Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – The Indonesian health authorities have identified a new Covid-19 cluster in Bangkalan regency in East Java province's Madura Island, a week after reporting a similar flare-up in Kudus regency in Central Java, as the country scrambles to contain a surge in cases following the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
June 7, 2021
Robertus Robet – Scientific knowledge may be universal but the organisation of knowledge is always political. Knowledge can expand our minds, reveal the truth, and challenge absolutism. But because knowledge exists in specific historical and social contexts, the organisation of knowledge is affected by a variety of interests and power structures.
Hengky Yeimo & Abeth You, Nabire – Rights activist Yones Douw said his party had received a testimony from a number of residents in Ilaga District, saying three civilians from Nipuralome Village were shot dead by the Police's Nemangkawi task force on Friday, June 4, 2021.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially ratified presidential regulation (Perpres) No. 49/2021 – which revises a previous Perpres (No. 10/2021) that is one of many derivatives from the Job Creation Law (Cipta Kerja) – that states liquor industries are closed-off for capital investments.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Face-to-face learning at schools will resume in the new academic year in July 2021. In a limited meeting this afternoon, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo emphasized that limited on-site studies must be held under extra care. Among them, schools' learning and teaching activities can only be done two days a week with a maximum study time of two hours.
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – A full autopsy has been conducted on the body of a Protestant pastor shot dead in Indonesia's Papua region last year as part of an official investigation into a group of soldiers suspected of killing him.
The autopsy on Reverend Yeremia Zanambani of the Gospel Tabernacle Church of Indonesia was carried out on June 5 in Papua's Intan Jaya district.
Chris Barrett, Singapore – The road up to the village of Kutet in East Timor's western enclave of Oecusse is so rough that most highlanders walk the jungle trail when they need to visit the coast.
Often hauling bags of rice on their backs, the steep and rocky journey takes them up to three hours if they're fit.
Lenny Tristia Tambun, Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday gave his approval for in person learning in the upcoming academic year starting in July with strict requirements to ensure a safe return to schools during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Jakarta, CNN Indonesia – The National Police is going to autopsy the body of Pastor Yeremia Zanambani, who was allegedly shot dead by Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel in Intan Jaya Regency in September last year.
Antara, Jakarta – Police in the regency of Karawang, West Java, has questioned six witnesses in the case of alleged gas poisoning that has affected dozens of residents at the Ciampel subdistrict, which many believe is caused by a leak from a pipe owned by paper manufacturing firm PT Pindo Deli Pulp And Paper Mills II.
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia has long planned to establish a travel bubble with a number of countries in an attempt to recover the pandemic-affected tourism sector that logged a GDP of Rp95 trillion in 2018. The initial plan is to prepare Batam, Bintan in the Riau Islands, and Bali for the travel bubble.
Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – The bed occupancy rate for COVID-19 patients in Jakarta hospitals continued to increase for the last three weeks.
The Jakarta Health Agency Head of Referral Health Services and Health Crisis, Sulung, confirmed the surge was in the occupancy rate of isolation beds and ICU rooms in a number of hospitals in the capital city.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The information and communications technology (ICT) sector is expected to lead economic growth in Indonesia both this year and in 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic has induced a faster-than-expected takeup of digital services.
Eduard Lazarus – For years, Indonesia has been plagued by so-called "elastic laws" – a set of bills that can see a person indicted for violating poorly defined provisions, such as defaming an individual or group, religious blasphemy, committing treason, or inciting public disorder.
Irf'an Kamil, Jakarta – An Instagram account belonging to the WatchDoc documentary film producer and a Twitter account for promoting a new film titled KPK "The End Game" (2021) at @KPK_EndGame were hacked on Sunday June 3.
Earlier, social media and the personal accounts of anti-corruption activists were similarly hacked.
June 6, 2021
IndonesiaLeaks – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairperson Firli Bahuri used the pretext of the 'Taliban' and the nationalism test (TWK) to remove 75 KPK employees from their routine duties of fighting corruption. Out of the 75 employees, Bahuri weeded out 24 he felt could be promoted to state civil servants (ASN) providing they took part in a "guidance" program.
Jakarta – Paper giant APRIL Group recently kicked off the self-funded Covid-19 vaccination program for all its employees at Pangkalan Kerinci, Riau, through its local operating arm Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper, or RAPP.
Antara, Jakarta – Indonesian and US marine soldiers took part in a joint training exercise on conducting military operations on urban terrain (urban warfare) in Situbondo district, East Java on Saturday.
Jakarta – Indonesia received another 313,100 doses of Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccine via the global sharing scheme Covax at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang on Saturday.
Peter Baker – If you are looking for a good read that will give you, the happy reader, a no-small glow of pride in how Australia, the country of the "fair go", applies itself on the international scene in general, or perhaps more locally – say in that area just north of us, East Timor – then you are in for a crashing disappointment.
Emma Connors, Singapore/Jakarta – Two well-known global institutional investors have backed Indonesia's new infrastructure-focused sovereign wealth fund, in what could be seen as an early win for President Joko Widodo's efforts to break with the country's protectionist past.
June 5, 2021
Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – Environmental activists have staged a demonstration at the Arjuna Wijaya Statue area in Central Jakarta on June 4, demanding President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue policies to save the environment and people from the impact of the climate crisis.
Alarmed by the mountains of plastic waste leaching into Indonesia's waters, two best friends are taking on the environmental menace by turning crisp bags and shampoo packets into paving bricks.
