Indonesia morning news for December 31

Indonesia morning news for December 31

Indonesia morning newsManufacturing decline in 2019 raises concerns about deindustrialization, Industry 4.0
Two issues have been central to the Indonesian manufacturing industry throughout 2019; the sector’s growth continuing to stagnate and the digitalization of industries posing both new threats and opportunities.
— The Jakarta Post

Hunted for its meat, 213-kg leatherback turtle slaughtered in North Sumatra
An endangered giant leatherback turtle was found slaughtered in Sosorgadong district, Central Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Ex-Garuda CEO Emirsyah Satar Charged with Receiving Rp46bn Bribe
Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) Public Prosecutor charged former CEO of Garuda Indonesia Emirsyah Satar with bribery worth Rp46 billion from PT Mukti Rekso Abadi founder Soetikno Soedarjo.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta to go for stricter enforcement as it fails to meet tax target
The Jakarta administration has blamed the country’s sluggish economy for its failure to meet its tax revenue target this year and will impose stricter law enforcement measures to improve collection next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to offer more PPP projects to investors
The government is set to offer more projects to private businesses through the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme after awarding a PPP project to Singaporean companies recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Tiger Attack; Sumatra BKSDA Takes Action, Calls for No Hunting
The South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) promised to capture the tiger believed to be behind the tiger attack in Muara Enim that allegedly killed a local resident on Friday night of December 27.
— Tempo.co

Rupiah exchange rate strengthens by four points before year-end
The rupiah was quoted at Rp13,948 per US dollar, up 0.3 percent, or strengthening by four points, from Rp13,952 earlier in the Jakarta Interbank market on Monday morning, a day before the year-end holidays.
— Antara News

In Indonesia, Outlaw Gold Miners Poison Themselves to Survive
One large mining company is trying to shut illegal operations, which use mercury.
— The New York Times

Indonesian soldier in Papua loses life in shoot-out
Several Indonesian soldiers engaged in a gunfight with an armed Papuan group’s members in the Kaliasin area, Keerom District, Papua Province, on Monday, led to an Indonesian army soldier being killed, a military spokesman stated.
— Antara News

Govt Says Draft on Personal Data Security Completed
Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) Minister Johnny G. Plate announced that the Draft Bill (RUU) on personal data protection has been completed and is set to be handed to the House of Representatives (DPR).
— Tempo.co

Workers wrestle with Labor Law, skills gap, automation
As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo focuses his administration’s agenda on human resources and talent development, issues that are presenting themselves as major challenges are the 2003 Labor Law revision, shortage of skilled workers and the rise of automated jobs.
— The Jakarta Post

PTDI introduces PUNA MALE drone to combat territorial threats
State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) introduced the Medium-Altitude Long-Endurance drone (PUNA MALE) model to counter territorial threats, including smuggling, piracy, terrorism, and natural resource theft.
— Antara news

Anak Krakatau erupts, spewing out 200-meter-high column of ash
Active volcano Anak Krakatau (Child of Krakatau) in Lampung has erupted once again, spewing out a 200-meter-high column of ash and smoke that alarmed local residents in the early hours of Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG to expedite earthquake detection by 30 seconds in 2020
Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) will expedite early earthquake detection system by 30 seconds in 2020 for speedier early warning receipt, Chairwoman Dwikorita Karnawati stated at the disaster outlook for 2020 launch here on Monday.
— Antara News

AGO Senses Graft Scandal Inside Jiwasraya, as the House Gunning For PwC
The Attorney General’s Office began on Monday the questionings on witnesses and potential suspects of foul play in troubled life insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya, while the House of Representatives sought to open inquiry on the insurer’s auditors, which include global accounting firm PricewaterhouseCooper.
— Jakarta Globe

Police, military hunt armed group on Indonesia-PNG border
A joint task force of Papua Police and military launched a manhunt for an armed Papuan group at the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, Keerom District, Papua Province, Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Pol. Paulus Waterpauw stated.
— Antara News

Sinar Mas-Backed Venture Capital EV Growth Closes $250m Funding Round
Singapore-based venture capital EV Growth has closed a $250 million funding round that also involved Singapore’s sovereign fund Temasek and several unnamed Asian conglomerates, exceeding its $150 million initial target, the company said in a statement on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt prepares independent safe telecommunication network: Minister
Minister of Communication and Informatics, Johnny G Plate, said the government is working on a safe and independent sustainable telecommunication network.
— Antara News

IHSG sinks slightly by 0.18 points on Monday
The Indonesia composite share price index (IHSG) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (BEI) sank slightly by 0.18 points to 6,329.14 at opening here Monday or a day before the year-end holidays.
— Antara news

Flash flood destroys bridge, isolates villages in South Sumatra
A flash flood triggered by the overflowing Mulak River in Lahat regency, South Sumatra destroyed a bridge connecting two regencies in the province on Monday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Civil servant who allegedly crashed into seven cyclists on Jl. Sudirman tests positive for drugs
A civil servant who allegedly hit seven cyclists with his car on Saturday morning on Jl. Sudirman, South Jakarta was tested positive for drugs and has been named a suspect, a police official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

BI shifts to dovish monetary policy in 2019 to stoke growth
Bank Indonesia (BI) eased its policy gears in 2019 to fuel domestic growth amid a more stable rupiah, benign inflation and the United States Federal Reserve’s dovish monetary policy, which have provided breathing space for the central bank to cut its benchmark interest rate.
— The Jakarta Post

