Indonesia morning news for April 24

Indonesia morning news for April 24

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia to assume 5.3-5.6 pct economic growth for 2020 – finmin official
Indonesia’s government will target 5.3 percent to 5.6 percent economic growth in 2020, compared with this year’s target of 5.3 percent, finance ministry official Askolani said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Prabowo Camp Finds Many Indications of 2019 Election Fraud
Sandiaga campaign team director for election debate, Sudirman Said, said his party witnessed many indications of violations, irregularities, and frauds during the 2019 General Elections’ voting day throughout Indonesia, from Aceh to Papua.

Indonesian taxi operator Blue Bird launches its first electric taxi fleet
Indonesia’s biggest taxi operator, Blue Bird introduced its first electric vehicle (EV) taxi feet that will start operating in May 2019.
— Kr Asia

Indonesia election: Thousands of polling stations to hold revotes
Thousands of polling stations across Indonesia are expected to hold revotes to make up for technical glitches that reportedly caused problems in dozens of provinces nationwide.
— Straits Times

State revenue stands at Rp 350.1 trillion in Q1
The government has collected Rp 350.1 trillion (US$24.87 billion) in revenue in the first quarter of 2019, the Finance Ministry announced on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

No more simultaneous elections: Commission
The 2019 simultaneous election with ballots for five electoral groups will not be held again because it is ineffective and out of capacity, the General Election Commission (KPU) of the Republic of Indonesia has states
— Antara News

Indonesia’s former minister gets 3-year sentence over corruption case
Indonesia’s former social minister Idrus Marham received on Tuesday a 3-year imprisonment sentence as he was proved guilty for receiving a bribe amounting to 2.25 billion rupiah (about 169,600 U.S. dollars) from a businessman in obtaining a power plant project.
— Xinhua

Indonesia demands explanation on dropped case of abused maid Adelina
The Indonesian consulate in Penang is demanding an explanation on the decision by a court here to drop the case of Indonesian domestic helper, Adelina Jerima Sau, who died after alleged abuse by her employer, last year.
— Intellasia

Govt eyes higher GDP growth in 2020
The government has set a higher GDP growth target for 2020 than 2019 after taking into account the higher aggregate demand outlook for consumer spending, exports and investment.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks to higher GDP growth next year as consumption ticks up
The Indonesian government has set a stagnant or higher economic growth target next year as consumption and investment are looked to stay afload.
— Xinhua

Indonesia’s Surprisingly Quiet Election
In an era of increased electoral polarization and agitation, what are the lessons of Indonesia’s tame campaign?
— The Diplomat

More passengers using public transport to reach MRT stations: Transjakarta
City-owned bus operator Transjakarta has recorded an increasing number of passengers on routes to MRT stations in Lebak Bulus and Fatmawati, South Jakarta, since they started operating a month ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Sicepat bags $50m in Series A funding from Barito, Kejora Intervest
Indonesia-based logistics startup Sicepat Ekspres had raised $50 million in Series A funding last year from Barito Teknologi and Kejora InterVest Growth Fund, the company disclosed on Tuesday.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Jusuf Kalla, Islamic Figures Hope Jokowi, Prabowo could Meet
Vice President Jusuf Kalla held a meeting with a number of Islamic figures in his state official residence on Jalan Diponegoro, Central Jakarta, Monday, April 22. During the session, they canvassed short-term plans to deal with issues arising post the presidential election.

Indonesia Seeks Justice after Malaysian Acquittal in Fatal Abuse of Maid
Officials in Indonesia said Tuesday they were urging Malaysia’s public prosecutors to appeal a high court’s acquittal of a woman accused of fatally abusing an Indonesian maid and forcing her to sleep outside with a dog last year.
— Benar News

Indonesia releases Ramayana stamp for 1st time celebrating centuries old cultural bonds
Indonesia in a landmark step on Tuesday released a special stamp on the theme of Ramayana for the first time underlining strong centuries old cultural bonds.
— Economics Times

Rupiah can potentially tumble amid correction in regional currencies
The rupiah exchange rate, traded between banks in Jakarta, Tuesday, can potentially weaken amid regional currencies floundering.
— Antara News

Indonesia election: Most Islamic parties fail to make inroads at ballot box
Despite a rightward shift among Indonesia’s 190 million voters, Islamic parties failed to make much headway as fiery religious rhetoric turned off moderate voters and the country’s big nationalist parties did a better job vying for the support of the faithful.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prabowo Vows to Support Gender-based Laws, Economic Policy
Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno vowed to support the gender-based laws and economic policy in order to end discrimination for women at works.

