Indonesia morning news for August 22

Indonesia morning news for August 22

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s plan for G-7 status is not bold enough
McKinsey has tipped Indonesia to reach Group of Seven status, having one of the world’s largest economies, by 2030.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Tax officers arrested after allegedly securing massive tax refunds for car dealer
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says it has arrested four tax officials from the Taxation Directorate General (DJP) for allegedly forging the tax records of a luxury car dealer, which had secured the company more than Rp 7 billion (US$490,836) in tax refunds instead of paying its taxes.
— The Jakarta Post

Labor market reforms catch-22 for policymakers
As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo presented his state of the nation address on the great future that lies ahead for the country’s human resources in front of lawmakers and policymakers at the House of Representatives last Friday, the events outside the complex were not so encouraging.
— The Jakarta Post

Why Indonesia can’t keep the lights on
An August 4 power blackout across Indonesia’s West Java has raised new questions about why state-run utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) continues to build new stations instead of upgrading the transmission network on the 28,400-megawatt (MW) Java-Bali grid.
— Asia Times

City councilors get 24-karat gold pins costing total of Rp 1.3 billion
Jakarta Council members are soon to be wearing 24-karat gold pins as the legislature has set aside Rp 1.3 billion (US$91,282) from the city budget to procure the jewelry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s blasphemy law is being tested
At least some form of religious intolerance is apparent in several ASEAN countries.
— The Asean Post

Timing Is Key for Indonesia’s Second Rate Cut: Decision Guide
Indonesia’s central bank is ready to cut interest rates for a second time this year, but most economists aren’t convinced it will come as soon as Thursday.
— Bloomberg

Jakarta legislative council speeds up revised budget deliberation ahead of term-end
As their five-year term is coming to an end, sitting Jakarta legislative councilors are speeding up the deliberation of the 2019 revised budget proposed by the Jakarta administration to fund projects for the remaining year.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN, Pertamina to spend $3.6 billion on geothermal projects
State-owned electricity company PLN and energy company Pertamina are slated to respectively invest US$1 billion and $2.68 billion in developing geothermal power plants around the country over the next few years.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia elicits AU special envoy’s support to solve trade issues
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has sought the support of the African Union (AU) Special Envoy for Infrastructure Raila Amolo Odinga to settle some issues that have hampered trade relations with some African nations.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Journalists Grapple With Islamism
Reporters in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country are navigating — and too often abetting — a rising trend of reactionary Islamism.
— Human Rights Watch

Malaysia set to outpace Indonesian palm oil exports to India
Malaysia is set to outpace Indonesia in palm oil exports to India unless Jakarta can strike a deal that would help it stay competitive with Kuala Lumpur in the world’s largest edible oils market.
— The Jakarta Post

PT WIKA inks agreement to construct US$250-million tower in Senegal
Indonesian state-owned construction company PT Wijaya Karya (WIKA) has entered into a framework agreement with the Senegalese government to construct La Tour De Goree Tower valued at US$250 million in Dakar, Senegal.
— Antara News

Skills gap, inadequate regulations hamper digital economy
Indonesia’s digital economy has enormous potential not only as reflected in the high rate of its adoption in the country but also by its potential market value, which is estimated to reach more than US$100 billion in next five years.
— The Jakarta Post

Finding the wise way to reduce plastic waste both for consumers and producers
It may not be difficult for many people to stop using plastic straws in a restaurant or to bring a tote bag when going shopping, but getting rid of plastic packaging such as that used for cosmetics products may present more of a challenge.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia lures nontraditional African markets
resident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said Indonesia is ready to cooperate with countries in Africa in the face of the global trade war, as Indonesia seeks new opportunities to expand its trade and investment portfolio in nontraditional markets.
— The Jakarta Post

Complex issue of air pollution, simple solution: Walking
Severe air pollution in the city, believed to largely come from vehicle emissions, has lead the government to turn to a healthy push by encouraging people to walk more and switch from using privately-owned vehicles to public transportation.
— The Jakarta Post

