Minggu, 26 Januari 2020

Coalition of Gerindra, PDI-P aims to crush long-reigning PKS in Depok mayoral race - Jakarta Post

Coalition of Gerindra, PDI-P aims to crush long-reigning PKS in Depok mayoral race - Jakarta Post

After 15 years of reigning supreme in Depok, West Java, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) may have to face the battle alone in the upcoming regional elections as other parties aim to forge a coalition to challenge the Islam-based party and grab the top political spot in the sprawling satellite city. The PKS has announced its possible candidates in the race, with its very own officials Hafid Nasir, Imam Budi Hartoyono and T. Farida Rachmayanti in the running. Hafid is the head of the PKS Depok executive board and serves as a councillor at the Depok City Council. Farida also serves as a councillor for the PKS faction in the council, while Imam currently serves as a councillor in the West Java Legislative Council, representing Depok and the Bekasi electoral district. The three names came out following an internal selection process involving five candidates, Hafid said. He said ...

2020-01-26 02:43:00Z

Jumat, 24 Januari 2020

Landslide-hit Road in Depok Yet to Be Repaired - English

Landslide-hit Road in Depok Yet to Be Repaired - English

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe access road to the Samudera Indonesia residential complex in Depok subdistrict, Pancoran Mas district, that was hit by a landslide three weeks ago has yet to be repaired.

Local community unit (RW) head Muhammad Dahlan said the Depok City administration had yet to take any repairing measure since the catastrophe hit the area at around 07:00 local time on Wednesday, January 20, 2020.

“Since the landslide, there has been no information as to when it will be repaired,” he told Tempo on Friday, January 24, 2020.

Dahlan said this happened despite the fact that the Depok City administration through its Public Works and Spatial Planning (PUPR) Agency had checked on the situation upon the disaster.

Separately, Depok’s PUPR head Dadan Rustandi said regarding the called-for repair that his side was still in the auction stage. “The auction stage is still afoot,” he said.

Earlier reports said two houses in the complex sustained severe damages due to the landslide. Tempo observed that a 20-meter-tall cliff in the complex collapsed and hit the front yards of the two houses. The Ciliwung River flows just beneath the cliff.


Reporter: Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra

Translator: Safira Andini

2020-01-24 09:48:40Z

Selasa, 21 Januari 2020

Depok residents rejoice over new town square amid lack of public space - Jakarta Post

Depok residents rejoice over new town square amid lack of public space - Jakarta Post

Air-conditioned malls or trendy cafes likely come to mind when Depok residents, in the outskirts of the capital Jakarta, think of a place to spend time with their families on the weekend. But a new town square, the first one in the city, is the gem that residents have been longing for amid the scarcity of open spaces in the growing satellite city. Inaugurated on Jan. 12 by Mayor Mohammad Idris, Depok’s town square welcomes residents, young and old, to gather in the free public space. Unlike a typical town square, which is located in the heart of a city, the Depok administration has built the square on a 3.9-hectare plot of land within the Grand Depok City housing complex in Cilodong subdistrict to avoid exorbitant land prices downtown. The town square is accessible by angkot (public minivans) from the Depok bus terminal. The Depok town square was one of the campaign ...

2020-01-21 06:14:00Z

Jumat, 17 Januari 2020

Overloaded Depok dumpsite provides livelihood for local scavengers - Jakarta Post

Overloaded Depok dumpsite provides livelihood for local scavengers - Jakarta Post

Dump trucks could be seen lining up against the backdrop of an overloaded dumpsite, waiting for their turn to unload the waste they had collected throughout, Depok, West Java, on Wednesday. The Cipayung dumpsite was a hive of activity, with truck drivers and excavator operators working behind the wheel, while field officer directed operations and scavengers rummaged through the waste. Amid the mountains of trash that could reach as high as 20 meters, Armani could be seen sorting through a pile of rubbish she had collected at the site, dressed in her work boots and caping (cone shaped traditional hat) to protect her from the sun.  The 56-year-old has worked as a scavenger at the site for some 30 years.  She said her work day started at around 8 a.m. and ended around 4 p.m. She did not mind the hard labor, nor the smell.  “I do not wa...

2020-01-17 09:12:00Z

Kamis, 16 Januari 2020

Indonesian city plans harsh anti-LGBT raids and 'crisis centres' after UK rape case - ABC News

Indonesian city plans harsh anti-LGBT raids and 'crisis centres' after UK rape case - ABC News

Posted January 16, 2020 17:56:43

An Indonesian mayor's planned crackdown on his city's LGBT community, including through the use of police raids and a so-called "crisis centre", has spread fear and outrage among local sexuality- and gender-diverse people and their supporters.

