Yoga Rusmana, Viriya Singgih, and Eko Listiyorini, Jakarta – Facing a challenge from a self-proclaimed nationalist, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has used speeches after his nomination for April's vote to tout his success in wresting control of the nation's prized natural resources from foreign companies.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
September 17, 2018
Migrant workers' rights activists in Indonesia are outraged about the country's domestic workers being auctioned off in a Singaporean online marketplace as if they were household goods.
September 16, 2018
Jakarta – Gerindra Party chairman and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto is looking to project a laid-back public persona to attract young voters ahead of next year's election.
"Pak Prabowo will appear with a contemporary image, not just a change of clothing," National Mandate Party (PAN) deputy secretary-general Faldo Maldini said on Saturday as quoted by tempo.co.
Victor Mambor, Jayapura – The current president of Indonesia Joko Widodo is considered to be no different from Prabowo in Human Rights violations in Papua.
Jakarta (Antara) – The daughter of former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid (better known as Gus Dur) and also the Wahid Institute Director, Yenny Wahid, emphasized the importance of empowering women to prevent them from perpetrators of radicalism that have exploited women as terrorists.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has campaigned for the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine amid rejection of it in several regions.
"This is for the good of the society, our children and our youth in the future," he said on Saturday in Sukoharjo, Central Java, as quoted by kompas.com.
David G Rose – Indonesia's LGBTI community could be forgiven for thinking their search for equality is going backwards.
September 15, 2018
Jakarta (Antara) – Joint officers from the Police and Indonesian Army (TNI) arrested eight people and seized hundreds of ammunition, a homemade firearm, and a number of documents at a residence in Mimika, Papua, on Saturday.
Jakarta – The Democratic Party will sue Hong Kong-based news website Asia Sentinel over its report accusing the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono administration of engaging in a "vast criminal conspiracy" to swindle US$12 billion from Indonesian taxpayers.
September 14, 2018
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of former corruption convicts challenging the General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation that bans them from contesting the 2019 legislative election.
The former graft convicts challenged the KPU regulation on the grounds that it contradicted the stipulations of the 2017 Election Law.
The Indonesian government's current nationwide drive to administer the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine to 32 million children has hit major obstacles due to fear among Muslim parents that the vaccine contains "haram" ingredients, leading officials to warn of a possibly devastating MR epidemic on the horizon.
Panca Nugraha, Mataram – A team from the Mataram Prosecutors Office in West Nusa Tenggara arrested on Friday a Mataram councillor for allegedly demanding money from a local official who oversaw post-disaster reconstruction projects.
Multiple powerful earthquakes shook the region last month, damaging at least 57,000 houses and displacing over 110,000 people.
Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has spoken up about controversy surrounding public service commercials featuring his accomplishments that have been broadcast in cinemas, saying that it is the job of the government to disseminate information.
The West Papua National Committee has urged New Caledonia's indigenous Melanesians to vote for independence during the upcoming referendum.
In November, New Caledonia is to hold a referendum on possible independence from France.
Bambang Muryanto, Yogyakarta – International Council of Women (ICW) president Kim Jung-sook highlighted the role of women in transforming society with their feminine qualities during the ICW's 35th General Assembly, which kicked off in Yogyakarta on Thursday.
Jakarta – Indonesia's trade balance is expected to stay in the red in August although the size of the deficit may have narrowed, a Reuters poll showed on Friday.
The median forecast of 10 analysts in the poll was for a deficit of $680 million in August, shrinking from the revised $2.01 billion deficit in July.
Rapidly growing ride-hailing service rivals Grab and Go-Jek are fiercely competing for market share in Indonesia (and now in other countries too, after Go-Jek recently launched in Vietnam).
But besides each other, one of the main challenges the two companies face is drivers who attempt to cheat their systems using increasingly sophisticated methods.
Jakarta – A proposal from the opposition camp that the official presidential debate be held in English instead of Indonesian has been met with jeers from the incumbent's supporters, who say the proposal is preposterous while facetiously suggesting that it could lead to debates in Arabic.
Arjuna Pademme, Jayapura – Septer Manufandu, the former Executive Secretary of Non-Governmental Organization Working Forum of Papua (FOKER LSM Papua), stated stakeholders in Papua need to the right solution to strict the flow of migration into Papua.
Jakarta – Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has said that the construction of national strategic infrastructure projects may be postponed for up to six years as the government is trying to reduce the current account deficit (CAD).
September 13, 2018
Ryan Dwiky Anggriawan, Jakarta – Chief of the Central Executive Board of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Yandri Susanto, is confident that the family of former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, will provide their support for Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno.
Paul Karp – Minor parties and independents have called on Labor to promise to drop the prosecution of former spy Witness K and his lawyer, Bernard Collaery, for blowing the whistle on Australia's spying on Timor-Leste.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – Human rights organization Amnesty International Indonesia demanded President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to fulfill his promises to resolve the alleged violation of human rights in Papua.
Jakarta – The higher import tax on consumer goods is effective as of Sept. 13 as part of the government's efforts to slow imports and improve its current account.
Jakarta – A public service commercial that was broadcast in cinemas and featured President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's achievements has sparked complaints from the opposition and some moviegoers.
