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June 26, 2024

Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2024

Jakarta – Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya recently addressed the Oslo Tropical Forest Forum, saying that Indonesia's deforestation had been witnessing a decline.

Reuters - June 26, 2024

Jakarta – The National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) is investigating the death of a 13-year-old boy who was allegedly beaten to death by police in West Sumatra, officials said on Tuesday.

Residents discovered the bruised body of high-school student Afif Maulana in a river close to a village in Padang, in West Sumatra on June 9.

Tempo - June 26, 2024

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) unveiled corruption allegations at the National Search and Rescue Agency, or Basarnas, from 2012 to 2018 for the procurement of personnel transport trucks and rescue vehicles.

Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2024

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – The Hartono brothers, owners of Djarum Group, have overtaken coal magnate Low Tuck Kwong, moving to second and third place on Forbes' list of Indonesia's richest people. Barito Group's Prajogo Pangestu retains the top spot.

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Indonesia's president-elect Prabowo Subianto plans to fund his campaign promises by increasing the Indonesian debt-to-gross domestic product (GDP) ratio by 2 percentage points annually, potentially reaching 50 percent by the end of his term.

Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia recently signed a partnership agreement with Bezos Earth Fund, the philanthropic commitment by the American business magnate Jeff Bezos to fight climate change.

Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Land Bank Agency signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday with Bank J Trust Indonesia and J Trust Consulting Indonesia to utilize the agency's land in North Penajam Paser Regency, where the future national capital, Nusantara, is being constructed.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 26, 2024

Jakarta – In another case that many suspect is an attempt to weaponize law enforcement to silence those critical of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has questioned Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) secretary-general Hasto Kristiyanto in connection with the hunt for graft suspect fugitive and party member Harun Masiku.

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2024

Jakarta – A number of South Sumatra regencies have been put on siaga (alert) status, the second-highest level of the country's four-tiered alert system, for land and forest fires ahead of the peak of the dry season.

Three regencies, namely Banyuasin, Musi Banyuasin and Ogan Komering Ilir, have imposed the emergency alert status from June until at least November.

South China Morning Post - June 26, 2024

Resty Woro Yuniar – In a rare admission, Indonesian authorities revealed that last week's catastrophic collapse of the country's immigration system was caused by hackers using new ransomware to attack a critical data centre.

Asia Pacific Report - June 26, 2024

The president of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) has welcomed the launch of a new political front, urging support for this new initiative on the "roadmap to liberation".

Benny Wenda said the launch of the West Papua People's Liberation Front (GR-PWP) was a new popular movement formed to execute the national agenda of the ULMWP.

Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Austria is looking to recruit professional and skilled workers from Indonesia as the country faces a labor shortage, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Wednesday.

Retno discussed the cooperation with Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg during a bilateral meeting in Vienna on Tuesday.

Tempo - June 26, 2024

Han Revanda Putra, Jakarta – The Director of the Institute for Demographic and Poverty Studies (IDEAS), Yusuf Wibisono, advised President-elect Prabowo Subianto to focus the State Budget (APBN) on a counter-cycle policy as the global economy remains unstable.

Tempo - June 26, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – A team of Social and Political Science students at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) researched the possibility of a green election in Indonesia.

"We conducted this green election research to see how it influences urban communities' voting behavior," said research initiator Lutviana Herawati in a statement in Yogyakarta on Tuesday, June 25, 2024.

Jakarta Globe - June 26, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Chief Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan recently said that a Chinese textile giant would build a factory in Indonesia. His announcement came amid mass layoffs within the sector.

Tempo - June 26, 2024

Ghoida Rahmah, Jakarta – Indonesia's Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises has decided to reform the board structure of state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Kimia Farma (Persero) Tbk (IDX: KAEF). At the 2023 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGMS), the position of President Director, previously held by David Utama, has been replaced by Djagad Prakasa Dwialam.

Jakarta Post - June 26, 2024

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – The National Police are investigating reports that data from its Indonesia Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (Inafis) were being sold on the dark web after a massive national database breach last Thursday temporarily crippled public services.

