Indonesia morning news for June 12

Indonesia morning news for June 12

Indonesia morning news

Indonesian suspects detail alleged plot to kill top officials
Indonesian police on Tuesday aired video testimony from three suspects who alleged a retired soldier backing the political opposition had offered them money and, in one case, a family vacation to join a plot to kill government officials.
— Reuters

Indonesia sees 2020 GDP growth at 5.1-5.5%
Indonesia’s central bank sees economic growth of 5.1-5.5% in 2020, while continuing to monitor global economic conditions to assess whether there is scope for an “accommodative monetary policy”, Bank Indonesia governor Perry Warjiyo said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Bogor to issue fines of Rp50 million for littering
The local government of Bogor district in West Java will impose a fine of 50 million Rupiah and a maximum imprisonment of three months for people convicted of littering.
— Antara News

BI projects exchange rate of Rp13,900-Rp14,300 per dollar in 2020
Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo said the rupiah exchange rate will move in the range of Rp13,900 to Rp.14,300 per US dollar in 2020.
— Antara News

Government misses Q1 foreign tourist target
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya said on Monday that the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia between January and April was below the government’s target.
— The Jakarta Post

Ubud to emerge as world gastronomic tourist destination
Ubud, located in Gianyar District of Bali, will be designated as a world gastronomic tourist destination, based upon the standards of the United Nation World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
— Antara News

Thousands don’t want hard-line Indonesian Islamist back
More than 85,000 people have signed an online petition calling on the Indonesian government to revoke the citizenship of a notorious hard-line Islamic group’s leader.
— UCA News

Former Pertamina Director Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Failed Overseas Venture
The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Karen Agustiawan, the former president director of state energy company Pertamina, to eight years in prison after finding her guilty of causing financial losses for the government in a failed overseas investment scheme.
— Jakarta Globe

Aceh Discharges 3 Leaders for Violation of Eid Prayer Location
Three regional leaders in West Aceh Regency, Aceh Province, are facing the possibility of being discharged from their current position for failing to conduct the Eid Celebration prayers in their respective civil service areas.

Indonesia aims to double trade with Chile under new partnership
Indonesia aims to double trade with Chile under their comprehensive economic partnership agreement (CEPA) which will come into operation in mid-August, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said on Tuesday.
— Nasdaq

Ministry of Transport: Complex Regulation Deters Foreign Airlines
Director-General of Air Transportation at Indonesia’s Ministry of Transportation, Polana B. Pramesti, has mentioned that no foreign airlines are currently planning to enter the Indonesian market.
— Indonesia Expat

Prabowo’s Legal Team Claims It Has Damning Evidence Against Jokowi-Ma’ruf
The legal team of losing presidential ticket Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno went to the Constitutional Court on Monday to submit a revision of the lawsuit they filed last month to challenge the result of the 2019 presidential election.
— Jakarta Globe

Thousands Evacuated After Flash Flood in Konawe, South Sulawesi
A massive flash flood hit Konawe in Southeast Sulawesi on Saturday. According to the National Disaster Management Agency, more than 5,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes, some by helicopters.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta Legal Aid Highlight City’s Critical Pollution Problem
The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) has received 37 complaints on the city’s pollution level. Through their attorney Ayu Eza, the Jakarta residents who reported it claims to have contracted health problems because of the pollution.

