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June 25, 2024

Rest of World - June 25, 2024

Adi Renaldi – Indonesian singer Kai Mata's first viral moment on social media came four years ago when she posted a video on X (then Twitter). "I am Indonesian, and I am flaming gay," she said, then slammed a proposed law that would force LGBTQIA people into conversion therapy. That bill was shelved after a broad backlash.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2024

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The government will not pay the US$8 million ransom demanded by attackers responsible for the ransomware attack at two temporary National Data Center (PDN) facilities since last week that disrupted public services.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Algi M Gifari, Bandung – Thousands of online motorcycle and car taxi (ojol) drivers gathered for a protest in front of Gedung Sate on Jalan Diponegoro, Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Companies tend to spend the most money when doing business in Indonesia compared to other ASEAN-5 countries, according to the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo).

The ASEAN-5 refers to Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Apindo data shows.

Tempo - June 25, 2024

Raden Putri, Jakarta – Indonesia's Temporary National Data Center (PDNS) 2 has been experiencing disruptions since Thursday, June 20, 2024. Immigration services are among those experiencing problems. According to the latest reports, the government cloud computing service managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information is gradually recovering and can be used again.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President-Elect Prabowo Subianto wants Indonesia to achieve growth beyond 7 percent, but economic think-tank Indef is skeptical about this target as history has shown his predecessors never reached those numbers.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Wahroni, Tangerang – Immigration services at Soekarno-Hatta Airport have returned to normal, with no disruptions reported in passenger clearance or the functioning of automated gates, officials said on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 25, 2024

Jakarta – The ghost of the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998 seems to be haunting Indonesia, as the rupiah depreciated to yet another new multiyear low. Our currency breached the Rp 16,500 mark per United States dollar in the past few days before cooling down to slightly below that level.

Kompas.com - June 25, 2024

Aryo Putranto Saptohutomo, Jakarta – The government has been advised to involve professional people in managing digital services and cyber security in Indonesia so that it is effective and efficient in making and adopting policies.

Tempo Editorial - June 25, 2024

Laila Afifa, Jakarta – One thing we should be grateful for from the political squabbling after the 2024 general elections is the possibility of the unraveling of old cases that have long been covered up.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military's (TNI) Strategic Intelligence Agency (Bais) is suspected of being hacked, according to initial reports from an X account known for monitoring cyber attacks. This marks the third cyber attack on the government in the past week.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2024

Ruth Dea Juwita and Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The government announced on Monday that a cyberattack using a new variant of ransomware was responsible for data disruptions at two temporary National Data Center (PDN) facilities last week that crippled immigration processing at airports and disrupted other public services, adding that the attackers had demanded US$8 million in ransom.

Tempo - June 25, 2024

Han Revanda Putra, Ilona Estherina, Jakarta – Director of the Institute for Demographic and Poverty Studies (IDEAS), Yusuf Wibisono, advised President-elect Prabowo Subianto to evaluate the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) project if he's aiming to run the free lunch program. According to Yusuf, the program strains the State Budget.

ABC News - June 25, 2024

Bill Birtles and Zevonia Vieriq – An Australian man has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in Timor Leste after he was convicted of abusing a girl under the age of 12.

Robert Trott, 76, was found guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor by a panel of judges at a court in the capital Dili.

Mongabay - June 25, 2024

Titik Kartitiani, Pulang Pisau, Indonesia – Bandi paddled through the black swamp, passing alongside banks of high brush outside Kalawa village here in the south of Borneo Island. The narrow canoe, known here as a ces, arrowed through the water, leaving a low ripple in its wake.

