Indonesia morning news for October 11

Indonesia morning news for October 11

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s Wiranto hospitalised after assassination attempt (video)
Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, General Wiranto (who uses one name), remains hospitalised tonight after an assassination attempt was foiled earlier today (Oct 10).
— AEC News Today

Lower competitiveness a second blow for Indonesia
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration has to swallow another bitter pill at the end of its first term as the country’s competitiveness ranking fell this year, following a gloomy economic outlook conveyed by the World Bank.
— The Jakarta Post

17 whale strandings recorded on Sabu Raijua Coast
A total of 17 whales washed up on the beach of Menia Village in West Sabu Sub-district, Sabu Raijua District, East Nusa Tenggara, on Thursday, of which seven died.
— Antara News

Indonesia could take back 1.4 million hectares of land from palm planters: Official
The Indonesian government could take back 1.4 million hectares of forest as part of its ban on land clearing for palm plantations, an official said on Thursday (Oct 10).

Oil palm plantations continue to expand despite moratorium
The government has made little progress in tackling the expansion of oil palm plantations a year after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo imposed a moratorium on the issuance of new permits, recent data reveals.
— The Jakarta Post

Tapanuli orangutan makes IUCN SSC list of world’s most endangered primates
Pushed by the aggressive encroachment of forests, Indonesia’s endemic great ape, the Tapanuli orangutan, is officially among the world’s most endangered primates as fewer than 800 currently exist in the wild.
— The Jakarta Post

Businesses Demand Assurance From Gov’t on Capital Move
The Indonesian Employers Association, or Apindo, has welcomed the government’s plan to move the Indonesian capital to East Kalimantan while retaining Jakarta as the country’s commercial and financial center, but they demand a formal assurance about the move as soon as possible.
— Jakarta Globe

Anies criticized for raising budget for team of aides without performance audit
During deliberation of the Jakarta administration’s 2020 budget priorities, it was revealed that the city would allocate Rp 21 billion (US$1.48 million) for the Governor’s Team for Accelerated Development (TGUPP).
— The Jakarta Post

US$35 fine awaits motorists caught using bicycle lanes
The Jakarta Police have warned motorists not to drive on the capital’s newly minted bicycle lanes — unless they want to face a fine of up to Rp 500,000 (US$35.33).
— The Jakarta Post

Increasing appointment of policemen to state bureaucracy draws scrutiny
The appointment of South Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Firli Bahuri as the incoming chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the police response to related student protests across the country have shined a spotlight on the National Police’s growing influence in government and politics.
— The Jakarta Post

Wildlife corridor needed to safe Javan leopards from extinction: Expert
With numerous infrastructure development projects in the pipeline on Java Island and the never-ending expansion of plantations that divide jungles into smaller sections, an environmental expert has highly recommended the creation of “wildlife corridors” to prevent Javan leopards from inbreeding, which often occurs within isolated populations and has detrimental effects.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia green group calls for probe into death of activist
Indonesia’s biggest environmental group on Thursday called for an independent investigation into the death of one of its activists after pointing out suspicious circumstances and saying his work could have made him a target.
— Euronews

Police Arrest Couple Involved in Attack on Chief Security Minister Wiranto
Police said a man and a woman arrested for an attack on Chief Security Minister Wiranto in Pandeglang, Banten, on Thursday, may be linked to the Islamic State militant group.
— Jakarta Globe

Search halted for missing Swiss tourist in Papua
The Sorong search and rescue office (Basarnas) has temporarily halted an operation to find a Swiss tourist missing in Misool forest, Raja Ampat District, West Papua Province, due to the difficult terrain.
— Antara News

OJK Suggests Discussions on Fintech Law between DPR, AFPI
Financial Technology Permit and Supervision Affairs director at the Financial Services Authority (OJK) Hendrikus Passagi said that as a supervisor and regulator of registered fintech, his agency has no right to draft a regulation.

