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May 16, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 16, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto recently said that he was confident in achieving 8 percent economic growth within the first two or three years of his presidency.

Food production and Indonesian biodiesel production will also be among the main drivers of this targeted economic growth – which far exceeds the current figures.

Jakarta Post - May 16, 2024

Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – On the first stopover of his nearly week-long Middle East tour, defence Minister Prabowo Subianto met United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, popularly known as MBZ, on Tuesday to discuss, among other issues, strengthening of the two countries' security cooperation amid an increasingly complicated geopolitical landscape.

Jakarta Globe - May 16, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto, who will begin leading Indonesia this October, recently revealed his leadership style, saying that he will be himself.

Speaking at the Qatar Economic Forum, Prabowo said he would "be himself" as he responded to host Haslinda Amin's question on if he would base his policies through military eyes.

Jakarta Post - May 16, 2024

Jakarta (Agencies) – Authorities on Thursday raised the alert status of a volcano in eastern part of the country to the highest level after it spewed ash and smoke five kilometres into the sky for the second day in a row.

Mount Ibu, located on remote Halmahera island, erupted on Thursday morning, belching a tower of volcanic ash 5,000 metres (16,400 feet) above its peak.

Tempo - May 16, 2024

Suci Sekarwati, Jakarta – Far from their homeland, dozens of Palestinians in Indonesia commemorated Nakba Day at the Palestinian Embassy office in Central Jakarta on May 15, 2024. Palestine is still under Israeli occupation.

Tempo - May 16, 2024

Yohanes Maharso Joharsoyo, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto said accusations that he would "clamp down on democracy" in Indonesia were untrue. According to him, the accusation was made by some people in the press.

Reuters - May 16, 2024

Bangkok – Indonesia expects investments in its oil and gas sector to rise 29 per cent in 2024, the chairman of regulator SKK Migas told Reuters, as it races to ramp up drilling and exploration following the recent exits of global giants Shell and Chevron.

Jakarta Globe - May 16, 2024

Arnoldus Kristianus, Jakarta – The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) has raised concerns about the government's decision to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate to 12 percent in 2025, warning that it will exert significant pressure on the economy.

Tempo - May 16, 2024

Adinda Jasmine Prasetyo, Jakarta – Chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar or Cak Imin said the Broadcasting Law must be designed to face the challenges of journalism in the digital era without threatening freedom of expression.

Jakarta Globe - May 16, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto recently revealed he had no plans of raising the 3 percent budget deficit cap to accommodate his flagship policy of feeding schoolchildren free lunches.

Channel News Asia - May 16, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesian journalist organisations have voiced concerns over stifled press freedom and threats to investigative journalism following proposed changes to the country's broadcasting law.

Jakarta Globe - May 16, 2024

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has seized a luxurious house allegedly linked to a money laundering case involving former Agriculture Minister, Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL).

Jakarta Globe - May 16, 2024

Anisa Fauziah, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's call to reduce imports in government procurement has effectively increased the use of domestic products.

Associated Press - May 16, 2024

Kasparman Piliang and Niniek Karmini, Tanah Datar, Indonesia – Indonesian authorities have seeded clouds, trying to prevent further rain and flash floods after deluges that hit Sumatra Island over the weekend left at least 67 people dead and another 20 missing.

Tempo - May 16, 2024

Amelia Rahima Sari, Jakarta – PDIP politician Chico Hakim responded to a statement by his party colleague, Hugua, who asked the KPU to legalize money politics. "(Hugua's) statement was no more than sarcasm," said the PDIP spokesperson in his official statement on Wednesday, May 15, 2024.

Jakarta Post Editorial - May 16, 2024

Jakarta – The government and the House of Representatives endorsed this week a plan to revise the Constitutional Court Law for a fourth time, which, in no uncertain terms, exposes the court justices to more political interference.

Jakarta Post - May 16, 2024

Jakarta – President-elect Prabowo Subianto has defended outgoing President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's export restrictions on key raw materials to promote the development of downstream industry, saying that the country is simply protecting its own interests.

South China Morning Post - May 16, 2024

Johannes Nugroho – A tragic bus crash in Indonesia that killed 11 people including several students has put the spotlight on the country's chronic road safety problems and intensified calls for stringent regulatory oversight and enforcement.

May 15, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 15, 2024

Alfida Rizky Febrianna, Jakarta – Mohammad Nasih, the chancellor of Airlangga University, recently blamed the soaring tuition fees on the lack of investment in the higher education sector.

Jakarta Post - May 15, 2024

Jakarta – A public opinion survey conducted by Indikator Politik Indonesia has found that an overwhelming majority of respondents were satisfied with the National Police in managing mudik (exodus) traffic over Idul Fitri this year.

Jakarta Post - May 15, 2024

Deni Ghifari, Jakarta – Preliminary data from Bank Indonesia (BI) point to just a slight rise in retail sales last month even as consumer confidence jumped by a respectable margin.

Jakarta Globe - May 15, 2024

Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Hugua, a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) faction in the House of Representatives Commission II, calls for the legalization of money politics in the 2024 Regional Elections.

Bloomberg News - May 15, 2024

Grace Sihombing and Faris Mokhtar – Indonesia's President-elect Prabowo Subianto is setting his sights on becoming the world's fastest-growing economy early in his term, with more aggressive spending to achieve food and energy self-sufficiency.

Jakarta Globe - May 15, 2024

Ahmad Shoim, Surabaya – The Surabaya City Police have arrested a 24-year-old woman identified as YY, from Ogan Komering Ulu, South Sumatra, along with six accomplices. They were apprehended for coercing four underage girls into prostitution in Surabaya, East Java.

