able to process domestically.

This echoes the President's stand regarding Indonesia's national policy in a speech he delivered at the ASEAN-European Union Summit.

Jakarta Post - December 20, 2022

Wike D. Herlinda, JAKARTA – The number of passenger movement at 20 Indonesian airports during the Christmas and New Year holiday this year is expected to reach 2.54 million passengers, PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) predicts, as the state-owned operator readies its service to accommodate the end-of-year peak season.

Jakarta Globe - December 20, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – A recent government study showed that Indonesians – even those living in the country's most advanced province Jakarta – are not making good use of digital technology.

Jakarta Globe - December 20, 2022

BTV, Jakarta – Newly-installed Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander Admiral Yudo Margono said restoring order and security in Papua is one of his top priorities during his short tenure in office, as he formally received the command from predecessor General Andika Perkasa in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Tabloid Jubi - December 20, 2022

Nabire, Jubi – The Talenta Keadilan Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH-TK) reported the wrongful arrest of two students named ET and DT, who were accused of carrying firearms. LBH-TK reported the case to the Nabire Police in Central Papua Province on Monday, December 19, 2022.

Jakarta Post - December 20, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia and the United States have committed to launching a new climate partnership early next year with funding of up to US$50 million to help Indonesia achieve its forestry carbon sink goal by 2030.

Suara.com - December 20, 2022

Dwi Bowo Raharjo – Scores of protesters from a number of different universities that are part of the All Indonesia Student Executive Council (BEM SI) Alliance held a symbolic action on Tuesday to oppose to the enactment of the new Criminal Code (KUHP) on December 6.

Jakarta Post - December 20, 2022

Suherdjoko, Banjarnegara, Central Java – The Central Java administration has launched the Anti-corruption Villages program in 29 regencies and municipalities in a bid to boost corruption eradication in the province.

Reuters - December 20, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's fiscal deficit as of Dec. 14 was equal to 1.22 per cent of gross domestic product, much smaller than the latest government outlook, the finance minister said on Tuesday, amid strong revenue collection and good budget discipline.

Jakarta Globe - December 20, 2022

Jakarta – State-owned airline Garuda Indonesia received state funding amounting to Rp 7.5 trillion ($480 million) on Tuesday to help the company accelerate its recovery program as the aviation industry begins to gain some ground.