Joko Widodo Forecasted to Win Indonesian Election

JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - Joko Widodo, the incumbent Indonesian president, is forecasted by multiple independent polling stations, which is known as quick counts, to be winning the 2019 Indonesian election. Quick counts by Jakarta-based Polltracking Indonesia gave Jokowi a 11 percent lead over the former army general, while the Indikator gave him a 7 percent margin of victory, the smallest of all the pollster. The counts are based on more than 95 percent of the ballot data targeted for sampling by pollsters.

Jokowi, the popular name of Mr Joko, made an announcement during a press briefing that he has won after receiving 54% of the vote. Widodo said close to 100% of sample polling stations had been counted. In previous elections, the quick counts have proved to be reliable and accurate. Official result was to be announced by May 22.

Widodo told reporters he had received congratulatory calls from 22 state leaders, including Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and he had invited his rival to meet. Jokowi also said he had sent a representative to talk to Prabowo and his camp.

“This afternoon I have sent an envoy to meet Prabowo to set a meeting, and if people see our meeting, we will be able to show how the elections have ended smoothly, safely and peacefully,” he said.

However, Jokowi still urged supporters to wait for official results. At a separate press conference, Prabowo declared victory and claimed that his team has found evidence of cheating.

"We have declared (victory) because we got evidence of widespread cheating at the village, sub-district and district levels across Indonesia," he said.

Previously, Prabowo had also claimed the same thing in the 2014 election before contesting the result at the Constitutional Court which ruled in favour of Jokowi’s victory.


Petition to Re-hold a Second Voting in Sydney

SYDNEY, PINUS PRESS - On 13 April 2019, Indonesians who are 17 years old and above or married are eligible to vote in Sydney, as long as they are registered as DPTLN (Officially registered as a voter outside Indonesia). They have prepared several TPS (Voting location), including KJRI Sydney, Sydney Town Hall, Marrickville Community Center, Yagoona Community, Good Luck Plaza, Sherwood State School-Brisbane, and lastly Adelaide State Library. The voting was from 8am to 6pm.

In the beginning, the voting process ran smoothly. Approximately 25000 voters used their right to vote for the upcoming president and vice president as well the legislative leaders of the country.

The problem happened in Sydney Town Hall, whereby the organizer did not expect a high number of non-DPTLN people who came to vote. Non-DPTLN are those who registered late or missed the deadline for the registration of voting in another country. Initially, the people who are categorized in this group can only come and vote starting 5pm until closing. Little did they know that most of the people who were in this category decided to come to the voting area in Sydney Town Hall, creating an overcrowding of people and there were not enough organizers to handle them.

As the result, until the voting area has closed, there was still an average of 400 Indonesians who were queueing. After a discussion between the committee, Panwaslu (Panitia Pengawas Pemilu) decided to stop the voting process due to the time restriction because they only rented the place until 8pm. These 400 people were then unable to vote.

Currently, a petition has been made to conduct a second voting catered to those who were not able to vote. As the time of writing this article, there were already 3200 Indonesians who signed this petition. However, as of now, Panwaslu has not given any confirmation regarding a second voting.

Written by: Dionisius Radita



Perforated Election Ballots Found in Malaysia

JAKARTA, PINUSPRESS - Panwaslu (Election Supervisory Committee) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia received a complaint corresponding to the discovery of presidential election ballots that have been perforated.  The chairman of KPU Kuala Lumpur, Yaza Azzahara Ulyana, received the complaint from Parlaungan, a volunteer of the winning board for PADI (Prabowo-Sandi) in Malaysia, on Thursday (11/4) via Whatsapp. Measures of the smuggle were suspected.

After Yaza received the complaint, he went to a store located in Taman Universiti Sungai Tangkas Bangi 43000 Kajang, Selangor with a member of Panwaslu, Rizki Israeni Nur to investigate the findings further. The location was filled with election ballots kept in 20 bags, 10 plastic bags, and five white gunny sacks stamped with Malaysian post office.

“In accordance to some samples of the election ballots that were opened in the location, all presidential election ballots have been perforated for presidential candidate number 1 (Jokowi-Amin), while some legislative election ballots have been perforated for a legislative candidate number 3 from Nasdem, who is running for position in DPR (the representative council in Indonesia).

