Indonesia morning news for December 12

Indonesia morning news for December 12

Indonesia morning news

World Bank Says Indonesia Forest Fires Cost $5.2 Billion in Economic Losses
The total damage and economic loss from forest fires in Indonesia this year amounted to at least $5.2 billion (4.05 billion pounds), equal to 0.5% of gross domestic product, the World Bank said in a report on Wednesday.
— The New York Times

Nadiem’s First Big Surprise: Abolish National Exam
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Anwar Makarim confirmed on Wednesday the national exam in 2020 will be the last and the government will introduce a new system to assess students.
— Jakarta Globe

Investment shortfalls cause 30% drop in nickel smelter construction by 2022
Less than a month before Indonesia bans the export of raw nickel ore, the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry has lowered its projections for nickel and bauxite smelter construction by 2022 because of investment shortfalls.
— The Jakarta Post

Two TNI Personnel Arrested over Illegal Drug Abuse
Two personnel of the Indonesian Military (TNI) were nabbed in an apartment in Jakarta for allegedly involved in drug abuse.

Faisal Basri Predicts USD 8 Billion Energy Deficit in 2040
Universitas Indonesia senior economist Faisal Basri predicted Indonesia would experience an energy deficit of up to US$80bn by 2040.

Indonesian mangrove cover increased to 3.56 million hectares in 2019
Indonesia’s mangrove forest cover grew to 3.56 million hectares in 2019, Director of Environment and Disaster Management of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs Sahat M. Panggabean stated.
— Antara News

Jakarta Unpaid Vehicle Tax Mounts
Jakarta’s tax agency announced that there are currently 5.1 million vehicles in the city that has not paid their taxes nearing the end of 2019.

Indonesia to offer first diaspora, sustainable bonds in 2020
Indonesia plans to sell two new types of bonds next year, including one tailored for Indonesians living overseas, to diversify its bond market, a finance ministry official said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Why did Indonesia fare badly in PISA 2018?
In August last year, The ASEAN Post asked a question: How will Indonesia fare in PISA 2018? Recently, local Indonesian news reports revealed the answer to that question and it was, unfortunately, unsurprising.
— The ASEAN Post

DOTr, PNR unveil new trains from Indonesia
The Philippine National Railways (PNR) unveiled Wednesday two sets of brand new diesel multiple unit (DMU) trains procured from Indonesian firm PT. Industri Kereta Api (Persero) “PT INKA” for P485.31 million.
— ABS-CBN News

Indonesia and Laos Sign MoU on Defense Cooperation
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and his Laotian counterpart Gen. Chansamone Chanyalath signed a memorandum of understanding on a new defense cooperation in Jakarta on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Partial survey of new capital’s site finds flood risk, low quake risk – but no volcanoes
A geological and geophysical survey has discovered that the planned location of Indonesia’s new capital in East Kalimantan has a risk of flooding, with an official pointing to the local topography as contributing to the potential hazard.
— The Jakarta Post

Customs Office Builds Criminal Case Against Disgraced Garuda Directors
The Customs Office says it is collecting evidence to build a criminal case against I Gusti Ngurah Askhara Danadiputra, or Ari Askhara, the former chief executive of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, who was allegedly involved in smuggling a vintage Harley Davidson motorcycle and Brompton bicycles on board an Airbus plane being delivered to Jakarta from its factory in Toulouse, France, in mid-November.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi vows to settle past human rights abuse cases. But which ones?
When President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo first entered office in 2014, activists and families of victims of past rights abuses pinned their hopes on him finally bringing closure to the victims of past cases of human rights violations, as he had promised in his presidential campaign.
— The Jakarta Post

Former President SBY Questions Capital Relocation Budget
Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, commonly known as SBY, said on Wednesday his party and all Indonesian people wanted to know how much money the government would spend to relocate the capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan.
— Jakarta Globe

Susi Pudjiastuti Laments Govt’s Plan on Lobster Seeds Exports
Former maritime affairs and fisheries minister Susi Pudjiastuti lamented the government’s plan to open exports of lobster seeds.

Govt to Fine Platform Having Pornographic Content; Twitter Reacts
Twitter Indonesia has opened up about the brand-new policy that stipulates a fine starting Rp100 billion against Electronic System Providers (PSE) displaying pornographic contents on its platform.

Stock market expected to fare better next year amid strong business confidence
Market players are upbeat that the stock market will fare better in 2020, particularly in the second half of next year, as an omnibus law and relatively stable economic growth are expected to bring positive sentiment to the market.
— The Jakarta Post

UNESCO, Indonesia join hands for disaster risk mapping at Prambanan temple complex
UNESCO has joined hands with Indonesian authorities and experts to launch a pilot project for disaster risk mapping for the Prambanan cultural heritage site and the intangible cultural heritage objects within the temple complex in Sleman, Yogyakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Monas Blast; Police Yet to Question Two Military Personnel
Jakarta Metro Police have not yet examined the two personnel of Indonesian Military (TNI) who were injured due to the explosion in Monas on Tuesday, December 3.

