Indonesia morning news for October 23

Indonesia morning news for October 23

Indonesia morning news

ADB Disburses Rp1.4tn Loan to Fund Indonesia’s Infrastructure
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million, equal to Rp1.4 trillion, financial intermediary loan to the Government of Indonesia to help catalyze private sector investments in infrastructure projects.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia Plans 2020 Minimum Wage Increase of 8.51%
Indonesia’s national government has ordered the governors of the country’s 34 provinces to increase the provincial minimum wages by more than 8% for 2020, roughly in line with the 2019 raise.
— Bloomberg Tax

Tito Karnavian Resigns as National Police Chief to Take Up Ministerial Post
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian has requested early retirement after he was seen among several ministerial candidates interviewed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, an aide said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Rupiah gains ground on appointment of professionals to Jokowi’s Cabinet
The rupiah continued to gain ground against the US dollar on Tuesday following news reports that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has picked a number of professional figures for the new Cabinet in his second term of office.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia records three-year high forest fire figure this year: agency
Indonesia has recorded a total of 857,000 hectares of areas torched by fire from January to September this year, making it the highest forest fire figure from the previous ones in 2016 and 2018, Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Spokesperson Agus Wibowo said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Extensive use of drones endangers flight safety: ministry
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry has witnessed that enormous growth in the use of drones has begun to pose a hindrance and imperil flight safety.
— Antara News

Adaro Tirta allocates Rp 3 trillion to expansion in water business
Adaro Energy’s subsidiary in the water sector PT Adaro Tirta Mandiri will allocate investments of up to Rp 3 trillion (US$213 million) to build drinking water treatment systems (SPAMs) in Indonesia as part of its expansion in the provision of clean water in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

West Java remains one of Indonesia’s top investment destinations
Tens of trillions of rupiah in investment commitments were made during the 2019 West Java Investment Summit (WIJS) recently held by the provincial administration in cooperation with the local office of Bank Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi under fire for failing to address human rights in inauguration speech
Human rights activists have lambasted President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo for failing to address human rights issues in his inauguration speech on Sunday, pointing out that he instead focused on the country’s economic development.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Australia hopeful to conclude RCEP negotiations in November
Indonesia and Australia have expressed optimism that the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a landmark trade deal between ASEAN countries and six major economies, will be concluded in November, with the agreement 82 percent complete.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Reportedly Reappoints Agrarian Minister Sofyan Djalil
Sofyan Djalil claimed President Joko Widodo or Jokowi had re-assigned him as Agrarian and Spatial Planning (ATR) Minister or Chief of the National Land Agency (BPN) for the latter’s second-term cabinet.
— Tempo.co

YLBHI: Prabowo as Defense Minister Will be a Democratic Setback
The Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) executive director, Asfinawati, said that the government will truly be insensitive toward human rights violations if Prabowo Subianto eventually gets appointed as President Jokowi’s defense minister.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi Retains Sri Mulyani as Finance Minister
Sri Mulyani Indrawati was all smiles as she walked out of the State Palace on Tuesday, knowing she would retain her job as finance minister in the next cabinet.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Taps Fadjroel Rachman as Spokesman
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi had tapped the president commissioner of Adhi Karya, Fadjroel Rachman, as his spokesperson.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi’s new Cabinet: Siti Nurbaya keeps post as environment minister
Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has confirmed that she will continue to serve as environment minister in President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second and final term.
— The Jakarta Post

Rp18 trillion allocated for developing ‘Mini Tokyo’ in Bekasi, W Java
An investment worth Rp18 trillion will be made through a joint venture between Indonesian and Japanese companies to develop 12 hectares of commercial and residential areas in Bekasi District, West Java, that resemble Japan’s business hub, Tokyo City.
— Antara News

Slingshot bombs and monkeys: Whatsapp group plotted disruption of presidential inauguration
The Jakarta Police have revealed plans to fire bombs from slingshots and release monkeys to disrupt Sunday’s inauguration of President “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Muslim Groups Not Ready to Speak Out on Uyghurs
Leaders of Indonesia’s two largest Muslim organizations say they are still analyzing China’s treatment of Uyghurs to verify whether the minority group is subject to human rights violations.
— RFA

Jokowi Rings Changes in Cabinet Portfolios
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has decided to make changes in his cabinet portfolios that will affect at least four ministries, House of Representatives, or DPR, Speaker Puan Maharani said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

DEN recommends five strategies to develop renewable energy
In a bid to reduce the country’s dependence on fossil energy to meet national demand, Indonesia’s National Energy Council (DEN) has revealed five strategies to develop renewable energy.
— Antara News

Oil and gas industry demands legal certainty in Jokowi’s second term
Indonesia’s oil and gas industry stakeholders have expressed hope that President Joko ”Jokowi” Widodo’s energy team in his second five-year term would introduce changes and legal certainty that attract the necessary investments to conduct exploration and, thus, make new oil and gas discoveries.
— The Jakarta Post

