Thomas Paterson – Three days after being inaugurated as the president of Indonesia for a second five-year term, Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo announced his new cabinet. The appointment of former general and leader of the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Prabowo Subianto, as the new defence minister could spell further trouble for Indonesian democracy.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
November 15, 2019
Peter Beaumont – Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia.
A new study that sampled chicken eggs around sites in the country where plastic waste accumulates identified alarming levels of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls long recognised as extremely injurious to human health.
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) criticized President Jokowi's recent speech that called for the prevention against acts of corruption in front of a room filled with regional heads at Sentul, Bogor, on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. The antigraft watchdog asserted that preventive measures are not the main task of law enforcers.
Yudha Baskoro – Indonesia's amputee football team, the Garuda INAF, has been training hard for the Amputee Football Asian Championship in Kuala Lumpur in February next year, its last stop before the World Cup.The Garuda INAF team first trained together in March last year.
November 14, 2019
Wahyoe Boediwardhana, Surabaya – Muslims are allowed to use the greetings of other religions in order to preserve unity between Indonesians, according to Syaftudin Syarif, the secretary-general of the East Java branch of Nahdlatul Ulama Muslim (PWNU), on Tuesday.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – A suicide bomber who blew himself up at Medan police headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on Wednesday, had pledged allegiance to a new Islamic State (IS) caliph (leader) before committing the attack, a global think tank has said.
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Journalists from Melanesian countries are urging the Indonesian government to put a stop to criminalizing journalism, following concerns about growing threats to media freedom in the country.
Louis Lee Ray, Resty Woro Yuniar and Sri Kusmiati – The burning of plastic waste in Indonesia, much of which has been sent there by the West, is poisoning the food chain, the BBC has learned.
Environmental group IPEN found, in one East Java village, toxic dioxins in chicken eggs 70 times the level allowed by European safety standards.
Jakarta – Collusion between doctors and pharmaceutical companies over the sale of medicines still continues. An initiative is needed from the new minister of health.
Beritasatu, Jakarta – New details have emerged a day after a suicide bomb attack at the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters, with police saying the wife of the lone bomber is even more radicalized than her husband.
Rabbial Muslim Nasution, who died instantly during the attack, was reportedly radicalized by his own wife, the National Police said on Thursday.
Jakarta – A teacher in the rural area of Mappi, Papua, has written an open letter to Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim asking him to pay more attention to the quality of school facilities in the village where she teaches.
Jakarta – The Jakarta administration claims that its decision to remove the roof of a pedestrian bridge on Jl. Sudirman connecting Wisma Bumiputera and Astra Tower has received widespread support from residents in the capital.
Jakarta Bina Marga Road Agency head Hari Nugroho even went so far as to say that around 80 percent of residents approved the move.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Police and the National Police's counterterrorism squad Densus 88 are hunting a cleric believed to have influenced the suicide bomber that attacked the Medan Police headquarters on Wednesday.
Indonesian Mirnawati once ate rice with every meal, but its link to diabetes convinced her to join a growing movement to quit a staple food in the third biggest rice-consuming nation on Earth.
Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – The government is mulling over a plan to require couples who want to get married to take pre-marital lessons on family life and children welfare and get certified before they tie the knot, a minister said.
Faisal Maliki Baskoro, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave his blessing on Thursday to former Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to return to public service as an executive at an as yet unnamed state-owned enterprise.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told security forces and regional heads not to underestimate signs of public discontent in a speech to members of the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) at the Sentul International Convention Center, Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday.
Benny Mawel, Jayapura – Four students detained by police in antiracism protests that turned violent in Wamena and Timika, Papua, in September have been released because they are under the age of 18.
Carlos Ky Paath, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked regional governments to stop issuing too many local regulations and told his ministries to cull at least ten regulations before issuing a new one to cut bureaucratic red tapes and improve the country's competitiveness.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Two mothers whose sons were killed during prodemocracy protests in 1998 have marked the 21st anniversary of what became known as the Semanggi Tragedy by writing open letters to their late children, lamenting the fact that those responsible for their deaths have yet to be brought to justice.
Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration is bracing for the upcoming rainy season by undertaking several measures to prevent severe flooding in the capital city, which is a perennial problem.
Amy Chew – An Indonesian ministry last week banned its staff from wearing the niqab, or full-face veil, while on duty, as the government grapples with a rising tide of extremism and intolerance in the country.
Tjahjo Kumolo, the Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, told local media employees still had a choice to wear the garment when not working.
Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo projected that halal food industry will be worth US$1.8 trillion by the end of 2023 as reported recently by Global Islamic Economy Report 2019/2020.
According to Perry, the figure could be achieved because of the increasing potential market of the global halal industry.
