Indonesia morning news for December 20

Indonesia morning news for December 20

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s economic growth projected at 5.14 percent in 2020
Chief economist of state lender Bank Mandiri Andry Asmoro has estimated the national economy to grow by 5.14 percent in 2020, spurred by consumption and investment.
— Antara News

In 2019, Indonesian textile producers lose battle on home turf
It is hard to imagine a year being any worse for the textile industry than 2019, a year in which the country’s garment and textile producers lost the battle for their home turf to an influx of cheap imports.
— The Jakarta Post

Trump’s impeachment and ripple may effect on Indonesia’s economy
US President Donald Trump’s impeachment may impact Indonesia’s economy, thereby eliciting the finance ministry’s continued vigilance to the outcome of the upcoming US Senate-launched trial in early January 2020, Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated.
— Antara News

JAD extends its territory to Papua: Police
Alleged terrorists of the radical group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) arrested recently in Papua averred that the group had expanded its territory to Papua, spokesman of the Indonesian Police Senior Commissioner Asep Adi Saputra stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia needs to improve education, create jobs for youth: UNFPA executive director
November marked the 25th anniversary of the first global platform for population and development: the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) in Nairobi, Kenya.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian City Faces Ban on Dog Meat
The tented business next to the Tirtonadi Bus Terminal blends in with nearby food stalls selling local favorites.
— VOA News

AGO Launches Criminal Inquiry Into Jiwasraya
The Attorney General Office is opening an inquiry into a possible corruption case at Asuransi Jiwasraya that has led Indonesia’s largest state-controlled insurance company into the brink of bankruptcy.
— Jakarta Globe

West Jakarta Cleans Up 65 Tons of Trash After Heavy Rain
Following the intense rainfall over Jakarta, the city administration’s sanitation unit (UPK) managed to clean up a total of 65.66 tons of trash from the city’s rivers in West Jakarta alone.

1 Police in Yahukimo, Papua, Dies After Attacked by Locals
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) spokesman Brig. Gen. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono announced the death of one police member who had been beaten on Wednesday by a group of local residents in Yahukimo, Papua.

Jokowi Pays Lip Service to Perpu KPK, ICW Says
A researcher from Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), Kurnia Ramadhana, opined that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo did not live up to his word regarding the regulation in lieu of law or Perpu on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Trains made by Indonesian state firm to serve commuters in Philippines
A Philippine state railway company has launched two trains made by Indonesian state-owned train manufacturer Industri Kereta Api (Inka) to serve customers in Makati city, the financial hub of metropolitan Manila.
— The Jakarta Post

Journalist allegedly assaulted over empty seat on TransJakarta bus
A Jakarta man was allegedly assaulted on board a TransJakarta bus yesterday in an incident that has attracted significant public outrage due to what reportedly triggered the assault.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Indonesia Marred by 26 Social Conflicts, Says Police HQ
Head of the Indonesian National Police (Polri) security maintenance agency (Kabarhakam) Inspector General Agus Andrianto said the country was tainted by 26 cases of horizontal and vertical social conflicts from January to July.

Pupuk Indonesia prepares 1.47M tons of subsidized fertilizer
State-run fertilizer company PT Pupuk Indonesia (Persero) had prepared 1.47 million tons of subsidized fertilizer for distribution until December 16.
— Antara News

Pertamina’s Foreign Oil Fields Produce 100,000 BOPD
State-run oil company Pertamina’s global operations managed to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day, as the hunt for new fields coninues to boost the production to 350,000 BOPD by 2026, an executive said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Social approach needed to settle Papua conflict: Kalla
The government should focus on social approach in resolving the conflict in Papua, former Vice President Jusuf Kalla believes.
— Antara News

Jokowi reviews border road construction aboard custom motorcycle
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) observed the progress in road construction in the border area of Indonesia and Malaysia in Krayan Sub-district, Nunukan District, North Kalimantan, on Thursday aboard a custom chopper-styled Kawasaki W175 motorcycle.
— Antara News

East Java police destroy 28 kg of crystal meth
The East Java Police, on Thursday, destroyed 28 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, or popularly known as sabu-sabu, recently confiscated in drug raid operations that the policemen conducted in six places around the province.
— Antara News

Indonesia lures Sumitomo to its geothermal power sources
Sumitomo Corp. has joined geothermal power projects in Indonesia designed to eventually generate 400 megawatts worth of electricity, a small step toward the trading house’s long-range goal of deriving 30% of its total power output capacity from renewable sources.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Consumer goods stocks worst performers in 2019
Many share prices on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) declined this year, but consumer goods stocks suffered the most and became the worst performers.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia reaffirms pledge to ensure better global refugee governance
The Government of Indonesia, at the Global Forum on Refugees hearing in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday (Dec 17), reaffirmed its commitment to tackling the refugee problem and ensuring better governance of global refugees.
— Antara News

Indonesia Lets Plastic Burning Continue Despite Warning on Toxins
The Indonesian government pushed back on an international study that found high levels of dioxin in a village where plastic is burned to produce tofu.
— The New York Times

Singapore-based RedDoorz in talks with Indonesian government for property management deal
Indonesia is exploring a potential deal with Singapore-based hotel and booking start-up RedDoorz and India’s Oyo to manage some state-owned properties in a bid to improve returns, a government spokesman said.

