Indonesia morning news for January 9

Indonesia morning news for January 9

Indonesia morning news

Ministry watchful for mysterious pneumonia infection in Indonesia
The government will conduct surveillance at hospitals across Indonesia as a precautionary measure against a mysterious pneumonia outbreak that has sickened dozens in central China since late December last year.
— Antara News

Jokowi asserts Indonesia’s sovereign rights in Natuna
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has insisted that Indonesia has sovereign rights over natural resources in its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Natuna Sea while allowing foreign vessels to pass peacefully
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians in Iran, Iraq advised to maintain vigil amid tension
Indonesia’s foreign affairs ministry urged Indonesians in Iraq and Iran to remain vigilant and follow the local authorities’ instructions and appeals amid rising tension in the region after the US killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
— Antara News

Better tax collection needed as 2020 tax revenue target ‘hard to achieve’
The government will need to strengthen its tax collection efforts this year following a yawning tax revenue shortfall that occurred last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Posts $25b State Budget Deficit in 2019
Indonesia’s state budget deficit widened last year as tax revenues from commodity trade dropped amid falling demand and prices in the global market.
— Jakarta Globe

US-Iran row exposes another threat to the Indonesian economy
The heightened tension between the United States and Iran after a US air strike killed influential Iranian general Qasem Soleimani last week will add to the global economic uncertainties, which could further affect Indonesia’s exports, analysts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

470 fishermen register to operate in Natuna waters: Mahfud
At least 470 fishermen from Java’s coast have registered to operate in the Natuna waters in Riau Islands province, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, said.
— Antara News

Economic diplomacy to be strengthened in five years
In the next five years, economic diplomacy will be strengthened through special assignments given by President Joko Widodo to Deputy Foreign Minister Mahendra Siregar, as well as concrete assignments to Indonesian representatives in other countries.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s official reserve assets reach USD129.2 billion in December
Indonesia’s official reserve assets stood at USD129.2 billion as of end-December 2019, increased from USD126.6 billion as of end-November 2019.
— Antara News

Mily chief orders Navy to drive away fishing vessels in EEZ
Chief of the National Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has ordered the Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) to drive away any foreign vessel found stealing fish in the Indonesian exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
— Antara News

Rupiah weakens amidst escalation of US-Iran conflict
The rupiah weakened against the US dollar at the Jakarta interbank market on Wednesday evening owing to the escalation of the United States-Iran conflict.
— Antara News

Govt Asks Airlines to Avoid Routes Flying to the Middle East
The Ministry of Transportation (Kemenhub) has warned Indonesian airlines to be cautious following tension in the Middle East that has reached its peak subsequent to Iran’s deployment of a rocket towards a U.S. military base.

119 migrant workers from NTT died abroad throughout 2019: Agency
As many as 119 migrant Indonesian migrant workers from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), most of them without proper documents, died abroad throughout 2019, the Indonesian Migrant Workers Placement, Protection and Monitoring Agency (BP3TKI) in Kupang has revealed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to discuss biofuel duties with EU at end of this month amid trade tit-for-tat
Indonesia is set to meet the European Union in a consultation meeting at the end of this month to discuss the latter’s biofuel import duties, according to a high-ranking Indonesian official.
— The Jakarta Post

Gold, Oil Prices Surge as Iran Launches Missiles to U.S.
Gold and oil prices reportedly increased in line with the launching of a missile attack by Iran to the U.S. forces in Iraq.

Chinese investment projects to remain unaffected by Natuna polemic
Indonesian Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi made assurance that Chinese investment-funded transportation infrastructure projects will not be affected by the polemics on the Natuna waters, Riau Islands Province, embroiling China and Indonesia.
— Antara News

Upgrading Natuna’s status to province not deemed urgent by lawmaker
House of Representatives’ Commission I member Sodik Mudjahid views it nonurgent to upgrade Natuna District, Riau Islands Province, into a special province over China’s violation of Indonesia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) rights in Natuna waters.
— Antara News

China’s Ambassador Regarding Natuna: Friends with Different Views
In response to the recent dispute over the Northern Natuna Sea border, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian likens the bilateral relations between Indonesia and China as “two friends who share different views.”

