Jakarta – Bus operators have complained that 20 percent blended biodiesel (B20) has caused their engines to run poorly, providing a cautionary message for future developments as Indonesia envisions a future with unblended pure biodiesel to fuel vehicles across the country.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
January 16, 2020
Jakarta – Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) Coordinator Yati Andriyani has slammed a statement by Attorney General ST Burhanuddin who declared that the Semanggi I and II student shootings in 1998 were not gross human rights (HAM) violations.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has called for reform in the country's financial services companies to improve the public's trust following cases that rocked the country's insurance industry.
Maikel Jefriando, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Thursday that a planned sovereign wealth fund to finance infrastructure projects in Southeast Asia's biggest economy will raise at least $20 billion once established.
Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) believes that violations against human rights (HAM) and civil freedoms have worsened in 2019.
M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – Governor Anies Baswedan's proposal to purchase 6 sets of loudspeakers worth Rp4 billion functioned as Jakarta's flood early warning system is met with firm rejection from a member of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), William Aditya.
Lona Olavia, Jakarta – Indonesian banking loan expansion is set to recover this year after experiencing a significant slowdown in 2019, with completion of key infrastructure projects and the government's continuing structural reform providing a supportive environment for loan demand to pick up.
January 15, 2020
Jakarta – The Purworejo Police arrested on Tuesday afternoon Totok Santoso Hadiningrat and Fanni Aminadia, residents of Purworejo regency in Central Java, who recently declared themselves the "king and queen" of the so-called Keraton Agung Sejagat kingdom. The couple was immediately taken to Purworejo Police headquarters for questioning.
Emma Connors, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is betting three high-profile figures from the UK, the United Arab Emirates and Japan will help it win global backing for its plan to shift the nation's capital.
Jakarta – The United Kingdom has reiterated its commitment to continue defense cooperation with Indonesia, particularly in the maritime sector, UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Heather Wheeler said on Wednesday.
Telly Nathalia, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Wednesday he expected the government to complete three much-anticipated omnibus bills by next week.
"I have asked for a final draft of the bills this week," the president said in Jakarta after a meeting to discuss the omnibus bills for job creation and taxation.
Jakarta – It's only fitting we give full respect to the investigators of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) who made a tenacious effort to apprehend the Secretary-General of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Hasto Kristiyanto.In the face of waning public faith in the KPK, they bravely fought against all manner of pressure to unearth the case of suspected
Yeremia Sukoyo, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office says corruption has left state-owned life insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya on the brink of bankruptcy and names five suspects in the case, including former executives and a prominent local investor.
Norman Harsono, Jakarta – A misfired explosion during the drilling of the YYA-1 oil well caused a massive oil spill in West Java in July last year, according to an Energy and Mineral Resources investigation team.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia booked a smaller trade deficit in December as exports of non-oil and gas products picked up while imports fell, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Wednesday.
Indonesia's controversial Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE) is so far-reaching in its application that one ongoing lawsuit is serving as a reminder not to publicly call out people who owe you money online.
Beritasatu, Jakarta – Indonesia's poverty rate was down to 9.22 percent according to the latest survey in September 2019, the government announced on Wednesday. Surveys on poverty are conducted twice a year, in March and September.
Bisnis, Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) announced that Indonesia's poverty rate up to September 2019 reached 9.22 percent. This is a 0.19 percentage point reduction from March of the same year and slightly dropped 0.44 percent point compared to September 2018.
Jakarta – Floods triggered by heavy rainfall in Samarinda, East Kalimantan, have submerged three districts and six subdistricts since Tuesday morning, affecting at least 7,213 residents.
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) recorded a slower foreign debt growth last November as the government and private sector repaid the principal due during the month while the latter also borrowed less.
As Friday prayers wrap up at Suada mosque, worshippers turn their attention outside where Fakhry Affan steers a drone high above, snapping pictures of the building tucked in a corner of Indonesia's Sulawesi island.
Herman, Jakarta – Indonesia's trade deficit narrowed to $3.2 billion last year as consumers and producers took a punt on a brake on imports, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, reported on Wednesday.
Antara, Jakarta – Traffic flow on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat bound for Istana Merdeka is smooth and orderly, despite the protest held by online ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers. The protesters are part of the Ojol Nusantara Bergerak organization.
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, has sent an official letter to the mayor of Depok, one of Jakarta's satellite cities located south of the capital, asking him to cancel a plan for a raid on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the area.
January 14, 2020
Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – In an official bilateral state visit to France's Ministry of Armed Forces, the Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto asserts that it acts as a means to strengthen the defense partnership between both states and also improve Indonesia's defense industry.
Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – New film "Anak Garuda," or "Children of Garuda," produced by the Selamat Pagi Indonesia School in Batu, East Java, has transformed the heartbreaking stories of young people living in poverty into a tale to inspire others like them to dream big.
Jakarta – Labor and student groups continue to demonstrate against the government's omnibus bill on job creation. They say they have been excluded and are seeking involvement in the creation of a regulation that, as it stands, is expected to change Indonesia's labor market to be more flexible and attractive for investors.
