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June 10, 2022

Kyodo News - June 10, 2022

Jakarta – An Indonesian business partner of a Japanese COVID-19 subsidy fraud suspect said Thursday he felt sorry and shocked over the man's arrest earlier this week.

Antara News - June 10, 2022

Anita D, Kenzu T, Jakarta – The Mother and Child Welfare Bill regulates the obligation of companies to provide six months maternity leave for working mothers, according to House of Representatives Legislative Body Deputy Speaker Abdul Wahid.

Channel News Asia - June 10, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia is further easing rules to allow more companies to export palm oil, an official said on Friday, aiming to ease bottlenecks and swelling inventories caused by an export ban and regulatory changes implemented to maintain domestic supply.

UCA News - June 10, 2022

Konradus Epa – The Community of Sant'Egidio, an Italian-based Catholic lay group, and Indonesia's biggest moderate Islamic organization have signed a pact to continue working together to promote interfaith peace and carry out humanitarian work in the predominantly Muslim country.

June 9, 2022

Straits Times - June 9, 2022

Singapore (Reuters) – Indonesian naval officers have asked for US$375,000 (S$516,000) to release a fuel tanker they detained last week for anchoring illegally in Indonesian waters off Singapore, two people involved in negotiations over the unofficial payment said.

Tabloid JUBI - June 9, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papuan People's Petition protesters who rallied in Makassar City, South Sulawesi, to reject the establishment of new autonomous regions in Papua and Papua's Special Autonomy (Otsus) on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, were attacked by a group of people claiming to be a mass organization.

Mongabay - June 9, 2022

Zamzami and Morgan Erickson-Davis, Pekanbaru, Indonesia – Reportedly home to 3% of the planet's mammal species and one of the highest levels of lowland plant diversity known to science, Indonesia's Tesso Nilo National Park is a sanctum for Sumatra's wildlife – including critically endangered Sumatran tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) and elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus).

Tempo - June 9, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on June 8 issued presidential instruction No. 4/2022 on the accelerated efforts to eradicate extreme poverty which aims to abolish extreme poverty by 2024. The instruction suggests that inter-governmental efforts will be strengthened to reach this goal.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 9, 2022

A man in Medan, North Sumatra is seeking justice for his daughter by dragging her alleged rapists to the police station.

According to reports, the man, identified by his initial M, caught three men raping his 14-year-old daughter at a fertilizer warehouse on Tuesday.

The Economist - June 9, 2022

We Have Tired of Violence: A True Story of Murder, Memory and the Fight for Justice in Indonesia. By Matt Easton. New Press; 341 pages; $27.99.

Jakarta Globe - June 9, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The phase 3 clinical trial for the homegrown Covid-19 vaccine developed by state-run pharmaceutical company Bio Farma and US medical school Baylor College of Medicine officially kicked off on Thursday.

Tabloid JUBI - June 9, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Manado Military Court III-17 on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, held a hearing to read the charges against two Indonesian Military (TNI) members who shot and killed two residents of Timika, Eden Bebari and Roni Wandik.

Macao News - June 9, 2022

President of Timor-Leste Jose Ramos-Horta and visiting Foreign Minister Wang Yi have expressed common willingness to strengthen regional cooperation and safeguard multilateralism.

During their meeting in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste, Ramos-Horta said his country fully supports the Belt and Road Initiative.

Tempo.co - June 9, 2022

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The National Alliance for the Reform of the Criminal Code has sent a letter to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo demanding that he give the public access to the latest draft of the new Draft Criminal Code or RKUHP.

Tempo - June 9, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – The chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Firli Bahuri on Wednesday was apparently bothered by questions asked by journalists regarding the whereabouts of Harun Masiku. The former PDIP legislative candidate has been a KPK fugitive since 2020 for suspected bribery against a member of the General Elections Committee.

June 8, 2022

The Interpreter - June 8, 2022

Andrea Fahey – China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi last week concluded a Pacific tour – featuring some diplomatic gains and losses – with a 24-hour visit to Timor-Leste. The visit marks the island neighbour to Australia's north as another important player in the regional strategic contest.

