3 MARCH 2014
Why Indonesia needs to lead in economic integration
As the biggest country in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is a natural leader of ASEAN. For decades since the association was established in 1967, Indonesia has played an important role maintaining geopolitical stability in the region. This leadership has recently become more demanding due to border disputes within ASEAN and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
25 FEBRUARY 2014
Major Indonesian party taking hardline tack
As Its popularity dips in recent months, Indonesia’s largest Islamic party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), has adopted a more strident tone in a bid to shore up its base.
20 FEBRUARY 2014
Jakarta Governor’s Cleanup Campaign
What Jakarta’s governor, Joko Widodo, is doing to clean up the sprawling, vice-ridden city he inherited from a luckless ally of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demonstrates an intriguing contrast to the cleanup efforts of the country’s highly praised Corruption Eradication Commission.
15 FEBRUARY 2014
Singapore and Indonesia: An Uneasy Coexistence?
It is time for the two neighbors to move beyond historical grievances.
10 FEBRUARY 2014
Indonesia, Singapore row worsens
Tension between Indonesia and Singapore over the naming of an Indonesian Navy ship has risen, with officials from the Defence Ministry cancelling a planned visit to the city-state to attend the Singapore Airshow. The Defence Ministry made the move following the Singaporean government’s sudden decision to cancel a scheduled bilateral meeting on the two countries’ defence cooperation http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesia-Singapore-row-worsens–56944.html http://www.asianewsnet.net/Spore-move-signals-strong-displeasure-to-Indonesia-56908.html
8 FEBRUARY 2014
Sharia should not apply for non-Muslims: Aceh ulema
Imposing sharia on non-Muslims is inappropriate as Islamic law only regulates matters relevant to Islam and to do so tarnishes the image of the faith and thus harms it, says an Acehnese cleric
4 FEBRUARY 2014
Indonesia’s foreign relations: policy shaped by the ideal of ‘dynamic equilibrium’
Indonesia’s foreign policy priorities would be based on geographic proximity, with the inner circle encompassing ASEAN (seen as the cornerstone of Indonesian foreign policy), the second circle comprising major neighbouring countries in East Asia, the third circle the wider Asia Pacific region, with the outer perimeters being of diminishing importance
28 JANUARY 2014
Indonesia’s reform priorities: Change of pace ahead after the SBY stasis
Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s presidency will come to an end in 2014. Lauded internationally as a reformer and moderniser, at home SBY (as he is popularly known) is largely viewed as a disappointment
22 JANUARY 2014
Probe finds Indonesian chief judge owned 33 cars
An investigation of an Indonesian chief justice who was arrested on suspicion of receiving a $250,000 bribe has found that he has more than $16 million in assets, including 33 cars and 31 motorcycles, the graft commission said Wednesday
18 JANUARY 2014
Indonesian president says he felt betrayed by Tony Abbott over spying
The Indonesian president has lamented Tony Abbott’s handling of last year’s spying row, revealing in a new book he felt betrayed by the Australian prime minister, whom he had considered a good friend
10 JANUARY 2014
Indonesia’s anti-graft agency arrests ex-chairman of ruling party
The Corruption Eradication Commission – known locally as the KPK – arrested Anas Urbaningrum, former chairman of Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, on bribery charges in a US$205 million (S$260 million) graft scandal surrounding the construction of a sports stadium in Hambalang in West Java province.
8 JANUARY 2014
Indonesian militants being drawn to Syrian civil war
The recent uncovering of plots to destroy Buddhist temples to avenge violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has also cast a spotlight on Indonesians going to fight in Syria’s civil war.
24 DECEMBER 2013
Yudhoyono term ends with a whimper, survey shows
A public opinion survey has shown that the public deemed the second term of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono a failure, with more than 85 per cent of the respondents saying that they were dissatisfied with the current situation
15 DECEMBER 2013
Australia PM says Jakarta actions ‘unhelpful’
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has criticised Indonesia for suspending cooperation to solve the people-smuggling problem between both nations over a phone-tapping spat.
13 DECEMBER 2013
Many Indonesians think vote-buying ‘acceptable’: Poll
More than 40 percent of Indonesian voters consider politicians seeking to buy support at elections acceptable, a survey showed Friday, months before national polls in the graft-ridden country.
22 NOVEMBER 2013
Jakarta protesters attack Australian embassy over spying revelations
Protests against the Australian embassy in Jakarta have intensified as scores descended on the mission building calling for diplomats to be expelled following allegations that Australia’s spies attempted to bug the phone of the Indonesian president.
18 NOVEMBER 2013
Indonesia recalls ambassador to Australia over spy claims
Secret documents published jointly by Guardian Australia and the ABC, have revealed that Australian intelligence services have attempted to listen in on personal phone calls of the Indonesian president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, and have targeted the mobile phones of his wife, senior ministers and confidants
4 NOVEMBER 2013
View from above in Indonesia
31 OCTOBER 2013
Three million Indonesian workers strike for higher wages
Inflation, caused on purpose to enhance exports to strengthen the local economy is destroying the lives of workers. Who ask why, after contributing to the growth of the common welfare, they are forced to live in sewers.
28 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesian women peace activists receive 2013 N-Peace Awards
Two Indonesian women peace activists have won the 2013 N-Peace Awards for their efforts to promote women’s equality and protection of women against discrimination.
The Mindanao Peace Process: Can Indonesia Advance It?
The recent violence in Zamboanga has prompted Indonesia to offer assistance in brokering peace in the southern Philippines, citing its role in the OIC and its experience with mediating peace. In view of the conflict’s complexity, are those credentials enough?
