Indonesia morning news for October 31

Indonesia morning news for October 31

Indonesia morning news

It’s official: Jokowi increases BPJS premium by 100 percent starting January next year
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has finally signed a new presidential regulation (Perpres) on healthcare security, which stipulates a rise in the premiums for the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).
— The Jakarta Post

Building flood resistance in Indonesia: new approaches being implemented (video)
People and vehicles stranded in floodwaters, inundated business premises, interrupted connectivity, and access to other services cut off.
— AEC News Today

Gov’t Predicts Digital Economy will Thrive to Rp566tn
Secretary-General of Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) Rosarita Niken Widiastuti says that the country’s digital economy is predicted to thrive from US$27 billion to US$40 billion in 2019.

Jakarta Claims Typing Mistakes in Aibon Glue Budget Worth Rp82bn
Jakarta Education Agency admitted to making mistakes in registering data of the purchase of Aibon glue worth Rp82 billion on the city’s 2020 budget ceiling.

Indonesia Starts to Benefit From US-China Trade War, Business Lobby Says
Indonesian textile, garment and tire manufacturers are benefiting from the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, leading to optimism that Southeast Asia’s largest economy may overcome global economic turbulence expected next year.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to increase its contribution, leadership at global level
Indonesia under the leadership of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is eager to increase its contribution and leadership both at regional and global levels in the next five years, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said.
— Antara News

Report on civil rights violations sparks concern over Indonesia’s democracy
Freedom of speech as a key civil liberty in a democratic Indonesia has shown deteriorating symptoms in recent years, as those who have protested against the government have faced violence and restrictions, according to a report.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s five export commodities listed in US GSP programme
Indonesia will be able to enjoy the United States’ Generalized System of Preference (GSP) facility in the form of rate cut for five of its export commodities.
— Antara News

Luhut to Stop Nickel Export following Shipment Surge
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said the government plans to temporarily stop ore nickel exports.

Workers Urge Salary Hike, Reject BPJS Premium Increase at Rally
Workers from various organizations staged a demonstration before Jakarta City Hall in Central Jakarta today, Oct. 30.

Jokowi to Attend Asean Summit in Bangkok
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has confirmed he will attend the Asean Summit in Bangkok this weekend, his first foreign trip in his second presidential term, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi points to private company dominating sea toll product pricing
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged ministers to improve the sea toll programme after drawing attention to a private company taking on a dominant role in pricing products transported through the port-to-port route.
— Antara News

President emphasizes completion of international agreements by 2020
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) laid weightage on the need to complete international agreements that can drive exports by the end of 2020 at the latest.
— Antara News

Zaratex to invest $134m for new gas field in Aceh
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry recently approved for oil and gas company Zaratex to develop a new offshore gas field at Lhokseumawe block in Aceh province, according to a provincial regulatory agency.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s green energy outlook promising despite slow growth
International energy experts believe the share of renewable energy in Indonesia will exceed that of fossil fuel within the next 25 years despite slow progress in ongoing efforts to promote clean energy.
— The Jakarta Post

B2B marketplace Ralali lures SMEs to embrace e-commerce
B2B marketplace Ralali is offering a number of incentives to small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) that use its mobile application during the Harbignas national wholesale shopping days.
— The Jakarta Post

Steel Association Aspires for Strict Control on Steel Imports
The Indonesian Iron & Steel Industry Association (IISIA) expressed hope for the Indonesian government to control steel and iron imports that are becoming more rampant.

Mulyani emphasizes productive management of state assets
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani highlighted the need to productively manage state-owned assets to better facilitate and ensure economic and social welfare of Indonesians.
— Antara News

GM to return home amid tight competition in Indonesian car market
Indonesia’s sluggish car sales have taken a toll on General Motors (GM), which has decided to stop selling cars in the country after falling drastically behind other carmakers in one of Asia’s largest car markets.
— The Jakarta Post

AGO arrests fugitive in Bank Century money laundering case
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) arrested Stefanus Farok Nurtjahja, a fugitive in the Bank Century money laundering case, at a restaurant in Jakarta.
— Antara News

Tjahjo Kumolo Set to Simplify Echelon III, IV in His Ministry
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (PAN RB) Minister Tjahjo Kumolo was set to implement a policy on the reduction of echelon III and IV in his ministry.

385 Wamena riot survivors keen to return to city: military
Some 385 survivors of the recent Wamena rioting are eager to return to Jayawijaya District’s capital city following President Joko Widodo’s working visit to the city, XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command spokesman Col Eko Daryanto stated.
— Antara News

Fachrul Razi Warns State Officials of Radicalism
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi asserted that he would take firm action against state civil apparatus, SOE officials or staffers in the government areas who were influenced by radical ideology.

Intolerance Hampers National Development, Says Defense Observer
Observer on state defense, Connie Rahakundini Bakrie, said that the issue of intolerance remains as one aspect hampering Indonesia’s national development and resistance.

Indonesia ready to form new ‘South Papua’ province: Home Minister
Indonesia is ready to establish a new province called South Papua in the country’s easternmost territory, which is currently divided into the two provincial administrations of Papua and West Papua, a minister has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Newly built Bogor City Council building collapses less than a year after inauguration
Bogor City Council has formed a team to audit the worthiness and safety of the council’s building after its walls and ceiling collapsed during a heavy rainstorm on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor Mayor: Greater Jakarta Needs Special Minister
Bogor Mayor Bima Arya Sugiarto suggests having a special minister to handle the Greater Jakarta Area, which covers Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi.

Jokowi’s son pins hopes on Megawati for Surakarta mayoral ticket
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, was brimming with enthusiasm before and after the meeting with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Sukarnoputri at her residence in Jl. Teuku Umar, Menteng, Central Jakarta, on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Mahfud MD advises universities against banning student discussions
Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD has appealed to universities to desist from prohibiting their students to hold discussion events at campuses.
— Antara News

Investigation reveals disinformation campaigns on Papuan issues
A recent digital forensic investigation has revealed that multiple attempts have taken place in the digital world to manipulate the narrative about the protests and riots in the Papua and West Papua provinces in favor of the Indonesian government.
— The Jakarta Post

Three witnesses in garlic import bribery case summoned by KPK
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), on Wednesday, summoned three witnesses in connection with an alleged case of bribery in the import of garlic in 2019
— Antara News

Policeman Injured in Manggarai Neighborhood Brawl
South Jakarta District Police Chief, Sr. Comr. Bastoni Purnama said a member of his force was injured on duty.

Airport Train Halts Operation due to Fire at Pesing
Soekarno-Hatta Airport train temporarily halted its operation following a fire incident at Pesing, West Jakarta, today afternoon, Oct. 30.

AirAsia Overhauls Directors Structure
Indonesia AirAsia has decided to increase the number of its commissioners from three to five.

Citilink to launch new international route connecting Denpasar, Perth
Low-cost carrier Citilink is set to launch a new route that will connect Denpasar, Bali, and Perth, Australia, on Nov. 8, making it the seventh international route the airline has established this year as it strives to bolster its international flight network.
— 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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