Indonesia morning news for January 29

Indonesia morning news for January 29

Indonesia morning news

Electability Gap Between Prabowo, Jokowi is 11 Percent: Hashim
Hashim Djojohadikusumo, deputy chairman of Gerindra Party’s advisory council, said that the internal survey of the National Campaign Agency (BPN) of Prabowo – Sandiaga revealed the electability gap between the pair and Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin is not over 11 percent.

Indonesia’s inflation in January projected to reach 0.48 pct
Governor of Indonesia’s central bank Bank Indonesia (BI) said on Friday that inflation in January was estimated to reach 0.48 percent, thanks to government’s successful administered price policy.
— Brinkwire

Tempo Poll: Over 60 Percent against Abu Bakar Baasyir’s Release
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo planned to release convicted terrorist Abu Bakar Baasyir from prison after the 81-year-old man had served two thirds of his total 15 years’ imprisonment.

Govt cuts land procurement red tape for SKK Migas projects
The government has cut red tape in procuring land to facilitate the oil and gas industry’s upstream business.
— The Jakarta Post

‘No tax cut for interests of foreign exchange earnings’
The Finance Ministry is revising a regulation to provide incentives for exporters to put their foreign exchange earnings into the country’s financial system, but an official has said the incentive would not be a tax cut for the interests of the depositors.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt told to relax property ownership for foreigners to boost growth
Indonesia Real Estate Broker Association (AREBI) chairman Lukas Bong has called on the government to relax regulations on property ownership for foreigners to help the country’s property industry grow.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia ready to regulate motorcycle taxi fares
Reports of a government plan to regulate the fares of app-based motorcycle taxis have given some hope to Fariz, a driver who switched to an app-based service from a regular one six months ago.
— Bangkok Post

The future is green for Indonesia’s roads
Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry, Mr. Airlangga Hartarto, announced that the government has decided to open up its doors to investment in the manufacturing of electric vehicles.
— Asean Today

BNI pursues Rp 4 trillion acquisition plan
State-owned lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) is planning to acquire several small banks and a general insurance company to strengthen its business this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs disciplined, patient investment approach to score good exits
Being the largest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is poised for more exciting investment opportunities.
— Deal Street Asia

Repatriation of Export Earnings to Indonesia: New Regulation Signals Stricter Approach
Government Regulation No. 1 of 2019 (“GR 1/2019”),[1] which entered into effect on 10 January 2019, requires exporters in the natural-resources sector to repatriate their forex-denominated export earnings to Indonesia.
— Lexology

Are Indonesia and Malaysia Ready to Stand up for China’s Muslims?
By now, the scale of the crisis is clear. There are up to 3 million Turkic Muslims – primarily Uyghurs but also ethnic Kazakhs and Kyrgyz – in a vast network of concentration camps in China’s far western region of Xinjiang.
— The Diplomat

East Java unveils 367 tourism agendas for 2019
As a destination with numerous attractions to entice visitors, East Java recently launched “Kalender Wisata 2019” (Tourism Calendar 2019).
— The Jakarta Post

Depok checks street food stalls after hepatitis A infects 33 students
Thirty-three elementary school students in Depok, West Java, have tested positive for the hepatitis A virus, prompting the administration to investigate street food stalls close to their schools.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Consumer Confidence has best year yet in 2018
Roy Morgan Indonesian Consumer Confidence is down 0.3pts to 158.8 in December 2018. However, Consumer Confidence finished 2018 with an average of 158.1 for the year – the highest average ever achieved for a calendar year.
— Roy Morgan

Indonesian bankruptcy case against Lippo spooks investors
Questions have emerged over whether one of Indonesia’s wealthiest families has in effect dragged itself into court to prevent a foreign creditor from recovering a loan — a case experts say threatens the credibility of the country’s bankruptcy laws.
— Financial Times

Papua rebels fire at aircraft in Indonesia; 1 dead
Separatists opened fire on an aircraft carrying military personnel and local government officials in Indonesia’s easternmost Papua region, killing one soldier, the military said Monday.
— The Washington Post

Jakarta on dengue alert as outbreak spreads in Indonesia
Jakarta is on alert as cases of dengue fever have surged in recent weeks, claiming more than 100 lives across Indonesia since the start of the year.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia mayor targets gay people ‘because they’re possessed by demons’
A mayor in Indonesia has ordered the arrest of LGBT+ people so religious authorities can conduct exorcisms on them.
— Pink News

New Indonesian E-Commerce Tax Obligations From April
Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance has confirmed that online marketplaces and sellers must comply with VAT and income tax obligations set out in Indonesian in Regulation Number 210/PMK.010/2018 from April 1, 2019.
— Wolters Kluwer

Ahmad Dhani gets 18 months for insulting Ahok supporters
Musician Ahmad Dhani was sentenced to 18 months in prison by South Jakarta District Court on Monday for hate speech in connection with a tweet he posted in March that incited people to attack supporters of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who now prefers to be called “BTP” but who was formerly known as “Ahok”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Jokowi is walking a tightrope as he tries to appeal to Muslim voters
Indonesians this week got a taste of how far their outwardly secular President Joko Widodo, known as Jokowi, would go to buttress his reelection campaign against attacks from Islamic hardliners who don’t see him as Muslim enough to lead.

Indonesia completes technical evaluation for aerial refuelling requirements
The Indonesian Air Force (Tentara Nasional IndonesiaAngkatan Udara: TNI-AU) has completed a study on the country’s aerial refuelling requirements, and has proposed the acquisition of two new airframes for the service.

Only 891 of 2,357 corrupt officials dismissed: KPK
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has criticized the dismissal of civil servants convicted of corruption as being slow.
— The Jakarta Post

Despite scaling down targets and tripling funds, Indonesia still short of reforestation goal
Officials say they lacked the funds to restore lands abandoned by mining, logging, and destructive agriculture, even though the target to restore land the size of the United Kingdom by 2030 was downgraded to an area the size of England.

AirAsia plans to make Lombok its new hub
Low-cost carrier Indonesia AirAsia has said it would make Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) its new hub as it sees the number of tourist arrivals increasing again following a decline in visitors after the recent earthquakes in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Number of mosques in Indonesia rises significantly: Kalla
The number of mosques in Indonesia has increased significantly, according to M Jusuf Kalla, the Vice President concurrently Chairman of the Indonesian Mosque Council.
— Antara News


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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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