A total of six Malaysian policemen arrived at the location after the discovery to investigate the witnesses and to secure the location. They recommended the Indonesian Embassy to secure the election ballots.

After a while, they received another update from volunteers of the winning board for PADI regarding another location where perforated election ballots were also found. The second location was a house in Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor, which was situated 15 minutes away from the first location. Yaza came to the location to discover 158 sacks with around 220 ballots in each. The ballots were perforated for presidential candidate number 1 and legislative candidate number 2 (electoral district Jakarta II) from  Nasdem. Some ballots found were perforated for legislative candidate number 3 from Demokrat. According to Yaza, a total of around 40000-50000 perforated ballots were found in both locations.

KPU (General Election Commissions) contacted Panwaslu in Malaysia for clarification. The same measure was also done by Bawaslu (Election Supervisory Board). They intended to check and clarify the authenticity of the perforated ballots. After further investigation, the originality of the perforated ballots is confirmed by Panwaslu Kuala Lumpur.

In response to the findings, the secretary of TKN (National Campaign Team) for Jokowi-Amin, Hasto Kristiyanto, said that TKN had delegated its member to check the said discovery. Hasto said that he also send some members of PDI to escort the checking.

Written by: Nathanael Septianto



Prabowo Grand Campaign's Gender-mixed Prayer Lines Stirs Controversy

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JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - A photo of mixed gender prayer lines in Prabowo-Sandi final presidential campaign stirs controversy in the media (9/4). The photo shows a large number of men and women in a prayer together for for their candidates’ win in the presidential election held the following two weeks. However the public quickly point out that the men and women are praying in the same line, which is not allowed according to islamic rules.

The grand campaign, which is the final campaign for the president and vice president candidates number 2, was held in Gelora Bung Karno on Sunday, 7 April 2019. The venue itself was a stadium that has the capacity of 77,000, was fully filled with people.

Grand Board of Nahdlatul Ulama (PBNU); the largest independent islamic organization in the world, said that there is no exception for the rule.

“It doesn’t matter where the place is, the line of prayer for men and women must not be mixed,” told Vice General Secretary of PBNU, Masduki Baidlowi. He mentioned that a time of worship is a platform for islams to be closer with God, therefore it is not allowed to violate the laws that He set, including the separation of men and women.

Masduki highlighted that such case is allowed only in emergency situations. However he continued by saying that a presidential campaign was not an emergency, and the worship procedure should have been treated with more caution.

Prabowo’s rival vice president candidate Ma’ruf Amin, who is also the chairman of Majelis Ulama Indonesia responded to the controversy when asked by reporters. “I really don’t understand how he managed it. Men and women lines have always been separated.”

“This was not prayer in a mosque. This prayer was done in a field and we could not control where the men and women should have stood, especially not with this many people, i think there could be hundreds of thousands or even millions,” told the official speaker of Prabowo-Sandi success team.

Written by: Willy Gunardi

PEMILU 2019 Untuk PINUS

Pemilu 2019 akan diadakan kurang dari dua minggu lagi. Sebagai pemilih pemula, pasti ada banyak pertanyaan yang muncul di benak, berkaitan dengan pelaksanaan pesta demokrasi 5 tahunan kita ini. Apa pentingnya Pemilu? Mengapa saya harus memilih? Bagaimana cara saya berpartisipasi dalam Pemilu kali ini? Berikut adalah penjelasan singkat.

Kapan Pemilu 2019 diadakan?
Pemilu 2019 di Singapura akan diadakan pada tanggal 14 April 2019. Ya, tanggal ini memang beberapa hari lebih awal dibandingkan dengan pelaksanaan Pemilu di Indonesia. Hal ini dikarenakan pelaksanaan Pemilu di Indonesia (17 April) jatuh pada hari kerja. Untuk mengakomodir masyarakat Indonesia di Singapura yang kebanyakan bekerja atau bersekolah pada tanggal 17, pemungutan suara dilakukan pada Hari Minggu, 14 April 2019. Penghitungan suara tetap dilakukan pada tanggal 17 April 2019, setelah pemungutan suara selesai dilakukan di Indonesia.

Siapa saja yang boleh berhak memilih pada Pemilu 2019? Siapa saja yang akan saya pilih di Pemilu kali ini?

