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March 1, 2021

Coconuts Jakarta - March 1, 2021

A motorcyclist in Jakarta felt the swift boot of justice, and thankfully nothing more severe than that, from a member of the president's security detail (Paspampres) when he and his rev-happy pals drove too close for comfort to the State Palace.

CNN Indonesia - March 1, 2021

Jakarta – Activist Veronica Koman has addressed the different positions taken by the Indonesian government in response to calls to resolve the Papua problem and in its response to the coup d'etat in Myanmar.

According to Koman, Indonesia's position on the Myanmar coup has been very good, but not its attitude on the Papua issue.

Mongabay - March 1, 2021

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Forests in parts of Indonesia regions that have remained largely untouched are now fast disappearing as deforestation driven by agribusiness and infrastructure development moves east, according to a new report.

Tempo - March 1, 2021

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – Coalition of Pedestrian head Alfred Sitorus said street vendors and illegal parking had occupied 90 percent of sidewalks in Jakarta.

"There are almost no sidewalks in Jakarta that are free from street sellers or illegal parking," said Alfred on Monday, March 1.

Tempo - March 1, 2021

Ahmad Faiz Ibnu Sani, Jakarta – A number of activists joined under a group dubbed the Milk Tea Alliance Indonesia declared their support for the struggle of the people of Myanmar in defying the military coup that has shattered the Southeast Asian nation.

Jakarta Globe - March 1, 2021

Jakarta – The government has recently kicked off the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout which includes public service workers, senior citizens, as well as teachers and education personnel.

Health Ministry Covid-19 vaccination spokeswoman Siti Nadia Tarmizi said public service workers are getting the Covid-19 jab as they are susceptible to the virus transmission.

Coconuts Bali - March 1, 2021

Talks of opening up Bali to mass tourism have sprung up again recently as the province's daily COVID-19 cases dropped in recent weeks, with Bali Governor Wayan Koster saying that there might soon be COVID-19 "green zones" on the island open to all travelers.

February 28, 2021

Australian Financial Review - February 28, 2021

James CurranColumnist – In 1986, the head of the newly merged Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Stuart Harris, argued that Australia is "an isolated country in the sense that there is a lack of regional links; there is no region or grouping to which we belong naturally, and no easy alliances that are immediately of use to us".

Jakarta Globe - February 28, 2021

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Tech giant Grab and health platform Good Doctor have opened up Southeast Asia's first Covid-19 vaccination drive-thru in Bali to inoculate thousands tourism workers and ride-hailing drivers.

Tempo - February 28, 2021

Antara, Papua – A Regional Representatives' Council (DPD) member, on behalf of West Papua's electoral area, made an earnest request to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to revoke the government's investment permit for the liquor industry in Papua.

Straits Times - February 28, 2021

Jakarta (Bloomberg) – South-east Asia's ride-hailing giant Grab Holdings is setting up drive-through vaccination services in Indonesia in collaboration with the government to help the nation inoculate more than 180 million people against Covid-19.

February 27, 2021

Sydney Morning Herald - February 27, 2021

Karuni Rompies, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is in discussions with Sinopharm and Moderna about purchasing their COVID-19 vaccines to be used in one of the world's first private vaccination programs.

Nikkei Asia - February 27, 2021

Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Jakarta – Indonesian scientists are planning to sequence 10,000 samples of COVID-19 this year to detect variants of the virus that may be circulating around the vast archipelago.

Jakarta Globe - February 27, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesian health authorities have administered 2.6 million doses of coronavirus vaccine since mass vaccination campaign began on Jan. 13, according to government figures released on Saturday.

Tempo - February 27, 2021

Jakarta – Although banned by law, 22 open waste dumping sites are still operating. The principle of reduce, reuse, recycle is still nothing more than a slogan.

Human Rights Watch - February 27, 2021

Andreas Harsono – This week I moderated a discussion with seven courageous Indonesian women – a teacher, a lawyer, an ombudswoman, two psychologists, and two activists.

Kompas.com - February 27, 2021

Nicholas Ryan Aditya, Jakarta – Yesterday, on Friday February 26, the public was surprised to hear the news that all of a sudden Covid-19 vaccinations were being conducted at the House of Representatives (DPR) complex in Senayan, Jakarta, without any public notification.

