Indonesia morning news for January 22

Indonesia morning news for January 22

Indonesia morning news

Government’s sovereign wealth fund plan questioned
The government’s plan to establish its own sovereign wealth fund has raised questions regarding the source of funding, as well as how the fund is managed to ensure it does not suffer the same fate as Malaysia’s 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
— The Jakarta Post

Travelers to Korea, Japan should be wary of nCov: Ministry
The Health Ministry has appealed to Indonesians keen on traveling to Korea and Japan to exercise caution in the face of new-fangled cases of the novel coronavirus (nCov) virus being reported in the countries.
— Antara News

Trapped tiger in South Sumatra to be moved to Lampung
South Sumatra Governor Herman Deru confirmed that a Sumatran tiger (Pantera Tigris Sumatrae), trapped in Semendo Darat Ulu Sub-district, Muara Enim District, South Sumatra Province, will be moved to Lampung.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Omnibus Bill Seen as Game Changer, Tycoon Riady Says
Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s plan to streamline a multitude of rules hindering foreign investment through an omnibus bill is a game changer with potential to bolster growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy, according to property tycoon John Riady.
— Bloomberg

Travel advisory issued amid China’s coronavirus outbreak
The Health Ministry has issued a travel advisory for Indonesians who wish to travel to countries affected by the Wuhan coronavirus and handed out health alert cards (HACs) to passengers arriving from China and other affected countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Is Set to Overhaul 79 Laws in a Push for Jobs and Foreign Investment
Indonesia is set to overhaul its nearly two-decade old labor law and scrap an array of rules that hinder foreign investment as President Joko Widodo seeks to transition the economy from a commodity reliant one into a manufacturing hub.
— Bloomberg

Natuna Conflict: DPR Says Indonesia Must Lobby Neighbors
The House of Representatives’ Commission I suggested the government make a diplomatic breakthrough in dealing with tensions with China in Natuna waters.
Indonesian Contingent to Join Discussions on Climate Change and Investment in Davos
Indonesia is sending its top officials and business leaders to the 2020 World Economic Forum, or WEF, Summit in Davos, Switzerland, this week to discuss with world leaders a shared agenda of tackling the climate crisis and achieving sustainable economic growth while also trying to sway some of them to invest more in the country’s digital economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Six reporters covering Jokowi’s Labuan Bajo visit survive boat capsize
Six reporters, including Desca Lidya from Antara News Agency, survived when their boat capsized while covering a visit of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, on Tuesday.
— Antara News

House sets up working committee to oversee ‘worrying’ financial services
The House of Representatives’ Commission XI, which oversees financial affairs, has announced the establishment of a working committee to monitor the financial services industry following a string of allegations implicating major companies.
— The Jakarta Post

Be careful, your draft of the omnibus bill might be a hoax: Government
A supposed draft of the omnibus bill on job creation circulating in the media is fake, the government has said, adding that it has yet to submit a final document to the House of Representatives.
— The Jakarta Post

Correction in Asian markets weighs down on rupiah
Indonesia’s rupiah declined 19 points, or 0.14 percent, to Rp13,658 against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Tuesday morning amid correction in Asian markets.
— Antara News

Global figures will help Indonesia move its capital. Who are they?
Relocating a capital is a gargantuan national project, and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has enlisted three renowned international figures to help.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Italy bolster agricultural cooperation
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo met with his Italian counterpart Teresa Bellanova to intensify cooperation between Indonesia and Italy in the agriculture sector.
— Antara News

2019 KUR realization reaches Rp139.5 trillion: ministry
The realization of the microcredit program (KUR) for the January-December 2019 period reached Rp139.5 trillion or 99.6 percent of the target of Rp140 trillion, the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs has stated.
— Antara News

PP Properti to issue Rp 1.2 trillion bond to restructure debt, fund expansion
Publicly listed property firm PT PP Properti is set to issue Rp 1.2 trillion (US$87.8 million) worth of bonds to restructure its debt and to fund its business expansion plan.
— The Jakarta Post

No turning point in sight as IMF predicts sluggish global growth
Global growth appears to have bottomed out but there is no rebound in sight and risks ranging from trade tensions to climate shocks makes the outlook uncertain, a top International Monetary Fund official said on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Doctors, activists call for e-cigarette ban
Pulmonologist Agus Dwi Susanto recalls treating a patient who was complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath after smoking e-cigarettes for six months.
— The Jakarta Post

BKSDA reports five deaths in Sumatran tiger-human conflicts in 2019
The South Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) confirmed that five people died while 10 others incurred injuries in 15 tiger attacks in South Sumatra Province during 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesian police thwart attempt to smuggle 70 kg crystal meth
The National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) foiled an attempt of two drug couriers to smuggle 70 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine from Malaysia into the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.
— Antara News

Ambon prison’s 30 percent inmates involved in drug-related offenses
The Maluku Provincial Legislative Assembly (DPRD) was concerned over the fact that the Ambon class 1 correctional facility in Maluku Province housed almost 30 percent drug-related inmates.
— Antara News

DPR Calls for AGO to Catch Jiwasraya’s ‘Big Fish’
The House of Representatives’s Commission III asked Attorney General S.T. Burhanuddin to investigate the case of Asuransi Jiwasraya thoroughly.

