Indonesia morning news for April 29

Indonesia morning news for April 29

Indonesia morning newsMinister optimistic that Indonesia would escape China’s BRI debt trap
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan is upbeat that Indonesia would not be ensnared by a debt trap emerging from China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— Antara News

Indonesia to launch Sharia Economy Masterplan in May
The government plans to launch the 2019-2024 Sharia Economy Masterplan on May 14, as a road map for the development of the sharia economy to support national economic development in the country that has the largest Muslim population on the planet.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is too slow!
A recent analysis by discount code portal CupoNation Indonesia found that Indonesia ranks low in Southeast Asian countries in terms of fibre optic internet connection speeds, which heavily depends on a country’s infrastructure, geography, and many other factors.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia Uses Belt and Road Initiative Forum to Promote Palm Oil
Indonesia was set to highlight environmental issues and the significance of palm oil for the country’s development during the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation meeting in Beijing on April 26-27.
— Jakarta Globe

Two killed, over 3,000 displaced as floods, landslides strike off western Indonesia
Two people were killed and two others went missing with over 3,000 people displaced as floods and landslides struck off Indonesia’s western Bengkulu province, a local disaster official said on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Floods hit 37 areas across Jakarta
Floodwaters have inundated 37 areas across Jakarta on Saturday, according to the Jakarta Disaster Management Agency.
— The Jakarta Post

Politician to suggest one seven-year term for Indonesian president
Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party politician Andre Rosiade vowed to put forth a proposal for the Indonesian president to be granted a seven-year term to facilitate him in focusing on the national and state development.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s financial market realities must be dealt with soon
Joko Widodo should fix Indonesia’s economic state sooner rather than later if he secures his next term as President, say researchers Adam Triggs, Febrio Kacaribu and Jiao Wang.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Automakers launch new makes at IIMS 2019
The 2019 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) kicked off on Thursday and will be open to visitors until May 5. A number of automakers announced their new makes on the opening day of the exhibition.
— The Jakarta Post

338 residents of W Java’s Gunungbatu village displaced by land shift
More residents of Gunungbatu Village in Sukabumi District, West Java Province, have evacuated to safer ground owing to the shifting of land on which their settlements are built.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s dull solar sector
Indonesia is the largest energy consumer among all ASEAN member states, and with over 260 million people, energy demand in the archipelagic country is growing rapidly and is expected to rise by nearly four gigawatts (GW) to 66.6 GW this year.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia electricity chief charged with bribery over coal-fired power plant
Indonesian anti-graft investigators have charged the head of state-owned power utility PLN, Sofyan Basir, with bribery in connection to a coal-fired plant on the island of Sumatra.
— Intellasia

Garuda Indonesia Share Plunges 7.6 percent
The share price of Garuda Indonesia (GIAA) was corrected deep following news of the airline’s financial report problems. On Thursday, GIAA closed at Rp462 per share, down 7.6 percent from the previous day’s trade.

Innovation needed to end human-elephant conflict in Sumatra, says WWF Indonesia
Over the past few years, the conflict between humans and elephants on the island of Sumatra has become inevitable as they both try to defend the land they claim as their own, making it urgent to find a way to keep the giant mammals away from humans.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Papua Issue in Focus with High-Level Court Review
Lawyers are challenging Indonesia’s incorporation of the region into its territory a half-century ago.
— The Diplomat (paywall)

Death Toll in Indonesia Elections Climbs to 225 Members of KPPS
The number of members of polling station working committees (KPPS) who died and fell ill continues to increase. As of date, a total of 225 workers died during and after the 2019 Indonesia elections, while those who fell ill jumped by 587 people.

WHO, UNICEF ask Bio Farma to stockpile polio vaccine
The World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nation Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have asked state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma to produce and store monovalent oral polio vaccine type 2 (mOPV-2) as part of their effort to have a global stockpile of the vaccine.
— The Jakarta Post

Grueling Indonesia election’s death toll hits 230 poll workers
The death toll among Indonesian polling station staff has reached 230 people, the government said Friday, with most succumbing to the long hours counting paper ballots cast in last week’s presidential vote.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Anies Baswedan: Ciliwung River’s Overflow Past Critical Point
Following a visit to the Manggarai sluice gate, Governor Anies Baswedan said that Ciliwung River’s dangerous water levels had gone through its critical point with receding water level at Bogor’s Katulampa Dam.

Torrential rain triggers flooding, evacuations in Indonesia’s capital
Torrential rain triggered flooding in parts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta overnight, the disaster agency said Friday, April 26, forcing the evacuation of residents.
— Rappler

Fourteen pet pythons loose after floods
Fourteen pet pythons broke loose from their owners in Parung Dengdek, Wanaherang, Gunung Putri district and Citeureup district, Bogor regency, West Java, following heavy rain and floods in the area Thursday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Development of N219 Plane to Boost Domestic Components: Institute
The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) believes the development of N219 aircraft will encourage domestic industry to supply components of the aircraft.

Indonesian robo-advisor app Bibit teams up with Go-Pay
Mutual fund investment app announced that it has partnered with Go-Pay – Indonesian unicorn Go-Jek’s e-wallet platform – to allow users to pay for their purchases via the payment gateway.
— Tech InAsia

KPU reopens polling station in Sydney
The General Elections Commission (KPU) said it will extend voting day in Sydney this weekend although local organizers have been unable to identify the names of eligible voters who were prevented from voting on April 13.
— The Jakarta Post

Interview: Belt and Road cooperation important for Indonesia’s economic development: Indonesian expert
Cooperation between Indonesia and China under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative is important for the Southeast Asia’s largest economy to attain development targets, an Indonesian expert has said.
— Global Times

Clean Indonesia Movement Launched to Reduce Plastic Waste
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan accompanied by Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and legendary Singer Titik Puspa, launched a Clean Indonesian Movement on Sunday, to reduce plastic waste.

