Indonesia morning news for July 5

Indonesia morning news for July 5

Indonesia morning news

Jakartans file historic lawsuit to fight air pollution
Residents of Greater Jakarta grouped under a movement named Tim Advokasi Ibukota (Jakarta Advocacy Team) filed a historic civil lawsuit with the Central Jakarta District Court on Thursday to fight air pollution in the city and demand that the central government and regional administrations do something about it.
— The Jakarta Post

Depositing export earnings in foreign banks now legal violation
The government is to start fining people who violate a new regulation intended to force exporters to keep their foreign exchange earnings from natural resources in the Indonesian financial system.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia, directors fined over accounting irregularities
Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) has slapped national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and its directors with massive penalties for irregularities in its 2018 financial report.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia’s G20 abstention result of data protection concerns
Indonesia does not oppose a recent Group of 20 ( G20 ) outcome on the digital economy but expects that it will accommodate more of an element of data privacy, a senior government official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

UNS students bag gold for Bongi invention in international competition
Five students of the Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Surakarta, Central Java, won a gold medal in the Japan Design, Idea & Invention Expo held recently at the Tokyo Washington Hotel in Tokyo, Japan.
— Antara News

National Health Insurance covers over 222.5 million Indonesians
Some 222.5 million Indonesians are covered by National Health Insurance-Healthy Indonesia Cards, according to Dr. Anurman Huda, Deputy Director of the Health-Social Insurance Office (BJS) for North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Gorontanto and North Maluku (Sulutenggomalut).
— Antara news

Jakarta Air Quality Among World’s Worst
Switzerland-based pollution mapping service AirVisual revealed that Jakarta had the world’s third-worst air quality on Wednesday, when it was categorized as “very unhealthy,” while air quality in the Indonesian capital was described as the worst globally on Friday last week.
— Jakarta Globe

Search for missing Army helicopter mired by inhospitable weather
Inclement weather played spoilsport in the search for an Army’s MI 17 helicopter that had gone missing since Friday (June 28) in Okbibab, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua.
— Antara news

Addvalue bags contract worth at least US$1m from Indonesian firm
ADDVALUE Technologies has entered into an agreement with an Indonesian company which will purchase a minimum of US$1 million worth of Addvalue’s proprietary very small aperture terminal solution for the next one year.
— The Business Times

CPNS Enrollment Test Opens as 254 Thousand Recruits Needed
The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Syafruddin announced that the civil servant enrollment test (CPNS) will be held as soon as October 2019.

‘Victims and perpetrators’: Rehabilitating Indonesia’s child bombers
Thrown off a motorbike as her parents blew themselves up, nine-year-old Mila was the sole survivor of a family suicide bombing, part of a wave of such attacks involving children that rocked Indonesia.
— Bangkok Post

Calls grow for higher tobacco excise as smoking hinders social aid
Calls have mounted for an increase in tobacco excise after a recent study suggested that smoking has reduced the effectiveness of social funds disbursed to eradicate poverty.
— The Jakarta Post

Visa Indonesia opens applications for fintech innovation competition
Visa Indonesia, a subsidiary of California-based payment systems provider Visa, opened on Wednesday applications for its Visa Everywhere Initiative competition, which is designed to crowdsource financial inclusion solutions from local financial technology (fintech) start-ups.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta has to be ready to face drought: BMKG
The capital city Jakarta has to be ready for drought since the peak of the dry season is predicted to be in September 2019, Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has stated.
— Antara News

S’pore inviting leaders of M’sia, Indonesia & Brunei to NDP 2019
On July 3, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) announced that 2019’s National Day Parade (NDP) will be graced by foreign guests.
— Mothership

China-Indonesia ties strengthened: Ambassador
With the launch of projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Indonesia, the development of bilateral economic and trade relations between China and Indonesia has been accelerated and cooperation areas have been expanded.
— Global Times

1st National Cultural Week slated for October 2019
The first National Cultural Week which adopts the concept of the National Sports Week will be held from October 7 to 13, 2019, an official has said.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Semarang to host 2019 MXGP of Asia
Indonesia’s Central Java province capital of Semarang was appointed to host international motocross championship 2019 MXGP of Asia from July 12 to 14, brushing aside other Indonesian cities nominated to host the event, the organizer said on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Turkey, Indonesia are strategic partners: Turkish MP
Indonesia is not only Turkey’s friend but also its strategic partner, the Turkish parliamentary foreign affairs committee chief said Thursday.
— Anadolu Agency

Police vow to submit dossiers of suspects in Jakarta rioting case
The West Jakarta Metropolitan Police have pledged to submit the dossiers of all suspects in the recent post-election rioting, which ended in the deaths of nine civilians, to the public prosecutor immediately.
— Antara News

Terrorist Groups Use Telegram to Groom Female Militants
Terrorist groups have found a cheaper way to recruit militants: through encrypted chat rooms on text-messaging apps like Telegram and WhatsApp, a terrorism expert said in Jakarta on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

