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September 23, 2022

Jakarta Globe - September 23, 2022

Prisma Ardianto, Jakarta – Indonesia's peer-to-peer lending industry is set to expand its loan disbursement by 70 percent to $16.6 billion this year, thanks to the high demand from the country's underbanked micro-, small- and medium enterprises, industry leaders said on Thursday.

Jakarta Globe - September 23, 2022

Vento Saudale, Jakarta – Bogor District Head Ade Munawaroh Yasin was found guilty of bribing state auditors to get a favorable opinion on the local budget and sentenced to four years in prison by a district court in the West Java capital of Bandung on Friday.

Ade also has her political rights revoked for five years and is fined Rp 100 million in additional sentences.

Jakarta Globe - September 23, 2022

Jakarta – The Supreme Court on Friday promised to work cooperatively with the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK after Justice Sudrajad Dimyati was named a suspect for allegedly taking bribes.

Bloomberg News - September 23, 2022

Faris Mokhtar – Indonesian President Joko Widodo has less than two years left in his final term before he steps down from running Southeast Asia's largest economy. Several of his backers in the political class don't want to see him leave when the time is up.

Jakarta Post - September 23, 2022

Jakarta – The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has announced in its happiness index that Banten province, Jakarta and Papua are among the least happy provinces in Indonesia in 2021.

Jakarta Globe - September 23, 2022

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – Supreme Court Justice Sudrajad Dimyati was named a corruption suspect along with nine other people following separate raids in Jakarta and Semarang, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced on Friday.

Mongabay - September 23, 2022

Wahyu Chandra, Makassar, Indonesia – Indonesia is drafting a harvest strategy for snapper-grouper fisheries as part of a fisheries management plan for WPPNRI 713, the fisheries management area that borders the islands of Borneo, Sulawesi, Bali and Flores and encompasses the Makassar Strait, Bone Bay, Bali Sea and Flores Sea.

Tempo - September 23, 2022

Muhsin Sabilillah (Intern), Jakarta – The Metro Jaya Police Chief Inspector General Fadli Imran proposed for mass protests to be moved from public streets at West Medan Merdeka street to within the National Monument (Monas) area. Fadli argued that it would help solve traffic congestion problems often occur during demonstrations.

Tempo - September 23, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – Residents of Semper Timur, North Jakarta, urged the provincial government to shut down the prostitution complex near the Rawa Malang City Forest, Cilincing. Its existence is deemed to present a negative influence, moreover, there is a recent case of alleged sexual abuse against a girl committed by four children in the area earlier this month.

Tempo - September 23, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – The Labor Party president Said Iqbal announced that thousands of farmers and laborers are set to stage a protest at the State Palace on Saturday, September 24, 2022, which coincides with National Farmers Day.

UCA News - September 23, 2022

Church officials in Indonesia's Central Java province have condemned and demanded a fair probe and justice for the gruesome murder of a Catholic government official who was a key witness in a corruption case.

September 22, 2022

Tempo - September 22, 2022

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – Former vice president Jusuf Kalla opined that Indonesia's new capital city project might suffer problems, particularly related to financing. This is because, he said, there is no foreign investment commitment to the country to date.

Sydney Morning Herald - September 22, 2022

Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies, Singapore/Jakarta – The chief of Indonesia police's anti-terror squad has warned that violent extremism still poses a danger in South-East Asia's largest nation, admitting authorities are powerless to stop jihadists from spreading their ideology on social media.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 22, 2022

A school in Bogor Regency, West Java is getting flak after one of its teachers allegedly conducted a period inspection on students amid suspicions that some girls may have been ditching prayers at school.

Tempo - September 22, 2022

Tempo, Jakarta – Chairman of the Migrant Care Migration Study Center, Anis Hidayah, said there are suspicions that the human trafficking case in Cambodia could be linked to the Consortium 303 of Ferdy Sambo. The consortium came under the spotlight following the murder investigation of Brigadier J a.k.a. Nofriansyah Yosua Hutabarat.

Jakarta Post - September 22, 2022

Theresia Sufa, Bogor – The Bogor regency's environmental agency has reported heavy pollution in Cileungsi River, which has been a source of raw water for the regency and the Bekasi city in West Java.