1,539 Jakarta flood victims still take refuge
Some 1,539, of the 2,258 Jakarta residents who fled their houses due to the overflowing of the Ciliwung River, had not returned home as of Saturday (April 27).
— Antara News

Indonesia’s March palm output, exports seen higher – survey
Indonesia’s palm oil output in March likely rose from a month earlier, while inventories were seen lower on the back of a pickup in exports and domestic consumption, according to a Reuters survey.
— Business Recorder

Indonesia to welcome 776 young shuttlers at BWF Junior Grand Prix 2019
A total of 776 young shuttlers from 13 countries and regions will compete in the BWF Junior Grand Prix 2019 in Indonesia next week, the organizing committee announced on Friday.
— Xinhua

E-ticketing system to fine odd-even policy violators starting May
The Jakarta Police are to start ticketing violators of the odd-even license plate number policy through an electronic ticketing system (ETLE) in May.
— The Jakarta Post

Philippines, Indonesia agree to enhance defense and security cooperation
This came about after the Department of National Defense (DND) hosted the 9th Meeting of the Philippines-Indonesia Joint Defense and Security Cooperation Committee (JDSCC), a bilateral dialogue mechanism for the defense establishments of the Philippines and Indonesia, held in Manila on Tuesday (April 23, 2019).
— Manila Bulletin

Documents Show Indonesia Released Banned N. Korean Coal
Indonesia has released seized North Korean coal in apparent violation of U.N. sanctions, posing a challenge to U.S.-led international efforts to crack down on Pyongyang’s sanctions evasion, according to U.N.monitors and court documents.

More than 270 died from overwork-related illnesses in Indonesia elections
Ten days after Indonesia held the world’s biggest single-day elections, more than 270 election staff have died, mostly of fatigue-related illnesses caused by long hours of work counting millions of ballot papers by hand, an official said on April 28.
— Kyiv Post (paywall)

Indonesian Air Force performs in East Java province’s city of Magetan
Jupiter Aerobatic Team of Indonesian Air Force performs in East Java province’s city of Magetan, Indonesia, April 28, 2019.
— Xinhua

Anies instructs mayors, officials to handle floods
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has instructed South Jakarta Mayor Marullah Matali and East Jakarta Mayor M Anwar to be on the alert for flooding.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia & China ink trade protocol for mangosteen exports
Thursday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi and Chinese Customs and Excise Minister Ni Yue Feng inked a trade protocol on mangosteen exports to the economic giant, after China permitted Indonesia to re-export.
— Fresh Plaza

Indonesia will keep export tax for crude palm oil (CPO) at zero for May shipments and cocoa export tax at 5 percent, Trade Ministry said on Friday
— Agriculture

Mount Merapi Spews Kilometer-High Ash Cloud
The Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development (BPPTKG) reported that Yogyakarta’s Mount Merapi has spewed ash clouds on Tuesday, April 16, up to 1.2 kilometers headed to the upstream of Gendal River.

Is Australia to Blame for Indonesia’s Plastic Waste Problem?
For years, Indonesia has been getting a bad rep for being the world’s second-largest producer just behind China.
— Vice

Jakarta opens free ‘mudik’ registration
The Jakarta Transportation Agency has opened registration for free mudik (exodus) trips for more than 15,000 Jakartans ahead of Idul Fitri.
— The Jakarta Post

CPO price in Jambi slides Rp161 per kilogram
Crude palm oil (CPO), palm kernel, and palm oil Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) pricing in Jambi tumbled during April 26-May 2, 2019, than the earlier period, with the CPO price plummeting Rp161/kilogram, from Rp6,707 to Rp6,546.
— Antara News

Earth Day; Fashion Label SMM Holds Plastic Waste Installation Art
In commemoration of Earth Day, Indonesian fashion brand Sejauh Mata Memandang (SMM) held an exhibition and design installation in Plaza Indonesia, Jakarta. The event dubbed Laut Kita or “Our Ocean” highlighted the theme of plastic waste that mostly washed away to the ocean and damaged the country’s sea ecosystem.

Magnitude-5.3 quake jolts Bengkulu
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake shook Bengkulu city and its environs on Saturday night, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMGK) Office in Bengkulu province.
— Antara News

Land-sea freight route connects China’s Chongqing, Indonesia
A new land-sea freight route was launched Friday, linking southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality and Indonesia.
— Xinhua

Plans to develop 2002 Bali bombing site anger Australia
Plans are underway for a multi-story development at the site of the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people, Indonesian authorities said Friday, April 26, a decision that has angered neighboring Australia which lost dozens of citizens in the attacks.
— Rappler

Thousands flee as floods hit Jakarta, Depok, Tangerang
Greater Jakarta was once again struck by floods on Friday morning, causing heavy traffic and forcing thousands of residents to leave their homes.
— The Jakarta Post

Flood hits Bengkulu
Incessant rains caused several rivers in Bengkulu province to overflow their banks on Friday night, flooding several parts of the province.
— Antara News

Nyadran Festival celebrated in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
People take some vegetable after the celebration of Nyadran Festival, a Javanese traditional thanksgiving festival to welcome Ramadan month by piling vegetables into the shape of a mountain, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. April 28, 2019.
— Xinhua


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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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