Indonesia morning news for January 3

Indonesia morning news for January 3

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia`s inflation in Dec 2018 reached 0.62 percent
Indonesia`s inflation rate in December 2018 reached 0.62 percent, down from 0.71 percent in the same month a year earlier, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) said on Wednesday.
— Antara News

How USAID is helping Indonesia’s vanilla farmers to grow export trade (HD video)
Assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is enabling small-scale spice farmers in Indonesia to create sustainable futures for themselves, ending long-standing reliance on aid.
— AEC News Today (video)

Indonesia`s budget deficit reaches 1.76 of GDP: Finance Minister
The Indonesian state budget recorded a deficit of Rp259.9 trillion, or 1.76 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), last year, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.
— Antara News

2018 state budget revenue reaches 102.5 percent: Finance Minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has ensured that the realization of state revenues in the 2018 State Budget has reached Rp1,942.3 trillion, or 102.5 percent of the target of Rp1,894.7 trillion.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s manufacturing PMI posts first rise in four months in December
Manufacturing activity in Indonesia improved for the first time in four months in December, indicating a modest improvement in the health of the sector, a survey showed Wednesday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia 2018 economic growth seen at 5.15 pct – finmin
Indonesia’s 2018 economic growth was expected at 5.15 percent, slightly firmer than 2017’s 5.07 percent but slower than the 5.4 percent official target, its finance minister said on Wednesday.
— Reuters Africa

Indonesia on tsunami alert after new cracks found on volcano
New cracks have emerged on the Anak Krakatau volcano, prompting the Indonesian authorities to urge those in the vicinity to be on the alert in case a collapse sets off another tsunami.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia resumes rescue work as landslide death toll rises
The death toll from a landslide triggered by heavy rain in Indonesia’s West Java province has risen to at least 15 people as rescue workers found more bodies while digging through muddy soil that buried dozens of houses up to their roofs.
— Al Jazeera

Indonesia posts narrowest budget deficit in 6 years in 2018
Indonesia posted the smallest fiscal deficit in six years in 2018 and less than initially projected, despite turbulence in its financial markets due to capital outflows, its finance minister said in a Facebook post.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Plastic Ban Policy Kicks Off in Cities
A number of supermarkets in Bandung have started to implement the ban on plastic bags as of January 1, 2019, and replace disposable plastic bags with used cardboard boxes in cases where customers forget to bring their reusable shopping bags.

BRIEF: Investment in Indonesia’s energy and mining sectors hit $32 billion for 2018
Investment in Indonesia’s energy & mining sectors in 2018 was $32 billion, up from $27.5 billion in 2017- deputy energy minister, Arcandra.
— ET Energyworld

Indonesia’s Lampung exports 21.4 tonnes of cocoa beans in Dec
Indonesia exported 21.4 tonnes of cocoa beans from the Lampung province on Sumatra island in December, data from the local trade office showed on Wednesday. The shipments were 97 percent lower than a year earlier.
— Business Recorder

Indonesia’s plans for ‘new Bali’ tourism push derailed by disasters
Picture-postcard Tanjung Lesung was a cornerstone of Indonesia’s bid to supercharge its tourism industry, boasting palm-fringed beaches, a towering volcano in the middle of turquoise waters and a rainforest sanctuary for endangered Javan rhinos.
— South China Morning Post

Floods, landslides to dominate 2019 amid continuing environmental damage
Flooding and landslides will remain the predominant type of disasters in Indonesia in 2019, a repeat of what happened in 2018 when thousands of natural disasters happened, a government disaster office has projected.
— The Jakarta Post

Odd-even traffic rule extended in Jakarta indefinitely through 2019
Love it or hate it, it looks like the odd-even rule in its current form will be sticking around for the indefinite future.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Indonesia wants to increase tourism – a major pillar of the country’s economy.
Indonesia’s top location for new tourism investments was rocked by the recent tsunami. Many say the government should focus more on infrastructure to protect against disasters.
— Deutsche Welle

Airport operator AP II sees 9.5 percent increase in passengers
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) served 115 million passengers in 2018, a 9.5 percent increase from the 105 million passengers the previous year, a statement released by the company on Monday stated.
— The Jakarta Post

VC firm BEENEXT eyes at least six investments in Indonesia in 2019
Singapore-based venture capital firm BEENEXT says it is looking to make a minimum of up to six investments in Indonesia in 2019 as it looks to tap new opportunities and entrepreneurial talent in the market.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Palu Earthquake Victims in Need of Clean Water
Victims of the devastating earthquake and land liquefaction in South Palu, Central Sulawesi, are currently in desperate need of clean water.