25 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesia: Child prostitution rampant in tourist destinations
Child-sex tourism has become more rampant in Bali and several areas in Indonesia, with practices involving tourist-related businesses, as well as the families of the exploited children.
24 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesia’s forests still dwindle despite reforms
At home and abroad, Indonesia is highlighting its progress in curbing the environmental destruction that has depleted forests and made the Southeast Asian nation a leading source of greenhouse gases. But environmentalists are unconvinced.
17 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesia’s anti-graft agency detains former minister
Indonesia’s anti-corruption agency arrested a former sports and youth minister Thursday in a multimillion-dollar graft case, one of several to rock the president’s party ahead of polls next year.
12 OCTOBER 2013
S. Korea inks deals worth $10b with Indonesia
Looking to capitalize on Indonesia’s rising number of middle class consumers, South Korea signed seven memorandums of understanding (MoUs) on investments worth over US$10 billion The sectors involved comprised transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, information technology, automotive, energy, agriculture and the creative economy
11 OCTOBER 2103
S. Korea’s Park pushes for free trade with Indonesia
Indonesia and Korea have agreed to more than treble trade from US$29.6 billion (S$36.9 billion) in 2012, and both governments have expressed hope of finalising a free-trade agreement by year-end.
Indian PM on first state visit to Indonesia to boost ties
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was on his first state visit to Indonesia on Friday aimed at expanding strategic relations and bilateral trade between Asia’s two largest democracies.
8 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesia economy stable until 2018: OECD
A recent report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says Indonesia’s economic will grow on average 6 percent annually during 2014-2018, making it the country with the highest economic growth.
3 OCTOBER 2013
Indonesia’s Constitutional Court Chief Arrested for Graft
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has announced the arrest of Constitutional Court (MK) Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, a Golkar Party politician named Chairunissa, Gunung Mas Regent Hambit Bintih and two businessmen identified as CN and DH over bribery charges on Wednesday night in a sting operation.
China president makes historic speech in Indonesia
Chinese President Xi Jinping made history in Indonesia on Thursday by becoming the first foreign leader to address the democratic country’s Parliament, using the platform to call for greater cooperation with Southeast Asia’s biggest economy and the region as a whole. http://asiancorrespondent.com/114022/china-president-makes-historic-speech-in-indonesia/
30 SEPTEMBER 2013
Australian PM says ‘united’ with Indonesia on migrants
Australia’s new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is in Indonesia on his first official foreign visit, has said the two countries are « united » on the issue of asylum seekers.
25 SEPTEMBER 2013
Indonesian police open fire on civilians in West Papua
One person is said to have been killed and at least two others injured on Monday when Indonesian riot police opened fire on civilians in Waghete, West Papua.
20 SEPTEMBER 2013
US govt puts two Indonesians on latest terrorist list
The US Treasury Department has designated two Indonesians, Said Ahmad Sungkar and Afif Abdul Majid, as individuals linked to what it considers Indonesia-based terrorist organisationse also said that the counterterrorism operation was merely a way for the US to continue its grasp over Indonesia’s natural resources and wealth.
7 SEPTEMBER 2013
Indonesia moves Miss World final to Bali after protests
Indonesia said on Saturday the final of the Miss World pageant later this month would take place on the Hindu-majority holiday island of Bali instead of near the capital, after days of Muslim hardline protests.
6 SEPTEMBER 2013
Indonesian Corruption Trial Sniffs at SBY’s Door
Beef scandal figure claims a presidential « friend » is connected to bribery
5 SEPTEMBER 2013
Indonesian Soldiers Sentenced for Prison Murders
An Indonesian court has sentenced eight special forces soldiers for breaking into a jail and executing four prisoners in a revenge killing.The military court in Yogyakarta handed down sentences of six to 11 years for the three who led the attack. ive others were given sentences of 21 months in jail.
3 SEPTEMBER 2013
Can Indonesia play a leadership role in the Asian century?
Indonesia has become an unlikely star of the international economy, with its resilient growth in the midst of the US sub-prime mortgage and European sovereign and banking crises. But political, social and environmental conditions at home are not commensurate with the quality of Indonesia’s relatively outstanding growth.
Indonesia jails police general for corruption
Insp Gen Djoko Susilo was found guilty of taking $13m (£8.4m) in bribes from a firm that supplied driving simulators when he led the traffic division.
23 AUGUST 2013
Indonesian Muslim clerics lash out at Miss World
Indonesia’s top Islamic authority lashed out Friday at the country’s decision to host the Miss World beauty pageant next month, saying that women exposing their bodies went against Muslim teaching.
21 AUGUST 2013
Female students in Indonesia may be forced to undergo ‘virginity tests’
A plan to make female high school students undergo mandatory virginity tests has been met with outrage from activists, who argue that it discriminates against women and violates their human rights.
20 AUGUST 2013
Controversy over the opening of Papua separatist bureau in the Netherlands
After Oxford, the OPM opens a bureau in the Netherlands. A former Dutch colony, the western half of the island of Papua has pitted Jakarta against separatists for decades, partly because of its mineral resources.
19 AUGUST 2013
As Jakarta celebrates independence, the energy sector is still colonial in nature
Parties, celebrations and environmental initiatives characterised the 68th anniversary of independence. In his address to the nation, Yudhoyono stressed economic progress and integration, but sectarian intolerance and the loss of « energy sovereignty » threaten them.
