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December 31, 2021

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 31, 2021

Jakarta – This once-in-a-century pandemic has certainly tempted some of us to think that we live in the worst of times, if not the end of times. And with the ongoing climate crisis, it is difficult for many not to break under the weight of existential dread.

Coconuts Jakarta - December 31, 2021

New year, new COVID-19 vaccination phase in Indonesia, as the government has set Jan. 12 as the possible launch date for its booster shot program.

Coconuts Bali - December 31, 2021

The Indonesian Navy stationed in Denpasar rescued 32 sea turtles from illegal poachers on Thursday, as the marine creature comes under increasing threat amid desperate economic conditions.

Three fishing vessels set out from South Badung on Wednesday afternoon and returned the following morning after having caught dozens of sea turtles.

Tempo - December 31, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The Health Ministry spokesperson for the COVID-19 vaccination, Siti Nadia Tarmizi, said it is impossible for the government to block the entry of international travelers despite the Omicron variant having entered the country.

Straits Times - December 31, 2021

Denpasar (AFP) – Foreign revellers on Indonesia's resort island of Bali have been warned they may be deported if they are caught violating Covid-19 health rules during New Year celebrations, authorities warned on Thursday (Dec 30).

December 30, 2021

Tempo - December 30, 2021

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Jakarta Transportation Council (DTKJ) deputy chairman Berman Limbong revealed a number of obstacles in expanding Transjakarta services to the capital's buffer cities in order to facilitate the mobility of Jakarta workers residing in the city's outskirts.

Jakarta Globe - December 30, 2021

Jakarta – State-owned steelmaker Krakatau Steel recently announced that it has repaid the tranche B debt of Rp 2.7 trillion to three state banks, namely Mandiri, BRI, and BNI.

With this repayment, Krakatau Steel (KRAS) has completed its working capital bridging loan facility worth $200 million to the three aforementioned banks.

Agence France-Presse - December 30, 2021

Alfath Asmunda and Mulyadi, Bireun, Aceh – Fisherman Edi Saputra had been at sea for four days off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province when he got a call from a friend asking him to come urgently: he had stumbled across a crippled boat packed with foreigners.

Straits Times - December 30, 2021

Endy Bayuni, Jakarta – In the run-up to the National Games (PON) in October, the government worked hard to make sure that as many people as possible in Papua and West Papua provinces, hosts of the biennale event, get their Covid-19 vaccines.

Fulcrum - December 30, 2021

Leo Suryadinata – The Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) no longer exists in the country's political landscape. But this has not stopped some groups from using the PKI bogeyman for political gain.

Tempo - December 30, 2021

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – The Communication and Information (Kominfo) Ministry had shut down access to 5,429 online loan sites reported by the public from 2018 to December 26, 2021. One of the reasons for the access blocking was due to misuse of personal data.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 30, 2021

Jakarta – As we remember those who perished in the Boxing Day tsunami that devastated Aceh and affected neighboring countries near and far 17 years ago, Southeast Asia once again is marking the year-end in grief.

Coconuts Bali - December 30, 2021

It's that time of year again, when the Bali Immigration Office releases its annual list of naughty foreigners who were kicked out of the island (or the country altogether) over various run-ins with the law.

Tempo - December 30, 2021

Joniansyah Hardjono, Jakarta – The Soekarno-Hatta airport immigration office as of Thursday, December 30, denied the visas of 782 foreign nationals with various considerations throughout 2021. Head of immigrations and intelligence Andika Kurniawan revealed that it was due to Covid-19 restrictions consideration.

Agence France-Presse - December 30, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia on Wednesday said it will let dozens of Rohingya refugees come ashore after protests from locals and the international community over its plan to push them into Malaysian waters.

Mothership - December 30, 2021

Jean Chien Tay – An Indonesian man recently revealed that he had been paid to take 14 shots of the Covid-19 vaccine on behalf of others, Kompas reported.

Abdul Rahim, 49, said in a video that he had taken 16 jabs in total, with 14 of those meant for other people. The video has reportedly gone viral.