Tempo - June 8, 2022

Eka Yudha Saputra, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi on Wednesday officially inaugurated the second development phase of the Batang Integrated Industrial Estate (KITB) for electric battery production – which will end up in electric vehicles.

Reuters - June 8, 2022

Stefanno Sulaiman and Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia's legislature is proposing the inclusion of coal-based energy and nuclear power as "new energy" sources in a draft of a new bill seen on Wednesday, which also proposes renewable energy compensation and incentives.

Straits Times - June 8, 2022

Toh Ting Wei, Singapore – The commander-in-chief of the Indonesian National Defence Forces has been conferred a military award for his work in strengthening defence ties between Singapore and Indonesia.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 8, 2022

A highly controversial government plan to hike the entrance fee to the iconic Borobudur Temple has been postponed, Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said today.

CNN Indonesia - June 8, 2022

Jakarta – A protest action by Papuan students which took place in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar, which was opposing the creation of new autonomous regions in Papua, ended in a clash with a social organisation (ormas). A number of people were injured and rushed to the nearest hospital.

Tempo - June 8, 2022

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Gerindra Party politician Yan Permenas Mandenas on Wednesday asserts that the Party's decision will remain clear to endorse Party chairman Prabowo Subianto on running as a candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

He assured that Gerindra will consistently support Prabowo amidst a number of people emerging as potential candidates.

Tempo - June 8, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – A number of people claiming to be ex-terrorism convicts participated in the declaration event supporting Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan as a presidential candidate in the 2024 General Elections. They were also given the opportunity along with other declarators from Islamic organizations to deliver a speech.

Asia Times - June 8, 2022

John McBeth, Jakarta – As foreign tourists start trickling back to Indonesia, Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Panjaitan has created a furor by announcing plans to charge domestic tourists 750,000 rupiah (US$52) to explore Central Java's iconic Borobudur temple complex.

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – Director of the Papua Legal Aid Institute (LBH Papua) Emanuel Gobay has asked President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately audit the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) regarding its alleged purchase of weapons used in the armed conflict in Papua.

Benar News - June 8, 2022

Victor Mambor, Jayapura, Indonesia – Activists say authorities should investigate who dropped mortar shells from the sky on eight villages in Indonesia's rebellious Papua region during counter-insurgency operations last year, and whether the ammunition belonged to the national spy agency.

Tempo - June 8, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) task force head Zubairi Djoerban on Wednesday said that he believes Indonesia is currently entering the Covid-19 endemic phase after epidemiologists reviewed a number of positive indicators.

UCA News - June 8, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – Indonesia's military has sentenced two soldiers to eight and nine months in prison respectively for having sex with multiple men.

The sentences were condemned by rights groups, who said the punishments were another attack on the LGBT community in a country where homosexuality is legal.

Sydney Morning Herald - June 8, 2022

Lisa Visentin – Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says there are "levers available" to the government on the handling of the Bernard Collaery case but remained tight-lipped about any steps the Commonwealth may take in the matter, as advocates renewed calls for Canberra lawyer's prosecution to be abandoned.

Tabloid JUBI - June 8, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The pilot of the Semuwa Aviation Mandiri (SAM) Air, M Farhan Fachri, managed to save himself when the plane he was carrying was shot at by armed groups at Kenyam Airport, Nduga Regency on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Farhan escaped the gunfire after jumping into the sewers and taking cover for a while.

June 7, 2022

Tabloid JUBI - June 7, 2022

Jayapura, Jubi – The Papua Office of Statistics Indonesia (BPS) hoped that people in 29 regencies and cities in Papua would be willing to open up and accept 2020 Population Census officers who come to collect their data, Head of BPS Papua Adriana Robaha said in a press statement in Jayapura City on Thursday, June 2, 2022.

Tempo - June 7, 2022

Moh Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – The long-awaited electric bus fleet from Jakarta-owned bus service Transjakarta is officially in service by serving two routes on June 7.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

Tim Harcourt, Sydney, Australia – Indonesia may be the world's fourth most populous nation – with more than 270 million people – but Australian news coverage of it typically involves three things: beef, boats and Bali.