Jokowi Preps 7 Derivative Rules of KPK Law
A spokesperson for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on legal affairs Dini Purwono said the government was drafting seven derivative regulations of Law No. 29/2019 concerning the Corruption Eradication Commission’s Law, or KPK Law.

Illegal Oil Tapping Costs Chevron Rp23bn Loss
Illegal tapping is a practice still rampant, with methods used to steal oil becoming more and more sophisticated.

Iran keen to intensify cooperation with Indonesia
Iranian Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Azad visited Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD in Jakarta on Tuesday to hold discussions centering on ways to augment cooperation between both nations.
— Antara News

Former minister Arcandra appointed as PGN president commissioner
Former energy and mineral resources minister Arcandra Tahar has been appointed president commissioner of Indonesia’s largest midstream gas business, state-owned PGN.
— The Jakarta Post

BNI’s 98 customers in Kendari report ATM skimming frauds
Some 98 customers of the Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI) Bank-Kendari Office have, so far, reported to this state-owned bank’s management of having fallen victim to ATM skimming frauds.
— Antara News

Gas cylinder explosion in West Java’s Cimahi destroys two houses
A gas cylinder exploded in Cibeber, South Cimahi Sub-district, Cimahi City, West Java Province, on Monday evening, causing damage to two houses and inflicting injuries on two people.
— Antara News

Legislator questions government’s oil and gas lifting target
Mulyanto, a House of Representatives’ Commission VII member, questioned the oil and gas lifting target of 755 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD) set by Indonesia’s Government in the 2020 State Budget (APBN).
— Antara News

Torrential rains trigger flooding in Pekalongan, Central Java
Flooding shortly ensued heavy rains, coupled with strong winds and thundering, which inundated residential areas and a local hospital in Pekalongan, Central Java, on Monday evening.
— Antara News

Low prices prompt rubber farmers to switch to other crops
The Indonesian Tire Producers Association (APBI) has called on the government to promote the development of a rubber-based fuel to revive rubber demand and boost prices, and ultimately to prevent rubber farmers from switching to other crops.
— The Jakarta Post

Direct shipping service expected to boost bilateral trade with Brunei
Strolling around the alleys of minimarkets or supermarkets in Brunei Darussalam, it feels like shopping in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Sriwijaya Air in talks with several investors to boost operation
Private airline PT Sriwijaya Air is currently in talks with several investors to boost the airline’s operation following the termination of its partnership with national flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Police detain 19 people over clash in West Java’s Karawang
The Police in West Java’s Karawang District took 19 people into detention over their involvement in a clash that broke out between two mass organizations.
— Antara News

Babel plans international events to draw foreign tourists in 2020
The Bangka Belitung (Babel) provincial administration is planning several international events, including festivals and a cycling race, to attract foreign tourists to visit the islands located in the southeast of Sumatra Island.
— Antara News

Romahurmuziy receives lighter sentence than prosecutors’ demands
The Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy to two years in prison for accepting bribes and allowed him to keep his political rights, a punishment lighter than demanded by prosecutors.
— The Jakarta Post

Don’t judge people by appearance, preaches Jokowi. Message backfires spectacularly.
A comic strip posted on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s Twitter account that conveys the message of looking past appearances and instead judging people by their actions has been met with a less-than-favorable reception on social media, with many users pointing out the comic’s inherent irony in regard to the various instances of discrimination still plaguing the government’s bureaucracy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian sailor dies on board fishing vessel, body disposed of at sea
The body of an Indonesian sailor who died on board a fishing vessel has been disposed of at sea in the Pacific Ocean, reportedly for health reasons.
— The Jakarta Post

SAR agency confirms retrieving teen’s body trapped inside steel pipe
Tahuna Sub-district’s search and rescue (SAR) workers in Sangihe Islands District, North Sulawesi Province, were deployed to the sub-district’s artificial reservoir area to evacuate a teenager’s body trapped inside a steel pipe on Tuesday.
— Antara News

BUMDes face uphill challenges in growing business
The government has set up many village-owned businesses (BUMDes) in the country in an effort to drive the rural economy, but some have been facing difficulty in growing their businesses amid their struggle for greater community participation due to differing visions and a lack of competency.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI orders evictees to vacate mosque, return it to ‘its proper function’
The Bandung Wetan office of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has issued a letter ordering evictees of Taman Sari subdistrict in Bandung, West Java to leave a mosque they have been using as a shelter to “return the place of worship to its proper function.”
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan activists wear ‘koteka’ to court despite ban
Two of the six Papuan activists standing trial on charges of treason wore koteka (traditional Papuan dress) to a hearing on Monday at the Central Jakarta District Court, despite the judges’ ban last week.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Kaltim Kece

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the continuing flooding 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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