Indonesia morning news for October 10

Indonesia morning news for October 10

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s competitiveness ranking drops 5 spots as Singapore tops list: WEF
Indonesia’s ranking in the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness index dropped five places in 2019 to 50th out of 141 economies, while Singapore takes over the United States as the world’s most competitive country.
— The Jakarta Post

Public facilities including malls, offices must have Indonesian names, new presidential regulation stipulates
President Joko Widodo has passed a Presidential Regulation (Perpres) on the use of Bahasa Indonesia, and boy is it going to upset some South Jakarta millennials.
— Coconuts (paywall)

The next generation will endure the health effects of Indonesia’s wildfires
Last month, wildfires in Sumatra and Kalimantan sent a noxious cloud of smoke billowing across the ASEAN region, prompting the closure of schools and airports.
— ASEAN Today

Revised Crop Cultivation Law disadvantages small-scall farmers: NGOs
Just when he thought he had complied with the law, Munirwan, a farmer from Aceh, was arrested in August for distributing IF8 rice seeds without a permit and certification.
— The Jakarta Post

Wild elephants destroy four houses in Aceh
A human-animal conflict continues in the areas of Bener Meriah District, Aceh Province with a herd of wild Sumatran elephants destroying four houses in Pantanlah Village, Pintu Rime Gayo Subdistrict, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Import duties can be alternative way to tax digital economy: Experts
While most countries around the world are still waiting for a global consensus on how to more effectively collect taxes from multinational digital companies, a recent discussion held by a local think-tank shed light on alternative measures that could be taken to collect digital taxes.
— The Jakarta Post

FIFA fines PSSI Rp643 million over violence GBK stadium
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has fined the Indonesian Soccer Association (PSSI) 45,000 franc swiss (chf) or Rp643 million over violence during the 2022 World Cup’s qualifier between Indonesia and Malaysia at Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta recently.
— Antara News

Govt offers Rp 4.3 trillion Singkawang airport project to private investment
The government offered a new airport project under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme in Singkawang, West Kalimantan, at a market sounding event on Monday in Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry proposes 54% increase in distribution of key biofuel next year
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry aims to distribute next year around 9.6 million kiloliters of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), a critical ingredient for biofuel, a ministry official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

NSHE Goes Far and Beyond to Protect Tapanuli Orangutan
The developer and operator of the Batang Toru hydropower plant in North Sumatra has established joint monitoring teams and implemented a zero-tolerance policy on hunting on the project site, as part of efforts to protect the rare Tapanuli orangutan, which is endemic to the area.
— Jakarta Globe

Protection for refugees in Indonesia: A state responsibility
The street hosting the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Indonesia, Jl. Kebon Sirih in Central Jakarta, was filled with refugees, requesting protection and a solution to their situation living in limbo for years, particularly from June to August.
— The Jakarta Post

Taiwan seeks stronger ties with Indonesia
Strong bonds: Taipei Economic Trade Office (TETO) representative to Indonesia John Chen (center) is flanked by Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko, lawmakers from the House of Representatives and Taiwanese businessmen during a cake-cutting ceremony in Jakarta on Monday to commemorate the 108th Double Tenth Day.
— The Jakarta Post

Half of State Assets Controlled by 1% Rich Indonesians: Report
The National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Alleviation (TNP2K) has submitted its final performance report in Vice Presidential Palace, at Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, Wednesday, Oct. 9.

Jusuf Kalla: Highest Welfare Gap Visibly Seen in Jakarta
Vice President Jusuf Kalla laments the high public welfare gap in Indonesia, in which the highest gap is reportedly in the capital city of Jakarta.

Democrat Rejects Constitution Amendment to Reinstate GBHN
The Democrat faction head at the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Benny Kabur Harman, said that there is no urgency to amend the 1945 Constitution.

Freeport Indonesia’s spending on copper smelter hits $150 million
Copper and gold mining company PT Freeport Indonesia spent up to US$151.7 million as of July to finance the development of its copper smelter in Gresik, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest Russian for trafficking in hashish
The Denpasar city police in Bali province have arrested a Russian national on charges of trafficking in 521.11 grams of hashish.
— Antara News

Bleak economic outlook casts shadow over Indonesian stock market
Growing concern about a possible global recession continues to cast a shadow over the Indonesian stock market with most blue-chip stocks under persistent pressure in the past two weeks amid a lack of appetite among both local and foreign investors.
— The Jakarta Post

Presidential inauguration moved to afternoon to accommodate churchgoers
The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) has moved the planned inauguration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin from Sunday morning to the afternoon in the name of “tolerance”.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Arrest 2 Suspects Who Tricked Young Indonesians Into Forced Labor in Taiwan
Two people have been arrested for luring unwitting jobseekers into forced labor in Taiwan under false pretenses, police said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Eximbank agrees to guarantee Permata’s export loans
Indonesia Eximbank has agreed to provide a guarantee for export credits provided by Permata Bank, as part of its program to boost financing for export-oriented companies.
— The Jakarta Post