Seluruh Warga Negara Indonesia yang sudah berumur 17 tahun, atau sudah/ pernah menikah berhak untuk memilih. Sebagai pemilih yang berdomisili di luar negeri, pemilih berhak atas dua surat suara: surat suara untuk memilih presiden dan wakil presiden dan surat suara untuk memilih anggota DPR. Sebagai informasi, anggota- anggota DPR yang akan dipilih oleh pemilih di Singapura mewakili Daerah Pemilihan Jakarta II. Untuk mengetahui lebih lanjut mengenai nama-nama calon presiden dan wakil presiden, serta anggota DPR yang dapat dipilih, silakan akses: http://pplnsingapura.org/dct.html

[Ini hanya berlaku untuk pemilih yang tercatat dalam Daftar Pemilih Tetap Luar Negeri (DPTLN) dan yang terkategori sebagai bagian dari Daftar Pemilih Khusus (pemilih yang tercatat di daerah pemilihan lain tetapi menggunakan hak pilihnya di Singapura). Sementara itu, pemilih yang termasuk dalam Daftar Pemilih Tambahan Luar Negeri (terdaftar di daerah pemilihan lain selain Singapura dan bukan terdaftar di daerah pemilihan Jakarta II) hanya berhak untuk satu surat suara, yaitu untuk memilih presiden dan wakil presiden.]

Mengapa saya harus ikut memilih di Pemilu kali ini?
Secara umum, pemilihan umum adalah kesempatan langka bagi setiap WNI untuk ikut menentukan masa depan bangsa, setidaknya untuk 5 tahun ke depan. Dengan kata lain, Pemilu adalah satu kesempatan di mana bentuk ekspresi masyarakat biasa (yang bukan bagian dari birokrasi dan pemerintahan) dipertimbangkan secara serius dan dilindungi secara hokum, untuk menentukan arah perkembangan bangsa. Di luar platform Pemilu, masyarakat bisa tetap mengekpresikan pendapat: lewat tulisan, unjuk rasa, dll. Namun, jarang sekali bentu-bentuk unjuk pendapat yang informal ini dapat secara konkret di

Tapi kan, suara saya tidak akan berpengaruh banyak dibandingkan dengan suara ratusan juta masyarakat Indonesia yang lain?
Betul, surat suara satu pemilih secara individual memang tidak berarti banyak. Namun, bayangkan apabila setiap orang melontarkan argumen yang sama, tidak akan ada “ratusan juta” suara terkumpul. Oleh itu, tiap surat suara yang masuk dalam kotak suara tetap memiliki makna yang penting secara kolektif. ☺

Bagaimana cara sistem penghitungan suara mengagregasikan suara para pemilh?
Untuk Pemilihan Presiden (Pilpres), pemenang ditentukan dari pasangan calon yang memmperoleh lebih dari 50% dari jumlah suara sah dan memperoleh paling sedikit 20% suara di tiap provinsi. Perolehan suara sah ini juga harus terjadi di lebih dari 50% jumlah provinsi di Indonesia.
Untuk pemilihan anggota DPR, suara yang diperoleh oleh partai dan akan dikonversikan ke kursi DPR menggunakan metode Sainte-Lague. Untuk penjelasan lebih lanjut mengenai sistem tabulasi suara, silakan akses tautan berikut: https://tirto.id/mengenal-metode-sainte-lague-untuk-penghitungan-suara-di-pileg-2019-cSN1.

Bagaimana cara mencoblos yang benar?

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Apabila masih bingung, jangan khawatir, di hari pemungutan suara, petugas TPS dapat memberikan pengarahan.

Apa yang perlu saya bawa untuk ikut nyoblos di KBRI Singapura pada tanggal 14 April?

Bagi yang sudah terdaftar, silakan bawa paspor dan surat undangan. Surat undangan dikirimkan ke alamat tiap pemilih dan dapat juga diunduh dari: https://register.pplnsingapura.org/register1.aspx. Bagi yang belum terdaftar, silakan bawa paspor dan form A5 (jika ada). Form A5 adalah surat yang menyatakan perpindahan domisili, dan diperoleh dari tenpat pemilih terdaftar (TPS/ kelurahan asal pemilih) hanya untuk kepentingan Pemilu.
Tempat Pemungutan Suara (TPS) di KBRI Singapura akan buka dari jam 8 pagi sampai dengan jam 6 sore.

