Indonesia morning news for December 23

Indonesia morning news for December 23

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Provides Rp 7.5b to Support Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees
The Indonesian government has agreed to provide Rp 7.5 billion ($536,000) in grant to help the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar.
— Jakarta Globe

BI to cut rate by 50 bps in 2020: Fitch Solutions
Bank Indonesia (BI) will further slash the nation’s benchmark interest rate by 50 basis points (bps) in 2020 to stoke economic growth amid weak domestic demand that had been dragged down by a slowdown in investment, according to projections by Fitch Solutions Macro Research.
— The Jakarta Post

Government may save $1.2 billlion foreign exchange from TPPI refinary
The Indonesian government has set itself the target of saving up to US$1.2 billion in foreign exchange per year after its stake in PT Trans-Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) rose to 80 percent based on an agreement signed on Friday (Dec 20, 2019).
— Antara News

Activists warn about impact of new capital development on orangutans
The plan to move Indonesia’s capital city to Kalimantan island will take a toll on the population of critically endangered wild orangutans living on the island, environmental activists warn.
— The Jakarta Post

Two Indonesian Hostages Rescued in Philippines, Another Remains at Large
Two Indonesian hostages held by a militant group in the Philippines were rescued alive on Sunday morning after 90 days in captivity, following a military operation that left one soldier dead, the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry said.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Puts High Hope on Tuban Refinery Revival to Cut Indonesia’s Petrochemical Imports
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has put high hope on a soon-revived petrochemical refinery in East Java to slash the country’s costly refined petroleum imports by more than a third in three years.
— Jakarta Globe

Extinction Rebellion Indonesia urges govt to declare climate emergency
Reinaldi Yusuf, 24, has personally seen the negative impacts of climate change, such as rice crop failures in Pelabuhan Ratu in Sukabumi, West Java, and rising sea levels that frequently inundate homes along Bahagia Beach in Bekasi, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

African swine fever: North Sumatra spends Rp 5 billion to bury thousands of dead pigs
North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi said the government had allocated Rp 5 billion (US$357,938) to bury thousands of pigs that had died of African swine fever (ASF) and contain the spread of the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Lawyers at Indonesian palm oil agency up to bat against EU
Indonesia’s palm oil fund agency has used up Rp 37.7 billion (US$2.7 million) in “promotions” this year, which includes paychecks for advocates, amid the country’s lawsuit against the European Union at the World Trade Organization.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau’s flash floods, landslide claim six lives
Six people died as flash floods and a landslide hit certain areas in Riau Province, Riau Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BPBD’s) Acting Head Edwar Sanger stated at a meeting in Pekanbaru, Riau’s capital, on Friday.
— Antara News

BI, OJK, LPS implement integrated bank sector reporting
Bank Indonesia (BI), the Indonesian Financial Services Authority (OJK), and Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) agreed to integrate banking sector reporting through a portal mechanism known as Pelaporan.id, commencing from December 31, 2019.
— Antara News

Customs increase supervision over imported goods onslaught: Minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati urged customs authorities to heighten supervision on the onslaught of illegal imported goods, especially in the run-up to the New Year’s Eve celebrations, in order to shield the national economy.
— Antara News

Densus 88 arrests two terror suspects in Tanah Datar
The National Police’s Counterterrorism Squad Densus 88 arrested two suspected terrorists in Baringin Village, Lima Kaum Sub-district, Tanah Datar District, West Sumatra Province, on Friday night, a police spokesman stated.
— Antara News

Almost 35 percent informal sector workers have no health insurance
Almost 35 percent of the 1,800 household heads employed in the informal sector in Indonesia’s six provinces have no health insurance, according to the result of a research by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).
— Antara News

KL Summit should act firmly against China over Uighur: MUI
Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) Secretary General Anwar Abbas urged the ongoing Kuala Lumpur (KL) Summit to take a firm, stern stance against China to optimally fight the repression of the Uighur ethnic group in Xinjiang.
— Antara News

Miracle survivor on mission to help close gaps in tsunami warning system
Arif Munandar had been pronounced dead before he woke up in a body bag four days after a monstrous wave swept his village in Indonesia’s northern Aceh province 15 years ago.
— Reuters

Indonesia’s economy relatively stable amid global recession: Indef
Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) Program Director Esther Sri Astuti said the Indonesian economy was relatively stable amid the potential for global recession.
— Antara News

Bootlegged: Indonesians love to stream movies illegally, survey says
Amid the boom of online entertainment streaming services, the majority of online consumers in Indonesia favor watching movies for free through illegal websites, in which streaming site indoXXI has become a popular option, according to a recent survey.
— The Jakarta Post

Taiwan to build modern fishing vessels in Indonesia
Taiwan’s Chien Fu Shipbuilding Co, is ready to build modern high-tech fishing vessels made of fiber reinforced plastics (FRP) in Indonesia in cooperation with two national companies.
— Antara News

