Tag Archives: Indonesia

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia must register their identities by February 2018 or face suspension

By | October 12, 2017

Prepaid SIM card owners in Indonesia will soon have more than pulsa (phone credit) to worry about, as the government is requiring them to officially register their identities with their mobile number. The IT Ministry (Kominfo) recently issued a ministerial decree requiring every prepaid SIM card owner — if they haven’t already done so — to register their number with… Read More »

Indonesia – FBI document says House Speaker Setya Novanto asked for bribe from e-KTP case witness who committed suicide: KPK

By | October 9, 2017

Indonesian netizens could only turn to memes to express their shock that House Speaker Setya Novanto could somehow dodge corruption charges yet again after he won a pretrial motion to lift the suspect status placed on him by the Corruption Eradication Committee (KPK) as part of their investigation into the massive electronic identity card (e-KTP) corruption case. But the KPK says… Read More »

Datasonic to expand smart card business to Indonesia

By | September 20, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 20): Datasonic Group Bhd, which produces identity cards and passports in Malaysia, is expanding its smart card business to Indonesia. In a filing to Bursa Malaysia, the group said it had set up a subsidiary in Indonesia called PT Datasonic Teknologi Indonesia to facilitate the expansion. When contacted, a senior staff at Datasonic said the… Read More »

Indonesia – Witness testimony adds pressure on Setya in e-ID case

By | September 15, 2017

The latest hearing in a high-profile graft case implicating House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto adds to pressure on the Golkar Party chairman over his alleged role in corruption in the electronic ID (e-ID) card project. On the witness stand, former Home Ministry secretary general Diah Anggraini said on Friday that Setya had once asked her to tell… Read More »

Indonesia – 17,107 Jakarta children get ID cards

By | September 12, 2017

The Jakarta Civil Registry and Population Agency has issued 17,107 child ID cards (KIA) to ensure children’s constitutional rights, an official says. Agency head Edison Sianturi said on Sunday that: “17,107 of the 30,000 cards planned to be distributed this year were issued between January and August.”  He said the agency would continue to distribute cards until 2018. “We are still distributing them, focusing on hospitals and schools, while next year we… Read More »

E-KTP Graft Key Witness Dies in US

By | August 12, 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Febri Diansyah announced the death of Johannes Marliem, who was a key witness to the controversial electronic ID card or e-KTP graft case. “It is true, Johannes Marliem is reportedly dead, but we have yet received further information regarding his death considering that it happened in the United States,” said Febri at… Read More »

Indonesia – Anti-graft body to grill six witnesses in e-ID card graft case

By | August 7, 2017

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to question six witnesses in its investigation into an e-ID card graft case. “The six will be questioned as witnesses in the case against Setya Novanto (SN),” KPK spokesman Febri Diansyah said here on Monday. The six are Kurniawan Prasetyta Atmaja, chief of national identity number and… Read More »

All eyes on Indonesia’s identity card scam

By | August 2, 2017

        Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) leader Prabowo Subianto, who has his eye on another bid for the presidency in 2019, knows a losing cause when he sees one – even if many of Indonesia’s tone-death political parties don’t. Heeding widespread public condemnation, Prabowo’s opposition party has pulled out of Parliament’s critical inquiry into the… Read More »

Indonesia’s graft agency probes missing S$205.5 million in identity card project

By | July 20, 2017

What could be Indonesia’s largest graft probe revolves around the embezzlement of more than 2 trillion rupiah (S$205.5 million), or nearly half of the 5.9 trillion rupiah Parliament approved to pay for the national e-KTP project. KTP stands for kartu tanda penduduk, or identity card in Bahasa Indonesia. The biometric cards were supposed to be issued to Indonesians… Read More »

Indonesian politician denies corruption allegations after being identified by watchdog

By | July 18, 2017

The speaker of Indonesia’s parliament, once hailed by US President Donald Trump as one of Indonesia’s most powerful men, has denied any wrongdoing after being named a suspect in a corruption scandal in which officials allegedly pocketed more than US$170 million of government money. Setya Novanto told a televised news conference on Tuesday he would respect the legal… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK Names Setya Novanto as Suspect in ID Card Graft Case

