• Six Vietnamese vessels seized for illegal fishing

    The Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Ministry has apprehended six Vietnamese-flagged vessels for allegedly conducting illegal fishing operations in Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) areas in Anambas, Riau islands.

  • ASEAN needs to prevent money laundering

    Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said police organizations in ASEAN member countries need a system to prevent money laundering.

  • New regulation to require helipad, emergency stairs in high buildings

    Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimoeljono said on Tuesday that the ministry would draft a new regulation that would require developers to provide a helipad facility and emergency stairs in all high buildings.

  • Dahlan Iskan wins pretrial ruling

    The former president director of state electricity firm PLN, Dahlan Iskan, won a pretrial motion on Tuesday related to corruption charges worth Rp 1.06 trillion (US$78.62 million) in the South Jakarta District Court.

  • Rp 50 m salary proposed for regional heads

    Home minister and PDI-P politician Tjahjo Kumolo proposed on Tuesday increasing regional heads’ salaries to Rp 50 million (US$3,713), or five times higher than the current figure. Under the proposal, this would apply to both regents and mayors.

  • Indonesian economic ministers to coordinate in WhatsApp group

    In this digital world, no one can seem to deny the power of the Internet and that apparently includes Indonesian economic ministers.

  • President, KPU to meet to discuss simultaneous regional elections

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to meet with General Elections Commission (KPU) leaders to find a solution to the fact that a number of regions have only one candidate pair in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections.

  • Digital apps can help small industry: Jokowi

    President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo highlighted on Tuesday the importance of technology in supporting the growth of small industry, such as agriculture and fisheries.

  • 12 Indonesian citizens released from death sentence: Ministry

    The Foreign Ministry’s directorate of legal aid and protection of Indonesian nationals overseas said on Tuesday that throughout 2015, the government had secured the release of 12 Indonesian citizens from death sentences in Saudi Arabia.

  • More efforts needed to protect religious minorities: HRW

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) deputy Asia director Phelim Kine has said Indonesia’s religious minorities will continue to live in fear unless President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration prioritizes their protection and implements a zero-tolerance policy toward abuses by Islamic militants.

  • Congress crowd brings blessings to Makassar

    The 47th muktamar (national congress) of Indonesian Islamic organization Muhammadiyah has had a positive economic impact on its host city, Makassar, in South Sulawesi.

  • National scene: Govt plans to restore defamation articles

    The government is seeking to restore defamation of the president as a criminal offense, a provision that had been removed from the Criminal Code (KUHP).

  • Indonesian citizen spared death penalty in Saudi Arabia

    An Indonesian national previously sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for allegedly practising witchcraft is due to fly home.

  • Police arrest men using crystal meth sold from prison

    The National Police arrested on Sunday three men for having a drug party at an apartment in Mega Kuningan, South Jakarta.

  • Bawaslu finds bribery, budget misuse ahead of local elections

    The Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has received reports of irregularities during registration for regional head elections slated to be held in December.

  • Regent candidates withdraw, citing money politics

    Toba Samosir regent and deputy regent candidates from the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI), Asmadi Lubis and Jisman Hutapea, have canceled their candidacy due to a request of money from the party.

  • Ministry prepares Rp 880b to anticipate drought

    The Agriculture Ministry says it has specially allocated Rp 880 billion (US$65.12 million) to anticipate the impacts of drought on the agriculture sector.

  • Tax cheats face being sent to Nusakambangan

    The Finance Ministry’s taxation directorate general is cracking down on tax evaders, locking them up in Besi Prison on Nusakambangan Island in Central Java if they refuse to pay the money they owe.

  • Diplomats scramble to save detained Indonesians

    The Indonesian government, via the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, is striving to persuade the Saudi authorities to immediately release 11 Indonesian citizens arrested after they performed Idul Fitri prayers on July 18.

  • Muhammadiyah congress should become ‘model’: Chairman

    The chairman of Muhammadiyah central executive board for the 2005-2010 period and the 2010-2015 period, Din Syamsuddin, expected that the 47th Muhammadiyah national congress (muktamar) -- along with a congress to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Aisyiyah, the female wing of the second largest Islamic organization in Indonesia, being held simultaneously in Makassar, South Sulawesi, from Aug. 3 to 7 -- could become a model for the organization of a national congress.