Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – The death toll from floods in Indonesia's capital has risen to 43 as rescuers found more bodies amid receding floodwaters, disaster officials say.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
January 3, 2020
Lenny Tristia Tambun, Jakarta – Indonesians have flooded the social media accounts of Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, or FIA, with pleas to cancel their electric car race in the country's capital in June.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – More than 740 neighborhoods in Greater Jakarta and 107 in Banten remain without power as of Friday noon after severe flooding since Wednesday.
Bisnis, Jakarta – The growing international tourist visits from January to November 2019 did not coincide with the occupancy levels of hotels, which experienced a drop compared to the same period in 2018. This is due to the shifting trend from hotels to virtual home-sharing sites.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Police are looking into illegal logging as a possible factor contributing to heavy flooding that killed three people and left two missing in North Sumatra's North Labuhan Batu regency.
Jakarta – A flash food has killed at least three people and injured several others in Lebo village in Manganitu district, Sangihe Islands regency, North Sulawesi.
Sangihe Regent Jabes Gaghana said the flood hit the village at 6 a.m. on Friday. Only one of the three bodies has been recovered so far.
Now that much of the floods in the Greater Jakarta Area have subsided, the inevitable blame game for the deadly disaster has begun, in which it doesn't appear that the country's leaders can agree on who or what caused the floods.
First, it was President Joko Widodo who gave his assessment on the floods with an obvious conclusion that most people would agree with.
Investor Daily, Jakarta – Capital flow to Indonesia totaled Rp 224,2 trillion, or $16 billion, throughout last year – likely to bring the country's balance of payment into positive territory, the central bank announced on Friday.
Jakarta – Indonesians are no strangers to disaster, both natural and manmade. But in the face of such trials, the people of the archipelago are known to tap into their unique brand of quirky humor to cope and bring light to even the grimmest of circumstances.
Jakarta – The massive floods that hit Jakarta on Wednesday swept away not only waste but also reusable household appliances, such as TVs and refrigerators. As a result, people were lining up at the Manggarai sluice gate in Central Jakarta to collect such items.
Benjon, a resident of Penggangsaan district, had come to the gate on Thursday to collect items to resell.
Isal Mawardi, Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto invited veterans of the Seroja Operation in East Timor to his private residence in Hambalang on Wednesday. The invitation was to show his respect to the former fighters.
January 2, 2020
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – People are taking to social media to alert their neighbors and ask authorities for help, as the widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta on Jan. 1 has left people stranded on the upper floor and even the rooftop of their homes.
Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – Flash floods triggered by the heaviest rains ever recorded in Jakarta wreaked havoc across the Indonesian capital Jakarta and its satellite cities on the first day of the new year. Authorities have attributed much of the damage from the disaster, in which at least 19 people have died, to years of environmental degradation.
Beritasatu, Jakarta – Buni Yani, the man who played a key role in the blasphemy allegation that led to the criminal conviction of former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, was put on parole on Thursday after serving 11 months in prison for inciting hatred.
Buni left the Gunung Sindur Penitentiary in Bogor, West Java, at noon after his parole was approved.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo welcomed defense minister and Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto as his first guest of 2020 on Wednesday at Gedung Agung state palace in Yogyakarta.
"In the 2020 new year, Pak Prabowo is the first prominent guest that I have received," Jokowi said after the meeting.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded inflation of 2.72 percent in 2019, the lowest level in around two decades, thanks to lower inflationary pressure from government-regulated prices, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.
Erwin Renaldi – Nidya Desianti and her husband had just finished paying off their mortgage and were excited to start the new year living in their new home in Jakarta.
Then, the floods hit.
Heavy rains inundated Southeast Asia's biggest capital city on Wednesday, displacing 30,000 people and leaving at least 21 dead.
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Norman Harsono, Jakarta – By 7:00 a.m. on Jan. 2, a day after heavy flooding blacked out parts of Greater Jakarta and Banten province, state-owned electricity company PLN was operating 21,214 out of 23,700 substations in Greater Jakarta and 13,686 out of 14,000 substations in Banten.
Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Jakarta – Inflation in Indonesia cooled to an eight-month low in December as the cost of transportation, telecommunication and financial services stagnated, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, said on Thursday.
Jessica Damiana, Jakarta – The death toll from flash floods and landslides in and around Indonesia's capital Jakarta reached at least 19 on Thursday, with more heavy rain forecast, authorities said.
Novy Lumanauw, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called the Indonesian capital market authorities to toughen measures against market manipulations on Thursday, in his first comment of the year on the financial market after it emerged that the country's largest state-owned insurer has run into a brink of collapse due to reckless investment in the stock market.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The advocacy team of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan criticized the criminal charges used by police against the two men responsible for the acid attack against the KPK investigator.
They argue there is a tendency to localizing the terror act into a single suspect scenario driven by a personal vendetta.
January 1, 2020
Nick Bonyhady – The Howard government refused to offer safe haven to a group of about 1500 pro-independence East Timorese the United Nations believed were at risk in Indonesia.
Jakarta – The government should prioritize dialog instead of using a security approach in seeking solution to the Papuan problem. Deployment of soldiers and police in the past year has proven ineffective. Security apparatus have not been able to quell armed groups from disrupting the peace. Meanwhile, the number of civilian victims continues to climb.