Macao Post Daily - December 30, 2021

Dili – After the dual shocks of COVID-19 and natural disasters, East Timor's economy is showing some signs of recovery and this year's gross domestic product (GD) growth in real terms is expected to improve to 1.9 percent, according to the latest World Bank economic update, 'Timor-Leste Economic Report: Steadying The Ship', released earlier this month by the global lender based in W

December 29, 2021

Tempo - December 29, 2021

Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik outlined a number of notes on cases of human rights throughout 2021 which are dominated by issues of agrarian conflicts and violence committed by law enforcement officers.

Agence France-Presse - December 29, 2021

Jakarta – Dozens of Rohingya refugees intercepted after their boat ran into trouble off the coast of Aceh province were being sent into Malaysian waters, authorities said on Tuesday.

At least 100 mostly women and children aboard a wooden vessel said to be taking on water were denied refuge in Indonesia and instead pushed into the neighboring Southeast Asian country.

Antara News - December 29, 2021

Zubi Mahrofi, Nabil Ihsan, Jakarta – An epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, Pandu Riono, expressed optimism that Indonesia would enter the COVID-19 endemic stage by 2022, as the pandemic situation in the country continues to improve.

Reuters - December 29, 2021

Jakarta – Workers at Indonesia's Pertamina have cancelled a planned national strike after their trade union and the state energy firm's management agreed on labour terms, union president Arie Gumilar said in a statement on Wednesday.

Fulcrum - December 29, 2021

Syafiq Hasyim – The decline of the 212 Movement in Indonesia could well portend the decline of political Islam.

Tabloid JUBI - December 29, 2021

Boven Digoel, Jubi – Oil palm plantation company Tunas Sawa Erma (TSE) Group in collaboration with the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Papua Representative held human rights workshop and training for indigenous communities owner of customary land in Asiki, Boven Digoel, from December 15 to 17, 2021.

Mongabay - December 29, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia's land and forest fires burned a greater area this year than in 2020, with most of the fires occurring in West Nusa Tenggara and East Nusa Tenggara, two provinces that were until recently not major sites of burning.

Tempo - December 29, 2021

Antara, Jakarta – The National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) said the police's special detachment or Densus 88 had taken action on 364 alleged terrorism cases throughout 2021. Two Jamaah Islamiyah (JI) and Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) are two terror groups that Densus had dealt with the most.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 29, 2021

Jakarta – Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan's recent decision to increase Jakarta's minimum wage by 5.1 percent for 2022 or almost five times the level determined by the central government could cause new uncertainty in labor regulations.

Antara News - December 29, 2021

Anita P D, Mecca Yumna, Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) has recorded a significant increase in the number of cases of violence against women registered this year.

Straits Times - December 29, 2021

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja – Indonesia is set to receive its first shipment of two types of Covid-19 antiviral pills – molnupiravir made by Merck and paxlovid by Pfizer – next month (January), said Health Minister Budi Sadikin, as the country intensifies efforts to curb the spread of the infectious Omicron variant.

Coconuts Jakarta - December 29, 2021
Police in Bandung, West Java have arrested three people accused of raping and forcing a 14-year-old girl into prostitution.

According to the police, one of the suspects, a 19-year-old male who goes by the initial I, recently met the victim through Facebook.

Kompas.com - December 29, 2021

Vitorio Mantalean, Jakarta – The Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) released its 2021 End of Year Report in virtual format on Wednesday December 29.

In its explanation, the AJI noted that in the matter of violence against journalists, the police are again the majority of perpetrators this year with 12 reported cases.

Tempo - December 29, 2021

Jessica Ester, Jakarta – Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said Indonesia has pocketed more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that are sufficient for the next three months.

Jakarta Globe - December 29, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia earlier this week welcomed 12 million doses of Astrazeneca Covid-19 vaccines, which the country had procured through a direct purchase mechanism.

On Monday, about 6,683,500 Astrazeneca doses landed in Indonesia. The remaining 5,787,400 Astrazeneca doses arrived on Tuesday night.

Mongabay - December 29, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – In 2020, residents of Suka Mukti village in southern Sumatra paid 10 million rupiah each, about $700, to a government agency to obtain titles to their land – a process that is officially supposed to be free.

BBC News - December 29, 2021

Indonesia has lifted a ban on the Boeing 737 Max, more than three years after the Lion Air disaster that saw the loss of all 189 people on board.

