By Max Lane, Singapore
By Max Lane, Singapore
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The Democratic Party has decided to back Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno's presidential bid, despite a dramatic falling out between the Democrats and Prabowo's Gerindra Party in the last two days.
Sarah Yuniarni, Adinda Normala & Amal Ganesha, Jakarta – The business sector expects calm and stability to prevail in the period leading up to next year's presidential and legislative elections, following announcements by the two main candidates of their running mates on Thursday (09/08).
Yesterday's announcement that Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto had named Jakarta Vice Governor Sandiaga Uno as his running mate in the 2019 presidential election was already surprising, but it was downright shocking given that Sandiaga had been accused of paying two political parties IDR500 billion (US$35 million) each to receive the #2 spot on Prabowo's ticket.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Alumni 212 Brotherhood or PA 212 spokesman Novel Bamukmin said his organization would not support Jokowi despite his decision to pick Muslim cleric, Maruf Amin, as his vice presidential candidate.
"It is firm that we will never support Jokowi whoever his pair is," Novel said on Thursday, August 9.
The sky did fall on the Democratic Party, metaphorically speaking, following a whirlwind of political drama yesterday. But, despite their disappointments, the party still decided to back Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto and his running mate pick, Sandiaga Uno after the pair officially announced their candidacy for April's presidential election last night.
Jakarta – Jakarta is pumping out between 1,900 and 2,400 tons of plastic trash every day, according to the city's environment agency.
Tom Allard, Maikel Jefriando, Jakarta – Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo, brandished his nationalist and religious credentials on Friday amid reports he had come under pressure from Islamic party allies to accept a conservative cleric as running mate in next year's election.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – After months of uncertainty, Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto and former Jakarta deputy governor Sandiaga Uno officially registered as presidential and vice presidential candidates at the General Elections Commission (KPU) in Central Jakarta on Friday.
Jakarta – The Jakarta Housing and Settlement Agency has scrapped a budget of Rp 712 billion (US$4.9 million) for the development of three low-cost apartments (rusunawa), potentially leaving 14,000 low-income residents without proper housing.
Sita W. Dewi, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced his running mate on Thursday evening, eventually picking nonpolitical party figure Ma'ruf Amin as his vice presidential candidate.
Jakarta – Top officials at the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) denied an accusation that the parties had received Rp 500 billion (US$34.6 million) from Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno to let Sandiaga become a vice presidential candidate in their coalition to contest in 2019 election.
Kate Lamb in Jakarta and agencies – An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has hit Indonesia's Lombok island, less than a week after a 6.9-magnitude tremor that is believed to have killed more than 300 people.
Regional ride-sharing giant Grab is an official partner of the Asian Games, which opens next week on August 18. However, there is a chance that a significant portion of Grab's motorcycle taxi fleet will be spending that day demonstrating rather than taking passengers over the drivers' unmet demands for a tariff increase.
Margareth S. Aritonang and Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The political alliance between the Gerindra Party and the Democratic Party is under serious threat after a Democratic Party politician on Wednesday night posted a series of tweets lashing out at Gerindra leader Prabowo Subianto.
Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) is angry at the Democratic Party and threatened to sue Democratic Party politician Andi Arief over his allegation of Rp 500 billion (US$34.6 million) in political payment for the PKS.
PKS executive board chairwoman Ledia Hanifa said the PKS was ready to sue the Democrat politician.
Max Walden – Last month, Amnesty International held a major press conference for the release of its first research report on Indonesia since opening a dedicated office in Jakarta.
President Joko Widodo has now played his part in making this one of the most surprising days in modern Indonesian politics by choosing a running mate for next year's election that very few predicted he would, even in the minutes leading up to his announcement.
Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan says Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno has been approached to run for vice president in the 2019 presidential election in a pairing with Gerindra Party leader Prabowo Subianto.
The Vanuatu government has appointed Laura Lini as special envoy for West Papua. Ms Lini is the daughter of Walter Lini, who is known as the founding father of the Pacific nation.
Max Lane – Jess Melvin's new book, The Army and the Indonesian Genocide, has been rightly hailed as a breakthrough. Uncovering the actors behind the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of Indonesian leftists (as well as the country's Chinese racial minority), Melvin punctures a hole in the prevailing story about the 1965-66 genocide.
This week, the Indonesian government intensified their efforts to censor "negative" content on the internet by forcing ISPs (internet service providers) to enable content filters on search engines by default, which can't be switched off.
Angling Adhitya Purbaya, Semarang – Seven environmental activists have been put behind bars for fighting against pollution caused the company PT Rayon Utama Makmur (RUM) in Sukoharjo, Central Java.
An appeal against the sentences is still underway on the grounds that the judges [failed] to heed the facts in reaching the verdict.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The government expects that the rumors of an influx of foreign workers at Central Sulawesi's Morowali Industrial Park would be laid to rest after journalists investigating the story uncovered facts that negated the rumors.
Muhammad Isa, Jakarta – The main issue that the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) predicts would hinder the 2019 Presidential Election is the emergence of identity politics and SARA (ethnicity, religion, and race) issues.
Nethy Dharma Somba, Jayapura – An armed group returned on Tuesday four firearms it seized from the Indonesian Military (TNI) in a recent incident in Wagemuga village in Paniai, a restive regency in Papua's central highlands.
