Indonesia morning news for April 8

Indonesia morning news for April 8

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s desperate housewives chase selfies on election trail
Tears stream down Lilis Hastirini’s mascara-smudged face after she waited hours to snap a selfie with Indonesia’s president, only to be thwarted by a crush of other female fans with the same idea.
— The Jakarta Post

Fisheries Ministry seizes another Malaysian-flagged fishing boats
Indonesian maritime affairs and fisheries authorities apprehended another Malaysian-flagged fishing boat in the Indonesian waters in the Malacca Strait on Sunday morning.
— Antara News

Indonesia Presidential Race Heats Up Amid Mass Campaign Rallies
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto called for change in a rally Sunday, talking down the government’s economic performance as competition heats up ahead of an election next week.
— Bloomberg

Indonesian Hostage Killed, Another Rescued as Philippine Troops Battle IS-linked Captors
Filipino Marines retrieved two Indonesian captives from Islamic State-linked militants Friday, but one later died from his wounds after he was shot during a rescue operation in the southern Philippines, officials said.
— Benar News

Religion, human rights shape race in eastern Indonesia
With the presidential candidates mostly concentrating on the much more populous islands of Java and Sumatra, not much change is expected in the more remote eastern parts of Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia: Children of landfill scavengers learn to dream big
It is known as the “mountain of rubbish” – Indonesia’s biggest landfill – sitting just outside the capital Jakarta.
— AL Jazeera

Indonesia’s youth want more Islam
Indonesia’s elections are right around the corner and many observers are looking to the country’s youth.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia shoes production ranks fourth in the world
Indonesia’s shoes production ranks fourth in the world level with 1.4 billion pairs in 2018, contributing 4.6 percent of the global production.
— Antara News

Indonesia Presidential Race Heats Up Amid Mass Campaign Rallies
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto called for change in a rally Sunday, talking down the government’s economic performance as competition heats up ahead of an election next week.
— Bloomberg

N. Sumatra election material found in E. Nusa Tenggara
The South Central Timor Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) found election material for North Sumatra in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Earthquake strikes off central Indonesia
An earthquake measuring at 6.1-magnitude rattled East Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia on Sunday, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.
— Xinhua

Indonesia’s most tolerant city rejects campaigning at places of worship
The Singkawang Interfaith Communication Forum, the police and public figures in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, have signed an agreement to bar campaign activities at houses of worship.
— The Jakarta Post

State airport company, Borobudur management support tourism
The State-owned Airport Services Company, PT Angkasa Pura I, cooperates with PT Taman Wisata Borobudur Prambanan Ratu Boko / TWC (Persero) in order to support the operation of Yogyakarta International Airport in Kulon Progo district  and development of the ten priority tourism destinations.
— Antara News

Indonesia sees 6 pct increase in 2019 palm output, coffee and cocoa up slightly
Intellasia East Asia News * Indonesia’s Agriculture Ministry estimated palm oil output in 2019 to rise to 42.87 million tonnes, compared to 2018 output of 40.57 million tonnes, ministry data showed on Thursday.
— Intellasia

Indonesia: Children of landfill scavengers learn to dream big
It is known as the “mountain of rubbish” – Indonesia’s biggest landfill – sitting just outside the capital Jakarta.
— AL Jazeera

Named as RI’s First Decacorn, Go-Jek: We Have the Largest Market
Ride-hailing application company Go-Jek has become Indonesia’s first decacorn with a valuation of US$10 billion as announced by the international research institution CB Insights in its report The Global Unicorn Club. Go-Jek ranked 19th below its competitor, Grab, at US$11 billion.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia initiates CPO dialogue at European Parliament office
The Indonesian Embassy in Brussels has organised a dialogue on the palm oil issue at the European Parliament office with the theme, “Palm Oil Free: Facts, Fiction, and Misleading Claims”, as part of its endeavor to promote Indonesia’s sustainable palm oil.
— Antara News

Indonesians optimistic about their country’s democracy and economy as elections near
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia’s presidential and parliamentary elections this month come at a time when a majority of Indonesians are optimistic about the state of their country’s democracy and economy, according to a Pew Research centre survey conducted in summer 2018.
— Intellasia