June 25, 2024

Tempo Editorial - June 25, 2024

Laila Afifa, Jakarta – One thing we should be grateful for from the political squabbling after the 2024 general elections is the possibility of the unraveling of old cases that have long been covered up.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Algi M Gifari, Bandung – Thousands of online motorcycle and car taxi (ojol) drivers gathered for a protest in front of Gedung Sate on Jalan Diponegoro, Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Wijayanti Putri, Solo – The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) has begun efforts to gather support from other parties in an attempt to win the mayoral election in Solo, a key stronghold of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

South China Morning Post - June 25, 2024

Johannes Nugroho – Gusti Awan's harrowing ordeal began with a promise of lucrative work abroad, but the 26-year-old Indonesian's dreams quickly turned nightmarish when he found himself trafficked by a criminal syndicate to a remote compound on the Thai-Myanmar border.

Jakarta Post Editorial - June 25, 2024

Jakarta – The ghost of the Asian financial crisis in 1997-1998 seems to be haunting Indonesia, as the rupiah depreciated to yet another new multiyear low. Our currency breached the Rp 16,500 mark per United States dollar in the past few days before cooling down to slightly below that level.

Tempo - June 25, 2024

Han Revanda Putra, Ilona Estherina, Jakarta – Director of the Institute for Demographic and Poverty Studies (IDEAS), Yusuf Wibisono, advised President-elect Prabowo Subianto to evaluate the Nusantara Capital City (IKN) project if he's aiming to run the free lunch program. According to Yusuf, the program strains the State Budget.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Wahroni, Tangerang – Immigration services at Soekarno-Hatta Airport have returned to normal, with no disruptions reported in passenger clearance or the functioning of automated gates, officials said on Tuesday.

Kompas.com - June 25, 2024

Aryo Putranto Saptohutomo, Jakarta – The government has been advised to involve professional people in managing digital services and cyber security in Indonesia so that it is effective and efficient in making and adopting policies.

Mongabay - June 25, 2024

Titik Kartitiani, Pulang Pisau, Indonesia – Bandi paddled through the black swamp, passing alongside banks of high brush outside Kalawa village here in the south of Borneo Island. The narrow canoe, known here as a ces, arrowed through the water, leaving a low ripple in its wake.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President-Elect Prabowo Subianto wants Indonesia to achieve growth beyond 7 percent, but economic think-tank Indef is skeptical about this target as history has shown his predecessors never reached those numbers.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2024

Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The government will not pay the US$8 million ransom demanded by attackers responsible for the ransomware attack at two temporary National Data Center (PDN) facilities since last week that disrupted public services.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Companies tend to spend the most money when doing business in Indonesia compared to other ASEAN-5 countries, according to the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo).

The ASEAN-5 refers to Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia, Apindo data shows.

Jakarta Post - June 25, 2024

Ruth Dea Juwita and Radhiyya Indra, Jakarta – The government announced on Monday that a cyberattack using a new variant of ransomware was responsible for data disruptions at two temporary National Data Center (PDN) facilities last week that crippled immigration processing at airports and disrupted other public services, adding that the attackers had demanded US$8 million in ransom.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday welcomed the ruling by the Jakarta High Court which ordered the retrial of Supreme Court Justice Gazalba Saleh based on the commission's appeal.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Djibril Muhammad, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) announced on Tuesday that it has decided to support Anies Baswedan's reelection bid as Jakarta governor, just days after the Muslim-based party picked its own executive, Mohamad Sohibul Iman, for the nomination.

PKS Chairman Ahmad Syaikhu said Sohibul will be nominated as Anies' running mate.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military's (TNI) Strategic Intelligence Agency (Bais) is suspected of being hacked, according to initial reports from an X account known for monitoring cyber attacks. This marks the third cyber attack on the government in the past week.