Apa saja informasi lain yang perlu diketahui menjelang Pemilu yang akan datang?
Untuk informasi lebih lanjut tentang riwayat hidup calon anggota DPR, pemilih dapat mengakses: infopemilu.kpu.go.id yang dikelola oleh Komisi Pemilihan Umum. Di luar itu, ada beberapa laman lain seperti: calegpedia.id, pintarmemilih.id danrekamjejak.net.
Untuk informasi yang berkaitan dengan pelaksanaan Pemilu 2019 di Singapura, silakan layari laman Panitia Pemilihan Luar Negeri Singapura (PPLN Singapura): pplnsingapura.org. PPLN juga dapat dihubungi melalui surel (informasi@pplnsingapura) dan WhatsApp (96506779). Harap beri tim kami waktu satu sampai dengan dua hari kerja untuk membalas pertanyaan yang dikirimkan. Untuk pertanyaan yang lebih mendesak, silakan hubungi kantor kami di: 62350673 / 62350663 (selama jam kerja).

Sampai jumpa di KBRI Singapura pada tanggal 14 April 2019 yang akan datang! Ayo, gunakan hak pilihmu!

Asa, mewakili PPLN Singapura

Indonesia Threatens to Withdraw from Paris Agreement over Palm Oil Dispute with the European Union

JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs, said that Indonesia could consider exiting the Paris agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change if the European Union (EU) goes ahead with plans to phase out the consumption of palm oil as renewable fuel. “The EU should not underestimate Indonesia," said Luhut at a palm oil forum.

The European Commission has classified crude palm oil (CPO) as an unsustainable fuel source, removing it from the list of eco-friendly materials. The EU Parliament will decide in a few months whether this classification will be enforced by 2030, thus phasing out its use.

Indonesia and Malaysia are the world’s biggest palm oil producer, with 85 percent of the world’s production between them. Around 20 million Indonesians rely on the palm oil sector, which has helped alleviate people from poverty. However, palm oil production has been heavily linked to deforestation, resulting in high carbon emission and ecological devastation.

Under the Paris climate accord, Indonesia has committed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions unconditionally by 29 percent and conditionally by 41 percent by 2030. The consideration of withdrawal of Indonesia is also influenced by the recent withdrawal of United States from the Paris agreement. Indonesia has said it is preparing to challenge the EU and its Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) at the World Trade Organization as soon as it is implemented.

Written by: Peter Sidajaya


KPK Conducted Arrest Operation on a Member of DPR for Rp8 Billion Bribery Case

JAKARTA, PINUSPRESS - KPK (Corruption Eradication Commision) arrested Bowo Sidik Pangarso, a member of DPR (the representative council of Indonesia) on Thursday (28/3). During the arrest, KPK also managed to secure funds which are robustly suspected to be allocated for the purpose of bribing people to vote for him in the upcoming legislative election. The funds worth Rp8 billion are kept in 400 thousand envelopes as Rp20000 and Rp50000 notes, packed in 82 cardboards and two plastic containers inside a safe. The funds are to be distributed in Electoral District Central Java II (Demak, Kudus and Jepara). Each person will be given Rp20000, while those with higher position will be given Rp50000.

According to Vice Chairman of KPK, Basaria Panjaitan, the envelopes with the funds are to be given to 400 thousand, though to win a chair in the electoral district only 120 thousand votes are needed. The reason being precaution purposes because they cannot guarantee those who are given the money to elect him in the legislative election.

As the result of the discovery of the evidences, Bowo was sacked from his position as the chairperson of the winning board for Electoral District Central Java I in the Central Board of Golongan Karya.

On this bribery case, Golongan Karya had no clue about the Rp8 billion funds. "Golongan Karya had never commanded anyone to use methods that are prohibited according to the provisions of the law, including bribery,” said the Chairman of the Central Board of Golongan Karya Ace Hasan Syadzily.

The funds are obtained from a deal with PT Humpuss Transportasi Kimia (HTK) as a prerequisite for Bowo to help them as a supplier of fertilizer transport vessels. At first, KPK caught Indung, Bowo’s right-hand man, for receiving funds for Bowo worth Rp89.4 million from Asty Winasti, Marketing Manager of PT HTK.

