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November 26, 2019

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Tempo - November 26, 2019

Hans Arnold Kapisa, Jakarta – Papua Regional Police Chief Insp. General Paulus Waterpauw revealed that authorities found indications of the government's village funds being misused to support local armed criminal groups also known as KKB.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Tempo - November 26, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan has spoken up the reasons for the hotel construction as part of the revitalization project of Taman Ismail Marzuki arts and cultural center in Cikini, Central Jakarta. Anies said that the hotel would serve as a guesthouse for tourists or artists visiting the iconic park.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Military Ties & Arms Trade
Jakarta Globe - November 26, 2019

Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – State-owned arms manufacturer Pindad has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Africa's defense contractor Paramount Group to develop and market locally-made armored vehicles for the Indonesian Military, or TNI.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Jakarta Post - November 26, 2019

Jakarta – Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Indonesia, Esam A. Abid Althagafi, has said Saudi authorities are currently in negotiation with their Indonesian counterparts on issues surrounding Islam Defenders Front (FPI) head Rizieq Shihab, who is currently staying in the Middle Eastern country.

News ›› East Timor ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Channel News Asia - November 26, 2019

Lospalos, Timor Leste – Mario Da Cruz could only watch in horror as a small army of crocodiles killed a child on a Timor Leste beach – another victim of the tiny nation's soaring rate of attacks.

Such incidents have jumped more than 20-fold over the past two decades with an average of one person a month falling prey to the ferocious reptiles, though not all are fatal.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Tempo - November 26, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri, Bogor – Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) planned to strengthen the authority of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - November 26, 2019

Nasori, Jakarta – South Korean automotive giant Hyundai Motor Company has announced a $1.55 billion investment plan to develop electric vehicles in Indonesia over the next decade.

Hyundai made the announcement when President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo visited the company's factory in Ulsan, South Korea, on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 26, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has never suggested increasing the maximum number of presidential terms through a constitutional amendment, according to the State Palace.

"The President has never even thought about it to this day," Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - November 26, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Taxation Directorate General will focus on expanding Indonesia's tax base next year in order to meet a tough revenue target for 2020 amid an economic slowdown.

November 25, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Tempo - November 25, 2019

Eko Wahyudi & Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – State gas and oil company Pertamina held a general shareholders' meeting (RUPS) at State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry today on November 25. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (BTP) or better known as Ahok responded to rejection against his appointment as the firm's chief commissioner.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Post - November 25, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – State-owned oil company Pertamina inaugurated on Monday former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama as its new president commissioner.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
The Conversation - November 25, 2019

Usman Hamid – More and more people are falling victim to Indonesia's Information Law, which is notorious for being used to criminalise political dissidents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Village & Rural Life
Jakarta Post - November 25, 2019

Jakarta – After taking a stroll around the Gamcheon cultural village in the South Korean port city of Busan, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says he want more villages in Indonesia to look to the slum-turned-tourist-attraction as an inspiration for development.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Tempo - November 25, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states to jointly tackle the movement of terrorism.

Before delegations of the countries' military, Prabowo said that terrorism is a threat to the country's security so that they must remain vigilant.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Globe - November 25, 2019

Aristyo Rizka Darmawan – In the past five years, local media have been awash with images of Susi Pudjiastuti, the former fisheries minister, overseeing the sinking of illegal fishing boats.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1965 Affair & Anti-Communist Purge
Jakarta Post - November 25, 2019

Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has asked teachers to inform students about the country's "dark" history relating to the long-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). He warned about the "latent danger" of the revival of communism in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Bloomberg - November 25, 2019

David Fickling – If you see a flowering of "palm-oil free" labels on supermarket shelves next year, then thank Indonesian drivers, President Donald Trump's trade negotiators, and sickly pigs in China.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Literature & The Arts
Jakarta Globe - November 25, 2019

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Depok – The University of Indonesia's student executive body is holding the UI ArtX 2019 exhibition on campus from Nov. 24 to Nov. 29.

