Indonesia morning news for August 12

Indonesia morning news for August 12

Indonesia morning news

Asia’s ‘zombies’ concentrated in India, Indonesia and South Korea
Zombie companies, or corporate underachievers overdosed on cheap credit, are proliferating across the globe, threatening to derail the weakening world economy.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia Lion Air crash report likely in October: official
A final report on Indonesia’s Lion Air crash is likely to be released by October, an official at the country’s transport safety agency said Friday.
— Coconuts

Jakarta is polluted, sinking and overcrowded, so Indonesia wants to set up a new city in Borneo
Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is forging ahead with a bold plan to move the nation’s capital city to the island of Borneo, in what opponents fear will merely repeat the “disaster” of Jakarta.

Kompas Gramedia cofounder Swantoro dies at 87
Pollycarpus Swantoro, a senior journalist and a cofounder of the Kompas Gramedia Group, Indonesia’s largest media and publishing company, passed away in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 87.
— The Jakarta Post

PDI-P lawmaker, five others named suspects in garlic import permit bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named six people suspects, including Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra, in a case of alleged bribery related to garlic import permits.
— The Jakarta Post

University for ASEAN orphans to be built in Pekanbaru
The ASEAN’s Foundation for Orphans Education (Yawatim ASEAN) has initiated the development of University of Anak Yatim ASEAN in Pekanbaru, capital of Riau province, to provide free higher education for orphans in the region.
— Antara News

Riau Police name palm oil corporation as forest fire suspect
The Riau Police on Friday named palm oil company PT Sumber Sawit Sejahtera as the suspect in a forest fire in Pelalawan regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Six nabbed with 240 kg of marijuana face death penalty: BNN
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) has thwarted an attempt to smuggle 240 kilograms of marijuana hidden inside compressor cylinders and nitrogen cylinders into Kramat Jati, East Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s balance of payments falls to deficit in Q2 amid slowing growth
Indonesia posted a balance of payments deficit in the second quarter of this year amid heightened demand for foreign exchange as a result of dividend repatriations and lower-than-expected gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt launches retail savings sukuk ST005, aiming to raise Rp 2t
The government on Thursday officially opened the subscription period for non-tradeable retail savings sukuk (Islamic bonds) ST005, the seventh bond issued from 10 targeted issuances this year, it will be open until Aug. 21.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta waives odd-even traffic policy for motorcycles. Experts ask why
The Jakarta administration’s final expansion of the odd-even traffic policy – which aims to curb the worsening air pollution and reduce traffic congestion in the capital – exempts motorcycles.
— The Jakarta Post

Consumer goods stocks underperform JCI
Stocks in consumer goods firms, a sector with the largest weighting on the local index, have been in bear territory this year despite the moderate growth booked by the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).
— The Jakarta Post

PGN mulls global bonds issuance to fund capital expenditure
State-owned gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) is considering issuing global bonds to support its capital expenditure (capex) and accelerate progress in infrastructure development.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s NET TV under fire for inviting employees to resign
Journalists and activists lambasted an Indonesian television network, NET TV, after hearing that the station, which offers free-to-air entertainment programs, is inviting its staff members to file resignation letters.
— The Jakarta Post

Workforce needs to step up game as interest in automation grows
As the government pushes ways to equip jobseekers with the necessary skills for employment, the need for automation in industries is growing amid a slow workforce growth rate, a new study has found.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt looks into stripping licenses of Lake Toba-polluting companies
The North Sumatra provincial administration is working to revoke the business licenses of two companies that run floating fisheries on Lake Toba for polluting the waters in the resort area.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta tightens controls over industrial chimneys to stem air pollution
After issuing a policy related to restricting the vehicles allowed on the city’s streets, the Jakarta administration is now setting its sights on controlling the pollution emitted by industries as it struggles to tackle the smog choking the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian diaspora could develop human capital, says Marsudi
The Indonesian diaspora could help the government develop the country’s human capital, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi has said.
— Antara News

Wealth report concept atheistic: KPK leadership candidate
One of the candidates for leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Insp. Gen. Dharma Pongrekun, is criticizing the vitriolic attitude toward candidates who have yet to submit their wealth reports to the commission.
— The Jakarta Post

Fadli Zon: Industry 4.0 Is Nothing without Electricity
House of Representatives deputy speaker Fadli Zon regretted the massive blackout that hit Java on August 4-5. He said the incident should be seen in a bigger perspective, especially if it is highlighted from the Industry 4.0 perspective that is currently being promoted by the government.

Indonesia Retaliates to EU CPO Import Tariff with Dairy Tax
The Trade Ministry says it will immediately retaliate to the anti-dumping import tax by the European Union (EU) aimed at Indonesian CPO biodiesel by imposing high-import taxes for processed milk products from European countries.

