Estevao Nuno – The executive director (CEO) of NGO Timor Aid, Florentino Sarmento, said the original culture of Timor, handed down from the ancestors will go extinct unless young Timorese develop an interest for its development.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
August 13, 2018
Alexander R Arifianto – The recent announcement of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's running mate in his re-election bid suggests the continued strong influence of conservative groups over politics in the world's largest Muslim population.
A pluralist and nationalist figure, Jokowi picked Ma'ruf Amin, a conservative Muslim cleric, as his vice-presidential candidate.
Calum Stuart – Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed concern about the Indonesian president's running mate, who has a history of clamping down on LGBTI people.
Last week President Joko Widodo selected Ma'ruf Amin as his running mate for the 2019 presidential election. Amin is an influential figure in Islamic community.
On Thursday, when President Joko Widodo announced that he had chosen Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) leader Ma'ruf Amin) as his running mate in next year's election, the surprise pick disappointed many of the president's more progressive supporters.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has appointed Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) legal expert Enny Nurbaningsih as a Constitutional Court justice to replace the court's first and only female justice, Maria Farida Indrati.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – In the first half of this year, Indonesia booked US$9.48 billion in investment in the energy and mineral resources sector, only 25 percent of the full-year target of $37.2 billion.
The oil and gas sector contributed the most to the total investment at $5.11 billion, followed by electricity at $2.83 billion.
Karthika Suresh Namboothiri, Jakarta – Indonesian shares plummeted on Monday (13/08) in their worst drop in nearly two years as emerging market currencies faced a deep selloff, causing a market rout across Southeast Asia.
The Turkish lira and the Indian rupee plunged to all-time lows on Monday, while the rupiah slid to a near three-year low.
Christopher Knaus – New South Wales Labor will move a motion to condemn the "entirely inappropriate" prosecution of former spy Witness K and his lawyer, breaking with the silence of their federal colleagues.
Vanuatu presented its draft UN Resolution for West Papua at the recent Pacific Islands Forum Officials Committee (FOC) Meeting and the Forum Foreign Ministers Meeting held at the Taumeasina Resort in Apia, Samoa from 7 to 10th August 2018.
David Lipson – Dozens of "buzzers" are getting paid to spread propaganda to armies of followers as the political elite wage war in cyberspace in an attempt to maintain power.
No, this is not the plot of the latest dystopian sci-fi out of Hollywood. It is Indonesian politics in 2018.
Grant Wyeth – Indonesia has recently been lifting its presence in the Pacific, courting a number of Pacific Island countries in an attempt to quell the region's sympathies for the independence movement in the Indonesian province of West Papua.
August 12, 2018
Nethy Dharma Somba, Jayapura – Papuan authorities have closed a gold mine in Korowai in the southern part of Papua, following uproar among residents who protested the hiring of newcomers over local tribe members.
Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru, Riau – A spell of unusual heat in Riau has seen the number of hot spots rise from zero to 55 in only two days, according to official data.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said on Sunday that the hot spots were spread out across eight municipalities of the province.
Hengky Yeimo, Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura City, Tuesday, 7 August 2018, visitors crowded in Lokabudaya Expo Museum Waena, Heram sub-district to attend the Papua Film Festival held by a film community Papuan Voice for three days from 7 to 9 August 2018.
Jakarta – The death toll from a powerful earthquake that hit the Indonesian island of Lombok a week ago has risen to 392, an official says.
The number was likely to rise further still as teams continue to search for victims beneath the rubble and ruins of buildings, national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said.
August 11, 2018
Pribadi Wicaksono, Jakarta – The supporters of the incumbent candidate Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo have started to create teams in a bid to succeed the Jokowi-Ma'ruf Amin pair in the 2019 Presidential Election.
In Yogyakarta, the Jokowi team would be established from the grassroots level of RT/RW (neighborhood association).
Jakarta – The Jakarta Transportation Agency has banned minibuses from Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta, the city's busiest business hub, throughout the Asian Games.
John McBeth, Jakarta – The iconic photograph of International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Michel Camdessus standing over then-President Suharto with his arms folded like a disapproving schoolteacher came to symbolize the eventual downfall of the long-serving Indonesian leader.
Joe Cochrane, Jakarta – Indonesia's presidential election next year will be a rematch of the contentious 2014 contest, and analysts fear it will see a return of the smear campaigns and appeals to sectarian intolerance that marred that vote.
Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is deploying series of defensive tactics – some rather unconventional ones – to prevent the sell-off of the country's currency, the rupiah, in financial markets.
Alexander Rheeney, Apia – Vanuatu has asked Pacific Islands Forum member states to support its resolution to the United Nations General Assembly next year to grant West Papuans self-determination.
Jakarta – Last week, the Communications and Information Ministry announced its plan to filter pornographic content by utilizing the SafeSearch feature in search engine Google.
David G Rose – As a practising Muslim from a traditional Javanese heartland, President Joko Widodo's Islamic credentials should be beyond question.
August 10, 2018
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 decision by Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to select Ma'ruf Amin as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2019 presidential election, raises questions about Jokowi's commitment to improve human rights protection for all Indonesians, Human Rights Watch said today.
Jakarta – The official announcement of the presidential candidates shows that the election in 2019 will be more or less a repeat of that in 2014, with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo facing rival Prabowo Subianto again.
By Max Lane, Singapore
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen a conservative Muslim cleric who has railed against homosexuality and once issued a fatwa against secularism as his running mate for next year's election.
Razor wire, along with dozens of police and secret service officers, held back jubilant crowds, as President "Jokowi" officially registered as a candidate for re-election.
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.
August 9, 2018
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.
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.
August 8, 2018
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.