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June 3, 2024

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Mita Amalia Hapsari, Bella Evanglista, Jakarta – Bambang Susantono, the head of the Nusantara Capital Authority Body (OIKN), and his deputy, Dhony Rahajoe, have resigned from their positions just two months before the inauguration of Indonesia's future capital.

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia has attracted almost 4.1 million foreign tourists so far in 2024 as of April, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

This marks the highest cumulative foreign tourist arrivals Indonesia has recorded in the January-April period over the past four years since the Covid-hit 2020.

Tempo - June 3, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – President of the Labor Party, Said Iqbal, has declared that his party intends to contest Law No. 4 of 2016 on the public housing savings (Tapera) to the Constitutional Court. This law mandates the deduction of 3 percent of workers' salaries per month, commencing in May 2027.

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Vinnilya, Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) reported a deflation of 0.03 percent in May 2024, marking the first deflation since August 2023.

Meanwhile, the year-on-year inflation stood at 2.84 percent, and the year-to-date inflation was at 1.16 percent, within the government's target range between 1.5 percent and 3.5 percent.

Jakarta Post - June 3, 2024

Jakarta – Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono has expressed hope that investors could maintain their high confidence in the projects for the construction of the new capital city, Nusantara, following the departure of its leadership on Monday.

Suara Papua - June 3, 2024

Reiner Brabar, Sorong – Customary forests that have been a source of livelihood for the Awyu tribe in Boven Digoel regency, South Papua, and the Moi Tribe in Sorong regency, West Papua, are threatened with disappearing due to the clearing of land for palm oil plantations.

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The government plans to grant a coal mining concession with sizable reserves to the executive board of Indonesia's largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU).

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 3, 2024

Jakarta – Just a week ago, we celebrated the overturning of a planned tuition fee hike for state universities, an effort led by incensed student bodies and amplified by social media.

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – The Manpower Ministry has acknowledged the protests from workers and employers against the mandatory Housing Savings Program (Tapera).

Jakarta Post - June 3, 2024

Jakarta – The National Police have arrested one of Thailand's "most wanted" fugitives who was on the run after escaping custody in Thailand last year, a senior police official said Sunday.

Chaowalit Thongduang, 37, was arrested in Bali on Thursday, said Sr. Comr. Wahyu Widada, the head of police criminal investigation unit.

Tempo - June 3, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Indonesia's Minister of Defense and President-elect Prabowo Subianto and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III discussed the modernization of the primary weaponry defense system on the sidelines of the IISS Shangri-La Dialogue 2024 in Singapore on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Tempo - June 3, 2024

Septia Ryanthie, Jakarta – Vice President-elect Gibran Rakabuming Raka refused to comment on the Supreme Court's decision which alters the age requirement for candidates in the 2024 regional elections.

This ruling has drawn public scrutiny for its potential to perpetuate the political dynasty of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

Jakarta Post - June 3, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – While Indonesians have become more religiously conservative, most of them shunned Islamism in the February general election, as indicated by the failure of the United Development Party (PPP), the country's oldest Islamist political party, to win any seats in the national legislature for the first time in its 51-year history.

Suara Papua - June 3, 2024

Jayapura – The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT), which was established in 1979 based on the Universal Declaration of People's Rights, and in accordance with United Nations statutes, has opened procedures to investigate the impact of development on the environment in West Papua and human rights violations related to these practices.

Tempo - June 3, 2024

Desty Luthfiani, Jakarta – At least 325 houses were inundated as floods hit Sidenreng Rappang Regency, South Sulawesi on Saturday, June 1 at around 21:00 Western Indonesia Time (WIB).

Abdul Muhari, head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency's (BNPB) Disaster Data, Information, and Communication Center, said the floodwater was about five to 30 centimeters high.

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – While the number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia is breaking records, their average spending is lower than last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS).

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said Monday that Israel and its allies had been trying to get Muslim countries to normalize ties.

Jakarta Post - June 3, 2024

Nur Janti, Jakarta – The Indonesian International Islamic University (UIII) has a new rector, Jamhari Makruf, who says he is committed to offering world-class education and promoting modern Islam.

