Indonesia morning news for February 27

Indonesia morning news for February 27

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s Telkomsel Signs MOU with Huawei to Cooperate on Building a Fully Connected Digital Indonesia
Indonesia’s leading mobile operator Telkomsel and Huawei signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during this year’s Mobile Word Congress (MWC 2019) in Barcelona.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Innovate or stagnate: The road to Indonesia 4.0
In an official report released on Feb. 6, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) revealed that Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) per capita for 2018 reached a record US$3,927.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Moves to Establish Fishing Zone Near South China Sea
Indonesia is pushing ahead with plans to develop a fishing zone on the edge of the South China Sea, a senior official said Tuesday, as the country seeks to assert sovereignty amid claims of overlapping rights by China.
— Radio Free Asia

Oil palm farmers to hold meeting in Jakarta on Feb 27, 28
The Association of Indonesian Oil Palm Farmers (APKASINDO) will organize a national meeting of oil palm farmers from across Indonesia, in Jakarta, on Feb 27 and 28, 2019.
— Antara News

Homophobia and rising Islamic intolerance push Indonesia’s intersex bissu priests to the brink
It is a cultural tradition that has persisted for centuries in a Muslim-majority country, but the tradition of revering priests who were born intersex with male and female characteristics — known as bissu — is dying out, locals and anthropologists have warned.
— ABC News

It’s Not Just Regulation Hampering Indonesian Telco Deals
A planned ministerial rule revision intended to pave way for consolidation in Indonesia’s telecommunication industry won’t be enough to spark deal activity, according to analysts at Citigroup Inc., PT Danareksa Sekuritas and PT Yuanta Securities.
— Bloomberg

Indonesian housewives arrested over election video: police
Intellasia East Asia News Three Indonesian housewives have been arrested over an online video that claimed President Joko Widodo would ban prayer and make gay marriage legal in the Muslim majority country if re-elected, police said Monday. Widodo has fended off accusations over his Muslim …
— Intellasia

Widodo makes $28bn rural election promise
Indonesia’s president, Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo, who is trying to win re-election on April 17, has promised to boost agricultural funding to more than US$28.5 billion over the next five years.
— Asean Economist

Govt agrees to three IRTC policies to boost rubber prices
The Indonesian government has announced three new policies that aim to jack up the price of natural rubber, which has hit a record low since 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

VP Jusuf Kalla Assesses Recent Blatant Slander Aimed at Jokowi
Vice President Jusuf Kalla comments on the rumors of Jokowi possibly banning the existence of the Islamic Azan (Prayer calling) if elected for the second time. Kalla assures that the slander has no basis and is a blatant hoax.

Tradition meets tech in Indonesia’s mental health sector
In 2015, Carika, a 29-year-old Indonesian woman suffering from a psychosocial disability sold rice and tempeh from her stall in Central Java. Carika may look like any other roadside vendor, but between 2006 and 2010, Carika spent four years locked in a goat shed where she could barely stand or move.
— Asean Today

Raging bull: Smashing away anger at Indonesia’s ‘Temper Clinic’
Armed with crowbars and wearing protective gear, three women assembled at a Jakarta stress clinic survey the cluster of bottles they’re about to smash to pieces.
— Borneo Bulletin

As budget woes persist, BPJS delists cancer drugs
In another effort to curb the worsening deficit in the state health insurance, the government has attempted to remove more cancer medicines from its coverage, which may put the lives of patients on the line.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to ease trading rule to lure mom-and-pop investors
Indonesia’s stock exchange plans to cut the minimum trading price for shares and shrink the lot size in its drive to attract more retail investors and boost volumes.
— The Malaysian Reserve

Gov’t: Online Taxi Regulation Effective in June 2019
The Transportation Ministry is eyeing to officially implement the ministry’s regulation No.PM 118/2018 overseeing special rental transportation services such as online taxi services in June this year.

Rocky Gerung addresses Prabowo supporters in Kuala Lumpur
Indonesian political observer and philosopher Rocky Gerung spoke before supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto in Kuala Lumpur, Sunday evening.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Pertamina agrees to bolster ties with Petronas
Indonesia’s state energy firm Pertamina and Petronas have signed an agreement to increase business cooperation, including by swapping crude and exploring investment opportunities, Pertamina said on Tuesday.
— The Edge Markets

Indonesia braces for wildfires ahead of El Niño
The government has declared 16 provinces across the country as prone to forest and land fires ahead of the upcoming El Niño, a climate pattern linked to warming waters in the central and eastern areas of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
— Relief Web

Olam takes control of Indonesia’s top cocoa processor
Olam International said on Tuesday it has acquired an 85 percent stake in the parent of Indonesia’s largest cocoa processor as it seeks to supply a growing market for cocoa products in Asia.
— Reuters

Why Companies are Tepid on Employing People with Disabilities
The many elements hampering either state-run or private companies from employing people with disabilities can be traced back to the company’s lack of ability to determine the competence of the disabled applicants.

Land conflicts between residents and concessionary companies still occur: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pointed to land conflicts that continued to occur between the local residents and concessionary companies in several regions.
— Antara News

Indonesia to host regional, sub-regional volleyball tournys this year
Indonesia will hold a regional volleyball tournament and a sub-regional championship before the SEA Games in the Philippineas this year, while targeting a gold medal in men volleyball in the Games, the association announced.

Indonesia varsity proposal denied
The Johor government has rejected the Education Ministry’s proposal to set up an Islamic-based university from Ind­onesia at the Pagoh Higher Educa­tion Hub.
— The Star Online

Pertamina, Petronas sign MoU on business development
PT Pertamina Persero and Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the synergy to develop the business of oil and gas and its derivatives.
— Antara News

Indonesia launches first internet-only satellite with SpaceX rocket
Over 300 people crowded the lobby of telecommunications company Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) in South Jakarta at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
— Technology Inquirer

3 Flagship Tourism Programs in Lake Toba, North Sumatra
Tourism Ministry launches the 2019 Calendar of Event of Lake Toba with the theme ‘Celebrating Nature in Art’, planning to organize 17 programs. Two of the programs are enlisted in the 100 Events Wonderful Indonesia as a promotional effort to increase tourist visit to Lake Toba.

Indonesia supports S Korea-ASEAN cooperation program
The Indonesian government is supporting the ASEAN-Korea Centre (AKC) by participating in ASEAN Train, to mark 30 years of ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit.
— Antara News

Hotspots decline though haze hits some parts of Indonesia’s Riau province
The number of hotspots in Indonesia’s Riau province has declined, although poor visibility has been reported in some areas, particularly in the east, because of forest fires.
— The Straits Times

Susi to establish sunken boat museum
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti plans to build a museum in Pangandaran Beach, West Java, to exhibit the remnants of the foreign fishing vessels that have been sunken by the ministry.
— The Jakarta post

US government bestows eight awards on KPK personnel
The US government has bestowed awards on eight employees of the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for their success in exposing fraud in the national electronic identity (e-ID) card project.
— Antara News

Indonesia braces for El Nino wildfires
The government has declared 16 provinces across the country as prone to forest and land fires ahead of the upcoming El Niño, a climate pattern linked to warming waters in the central and eastern areas of the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
— The Star Online


Feature photo ASK Pak Deh 

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Wildlife Day, March 3.


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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