18 AUGUST 2013
Indonesia’s Democrats deny links to graft scandal
Democratic Party officials have denied allegations of underhanded dealings with the head of Indonesia’s oil-and-gas regulatory agency, Rudi Rubiandini, who was arrested on Tuesday night for allegedly taking bribes from an oil trading firm in a case that has dominated headlines.
16 AUGUST 2013
Indonesians shocked by oil corruption scandal
A new corruption scandal has hit a high ranking political, institutional and financial Indonesian official: Rudi Rubiandini, head of the special commission of control over the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Company, better known as SKK Migas. The Department Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) – caught him on the night of 13 August, while pocketing a substantial bribe (U.S. and Singapore dollars for a sum of not less than one million) from a representative of a foreign oil company
15 AUGUST 2013
Call for Probe of Indonesian Rights Violations
A new report by Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights on « gross human rights violations » during the 30-year campaign by Indonesia’s military to suppress the separatist Free Aceh movement is likely to be ignored as its predecessor, about the appalling violence that took place against Communists in 1965, was a year ago
The Growing Problem of Land Conflicts in Indonesia
Land and resource conflicts are an increasing source of violence in Indonesia, and a looming showdown in Sumatra shows why. The dispute in Mesuji, Lampung province is over an industrial tree plantation, but it could just as easily be a mine or a palm oil estate. Whatever the cause of the initial dispute—in this case a land-grab that goes back decades—the conflict has become infinitely more complex over the last two years as political and economic stakes have increased.
4 AUGUST 2013
Indonesian Temple Bombing Linked to Burma Violence
Officials say a bomb went off late Sunday at the entrance of a temple in Jakarta, injuring one person and causing minor damage. A message attached to the device said, « We hear the screams of the Rohingyas. »
2 AUGUST 2013
Military operation in Aceh was ‘gross human rights violation’
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) declared that the military operation in Aceh, which lasted from 1989 until a peace deal was signed in 2005, could be categorized as a gross human rights violation and that the Indonesian Military (TNI) was responsible for the atrocities.
29 JULY 2013
In spite of challenges, Indonesia is booming
Things are going pretty well for Indonesia. Since surfacing virtually unscathed from the 2008 financial storm, the country has proceeded to join the G20 large economies (2009), won its first investment-grade credit ratings for over a decade (2011 and 2012), and grown GDP at a rate of 6% through 2010-2012.
27 JULY 2013
Govt to disburse Rp 40 billion to provide legal aid for the poor
With the poor often victimized by the graft-mired judicial system, the government decided to disburse Rp 40.8 billion (US$3.9 million) to legal aid institutes. The government has verified 310 legal aid organizations that will receive the funds. They signed a contract with the government during a national meeting on legal aid and access to justice in Jakarta that was opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday 26
11 JULY 2013
Indonesia Losing Corruption Fight
Indonesia, which fought its way painfully up from near the bottom of the ranks of the world’s most corrupt countries, appears to be falling back again, raising concerns for international investors as well as its own citizens. Transparency International, the NGO that monitors global corruption patterns, released its « Global Corruption Barometer » report this week, leaving Indonesia at 118th of 176 countries in the world after rising to 96th in 2010. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5558&Itemid=175
9 JULY 2013
Disappointing politics: Australia’s Indonesia relationship
There are two deep disappointments about the recent visit by Australia’s new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to Indonesia and one deep source of satisfaction. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/09/disappointing-politics-australias-indonesia-relationship/
5 JULY 2013
Islamisation gets a boost in Jakarta, as Supreme Court suspends the sale of alcoholic beverages
The leaders of the Islamic Defender Front has been fighting for a ban on alcohol, especially during Ramadan. With its ruling, the Supreme Court suspends a 1997 presidential decree that authorised the sale of alcohol, stressing that « it is not apt » to maintain order. Fundamentalists are overjoyed. For them, « rapes and adultery are alcohol-related. » http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Islamisation-gets-a-boost-in-Jakarta,-as-Supreme-Court-suspends-the-sale-of-alcoholic-beverages-28390.html
2 JULY 2013
Indonesia Assembly Bill Raises Fears of Crackdown on Freedoms
Indonesia’s parliament passed a bill on Tuesday curbing freedom to organize and assemble, prompting street protests and raising concerns among religious groups and labor unions that it will allow the government to silence opposition http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesia-assembly-bill-freedoms/1693874.html
1 JULY 2013
As Conservative Islam Rises in Indonesia, Polygamy Flourishes
27 JUNE 2013
Indonesia jails Islamic terror leader for 10 years
Badri Hartono led an extremist group called Al-Qaeda Indonesia and was found guilty of sending recruits to a militant camp on a jungle-clad island known as a terror hotbed. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/357242/indonesia-jails-islamic-terror-leader-for-10-years
21 JUNE 2013
Indonesia: the need for peaceful dialogue in West Papua
The Free Papua Movement (Organisasi Papua Merdeka or OPM) has opened an office in the city of Oxford in the United Kingdom. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/06/21/indonesia-the-need-for-peaceful-dialogue-in-west-papua/
15 JUNE 2013
Indonesian anti-corruption authority detains Riau governor
Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) finally detained Riau Governor Rusli Zainal on Friday after questioning him for the third time for his alleged involvement in two separate graft cases. After being questioned for more than seven hours, Rusli, who is also a member of the Golkar Party’s central executive board, exited KPK headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta, wearing a KPK detainee’s jacket. http://www.asianewsnet.net/Indonesian-anti-corruption-authority-detains-Riau–47979.html
12 JUNE 2013
Next generation radicals in Indonesia
Driven by strong exports and buoyant domestic markets, Indonesia is projected to be among the world’s top 10 economies by 2025. While the future looks bright for Southeast Asia’s largest economy, a growing tide of religious intolerance threatens to undermine those gains. Where officials have in the past attributed religious violence and terrorism to foreign influenced groups, now the threats to stability are more clearly homegrown. http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/SEA-01-120613.html
31 MAY 2013
Indonesia’s next parliament: celebrities, incumbents and dynastic members?