Jakarta Globe - June 3, 2024

Rino Fajar, Bekasi – The Criminal Investigation Unit of Bekasi City Police revisited the residence of DS in Ciketing Udik Village, Bantargebang District, Bekasi City on Sunday, following the discovery of the body of a 9-year-old girl identified as GH inside a sack.

The police's visit aimed to ascertain if there were any other victims besides GH at DS's residence.

Asia today - June 3, 2024

Jakarta – The social media scene in Indonesia in the last few days has been filled with uploads of posters reading "All Eyes on Papua". This poster has been widely uploaded by residents as a form of support for the Papuan indigenous people, especially the Awyu and Moi tribes who are struggling to defend their customary forests.

Jakarta Post - June 3, 2024

Sheena Suparman, Jakarta – Jakarta Scholars Symposium (JSS) presented its third event, titled "Innovating for Impact" on Wednesday (29/05). Held at Soehanna Hall, the event invited eight students from different schools to present their outstanding projects from topics ranging from increasing education to reducing textile waste.

June 2, 2024

Sydney Morning Herald - June 2, 2024

Andrew Probyn – Australia is offering Timor-Leste a multi-billion-dollar lifeline to fast-track the Greater Sunrise offshore gas project, which promises generational wealth for the fledgling nation while keeping Beijing at bay.

Jakarta Globe - June 2, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Singapore – President-elect Prabowo Subianto met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to discuss enhancing bilateral defense cooperation on the sidelines of an event in Singapore on Saturday.

Agence France-Presse - June 2, 2024

Jakarta – A volcano in North Maluku erupted on Sunday, spewing an ash cloud seven kilometres into the sky as authorities warned residents to shelter indoors.

It is the latest of around 100 eruptions from the volcano since early this year.

Reuters - June 2, 2024

Singapore – Indonesia's president-elect, Prabowo Subianto, said on Saturday that his country was willing to send peacekeeping troops to enforce a ceasefire in Gaza if required.

Straits Times - June 2, 2024

Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – Indonesian fans of Korean pop bands are making headlines for all the right reasons, wielding their influence to promote social and green causes in the archipelago and getting businesses to adopt more eco-friendly practices.

Tempo - June 2, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Chair of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI), Ai Maryati, on Friday, May 31, 2024, informed that Indonesia has been facing a "pornography emergency" in the past three years.

This is evident from the disclosures made by law enforcement officials, which reflect the complexity of the use of children in the pornography industry.

Kompas.com - June 2, 2024

Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita, Jakarta – The proposal to give the authority to the National Police to block content and slow down internet access is considered to violate citizens' rights in the digital world.

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Kompas.com - June 2, 2024

Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita, Jakarta – The Institute for Public Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) has criticised the plan to give police the authority to conduct wiretaps, which is included in the revisions to the National Police Law (UU Polri).

June 1, 2024

Jakarta Globe - June 1, 2024

Medikantyo Adhikresna, Jakarta – Thousands of pro-Palestinian supporters held a mass demonstration on Saturday in front of the United States Embassy on Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, condemning Israeli atrocities in the Rafah refugee camp.

Temp Editorial - June 1, 2024

Jakarta – The state is yet to receive compensation payments totaling Rp19 trillion from companies that burned forests. A slow implementation of court rulings.

Jakarta Globe - June 1, 2024

Juan Ardya Guardiola, Riau – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo underscored the importance of Indonesia's foundational ideology, Pancasila, in liberating the nation from foreign dependence. He also called for global peace, especially for Palestine, and urged the reclaiming of strategic national assets from foreign control.

Red Ant - June 1, 2024

Max Lane – On May 19th, one day before the commemoration of Timor Leste's second proclamation of Independence I accepted the Medal of Honour of Timor Leste from President Ramos Horta at a ceremony where 14 other people also accepted such awards.

