Indonesia morning news for October 28

Indonesia morning news for October 28

Indonesia morning news

Lion Air’s Boeing 737 MAX Crash; Indonesia Recommends Redesign
Indonesia has recommended closer scrutiny of automated control systems, better design of flight deck alerts and accounting for a more diverse pilot population in the wake of a Boeing 737 MAX crash, the Seattle Times reported.

‘We want concrete answers’: Victims’ families cry in disappointment over KNKT’s Lion Air JT610 crash report
Anton Sahadi, 30, sat in confusion as he heard the explanation from the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) from the final investigation report into Lion Air flight JT610 that crashed into the Java Sea almost a year ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Plastic waste from big brands still polluting Indonesia: Report
Large national and multinational corporations are being called on to take responsibility for the amount of plastic waste polluting the country with a recent audit finding that plastics produced by such companies continue to contaminate the country’s environment.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Say JAD Planned Terror Attacks in Solo, Yogyakarta
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo stated that terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah or JAD led by Abu Zee was ready to launch terror acts in Solo and Yogyakarta.

Loan growth slows to 21-month low as businesses ‘wait and see’
Bank Indonesia (BI) is cutting its benchmark rate for the fourth consecutive month as it aims to boost a weakening economy signaled by loan growth slowing to a 21-month low against the backdrop of a trade war-driven global economic slowdown.
— The Jakarta Post

Tobacco Farmers Decry Govt’s Plan on Cigarette Excise Hike
Tobacco farmers have rejected the government’s plan to raise the cigarette excise rate by 21.56 percent on average and the cigarette retail selling price (HJE) by 35 percent in 2020.

Malaysia’s BGMC Corp to Invest $1b in Port, Industrial Development in Riau
The BGMC Corporation, a Malaysian construction services company, will invest $1 billion in a port and industrial complex in Siak district, Riau, the neighboring country’s ambassador said at the weekend.
— Jakarta Globe

Two Malang schools closed as hundreds of students, teachers test positive for diphtheria
Dozens of students and teachers from two public schools in Malang, East Java, have tested positive for diphtheria after undergoing examinations by a local health center.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s New Cabinet Raises Foreign Capital: Bank Indonesia
Bank Indonesia (BI) recorded a total of Rp12.03 trillion in foreign capital had flown into the country during the past week to date following President Jokowi’s announcement of the Indonesia Onward Cabinet.

OJK: Moving the Capital May Improve Investor Spread
The Financial Services Authority (“OJK”) said that the plan to move the capital city to Kalimantan will encourage equal distribution of investors. Currently, most of major investors are located in Java.

Mahendra to focus on US trade negotiation, palm oil as deputy foreign affairs minister
Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Mahendra Siregar has been appointed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as deputy minister of foreign affairs and tasked with concluding trade negotiations with the US and supporting the palm oil industry.
— The Jakarta Post

US trash is treasure in Indonesian village
Few Americans have heard of this village, wedged between peanut farms and a paper mill on the island of Java.
— Herald-Mail Media

Imagine Indonesia with restored forests, mangroves
There is a long and happy history of presidents, in their second term, leaving a distinguished and long-lasting environmental legacy.
— The Jakarta Post

BNI’s 3Q lending up 14.7 percent on the back of high growth in corporate loans
State lender Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) recorded a 14.7 percent increase in loan disbursement in the third quarter to Rp 558.7 trillion (US$399.07 million) on the back of a sharp increase in loan disbursement to corporate borrowers.
— The Jakarta Post

Businesses doubt coordinating ministers’ veto rights
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to give veto rights to coordinating ministers in his Indonesia Onward Cabinet has raised doubts among businesspeople, despite a glimpse of hope that the move would help smooth out investment-friendly policy making.
— The Jakarta Post

Modern trains and fare set for Greater Jakarta LRT, construction races to meet 2021 operational schedule
The company tasked with developing the Greater Jakarta LRT (LRT Jabodebek) is picking up its pace as it aims for a 2021 operational target and with construction more than half complete.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta tightens belt ahead of year-end as councilors scrutinize budget priorities
The Jakarta administration and the new City Council have kicked off deliberation of the draft 2020 city budget priorities and ceiling (KUA-PPAS) and plan to hold a meeting marathon amid mounting pressure to complete it before Nov. 30, a deadline set by the Home Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi introduces 12 vice ministers
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) introduced 12 vice ministers for his cabinet termed “Indonesia Moving Forward” at around 13:00 local time at the State Palace, Jakarta.
— Antara News

Rights groups decry new attorney general’s plan to resume death penalty
Just three days after assuming his post, Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin confirmed that he planned to resume enforcement of the death penalty, a move condemned by human rights activists and that could potentially plunge Indonesia into a diplomatic crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Inocycle turns trash into treasure as public awareness of plastic waste grows
While the public outcry against plastic waste continuing to grow, publicly listed company PT Inocycle Technology Group (INOV) has moved to turn trash into treasure, by recycling plastic waste into polyester staple fiber (re-PSF), a basic material used in construction, the automotive industry, household appliances, clothing and civil engineering.
— The Jakarta Post

SKK Migas Uncovers Massive Oil Theft at Rokan Block
The Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKK Migas) reported 63 cases of oil theft at Rokan Block managed by Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI).

