Indonesia morning news for September 4

Indonesia morning news for September 4

Indonesia morning news

Critics lambast Criminal Code bill for ‘morality’ articles. But House seeks to pass bill soon
As the 2014-2019 term at the House of Representatives comes to an end, the legislative body and the government are resolved to pass the revised Criminal Code (KUHP) bill before the end of the month, seeking to conclude the decades-old attempt to modernize the country’s criminal law.
— The Jakarta Post

Why West Papua’s latest protests are different from the ones before
Thousands of people have been protesting across Indonesia’s easternmost territory over the past two weeks, torching government buildings and clashing with police, resulting in dozens of deaths and injuries.

President orders breakthrough to accelerate industry 4.0 roadmap
President Joko Widodo at a limited Cabinet meeting Tuesday ordered a breakthrough to encourage the acceleration of the industry 4.0 roadmap.
— Antara News

Indonesia restricts foreigner travel to restive Papua
Indonesia is imposing restrictions on foreigners visiting its restive Papua region, the government said Tuesday (Sep 3), after four Australians were deported over claims they took part in independence protests.

Indonesia drafts tax bill targeting foreign digital firms
Indonesian government is drafting a bill aimed at obtaining taxes from foreign digital firms serving in Indonesia, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia becomes China’s pivotal partner in cooperation: official
Indonesia – the world’s third-biggest democracy with the largest Muslim population worldwide – has emerged as one of China’s most crucial partners in bilateral cooperation.
— Antara News

Wildfires in Riau force wild elephants to flee habitats
Few wild elephants fled their habitats, entering residential areas after wildfires spread through the Tesso Nilo National Park, Riau Province, for the past week, the Natural Resources Conservation Office (BBKSDA) stated here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Rp100 bn allocated to rebuild offices in Jayapura
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing allocated Rp100 billion (US$7.03 million) to rebuild state offices destroyed by protesters during the rally in Jayapura City, Papua, August 29, Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi’s grand vision for new capital: Smart metropolis similar to Silicon Valley
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set a grand vision for the new capital city: that it will be a “smart metropolis” and designed to be a melting pot of technological innovations that can sustain the country for the next century and beyond.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi talks up ‘prosperity approach’ for Papua
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said he will focus on continuing an approach based on dialogue and prosperity to deal with the unrest that has flared up in Papua and West Papua in recent weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Politician Nabbed for 1,500 Bintang Kejora Flags Possession
A politician from Perindo Party of Sorong Sayang Mandabayan is undergoing police question in Manokwari Resort Police Headquarters, Papua, over the possession of 1,500 flags of Bintang Kejora or morning star, the symbol of the Free Papua Movement.

Indonesia’s foreign tourist arrivals edge up 2.6 pct in first 7 months
The number of foreign visitors coming into Indonesia drifted up in the first seven months due to intensive promotions and improvements of infrastructures facilities in tourist destinations.
— Xinhua

Indonesia’s new capital plan: How soon is now?
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to build a new capital in East Kalimantan has gained both jeers and cheers from citizens and the international community.
— The Jakarta Post

Police investigate civil servant in S. Sulawesi who allegedly kissed employee without consent while taking selfie
A public official in the Jeneponto district of South Sulawesi has been accused of inappropriate behavior towards his subordinate while they were taking a selfie together.
— Coconuts

Grab Faces Lawsuit for Not Giving Rp1mn Prize
A consumer Zico Leonard Djagardo Simanjuntak filed a lawsuit against PT Solusi Transportasi Indonesia or Grab Indonesia at Central Jakarta District Court today, September 3. Zico’s lawyer David Tobing said his client did not receive a prize in the form of Rp1 million OVO credit as promised by the ride-hailing company.

Indonesia’s annual inflation logs 3.49 pct in August
Consumer Price Index (CPI) in Indonesia accelerated at a faster pace in August to its highest level since December 2017, but it remained within the government’s target.
— Xinhua

PLN Sees Rp1.9bn Losses following Papua Unrest
State-run electricity firm PLN of Papua and West Papua incurred losses of up to Rp1.9 billion following the string of rally on Thursday, August 29 in the province.

