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May 21, 2024

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – We are saddened by the flash floods and lahars (a mixture of water and volcanic rock fragments) that hit a number of regions surrounding Mount Marapi in West Sumatra on May 11, leaving more than 60 people dead and 14 others missing. Some natural disasters are unpredictable, but losses of life are preventable with well-prepared mitigation and alert systems.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2024

Alifia Sekar, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration is making another bid to crack down on the never-ending practice of informal parking attendants at convenience stores, but the underlying cause of the city's high unemployment rate is adding complexity to the issue.

Jakarta Post - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has asked Elon Musk to expand his investment in Indonesia after the tech tycoon launched his Starlink satellite internet service for the nation's health sector over the weekend.

Mongabay - May 21, 2024

Irfan Maulana, Jakarta – Critics have slammed Indonesia's outgoing government over a plan to hand out mining permits revoked from companies to religious organizations – not on the basis of the latter's mining competence, but simply because they played an important role in the country's independence struggle nearly 80 years ago.

Mongabay - May 21, 2024

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Briantama Asmara first visited the village of Kais in Indonesian Papua, on the island of New Guinea, in 2017 as an university researcher. The village lies two time zones away from Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, but it takes a four-hour flight, followed by a four-hour car ride and a three-hour boat trip to get there.

Jakarta Globe - May 21, 2024

Zhulfakar, Jakarta – The government's policy of granting additional days off to civil servants during major national holidays is unfair to private sector workers who do not receive the same privilege, according to a business chamber executive.

Kompas.com - May 21, 2024

Novianti Setuningsih, Jakarta – Amnesty International Executive Director Usman Hamid says the ideals fought for related to civil freedoms have in fact been reversed on the 26th anniversary of the reformasi – the political reform process that began in 1998.

Tempo Editorial - May 21, 2024

Jakarta – The recent disaster in West Sumatra shows how the greed of the regional government has sacrificed the environment and cost people's lives.

May 20, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The government aims to achieve economic growth between 5.1 percent and 5.5 percent in 2025, focusing on sustainable inflation, the development of the electric vehicle industry, digitalization, and climate change initiatives through green economy and energy policies. Indonesia had set a

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia is hoping that New Zealand drop the lawsuit over food import restrictions, arguing that Jakarta had already made adjustments according to what the international trade body had asked for.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto is pushing for a big government for when he takes over the helm in October, but it is not so much because he has ambitious big programs to run, but more because he needs to parcel out cabinet posts to political parties, individuals and institutions that helped him win the February election.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo formally introduced Prabowo Subianto as his successor on Monday, during the opening ceremony of the 10th World Water Forum in Bali.

Tempo - May 20, 2024

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) recorded 791 corruption cases with 1,695 suspects throughout 2023. An ICW researcher Diky Anandya said the number had increased significantly compared to the previous year, during which there were only 579 cases and 1,396 suspects.

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) is considering nominating musician Ahmad Dhani for the mayoral election in Surabaya after he was recently elected as a member of the House of Representatives.

Dhani garnered more than 134,000 votes in the East Java electoral districts of Surabaya and Sidoarjo to win the House seat.

Fulcrum - May 20, 2024

Burhanuddin Muhtadi and Kennedy Muslim – The victory of the Prabowo-Gibran team in Indonesia's 2024 presidential elections was due to Jokowi's high approval rating and support from young voters. The Bansos social assistance scheme also maintained support for Jokowi which in turn boosted support for Prabowo-Gibran indirectly.


Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Alfi Dinilhaq, Bali – Starlink internet service is now available in Indonesia following its official launch by Elon Musk in Bali on Sunday.

The Indonesian government hopes that Starlink's presence will enhance internet accessibility across the world's largest archipelago and reduce the number of internet black spots in remote areas.

Suara Papua - May 20, 2024

Jayapura – The West Papua National Committee (KNPB), based on its organisational mechanisms, held its 6th Leadership Meeting (Rapim) at Port Numbay in Jayapura, Papua, between May 13 and 15.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Jakarta – Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Sunday that he had made an offer to Elon Musk for SpaceX to launch its rockets from Biak, Papua, where the government plans to build the country's first space station.

Indonesia at Melbourne - May 20, 2024

Simon Butt – During an interview at the Qatar Economic Forum in Doha last week, Indonesia's president-elect, Prabowo Subianto, was asked to respond to concerns that democracy would further regress under his presidency. According to a Jakarta Post report, Prabowo responded: "Where are the concerns about democracy?

Jakarta Globe - May 20, 2024

Panji Satrio, Medan – Bobby Nasution, the son-in-law of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, officially joined the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) on Monday, further deepening the feud between the president's family and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).

Kompas.com - May 20, 2024

Achmad Nasrudin Yahya, Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition for Security Sector Reform is asking the House of Representatives (DPR) to cancel deliberations on revisions to Law Number 34/2004 on the Indonesian Military (TNI).

The Diplomat - May 20, 2024

A. B. Abrams – Indonesian Ambassador to Russia Jose Tavares confirmed last week that a $1.14 billion contract signed for the acquisition of 11 Su-35S fighter aircraft from Russia remains in force, in spite of widespread unconfirmed reports and speculation since early 2019 that it had been terminated due to threats of sanctions by the United States Treasury Department.

Reuters - May 20, 2024

Denpasar, Bali – Elon Musk and Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin launched SpaceX's satellite internet service for the nation's health sector on Sunday, aiming to improve access in remote parts of the sprawling archipelago.

Channel News Asia - May 20, 2024

Chandni Vatvani, Jakarta – For Indonesian fisherman Samsi, getting clean water to wash up after a long day of work is not that simple.

