Indonesia morning news for December 31

Indonesia morning news for December 31

Indonesia morning news

BMKG Warns Potential 6 Meter High Wave in Arafura Sea in Coming Days
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) of Ambon Pattimura Station warned the public to be aware of waves reaching 6 meters high in the eastern Arafura Sea, Maluku Province in the next few days.
— Netral News

Millions of Indonesian People Exposed to Earthquake, Tsunami Hazards
As many as 148.4 million Indonesians are exposed to earthquake hazards. In addition, as many as 3.8 million people were exposed to the tsunami hazards.
— Netral News

Family of Lion Air Crash Victim Sues Boeing, Says Plane Was ‘Unreasonably Dangerous’
Jakarta. The family of an Indonesian man who was killed in the crash of Lion Air flight JT-610 sued Boeing this week, alleging that the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet was “unreasonably dangerous” due to its inaccurate sensors and that the US manufacturer failed to give proper instructions to pilots.
— Jakarta Globe

In Indonesia, Calls for Quran Test for Presidential Hopefuls Draw Ire
A recent call for a Quran test in Aceh province for Indonesian presidential candidates is facing strong criticism by Muslim scholars, who say the move would undermine racial unity.
— Voice of America

Indonesia mutual fund assets up 9.3% in January-November
Indonesia’s mutual fund industry assets rose 9.3% through the first 11 months of 2018, thanks to gains in protected and equity funds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), according to latest figures from the country’s financial services regulator.
— Asia Asset Management

Indonesia’s online lending boom draws scrutiny as abuses mount
Indonesia’s flourishing peer-to-peer lending industry is under scrutiny as complaints surge over a market that meets a need for fast credit but attracts unscrupulous players.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Jakarta Metro Police Claims Crime Rate in Jakarta Decreases in 2018
The Head of Public Relations Division of the Jakarta Metro Police Senior Commissioner of Police Argo Yuwono said throughout 2018 in the jurisdiction of Jakarta Metro Police (PMJ), the crime rate could be reduced.
— Netral News

Jokowi says people should live peacefully in diverse world
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said Indonesia’s diversity, which includes different ethnic groups, religions, cultures, customs and traditions and local languages, should not become a source of dissension but of the country’s power.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia a favorite for Chinese year-end travelers
Indonesia remains an attractive destination for Chinese tourists to visit during the year-end holiday season, according to a survey, despite the series of disasters hitting the archipelago throughout the year.
— The Jakarta Post

Half a Billion Millennial Voters Are Face of Asia 2019
In the first half of 2019, a billion Asians will elect the next leaders of the region’s two largest democracies.
— Bloomberg

Govt Issues 37 Mining Business Permits in Aceh: Walhi
The government has issued as many as 37 Contracts of Work/Mining Business Permits (KK/IUP) in Aceh Province, according to the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi).

BUMN ministry to build temporary houses for tsunami victims
Minister for State Enterprises (BUMN) Rini Soemarno said the ministry is ready to build temporary houses to accommodate people left homeless by the last week tsunami in the sub-district of Sumur of the Pandeglang district
— Antara News

Major earthquake rocks the island of Nias
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 on the Richter Scale jolted the island of Nias off Western coast of North Sumatra on Saturday.
— Antara News

Indonesia trims tsunami death toll, hikes injury tally
The number of people evacuated after Indonesia’s deadly tsunami has nearly doubled to some 40,000 while more than 7,000 were injured in the disaster, officials said Friday, as they trimmed the official death toll.
— Intellasia

Strong earthquake jolts Talaud islands
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale with a depth of 69 km under the sea level jolted the Talaud Islands in the Indonesian province of North Sulawesi on Saturday.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s latest tsunami raises global questions over disaster preparedness
As Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month.
— Reuters

Anak Krakatau eruption stops: PVMBG
The eruption of Mount Anak Krakatau in South Lampung regency, Lampung, has stopped, according to the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG).
— The Jakarta Post

Three charged over illegal levies after Sunda Strait tsunami
Banten Police have charged three people connected to Drajat Prawiranegara Hospital in Serang, Banten, for allegedly charging illegal levies for delivering the bodies of Sunda Strait tsunami victims to their families.
— The Jakarta Post

App-based ride services boost connectivity, business opportunities: Experts
Despite the tensions and conflicts that have marred their emergence, application-based ride-hailing services have helped improve people’s connectivity and offered huge business opportunities, experts say.
— The Jakarta Post

2012 study predicted tsunami disaster that struck Indonesia
A study carried out six years ago by the Geological Society of London that accurately predicted a possible major hazard emerging from Anak Krakatau volcano could have been used as a basis to prevent Indonesia’s latest natural disaster, which has killed more than 400 people.
— Straits Times

Too many divorces? Indonesian politician says why not educate women on how to be good wives?
We truly hope some elected officials aren’t true reflections of our society if they come up with programs like this.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Ministry recruits workers with disabilities to join training
The Ministry of Industry recruited persons with disabilities in East Java to participate in a 3-in-1 Education and Training program comprising training, certification, and job placement.
— Antara News

Indonesia tsunami raises fears for endangered Javan rhino
Indonesia’s tsunami has raised fears that another deadly wave could wipe out the few dozen Javan rhinos still living in the wild, conservation authorities said Friday.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

‘All lives matter’: Indonesia saves tsunami-stranded turtles
Searching a debris-strewn beach for victims of Indonesia’s deadly tsunami, a rescue team happened upon a giant sea turtle trapped in a pile of marine trash.
— Intellasia

Landslides isolate numerous areas in Lembata
Numerous areas in Lembata District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, were isolated due to landslides and fallen trees covering the roads.
— Antara News

EWS to be installed in Sunda Strait
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjahitan said the government will install early warning systems (EWS) in three small islands not far from the Anak Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait.
— Antara News

Indonesia tsunami disaster: Flight paths moved around erupting volcano
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia has rerouted all flights around the erupting Anak Krakatau volcano between Java and Sumatra islands, as it spewed columns of ash into the air, days after it triggered a deadly tsunami.
— Intellasia


Feature photo International Federation of Red Cross

This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Indonesia morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Indonesia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities and is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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