Rupiah leads regional currency appreciation against US dollar
The rupiah’s exchange rate stood at Rp 14,158 per US dollar on Friday, according to the Jakarta interbank spot dollar rate (JISDOR), or 0.17 higher than its rate on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Wants 75 Percent Win in Cirebon
Presidential candidate and incumbent Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo wants to get more than 75 percent of votes in the Regency and City of Cirebon. Jokowi said that in the 2014 elections when he was paired with Jusuf Kalla, he only got 61 percent of the city’s votes.
— Tempo.co

Govt to use online platform to sell items made by inmates
The government plans to promote items produced by inmates through e-commerce platforms to help the prisoners adjust back to regular life and earn a living once they are released from prison.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Partners with Thailand to Prevent Money Laundering
Bank Indonesia (BI) and Bank of Thailand (BOT) are collaborating to prevent money laundering and terrorism funding. The governors of both central banks signed the agreement in Chiang Rai, Thailand, yesterday, during the sidelines of the Southeast Asian central bank governors’ meeting.
— Tempo.co

What you need to know to vote on April 17
With the concurrent presidential and legislative elections only days away, here is all you need to know to exercise your right to vote for the country’s leaders and representatives for the next five years.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Expects UNESCO to Recognize Kaldera Toba Geopark This Year
The Tourism Ministry expects the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize Kaldera Toba Geopark in North Sumatra this year to speed up the development at the tourist site.
— Tempo.co

National energy company to build steam power plant in Kubu Raya
PT Indonesia Power, one of the subsidiaries of PT PLN (the State-owned Electricity Company), will build a steam power plant in Bintang Mas village, Kubu Raya district, West Kalimantan province.
— Antara News

Inside Indonesia’s controversial training seminars preparing Muslims for polygamous marriage
Intellasia East Asia News A club dedicated to promoting polygamy in Indonesia is actively touting “a quick way to have four wives” through classes across the country that cost hundreds of dollars.
— Intellasia

Maritime affairs ministry detains two Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessels in Natuna
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry detained two Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessels as they were passing through the North Natuna Sea, an official said on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

On the trail of spice hunters in Indonesia
I awoke after midnight to the light of the full moon shining like a beacon across the water and into my bedroom, swaying in the middle of the Banda Sea.
— Straits Times (paywall)

Surabaya passes smoke-free zone bylaw
The Surabaya administration has banned smoking in public places. The legislative council of the East Java city passed a bylaw on smoke-free zones on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

5.2-magnitude quake hits Belu
An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude hit Belu district, East Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Board (BMKG).
— Antara News

6.1-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami alert
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Indonesia’s Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, but no tsunami alert was issued.
— Business Standard

6,100 personnel secure Prabowo-Sandi pair’s campaign
Some 6,100 internal security personnel will be deployed to secure Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno presidential candidate pair’s grand campaign at Bung Karno Sports Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday.
— Antara News

MRT Jakarta may fine ‘free’ riders
PT MRT Jakarta, the operator of the country’s first subway system, is formulating a scheme with the Jakarta administration to fine passengers who avoid paying the round-trip fare.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo Subianto lures Indonesian voters with anti-graft promise in mega rally in Jakarta
The Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta was awashed with supporters of presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto, and his running mate Sandiaga Uno, on Sunday (April 7) morning.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Two earthquakes jolt East Nusa Tenggara
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has reported that two earthquakes hit East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Sunday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Transportation Minister inaugurates Gatot Subroto Airport in Lampung
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi inaugurated Gatot Subroto Airport in Waykanan District, Lampung Province, into a commercial airport and opened Waykanan -Jakarta flight route on Saturday.
— Antara News

Indonesia blocks EU spirits, link seen to palm oil spat: industry
Intellasia East Asia News European spirits makers say they are facing difficulties exporting drinks to Indonesia amid tension after Jakarta said it was unhappy with an EU decision.
— Intellasia

‘Let’s copy Malaysia’: fake news stokes fears for Chinese Indonesians
WHEN INDONESIAN PRESIDENTIAL hopeful Prabowo Subianto faced off against incumbent leader Joko Widodo in a televised debate last week, he surprisingly steered clear of one topic: Chinese investments.
— SCMP

State-owned enterprises book Rp 200 trillion in profits
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno has expressed her appreciation for the significant increase in SOEs’ profits, which had grown by Rp 57 trillion (US$4.04 billion) in the last five years.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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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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