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October 17, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Arnoldus Kristianus & Abdul Muslim & Herman, Jakarta – The government is optimistic that an international trade exhibition will help the country overcome a persistent trade deficit.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Arya Dipa and Bambang Muryanto, Bandung – Hundreds of protesters – students and activists – rallied in big cities on Thursday to demand that the President issue a regulation to revoke a new law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), three days before President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo starts his second term.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Protests & Popular Resistance
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Taufiq Siddiq, Jakarta – The Police have started to close off access to Merdeka Palace with barbed wire today, Oct. 17, before the planned student rally staged by university students this afternoon.

At around 11:05 a.m., barbed wire fences have blocked the capital's main roads, including Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, before the building of the Tourism Ministry.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Imam Hamdi, Jakarta – The Jakarta Administration's water resources agency has lodged a budget up to Rp110 billion to continue the construction of the city's giant sea wall known as the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) in North Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Reuters - October 17, 2019

Tabita Diela and John Geddie, Jakarta – An Indonesian unit of management consultants McKinsey & Company has been appointed to conduct a feasibility study on moving the capital from the crowded, flood-prone city of Jakarta on Java island to the forested island of Borneo, an official said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Asip A. Hasani, Blitar, East Java – Lawmaker Arteria Dahlan from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has been in the news lately for his controversial defense of the revised Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, which many observers fear will neuter the KPK.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Telly Nathalia & Beritasatu TV, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo confirmed in a Twitter posting on Thursday that he had completed the selection of a new Cabinet for the second term of his presidency, which will commence on Sunday.

The ministers' names will be announced either immediately after his inauguration, or in the following few days.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Detik News - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – Students have taken to the streets on the first day that the revised Corruption Eradication Commission Law (UU KPK) came into effect. The students are urging President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the law.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - October 17, 2019
Andita Rahma, Jakarta – The Indonesian Chief of Police Gen. Tito Karnavian reminded about staging demonstrations ahead of the presidential inauguration.
News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Heru Andriyanto, Carlos K.Y. Paath, Jakarta – The heavily amended Corruption Eradication Commission Law will come into effect by default on Wednesday, 30 days after it was passed by the House of Representatives, a minister has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – People's Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo has made assurances to the public that the constitutional articles on the presidential election will remain untouched as plans to amend the 1945 Constitution remain firmly in place.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Jakarta – The National Association of University Student Executive Bodies (BEM-SI) plans to stage a rally in front of the State Palace on Thursday following a decision by the Jakarta Police to restrict protests ahead of the presidential inauguration on Sunday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesia has risen six places over the last decade to be ranked 68th out of 170 countries in the Global Index of Economic Openness as shown in a recent study by a London-based think-tank the Legatum Institute.

News ›› Indonesia ›› 1998 Fall of Suharto & Reformasi
The Conversation - October 17, 2019

Tim Lindsey – It's deeply ironic that Indonesia's third president, BJ Habibie, died on September 11 – less than a week before the national legislature passed a law that gutted the highly-regarded Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK), effectively killing it.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Coconuts Jakarta - October 17, 2019

Today, the controversial revision to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law officially comes into effect, as President Joko Widodo has thus far failed to use his executive power to block its implementation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 17, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo must shift his government's focus to increasing productivity in the domestic manufacturing industry and improving the investment climate during his second term to stem a slowdown in the country's economic growth, economists said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Tempo - October 17, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Secretary General Ahmad Muzani said he was keen to see the party leader, Prabowo Subianto, join the coalition of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma'ruf Amin administration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Reuters - October 17, 2019

Kuala Lumpur – A new green fund being set up by the government should prioritize protecting its rain forests and creating a carbon trading program to help Indonesia meet its goals to curb climate change, environmentalists and officials said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – A group of economists have penned an open letter addressed to President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, urging him to issue a government regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to annul the latest revision to the 2003 Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, arguing that weakening the antigraft agency will harm the economy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Syofiardi Bachyul J.B, West Sumatra – Air quality in West Sumatra has decreased significantly as it touches a level considered unhealthy this week.

The head of Global Atmosphere Watch in Bukit Kototabang, Wan Dayantolis, said air quality had decreased from normal to unhealthy on Tuesday and Wednesday morning at around 10 a.m. and 6 a.m., respectively.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - October 17, 2019

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is working hand-in-hand with nine other state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to bring PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines back to life after the latter ceased operations in 2014 due to financial problems.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
The Conversation - October 17, 2019

Noir Primadona Purba – Indonesia's oceans, some of the richest in marine biodiversity, are becoming rubbish bins – altering underwater ecosystems.

Based on a research led by Jenna Jambeck of University of Georgia, Indonesia is the world's second-largest ocean plastic polluter. Yet, we know little about how plastic waste impact marine life in Indonesia's waters.

October 16, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Shootings & Violence Against Civilians
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence (KontraS) urged the Indonesian Police (Polri) to initiate legal process against police officers, who shot dead two Halu Oleo University students in Kendari and not merely accentuate ethics and procedures.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Youth & Student Activism
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Didit Hariyadi, Makassar – The University of Hasanuddin's Student Executive Body (BEM Unhas) president, Fatir Kasim, deemed South Sulawesi Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mas Guntur Laupe had provoked students to stage a protest ahead of the presidential inauguration.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Jakarta (Antara) – MRT Jakarta, the operator of the city's mass rapid transit train network, has collaborated with Gojek Indonesia, one of the largest ride-hailing companies in the country, to provide a feeder transportation service for MRT passengers.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The National Police claim to have foiled terror plots, including suicide bombings, in several cities across Java, which were allegedly planned by Islamic State-linked homegrown militant group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
CNN Indonesia - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Institute for Public Research and Advocacy (Elsam) says that freedom of expression and opinion in Indonesia has declined since 2014. Citing data from the Freedom House website, Elsam said that for the last five years freedom of expression in Indonesia has been rated as no longer free.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The government has given Japanese oil company Inpex Corp and Dutch energy giant Shell a 27-year extension to develop the Abadi gas field in the southeastern part of the Arafura Sea.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Jakarta & Urban Life
Nikkei Asian Review - October 16, 2019

