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October 17, 2022

Bloomberg News - October 17, 2022

Grace Sihombing and Claire Jiao – Indonesia's outperforming exports, the economy's growth engine in the last few quarters, flashed signs of weakness as global commodity prices eased.

Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2022

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – Former police general Ferdy Sambo didn't deny the accusation that he murdered a low-ranking officer working as his assistant and argued during the opening trial on Monday that the victim had sexually attacked his wife, who is also a defendant in the case.

Jakarta Post - October 17, 2022

Felix Martua, Jakarta – The film festival, supported by the Jakarta Tourism and Culture Agency, redefines why arthouse and indie features are the new 'cool' cinema.

While many film festivals cater to consummate cinephiles only, Jakarta Film Week 2022 was aiming for something different.

Reuters - October 17, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia on Saturday banned ingredients linked to the deaths of 70 children in Gambia from cough syrups in the Southeast Asian country as it investigates acute kidney damage that has killed more than 20 children in the capital Jakarta this year.

Jakarta Post - October 17, 2022

Fadhil Haidar Sulaeman, Jakarta – The hike in the prices of subsidized fuels early last month has done little to hamper car sales, experts and industrialists say, as eased COVID-19 restrictions have paved the way for growth.

Reuters - October 17, 2022

Jakarta – The trial of a former National Police general accused of orchestrating the murder of his bodyguard started at the South Jakarta District Court on Monday, in a case that has put a spotlight on alleged impunity and corruption in the country's police force.

World Socialist Website - October 17, 2022

Mike Head – Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the October 12, 2002 bomb blasts that tore apart two popular nightclubs on the Indonesian island of Bali, indiscriminately killing 202 innocent people.

Al Jazeera - October 17, 2022

The trial of a former Indonesian police officer accused of orchestrating the murder of his bodyguard has begun in Jakarta.

The trial of Ferdy Sambo, a former two-star general and head of internal affairs for Indonesia's national police, began on Monday and is expected to last for weeks.

October 16, 2022

Asia Pacific Report - October 16, 2022

Yamin Kogoya – The sudden death of activist Leonie Tanggahma has shaken Papuan communities. Her loss last week has shocked West Papuans who regarded her as one of those who had stood strong for decades advocating independence for the Indonesian-ruled region.

Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2022

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Anies Baswedan delivered his last speech as Jakarta governor on Sunday but he told his supporters to continue standing behind him for the 2024 presidential election in which he has secured a nomination from the National Democratic Party (Nasdem).

Straits Times - October 16, 2022

Lee Li Ying, Singapore – Defence cooperation between Singapore and Indonesia has gone up another notch with more than 130 troops from the Singapore Army and 140 soldiers from the Indonesia Army (TNI-AD) taking part in an annual bilateral exercise.

Held in Bekasi in West Java, the 34th edition of Exercise Safkar Indopura started on Oct 8 and is slated to end on Oct 17.

October 15, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 15, 2022

Jakarta – Being the governor of Jakarta comes with its own pitfalls and perks.

As the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta is the seat of political and economic power and there is a unique complexity involved in managing business in the city.

The Jakarta governor has his or her own authority, but any major decision would have to be consulted with the central government.

Tabloid Jubi - October 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Families of victims of the murder and mutilation of four Nduga residents in Mimika Regency asked that the perpetrators be given death sentences.

Modern Tokyo Times - October 15, 2022

Kanako Mita, Sawako Utsumi and Lee Jay Walker – Oppression in West Papua by Indonesia is ongoing. It is happening decade after decade. However, with Australia and Japan taking more proactive anti-China and anti-Russian Federation foreign policy decisions – how come they turn a blind eye to West Papua?

Tabloid Jubi - October 15, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Head of Jayapura City Food Security and Agriculture Office Jean Hendrik Rollo said about 21,000 ha of land in the city has the potential for agricultural development to increase food security.

October 14, 2022

West Australian - October 14, 2022

A fact-finding team tasked with investigating a deadly soccer stampede in Indonesia has concluded tear gas was the main cause of death in one of the world's worst stadium disasters.

