Indonesia morning news for December 26

Indonesia morning news for December 26

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Closes Down Over 1,000 Illegal Streaming Sites
The Indonesian government has blocked 1,130 illegal streaming websites in a major crackdown on video piracy, a minister said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Muslims shaken by Uighur issue: Mahfud MD
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, confirmed highlighting the issue of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang at his closed-door meeting with Chinese Ambassador in Jakarta Xiao Qian on Dec 5, affirming it had shaken Indonesian Muslims.
— Antara News

Indonesia: 98 percent of rivers polluted
Head of Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency Doni Monardo has said that 98 percent of rivers in the country have been polluted, especially in major cities.
— Vietnam Plus

Christmas Joy in Prisons: Over 12,000 Inmates Get Sentence Cuts
The Indonesian government awarded sentence cuts to 12,629 Christian convicts on Christmas Day, with 166 of them being able to walk out of jail on Wednesday thanks to the bonuses.
— Jakarta Globe

Christmas break sees more than 50 die in road accidents
Dozens of road accidents over the Christmas break have left more than 50 people dead since holiday exodus began last week.
— The Jakarta Post

China November Nickel Ore Imports From Indonesia Surge Ahead of Export Ban
China’s monthly nickel ore imports from top miner Indonesia rose to a near 6-year high in November although its overall intake fell, as buyers raced to secure as much material as possible ahead of a ban on Indonesian exports starting in January.
— The New York Times

Jakarta sets to pass 2020 budget despite notes from ministry
Following the Home Ministry’s evaluation of the draft 2020 budget endorsed by the Jakarta administration and Jakarta Council in mid-December, the capital is set to start fresh with an Rp 87.95 trillion (US$6.3 billion) budget next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia still struggles to reduce trade deficit
The government has taken a number of steps, including the issuance of fiscal incentives, to cope with the country’s widening trade deficit, but such measures have yet to bear fruit as the deficit remains.
— The Jakarta Post

EU-Indonesia Trade War: Nickel Ore Ban & Palm Oil Tariffs Disputes Filed in the WTO
When the nickel smelters started springing up in Morowali, a global hub for nickel ore mining, on Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island in around 2013, the local health clinic saw a sharp increase in the number of the town residents with respiratory infections in need of medical treatment.
— EU Bulletin

BNPB highlights several flood-impacted areas based on forecast map
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) drew attention to several areas potentially impacted by flooding in accordance with a forecast map based on the impact of heavy rains on Indonesia.
— Antara News

‘I lost 100 family members’: Aceh tsunami survivors recount tragedy 15 years on
A two-time tsunami survivor, a mosque employee and a former guerrilla fighter told CNA their stories in Aceh, Indonesia.

Police officers assist elderly, disabled at St Joseph Church
Police officers stationed at the Church of Saint Joseph in Matraman, Jakarta, offered assistance to an elderly congregation and the disabled partaking in the 2019 Christmas Mass on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi scheduled to attend national Christmas celebration in West Java
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is expected to be present alongside the congregation during the national Christmas celebrations planned at the Sentul International Convention Center (SICC), Bogor District, West Java Province, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia: 91 strategic national projects completed
Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs on December 23 announced a list of 91 out of a total 223 strategic national projects that have been completed in 2019.
— Vietnam Plus

Weakened opposition leads to democratic regression, says experts
Political experts have warned against the consequences of having a weakened opposition after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo invited opposition leader Prabowo Subianto to join his administration.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s transmigration program moves more people outside Java, but they remain poor
The government has reintroduced a decades-old transmigration program with several new objectives that are expected to redistribute welfare from growth centers in Java to outside Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians grapple with a cobra invasion
Hundreds of people living in a housing complex 35 kilometres to the south of the Indonesian capital have been forced to learn safe snake-handling techniques to cope with an unprecedented reptile invasion.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Police gun down suspected drug dealer in Medan
North Sumatra Police’s antidrug squad personnel shot dead a drug dealer, identified by his initials as SU, during a drug raid in Lubukpakam, Deli Serdang District, North Sumatra, on Dec 22, a police officer stated.
— Antara News

Muslim World League secretary general to visit Indonesia: MPR
Secretary General of the Muslim World League or Rabithah Al Alam Al Islami Sheikh Dr Mohammad Alissa plans to visit Indonesia in February 2020 to deliver a speech to leaders of several Islamic organizations.
— Antara News

Death toll climbs to 28 in Pagaralam’s Sriwijaya bus accident
Search and rescue workers will continue to conduct their search and evacuation operations on Wednesday morning, as death toll in the Sriwijaya Bus accident rose, from 24 to 28, Tuesday, at 8 p.m. local time.
— Antara News

Minister lauds smooth flow of cars at Merak, Bakauheni Ports
Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono lauded the smooth flow of cars transported aboard ferries at Merak Port in Banten Province and Bakauheni Port in Lampung Province during Christmas and New Year holiday season.
— Antara News

Activists warn of steady increase in violence against women
Twenty-five years after Indonesia adopted the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPFA) agendas on women’s empowerment, sexual violence has remained rampant in the country, with data showing a steady increase in reported cases.
— The Jakarta Post

Muhammadiyah University aims to break eclipse observation records
The North Sumatra Muhammadiyah University (UMSU) in Medan aims to break two Indonesian Museum of Records (MURI) records during the observation of an annular solar eclipse predicted to occur on Thursday – which will be the final solar eclipse of the decade.
— The Jakarta Post

Uneven Fight: Lamborghini Driver Points Gun at Walking Students
A Lamborghini driver was detained after he opened fire and threatened two high school students using his gun in a Jakarta road rage, police said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Christians in Jambi prepare for Christmas outside sealed churches
In stark contrast to the pervading sense of gleeful anticipation of Christmas on Wednesday in many parts of the country, Christians in Jambi city, Jambi, still struggle to find joy on the eve of the holy day since the authorities sealed a number of local churches in the city.
— The Jakarta Post

Commuter train service operates normally during Christmas holidays
Commuter train service (KRL) continued to operate normally during the Christmas holidays, according to commuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI).
— Antara News

Christmas becomes annual reflection: Luhut
Christmas provides us with the moment to reflect on what has transpired in the past year, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has said.
— Antara News

Acting Aceh governor ensures Christmas celebrations to run peacefully
Acting Aceh Governor Nova Iriansyah made assurance that Christmas celebrations across Aceh Province will run in a peaceful and tranquil manner.
— Antara News

Minister Plate wishes Indonesia peace and harmony on Christmas
Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate is upbeat about peaceful and harmonious Christmas celebrations for the entire nation.
— Antara News

Eight thousand devout to attend Christmas Mass at Jakarta Cathedral
Some eight thousand people are projected to attend the Christmas Mass at the Jakarta Cathedral on Wednesday (Dec 25), Jakarta Archdiocese spokesman Susyana Suwadie stated.
— Antara News

Mass wedding, music performances: Jakarta goes all out to ring in 2020
As the capital city of Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Jakarta wants to go big to end this decade as the city administration has laid out plans for a range of festivities to entertain residents to ring in the New Year.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Archdiocese Bishop underscores importance of friendship
Bishop of the Jakarta Archdiocese, Cardinal Suharyo, believes that the message of “living as friends to everyone” aims to thwart the rise in hatred stemming from a depleting sense of togetherness among Indonesians.
— Antara News

Merry Christmas: Interfaith tolerance colors joyful celebration in Indonesia’s regions
Despite reports that Christians in some regions faced problems as they were due to celebrate Christmas, religious groups and communities in many regions have proven that interfaith tolerance is still the norm in the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the anniversary of the 2004 Asean Tsunami, December 26.


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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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