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November 20, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - November 20, 2019

Carlos Roy Fajarta, Jakarta – Kereta Commuter Indonesia, or KCI, the operator of the Greater Jakarta Commuter Line train, has registered an average of more than a million passengers per day, passing an important milestone in the company's expansion in the past three years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - November 20, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has asserted the government's commitment to not sacrifice the archipelago's environment for economic development.

Speaking during a discussion in Jakarta on Tuesday, Luhut said Indonesia was looking for its own "equilibrium; not that used by the United States and Europe."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Coconuts Jakarta - November 20, 2019

The Health Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry are working together to promote medical tourism in Indonesia, and they believe that certain traditional Indonesian treatments may boost interest in the industry.

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.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - November 20, 2019

Markus Junianto Sihaloho, Jakarta – National Police Chief General Idham Azis spoke at length about how his officers had done everything they could to find the perpetrators of an acid attack on top anti-graft investigator Novel Baswedan during a hearing with a House of Representatives commission on Wednesday.

News ›› West Papua ›› Analysis & Opinion
New Zealand Herald - November 20, 2019

Maire Leadbeater – Since August 17, Indonesia's national day, West Papua has been in the grip of an unparalleled uprising. Conflict has been relentless since 1963, when Indonesia took control of the territory, but this time Indonesia's repressive response is backed by a renewed determination to exclude the rest of the world.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 20, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has begun a program to standardize and train Islamic preachers to ensure that they promote moderate Islam instead of far-right or far-left Islamic thought.

The council implemented the certification program for da'i (Islamic teachers) on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - November 20, 2019

Dozens of motorcycle taxi drivers in the West Sumatra capital of Padang stormed a hospital in the city yesterday in order to obtain the body of a six-month-old baby allegedly held in the morgue over unpaid bills.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Conservation & Animal Rights
Jakarta Post - November 20, 2019

Rizal Harahap, Pekanbaru – The carcass of an elephant with its tusks and trunk cut off has been found decomposing in the concession area of PT Arara Abadi (AA) in Bengkalis regency, Riau, in an apparent poaching case targeting the endangered animal.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 20, 2019

Istiqomatul Hayati, Jakarta – A group that consists of 40 tobacco farmers, whom most have shifted away from tobacco-plantation, urged the Indonesian government to create a comprehensive tobacco control policy over health concerns.

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

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – The government is mulling over a new approach to deal with illegal fishing boats caught in Indonesian waters. Now, instead of sinking them, the government will give the boats to local fishermen, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Bloomberg - November 20, 2019

Viriya Singgih and Karlis Salna – Indonesia's government is prepared to widen the budget deficit further to counter a potential deeper deterioration in the global growth outlook, Deputy Finance Minister Suahasil Nazara said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Mongabay - November 20, 2019

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Darwan Ali, an Indonesian politician at the center of a palm oil licensing scandal and charged in a separate corruption case, died on Nov. 18 before he could stand trial.

November 19, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 19, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Nadiem Makarim voiced commitment to "liberate" the country's education unit that is hoped to spark new innovations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - November 19, 2019

Halida Bunga, Jakarta – The Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) rejected the implementation of indirect Regional Head Election (Pilkada) in which regional legislative councils (DPRD) would have the authority to elect regional heads, slashing the people's rights to vote.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Film & Television
Jakarta Globe - November 19, 2019

Jakarta – Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia, or pesantren, have an image problem. They are often derided as "terrorist schools," where young people, often boys, are said to be radicalized by hardline preachers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Religion & Worship
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Nedi Putra AW, Malang – The commemoration of the International Day for Tolerance in Malang, East Java, saw Buddhist temple Vihara Dharma Mitra Arama hosting an Islamic-themed book discussion centered on Prophet Muhammad.

The book, titled Muhammadku Sayangku (My Muhammad, My Love), was written by Edi AH Iyubenu.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Devina Heriyanto, Jakarta – The political divide in the country with the world's largest Muslim population appears to go deeper than the bitter enmity between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his former archrival, Prabowo Subianto.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The group of suspected terrorists allegedly behind the recent suicide bombing in Medan, North Sumatra, planned on establishing their own country, according to the police.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminalisation & Attacks on Activism
Detik News - November 19, 2019

Eva Safitri, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud Md says that Veronica Koman has gone back on her promise to the Indonesian government. He says that Koman should return Indonesia to accept her scholarship obligations.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Tempo - November 19, 2019

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Subaidah (40) is one of the settlers in an area in Sunter, North Jakarta, that was evicted from her home. She claims to remember clearly the promise made by Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno – who was running for the 2017 Gubernatorial Election – who asserted that there will be no more evictions in Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - November 19, 2019

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – Cigarette corporations launched at the Health Ministry's announcement to increase the mandatory health warning labels to cover 90 percent of a cigarette pack's visual appearance, a 50 percent jump to the current regulation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Village & Rural Life
Jakarta Globe - November 19, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry will freeze regional government accounts that have been channeling rural development funds to bogus villages, an official said on Tuesday.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati raised the issue on Thursday, saying state funds had gone to ghost villages with no residents.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - November 19, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Graft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) responds to the sneering comments made by the Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian in terms of the renowned Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) sting operations (OTT).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Blasphemy & Hate Speech
Tempo - November 19, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) opined Sukmawati Soekarnoputri had offended the feelings of the Muslim community for comparing Prophet Muhammad with Soekarno. Her remark was deemed to have harmed the Islamic belief that a prophet shall not be compared.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Globe - November 19, 2019

Jakarta – State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has demoted senior officials in his ministry and moved them to various posts in state-controlled firms as the minister seeks to streamline bureaucracy in the notoriously labyrinthine ministry, media reports have said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The government has indicated that the 2019 fiscal deficit could hit its worst-case estimate as it plans to keep spending despite sluggish revenue collection.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Jakarta – High-ranking figures from the Berkarya Party, including two children of former president Soeharto, are to attend a meeting with leaders of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) on Tuesday afternoon, a spokesperson for PKS has confirmed.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Human Rights & Justice
Detik News - November 19, 2019

Eva Safitri, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Security, Politics and Legal Affairs Mahfud Md says that cases of human rights (HAM) violations are still being used as a political commodity and his ministry is serious about resolving them through a non-judicial mechanism.

