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May 14, 2024

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 14, 2024

Jakarta – Once again, our economic momentum has been saved by private consumption, as the country's latest GDP report shows.

Mongabay - May 14, 2024

Irfan Maulana, Jakarta – Civil society organizations in Indonesia staged protests in late April to raise awareness of a planned nuclear plant near Pontianak, capital of West Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo.

Kompas.com - May 14, 2024

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The Press Council has declared its rejection of revisions to Law Number 32/2003 on Broadcasting that is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives (DPR).

Straits Times - May 14, 2024

Hariz Baharudin, Jakarta – More Singapore companies are seeking help to enter and grow their business in Indonesia, attracted by the large market size and up-and-coming sectors in South-east Asia's largest economy.

Jakarta Globe - May 14, 2024

Teguh Adi Prasetyo, Jakarta – The government has classified 15 mineral smelting facilities with a total investment of Rp 248.75 trillion ($15.5 billion) as national strategic projects, Chief Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto announced on Tuesday.

Jakarta Globe - May 14, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – President-Elect Prabowo Subianto looked somewhat agitated when questioned about alleged human rights abuses by the Indonesian Military in Papua during an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera aired on Monday.

Reuters - May 14, 2024

Jakarta – The number of people killed by flash floods and mud slides in West Sumatra province has risen to 52 and more than 3,000 people were evacuated, authorities said on Tuesday.

Kompas.com - May 14, 2024

Aryo Putranto Saptohutomo, Jakarta – The Draft Broadcasting Bill (RUU Penyiaran) will prohibit Subscription-Based Broadcasting Institutions (LPB) from distributing content that endangers the interests of the state as well as content that presents lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) behaviour.

Jakarta Globe - May 14, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – The incoming government needs to think of ways to make sure to provide subsidies for university students who cannot afford their tuition, according to former East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa.

May 13, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2024

Wahyu Sahala Tua, Jakarta – French carmaker Citroen has been granted a zero percent tariff for its electric vehicle model, the E-C3, to be shipped and sold in Indonesia until its local assembly plant becomes operational in the next two years.

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2024

Dayat, Jakarta – Tourism Minister Sandiaga Uno recently voiced his concerns over the highly overpriced illegal parking at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta.

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2024

Chandra Adi Nurwidya, Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar, Jakarta – The Education Ministry is being urged to review the methods used to determine tuition fees at state universities amid recent hikes that have raised concerns about the "commercialization" of the education system, analysts said on Monday.

Jakarta Post - May 13, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – The initiative to form a presidential club may be dead on arrival, not only because at least one of the two former living presidents will likely oppose the plan but more importantly, because none of the three candidates for membership has the statesmanship qualities deserving of being on a council of supposedly wise men/women.

Kompas.com - May 13, 2024

Aryo Putranto Saptohutomo, Jakarta – President elect Prabowo Subianto has dismissed concerns by many parties about his leadership of the next administration related to his track record while still serving in the TNI (Indonesian military).

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia has secured a Japanese loan worth up to 140.699 billion yen or approximately $903 million to further extend the Jakarta railway system known as Mass Rapid Transit (MRT).

Tempo - May 13, 2024

Ilona, Vindry Florentin, Jakarta – Several economists have criticized the government's plan to allow religious civil organizations to manage mining.

Fulcrum - May 13, 2024

Yanuar Nugroho and Burhanuddin Muhtadi – Indonesian academia, particularly that of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), is again under the spotlight and scrutiny. Two recent cases embarrassed the country.

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2024

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – Indonesia's wealthiest conglomerate, Prajogo Pangestu, has secured the 25th position on Forbes' Real-Time Billionaires List, according to the latest update released Monday.

Prajogo's net worth now stands at US$62.8 billion or Rp 1,009 trillion, marking a significant increase from the $5.3 billion recorded in 2023.

