Arya Dipa and Ganug Nugroho Adi, Bandung, Surakarta and Jakarta – More than 22,000 families in 10 districts of Bandung, West Java, have been affected by water from the Citarum River that flooded the area on Thursday, killing one.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Kosim Rahman – Former members of the recently banned Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) group, which had previously campaigned for radical Islamic ideas, is believed to be supporting the 02 presidential campaign ticket (Paslon) of Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in the 2019 elections.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Weeks ahead of the presidential election in April, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo surprised passengers of Jakarta's commuter line (KRL) by boarding one of its trains during rush hour on Wednesday afternoon.
March 6, 2019
News ›› West Papua ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Markus Makur, Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara – The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration undertook a massive trash clean-up drive in popular national parks on Monday to leverage momentum for National Trash Awareness Day as well as enhancing its efforts toward greater economic empowerment through tourism.
Arya Dipa, Bandung – Prosecutors demanded on Wednesday that the Bandung Corruption Court sentence the former head of Sukamiskin Penitentiary, Wahid Husen, to nine years in prison and fine him Rp 400 million (US$28,275) for allegedly taking bribes from prisoners.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Kharishar Kahfi, Arya Dipa, Nedi Putra AW and Apriadi Gunawan, Jakarta, Bandung, Malang, and Medan – The government set an ambitious target to reduce household waste in 2017 following pressure from inside and outside the country to take more serious steps in addressing the growing problem of waste.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A number of civil society organizations and communities are set to hold the third annual Women's March Jakarta on April 27 to commemorate Kartini Day, which falls on the heroine's birthday of April 21.
The problem of deciding who is really poor and who really deserves government assistance is a tough one anywhere but especially in countries like Indonesia where a large percentage of the population lives at the low end of the economic scale.
Liselotte Mas – Residents of Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, have been fighting for decades to defend their rights and preserve their homeland against business interests, which seek to exploit the terrain for minerals and transform it into vast palm oil plantations.
Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Pertamina Unit Manager Communication & CSR MOR I, Roby Hervindo predicts Indonesia will run out of oil reserve by the year 2030 based on the country's current 3.3 billion barrels reserve.
Jakarta – Indonesian Sugarcane Farmers Association (APTRI) representatives met with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in Jakarta on Tuesday to seek price certainty for sugar produced by farmers, which usually declined during the harvest and milling seasons.
Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – A study by Singapore-based research company ValueChampion has found that Indonesia is the second-most dangerous country for women in the Asia Pacific region. Out of 14 countries, India, Indonesia and the Philippines are considered to be the least safe for women.
Pat Ranald – Australia's trade minister Simon Birmingham and his Indonesian counterpart Enggartiasto Lukita signed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement on Monday. Only afterwards (as is often the case) did we get to see what was in it.
We might never see an independent assessment of its costs and benefits.
Tabita Diela, Jakarta – Indonesian economists and opposition officials have questioned the feasibility of President Joko Widodo's plan for cash handouts to the unemployed, citing an already strained national budget and ballooning debt at state enterprises.
News ›› West Papua ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Primus Dorimulu, Jakarta – Papua looks blue from up above. Its shorelines and mountains are covered with verdant forest. The river that runs across its land resembles a thin brush of white paint drawn on a canvas of blue. Abundant minerals, notably copper and gold, lie beneath its fertile grounds.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta – The results of the latest LSI Denny JA survey show that support for the number 02 ticket in the 2019 presidential elections – Prabowo Subianto and running mate Sandiaga Uno – has increased among voters who want Indonesia to become like the Middle East or Saudi Arabia.
Jakarta – The campaign team of presidential candidate pair Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Ma'ruf Amin has asserted that the pre-employment card, which is one of the incumbent's campaign promises, will not be valid forever.
March 5, 2019
News ›› Indonesia ›› 1998 Fall of Suharto & Reformasi
Oktaviani – The "sumpah pocong" challenge thrown up by Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Wiranto to former Army Strategic Reserves Command (Green Berets) commander Major General Kivlan Zein is inappropriate.
