Indonesia morning news for September 24

Indonesia morning news for September 24

Indonesia morning news

Lion Air Group Cancels 21 Flights due to Haze
Mentari Lion Airlines has canceled 21 flights on Batik Air and Wings Air due to the haze that still occurs in Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Death Toll Rises to 20 in Papua Unrest; Hundreds Arrested
Unrest that broke out in Jayapura and Wamena in Papua Province on Monday has claimed the lives of at least 20 people, while dozens more were injured, officials said.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia blames 737 MAX design for Lion Air crash
Indonesian authorities have cited failures in the Boeing 737 MAX design and oversight as contributing to the 2018 Lion Air plane crash, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.
— The Asean Post

Government earmarks Rp 700b for geothermal power in W. Java, C. Java
The government is set to inject Rp 700 billion (US$49.83 million) into state-owned geothermal company Geo Dipa Energi next year to increase the company’s production capacity and support renewable energy projects.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Detonate Bomb Found in Terror Suspect’s Home in North Jakarta
Detachment 88, the National Police’s elite counterterrorism unit, arrested 21-year-old Muhammad Arshad at his family’s home in Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia haze causes sky to turn blood red
Skies over an Indonesian province turned red over the weekend, thanks to the widespread forest fires which have plagued huge parts of the country.

ISPA cases in Riau increasing due to smog
The smog from the forest and land fires in Riau Province has increased the number of patients suffering from acute respiratory infections (ISPA).
— Antara News

Bulog prepares to respond to counterfeit rice sacks
The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) will immediately supply rice products wrapped in vacuum plastic packaging as a response after discovering that inferior quality rice was being distributed in the market with Bulog logos.
— Antara News

‘#ReformasiDiKorupsi’: Creative, digital campaigns amplify student protests against controversial bills
Whether it is on the streets or on the internet, there is no stopping young people from speaking their minds.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia govt considering harsher punishments for forest burners
Indonesian authorities are studying a plan to mete out harsher penalties to companies found burning forest and peat land, an environment ministry official said, as the country faces its worst forest fires and haze problems since 2015.
— National Post

DPR, Jokowi to Discuss Criminal Code Draft Bill Today: Arsul Sani
The House of Representatives’ (DPR) consultative body or Bamus on Monday, September 23, agreed to meet the invitation from President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to a consultation session today afternoon.

Foreign Investors Could Burden Local Home Developers: Apersi
The Indonesian Settlement and Housing Developers Association (Apersi) criticized the government’s plan upon inviting international investors in Indonesia’s home development industry as the association’s Chairman Junaidi Abdullah slated the move would further threaten housing developers for low-income citizens (MBR).

BI’s relaxed down payment policy gets cool response from banks, developers
Bank Indonesia’s (BI) relaxed down payment regulations for vehicle loans and mortgages could be considered a “sweetener” to the economy, but doubts remain as to whether banks will immediately lower their requirements or if the policy will boost car and house sales, which are expected to jack up slower domestic consumption growth.
— The Jakarta Post

3 Indonesian domestic workers detained under ISA, investigated for terrorism financing: MHA
Three Indonesian women have been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) amid investigations into their terrorism financing activities, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a press release on Monday (Sep 23).

From bank chatbots to egg hatcheries, popularity of AI soars among Indonesian businesses
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been gaining popularity among Indonesian business sectors, which have been putting the technology to various uses, ranging from providing chatbot services to helping the egg-hatching process.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s energy security hinges on EV-green energy approach, says ERIA
Switching to electrified vehicles (xEVs) will only improve Indonesia’s economy and energy security significantly if the move is combined with a shift to renewable energy, says a recent study by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
— The Jakarta Post

Papua Unrest, Wamena Airport Temporarily Halts Operations
The operations at Wamena Airport in Papua is temporarily halted due to the reportedly violent protests that broke at the District of Jayawijaya, Papua.