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2022

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – Days after receiving the NasDem Party's backing for the 2024 presidential race, outgoing Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan is facing renewed criticism over his handling of the city's perennial flooding problem, including from the central government and the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Jakarta Globe - October 14, 2022

Stevani Wijaya, Jakarta – Newly-appointed East Java Police Chief Insp. General Teddy Minahasa was arrested for alleged illegal use of drugs on Friday, only four days after his appointment, a lawmaker said.

National Police Chief Listyo Sigit Prabowo has yet to comment on the report but his office said he will speak in a press conference later today.

Tempo - October 14, 2022

Antara, Bogor – After Bogor City Mayor Bima Arya officially issued that the city is under disaster alert until December, the city's budget for unforeseen expenses or BTT has been increased from Rp12 billion to Rp25 billion. This is a direct attempt to prepare for risks of flooding and other hydrometeorological hazards that the city is expected to face in the coming months.

Tempo - October 14, 2022

Nugroho Catur Pamungkas, Jakarta – The Indonesian Immigration acting director general Widodo Ekatjahjana in an immigration-themed event on Thursday announced that his office, state ministries, and other related state agencies will soon launch a program touted as a 'second home visa' aimed at attracting international investors and billionaires.

Tempo - October 14, 2022

Muh Raihan Muzakki, Jakarta – Chairman of political party PSI Giring Ganesha paid a visit to the National Mandate Party (PAN) Jakarta headquarters on Thursday.

Reports suggested that the two organizations dwelled in the discussion to prevent the recurrence of politicians politicizing religion in the upcoming 2024 general election (Pemilu).

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2022

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said that the high-speed train connecting Jakarta and Bandung in West Java was an investment project and not foreign aid from the Chinese government.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 14, 2022

Jakarta – The World Bank has urged the Indonesian government to support the massive bureaucratic and regulatory-reform measures, as stipulated in the Job Creation Law, with a similarly vigorous trade reform to woo more foreign investment.

Jakarta Post - October 14, 2022

Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has slammed a statement from the National Police earlier this week as failing to show empathy for the victims of the fatal stampede and crush on Oct. 1 at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java.

Kompas.com - October 14, 2022

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The People's Justice and Prosperity Party (PRIMA) claims it will submit a challenge against the General Election Commission (KPU) with the Elections Supervisory Board (Bawaslu).

Tempo - October 14, 2022

Hamdan Cholifudin Ismail, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) has officially named Bambang Tri Mulyono as a suspect over religious blasphemy and hate speech.

Mulyono recently made headlines after accusing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo of falsifying his college diploma, which briefly spread widely on social platforms.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 14, 2022

Jakarta – Things were looking so good for Bali when the year was young. Relaxed pandemic curbs allowed people to move more freely and restaurants, malls and other venues to stay open longer. The quarantine for vaccinated foreign travelers was lifted, and several countries were added to the list for easy visas on arrival.

Jakarta Globe - October 14, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Bandung – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reviewed the progress of the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train (KCJB) project during his working visit to West Java on Thursday.

Jokowi hopes that the KCJB project, which has reached 88.8 percent completion, can increase mobility and competitiveness and promote new economic growth centers.

The Diplomat - October 14, 2022

Sebastian Strangio – Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially launched the country's first domestically-produced COVID-19 shot, marking an important milestone on the country's road to vaccine independence.

October 13, 2022

Tempo - October 13, 2022

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) Commissioner Jasra Putra urged the government to stop the circulation of cough medicine from India which the commission alleges caused kidney failures among 131 toddlers and children.

Jakarta Globe - October 13, 2022

Jakarta – The ongoing war in Ukraine could drag the world economy into a new, unprecedented crisis that would undo all progress Indonesia has achieved during the recovery period from the devastating health crisis caused by Covid-19, a top government official has said.

Tabloid Jubi - October 13, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Commander of R 600/Modang Infantry Battalion Lt. Col. Inf Hanif Arridho said the villages in Suru-Suru District, Yahukimo Regency, are now empty. The local community is said to have fled after the escalation of armed conflict between the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in the district.

Reuters - October 13, 2022

Jakarta – The government will investigate cases of acute kidney injury which has caused the deaths of more than 20 children in Jakarta this year, health authorities said on Wednesday.

The probe comes as authorities in Gambia said nearly 70 children died from acute kidney injury after taking a locally-sold paracetamol syrup used to treat fever.