Soaring PLN net profits driven by ‘external factors’
State-owned electricity firm PLN unexpectedly overcame their gloomy financial performance in the third quarter of 2018 to close the year with a Rp 11.57 trillion (US$803 million) net profit, an amount 161.4 percent higher than the previous period’s.
— The Jakarta Post

The urban poor in the Jakarta riots
The riots in Jakarta from 21 to 23 May have left eight people dead, more than 700 injured, caused millions of dollars of economic losses, and resulted in at least 441 arrests.
— University of Melborne

Tornado damages 16 houses in North Aceh
A tornado which hit North Aceh on Monday afternoon (June 10) has damaged 16 houses, shops, and a village head office throughout ten villages in four sub-districts.
— Antara News

One QR code for all: BI makes new system to ease payment
Kedai 157 cafe was one of the first businesses to test the country’s new Quick Response Indonesia Standard (QRIS) code system.
— The Jakarta Post

Agreement paves way for Indonesian exports to South America
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has said the Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA) will pave the way for the export of Indonesian products to South America.
— Antara News

LRT Jakarta to provide access for disabled passengers
City-owned transportation company PT LRT Jakarta has worked to guarantee transportation services for persons with disabilities, both in stations and on trains.
— Antara News

Viral: Outrage over filthy conditions at mini-zoo in West Java, including trash inside cages and animals being fed rotten fruits
There have been many stories about zoos in Indonesia horribly mistreating their animals. Recently, yet another local zoo has come under fire after pictures showing the facility’s disturbing conditions went viral on social media.
— Coconuts Jakarta

An Indonesian Governor Confronts His Illuminati Accusers
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil is fighting back accusations that his design for the Al Safar mosque, located in a rest area on the Purbaleunyi Toll Road in West Java, reportedly features “Illuminati” signs, commonly linked to signs of the devil by local conspiracy theorists.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK Declares Tycoon Sjamsul Nursalim and Wife as Graft Suspects in BLBI Case
Indonesia’s anti-graft agency on Monday declared tycoon Sjamsul Nursalim and his wife Itjih as graft suspects in the long-running Bank Indonesia Liquidity Assistance, or BLBI, bailout case.
— Jakarta Globe

Another upgrade well deserved
Rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P) upgraded Indonesia’s sovereign credit rating late last month from BBB minus, the lowest rank of its investment grade classification, to BBB, citing strong economic growth prospects, stable policy and a prudent fiscal framework as the main factors in its latest assessment.
— The Jakarta Post

Boosting e-commerce under Jokowi’s second term
Now that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has secured another five years in the top job, it is likely he will continue to focus significant attention on infrastructure development.
— The Jakarta Post

Finance Minister believes trade war will not erode RI’s credit growth
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati believes that the intensifying trade war between the United States (US) and China will not have a significant impact on the growth of bank credit in Indonesia, which is a guideline reflecting the expansion of the business world.
— Antara News

Floods Affect 20,000 People in Samarinda
At least 20,000 people are affected by floods in a number of areas in Samarinda City, East Kalimantan, Tuesday, June 11. Areas hit by floods have expanded to three sub-districts, said the city secretary Sugeng Chairuddin.

Mawar Team Former Commander Reporting Tempo to Press Council
The Indonesian Press Council is scheduled to receive a report from former commander of the Mawar Team, Maj. Gen. TNI (Ret.) Chairawan this afternoon, June 11. Chairawan plans to file a complain regarding Tempo Magazine’s reports about the May 22 riots.

Ahmad Dhani gets one year jail sentence for calling political rivals idiots
The Surabaya District Court has sentenced musician Ahmad Dhani Prasetyo to one year in jail for calling his political rivals idiots in a vlog.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian and American Marine Corps hold joint exercises
The US Marine Corps and Navy Marines held joint exercises at Bhumi Marines Base in Gedangan, Sidoarjo, to strengthen cooperation between the two militaries.
— Antara News

Ministry to develop digital platform to support fashion industry
The Industry Ministry will develop a digital platform to support the fashion industry by connecting material suppliers, designers, tailors and the industry, in a concept called the “Fitting Room”.
— Antara News

West Papua receives award from Conservation International
West Papua Province received the Global Conservation Hero Award from the Conservation International (CI) at the organization’s annual gala at Milk Studios in Los Angeles, California on Saturday (June 8).
— Antara News

