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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
August 6, 2018
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.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) is reluctant to take part in the integrated team to investigate past gross human rights violations which is being touted by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs (Menkopolhukam) Wiranto.
An Australian doctoral researcher whose honeymoon plans in Indonesia included a cultural festival in the insecure Papua region has been deported after Indonesian officials accused her of being a journalist, a news agency reports.
Belinda Lopez, a Bahasa speaker, is back in Australia with a week left of her holiday but her plans ruined.
August 5, 2018
Friski Riana, Jakarta – The Communication Agency member of the Gerindra Party Central Board (DPP) Andre Rosiade deplored the statement by the President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to his volunteers at Jokowi's volunteer general meeting.
Joko Santoso, Purbalingga – A short film by a student whose family were victims of the 1965 anti-communist purge has won best fictional film at the 2018 Purbalingga Film Festival (FFP).
The awards were conferred on Saturday evening, August 4, at the Purbalingga Square.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – Chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Zulkifli Hasan, said his party has not determined its support for Joko Widodo or Prabowo Subianto.
"Wait for the National Working Meeting, on Monday and Tuesday," he said in Jakarta, Saturday, August 4.
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo received a visit from the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Sunday, August 5.
"On this occasion, it will be used to discuss further on bilateral and international issues. But before I continue, I invite the noble to give the opening speech," said Jokowi.
Arya Dipa, Bandung – The West Java Police have arrested at least 37 suspected terrorists ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, in which several events will be held in the province.
Sheany, Jakarta – The Beringin Karya Party, commonly known as Berkarya, is still holding out hope that the Constitutional Court will approve a petition to scrap the current threshold needed to put forward a presidential candidate.
August 4, 2018
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – An Australian graduate student studying Indonesia and planning to visit Papua said she was devastated after being barred from entering the Southeast Asian country.
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration has said that it will close 70 schools during the 2018 Asian Games.
Previously, the administration had announced plans to close only 34 schools, but it has since decided to keep more schools closed during the sporting event, which will be held from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.
Hans Arnold Kapisa, Jayapura – Manokwari, Yang Christian Warinussy, the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Study and Research (LP3BH) Manokwari, asserted President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, not to 'sell' the issue of human rights violations in Papua in regards to his candidacy in the Presidential Election 2019.
Indonesia will deploy tens of thousands of security personnel to prevent street crime and potential terrorist attacks during this month's Asian Games, police said Friday.
Some 40,000 troops and police officers will deployed in the capital Jakarta and Palembang in Sumatra, which are co-hosting the August 18 to September 2 Games.
Indonesia has denied entry and will deport an Australian graduate student who was travelling via Bali to Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on holiday.
Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Alumni of the 212 Presidium expressed their dissatisfaction over the results of the Ulema Ijtima (Meeting) conducted by the Fatwa Safeguard National Movement (Gerakan Nasional Pengawal Fatwa – GNPF) in relation to the recommendation for president and vice president candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Chief of the Joint Task Force Command (Komando Satuan Tugas Bersama – Kogasma) of the Democrat Party Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, also known as AHY, expressed his concerns over the rising issues of identity politics, which can tear the country's unity apart.
Jakarta – Secretary-General of the Berkarya (Working) Party Priyo Budi Santoso, said that the blusukan (field monitoring operation) by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo had actually been done by former President Soeharto.
August 3, 2018
Australia is trying to reboot its troubled relations with historical friend East Timor, with Julie Bishop the first foreign minister to visit in five years.
Julie Bishop kept to her daily routine of a morning run this week when visiting East Timor's capital Dili.
Jakarta – More than 100 home industries in West Jakarta have been warned to stop polluting the environment, with half of them dumping untreated industrial waste into rivers.
"All of them have been given three months to correct their practices," Edy Mulyanto, head of West Jakarta Environment Agency, said on Friday as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com.
Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has warned that Indonesia relied very much on foreign capital because of the low savings rate among Indonesians. He considered it to be a factor of a weak fundamental economy.
The minister said foreign capital entered Indonesia through portfolio investment such as stocks and government debt papers.
Jakarta – The Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) has issued a letter to the Gerindra Party's Jakarta executive board asking it to replace councilor Mohamad Taufik on its list of legislative candidates because of Taufik's background as a former corruption convict.
Johnny Blades – Indonesia's influence in the Pacific Islands is growing, but is shadowed by disquiet over its region of Papua, known widely as West Papua.
The West Papuan independence movement has significant traction in the region, where it continues to push for its self-determination aspirations to be addressed by the international community.
Jakarta – Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said investors were in a wait and see position ahead of the presidential and legislative elections in 2019 as they were concerned about the possible impact of the political events on the country's economy.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is expected to appoint a female legal expert to replace the first and only female Constitutional Court (MK) justice, Maria Farida Indrati.
Maria, who has been lauded for her progressive opinions, particularly regarding women's rights, will retire on Aug. 13.
