Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – During a visit by the SMK (vocational high school) Taruna Nusantara at the Bogor Presidential Palace, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo called for people to appreciate their own culture before fearing foreign culture infiltration.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
March 4, 2019
Jakarta – Investors want the government to now repay the funds they had spent to acquire land for toll road projects.
Jakarta – The Investment Coordination Board (BKPM) has said that more investors applied for tax holidays after the government relaxed the procedures for obtaining the fiscal incentive.
Jakarta (AFP) – Indonesian authorities warned on Monday (March 4) that up to 100 people could still be trapped and feared dead inside a collapsed illegal gold mine despite a painstaking rescue effort that has so far plucked 19 people alive from the rubble, but also seen nine deaths.
Ian Morse, Makassar, Indonesia – Earlier this month Sajad Jacob, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan who had been living in an Indonesian detention centre for nearly two decades, died in the hospital. The 24-year-old had doused himself in petrol and set himself on fire.
Jacob was a Hazara, a Shia Muslim minority that has suffered violent persecution in Afghanistan.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The police nabbed Democratic Party deputy secretary-general Andi Arief on Sunday for allegedly consuming sabu-sabu (crystal methamphetamine).
National Police Criminal Investigation Department head Comr. Gen. Idham Azis confirmed the arrest to The Jakarta Post on Monday, but declined to provide further details.
Dyah Ayu Kartika – "If Jokowi wins, there would be no azan [the Islamic call to prayer], no Qur'an study circle for children, no veil [for women]; women can marry other women, men with other men", said three women during a door-to-door campaign in Karawang, West Java.
Ni Komang Erviani, Denpasar – Dressed in simple predominantly white attire, thousands of Balinese Hindus flocked to the beaches across the Island of the Gods on Monday for the sacred Melasti purification ritual.
Egi Adyatama, Friski Riana, Jakarta – The United Development Party (PPP) admits that they are not worried about the findings reported by pollster Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) Denny JA on the ineffectiveness of campaigning religious sentiments.
March 3, 2019
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – To reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of Indonesia's efforts to meet its nationally determined contribution (NDC), the Jakarta administration aims to be a model city of emissions reduction by drafting an action plan called Ikhtiar Jakarta (Jakarta Endeavor).
Juli Hantoro, Jakarta – The director of the Jakarta Alimat Network (Indonesian Family Justice Movement), Maria Ulfah Anshor, says that opposition to the Draft Law on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU PKS) is ridden with the politicisation of religion to take advantage of the momentum of the elections.
Andhika Prasetia, Jakarta – Incumbent presidential candidate President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has emphasised that the ideology of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) is Pancasila. If anyone wants to replace this, he said, they will have to face the Pancasila Youth (PP).
N. Adri, Jakarta and Balikpapan – National Police deputy chief Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto said Saturday they had been focusing on the prevention of growing confrontation between supporters of presidential candidates ahead of the legislative and presidential elections next month.
Jano Gibson – It's feeding time outside a police station in Dili, where three large saltwater crocodiles are kept as pets.
As an officer dangles a chicken carcass into the enclosure, one of the reptiles lunges for its meal. Watching on are a group of Darwin-based researchers, who have come to Timor-Leste on the hunt for crocodile DNA.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho has lamented the theft of a forest and land fire early warning system in South Sumatra, a province prone to wildfires.
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – It is less than a month before election day, yet the Democratic Party is still preoccupied with its own targets for the legislative election while not doing much for its presidential ticket Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno.
Jakarta (Antara) – Hasanuddin XIV regional military commander Major General Surawahadi has released 600 TNI (Indonesian military) soldiers to provide security for the construction of the Trans Papua highway.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A higher court must acquit Saidah Saleh Syamlah, a housewife living in Surabaya, East Java, of all charges of defaming textile company PT Pisma Putra Textile, the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) has said.
Kharishar Kahfi, Nedi Putra and Arya Dipa, Jakarta, Malang and Bandung – For residents of Malang in East Java, the Supit Urang landfill is bad luck, having faced a spate of misfortunes in 2018 alone, from a waste avalanche claiming the life of a scavenger to the arrest of more than 40 regional council members for alleged graft.
March 2, 2019
Jakarta – Dozens of neighborhoods across Jakarta were inundated on Saturday morning following heavy downpour in the upstream area of Bogor in West Java since Friday afternoon.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo received support for his re-election bid from several relatives of Sandiaga Uno, the running mate of his opponent, Prabowo Subianto, during an official visit to Gorontalo on Thursday evening.
Tassia Sipahutar, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo is expected to win a second term in the April 17 presidential election as he leads against rival Prabowo Subianto, according to the latest Roy Morgan opinion poll published Friday.
Donald Greenlees – Just over 20 years ago, a letter from Australian prime minister John Howard to the president of Indonesia, B.J. Habibie, set in motion a chain of events that would lead to East Timor's passage to nationhood.
Jakarta – Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has claimed that rampant fake news and slander has negatively affected his electability and that of his running mate, Ma'ruf Amin, in West Java, Indonesia's most populous province.
Jakarta (Antara) – Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Martuani Sormin has stated that there is no military operation in conflict-plagued Nduga district, Papua province.