"Getting clean water is really difficult. When I first installed a pump, the water didn't come out," said the 63-year-old, who lives in the densely populated sub-district Kalibaru in North Jakarta's coastal Cilincing area.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Nur Janti, Jakarta – As a nation, Indonesia is a vast archipelagic region with a wealth of history and traditions, reaching far back into the era of antiquity.

Jakarta Post - May 20, 2024

Jakarta – The leadership of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has decided not to invite outgoing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Ma'ruf Amin to the party's national meeting next week.

Tempo - May 20, 2024

Ni Kadek Trisna, Cintya Dewi, I Anisa Febiola, Jakarta – The government has decided to postpone the deadline for mandatory halal certification for MSMEs. Originally set for October 17, 2024, the deadline has now been changed to 2026.

May 19, 2024

News ›› Indonesia ›› May Day
Red Ant - May 19, 2024

James Balowski – Tens of Thousands of workers, students and civil society groups took to the streets across Indonesia on May 1 to commemorate International Labour Day.

Kompas.com - May 19, 2024

Ardito Ramadhan, Jakarta – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) recorded 791 corruption cases in Indonesia throughout 2023, involving 1,695 suspects.

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2024

Juan Ardya Guardiola, Jakarta – Indonesia's economic productivity is lagging behind its neighbors due to too many government-approved holidays each year, an economist said on Saturday.

CNN Indonesia - May 19, 2024

Jakarta – Hundreds of people from Jakarta and the satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi (Jabodetabek) held a protest action to defend Palestine in front of the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta on Sunday May 19.

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2024

The Jakarta Police have identified the deceased as pilot Pulung Darmawan, co-pilot Suanda, and a mechanic named Farid.

The Tecnam P2006T training plane, owned by Indonesia Flying Club, crashed near an open field in the Bumi Serpong Damai real estate just south of Jakarta at 1:43 p.m. local time (6:43 a.m. GMT).

Jakarta Globe - May 19, 2024

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Yusril Ihza Mahendra abruptly announced his resignation as the chairman of the Muslim-based Crescent Star Party (PBB) on Saturday evening, prompting an internal vote to appoint an interim leader.

The former justice minister cited his age as the main reason for the surprise decision.

May 18, 2024

Antara News - May 18, 2024

Kumurkek, SW Papua – Some 29 former members of the separatist group Free Papua Movement (OPM) operating in Southwest Papua have sworn allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, a military officer stated.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Muawwan Daelami, Jakarta – SEG Solar, a photovoltaic (PV) panel component manufacturer from the United States, is investing over US$500 million (Rp 8 trillion) to build a factory in Batang Industrial Park (Grand Batang City), Central Java.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Maria Gabrielle, Jakarta – Chief Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani, and Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga visited Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) Tanjung Priok Port on Saturday to address a controversial regulation that has left thousands of containers stranded at Indonesia's busiest port.

Straits Times - May 18, 2024

Linda Yulisman, Sukabumi, West Java – A trial programme providing a free meal a day has yielded not just financial relief for households but also improved child nutrition and student outcomes such as attendance and focus.

Tempo - May 18, 2024

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Another nickel smelter in Kalimantan has exploded. A nickel smelter owned by PT Kalimantan Ferro Industry (PT KFI) in Kutai Kartanegara, East Kalimantan, exploded on Thursday and Friday, May 16-17.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Jakarta – The Job Creation Law Task Force recently held a meeting with stakeholders to discuss minimum wage and outsourcing policies.

The task force's secretary Arif Budimanta said that the Job Creation Law sought to help the government create a business ecosystem that can generate jobs and eventually spur the economy.

Jakarta Globe - May 18, 2024

Hendro Dahlan Situmorang, Jakarta – The CEO of BPJS Kesehatan, Ali Ghufron Mukti, has indicated the possibility of raising participant premiums for the national health insurance scheme.

This move comes as BPJS plans to introduce the Standard Inpatient Class (KRIS) starting June 30, 2025.

May 17, 2024

Tempo - May 17, 2024

Hendrik Yaputra, Jakarta – Tjitjik Sri Tjahjandarie, Secretary of the Directorate General of Higher Education, Research and Technology, said that higher education is tertiary education and is not included in the government's compulsory education program. Hence, it could be concluded that attending a university is optional.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri reportedly has eight names in mind for the Jakarta gubernatorial race.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Muhammad Aulia Rahman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) stands resolute against the legalization of money politics, reaffirming its stance amidst a controversial proposal by a member of the House of Representatives.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Chief Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto emphasized Indonesia's desire for fair treatment from the European Union in a recent interview with German media outlet Handelsblatt.

Jakarta Post - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – House of Representatives Commission X overseeing education and research will summon representatives of the Education, Culture, Research and Technology Ministry and set up a working committee to investigate reports of high single tuition fees (UKT) in some universities across the country.

Tempo - May 17, 2024

Daniel A. Fajri, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo or Jokowi receives a state visit from Australian Governor General David Hurley at the Bogor Presidential Palace on Friday morning, May 17, 2024.

Reuters - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia has relaxed import rules for electronic products, footwear and textiles, its chief economic minister said on May 17, in an attempt to quickly process imported items that have piled up in ports.

Tempo - May 17, 2024

Alif Ilham Fajriadi, Jakarta – Greenpeace Indonesia believes the government's commitment to reducing global warming is far from the 2015 Paris Agreement, which contains a collaborative framework to prevent global temperatures from exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Jakarta Globe - May 17, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – Delta Djakarta (DLTA), the producer of Anker beer, has seen a decline in performance throughout 2023. The beer industry in the world's largest Muslim-majority country continues to struggle with low consumption rates.

Tempo Editorial - May 17, 2024

Jakarta – Even though it has not been started, Prabowo Subianto's free lunch program is already providing an opportunity for a number of members of President Joko Widodo's cabinet to vie for posts in the forthcoming government.