Indonesia morning news for August 8

Indonesia morning news for August 8

Indonesia morning news

Indonesian man claims he received a $3.3m tax bill for six companies he doesn’t own
An Indonesian man says he recently received the shock of his life when a tax officer knocked on his door and accused him of owing the Government some 32 billion rupiah ($3.29 million) related to the business dealings of six companies tied to his name.

Privacy bill: Risky for business, protection for consumers
Your phone number, where you live, what you tell your friends, how you feel, your daily commute, where and what you spend your money on.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK detains ex-Garuda boss, Emirsyah Satar, for alleged money laundering
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detained Emirsyah Satar, the former president director of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, on Wednesday for alleged money laundering and bribery relating to the procurement of aircraft parts.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s new capital to be developed as smart, forest city: Minister
It is almost certain that the government will choose Kalimantan as the location of the new capital city although the exact location has not been decided.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs to use more hybrid seeds too boost rice production: CIPS
Indonesia needs to increase the use of hybrid seeds as part of its long-term national food strategy to meet a surge in rice demand, the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s forex reserves reach 16-month high
Indonesia’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves were recorded at US$125.9 billion in July, the highest level since March last year, creating ample room for the central bank to stabilize the rupiah as market risks heighten in the light of an ongoing trade war.
— The Jakarta Post

You may now check your phone’s legality in Indonesia with Ministry of Industries’ IMEI registry
Indonesia’s Independence Day — the government is set to sign a regulation to control the spread of “illegal” cellphones in Indonesia.
— Coconuts

Singapore lauds Indonesia’s forest fire control efforts
The Indonesian government’s efforts to combat land and forest fires have received appreciation at the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states in Brunei Darussalam to discuss transboundary haze pollution.
— Antara News

Jakarta governor sued over air pollution. He forces motorists to leave cars at home
The Jakarta administration is pressing ahead with its plan to expand the controversial odd-even license plate traffic policy, despite howls of protests from some motorists who still have no faith in the city’s public transport system.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s broadcasting watchdog to monitor Netflix, YouTube
The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) is set to formulate rules expected to become a legal umbrella for monitoring content on digital media outlets such as YouTube, streaming service Netflix and social media.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia emerges as overall champion of Geographic Olympiad
Indonesia emerged as the overall champions at the 16th International Geography Olympiad” (IGeO) 2019 held in Hong Kong from July 30 to August 5, 2019, grabbing two gold and two silver medals.
— Antara News

WIKA eyes construction projects in Africa worth over Rp2 trillion
State-run construction firm PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk (WIKA) has eyed some construction projects in Africa, with contract value totaling over Rp2 trillion.
— Antara News

Farmers’ salt fails to meet industry standards: Minister
The wholesale purchase of domestically produced salt for manufacturing purposes is expected to remain stagnant this year even though demand has actually increased, with the quality of salt produced by local farmers failing to meet industry standards.
— The Jakarta Post

President Widodo meets with 12 new ambassadors
President Joko Widodo met with 12 new Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of friendly countries on the verandah of the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday. President Widodo chatted with each of the ambassadors for about five minutes.
— Antara News

Telkom’s investment arm aims to be SoftBank of Indonesia
With the support of its parent company Telkom Group, Metra Digital Innovation (MDI) Ventures capital investment companies aims to become the Softbank of Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Surabaya installs solar-powered traffic lights to anticipate blackout
The Surabaya City Government has installed 100 solar-powered traffic lights, in case of power outages caused by natural disasters such as typhoons, the mayor, Tri Rismaharini said here on Wednesday. In 2016, after a typhoon hit the city, dozens of power poles were damaged and caused a blackout that lasted hours, she explained.
— Antara News

Indonesian developers to take part in Europe’s biggest game event Gamescom
Ten local game developers will take part in Gamescom 2019 to be held in Cologne, Germany, from Aug. 20 to 24, says the Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf), which will facilitate the companies’ participation.
— The Jakarta Post