Shotaro Tani, Jakarta – On the face of it, Indonesia's capital Jakarta, a sprawling megacity of 10 million people, and Sweden's Kiruna, a town of only 20,000, couldn't be more different. But they have one thing in common: Both are sinking.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Coconuts Jakarta - October 16, 2019

On Friday, TransJakarta recommissioned buses made by Chinese manufacturers ZhongTong, officials have confirmed, which had previously been mired in scandals related to passenger safety and corruption.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
Detik News - October 16, 2019

Muhammad Aminudin, Malang – Seven young people in the East Java city of Malang took turns in reading out quotes from the Fact Finding Team (TPF) report on the assassination of Munir.

The event calls into question a government statement last year that the TPF Munir report has disappeared. The document titled "Quotes from the final TPF Munir Report" was 12 pages long.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Internet & Social Media
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Facebook said on Wednesday during its first-ever Facebook Summit in Jakarta that its myriad of applications – including the Facebook app, Instagram and WhatsApp Messenger – have made positive economic and social impacts on local businesses, the government and the Indonesian society as a whole.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Muh. Syaifullah, Yogyakarta – A total of 400 Indonesianists from 43 countries attend the World Indonesianist Congress held in Yogyakarta State University (UNY), on October 14-15.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo decided not to comment on questions about the Law on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK Law) that will be effective on Thursday, October 17, 2019. The revised KPK Law was passed one month ago on September 17.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, has arrested eight people in the East Kalimantan cities of Bontang and Samarinda and also in the capital Jakarta on Tuesday over allegations of bribery related to a major road project on the island.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The International Monetary Fund has kept its economic growth projection for Indonesia at 5 percent this year and 5.1 percent next year, while issuing a warning that the global economy may see its slowest expansion since the global financial crisis in 2008-2009.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) has handed down disciplinary sanctions against five more serving Army personnel in relation to negative social media posts about the recent attack on the country's chief security minister, following the removal of two soldiers from their positions last week for similar reasons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Cabinet & The Presidency
Straits Times - October 16, 2019

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo, who was re-elected in April with a majority vote, has received the backing of defeated rival Prabowo Subianto, who on Monday (Oct 14) and Tuesday stressed that Indonesia needs to be united to face difficult times in years ahead amid rising global economic challenges.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Freedom of Speech & Expression
Tempo - October 16, 2019

Friski Riana, Jakarta – President Joko Widodo or Jokowi claimed that he did not order police apparatus to prohibit public demonstration on the day of the presidential inauguration on October 20, 2019.

"No [such an order]," said the President shortly after the meeting with the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) speakers at State Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday, October 16.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Globe - October 16, 2019

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – Indramayu district head Supendi was named a corruption suspect on Tuesday, only eight months since he assumed his post.

Supendi was arrested earlier on Monday along with the West Java district's public works head Omarsyah, state road projects head Wempy Triyono and a businessman named Carsa A.S. over bribery allegations in various projects.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

N. Adri, Jakarta and Balikpapan – Medan Mayor Dzulmi Edin and 14 other people, including officials and private individuals, have been arrested on graft charges during separate raids conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) since Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - October 16, 2019

Jon Afrizal, Jambi – Haze from ongoing forest and land fires continued to plague Jambi on Wednesday, despite the government's attempts to create artificial rain since Friday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Abductions & Extra-Judicial Killings
SBS News - October 16, 2019

Aaron Fernandes – Golfrid Siregar dedicated his life to defending Indonesia's environment and exposing corruption. It's a role that his family fear may have cost him his life.

Since 2016, Golfrid Siregar worked as a lawyer in the North Sumatra chapter of WALHI – Indonesia's largest and oldest environmental advocacy NGO.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Social Organisations & NGOs
Coconuts Jakarta - October 16, 2019

Vice President-elect Ma'ruf Amin will not permanently step down from his role as the chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council – the country's highest clerical body – even after he's sworn in to become the country's second-in-command on Sunday.

October 15, 2019

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - October 15, 2019

Jakarta – The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has reiterated its determination to remain an opposition party despite its former allies edging closer to joining the ruling coalition.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Globe - October 15, 2019

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Benoa Bay in Bali has been declared a maritime conservation area by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, an official said on Tuesday. The decision by the minister has also put an end to a reclamation project inside the bay area that has drawn years of criticism from the public.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Terrorism & Religious Extremism
Jakarta Post - October 15, 2019

Jakarta – Police have arrested 22 terrorist suspects following the stabbing of Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto last week.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Police & Law Enforcement
Coconuts Jakarta - October 15, 2019

In addition to continually expanding the scope of traffic cameras in the capital, traffic police in Jakarta are utilizing another piece of technology that should, in theory, discourage bribing in lieu of tickets.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - October 15, 2019

A 24-year-old man, identified by his initials HN, has been arrested by police for allegedly sexually harassing a teenage girl aboard the KRL Commuterline train by rubbing his crotch against her.

Jakarta Metro Police Spokesman Argo Yuwono today confirmed the arrest and said that HN is still under investigation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Surveys & Opinion Polls
Tempo - October 15, 2019

Gangsar Parikesit, Jakarta – The satisfaction rate of Jakartans with Anies Baswedan in the second year of his governorship declined. This set out a result of the survey "Jakarta untuk Siapa?" posted by a pollster Populi Center, Monday, Oct. 14.