Indonesia morning news for May 6

Indonesia morning news for May 6

Indonesia morning news

Indonesian workers continue fighting for decent wage, better benefits
International Labor Day or May Day is celebrated annually on May 1 by workers across countries to highlight certain causes–better wages, better benefits and improved working conditions.
— Antara News

Indonesia sinks 51 foreign boats to fight against poaching
Indonesian authorities have resumed their tough stance against illegal fishing in the country’s water by sinking 51 foreign ships.
— FOX News

Shared meals and torch-lit parades: Indonesia Muslims welcome Ramadan
From cleaning up relatives’ graves and sharing food with the poor to holding colourful torch-lit street parades, millions of Indonesians are getting ready to welcome the holy month of Ramadan in the world’s populous Muslim-majority country.
— France 24

Indonesia is moving its capital city; other cities should take note
Indonesia made a stunning announcement last week that it will relocate its capital from Jakarta.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Education must be based on future needs: Vice President
Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla said at a national seminar themed “Format of Education to Enhance National Competitiveness” at Yogyakarta State University (UNY) that education must be developed based on future needs.
— Antara News

Indonesia signs contract for multifunction satellite
The government on Friday contracted a French company to build a multifunction satellite that is expected to be put into orbit and begin operations in 2023.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Struggles To Keep Investments As Shell Looks To Exit LNG Project
Shell is seeking to sell its minority stake in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Indonesia, hoping to get US$1 billion for its 35-percent interest in the US$15-billion project, Reuters reported on Friday, quoting banking and industry sources.
— Oil Price

Transportation Minister Still Grapples with High Airfares
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said he was still grappling with high airfares. According to him, airfares remained high despite his orders to airlines for lower tariffs.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta offers residents tax discounts to install vertical drains
In a bid to convince residents to install vertical drains to help mitigate floods, the Jakarta administration is offering incentives to those who build them in the yards of their homes.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia billionaire’s builder joins top Asia junk bonds
A BUILDER controlled by Indonesia’s billionaire Riady family has rebounded from the depths of distress to become one of the best performers in the Asia junk dollar bond market.
— The Star Online

PLN unveils electric tricycles in Medan
State-owned electricity firm PLN in cooperation with HKBP Nommensen University (UHN) in Medan, North Sumatra, launched on Thursday its first becak motor or betor (electric tricycle) during a National Education Day celebration.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Good Example of Press Freedom: Rudiantara
Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara said Indonesia had become an example of a country upholding good press freedom.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia open to foreign investment in projects for new capital city
National Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said Indonesia welcomed foreign investors for the development of a long-debated new capital city, a plan revived by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s flood, landslide-rattled province struggles to recover
The emergency state of Indonesia’s western Bengkulu Province was lifted on Saturday after floods and landslides killed 30 people and caused massive infrastructure damage in the past two weeks as the region was striving for recovery, a senior disaster official said.
— Xinhua

Road links cut, fuel prices rise after flash floods in Sigi
Hundreds of survivors of flash floods in Central Sulawesi’s Sigi regency are having a hard time getting basic necessities, including fuel, while their mobility is hampered by damaged roads, leaving some districts isolated.
— The Jakarta Post

Raja Ampat in Indonesia: how to enjoy the tropical island paradise and avoid the crowds
There’s not a soul in sight as our battered toothpick-shaped boat cuts through some of the clearest turquoise water imaginable.
— SCMP

Gov’t Offers Islamic Savings Bonds ST004 for Individual Investors
The government is offering the ST004 series of Islamic Savings Bond (Sukuk Tabungan) online to individual investors with Indonesian citizenship. The offering period starts today until May 21, 2109.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia assures sufficient staple food supply during Ramadan
The Indonesian government has assured a sufficient supply of staple foods during the Ramadan festive month of Muslims from May 6 to June 3.
— Vietnam Plus

Ex-army Chief Moeldoko Firm Against Rouge Meeting of Ijtima Ulama
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko was assertive against the opposition’s meeting dubbed the ijtima ulama III, especially toward the meeting’s one major ruling which seeks to urge the disqualification of incumbent Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin from the presidential election.
— Tempo.co

BI keeps eye on three risks to financial system stability
Bank Indonesia has assured that Indonesia’s financial system is in a stable condition, following the global uncertainty in 2018, but the central bank pointed out three risks that could destabilize the financial system.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s New Capital to be Moved to a 300,000 Hectare Plot of Land
Minister of Agrarian and Spatial Planning (BPN) chief Sofyan Djalil has said that Indonesia’s new capital will be moved to a 300,000-hectare plot of land owned by the state in order to lower construction costs.
— Indonesia Expat

Pollution turns East Jakarta river blue
A stretch of the Sunter River that passes community unit (RW) 03 in Cipinang Muara, Duren Sawit subdistrict, East Jakarta, turned blue on Thursday, allegedly because of industrial waste.
— The Jakarta Post