20 Percent Corporate Income Tax Unlikely This Year
The Tax Office has said it does not have enough time to execute a plan to cut the corporate income tax from 25 percent to 20 percent by the end of this year, delaying a key promise from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo who has been fighting for the tax cut to boost investment.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian lending startup Kredivo gets fresh funding from Telkomsel, MDI Ventures
A year after raising $30 million in a Series B funding round, Indonesia-based fintech startup Kredivo has secured an undisclosed amount of fresh funding from existing investors Telkomsel Mitra Inovasi (TMI), the venture arm of network provider Telkomsel, and MDI Ventures.
— Deal Street Asia

Weak private sector appetite hampers Indonesia’s Islamic finance growth
Indonesia, a top issuer of Islamic bonds this year, is struggling to convince its private sector to follow its lead and raise debt through sukuk, making it difficult for the country to achieve its target of being the biggest global Islamic finance hub in the next five years, a senior finance ministry official said.
— The National

Ministry bans ride-hailing ‘ojek’ services from offering ‘excessive’ discounts
The Transportation Ministry has prohibited ride-hailing transportation companies from offering promotional discounts for its ojek (motorcycle taxi) services that exceeded the price ceiling stipulated in the relevant ministerial decree.
— The Jakarta Post

PH to resume barter trading with Malaysia, Indonesia next month
The Philippine government will resume the centuries-old practice of barter trading at the border areas of Mindanao, Malaysia, and Indonesia next month, an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) said.
— Manila Bulletin

Jakarta mulling to issue bonds to finance mega projects
The Jakarta administration is thinking of issuing regional bonds to raise funds for financing government-approved mega infrastructure projects worth Rp 571 trillion (US$40.35 billion).
— Intellasia

No objection to Nasdem, PKB’s demands, says PDIP
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) said here Thursday that it had no objection to the National Democratic Party’s (Nasdem’s) and National Awakening Party’s (PKB’s) demands for a certain number of ministerial posts.
— Antara news

Broker startup launches insurance for visa rejection
Jakarta-based Futuready, an insurance technology (insurtech) company, aims to provide coverage to up to 30 percent of all Indonesian visa applicants through an experimental policy against rejection.
— Intellasia

Jokowi’s foes now want to be his friends. Will playing nice benefit Indonesia?
With President Joko Widodo officially confirmed to have won his second term as Indonesia’s leader, allies of his opponent are looking to switch sides, but analysts are divided on whether a broad ruling coalition will ensure political stability.
— South China Morning Post

Jokowi’s Cabinet Overhaul Set to Bring in New Economic Team
Indonesian President Joko Widodo will announce a major overhaul of his cabinet aimed at firing up Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, but will now delay the reshuffle until October.
— Bloomberg

QAD Cloud Solutions Help Accelerate Indonesia’s Move to Industry 4.0
CEO Anton Chilton and President Pam Lopker of leading enterprise software company QAD, visited Indonesia in early June to meet with customers and discussed the rise of cloud-based ERP and Industry 4.0 in the Asia Pacific region.
— PR Newswire

TNI shrugs off ‘unified’ West Papua Army
The Indonesian Military (TNI) has shrugged off claims made by the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) that three armed groups had united in a “historic declaration” to create the West Papua Army.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Declining Poverty and Plastic Pollution Challenges
Poverty in Indonesia has never been as low as it is right now — at least in the decades it’s been measured by international economists.
— Hawai’i Public Radio

OJK Task Force Shuts Down 43 Illegal Investment Businesses
The Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) Investment Alert Task Force has shut down the businesses of 43 investment companies operating without a license.

Caught in 60 seconds: Police say new traffic cameras in Jakarta snapped motorists at a rate of at least 100 per minute
Jakarta’s ETLE (Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement) traffic cameras got a software upgrade this week, broadening the scope of traffic violations they can capture to include the likes of drivers not wearing their seatbelts and using their phones while driving, among others.
— Coconuts

Six of 22 regions in East Nusa Tenggara potentially drought-prone
The Kupang Climatology Station has hinted at the possibility of six out of 22 regions in East Nusa Tenggara Province potentially reeling from drought this year.
— Antara News

Is Indonesia’s Capital Shift a Good Idea?
Over the past few months, the administration of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who secured reelection earlier this year, has been more public about potentially moving forward with long-mulled plans to move the country’s capital away from Jakarta.
— The Diplomat

Toll road project accelerated as flights moved to Kertajati airport
The construction of the Cileunyi-Sumedang-Dawuan (Cisumdawu) toll road, which will become the main access road to Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, will be accelerated following the relocation of flight services from Husein Satranegara Airport in Bandung to the new airport.
— The Jakarta Post

Competition for Golkar Leadership Heats Up
Golkar, one of Indonesia’s largest political parties, finds itself at another crossroads, with two of its top members vying for the leadership.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt increases salaries of SOEs’ boards of directors. How much they earn?
The government has decided to increase the salaries of board of directors of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) this year, based on a regulation issued by the SOEs minister on May 31.
— The Jakarta Post