Among the candidates are 10 current Cabinet Ministers,15 relatives of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the wives of two ministers, and 51 celebrities, including models, singers and TV-personalities. The lists strengthen the impression that Indonesia’s politics is dominated by political dynasties, fame and money, rather than capability, experience and merit. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/05/31/indonesias-next-parliament-celebrities-incumbents-and-dynastic-members/
23 MAY 2013
Religious Award Sparks Indonesia Protest
Leading religious figures in Indonesia have come out against a U.S.-based interfaith group’s plan to award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s support for religious freedom. They said it sends the wrong message about a country where religious minorities face increasing violence and persecution http://www.voanews.com/content/religious-award-sparks-protest-in-indonesia/1666855.html
21 MAY 2013
Fifteen Years After Suharto, Indonesia Has Made Great Steps Forward
Fifteen years ago the riots and the fall of President Suharto took place, disrupting the daily lives of many Indonesians. Today, we have returned to the peace that prevailed before those events, with the gifts of a vigorous democracy, a healthy economy and growing prowess in the arts and sciences. But what of the tumult in between — what exactly did we overcome and how did we restore our lives back to normal? http://cogitasia.com/fifteen-years-after-suharto-indonesia-has-made-great-steps-forward/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+cogitasia%2FZCwV+%28cogitASIA+Posts%29&goback=%2Egde_134242_member_243235181
8 APRIL 2013
Child protection a low priority in Indonesia
Efforts to protect children in Indonesia from abuse are obstructed by barriers to crime reporting, which may worsen with the threatened closure of police-run units that handle crimes against women and children http://www.irinnews.org/Report/97800/Child-protection-a-low-priority-in-Indonesia
1 APRIL 2013
Indonesia row: Aceh crowds support disputed flag
Thousands rallied in Aceh’s capital in support of the flag. Indonesia’s government has given provincial authorities seven days to change it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21993299
15 MARCH 2013
Indonesia carries out first execution since 2008
Officials confirmed that Adami Wilson, a Malawi national convicted of drugs smuggling, was executed by firing squad north of Jakarta on Thursday night. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21805413
23 FEBRUARY 2013
Head of Indonesia’s ruling party steps down
Anas Urbaningrum, who was elected in 2010 as general chairman of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party, announced his resignation on Saturday in a news conference at the party’s headquarters. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/02/201322314592522318.html
22 FEBRUARY 2013
Indonesia names ruling party chairman as graft suspect
Indonesia’s anti-graft body said Friday it has named the chairman of President Susilo Bambang yudhoyono’s party as a suspect in connection with corruption allegations. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21551310 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130222-403996.html
7 FEBRUARY 2013
Can Prayer Save Indonesia’s SBY From Scandal?
With his ruling political party in a shambles due to the continuing impact of several scandals, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appealed to a higher power this week, sending a text message from Mecca asking party leaders to pray for Allah’s guidance. http://asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5169&Itemid=175
31 JANUARY 2013
Indonesia detains Islamic party chief over graft
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) chairman Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq allegedly accepted a sum of one billion rupiah (S$125,000) from meat importer PT Indoguna Utama to secure a government contract. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130131-399270.html
17 JANUARY 2013
Indonesia in 2012: reform and the people
Indonesia’s economy had a good year overall in 2012. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/17/indonesia-in-2012-reform-and-the-people/
Indonesian capital Jakarta hit by deadly flooding
Some 20,000 people have abandoned their homes, as officials warn that the rain could worsen in the next few days. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21054769
15 JANUARY 2013
Indonesian supreme court hopeful’s rape remarks spark outrage
An Indonesian supreme court candidate has sparked public outrage after suggesting that women may enjoy being raped. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/16/indonesian-supreme-court-hopeful-rape http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-rape-indonesia-supreme-court-20130116,0,4913905.story?track=rss
12 JANUARY 2013
Further implementation of Sharia in Aceh to cause greater social tensions
Many fear a split between fundamentalist and moderate Muslims. Political expediency and poor governance are the driving force behind the province’s islamisation. Critics slam the province’s morality police for its crackdown on deviant behaviour. In 2012, 50 cases of Sharia-related violence were recorded. http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Further-implementation-of-Sharia-in-Aceh-to-cause-greater-social-tensions-26851.html
2 JANUARY 2013
Reaching Indonesia’s poor and vulnerable
The rate of poverty reduction continues to slow in Indonesia, despite sustained economic growth. With the exception of the 2006 increase in poverty due to the international food price crisis, the decrease in the official poverty rate from 12.5 per cent of all Indonesians in 2011 to 12 per cent in 2012 was the smallest since 2003. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/01/02/reaching-indonesias-poor-and-vulnerable/
29 DECEMBER 2012
Attacks Against the Press Still a Problem in Indonesia: AJI Report
Instances of violence against journalists dropped in 2012 despite several high-profile abuse allegations levied against the Indonesian Military (TNI) and government officials this year, according to an Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) report. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/attacks-against-the-press-still-a-problem-in-indonesia-aji-report/563957?goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461
28 DECEMBER 2012
Two Indonesian authors received Hellman/Hammet awards
Two Indonesian authors achieved international awards from the Human Rights Watch (HRW). They are included on the list of forty-one authors around the world who also received such award. Those two authors are Putu Oka Sukanta from Bali and Dominikus Sorabut from Papua who received Hellman/Hammett Award. This appreciation is specially rendered to the authors who used to become the torture target for political background or human rights abuse in the past and need financial aid. http://projectingindonesia.com/people/two-indonesian-authors-received-hellmanhammet-award/?fb_source=pubv1&goback=%2Egde_1972950_member_195667021%2Egmr_1972950%2Egde_1972950_member_199773461
26 DECEMBER 2012
Indonesia’s strong growth and stable outlook
Indonesia’s GDP, while slowing down slightly, still grew by 6.2 per cent year-on-year (yoy) during the third quarter of 2012, which was slightly lower than during the second quarter, due to the continuing slower growth of exports.