Indonesia’s gaming industry bursting with untapped economic potential
Rima, 36, considers video games dangerous for her children, hence her decision to limit the amount of time they are allowed to spend gaming.
— The Jakarta Post

Blackout compensation not enough: Ombudsman
The Indonesian Ombudsman has urged state electricity firm PLN to do more than just offer affected customers compensation as the impact of Sunday’s blackout was widespread, ranging from business losses to the death of pet fish.
— The Jakarta Post

Take it or leave it: Fresh grads navigate the unknown world of work and salaries
For many Indonesians, talking about salary in public is like talking about sex: It is taboo.
— The Jakarta Post

Drug dealers gang up against local police chief in North Sumatra raid
Patumbak Police chief Adj. Comr. Ginanjar was rushed to the Columbia Asia Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra, after a group of drug dealers attacked him as he led a raid on Jl. Karya Marindal I in Patumbak district, Deli Serdang regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Another SOE drama sees ex-Garuda boss fall from grace
The former president director of state-owned airline Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, had remained at liberty for the last two years despite his status as a bribery suspect, but his life turned upside down after the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) issued a new charge strong enough to have him detained.
— The Jakarta Post

Plan to invite foreign journalists to Papua may be ‘politicized’
In a bid to give foreign media access to reporting about Papua, the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) has planned to bring several foreign journalists to the province, which has been marred by violence for years.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt plans road expansion in popular Puncak to tackle notorious gridlock
Known for its cool breezes, lush tea plantations and affordable villas for rent, the Puncak area in Bogor regency, West Java, is among the top weekend destinations for Jakartans.
— The Jakarta Post

Technology companies go to villages to empower people, protect forests
As the majority of technology companies open up offices in Jakarta to tap into the growing middle class, several other companies are taking a different approach, instead heading to villages to empower villagers through digital technology while helping to monitor forests in the process.
— The Jakarta Post

Malang churches and mosque maintain harmonious ties during Idul Adha
The Kayutangan Hati Kudus Yesus (HKY) church in Malang, East Java, will suspend its morning Mass on Sunday to keep the surrounding roads and area clear for Muslims wanting to join the Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayer at Jami Malang Mosque, which is located next to the church.
— The Jakarta Post

RI to Reach 6 Percent Economic Growth in 5 Years: BI Governor
Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo is optimistic that Indonesia’s economic growth will continue to climb in the future despite the slightly sluggish growth in the beginning.

Kalibata Heroes Cemetery to add 900 burial plots
A lack of space in the capital’s cemeteries has Jakartans struggling to find places to bury their loved ones.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi regency to build six reservoirs to anticipate drought
The Bekasi regency administration in West Java is planning to build as many as six embung (artificial lakes) this year in drought-prone areas as part of an effort to save water and tackle water shortages.
— The Jakarta Post

Alert status for Mt. Slamet raised over increasing volcanic activity
The Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has increased the alert status of Mount Slamet in Central Java from normal to waspada (caution), the second-highest level, on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Quakes hit Yogyakarta, West Sumatra, Bengkulu over Idul Adha holiday
Moderately strong earthquakes ranging between 5.1 and 5.3 in magnitude hit parts of Bantul in Yogyakarta, Padang in West Sumatra and Enggano in Bengkulu between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Smog from forest fires shrouds Riau, West & Central Kalimantan
Smog emanating from forest fires hung over the provinces of Riau, West Kalimantan, and Central Kalimantan though not descending over Singapore and Malaysia, Agus Wibowo, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman, stated
— Antara News

Gerindra rebukes claim of Prabowo proposing concepts to Jokowi camp
Gerindra’s central executive board here, Saturday, refuted claims of the party’s leader Prabowo Subianto having proposed concepts on food security, energy security, and managing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) while joining the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin coalition parties.
— Antara News

KPR Rejected, Employee Applies for Zero Percent Down Payment
A Jakarta resident Fajrie Anshari finally decided to apply for the zero percent down payment program after his attempts to apply for KPR (home ownership credit) receive rejections from the bank.

Stop Hoax Indonesia program to educate internet users in 17 cities
The Indonesian Anti-Slander Society (Mafindo), Google News Initiative and the Communications and Information Ministry are running a comprehensive media literacy program to train the public to spot disinformation or hoaxes on the internet.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan schools get IT facilities, novel curriculum
In cooperation with the Indonesian American Society of Academics (IASA) and the Tanoto Foundation, the government has opened two boarding schools with improved facilities and a special curriculum in the country’s easternmost province.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s poor and displaced to receive canned ‘qurban’ meat
The Jakarta administration, in partnership with Rumah Zakat, announced it would process Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) qurban (sacrificial cattle) meat into corned beef for the poor and people displaced by house fires.
— The Jakarta Post

Istiqlal invites 1,000 people with disabilities for Idul Adha prayers
The management of Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta invited one thousand people with disabilities to perform Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers at the mosque on Sunday morning.
— Antara News

Lion Air Claims to Have Improved OTP despite Frequent Delays
Lion Air’s Corporate Communications Strategic officer Danang Mandala admitted there were still frequent delays besetting the low-cost carrier, which according to him was attributable to the high frequency of Lion Air’s flights.

Ensuring RI’s Independence Day celebrations run peacefully in Papua
Indonesia’s 74th Independence Day commemoration on August 17 in Papua is expected to run peacefully, but the potential threat posed by armed Papuan rebels looms large, considering the significance of that historic day for Indonesians.
— Antara News

Three dead in fire in East Jakarta shophouse
A fire broke out in a shophouse on Jl. Raya Cipayung in Cipayung, East Jakarta, on Friday morning, reportedly claiming at least three lives.
— The Jakarta Post


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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