Indonesia morning news for November 20

Indonesia morning news for November 20

Indonesia morning news

WB points to learning poverty afflicting one-third Indonesian children
Over one-third of the children in Indonesia experience learning poverty, or are incapable of reading and comprehending simple text by the age of 10, according to the World Bank (WB).
— Antara News

Indonesia among top e-money drivers in Southeast Asia: S&P report
Indonesia is among the top drivers of e-money growth in Southeast Asia alongside neighboring Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand, according to an inaugural report commissioned by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Market Intelligence.
— The Jakarta Post

Electricity Tariff Increases per January 2020, Minister Confirms
Energy and Natural Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif confirmed that the electricity tariff will increase starting next year, especially for non-subsidized electricity customers.

Five sea turtles found dead within two weeks near coal-fired power plant in Bengkulu
Five sea turtles have been found dead in the last two weeks near the Teluk Sepang coal-fired power plant (PLTU) in the city of Bengkulu.
— The Jakarta Post

Officer Demoted for Natting Away During Police Chief’s Briefing
A middle-ranking police officer has been demoted by the order of the National Police Chief Idham Azis, who was reportedly angered by the subordinate natting away during an official briefing.
— Jakarta Globe

China inks import contracts with Indonesia worth Rp35.1 trillion
Several Chinese businessmen signed contracts of imports valued at Rp35.1 trillion, or US$2.5 billion, with their Indonesian counterparts.
— Antara News

Ban on police’s lavish lifestyle filled with vagueness
In an apparent attempt to build a clean image, the National Police has issued a regulation banning officers from exhibiting a luxurious lifestyle.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta to issue regulation on e-scooters, violators to be fined Rp 500,000
The Jakarta Transportation Agency will issue a regulation on micromobility by December amid the rising popularity of e-scooters in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has a fake news problem
On 26 September, Indonesia was hit with yet another deadly earthquake, killing 37 people and damaging more than 6,000 houses.
— The ASEAN Post

Medical Tourism a New Target for Gov’t
The Indonesian government launched a health tourism catalog and a fitness travel book on Tuesday as part of a new effort to target the health tourism market.
— Jakarta Globe

KKP recaptures three Filipino fishermen
Not even a month after seven Filipino fishermen who stole fish in the Indonesian waters were caught on October 22, 2019, the ship of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has recaptured three fishermen from the Philippines.
— Antara News

Indonesia rejects US statement on illegal Israeli settlement
Indonesia has emphasized its position on the Palestine-Israel conflict by rejecting the United States (US) statement on Monday, November 18, which backs Israel to establish its settlement in the occupied Palestine region, West Bank.
— Antara News

Skills, talent hold keys to Indonesia’s digital future
From envisioning a new, digitally powered “golden age” to selecting a tech chief executive officer in his Cabinet, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo couldn’t have been any clearer: technology will make or break Indonesia’s progress in the 21st century.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Luhut Sets 4 Investment Requirements in Indonesia
Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan explained four requirements for investors to invest in Indonesia.

Large Health Warnings to Cover Cigarette Packs, Industry Reacts
Cigarette corporations launched at the Health Ministry’s announcement to increase the mandatory health warning labels to cover 90 percent of a cigarette pack’s visual appearance, a 50 percent jump to the current regulation.

Indonesians skeptical about transparency of taxation system: Survey
As the government seeks to ramp up its tax collection efforts this year, half of all Indonesians doubt the government manages their taxes transparently, a recent survey shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to help fishermen by granting seized fishing vessels
Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo echoed the government’s intent to grant seized fishing vessels, for which final court rulings were already passed, to fishermen and institutions.
— Antara News

All SOEs Ministry echelon I officials dismissed over ‘bureaucratic efficiency’
State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has discharged all the ministry’s Echelon I officials in a restructuring effort to improve bureaucratic efficiency in accordance with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s mission.
— The Jakarta Post

KONI vice treasurer faces KPK questioning as IMR case witness
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Tuesday, issued a summons to the Indonesian National Sports Committee (KONI) Deputy Treasurer Lina Nurhasanah as witness in a bribery case against ex-youth and sports minister, with initials IMR.
— Antara News

Fiscal deficit to soar amid sluggish tax collection
The government has indicated that the 2019 fiscal deficit could hit its worst-case estimate as it plans to keep spending despite sluggish revenue collection.
— The Jakarta Post

Six terror suspects apprehended in West Java’s Cirebon: Police
Members of the National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 apprehended six suspected terrorists in Cirebon City, West Java Province, on Monday, a police officer confirmed.
— Antara News

Papuan police chief warns of threats posed by armed Papuan criminals
Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw has warned that armed Papuan criminals would likely launch disturbances in the future at the mining sites of gold and copper mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura Sub-district.
— Antara News

CIMB Niaga taps into bond market to boost financing capacity
Private lender CIMB Niaga will issue a series of regular bonds and subordinate bonds to strengthen its capital structure and financing capacity amid reports of liquidity tightening in the banking system.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Embassy conducts promotion of investment in infrastructure
The Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur capitalized on the opportunity presented by the Transportation Investment Forum (TIF) 2019 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday to promote investment in the country’s infrastructure development.
— Antara News