Jokowi urges ministers to increase capital expenditure, cut goods procurement
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed his Cabinet ministers to increase capital expenditure and to cut spending on goods procurement in the 2020 state budget.
— The Jakarta Post

Four Things I Have Learned about Doing Business in Indonesia
Bali with its tropical vibes and modern infrastructure has become dream home or business destination for many expats.
— Indonesia Expat

Lemhanas: Indonesia Election Tests Our Unity in Diversity
National Resilience Institute (Lemhanas) Governor Agus Widjojo, a retired army general, expressed his hopes on a meeting to take place between Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, two men who fiercely competed in the 2019 Presidential Election.

Indonesian fitness startup closes funding round led by Gobi-Agung
Doogether, an Indonesian booking startup for fitness and sports classes, raised an undisclosed sum in a funding round led by Gobi Partners‘ local early-stage fund Gobi-Agung, a new investor.
— Tech InAsia

Bali to open second cancer treatment center by 2020
The Bali administration will soon open another door to cancer patients at its soon to be established state-owned Bali Mandara Hospital in Sanur, Bali.
— The Jakarta Post

Video: Meet Indonesia’s go-to expert witness against haze-causing plantation firms
Helping the Indonesian government prosecute companies accused of environmental crimes is a risky job.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s West Java villages to get free Wi-Fi
600 villages in West Java, Indonesia will be able to experience free Wi-Fi because of this new initiative that aims to remove the digital divide between cities and villages.
— Open GovAsia

Blue Bird Taxi’s EV Fleet Uses Tesla Model X and BYD
One of Indonesia’s renowned taxi companies, Blue Bird, launched its electric vehicle (EV) fleet today that will be available for service starting May 2019. The company’s high-end service Silver Bird will utilize the Tesla Model X 75D while the more-common Blue Bird fleet uses the BYD 96.

Jokowi condoles deaths of over 90 election officers
Calling them “democracy’s heroes”, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed his deepest condolences over the deaths of 91 election officers, in the single-day presidential and legislative elections, on April 17, 2019.
— Antara News

LRT Jakarta begins full trial run
A full trial run of the Kelapa Gading-Velodrome LRT Jakarta line began on Monday after the standard operational document was approved by the Transportation Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s PLN chief named suspect in power project graft case
The chief executive of Indonesian state electricity utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) has been named a suspect in a graft case related to a power project, the country’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Jokowi presides over budget allocation meeting at Bogor Palace
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) led a plenary cabinet meeting at the Bogor Palace, West Java, on Tuesday, for holding discussions on budget allocation and indicative budgetary ceiling for 2020.
— Antara News

Indonesia seeks answers after troubling decision to drop case over maid’s death
Jakarta’s representative in Penang is demanding answers after a harrowing case involving the death of an Indonesian domestic helper, Adelina Jerima Sau, was dropped by the courts.
— Intellasia

PLN Yet to Expand Charging Stations for Electric Vehicle
State electricity company PLN announced it has no plans to increase the number of public electric charging stations (SPLU) in Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi, along with other regions.

Ministry to meet with airlines ahead of Idul Fitri to discuss airfares
High airfares remain an issue ahead of Ramadan, during which millions of people make trips to their hometowns.
— The Jakarta Post

Why Indonesia could be your next big growth market
The south-east Asian economy is tipped to become the world’s seventh largest by 2030.
— Management Today (paywall)

Former minister Idrus Marham sentenced to three years in prison
Golkar Party politician and former social affairs minister Idrus Marham has been sentenced to three years in prison for accepting bribes from a businessman to finance his failed bid to become a party leader.
— The Jakarta Post

UI team bags Platinum Prize at Asian Students’ Venture Forum
A delegation of the University of Indonesia’s (UI’s) Faculty of Engineering emerged the winner, bagging the Platinum Prize at the Asian Students’ Venture Forum held in Seoul and Daejeon, South Korea, on April 3-7, 2019.
— Antara News

Factbox: After Indonesia election, new crop of leaders in focus for 2024 vote
Even with Indonesia’s current presidential election result still to be officially confirmed, attention is turning to the next race for the top job in 2024 with some rising political stars and well-connected figures in the frame.
— Intellasia

Indonesia and Australia: destined but disparate democracies
The great Australian scribe, Bruce Grant, penned that thought about Indonesia–Australia tests and trials in the year of a seminal election for Australia.
— Aspistrategist

Indonesia ‘shocked’ by Malaysian’s acquittal in maid’s death
Indonesia’s government says it was shocked by Malaysia’s acquittal of a woman charged with the death of her Indonesian maid, in case that has sparked public outrage over alleged abuse.
— Fox News

Executive column: Unlocking Indonesia’s market potential in cloud computing
Davian Omas (JP)As one of the world’s leading players in cloud technology, United States-based tech giant Oracle is on a journey to integrate emerging technologies in all of its cloud layers and strengthen its presence in Asia.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April.


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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