Indonesia morning news for May 23

Indonesia morning news for May 23

Indonesia morning news

Protesters, police clash in second night of post-election protests in Indonesia
Indonesian police fired water cannon and rubber bullets at protesters setting fires and trying to breach barbed wire barricades on Wednesday as demonstrations over the outcome of the presidential election hit the capital for a second night.
— Reuters

Indonesia to invest in mega projects
Indonesia will invest in Thailand’s mega projects which require a budget of more than 400 billion US dollars, the largest projects in the history of the country.
— NBT World (video)

Jakarta riot: Bank Indonesia temporary stops mobile banknote-exchange service
Bank Indonesia (BI) stopped on Wednesday the operation of its mobile banknote-exchange service in Jakarta after the riots that followed the announcement that incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had won the presidential election.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia raises 10.8trn rupiah from debt auction, below target
Indonesia raised 10.8 trillion rupiah ($746.11 million) in a bond auction on Tuesday, below the indicative target of 15 trillion rupiah, the financing and risk management office at the finance ministry said in a statement.
— Business Recorder

Indonesia riots: six dead after protesters clash with troops over election result
Six people are dead and more than 200 are injured, according to Jakarta’s governor, after protesters clashed with security forces and set fire to a police dormitory and vehicles in the Indonesian capital Jakarta following the release of official election results.
— The Guardian

Nearly 260 Rioters Arrested in Jakarta; Masterminds Are Still at Large
Police confirmed on Wednesday evening the arrest of nearly 260 protestors participating in the May 22 rally against the result of last month’s presidential election, after rioting broke out at three locations in Central and West Jakarta.
— Jakarta Globe

Ex-Tiket co-founder Natali Ardianto to open new healthtech startup
The Indonesian serial entrepreneur and mentor reportedly started recruiting on LinkedIn Former co-founder and CTO of Indonesian online travel startup Tiket, Natali Ardianto reportedly began recruiting people on LinkedIn for a healthtech startup he’s about to start.
— e27

Aceh’s first-quarter coal exports rise 46.84 percent
The export value of mineral fuel coal in Aceh during the January-March 2019 period increased some 46.84 percent to reach over US$40.05 million, than $27.27 million recorded during the corresponding period last year.
— Antara News

IFC sets aside $300m to invest in Indonesia’s tourism-related firms
The International Finance Corporation or IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has committed to invest up to $300 million in companies engaged in tourism-related sectors in Indonesia, a top executive told DEALSTREETASIA on Wednesday.
— Deal Street Asia

Police deny entering mosques in pursuit of rioters as hoaxes about secret Chinese soldiers go viral
Fake news and hoaxes tend to spread rapidly in the wake of any chaotic event, and the riots that took place in Jakarta last night (and continued into the morning in some parts of the capital) have been no exception.
— Coconuts Jakarta

May 22 Riot; Police Arrest 101 Provocateurs
Jakarta Metro Police arrested 101 people suspected to be provocateurs at the riot on May 22 following the rally in front of Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) office building until Wednesday afternoon.

Ministry seals three illegal waste dumps in Bogor
The government has sealed four illegal dumpsites on Jl. Narogong Raya in CIleungsi, Bogor, West Java, following protests by residents.
— The Jakarta Post

BI committed to developing water hyacinth crafts in Gorontalo
A representative office of Bank Indonesia (BI/central bank) in Gorontalo Province is committed to helping local micro-small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) develop water hyacinth.
— Antara News

Meet an Indonesian company trying to curb food waste and save the planet
Garda Pangan aims to raise awareness around the issue of food waste, which has been gaining little to no attention in Indonesia From the second largest city in Indonesia, that has been an emerging player in the disruptive startup business, Garda Pangan surely has the potential to steal attention. …
— e27

Indonesia opposition plans legal challenge after president’s re-election confirmed
Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won re-election in last month’s poll, an official count showed on Tuesday, throwing the spotlight on his opponent Prabowo Subianto who has refused to concede defeat after claiming widespread cheating.
— Intellasia

Indonesia remains resolute in upholding rule of law in UN
Indonesia has remained consistent in its stance to uphold the rule of law to combat crime, mirrored by its dedication to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
— Antara News

Singapore and Indonesia sign agreement to collaborate on health promotion
Singapore and Indonesia will collaborate to prevent and control diseases, promote healthy living and develop human resources under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia’s Investree to launch in the Philippines, set up new subsidiaries
Investree also plans to start fundraising for their Series C, if their expansion plan goes well Indonesian fintech startup Investree is aiming for the Philippines to become its third market next year. Apart from that, the startup is also preparing a strategy of setting up several subsidiaries to …
— e27

US Embassy Updates Security Alert in Light of Ongoing Protests in Jakarta
The United States Embassy in Indonesia has issued a security alert on Wednesday for its citizens in Jakarta in light of the street protests that began on Tuesday after the General Elections Commission, or KPU, announced the results of the election.
— Jakarta Globe

AP I Increases Airports Security following Election Result
State airline operator Angkasa Pura I increased the security measure at the airports after the General Elections Commission (KPU) announced the official result of 2019 Indonesia Elections recapitulation.