Agence France-Presse - May 13, 2024

Jakarta – A volcano in eastern Indonesia erupted on Monday, spewing a huge ash tower more than five kilometers into the sky after authorities raised its alert level to the second-highest last week.

No damage or casualties were immediately reported but images showed a column of ash soaring into the sky on Halmahera island in North Maluku.

Jakarta Globe - May 13, 2024

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – GP Ansor, the youth arm of the Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama, is planning to gather all of its diasporas spread across 20 countries.

Addin Jauharudin, the chair of GP Ansor's executive board, is hoping that this gathering will motivate the diasporas to innovate for Indonesia.

Jakarta Post - May 13, 2024

Jakarta – After a years-long evaluation, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has decided to consolidate the classification of National Health Insurance (JKN) services in an effort to avoid deficits.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 13, 2024

Jakarta – Never in the history of Indonesia's presidential elections, have human rights issues taken center stage as they have in the last election season.

Tempo - May 13, 2024

Riani Sanusi Putri and Agung Sedayu – Hundreds of companies, some of which are certified by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO), have planted more than 3 million hectares of illegal oil palm in forest areas.

Tempo - May 13, 2024

Adinda Jasmine Prasetyo, Jakarta – Jakarta Acting Governor Heru Budi Hartono and the Jakarta Environment Agency inaugurated the construction of a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) plant in Rorotan, North Jakarta, on Monday, May 13, 2024.

"This facility will be one of the largest [waste-to-fuel facilities] in the world," Heru said in his official statement on Monday.

May 12, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 12, 2024

Djibril Muhammad, Jakarta – Four prominent figures have expressed interest in contesting the Jakarta gubernatorial election as independent candidates and have been granted access to the city's election commission website to upload the necessary documents and proof of required support.

Antara News - May 12, 2024

Jakarta – The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) urged the government to establish a femicide watch to identify and establish a mechanism for the prevention, handling, and recovery of femicide victims' families.

Jakarta Globe - May 12, 2024

Meirto Tangkepayung, Jayapura – A suspected Papuan rebel was apprehended on Saturday on charges of murdering a middle-ranking army officer, with police stating that he was found in possession of the victim's cellular phone.

Jakarta Post - May 12, 2024

Jakarta (Agencies) – At least 34 people have died and 16 more were missing after flash floods and cold lava flow from a volcano hit West Sumatra, a local disaster official said Sunday.

Hours of heavy rain caused flooding in two districts in West Sumatra province on Saturday evening and sent sweeping ash and large rocks down Mount Marapi, the most active volcano in Sumatra.

Jakarta Globe - May 12, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), founded by President-Elect Prabowo Subianto, hinted on Sunday at the possibility of revising the law that limits the number of ministries before he assumes office in October.

Jakarta Globe - May 12, 2024

Sevianto Pakiding, Timika, Papua – A suspected Papuan rebel was charged with premeditated murder on Sunday for his alleged role in the fatal shooting of a middle-ranking military officer, following his arrest a day earlier.

Tempo - May 12, 2024

Annisa Febiola and Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – Minister of Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto has spoken out about the government's plan to increase the value-added tax or VAT to 12 percent by 2025.

He made this statement after attending a seminar at Kanisius College in Menteng, Central Jakarta on Saturday, May 11, 2024.

Kompas.com - May 12, 2024

Fabian Januarius Kuwado, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) believes that the composition of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Candidate Leader Selection Committee (Pansel Capim KPK), which is made up of five government and four community representatives, is not ideal.

Tempo - May 12, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Army (TNI AD) plans to station 4,463 personnel to secure the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) in Bali.

Head of the TNI AD Information Service, Brigadier General Kristomei Sianturi, stated that the personnel deployed will comprise a combination from various units, including the IX/Udayana Military Command (Kodam).

Reuters - May 12, 2024

Jakarta – As president elect Prabowo Subianto prepares to enter office in October, he looks set to take a more assertive stance in foreign policy, saying that diplomacy, negotiations, and the "Asian way" have helped to defuse tension.