The waste emergency
Ever since pictures and videos of a polluted ocean at Nusa Lembongan in Bali went viral, Indonesia’s role as an ocean polluter has been in the global spotlight.
— Inside Indonesia

Jokowi to open Bali Arts Festival
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is set to open the 2019 Bali Arts Festival, Indonesia’s longest-running art festival, on June 15.
— The Jakarta Post

Even unicorns in Indonesia face talent shortfalls
When Bima Tjahja was appointed associate vice president of data at the Bukalapak e-marketplace in January, he was surprised to discover how difficult it was to find digital talents in Indonesia
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Ma’ruf give special powers to 33 advocates
The presidential and vice-presidential candidate pair Jokowi-Ma’ruf has designated special powers to 33 advocates to undergo the process of claiming disputes over the results of the general election, as related parties in the Constitutional Court.
— Antara News

Densus 88 arrests four suspected terrorists
The National Police Counterterrorism Squad, Densus 88, arrested four suspected terrorists in Jakarta’s southeastern community of Jatibening on Monday and Tuesday (June 10 and 11).
— Antara News

Semarang-Demak Toll Road Project Begins Soon
The Semarang-Demak Toll Road project will begin physical construction this year. The contractor for the Rp15.3-trillion project had been decided through an auction some time ago.

Ex-police Chief Named Suspect, Minister: No One is Above the Law
Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu voiced his views upon the suspect naming of retired Metro Jaya Police Chief Comm. Gen. M. Sofyan Jacob for alleged treason together with BPN (Prabowo’s campaign team) spokesman Eggi Sudjana.

Bank Indonesia emphasises importance of continuing financial reforms
Bank Indonesia has emphasised the importance of continuing financial sector reforms, in order to reduce financial risks and overcome its own weaknesses.
— Antara News

LRT Jakarta prioritizes streamlining ticketing system
City-owned transportation company PT LRT Jakarta has set its sights on improving its service, especially in connection with perfecting the ticketing system that has been a cause for concern.
— Antara News

Escaping ISIL: Returnees to Indonesia try to reclaim normalcy
As a 25-year-old, Febri Ramdani has big dreams and aspirations. Dreams of attending university in Indonesia and eventually publishing his book, all of which are achievable for ordinary people.

Bali, Indonesia Surf Forecast 12 – 30 June, 2017
Wizened old Western Australian surfs know it. Hell, even the kids know it these days: when it gets up to a stormy 12 to 15ft under gale-force onshore winds across the Margaret River region, Indonesia will pumping shortly thereafter.
— Coastal Watch

Does Indonesia really need to move its capital?
INDONESIA has long considered moving its capital Jakarta, a low-lying city on the northwest coast of the island of Java in Southeast Asia.
— Asian Correspondent

Officials Warn Possible Aftershocks after Sinabung’s Weekend Eruption
Indonesian officials have warned the public against the possibility of further eruptions from Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, after it emitted a huge ash column on Monday.
— Indonesia Expat

Portugal ready for closer ties with Indonesia
Portugal wants to forge stronger relations with Indonesia, considering the long history between the two countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Foreign airline operations should be studied: Minister
Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan stated that the operation of foreign airlines in Indonesia should be studied, in a bid to offer more competitive ticket prices.
— Antara News

High waves damage stalls at Kebumen beach
High waves in the southern waters of Kebumen District, Central Java, damaged a number of semi-permanent stalls on several beaches in the region.
— Antara News

Police seize 37 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Malaysia
The National Police Criminal Investigation Department announced the arrest of six Malaysian nationals and seized 37 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine which was to be smuggled into Indonesia aboard a luxury …
— Antara News

Indonesian civil servants face disciplinary action for missing work after Hari Raya holidays
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia’s civil servants who failed to return to work after the Hari Raya Puasa holidays will face disciplinary action ranging from warnings to demotions, authorities said as they attempt to clamp down on what appears to be a recurring problem.
— Intellasia


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges International Albinism Awareness Day, June 13.


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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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