Key points:

  • The crackdown comes after a high-profile rape case in the UK involving an Indonesian student
  • There are plans for raids on the homes of LGBT people and the places they frequent
  • Homosexuality is mostly not illegal in Indonesia, but LGBT people face growing hostility

The controversial decision comes after the sentencing of Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga in the UK, who authorities there have dubbed "the most prolific rapist in British legal history" after he was convicted of 136 rapes against men.

Sinaga was originally from Depok, a city on the outskirts of the capital Jakarta.

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Now, Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris is planning to order raids on the residences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, according to a statement posted last week on the city's official website.

The Mayor also said the town would establish a rehabilitative centre to assist "victims" in the LGBT community — but little is known about what would go on at the centre, with local media reporting the centre may seek to "re-educate" LGBT people and their supporters.

"The increase in prevention efforts is to strengthen family resilience, especially protection of children," Mr Idris said in the statement.

Indonesia's human rights commission has since condemned the plan, saying it would "increase the risk of persecution and other law-defying acts" against sexual and gender minorities.

Here's what you need to know.

What is the mayor's plan?

The Public Order Agency will be instructed to raid places like shopping malls, boarding houses and apartments, according to the BBC, who spoke with the Mayor about the proposal.

They would subsequently be offered some form of religious counselling.

"If they claim to be LGBT and ask for help wanting to get out of that circle, we do some sort of recovery or advice," Mr Idris told the BBC.

According to media reports in Indonesia, this would be done through what the mayor has termed an LGBT "crisis centre", which would also be open to people who support sexuality- and gender-diverse people.

Mr Idris told the BBC he considered being gay to being like "a virus" that could "spread".

Homosexuality is not regulated by law in Indonesia, except in Aceh province where Islamic law bans same-sex relations, but the world's largest Muslim-majority nation has seen a rise in hostility toward the LGBT community.

Last year, Indonesia's national police and military said being LGBT was an "emergency and a disease", and recent raids on transgender beauty salons have forced many women to give up their livelihoods.

A police raid at a gay club in Jakarta in May 2017 saw more than 100 men arrested, while a raid on a gay sauna in the capital later that year led to 58 arrests.

As homosexuality is not illegal outside Aceh province, police elsewhere often charge LGBT people under anti-pornography laws.

Asfinawati from the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, who goes by one name, said the plan would not prevent rapists like Sinaga from committing crimes in Depok, and would instead foster public hatred towards LGBT groups.

"Perpetrators of sexual violence can be anyone with any sexual orientation," she said.

"Idris must learn from history that many genocides in this world started with hatred towards certain groups."

What's the response been?

The ABC spoke to several Depok residents about their views on the proposed crackdown.

Mommy Yuli, a transgender woman, said her community was not worried about the Mayor's plan — she believes the local community will protect them.

"I still believe that people around us will help and protect us if the raids occur," she said.

As a founder of a nursing home for transgender people, Mommy Yuli said her community mingled very well with the wider society in Depok.

She said LGBT people never break any laws, and show good manners as citizens.

"We still have the same rights to be protected, just like other people, unless if we violate crimes," she said, suggesting the Mayor should focus on "other more serious problems" in the city.

Adji, who declined to give his full name due to his sexuality, said the plan to raid places where LGBT people meet was "ridiculous".

"What is wrong with that? We are socialising with others," he said.

"If they think that we are going to misbehave or hold sex parties, then they also need to do the same thing with the straight people."

Like Mommy Yuli, others the ABC spoke to also said the Mayor should be tackling more important issues, like traffic jams and waste management.

Another transgender woman in Depok, Audi Manaf, said the LGBT community never experienced any "friction" in their ordinary lives, and said she was worried the Mayor's plan would create new problems

"This policy will legalise discriminatory raids and it means the state fails to protect the minorities," she said.

Arif Harahap, a heterosexual Depok local, said he condemned the plan because it would potentially discredit LGBT groups — he said even though homosexuality was not accepted from a religious perspective, it was a private matter.

However the criticism was not universal: Dian Suprapto told the ABC that even though she considered the raids to go against human rights, she welcomed the plan for her hometown.

"LGBT people have their rights, but also us parents, and our kids," she said, adding that she was worried her children would become gay.


