Indonesia morning news for January 7

Indonesia morning news for January 7

Indonesia morning news

Govt Sends 120 Pantura Fishers to Natuna Waters
The government planned to send as many as 120 fishers from the north coast area (Pantura) to North Natuna as an effort to counter China’s coast guard vessels and fishing boat trespassing the waters.
— Tempo.co

President Jokowi emphasizes sovereignty is non-negotiable
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here on Monday was unequivocal in his declaration that Indonesia will not negotiate with any party over its sovereignty, particularly regarding the country’s territory in the Natuna waters in Riau Islands.
— Antara News

Rising sea temperatures blamed for killing turtles in Bengkulu
A total of 25 dead turtles found in the waters of Sepang Bay in Bengkulu, with the latest discovered on Friday, may possibly have been killed by rising sea temperatures, an expert has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Commentary: Jakarta, the fastest sinking city in the world faces the biggest flooding challenge
Jakarta needs strong political will to tackle the urgent issue of flooding, says ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute’s Siwage Dharma Negara.
— Channel News Asia

TNI clarifies placating tensions in Natuna a diplomatic task
Indonesian Military’s Head of Information Center (Kapuspen TNI) Major General Sisriadi believes that allaying friction in the North Natuna waters is not a military task but a diplomatic one.
— Antara News

Five-Story Building Collapses in Jakarta
A low-rise building in West Jakarta suddenly collapsed on a busy Monday morning, injuring at least eight people.
— Jakarta Globe

Natuna Holds Largest Oil and Gas Reserve, SKK Migas Says
The Natuna Sea in the vicinity of the Riau Archipelago, which was recently claimed by the Chinese Government, houses the largest natural gas and oil field, according to the Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKK Migas) communication and program head,Wisnu Prabawa Taher.
— Tempo.co

Minimum wage, working hours among issues discussed in omnibus bill: Minister
The government is looking to reform five issues in the current Labor Law that some say have deterred investment into the country through an omnibus bill on job creation.
— The Jakarta Post

Go Fish: Indonesian Fishermen Urged to Sail to North Natuna Sea Amid China’s Territorial Claim
The Indonesian government on Monday urged local fishermen to sail to North Natuna Sea to catch fish and help to assert the country’s sovereignty in its northern maritime borders amid China’s territorial claims.
— Jakarta Globe

World’s largest Rafflesia tuan-mudae in West Sumatera withers
The world’s largest Rafflesia tuan-mudae that grew in Agam, West Sumatera Province has begun to wither as its reddish-orange petals have turned blackish, on the eighth day of its blossom, this Monday.
— Antara News

Investment target for industrial sector set at Rp351 trillion in 2020
The Ministry of Industry set the investment target for the industrial sector at Rp307 trillion to Rp351 trillion by the end of 2020, a figure greater than the projected investment in 2019 of Rp188.8 trillion to Rp204.6 trillion.
— Antara News

Banks warned of tight liquidity, surge in bad loans in 2020
A liquidity problem will likely continue to haunt local banks, especially small and medium lenders in 2020 as many will invest their money in the government’s high-yield bonds instead of making deposits in banks, analysts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Five witnesses in Jakarta’s building collapse face police questioning
The Criminal Investigation Unit of the West Jakarta Police interrogated five witnesses in connection with the building collapse incident in Palmerah, West Jakarta, on Monday.
— Antara News

Indonesian education system challenged to produce quality HR
The new-fangled cabinet lineup of President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi’s) government sprang a few surprises, one of them being young and successful startup entrepreneur Nadiem Makarim entrusted with leading the Education and Culture Ministry.
— Antara News

Family ‘detained’ for grumbling over Garuda flight
In the latest of a string of incidents that reflect poorly on the airline, a Garuda Indonesia passenger has claimed that she and her family were “detained” by Garuda employees who accused her husband of insulting the airline.
— The Jakarta Post

Government prepares national talent management body to nurture ‘super-talented’ Indonesians
The government is planning to create a national talent management body this year in an effort to enhance human capacity development, which the President said was at the top of the agenda in his second term.
— The Jakarta Post

Former women’s affairs minister Mien Sugandhi dies at 85
Mien Sugandhi, a former Golkar Party politician who also served as the women’s affairs minister between 1993 and 1998 under then-president Soeharto, died on Sunday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Drops Plan to Issue Islamic Bonds
Flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia has dropped a plan to issue dollar-denominated Islamic bonds, or sukuk, this year as the scandal-ridden airline projected it would fail to complete its financial report in time for shareholders’ approval.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK to accompany Novel Baswedan during Jakarta Police’s interrogation
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confirmed its team and lawyers will accompany Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator of the KPK, while facing intense questioning as a witness by the Jakarta Metropolitan Police on Monday.
— Antara News

17,200 People Affected by Flood, Landslide in Banten’s Lebak
Lebak Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) recorded the total number of people affected by flash floods and landslides in Lebak, Banten, reached 17,200 or 4,368 families.
— Tempo.co

KPK, National Police Discuss 3 Focuses of Anti-Corruption Fight
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri outlined there are at least three main focuses on combating graft crime during a discussion with National Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis.
— Tempo.co