The plane maker saw its best-selling aircraft grounded globally after a deadly crash in March 2019 involving an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max.

Coconuts Jakarta - December 29, 2021

Indonesia's COVID-19 Task Force is discouraging citizens from attending public viewings of the AFF (ASEAN Football Federation) Cup final between the Red-and-Whites and Thailand this evening.

December 28, 2021

Tempo - December 28, 2021

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – State Logistics Agency (Bulog) reported it had absorbed 1.2 million tons of rice from local farmers until the end of 2021. Thus, the agency ensured the procurement of the government's rice reserve (CBP) from abroad was unnecessary and this marked the third year in a row that the government did not import the commodity.

Jakarta Globe - December 28, 2021

Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – All 46 patients testing positive for the Omicron coronavirus variant have shown mild symptoms that didn't require them to undergo special medical treatment, a Health Ministry spokesperson said on Monday.

The fact that all but one patient have been fully vaccinated may contribute to better protection from more severe symptoms.

Jakarta Post Editorial - December 28, 2021

Jakarta – What has been Indonesia's biggest achievement in foreign affairs in 2021? The answer will likely be getting the G20 presidency for 2022. This is the first time Indonesia has chaired the club of the world's largest economies. Yet, what is equally important is the diplomacy on COVID-19 vaccines and on Myanmar.

Jakarta Post - December 28, 2021

Divya Karyza, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry has exceeded its yearly tax collection target for the first time in 12 years amid recovering business activity and high commodity prices, although the target is lower than in preceding years.

Channel News Asia - December 28, 2021

Bireuen, Indonesia – Indonesian authorities will help repair a stranded boat packed with more than 100 Rohingya refugees off its coast but will not allow its passengers to seek refuge in the Southeast Asian country and will turn the vessel away, officials told Reuters on Tuesday (Dec 28).

Tabloid JUBI - December 28, 2021

Adlu Raharusun, Jubi TV – Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Andika Perkasa visited West Papua recently. He first visited Manokwari then continued to Sorong.

Reuters - December 28, 2021

Jakarta – Health authorities were conducting contact tracing on Tuesday after detecting Indonesia's first case of the Omicron coronavirus variant in the community, health ministry official Siti Nadia Tarmizi said.

Jakarta Post - December 28, 2021

Jakarta (Agencies) – A boat carrying scores of Rohingya refugees including women and children broke down and was stranded in waters off the coast of Aceh province, local authorities and humanitarian groups said on Monday.

Coconuts Jakarta - December 28, 2021

A woman in Bekasi, West Java had to act and catch her daughter's molester by herself due to alleged police inaction, winning praise for herself and public condemnation against law enforcement.

Tempo - December 28, 2021

Mirza Bagaskara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) said cases of sexual violence against children in educational buildings or schools are still rife. Based on KPAI's findings, at least 18 cases of child abuse in education units were reported from January 2 to December 27, 2021.

Jakarta Globe - December 28, 2021

Maria Fatima Bona, Jakarta – Indonesia announced on Tuesday its first locally transmitted case of the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

According to Health Ministry spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the Omicron-infected patient is a 37-year-old male. The patient lives in Medan, North Sumatra, with his wife, but he recently visited Jakarta.

Jakarta Post - December 28, 2021

Jakarta – The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has advised Jakarta-owned bus service Transjakarta to create a unit specifically responsible for setting and maintaining safety standards following a recent spike in crashes involving the city buses.

Bloomberg News - December 28, 2021

Fathiya Dahrul and Rieka Rahadiana – Indonesia is overhauling state companies and replacing the management teams with professionals and many of the president's allies amid concern the appointments are politically motivated.

Coconuts Jakarta - December 28, 2021

The government is set to temporarily ban Indonesians from leaving the country, Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said today, as the country records rising Omicron numbers.

Ma'ruf said the discussion on the ban came up during a recent cabinet meeting as the government brainstormed ways to contain the spread of Omicron in Indonesia.

December 27, 2021

Jakarta Globe - December 27, 2021

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The government will introduce stricter quarantine rules related to international travel after an Omicron-infected patient escaped from the mandatory isolation, a senior official said on Monday.