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November 22, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - November 22, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to handle all forms of licensing previously handled by a variety of government institutions in a move that is expected to facilitate business in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Post - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – In an era in which much work and communication can be conducted online, Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has agreed to civil servants being allowed to work from home, as long as the work is done according to schedule.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
CNN Indonesia - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – The head of the Attorney General's Office's (AGO) Law and Information Centre, Mukri, has declined to comment at length about the Ombudsman's findings on the special requirements for the selection of state civil servants (CPNS) for 2019, one of which is that applicants are not allowed to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
ABC News - November 22, 2019

Tasha Wibawa – Exported Australian plastic waste may be "poisoning" villages in Indonesia, according to a new report which found eggs near dumping grounds had some of the highest levels of dioxins recorded in Asia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
The Strategist - November 22, 2019

John McBeth – Joko Widodo's campaign to turn back the rising tide of Islamisation in Indonesia may become the dominant preoccupation of his second five-year term as president, overshadowing his far-reaching infrastructure program and perhaps even efforts to revive the country's maudlin economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
CNN - November 22, 2019

Joshua Berlinger – A city in Indonesia hopes nature can save kids from internet addiction. But can chicks and trees really replace iPhones and smart TVs?

News ›› Indonesia ›› Governance & Public Policy
Reuters - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia's government and a consortium of 56 insurance companies signed on Friday the first contract to protect state assets against disasters in the seismically active Southeast Asian country.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - November 22, 2019

Celebrity preacher Abdul Somad is arguably the most popular cleric in Indonesia at the moment, but he has been in the news with increasing frequency for making some very controversial statements in his sermons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - November 22, 2019

Made Argawa, Jakarta – The Balinese resistance movement against Benoa Bay Reclamation (ForBAli), publically reminded the new Maritime and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo to not interfere with the current status of South Bali's bay. Edhy previously announced that he would review the status of the area.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Tempo - November 22, 2019

Dias Prasongko, Jakarta – The House of Representatives' (DPR) Information Commission asked public broadcasters, RRI and TVRI, to serve as the government's public relations. The decision was made after a hearing between the DPR and the Radio of the Republic of Indonesia (RRI) on Wednesday, November 20.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – Proposals to revise constitutional provisions to increase the term of office for a president and vice president have been put forth at the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), Assembly deputy speakers have said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Poverty & Social Inequity
Jakarta Post - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – Vice President Ma'ruf Amin has backed the National Police's instruction for officers to refrain from exhibiting a luxurious lifestyle, even advising other state officials to take note of the instruction and display "modesty" in daily life.

News ›› East Timor ›› Timor Sea Dispute
Sydney Morning Herald - November 22, 2019

Anthony Galloway – The Morrison government is being urged by a key crossbench senator to support a parliamentary inquiry into East Timor's controversial Greater Sunrise oil and gas project, in a bid to stop China funding the project and gaining access to a port 500km off Darwin.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
CNN Indonesia - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Deputy Speaker Arsul Sani has asked the Attorney General's Office (AGO) not to discriminate by rejecting candidate state civil servants (CPNS) for 2019 who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Business Times - November 22, 2019

Ian Morse, Pomalaa, Indonesia – Where forested hills dip into the sea, Sahman Ukas scoops up rusty-red topsoil. His hands hold nickel that is more concentrated than many of the world's richest deposits.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Globe - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's omnibus law bill will introduce sweeping tax reforms ranging from reduced income and value-added taxes and zero tax on dividends to lower non-resident taxes and a so-called Netflix tax, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati announced on Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Al Jazeera - November 22, 2019

Samantha Ho – The toxic haze that engulfed Southeast Asia for months throughout the second half of 2019 was not the first time air pollution has scarred the region. And it might not be the last, if Indonesia's pulp industry does not undertake major peatland restoration efforts, a new report has warned.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
ABC News - November 22, 2019

A group of motorbike taxi drivers have stormed an Indonesian hospital and grabbed the body of a colleague's six-month-old baby, which was reportedly being held as leverage to secure payment of outstanding medical bills.

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - November 22, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said he was against the idea voiced by the House of Representatives' (DPR) Law Commission to dissolve the National Narcotics Agency (BNN).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - November 22, 2019

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesia's sharia financial committee hopes to quadruple the nation's sharia bank assets over the next five years. It will also establish programs to enhance sharia financial services, including a partnership with Malaysia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Women's Rights & Gender
Jakarta Post - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – FemFest 2019, a biennial feminist festival organized by the Jakarta Feminist Discussion Group, will be held this weekend at Wisma PKBI, Jakarta.

The festival seeks to localize feminism, which many consider a western principle and not in line with Indonesian culture.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Reuters - November 22, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesian authorities suspect a Sumatran elephant found dead in a palm oil plantation may have been poisoned or electrocuted, marking the second time in a week a carcass of the critically endangered animal has been discovered, officials said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 22, 2019

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Golkar Party stalwart Bambang Soesatyo has officially declared his bid to lead the nation's second-largest party, which he said had suffered setbacks under the leadership of incumbent chairman Airlangga Hartarto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Agence France Presse - November 22, 2019

Several Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled, or LGBT 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 ›› Intolerance & Sectarianism
Coconuts Jakarta - November 22, 2019

South Korean bakery chain Tous les Jours has found itself in the middle of a religious discrimination scandal in Indonesia related to what one may or may not write on a cake.

