Indonesia morning news for February 7

Indonesia morning news for February 7

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia economy posts 5.17% growth in 2018
Indonesia posted slightly stronger economic growth in 2018, data showed Wednesday, but it still fell well short of President Joko Widodo’s seven-percent target as elections draw closer.

New policy offers reduced fixed deposit income interest tax for exporters
The Finance Ministry has issued a new regulation on an new tax incentive that reduces interest income taxes for exporters that place their foreign exchange earnings as fixed deposits in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Aviation academy cadet dies due to brutal punishment by senior for not wearing a helmet
A first year cadet at a government-run aviation academy in the South Sulawesi capital of Makassar, Aldama Putra Pongkala, was killed after he was assaulted by one of his senior classmate.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Under new agreement, Indonesia can track ill-gotten wealth in Switzerland
Under a recent agreement on mutual legal assistance (MLA) between Indonesia and Switzerland, the Indonesian government is now able to more effectively track ill-gotten wealth parked by Indonesian nationals in Swiss banks, an analyst has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia holds government forum to boost job creation
The Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) 2019 will take place in July this year, signalling the government’s intent to spur jobs creation.
— HRM Asia

Business watchdog begins investigation into alleged collusion among airlines
The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) has officially begun its investigation into alleged cartel practices by airlines that are suspected of being responsible for exorbitant ticket prices for domestic flights.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sets coal benchmark price (HBA) at $91.8/T for Feb
The Indonesian government has set the coal benchmark price (HBA) for February at $91.8 per tonne, slightly lower compared to $92.4 per tonne in January, the mining ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
— Reuters Africa

Political Shamble Sees Jokowi`s Team Link Prabowo to Rob Allyn
Jokowi’s campaign team (TKN) spokesman, Ace Hasan Syadzily, suspects that Prabowo Subianto’s foreign political campaign consultant is involved once again in the 2019 presidential election.

Indonesia sentences British woman to six months for slapping official
A British woman has been sentenced to six months in prison for slapping an immigration officer on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali after missing her flight due to an expired visa.

Indonesia’s 2018 total palm oils exports rise 8 pc
ndonesia’s 2018 exports of palm oils, including oleochemical and biodiesel shipments, rose 8 percent from a year earlier to 34.6 million tonnes, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (GAPKI) said on Wednesday.
— Business Recorder

Tourism Ministry promotes Wonderful Indonesia in four Australian cities
The Tourism Ministry is currently participating in the Flight Centre World Travel Expo, a travel exhibition hosted by Flight Centre, one of the largest retail travel outlets in Australia.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia seizes two Malaysian-flagged fishing vessels in Strait of Malacca
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has seized two Malaysian-flagged fishing vessels in Indonesian territory in the Strait of Malacca on suspicions of illegal fishing.
— The Jakarta Post

Mohamad Afif, a 21-year-old new father from Yogyakarta, was diagnosed with diabetes earlier this year.
— South China Morning Post

Japanese Investment in Indonesia Derailed?
Construction of the second phase of Jakarta’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project has been postponed due to issues with land acquisition.
— Future Directions International

Police charge Indonesian politician’s brother in deforestation case
Police have charged the brother of a top official in Sumatra with clearing a protected forest for a palm oil plantation.
— Mongabay

Govt Rule May Ticket Drivers Distracted by GPS Map
Transportation Ministry’s director general of land transportation Budi Setiyadi announced that police are entitled to ticket road users who drive while being occupied by a GPS unit.

Future Commerce Indonesia 2019 Hub for Digital Industry Players in Shaping the Future of Digital Economy in Indonesia
The largest digital event in Indonesia Future Commerce Indonesia 2019, previously known as Internet Retailing Expo, was held once again on January 29-30, 2019 at Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Indonesia is attractive investment destination for European companies
Indonesia is an attractive investment destination for European companies, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
— Antara News

President Jokowi clarifies statement on Russian propaganda
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has clarified his statement on Russian propaganda, saying that he did not refer to Russia as a country.
— Antara News

Jokowi, Campaign Team Reported to Bawaslu over Russian Propaganda
The incumbent president candidate Joko Widodo or Jokowi and several members of the National Campaign Team of Jokowi – Ma’ruf were reported to the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) over an alleged election violation on the statement about Russian propaganda by the Advokat Peduli Pemilu or advocates group that care for election.

Cabinet approves Framework Agreement b/w India & Indonesia on coop in exploration & uses of outer space for peaceful purposes
The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave its ex-post facto approval to the Framework Agreement between India and Indonesia on cooperation in the exploration and uses of outer space for peaceful purposes, Law minister Ravi shankar Prasad said.
— United News of India

Jokowi Expects Digital System for Land Certification in 2019
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi demanded the Agrarian and Spatial Ministry or the National Land Agency (BPN) implement a digital-based service for land certification starting 2019.

Indonesia’s struggle with renewable energy
Indonesian President Joko ’Jokowi’ Widodo inaugurated the 75-megawatt Sidrap Wind Farm in South Sulawesi in July 2018.
— East Asia Forum

GPS Users to be Penalised After Court Rejects Appeal
The Indonesian government has upheld a law penalising drivers who use GPS apps on smartphones while driving, after a group of drivers filed a petition to the Constitutional Court to review safe driving practices as regulated by Law no. 22/2009 on traffic and land transportation (LLAJ).
— Indonesia Expat

Almost 200 Bangladeshi men crammed in shophouse in Sumatra, says Indonesian police
In Indonesia, almost 200 men identified as Bangladeshis have been found crammed into a shophouse in the western Medan city.
— All India Radio

Musician Ahmad Dhani transferred to Surabaya prison for another trial
Indonesia`s prominent musician Ahmad Dhani will be transferred to Surabaya prison for another trial over another defamation charge, Ade Kusmayanto, spokesman of directorate general of correctional service of the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s 2019 Elections: Beware the Foreign Puppet Wars in the Jokowi-Prabowo Race
The role of foreign influence has unsurprisingly featured among the issues in Indonesia’s upcoming general elections.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia’s tech sector will be growth motor for foreign investments this year despite political uncertainty, experts believe
Political uncertainty in times leading up to major elections can affect the investment climate of a country.
— KrAsia

Prabowo: Economic Development on Wrong Path Since New Order Era
President candidate number 02, Prabowo Subianto, claimed that he had predicted the direction of the country’s economic development since the New Order era, saying that it was on a wrong path.

Young Indonesian man named Southeast Asia’s first YouTuber with 10 million subscribers
Muhammad Attamimi “Atta” Halilintar has been named the first YouTuber in Southeast Asia to get more than 10 million subscribers.
— Eleven


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Chinese New Year, 2019.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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