The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 4, 2014
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The launch of the government's new social welfare cards for the poor and the fate of the poor satay worker who posted pornographic images of the president lead our wrap of stories from Indonesia the past day.
1. Social welfare cards launched ahead of anticipated fuel price hike
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s promised social welfare cards – for health, education, and conditional cash transfer programs – were launched on Monday, November 3, in order to “maintain the purchasing power” of the poor ahead of the anticipated fuel price increase. The health and education cards complement existing programs by covering those who did not have access to them before, such as street kids and the poor and disabled. A total of 15.5 million Prosperous Family Cards (KKS) will also be distributed to the poorest households to allow them to receive IDR200,000 ($16.50) per month through the banking system. The initial rollout will target 19 provinces by the end of the year. With the launch of the social welfare cards, the stage is set for the increase of subsidized fuel prices, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.
2. Satay worker who posted pornographic image of Jokowi gains temporary freedom
Muhammad Arsyad, the 24-year-old stay vendor who found himself behind bars after posting an edited pornographic image of Jokowi on Facebook, walked out of jail on Monday, two days after his parents personally pleaded for forgiveness from the president. His freedom, however, could just be temporary as police say the investigation into his case – violating the country’s anti-pornography law – will continue. But Arsyad claims he didn’t create the image that landed him in so much trouble. He just shared the image which he saw on a Facebook page making fun of presidential candidates during the campaign.
3. Ambitious Sunda Strait bridge plan shelved
Remember the ambitious plan to build a 29-kilometer bridge over the Sunda Strait to connect Java and Sumatra? It seems the $16.5 billion megaproject will not see the light of day under Jokowi’s administration.“Pak Jokowi has personally assessed the Sunda Strait Bridge project and he is concerned that it is not in line with his maritime-based development vision,” National Development Planning Minister Andrinof Chaniago told reporters in Jakarta, adding that there were several cheaper alternatives to improving connectivity between the two islands, the minister said on Friday. But he said the previous administration hid these cheaper solutions from the public to aggressively promote the economic benefits of the Sunda Strait Bridge. Read the full story from the Jakarta Post.
4. Netizens rally behind disbanded U-19 football team
A day after the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI) disbanded the national under-19 team and fired head coach Indra Sjafri, netizens of Tuesday, November 4, made #SatuKataBuatPSSI (one word for PSSI) and #TerimaKasihIndraSjafri (thank you Indra Sjafri) trending topics on Twitter. The team was disbanded following its early exit from this year’s U-19 Championships in Myanmar, a qualifying event for next year’s U-20 World Cup. But netizens didn't agree, tweeting words like "money politics" and "hopeless" and "stupid" with the #SatuKataBuatPSSI hashtag.
5. Yet another foreign plan intercepted by Indonesian Sukhoi jets
In the 3rd time in as many weeks, Indonesian Sukhoi jets forced another foreign aircraft to land for allegedly entering Indonesian airspace without necessary permits. The Saudi Gulfstream aircraft was forced to land in the El Tari airbase in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, on Monday afternoon, and its Waleed Abdul Azis detained, according to Tempo.co. On October 22, air force jets intercepted an Australian plane and forcing it to land in Manado, and on October 28, they intercepted a Singapore aircraft and forced it to land in Pontianak, West Kalimantan.