7 DECEMBER 2012
Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister resigns
As minister resigns in Jakarta over corruption inquiry storm hits Yudhoyono and Democrats Sports and Youth Minister Andi Malaranggeng quits after his family finds itself in middle of scandals over tender in the case of a sports centre. President and his party end up in the middle of a scandal and shady dealings
22 NOVEMBER 2012
Tens of thousands protest in Indonesia
Tens of thousands of workers have gathered outside the presidential palace in Jakarta in Indonesia, demanding higher wages, better working conditions and that more economic growth trickle down to the working class. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/11/2012112253436646925.html http://asiancorrespondent.com/92400/thousands-of-indonesian-workers-rally-for-benefits/
16 NOVEMBER 2012
Improving the quality of Indonesia’s education spending
Indonesia has made an extraordinary commitment to education in the past decade. Since 2002 the government has had a constitutional mandate to allocate at least 20 per cent of its budget to education, a figure it achieved in 2009.
31 OCTOBER 2012
Indonesia Makes Huge Jump in Annual Global Prosperity Index
Indonesia has been ranked 63rd in the latest prosperity index, published by think-tank Legatum Institute on Tuesday, which showed an improvement that put it in line with its growing economic position
23 OCTOBER 2012
Indonesia’s Aceh shuts Christian, Buddhist places of worship
Authorities in Indonesia’s only province that uses Islamic sharia laws said Tuesday they had closed some Christian places of worship and Buddhist temples following pressure from certain Muslim groups
20 OCTOBER 2012
Political battle in Jakarta over death penalty moratorium
President and the Supreme Court commute the death penalty against drug traffickers. According to the critics this will jeopardize the fight against drugs. Foreign Minister in favor of moratorium. Asia home to almost all executions.
3 OCTOBER 2012
Indonesia factory workers on strike for more pay
Tens of thousands of Indonesian factory workers have gone on a one-day strike to demand higher wages and better working conditions
20 AUGUST 2012
US selling eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia
The United States is to sell eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia in a sign of strengthening ties aimed at boosting regional security, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday
17 SEPTEMBER 2012
Indonesians clash with police outside US Embassy
Indonesians enraged over an anti-Islam film clashed with police outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Monday, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails and setting tires ablaze. At least one police officer was seen bleeding from the head while being carried to safety by fellow officers http://asiancorrespondent.com/89473/indonesians-clash-with-police-outside-us-embassy/ http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Violent-protests-in-Jakarta-over-Muhammad-blasphemy-movie-25841.html
15 SEPTEMBER 2012
The 2013 Indonesian state budget draft
Indonesia’s 2013 state budget was initially expected to help boost economic growth by stimulating domestic consumption, investment and foreign trade but a review of the draft budget suggests that it is highly unlikely that this will be the cas
31 AUGUST 2012
Indonesia short of naval muscle
Now, Indonesia is emerging again as a crucial player as US foreign policy « pivots » towards Asia, a geostrategic shift aimed at counterbalancing China’s rising power in the region. The geographical location of the sprawling archipelago, through which the majority of the world’s trade flows, includes a strategic chokepoint at the Malacca Strait for China’s energy imports
25 AUGUST 2012
Indonesia may sell weapons, supplies to Iraq, Uganda
Indonesia may soon sell weapons and military supplies to Iraq and Uganda, in what a top defense official said would be a first for an ASEAN member nation
24 AUGUST 2012
Golkar Tells Indonesia’s 1965 Massacre Survivors Forget it
In July, after a four-year investigation, the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) labeled as a serious human rights violation and a crime against humanity the orgy of violence that shook the country in 1965 following a failed coup attempt blamed on the communists. It is thought that up to 500,000 people died in the purge targeting the left, sparked by an attempt to overthrow the country’s founding President Sukarno
6 AUGUST 2012
Interpol drops ‘red notice’ for dissident Benny Wenda; case was mainly ‘political’
Global policing body Interpol has dropped a wanted notice for an Indonesian dissident after authorities ruled the case against him was “predominantly political in nature.” http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/06/13144025-interpol-drops-red-notice-for-dissident-benny-wenda-case-was-mainly-political?lite&__utma=238145375.1358836827.1333475157.1344185328.1344273891.119&__utmb=238145318.104.22.1684273891&__utmc=238145375&__utmx=-&__utmz=238145375.1343667468.113.5.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=238145375.|8=Earned%20By=msnbc%7Cworld%20news%7Casia-pacific=1^12=Landing%20Content=Mixed=1^13=Landing%20Hostname=www.msnbc.msn.com=1^30=Visit%20Type%20to%20Content=Earned%20to%20Mixed=1&__utmk=260850382
19 JULY 2012
It’s official: Fauzi, Jokowi face showdown in September runoff
Election officials have confirmed that Surakarta Mayor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and incumbent Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo were top finishers in the Jakarta gubernatorial election on July 11 and will face each other in a runoff election on Sept. 20. In announcing the final vote tabulations on Thursday, the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) said none of the six candidates running for governor had achieved the 50 percent of the vote required to win the election on the first ballot.