Jakarta – The government is working to mitigate and prevent flooding in regions across the country, especially in Jakarta, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said in response to the severe floods in the capital city that followed heavy rains from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Severe flooding in Jakarta has claimed at least three lives and forced hundreds of residents to flee their homes after heavy rains from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning inundated both residential and commercial areas across the capital.
Hengky Ola Sura, Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara – Dozens of buildings in Egon village in Sikka, East Nusa Tenggara, were left submerged in floodwater following heavy rainfall from Sunday to Monday.
By mid-1999, Australian military involvement in East Timor was looking increasingly possible.
It appeared so likely that the government used it as a justification for rejecting a UN request for a military contribution for its operations in war-ravaged Kosovo.
Jakarta – Massive floods marked the first day of 2020 in Greater Jakarta on Wednesday after heavy rains pounded the the capital and its peripheral areas since New Year's Eve.
The rain that has soaked the capital city since Tuesday has caused floods in housing areas, at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta and disrupted train networks.
Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has appointed five retired generals to be the ministry's special assistants, including the former commander of the infamous Tim Mawar (Rose Team) of the Army's elite Special Forces (Kopassus).
Jakarta – When the clock struck midnight yesterday night, we waved goodbye not only to 2019, but also to the 2010s, a tumultuous decade so emotionally taxing that many would certainly prefer to opt out if they could.
Dedek Hendry, Seluma, Bengkulu – Heavy downpours starting on Tuesday afternoon have caused the Air Ngalam River to breach its banks, flooding eight villages in Seluma regency, Bengkulu.
Arya Dipa and Kharishar Kahfi, Bandung and Jakarta – Greater Jakarta is not the only region in the country flooded during the new year's celebrations, as some regions in West Java and Bengkulu were inundated by heavy rains that fell throughout Tuesday.
Arya Dipa, Bandung – Heavy rainfall caused flooding as deep as 2 meters at the Padalarang underpass in West Bandung regency, West Java, which Regent Aa Umbara Sutisna blamed on the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway construction project.
Gay Alcorn – Australia leading an international peacekeeping force in East Timor after the territory voted for independence in 1999 was a turning point in Australia's role in the region, according to former treasurer Peter Costello.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Jakarta experienced on Tuesday night its worst rainfall in over a decade, with heavy rain pouring over the city nonstop until Wednesday morning, causing severe flooding in the capital and its satellite cities on the first day of 2020.
December 31, 2019
Asip A. Hasani, Blitar, East Java – A group of farmers in Blitar, East Java, have established a member-owned financial institution. Its main goal is to keep ownership of the land they obtained from a plantation company through redistribution.
Dr Mark Busse and Sophie Faber – West Papua has been in the media more than usual over the last six months, with stories about indigenous protests against racism and repression, demands for independence, brutal Indonesian police and military crackdowns, and the banning of foreign journalists.
Jakarta – Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has handled fewer initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2019 as it welcomed 55 newcomers to the bourse, down from 57 firms listing last year.
However, that was still a good achievement compared to other stock exchanges in the Southeast Asian region, IDX president director Inarno Djajadi said.
Jakarta – Personnel of Makassar Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) conducted raids at several convenience stores in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Monday evening to confiscate condoms in a bid to prevent "negative acts" from taking place during New Year's Eve celebrations.
Amilia Rosa, Bali – Indonesian authorities have ordered pigs in Bali no longer be fed airline leftover food to protect them from a rapidly spreading bout of African swine fever.
Local media reports say more than 34,000 pigs have died in the isolated North Sumatra area and authorities are not taking any chances with some 760,000 pigs in Bali.
Jakarta – Indonesia's Supreme Court has struck down a regulation that allowed activities by plantation companies in protected forest areas, a green group said on Tuesday, flagging a decision that could affect the thriving palm oil industry.
Dili – The body of Timor-Leste's first prime minister, Nicolau dos Reis Lobato has never been found. He was killed by the Indonesian military on 31 December 1978. But after 41 years it is still unclear where his remains are.
Eva Fitriani, Jakarta – Indonesia's furniture manufacturers are confident to reach the elusive $2 billion export target next year, taking advantage from increasing demand from American customers who seek supply replacements for tariff-hit Chinese furniture.
Prashanth Parameswaran – On December 30, in a notable first, Indonesia unveiled a prototype of an indigenous medium-range strike capable drone. While the development was just one among many in the development of the Southeast Asian state's military capabilities, it nonetheless spotlighted its strategic and operational significance.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) has fixed next year's allocation of subsidized fuels at 26.87 million kiloliters (kL), up 3 percent from last year, following a meeting with House of Representatives members last week
Ghina Ghaliya, A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil and Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The 2010s will end with the closing of 2019, and as we prepare to welcome the 2020s, many of us are reflecting on what has happened in Indonesia over the past 10 years.
The Jakarta Post has rounded up some of the most important events of the past decade as they appeared in our newspaper's headlines.
Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Islamist vigilante group the Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, has refused to renew permit which already expired in June, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
Arientha Primanita, Jakarta – The Majalengka District Court has sentenced Irfan Nur Alam, the son of Majalengka regent Karna Sobahi who also served as an official at the administration, to 1.5 months in prison for shooting a contractor in a project fee dispute.