Indonesia morning news for April 25

Indonesia morning news for April 25

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Scores 2nd Slowest Internet Connection Speed in SE Asia
An analysis by discount code portal CupoNation Indonesia found that Indonesia ranks low in Southeast Asian countries in terms of fiber optic internet connection speed, which heavily depends on a country’s infrastructure, geography, and many more elements.

Post-Election, Indonesian President Expected to Go Soft on China Despite Maritime Flaps
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is expected to warm toward China in his second term in search of infrastructure funding instead of challenging Chinese sovereignty in a fishery-rich sea between them.
— VOA News

Indonesian Minister: Allegations of Systematic Poll Fraud ‘Baseless’
Opposition accusations that massive and systematic cheating marred the April 17 Indonesian elections were false and designed to delegitimize results, the security affairs minister said Wednesday, emphasizing that the nation’s electoral oversight bodies were independent and endorsed by parliament.
— Benar News

ILUNI UI lauds successful simultaneous general election
The University of Indonesia Alumni Association (Iluni UI) has lavished praise on all the stakeholders for the successful completion of the simultaneous general election held on April 17, 2019.
— Antara News

Over 100 Indonesian election workers, police die of exhaustion
The death from exhaustion of more than 100 Indonesian election workers and police officers during the world’s largest one-day vote has triggered calls for a review of the simultaneous presidential and legislative polls.
— Bangkok Post

Bali bombing blast site to be developed into five-storey commercial complex, outraging survivors
A building permit has been issued and local vendors, who have been using the vacant lot, have been told to “clear out” next week, with construction expected to begin on May 9.
— ABC Net

Indonesia’s elections were tough but run peacefully: security minister
Even though it was a tough test of democracy, Indonesia’s parliamentary and presidential elections were held simultaneously and peacefully across the country on April 17, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto said.
— Antara News

Current account deficit heads to 2.5 percent of GDP: BI
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo said the central bank had recorded a narrowing trend in the current account deficit, which was recorded at 3.57 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter of 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

More Than 100 Indonesian Election Workers, Police Die of Exhaustion
The death from exhaustion of more than 100 Indonesian election workers and police officers during the world’s largest one-day vote has triggered calls for a review of the simultaneous presidential and legislative polls.
— Bloomberg

Fact-finding Team Being Formed to Save Democracy: Gerindra
The proposed formation of a fact-finding team on the 2019 election fraud was aimed at saving democracy in Indonesia, a senior functionary of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, Ahmad Muzani, has said.

Rupiah falls again ahead of BI’s board meeting
The rupiah dropped 25 points against the US dollar in the Jakarta inter-bank market, Wednesday evening, just a day before a meeting of Bank Indonesia’s board of governors.
— Antara News

Electric buses to go on pre-trial run: Transjakarta
City owned bus operator Transjakarta said it will conduct a two-day pre-trial of an electric bus later this month before starting the six-month trial phase.
— The Jakarta Post

Two Earthquakes Hit East Indonesia
Two earthquakes occurred in two different locations today, April 24, 2019. A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck Daruba, North Maluku shortly after 9:00. Earlier before dawn, an earthquake hit Sorong, West Papua with a magnitude of 3.4 on the Richter scale.

Indonesia Says There Was No Fraud in Presidential Vote
The Indonesian government rejected opposition allegations of “massive fraud” in last week’s presidential vote and urged supporters of Prabowo Subianto to allow the election commission to peacefully complete the election process.
— Bloomberg

Ministry projects 22.83m people to use public transportation during Idul Fitri exodus
The Transportation Ministry has estimated that 22.83 million people will use public transportation to head back to their hometowns during this year’s Idul Fitri exodus.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Needs Rp180tn to Develop Public Transportation System
The government planned to develop a rail-based mass transportation system in the country’s six big cities, namely Jakarta, Surabaya, Bandung, Medan, Semarang, and Makassar. The plan was listed in a technocratic draft of National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) for the period of 2020-2024.

Indonesia to stage motor race championship
The Indonesian Motor Association announced on Wednesday that it will hold motor race championships later this year in an effort to foster young racers across the country.
— Xinhua

Depressed campaign team members seek ‘anti-blues’ therapy
As in previous years, the 2019 legislative elections have resulted in cases of depression among losing candidates and their campaign teams.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysia, Indonesia to tackle Sabah stateless issue
Malaysia and Ind­onesia took a giant step in addressing the complicated issue of stateless people in Sabah when the national human rights institutions of both countries signed a Memoran­dum of Understanding on the matter.
— The Star Online

Election Real Count: Jokowi Temporarily Leads by 4 Million Votes
The presidential election’s temporary vote recapitulation by the General Elections Commission (KPU) as of Wednesday, April 24, 12:30 Western Indonesia Time (WIB), shows Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin leading by nearly 4.89 million votes against their rival Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno.