Jokowi Visits Papua in First Official Trip After His Inauguration
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo visited several districts in West Papua and Papua on Sunday – his first since unrest broke out in Indonesia’s two easternmost provinces in August.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi’s Cabinet Should Promote Synergy, Solidity: Observer
The Onward Indonesia Cabinet of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi) Government must promote a strong synergy and solidity to materialize more national development progress than in the previous administration, according to Siti Zuhro, a political observer of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

Luhut Welcomes ‘Fellow Nationalist’ Prabowo in Jokowi’s Cabinet
Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said he had no objections whatsoever to the surprise inclusion of Prabowo Subianto in the cabinet, despite their past rivalry.
— Jakarta Globe

Qlue aims to develop smart city, smart residents one report at a time
Despite its declining popularity, complaint handling app Qlue continues to connect Jakartans with city administration officials under the Jakarta Smart City (JSC) program, having expanded to include other provinces and the private sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Pemuda Pancasila pledges action against those threatening sovereignty
Youth organization Pemuda Pancasila has pledged to adopt a firm stance toward those holding anti-sovereignty positions against the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, state ideology of Pancasila, and President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
— Antara News

Jokowi Extends Apology to Parties Excluded from Cabinet Lineup
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has apologized to several parties, whose aspirations were not accommodated during the selection for the Indonesia Onward Cabinet lineup.

Three killed in fresh violence in Indonesia’s Papua
Three people have been killed in Indonesia’s restive Papua region with police saying the victims were civilians, while a rebel group that took responsibility said they were undercover intelligence officers.
— Coconuts

BMKG Forecasts Hot Temperatures Across Jakarta Areas
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) weather forecast predicts that five areas in Jakarta this Thursday noon will remain clear with West Jakarta set to experience the hottest temperature compared to other areas with 34 degrees celsius.

Indonesia, Myanmar Celebrate 70 Years of Diplomatic Ties
Indonesia and Myanmar celebrated 70 years of diplomatic relations by holding a diplomatic reception and a food festival at the Indonesian embassy in Yangon.

Anti-PKI death squad leader Anwar Congo dies at 78
Anwar Congo, the former leader of a death squad that is alleged to have killed thousands of suspected Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) members in Medan, North Sumatra, in the mid-1960s, passed away on Friday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Arrest Yogyakarta Man Who Used Ransomware Attacks to Amass 300 Bitcoins
Police arrested a 21-year-old man in Sleman, Yogyakarta, on Friday for allegedly using malicious software to extort victims and steal financial data for personal gain.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Promises to Build Market and Roads in Arfak, West Papua
President Joko WIdodo (Jokowi) has promises to build infrastructure including roads, hospital and market in Pegunungan Arfak District, West Papua Province.

Performance of police, military draws accolades from Papuan figures
Papuan figure Chris D.J. Fonataba vociferously commended the Indonesian police (Polri) and military (TNI) for maintaining security in Papua, Indonesia’s easternmost province, right from the presidential election until the presidential inauguration on October 20, 2019.
— Antara News

Hundreds of West Papua’s Villages Prone to Landslides, Floods
The West Papua Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded over 800 villages and sub-districts in the region had the potential of landslides and floods.

Worker at Riau industrial forest killed in tiger attack
A worker with PT Riau Indo Agropalma (RIA), Wahyu Kurniadi, is reported to have died following a tiger attack last Thursday in the firm’s plantation area in Tanjung Simpang village of Pelangiran district, Indragiri Hilir regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Sekolah Damai guides schools to combat intolerance, radicalism
Moderate Islamic think-tank the Wahid Foundation knows that in order to root out radicalism and intolerance in schools, it has to start with the teachers.
— The Jakarta Post

East Java’s BNN confiscates 4.1 kg of crystal meth
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN), East Java Office, has confiscated 4.1 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, also called sabu-sabu, from three passengers riding on an inter-provincial bus that the agency’s investigators stopped at Warugunung Toll Road KM 741 on Friday.
— Antara News

Government to patent Hudoq Cross Border traditional dance
The government of Mahakam Ulu (Mahulu) District, East Kalimantan Province, is likely to patent the traditional Hudoq Cross Border dance which has escalated to a multi-ethnical version of the Hudoq dance from a village-to-village origin.
— Antara News

Youth on the vanguard of climate change movements
Climate change-centric discussions are gaining greater traction, with peaceful protests and marches held concurrently worldwide, and the youth heralding the movements for a better future amid rising sea levels and temperature, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem collapse.
— Antara News

Jakarta Blue Sky Carnival to feature 470 contending electric vehicles
A total of 470 electric vehicles will partake in the Jakarta Blue Sky Carnival to be organized on Sunday (Oct 27), Jakarta Provincial Administration Secretary Saefullah stated.
— Antara News

Car crashes into South Jakarta pharmacy, killing security guard
A car reportedly crashed into Senopati Pharmacy on Jl. Senopati in South Jakarta early on Sunday, killing one person who appears to be the store’s security guard.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Tribute to the lion air flight JT610 crash

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the crash of Lion Air flight JT610, October 29, 2018.


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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