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June 4, 2024

Jakarta Globe - June 4, 2024

Roy Adriansyah, Jakarta – Zulkifli Hasan, the chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN), revealed that he had proposed Kaesang Pangarep, chairman of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), as a potential candidate for deputy governor of Jakarta to his father, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, about a year ago. However, Jokowi turned down the suggestion.

Jakarta Globe - June 4, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia still has not reached a national consensus to ratify the Genocide Convention, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.

Tempo - June 4, 2024

Yohanes Maharso, Ricky Juliansyah, Jakarta – Jakarta Metro Police questioned PDI-P Perjuangan (PDIP) Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto at 10:00 a.m. today, June 4. Hasto will be asked to provide explanations concerning his statement on national TV about elections fraud.

Bloomberg News - June 4, 2024

Norman Harsono – Indonesia plans to give its diaspora similar rights as its citizens as part of efforts to bring back overseas talent.

The government plans to grant former citizens the same rights as citizens, except for political rights such as the right to vote or run for public office, said Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly in a statement.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 4, 2024

Jakarta – In democracies, social media is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it is riddled with fake news and hate speech that often fuel acts of violence or even insurrection, as happened in the United States on Jan. 6, 2020. On the other hand, it can keep governments with repressive tendencies in check.

Tempo - June 4, 2024

Defara Dhanya, Jakarta – The regional police chief of Papua, Mathius Derek Fakhiri, warned investors not to violate the rights of Papua's indigenous people. Fakhiri hopes the problems faced by indigenous people, including the lawsuits of the Awyu Tribe in Boven Digoel, South Papua, and the Moi Tribe in Sorong, Southwest Papua, can be resolved soon.

Channel News Asia - June 4, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo plans to move to the country's new capital, Nusantara (IKN), as early as the end of June, ahead of the anticipated inauguration of the city during the Independence Day celebrations on Aug 17.

Agence France-Presse - June 4, 2024

Jakarta – A new law allowing the Indonesian government to grant permits to religious organizations to operate mines has outraged environmentalists in the world's leading nickel producer.

Outgoing President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, signed a decree on May 30, opening the path for religious groups to manage concessions to "improve social welfare."

Jakarta Globe - June 4, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The Indonesian government has decided that the state budget deficit for 2025 should not be more than 2.82 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP).

Tempo - June 4, 2024

Tempo.Co, Jakarta – Said Iqbal, president of the Indonesian Confederation of Trade Unions (KSPI), said thousands of workers would demonstrate in front of the palace on Thursday, June 6. They plan to protest the government's mandatory premiums for the public housing savings or Tapera program.

Jakarta Post - June 4, 2024

Jakarta – A group of lawyers reported to the Judicial Commission on Monday three Supreme Court justices for alleged ethics violations over the court's decision to change the age of candidacy for the regional head elections in November.

Straits Times - June 4, 2024

Hariz Baharudin and Linda Yulisman, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo has travelled to East Kalimantan and reassured the public that Indonesia's planned new capital there is on track.

This comes just a day after the bombshell announcement that the leaders of the body overseeing the project had resigned.

Tempo - June 4, 2024

Defara Dhanya Paramitha, Jakarta – Amid the recent 'All Eyes on Rafah' campaign, a similar movement 'All Eyes on Papua' gains momentum on social media, calling for Indonesian people's attention to Papua. The hashtag #AllEyesOnPapua is widely used as a form of support for the Papuans who are struggling to reject the oil palm plantation project in the province

June 3, 2024

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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).

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.

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 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 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 – 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 Customs and Excise Directorate has released 95 percent of the more than 26,500 containers of imported goods that were previously detained at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta and Tanjung Perak Port in Surabaya, the country's two largest container ports, in recent weeks.

Tempo - June 3, 2024

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Economist and Director of the Center of Economic and Law Studies (Celios) Bhima Yudhistira commented on the resignation of the IKN Authority Head Bambang Susantono. According to Bhima, the resignation is a negative signal for the new capital development, Nusantara Capital City (IKN) in East Kalimantan.

Jakarta Post - June 3, 2024

Nina A. Loasana, Jakarta – Human rights groups and critics have demanded that the House of Representatives drop a plan to revise the 2002 Police Law that they say will give the police sweeping authority over cyberspace and in conducting surveillance and intelligence work.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

June 2, 2024

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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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 1, 2024

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.

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

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.

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.

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.