Effort to stop leak in ONWJ well reaches 19.5 percent: Pertamina
The process of closing a leak in a well owned by state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina at the Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block in Karawang, West Java, is still ongoing with relief-well drilling efforts 19.5 complete.
— The Jakarta Post

West Aceh declares haze emergency following fires
The West Aceh regency administration has declared an emergency status in response to the severe haze that has blanketed the region from forest and land fires that have burned since July.
— The Jakarta Post

USU students sue rector over censorship of lesbian story
A North Sumatra University (USU) student has filed a lawsuit against her rector after the state university shut down its student magazine for publishing a short story about a lesbian’s unrequited love.
— The Jakarta Post

It’s official: Destry now BI senior deputy governor
Renowned economist Destry Damayanti was sworn in as Bank Indonesia (BI) senior deputy governor on Wednesday, bringing with her a monetary-easing policy aimed at boosting the country’s sluggish economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java earns $6 million during Indonesia Festival in Moscow
Handicrafts, processed food and industrial products were displayed for sale last week at the Central Java booth during the fourth Indonesia Festival at Krasnaya Presnya Park in Moscow, attracting many buyers.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Mandiri offers various investment options to keep repatriated funds
State-owned Bank Mandiri is offering various investment products through its weal management division and securities and fund management subsidiaries to keep repatriated funds with holding periods ending later this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Lack of funding access hampers SMEs’ contribution to Indonesia’s exports
Despite being large in number, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) contribute only a tiny fraction of the country’s total exports as the businesses struggle with various issues, from financing to access to global markets.
— The Jakarta Post

Rejecting those calling for Indonesia to enact sharia law, Moeldoko says: ‘Our country is not an Islamic state’
Some people have the misconception that, because the vast majority of Indonesians are Muslim, that Islam is the state religion of Indonesia or that the Indonesian government prioritizes Islam over other religions.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jokowi warns on danger of hotspots as dry season hits
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who used to plant trees in forests as a state firm employee, has lectured the authorities on the basics of preventing forest and land fires in anticipation of a long dry spell amid threats of a reoccurring haze crisis that hits neighbors Malaysia and Singapore.
— The Jakarta Post

Banten jolt revives megathrust earthquake fears
The 6.9-magnitude earthquake that shook the southwestern coast of Banten on Friday evening has resurfaced fears of a megathrust earthquake similar to the one that caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that devastated Aceh.
— The Jakarta Post

Temperature drop across Java Island normal: BMKG
Java Island experienced a temperature drop following a weather phenomenon called a dry intrusion, the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor regent wants abandoned buses to be used for school transportation
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has proposed for the hundreds of Transjakarta buses idling around in an empty field in Dramaga district, West Java, to be utilized as school buses.
— The Jakarta Post

Koi fanciers to sue PLN over dead fish after blackout
A commissioner for the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Choirul Anam, will sue state-owned electricity firm PLN after his beloved koi fish died due to the massive blackout on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Nissan looks for growth in Indonesia’s electric vehicle market
While Japan-based Nissan Motor Co.’s gloomy global financial and operational performance is in the international spotlight, the company is pinning its hopes on “opportunities for growth” in Indonesia’s underdeveloped electric vehicle market.
— The Jakarta Post

Disabled dentist finally appointed civil servant in West Sumatra
A dentist in West Sumatra has won her long struggle against the disqualification of people with physical disability in the civil service.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Sedekah sampah’ turns waste into blessing
Being charitable through volunteering or donating money is never old fashioned.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta checks safety of apartment buildings after Banten earthquake
The Jakarta administration is looking into safety issues in apartment complexes in the city, ranging from failures in emergency facilities to cracks in walls, following Friday’s 6.9-magnitude earthquake off the southwestern coast of Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Hebel-loaded truck runs over car in Tangerang
A traffic accident involving a car and truck happened in Neglasari, Tangerang, Banten on Tuesday night.
— The Jakarta Post


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


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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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