Large-scale businesses still dominate Indonesia’s exports: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) conceded to the fact that large-scale companies continue to play a dominant role in Indonesia’s exports.
— Antara News

New KPK Boss Not Interested in ‘Noisy Graft Busts’
Newly-appointed Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Firli Bahuri said he was not interested in making a big fuss over the commission’s graft busts and that he would rather take preventive measures involving all elements of the society.
— Jakarta Globe

Year ends but mental health awareness continues
Shortness of breath, disrupted vision, trembling, and a rapid heart rate are among the most common physical manifestations of irrational fear at its peak.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Australia, Portugal to develop Timor Leste’s web domain
The Internet domain name registry bodies of Indonesia, Australia, and Portugal will develop “.tl”, the country-code top level web domain of Timor Leste, the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Name Association (APTLD) said a statement received here on Sunday.
— Antara News

Indonesia grows muscles as arms manufacturer
While modernizing its weaponry system, the country’s defense industry has become a competitive producer of weapons and military vehicles, as seen in the surge of exports.
— The Jakarta Post

A suspected drug dealer shot dead: Jakarta police
A Jakarta Metropolitan policeman shot dead a suspected drug dealer who attacked him and attempted to forcibly take his gun in a recent drug raid operation, a police officer revealed here on Sunday.
— Antara News

Minister prompts Freeport Indonesia to recruit more local staff
Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Arifin Tasrif has urged the gold copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia to recruit more local workers from Papua as part of human capital empowerment in the province.
— Antara News

Hearings over historic air pollution lawsuit continues after failed mediation
The Central Jakarta District Court held on Thursday another hearing over a historic civil lawsuit on air pollution, filed by civilians grouped under Tim Advokasi Gerakan Ibukota (Jakarta Advocacy Movement Team) to fight for better air quality in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

River cleanup met with mixed reaction as scavengers lose source of income
People living in a number of areas of Tangerang regency, Banten might be breathing a little easier, as the local administration has helped clear the Cisadane River of piles of trash.
— The Jakarta Post

Study highlights vulnerability of Salafi ‘pesantren’ to radicalism
As a Muslim majority country, Indonesia is home to more than 28,000 pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), which have produced many bright thinkers, politicians and even a president.
— The Jakarta Post

Azis installs Insp. Gen. Gatot Eddy as vice police chief
Chief of the National Police General Idham Azis appointed Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Inspector General Gatot Eddy Pramono as vice police chief to replace Commissioner General Ari Dono, who is due to retire.
— Antara News

Police clear rumors of Christmas services banned in West Sumatra
Indonesia’s National Police denied information, spread across social media platforms, claiming that Christian communities in the districts of Sijunjung and Dharmasraya in West Sumatra Province were not allowed to perform Christmas services.
— Antara News

Bengkulu residents give four turtle carrions to governor
Several residents of Teluk Sepang, Bengkulu, Friday came to the governor’s office to hand over four turtle carrions found at Teluk Sepang Beach.
— Antara News

TNI HQ confirms no additional deployment of troops in Papua
The National Defense Forces (TNI) Headquarters does not intend to dispatch additional troops to Papua Province after an exchange of fire with the armed criminal group on Tuesday (Dec 17) that killed its two soldiers.
— Antara News

Tough Veteran Judges Among Members of KPK’s Maiden Oversight Body
The first-ever oversight body of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, was inaugurated on Friday, with two veteran judges known for their courtroom firmness and courage named members along with legal experts and a former KPK chairman.
— Jakarta Globe

Capital city relocation to drive progress in work culture: president
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) gave directions pertaining to the relocation of the capital city to East Kalimantan aimed at boosting progress in work culture in Indonesia.
— Antara News

2019 marks new era in Indonesian transportation system
The year 2019 has been marked by important milestones in the modernization of the country’s railway transportation system with the inauguration of the first ever rail-based mass rapid transportation system and the development of the first high-speed train.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi witnesses oath-taking of members of KPK’s supervisory council
Five selected members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Supervisory Council took their oaths of office before President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here on Friday amid widespread corruption that still poses a grave challenge for Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia pilots high-speed internet in East Nusa Tenggara
Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate on Friday visited public facilities that have been equipped with high-speed internet in three regencies in East Nusa Tenggara.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia taps into online courses to upskill workforce
The government is planning to develop more online vocational courses in an effort to boost the competency of Indonesian workers, particularly those living in rural areas.
— The Jakarta Post

Government awards Mental Revolution Medals to some institutions
The Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture has awarded Mental Revolution Medals to several institutions and regional governments in recognition of their efforts to make changes through the National Mental Revolution Movement.
— Antara News

President Jokowi departs for East Java to visit petrochemical plant
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) left Jakarta for Surabaya on Saturday morning to conduct a working visit to observe the PT Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama (TPPI) Plant in Kedu Sub-district, East Java.
— Antara News

President Jokowi opens UMKM Export BRIlianpreneur 2019 in Jakarta
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) opened the Micro, Small, and Medium Businesses (UMKM) Export BRIlianpreneur 2019 at the Senayan Convention Hall in Jakarta on Friday.
— Antara News