Govt vows to cover blue-collar workers who can’t pay higher health insurance premiums
Adinda, a 26-year-old waitress at a restaurant in South Jakarta, is in a dilemma.
— The Jakarta Post

No more funds available to cover BPJS deficit, says Sri Mulyani
The government plans to no longer provide cash injections to cover the Healthcare and Social Security Agency’s (BPJS Kesehatan) deficit this year following a hike in the insurance premiums.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK Arrests Election Commissioner Wahyu Setiawan
A commissioner of the General Election Commission, of KPU, was arrested on Wednesday on bribery charges.
— Jakarta Globe

Bali Airport enjoys 2% increase in passengers
Some 24,169,561 passengers were served at the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali throughout the year of 2019, indicating an increase of 390,383 passengers or two percent compared to the same period in 2018.
— Antara News

Mall Sales Mark Shift in Strategy for Lippo Karawaci
Lippo Karawaci, one of Indonesia’s largest listed property companies, is set to sell two of its shopping malls for $92 million this year in a move that marks a shift in the company’s strategy in managing its retail properties.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Ancient Sinaga Clan Distances Itself From ‘Britain’s Worst Rapist’
The name Reynhard Tambos Maruli Tua Sinaga, or Reynhard Sinaga, has been in the headlines since Monday, once the media ban on his two-year trial for raping dozens of young men in Manchester was lifted. Reynhard was jailed for a minimum of 30 years for 136 rapes.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia continues diplomacy to defend Palestine in 2020
The government of Indonesia will firmly continue its diplomacy of defending Palestine in international forums through the year of 2020, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi stated in her Annual Press Statement remarks in Jakarta, Wednesday.
— Antara News

BPPT Verifies U.S. Weather Alert for Jakarta
Head of the Weather Modification Technology Unit of the Assessment and Application of Technology Agency (BPPT), Tri Handoko Seto, has confirmed that the weather alert issued by the United States Embassy in Indonesia is valid.
— Tempo.c0

The Trouble With Indonesia’s Infrastructure Obsession
Wearing his trademark white shirt – the emblem of a hard-working spirit – during the Palapa Ring inauguration, Indonesia President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo expressed high hopes, saying that the new “sky toll” will increase the competiveness of the country’s industry.
— The Diplomat

Sidoarjo District Head Arrested in First KPK Graft Bust Under New Leader
The head of East Java’s Sidoarjo district was arrested for alleged corruption on Tuesday in the first operation conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, under its newly installed leadership.
— Jakarta Globe

Gov’t to Speed Up Construction of Sanctuary for Indonesian Fishermen in North Natuna Sea
The government is speeding up the construction of a sanctuary for Indonesian fishermen in the North Natuna Sea, Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Finance Ministry monitors oil pricing following Iran-US tension
The Ministry of Finance will continue to monitor the movement of world oil prices in the midst of the escalating tension between Iran and the United States.
— Antara News

Natuna fishermen should optimally capitalize on fishery facilities
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has called on fishermen in Natuna District, Riau Islands Province, to garner optimum benefits from the fishery infrastructure and facilities built in the district.
— Antara News

Jokowi to Leave for UAE to Secure Rp163tn Investment Deal
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to witness the signing of the investment agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Abu Dhabi on January 13, said Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi.

After securing Jakarta during political year, Gatot appointed National Police deputy chief
After securing the capital during a tumultuous political year, former Jakarta Police chief Comr. Gen. Gatot Eddy Pramono has been named the new National Police deputy chief, replacing Comr. Gen. Ari Dono Sukmanto who is entering retirement.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to provide extra allowance for teachers affected by floods
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has said the ministry will provide three months’ extra allowances for teachers who were affected by the severe floods that hit Greater Jakarta, Lebak regency in Banten and some parts of West Java recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Crimes committed by tourists in Bali raises questions over visa exemption expansion
The thousands of visitors that flock to Bali every year are starting to get under the skin of Kuta village head I Wayan Wasista, whose village has metamorphosed from rice paddies and fisher villages to an all-day tourist epicenter.
— The Jakarta Post

AGO to announce Jiwasraya suspects, sees indications of ‘legal violations’
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) plans to announce in the next 10 weeks a list of suspects in a “gigantic” case implicating troubled state-owned insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya that could “potentially carry systemic risk” for the country’s financial industry, authorities say.
— The Jakarta Post

Humpuss Intermoda to purchase seven vessels worth $67 million
Shipping company PT Humpuss Intermoda Transportasi plans to purchase seven vessels worth US$67 million in 2020, according to an executive.
— The Jakarta Post

