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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
August 8, 2018
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.
August 7, 2018
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.
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.
August 6, 2018
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.
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.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Indonesian economy expanded by 5.27 percent year-on-year (yoy) during the second quarter of 2018 thanks to strong growth in consumption, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced on Monday.
Andi Hartik, Malang – Genoneva Misiati (76) is now resting in peace. Her long wait to find her beloved son, Petrus Bima Anugrah or Bimo is over but without success.
One of the most remarkable changes to daily life in Jakarta and many other cities in Indonesia is the recent rise of ride-hailing services like Go-Jek and Grab that have hugely increased the number of convenient transportation and delivery options.
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.
August 5, 2018
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.
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.
August 4, 2018
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.
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.
August 3, 2018
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.
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.