• House to grill minister, social security boss

    The House of Representatives’ Commission IX on labor and health affairs plans to summon Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri and the Workers Social Security Management Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) to seek clarification of the government’s contentious withdrawal of the old-age risk (JHT) program.

  • Indonesia’s human rights law enforcement not optimal: Komnas Ham

    Local human rights law enforcement is not optimal, with law enforcers acting only in the name of security and public order, a report released by the National Commision on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) states.

  • Workers misunderstand old-age risk scheme, says expert

    Social security expert Bambang Purwoko expressed his deep concern over workers and lawmakers who protested Government Regulation No. 46/2015 on the withdrawal of old-age risk scheme funds, saying protesters did not understand the law and the old-age risk program benefits in the social security context.

  • House officially approves candidates for new BIN and TNI chiefs

    The House of Representatives ended its fourth sitting period for 2015 on Friday by officially approving the candidacies of Sutiyoso as National Intelligence Agency (BIN) chief and Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo as Indonesian Military (TNI) commander at its concluding plenary meeting.

  • KPK names Suryadharma Ali as suspect in new case

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former religious affairs minister Suryadharma Ali as a suspect in a new case related to the alleged embezzlement of operational funds at the Religious Affairs Ministry.

  • National scene: RI ‘too religious’ for gay marriage

    Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has said that same-sex marriage is unacceptable in Indonesia because of the religiousness of its citizens.

  • National scene: House approves six new justices

    The House of Representatives has approved all six Supreme Court justice candidates that were been proposed by the Judicial Commission.

  • National scene: Police keep failing to send Abraham’s dossier

    Former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Abraham Samad has said he is confident that the South and West Sulawesi Prosecutor’s Office’s decision to return his case dossier to the local police several times showed that allegations of document forgery were unfounded.

  • Lawmakers suggest election delay

    Several lawmakers at the House of Representatives have recommended postponement of several regional elections on the basis of the National Police’s lack of funding to implement security measures.

  • KPK probes couple for graft

    The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Thursday refreshed its years-long investigation into bribery at the Constitutional Court (MK) by slapping charges on Empat Lawang Regent Budi Anthoni Aljufri, the seventh regional head prosecuted in the case, and his wife Suzana.

  • RI denies monitoring Papua through MSG

    The Indonesian government has denied speculations that it is trying to weaken the influence of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) over Papua after the MSG granted a Papuan resistance group an observer status.

  • Rights committee to involve TNI, police

    The government has said that a 15-member committee tasked with investigating past human rights abuses will be ready shortly after the Idul Fitri holiday.

  • Budget problems should not derail regional elections: Lawmakers

    A member of House of Representatives Commission III on legal affairs, Akbar Faisal, has said that current budget problems should not lessen enthusiasm to hold simultaneous regional elections in December because budget and other operational matters were just part of a process to create a democracy.

  • Difficult for Indonesia to legalize gay marriage: Minister

    Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin said on Thursday that gay marriage was unacceptable in Indonesia because of religious norms.

  • Police urged to prevent rights violations during regional elections

    The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has reminded the National Police to ensure that no human rights violations happen during regional head elections, which will be held simultaneously in regions across the country in December.

  • Police may recommend election delay

    The National Police may recommend postponement of upcoming regional elections in certain areas if security budgets in those areas are not yet available, police chief Badrodin Haiti has said.

  • Hercules C-130 aircraft experienced engine trouble before crash

    The Air Force-operated Hercules C-130 cargo aircraft that crashed into a housing area in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday, developed engine trouble when taking off from Soewondo Airbase, according to a preliminary investigation.

  • ‘Passengers bought cheap tickets, unable to sue’: Victims’ families

    The families of victims on a crashed Hercules plane revealed on Thursday that they could not sue anyone because they had paid discounted prices for their tickets.

  • Naming of new Cabinet ministers will depend on Mega: PDI-P

    Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) deputy secretary-general or Ahmad Basarah said on Thursday that party chairwoman Megawati Soekarno would have the final say on who will be in the reshuffled Cabinet.

  • Hercules investigation results to be released in two weeks: Commander

    Indonesian Military commander Gen. Moeldoko said results of an ongoing investigation into the crash of a Hercules C-130 aircraft on Jl. Jamin Ginting in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday, could not yet be disclosed to the public as continuing inquiries might take around two weeks.