Topics: world-politics, government-and-politics, human, lgbt, law-crime-and-justice, indonesia, united-kingdom

2020-01-16 06:56:43Z

Selasa, 14 Januari 2020

Indonesia rights body condemns LGBT raids ordered by Depok mayor - Al Jazeera English

Indonesia rights body condemns LGBT raids ordered by Depok mayor - Al Jazeera English

Indonesia's human rights commission on Tuesday condemned plans by a mayor to launch raids directed at the LGBT community in his city, after an Indonesian citizen was convicted in Britain of sexually assaulting 48 men.

Described by a prosecutor as "the most prolific rapist in British legal history", Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga last month was convicted of 136 rapes against the men, whom he drugged, and given a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years.


The mayor of Depok, Mohammad Idris, plans to enlist public order officers to raid residences of members of the LGBT community, according to a statement posted last week on the city's official website.

Homosexuality is not regulated by law in Indonesia, except in Aceh province where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But the world's largest Muslim-majority nation has seen a rise in hostility towards the LGBT community.

"The raids increase the risk of persecution and other law-defying acts," the head of National Commission on Human Rights, Beka Ulung Hapsara, told Reuters.

The commission has also written to the Depok government. Idris did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

In the statement, Idris also said the town would establish a rehabilitative centre to assist "victims" in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

The Sinaga case has received widespread coverage in Indonesia and left many in the already vulnerable LGBT community feeling even more under fire.

Dede Oetomo, an Indonesian LGBT activist, said the community was braced for hysteria over the Sinaga case.

A 22-year-old Indonesian student living in Depok, who identifies as bisexual and declined to be identified, slammed the move, saying it "violates private spaces" and was a waste of money.

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term LGBT feel "threatened" by the community and believe their religion forbids same-sex relations, according to a 2018 survey.

Arus Pelangi, an LGBT advocacy group, reported in September more than 1,800 cases of persecution of gay Indonesians between 2006 and 2017.

SOURCE: Reuters news agency

2020-01-14 07:26:00Z

Senin, 13 Januari 2020

Depok Square, The City's New Attraction - English

Depok Square, The City's New Attraction - English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Just recently, the Alun-Alun Depok (Depok Square) had just been officially opened and it had already attracted hundreds of visitors.

The head of Depok's Department of Transportation, Dadang Widana, stated that he rerouted the city's route of public transportation so that people could visit the Depok Square conveniently.

“There are two transport routes that will pass by the square, which are D10A and D05A,” said Dadang after the Depok Square inauguration ceremony on Sunday.

Besides public transportation, Dadang also prepared a parking lot along the Grand Depok City (GDC) Boulevard for residents who bring personal vehicles.

“Already prepared [a parking lot], it's capacity up to 30 cars and 150-200 motorcycles,” Dadang remarked.

The Town Square in Depok, which is located in the GDC Boulevard Cilodong, had just been officially opened by the Government of Depok on Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Ade Ridwan Yandwiputra | Safira Andini

2020-01-13 03:43:00Z

Sabtu, 11 Januari 2020

Depok mayor calls for more anti-LGBT raids in wake of Reynhard Sinaga case - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

Depok mayor calls for more anti-LGBT raids in wake of Reynhard Sinaga case - The Jakarta Post - Jakarta Post

In response to reports that the family of Reynhard Sinaga, an Indonesian convicted serial rapist in the United Kingdom, lives in Depok, West Java, the city's mayor has instructed his administration to conduct raids against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Reynhard, a 36-year-old PhD student, was sentenced on Jan. 6 by a court in Manchester to life on 136 counts of rape, eight counts of attempted rape, 13 counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault with penetration, with the UK's Crown Prosecution Service calling him "the worst-known sex-offender in the country's history", AFP reports. All of his victims were men.

Depok mayor Mohammad Idris said he had requested that the city's Health Agency, Social Affairs Agency and Child Protection and Family Empowerment Agency heighten efforts to prevent the "spread of LGBT" in order to "strengthen families' resilience and especially protect the children."

In addition, he said he had also requested that the Depok Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and the Population and Civil Registration Agency be more active in carrying out raids in rooming houses and apartments.

"Concerned officials can also form crisis centers in Depok specifically for LGBT victims, as well as approach related institutions to work together in educating the people, especially the people who are pro-LGBT in the name of human rights," he said at the Depok town hall on Wednesday, as quoted on his official website.

Idris said that, in the name of social, moral and religious teachings, he condemned the LGBT community and the acts committed by Reynhard, but referred to the case as a "personal problem" of the man. He also expressed sympathy toward Reynhard's family, who are reportedly Depok residents.