Jakarta – Moody's Investors Service has changed its outlook for the Indonesian banking system from positive to stable.
"The stable outlook reflects stabilizing asset quality in a robust macroeconomic environment and banks' thick loss absorbing buffers, which are underpinned by strong profitability," Moody's said in a statement received by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – After decades, Indonesia has finally recognized mental disorder as an occupational hazard by issuing a new ministerial regulation that requires employers to ensure that their workers have a good work-life balance, among other things.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Gerindra Party Deputy Chairman Fadli Zon confirmed that there was a one-on-one meeting between Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto and Democratic Party Chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) on Tuesday afternoon, August 7, at SBY's residence in Kuningan, Jakarta.
Jakarta – Jakarta has welcomed the Asian Games by putting up banners, but they have typos and misplaced elements.
One banner in Palmerah, West Jakarta, is landscape-oriented and displays a collapsed mascot and the Jakarta administration logo, and a missing "g" in the Indonesian word terselenggara, becoming terselengara. Terselenggara means "being staged".
Alex Arifianto – In a recent New Mandala article, Greg Fealy wrote about how Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, is moving away from its highly prized position of political neutrality, and is increasingly being closely linked with the National Awakening Party (PKB) as well as with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
James Massola & Amilia Rosa, Sembalun Bumbung, Lombok – Indonesia's government, military and aid agencies are struggling to deliver aid to people in some of the areas hardest hit by Sunday's magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie and Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – There is a likelihood that the National Mandate Party (PAN) joins the coalition of parties that backs President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's reelection bid, despite uncertainty over whether the party will support him in the 2019 presidential election, a senior politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ha
Geneva – The United States has asked the World Trade Organization to let it impose sanctions on Indonesia after winning a trade dispute that it said cost U.S. business up to $350 million in 2017, a U.S. filing published by the WTO showed on Monday.
James Massola, Amilia Rosa & Karuni Rompies – Faded road signs serve as a poignant reminder that the island of Lombok is usually a destination for tourists from Australia and other parts of the world.
Instead, all along the Pemenang Raya road, which sweeps and dips its way around this spectacular, scenic coastline, there is carnage.
Jakarta – The government has agreed to issue a regulation banning the trade in dog meat amid concerns over the spread of rabies and animal abuse following a series of campaigns against the consumption of dog meat in the country.
"Why am I now on the Indonesian government blacklist? For how long? For what reason? For going to Papua? This is devastating for me."
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – Ulemas and Muslim activists united under the National Movement to Safeguard the Ulema Fatwa (GNPF) are pushing Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto over the certainty of a vice president candidate.
M. Isa, Jakarta – An Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) research report concluded that ethnicity, religion, and race (SARA) issues were amplified as the issue is being capitalized and manipulated by the country's political elites.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo defended his recent speech on Monday, which has stirred accusations of inciting hatred by his opponents, saying that he never intended to promote violence.
Bec Strating – Last week, an Australian leader visited Dili for the first time in five years. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spent 36 hours in Timor-Leste as part of a four-country diplomatic trip around Southeast Asia.
Jakarta (Antara) – Aceh Acting Governor Nova Iriansyah instructed the establishment of Measles-Rubella or MR Vaccines to be postponed upon waiting for its halal certification.
"We have ordered the Health Agency to forward it to the city/regency to postpone the immunization," said Nova Iriansyah at Banda Aceh, Tuesday, August 7.
Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – An elderly village witch doctor in Indonesia entrapped a 12-year-old girl and tricked her into having sex with him for the next 15 years by claiming to be possessed by the "jin", or spirit, of a young boy, police said on Tuesday.
The infamous 2010 pornography case involving the leaked sex tapes of pop star Nazril Irham (better known as Ariel) was thrust back into the spotlight recently after a legal organization submitted a pre-trial motion to finally revoke the 8-year-old criminal suspect statuses of the two women who also appeared in the illicit videos.
Kerrin Thomas – An Australian dentist and a small group of volunteers have managed to check more than 1,200 mouths in just two weeks on Timor Leste.
That amounted to 527 extractions and 406 fillings for Charmaine White, from Narooma on the New South Wales south coast, and her volunteers.
Paulina Quintao – The general director for Tourism Jose Quintas appealed to all citizens to be responsible for keeping the capital, Dili, clean and beautiful because doing so will attract more tourists to Timor-Leste which will also raise the country's national revenue.
In Maire Leadbeater's new book, "See No Evil: New Zealand's betrayal of the people of West Papua", the theme of the title is also relevant for Australia. Both countries were involved in the tragic betrayal of West Papua.
Jakarta – The National Police's Detachment 88 counterterrorism unit arrested on Saturday a suspected terrorist identified only by his initials TDW, 28, in a housing complex in Rawa Kalong, Bogor, West Java.
James Massola, Amilia Rosa & Karuni Rompies, Lombok – Indonesian authorities expect the death toll from a magnitude 7 earthquake that hit the Indonesian tourist islands of Lombok and Bali will keep rising, after a first frantic day of rescue efforts got underway.
Viriya Singgih and Tassia Sipahutar, Jakarta – The Indonesian economy is offering little cheer for President Joko Widodo as he gears up to run for a second term.
Gross domestic product rose 5.3 percent in the second quarter from a year earlier, the statistics bureau said in Jakarta on Monday.