Indonesia morning news for January 1

Indonesia morning news for January 1

Indonesia morning news

Pollution kills more than 230,000 Indonesians per year: Report
Almost a quarter of a million people in Indonesia die every year because of exposure to toxic air, water or soil or other forms of pollution, making it the country with the fourth-highest number of premature pollution-related deaths in the world.
— The Jakarta Post

Six thousand Indonesians saved from potentially being trafficked
The Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration saved 6,941 Indonesians from potentially falling victim to the criminal act of human trafficking during 2019.
— Antara News

Bakamla: Chinese Ship Trespassing Indonesian Waters Again
The Maritime Security Board (Bakamla) said China’s coast guard vessels have again trespassed North Natuna waters today, December 31.

Indonesia to build tsunami wall in Palu. Observers say it won’t work
Most of Central Sulawesi’s Palu residents were getting ready for maghrib (sunset) prayer or dinner when a 7.4-magnitude earthquake from the nearby Palu-Koro fault jolted the city and its surrounding areas on Sept. 28, 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

Government agency fixes subsidized fuels allocation for 2020
The Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) has fixed next year’s allocation of subsidized fuels at 26.87 million kiloliters (kL), up 3 percent from last year, following a meeting with House of Representatives members last week
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta police thwart attempt to transport marijuana
The South Jakarta Metropolitan Police’s anti-drug squad recently thwarted an attempt to transport 374 kilograms of marijuana from Aceh Province to Jakarta by using an expedition truck, a police officer has revealed.
— Antara News

Anak Krakatau Erupts after First Anniversary of Deadly Tsunami
Residents in Banten and Lampung are alerted after Anak Krakatau volcano showed eruptive activitiy on Monday on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

BPPT eyes locally made aircraft for cloud seeding
The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) is planning to buy a locally made aircraft to strengthen its effort in forest fire prevention through artificial rain.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi upbeat about Kamijoro Dam improving food security
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is optimistic about the newly built Kamijoro Dam in the Special Province of Yogyakarta boosting Indonesia’s food security, as it will be able to sustainably irrigate 2,370 hectares of farm land.
— Antara News

Trade War Presents Window for Indonesian Furniture Makers to Meet Elusive Export Target
Indonesia’s furniture manufacturers are confident to reach the elusive $2 billion export target next year, taking advantage from increasing demand from American customers who seek supply replacements for tariff-hit Chinese furniture.
— Jakarta Globe

Wrapping up the decade: What made the news from 2015 to 2019
The 2010s will end with the closing of 2019, and as we prepare to welcome the 2020s, many of us are reflecting on what has happened in Indonesia over the past 10 years.
— The Jakarta Post

New Year’s Eve; Jakarta Drops Odd-Even Policy
Jakarta Metro Police and the city’s transportation agency dropped the odd-even policy starting today afternoon, December 31, 2019, until January 1, 2020.

3,250 died in traffic accidents in West Java in 2019
The provincial traffic police have announced that 3,250 people died from traffic accidents in West Java in 2019 and that many of the collisions took place on toll roads.
— The Jakarta Post

South Jakarta police suspend van driver TP’s civil servant status
The South Jakarta Metropolitan Police authority temporarily suspended the civil servant status of a van driver, who crashed into seven bicyclists on Sudirman Street near Summitmas Building, South Jakarta, Saturday, a police officer stated.
— Antara News

Komnas HAM Doubts Motive behind Novel Baswedan Attack Case
National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM) conveyed its suspicions about the motive behind the attack against senior investigator of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Novel Baswedan, saying that it was personal hate of the two alleged perpetrators identified as RB and RM.