FGV, Pilgrims Fund Mull Up to $1 Billion Indonesia Sale
Palm oil giant FGV Holdings Bhd. and the Malaysian pilgrims fund are considering selling plantation assets in Indonesia as the government-linked entities seek to improve their financial position, people with knowledge of the matter said.
— Yahoo Finance

Online fair to boost Indonesia’s handicraft market share: Jokowi
Indonesia only holds about 1.26 percent of the global handicraft market, prompting calls for the government to do more to promote local products around the world.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT Greatly Reduce Commute Time, says Jakarta Workers
As of today, the city’s latest line of transport MRT Jakarta Ratangga is officially commercially operable with a 50 percent tariff discount in the first month for all routes.

Bakrie Telecom granted debt restructuring recognition by US judge
A judge at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has granted telecommunications company PT Bakrie Telecom’s (BTEL) request for recognition of its Indonesian debt restructuring (PKPU) as a foreign main proceeding, overruling a challenge from six holders of the company’s US$380 million notes.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Bukit Asam Q1 coal output up, profit falls on lower price
Indonesia’s state-controlled coal miner PT Bukit Asam said on Wednesday its first-quarter coal output rose to 5.70 million tonnes from 5.28 million tonnes in the same quarter last year
— Reuters

PLN secures US$1.18b syndicated loan for 35,000 MW program
State electricity firm PLN has secured Rp 16.75 trillion (US$ 1.18 billion) in syndicated loans from seven local financial institutions to finance the construction of its flagship 35,000 megawatt (MW) electricity program.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry Takes Down Social Media Contents Violating Election Law
The Communication and Information Ministry (Kominfo) has found seven contents on social media that allegedly violated the regulation on the silent period of April 14-16 ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Electricity projects unaffected after PLN boss named suspect: Ministry
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry has assured that power plant projects will not be affected by the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) move to name state-owned electricity company PLN president director Sofyan Basir a graft suspect on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s democratic feat draws Chinese foreign minister’s acclaim
The Indonesian government’s successful feat in ensuring the smooth and safe implementation of the simultaneous general election on April 17, 2019, has drawn the acclaim of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
— Antara News

Millions of Indonesians to be affected by EU palm oil policy: Japbusi
The European Union’s plan to prohibit crude palm oil (CPO) as a raw material for biofuel will affect about 16 million people, including small oil palm plantations and laborers, according to the Indonesia Oil Palm Labor Union Network (Japbusi).
— The Jakarta Post

Business watchdog calls on government not to intervene in airfares
The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) is calling on the government, particularly the Transportation Ministry, not to intervene in airfares, but let airplane ticket prices be determined by market mechanisms.
— The Jakarta Post

Young Indonesians can be affected by radicalism: minister
Indonesian youngsters are more vulnerable to the spread of radical ideology because most of them have access to the internet, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto has warned.
— Antara News

Organizers eye $24m in transactions at Indonesia’s largest craft expo
The organizing committee of the 21st International Handicraft Trade Fair (Inacraft 2019) has set its sights on achieving US$13 million in trade contracts and Rp 149 billion (US$10.58 million) in retail sales during the event that is set to be held at the plenary hall of the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) from April 24 to 28.
— The Jakarta Post

Joko Widodo Can’t Save Indonesia from Extremism
Intellasia East Asia News Jakarta’s reputation as home to a tolerant Islamic faith continues to erode. Indonesian president Joko Widodo apparently won his electoral rematch with Prabowo Subianto by a solid if not overwhelming margin.
— Intellasia

Body found on barrel in South Tangerang
A body was found on a barrel on Monday near the Cisadane River in Cihuni village, Pagedangan, Tangerang Regency. The discovery was made by a resident who was roaming the riverbank to collect ant eggs to feed his birds.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to resume int’l trampoline championship
Indonesia is scheduled to resume an international trampoline championship from April 26 to 28 with around 200 athletes from 10 countries registered to take part in, the organizer said here on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Jokowi attends opening of International Handicraft Trade Fair
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) attended a ceremony to mark the official opening of the 2019 International Handicraft Trade Fair (Inacraft) held at the Jakarta Convention Center scheduled on Apr 24-28.
— Antara News

Elections in Papua debunk smear campaign on Indonesia
Indonesians of all walks of life deserve credit for their commitment to nurturing democracy by participating in the elections last week.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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