Tempo - June 25, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Ilona Estherina, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi paid special attention to the necessity of political stability ahead of Indonesia's government transfer.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Muhammad Aulia Rahman, Jakarta – Former CEO of Pertamina, Galaila Karen Kardinah, also known as Karen Agustiawan, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for corruption in the procurement of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday welcomed the ruling by the Jakarta High Court which ordered the retrial of Supreme Court Justice Gazalba Saleh based on the commission's appeal.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Djibril Muhammad, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) announced on Tuesday that it has decided to support Anies Baswedan's reelection bid as Jakarta governor, just days after the Muslim-based party picked its own executive, Mohamad Sohibul Iman, for the nomination.

PKS Chairman Ahmad Syaikhu said Sohibul will be nominated as Anies' running mate.

South China Morning Post - June 25, 2024

Johannes Nugroho – Gusti Awan's harrowing ordeal began with a promise of lucrative work abroad, but the 26-year-old Indonesian's dreams quickly turned nightmarish when he found himself trafficked by a criminal syndicate to a remote compound on the Thai-Myanmar border.

June 24, 2024

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Annisa Febiola, Jakarta – The rupiah is expected to depreciate further against the US dollar today, June 24, according to Laba Forexindo Berjangka director Ibrahim Assuaibi. In last Friday's trading, the rupiah closed at 16,450 per US dollar, down from 16,438 on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expressed his disappointment on Monday as Indonesian money flowed out of the country when Singapore became Taylor Swift's exclusive ASEAN stop for the Eras Tour.

Singapore had enjoyed the benefits of the six-day concert deal with Taylor Swift.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Annisa Febiola, Jakarta – The rupiah is expected to depreciate further against the US dollar today, June 24, according to Laba Forexindo Berjangka director Ibrahim Assuaibi. In last Friday's trading, the rupiah closed at 16,450 per US dollar, down from 16,438 on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 24, 2024

Jakarta – The initiative to offer members of the Indonesian diaspora a lifelong visa and other facilities normally given only to citizens shows that the government is starting to embrace them and to recognize their potential contribution to the nation, even when they no longer hold Indonesian citizenship.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Communication and Information Technology Budi Arie Setiadi has instructed all internet service providers (ISPs) to cut off network access suspected of facilitating online gambling, particularly links to and from Cambodia and Davao, Philippines.

"We are taking decisive steps to eliminate online gambling," Budi Arie said on Sunday.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The government will allocate Rp 71 trillion ($4.33 billion) for President-elect Prabowo Subianto's free meals for students program in the 2025 Draft State Budget (RAPBN). This flagship program will be rolled out in stages and will not impact the 2025 deficit target.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Novali Panji Nugroho, Antara, Jakarta – The DPR Hajj Monitoring Team assessed that the Ministry of Religious Affairs breached the Hajj working committee's meeting results by diverting 10,000 additional quota for special Hajj pilgrims.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani revealed Monday that Indonesia had amassed Rp 1,123.5 trillion (around $68.4 billion) in state revenue so far this year as of May 31.

This marks a 7.1 percent decline compared to the same period last year.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) made a surprise announcement on Sunday, nominating former chairman Mohamad Sohibul Iman as their candidate for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Jakarta.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Maria Gabrielle, Jakarta – The President of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPN), Ristadi, announced that tens of thousands of textile and textile product (TPT) workers have been laid off this year, describing the situation as an emergency.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Tempo.Co, Jakarta – A local music festival in West Java's Tangerang, called Lentera Festival, ended in chaos after the audience set fire to the venue on Sunday evening, June 23, 2024. The audience went rogue after the concert was canceled despite paying for Rp115,000 worth of tickets.

