Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has rejected suggestions Australia has bullied East Timor in the fight over natural gas and says it's time to renew the friendship in the first visit by a federal minister in nearly five years.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
July 30, 2018
A new tank-like military vessel under development in Indonesia is being targetted for use in provinces including Papua.
Production of the Antansena combat vessel began last year by East Java high-tech shipping company PT Lundin.
Dimas Jarot Bayu – The government plans to form an integrated team to resolve cases of past human rights violations. The team will be formed to dissect the various obstacles and find a solution to resolve the cases.
Jakarta – Setting the stage for a re-run of Indonesia's 2014 election, former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Monday he would support an opposition leader to challenge President Joko Widodo in polls due next year.
Steve Cannane – Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta says charges should be dropped against two men who exposed Australia's spying operation on the East Timor cabinet room during a lucrative oil and gas deal in 2004.
Ida I. Khouw, Jakarta – The foul smell emanating from the Sentiong River, which has been dubbed Kali Item or the Black River because of its severe level of pollution, in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, has prompted several groups to work together to reduce its smell.
Sophie Raynor – Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrived in Timor-Leste at the weekend, on her first official visit and the first by any Australian minister to the country in five years. Bishop arrived with the promise of a beatific "new chapter" in the two nations' previously fraught relationship.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The Gerindra Party and the Democratic Party appear to have solidified their coalition for the 2019 presidential election with a meeting between their respective chairmen, Prabowo Subianto and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in South Jakarta on Monday.
Jakarta – As law enforcement authorities step up security ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Monday that 221 alleged terrorists had been arrested and 21 others shot dead in recent weeks.
Helen Davidson and Christopher Knaus – Australia should drop its prosecution of Witness K and lawyer Bernard Collaery because the two men "acted out of conscience" and "reflected the very best of Australia", former Timor-Leste president Jose Ramos-Horta has said.
A few months ago, the (literally) shitty punishment forced on a couple accused of allegedly getting intimate out of wedlock in Aceh shocked and disgusted the world, even by the ultra conservative province's standards. A new incident shows that punishment was not an isolated act of mob justice.
July 29, 2018
Anne Davies – Ten people have been killed when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the island of Lombok in Indonesia, a popular tourist destination, authorities have said.
The quake struck at 6.47am local time, and its epicentre was located 50km north-east of the city of Mataram on the island of Lombok, which has a population of 319,000.
Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has requested access to the closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in all prisons in Indonesia to monitor malpractice.
The request was made following the recent discovery that a graft convict in Sukamiskin Penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, lived in an upgraded, air-conditioned prison cell
Jakarta (Antara) – Former protesters of the 2017 mass-rally in Jakarta '212-alumni', announced their presidential and vice presidential candidates for the upcoming 2019 presidential election that was announced by the group's chairman Aminuddin.
Indonesian tattoo remover Sandi Widodo does a brisk business zapping sin from skin – at bargain-basement prices.
But there's a catch for pious Muslims keen to shed body art at his Jakarta shop: they've got to recite 50 Koranic verses from memory and repent for their tattooed past.
Fadli, Batam – About 150 people claiming to be supporters of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo tried to prevent Neno Warisman, an opposition activist with the #2019ChangePresident campaign, from entering Batam, Riau Islands, on Saturday.
Gisela Swaragita, Jakarta – Twitter users are divided in responding to women's rights activist Tunggal Prawesti's recent post about SMP 4 state junior high school in Tangerang, Banten, which made donning hijab mandatory for Muslim female students.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will be the first Australian minister to visit Timor-Leste in five years when she goes as part of an Asian tour.
Ms Bishop will visit Timor-Leste, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia from July 29 to August 7 and reaffirm Australia's commitment to its regional neighbours in southeast Asia.
July 28, 2018
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The Islamic Defender Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab is optimistic the pair of presidential candidate carried out by the Community Coalition could win against the incumbent President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo in the 2019 presidential election.
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto met his Australian counterpart Gen. Angus Campbell on Friday during the sixth annual Australia-Indonesia High Level Committee meeting in Darwin, Australia.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The opposition coalition may not necessarily field Gerindra Party patron Prabowo Subianto in the upcoming presidential election, Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) executive Salim Segaf al-Jufri has said.
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya, Jakarta – The State Civilian Bureaucracy Commission (KASN) has urged Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan to reinstate 16 civil servants he fired, on the grounds that procedures and regulations were violated during the dismissal process.
Jun Suzuki, Jakarta – Indonesian local governments are confronting widespread graft that appears to be worsening despite President Joko Widodo's campaign against corruption, with leaders turning to lucrative licensing powers to fill heavy funding needs.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – The government plans to revise its domestic market obligation (DMO) on coal price next week during a high-level meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, with among considerations being to increase state revenue from coal, the efforts of which are currently hampered because of the formula.