In its second year, the largest art exhibition at the university features paintings, live murals, digital installations, 3D art, comics, short stories, poems and photographs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 25, 2019

Yudono Yanuar, Jakarta – Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim called on all Indonesian teachers to make minor changes as efforts to reform the country's education sector.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Tempo - November 25, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission II plans to question the government on its reasons for issuing the Government's Decree No. 77/2019 in preventing terrorism and protection for its investigators, prosecutors, judges, and prison employees.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - November 25, 2019

Jakarta – Starting Monday, people who rent electric scooters and ride them on roads and bicycle lanes outside the area designated for micromobility vehicles in Jakarta will face a fine of up to Rp 250,000 (US$17.69).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - November 25, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia is among the top five most improved countries in terms of prosperity in the world, with an exceptional ranking in social capital, as the country has the highest levels of civic and social participation in the world, a new report highlights.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Coconuts Jakarta - November 25, 2019

Jakarta had one of the highest number of cases related to religious intolerance in Indonesia in recent years, according to a new study, representing a worrying trend of diminishing democratic freedoms and human rights in the capital and the country as a whole.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - November 25, 2019

Jakarta – After President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo made headlines last week for appointing seven millennial-generation people to his team of aides, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has now grabbed public attention because of his expert staff members, albeit for a very different reason.

November 24, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Village & Rural Life
Jakarta Globe - November 24, 2019

Antara, Jakarta – At least 200 houses were ravaged by fire in a village on Sebuku Island, South Kalimantan Province, early on Sunday, leaving more than 700 people homeless.

The island was located on the Makassar Strait, around 1,100 kilometers northeast of Jakarta. It is part of the Kotabaru district that covers a number of islands in the province.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Al Jazeera - November 24, 2019

Richard Javad Heydarian – When Joko Widodo, affectionately known as "Jokowi", pulled off a shocking victory in Jakarta's 2012 gubernatorial race, many, especially the country's youth and aspirational middle class, hoped for nothing short of total revolution.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Food & Beverage Industry
Jakarta Post - November 24, 2019

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – The institutions mandated to issue halal certification have assured the public that there is no regulation banning food and beverage companies from writing non-Islamic holiday greetings on their products.The statements came in the wake of a ruckus over a Tous Les Jours outlet in Pacific Place shopping mall that displayed a notice saying that to compl

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Suara.com - November 24, 2019

Bangun Santoso – The secretary of the Islamic-based United Development Party (PPP) faction in the House of Representatives, Achmad Baidowi or Awiek supports the Attorney General's Office (AGO) ban on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people applying as candidate state civil servants or CPNS.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Globe - November 24, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said he has been assigned by the president to lead a comprehensive campaign against the spread of radical ideologies which he said had reached unimaginable places from pre-school play groups to government institutions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - November 24, 2019

Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan met on Friday with around 1,000 poor capital dwellers following controversial evictions in North Jakarta.

The Union of Indonesian Poor People (SRMI) met with the governor at City Hall in Central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jawa Pos - November 24, 2019

Muhammad Ridwan – The Setara Institute for Democracy has released the results of research ranking the level of religious intolerance in Indonesian provinces. The results showed that West Java recorded the largest number of violations against religious freedom or belief between 2014 and 2019.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
WA Today - November 24, 2019

Michael Koziol – Newspapers, it is often said, represent a first draft of history. They are necessarily fast, loose and often incomplete. But actual histories, written years later by scholars, ought to be impeccable, comprehensive and considered. Especially when they concern a nation's ultimate commitment: sending troops to war.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Tempo - November 24, 2019

Budiarti Utami Putri and Fikri Arigi, Jakarta – The head of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence's (Kontras) monitoring bureau, Rivanlee Anandar, believes that the speech by Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto about the alleged existence of communist ideas and the communist movement in Indonesia is dangerous.