Tough competition compels banks to reform
Banks in Indonesia will have to reinvent themselves soon amid persistent economic turbulence, global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company has warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Aceh’s 20-hectare peatland engulfed by fire amid dry season
Fire scorched 20 hectares of peatland in two villages of Nagan Raya District, Aceh, Thursday afternoon, amid the dry season that has mired fire-extinguishing efforts, Nagan Raya Disaster Mitigation Agency’s (BPBD’s) Acting Head Hamidi stated.
— Antara news

Jokowi distributes 2,000 land certificates in Manado
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) distributed 2,000 land certificates to local inhabitants of North Sulawesi, here on Thursday.
— Antara news

‘Reconciliation Meeting’ Between Prabowo and Jokowi Likely to Take Place Later This Month
Prabowo Subianto and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo are set to have their long-awaited “reconciliation meeting” later this month to heal the wounds from a particularly divisive presidential election.
— Jakarta Globe

Blocking the unblocker: Indonesia tells VPN providers to obtain local license or face ban
The Information and Communications Ministry (Kominfo) yesterday said that they will not hesitate to block VPNs that aren’t licensed in Indonesia, using an argument that equates them with internet service providers (ISPs).

Visy Recycling behind ‘toxic’ plastic waste container in Indonesia
Australian company Visy Recycling was behind the export of a container of plastic waste that is regarded as toxic in Indonesia, according to documents seen by The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

APINDO welcomes Jokowi’s plan of a young Cabinet
The Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) has welcomed Incumbent President and president-elect Joko Widodo’s goodwill and intention to appoint young talent to occupy ministerial posts in his upcoming cabinet line-up.
— Antara News

Bali sees 11 percent drop in number of domestic tourists
The number of domestic tourists in Bali from January to April decreased to 363,161, marking an 11 decrease in tourists from the same period in 2018, according to Colliers International Indonesia, which blamed high airfares on the slowdown in tourism.
— The Jakarta Post

Four Main Factions to Vie for Power in Indonesian Politics Until Next Election: Denny J.A.
Indonesia completed arguably its most divisive elections in April but political experts have warned that clashes between different political groups are unlikely to abate anytime soon.
— Jakarta Globe

Australia’s Newcrest seeks buyer for 26% stake in Indonesian gold mining firm
Australia-listed Newcrest Mining Limited is seeking a buyer for a 26 per cent stake in Indonesia-based gold mining company Nusa Halmahera Mineral (NHM) to meet regulatory requirements, a company executive told DealStreetAsia.
— Deal Street Asia

HK’s Swire properties expands into Indonesia and more Asia real estate headlines
A Hong Kong-listed developer leads the way in Mingtiandi’s roundup of real estate headlines today with news that the company is making its first foray into Indonesia as protesters storm government buildings in its home city.
— Mingtiandi

Indonesia set 14-gold target in swimming during 2019 ASEAN School Games
Hosts Indonesia hope to secure 14 gold medals during the forthcoming 2019 ASEAN School Games later this month, head of the contingent Yayan Rubaeni said here on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Renewable energy complementary to fossil fuel: practitioner
New and renewable energy is still supporting or complementary to the use of fossil energy, national oil and gas practitioner Tumbur Parlindungan said.
— Antara News

Indonesia, South Korea ink agreement to build three more submarines
Indonesian shipbuilding company PT PAL and South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) reached an agreement to construct three more submarines as part of the nation’s minimum essential force (MEF) program.
— Antara News

Mosque used to store meth
Police are investigating a new drug trade practice of using mosques to securely store sabu-sabu (crystal methamphetamine).
— The Jakarta Post

Finance Ministry proposes stamp duty tariff change
The Ministry of Finance has proposed a change in stamp duty tariffs to maintain the continuity of adequate revenue from stamp duty.
— Antara News

Gerindra Disapproves Rouge Prabowo Supporter ID Cards
The Gerindra Party threatened to take legal action against the people responsible for producing ID cards in support of former presidential election candidates Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno.

People face uncertain future in earthquake-striken Palu of Indonesia
Nine months after the devastating earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, the affected people are still grappling with an uncertain future in their makeshift tents.
— Xinhua

Bukalapak looks abroad as e-commerce growth in Indonesia plateaus
Bukalapak’s overseas pivot is coming at a time when e-commerce growth in Indonesia is beginning to hit a hard ceiling.
— Deal Street Asia

Gojek Founder Pitched as Jokowi’s Millennial Cabinet Member
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in numerous occasions talked about filling his new cabinet with state ministers from the millennial generation.

Leaders of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia to attend Singapore’s National Day Parade 2019
Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will attend Singapore’s National Day Parade (NDP) this year.

Papua Police Discharge Officer who Shot Civilian
The Papua Police will fire the officer who allegedly shot a civilian at the Ilwayab District of Merauke Regency.

Rescued Sumatran Tiger `Rio` Dies over Health Complications
A Sumatran Tiger named “Inung Rio” died at the Dharmasraya Sumatra Tiger Rehabilitation Center (PR-HSD) in West Sumatra after Rio was first admitted on April 15, 2019.

Why Religious Tolerance Won in Indonesia but Lost in India
Asia’s two largest and most diverse democracies held national elections in recent weeks, and religious tolerance was on the ballot in both.
— Foreign Affairs


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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

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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