Tempo - September 22, 2022

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – SETARA Institute strongly criticized the formation of a team dedicated to the nonjudicial settlement of severe human rights violations (PPHAM team), saying that nothing can be expected from the team, which is a byproduct of Presidential Decree No. 17/2022.

iNews.id - September 22, 2022

Wahyu Ruslan, Makassar – A protest action against the recent fuel price hike by hundreds of students and workers in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar has ended in chaos. This occurred when the students waylaid a state-oil and gas company Pertamina tanker and a truck on Jalan Poros.

The Interpreter - September 22, 2022

Eduard Lazarus – With less than two months until the G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia has gone into public security mode. The government is facing a major public backlash after President Joko Widodo announced a decision to cut fuel subsidies, leaving petrol prices to rise by 30 per cent.

CNN Indonesia - September 22, 2022

Jakarta – Hundreds of workers from the 1001 United Trade Union Alliance held a demonstration in the vicinity of the Horse Statue in Central Jakarta on Thursday September 22. The workers arrived at the Horse statue after holding a long-march from Puncak Pass in Bogor, West Java.

Jakarta Globe - September 22, 2022

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, arrested a number of people including a Supreme Court justice during separate operations in Jakarta and the Central Java capital of Semarang on Thursday.

Reuters - September 22, 2022

Jakarta – An Indonesian court began a trial on Wednesday that will examine whether a former army commander committed "crimes against humanity" over the fatal shooting of four teenagers in the country's easternmost region of Papua in 2014.

Bloomberg News - September 22, 2022

Grace Sihombing and Claire Jiao – Indonesia's central bank delivered a bigger-than-expected interest rate hike to cool inflation that it now expects to surpass 6% this year amid a weakening rupiah.

Tempo - September 22, 2022

Khory Alfarizi, Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – State-owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir's special staff, Arya Sinulingga, stated that an electric stove is much cheaper to operate than a gas stove. The migration to induction cookers will not also disrupt or increase the supply of coal for electricity.

Alinea ID - September 22, 2022

Gempita Surya – A national survey by the polling group Charta Politika has revealed that more than 65 percent of respondents disagree with the recent fuel (BBM) price hike.

September 21, 2022

Reuters - September 21, 2022

Anant Chandak, Bengaluru – Bank Indonesia will follow a surprise August interest rate rise with another 25 basis point hike at its meeting on Thursday, still moving more slowly than most of its peers in trying to bring down inflation, a Reuters poll forecasts.

Tempo - September 21, 2022

Fajar Pebrianto, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially ratified Presidential Decree No 17/2022 on the formation of a non-judicial settlement for severe past human rights violations team, or the PPHAM team.

Jakarta Post Editorial - September 21, 2022

Jakarta – The enactment of the Data Privacy Law by the House of Representatives on Tuesday is a step in the right direction, but we should be aware that the legislation is no panacea for a plethora of problems we now face in our increasingly digital life.

Mongabay - September 21, 2022

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Indonesia's program to wean itself off coal by burning it alongside progressively higher amounts of woody biomass will threaten more than a million hectares of rainforest and result in massive net carbon emissions, a new analysis shows.

Tempo - September 21, 2022

Ima Dini Shafira, Jakarta – Johan Budi, House of Representatives (DPR) member from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), said that the existence of the Colonels Council is known and approved by Puan Maharani. The Council is a forum for DPR members from the PDIP faction to support the DPR Speaker to run as a presidential candidate in the 2024 elections.

Tempo - September 21, 2022

Riani Sanusi Putri, Jakarta – The association of online ojek drivers Garda Indonesia chairperson, Igun Wicaksono, opined that ride-hailing application service providers showed arrogance to comply with the government's regulations as they are reluctant to cut the app fee.

Jakarta Globe - September 21, 2022

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is trying to bring in more investment into the green sector with incentives and less red tape, as the coal-reliant country seeks to transition to renewables.

Indonesia is aiming for 23 percent renewables in its energy mix by 2025. The country has also set a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 or sooner.

Jakarta Globe - September 21, 2022

Beritasatu, Jayapura – Security members have arrested 14 people during a rally in the city of Jayapura by the supporters of Papua Governor Lukas Enembe, who has been named a suspect for alleged corruption and money laundering, police said on Wednesday.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2022

Tenggara Strategics, Jakarta – Trouble is brewing at the United Development Party (PPP), the country's oldest Islamist party and among the seven parties in the coalition government, after chairman Suharso Monoarfa was toppled by what appears to be a slip of the tongue that offended kiai, the elderly heads of Islamic boarding schools.