After conducting further investigation from the first arrest operation, KPK managed to secure the Rp8 billion funds mentioned earlier in a location in Jakarta and the fact that Bowo had received funds from the company for at least 7 times. One was the one caught in the arrest operation, while the rest are done in various locations, worth Rp221 million and US$85130.

KPK had set Bowo and Indung as suspects in the bribery case, while Asty was set as the briber suspect.

Written by: Nathanael Septianto


Indonesian Islamic Scholars to Condemn Player Unknown Battlegrounds

JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) or Indonesian Assembly of Islamic Scholars is preparing a Fatwa for the condemnation of popular online video game Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG).

Fatwa is a non-binding legal opinion given by a recognized Islamic authority. Indonesia’s MUI interest to condemn the online game was not the first in recent days. In fact, it was possibly inspired by Malaysia’s own Islamic scholar’s decision to condemn the online game.

Negri Sembilan Mufti Datuk Mohd Yusof Ahmad, a very respected islamic leader of Malaysia expressed that he wanted to ban PUBG after the recent mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand (15/3). He believed that the perpetrator was in fact, inspired by shooter video games such as PUBG.

The shooting was the worst ever in the history of the country, killing more than 50 people. The shooter was known to be far-right, anti-immigrant, and neo-nazi-affiliated; which people believe to motivate his despicable actions.

“I believe that this game was created for this exact purpose from the beginning. The goal was to shape the mind of our young generations to enjoy war, fighting, and other savage activities.” told Mufti Datuk.

Deputy General Secretary of MUI Amirsyah Tambunan said that MUI will support any video game that is education oriented. But they will strongly reject any video games that promote violence and pornography.

Written by: Willy Gunardi


MRT Jakarta Has Launched Trials Run and Ready for Inaguration

JAKARTA, PINUSPRESS - MRT Jakarta has finally started their trial runs since 12 March 2019 until 23 March 2019. The purpose of the trials is to see the response from the public regarding the new services in the city.

“The response from the public has been amazing and we are increasing the quota from 28800 passengers to 50000 passengers per day beginning 18 March 2019” said by MRT Jakarta corporate secretary, M. Kamaluddin. This will be followed by increasing the operational hour from 8 am - 4 pm to 7 am to 5 pm.

The first day of the trial reached 4000 passengers and the quota is full for the last day of the trial. The trials are only be made available to those who hold the trial tickets, which can be purchased online.

General comments regarding the MRT were good, some said the facilities were clean and the trains are comfortable with properly air conditioned and enough seats. However, there was room for improvements such as the people do not queue properly and the escalator was not divided into those who stand still and those who are in a rush.

Indonesia’s president, Mr. Joko Widodo, set to inaugurate the service on the 24th March 2019. After the inauguration, the service will be open to public with the service being free for a week, from 25th March 2019 until 31 March 2019. However, to enjoy the service, the passengers need to purchase an ‘MRT’ card with the price of Rp 25000.

Written by: Dionisius Radita

KPK seized money from Minister of Religious Affairs

JAKARTA, PINUS PRESS - Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) seized 180 million Rupiah and 30,000 US dollars from Indonesian Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim this Monday 18 March 2019 during an inspection of his office. KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah stated that the money was found inside his desk drawer.

Febri stated that KPK is conducting an investigation related to a bribery case involving two ministry officials in East Java and United Development Party (PPP) head and DPR member Romahurmuziy. Febri said that the money and other documents from the Minster’s office were seized as part of the investigation. Romahurmuziy, commonly called Romy, is suspected of receiving a total of 300 million Rupiah from two minister officials, Haris Hasanuddin and Muafaq Wirahadi, in East Java to help them pass a selection for a position in East Java’s Ministry of Religious Affairs.

While the incident has raised allegations of Lukman’s involvement, Febri said that such allegations should be dismissed. “We should not come to conclusions solely based on the raid and seizure. Investigators will seize money, documents, or other electronic evidences if they see them as important piece of evidences in a case.” Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla also stated this Tuesday that it is normal that such amount of money is present in a Minister’s desk, as part of operational budget.

Written by: Peter Sidajaya