The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 9, 2014
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The new threat issued by Prabowo Subianto's camp against President-elect Joko Widodo and a game-changing scientific discovery about Indonesian art lead our wrap of stories from Indonesia the past day.
1. Prabowo camp announce plans to investigate Jokowi for alleged graft
Losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto's tycoon brother and top aide Hashim Djojohadikusumo has issued a threat against President-elect Joko "Jokowi" Widodo: "We will use our power to investigate and to obstruct." With control over the legislature, Prabowo's camp can easily initiate an inquiry into the president. And Hashim told Reuters they plan to do so in the case of alleged corruption involving the purchase of IDR1.5 trillion ($122.95 million) worth of Chinese-made buses by the Jakarta government this year, while Jokowi was governor, and irregularities in the education budget of the city of Solo while he was mayor. However, there has been no serious allegation made against Jokowi in connection with these cases, leading an analyst to say the planned investigations were more a political move than a genuine inquiry.
2. Move over Europe: Indonesia has 40,000-year-old art
Art could have been born in Indonesia at the same time – or even before – it was in Europe, new findings reported on Wednesday, October 8, showed. An Indonesian and Australian research team reported in the journal Nature that the silhouette of a hand on a cave wall in Sulawesi is 40,000 years old, showing that Europe was not the birthplace of art as long believed. In the same cave, a painting of a pig was dated to about 35,000 years ago. "Europeans can't exclusively claim to be the first to develop an abstract mind anymore," Anthony Dosseto of Australia's University of Wollongong said. "They need to share this, at least, with the early inhabitants of Indonesia." Read the full story on Rappler.
3. FPI leader turns himself in to Jakarta Police
Habib Novel Bamukmin, a leader of the notorious hard-line group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), turned himself in to a Jakarta police station on Wednesday afternoon. The surrender comes a day after the Jakarta Police published his image and wanted status on its official Facebook page. Habib was wanted in connection with the violent FPI riot on October 3 against Acting Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama that left serveral police officers injured. As many as 21 other FPI members have already been arrested over the riot, the Jakarta Globe reported.
4. Mt Sinabung erupts again, showering volcanic ash
Mount Sinabung erupted again on Wednesday, showering several areas in North Sumatra with volcanic ash that is thicker than the usual, Vivanews reported. The active volcano began erupting again on Sunday, emitting pyroclastic flows that were the largest for 5 months, according to the Jakarta Post. The fresh eruptions panicked locals, including those who are still living in evacuation shelters since the volcano began erupting on Sept. 15 last year.
5. Boat tragedy leaves 17 dead from Bali wedding party
In yet another tragic maritime accident, at least 17 people from a wedding party – including 3 children – died when their boat sank on the way to Bali, an official said Wednesday. Officials called off the search for the day at sunset, with 8 of the 49 people on board rescued, and 24 still unaccounted for. It wasn't clear if the bride and groom were on the boat as well. Read the full story on Rappler.