"Only law enforcement operation code-named operasi Nemangkawi is currently being conducted in the district," he said Friday, March. 1.
March 1, 2019
Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) chairman Tulus Abadi said that Aprindo should take more progressive plan in applying paid plastic bag, which is by using bags that earned the Indonesian National Standard (SNI).
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded the year's first deflation of 0.08 percent in February, compared to the 0.32 percent inflation it recorded in January, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Friday.
The figure brings year-to-date (ytd) and year-on-year (yoy) inflation rates to 0.24 percent and 2.57 percent, respectively.
Jakarta – The government has slammed tech giants for failing to filter content that it says has contributed to the spread of misinformation on social media.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – The government plans to launch a financial deepening program comprising tax incentives for several investment instruments to attract more long-term investors and increase activity in the country's capital market.
Indonesia's military says the West Papua Liberation Army set fire to a digger owned by a state-owned construction company on Tuesday.
The attack on Istaka Karya's operations in Nduga regency follows the killing of at least 16 of its employees there by the Liberation Army in December. The Liberation Army has claimed the staff were actually Indonesian military in disguise.
Jakarta – The government sent heavy equipment in its mission to rescue dozens of miners trapped in an unauthorized mine in Bolaang Mongondow, North Sulawesi to speed up the evacuation, following an accident that killed eight people.
Theresia Sufa, Bogor – There are 135,000 snake bite cases in Indonesia every year, and they can be a time bomb as victims often opt for treatment by shamans, an expert has said.
Farouk Arnaz & Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Police have named firebrand cleric Ja'far Umar Thalib, former commander of the disbanded Islamist militant organization Laskar Jihad, a suspect in a case of assault in Jayapura, Papua.
Ja'far, who is at the forefront of spreading a puritanical form of Islam in Indonesia, has a long history of involvement in sectarian conflict.
Starting today, minimarkets AKA convenience stores across Indonesia are charging a nominal fee for every plastic bag customers use to carry their purchases.
Rachmadea Aisyah, Jakarta – Douglas was aware of the series of earthquakes that struck Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, six months ago when he decided to visit the island during his six-week holiday.
As a native of California in the United States, the 30-year-old electronic salesperson is no stranger to tremors.
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia and the world's largest Muslim organization, is widely seen in contemporary political and religious contexts as the bastion of moderate Islam in Indonesia as well as the country's leading voice in speaking out against religious extremism.
Jakarta – After several delays and a prolonged tug-of-war, the Gerindra Party and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) submitted two names as recommendations for the next Jakarta deputy governor to Governor Anies Baswedan on Friday.
Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named PT Merial Esa a suspect in a graft case surrounding the procurement of sea surveillance satellite systems at the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla).
The KPK previously named seven individuals suspects in the case, which was first brought to light in December 2016.
February 28, 2019
Alexandra Back – A jury could hear the controversial prosecution of a former spy known as "Witness K" and his lawyer who are both accused of revealing information about the Australian government spying on East Timor, a court has been told.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Atma Jaya Institute of Public Policy (IPP) survey revealed 60 percent urban youth across the Greater Jakarta Area, Bandung, and Surabaya agrees the quality of Indonesia's democracy has deteriorated following traces of politicizing religion.
Jakarta – More journalists have come forward to report intimidation and assault during the 212 Munajat prayer event on Feb. 21.
Following a police report filed by journalists from detik.com and suara.com, CNN Indonesia videographer Endra Rezaldi filed a separate report with the Jakarta Police on Thursday.
James Massola and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – Rescue workers have used makeshift stretchers to haul victims through steep jungle terrain to safety, while the death toll from an Indonesian gold mine collapse is rising.
Jakarta – Prosecutors have asked the West Jakarta District Court to sentence gang leader Hercules Rozario Marshal to three years in prison for his alleged criminal activities related to the illegal occupancy of a 2-hectare plot in Kalideres.
Jakarta – The South Jakarta District Court began on Thursday the trial of actress and antigovernment activist Ratna Sarumpaet, who is accused of spreading hate speech.
Jakarta – Activists from the Solidarity Network for the Families of Victims (JSKK) held their 576th Kamisan (Thursday) action in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday February 28.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – Indonesian actress-turned-political activist Ratna Sarumpaet appeared in the South Jakarta District Court on Thursday, charged with spreading deceptive information that resulted in public disorder.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry is conducting an investigation into the safety of low-cost carrier Lion Air following reports in recent weeks that its flights were experiencing problems midair.
A special mission from the World Council of Churches has criticised the ongoing human rights violations by Indonesian security forces in the West Papua region after its five-day visit to Indonesia last week and has called for "more openness" by the authorities.
Jakarta – The city administration of Depok in West Java has warned companies that they may have their business permits revoked for polluting lakes and rivers.
The head of the Depok Environment and Sanitation Agency's pollution control unit, Mohammad Isa, said the agency would gradually assess companies before imposing sanctions.
Jakarta – At least seven people have died and dozens more are still trapped beneath the rubble of an illegal gold mine that collapsed in Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi, officials said Thursday, as rescuers frantically searched for survivors.