Sarah Yuniarni, Jakarta – The capital market in Indonesia is at an interesting crossroads. On one hand, a host of companies are queuing up to tap the stock markets against a backdrop of strong macroeconomic fundamentals, while on the other, some are adopting a 'wait-and-see' policy before taking the plunge.
Abusive laws proposed, minorities face persistent harassment
Jakarta – Indonesia faced serious threats to human rights in 2019 stemming from proposed laws restricting basic freedoms and deteriorating protections for marginalized groups, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.
An online campaign aiming to sway public opinion against Netflix in Indonesia has not yielded its desired outcome, as netizens in the country defended the streaming giant in numbers against attempts at justifying its partial censorship.
Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia's human rights commission on Tuesday condemned plans by a mayor to launch raids targeting the LGBT community in his city after a local man was convicted in Britain of sexually assaulting 48 men.
M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Ali Fikri strongly denies allegations stating that its sting operation (OTT) had been compromised prior to the arrest of the General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) is expected to continue with its dovish monetary policy this year to encourage Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth amid low inflation and easing external pressures, economists have said.
Rina Chandran, Bangkok – More than 200 Jakarta residents have filed a lawsuit against the governor of Indonesia's capital as they seek to hold authorities responsible over their inaction during some of the deadliest flooding in years, a lawyer for the plaintiffs said.
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, has thrown their support behind Sudarto, a rights activist from cross-community study center Pusaka Foundation, who is facing criminal charges for posting on social media about the ban to celebrate Christmas in two districts in West Sumatra last year.
Krithika Varagur, Jakarta – The mayor in the home city of an Indonesian man described as Britain's "most prolific rapist" has ordered raids to uncover members of the LGBT community, prompting fears of a growing homophobic backlash across the country.
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Jakarta is a concrete jungle with almost 90 percent of its area built over, leaving only 10 percent for green space, a leading cause of flooding in the capital. While the blame is often put on skyscrapers and business districts, residential areas are not entirely free from the problem.
Jakarta – Amnesty International is urging the Depok municipal government to immediately revoke a call for raids on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups in Depok city. Amnesty International Indonesia Director Usman Hamid says the move to conduct raids on LGBT groups is ruthless, inhuman and demeans their dignity as human beings.
Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Environment and Forestry (LHK) Siti Nurbaya has stated that a rehabilitation of around 800,000 hectares (ha) of land is needed to help to lower the increasing temperature, as stipulated in the contribution target of the Paris Agreements.
Jakarta – Newly appointed Financial Services Authority (OJK) ex-officio commissioner Suahasil Nazara says he aims to strengthen the agency's supervision of both the banking and nonbanking financial sectors to better detect potential threats.
Jakarta – Totok Santosa Hadiningrat, a resident of Purworejo in Central Java, has declared himself king of Keraton Agung Sejagat (The World Empire), which he claims to be the "mother of all states."
Totok invited reporters to a building in Pogung village, Bayan district, Purworejo regency, on Sunday to announce the new kingdom's existence.
A supervisor for the Indonesian Scouts Movement (Pramuka) in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta has apologized for allegedly teaching small children a bigoted chant, footage of which went viral in the country this week.
Badung, Bali – A villa in Bali which provides special services for gays located on Drona Lane in Seminyak, Badung, has created an uproar. There are four villas which allegedly provide special services for gays.
Jakarta – The widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta on the first day of 2020 has led to a shouting match between those protesting Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan over his administration's handling of the natural disaster and his own supporters.
January 13, 2020
Muhajir, Jakarta – Hundreds of workers from the Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance Confederation (KASBI) held a protest action in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) in Jakarta coinciding with the end of the parliament's recess period on Monday January 13.
They gathered to convey their opposition to the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation or RUU Cilaka.
Andi Hajramurni, Makassar – Heavy rain over the weekend has caused flooding in four regencies and one municipality in South Sulawesi, with at least one fatality.
The disaster comes less than two weeks after the widespread flooding that hit Greater Jakarta and Banten on New Year's Day.
Yohanes Sulaiman – Indonesia has been sending mixed signals in responding to China's breach of its exclusive economic zone around the Natuna Islands, near the South China Sea.
The Natuna sea is within 200 nautical miles (370 kilometres) of Indonesia's coastline, making it part of Indonesia's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Tarcisius Kabutaulaka – In July 2019, at the inaugural Indonesian Exposition held in Auckland, New Zealand, Indonesia launched its 'Pacific Elevation', laying claim to a Pacific islands identity and touting its elevated engagement with the region.
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian National Police (Polri) arrested the hacker who managed to alter the website of the Central Jakarta District Court and the Police's Criminal Investigation Department (Brimob).
Riska Rahman, Jakarta – State-owned insurance company Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri) has been implicated in a corruption case after its stock portfolio plunged, prompting scrutiny from high-ranking officials.