Tempo - February 27, 2021

Jakarta – A tax discount for buyers of automobiles will not be effective in increasing economic growth. A comprehensive stimulus policy package is needed.

Jakarta Globe - February 27, 2021

Yeremia Sukoyo, Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The anti-corruption agency has arrested South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah and several others for alleged corruption in Makassar on Friday.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Nurdin while sleeping at the governor's residence in the South Sulawesi capital and flew him overnight to Jakarta.

Asia Pacific Report - February 27, 2021

Sara Niner – Xanana Gusmao's recent contrived jovial participation in the birthday celebrations of "self-professed" paedophile and defrocked foreign priest Richard Daschbach has shocked many of his supporters, not least his Australian former wife and three Timorese-Australian sons who have publicly condemned the visit and written apologetic letters to the young women who were due to

The Economist - February 27, 2021

Most teenagers starting at a new school want to fit in. But not Jeni Hia. On her first day at a public high school in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province, the 16-year-old was the only girl whose hair was uncovered.

Tempo - February 27, 2021

Adam Prireza, Jakarta – Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria said the capital city administration has injected 214,523 doses Covid-19 Vaccine; 141,225 doses in the first phase and 73,298 doses in the second phase.

Jakarta health department has, so far, vaccinated market traders, teachers and educational staff, journalists, and athletes.

February 26, 2021

Tempo - February 26, 2021

Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – Former Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. (ret.) Moeldoko was reluctant to respond to the statement of the Democrat Party founder Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) who accused him of involving in an attempt to replace the leadership of the party.

UCA News - February 26, 2021

Konradus Epa, Jakarta – Relatives of four women recently charged with criminal damage after throwing rocks at a tobacco factory in Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province have demanded government protection.

Jakarta Globe - February 26, 2021

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, or SECO, will provide grants of 65 million Swiss francs, or about $71.8 million, for the next four years to assist Indonesia's economic development.

Coconuts Jakarta - February 26, 2021

Microsoft seems to have made enemies in Indonesia after the country came last in Southeast Asia in the Digital Civility Index (DCI). Well, it appears that the result has come full circle, as netizens in the country have stormed the tech company's Instagram account that it had to disable its comments section.

Tempo - February 26, 2021

Lani Diana Wijaya, Jakarta – Head of Jakarta Bina Marga Agency Hari Nugroho said nearly 6,900 roads in five Jakarta areas were damaged due to heavy rainfall leading to floods. However, he said the number was less than last year's.

"The number drops compared to that of in 2020. Last year, there were almost 9,000 roads damaged," said Hari to Tempo on Thursday, February 25.

Coconuts Jakarta - February 26, 2021

The district attorney in Pematangsiantar, North Sumatra has ceased investigation into four male health workers who had been accused of blasphemy after they allegedly violated Islamic customs by bathing a deceased female COVID-19 patient who is not their mahram (unmarriable kin, usually immediate family members, and the husband).

Liputan 6 - February 26, 2021

Fachrur Rozie, Jakarta – Criminologist and policing expert Adrianus Meliala has joined others in criticising Covid-19 vaccination for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prisoners.

Tempo - February 26, 2021

Jakarta – In Pasuruan, East Java, a combat engineer battalion is in dispute with its business partner over the management of a gas station. It is time military businesses were put in order.

Tempo - February 26, 2021

Muhammad Hendartyo, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry recorded the government debt stood at Rp6,233.14 trillion at the end of January 2021. The government debt-to-GDP ratio is 40.28 percent.

In terms of size, the debt has risen from 2019, which the 'APBN Kita' book says is related to process of recovering the economy that is weakened by to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Globe - February 26, 2021

Jakarta – American tech giant Microsoft announced a plan to build its first data center in Indonesia, marking its "most significant" investment in the country in the past 26 years, that would help the largest digital economy in Southeast Asia to generate an additional $6.3 billion in revenue, the company said in a statement on Thursday.

CNN Indonesia - February 26, 2021

Jakarta – The Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) – an institution concerned with freedom of expression in the digital world – has criticised the newly established virtual police (VP) unit formed under the national police headquarters that is tasked with monitoring the activities of netizens.