Digital payments boost financial inclusion in 2019
Digital payment platforms helped boost financial inclusion in 2019 by giving more Indonesians access to financial services despite being criticized for unsustainable “burning money” business practices.
— The Jakarta Post

E-commerce dominates in 2019 with Tokopedia topping the list
Indonesia’s e-commerce is spearheading the growth of the country’s burgeoning digital economy in 2019, although the government’s recent decision to lower the tax threshold for imported goods sold via e-commerce might slow the growth next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Rocker Ahmad Dhani Released From Jail, Picked Up by Legislator Wife
Feisty rocker-cum-musician Ahmad Dhani was freed from Cipinang Prison in East Jakarta on Monday after completing a one-year jail term for hate speech.
— Jakarta Globe

President Jokowi boards bike to visit Semarang’s Old Town
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) boarded a bike to visit the revitalization project of Semarang, Central Java’s Old Town, implemented to promote tourism in the area.
— Antara news

More Indonesian women in labor market, fewer in politics: Gender Gap Report
Indonesia is closing in on its overall gender gap, according to the 2020 Global Gender Gap Index.
— The Jakarta Post

5 Oddities Surrounding the Arrest of Novel Baswedan’s Attackers
The Jakarta Metro Jaya Police has named two suspects in the attack on the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator, Novel Baswedan.
— Tempo.co

No respite for Jakarta as city faces surge of year-end revelers
Schoolchildren are on their semester break, office workers are taking a leave and families are going on trips to explore the city.
— The Jakarta Post

In memory of Gus Dur, family, followers call for peaceful Islam and tolerance
On the 10th commemoration of the passing of former president and prominent Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) cleric Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, family and followers have called on people to follow the path of the cleric, who in his lifetime promoted tolerance and peaceful teaching of Islam.
— The Jakarta Post

200 Satpol PP personnel to provide security on Thamrin-Sudirman strip
Some 200 Central Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) personnel will be stationed along Jenderal Sudirman-MH Thamrin strip during New Year’s Eve event organized by the DKI Jakarta provincial government at the Hotel Indonesia Roundabout.
— Antara News

Semarang’s Old Town to be replete with tourism, creative programs
Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono confirmed that the newly restructured Old Town area of Semarang, Central Java, will be brimming with programs from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy.
— Antara News

Jakarta’s Museum MACAN unveils four main exhibitions in 2020
Privately-owned Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (MACAN), Jakarta, unveiled four key exhibitions in 2020 to showcase the works of internationally-revered contemporary artists, including Melati Suryodarmo, Julian Rosefeldt, Agus Suwage, and Chiharu Shiota.
— Antara News

Govt targets formation of two thousand community-based BLK in 2020
The Ministry of Manpower has set a target to establish two thousand community-based vocational training centers (BLK) across the nation in 2020, as part of the efforts to boost the workers’ competency.
— Antara News

Garuda upbeat about booking profit this year despite partnership fiasco with Sriwijaya
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is optimistic that it will book profit this year despite a change in asset value following the termination of its cooperation with private airline Sriwijaya Air Group.
— The Jakarta Post

Despite Strong Pessimism, ICW Hopes Jokowi Overturns KPK Law
The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) announced that it is still hoping for President Jokowi to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perpu) to overturn the controversial KPK Law revision that was passed this year.
— Tempo.co

Mergers, acquisitions in banking industry mark 2019 despite weak loan growth
Numerous mergers and acquisitions (M&As) marked the year 2019 for Indonesia’s banking industry despite loan growth declining to levels unseen in more than three years amid global economic uncertainties.
— The Jakarta Post

Elections, trade war create tougher conditions for property sector this year
The year 2019 proved to be yet another tough year for the property sector as national elections and a slowing global economy persuaded consumers to hold off on buying or renting property.
— The Jakarta Post

YLKI Reminds Year-End Sales Consumers to Remain Critical
The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) Chairman Tulus Abadi advised consumers to remain critical and wary amid a plethora of year-end sales offered by a number of shopping malls.
— Tempo.co

Oil and gas players dedicate 2019 for the long-haul
A handful of upstream oil and gas breakthroughs were made this year, which stakeholders hope will increase production in the long term, because prospects remain bleak in the short term as prices, production and investments are posed to fall behind annual targets.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta train operator encourages bystanders to report sexual harassment
Amid rampant sexual harassment on trains, bystanders are being encouraged to report such incidents to officials on board, instead of recording the incidents and posting them to social media.
— The Jakarta Post

Coffee, cocoa and rubber farmers begin to use ‘good agricultural practices’ with NGOs’ help
This year, good agricultural practices (GAP) have become more accessible as a number of NGOs have created training, research, financing and even off-taking initiatives for cacao, coffee and rubber farmers.
— The Jakarta Post

Parents of special-needs kids face hard reality of inclusive education dream
Raising children with autism already comes with its heavy burden of challenges.
— The Jakarta Post

Car Free Night set for Jakarta’s New Year’s Eve Celebration
The city’s transportation agency announced it will enact a ‘Car Free Night’ during Jakarta’s New Year’s Eve celebration which will affect most Central Jakarta main streets from 16:00 – 23:00.
— Tempo.co

Woman in S. Sulawesi named suspect after video of her slapping her child’s classmate went viral
A video of a woman slapping a primary school student went viral on social media in Indonesia over the weekend, resulting in criminal charges against the alleged assaulter.
— Coconuts

 

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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

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