Indonesia morning news for October 21

Indonesia morning news for October 21

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Launches $212M International Development Aid Fund
The government has launched the Indonesian Agency for International Development, an endowment and development fund to help reduce poverty and social inequality around the world.
— Jakarta Globe

Government finally passes IMEI regulation to block ‘illegal’ cellphones in Indonesia, set to take effect in April 2020
We’ve been through this before, but this time it’s official: cell phones obtained outside of legally recognized means may soon no longer function in Indonesia, as the government today passed a new regulation in a bid to curb the spread of illegal phones in the country.
— Antara News

Jokowi Convey 5 Work Programs in Presidential Inauguration Speech
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi delivered a speech after being sworn in at the MPR building, on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Bureaucratic Cuts, Talent Development Imperative for Indonesia 2045: Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set lofty goals for his second-term presidency, promising to simplify bureaucracy, cut off red tapes and redirect focus on talent development to lay the foundation for transforming Indonesia into a $7-trillion economy at the time the country celebrates its centenary in 2045.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s External Debt Slows with Healthy Structure: BI
Indonesia’s external debt growth slowed down with a healthy structure at the end of August 2019.

Fresh faces to be part of new cabinet line-up: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has revealed that his new cabinet line-up to be announced tomorrow (Monday, Oct 21) will feature many fresh faces and few old hands.
— Antara News

Minister Says Indonesia to Become Investment-friendly in 5 years
Indonesia should be investment-friendly in the five years to improve the national economy, stated National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro.

Bureaucracy must ensure people enjoy development benefits: President
President Joko Widodo stressed that the task of the bureaucracy must ensure that the people enjoy the benefits of development that has been carried out by the government.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s diplomacy on the right track: MPR Chairman
Head of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo said that Indonesia is on the right track in its diplomacy amid global issues as it has taken a strategic position in foreign politics.
— Antara News

Video appears to show evidence tampering in case implicating top cop
A new video released by independent whistleblower platform IndonesiaLeaks has shed new light on allegations that two police officers formerly seconded to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) tampered with evidence in a graft case that implicated the nation’s top cop.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia needs cheaper borrowing to improve transportation services
Indonesia needs lower borrowing costs to further develop its transportation facilities and services so that the government’s goal of reducing logistics costs could be achieved, an industry representative has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Industrial sector needs special attention to revive exports: Economists
Senior Indonesian economists have urged President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to pay more attention to the development of the country’s manufacturing sector in his second five-year term to halt the decline in the country’s exports.
— The Jakarta Post

Arrest of third consecutive Medan mayor won’t bode well for public trust: Political scientist
The recent arrest of Medan Mayor Dzulmi Eldin by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) makes him the third consecutive mayor of North Sumatra’s provincial capital to be implicated in graft.
— The Jakarta Post

This eastern Indonesia city books highest growth in e-money transactions
At night is when downtown Makassar beams with lights, some of which project upward, painting the sky with colors.
— The Jakarta Post

China’s Zhontong buses back on streets following ruling on long-stalled deal
City-owned bus operator Transjakarta has started operating Zhongtong buses from China despite the controversy over the stalled 2013 procurement agreement, which revealed that the operator’s fleet was based on the minimum standard for public bus services.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia rights commission calls for probe into Papua deaths
Indonesia’s human rights commission called for a probe into scores of deaths in Papua on Friday after some of the deadliest violence in years swept the restive region.
— Coconuts

Helicopters, Drone and Boeing aircraft deployed to secure inauguration
Chief of the Indonesian Defences Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has said the military and the Indonesian Police (Polri) deploy several helicopters, drones and Boeing aircraft for air security during the presidential inauguration.
— Antara News

Foreign leaders express commitment to strengthen bilateral ties
Several foreign leaders while meeting President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana ahead of the presidential inauguration ceremony, have expressed their commitment to strengthen bilateral ties with Indonesia.
— Antara News

Women Coalition urges Jokowi to keep same number of women ministers
General Secretary of the Indonesian Women Coalition Dian Kartikasari pinned her hopes on President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to maintain the number of women ministers in his second-term Working Cabinet line-up.
— Antara News

President of Pakistan congratulates President Jokowi
President of Pakistan Arif Alvi congratulates President Joko Widodo for his reelection and second term in office.
— Antara News

“Rival-turned-ally” Prabowo Subianto to attend Jokowi’s inauguration
Chief Patron of the opposition-turned-ally Gerindra Party Prabowo Subianto was scheduled to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President-elect Ma’ruf Amin at the parliament building in Jakarta on Sunday, the spokesman stated.
— Antara News

Unilever’s profits plummet despite increase in sales
Consumer goods giant PT Unilever Indonesia’s profits plummeted in the January to September period of this year, despite the company having seen a slight increase in sales in the first nine months of the year.
— The Jakarta Post