News ›› Indonesia ›› PKI & Anti-Communism
Liputan 6 - November 24, 2019

Jakarta – Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Executive Board Deputy Chairperson Sufmi Dasco Ahmad has clarified that a speech delivered by the Defense University rector during a discussion on the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), which was given on behalf of Defense Minister (Menhan) and Gerindra chairperson Prabowo Subianto, was done so without Prabowo's prior consent.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Nationalism & State Ideology
Tempo - November 24, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The state ideology Pancasila is non-negotiable for Indonesia so that the entire nation must have a common spirit of opposing radicalism and terrorism which potentially destructs the national unity, Deputy Speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Ahmad Muzani said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jawa Pos - November 24, 2019

Muhammad Ridwan – Amnesty International Indonesia Executive Director Usman Hamid has asked for the discriminative requirements in the selection of candidate state civil servants (CPNS) to be scrapped. These discriminative requirements, among other things, ban Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people from taking part in the CPNS selection.

November 23, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
SBS News - November 23, 2019

Several Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled or LGBTIQ+ job hunters in favour of what one called "normal" applicants, the Ombudsman said Friday, slammed as "arbitrary and hateful restrictions" by a rights group.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
Bangkok Post - November 23, 2019

Hafiz Noer – Last month, Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was inaugurated as Indonesia's seventh president for his second and final term. After a wide 55.5% to 45.5% victory at the polls, the president also secured backing for his policies in both legislative chambers, ensuring a solid platform for government over the next five years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1965 Affair & Anti-Communist Purge
CNN Indonesia - November 23, 2019

Jakarta – Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto has asked teachers to be diligent in relating the history of the rebellion and evil of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) to students at school. Because, he suspects that communist ideas still exist and this is something to be on guard against, even though the country which is the source of these ideas has already collapsed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
CNN Indonesia - November 23, 2019

Jakarta – Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo agrees with the position taken by the Attorney General's Office (AGO) in rejecting candidate state civil servants (CPNS) that are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - November 23, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – The special staffers of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi will be paid a total of Rp51 million monthly, as stated in Presidential Regulation No. 144/2015.

The amount the staffers will get includes the salary, allowances, and income tax.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Jakarta Post - November 23, 2019

Jakarta – Brouhaha surrounding the controversial policy of a Tous Les Jours store to reject requests for Christmas greetings to reportedly obtain halal certification has taken a new twist after a local Islamic council claimed it never asked the bakery to do so.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Straits Times - November 23, 2019

Arlina Arshad – When Indonesian Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan asked President Joko Widodo recently about his retirement plans, he was surprised to learn that Mr Joko wanted his government-provided house to be built in Solo city, his hometown in central Java, instead of Jakarta which was the choice location of previous presidents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
South China Morning Post - November 23, 2019

Aloysius Unditu – Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, best known as Ahok, has been named the new president commissioner of Indonesian state energy giant PT Pertamina, sparking speculation of a return to politics following his jailing in 2017 for blasphemy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Hard-Line Militia & Vigilante Groups
Tempo - November 23, 2019

Jakarta – Strange relationships between officials and mass organizations have arisen in many regions, including in Bekasi. Ending direct elections for regional heads is not a solution.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - November 23, 2019

Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – A speech by Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim, which is slated to be read on National Teacher's Day on Monday, has created social media buzz over the weekend, with many praising the non-traditional language used to address complex problems faced by the country's education system.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Straits Times - November 23, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, has made a comeback to public office, more than two years after he was convicted of blasphemy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Jakarta Post - November 23, 2019

News Desk, Jakarta – Amid widespread criticism for rejecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people as civil servant candidates, the Attorney General's Office (AGO) has defended its recruitment requirements, saying the institution "only wants the normal ones".

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - November 23, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia has climbed four places to rank 41st in the world talent ranking based on a survey by Swiss-based IMD Business School, beating Thailand and the Philippines but still lagging behind Singapore and Malaysia.

November 22, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Nikkei Asian Review - November 22, 2019

Shotaro Tani and Erwida Maulia, Jakarta – Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, the former governor of Jakarta who was jailed for blasphemy, looks set to take on the role of president commissioner at Indonesian state-owned oil company Pertamina, following an announcement on Friday by the minister of state-owned enterprise, Erick Thohir.