BI holds rate at 5% as loan growth slows to three-year low
Bank Indonesia (BI) held the nation’s benchmark interest rate steady at 5 percent on Thursday after cutting the policy rate by a total of 100 basis points (bps) in the second half of this year to fuel economic expansion.
— The Jakarta Post

Digital economy reaches new highs in 2019 despite skills gap, cyberattack issues
Indonesia’s burgeoning digital economy continues to reach new heights this year, largely driven by ride-hailing and e-commerce industries, despite several problems including a lack of skilled workers and cyberattacks that could hamper future growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab Indonesia to bring electric vehicles to Greater Jakarta in January
Ride-hailing company Grab Indonesia will introduce electric vehicles (EVs) to Greater Jakarta in January next year as part of a trial service in partnership with local and foreign vehicle manufacturers.
— The Jakarta Post

Waskita Toll Road sells stakes in highway segments to Hong Kong investor
After 10 months of negotiation, PT Waskita Toll Road has agreed to sell its 40 percent stakes in two segments of the Trans-Java toll road to Kings Key Limited of Hong Kong for Rp 2.5 trillion (US$178 million).
— The Jakarta Post

BRI’s Export Exhibition to Push More Indonesian SMEs Into International Market
Bank Rakyat Indonesia, the country’s largest lender by assets, will hold an exhibition intended to help local small businesses find more foreign buyers at the Jakarta Convention Center from Friday to Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Said Didu Advises Ahok to Collect Govt Debt to Sri Mulyani
Said Didu, former secretary of the ministry of state-owned enterprises, opined that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok has quite heavy tasks as chief commissioner of Pertamina, such as demanding the repayment of state debt to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani.

Lobster Seeds Export; Edhy Prabowo Says He is Ready to be Sunk
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said the polemic against the plan on the export of lobster seeds will not stop him, moreover if the ongoing study shows that it is beneficial for the people.

Jasa Marga Clarifies 13 Tire Blowout Cases at Elevated Toll Road
Toll road operator Jasa Marga denied that 13 cases of broken tires at Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road were caused by damaged road construction, especially by rough expansion joints.

Joy to the capital: Jakarta Provincial Government holds Christmas carols on Jalan Sudirman & MH Thamrin
For all the annual news about certain groups bent on canceling Christmas, the Jakarta Provincial Government has filled our hearts with joy by holding Christmas carols on the city’s busiest commercial thoroughfare.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jokowi says new word ‘soon’ on Novel case. Yet another promise, say critics
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is facing severe criticism for his failure to set a deadline for the National Police to conclude its investigation on the 2017 acid attack against top Corruption Eradication Commision (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.
— The Jakarta Post

Cobras slither into homes during this year’s rainy season
The rainy season has arrived, a time know for flooding and mosquito-borne diseases, but this year, a newcomer has slithered onto the list of seasonal hazards.
— The Jakarta Post

House Urges Govt to Seriously Eradicate Papuan Armed Groups
House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I member, Sukamta, officially requests the central government to eradicate armed groups in Papua following a shootout that broke between armed forces (TNI) army with a Papuan armed group on Tuesday, December 17.

Sangihe Islands police destroy 21 firearms
The Police in Sangihe Islands in North Sulawesi Province along with the relevant agencies destroyed tens of firearms of different types.
— Antara News

SKK Migas targets one million bpd oil production in 2031
The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas) has outlined a target to boost Indonesia’s oil production to nearly one million barrels per day (bpd) in 2031.
— Antara News

Subianto visits deputy chief of China’s Central Military Commission
Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto concluded his four-day working visit to China by paying a courtesy call on Deputy Chief of China’s Central Military Commission (CMC) General Xu Qiliang on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia encourages Muslim unity at Kuala Lumpur Summit
The Indonesian government encouraged the unity and cohesion of Muslim communities across the world at the Kuala Lumpur (KL) Summit 2019.
— Antara News

SOE Ministry obtains report on possible embezzling of CSR funds at Garuda Indonesia
Fresh off the controversy surrounding the smuggling of high-end contraband earlier this month, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia may find itself in hot water once again as the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry has received a report accusing the airline of embezzling its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds.
— Intellasia

Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway on track as first box girder erected
Chinese construction firm China Railway Group Limited erected the first box girder of the elevated section of the high-speed railway project connecting Jakarta and Bandung, West Java, on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

North Sumatrans demand ownership of former PTPN II land
Thousands of hectares of land formerly leased to a state-owned plantation company in North Sumatra have become the center of a dispute as authorities have decided to provide the land to other government institutions rather than offer it to residents who have lived in the area for decades.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT Jakarta Claims Underground Stations at Low-risk of Flooding
Corporate secretary of PT Mass Rapid Transit or MRT Jakarta, Muhammad Kamaluddin, said his side had anticipated flooding during the construction project of its underground stations.

Start them early: Renewable energy group visits schools, villages to raise awareness
With global warming disrupting the earth’s ecosystem and the world warming more quickly than expected, stakeholders are upping their game to campaign for the adoption of renewable energy to replace dirty power.
— The Jakarta Post

Jasa Marga makes toll road ‘sing’ to curb traffic accidents ahead of holidays
As part of its effort to curb traffic accidents ahead of the Christmas and New Year holidays, state-owned toll road operator PT Jasa Marga Ngawi Kertosono Kediri (JNK) has installed rather unusual pieces of equipment along the sides of a toll road connecting Madiun in Central Java to Surabaya in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Tarumanagara University joins hands with GoPay to introduce QRIS payment on campus
Tarumanagara University (Untar) in West Jakarta announced on Thursday its newly signed partnership with GoPay for the implementation of a QRIS-based integrated payment system within the campus area, claiming itself to be the first university in Indonesia to apply such a system.
— The Jakarta Post

Written in the stars: Native Nias names ‘Dofida’, ‘Noifasui’ chosen for planetary system
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an exoplanet and its host star in the Centaurus constellation “Noifasui” and “Dofida”, respectively.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Arabic Language Day, December 18.


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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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