Indonesia morning news for August 7

Indonesia morning news for August 7

Indonesia morning news

PLN to cut employee salaries for blackout compensation
State-owned electricity firm PLN plans to cut salaries of its employees to pay out Rp 839 billion (US$58.7 million) in compensation for Sunday’s blackout that impacted at least 21.9 million customers.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah Remains Weak after Blackout in Java
The rupiah remains week two days after the massive power outage in Java caused heavy damages to the business sector.

Indonesian leader threatens sackings over rampant forest fires
Indonesian leader Joko Widodo warned Tuesday that officials would be sacked if they failed to stamp out rampant forest fires that are belching out toxic smog over Malaysia and Singapore.
— Daily Mail

High-profile Muslim cleric passes away during haj
Respected Muslim cleric Maimoen Zubair passed away in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday while performing haj.
— The Jakarta Post

Haze from fires, Indonesia’s national ‘embarrassment,’ are back
Three years after forest fires in Indonesia sent huge volumes of smoke billowing into Malaysia and Singapore, the Southeast Asian neighbors are dealing with a repeat of the “embarrassing” transboundary haze problem.
— Mongabay

Industrial sector contributes 19.52 percent to economic growth
The industrial sector contributed the most at 19.52 percent to the national economic growth of 5.05 percent in the second quarter of 2019.
— Antara News

More companies turn to cloud computing to cut operating costs
US technology giant IBM sees Indonesia as one of most potential markets in Asia for its cloud computing service as more companies have turned to third-party data storage providers to cut operating costs.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia lags behind in renewable energy investment
Four years on from the historic Paris climate conference, Indonesia is still struggling to raise investment to develop renewable energy.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry of Industry encourages production of salt
Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto encouraged farmers to increase the quality of salt produced so that they could meet the needs of salt for the industry.
— Antara News

East Kalimantan’s Sepinggan Airport the best in the world
The Airport Council International (ACI) has once again named Sepinggan Airport in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan Province, as the best airport in the world in the category of an airport with 5-15 million passengers per year.
— Antara News

Bangka Belitung bans single-use plastic from Oct 13
Bangka Belitung Province’s Disasters Mitigation Office (BPBD) will partially ban the single-use plastic at five locations, the chairman, Mikron Antariksa said here Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia Great Sale Targets Rp35tn Transaction
Head of the Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo) Roy N. Mandey expects the Indonesia Great Sale to generate transactions up to Rp35 trillion.

Indonesian Navy Cadets Set Sail for ‘Maritime Fulcrum’ Diplomatic Mission
A total of 103 Indonesian Navy cadets set sail from Surabaya on Monday on a diplomatic mission to several Asian countries and Australia in support of a government campaign to turn the country into a “maritime fulcrum.”
— Jakarta Globe

NPP maintains durability and security of energy supply: BATAN
Nuclear power plants (NPPs) could be an alternative for Indonesia to maintain the durability and security of energy supplies, said Anhar Riza Antariksawan, Head of the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN).
— Antara News

Indonesia woos Instagram generation for hip new bond raisings
Indonesia’s push to cut its reliance on foreign funds to fill the yawning current account gap has prompted it to chase a new and growing source of funding — digitally savvy millennials.
— Reuters

MRT Projects Rp507tn Loss from PLN Power Outage
PT Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta, or Ratangga, estimated a financial loss of Rp507 million caused by Sunday’s power outage in Java.

Vessels crossing Indonesian waters must install AIS: ministry
The Ministry of Transportation will ask passenger vessels with 35 gross tonnages (GT) and 60 GT fishing boats to install an automatic identification system (AIS), Sea Transportation Director General Agus Purnomo said here Tuesday.
— Antara News

No Indonesians reported injured in Hong Kong: MOFA
No Indonesian worker in Hong Kong has been reported injured and the Indonesian Consulate General in Hong Kong has advised migrant workers not to engage in any dangerous activity, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Negative sentiment hits stock prices, JCI’s fall continues
The main share price index on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) continued to fall on Tuesday although a number of shares managed a recovery following a significant fall on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Environmental recovery from Pertamina oil spill may take half a year: Officials
Environmental recovery efforts following the recent oil leak from state energy giant Pertamina’s Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block may take more than six months, officials have said, as residents have reportedly begun to bear the brunt of the damages.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian migrants in S Korea increase in 2018
The number of Indonesian nationals working in South Korea has doubled from 3,719 in 2017 to 6,921 in 2018, the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers Agency (BNP2TKI) has revealed.
— Antara News

