Indonesia morning news for December 5

Indonesia morning news for December 5

Indonesia morning news

Lion Air ponders cancelling Boeing jets in row over crash: Sources
Indonesia’s Lion Air is reviewing airplane purchases from Boeing Co and has not ruled out cancelling orders as relations worsen in a spat over responsibility for a 737 jetliner crash that killed 189 people in late October, sources told Reuters.
— Channel NewsAsia/ Reuters

Minister sees inflation at or below 3% this year
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution expects inflation to come in below 3 percent this year, thanks to control over the prices of major commodities.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt issues $3b debt papers for state budget pre-funding
The Finance Ministry has issued government debt papers (SUN) in United States dollar denomination worth US$3 billion for the 2019 state budget.
— The Jakarta Post

Number of foreign tourist arrivals in N Sulawesi in October down
The number of foreign tourist arrivals in North Sulawesi in October, reached 8,342 people, a decrease by 34.47 percent, from 12,730 people in September.
— Antara News

‘They surrender or we finish them off’: Indonesia issues ultimatum to separatists who killed 31 workers in restive Papua
Indonesian Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu on Tuesday denounced the killings of 31 construction workers and a soldier by separatists in Indonesia’s restive Papua province over the previous two days.
— South China Morning Post

Health reasons may cause decline in soft drink consumption in Indonesia–producers
The Indonesian Food and Beverage Producers Association (Gapmmi) has corrected its growth target from 10 percent to between 8 and 9 percent, particularly due to a declining demand in both soft drinks and bottled water.
— The Jakarta Post 

Rising political violence overshadows Jokowi’s populist policies in Papua
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has done more than any of his predecessors to build Papua and West Papua, the nation’s easternmost provinces that have long been plagued by extreme poverty and violent separatism.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Widodo urges miners to move into processing
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday renewed his call for the country’s miners to move into processing, citing the need to curb imports to narrow its persistent current-account deficit.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesian envoy wants to close trade gap with China
With its sights set on overturning a long-standing trade deficit with China, Indonesia must come up with new solutions to promote itself in the world’s most populous country.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia abolishes up to 30 import duties on Pakistani products
Indonesia has abolished import duties of up to 30 percent on 20 Pakistani products in a trade deal to secure more than one billion dollars of palm oil exports to the south Asian economy that is shifting to a new supplier on long-awaited tariff concessions.
— Fresh Plaza

Indonesia Looks for Retail Investors to Displace Fickle Funds
Indonesia is looking to boost debt sales to individual investors to free itself from the mercy of fickle global bond funds.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia says two companies can resume nickel ore exports
Indonesia has granted permission for two commodity companies in the country to restart exports of nickel ore as they have made progress on smelter projects, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Today Online

Indonesia Targets Motorcycle Export to Reach 600,000 Units
The motorcycle industry in Indonesia is increasingly being active in penetrating the export market. This is inseparable from the rise in productivity of a number of motorcycle manufacturers in Indonesia, and shows that the quality of products made by the country is able to be competitive in the global arena.
— Netral News

Justifying the Jokowi-Ma’ruf union
Home to the largest Muslim population in the world, Indonesia recently saw tens of thousands of its Muslims marching in Jakarta.
— The Asean Post

City to install mobile pumps to curb flooding in East Jakarta
The East Jakarta Water Resource Agency has said it will install two mobile water pumps in the Cakung River to alleviate flooding in Rawa Terate, East Jakarta. The pumps are capable of absorbing 200 liters of water per second.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians Rescue 20 Rohingya Muslims Found Adrift Off Aceh
Indonesian fishermen rescued a wooden boat carrying 20 hungry, weak Rohingya Muslims on Tuesday after it was found adrift off Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh, an official said.
— Indonesia Expat

Pertamina Case:Prosecutors Demand 18 years for Edward Soeryadjaya
Entrepreneur Edward Soeryadjaya is indicted to 18 years in jail for the corruption charges against him over the Pertamina pension fund management case

Indonesians and Malaysians rage as CNN reports that Singapore has the best cendol
Here we go again, another international food fight. Last Saturday, CNN released a list of the best desserts from around the globe, flaunting the likes of Turkey’s baklava, Sicily’s cannolis, France’s lemon tart, and Thailand’s mango sticky rice.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Bawaslu investigates potential violations at 212 reunion rally
The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) has launched an investigation into potential violations of election regulations in a rally held on Sunday and organized by a group calling itself the 212 Rally Alumni, referring to a rally held in 2016.
— The Jakarta Post

built from recycled materials, ‘ijen’ is indonesia’s first zero-waste restaurant
designed by potato head’s in-house design team, ‘ijen’ is the first restaurant in indonesia to follow a zero-waste philosophy. the new concept, located inside the potato head beach club in bali, is a leading example of their aim to become a circular brand with absolute minimal impact on the earth.
— designboom

House Speaker Calls on TNI-Polri to Investigate Papua Shooting
House of Representatives speaker (DPR) Bambang Soesatyo condemned the shooting in Papua.