Recently, a photo has gone viral on social media showing a sign – which appears to be hastily printed – put up at a Tous les Jours store in South Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Tempo - November 22, 2019

Nyoman Ary Wahyudi and Endri Kurniawati, Jakarta – ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute's political researcher, Made Tony Supriatma, predicts that President Jokowi special staffers were appointed due to their participation in supporting his campaign.

November 21, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Indigenous & Minority Rights
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Jakarta – A Chinese-Indonesian student has submitted a judicial review to the Constitutional Court challenging an article of the Law on Yogyakarta's special status that bars Indonesians of foreign descent from owning land in the region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained former president director of PT Lippo Cikarang Bartholomeus Toto in relation to an investigation into alleged corruption pertaining to the Meikarta development project in Bekasi regency, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is seeking Interpol's assistance in locating Sjamsul Nursalim and his wife Itjih Nursalim, both of whom are suspects in a graft case pertaining to the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) funding in 1997.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesia is experiencing a weakening consumer confidence in the third quarter but now fewer people think the economy is in recession, a recent survey shows.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra administration will have all the pigs in the province culled unless it is capable of dealing with the hog cholera virus that has killed over 9,000 pigs throughout the province so far.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – A nationwide trial has commenced on the commercial distribution of 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) to prepare distributors for the mandatory use of B30, which comes into force next year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to process all forms of licensing in a move that is expected to significantly improve Indonesia's ranking on the World Bank's ease of doing business index.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) decided to maintain the seven-day reverse repo rate on Thursday at 5 percent after it cut the key rate by 25 basis points (bps) in October in a bid to boost economic growth amid rising global risks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has appointed seven young people as members of his new presidential expert staff to give him innovative ideas in regard to the country's development in various fields.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Straits Times - November 21, 2019

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

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Tempo - November 21, 2019

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – Head of the National Police Headquarters' public information officer, Grand Commissioner Asep Adi Saputra commented on the statement made by DPR legislator Trimedya Panjaitan about police personnel with out of shape physical appearance.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Jakarta – Three commissioners from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) have filed a petition for judicial review challenging the newly revised KPK Law. They have joined a group of anticorruption activists who are also challenging the controversial law in court.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - November 21, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said her first month working in Indonesia's new cabinet has been "wonderful," signaling her confidence in its ability to deliver reforms that the government had promised.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – State-owned energy company Pertamina expects to close this year with an oil and gas production of 910,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boped), up 18.4 percent from its output last year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Fadli, Batam – The Batam Police in Riau Islands province are monitoring former members of the Katibah Gonggong Rebus (KGR) radical group following a suicide bombing at the Medan Police headquarters in North Sumatra.

Members of the KCR were accused in 2016 of plotting a rocket strike against Singapore.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - November 21, 2019

Dion Bisara, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia, the country's central bank, decided on Thursday to keep its benchmark interest rate at 5 percent, ending a series of cuts in the past four months aimed at stimulating the economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - November 21, 2019

Jakarta – Although rain has started to fall in some regions of Indonesia, East Sumba regency in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is still experiencing extreme dry season conditions as the area has seen nearly a year without rain.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Coconuts Bali - November 21, 2019

The spotlight on Bali this week is perhaps not for the best of reasons, yet it is also difficult to argue that it's not necessary. After Bali was included in a 2020 'No' List by US-based travel publication Fodor's, the provincial island's vice governor has now issued a statement asking for visiting tourists to upload photos and videos highlighting Bali in a "positive" light.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Armed Forces & Military Operations
Eurasia Review - November 21, 2019

Sigit S. Nugroho, Adhi Priamarizki and Tiola – From 9 to 12 September 2019, the Indonesian Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia, TNI) conducted a joint-services exercise (latihan gabungan, latgab) code-named "Dharma Yudha".

News ›› West Papua ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Benar News - November 21, 2019

Ahmad Syamsudin, Jakarta – An Indonesian lawyer who is wanted by police in her home country for alleged incitement of violence because she disseminated information via Twitter about recent unrest in Papua says she's a target of online threats.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - November 21, 2019

Jakarta – The stance of National Democrat (NasDem) Party General Chairman Surya Paloh in October indicating he would go into opposition seems to have been nothing more than an expression of disappointment. Almost a month later, when responding to the shouts of 'opposition' from party members at the NasDem congress, Surya called this suggestion 'very stupid'.

November 20, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Mongabay - November 20, 2019

New research finds that large filter feeders in the waters of Indonesia could be ingesting dozens to hundreds of microplastic particles every hour.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - November 20, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Democratic Party executive Agus "AHY" Harimurti Yudhoyono argues that the concept of direct election is a given for the country's regional head election (Pilkada).

"How could the rights inclined to the people get revoked, I think people will not accept that if it does truly happen," said AHY in Jakarta on Tuesday, November 19.