Indonesia morning news for March 13

Indonesia morning news for March 13

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Says Election Under Attack From Chinese, Russian Hackers
Chinese and Russian hackers are attacking Indonesia’s voter data base in a bid to disrupt the country’s upcoming presidential election, according to a senior election commission official.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia revises up 2018 Sumatra coffee bean monthly export data
Indonesia’s Lampung trade office has revised up its 2018 data for monthly coffee beans exports from the province.
— Reuters

Developers focus on apartments with prices below Rp 1b
Property developers are focusing on building apartments costing less than Rp 1 billion (US$70,042) in order to expand their markets, business players.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Mulls Over Forming Investment, Export Ministry
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi is mulling over a formation of a ministry specifically for investment and export affairs. The reason, Jokowi was irked by the country’s investment and export value that was far below neighboring countries, such as Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

Amid Tourism Push, Concern Grows Over Indonesia’s Komodo Dragons
How’s this for adventure tourism? A close encounter with a 10-foot long lizard with razor-sharp teeth and a venomous bite from a mouth swimming in noxious bacteria.
— National Public Radio

Indonesian Tycoon Sees No ‘More Hiccups’ in $18 Billion Project
Indonesia’s Lippo Group sees no “more hiccups” in its flagship $18 billion township project near Jakarta as a new fundraising plan helps alleviate liquidity concerns.
— Bloomberg

China and Indonesia halt Boeing 737 MAX 8 after deadlly Ethiopia crash
Plane parts are recovered at the site of the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people from 33 nations.
— Adelaide Now

Polls show Indonesian president holds lead ahead of April election
With just over a month to go to an Indonesian election, President Joko Widodo holds a double-digit lead over his challenger, retired general Prabowo Subianto, according to an opinion poll released this week.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

KPK Visits Offices of Political Parties in Talks of Party Funding
The political task force of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would visit several offices of political parties on March 12 and 14, 2019, in talks of political parties funding.

In West Jakarta, landless farmers race against urbanization
Asdedi, 37, has been planting rice in Semanan, Kalideres, West Jakarta, since he arrived Jakarta in 1997, after his goldfish business in Subang, West Java, went bust.
— The Jakarta Post

ADB issues 15-year Indonesian rupiah-linked bond
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has raised 1.2 trillion Indonesian rupiahs (about 84 million U.S. dollars) from a new issue of offshore Indonesian rupiah-linked bonds, the bank announced on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust to buy retail mall in West Jakarta for $354.7m
Lippo Malls Indonesia Retail Trust (LMIRT) is looking to acquire Lippo Mall Puri in West Jakarta for 3.70 trillion rupiah ($354.7 million), financed with a combination of debt and equity financing, the Reit’s (real estate investment trust) manager said in a regulatory filing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia needs around 17 millions digital economic workers
Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto stated that Indonesia needs 17 million people to work in digital economy until 2030.
— Antara News

Jokowi Urges Siti Aisyah to Temporarily Stay Put at Home
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo suggested Siti Aisyah stay put at home for the time being after she had been just acquitted of all charges in the murder case against Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s ruler Kim Jong-un.

High domestic fares spur Indonesians to travel internationally
Travel agents in Indonesia are reporting an increase in outbound traffic to international destinations in the face of soaring domestic airfares.
— TTG Asia

Jokowi considers establishing ministries for investment, exports
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he was considering forming new ministries to tackle a decline in investment and weak export growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Magnitude-5.8 earthquake jolts Padang Sidempuan
An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale jolted Padang Sidempuan, North Sumatra, on Monday at 11:34 p.m. local time, but it did not have the potential to trigger a subsequent tsunami.
— Antara News

Indonesia offers help with ET302 crash investigation
The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) says it is ready to provide assistance with the accident investigation into Ethiopian Airlines ET302, which crashed minutes after taking off in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia steps up border watch to prevent flow of illegal arms
Intellasia East Asia News Officials fear weapons may enter country after Philippine fighters surrender them under Mindanao deal Indonesia has boosted surveillance of its vast and porous sea border with the southern Philippines, as the Manila government and the Mora Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) pursue a peace deal giving Muslims on Mindanao island broader autonomy in exchange for giving up their separatist goals.
— Intellasia

As Indonesia prepares to head to the polls, the crackdown in West Papua continues
With increasingly regular protests and a violent crackdown by police and the military, the contested Indonesian region of West Papua is currently seeing the highest levels of agitation it has experienced in years.
— Equal Times

Govt to Apply Luxury Goods Tax for Low-Cost Green Car
The Indonesian government planned to apply luxury goods tax or PPnBM for the low-cost green car (LGCC). The plan was noted in the revised draft of PPnBM scheme during a consultation meeting with the House of Representatives (DPR)’s Commission XI overseeing financial affairs on Monday, March 11.

