Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The Central Kalimantan Police reportedly arrested the customary leader of the Laman Kinipan community, Effendi Buhing, on Wednesday in relation to a years-long land dispute between the indigenous group and palm oil company PT Sawit Mandiri Lestari (SML).
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
August 27, 2020
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Several top food and beverages companies have established a new organization to ramp up their recycling efforts and reduce plastic packaging waste in Indonesia, which the companies commonly produce and usually ends up polluting the sea.
Fadli, Batam, Riau Islands – Riau Islands Governor Isdianto has thrown his support behind residents of Natuna who are seeking to have the regency recognized as a new Indonesian province.
Keerti Gedela, Evi Sukmaningrum and Irwanto – The nation with the world's fourth-largest population, Indonesia, has become a target of criticism for its poor COVID-19 mitigation response that "does not value policy advice from external experts".
This has contributed to the country having the highest recorded COVID-19 death toll in Southeast Asia.
Rebecca Ratcliffe – Infecting mosquitoes with a naturally occurring bacteria dramatically reduces their ability to transmit dengue, according to a breakthrough study that could pave the way to eliminating the disease.
Antara, Jakarta – Covid-19 infection clusters in companies have spread in Bekasi Regency, West Java. There are at least 30 firms reported positive cases.
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – The recent discovery of a COVID-19 cluster in the Agriculture Ministry has added to a growing list of such office outbreaks and had raised concerns about possible transmission between animals and humans in Indonesia.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The government is seeking to improve its tax arrears accounting system after the Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) discovered irregularities in the existing arrangement, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.
Jakarta – The cycle of graft surrounding Bank Bali corruption convict Djoko Tjandra continues to spin with the Attorney General's Office (AGO) naming him a suspect on Thursday for allegedly bribing prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari.
Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Nine employees of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), one detainee and four other people at its headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta, have tested positive for COVID-19.
Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Education and Culture Ministry will provide Rp 7.2 trillion (US$532 million) in social assistance in the form of phone credit and internet data packages to support students and teachers conducting long-distance learning for the next four months.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Pollution from nearby coal-fired power plants is choking the citizens of Jakarta, slashing years off their life expectancy, and turning the city into one of the most polluted capitals in the world, a new report shows.
New York – The International Committee of the Red Cross acknowledged "the real and growing threat" posed by cyber attacks against civilian infrastructure in future conflicts and warned that they could risk a humanitarian crisis during a conflict, its president told the UN Security Council on Wednesday.
Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian Fiber and Filament Producers Association (APSyFI) said that the number of workers in the textile and textile products (TPT) industry is currently down 50 percent compared to last year. In 2019, the Central Statistics Agency recorded 4.5 million people as the textile industry workforce.
Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Jakarta provincial administration allowed live music performance in restaurants and cafes through the issuance of circular 342/SE/2020 albeit the increasing Covid-19 cases in the capital city.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesia's recovery from the economic effects of the pandemic must focus on the sectors where the greatest number of workers have fallen into poverty, according to a researcher from the University of Indonesia's Social and Economic Research Institute (LPEM UI).
Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – Non-governmental organization Greenpeace Indonesia and Indonesian Labor Union (SBMI) held a protest at Aspiration Park in front of the National Monument, Central Jakarta last Thursday. The protesters demand President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to immediately ratify a government regulation on the protection of the Indonesian crewman.
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – As universities have imposed stricter rules in regard to certain forms of expression, activists have voiced their concerns over the possible suppression of free speech in higher education institutions.
Jakarta – Ninety-three students of the Darussalam Blokagung Banyuwangi Islamic Boarding School in East Java have tested positive of COVID-19.
East Java COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso said the students were in a relatively good condition.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The Health Ministry confirmed 2,719 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, another new one-day high. The new cases bring the official count of cases nationwide to 162,884.
Thursday's death toll of 120 was also the third-highest daily increase recorded since the outbreak began in March.
Jakarta – Two factories in Karawang, West Java, have been locked down for 14 days by the local administration in response to a report that dozens of employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated the prevalent issues of competitiveness that have been battering the Indonesian textile industry, as people are buying fewer clothes due to declining incomes.
New York – Indonesia, the current president of the UN Security Council, organized an informal meeting on Wednesday to address growing threat on critical public infrastructure posed by cyber attacks.
Bisnis, Jakarta – Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said the reopening of movie theaters in a number of regions declared safe from Covid-19 would revive the film industry and creative economy sector in Indonesia.
Egi Adyatama, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday, August 27, 2020, has officially launched the employee's wage subsidy program at the State Palace in Central Jakarta. Jokowi explained that employees eligible for the program are those who routinely pay their BPJS Kesehatan (state-health insurance) premiums.
