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June 2019

Kompas – June 26, 2019

According to the Ministry of Health, while Indonesia has seen a gradual decline in stunting from 37.2 percent in 2013 to 30.8 percent in 2018, other reports confirm a far higher prevalence of malnutrition among children in eastern Indonesia with some area reporting figures as high as 40 percent.

Kompas – June 12, 2019

According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Indonesia, conflict between humans and elephants on the island of Sumatra has become inevitable with massive land conversions across the island since the 1980s turning forested areas into plantations and residential areas resulting in growing number of elephants entering these areas in search of food.

May 2019

Kompas – May 31, 2019

According to the latest survey by pollster Cyrus Indonesia, only 70 percent of Indonesians accept Pancasila as the country’s ideology and a unifying viewpoint for all citizens.

Kompas – May 15, 2019

Amid rising concerns over personal data security and continuing delays in the ratification of the Draft Personal Data Protection Law, consumer confidence has been delivered yet another blow by a Kompas daily newspaper investigation which uncovered a network of credit card salespeople and bank employees...

March 2019

Kompas – March 25, 2019

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that the growing number of people being jailed for sending WhatsApp messages critical of the government and private companies is having a a disastrous and chilling effect on free speech and the government should repeal criminal provisions that restrict peaceful free expression online.

Kompas – March 21, 2019

Despite new mechanisms introduced to allow businesses to process permits for export and import activities under one roof, dwell times at the country’s ports remains stubbornly high – weighed down by corruption, red tape and overlapping regulations.

Kompas – March 20, 2019

Indonesia is the world’s second-largest sugar importer behind China and imports have doubled over the last 10 years. Last year, less than half the sugar consumed in Indonesia was grown domestically.

Kompas – March 6, 2019

With only a month to go before Indonesia holds simultaneous presidential and legislative elections, tens of thousands of people may not be able to vote.

February 2019

Kompas – February 27, 2019

A shift in control over land, minerals and other resources to regional governments as part of the regional autonomy process, along with the cost of campaign spending for regional legislative bodies reaching into the millions of dollars, has turned campaign finances into a potentially lucrative investment for corporations and local business.

Kompas – February 20, 2019

With the General Election Commission (KPU) and political party factions in the House of Representatives only agreeing on KPU Regulation (PKPU) Number 3/2019 on Vote-Casting and Vote-Counting on January 10 the KPU is now scrambling to socialise the highly technical and complex regulation to the public.

Kompas – February 13, 2019

Musicians have slammed a new draft law seeking to criminalise content deemed pornographic or blasphemous, saying it could potentially limit freedom of expression in Indonesia.

Kompas – February 6, 2019

Sixteen political parties – including four new ones – and their legislative candidates (caleg) will be contesting the April 17 legislative elections vying for places in the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and provincial and regional legislative councils (DPRD).

January 2019

Kompas – January 23, 2019

Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) chairperson Edy Rahmayadi resigned from his position over the weekend amid fresh allegations of match-fixing in the national league which for years has been dogged by a series of corruption scandals.

Kompas – January 16, 2019

Amid a series of arrests of high-profile politicians in sting operations by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), many voters were eagerly awaiting the first live presidential debate scheduled for tomorrow evening between incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (left) and vice presidential running mate Ma’ruf Amin and rival Prabowo Subianto (right) and running mate Sandiaga Uno.

Kompas – January 3, 2019

Human rights activists and civil society groups have few expectations that the first presidential debate scheduled for January 17 between incumbent President Joko Widodo and rival Prabowo Subianto will address human rights issues in any substantial way given that neither camp has shown any commitment to protecting civil and political rights or addressing past violations.

Kompas – January 2, 2019

While some may be hoping that next year will see a “healthier” electoral rivalry between incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and presidential hopeful former General Prabowo Subianto, if last year is anything to go by, they have little reason to be optimistic.

December 2018

Kompas – December 19, 2018

With many senior government officials – including several members of President Joko Widodo’s so called “Working Cabinet” – totally preoccupied with getting themselves reelected in next year’s legislative elections, little attention is being paid to rising food prices, which place a massive financial burden on Indonesia’s poor.

Kompas – December 12, 2018

According to a report by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) and Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) on its latest study on the public’s perception of corruption, 52 percent of respondents in 2018 agreed that corruption levels have increased in some way.

Kompas – December 5, 2018

On November 19 a team from Wakatobi National Park found 5.9 kilograms of plastic garbage inside the stomach of a dead sperm whale that had beached on Kapota Island, Southeast Sulawesi.

November 2018

Kompas – November 21, 2018

Electoral observers say that one of the reasons that it will be difficult for the public to make educated choices in the 2019 elections will be because of the limited information available to voters on legislative candidate’s (caleg) profiles and backgrounds.