The Indonesian public have condemned the crimes committed by Reynhard, and activists have taken to social media to express their concerns as to how the case could affect the members of Indonesia's LGBT community, who have for long faced prejudice and discrimination in the country. They have asked for the public to avoid linking Raynhard's crimes to his sexuality.

Among the long list of prejudices and discrimination faced by the local LGBT community are statements containing hate speech by public figures. A 2019 report by LGBT rights organization Arus Pelangi showed that between January and February 2018, 45 statements containing hate speech against the LGBT community were expressed by executive and legislative officials, law enforcers and public figures.

Depok Mayor Idris has repeatedly displayed anti-LGBT sentiment, such as when he announced that the administration had established an anti-LGBT team and was planning to create anti-LGBT regulation in 2018.

2020-01-11 15:36:00Z

Rabu, 08 Januari 2020

'Kind, quiet man turned monster': Friends of Reynhard Sinaga express shock - CNA

'Kind, quiet man turned monster': Friends of Reynhard Sinaga express shock - CNA

JAKARTA: A friend of Indonesian serial rapist Reynhard Sinaga, who attacked more than 190 men in Britain, has expressed disbelief at his actions, saying that she did not think he was capable of such crimes.

A woman who studied at the University of Indonesia at around the same time as Reynhard Sinaga told CNA that she never noticed anything out of the ordinary in his social media posts.

“Never in a million years would I have suspected that he was capable of committing such evil crimes,” said the woman who asked not to be identified.

Even the lecturers were shocked, she said, as they all remembered him as a smart and friendly student.

Sinaga’s appearance started to change after relocating to England, she added.

She observed that he became more flamboyant and more into fashion. He also started wearing coloured lip gloss and shaped his eyebrows.

Sinaga, 36, even posted on social media that he had always felt a little different growing up, and moving to England and being away from his family was liberating for his sexuality, she recounted.

READ: Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga went unnoticed for more than 2 years in UK rapes of 190 men

He was sentenced to life imprisonment for 159 counts of sexual offences against 48 men. There are about 70 victims who have yet to be identified.

Investigation teams found evidence linking him to drugging and sexually assaulting more than 190 victims, the Greater Manchester Police said.

Sinaga was born in the city of Jambi, Indonesia in 1983 but spent most of his childhood in Depok, in the southern outskirts of Jakarta.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Indonesia in 2006 before moving to England a year later to study urban planning at the University of Manchester.

He went on to gain three degrees there before embarking on a doctorate in human geography at the University of Leeds - travelling there from Manchester when required.


Dr Rifelly Dewi Astuti, the spokesperson for University of Indonesia said in a statement on Tuesday (Jan 7) that the university condemned Sinaga's crimes. The statement described them as "savage acts which go against law and humanity."

"We also would like to express our sympathy for what had happened to the victims," the statement added. 

Media reports said Sinaga is the eldest of four siblings and comes from a rich and pious Catholic family. 

According to British media reports, Sinaga's father had several successful businesses in a number of fields, but the family’s wealth mainly came from the palm oil sector.

The family is said to be residing in the Pancoran Mas subdistrict in Depok, West Java, about one-and-a-half hours away from Jakarta city centre.


When CNA visited the neighbourhood on Tuesday afternoon, residents said a mansion next to a convention hall was the Sinaga residence. The compound was quiet and devoid of activity.

Depok Reynhard Sinaga
Reynhard Sinaga's family is said to be residing in the Pancoran Mas subdistrict in Depok, West Java. (Photo: Kiki Siregar)

When approached, Mr Max Soedira, 73, the community unit chief who handles administrative issues in the area, said: “Yes, the Sinaga family lives on Dahlia Street. We have the data in their family card (family identification card)". 

He also said that the convention hall was built by the Sinaga family.

A resident who only wanted to be known as Ms Andra said: “I don’t know them personally, but I know the family, they live in that big house."

“I was shocked to learn about the case. Who would’ve imagined?” she added.

Mr Richard Leander, a food stall owner, said he only found out about the case on Tuesday morning.

“People here have been talking about it,” he said.

READ: Life sentence for Indonesian who raped more than 100 men in Britain

Sinaga’s family wealth meant that he rarely worked. He worked for a period at a bar in Manchester's Gay Village, the area where he spent much of his time socialising. He was also a regular at a local church.