Vietnam startups gain on Indonesia and Singapore with new funding
Vietnam’s startup sector is growing at a rapid clip despite the global economic slump, as it closes the gap with regional leaders Indonesia and Singapore.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Hundreds of asylum seekers still in limbo in W. Jakarta after gov’t stops extending aid
Some 300 asylum seekers have yet to vacate a temporary shelter in Kalideres, West Jakarta despite the government instructing them to vacate the premises by Aug 31.
— Coconuts

Indonesia and Kuwait, for peace and prosperity
Indonesia and Kuwait play important roles in promoting international peace and prosperity.
— The Jakarta Post

From ministries to police, govt institutions prepare regulations to support EV adoption
Government institutions including the transportation, industry and environment ministries as well as the National Police are currently preparing regulations to support the government’s goal to increase the manufacture and use of electric vehicles (EV).
— The Jakarta Post

Police Free 2 Papuan Students Arrested for Alleged Treason
Jakarta Metro Police have released two Papuan college students who were arrested on August 30 and 31 in Depok and Jakarta for allegedly committing treason as they lacked evidence.

DPR RI holds plenary meeting for decision-making on bills
The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI) organized a plenary meeting for the 2019-2020 Session at the Parliament Building here on Tuesday morning, with the key objective of taking a decision on several bills.
— Antara News

Spokesman confirms TNI commander’s scheduled arrival at Sentani
A military spokesman corroborated the planned arrival of Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto at Sentani, Jayapura District’s capital city, Papua Province, on Tuesday afternoon.
— Antara News

Minister conducts post-vandalism inspection of ANTARA Papua office
Public Works and People Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono inspected the ANTARA News Agency office in Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday, after it became the target of vandalistic attack by demonstrators in a riot on Aug 29.
— Antara News

No foreign assistance sought to placate tensions in Papua: Wiranto
Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Wiranto vehemently denied the incorrect claim of the Indonesian government seeking foreign assistance to ease tensions in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.
— Antara News

Internet access in Papua to be back to normal from Sept 5
Internet access in Papua and West Papua Province will normalize on September 5, provided the situation remains peaceful for the next two days, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto stated in Jakarta Tuesday.
— Antara News

Unidentified group kills five gold miners in Yahukimo
Indonesian Police’s spokesman Brig. Gen Dedi Prasetyo confirmed at least five gold miners were at the receiving end of a fatal attack by an unidentified group in Yahukimo District of Papua, resulting in their deaths.
— Antara News

Indonesia points finger at ‘foreign parties’
In response to calls for a self-determination referendum on top of ongoing unrest in Papua and West Papua, the government is blaming “foreign parties” for being behind the protests and rioting in the country’s easternmost provinces.
— The Jakarta Post

West Sumatra historian-cum-anticorruption activist Mestika Zed dies at 64
Historian-cum-anticorruption activist Mestika Zed has died following a heart attack on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Danamon to get new boss following merger
Bank Danamon has appointed a new president director following the completion of an operational merger between Bank Danamon and former Bank Nusantara Parahyangan (BNP).
— The Jakarta Post

BRI appoints new president director in another SOE management shakeup
State lender PT Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) shareholders have officially appointed Sunarso to lead the country’s most profitable bank as its new president director, replacing Suprajarto who last week declined to be reshuffled to lead another state lender, Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN).
— The Jakarta Post

North Sumatra tapir to be returned to wild after giving birth
North Sumatra authorities have postponed a plan to release a female Sumatran tapir into the wild after discovering that she is pregnant.
— The Jakarta Post

ITE Law victims group urges Aceh police to stop investigation against lecturer
A group that calls itself Victims of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law Community (PAKU ITE) has urged the Aceh Police to stop the investigation into Saiful Mahdi, a lecturer from Syiah Kuala University, who is a suspect in a defamation case.
— The Jakarta Post

New Marunda Port can reduce Tanjung Priok’s burden by 30%
Port operator company PT Karya Citra Nusantara (KCN) claimed that its Marunda Port in North Jakarta had reduced Tanjung Priok Port’s burden from bulk handling since it completed the Pier 1 construction in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

‘I am not being reckless’: Jokowi to review 10 final KPK leadership candidates
After some four months, the selection process for the leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) finally reached its climax on Monday, when the selection committee submitted to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the list of the 10 final candidates who will compete for the antigraft body’s top posts.
— The Jakarta Post

German startup Kontool sees huge swell of fans from Indonesia thanks to its unique name
In this age of globalized commerce, it can be pretty tough for a company to choose a unique name for themselves and their products.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Coffee roastery business grows around Jakarta as caffeine craze sweeps capital
When people think of coffee business, they usually think of café owners, baristas or even coffee farmers.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s cat lovers go the extra mile to care for strays
Jakarta is home to millions of people, and is quite likely also home to millions of stray cats, whether they were bred and born in the streets or abandoned by their former owners.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua’s Wamena Airport Lifts Overnight Parking for Airplanes
The management of Wamena Airport in Jayawijaya, Papua Province, has lifted the ban on overnight ramp or parking for airplanes.


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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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