Sheany, Jakarta – Indonesia could add $135 billion, or 9 percent, to its annual gross domestic product, if it advances gender equality, McKinsey & Company said on Wednesday (01/08).
In a report published this week, McKinsey revealed that countries in the Asia-Pacific region could add $4.5 trillion to their collective GDP by 2025 by promoting equality for women.
August 2, 2018
Jewel Topsfield & Amilia Rosa – The date April 27, 2010 is seared into Colin Singer's mind. Singer, an independent prison visitor, had reported for duty at Hakea, a maximum-security adult prison in Western Australia.
A New Zealand government MP says the issue of West Papuan self-determination should be heard at the United Nations.
Louisa Wall made the comment at the launch of a new book examining New Zealand's position on Indonesia's Papua region, known widely as West Papua.
Ihsan Dalimunthe, Jakarta – Actions commemorating 49 years since the Papuan "Act of Free Choice (Pepera) in 1969 will be held at several different locations, one of which was in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday August 2.
Yesterday, the Indonesian government started a massive month-long nationwide drive to get around 31.9 million children immunized with measles-rubella (MR) vaccines.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Lisnawati, a resident of Simalungun regency in North Sumatra and the mother of Arnita Rodelina Turnip, has accused the regency administration of cutting her daughter's scholarship because her daughter converted from Christianity to Islam.
Jakarta – The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has extended PT Freeport Indonesia's (PTFI) temporary special mining permit (IUPK) for another month after it expired on Tuesday.
Kustin Ayuwuragil, Jakarta – A group called the NKRI Volunteers (Relawan NKRI) attempted to disrupt an action by the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) in front of the State Palace on Thursday August 2.
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – An updated list of protected flora and fauna has seen a jump in the number of species, from 294 in 1999 to 921 this year.
The new list, issued by the Environment and Forestry Ministry last month, aims to promote sustainability and a proper treatment of the protected animals and plants.
Fadli, Batam – The Riau Islands Health Agency has commenced with the national measles and rubella (MR) vaccination program in the province against the advice of the local Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) chapter in Riau Islands.
The national MR vaccination program is to scheduled run from August to September.
Jon Afrizal, Jambi – In a rare decision, the Muara Bulian District Court in Jambi has decided to suspend the six-month prison sentence for a 15-year-old girl who was sent to prison for aborting her pregnancy after being raped by her own brother.
Derman Nababan, who heads the district court, said on Thursday that the decision was made on "humanitarian grounds".
Junior Ukaha – West Papuan refugees seeking to live in Papua New Guinea have not come to look for land or home but were forced out of their country, according to John Lanta.
Kustin Ayuwuragil & Ramadhan Rizki, Jakarta – Commemorating 49 years since the 'Act of Free Choice' (Pepera), the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian People's Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) held protest actions in 13 cities across Indonesia including Jakarta, Bandung and Ambon.
August 1, 2018
Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya, East Java – A study has found that 21 fish species in the Brantas River in East Java are threatened by solid waste that is dumped into the water, including disposable diapers.
A New Zealand government MP says the issue of West Papuan self-determination should be heard at the United Nations.
Louisa Wall made the comment at the launch of a new book examining New Zealand's position on West Papua.
The Indonesian government recently touted new economic data showing that poverty levels in the country had reached a historic low in March 2018 of 9.82% (the first time it had dropped below the 10% mark).
Beh Lih Yi, Kuala Lumpur – Calls to decriminalise abortion grew louder in Indonesia on Wednesday after a teenage girl who was raped by her brother was jailed for six months for terminating her pregnancy, sparking anger among activists who demanded her immediate release.
The Asian Games start in just two-and-a-half weeks, but while Indonesia's athletes may be unified in their quest for glory at the massive sporting competition, the team in charge of Jakarta is arguing in public over the capital's preparations for the high-profile event.
Jakarta – Indonesian police have foiled a plan by separatists in west Papua to establish a transient administration of an independent state, police said here Wednesday.
An Indonesian government consultant on Papua issues says political matters in Papua region should be dealt with internally.
Franzalbert Joku said concerns about human rights issues in Papua expressed in Pacific Islands regional forums were welcome.
Jakarta – The State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission (KASN) has revealed that the Jakarta administration has ignored its letters questioning the demotion of several high-ranking officials.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Democratic Party Deputy Secretary General Putu Supadma Rudana said that democrat's party chairman Susilo 'SBY' Bambang Yudhoyono was asked by Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto to specifically be his mentor in the 2019 presidential election.
Panca Nugraha and Gemma Holiani Cahya, Lombok/Jakarta – The West Nusa Tenggara administration has declared a seven-day state of emergency following a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that rocked Lombok Island and claimed at least 17 lives on Sunday.
Hans Arnold Kapisa, Jakarta – Papuan human rights activist Yan Christian Warinussy asked President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo to avoid setting aside human rights violations in Papua for the sake of the upcoming 2019 Presidential Election.