Kompas TV - September 21, 2022

Nadia Intan Fajarlie, Jakarta – Setara Institute for Peace and Democracy Chairperson Hendardi is doubtful about the function of the Team for the Non-Judicial Resolution of Past Gross Human Rights Violations (PPHAM) which has recently been formed by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.

Mongabay - September 21, 2022

Basten Gokkon, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is drafting an updated five-year national strategy to protect an endemic reef fish species that's popular in the global aquarium trade.

Jakarta Globe - September 21, 2022

Jakarta – The Asian Development Bank, or ADB, the region's multilateral development bank, has upgraded its economic growth forecasts for Indonesia this year but penciled in a slower growth pace for the next year as the county would likely be impacted by deteriorating global growth.

Jakarta Post - September 21, 2022

Yvette Tanamal, Jakarta – The late prominent Muslim scholar Azyumardi Azra, who passed away on Sunday, aged 67, in Selangor, Malaysia, was laid to rest at Kalibata Heroes Cemetery on Tuesday morning in a state-funeral ceremony led by Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy.

Fulcrum - September 21, 2022

Max Lane – The Indonesian government has argued that there is a strong case for increasing prices for fuel. Given that fuel prices are a politically sensitive issue, it remains to be seen whether the government will be about to ride out the storm.

CNN Indonesia - September 21, 2022

Bandung – Thousands of workers held a protest action against the recent fuel (BBM) price hike in front of the Gedung Sate building (governor's office) in the West Java (Jabar) provincial capital of Bandung on Wednesday September 21.

September 20, 2022

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2022

Muhammad Aulia & Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – The House of Representatives on Tuesday enacted the Law on Personal Data Protection that carries tougher jail sentences and fines amid mounting public pressures against data breaches and theft.

Tempo - September 20, 2022

Moh. Khory Alfarizi, Jakarta – Online taxi drivers who are members of the Online Driver Coalition (Kado) planned to hold a demonstration on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) Building. In the invitation received by Tempo, more than 1,000 will join the action.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 20, 2022

President Joko Widodo said he won't follow in the way of US President Joe Biden after the latter declared that the pandemic is over in his country.

In an interview on Sunday, Biden said that while the COVID-19 response continues in the US, life has more or less returned to normal and that the time has come to declare that the pandemic is over.

Tempo - September 20, 2022

Mutia Yuantisya, Jakarta – MRT Jakarta experienced an increase in the number of passengers following the announcement of the increase in fuel prices on September 3. Last week, the daily number of passengers peaked at 76,883 people.

Reuters - September 20, 2022

Jakarta – The House of Representatives passed into law on Tuesday a personal data protection bill that includes corporate fines and up to six years imprisonment for those found to have mishandled data in the world's fourth most populous country.

Jakarta Globe - September 20, 2022

Jakarta – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe provided no denial of Monday's revelations by law enforcement authorities that he has spent at least Rp 560 billion ($39 million) on casino gambling since 2017.

Tempo - September 20, 2022

Daniel Ahmad, Jakarta – The Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry denied the Jerusalem Post's report that the country sent a delegation to Israel for a secret visit, asserting that spreading such a hoax is the Israeli media's old way to gain profits.

Reuters - September 20, 2022

Rajendra Jadhav and Bernadette Christina, Mumbai/Jakarta – Indonesian palm oil producers are whittling down their hefty inventory overhang with discounts versus rivals and aggressive sales to India, where demand is picking up for next month's Diwali festival, industry officials said.

Indonesia at Melbourne - September 20, 2022

Jamhari Makruf – On 18 September, renowned Indonesian scholar of Islam Professor Azyumardi Azra died suddenly of a heart attack. He was in Kuala Lumpur, where he was to participate in a seminar on "cosmopolitan Islam", doing what he enjoyed so much – sharing his profound knowledge of Islam and deepening understanding through debate and discussion.

Straits Times - September 20, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo's popularity took a hit after his decision to increase fuel prices stoked public unrest over surging living costs, according to the latest opinion poll.

His approval rating fell by 10 percentage points to 62.6 per cent from 72.3 per cent in August, based on Indikator Politik's survey of 1,200 people conducted on Sept 5 to 10.