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.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
July 28, 2018
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.
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.
July 27, 2018
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.
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.
July 26, 2018
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.
Amal Ganesha, Jakarta – The Ministry of Environment and Forestry has renewed its commitment to combatting forest fires, as the resulting haze could potentially derail next month's Asian Games, co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.
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.
July 25, 2018
Andi Muhammad Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) have called on authorities to investigate police shootings, following the deaths of criminals in several cities as part of a special operation to beef up security ahead of the Asian Games, which begin on Aug. 18.
Paulina Quintao – The Executive Director for Business Registration and Verification (SERVE), Florencio Sanches said they recently received applications from four big international companies with the intention of closing their business in Timor-Leste due to low earnings.
Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta – In working toward forming a coalition, Democratic Party chief and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said the vice presidential bid of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, his eldest son, is open to negotiations.
Luke Henriques-Gomes – The former Victorian premier Steve Bracks says the federal Labor party should speak up about the Turnbull government's prosecution of the former Australian spy Witness K and his lawyer.
Jakarta – A giant black nylon net covering Sentiong River, nicknamed Kali Item (Black River), in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, has been damaged by trapped trash and cigarette butts just days after its installation.
Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Ministry is overhauling the country's approach to managing its penitentiaries, after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) last week uncovered rampant corruption taking place in a West Java prison housing graft convicts.
Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has projected this year's current account deficit to hit US$25 billion, a significant increase over last year's $17.53 billion or 1.73 percent of the gross domestic product.
Christopher Knaus – Human rights campaigners have urged Australia to drop the prosecution of a former spy and his lawyer who helped expose a secret government mission to spy on Timor-Leste during lucrative oil and gas negotiations.
Jakarta – The area surrounding Asian Games venues will be free from advertisements of companies competing with the sponsors of the event.
A 21-year-old man named Martinus Gulo was sentenced to four years in prison by the Medan District Court yesterday after being found guilty of blasphemy.
July 24, 2018
Rita Widiadana, Denpasar – Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise said it was difficult to combat early marriage in Indonesia because "cultural and religious values and norms" had been used as a basis for the practice.
Ary Hermawan, Jakarta – On Oct. 12, 2016, Indonesia introduced one of the world's toughest antirape laws.
Ahead of the start of the Asian Games on August 18, the Jakarta Government has been conducting a test expansion of the odd-even traffic rule in the hopes that it can help tame some of the capital's notoriously awful traffic so that, once the massive sporting event begins, athletes and sports officials will be able to make it to their venues in a reasonable amount of time (they will
Jakarta – West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi, also known as Tuan Guru Bajang (TGB), has resigned from the Democratic Party a few weeks after declaring his support for President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
"It's true, I resigned a few days ago," TGB confirmed on Monday as quoted by kompas.com.
Adinda Normala, Jakarta – In South Kalimantan, Hulu Sungai Utara district head Abdul Wahid no longer permits cigarette advertising in order to make the region child-friendly.
Upon Abdul's instruction, the district's Integrated Licensing Office will no longer grant or extend permits for cigarette advertisements, while existing ads will be removed.
Jakarta – The Jakarta Police said shootings during their special operation to secure the Asian Games were conducted according to their standard operational procedure.
During the operation, which took place from July 3 to 12, the police had shot 52 suspected criminals in their legs and shot dead 11 others.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a joint press conference with Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto that both parties were talking about the possibility of a coalition to contest in the 2019 presidential election.
Callistasia Anggun Wijaya, Jakarta – This month, the Jakarta administration covered an eyesore of a river with a giant nylon net ahead of the 18th Asian Games in August.