Ovy Sabrina and Novita Tan launched Rebricks after their country drew headlines as the second-biggest producer of marine waste in the world, behind China.
Jakarta (Xinhua) – Timor-Leste on Saturday received a batch of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines and syringes donated by China.
June 4, 2021
Pulau Idaman, Aceh – A boat filled with dozens of Rohingya, mostly women and children, landed on an island off Aceh coast early Friday, according to an AFP reporter and the UN refugee agency.
Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore – Indonesian troops on a manhunt for rebels in the strife-torn region of West Papua have been given carte blanche to shoot anyone, a local priest warns, after the government labelled armed separatists "terrorists".
Adhi Priamarizki – The separation of the Indonesian police from the military in the early 2000s was supposed to establish a line between internal security and external defence. Two decades later, the distinction between these roles is still blurred.
Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition for Security Sector Reform criticized the government's plan to modernize the primary weapons defense system or Alutsista with a budget of more than Rp1,700 trillion through a debt scheme. The budget was considered excessive and inappropriate at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vincent Fabian Thomas, Jakarta – Discounts on electricity bills for people living in small homes will end within weeks as the government terminates the financial aid on the grounds that the economic recovery from the pandemic has begun.
Using a snorkel and protective gloves, Pariama Hutasoit dives down into the clear waters off the Indonesian island of Bali to pull away plastic from a "reef star" installed by her conservation group to encourage new coral growth.
Jakarta's odd-even traffic rule may soon return to ease the capital's increasingly busy roads after it was suspended for months due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The head of the Socio-politics Department of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Arya Fernandes, said Friday the country lacked any significant military figure that would become an alternative presidential candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
Jakarta – That Indonesia, among the largest archipelagic states in the world with a huge population and rich in natural resources, needs strong armed forces is beyond question.
Genta TM, Rahmad Nasution, Jakarta – The XVIII/Kasuari Regional Military Command is striving to improve the welfare of soldiers stationed in West Papua by providing flats to them.
The flats, built on a total area of 780 square meters inside the military command compound's complex in Manokwari, the capital of West Papua Province, was inaugurated on June 2.
A lot of us joked that the showrunners of a controversial sinetron (Indonesian soap opera) would use a trite storytelling device to replace a teen actress. Imagine our amusement when they actually did.
June 3, 2021
The China-backed project has been designed so recklessly that it would condemn local villages to a catastrophic fate if approved, engineers say.
A few hundred meters from the village of Sopokomil in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, work is set to begin on a tailings dam for a zinc mine that experts say is a recipe for disaster.
Love it or loathe it, a trip to Bali is a rite of passage for many Australians. And now, it's among a handful of Indonesian destinations slated to reopen to international tourists within weeks.
Could this be the scheme that finally brings order to Indonesia's chaotic roads? We're not holding our breath, but the traffic police certainly think a demerit points system is the way forward.
The National Police has issued new regulations on driver's licenses (SIM), which would see the imminent enforcement of a demerit points system.
Jacob Phelps – In a court in rural Indonesia, an environmental group recently filed a lawsuit of global importance. Their case is against a zoo in North Sumatra that it's alleged illegally exhibited threatened species, including Komodo dragons and critically endangered Sumatran orangutans.
Friski Riana, Jakarta – LGBT rights group Suara Kita Head Hartoyo said transgenders had so far found difficulties in accessing public services because they did not own identity cards or E-KTP. Thus, he appreciated the Directorate General of Population and Civil Registration for issuing a policy on identity cards for transgenders.
Jakarta – Indonesian prosecutors on Thursday recommended a sentence of six years' imprisonment for controversial cleric Rizieq Syihab for allegedly lying about his Covid-19 test.
The case was part of a series of criminal trials he has been facing since returning from Saudi Arabia last November.
Lim Min Zhang, Singapore – Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto spoke on the phone on Thursday (June 3), reaffirming the close and longstanding bilateral defence relationship between the two countries, said the Ministry of Defence (Mindef).
Konradus Epa, Jakarta – An Indonesian archbishop in Christian-majority Papua says he was twice targeted this year by Islamic terrorists who planned to meet with him and blow themselves up.
Sacred Heart Archbishop Petrus Canisius Mandagi said the terrorists planned to kill him at his residence and at the cathedral in Merauke, the country's easternmost city.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – A number of survey institutions have commenced observing potential candidates for the 2024 Presidential Election (Pilpres).
Tim Lindsey and Max Walden – No one really knows the true state of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia, and that means it is unpredictable. But there are good reasons to worry about what will happen next.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Palm oil licenses covering concessions twice the size of Los Angeles have been rescinded by the local government in Indonesia's West Papua province due to violations by the license holders.
Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia has cancelled the haj pilgrimage for people in the world's largest Muslim-majority nation for a second year in a row due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic, the religious affairs minister said on Thursday (June 3).
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leaders refused to revoke the commission's decree (SK) No. 652 of 2021 concerning the results of the civic knowledge test or known as TWK.
The commission's Deputy Chairman Alexander Marwata revealed reasons for rejecting the objection letter submitted by seven of the 75 employees who failed the test.
June 2, 2021
Bec Strating – Recent media reports suggest that different perspectives on maritime boundaries are creating tensions between Australia and Indonesia. An Indonesian border negotiator told The Australian Financial Review last month that talks between Australia and Indonesia on maritime boundaries had restarted in December 2019 but stalled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Continuing telecommunications outages in Indonesia's Papua region have created a media blind spot by blocking the flow of information about ongoing conflict in its central highlands.