Transit-oriented development to help modernize Jakarta
As a city notorious for its severe traffic congestion, Jakarta is now gradually evolving into a more pedestrian-friendly city and improving its public transportation by starting to revitalize the transit hubs with a transit-oriented development (TOD) approach.
— The Jakarta Post

After years on the streets, app-based motorcycle taxis finally regulated in 2019
The year 2019 marked a new era in app-based motorcycle taxis as the government finally issued regulations years after the raid-hailing services hit the roads in most parts of Indonesia without any regulations.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian aviation rocked by turbulence in 2019
Dark clouds seemed to have hit the Indonesian aviation industry throughout 2019, with high airfares and operational and financial problems preventing airlines from taking off.
— The Jakarta Post

2019, a transition year for bioenergy
Out of five renewable energy sources being developed in Indonesia, bioenergy saw the most progress this year as Indonesia escalated a policy mandating the use of biofuel-blended diesel.
— The Jakarta Post

What this year’s massive blackout means for electricity sector
The six-hour Jakarta blackout on Aug. 4 was this year’s key issue in the electricity sector, prompting the public to raise the ultimate issue: inequality in access to electricity despite the high electrification ratio.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian bourse sees fewer IPOs this year
Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has handled fewer initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2019 as it welcomed 55 newcomers to the bourse, down from 57 firms listing last year.
— The Jakarta Post

JCI closes mediocre year with last trading day in red
The local bourse has failed to conclude its last trading day of 2019 on a bullish note as it closed a year of unstable domestic political conditions and global economic uncertainty.
— The Jakarta Post

After hectic year, calm 2020 expected
After a hectic year of general elections, series of protests and political maneuvers that sparked debates and divided the country, many are hoping that 2020 would bring stability and a positive outlook.
— The Jakarta Post

FPI Refuses to Renew Permit
Islamist vigilante group the Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, has refused to renew permit which already expired in June, a spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Petrokimia Gresik books Rp1.2 trillion profit in 2019
State-owned fertilizer company PT Petrokimia Gresik booked Rp1.2 trillion in profit during 2019, or 100 percent of the company’s budget plan, with total revenue reaching Rp29 trillion.
— Antara News

Seven illegal firearms retrieved from Lamborghini driver’s house
Police recovered seven illegal firearms and thousands of live bullets at the house of a Lamborghini driver, identified as AM, arrested for pointing a gun at two high school students in Kemang, Jakarta last week.
— Antara News

East Java farmers form credit union to break ‘curse’ of lifetime labor
A group of farmers in Blitar, East Java, have established a member-owned financial institution. Its main goal is to keep ownership of the land they obtained from a plantation company through redistribution.
— The Jakarta Post

Security personnel asked to leave Papuan school because they frighten students
Members of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) and the Timika Catholic diocese have asked local authorities to remove security personnel from YPPK Titigi elementary school because the school will soon be back in session.
— The Jakarta Post

Regent’s son walks free after 1.5 months for shooting contractor with rubber bullet
The Majalengka District Court has sentenced Irfan Nur Alam, the son of Majalengka regent Karna Sobahi who also served as an official at the administration, to 1.5 months in prison for shooting a contractor in a project fee dispute.
— The Jakarta Post

Makassar carries out condom raids on New Year’s Eve to prevent ‘free sex’
Personnel of Makassar Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) conducted raids at several convenience stores in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Monday evening to confiscate condoms in a bid to prevent “negative acts” from taking place during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
— The Jakarta Post

UGM officials criticize rectorate’s huge revisions to sexual violence regulation
Top officials at Gadjah Mada Universtiy (UGM) have protested against the huge revisions made by the rectorate to a draft sexual violence prevention regulation in the university, calling the revisions “pro-perpetrators”.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi distributes T-shirts to onlookers at Kamijoro Dam inauguration
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) handed out T-shirts among residents witnessing the inauguration of Kamijoro Dam from its eastern side at Sendangsari Village, Pajangan Sub-district, Bantul District, Yogyakarta Special Province, on Tuesday.
— Antara News

From praying to partying, Indonesians get ready for New Year’s Eve
Indonesians have prepared to celebrate the arrival of 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

GWK Bali New Year’s Eve celebrations to feature 20,000 fireworks
The 2020 New Year’s Eve celebrations at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park, Bali, will feature 20,000 shots of fireworks being burst, Marketing Communication and GWK Event Head Andre Prawiradisastra told the press here, Tuesday.
— Antara News


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on environmental concerns throughout Asean — polluted waterways.


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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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