Tempo - May 15, 2024

Riri Rahayu, Jakarta – Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi revealed that several National Strategic Projects or PSNs in the transportation sector could not be completed in 2024, or at the end of President Joko Widodo or Jokowi's term of office. Meaning, the projects will be completed during the Prabowo Subianto-Gibran Rakabuming Raka (Prabowo-Gibran) government.

Reuters - May 15, 2024

Jakarta – The death toll from weekend flash floods and mud slides in West Sumatra province rose to 62 on Wednesday, authorities said, while rescuers were searching areas near rivers for 25 people who are still missing.

Officials said some of those earlier unaccounted for were found dead during the day, which lifted the toll from 58 reported in the morning.

Jakarta Globe - May 15, 2024

Yustinus Patris Paat, Jakarta – Former West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil prefers to seek reelection in the province rather than contest the gubernatorial election in Jakarta, a Golkar Party executive said on Wednesday.

Ridwan considers West Java as offering a better chance of winning than the capital city, according to Ace Hasan Syadzily, head of Golkar's West Java chapter.

Tempo Editorial - May 15, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia's plastic waste management policy needs an honest and comprehensive evaluation. When handling plastic and all the associated hazards, it is not enough to simply rely on the empty slogan of "3R" – reduce, reuse, recycle, as proclaimed by the government.

Tempo - May 15, 2024

Defara Dhanya Paramitha, Jakarta – Chairman of the Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI) Herik Kurniawan asked the entire press community to reject the revision plan of the Broadcasting Law.

The provisions under the regulation are considered a threat to freedom of the press and are feared to become a tool to silence press freedom.

Jakarta Globe - May 15, 2024

Thresa Sandra Desfika, Jakarta – The geopolitical tensions in the Middle East have significantly impacted the Indonesian stock market (IDX), causing the Jakarta Composite Index to decline from its pre-Eid level of 7,286 to 7,164 after Eid, and further down to 7,083 by the close of trading on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - May 15, 2024

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – While deindustrialization in Indonesia remains a matter of debate, the recent closure of shoe manufacturer PT Sepatu Bata's only factory in the country has sparked new concerns. The government has assured that Indonesia's manufacturing industry is still healthy.

Tempo - May 15, 2024

Suci Sekarwati, Jakarta – The United States Navy and Marine Corps, together with the Indonesian Navy (TNI-AL) and Marine Corps (Kormar RI) in Bandar Lampung, on May 13, 2024, began the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2024 exercise.

Mongabay - May 15, 2024

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Funding from the New Zealand government is helping Indigenous farmers in Indonesian Borneo improve their livelihoods while protecting their ancestral forests.

Tempo - May 15, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said rice aid was a concrete step to ease the citizens' burden.

Jakarta Post - May 15, 2024

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – An aide of Prabowo Subianto claimed on Tuesday that the president-elect had not started discussions with his coalition members about the composition of his incoming cabinet because he was still focusing on ensuring that his campaign promises could be fulfilled during his presidency.

Arah Juang - May 15, 2024

On the afternoon of Friday May 10, artists from the Musicians Coalition for Gaza initiated a solidarity action for the Palestinian people by setting up a tent encampment in front of the United States Embassy in Central Jakarta.

Jakarta Globe - May 15, 2024

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Indonesia has been witnessing a positive trade balance for four years in a row, with India being the biggest contributor to the surplus in April, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) on Wednesday.

Mongabay - May 15, 2024

Riyad Dafhi Rizki, Kambiayin, Indonesia – Eka Karlina repeats a mantra to her Dayak Pitap ancestors as she runs her fingers through the soil, combing the field in Kambiayin village for weeds.

Tempo - May 15, 2024

Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – Flooding due to the Krueng Kulu and Krueng Tadu Rivers overflow in Nagan Raya Regency, Aceh, has gradually receded.

Reuters - May 15, 2024

Jakarta – Indonesia is set to pass revisions to constitutional court rules, ushering changes that legal experts said could threaten the independence of the judiciary in the world's third-largest democracy.

Jakarta Globe - May 15, 2024

Teguh Adi Prasetyo, Jakarta – Jakarta will likely continue to drive Indonesia's economy despite the capital relocation to Nusantara, according to analyst Josua Pardede.

May 14, 2024

Jakarta Globe - May 14, 2024

Wijayanti Putri, Hendro Dahlan Situmorang, Dian Aprilianingrum, Jakarta – The issue of single tuition fees (UKT) has become a growing concern among students enrolled in state universities (PTNBH) nationwide.

Jakarta Globe - May 14, 2024

Celvin Moniaga Sipahutar, Jakarta – The limited amount of government financial subsidies to state universities is the main reason for the recent hike in tuition fees, according to the chancellor of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in an interview 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.

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

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.

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

Antara, Karawang – Chinese electric two-wheeler manufacturer Yadea on Monday has officially started constructing its electric motorcycle factory in the Suryacipta Industrial Area, Karawang Regency, West Java. The Yadea Technology Indonesia factory will have a production capacity of 3 million electric motorcycles per year.

Jakarta Post - May 14, 2024

Dio Suhenda, Jakarta – A deadly bus accident that killed nearly a dozen children on a study tour to Subang in West Java has led experts to call on the government to impose stricter safety measures for buses and transportation providers to avoid similar incidents in the future.

Jakarta Post - May 14, 2024

Radhiyya Indra and Alifia Sekar, Jakarta – For many of the victims and families affected by the bloody riots in May 1998, the hope for "closure" has slowly eroded with every passing year and every subsequent administration that has promised to bring the perpetrators to justice.