Erick Thohir Demotes Deputies in Latest SOE Ministry Overhaul
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir has demoted senior officials in his ministry and moved them to various posts in state-controlled firms as the minister seeks to streamline bureaucracy in the notoriously labyrinthine ministry, media reports have said.
— Jakarta Globe

Muhammadiyah’s role in national education draws acclaim from Makarim
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim vociferously praised Muhammadiyah for its role in the development and promotion of education in Indonesia.
— Antara News

First Indonesian Product Expo held in Doha, Qatar
The Indonesian Embassy in Doha organized the First Indonesian Product Exhibition dubbed “Gateway to Indonesian Products” in the capital city of Qatar, from November 17 to 19, 2019.
— Antara News

Local venture capitalists, start-ups learn lessons from Softbank’s big loss in WeWork
Venture capitalists are getting more cautious about investing in start-up firms as they now require start-ups to present a clear path to profitability following Softbank’s loss from its investment in WeWork.
— The Jakarta Post

Big business ‘rush’ to invest in more start-ups to boost growth
Major Indonesian companies are actively seeking to invest in start-ups to boost innovation and to ensure the steady growth of their businesses.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM promises to ‘debottleneck’ $50b stalled investment projects
Twenty-four investment projects worth Rp 708 trillion (US$50 billion) are currently stalled due to overlapping regulations and red tape, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
— The Jakarta Post

JFX signs pact with APEX for exchange of stocks information
The Jakarta Futures Exchange (JFX) and Singapore-licensed Asia Pacific Exchange (APEX) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for sharing of information to draw more foreign investors in future, the Trade Ministry stated here, Monday.
— Antara News

Government plans to build LRT line to Puncak to ease notorious traffic congestion
Hilly resort town Puncak in Bogor, West Java may be one of Jakartans’ favorite spots for short getaways, but its popularity has also made it a notorious traffic nightmare during public holidays and weekends.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Police probe explosion at Parepare Prosecutor’s Office
The police are investigating an explosion that took place in the back yard of the Parepare Prosecutor’s Office in South Sulawesi on Tuesday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Sunter Eviction; Settlers Deem Anies Baswedan Sold False Promises
Subaidah (40) is one of the settlers in an area in Sunter, North Jakarta, that was evicted from her home.

EasyJet to Offset Carbon Emissions from All Flights
British budget airline easyJet on Tuesday, Nov. 19, said it would become the world’s first major airline to operate net-zero carbon flights across its whole network by offsetting the emissions from flying.

Lower commodity prices hit Isuzu, Daihatsu commercial vehicle sales
Lower commodity prices have hit Astra International’s commercial vehicle sales as both distributors of Daihatsu and Suzuki vehicles reported lower sales so far this year.
— The Jakarta Post

‘A Boarding School’: New Documentary Dispels Myths of Pesantren as ‘Terrorist Schools’
Islamic boarding schools in Indonesia, or pesantren, have an image problem. They are often derided as “terrorist schools,” where young people, often boys, are said to be radicalized by hardline preachers.
— Jakarta Globe

Mutual fund players turn to e-marketplaces to reach individual investors
To get more young Indonesians to invest in mutual funds, industry players are looking to tech-based startups, such as e-marketplace unicorns Bukalapak and Tokopedia, which have a far greater reach than brick and mortar stores.
— The Jakarta Post

Kadin encourages businesspersons to capitalize on FTA scheme
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) is encouraging import-export businesspersons to garner optimal benefits from the free trade agreement (FTA) between Indonesia and other nations since many are yet unaware of the scheme.
— Antara News

Soekarno Hatta Airport launches Mobil Command Post for emergencies
Indonesia’s Soekarno Hatta International Airport on Tuesday launched its Mobile Command Post (MCP) focused on offering central integrated treatment during emergency scenarios.
— Antara News

Government to declare winner of tender for Komodo Airport management
The Transportation Ministry has set a target to make public the winner of a tender for the management of Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara Province, at the end of this month.
— Antara News

‘He wanted others to suffer like he did’: Police arrest W. Jakarta man accused of throwing acid on 9 women
Police in West Jakarta on Saturday arrested a man who allegedly threw acid on nine women — most of them junior high school students — on three separate occasions over the past couple of weeks.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Serial semen flinger in W. Java confesses to groping women’s breasts, may face 10 years in prison
Police in the city of Tasikmalaya, West Java yesterday arrested a man who allegedly flung his semen at several women after masturbating in front of them in public.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Hairy caterpillar invasion at Agam school stalls learning activities
Learning activities at the Kajai Pisik 39 Elementary School in Lubuklinggau, Agam District, West Sumatra, came to a standstill, and students were sent home early in the event of hairy caterpillars swarming the school.
— Antara News

MUI Starts Certifying Preachers in Fight against Extremism
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) announced that it has commenced the standardization program for religious preachers as of Monday, November 18, which is also known as the da’i certification.

Building bridges: JakIPA 2019 promotes cultural exploration, invention
Audiences were presented with performances like no other during the Jakarta International Performing Arts (JakIPA) 2019, held on Nov. 16 to 17 at the National Monument (Monas) East Plaza of Merdeka Square in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Carol Mitchell

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Television Day, November 21.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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