Corn scarcity looms over poultry farmers in Blitar
The extreme rains that affected many parts of the country including Blitar, East Java in recent months have worried poultry farmers in the regency as the rains have caused a further scarcity of corn, which is used for chicken feed.
— The Jakarta Post

‘This is part of mainstream movement’: Jakartans welcome single-use plastic bag ban
Jakarta has finally hopped onto the bandwagon of regions restricting single-use plastic bags by issuing a long-anticipated regulation on the matter.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra Party Praises President Jokowi’s Visit to Natuna Sea
Gerindra Party secretary-general Ahmad Muzani asserts that President Jokowi’s visit to Natuna today disproves the notion from people accusing the government of neglecting the Natuna border dispute with China.

UAE’s Masdar to support development of Indonesia’s largest solar power plant
State electricity company PLN’s unit Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PJB) is looking to begin construction of the $129 million Cirata floating solar power plant in West Java next year with support from Abu Dhabi-based renewables firm Masdar.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin chairs limited meeting on handling radicalism
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin chaired a limited meeting, here, Wednesday, on the handling of radicalism wherein the attendees comprised ministers and Head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) Suhardi Alius.
— Antara News

‘We were hopeless’: Industries cheer plans to lower gas price amid economic gloom
For President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, it was frustrating that nearly four years after he issued a presidential regulation that limits gas prices from exceeding US$6 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu), prices now average at $8 to $9 per mmbtu.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia seeks to attract $6.4b in investment into Kendal, Singhasari, Likupang SEZs
The government is seeking to attract Rp 89.6 trillion (US$6.4 billion) in investment into three special economic zones (SEZ) in Java and Sulawesi as it aims to promote industrial and tourism development to stoke growth amid a cooling economy.
— The Jakarta Post

High-speed railway project steps up efforts to deal with extreme weather
From trash-clearing and fixing damaged roads to preventive technical measures, the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project is intensifying efforts to deal with extreme weather that has caused landslides and floods, especially across Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Nigerian conglomerate Dangote to purchase 10,000 Indonesian-made rural vehicles: Ministry
A billionaire from Africa plans to purchase 10,000 Indonesian-made light pickup trucks, called the rural multipurpose mechanical tool (AMMDes), to be marketed in Nigeria.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Flood Caused by 15km-high Rain Clouds: Expert
A meteorologist and climatologist Edvin Aldrian said the height of clouds that produced heavy rainfall in Jakarta areas from December’s end until the first January reached 15 kilometers.

Please prioritize Indonesian-made films for streaming in the country, minister asks Netflix
The government has raised the call for American streaming service Netflix to feature more Indonesian films in its “original” content for subscribers in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Whirlwind wrecks 1,240 houses in South Sulawesi’s Sidrap District
A whirlwind ravaged 1,240 houses in Sidenreng Rappang (Sidrap) District, South Sulawesi Province, and afflicted injuries on two local residents on Tuesday, Deputy South Sulawesi Governor Andi Sudirman Sulaiman stated.
— Antara News

Army personnel build 15 shelters for West Java’s Cileuksa villagers
The 315 Garuda Infantry Battalion personnel, Wednesday, began constructing 15 temporary shelters using bamboo poles for residents of Cileuksa Village, Sukajaya Sub-district, Bogor District, West Java, who remain isolated following a landslide on January 1.
— Antara News

Actress Yuki Kato backs ban on single-use plastic bags in Jakarta
Indonesian actress Yuki Kato welcomes Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan’s regulation number 142/2019 on banning single-use plastic bags at shopping malls, supermarkets, and traditional markets in the capital city arguing that the policy would help reduce plastic waste.
— Antara News

Activist Slamming Christmas Ban Nabbed by Police
West Sumatra Police reportedly arrested an activist from Inter-Community Studies Center (Pusaka) Sudarto for allegedly spreading hate speech through social media regarding Christmas celebration in Dharmasraya Regency.

Man arrested for alleged child molestation in North Jakarta
The Pademangan Police in North Jakarta announced they arrested a 19-year-old man on Friday for allegedly molesting at least six boys.
— The Jakarta Post

Wife, lover allegedly hire hitman to kill Medan judge
The North Sumatra Police have arrested a woman, her lover and a hired hitman for the murder of her husband in Medan, North Sumatra, last year.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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