May 11, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 11, 2024

Thomas Rizal, Jakarta – Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo has emphasized that the inauguration of Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka as president and vice president-elect cannot be canceled.

Tempo - May 11, 2024

Ilona Estherina, Jakarta – Recent criticisms have arisen regarding the nickel downstreaming process, which is perceived to benefit China more.

In response, Irwandy Arif, the Special Staff to the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) for Accelerating Mineral Resources Governance, stated that Indonesia is a non-aligned country for nickel smelter investment.

Jakarta Globe - May 11, 2024

Sella Rizky Deviani, Ichsan Ali, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and his prospective successor, Prabowo Subianto, have exemplified how former adversaries can set aside past animosities and forge unlikely alliances for a seamless transition of power, a senior politician said on Friday.

CNN Indonesia - May 11, 2024

Jakarta – The Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI) has highlighted the Draft Law on Broadcasting (RUU Penyiaran) starting from the drafting process to the substance of the law that is currently being deliberated by the House of Representatives (DPR).

Agence France-Presse - May 11, 2024

A man has been found dead in western Indonesia after a suspected attack by a Sumatran tiger authorities were still hunting, a local official said on Saturday, the latest case of conflict between humans and the critically endangered species.

Suara Papua - May 11, 2024

Jayapura – The Papuan people reject a plan by the acting Jayapura regent Purnomo Triwarno to move the grave of Papuan independence leader and national hero Dortheys Hiyo Eluay.

Jakarta Globe - May 11, 2024

Ilham Oktafian, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry has officially suspended Asri Damuna, the Head of the Sangia Nibandera Airport Operator Unit Office in Kolaka, Southeast Sulawesi (Sultra), following a viral video of him harassing a female tourist from South Korea.

Agence France-Presse - May 11, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia's soccer association apologized Friday after fans directed racist comments at Guinea's players online following a 1-0 playoff defeat that ended the Southeast Asian nation's hopes of Olympic qualification.

May 10, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 10, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto has urged all political elites to collaborate with his forthcoming government or observe quietly from the sidelines as he seeks to forge a broad coalition spanning across the entire political spectrum.

Jakarta Globe - May 10, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Palestinian Ambassador to Indonesia Zuhair Al-Shun gave his comments on Friday regarding Indonesia's existing trade with Israel, claiming that it would not affect Jakarta's lack of official ties with the latter.

Straits Times - May 10, 2024

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – A 100 billion rupiah (S$8.4 million) tin-processing plant is being built in Batam by the younger brother of Indonesian President-elect Prabowo Subianto, with the aim of supplying key raw materials to electronics makers based on the industrial island and in the region.

Tempo Editorial - May 10, 2024

Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto intends to form a cabinet of 40 ministers. This will result in a bloated bureaucracy and wasted public money.

Jakarta Globe - May 10, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto has offered ministerial positions to the Democratic Party – a member of the coalition supporting him in the election – according to a spokesman for the party on Friday.

The offer from Prabowo was directly communicated to the party's chairman, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, said Herzaky Mahendra Putra.

Tempo - May 10, 2024

Ikhsan Reliubun, Jakarta – The West Papua National Liberation Army-Free Papua Movement (TPNPB OPM) said the Indonesian Military (TNI) conducted a brutal and massive aerial attack on residential areas in Intan Jaya, disregarding humanitarian law in the war against civilians.

Jakarta Globe - May 10, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – Allies of Prabowo Subianto are voicing their full support for the president-elect's proposal to expand the number of ministries in his future cabinet, citing the need to address upcoming challenges more effectively.

Jakarta Globe - May 10, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Transportation Ministry is planning to overhaul the education curriculum in 33 vocational schools under its supervision, following the death of a 19-year-old student, Putu Satria Ananta Rustika, at Jakarta Maritime University (STIP Jakarta).