Indonesia morning news for March 14

Indonesia morning news for March 14

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s February trade deficit seen as smallest in five months – Reuters poll
Indonesia’s trade deficit is seen narrowing in February as exports continued to decline amid falling global demand and soft commodity prices, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.
— Today Online

Rp1 trillion spent on fighting land fires in 2018
The government spent Rp1 trillion for fighting wildfires on peatlands in South Sumatra province last year, Chief of the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB) Lt. Gen. Doni Monardo said on Tuesday.
— Antara News

In Indonesia, Facebook and Twitter are ‘buzzer’ battlegrounds as elections loom
Almost every day, “Janda”, a self-described Indonesian housewife with 2,000 Twitter followers, dispenses lifestyle tips, complains about city life, and praises how the government of President Joko Widodo has improved her life as a young mother.
— Reuters

Depok Preps Rp800 bn to Build Two Underpasses
Depok City Administration prepared Rp800 billion budget to build underpass in two locations; Jalan Dewi Sartika heading to Margonda and Citayam Station gate area.

Indonesia officially seeks FAA’s further advice on Boeing 737 MAX-8
Indonesia officially sought further advice from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on thorough inspections of Boeing 737 MAX 8s following an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10, 2019, killing all 157 on board.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani Steps Up Bill on Salary Hike for Civil Servant
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said that the government continued to expedite the bill concerning the salary hike for the civil servant which is amounted to five percent this year.

Indonesia trade deal a big win for Australian grain growers
THE new Indonesia Australia trade agreement is “great news” for the Australian grains industry, according to Rabobank senior grains and oilseeds analyst Cheryl Kalisch Gordon.
— Weekly Times

Jayapura Hit by Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake
An earthquake with magnitude 4.6 shook Jayapura, Papua, this morning, March 8, at 03:23 Eastern Indonesia Time (WIT).

Indonesia has a plan to deal with its plastic waste problem
In Indonesia, plastic waste is a very modern-day enemy. It’s such a problem that, last year, the army was called in to scoop it out of the river in the country’s third-largest city of Bandung.
— We Forum

Water sharing in Indonesia key to smothering transboundary haze
With 2019 expected to bring hotter and drier-than-usual El Niño weather conditions to Southeast Asia, concerns are heightened about a recurrence of the 2015 haze crisis.
— East Asia Forum

Jokowi has done his best in eastern Indonesia
In the 2016-2017 Global Competitiveness Report, Indonesia ranks 60th of 138 countries for infrastructure.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Prabowo urges loyalists to secure ballot booths on April 17
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has called on his loyalists to secure the votes of eligible voters cast in ballot booths on April 17, 2019.
— Antara News

OSS system ineffective because of lack of regional readiness: Minister
Even as the government boasts about the important role of the Online Single Submission (OSS) system for accelerating the issuance of investment licensing arrangements, most regencies and municipalities are not ready to implement it.
— The Jakarta Post

President stresses importance of flight safety
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stressed the importance of airline companies prioritizing their passengers’ safety in response to the Transportation Ministry’s decision to ban Boeing 737 Max 8 flights in the country.
— Antara News

Prabowo Camp Respond to Defiance Shown by 1998 Kidnapping Victims
The Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno campaign team (BPN) legal and advocacy director Sufmi Dasco Ahmad responded to the public disapproval of Prabowo’s candidacy by 1998 activist kidnapping survivors and relatives.

Amien Rais: Angels are Praying for Jokowi’s Loss
Head Advisor to Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno’s campaign team, Amien Rais, has accused Jokowi’s campaign team of money politics, by distributing the ‘sembako’ or nine basic commodities, across Indonesia.
— Indonesia Expat

A more inclusive, progressive Islamist party? New political nemesis emerges for PKS
A new mass organization led by senior members of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) could soon become the political nemesis of the increasingly divided Islamist party.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Kidnap Victims’ Families Campaign Against Prabowo Subianto
Several relatives to the victims of the 1997/1998 activist kidnappings and disappearances declared to not vote for presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, who they deemed as a severe human rights violator.

Suspected terrorists in Sibolga, Lampung, affiliated to ISIS
The suspected terrorists arrested in North Sumatra Province’s Sibolga and Lampung Province are part of the networks affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group, National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian stated.
— Antara News

Prabowo to meet supporters in Riau Islands
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is scheduled to meet his supporters in Ocarina, Batam, Riau Islands, on Wednesday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Orders Handling of Armed Criminal Group Issue in Papua
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered security authorities to deal with the issue concerning the armed criminal group in Papua Province. His order came following the murders of three military officers by the group on Thursday (Mar. 7).