Jakarta comes in 27th out of 34 provinces in Religious Affairs Ministry’s religious harmony ranking
Yet another study has ranked Jakarta among the worst provinces in Indonesia when it comes to religious tolerance or harmony — the verdict, this time, coming from the country’s Religious Affairs Ministry.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jokowi handles human rights better than Soeharto: Minister
Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has acknowledged that human rights violations are still prevalent in Indonesia but has said there is almost no systematic state violence in the current administration.
— The Jakarta Post

Construction of Greater Jakarta’s waste-to-energy plants underway
Waste management problems have long plagued Greater Jakarta, which largely relies on the Bantar Gebang landfill in Bekasi, West Java, as its final dumpsite.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia foils trade in 60kg of crystal meth
Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) thwarted a trans-national drug ring’s attempt to trade 60 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine recently smuggled from Malaysia into Medan, the capital of North Sumatra Province, the agency’s official said.
— Antara News

Yogyakarta’s police probe Balecatur’s Molotov cocktail bomb attack
Police is investigating a Molotov cocktail bomb attack on the house of 52-year-old Ngadilah in Balecatur Village, Gamping Subdistrict, Sleman District, Yogyakarta Province, on early Wednesday.
— Antara News

UN Women praises Gojek on women’s security guarantees
UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, has praised Gojek’s initiative, especially to create safe public spaces for women.
— Antara News

Saving wildlife: Rangers find, dismantle hundreds of traps in conservation areas in Riau
Personnel of the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) have discovered hundreds of traps allegedly set up by poachers around several conservation areas in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI, priests take a stand against religious figures, symbols protection bill
The House of Representatives has included a bill to protect religious figures and symbols in the 2020 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas), drawing swift criticism from religious figures and experts who say such “privilege” is unnecessary.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta won’t increase MRT, LRT, Transjakarta fares, Anies says
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has said fares for MRT Jakarta, LRT Jakarta and Transjakarta buses will remain the same this year despite subsidies being cut from the initial proposal.
— The Jakarta Post

Micro-megasized: Small enterprises to be massed into ‘holding company’ for global scale
The government has prepared a five-year road map to nurture the development of Indonesia’s micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the principal aim of improving their ability to export products.
— The Jakarta Post

People with disabilities hit roadblocks to higher education
Adhi Kusumo Bharoto, 32, studies English literature at the School of Humanities in the state-run University of Indonesia in Depok, West Java, where he needs a colleague to sit beside him and use sign language to explain what the lecturers are saying in class.
— The Jakarta Post

Solar power plants established on three small islands in East Nusa Tenggara
State-owned electricity company PLN has established three solar power plants in Alor regency, East Nusa Tenggara, as part of the company’s commitment to boosting renewable energy in the country while providing basic infrastructure for frontier, outermost and least developed regions.
— The Jakarta Post

Other automakers may be leaving; Mercedes-Benz is launching new SUVs in Indonesia
While several foreign automakers have decided to leave Indonesia, Germany’s Mercedes-Benz plans to continue operating its Indonesian assembly and sales subsidiaries, its local distribution arm has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Bukalapak Eyes Sales Growth in 12.12 Online Shopping Day
Bukalapak president and co-founder Fajrin Rasyin predicted the e-commerce will see a growth of sales during the national online shopping day, which falls on December 12 dubbed 12.12.

Jakarta-Cikampek II elevated toll road ready to roll for holiday season
The longest elevated toll road in the country, Jakarta-Cikampek II, will serve holiday travelers soon.
— The Jakarta Post

Rehabilitation of some dilapidated schools in Jakarta ‘can wait until 2021’
From the outside, the school building looks just fine but looks can be deceiving. One of the first things you notice after stepping into the school is a strong odor and toilet water dripping into classrooms.
— The Jakarta Post

All work, no play: Twelfth-graders study hard to get into state universities
Naufal Mahardika leaves for school at 5:30 a.m. every day to attend classes that start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.
— The Jakarta Post

Your mate for the climate: West Java governor proposes divorcing couples must plant 100 trees
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has a proposal that he believes should help tackle both the issues of climate change and people getting divorced in the province.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Landslide in Langkat, North Sumatra, hinders villagers’ mobility
A landslide disrupted mobility of the residents of 7 Kuta Belki Hamlet in Adin Tengah Village, Salapian Sub-district, Langkat District, North Sumatra Province, on Wednesday, after debris buried a 10-meter-long road section of the village.
— Antara News

Walkers high on reclaimed streets as Pasar Senen street vendors move to new homes
Dedi Wahyudin, a 22-year-old nurse who works at the puskesmas (community health center) in Kemayoran, was enjoying his unimpeded journey on Tuesday along the sidewalks of Pasar Senen Jaya in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

2-month-old baby dies after mother fed her banana, says she didn’t know infants aren’t supposed to be given solid food
A two-month-old baby girl in the Kebon Jeruk sub-district of West Jakarta, identified by her initials AH, has died after reportedly choking on banana in the early hours of Sunday.
— Coconuts (paywall)


Feature photo Benny Wenda

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Human Rights Day, December 10.


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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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