MRT Jakarta closes Bundaran HI station for the day amid fears of unrest
Following the Tanah Abang KRL Commuterline train station being shut down this morning after it became the target of rioters in Central Jakarta, another major train hub, MRT Jakarta’s Bundaran HI station, is also closing for the day amid fears of further unrest from election protests in the capital today.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jakarta MRT operating despite unrest in some areas
The Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) is operating normally, despite unrest in some areas in Indonesia’s capital city, including around Thamrin street.
— Antara News

President Jokowi warns of ‘stern actions’ against rioters
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that the government will not tolerate anyone who disrupts the country’s security and democracy as civil unrest grips the capital city following the announcement of the result of the April 17 presidential election.
— The Jakarta Post

Moeldoko: 3 Arrested for Illegal Firearm Possession
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said security forces had arrested three people for illegal firearms possession. The three men, he said, had different roles.

Governor Baswedan confirms security situation in Jakarta is conducive
The security situation in Indonesia’s capital and most populous city of Jakarta is conducive in spite of rioting around Tanah Abang and Petamburan.
— Antara News

Jakarta riot: Protesters throw firecrackers at police in C. Jakarta
Protesters started throwing firecrackers at police officers guarding the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, on Wednesday evening as post-election tensions continue after protests on Tuesday turned into a full-fledged riot.
— The Jakarta Post

May 22, Tarakan Hospital: No Injuries from Live Ammo
Tarakan Hospital’s Head of General and Marketing Department Reggy S. Sobari announced that there are no victims of the May 22 riot that were treated for gunshot wounds caused by lethal ammunition

One-way route hopes to speed traffic from Jakarta- Surabaya-Bali
Mudik Lebaran (Eid al-Fitr homecoming) is a compulsory tradition for most Indonesian Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Fitr with their families and in their hometowns.
— Antara News

Timor Leste, Cambodia study stunting prevention in Indonesia
Timor Leste and Cambodia sent delegations to learn about Indonesia’s success in preventing the stunting of children.
— Antara News

Avoid all forms of violence: Prabowo Subianto
Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto called on all public officials, police, community leaders, religious leaders, and citizens to avoid all forms of violence that could inflame conditions during the month of Ramadan.
— Antara News

Financial authority launches repo market standardization policy
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) and the Indonesian Effect Companies Association (APEI) have teamed up to launch the standardization of the repurchase agreement (repo), which has been developed in the equity market.
— The Jakarta Post

Stones, Cash-Filled Van Confiscated at Police Complex Attack
Following the fiery riot that broke at the mobile brigade (Brimob) police housing complex, National Police Spokesman Insp. General Muhammad Iqbal announced it has confiscated one ambulance vehicle owned by a political party that carried stones and envelopes filled with cash.

President Jokowi holds meeting with MPR chairman
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a meeting with Zulkifli Hasan, chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), at the Bogor presidential palace, here, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Riot-control police should desist from violence: Muhammadiyah
Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organization after Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has requested the government to instruct security personnel to not resort to violent acts against those protesting the recent election results that can result in fatalities.
— Antara News

Police Say Brimob Personnel Not from China
Police Headquarters strongly denied rumors went viral on social media saying that its Brimob personnel deployed to secure Bawaslu (Elections Supervisory Board), KPU (General Election Commission), and several other locations in Jakarta were from China.

Chinese Indonesians in Jakarta fear attacks on the community, as anti-China hoaxes spread on social media
As violent protests broke out in the Indonesian capital early on Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of several people, messages started circulating on social media that the deceased were shot by “police from China”.
— This Week in Asia

Telecommunications operator admits limiting access to social media
Indonesia’s cellular operator Telkomsel said that it fully complied with the government’s decision today to temporarily restrict access to a number of social media platforms.
— Antara News

Mob sets alight Wagete police station
An irate mob set fire to the Wagete police station in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua on Tuesday night.
— Antara News

Jokowi respects Prabowo’s decision to challenge election result in MK
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed high regard for his contender Prabowo Subianto’s decision to challenge the 2019 presidential election result in the Constitutional Court (MK).
— Antara News

Trump Congratulates Jokowi for ‘Free, Fair and Peaceful’ Elections
The United States president Donald Trump has congratulated President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for the success of last month’s simultaneous elections. Trump also said he looks forward to bolstering ties between the two countries.
— Jakarta Globe

Singapore’s Prime Minister congratulates Jokowi on winning election
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob penned a congratulatory letter to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on his re-election as president of the Republic of Indonesia.
— Antara News

KPK bans five people from traveling abroad in graft case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has imposed an overseas travel ban on five people, due to their alleged roles in a corruption case related to the purchase of patrol ships at the Directorate General of Customs and Excise and the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry.
— Antara News

Indonesia-China maritime connectivity: Impediments and prospects
China is cooperating with a few ASEAN countries on transportation infrastructure.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Chinese-Indonesian woman imprisoned for complaining about ‘adzan’ volume, released on parole
Meiliana, a Buddhist woman of Chinese-descent who was sentenced to 18 months in prison for complaining about the volume of adzan (call to prayer) in Tanjungbalai, North Sumatra, has been released on parole after the Law and Human Rights Ministry granted her request.
— The Straits Times

Running Remote Conference, 29-30 June 2019: Build and Scale Your Remote Team to the Next Level, Bali
Running Remote, the world’s largest remote work conference, announces Running Remote 2019 in Bali, Indonesia.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Bee Day, May 20. 


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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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