Media reports said Sinaga would wait for intoxicated men outside nightclubs and bars near his flat, then approach them with the offer of more drinks or a place to sleep.

The man then lured victims into his flat then drugging them until they passed out before attacking them.

Most of the victims were undergraduates in their late teens or early 20s.

He was caught in June 2017, when one of his victims regained consciousness while he was being assaulted. The victim fought him off and called the police.

The Crown Prosecution Service said detectives discovered 3.29 terabytes of graphic material of the sexual assaults equivalent to 250 DVDs or 300,000 photos from his phone.

Editor’s Note: Quotes from an interviewee in a previous version of this article have been removed.

2020-01-08 06:07:38Z

Selasa, 07 Januari 2020

Reynhard Sinaga Found to Be Son of Property Tycoon in Depok - English

Reynhard Sinaga Found to Be Son of Property Tycoon in Depok - English

TEMPO.CO, Depok - Parents of Reynhard Sinaga, the sexual predator that has just been convicted by The Manchester Court, was found to be a property owner in Pancoran Mas, Depok

Chief of the local neighborhood unit, Abraham Jonatans, has identified Reynhard’s father to be Saibun Sinaga. According to Abraham, Saibun owns the property of Graha dan Convention Hall Ronatama. Within the Ronatama location, Graha and Convention Hall owns a 3-hectare building, with a parking capacity of 700 cars and 300 motorbikes.

“Yes, that’s his business, approximately 4 years ago, he had lived here,” said Abraham as he pointed towards the luxurious property, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

He went on to say that Reynhard’s parents are generous individuals. “With the neighbors, if there is an event like the celebration of our independence day, he will participate if we ask him to,” said Abraham. 

He further states that Saibun’s property was officiated around September last year. Furthermore, according to Abraham, Saibun lives with his wife and 3 of their children within the property complex. "The 3 daughters live here, while Reynhard is overseas."

However, Abraham stated that Saibun rarely socializes with the neighbors. “Even if he is home,” he went on.

When Tempo visited his property, none of the family members residing in the property welcomed the media crew.

As reported earlier, the Manchester Court sentenced Reynhard Sinaga a life sentence as he has been proven guilty of 159 rape cases and the sexual assault of 48 males within two and a half years, from January 2015 until January 2017.

Reynhard is a civil engineering undergraduate from The University of Indonesia. Based on Tempo’s investigation, he is from the class of 2002 and has graduated from the university in July 2006. His thesis was titled ‘Power Architecture’.

Reynhard Sinaga had elected to continue his master’s education in Manchester, in 2007.


2020-01-07 09:49:31Z

Senin, 06 Januari 2020

Depok Flood Recede, Plastics and Woods Dominate Trash Heap - English

Depok Flood Recede, Plastics and Woods Dominate Trash Heap - English

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Flood in certain areas of Depok are slowly receding. However, more problems surfaced as piles of trash carried by the flood litter the area.

Chief of Depok Regional Office for Environment and Hygiene (DLHK) Etty Surhayati, stated that approximately 800 tonnes of trash was carried by the flood currents and now has been disposed at the Cipayung Sanitary Landfill (TPA). "Yes, the [weight] has increased. Maybe because it's wet, the waste becomes heavier," said Etty, on Monday, January 6, 2020.

According to Etty, the usual amount of waste deposited in the Cipayung Sanitary Landfill reaches 1,300 tonnes every day. However, as a result of the flooding, Etty added, there has been an extra 800 tonnes of waste discarded in the landfill.

She further stated that the post-flooding waste deposited in the landfill mostly consists of plastic, wood, broken branches, and bamboo shoots. "More of wood and broken branches," Etty stated.

As a result of the flooding and landslides that have hit Depok since the January 1, 2020, the regional office has prepared 100 trucks to patrol the area and clear waste deposited in the 11 districts located in the City of Depok.

In regards to the cause of the Depok flood, Etty has identified the lack of drainage absorption to be one of the factors, along with "the intense rainfall that has been happening the last few days."

On the other hand, Mayor of Depok Mohammad Idris, has stated that the Jakarta Provincial Government has allocated aid funds of Rp 59 billion for the 2020 budget. The fund, Idris said, will be allocated for disaster prevention measures in the capital's Buffer Zones, including to restore Ciliwung River as well as reservoirs in the city of Depok.

"With this incident, we will evaluate the increase in disaster funding from the Jakarta Provincial Government. Because of this situation, the analysis [of the funding] will equally change," Idris stated.


2020-01-06 10:25:45Z