Hotel startups raise more funds as competition among budget hotels heats up
Following its launch in Indonesia in October of last year, India-based hotel management startup OYO has claimed it is outpacing Singapore-based rivals RedDoorz and ZEN Rooms, which have been operating for four years, en route to becoming the largest, matured foreign startup of its kind in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Fearing tobacco’s fate, palm oil industry fights back
On the morning of Feb. 26, executives from a Washington consultancy presented a strategy paper to some of the most powerful officials in the Malaysian palm oil industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Secretary who accused former gov’t agency executive of harassment may face defamation charges after police drop rape investigation
Indonesia had a small victory in the fight against sexual harassment recently when President Joko Widodo granted amnesty to Baiq Nuril, a school teacher who was sentenced to six months in prison for defamation after she recorded audio of her boss sexually harassing her.
— Coconuts

Papua Tension, DPR Deems Jokowi’s Call for Patience Lacking
House of Representatives (DPR) Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to guarantee that there would not be any re-occurrence of the conflict in Papua.

Rusdi Kirana to tender resignation as PKB member
Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Rusdi Kirana came clean on his plan to quit as member of the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) owing to his hectic activities.
— Antara News

PT PP eyes Krakatau Steel’s subsidiary to strengthen water supply business
Publicly listed state-owned construction firm PT PP is set to acquire steel producer PT Krakatau Steel’s drinking water supply subsidiary in an effort to become the biggest drinking water supply company in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Decade later, justice elusive for Timor farmers impoverished by Montara oil spill
The general public has possibly forgotten one of Australia’s worst oil disasters, the Montara spill in the Timor Sea a decade ago, but the effect on seaweed farmers on Timor Island remains to such an extent that they are even unable to send their children to school.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK bans overseas travel for four suspects in e-ID case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has clamped an overseas travel ban on four people related to a probe into their alleged involvement in the electronic identity card (e-ID) graft case.
— Antara News

Komnas Anak Slams UNHCR for Refugees’ Child Prostitution
The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas Anak) suspects there is a syndicate facilitating and commercially abusing underaged refugees who are currently accommodated at a former military command headquarter (Kodim) in Kalideres, West Jakarta.
— Antara News

Jakarta to Shut Off Building Occupied by Asylum Seekers
Jakarta administration will seal off the former building of the West Jakarta military command headquarters (Kodim) in Kalideres which is currently occupied by asylum seekers on August 31.

Residents object to sidewalk construction in Cikini, fearing poor outcomes
Building owners along Jl. Cikini Raya in Central Jakarta have urged the city administration to evaluate the revitalization of sidewalks along the road, worrying that it will have impacts on height discrepancies with their buildings’ floors and less comfort for people who want to park their vehicles in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan riots, protests against racism spreading but calming down: Police
Rampant acts of vandalism have spread to Fakfak regency, West Papua following the racist abuse of Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta, Banten likely to experience intense drought: BMKG
Residents of Greater Jakarta and Banten should prepare for drought for 20 to 60 days as there is little chance of rain until September, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Unidentified people hurl two Molotov cocktails at Golkar Office
The office of the Golkar Party Central Executive Board in West Jakarta, on Wednesday morning, bore witness to an attack of two Molotov cocktails pelted by unidentified persons.
— Antara News

‘Posessed’ workers run amok during demolition of public cemetery
The demolition of Baitul Rahman public cemetery (TPU) in Ciputat, South Tangerang, to make way for the Serpong-Cinere toll road project went awry on Monday as some of the workers tasked with digging up and removing the graves reportedly became “possessed” by ghosts and ran amok.
— The Jakarta Post

Father, child killed after witnessing botched cellphone theft in Banten
A resident of Serang in Banten reportedly murdered a father and his child and seriously injured the child’s mother after the family had witnessed his botched attempt to steal a cellphone.
— The Jakarta Post

Man in Tangerang named suspect for killing dog ‘in front of children’
The Tangerang Police have named a 38-year-old man a suspect for allegedly using an air gun to kill a dog named Beedo at the Citra Raya housing complex in Tangerang regency, Banten.
— 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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