August 26, 2020
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – Indonesia aims to produce 70 per cent of its medical supplies domestically as COVID-19 has served as a timely reminder that it is important to be self-reliant, said Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan.
Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The Cross-Factory Labour Federation (FBLP) has spoken out in response to a request by House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Puan Maharani who asked workers not hold demonstrations against the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation (RUU Cipta Kerja) because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration and cinema owners are gearing up to reopen movie theaters soon after consulting with the COVID-19 task force, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The Democratic Party faction has once again joined the deliberation of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation after withdrawing from the working committee in the House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg).
Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The daily rise of coronavirus cases in Jakarta reached a new high on Wednesday, the third time this month the capital city broke its own record as a surge in cases has been going beyond control.
Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – The Jakarta Covid-19 mitigation task force confirmed that this week's Covid-19 positivity rate in the city reached 10 percent, up from the previous 9.6 percent.
"The positivity rate in Jakarta for the past week is 10 percent," said the Jakarta Health Agency's head of disease prevention and control, Dwi Oktavia, on Monday, August 24.
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – Videos apparently showing four Indonesian crew members begging to be rescued from abuse aboard a Chinese fishing vessel have gone viral on social media, the latest in a series of alleged abuses aboard such vessels.
Herlambang P Wiratraman – In mid-August, the government acknowledged that it has asked Indonesian human rights activist Veronica Koman to return Rp 774 million (A$73,400) in scholarship funds. This comes on top of a criminal investigation she faces because of her public advocacy of human rights issues in Papua in 2019.
Christopher Knaus – Attorney general Christian Porter has been accused of abusing the National Security Information Act after interfering in court proceedings to screen documents held by Woodside Petroleum in a case against barrister Bernard Collaery.
Collaery is before court for his role in exposing Australia's bugging of Timor-Leste during oil and gas negotiations.
Sania Mashabi, Jakarta – Association of Indonesian Public Health Experts (IAKMI) board member Hermawan Saputra says that it is not the right time for the government to reopen cinemas while the corona virus pandemic or Covid-19 is still not under control.
Erwin Renaldi – Indonesia's popular tourist destination Bali has postponed its plans to reopen to international visitors by September and will instead remain closed until at least the end of the year.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia's economic recovery is "fragile" as state revenue weakened in July after an improvement recorded in the previous month, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday, warning that the country may enter recession in the third quarter.
Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Jakarta would allow movie theaters to reopen soon after the city administration held a meeting with the Health Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Industries to conclude the move would have a slight risk of spreading Covid-19 disease, Jakarta Governor Anies Basedan said on Wednesday.
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo urged his administration to push for bureaucratic reform in business permits and commerce in order to prevent people from gaining illicit personal benefit from the sector.
Jakarta – The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced that it will allow candidates to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizer as campaign props during the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in December.
Jakarta – The disbursement of financial stimuli for active employees earning less than Rp 5 million (US$344.16) per month has been postponed from Aug. 25 to the end of this month.
Aninda Dewayanti, Singapore – Indonesia is bracing for a prolonged dry season that typically induces forest fires in peatland areas.
Many Indonesians have long suffered the consequences of polluted air, particularly worrying now given the outbreak of the COVID-19 respiratory virus.
Health authorities in Batam, Riau Islands have located the woman who allegedly smeared her own face with the saliva of a deceased COVID-19 patient. Unsurprisingly, she, too, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Jakarta – Papuan Traditional Council (DAP) Second Secretary John Gobay is asking President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to quickly issue a government regulation on the mechanisms for establishing local political parties in the Land of the Cenderawasih as Papua is known.
Sydney and Jakarta – A spate of hacking attacks on Indonesian media that published articles critical of the government's response to the coronavirus has raised concerns over press freedom, the country's leading journalists' association said on Monday.
Andreas Harsono – At least 17 prisons in Indonesia have Covid-19 cases, with 120 inmates and 18 officials infected with the coronavirus, according to a joint report from human rights groups. While testing rates are very low, seven inmates are suspected to have died from Covid-19.
Jakarta – Gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia has agreed to meet the demands of its employees at the Grasberg complex in Tembagapura, Papua, after more than 1,000 workers blocked access to the world's biggest gold mine.
Jakarta – Indonesia has seen an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate – the percentage of those tested found to be infected – in the past month, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday.
Antara, Jakarta – The occupancy rate of ICU or intensive care unit beds in 67 Covid-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta has reached 71 percent as of Sunday, August 23.
Jakarta – Two police generals have admitted to accepting bribes in exchange for helping graft convict and ex-fugitive Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra evade capture.