Agence France-Presse - June 24, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia's economy is expected to steadily grow over the next two years on the back of domestic consumption and investment despite weak exports, a World Bank report said Monday.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Tempo.Co, Jakarta – This year, the Annual Kartini Conference on Indonesian Feminisms will be held for the second time, the conference will be dubbed as "the 2nd Annual Kartini Conference on Indonesian Feminisms", or the 2024 KCIF.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Floods have inundated at least 80 houses in Sepaku Village, Sepaku District, North Penajam Paser since late Sunday, June 23, around 23:00 local time, according to resident Arman Jais. The flooding in the new capital of Nusantara or IKN area worsened following heavy rains in the upstream area of the Sepaku River on Monday morning.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) estimates wildfire has consumed 50 hectares of land in the Mount Batok area at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS). Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center, Abdul Muhari, said the fire spread quickly in the dry land, exacerbated by the prolonged dry season.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Medikantyo Adhikresna, Jakarta – State Apparatus Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas said Monday that there should be more comprehensive measures against civil servants who were into online gambling.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto has come up with a few ideas about what Indonesia can do to help Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which has been under siege by the Israeli military for over eight months.

June 23, 2024

Tempo - June 23, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Ministry of Environment and Forestry has released four rehabilitated orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) into the Gunung Batu Mesangat Protected Forest in East Kalimantan.

Channel News Asia - June 23, 2024

Nivell Rayda, Bantul, Indonesia – Enclosed by weathered walls, time appears to stand still at an 80-year-old noodle factory in southern Java.

At one corner, a man guides an ox along a sunken circular path. Carrying a wooden beam on its shoulder, the ox slowly turns a one tonne millstone around a concrete basin filled to the brim with dried cassava.

CNN Indonesia - June 23, 2024

Jakarta – The Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy recorded 217 incidents involving 329 acts violating freedom of religion and belief (KBB) throughout 2023. This figure is a significant increase compared with the previous year which stood at 175 incidents with 333 violations.

Jakarta Post - June 23, 2024

Jakarta – Medan Mayor Bobby Nasution has revealed that his father-in-law, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, played a role in the 2024 North Sumatra gubernatorial election.

Tempo - June 23, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi expressed optimism about the Naratetama VVIP Airport in Nusantara Capital City (IKN) being able to serve narrow-bodied aircraft starting on August 1, 2024.

The airport was built as a supporting infrastructure for the Nusantara Capital City in East Kalimantan.

Jakarta Globe - June 23, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – An Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) official announced on Sunday that the US mixed martial arts show Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is haram and urged the government to ban it from local TV networks.

Jakarta Globe - June 23, 2024

Achmad Supriyadi, Mojokerto, East Java – Indonesia's open unemployment rate has decreased to 4.8 percent from 7 percent over the past four years, Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah announced on Saturday.

Jakarta Post - June 23, 2024

Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has called for president-elect Prabowo Subianto to safeguard the state budget while planning upcoming programs.

Sri Mulyani said that budget calculations for the president-elect's programs had already begun, with discussions and preparations for the state budget underway.

June 22, 2024

Mongabay - June 22, 2024

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Indonesia's Bali island is shrinking at a faster rate than most coastal areas in the world due to human activities and wave circulation, according to a recently published study.

Jakarta Globe - June 22, 2024

Johnny Johan Sompotan, Jakarta – The management of Safari Park in Bogor, West Java, is tracking down a male visitor who drew outrage on the internet after he was caught on video feeding a hippo plastic waste.

South China Morning Post - June 22, 2024

Amy Sood – Indonesia faces significant hurdles to realise its aim of becoming a major semiconductor player alongside Malaysia and Singapore as it does not have a coherent strategy to develop advanced chipmaking facilities, analysts say.

Riauin.com - June 22, 2024

The documentary film "Those Who Are Never Lost" (Yang Tak Pernah Hilang) began screening at the Epicentrum 2 Cinema in Jakarta today, Saturday June 22. The film was conceived as a form of memorialisation and to support the struggle to #MelawanLupa (Fight Forgetting) the dark history of human rights violations in 1997-98.

Channel News Asia - June 22, 2024

Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – She was born in Padang and grew up in Jakarta, but Ms Dewi Brewer, 53, has lived about half her life abroad, spending two decades in Singapore before moving to the United States about seven years ago.

The financial specialist became a US citizen last year and is a federal employee with the US government.