90 percent of tsunami survivors in Lampung want to be resettled: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo ((Jokowi) said that nearly 90 percent of residents of Sebesi island in Lampung province, who survived the Dec 22, 2018 tsunami in Sunda Strait, want to be resettled to other areas.
— Antara News

Minister identifies 62 hoax contents on legislative and presidential elections
The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) has identified 62 hoax contents related to legislative elections and presidential and vice presidential elections spread on the internet and social media.
— Antara News

Terror Group East Indonesia Mujahidin Grows Post-tsunami
Ideological Islamic Analyst Community director Harits Abu Ulya suspected that members of the terror group known as the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) led by Ali Kolara in Poso had grown following the tsunami and earthquake that hit Palu, Central Sulawesi.

Photos of inmates forced to sleep in hammocks highlight extreme overcrowding in Indonesian prisons
The prison in the photos was built to house 98 prisoners but currently holds around 800.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Once bitten, Indonesia’s indigenous alliance won’t endorse 2019 candidates
The 2014 presidential election was the closest in Indonesia’s democratic history, decided by a margin of just 6 percentage points, or 8.4 million votes.
— Mongabay

Indonesia, Cambodia on course for new shape of relationship
As Cambodia and Indonesia mark the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations this year, the two countries will together explore new possibilities to unlock the potential for shared interests and to further deepen their friendship and cooperation.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia utilises digital tech for the younger generation
A new app was launched recently, according to a recent report, which aims to help millennial visitors gain greater insight into the art of Indonesian puppetry.
— Open Gov

With its diaspora, Indonesia can be next scientific powerhouse
Indonesia’s scientists’ diaspora are an important resource that can be harnessed by the government for national growth in research and innovation. Despite lagging in scientific publications, Indonesia has the key ingredients to become a major global research hub.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK begins handcuffing detainees
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) started implementing on Wednesday a regulation that requires it to handcuff detainees.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Resumes Payment For Fighter Development Project
Indonesia resumed its payment for South Korea’s fighter development project last month after a yearlong delay, Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI), the country’s sole aircraft manufacturer, said Wednesday.
— UrduPoint

Foreign Ministry follows up on report of Indonesian students forced to work in Taiwan
The Foreign Ministry plans to follow up on a report of Indonesian students forced to work at a number of factories in Taiwan.
— Antara News

10 leading brands on Twitter in Indonesia
It is a new year and a new day. But that doesn’t mean we can’t take a look back at 2018 and learn from the ones who have managed to come out on top.
— Marketing Interactive

Viral: ‘Tsunami’-shaped cumulonimbus clouds appear in sky over Makassar
The clouds came with extreme weather that forced five planes into a holding pattern for about 20 minutes before they could land at Makassar’s airport
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Father and 2 children drown in Indonesia after slipping while taking selfie near waterfall
A father and his two children drowned during a family outing to the Jurug Gue waterfall in Suruh Sub-district of Trenggalek Regency in East Java yesterday in an incident that also saw the family’s mother and two other children hospitalized.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Government defends Freeport deal amid criticism
The government has been fending off criticism questioning its recent deal with United States mining giant Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) to acquire majority shares in its subsidiary PT Freeport Indonesia’s (PTFI) Grasberg copper and gold mine in Papua for US$3.85 billion since the deal was signed on Dec. 21.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian president observes Lampung’s tsunami-hit areas
President Joko Widodo arrived at the Radin Inten II Airport in Lampung Province on Wednesday morning to observe the ongoing efforts to restore areas most affected by a deadly tsunami on December 22, 2018.
— Antara News

Bekasi’s Transpatriot set to be Transjakarta feeder service
The Bekasi administration has decided that fares for the erstwhile free Transpatriot buses will be set at Rp 4,000 (28 US cents).
— The Jakarta Post

Traveloka to diversify products in 2019
Airline ticketing and hotel booking service Traveloka is determined to be a one-stop go-to travel and lifestyle platform for Indonesians, with plans to develop new products and improve existing ones to strengthen its hold on the domestic market this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest 41 inmates escaped from Lambaro prison
The police have arrested 41 out of the 113 prisoners, who escaped from Lambaro Prison in Aceh Besar District, Banda Aceh Police Chief Senior Commissioner Trisno Riyanto stated.
— Antara News

TNI, police seize Free West Papua HQ
The Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police have taken over the West Papua National Committee headquarters in Timika, Mimika Baru district, Papua to use it as a joint military-police post.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo International Federation of Red Cross

This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


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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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