News ›› East Timor ›› 1999 Referendum & Pro-Integration Militia
The Guardian - November 19, 2019

Robert O'Neill, Peter Edwards and David Horner – Media reports that officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are impeding the publication of the first volume of the Official History of Australian Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and Australian Peacekeeping Operations in East Timor on the grounds of diplomatic sensitivities, are concerning.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - November 19, 2019

Police in West Jakarta on Saturday arrested a man who allegedly threw acid on nine women – most of them junior high school students – on three separate occasions over the past couple of weeks.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Religion & Identity Politics
Tempo - November 19, 2019

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission VII Deputy, Marwan Dasopang said he rejects the initial birth of Draft Bill on the protection of ulema, which was initially pitched by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Tempo - November 19, 2019

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) announced that it has commenced the standardization program for religious preachers as of Monday, November 18, which is also known as the da'i certification.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Land & Agrarian Conflicts
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Jakarta – The North Jakarta administration recently evicted illegal settlements on Jl. Sunter Agung Perkasa VIII in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, leaving dozens of residents unsheltered and feeling betrayed over the pledge made by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan during his campaign trail not to carry out evictions.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Benar News - November 19, 2019

Arie Firdaus, Jakarta – Six activists who were detained after a rally demanding a referendum on self-determination for Indonesia's Papua region could soon go on trial on charges of treason after police submitted their case files to prosecutors, their lawyers and families said Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Jakarta Globe - November 19, 2019

Farouk Arnaz, Jakarta – A middle-ranking police officer has been demoted by the order of the National Police Chief Idham Azis, who was reportedly angered by the subordinate natting away during an official briefing.

News ›› West Papua ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – Concerns over contaminated fish have arisen among residents of Jayapura, Papua following a broadcast message about fish that have been contaminated by mining waste at a bay in Papua New Guinea.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Civil Service & Bureaucracy
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has discharged all the ministry's Echelon I officials in a restructuring effort to improve bureaucratic efficiency in accordance with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's mission.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Jakarta Post - November 19, 2019

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo wants the new Indonesian capital city to become the most iconic in the world by making use of Balikpapan Bay in East Kalimantan to "build an Indonesian-style presidential palace", according to the national development planning chief.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - November 19, 2019

Jakarta – The handover of the investigation dossiers and the six suspects charged with raising the Morning Star independence flag to the Central Jakarta State Prosecutor's Office (Kejari Jakpus) is seen as an attempt by police to avoid the pre-trail suit challenging their arrest.

November 18, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - November 18, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – Residents of Batang Dua Island in Ternate, North Maluku, are still traumatized following a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted areas of the province as well as North Sulawesi late on Thursday.

Afraid of spending the night in their homes amid numerous aftershocks, many residents seek safety in nearby hills away from the beach for better sleep.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - November 18, 2019

Kharishar Kahfi, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has appealed to the Supreme Court in response to a not-guilty verdict handed down by the Jakarta Corruption Court against the former president of state-owned electricity firm PLN, Sofyan Basir.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Analysis & Opinion
East Asia Forum - November 18, 2019

Editorial Board, ANU – After he won re-election last April, Indonesian President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo was eager to emphasise the liberating effects of not having to worry about re-election. In his second and final term, the President told the Associated Press he wouldn't face the same 'political burden[s]' he had in his first.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Retail & Service Industry
Jakarta Globe - November 18, 2019

Investor Daily, Jakarta – Chinese producers have stamped their domination in the Indonesian smartphone market, with Oppo and Vivo dethroning South Korea's Samsung in the third quarter of this year.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - November 18, 2019

Update: Tasikmalaya Police say they have arrested the alleged semen flinger at his home on Monday afternoon. The man has been taken in for questioning but no charges against him have been announced yet.

Police in Tasikmalaya, West Java are searching for a man accused of masturbating and flinging his semen at women in the city.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
CNN Indonesia - November 18, 2019

Jakarta – On Monday November 18, the Metro Jaya regional police (Polda Metro Jaya) handed over six suspects charged with raising the Morning Star flag in front of the State Palace in August to the Central Jakarta State Prosecutor's Office (Kejari Jakpus).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Deforestation & Forest Fires
Tempo - November 18, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – The Environment and Forestry Ministry (KLHK) said that the compensation that the government is set to receive from a number of corporates in the forest fire public lawsuit reaches Rp315 trillion.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
Jakarta Post - November 18, 2019

Benny Mawel, Jayapura – The Papuan People's Assembly (MRP) has reiterated its reluctance to Jakarta's plan to establish new provinces in Papua, saying the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo should first address human rights violations in the country's easternmost region.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Reuters - November 18, 2019

Jakarta – Indonesia reported a near flat income in January-October compared with the corresponding period a year earlier on Monday, as revenues from some taxes shrank, underlining the government's struggle to keep the budget deficit in check.