James Fair – Environmentalists in Indonesia have vowed to "never stop" in their fight to halt the construction of a hydroelectric project they say threatens the world's rarest great ape species with extinction, following a legal setback.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Syafiul Hadi, Jakarta – Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Lieutenant Gen. M. Herindra said that there are new State Ministries and institutions that will be filled by active military personnel in pursuing TNI's restructure.
The Ministries consist of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Presidential Staff Office, and the Maritime Security Board (Bakamla).
Jakarta – The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KAP) is asking the government to establish a special body to implement the agrarian reform program. KPA Secretary General Dewi Kartika says that the body should be temporary (ad hoc) and must be personally headed up by the president.
One illustration of the creeping Islamization in Indonesia that some observers have warned about is the number of local and regional governments that have made prayers a work obligation for Muslim civil servants. Such policies have been implemented, to varying degrees, in the South Sumatran capital of Palembang and the West Sumatran capital Padang.
Theodora Sarah Abigail – Many foreigners hold a mental image of a primitive Indonesia that is full of slums and dirty rivers and piles of garbage. They imagine, at best, the bamboo huts, the rice paddies and pastoral scenes.
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Hopes are fading for up to 100 Indonesian miners trapped inside an illegal gold mine that collapsed on the island of Sulawesi last Tuesday, with dozens of body bags sent to the site and pleas for help from the rubble now falling silent.
Facebook has banned political advertisements from outside Indonesia ahead of the country's presidential poll, just weeks after being heavily criticised by the European Union for not doing enough to counter election meddling.
Dias Prasongko, Jakarta – Chicken farmers from various regions in Indonesia held a demonstration in front of the State Palace on Tuesday, March 5. The farmers protested about the price of chicken at the level of smallholders and independent farmers, which they believe is too cheap.
Since Netflix became available in Indonesia in 2016, the video streaming platform has remained unavailable to a large number of Indonesians – specifically, customers of state-owned telco Telkom who subscribe to its home internet service Indihome, mobile internet service Telkomsel, or its public Wi-Fi service Wifi.id.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – A group of top executives of foreign and local mining firms gathered at a forum held in a five-star hotel at the heart of Jakarta recently, expressing their wishes that the government should do more to help their industry as several problems were left unsolved.
Jakarta – Members of a joint team comprising the Jakarta Military Police, the National Police and Customs and Excise arrested two Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel on Saturday for allegedly possessing drugs, a top military official has said.
The two military personnel are identified only as HJS and H, who are both members of the Indonesian Army.
Apriadi Gunawan and Kharishar Kahfi, Medan and Jakarta – The Medan State Administrative Court in North Sumatra has rejected a lawsuit filed by environmental group the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) against North Sumatra administration's decision to issue permits for a hydropower project in the Batang Toru ecosystem.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Agrarian Reform Consortium (KPA) reported its analysis and evaluation results on the agrarian reform program during four years of the Joko Widodo or Jokowi-Jusuf Kalla administration to the Indonesian Ombudsman.
Winny Tang, Jakarta – Mergers and acquisitions in Indonesia's banking industry are projected to flourish this year as foreign investors, mainly from Japan and South Korea, have begun to acquire local banks, while big state-owned and private lenders have also shown interest in acquiring the smaller ones.
Christoforus Ristianto, Jakarta – The coordinator and also a victim of the 1989 Talangsari massacre, Edi Hasadad, is asking the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) to ignore a recent peace declaration as a means to resolve the case.
Jakarta – The profits of small banks, which are known as Book I and II banks, have grown slowly since 2015 because they cannot compete with large lenders.
According to Indonesia Banking Statistics, Book I banks only booked profits of Rp 700 billion (US$49.59 million) last year from Rp 116 billion in 2017, Rp 861 trillion in 2016 and Rp 1.57 trillion in 2015.
Bernadette Christina Munthe, Kanupriya Kapoor, Jakarta – Indonesia and Australia on Monday signed an economic partnership agreement aimed at stepping up trade and investment between them in areas ranging from cattle to education and cars to wheat.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo maintains a comfortable lead over Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto coming into the final stretch of the 2019 presidential election, recent polls have indicated.