Key infrastructure projects on schedule in 2019 despite political heat
Although a number of infrastructure projects were delayed as investors worried that the presidential and legislative elections in April would cause political instability, many key infrastructure projects were completed on time.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister of Industry Suggests Proposals to Reduce Gas Price
The Minister of Industry Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, has called for the easing of private sector gas import regulations, with the condition that the imported gas will be utilized for the development of certain industrial sectors that are yet to be connected to the national gas network.
— Tempo.co

Jokowi considers three solutions to lower industrial gas prices
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo will look into three options to lower the stubbornly high industrial gas price in Indonesia, which has deterred industries from expanding in Indonesia amid a domestic economic slowdown.
— The Jakarta Post

Boat carrying 18 tons salt sinks in West Manggarai waters
MV Jabal Nur, with 18 tons of salt onboard, reportedly sank in the waters of West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), after hitting a reef on Seraya Besar Island, Seraya Marannu Village, West Manggarai District.
— Antara News

Central Java dispatches 100 volunteers to inundated Jakarta, West Java
The Central Java provincial administration has sent 100 volunteers to partake in the ongoing disaster recovery efforts in the flood-hit areas of West Java and Jakarta.
— Antara News

Helicopter deployed to disburse vital aid to Lebak flood survivors
The government has deployed a helicopter to dispense humanitarian assistance to flood and landslide survivors in Lebak Gedong Sub-district, Banten’s district of Lebak, head of the district’s disaster mitigation agency (BPBD) Kaprawi stated.
— Antara News

State audit agency begins five-month inspection into six ministries’ books
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) kicked off its annual inspection of six ministries’ 2019 financial reports on Monday, with a particular emphasis on that of the Public Works and Housing Ministry, the 2018 report of which had the most room for improvement.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakartans to launch class action lawsuit against Governor Anies Baswedan over handling of floods
A group of Jakarta citizens say they’re going to launch a class action lawsuit against Governor Anies Baswedan over what they perceived to be inadequate prevention and handling of the New Year flood crisis in the capital.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Gas price affects Indonesian products’ competitiveness: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) reiterated that the high industrial gas price in Indonesia has affected the competitiveness of its products.
— Antara 

Ahok and Puput Welcome Baby Boy
Former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama and his second wife Puput Nasititi Devi welcomed their son who was born in Jakarta on Monday morning.
— Jakarta Globe

15 hot spots detected in Riau: BMKG
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) detected 15 hotspots in six districts of Riau Province on Monday even as residents in Jakarta, West Java, and Banten Provinces struggle to recover from flooding and landslides.
— Antara News

City back to ‘normal’ after big floods
As floods that submerged parts of Greater Jakarta on the first days of 2020 receded, the capital city prepared to return to business as usual, especially after the weeks-long school holidays came to an end on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Nine houses in Hadakewa, Lembata, wrecked by whirlwind
A whirlwind that hit Hadakewa Village, Lebatukan Sub-district, Lembata District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, wreaked havoc on at least nine houses in the vicinity, a local official stated.
— Antara News

Batam‐Bintan bridge construction waiting for Jokowi’s green light
Construction of a 7-kilometer bridge connecting the islands of Batam and Bintan in Riau Islands province is now waiting for the green light from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, with the detailed engineering design for the bridge already completed.
— The Jakarta Post

‘I’m not Avatar’: Bogor regent reacts to Anies’ demand to curb water flows into Jakarta
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin gave a “cartoonish” response to Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s argument that recent flooding in Jakarta was mainly caused by excessive water flows from Bogor regency and other adjacent areas.
— The Jakarta Post

BP, AKR set sights on 30 new fuel stations per year
A joint venture company of British energy firm BP and publicly listed fuel trader PT AKR Corporindo plans to build 30 new fuel stations each year to have a total of 350 in 10 years.
— The Jakarta Post

LEN Industri ready to build charging stations for electric vehicles
State-owned electronics manufacturer PT LEN Industri has the ability to produce electric vehicle charging stations using fast charging technology that meet the requirement to use 60 percent local components.
— The Jakarta Post

Destroyed school buildings extend Lebak’s students’ stay at home
On Monday, Indonesia’s elementary, middle, and high school students began learning activities after lengthy holidays, though their peers, suffering extensively from the impacts of flash floods and landslides in Banten, were yet unable to attend.
— Antara News

Local video game startups seek support overseas to bolster business
With a lack of assistance from the government, local game developers are looking for support overseas to gain funding and market access and to improve the quality of their games.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Millennial’ declared Indonesia’s first ever word of the year
The Education and Culture Ministry has chosen milenial (millennial) as Indonesia’s 2019 word of the year, the first such award from the ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Kurawa Threatens Back at 4 Online News Outlet
Following its recently controversial tweet, owner of Twitter handle @kurawa threatened media companies that are planning to take legal action.
— Tempo.co

Instead of being mind-full, young Jakartans start getting mindful
Syora Alya Eka Putri, Alya for short, wrote down “being more wise and mindful” as her new year’s resolution.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral posts allege dozens suffer food poisoning at Vietnamese restaurant chain in Jakarta, investigations underway
Dozens of people allegedly fell ill due to food poisoning after dining at different branches of Saigon Delight, a Vietnamese restaurant chain with several locations across the capital.
— Coconuts

 

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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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