18 JULY 2012
Officials Turn Blind Eye as Religious Tensions Rise in Indonesia
The problems began shortly after Tajul Muluk, a Shiite cleric, opened a boarding school in 2004. The school, in a predominantly Sunni Muslim part of East Java, raised local tensions, and in 2006 it was attacked by thousands of villagers. When a mob set fire to the school and several homes last December, many Shiites saw it as just the latest episode in a simmering sectarian conflict
Indonesia steps in to mediate South China sea dispute
Appealing for calm over the South China Sea disputes, Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has dispatched his foreign minister to several Asean capitals to search for a consensus on the way forward to deal with the issue, particularly with China.
11 JULY 2012
Runaway radicals in Indonesia
Indonesia’s Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI) pressure group has this year in turns assaulted Ahmadiya and Christian places of worship, attacked journalists who reported critically on its activities, forced through intimidation the cancellation of Lady Gaga’s scheduled concert, and ambushed various government police stations and courts.
6 JULY 2012
Islamic scholar Moeslim Abdurrahman passes away
Islamic scholar long known for his audacity in fighting against religious conservatism and promoting interreligious dialogue in Indonesia Moeslim Abdurrahman died on evening at Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital in Central Jakarta at the age of 64.
21 JUNE 2012
Indonesian court sentences Bali bomber to 20 years in jail
An Indonesia court has sentenced Umar Patek, dubbed the « Demolition Man », to 20 years in jail, finding him guilty on all six charges related to his role in the 2002 Bali bombings.
20 JUNE 2012
Islamists attack Health minister over condoms
New Health Minister Nafsiah Mboy, a pediatrician, wants to generalise the use of condom to stop the spread of AIDS. Ulema Council calls the proposal « immoral, » an encouragement to extramarital and premarital sex
14 JUNE 2012
Indonesian jailed over Facebook comment
Alexander Aan, 30, was found guilty on Thursday in a West Sumatra court of “spreading information inciting religious hatred” after declaring his atheism online and posting links to explicit cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
Indonesian police kill Papua separatist Mako Tabuni
Police in the restive Indonesian province of Papua have shot dead a senior separatist leader, Mako Tabuni, sparking violent protests by locals. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-18442620
27 MAY 2012
Lady Gaga calls off Indonesia concert
A show by pop diva Lady Gaga in Indonesia has been cancelled after religious conservatives threatened « chaos » if she entered the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2012/05/201252744957169990.html
5 MAY 2012
Indonesian Muslims rethink sex in new book
The Indonesian Family Planning Association (PKBI) has taken an unusual step to promote population control by releasing a book exploring the Koran’s position on sexual issues
9 APRIL 2012
Indonesians vote to elect new Aceh governor
People in Indonesia’s western-most province of Aceh have voted for a new governor, testing the strength of a peace deal signed by separatist fighters and the government in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami
30 MARCH 2012
Indonesia parliament votes against fuel price hike
Indonesia’s parliament rejected Saturday 31 a plan to hike the heavily subsidised fuel price by a third, instead voting in a law that would allow future hikes if global oil prices rise furthe http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1192305/1/.html
8 MARCH 2012
Women’s rights still denied in Indonesia
With this year’s International Women’s Day around the corner, women in Indonesia continue to struggle in a male-dominated world and efforts to protect their rights have been met with opposition from conservative groups. Data from the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) said that 119,107 cases of violence against women took place in 2011, up 13 percent from 105,103 in 2010
6 MARCH 2012
Indonesia to ban female MPs from wearing miniskirts
Women’s groups expressed outrage Tuesday after Indonesia’s parliament said it would draft rules banning female lawmakers from wearing « provocative » clothing such as miniskirts to work and claimed such dress invited rape http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120306-331966.html
27 FEBRUARY 2012
Indonesia court orders militant Bashir to serve 15 years
Indonesia’s top court on Monday 27 upheld a 15-year jail term against Islamist militant Abu Bakar Bashir for terrorist acts, reversing an earlier decision to slash the sentence to nine years http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20120227-330486.html http://news.monstersandcritics.com/asiapacific/news/article_1693041.php/Indonesian-court-reinstates-15-year-jail-term-for-radical-cleric
13 FEBRUARY 2012
Indonesian firms invest heavily abroad
Direct investments made by Indonesian companies abroad almost tripled in value last year, central bank data reveals. Although the latest development is considered positive, many business players argue that it reflects deteriorating investment conditions domestically
Bali bomb suspect goes on trial in Indonesia
Umar Patek faces multiple charges, including premeditated murder, for deadly attacks that killed more than 200 people
28 JANUARY 2012
Arms-wrestling in Indonesia
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is in danger of being caught in the crossfire between a newly emboldened parliament and the Indonesian military over a controversial US$600 million plan to buy 100 surplus Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBT) from the Netherlands
30 DECEMBER 2011
Shiite property burned down
A property compound belonging to the Shiite community in Sampang, Madura, was allegedly burned down by Sunni followers, the majority Islamic group in the country. The incident serves as a caution for the nation’s inter-religious relations
23 DECEMBER 2011
Yudhoyono’s Annus Horribilis
As 2011 draws to a close, it would be hard to imagine a worse year for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his Democratic Party. The president’s image as a reformer has been irreparably damaged, along with his party’s hopes to maintain control of Indonesian politics into the future
22 DECEMBER 2011
Korean-made submarine to be built on Indonesian soil
South Korea clinched a $1.1 billion deal to supply three submarines to Indonesia, beating tenders from France, Germany and Russia, because its offer included technology transfer, authorities said
9 DECEMBER 2011
Netherlands apologises for Indonesia massacre
The Dutch government has formally apologised to the families of victims of a 1947 massacre on Indonesia’s Java island which left at least 150 people dead
19 NOVEMBER 2011
Unrest in Indonesia’s Papua under scrutiny
Human rights organisations have called on Barack Obama, the United States president, to address abuses in West Papua during the his visit to Indonesia.