November 13, 2019
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan and Jakarta – A 24-year-old man who was formerly an online-delivery motorcycle driver has been identified by police as the suicide bomber in the attack on the Medan Police precinct headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, on Wednesday.
Jakarta – A key group in Indonesia's parliament expressed support on Wednesday for a plan by President Joko Widodo to replace dozens of existing, overlapping laws with bills to improve the investment climate, its chairman said.
James Massola, Karuni Rompies and Amilia Rosa, Jakarta – A suicide bomber launched an attack on the Medan City police headquarters in North Sumatra, Indonesia, killing himself and injuring at least six people.
The blast occurred on Wednesday at 8.45am local time.
Sarah Ervina Dara Siyahailatua, Jakarta – The Tobacco Control Support Center recorded that Indonesia ranks third with the world's most smokers with at least 90 million active smokers in 2015.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Nickel mining and smelting companies have agreed to support the government's plan to ban nickel ore exports from January 2020 onward, as stipulated in an Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry regulation, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia has said.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reiterated his determination to improve Indonesia's investment climate at the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda), held on Wednesday at the Sentul International Convention Center in Bogor, West Java.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II is tightening security in its 19 airports following a suicide bombing that injured six people at the Medan Police headquarters in North Sumatra on Wednesday morning.
Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama has asserted that he has no plans to make Bali and Lake Toba in North Sumatra more Muslim-friendly destinations, rebuking circulating media reports that suggested he would do so in two of Indonesia's favorite tourist sites.
Paul Daley – Suggestions that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is impeding or trying to censor an official history of Australia's East Timor peacekeeping mission are disturbing but unsurprising.
Jakarta (Antara) – The Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Armed Forces have resolved to forge military cooperation.
Jakarta – Close oversight in the drawing up of the Capital's budget also shows the biggest benefit of democracy: a control mechanism that will only work properly if there is strong opposition.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia's Islamic finance rank has improved exponentially this year, but challenges remain to further develop the sharia economy.
Jakarta – The government plans to reduce the annual interest rate for its microcredit program (KUR) from 7 percent to 6 percent per year starting Jan. 1, 2020.
Rahel Narda Chaterine, Jakarta – A group of students from the Semanggi Student Action Front held a commemoration marking 21 years since the Semanggi I tragedy. They even managed to put up a huge banner demanding that the perpetrators of human rights violations be brought to trial.
Larissa Huda, Jakarta – Directorate General of Customs and Excise at the Finance Ministry recorded a total of 1,064 imported waste containers retained at Tanjung Priok Port as of October 30. This occurred because importers had not yet submitted Import declaration form (PIB), said the sub directorate import head Djanurindro Wibowo.
Jakarta – The Jakarta City Council's Commission A has recommended that the budget for the Governor's Team for Accelerated Development (TGUPP) be scrapped from the capital's 2020 budget priorities (KUA-PPAS).
Panca Nugraha, Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara – State-owned electricity company PLN has imposed rolling blackouts on Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) for the past several weeks because of a decrease in its production capacity.
The policy will be implemented until the end of December.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The government is looking to develop an amphibious aircraft in the next five years to solve the perennial problem of inter-island transportation in the archipelago, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said at the International Conference of Transportation Research and Innovation in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Markus Makur, East Manggarai, NTT – The local administration and legislative council are planning to provide new buildings for SMPN 10 junior high school and other schools in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
November 12, 2019
Jakarta – The government looks set to realize its plan to form two new provinces in Papua, or at least one of them, after hearing what it claims as "grassroots aspirations".
Adam Prireza, Jakarta – The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) chairman of Sobri Lubis claimed that his side had obtained a recommendation letter from the Ministry of Religious Affairs, and so he did no longer need to renew the organization permit at Home Affairs Ministry.
Jakarta – The Papua Advocacy Team has protested the continued restrictions on access to six Papua activists who are being detained at the Mobile Brigade Command Headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention centre in Depok.
Jayapura (Antara) – Papuan Customary figures demanded the government manage Lake Sentani like the management of Lake Toba in Medan, North Sumatra.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Laode M. Syarif said that his side had handled two corruption cases concerned by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.
The cases were the corruption in the purchase of Agusta Westland AW101 helicopters and in Pertamina Energy Trading Limited or Petral.
Ganug Nugroho, Surakarta – Wonogiri Regent Joko "Jekek" Sutopo has demanded a proper criminal investigation after six alleged rapists reportedly resolved their offense through compensating their victim with Rp 7.5 million (US$533.80) each.
Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo reported cases to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that were left hanging, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has claimed.
"The President has shown, delivered reports to the KPK on [...] cases that have never been solved," Mahfud said as quoted by kompas.com.
Karina M. Tehusijarana, Jakarta – Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Jazuli Juwaini has asked Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto to pay closer attention to people entering Papua claiming to be missionaries.