2,000 youths join nationwide training on hoax-busting, digital hygiene
Some 2,000 young people participated in a half-day training program on Hoax-Busting and Digital Hygiene held simultaneously over the weekend in 20 cities across Indonesia to help improve their knowledge on hoaxes and how to verify information on Google.
— The Jakarta Post

Low-cost international flights gain popularity amid soaring domestic airfares
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II has recorded a rise in low-cost carrier (LCC) international flights departing from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, since January, signaling a thriving climate for overseas travel amid public furor over skyrocketing ticket prices for domestic routes.
— The Jakarta Post

Attempt to plug leaking oil well almost complete: Pertamina
Efforts to plug a leaking oil well in the waters off Karawang regency, West Java, have reached 99.8 percent completion, according to state upstream energy company Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE).
— The Jakarta Post

Govt confident Cisumdawu toll road completed by end of 2020 despite setbacks
The ongoing construction of the Cisumdawu toll road in West Java has encountered its fair share of bumps along the way.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s reformist credentials in question
With the passing of a law revision that would weaken the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the imminent passing of a draconian revision to the Criminal Code, concerns have been raised over whether President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s leadership is moving toward a resurgence of the New Order regime.
— The Jakarta Post

Businesspeople need regulatory certainty, simplicity to invest in new capital city
Businesspeople require regulatory certainty and simplicity in order to invest in the development of the new capital city, even more so than financial incentives, experts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s Eldest Son Gibran Rakabuming Joins PDIP
The eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, has officially joined the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP).

PAN Backs President Jokowi’s Stand to Postpone RKUHP
National Mandate Party (PAN) Zulkifli Hasan announced that the party will completely support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s call on the House of Representatives (DPR) to postpone the Draft Criminal Code Bill or RKUHP as it is deemed to defy the public’s interest.

Gov’t Demands Fintechs Pay Attention to Users’ Security
Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution has demanded financial technology or fintech companies be mindful of the security of their users.

Traffic police, road users play game of cat and mouse
Earlier this month, a video of police officer Chief Brig. Eka Setiawan holding onto the windshield of a moving car as the driver attempted to flee from being ticketed was circulated on social media.
— The Jakarta Post

Cyclists rejoice after launch of bike lane, hope for more facilities
Jakarta’s cyclists, who have long complained about the lack of facilities to support their healthy and environmentally friendly way of commuting and unpleasant treatment from other road users, can rejoice as a new bicycle lane was launched over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Dragon islanders oppose closing of Komodo Island
Several residents of Komodo Island in West Manggarai District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, expressed their vehement rejection to the plan to close the island for a year, effective from January 1, 2020.
— Antara News

Papua Police Chief Says Hoax Fueled Abepura Riot
Papua Police Chief Inspector General Rudolf A. Rodja announced that the protest that broke at Jayawijaya on Monday morning was caused by fake information or hoax.

N. Sumatra road project uses customary land, faces opposition from locals
Construction work for a highway project reportedly taking place on customary land in Sigapiton, Toba Samosir regency, North Sumatra, has triggered a clash between residents and security personnel.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani Pledges Fair Tax Regulations for Fintech Industry
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati affirmed that her ministry would issue fair regulations on taxation for the financial technology or fintech industry.

Medan sends team to Netherlands to resolve ownership dispute over ‘Warenhuis’ historic site
North Sumatra authorities have dispatched a team to the Netherlands in an attempt to resolve an ownership dispute over a historic building in Medan amid the city administration’s efforts to boost its old town tourism.
— The Jakarta Post

Eco-friendly people are bringing their own bottles. The question is, where to fill them?
As concerns rise about the growing waste in Jakarta, many residents are attempting to minimize contributing to the problem by bringing their own reusable water bottles and buying fewer bottles of bottled water to reduce waste from single-use plastics.
— The Jakarta Post

Tari Piring performance in South Solok breaks Indonesian world record
A numbers of 2,890 people broke Indonesian World Records for the biggest Tari Piring performance, a traditional dance which dancers carrying a couple of plates on their palms, in Padang Aro, South Solok, West Sumatra, on Sunday.
— Antara News



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on forest fire fighters in Indonesia.


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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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