PKS affirms to remain critical, constructive opposition
Chairman of the Justice Prosperous Party (PKS) Mardani Ali Sera has affirmed that PKS and the people will always remain critical and constructive in developing Indonesia under the administration of President Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin.
— Antara News

Aceh NGO to sue Google over alleged racist translations
In a world where anyone from any background can connect with others, the online platform, Google Translate, has become an important part of society’s daily life.
— The Jakarta Post

Instagram videos of dying cat allegedly fed alcohol prompt online furor, police investigation
Images of a dying cat allegedly being force-fed an alcoholic drink that made the rounds of social media recently have created a furor among netizens, prompting police to investigate the case.
— The Jakarta Post

17 Heads of State to Attend Presidential Inauguration
Some 17 heads of state have confirmed their presence at the presidential inauguration of Joko Widodo and vice president-elect Ma’ruf Amin on Sunday, October 20, Chief of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo said.

Successful simultaneous elections prove democratic progress: MPR
Speaker of People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Bambang Soesatyo said that Indonesia’s success in holding the 2019 simultaneous presidential and regional head elections became evidence of Indonesia’s democratic progress.
— Antara News

Observers question fate of Merpati as cargo company after Garuda’s rescue
After flag carrier Garuda Indonesia led an initiative of 10 state firms to revive Merpati Nusantara Airlines, which ceased operations in 2014, all eyes turned to the small airline and its prospects in a new business venture.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi conveys appreciation towards Jusuf Kalla
President Joko Widodo thanks and gives his high appreciations towards his Vice President for the period of 2014-2019, Jusuf Kalla.
— Antara News

Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin officially become president and vice president
Joko Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin had officially taken oaths as Indonesia’s president and vice president for the 2019-2024 term at a swearing-in ceremony taking place at the parliament building in Jakarta on Sunday.
— Antara News

Moon Jae-in sure of Indonesia’s dynamic growth under Jokowi’s ruling
President of South Korea Moon Jae-in is assured of Indonesia’s dynamic growth under the leadership of President Joko Widodo, who is inaugurated for his second term in office here on Sunday.
— Antara News

KontraS Sees Jokowi’s Inauguration Speech as a Setback
According to the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS), President Joko Widodo or Jokowi did not mention at all the issue of law enforcement, human rights, and corruption eradication in his inaugural address at the MPR building, on Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Papuans win peace awards for saving non-native Papuans during Wamena riot
Two native Papuans have been awarded Pelopor Perdamaian (Pioneer of Peace) awards for their roles in saving the lives of non-native Papuans during the bloody unrest in Wamena, Jayawijaya regency, Papua, late last month.
— The Jakarta Post

Students reportedly dismissed from school after joining protests
Dozens of high school students have reportedly faced academic sanctions, with some being forced out of school, after participating in recent rallies in several cities to protest against several controversial bills, according to a team of human rights activists and lawyers.
— The Jakarta Post

Order restored following riots in location of future capital
Social tensions in the area of Indonesia’s future capital in East Kalimantan that had escalated into riots and arson attacks on hundreds of homes and a ferry port on Wednesday, had eased by Friday after police and military personnel conducted large-scale patrols of the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Teen suicide victim remembered as bright student who received bicycle from Jokowi
A teenage victim of an apparent suicide in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), was described as a bright student who once received a bicycle from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Dutch agency helps promote Indonesia’s home décor exports
Indonesian home decor producers are to receive training from a Dutch government agency to help them export their products to the Dutch market and other countries in Europe.
— The Jakarta Post

Activists condemn horse racing for children in West Nusa Tenggara after young jockey’s death
Children rights activists have called on local horse racing organizers to stop involving children in competitions following the death of Muhammad Sabila Putra, a 10-year-old jockey who died after falling from his horse.
— The Jakarta Post

Iriana dresses in batik “tambal pamiluto” on presidential inauguration
Indonesia’s First Lady Iriana Jokowi dressed in white traditional blouse of “kebaya” combined with batik long skirt which has the motif of “tambal pamiluto” on presidential inauguration.
— Antara News

Two Banda Aceh inmates Caught in Possession of Crystal Meth
The Banda Aceh correctional facility found two inmates to be in possession of crystal meth.

Indonesia to Hold Its Biggest Ever Mobile Electronics Show in December
A major exhibition to facilitate business interactions between buyers and Asian mobile electronics suppliers will be held in Jakarta in December, with at least 400 booths already booked to make it the biggest electronics show ever in the country, an executive with the organizer said in Hong Kong on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Illiterate woman in Depok defrauded, sells house for Rp 300,000
It never crossed Arpah’s mind that at the age of 63-year-old she would have to fight for her rights in court.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Febrian A. Ruddyard

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on United Nations Day, October 24.


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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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