First Chinese-Indonesian elected as city council speaker in Medan
A member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has made history as the first Indonesian of Chinese descent to lead the Medan Council (DPRD).
— The Jakarta Post

First rainfall in months in Greater Jakarta brings death, destruction, trash
The first downpour to hit Greater Jakarta and the surrounding regions after months of a prolonged dry season was welcomed by many on Tuesday evening, although it also caused some incidents and trash buildup in some areas.
— The Jakarta Post

Paulus Waterpauw affirms no jihadists in Papua following Wamena riot
Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw made assurance of no jihadist having arrived in Papua Province in the upshot of the deadly Wamena rioting on Sept 23 that killed 33 innocent civilians.
— Antara News

Democrat Party to Appoint AHY if Asked to Join Jokowi’s Cabinet
Democrat Party’s Deputy, Syarief Hasan, announced its readiness to appoint the party’s best members to join the Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin Cabinet if such request does indeed arise.

80.5 tons of of garbage excavated from Manggarai floodgate following heavy rain
Heavy rain often spells one thing for Central Jakarta’s Manggarai floodgate: tons of garbage clogging up the facility.
— Coconuts

Court ruling eases Jakarta’s efforts to build world class stadium
Construction of the BMW Stadium in Papanggo district, Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, seems to be going ahead as the Jakarta Administrative High Court (PTTUN) has ruled in favor of the Jakarta administration over the land dispute at the location of the project.
— The Jakarta Post

A threat to democracy? ‘Buzzers’ suspected to amplify dispute over Papua independence
Indonesians are known for their addiction to Facebook, but for one 22-year-old university student, Faizul (not his real name), posting 350 comments a day on the platform was a part of his freelance job that he later found unsettling.
— The Jakarta Post

Sudirman Said Responds to Twitter Slander with Links to KPK
Former Energy and Mineral Resources Minister, Sudirman Said, gave his response to an anonymous Twitter account, @MataMataRakyat, that has accused him of trying to dominate the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for political reasons that involve oil businesses.

‘The Story of Plastic’ uncovers ugly truth of global plastic crisis
A documentary on global plastic pollution premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in California on Oct. 6 as part of the Active Cinema initiative.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab Urges Competition Regulator to Drop Unfair Business Practice Charges
A lawyer representing ride-hailing company Grab Indonesia urged the country’s competition regulator on Tuesday to drop charges of unfair business practices against his client.
— Jakarta Globe

From tech to automotive classes, government wants more industry training at vocational schools
More activities are expected at SMK 2 Bangkalan state vocational school in Madura, East Java, after the school sealed a partnership with Honda motorcycle distributor Mitra Pinasthika Mulia.
— The Jakarta Post

Internet access in Papua fully normalized: Minister Rudiantara
Communications and Informatics Minister Rudiantara confirmed the complete normalization of internet access in Papua Province.
— Antara News

Prabowo to Announce Political Stance before Jokowi’s Inauguration
Gerindra chief patron Prabowo Subianto is set to deliver his political stance on whether the party will act as the opposition or join the government.

Jakarta to renovate governor’s Dutch colonial style official residence
The city administration has proposed Rp 2.4 billion (US$170,212) be allocated next year to repair the governor’s official residence on Jl. Taman Suropati, Menteng, Central Jakarta, which is classified as a cultural heritage.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Jakarta Govt Approves Vendors to Partly Occupy Sidewalks
The Central Jakarta Mayor, Irwandi, announced that the area he leads is currently constructing street vendor kiosks over three sidewalks that are privately funded.

Anies lauds Indiskop opening with call for more ‘people’ theaters
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan inaugurated Indiskop on Monday at Teluk Gong Market in Penjaringan, North Jakarta, saying that he expected more theaters to open at public markets across the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Ombudsman Finds Illegal Mining Site in Depok
Jakarta’s representative of the Indonesian Ombudsman office exposed a long-time operation of an illegal category C mining in the region of Bojongsari, Depok.

IDX: Lion Air Set to Go Public Next Week
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) announced that PT Lion Mentari Tbk, operating air carrier Lion Air, is set to go public as early as next week.

Schizophrenic woman stands trial for blasphemy
Cibinong District Court in Bogor, West Java, held the second hearing on Wednesday in the trial of Suzethe Margaret, a schizophrenic woman who has been charged with blasphemy.
— The Jakarta Post

French tourist rides motorbike onto toll road in Google Maps mishap
A French tourist accidentally rode his motorbike onto the Malang-Pandaan toll road in Malang, East Java, after following directions shown by Google Maps.
— The Jakarta Post

Revitalization, filmmaking breathe new life into historical Onrust Island
Revitalization and film shooting are some of the efforts to put Onrust Island in Thousand Islands regency in the spotlight to attract tourists.
— The Jakarta Post

Man returns home after being declared dead, buried in Tuban
A man thought to have died in a motorbike accident in Tuban, East Java, walked home on Monday – seven hours after his apparent funeral.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo IDEP Foundation

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, October 13.


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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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