Tesla Cybertruck infamous for breakable ‘armor glass’ coming to Indonesia in 2022: dealer
Oh my f—ing God, the Tesla Cybertruck, arguably the hottest automobile in the world right now (for better or worse), is coming to Indonesia in 2022.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Police to Announce Result of Novel Baswedan Case at Year’s End
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Argo Yuwono said that the Police will announce findings related to the attack against senior investigator of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Novel Baswedan at the end of this year.
— Tempo.co

Viral flag bearer stands trial, court’s website hacked
Dede Luthfi Alfiandi, 20, whose photo clutching an Indonesian flag to his face has become an emblem of September’s student protests over controversial bills in the House of Representatives, is currently standing trial at the Central Jakarta District Court.
— The Jakarta Post

Seven people killed after a train hits their car in Cibitung: police
The Agro Parahyangan passenger train hit a van that was crossing a railway at Bosih Road in Wanasari Village, Cibitung Subdistrict, Bekasi District, West Java Province, on Saturday evening, killing seven people inside the car.
— Antara News

Indonesia’ superhero movie Gundala to be screened in Kuala Lumpur
Indonesia’s superhero movie Gundala will be out at theaters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on December 26, the film director, Joko Anwar, said here on Sunday.
— Antara News

Rapid development in Depok takes heavy toll on green space
Depok, West Java, has seen its green spaces shrink over the past years due to the city’s rapid development.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia launches new route connecting Ambon, Denpasar
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia began its new direct flight connecting Denpasar in Bali to Ambon, the capital of Maluku Province, on Sunday in an effort to increase tourist arrivals to Maluku’s islands, an official said.
— Antara News

City prepares new collection to revive Maritime Museum in 2020 after fire
A group of enthusiastic tourists visited the Maritime Museum on Jl. Pasarikan, North Jakarta, recently to learn about the grand history of Indonesia’s maritime activities.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura II opens Christmas-New Year’s posts
PT Angkasa Pura II in Tjilik Riwut Airport, Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, has prepared a post to ensure smooth operations during the Christmas and 2020 New Year’s holiday transportation period.
— Antara News

Bandung’s evicted residents keep fighting despite defeats. Here’s why.
The Bandung Administrative Court in West Java has ruled in favor of the Bandung administration in a land-dispute case in community unit (RW) 11 in Taman Sari subdistrict, days after the administration forcefully evicted residents who had resisted an order to vacate the land they had called home for decades.
— The Jakarta Post

Big bucks fly away: Passenger loses bird worth Rp 150 m on Garuda Indonesia flight
A passenger of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Rendy Lesmana, said he lost a bird worth Rp 150 million (US$10,718) on his flight from Jakarta to Pontianak in West Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslim-Buddhist Dialogue in Jakarta Offers Strategies to Improve Interreligious Relations
A workshop was held in Jakarta this week to find a way to ease tension and solve conflicts between Muslim and Buddhist communities in South and Southeast Asia, attended by experts and Muslims and Buddhists from five countries in the regions.
— Jakarta Globe

MRT Jakarta Targets 24mn Passengers Until Year End
Transportation company Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta (MRT Jakarta) targetted it could reach 23-24 million passengers until the end of 2019.
— Tempo.co

Christmas; 50,000 Vehicles Leave Jakarta via Elevated Toll
State toll road operator Jasa Marga recorded that more than 50,000 vehicles have passed Jakarta-Cikampek elevated toll road at D-5 (December 20) of the Christmas holiday.
— Tempo.co

Traveling by train popular among Christmas holiday makers: minister
Traveling by train to cities in Java Island remains popular among Indonesians who are keen to celebrate this year’s Christmas and New Year holiday season, according to Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi.
— Antara News

Go digital: East Nusa Tenggara develops apps to sell tourism packages, local products
The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) provincial administration is determined to boost the local tourism industry as it is now in the process of developing digital platforms aiming to bolster efforts to promote tourism.
— The Jakarta Post

Locals seek inclusion in Likupang development
It did not take a long for people living in Likupang in North Minahasa, North Sulawesi, to learn the news about the government’s plan to make their home a popular tourist destination.
— The Jakarta Post

Preachers call on men’s involvement in reducing maternal, infant mortality
One Sunday morning, preacher Tri Prasetyaningsih shared a rather depressing story about mothers with the congregation of the Indonesian Christian Church in Klaten, Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Don’t let it ‘undermine our faith’: Church group says of Netflix ‘gay Jesus’ film
A new Portuguese-language Netflix comedy The First Temptation of Christ has made world headlines after sparking controversy and anger for depicting Jesus Christ as a gay man.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian woman arrested after she allegedly stomped her husband in the crotch until he fainted
Police in the Indonesian regency of Probolinggo, East Java arrested a woman on suspicion of domestic violence, which allegedly involved her inflicting physical damage to her husband where it really hurt.
— Coconuts (paywall)

 

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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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