Indonesia morning news for October 15

Indonesia morning news for October 15

Indonesia morning news

African Swine Fever; Kupang Airport Beefs up Inspection
The authority of El Tari Airport in Kupang has strengthened the goods inspection, especially on agriculture products, in order to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever, which can cause the death of pigs within a week after infection.

5G can bring $1.8b in revenues for Indonesian telecoms in 2025: Study
Although Indonesia’s adoption of the fifth generation ( 5G ) wireless technology is to likely lag behind regional peers, it can boost telecommunications operators’ revenues by US$1.3 billion to $1.83 billion in 2025, with major contributions from enterprises, a recent study suggests.
— The Jakarta Post

Garbage Plagues Indonesian Tourism Environment: PHRI
Chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) Hariyadi Sukamdani revealed that garbage had become a pressing issue in the country’s tourism sector.

Employers’ association raises concerns over technicalities, enforcement of workplace violence convention
During a recent discussion on the newly adopted International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, a male representative of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) raised a rather common question: What could be considered as violence and harassment?
— The Jakarta Post

Palapa Ring Launch; Jokowi Calls for Halt to Social Media Hatred
During the inauguration of the operations of the Palapa Ring telecommunication network infrastructure project, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo maintained that this milestone of the country’s communication must be used to boost a number of sectors, such as economy, social issues, culture, politics, and governance.

Executive column: Indonesia needs talent, internet connectivity to develop tourism industry
The tourist sector has become a new engine of economic growth amid slowing domestic spending and cooling exports, following heightened global economic turbulence.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN to allocate some Rp 6b for electric vehicle charging stations
State-owned utility company PLN is set to invest around Rp 6 billion (US$424,000) in installing 22 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in major cities across Indonesia this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Land ‘mafia’ blamed for driving investors away from Indonesia
Activities of land “mafia” have hampered the realization of a number of major investment projects in Indonesia, including a petrochemical plant to be built by South Korean petrochemical conglomerate Lotte Chemical, Agrarian and Spatial Planning Minister Sofyan Djalil has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Oligarchs Are Trying to Yank Power From the President
Indonesia’s elites are edging closer to securing constitutional changes to strip President Joko Widodo of key powers in a move that could eventually end direct elections, presenting the most crucial test for democracy in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy since the downfall of the dictator Suharto in 1998.
— Bloomberg

Volcano erupts in Indonesia’s Java island, triggering aviation warning
Mount Merapi, an active volcano in Indonesia’s Java island, erupted on Monday afternoon, spewing a column of ash up to 3 km high and forcing the authority to issue a warning for planes, national volcanology agency said.
— Xinhua

Indonesia, Malaysia Worried About Possible Escape of IS-linked Fighters in Syria
Indonesia and Malaysia expressed concern Monday that Southeast Asian Islamic State fighters may escape from prisons in northern Syria amid the withdrawal of U.S. troops from the area and a Turkish military operation targeting Kurdish forces there.
— Benar News

Latin American businesses eye opportunities in Indonesia
There is more work ahead for the government in establishing better trade ties with businesses from Latin America, as curious businesspeople from the far-flung continent visit Indonesia for the first time as part of the Indonesia-Latin America and Caribbean (INA-LAC) Business Forum.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK to Challenge Syafruddin’s Acquittal as BLBI Saga Continues
The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, confirmed on Sunday it would request a review of the Supreme Court’s decision to acquit Syafruddin Arsyad Temenggung, the former head of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency, or IBRA, from charges of issuing a letter to exonerate tycoon Sjamsul Nursalim from paying back Rp 3.7 trillion in government bailout.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK Deputy Chairman Laode Syarif to Receive Australia’s Advance Award
Laode M. Syarif, the deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, is among the winners of the 2019 Advance Awards, a prestigious honor for members of Australia’s global diaspora and alumni.
— Jakarta Globe

Susi Pudjiastuti Hopes Drownings of Illegal Fishing Boats Persist
Nearing her last days in office, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti called on the ministry to preserve its program of legally-drowning illegal foreign fishing boats operating over Indonesian waters.

Human-elephant conflicts spike in Riau following forest fires
Forest fires blazing in the Tesso Nilo National Park fueled more frequent conflicts between human beings and Sumatran elephants (elephas maximus sumatranus) in Riau Province this year.
— Antara News

Police Urged to Reveal Data on Parliament Protest Arrests
The National Police (Polri) are urged to reveal the actual identities of the people who are currently still under arrest following the students’ protests at the end of September at the House of Representatives (DPR).

Jokowi, PAN Chairman Zulkifli Hasan hold meeting at Merdeka Palace
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and National Mandate Party (PAN) Chairman Zulkifli Hasan held a meeting at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday at 2:20 p.m. local time.
— Antara News

Blaze tears through forest on Mount Andong in Magelang
A blaze spread across a forest area on Mount Andong in Temu, Jogoyasan Village, Ngablak Sub-district, Magelang, Central Java, on Sunday afternoon, as Indonesia reels from prolonged drought induced by the El Nino natural phenomenon.
— Antara News

MPR Speaker: No Immediate Target for Amendment
The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo seems unburdened by the MPR’s big agenda of amending the 1945 Constitution for the fifth time, for the purpose of reviving the State Policy Guidelines (GBHN) and reinforce the MPR. Bambang also did not set a completion target for the amendments to.