Ramadan; MRT Jakarta Allows Passengers to Eat and Drink on Board
PT MRT Jakarta applies a special policy to welcome the Islamic holy month of Ramadan (a month of fasting for Muslims). The corporate director of operation and maintenance Muhammad Effendi said passengers are allowed to eat and drink to break their fast on board.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia signs contract for multifunction satellite
The government on Friday contracted a French company to build a multifunction satellite that is expected to be put into orbit and begin operations in 2023.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to Build New Capital City on 300,000-hectare Land
Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister/National Land Agency (BPN) chief Sofyan Djalil said the country’s new capital would be established on a 300,000-hectare land plot belonging to the state so as to lower construction costs.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia halts pepper exports to Vietnam
The Indonesian Agriculture Ministry has halted white pepper exports to Vietnam and will instead channel them to India and Europe to ensure a good selling price for farmers to boost their income and family welfare.
— Antara News

Flash flood hits Samosir, one still missing
A resident, identified as Tiarma Situmorang, 65, of Buntu Mauli village in Samosir regency, North Sumatra, has been reported missing after a flash flood hit her village on Friday afternoon. The flash flood occurred during heavy rain in the village.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia : Shell pursuing US$1b exit from Indonesia LNG project
Royal Dutch Shell is moving to sell its stake in Indonesia’s US$15 billion Abadi liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, industry and banking sources said, following on from an asset disposal programme that has raised more than US$30 billion.
— Market Watch

PLN unveils electric tricycles in Medan
State-owned electricity firm PLN in cooperation with HKBP Nommensen University (UHN) in Medan, North Sumatra, launched on Thursday its first becak motor or betor (electric tricycle) during a National Education Day celebration.
— The Jakarta Post

CPO price in Jambi slides by Rp131 per kilogram
The price of crude palm oil (CPO), palm kernel, and palm oil fresh fruit bunches (FFB) in Jambi Province in the initial week of May 2019, reduced by Rp131 per kilogram than the earlier period, from Rp6,546 to Rp6,415 per kilogram.
— Antara News

Pollution turns East Jakarta river blue
A stretch of the Sunter River that passes community unit (RW) 03 in Cipinang Muara, Duren Sawit subdistrict, East Jakarta, turned blue on Thursday, allegedly because of industrial waste.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Holds Meeting with Workers Unions Presidents Nationwide
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a meeting today with the country’s workers unions presidents at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java.
— Tempo.co

Situng’s vote-count result shows Jokowi-Amin still leading: KPU
Ma’ruf Amin continuing to maintain a lead by securing 55,929,995 votes.
— Antara News

Let Indonesia, Philippines deal with their own nationals, says Jeffrey Kitingan
MALAYSIA should not trouble itself by regularising undocumented migrants in Sabah but have them repatriated, said a Sabah opposition leader today.
— The Malaysia Insight

Maybank Indonesia reports 6.2 percent profit growth
Private lender PT Bank Maybank Indonesia Tbk (Maybank Indonesia) booked 6.2 percent profit growth to Rp 966.5 billion in the first quarter of 2019, which ended on March 31, from a Rp 909.7 billion profit recorded in the same period last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministers, Garuda Indonesia to Hold Meeting on Airfare Issue
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution vowed to hold a special meeting for talks on airfare. He planned to invite SOE Minister Rini Soemarno and Garuda Indonesia director boards.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi’s volunteers in New York offer thanksgiving
Ma’ruf Amin’s victory in the April 17 presidential election while organizing a fundraising event for the slain heroes of democracy.
— Antara News

Bali airport shuttle service returns
Travelers arriving at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali can now ride on a public shuttle bus connecting the airport and other parts of the resort island, after the service was previously suspended for months.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Will Move its Capital from Fast-Sinking Jakarta
Indonesia’s president elect announced plans this week to move the country’s capital away from Jakarta, reportedly the fastest sinking city in the world.
— Eco Watch

Again, Gov’t Calls for People Not to Go `Mudik` on Motorcycle
Associated to the risks of traffic accidents, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi reminded people to avoid motorcycles as a means to travel to hometowns in the upcoming traditional Ramadan mass-exodus “mudik.”
— Tempo.co

Prabowo-Sandi camp claims AHY does not notify Jokowi meeting
Prabowo-Sandi’s National Winning Body (BPN) claimed that Democratic Party Joint Task Force Commander Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono (AHY) neither notified them nor confirmed the planned meeting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at the Merdeka Palace on Thursday (May 2).
— Antara News

Semarang welcomes Ramadan with Dugdheran carnival
Thousands of residents flocked to the city center of Semarang, West Java, on Saturday to welcome the fasting month, which will begin on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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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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