New Regulation: Online Taxi Drivers Prohibited to Wear Sandals
Transportation Ministry asks the online taxi drivers to pay attention to their appearance to make passengers feel comfortable.

“Kemenko PMK” commits to fighting drugs
The Coordinating Human Development and Culture Ministry (Kemenko PMK) commits to fighting drugs by cooperating with the National Narcotics Agency to conduct impromptu drug tests on over 500 employees
— Antara News

Government expects ISDB involvement in national health development
The Indonesian government expects the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to be involved in national programs, especially in the health and education sectors.
— Antara News

Trans-Papua road project suspended amid worsening security
The government in Jakarta has decided to suspend construction work on some parts of the trans-Papua road project following reports that armed Papuan rebels have allegedly killed dozens of workers in Nduga regency, Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Derailed trains in Bandung disrupt schedule
Two derailed trains at Kilometer 153+1/2 between Padalarang Station and Cilame Station in western Bandung disrupted the schedule of other trains on Tuesday, including those between the West Java capital and Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia says Papua separatists suspected of killing at least 24 workers
Security forces in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua are hunting for a separatist group suspected of killing at least 24 construction workers building a bridge in a remote district, a military spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Dozens of Grab drivers in Malang defect to Go-Jek over increasing bonus ‘diamond’ difficulties
The drivers said it’s getting harder and harder to earn enough of the points (diamonds) they need to meet their daily bonus quotas.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

‘Kampung susun’ project for Bukit Duri evictees in limbo
The construction of a kampung susun (elevated kampung) for the evictees of Bukit Duri in South Jakarta, whose homes were demolished by the city administration in 2016, has been put on hold after the latter failed to secure land for the project.
— The Jakarta Post

BI Reminds Public of Pulling Old Banknotes out of Circulation
Bank Indonesia (BI) will soon pull out old banknotes out of circulation.

Indonesia encourages ASEAN to promote green jobs
Indonesia expressed its support for the campaign for environmentally friendly jobs at the 25th ASEAN Labor Ministers Meeting (ALMM) themed “Promoting Green Jobs for Equity and Inclusive Growth of ASEAN Community” from Nov. 28 to 29 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
— The Jakarta Post

Saudi Ambassador`s Blunder Tweet Responded by Indonesian Govt
The government has summoned Saudi`s Deputy Ambassador on Monday following the controversial tweet from Saudi`s ambassador Osamah Muhammad Al-Suaibi.

Jakarta plants water hyacinth in river to remove pollution
The North Jakarta administration began planting water hyacinth in the Inlet 3 River in North Jakarta, on Sunday in a bid to remove pollution and beautify the waterway.
— The Jakarta Post

Corrupt Bener Meriah Regent Stripped Of his Political Rights
Non-active Bener Meriah Regent Ahmadi pleaded guilty of corruption and was sentenced to three years in prison.

The Indonesians turning dirty waterways into clean fish farms
A group of villagers comes up with sustainable plan to stop people from polluting their water channels – and it worked.
— Al Jazeera

Luhut Binsar said Boat Blasting, Sinking is Last Resort Option
Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that Indonesia’s decision to blast and sink confiscated illegal fishing boats are used as the country’s last resort.

Indonesia’s largest Islamic group demands recall of Saudi envoy over tweet
Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has demanded the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Indonesia be recalled from the country following his controversial tweet about a rally organized in Jakarta on Sunday by Islamists groups.
— The Jakarta Post

Highest number of naturalised citizens from Indonesia, deputy home minister says
The most number of permanent residents who have been granted citizenship in Malaysia in the last 10 years originated from Indonesia, followed distantly by India and China.
— Intellasia

Bappenas studies plan to offer blue bonds next year
The National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) is studying the government`s plan to offer marine-oriented debentures called blue bonds to investors next year.
— Antara News

Anti-haze damming has flow-on effect
Haze pollution in Singapore is commonly associated with the widespread burning of forests and agricultural lands in Indonesia and Malaysia.
— Straits Times


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Soil Day, December 5.


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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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