Police disallows rallies ahead of presidential inauguration
The Jakarta Police will disallow rallies from October 15 to 20, ahead of the presidential inauguration, Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen Gatot Eddy Purnama said here Monday.
— Antara News

Duniatex Considers Conversion to Resolve $1.5b Debt Problem
uniatex, a group of Indonesian textile manufacturing companies, is considering debt conversion as an option to restructure a debt of $1.51 billion, its financial advisor said on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Small, medium start-ups struggle to retain talents in ‘salary war’
Small and medium start-up companies operating in Indonesia are prioritizing training programs and a supportive work culture rather than boosting pay in an effort to retain talents amid a fierce salary war.
— The Jakarta Post

Inauguration Day; 315 Jakarta Police Officers to Secure Traffic
The Jakarta Metro Jaya Police will deploy 315 officers to regulate traffic as to anticipate demonstrations ahead and during the presidential inauguration ceremony in Jakarta.

Sails set: Entrepreneurs, government look to ride wave of marine tourism
Cruising through sparkling blue waters, diving with colorful fish and island-hopping from sandy shore to sandy shore might soon be on everyone’s vacation to-do-list with more and more tourism players taping into the uncharted waters of marine tourism amid the government’s efforts to promote the sector.
— The Jakarta Post

BCA eyes retail investment customers with wealth management app
Publicly listed Bank Central Asia (BCA), Indonesia’s largest private bank by market capitalization, is expanding its wealth management services as interest in investing continues to rise, eyeing customers with smaller account balances.
— The Jakarta Post

‘They can’t control their wives’: Minister defends demotion of military officers for their wives’ social media posts about Wiranto’s attack
Last week’s violent attack on chief security minister Wiranto has had several unexpected repercussions in Indonesia, including sanctions for those who commented on the incident in a negative manner on social media.
— Coconuts

Don’t cross the line: drivers entering Jakarta’s dedicated bike lanes may be fined IDR500K
Since late September, Jakarta has opened a couple of new dedicated bicycle lanes in the city, with more set to open next month.
— Coconuts

BNPB ropes in expert help for research on Maluku quakes
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is joining hands with experts to conduct research on the Sept-26 powerful earthquake and aftershocks in Maluku to unravel the reason behind the natural disaster and mitigate its risks.
— Antara News

Missing Swiss citizen in Raja Ampat found alive
A national from Switzerland, Aurelien, who was missing in the forest of Misool, Raja Ampat District, West Papua, was found by the people of Atkari Village, Monday.
— Antara News

KPK Hopes Jokowi to Appoint Ministers with Clean Track Record
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy head Laode Muhammad Syarif shared his hopes that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will appoint ministers with integrity in his second cabinet.

Mandalika MotoGP circuit 10 percent complete, on track to host race in 2021
The construction of the Mandalika street circuit on Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, designed to host events for the world’s premier motorcycle racing class MotorGP, is proceeding to plan with officials expressing optimism the track will be ready by 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

Stay alert, Papua police chief warns Mimika policemen
Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw has warned the police force, including the mobile brigade and special task force in Mimika, Papua Province, to be on guard against criminal groups in the district.
— Antara News

West Kalimantan’s international port to begin operations in 2020
A thick grey smog was covering the air and sky above the construction site of the Kijing seaport terminal in Sungai Kunyit village, Mempawah, West Kalimantan in late September.
— The Jakarta Post

E-commerce promotes economic inclusion, interregional trade: Study
When Laras Anggraini, 26, the owner of Smitten by Pattern, started her business in 2017, she was aware from the beginning that her clothing products filled a niche in the market, because they were unique with bright colors and artsy patterns.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan pro-referendum leader Benny Wenda awaits talks with Jokowi
United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) chairman Benny Wenda has called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to make good on his claim that he is willing to meet with pro-referendum Papuan leaders.
— The Jakarta Post

ICW Predicts Jokowi Will Face Second-term Curse
The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) said President Joko Widodo or Jokowi would face more problems in his second term in office compared to his first.

200 Foreign Delegates to Attend West Java Investment Summit 2019
The West Java Investment Coordinating Board’s Head of Development and Promotion, Eka Hendrawan, announced some 200-300 foreign delegates would attend the upcoming West Java Investment Summit (WJIS) 2019 in Bandung on Friday, October 18.

As support groups focus on mental health issues, stigma remains barrier to treatment
Rityasiwi Gita, 23, was well aware that she was dealing with anxiety and depression two years ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Youngsters make mobile apps to support causes, solve problems
In an era when technology is developing rapidly, young people have not only been loyal users of various gadgets and programs, some have even developed their skills to contribute as creators.
— The Jakarta Post

Women, mothers stand up for student protesters
Late Sunday morning, a middle-aged women could be seen spreading red and white rose petals over a gray-and-white high school uniform streaked with red ink and stretched out on the sidewalk in front of the Jakarta Police headquarters in South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Missing boy found busking on streets, earning money to play computer games
Dian Kristian and Misliyati, a husband and wife from Cakung, East Jakarta, can at last breathe a sigh of relief after their beloved son who had been missing for a month was finally found Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17.


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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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