Rest of World - June 25, 2024

Adi Renaldi – Indonesian singer Kai Mata's first viral moment on social media came four years ago when she posted a video on X (then Twitter). "I am Indonesian, and I am flaming gay," she said, then slammed a proposed law that would force LGBTQIA people into conversion therapy. That bill was shelved after a broad backlash.

Jakarta Globe - June 25, 2024

Muhammad Aulia Rahman, Jakarta – Former CEO of Pertamina, Galaila Karen Kardinah, also known as Karen Agustiawan, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for corruption in the procurement of liquefied natural gas (LNG).

ABC News - June 25, 2024

Bill Birtles and Zevonia Vieriq – An Australian man has been sentenced to 11 years in jail in Timor Leste after he was convicted of abusing a girl under the age of 12.

Robert Trott, 76, was found guilty on two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor by a panel of judges at a court in the capital Dili.

Tempo - June 25, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Ilona Estherina, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi paid special attention to the necessity of political stability ahead of Indonesia's government transfer.

Tempo - June 25, 2024

Raden Putri, Jakarta – Indonesia's Temporary National Data Center (PDNS) 2 has been experiencing disruptions since Thursday, June 20, 2024. Immigration services are among those experiencing problems. According to the latest reports, the government cloud computing service managed by the Ministry of Communications and Information is gradually recovering and can be used again.

June 24, 2024

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The government will allocate Rp 71 trillion ($4.33 billion) for President-elect Prabowo Subianto's free meals for students program in the 2025 Draft State Budget (RAPBN). This flagship program will be rolled out in stages and will not impact the 2025 deficit target.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Minister of Communication and Information Technology Budi Arie Setiadi has instructed all internet service providers (ISPs) to cut off network access suspected of facilitating online gambling, particularly links to and from Cambodia and Davao, Philippines.

"We are taking decisive steps to eliminate online gambling," Budi Arie said on Sunday.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani revealed Monday that Indonesia had amassed Rp 1,123.5 trillion (around $68.4 billion) in state revenue so far this year as of May 31.

This marks a 7.1 percent decline compared to the same period last year.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo expressed his disappointment on Monday as Indonesian money flowed out of the country when Singapore became Taylor Swift's exclusive ASEAN stop for the Eras Tour.

Singapore had enjoyed the benefits of the six-day concert deal with Taylor Swift.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Maria Gabrielle, Jakarta – The President of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPN), Ristadi, announced that tens of thousands of textile and textile product (TPT) workers have been laid off this year, describing the situation as an emergency.

Agence France-Presse - June 24, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia's economy is expected to steadily grow over the next two years on the back of domestic consumption and investment despite weak exports, a World Bank report said Monday.

Jakarta Post - June 24, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto has come up with a few ideas about what Indonesia can do to help Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, which has been under siege by the Israeli military for over eight months.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) made a surprise announcement on Sunday, nominating former chairman Mohamad Sohibul Iman as their candidate for the upcoming gubernatorial election in Jakarta.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Novali Panji Nugroho, Antara, Jakarta – The DPR Hajj Monitoring Team assessed that the Ministry of Religious Affairs breached the Hajj working committee's meeting results by diverting 10,000 additional quota for special Hajj pilgrims.

Jakarta Globe - June 24, 2024

Medikantyo Adhikresna, Jakarta – State Apparatus Minister Abdullah Azwar Anas said Monday that there should be more comprehensive measures against civil servants who were into online gambling.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Annisa Febiola, Jakarta – The rupiah is expected to depreciate further against the US dollar today, June 24, according to Laba Forexindo Berjangka director Ibrahim Assuaibi. In last Friday's trading, the rupiah closed at 16,450 per US dollar, down from 16,438 on Thursday, June 20, 2024.

Tempo - June 24, 2024

Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) estimates wildfire has consumed 50 hectares of land in the Mount Batok area at Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS). Head of the BNPB Disaster Data, Information and Communication Center, Abdul Muhari, said the fire spread quickly in the dry land, exacerbated by the prolonged dry season.