http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2011/11/201111194134492932.html17 NOVEMBER 2011
17 NOVEMBER 2011
S. Korea, Indonesia to deepen defense industry cooperation
Indonesia — South Korea and Indonesia agreed Thursday to strengthen defense industry cooperation and work closely together to carry out Indonesia’s major economic development blueprint, South Korea’s presidential office said.
8 NOVEMBER 2011
Ex-Citibank Indonesia manager goes on trial in fraud case
A former manager at Citibank in Indonesia went on trial Tuesday for allegedly embezzling 5 million dollars from the accounts of rich customers that she managed.
7 NOVEMBER 2011
Indonesia’s economy grows driven by high consumption
Gross domestic product rose 6.5% in the three months to September, compared to a year earlier, the Central Bureau of Statistics said.
Indonesia to increase military spending
The Indonesian government has said it will increase its defence budget by 35 per cent next year, in a step which is seen as helping to balance China’s growing military strength in the region.
27 OCTOBER 2011
Indonesian court reduces Bashir’s sentence
A prominent Indonesian Muslim religious figure accused of setting up a « terror » training camp, has had his prison sentence reduced from 15
years to nine years by an appeals court. The court reduced Abu Bakar Bashir’s prison sentence on Wednesday, though no reason was given for the decision.
7 OCTOBER 2011
Indonesia’s Electorate Smells Graft
Indonesia’s citizens are growing increasingly fed up with the crookedry of their politicians. As an indication of the failure of the ostensible commitment of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to reformasi, only 12 percent believe the current crop are doing a better job than those who were running the country under the former strongman Suharto
14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Dutch state liable over Indonesia massacre
A Dutch court has ordered the government to compensate the widows of seven villagers who were summarily executed and a man shot and
wounded in a notorious massacre during Indonesia’s bloody battle for independence from colonial rule.
12 SEPTEMBER 2011
Indonesia’s second-largest political party Golkar on Monday picked tycoon and power-broker Aburizal Bakrie as its presidential candidate for elections in 2014
Bakrie and his entrepreneurial family are collectively worth billions and run businesses in Indonesia selling everything from telecommunications to coal to education. But the Bakries and their companies are mired in allegations of corruption and tax fraud. A Bakrie family spokesman has denied any wrongdoing, saying such allegations are « baseless and untrue »
26 JULY 2011
Indonesia’s SBY in Trouble
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is said by political analysts in Jakarta to be a major crisis, with his governing Democrat Party’s fugitive former treasurer leveling charges of widespread corruption against top party members
15 JULY 2011
Indonesia’s Pols Spend Little Time Behind Bars
Indonesian lawmakers, who have been appearing in droves before the country’s anti-corruption court to confess to long strings of wrongdoing, appear to regard jail as a relatively minor annoying prospect. They seem to spend little time behind bars
16 JUNE 2011
Abu Bakar Bashir, the controversial Indonesian cleric, has been jailed for 15 years on charges he helped plan and fund a camp of fighters in the western Aceh province which aimed to kill the country’s president.
30 MAY 2011
Fleeing politician tarnishes Yudhoyono’s Democratic Party
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is faced with a simmering scandal at the heart of the Democratic Party that he heads,
threatening its unity just as jockeying is underway ahead of national elections due in 2014.
27 MAY 2011
Indonesia ex-treasurer Muhammad Nazaruddin ‘flees’
The ex-treasurer of the governing Democratic party, Muhammed Nazaruddin, is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3m (£1.8m).
25 MAY 2011
Tommy Suharto’s Brazen Libel Verdict
You can get away with it but only in Indonesia and when you’re Suharto’s son
Indonesia’s court system, ranked one of the most corrupt in Asia, has awarded the convicted murderer son of the late strongman Suharto Rp12.5 billion (USUS$1.46 million) from a magazine that called him a convicted murderer.
16 APRIL 2011
Eyes on spies in Indonesia
New legislation before Indonesia’s parliament aims to give special powers to intelligence agencies charged with fighting terrorism. While advocates of the bill argue tougher laws are needed to pre-empt attacks, if passed as proposed the legislation will erode civil liberties and represent a significant setback for the country’s fledgling democracy. The bill proposes to grant the main state intelligence agency, known as BIN, the power to arrest errorists before they attack. It also allows for the pre-emptive
9 APRIL 2011
Boom in births worries Jakarta
Last year, the number of children born in Indonesia equalled almost the entire population of Singapore, or about 4.5 million. That brought the total population of the world’s fourth-most populous country to nearly 240 million.
22 MARCH 2011
Indonesia’s Yudhoyono in the Cross Hairs
Al Jazeera says SBY’s former Army buddies are using Islamist attacks to oust him from power
It has seemed a mystery in recent weeks — why is the Ahmadiyah sect such a big issue all of a sudden in Indonesia?
