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Indonesia: Huge surprise as Jokowi includes archrival in new cabinet

Indonesia: Huge surprise as Jokowi includes archrival in new cabinet

Jakarta: The appointment by Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) of his archrival in two consecutive presidential elections, Prabowo Subianto, as Indonesia’s defense minister in his second-term administration cabinet has surprised supporters of the respective presidential candidates in the last elections. Subianto and Jokowi went head-to-head in the 2014 and 2019 heated elections that showcased a national divide, […]

Indonesian president pledges to boost human resources development, infrastructure, debureaucratization

Indonesian president pledges to boost human resources development, infrastructure, debureaucratization

By Eddy Suprapto AsiaN Contributor Jakarta: The Plenary Session of the Indonesian People’s Consultative Assembly today witnessed the swearing-in of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin for the 2019-2024 term. The inauguration of President Jokowi was attended by Asean heads of state namely Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah from Brunei Darussalam, Singapore Prime Minister […]

Discovering the Gems of East Java

Discovering the Gems of East Java

By Noorazlina Jindeh Surabaya: Imagine having to skip a good night’s sleep to catch the famed sunrise over the volcanic peaks at the Tengger Semeru National Park in East Java. This is what a group of 20 journalists and tour agents from Sabah and Sarawak had to do during a recent six-day/five-night familiarisation tour of […]

South Korea to take part in joint peacekeeping drills in Indonesia

South Korea to take part in joint peacekeeping drills in Indonesia

Seoul: South Korea will join multinational peacekeeping exercises set to be held in Indonesia this week as part of continued efforts to carry out its role in peacekeeping missions, the defense ministry said Sunday. The military will dispatch an operations team of 10 officers and two military observers to Bogor, a city south of Jakarta, from […]

Smog from forest fires could kill indirectly: Indonesia

Smog from forest fires could kill indirectly: Indonesia

Jakarta: Smog coming from forest fires is an indirect killer and therefore it should be tackled by all concerned parties, an Indonesian official has warned. Letting haze spread means allowing damage to the next generation, and the government, the public and the private sector must synergize to tackle and prevent forest fires, Doni Monardo, head […]

BJ Habibie, the leader who oversaw Indonesia’s transition to democracy, progress, dies

BJ Habibie, the leader who oversaw Indonesia’s transition to democracy, progress, dies

Jakarta: Indonesia’s third president Bacharuddin Jusuf (BJ) Habibie died on Wednesday afternoon. He had been in intensive care at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Jakarta since September 1. On Tuesday, his second son Thareq Kemal Habibie said that his father was starting to get stable after intensive treatment for exhaustion from his packed activities. But […]

Malaysia: Note to Indonesia is to offer assistance, not to protest

Malaysia: Note to Indonesia is to offer assistance, not to protest

Jakarta: Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Zainal Abidin Bakar stressed that Kuala Lumpur is not pointing fingers at Jakarta over the current haze problems. Malaysia in fact is offering some forms of assistance in tackling the forest fires in several provinces in Indonesia, he said referring to a recent official letter from the Malaysian government through […]

Malaysia supports Indonesia’s proposed ASEAN identity narrative

Malaysia supports Indonesia’s proposed ASEAN identity narrative

Yogyakarta: Malaysia has vowed to back Indonesia’s idea regarding the ASEAN identity narrative “What Indonesia initiated about the ASEAN as a single identity is a good thing, and we support it,” Malaysian Deputy General Secretary of Tourism, Art, and Culture Ministry Saraya Binti Arbi said on the sidelines of the 15th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting […]

Thailand’s museum houses Indonesia’s oldest Quran manuscript

Thailand’s museum houses Indonesia’s oldest Quran manuscript

Narathiwat: Indonesia is the largest Muslim country and has a massively rich and impressive religious heritage. However, the oldest manuscript crafted in Indonesia of the Holy Quran, the Muslims’ sacred book, is preserved at the Ahmadiyah Islamiyah Museum in Narathiwat Province, Thailand. And it is in pristine condition. “The manuscript of the Quran was written in 1634 […]

Indonesia deports four Australians for alleged role in Papua demonstrations

Indonesia deports four Australians for alleged role in Papua demonstrations

  Jakarta: Indonesia has deported four Australians for reportedly taking part in demonstrations demanding Papua’s independence in front of the mayor’s office in Sorong, the largest city of the Indonesian province of West Papua. The police in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost territory, had banned demonstrations that could lead to “anarchist acts.” The Directorate General of Immigration […]

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