Associated Press - June 7, 2022

Achmad Ibrahim and Edna Tariganjune, Jakarta, Indonesia – A middle-rank Indonesian army officer is being stripped of his military title after he was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for murder, joint deprivation of the independence of others and removing the bodies with the intention of concealment in a case that drew public outcry.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 7, 2022

We're beginning to lose track of the number of stories highlighting a recent rise in homophobic sentiment in Indonesia, with the recent temporary closure imposed on a South Jakarta cafe being just another drop in the expanding ocean of hate.

Tabloid JUBI - June 7, 2022

Merauke, Jubi – The Archbishop of Merauke, Petrus Canisius Mandagi, revealed that education services in the interior of Papua's Merauke Regency were not running, partly because teachers did not carry out their duties properly.

Mandagi heard the people's complaints himself during his Canonical Visit to Kimaam and Ilwayab Districts two weeks ago.

Tribune Magazine - June 7, 2022

Douglas Gerrard – In September of last year, labourers returning to work on the Trans-Papua highway found that much of their heavy equipment had been destroyed overnight. As a result, construction was briefly stopped on a stretch of road traversing the Bintang mountains, close to the border with Papua New Guinea.

Jakarta Globe - June 7, 2022

Jakarta – An elderly man believed to be the leader of Muslim group Khilafatul Muslimin was arrested in the province of Lampung early on Tuesday after group members staged a rally in Jakarta promoting a caliphate.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia has joined in the chorus of Muslim majority countries condemning Indian politicians whose remarks are deemed to have insulted the Prophet Muhammad.

UCA News - June 7, 2022

By UCA News reporter – Timor-Leste President Jose Ramos-Horta has described a new law on the president's responsibilities, which was passed swiftly before his inauguration, as unconstitutional.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

Nur Janti, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has called out the government for excessive use of force in Papua last week against protesters who were rallying against Jakarta's plan to create new provinces in the country's easternmost region.

Antara News - June 7, 2022

Evarianus Supar, Uyu Liman, Manokwari, W Papua (ANTARA) – The West Papua Regional Police have increased security in Manokwari city and its surrounding areas ahead of the implementation of the Woman 20 (W20) side event and the 4th Youth 20 (Y20) pre-summit.

Jakarta Globe - June 7, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Former president Megawati Soekarnoputri officially keeps her leadership role in the steering committee of the Agency for the Implementation of Pancasila Ideology, or BPIP, a non-ministerial government agency in charge of preserving the state ideology.

Jakarta Post - June 7, 2022

Yanti Lewerissa, Ambon – Across Indonesia's 16,056 islands and expansive coastline lies a rich reserve of marine resources, and a magnet for illegal fishing. But in the Maluku Islands, local wisdom is safeguarding precious fisheries, building sustainability and economic resilience in the process.

UCA News - June 7, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – The leader of an Islamic extremist group in Indonesia has been arrested and faces treason charges in connection with the recent staging of a "subversive" motorcycle rally calling for an Islamic caliphate.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 7, 2022

Authorities are up in arms over what would be considered just a regular party in places like Bali, but is absolutely inappropriate in a city like Depok.

Early on Sunday morning, the Jakarta Metro Police raided what they described as a "bikini party" in an unassuming housing complex in the satellite city, which is known for its strong Islamic identity.

June 6, 2022

Detik News - June 6, 2022

Eva Safitri, Jakarta – The Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has released a survey on the perceptions of experts about the construction of the new capital city (IKN) in East Kalimantan. The result, as many as 58.8 percent are not convinced that the IKN will proceed in accordance with the government's target.

Tempo - June 6, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court (MK) on Monday announced that it will soon hold plenary sessions for the judicial review application that was lodged against the Marriage Act (UU) and how it oversees interfaith marriage.

Reuters - June 6, 2022

Kate Lamb, Jakarta – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was in Indonesia on Monday to meet its President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and shore-up relations between the two neighbors, in his first bilateral visit since being elected last month.

Tempo - June 6, 2022

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Sunday made it clear that a special policy needs to be enacted to overcome the multiple issues that the Borobudur Temple management comes across too often; littering and vandalism.