Indonesia’s motorbike sales higher in February
Indonesia’s motorbike sales, a barometer for buying power of middle-and low income groups in the country, accelerated at a faster pace in February, the motorcycle industry association revealed here on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Wife blows herself, children up after suspected terrorist husband’s arrest: Police
The National Police have said the wife and children of suspected terrorist Husein, aka Abu Hamzah, blew themselves up early on Wednesday in the family’s residence in Sibolga, North Sumatra, following Husein’s arrest.
— The Jakarta Post

Can Indonesia become Southeast Asia’s digital hub?
Indonesia is waking up. And it’s embracing all things digital. There has been a lot of reporting recently around how the country is positioning itself to become Southeast Asia’s digital leader – a role that will fundamentally change conventional industries, including tourism and real estate, in a very short space of time.

Indonesia needs transparency in campaign funding
Corruption in Indonesian political campaigns was one of the highlights of the first presidential debate on “law, human rights, corruption and terrorism” in January.
— Asia Times

Activist optimistic of candidates discussing occupational safety in debate
Incumbent Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi’s) running mate, Ma’ruf Amin, and challenger Prabowo Subianto’s partner, Sandiaga Uno, should discuss occupational safety and health (K3) at the next debate, Andy William Sinaga, Labor Institute Indonesia executive secretary, stated.
— Antara News

Leopard shark spotted in Jakarta Bay
A 5-meter-long leopard shark was spotted in Jakarta Bay on Tuesday, some 3 miles from the popular Ancol Beach in North Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sees rise in number of self-proclaimed prophets promising to save the nation
It is a time of purported visions and miracles for tens of thousands of Indonesians, as the world’s most populous Muslim nation experiences a rise in the number of self-proclaimed prophets thanks to social media.
— ABC Net

Sri Mulyani: Taxpayers Contributing to National Development
In front the audience composed of entrepreneurs at the Jakarta Taxation Supervisory Committee (KPP), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani explained the significant role of taxpayers in supporting Indonesia’s economic growth.

Six foreign-controlled miners to start divestments in ‘near future’ – Indonesia
Six foreign-controlled miners operating in Indonesia, including PT Vale Indonesia and a unit of Australia’s Newcrest Mining , intend to divest some of their shares “in the near future” to meet regulations, an Indonesian official said.
— Kitco

To preserve its democracy, Indonesia must reconsider its current cyber-policy
INDONESIA has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia with Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth slightly above 5 percent per year. Much of this growth has been generated by cyberspace expansion and the creation of new cyber-based businesses in the e-commerce sector.
— Asia Correspondent

Jokowi Camp Threatens to Keep Raising Issue on Prabowo`s Land
Erick Thohir, chairman of the Jokowi – Ma’ruf campaign team, did not deny that his team would continuously raise an issue on the concession land owned by Prabowo Subianto should the presidential candidate number 02 continually brought up issues regarding unfair land distribution in the era of Jokowi.

How to Get an Indonesian IP Address in 2019: A Jakarta Juke
If you’ve relocated from Indonesia or are traveling, you may have noticed that you can’t access things you normally do online. No matter how much you try, all you get is an error message.
— Cloudwards

Indonesia eyes Australian automotive market
Indonesia is eying the Australian automotive market to export up to 1.2 million cars annually following the signing of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two neighboring countries, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto stated.
— Antara News

Companies keen on attracting returnee professionals to ease talent crunch in 2019: Michael Page Indonesia
Global professional recruitment consultancy released its Michael Page Indonesia Salary Benchmark 2019 citing keen interest from companies to hire returning Indonesians to solve the country’s candidate-short situation.
— Business Insider

Unicorn E-Commerce Urged to Support Local Product Sales
The government urged online marketplace or e-commerce companies holding unicorn status to drive innovations to reduce the sales of imported consumer goods.

Wounded orangutan found in Indonesia with 74 airgun pellets in body
A severely wounded orangutan has been found with 74 airgun pellets in her body in Indonesia’s Aceh province, officials said Wednesday (March 13).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia NGO appeals ruling on China-funded dam in endangered orangutan habitat
Indonesia’s biggest non-government environmental group on Wednesday launched a fresh legal bid to stop the construction of a controversial China-funded dam that some experts warn will destroy the habitat of a unique species of orangutans.
— News Trust

News Focus — East Java accelerates flood mitigation efforts
Indonesia is currently transitioning from rainy to the dry season that usually begins in April or May.
— Antara News

Developing online platform for traditional markets
The government of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has set itself the target of building and revitalizing at least five thousand traditional markets across Indonesia during its tenure (2014-2019).
— 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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