Wildfire Blazes 6,000ha of Mount Rinjani’s Savanna
Mount Rinjani National Park Agency (TNGR) recorded as of today, October 22, the total burnt areas in the volcano on Lombok Island, NTB, amounted to 6,055.3 hectares.
— Tempo.co

VP Amin, Malaysian King discuss endeavors to fight radicalism
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin and Malaysian King Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah discussed efforts to tackle radicalism in both nations.
— Antara News

Take it slow: Council names commission chairpersons two months after inauguration
The Jakarta Council has finally announced the chairpersons of five commissions and supporting bodies, nearly two months after their inauguration.
— The Jakarta Post

West Nusa Tenggara explores renewable energy cooperation with Denmark
The West Nusa Tenggara provincial government is exploring cooperation opportunities with the Government of Denmark for adopting the application of renewable energy and waste management from the country.
— Antara News

6 Papuan Activists Named as Treason Suspects File Pretrial
Six Papuan activists who had been named suspects in the alleged treason by Jakarta Metro Police filed a pretrial lawsuit to South Jakarta Court today, October 22.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta Plans Completing Three Flyovers, One Underpass by 2020
The Provincial Government of Jakarta is targeting the construction of three flyovers and one underpass to be completed by 2020.
— Tempo.co

Islamic Defenders Front leader Rizieq Shihab has ‘no comment’ on Prabowo joining President Jokowi’s cabinet
At times, during the presidential election campaign earlier this year, it appeared that Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab’s unwavering support for Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto was eternal.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Strong wind impedes firefighting efforts on Mt Arujo, Mt Welirang
Strong wind played spoilsport in the aerial firefighting efforts to put out wildfires on the slopes of Mount Arjuno and Mount Welirang in East Java Province on Monday.
— Antara News

Bukaka wins contract to build jet bridges, walkways for Bangkok airport
PT Bukaka Teknik Utama, part of the Kalla Group, has won a Rp 100 billion (US$7.5 million) contract to build 33 jet bridges and three moving walkways for Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Summons Environment Minister; Walhi Highlights Wildfire
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly summoned his first-term minister for the environment and forestry Siti Nurbaya to State Palace, Tuesday, October 22.
— Tempo.co

Silence from Anies, City Hall has journalists questioning administration’s transparency
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has left journalists wondering about his commitment to information transparency, as he has been unavailable for journalists in the two weeks since the start of his second year in office.
— The Jakarta Post

US artist calls for awareness to conserve coral reefs
Artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison brought along her spiral porcelain artwork called “Confluence” to the US Embassy in Jakarta and sought awareness on conservation of coral reefs and impact of climate change on them.
— Antara News

KKP records transactions reaching US$10.43 million at TEI 2019
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) clocked transactions of maritime and fishery products reaching US$10.43 million during the 34th Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), Tangerang, Banten, on October 16-20.
— Antara News

Foreign child refugees in Pekanbaru to be immunized at schools
A group of foreign child refugees, currently enrolled at the primary school in Pekanbaru City, Riau Province, will receive free measles and rubella (MR) vaccination under the Indonesian government’s decades-long preventive healthcare program.
— Antara News

Police confiscate 10 sharp weapons in Papua’s Biak Numfor district
The police in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, detained 60 motorcycles and seized 10 sharp weapons during a traffic crackdown meant to secure the area ahead of the inauguration of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin on Sunday, a police officer said on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Mt. Tangkuban Parahu status lowered to normal
The Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has lowered the alert status of Mount Tangkuban Parahu in Bandung, West Java, from caution (the second-highest level) to normal, after observing that the seismic activity is decreasing.
— The Jakarta Post

Worker killed in Pertamina’s pipeline fire
West Java police confirmed that a heavy vehicle operator was killed in a fire ravaging a pipeline of PT Pertamina near a roadside of the Padalarang-Buah Batu Toll Road KM 130 near Bandung city Tuesday.
— Antara News

Blasphemy defendant should be admitted to mental health unit, psychiatrist says
A psychiatrist has confirmed that Suzethe Margaret, who is standing trial for blasphemy, should be treated in a mental health hospital for paranoid schizophrenia.
— The Jakarta Post

Runners enjoy Flores amid drought, raise funds to support clean water facilities
Dozens of running enthusiasts from various communities in Indonesia have turned their hobby into a rewarding experience, raising funds for the cause of building clean water facilities while enjoying the beauty of drought-affected areas in Flores, East Nusa Tenggara.
— The Jakarta Post

Pesantren Law another notch in NU’s belt
Over the past few days, santri (Islamic boarding school students) across the country have held parades and celebrations in honor of the upcoming National Santri Day on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Scrap metal workers risk life and limb breaking up ships in Belah Kapal
A cacophony of metal bashing filled the air along the shore of Kalibaru in Cilincing, North Jakarta, on a sweltering Friday morning. With acetylene torches in their hands, dozens of workers cut parts off old ships in a 2-hectare yard located near an alley, fittingly named Belah Kapal (Ship Breaking).
— The Jakarta Post

 

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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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