February 25, 2021

Radio New Zealand - February 25, 2021

Amnesty International has voiced concern about ongoing deadly conflict in West Papua.

In recent weeks, conflict between the pro-independence West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesia's security forces has intensified in Intan Jaya regency.

Jakarta Globe - February 25, 2021

Yudha Baskoro, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry and the Health Ministry have started Covid-19 vaccination for religious leaders at the Istiqlal Mosque, Central Jakarta, on Thursday.

Antara News - February 25, 2021

Evarukdijati, Rahmad Nasution, Jayapura, Papua – The Indonesian army will secure the 575-kilometer Transpapua section of the Jayapura-Wamena highway in Papua province to halt the flow of illegal goods, including drugs and liquor, a top military officer said.

Antara News - February 25, 2021

Hendrina DK, Rahmad Nasution, Jayapura – Papua's provincial administration is making efforts to restore normalcy in Intan Jaya district, which has been witness to a spate of violence targeting civilians and security personnel over the past two years.

Tempo - February 25, 2021

Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The National Police Internal Affairs (Propam) immediately issued a ban against policemen consuming alcohol following a bloody incident where a police personnel identified as CS shot four people – injuring one and killing three people with one of them being a military member – after an altercation broke at a local bar in Cengkareng, West Jakarta.

Kompas.com - February 25, 2021

Tsarina Maharani, Jakarta – The Anti-Injustice Social Coalition has reported President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to the police criminal investigations directorate for alleged violations of health protocols during a presidential visit to Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).

Nikkei Asia - February 25, 2021

Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – In a bid to spur both domestic and foreign investment, Indonesia has designated 245 industries as "priority" and will offer incentives to attract capital to those sectors.

Reuters - February 25, 2021

Jakarta – Indonesia will receive at least two million doses of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China's Sinopharm for use in a private vaccination scheme due to run alongside a national inoculation programme, a minister said on Thursday.

Coconuts Jakarta - February 25, 2021

Mind what you post online, because the National Police has launched a Virtual Police division that is out to warn internet users who violate the country's Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE).

Jakarta Globe - February 25, 2021

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia has vaccinated 1.46 million medical workers since the campaign began on Jan. 13, representing 99.53 percent of all registered workers in the sector, Health Ministry data showed on Thursday.

Tabloid JUBI - February 25, 2021

Hans Kapisa, Manokwari – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had evaluated the governance of licensing and permits related to West Papua forests and palm oil plantation companies in the province in Papua Land for the last two years and reported that 24 companies held a permit to turn 576,090 hectares of forests into palm plantations.

Tempo - February 25, 2021

Andita Rahma, Dewi Nurita, Jakarta – A watchdog group naming themselves the People's Coalition Against Injustice filed a criminal complaint against President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to the National Police's Criminal Investigation Unit for allegedly disobeying Covid-19 health protocols.

Jakarta Globe - February 25, 2021

Herman, Jakarta – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that the Indonesian government was still in discussion with American electric car maker Tesla about its investment plan in Southeast Asia's largest economy, which never includes a plan for a car manufacturing facility.

ABC News - February 25, 2021

Rescue workers are searching for at least five miners buried on Indonesia's Sulawesi island, after an illegal gold mine collapsed on Wednesday killing at least three people.

A search-and-rescue effort has already retrieved at least three bodies and pulled 15 survivors from debris, officials said on Thursday.

Asia Pacific Report - February 25, 2021

The indigenous people of West Papua have rejected the extension of special autonomy and the planned expansion of new provinces announced by the central government of Indonesia.

The rejection comes from grassroots communities across West Papua and Papuan students who are studying in Indonesia and overseas.

Coconuts Jakarta - February 25, 2021

Indonesia's Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has administered COVID-19 vaccines to 39 graft detainees, the anti-graft body confirmed, as it seeks to prevent an outbreak of the disease at its facilities.

Tempo - February 25, 2021

Francisca Christy Rosana, Jakarta – Aviation observer from Aviatory Indonesia, Ziva Narendra, asked the government to issue a strict policy, particularly to limit the people's mobility during this year's Eid al-Fitr holidays. She argued that it is vital to curb Covid-19 transmission.