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Jakarta Post

Netizens joke, raise eyebrows after Moeldoko suggests 'we can live' without internet

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 23, 2019   /  05:10 pm
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Then-Indonesian Military (TNI) general Moeldoko prepares for a hearing with lawmakers in 2013.(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Indonesian netizens have raised their eyebrows and poked fun at Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko over a comment he made about the government’s decision to block cellular data services in Papua and and West Papua amid anti-racism protests by locals. The Communications and Information Ministry announced on Wednesday evening that it would block cellular services in Indonesia’s easternmost provinces, citing the need to “accelerate the process of restoring security and order”. The move came after authorities scrambled to handle protests that broke out in cities across the two provinces starting Monday morning, with people expressing anger over racist abuse inflicted on Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, when they were called “monkeys” by security staff who later arrested them. Moeldoko said on Thursday that the government only slowed down ...