Jokowi

Jokowi gambles on rural voters

For Siti Mutmainah, a government cash handout of 800,000 rupiah (US$56) every quarter has turned her family’s life around, putting health care and education for her two children well within her reach.Mutmainah’s family is one of the 10 million households – or just over 15 percent of the country –benefiting from Indonesia’s ‘family hope program’, known as PKH, first introduced in 2007 to end the cycle of poverty among the country’s most vulnerable.President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, almost

5 April 2019
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The booming halal industry

In November 2018, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's running mate Ma'ruf Amin - who is also the chief of the country's top Islamic clerical body, the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) - revealed plans to make halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) certification mandatory by this year.

2 April 2019
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Rising star bets his fortune on defeating Jokowi

Indonesia’s Sandiaga Uno has spent nearly US$100 million of his private equity fortune to defeat Joko Widodo in next month’s election. It may be a down payment on his own presidential ambitions.Just a few years ago, Uno was relatively unknown in Indonesian politics.

27 March 2019
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Malaysia PM says release of murder suspect lawful

Malaysia's prime minister said Tuesday the surprise release of an Indonesian woman who was on trial for assassinating the North Korean leader's half-brother followed the "rule of law", after suspicions of meddling amid an intense lobbying effort by Jakarta.Siti Aisyah was freed by a Malaysian court Monday after prosecutors withdrew a murder charge without any explanation, more than two years after her arrest for the 2017 killing of Kim Jong Nam at a Kuala Lumpur airport.He

13 March 2019
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Indonesia’s climate change stakeholders boosted

The newly-launched Indonesia Low Emissions Network (ILEN) has boosted the country’s aspirations of fulfilling its climate change goals as it moves to create a cleaner future.The first network for climate change implementation in Indonesia, the ILEN – which was unveiled in Jakarta by NGO Green Partner Foundation on Tuesday – aims to improve and share information and knowledge on low emissions technology and best practices amongst its members comprising of government agencies, private companies

20 February 2019
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Indonesia needs a better tsunami warning system

Tsunamis in Indonesia claimed more than 2,600 lives last year – a number which could have been much lower had their Tsunami Warning System (TWS) been in working condition.A tsunami after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake killed around 2,200 people in Palu on Sulawesi island in September and another tsunami after the Anak Krakatoa volcano erupted in the Sunda Straits in December killed around 400 people in Java and Sumatra.

11 February 2019
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Jokowi wants Jakartans to use public transport

Indonesia’s president wants to encourage more people to use public transportation in Jakarta, which is known worldwide for its never-ending macet or traffic congestion.Speaking at the Presidential Palace last month, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for more people to use public transport and said he wanted to see better integration of its many modes in Greater Jakarta.Among the many public transportation systems in Greater Jakarta include the yet to be fully operational Mass Rapid Transi

10 February 2019
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Jokowi alleges Russian meddling in elections

Is Russia meddling in the Indonesian elections too?The question is far from settled despite denials from the Russian embassy in Jakarta and presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto, who say the charge levelled by incumbent leader Joko Widodo is baseless.Widodo, who is seeking re-election in April, fired the first salvo last week, saying a campaign team deployed foreign consultants and resorted to “Russian propaganda” including defamation, lies and hoaxes.

7 February 2019
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Halal Indonesia: Dangers of segregation

Halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) products are an important component in the daily lives of most Muslims. Consuming or using non-halal products is considered a sin and unclean by many followers of the Islamic faith. Hence, there was no surprise when Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's running mate Ma'ruf Amin revealed that he was planning to impose mandatory certification on all halal products next year.

29 December 2018
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When visitors become workers

Recent reports have revealed that Indonesia is hoping to attract 3.5 million Chinese tourists to visit various tourist destinations in the country next year. Tourism Minister Arief Yahya expressed optimism that the target of 3.5 million Chinese tourist arrivals for 2019 would be achieved after the ministry designated Singapore as a hub for the Indonesian tourism market."Our weakness is that we do not have many direct flights.

19 December 2018
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Halal Indonesia: Dangers of segregation

Halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) products are an important component in the daily lives of most Muslims. Consuming or using non-halal products is considered a sin and unclean by many followers of the Islamic faith. Hence, there was no surprise when Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo's running mate Ma'ruf Amin revealed that he was planning to impose mandatory certification on all halal products next year.

2 November 2018
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