Jakarta – In a rare statement, Gerindra Party chairman and presumptive presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said he was ready to throw support behind other eligible people to run for president in next year's election.
Jakarta – An expert with the Public Works and Housing Ministry, Firdaus Ali, has said the Jakarta administration has yet to make maximum efforts to clean the Sentiong River ahead of the Asian Games.
July 27, 2018
Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan has again called on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to solve his assault case.
"I will not stop unraveling this case. I will keep on urging the president," he said at the KPK building on Friday, July 27.
John McBeth, Jakarta – Armed with new powers under the revised Anti-Terrorism Law – and President Joko Widodo's instructions to drill "down to the roots" – Indonesia's Detachment 88 counterterrorism unit has arrested scores of suspected militants in raids across the country over the past few weeks.
Anton Hermansyah, Bogor, West Java – The government has asked major exporters to park their export revenue in Indonesia and convert it into rupiah to help bolster the currency's exchange rate.
Jakarta – The principals of several Jakarta school say they have not been officially informed that their schools are to be closed during the Asian Games.
The city administration decided that some schools would be closed for nine days during this year's Asian Games to reduce traffic between the athletes village in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, and some of the sport venues.
Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – An anti-corruption investigator almost blinded by an acid attack urged Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to set up a fact-finding team to solve his case as he returned to work Friday 16 months after the assault.
Jakarta – LPI is the world's logistics performance index released by the World Bank every two years since 2012. It measures performance on trade logistics within a country.
Jakarta (Bloomberg) – As foreign funds continue to dump Indonesian stocks and bonds, President Joko Widodo is chasing dollars from tourism and exports to help contain a widening current-account deficit.
Melanesian Spearhead Group director general Amena Yauvoli says political discussions about West Papua don't belong in the organisation.
Mr Yauvoli told the Fiji Times human rights issues relating to West Papua should be dealt with by international organisations.
The Jakarta Provincial Government's curtaining off of the Sentiong Canal (locally known as "Kali Item", meaning Black Canal) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta to hide its putrid water and odor has been a major embarrassment in terms of the capital's preparations (or lack thereof) for next month's Asian Games.
Jakarta – PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper (RAPP) has said it is supporting the 2018 Asian Games by raising awareness on the dangers and impacts of forest fires in an effort to reduce the number of fire incidents in Riau.
Insan Qurani, Jakarta – The Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) secretary general Hasto Kristiyanto said Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) had an important role in the 27 July 1996 incident.
Jakarta – Drivers of app-based ride-hailing services are threatening to stage a protest during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games.
July 26, 2018
Jakarta – Democratic Party deputy secretary-general Rachland Nashidik has tweeted a controversial message saying he is ready to work with the devil to beat President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the next year's election.
Jakarta – Opportunistic politicians have been switching allegiance from one party to another since the wake of strongman Suharto's downfall in 1998, but never had this political circus stirred as much controversy as it has in recent weeks.
On top of concerns about the capital's notorious traffic and the stench emanating from a fetid canal near their dorm, top athletes from around the region might have another noxious environmental hazard to contend with while competing at the Asian Games in Jakarta next month – some of the worst air pollution of any city on the planet.
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – The Jakarta city government has come under fire for buying a giant nylon net to cover up a polluted and foul-smelling river weeks before the Indonesian capital hosts the 2018 Asian Games.
Kusumasari Ayuningtyas, Magelang – In a tobacco-producing district in Magelang, Central Java, smoking has become part of the rite of passage for boys.
The long-ingrained tradition, coupled with regional revenue from the tobacco industry, has made regency officials hesitant to send a strong message against tobacco control.
As things stand, President Joko Widodo's huge coalition of six political parties should make his path to re-election next year very smooth, barring any extraordinary surprises.
Michelle Winowatan – Indonesia's Constitutional Court dealt a blow to Indonesia's already fragile religious freedom when it dismissed a petition to revoke the country's blasphemy law.
Kornelis Aloysius Ileama Kaha, Kupang, E Nusa Tenggara – Indonesia has sent four of its US-made F-16 fighter jets to participate in the Exercise Pitch Black Royal Australia Air Force in Darwin, Australia.
"We have sent four F-16s to participate in the exercise," commander of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto told newsmen here on Wednesday.
Early this month, the General Elections Commission (KPU) officially banned those who have been convicted of corruption from running for public office, despite opposition from parliament and government agencies.
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has been taking a lot of heat this week over his administration's "solution" of curtaining over the fetid Sentiong Canal, located next to the dormitories for athletes visiting for next month's Asian Games.
Ryan Dagur – Indonesia's Constitutional Court has rejected a petition from the Ahmadiyya community to strike down the country's blasphemy law, which they said is used to persecute minority groups, including them.
It was the second time the court has rejected changing the law after rights activists filed a similar petition in 2009.
Bernadus Wijayaka and Adriel Arismunandar, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's electability remains high compared with other potential candidates contesting next year's presidential election, according to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences, or LIPI.