Indonesia morning news for October 25

Indonesia morning news for October 25

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia remains at 73rd in World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business rankings
Indonesia’s ranking in the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business (EODB) index has remained stagnant at 73rd despite efforts to attract investment by removing unfriendly regulations.
— The Jakarta Post

BI cuts rate for fourth consecutive month, cites need to boost economy
Bank Indonesia (BI) has cut the nation’s benchmark interest rate for the fourth month in a row to the lowest level in 17 months, citing the need to stoke economic growth amid rising global risks.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s Palapa Ring sees Indonesia fully digitally connected
Indonesia has officially inaugurated its ‘Palapa Ring’ Internet superhighway connecting the capitals of 514 districts and cities across Indonesia.
— AEC News Today

Indonesian health minister ordered to reduce stunting among children
Incumbent President Joko Widodo ordered Health Minister Terawan Agus to reduce stunting among Indonesian children, at the first plenary meeting of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet 2019-2024 here on Thursday.
— Antara News

Social Affairs Ministry to cut poverty rate to below nine percent
The Social Affairs Ministry will continue to reduce the poverty rate to below nine percent, in accordance with the national poverty line target set by President Joko Widodo.
— Antara News

Boeing jet design flaw led to Lion Air JT610 crash: KNKT
The National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) has found that errors in the design of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet as well as a lack of information on how to deal with failures in one of the aircraft’s control systems were among several factors causing a deadly crash of Lion Air flight JT610 last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia relaxes data storage rules to allow placement abroad
Indonesia has relaxed its data storage rules to allow private companies to keep and process data abroad, according to a copy of the new regulations, sparking criticism from local business that the government is backtracking on its digital sovereignty pledge.
— Reuters

Human rights breaches in Egypt, Uganda and Indonesia
On Thursday, the European Parliament adopted three resolutions taking stock of the human rights situation in Egypt, Uganda and Indonesia.
— Euro Parliament

Jakarta’s scorching heat drives hundreds to health center daily
The Kramat Jati community health center in East Jakarta has said that up to 800 people have visited its clinic every day for the past few days because of scorching heat that has engulfed the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt issues 133 compulsory SNIs as of June to protect consumers
The Industry Ministry has introduced 113 compulsory national industrial standards (SNI) as of June, this year for products that present dangers to people’s health and safety and the environment, such as zinc-coated steel products, battery products and refined sugar.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to combine domestic, global financing to combat deficit
The government will continue to combine domestic and international financing to anticipate the possible increasing of the state budget deficit in 2019.
— Antara News

A Hard-Fighting Indonesian Lawyer’s Death Has Colleagues Asking Questions
The police say Golfrid Siregar crashed his motorcycle.
— The New York Times

Garut surrounded by forest fires on its mountains
Forest fires are raging on some mountains surrounding Garut District in West Java Thursday, the district’s Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said.
— Antara News

Over one thousand people affected by West Aceh flooding
As many as 1,067 people from 332 families have been affected by the flooding in the East Woyla Sub-district of West Aceh District in Aceh Darussalam Province, as rivers spilled over their banks, triggered by incessant heavy rains in West Aceh over the past two weeks.
— Antara News

Jokowi’s eldest son to contest for Surakarta mayor
President Joko Widodo’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, is determined to contest the election for the post of Surakarta mayor which will be conducted in 2020.
— Antara News

Ease requirements for export-oriented industries: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted the need of easing requirements for industries that could boost Indonesia’s exports, during the first plenary meeting of his Indonesia Onward Cabinet 2019-2024 at Merdeka Palace here on Thursday.
— Antara News

KPK’s Reminder to Jokowi’s New Cabinet Regarding Graft
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) reminded the newly-sworn State Ministers of the “Indonesia Maju” Cabinet to understand the new legal boundaries regarding bribery, gratification, and grafts.

Police: Red Book Scandal Case Closed
National Police asserted that the alleged case of the destruction of the evidence in the meat import bribery case, or commonly known as the red book scandal, had been closed.