Jakarta Globe - June 1, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina (Persero), through its subsidiary Pertamina Patra Niaga, has decided not to increase non-subsidized fuel prices in June 2024. This move aligns with the government's efforts to maintain economic stability.

Straits Times - June 1, 2024

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – Smashing barriers is something that all-female hijabi, heavy metal Indonesian band Voice of Baceprot (VoB) does well, and their voices will be heard loud and proud when they take to the stage at the iconic Glastonbury Festival in late June.

May 31, 2024

Tempo - May 31, 2024

Ilona Estherina, Jakarta – The chairwoman of the Indonesian Employers' Association (Apindo), Shinta Kamdani, reiterated her objection to the recently introduced public housing savings or Tapera premium policy. She argued that the program should be voluntary,

Human Rights Monitor - May 31, 2024

AKBP Bayu Suseno stated on 11 May 2024, that on that date at approximately 10:40 am, the Cartenz Peace Operations Task Force arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for the murder of Lieutenant Oktovianus Sogalrey, head of the Aradide Danramil 1703-4 post.

Jakarta Post - May 31, 2024

Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – Despite its seven-year streak in not executing any death row inmates, Indonesia last year issued 114 death sentences, a report by Amnesty International has found.

Eighty-six percent of last year's death sentences were for drug-related offenses, the report found.

Detik News - May 31, 2024

Rifka Amalia, Jakarta – Protesters from a coalition of musicians have held a defend Palestine solidarity action in front of the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta in which they condemned the Israeli attack on Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

Kompas - May 31, 2024

Akhdi Martin Pratama, Jakarta – Inter-faith congregations took part in a demonstration in solidarity with Palestine opposite the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta on Friday May 31.

Moreover several people brought a banner reading "Jesus would be angry if he knew the land of his birth is being bombed". The banner was made by a Christian named Stefani (27).

Jakarta Globe - May 31, 2024

Monique Handa Shafira, Jakarta – Chief Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto denied Thursday that Indonesia would completely remove its local content rule in manufacturing, saying that the government was only mulling an evaluation.

Jakarta Globe - May 31, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The transition team of President-Elect Prabowo Subianto met with Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati on Friday, marking their first known effort to prepare for the government takeover scheduled for October 20.

Jakarta Globe - May 31, 2024

Ichsan Ali, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has signed a regulation permitting religious organizations to manage state-owned mining areas.

Regulation number 25/2024 on mineral and coal mining business grants religious organizations the ability to obtain special licenses for mining concessions.

Jakarta Globe - May 31, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Trade Minister Zulkifli Hasan has announced the extension of the export permit for copper concentrate from Freeport Indonesia (PTFI), as the previous permit expired on May 31.

"Yes, it's done... It will be finalized on Monday. I don't remember the exact figures of the export permit, but it's completed," said Zulkifli in Jakarta on Friday.

Jakarta Globe - May 31, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has just inaugurated the first phase of the Bangkinang-Pangkalan section of the toll road that connects the Riau capital of Pekanbaru and its West Sumatra counterpart, Padang.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 31, 2024

Jakarta – It is not the government's job to tell us to save our money for housing. We, employees and workers, know what's best for us and can decide for ourselves.

Tempo - May 31, 2024

Ilona Estherina, Jakarta – Indonesia is currently developing a nuclear power plant or PLTN in partnership with the United States. Indonesia received a grant worth US$2.3 million or Rp34 billion to develop the program.

Tempo Editorial - May 31, 2024

Jakarta – There were many irregularities with the sale of assets relating to corruption in Jiwasraya. The auction winner received special treatment.

Jakarta Post - May 31, 2024

Alifia Sekar and Nur Janti, Jakarta – While President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has parted way with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), his political future looks promising as some political parties that have supported president-elect Prabowo Subianto have hinted at the possibility of him becoming party chair or holding a strategic party role after leaving office in Octo

Straits Times - May 31, 2024

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – A court ruling that approved a regulatory change in the minimum age of candidates in Indonesia's regional elections has sparked criticism, amid speculation that President Joko Widodo's 29-year-old son is seeking to run in the Jakarta elections.