Shotaro Tani, Tokyo – Indonesia is studying the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached by 11 nations after the U.S. exited, with a view to joining the trade pact, Jusuf Kalla, the country's vice president, said on Tuesday.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
June 12, 2018
It is now less than a year before Indonesia holds its first ever simultaneous national legislative and presidential elections on 17 April 2019.
From fears that eating chicken wings makes it hard to find a husband to beliefs that pineapple jeopardises fertility, a host of food taboos are fuelling malnutrition among Indonesian girls, experts said as they launched an adolescent health drive.
Jakarta – Siti Hediati Haryadi, popularly known as Titiek Soeharto, will reportedly serve as the coordinator of electorate district commands for the Berkarya Party, one of the strategic positions in the new party she has decided to join after leaving the Golkar Party.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed Presidential Regulation No. 44/2018 on the Indonesia National Single Window (INSW), which is tasked with integrating export and import services, to boost exports.
June 11, 2018
Jakarta – The Save Jakarta Bay Coalition (KSTJ) called on Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to immediately demolish the buildings on Islet D in Jakarta Bay.
On Sunday, the KLTJ affirmed its stance on the Jakarta Bay reclamation debacle. It called on Anies to "demolish the buildings on Islet D and to cancel his plans to form a special reclamation agency".
Jakarta – Two police officers, Second Brig. Bimo Yudho Prasetyo and Second Brig. Feri Saputra, were allegedly attacked by military officers in Cijantung, East Jakarta, on June 9.
Jakarta – National Mandate Party (PAN) deputy chairman Viva Yoga Mauladi has said that the party was seriously considering its founder and honorary council head, Amien Rais, to run for president in the 2019 election.
Viva said the party believed that the former People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speaker had the capacity to lead Indonesia.
A growing grassroots solidarity network has prompted the establishment of a West Papua Desk in New Zealand.
The desk was officially opened this evening in Auckland by Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson and fellow MP Golriz Ghahraman.
Jakarta – Siti Hediati Herijadi, better known as Titiek Soeharto, the second daughter of former president Soeharto, declared on Monday her withdrawal from the Golkar Party.
"I have decided to withdraw from the Golkar Party and choose to fight for the interests of the people through the Berkarya Party," she said in Yogyakarta on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
Paulina Quintao – The President of the Women's Association for Aileu Municipality, Cristina da Conceicao said it is difficult for women producers from Aileu to access markets to sell their products and earn money to sustain their families.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has released a circular notifying public broadcasting bodies, television and radio networks not to live broadcast trials related to terrorism.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Democratic Party central board (DPP) for advocacy and legal aid division chairman Ferdinand Hutahaean stated his party was currently initiating to form People's Coalition.
He said the idea came from the journey record of the party's chair Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and son Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono to many Indonesian regions.
Paulina Quintao – The Executive Director of the National Hospital Guido Valadares (HNGV), in Dili, Dr. Aniceto Barreto said currently there are 12 Chinese medical specialists providing health assistance at the hospital.
The specialists are providing care in urology, surgery, ophthalmology, maternity, radiology, as well as in other areas.
Paulina Quintao – Based on the monitoring done by the Human Rights Association (HAK) of prisoners' situation, many complain of lack of contact with the public defender who defended them in court.
Jakarta – The newly enacted Terrorism Law has raised concerns among the press, as it has much broadened definitions that hark back to the legal ambiguity of the authoritarian New Order regime.
In the law, which was passed last month, lawmakers and the government introduced a number of broadened definitions to legitimize stronger preventive measures against terrorism.
June 10, 2018
Jeffrey Hutton – On May 17, two female passengers boarded their flight in Makassar in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, bound for Manado, North Sulawesi. Soon after, they told flight attendants they had bombs in their checked luggage. They didn't.
Bharati Jagdish, Singapore – "I thought I was going to die. I lost four litres of blood, but my concern was whether the country would slide into a civil war," says Jose Ramos-Horta as we talk about the attempt to assassinate him in 2008.
Most of Jakarta is fast asleep at 2:00 am, but for Fajar Ramadin and his pint-sized comrades it's time to wake up the neighborhood.
The motley group of children yell and bang on tambourines and drums as they roam the quiet streets of Indonesia's capital on a mission to stir sleeping residents for a pre-dawn meal.
Yuddy Cahya, Bandung – Indonesia's first Islamic fashion school is teaching students in the world's largest Muslim-majority country the usual skills of design, styling and marketing – but with a religion-specific twist.
June 9, 2018
Sheany, Jakarta – Indonesia won a non-permanent seat at the Security Council, with four other countries elected by the United Nations General Assembly on Friday (08/06).
Along with Germany, Belgium, South Africa and the Dominican Republic, Indonesia will serve a two-year term in 2019-20.
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Jogjakarta relieved two lecturers from their structural posts for allegedly being part of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), a recently-banned organization that is perceived as threatening national integrity and the state ideology of Pancasila.
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The federal government has formally listed the group responsible for recent suicide bombings on Indonesian churches and a police station as a terrorist organisation.
The Islamic State-aligned Jemaah Anshorut Daulah has been listed as a terrorist organisation under Australian criminal law following last month's attacks.
June 8, 2018
Phelim Kine – The Indonesian government is backing away from commitments to provide accountability for grave past human rights abuses.