On Tuesday, Al Jazeera English attempted to answer that question by airing long-whispered reports that « senior retired generals » are supporting Islamic hardliners to incite religious violence and overthrow Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
« The generals are using the groups in their efforts to topple President Yudhoyono because they feel he is too weak and too reformist, » Al Jazeera correspondent Step Vassen said in the report.
18 FEBRUARY 2011
Indonesian hardliners rally to disband Muslim sect
Hundreds of hardline Islamists rally in the Indonesian capital to demand President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono disband a minority Muslim
sect or resign. The white-clad members of the Islamic Defenders Front, carried banners calling for Yudhoyono’s resignation unless the Ahmadiyah sect is outlawed
8 FEBRUARY 2011
A Muslim mob burned churches and clashed with police in Indonesia on Tuesday as they demanded the death penalty for a Christian man
convicted of blaspheming against Islam, police said.
9 NOVEMBER 2010
US President Barack Obama has praised Indonesia’s successful transition to democracy and sealed a « comprehensive partnership » agreement with his Indonesian counterpart on the first day of a long-delayed visit to his childhood country.
16 OCTOBER 2010
Suharto’s law prohibiting freedom of expression abolished
The Constitutional Court rules depriving the Attorney General the power to ban books and printed materials. The law of 1963 was used during the regime of President Suharto as a tool of repression of all forms of political dissent.
5 OCTOBER 2010
Indonesian President Postpones Netherlands Trip
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delayed a state visit to the Netherlands on October 5, 2010 on fears he could be arrested over
accusations of human rights abuses
Dutch court dismisses Indonesian president arrest call
24 AUGUST 2010
Indonesia’s Aceh Province and Shariah
Eroding Indonesia’s Secular Freedoms
Despite Indonesia having a secular Constitution, devoutly Muslim Aceh was allowed to adopt parts of Shariah law, presumably to prevent the Acehnese from joining the rebellious Free Aceh Movement (GAM). In 1999, then-President BJ Habibie signed a special law on Aceh that, among other things, granted the province a special status and the right to partly implement shariah. However, the law did not stipulate how Islamic law would be implemented. Two years later, President Megawati Sukarnoputri signed into law an autonomy package that included comprehensive regulations on establishing Shariah courts and Shariah bylaws. Based on these two pieces of legislation — that were drafted, discussed, and approved in Jakarta, Aceh established its first shariah court in 2003, and publicly caned its first violator in 2005.
9 AUGUST 2010
Abu Bakar Bashir, the Indonesian Muslim cleric once imprisoned for his links to the group behind the Bali bombings, has been
24 JULY 2010
US, Indonesia retie a controversial knot
Thursday’s (July 22) announcement in Jakarta that Washington will resume training for the Indonesian military’s controversial special forces unit Kopassus has been denounced by human-rights groups and two key lawmakers here
29 MARCH 2010
Siradj, new president of Nahdlatul Ulama, a Muslim organisation friendly towards Christians
Elected as the new leader of the organization, Sais Agil Siradj wants to promote basic education and social and economic assistance for everyone. He reiterates his organization’s commitment to the fight against terrorism and to openness towards minorities and other religions Sais Agil Siradj, the new leader of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), said that he was close to the founding principles that gave rise to the Muslim organization, which will remain above the political fray. In his inaugural address as NU chief, he laid out his plans for the organization and indicated that his real concern was to guarantee a basic education to everyone and provide social and economic assistance to Muslims throughout Indonesia.
Known for its moderate views, NU has in the past defended Christians, both Protestants and Catholics, from the violence of Muslim extremists
Siradj will follow the line of former NU leader and former President Abdurrahman Wahid, also known as Gus Dur, who insisted that the organization should not become a political party, a task that belongs to the National Awakening Party (PKB). NU members should thus keep politics and religion apart.
Finally, the NU’s new president reminded his audience, “None of the students staying at one of the organization’s 14,000 boarding schools is tied to terrorism” and that he would fight to preserve the “pluralist spirit” that characterizes the movement.
In directly addressing the issue of terrorism, the new leader responded to an appeal made by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono, who during the five-day meeting of the organization, called for a “joint effort” in the struggle against religious extremism and terrorism.
Siradj, who is a graduate of a Saudi university, will be joined by Kiai Hajj Sahal Mahfudz as his second in command at the helm of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization with some 60 million members.
Founded in 1926, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), is a Sunni Muslim organisation known for its tolerance towards other Muslim groups and
Former President Abdurrahman Wahid was one of its most charismatic leaders. He played a key role in repealing laws that discriminated
against the country’s Chinese minority
18 MARCH 2010
39 Indonesian Lawmakers Named in Bribery Case
Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission formally named 39 former and sitting members of the House of Representatives Thursday of
taking billions of rupiah in bribes to secure the appointment of Miranda Goeltom as senior deputy governor of Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank
30 December 2009
Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid passes away at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Central Jakarta.
2 DECEMBER 2009
Indonesia ‘bans’ film on journalists’ deaths in East Timor
Indonesia has banned the film Balibo, which depicts the deaths of six foreign journalists in East Timor, the head of the foreign correspondents club said. The journalists died as Indonesian troops invaded East Timor in 1975
13 MARCH 2009
Papua’s struggle for independence
Papua became part of Indonesia in 1969 after a controversial and very limited vote. Ever since there have been calls from some Papuans for independence and for decades a low-level armed resistance has been rumbling on, largely unnoticed by the outside.
Here is a rare video of Papua’s freedom fighters filmed by a British activist
21 May 2008
Ten years ago, it was the fall of General suharto, the 32 years long dictator of Indonesia