Jakarta Globe - October 13, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – An opportunity arises for cooperation between Indonesia and Australia on the lithium supply chain. Indonesia can process Australian lithium – a critical component for electric vehicle batteries – to be later exported to other markets such as the US, according to former Australian minister for trade, tourism, and investment Steven Ciobo.

Jakarta Post - October 13, 2022

News Desk, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has slammed a statement from the National Police earlier this week as failing to show empathy for the victims of the fatal stampede and crush on Oct. 1 at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java.

Reuters - October 13, 2022

Jakarta – The Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) and world soccer governing body FIFA will form a joint taskforce in a bid to improve crowd control and safety measures after a deadly soccer stampede earlier this month, officials said on Thursday.

October 12, 2022

Reuters - October 12, 2022

Kuta, Indonesia/Sydney – Survivors of the Bali bombing, alongside families and friends of the victims, prayed and laid wreaths on Wednesday to mark the 20-year anniversary of the attacks, joining gatherings held near the site of the blasts in Indonesia and across Australia.

Jakarta Globe - October 12, 2022

Jakarta – Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara, the copper and gold mining subsidiary of Indonesia's Medco Energy, is halfway through completing a new copper smelter in West Nusa Tenggara that would hand Indonesia a massive surplus of refined copper by the next three years.

Macao News - October 12, 2022

The Timorese government has reiterated its willingness to partner with Australian oil company Woodside to advance the development of the Greater Sunrise field in the Timor Sea.

The message was delivered by Timor-Leste's prime minister, Taur Matan Ruak, in a virtual meeting on Thursday with Woodside's CEO, Meg O'Neill, according to the prime minister's office.

Tempo - October 12, 2022

M Faiz Zaki, Jakarta – Members of the Labor Party will conduct simultaneous mass protests across 34 provinces on Wednesday with the Jakarta State Palace becoming the meeting point for members from the West Java, Banten, and Jakarta regions. The protest in Jakarta will reportedly see 50,000 people mobilized to the streets.

Straits Times - October 12, 2022

Arlina Arshad, Jakarta – If young Indonesians were to go to the ballot box today, they would choose either Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo or outgoing Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan as their president.

In a run-off voting between the governors, Mr Anies would triumph, a survey shows.

Indonesia at Melbourne - October 12, 2022

Sharyn Davies – When an Indonesian police chief told me a few years ago that his tactic to control unruly crowds was to deploy his prettiest policewomen to the frontline, I felt my feminist rage swell.

This misogynistic approach to policing treats policewomen simply as beautiful distractions.

Jakarta Post - October 12, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The House of Representatives concluded a plenary meeting on Sept. 20 establishing the omnibus bill on financial sector reform as a parliament-proposed bill. The bill introduces considerable changes from the initial draft proposed by the government in collaboration with the parliament in 2020, some of which are highly contentious.

Tabloid JUBI - October 12, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi TV – The Community Care of Far East Mimika (LEPEMAWI) accused PT Freeport Indonesia of lying during a hearing with Commission IV of the House of Representatives on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Jakarta Post Editorial - October 12, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's faltering commitment to human rights in recent years reflects, in part, the flagging work of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM). But the appointment of nine new commissioners this month offers a chance for the body to reverse this decline.

Jakarta Post - October 12, 2022

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – An Indonesian start-up working with the government in a waste management program says it needs more trash to scale-up operations and eventually process recyclables in the country rather than exporting them.

Coconuts Jakarta - October 12, 2022

The Central Java Police is launching drones to capture traffic violations from the sky in the first trial of its kind in Indonesia.

CNN Indonesia - October 12, 2022

Jakarta – Protesters from labour organisations will hold follow up demonstrations centred on the State Palace in Central Jakarta on November 10 to protest last month's increase in fuel prices.

Jakarta Globe - October 12, 2022

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Indonesia is in a better place compared to many other countries facing the perfect storm, a combination of high inflation, recession, and the fallout of escalated geopolitical conflicts, that is likely to hit the global economy next year, top officials and experts said Tuesday.

October 11, 2022

Jakarta Globe - October 11, 2022

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Indonesia offers investment opportunities in asphalt production worth up to $1.3 billion as the Southeast Asian countries plan to halt imports of the road material in two years, a top official said on Tuesday.The country imported 95 percent of asphalt today despite sitting on huge natural asphalt reserves.