By | July 17, 2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – House of Representatives Speaker Setya Novanto has been officially named as a suspect in the electronic ID card (e-KTP) graft case.  Setya’s suspect naming was announced by Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Agus Rahardjo during a press conference at KPK headquarters on Monday, July 17. “KPK officially names SN as a suspect for abusing his authority and… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK names Setya Novanto suspect in e-ID graft

By | July 17, 2017

  The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Setya Novanto a suspect in the electronic identity card (e-ID) graft case, which reportedly caused Rp 2.3 trillion in state losses. KPK chairman Agus Rahardjo broke the news in a press briefing held at the anti-graft body’s headquarters in South Jakarta on Monday… Read More »

Indonesia – The e-KTP Case and Indonesia’s Struggle to Fight Corruption

By | July 7, 2017

Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Thursday (6/7) saw two special events concerning the ongoing high-profile corruption case which allegedly implicate a number of lawmakers including those with well-placed positions. The first event was a group of several members of the House of Representatives (DPR) visiting the Sukamiskin prison in West Java where notorious corruptors are held. The second occurrence was a… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK Signals Naming New Suspect in e-ID Project Corruption Case

By | July 6, 2017

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Agus Rahardjo, Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), has indicated that there will be a new suspect named in the investigation of corruption on the procurement of national electronic identification (e-ID) card project. “Yes,” Agus said after inaugurating three KPK advisors at the KPK building in Jakarta on Thursday (7/6). However, he can not confirm… Read More »

Indonesia – E-KTP Corruption Case State Losses Expected To Rise

By | July 3, 2017

The on-going e-KTP corruption case has seen state losses reach Rp 2.3 trillion (US$172 million) in June, but officials predict that number is likely to increase as investigations continue. The e-KTP program, which sees identification cards replaced with e-cards that are harder to counterfeit, has been widely panned with a slow roll-out across the countries and several officials… Read More »

Indonesia’s Parliament Allegedly Embezzles Over $170M From Planned National ID Program

By | April 10, 2017

Indonesia’s notoriously corrupt parliament is embroiled in scandal after two officials were arrested for their part in skimming more than $170M from the country’s digital ID card program. In an indictment handed down last month, the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission accused two senior home ministry officials of facilitating payouts benefiting more than 37 lawmakers and high-ranking government officers,… Read More »

‘Marathon’ Probe Of Politicians In Enormous E-ktp Corruption Scandal Puts Indonesia’s War On Graft To The Test

By | April 7, 2017

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Kanupriya Kapoor A corruption investigation into dozens of politicians is a cause for concern in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, but no other country has taken such a tough stance against graft over the past decade, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla said. The anti-graft agency, known by its Indonesian initials KPK, has put… Read More »

Indonesia – E-KTP: One Identification Card, Big-Time Corruption

By | March 27, 2017

Back in October, Fikrul Hanif, a history professor at a teacher’s college in Padang, West Sumatra, trudged to his local district office to renew his resident ID. He was expecting to get the revamped electronic version – one that promised to be harder to duplicate, easier to update and with fewer run-ins with crooked government workers. Instead he… Read More »

Indonesia – Striking Question, Justice: Did e-ID Project Belong to Golkar?

By | March 23, 2017

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Hearing of alleged corruption case in the procurement project of electronic-based national identity card or e-ID card held at the Corruption Court in Central Jakarta, Wednesday (03/22/2017) yesterday went smoothly and gave attractive colors. This is after a striking question by the judge to the witness from the House of Representatives (DPR) about the e-ID… Read More »

Indonesia: Second e-ID Card Hearing Probes Budgeting Aspects

By | March 16, 2017

The second hearing in a graft trial on e-ID card procurement on Thursday heard witness testimonies. “In the second hearing, we will dig into the budgeting aspects [of the e-ID card project]. Home Ministry witnesses presented by Corruption Eradication Commission [KPK] prosecutors are ready to testify,” KPK spokesperson Febri Diansyah said prior to the hearing.   Agus Martowardojo,… Read More »