Water bombing ends days of forest fires in East Java
The authorities in East Java have deployed an Mi-8 helicopter with a capacity of 4,000 liters to help deal with the fires at R. Soerja Grand Forest Park on Mount Arjuno that have been going on since July 27.
— The Jakarta Post

Collaboration among media organizations key to survival in digital era: Journalists
In the digital era, journalists, like many other professions, have no better option but to adapt to the new changes.
— The Jakarta Post

Narcotics agency destroys meth smuggled from Malaysia
The North Sumatra Province Narcotics Agency has destroyed 5,810.28 grams of methamphetamine and 968 ecstasy pills smuggled from the neighboring country Malaysia, the office’s chairman Police Brigadier Atrial stated here on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia denounces terrorist attack in Cairo
The Government of Indonesia has vociferously expressed its condemnation to the heinous terrorist attack in Cairo on August 4, 2019, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries.
— Antara News

Police nab five others in Nunung’s drug case
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police’s anti-drug squad has nabbed five suspects in Trenggalek District, East Java Province, for their alleged involvement in the drug case of popular female comedian Tri Retno Prayudati, known as Nunung Srimulat.
— Antara News

Indonesia looks to boosting exports to Latin American markets through IC-CEPA
The government is urging exporters to explore other markets to expand their business and benefit from the Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA), which enters into force on Aug. 10.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta-Surabaya railway slated to begin construction next year
The government expects to sign later this year a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a Tokyo-based development assistance fund, to begin construction of a medium speed train project by the middle of next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Satellites identify 152 hotspots on Sumatra Island
The Terra and Aqua Satellites, on Tuesday, at 6 a.m. local time, detected 152 hotspots on Sumatra Island, including 75 in Riau Province, according to the Pekanbaru meteorology, climatology and geophysics station.
— Antara News

Residents forced to wear masks as thick haze strikes Central Kalimantan
Residents of East Kotawaringin in Central Kalimantan have been forced to wear dust-masks to protect their health following the emergence of “extremely thick” haze from widespread forest and land fires in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Corruption major issue in rector election
As several state universities kicked off the election of their new rectors recently, academic authorities and civil society organizations are calling on election committees and other related stakeholders to stay away from corrupt practices and conflict of interest in the process.
— The Jakarta Post

​​​​​​​Police arrest four over property scam in Jakarta
Jakarta Police have arrested four suspects in connection with a property scam in Jakarta that resulted in billions of rupiah in losses for the victims.
— The Jakarta Post

The more the merrier: NGO jumps on air pollution lawsuit bandwagon
Adding to a citizens’ lawsuit on air pollution submitted by the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta), the Jakarta Residents Forum (Fakta) on Monday visited the Central Jakarta District Court to file another on the same matter.
— The Jakarta Post

390 high schools in C. Java adopt anticorruption subjects
In a bid to promote early awareness about anticorruption, nearly 400 senior high schools in Central Java have committed to adopting anticorruption subjects in their school curriculum starting this academic year.
— The Jakarta Post

Semarang mayor halts construction of church following protests
The Semarang administration in Central Java decided to review the building permit of the Semarang Baptist Church following protests from mostly Muslim people, with Semarang Mayor Hendrar Prihadi saying that the church construction would be halted until he finished verifying the permit’s ‘validity’.
— The Jakarta Post

East Jakarta district head admits having asked for cow from ‘qurban’ seller
East Jakarta Mayor M. Anwar has said he will set up an investigation team to probe into Matraman district head Bambang Eko over an alleged request for a qurban (sacrificial animal) ahead of Idul Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice).
— The Jakarta Post

Fashion ad in Bandung depicting hijab-wearing goat sparks controversy
Muslim fashion company Rabbani has come under fire for putting up an advertisement banner in Bandung, West Java, that featured an image of a goat in hijab.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Religious harmony’ versus ‘religious city’ draft bylaws in Depok
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) faction on Depok city council in West Java has countered a draft “religious city” bylaw proposed by the mayor, which would, among other things, regulate how people should dress, with a proposal of its own.
— The Jakarta Post

Father, son found dead in Bogor in suspected murder-suicide
A father and his son were found dead at their home in Rawa Panjang, Bojong Gede, Bogor, on Monday in a suspected murder-suicide motivated by depression, police have claimed.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Eid al-Adha, August 11.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).


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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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