Jokowi calls to develop online networking system for traditional markets
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on the Trade Ministry, local administrations, traditional market managers, and relevant stakeholders to develop an online networking system for vendors in traditional markets.
— Antara News

Indonesia to open relations with Niue, Cook Islands
Indonesia is looking to open up diplomatic engagement with Niue and the Cook Islands.
— Radionz

Amien Rais Talks of Angels Praying for Jokowi’s Election Loss
Head advisor of Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno campaign team (BPN) Amien Rais accuses the Jokowi camp of practicing money politics in the 2019 presidential election campaign by distributing ‘sembako’ or nine basic commodities.

Suspected bomb explosion occurs in Sibolga
Residents of Sibolga in North Sumatra were shocked by a suspected bomb explosion in Jalan KH Ahmad Dahlan, Gang Sekuntum, Pancuran Bambu Village, Sibolga Sambas District, Sibolga, on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesian vice-presidential challenger wants changes to Australian free trade deal
There was relief and celebration last week after the long-negotiated trade deal with Indonesia was finally signed in Jakarta.
— ABC Net

Indonesia tightens rules for online lending platforms
The Indonesian financial services authority (OJK) says that of 145 registered online lending platforms 25 are in the process of applying for OJK’s operating license.
— KR Asia

Jokowi calls for upgrading skills of construction workers
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called for improving the quality of human resources working in the construction field by promoting the certification program and sending construction workers for training courses overseas.
— Antara News

TNI Takeover Construction Work for 21 Bridges in Papua’s Nduga
The Armed Forces (TNI) will complete the construction of 21 bridges in Nduga Regency, Papua. The construction would be carried out by 600 additional TNI personnel who were dispatched on March 12.

Indonesia’s Lippo Karawaci to raise $1 bln in funding, names CEO
Indonesian property developer Lippo Karawaci said it plans to raise $1 billion in new funding through a rights issue and sale of assets, and unveiled a new management team, as it pushes to transform the company and shore up its capital.
— Reuters

Indonesia plans tax changes to drive output, exports of greener cars
Indonesia plans to revise its luxury tax scheme for cars to encourage production of environmentally friendly vehicles and to help promote Southeast Asia’s biggest economy as a regional hub for exports, ministers said on Monday.
— The Star Online

Ministry projects decline in mineral exports
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry expects a decline in the export of mineral resources this year because of production cuts by large mining companies.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Defendant in Kim Jong Nam Murder Case Freed
An Indonesian woman accused of murdering the North Korean leader’s half-brother at a Kuala Lumpur airport in 2017 returned home to Jakarta on Monday after prosecutors declined to press on with the case against her and Malaysian authorities released her.
— Radio Free Asia

Densus 88 Arrests Suspected Terrorist in North Sumatra
The Indonesian National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 apprehended a terrorist identified as Husain Alkas Abu Hamzah in a police bust that broke out this noon, March 12, in Sibolga, North Sumatra.

Indonesians get first chance to ride subway in traffic-clogged capital
Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, held on Tuesday the first public trial run of its US$3 billion mass rapid transit (MRT) system aimed at improving transport conditions in a city suffering some of the worst traffic jams in the world.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Trade war badly affects Indonesia’s exports: Economic chief
Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution has stressed that the trade war between China and the United States has badly affected and will continue to affect Indonesia’s exports as both countries will import less from Indonesia as they experience economic slowdowns.
— The Jakarta Post

Spike In Tourism To Indonesia’s Komodo Island Has Environmentalists Worried
Indonesia has some of Southeast Asia’s most beautiful and largely undiscovered tourist destinations.
— Nation Public Radio

Yogyakarta Intensifies Non-rice Food Diversification Program
The Yogyakarta City Agriculture and Food Office is intensifying a non-rice food diversification program to allow the public to depend not only on rice but also on other easily obtainable staple foods as well.

Indonesia, experts wary of linking Boeing crashes
Two fatal crashes of Boeing 737 Max 8 planes less than five months apart have raised alarm, but experts are wary of linking the two.
— National Post

An off-target approach to Indonesia’s cyber-issues
Indonesia has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth slightly above 5 per cent per year.
— Policy Forum

Purbalingga Airport construction to kick off in April 2019
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has given the assurance that the construction of Jenderal Besar Soedirman Airport in Purbalingga District, Central Java Province, will begin in April 2019.
— Antara News


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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