The complaint began to attract the attention of Twitter users after urban activist Marco Kusumawijaya compiled all the complaints in a single tweet.
Jakarta – Democratic Party patron and former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is planning to hit the campaign trail for presidential contender Prabowo Subianto.
Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Gerindra Party Communication Agency member, Andre Rosiade, was dissatisfied with the survey result regarding the winning party in the 2019 Election that released by a pollster Lingkaran Survei Indonesia (LSI) Denny JA on Wednesday, September 12.
Clinton Fernandes – The first step in the trial of the former Australian spy known only as Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery has taken place in the ACT Magistrates Court.
Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – Presidential Candidate Prabowo Subianto said that rumors saying that he wanted to establish an Islamic state and change the government system into a caliphate in Indonesia were baseless.
Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman, Hanoi – Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara said on Thursday that Google had agreed to help mitigate the potential for political conflicts in Indonesia and assured the government that it would not accept any political advertisements ahead of the country's 2019 general election.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Chief of the National Police General Tito Karnavian said that Papua remains as one of the regions which will receive special attention during the 2019 Presidential Election.
The Indonesian government is currently undertaking a massive nationwide drive to administer the measles-rubella (MR) vaccine to 32 million children across the archipelago.
Jakarta – The Public Works and Housing Ministry's flood control office has warned Jakarta to brace itself for floods during the upcoming rainy season, especially with 129 subdistricts in the capital considered as flood-prone areas. The rainy season is expected to reach its peak in February 2019.
Jakarta – As many as 150 delegates from 18 countries arrived in Yogyakarta on Thursday to attend the upcoming International Council of Women (ICW) general assembly.
September 12, 2018
Jakarta – Around half of the Malang Council members who have been named graft suspects are seeking reelection as legislative candidates next year, according to the General Elections Commission (KPU).
Prime Minister Scott Morrison believes "justice will be served" to a spy-turned-whistleblower who revealed Australia bugged East Timor's cabinet rooms.
Lawyer Bernard Collaery and his client, known only as Witness K, are facing criminal charges of conspiring to communicate secret information. They are due to front the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday.
Agustinus Beo Da Costa, Jakarta – A Polish man detained in Indonesia late last month could face life imprisonment having been charged with plotting against the state after being named a suspect in a conspiracy to smuggle arms to separatists in Papua, a police spokesman said on Monday (10/09).
Gordon Taylor – The case of two men charged with revealing that the Australian Government bugged the highest levels of the East Timorese Government has been heard in court for the first time in Canberra, amid calls for the charges to be dropped.
An environmental NGO says the Forestry Stewardship Council's reputation is at stake over a case of deforestation in Indonesia's Papua province.
The international forest protection agency has been considering a complaint laid by the group Mighty Earth over a Korean company involved in large-scale deforestation and oil palm planting in Papua.
The Indonesian government is still undertaking a massive nationwide drive to administer the measles-rubella vaccine to millions of children across the archipelago, but concerns over non-halal components in the vaccine have proven to be a huge impediment to their efforts, particularly in the ultra-conservative province of Aceh where the government has only reached around 7% of their
Adisti Sukma Sawitri, San Francisco – Indonesia has been slow in granting forest tenure to indigenous peoples and local communities after an historic court ruling five years ago mandated that the government recognize their tenure rights.
Irwan Martua Hidayana – Indonesian people often perceive gender and sexuality in a binary way – male and female, masculine and feminine – without considering other genders and sexuality.
Jakarta – The Betawi Brotherhood Forum (FBR) and Pancasila Youth (PP) have agreed to resolve their differences following brawls between their members at several locations on Tuesday evening, apparently sparked by an attack on an FBR post in South Jakarta.
Alexandra Back – Lawyers for a Canberra barrister accused of breaching national intelligence laws told a court on Wednesday that they want as much of the trial to take place in open court as possible.
But a laborious court process might be looming over how material that is deemed to disclose sensitive information about Australia's national security will be dealt with.
Kristian Erdianto, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia is calling in President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's pledge to fully investigate cases of alleged human rights violations that have taken place in Papua.
Jakarta – Some 300 police officers have been deployed to secure a rally by drivers working with ride-hailing app providers outside the Go-Jek headquarters in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.
"Around 60 of the officers are the negotiation team from the police's women corps," South Jakarta Police deputy chief Adj. Comr. Budi Sartono said on Wednesday.
September 11, 2018
Giacomo Grison – Last month, British mining company Rio Tinto confirmed plans to sell its $3.5bn (#2.7bn) stake in Grasberg, the world's largest gold and second largest copper mine in Indonesia's remote Papua region.
Farid M Ibrahim – Animal rights activists have urged the Indonesian Government to keep its promise to ban the brutal dog and cat meat trades, after shocking new footage emerged of the animals being bludgeoned over the head and blow-torched while still alive.
Jon Afrizal, Jambi – Monday was a special day for WA, the 15-year-old girl acquitted by the Jambi High Court of an abortion charge on Aug. 27.
The Muara Bulian District Court had previously sentenced her to six months of imprisonment for undergoing an unlawful abortion of an 8-month-old fetus and had sentenced her brother to two years for sexually assaulting her.
Erwida Maulia and Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – Indonesia's opposition is attacking President Joko Widodo where it hurts ahead of next April's general election.