Health care professionals in Indonesia have faced huge setbacks in their battle to contain the spread of immunizable infectious diseases such as diphtheria and measles due to growing public skepticism about vaccines.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
August 1, 2018
Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Indonesian activists have filed an official complaint against three judges in Sumatra, who sentenced a teenage girl to six months in prison for having an illegal abortion after she was repeatedly raped by her brother.
Jakarta (Antara) – Pangdam Jaya Military Commander Major General Joni Supriyanto stated that the National Armed Forces (TNI) and the Police are ready to maintain security during the Asian Games event which to be held from August 18 to September 2, 2018.
Following a wave of news stories about violent street crimes, the Jakarta Police announced that they would conduct a month-long operation against thieves and other street criminals from early July to early August in order to make Jakarta safer before the start of the Asian Games on August 18.
Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya, East Java – A study has found that 21 fish species in the Brantas River in East Java are threatened by solid waste that is dumped into the water, including disposable diapers.
A New Zealand government MP says the issue of West Papuan self-determination should be heard at the United Nations.
Louisa Wall made the comment at the launch of a new book examining New Zealand's position on West Papua.
The Indonesian government recently touted new economic data showing that poverty levels in the country had reached a historic low in March 2018 of 9.82% (the first time it had dropped below the 10% mark).
Beh Lih Yi, Kuala Lumpur – Calls to decriminalise abortion grew louder in Indonesia on Wednesday after a teenage girl who was raped by her brother was jailed for six months for terminating her pregnancy, sparking anger among activists who demanded her immediate release.
The Asian Games start in just two-and-a-half weeks, but while Indonesia's athletes may be unified in their quest for glory at the massive sporting competition, the team in charge of Jakarta is arguing in public over the capital's preparations for the high-profile event.
Jakarta – Indonesian police have foiled a plan by separatists in west Papua to establish a transient administration of an independent state, police said here Wednesday.
An Indonesian government consultant on Papua issues says political matters in Papua region should be dealt with internally.
Franzalbert Joku said concerns about human rights issues in Papua expressed in Pacific Islands regional forums were welcome.
July 31, 2018
Farouk Arnaz & Adinda Normala, Jakarta – The National Police's counterterrorism unit, Detachment 88, arrested 13 people in Riau and Banten on Friday (27/07). One of the detained works at state utility company Perushaan Listrik Negara, or PLN.
Maikel Jefriando, Jakarta – Indonesia's president called on Tuesday for the immediate implementation of a plan to widen the use of biodiesel that his economic ministers hope will cut the country's fuel import bill by billions of dollars and halt a decline in the rupiah currency.
With the Jakarta Provincial Government deep into preparations for hosting the Asian Games, which begins on August 18, Governor Anies Baswedan's administration has been getting hit with a constant barrage of criticism over its perceived lack of preparations for the massive sporting event, including controversies over a smelly canal curtain, temporary grass strips and other apparently
Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The Indonesian Student Association (PPI) held the first ever talk on Papua at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) in New Zealand on Monday, with the aim of providing information on the development of the eastern most region of Indonesia.
Sheany, Jakarta – Chief Security Minister Wiranto reaffirmed the government's commitment to resolve past human rights abuses by the state, and announced the formation of an integrated team for this purpose.
Vitriana Dhessy, Sukoharjo – Families demanding justice for those charged with vandalising the company PT Rayon Utama Makmur (RUM) are continuing to protest.
As if they do not know the meaning of the word tired, they have continued fighting to the last drop of blood to win their demands.
Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – A Tuesday court ruling outlawing Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), a homegrown terror group affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, provides legal justification for law enforcers to arrest people connected to the group, a prosecutor has said.
Sandra Hamid – Identity politics, particularly religious identity politics, has increasingly become the norm in Indonesian elections. With continual waves of elections – legislative and presidential, as well as at the local and national levels – religious identity politics are now a near constant presence in the public arena.
Dian Septiari, Jakarta – Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Puan Maharani visited North Korea on Tuesday to deliver a personal invitation from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to attend the Asian Games 2018 hosted by Indonesia.
Fachrul Sidiq, Jakarta – Following widespread criticism on social media, workers from state-owned electricity company PLN have begun removing several utility poles that had been installed in the middle of bicycle lanes near the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.
Jakarta – A coalition of NGOs has reported judges from a district court in Jambi to the Judicial Commission for alleged ethics violation after a 15-year-old sexual abuse victim was sentenced to prison.
Anton Hermansyah, Bogor, West Java – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Tuesday has canceled the government's plan to revoke the domestic market obligation (DMO) for coal producers as a means to help state-owned electricity company PLN maintain current electricity rates.
Jakarta – An Indonesian court has outlawed Jemaah Anshorut Daulah, a network of militants that supports the Islamic State group, following a series of deadly attacks over the past two years.
The North Sumatra Ombudsman Office is investigating the possible violation of a woman's religious rights after she filed a complaint alleging that she had lost her college scholarship because she had converted to Islam.
K. Rajan and Mohd Farhaan Shah, Kuala Lumpur – The Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) has sent a letter of protest to ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) and Asian Football Confederation (AFC) after provocative chants from Indonesian fans such as "Malaysia are dogs" and "Amirul is a dog".
Jakarta – Indonesians have become more concerned about terrorism since the Surabaya bombings, according to a recent survey.
The Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found that 82 percent of Indonesians, regardless of gender, religion, income, education and political affiliation, are more concerned about terrorism as a result of the Surabaya suicide bombings in May.
July 30, 2018
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.
Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Gerindra Party helmsman Prabowo Subianto said his meeting with Susilo "SBY" Bambang Yudhoyono, the chairman of the Democrat Party, at his Kertanegara residence today was focusing on multiple issues, among them a coalition deal, adjusting visions on the country, and the people's future. The talks lasted for two hours.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo showed his appreciation for the notable services of four members of the Indonesian Military's (TNI) village supervisory non-commissioned officers (Babinsa) of the Military Region Command (Kodam) XIV/Hasanuddin, Makassar, in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Sunday during a gathering with 2,000 Babinsa personnel.
Prabowo Subianto received a huge boost in his potential bid to run for president in next year's election today by gaining the endorsement of former president and current Democratic Party Chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY).
Kartika Anggraeni, Jakarta – Central Statistics Agency (BPS) chief Suhariyanto has revealed one item other than rice that remains a factor affecting Indonesia's poverty: cigarettes.
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.
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.
July 29, 2018
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.
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.
July 28, 2018
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.