Jakarta must improve child protection efforts, activists say
Child abuse remains an issue in the capital, raising questions about the efforts of the Jakarta administration to prevent such cases, activists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi gives coordinating ministers ‘veto power’ to streamline regulation
Coordinating ministers of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet have been given the power to veto regulations issued by ministries or institutions under their domain that contravene President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s vision and mission.
— The Jakarta Post

City Council Urges Jakarta to Discuss Law on Electric Vehicles
After Wednesday’s “Indonesia Maju” Cabinet announcement, member of the Jakarta City Council (DPRD) from the Gerindra faction, Syarif, urged the Jakarta Administration to quickly synergize with the Transportation Ministry to discuss the law on electric vehicles or EV.

Jokowi chairs foremost plenary meeting of Indonesia Onward Cabinet
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) chaired the first plenary meeting of his Indonesia Onward Cabinet 2019-2024 at the Merdeka Palace here, Thursday morning, during which he directed cabinet members and discussed the 2020 State Budget-related issues.
— Antara News

Arrested Greenpeace Indonesia activists released after two-hour interrogation
After being held in custody by the police, 10 Greenpeace Indonesia environmental activists who climbed to the top of two of the capital’s landmarks and unfurled banners that read #ReformasiDikorupsi (reform being corrupted) have now been released.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi urges cabinet members to collaborate as one solid team
Incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) gave directives to his cabinet members, Thursday, to work in cooperation as a solid team and not allow sectoral ego to the come in the path of propelling Indonesia’s development.
— Antara News

Jokowi Talks of Reasons for Assigning Terawan as Health Minister
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo explained his reasons why he appointed Terawan Agus Putranto as Health Minister, albeit acknowledged that the director of Gatot Subroto Army Hospital had been sanctioned over a medical ethics violation.

Jokowi to Visit Papua This Week
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi plans to visit Papua this week to check the post-riot situation in the easternmost province of Indonesia.

NasDem: Naming of the Attorney General is Politically Motivated
Head of the NasDem Party central executive board (DPP), Irma Suryani Chaniago argues that the naming of ST Burhanuddin as the new Attorney General is not due to his professional background, but rather because Burhanuddin is the sibling of PDIP politician TB Hasanuddin.

Doctor Association hopes cooperation with Ministry of Health continues
The Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) chairman, Dr. Daeng M. Faqih, hopes the collaboration of the professional organization with the Ministry of Health continues under newly appointed minister Terawan Agus Putranto.
— Antara News

Mahfud MD: Prabowo, Tito, and Yasonna Ready to Build Teamwork
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD said that Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto, Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian, and Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly were ready to work together under his coordination.

Radicalism called “homework” for Mahfud MD: Wiranto
Former Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto highlighted radicalism as one of the serious “homeworks” that needs to be handled by his successor, Mahfud MD.
— Antara News

New tourism minister plans world-class events to lure more foreign tourists
When Wishnutama Kusubandio was appointed as the Tourism and Creative Economy Minister, he was given a difficult but doable mission: Bring in many foreign tourists and make them spend much money in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Veronica Koman wins Australian human rights award for Papua activism
Human rights lawyer Veronica Koman has been awarded the Sir Ronald Wilson Human Rights Award by the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) for her work to expose alleged human rights violations in Papua and West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

#JokowiChallenge: Netizens struggle to replicate President Jokowi’s unusual toes-touching sitting pose in new viral challenge
Yesterday, President Joko Widodo introduced his new cabinet ministers for the 2019-2024 period on the steps of the Presidential Palace.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Maid reports employer to police for years of alleged abused, exploitation
The Cengkareng Police in West Jakarta have arrested a man for allegedly abusing a maid working at his house for the past nine years and not paying her a single penny.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest pimps in Indonesia who allegedly gave sex workers ‘virginity drug’ so they bleed during intercourse
Police in Bogor regency, West Java have arrested two people accused of sex trafficking, whose modus operandi allegedly involves deceiving clients into believing that their sex workers are virgins.
— Coconuts (paywall)


Feature photo Febrian A. Ruddyard

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


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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