Jakarta – The Environment and Forestry Ministry, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Judicial Commission participated in a public discussion held by the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) in Jakarta recently to brainstorm on how to kick-start stalled enforcement of the Environmental Law, especially in dealing with environmental crimes.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) senior politician Hidayat Nur Wahid has shrugged off accusations that his party had become a subordinate to Islamic Defenders Front leader Rizieq Shihab following the establishment of a coalition dubbed "the ummah alliance."
Andhika Prasetia, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) met with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo today. During the meeting, Widodo asked for input related to the formation of a National Reconciliation Council (DKN) to resolve past human rights cases.
Febriana Firdaus – Last month, Indonesia's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community was buoyed by a decision to remove the phrase "same-sex" from the article on fornication in the proposed Criminal Code (KUHP) bill, amid a raft of contentious legal changes that have sparked much debate. The decision showed there's still a shred of decency in the country.
Jakarta – Local residents have removed four campaign banners promoting a caliphate that were installed in North Serpong and along Jl. Raya Serpong, South Tangerang.
The banners included such phrases as "Uniting Ummah under the System of Khilafah Islamiyah" and "Moving Together Toward the Wonders of Khilafah Islamiyah", tempo.co reported on Thursday.
Jeffrey Hutton – While she was a student at University of Indonesia, Raisa Widiastari began volunteering with the Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence, a big national NGO dedicated to raising awareness for the victims of human rights abuses. She saw it as a way to make her country confront its chequered past.
Jakarta – As World Oceans Day is marked on Friday, Indonesia is faced with huge amounts of waste polluting its waters.
Research by the People's Coalition for Fisheries Justice (KIARA) has revealed that at least 1.29 million tons of waste is dumped into rivers every year, with 13,000 tons of plastic waste per square kilometer polluting the ocean.
Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia's healthy life expectancy (HALE) at birth has steadily risen since 2000, but the 2016 figures showed that this was not good enough – at least compared to the global average.
The data indicated how many years a newborn can expect to have a full, healthy life.
Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has warned Tulungagung Regent Syahri Mulyono and Blitar Mayor Muhammad Samanhudi Anwar to turn themselves in as graft suspects.
June 7, 2018
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Relevant state agencies are set to collaborate to establish better forestry management in Papua in order to curb rampant illegal logging in the easternmost province, among other things.
Jakarta – The government plans to monitor the activity of college students on social media as part of efforts to prevent the spread of radical ideologies, a minister has said.
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – Democratic Party central board (DPP) chairman Ferdinand Hutahaean stated his organization declined to join a coalition initiated by Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab.
Pribadi Wicaksono, Yogyakarta – The recent raid conducted by Indonesian anti-terrorism special ops Densus 88 at the University of Riau attracted the attention of the managements at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta.
UGM Rector Panut Mulyono said that his campus refuses to let any similar event take place within the area of his campus.
Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has said it will employ pilots of Indonesia's Air Force if the airline's pilots follow through on their strike threat.
Garuda Indonesia's vice president corporate secretary Hengki Heriandono said in Jakarta recently that it was an anticipatory step in response to the threat made by the airline's pilots.
Jakarta – Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said his ministry has revoked a regulation that requires the use of Indonesian ships to export and import three commodities – coal, crude palm oil and rice.
Rezki Alvionitasari, Jakarta – Based on its latest nation-wide poll, pollster Charta Politika suggests that the former Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo has a great chance of advancing himself for Vice Presidency.
Evi Mariani, Jakarta – The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) suspended a student organization for allegedly being involved with the now disbanded Muslim group Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI).
According to the university's vice rector for academic and student affairs, Bermawi P. Iskandar, the organization had been suspended two weeks ago as a final warning.
Sheany, Jakarta – Just when the government seemed ready to take responsibility for resolving cases of past human right abuses and despite a commitment by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to this effect, a statement by the attorney general indicated that there may still be some tough challenges ahead.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has continued to strengthen his electoral position in Java, while Gerindra, the party of Jokowi's main rival Prabowo Subianto, has also gained ground, boosting its chances of becoming the country's second-largest party behind Jokowi's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), a new poll reveals.
Jakarta – Indonesia needs nearly a million new teachers for state schools to replace those who retire, die or leave the job, as well as to anticipate the growth in student and school numbers, a ministry official has said.
In June this year, elections will take place in 171 districts, provinces and municipalities across Indonesia. On paper, millions of citizens in the world's third-largest democracy will be afforded the right to select leaders with extensive powers over their everyday lives.
June 6, 2018
Jakarta – Authorities of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will not be damaged by the government and House of Representatives' deliberations of the Criminal Code (KUHP), a minister has said.
Tsarina Maharani, Jakarta – National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) chairperson Ahmad Taufan Damanik hopes that past cases of gross human rights violations will be soon be investigated by the Attorney General's Office (AGO).
Damanik is urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to order Attorney General M. Prasetyo to resolve the cases.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has asserted that the General Elections Commission's (KPU) plan to ban former graft convicts from running in legislative elections was both discriminatory and against the law.
There have been many blatantly false accusations made about Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, such as the one about how he's secretly a Chinese communist, but nobody has said anything to cast doubt on his credentials as a devoted family man – until recently.