Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators arrested nine people during a raid on Friday in Jakarta, including a member of the House of Representatives, an expert staffer, a driver and a businessman. The KPK also seized Rp 500 million (US$34,692) as evidence.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
July 13, 2018
Nethy Dharma Somba, Jayapura – A number of prominent people in Nduga, Papua, has ask the Papua Police to withdraw the Mobile Brigade (Brimob) from Alguru in Kenyam, Nduga regency, Papua, following a shootout between the police and unknown armed assailants.On Friday, Samuel Tabuni, a prominent youth group member in Nduga, said he was waiting on Papua Police chief Insp. Gen.
Jakarta – The chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Thomas Trikasih Lembong, has said that several investors had informed the board that they would be postponing their investment plans because of the rupiah depreciation.
Deandra Madeena Moerdaning, Vienna – A year ago on July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that pushes forward a new treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.
Sheany, Jakarta – Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu warned on Wednesday (11/07) that the international community must brace for the rise of "third-generation terrorism."
Speaking at the 2018 Indonesia International Defense Science Seminar in Jakarta, the minister was referring especially to the return of Islamic State fighters from the Middle East.
A gay couple was publicly whipped in Indonesia's conservative Aceh province Friday, despite an earlier pledge by officials to stop the punishment after it drew international criticism.
The two men were flogged more than 80 times each for having gay sex, which is outlawed under local Islamic law, as a jeering crowd hurled abuse at them.
In Indonesia, thieves often receive little sympathy and beatings of suspected criminals by angry mobs are disturbingly common.
Indonesian security forces in Papua province have engaged in more gunfire exchanges with an armed wing of the Free West Papua Movement.
Hostilities in Nduga regency were sparked two weeks ago during regional elections when three people were killed in an attack on police at the local airport.
Jakarta, Indonesia – Papuan leaders have protested an Indonesian military and police operation against separatists they say endangered the lives of villagers in the remote easternmost province.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Twenty-five of the world's top environmental scientists have lambasted plans to construct a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, because it would threaten the rarest species of great ape on Earth.
July 12, 2018
Matthew Doran – Intelligence whistleblower turned independent MP Andrew Wilkie has called on the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to launch an investigation into the role the nation's intelligence services played in the bugging of East Timor's cabinet rooms.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – The Gerindra Party's list of potential running mates for chairman and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto is down to five names.
Former Jakarta Governor Basuki Ahok "Tjahaja" Purnama was sentenced to two years in prison on May 9, 2017, at the conclusion of his extremely controversial blasphemy trial.
Jakarta – State-owned mining holding company Inalum now owns a 51 percent share of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia after years of "tough" negotiations, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Thursday.
Nethy Dharma Somba, Jayapura – A shootout between unknown armed assailants and the Police's elite Mobile Brigade (Brimob) broke out in Nduga regency in Papua on Wednesday.
Unprecedented legal action against two men for allegedly breaching the intelligence services act has sparked fierce debate about the balance between national security and the public's right to know.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says the list of potential running mates for his reelection bid next year has been narrowed down to five names.
Christopher Knaus – Australian federal police (AFP) say they are assessing a request to investigate the lawfulness of Australia's controversial spy operation against Timor-Leste during sensitive oil and gas negotiations.
A group of crossbenchers on Thursday sought to raise the stakes in the controversial prosecution of former spy Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery.
Jakarta – Greater Jakarta train operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) has received 13 reports of alleged sexual harassment inside trains since January, but none of the victims have filed reports with the police.
Danielle Bochove, Viriya Singgih and Yoga Rusmana – In what has become a pattern of two steps forward and one back, Freeport-McMoRan Inc. hailed a framework agreement that has been reached over its flagship copper-and-gold mine in Indonesia – while acknowledging it's far from definitive.
Jakarta – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said that the government plans to develop 10 new airports to support the development of tourism in the country.
July 11, 2018
Harry Pearl, Jakarta – As a university student, Luna Atmowijoyo prayed five times a day, refused to shake hands with men who weren't relatives and was "more fundamentalist" than her pious Muslim parents.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah disagree if Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan runs for president.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The House of Representatives' Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, confirmed on Wednesday the selection of two Supreme Court justices proposed by the Judicial Commission (KY).
Jakarta – West Jakarta Mayor Rustam Effendi suspects that factories in Daan Mogot may be contaminating the Mookervart River that runs through the area.
"The Mookervart River is black. It's polluted, so that means there is some waste there," Rustam said on Tuesday at the Jakarta Legislative Council building, as quoted by kompas.com.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Indigenous communities from 19 villages at the Dampier Strait Marine Protection Area (MPA) in Raja Ampat Islands, West Papua, declared on Tuesday the customary fishing area in the regency, asserting their commitment to conserve marine ecosystems and utilize resources sustainably.
Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has admonished the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI), saying the quality of education had not improved, although teachers were receiving better pay through the government's certification program.
Robertus Wardi, Jakarta – Indonesia on Tuesday (10/07) ratified a defense cooperation agreement with South Korea, providing legal footing for continuing joint military projects, including development of the KF-X/IF-X fighter jets.
We're just about a month from the official registration deadline for candidates competing in Indonesia's 2019 presidential election but with neither President Joko Widodo nor his most likely challenger, Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto, having officially registered their candidacies or announced their running mates, the shape of that race is still very much up in the air.
Jakarta – The Surabaya Legal Aid Institute (LBH) has reported local security personnel to the East Java Police for allegedly committing unethical acts during a raid at a Papuan student dorm in Surabaya, East Java, recently.
LBH Surabaya detailed in a letter submitted on Monday five violations allegedly committed by the personnel.
Jakarta – National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro has said that the government is committed to creating new centers of economic growth outside Java in its effort to reducing economic disparities between Java and other regions.
Michael Vincent – Australian lawyer and former legal representative for East Timor, Bernard Collaery, says the charges against him for allegedly breaching the Intelligence Services Act for revealing Australia bugged East Timorese government offices mean he is facing the prospect he may never practise law again.
Jakarta (Antara) – House Speaker Bambang Soesatyo encouraged the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) to respond to a finding that 41 out of the 100 mosques surveyed were indicated of being infiltrated by radicalism.
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – This year's political chess match is nowhere near the endgame, with political bigwigs holding closed-door meetings to determine who will run in next year's presidential election.
Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – Ahead of the 2018 Asian Games, the Jakarta Police are carrying out a crackdown on thieves and robbers in the capital. The force has deployed 1,000 personnel in 16 teams from all police precincts in the capital for the operation, which began on July 3 and will last until Aug. 3.
Greg Fealy – At first glance, Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has never been in a stronger position. It has a record number of members in cabinet.
Solomon Islands police have defended removing a West Papuan flag from outside the Indonesian stall at the Melanesian Arts and Cultural Festival in Honiara.
Last Saturday, a local man, Ben Didiomea, was questioned by police after holding the West Papuan Morning Star Flag as a protest outside Indonesia's festival stall.
July 10, 2018
Papua New Guinea's prime minister has reportedly encouraged regional countries to take the issue of West Papua to the United Nations decolonisation committee.
Peter O'Neill made the comment while in Fiji where he was the keynote speaker at a public lecture on "Pacific Regionalism".
Activists linked to Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) have savaged the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) online, comparing it to the outlawed Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and claiming it spreads hoaxes and divides the Islamic community.
Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – The General Elections Commission (KPU) in Makassar, South Sulawesi, will rerun the election for Makassar mayor and deputy mayor in 2020 after a blank box won the popular vote.
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – A newspaper named Bintang-Barat published in Batavia (now Jakarta) in 1871 is displayed on the wall of Bentara Budaya, an exhibition hall in Yogyakarta. On the front page of the newspaper, which has turned yellow, we can see scheduled departures of vessels sailing from and to the Dutch East Indies throughout May 1871.
Vilimaina Naqelevuki – Papua is still a sensitive subject for Papua New Guinea, says Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.
Mr O'Neill made the comment after a question posed to him by Jope Tarai of the University of the South Pacific on whether West Papua could be a part of Pacific regionalism.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) continuous to persistently offer its party member to be the vice presidential candidate for Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto. The party's executive Tifatul Sembiring says that it is an unavoidable requirement that cannot be negotiated.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Jakarta – The approval of the 26 plans of development in the first half has resulted in additional oil and gas production of around 580 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd), Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force chairman Amien Sunaryadi has said.
Sheany, Jakarta – The Surabaya Legal Aid Institute, or LBH Surabaya, has called on the East Java Police to investigate violence exercised by its officers who dispersed a meeting hosted by the Papuan Students Alliance last week.
Nethy Dharma Somba, Jayapura, Papua – The victory of incumbent candidate pair Lukas Enembe-Klemen Tinal during the Papua gubernatorial election on June 27 will not affect support for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo in the province, although the pair was not supported by the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), an official said.
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has picked his running mate in the 2019 presidential election and will announce it "at the right moment".
"I will announce it at the right moment. It is only a matter of days; be patient," Jokowi told reporters on Saturday.
Fadli, Batam, Riau Islands – US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. has said that he has talked to a number of Indonesian ministers about 124 Indonesian products listed in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
Anton Hermansyah, Bogor, West Java – The government is aiming to strengthen the Indonesian manufacturing industry and secure big investment projects in the face of global uncertainty and a trade war.
July 9, 2018
Jakarta – Pro-democracy activists held an event campaigning for freedom of expression and assembly over the weekend, amid recent reports that public discussions were being dispersed either by the police or by opposing groups of people.