Indonesian healthcare agency takes down mental health PSA featuring Joker following threat of lawsuit
Controversy has followed Joker all around the world following (and even before) the film’s cinematic release last week, and it has also sparked a controversy related to mental health in Indonesia.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Minister admits KEK development below expectation
The development of Special Economic Zones (KEKs) is still below expectations, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution has admitted.
— Antara 

Jakarta to have 81 hi-definition cameras of ETLE e-ticketing system
The Jakarta provincial government has planned to help the Jakarta Metropolitan Police in the installation of 45 of the 81 cameras of the Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) e-ticketing system across the capital city’s strategic areas.
— Antara News

Riau Police name palm oil company executives suspects of forest fires
The Riau Police named executives of palm oil company PT Sumber Sawit Sejahtera as suspects of forest fires in Pelalawan regency, Riau, on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

S Sulawesi interested in forging cooperation with Tasmania University
The South Sulawesi provincial government is keen to collaborate with Tasmania University’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and Hasanuddin University to conduct research on the province’s marine resources and fisheries management.
— Antara News

Jokowi, SBY Hold Closed Meeting at Merdeka Palace
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi held a meeting with the sixth Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY), Thursday, October 10.

PDI-P politician Arteria Dahlan in hot water for breathing fire on TV
A heated exchange between Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Arteria Dahlan and economist Emil Salim on TV has circulated like wildfire on social media, with netizens criticizing the former for being disrespectful to the latter, who is decades his senior.
— The Jakarta Post

FPI Figure Munarman Grilled by Police Over Torture of Jokowi Supporter
Munarman, the secretary general of hardline Muslim group Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, underwent a lengthy questioning at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Wednesday after a supporter of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo claimed he was kidnapped and tortured inside a mosque ten days ago.
— Jakarta Globe

Ambon Island rattled by 5.2-magnitude quake
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that an earthquake, measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, hit Ambon Island in Maluku Province on Thursday afternoon.
— Antara News

Angkasa Pura II to begin construction on Soekarno-Hatta airport’s Terminal 4 in 2021
The construction of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 4 in Tangerang, Banten, will begin in 2021, state-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II president director Muhammad Awaluddin said on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Neo-JI still poses threat as it keeps recruiting, training cadres
The name Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) – a militant extremist Islamic group – has again made headlines months after the arrest of its long-standing leader Para Wijayanto in June.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Directors earn 30 times more than ministers’: Jonan makes quip at PLN leadership
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has lambasted state-owned utility company PLN for limited progress in pushing up electricity consumption in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

TNI AU Hercules plane transports 88 refugees back to Wamena
A total of 88 people, who had fled Wamena after the Sept-23 rioting, were flown home aboard an Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) Hercules plane to the capital of Jayawijaya District, Papua Province, on Thursday.
— Antara News

Indonesia struggles in vocational education development
The presidential administration’s efforts to develop the vocational education system have been meet with a wide range of challenges related to costs, quality of educators and industry appreciation toward vocational diplomas.
— The Jakarta Post

Samsung teams up with Dana, GoPay to provide Samsung Pay
Technology company Samsung Electronics Indonesia teamed up with e-wallet Dana and Gojek’s digital payment platform GoPay to provide Samsung smartphone users with Samsung Pay, an application that will integrate the two e-wallet services.
— The Jakarta Post

Doctors in Bandarlampung campaign for mental health awareness
Some 20 doctors from Lampung Provincial Mental Hospital began a campaign on Thursday at the Bandarlampung’s Adipura monument to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining mental health.
— Antara News

Refugees again protest outside UNHCR Jakarta office
Refugees, including children, again staged a rally outside the Jakarta office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR), here Thursday, protesting their uncertain future even after having lived in Indonesia for several years.
— Antara News

Seventh Indonesia Infrastructure Week on Nov 6
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) will organize the Seventh Indonesia Infrastructure Week (IIW) at JIEXPO Kemayoran, Jakarta, from November 6 to 8, 2019.
— Antara News

Ancol park launches mussel restoration project to clean seawater
City-owned Ancol Dreamland Park has launched a program to cultivate a colony of green mussels in Ancol Lake to exploit the bivalve’s natural filteration ability to help clean the bay’s water.
— The Jakarta Post

13 West Java traditional arts listed as intangible cultural heritage
The government has named 13 traditional arts from West Java as intangible cultural heritage as a way to protect the arts from being claimed by other countries.
— The Jakarta Post

West Aceh civil servant sacked for skipping work for two years
The West Aceh administration has discharged a civil servant without honor for being absent from work for two straight years.
— The Jakarta Post

At least 7 houses destroyed after boulders from near blasting site fell on Indonesian village
Boulders literally rained on an Indonesian village in the province of West Java on Tuesday, in an incident that saw several buildings destroyed and, miraculously, zero casualties.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jakarta festival showcases Indonesia’s colorful cultures
A loud whip crack jolted the dozens of people standing in a field in front of Istora Senayan Stadium in Central Jakarta, on Tuesday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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