Indonesia Morning News For May 10

Indonesia Morning News For May 10
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Indonesia: Ahok conviction for blasphemy is an injustice
The conviction and imprisonment of Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as “Ahok”, will tarnish Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance, Amnesty International said today.
— Amnesty International

PTTEP freezes new investment in Indonesia
PTT Exploration and Production, Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas company, said on Tuesday that it will halt all new investments in Indonesia until a dispute with the government there over an oil spill in 2009 is settled.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Workers’ Strike to Disrupt Operations at Jakarta’s Main Port Next Week: Union
A union workers’ strike next week is expected to disrupt shipping operations at Jakarta’s main port, which handles the bulk of international shipments for Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, a labor union official said.
— Jakarta Globe

Bizzy acquires Alpha; Shopee partners Pos Indonesia
Indonesian B2B e-commerce startup Bizzy recently announced the acquisition of startup Alpha for an undisclosed sum. Meanwhile online shopping platform Shopee is partnering Pos Indonesia to provide free delivery for Shopee’s customers.
— Deal Street Asia

OCBC beats expectations with 14% rise in Q1 profit to S$973m
OCBC Bank posted a 14 per cent year-on-year jump in first-quarter net profit due to more fee income and higher profits from its Indonesian businesses.
— The Business Times

Indonesian University Tries to Weed Out LGBTQ Applicants
A state university in Indonesia has come under fire from international human-rights advocates for requiring prospective students to declare on a form that they are not lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender before applying and enrolling at the institution.

Indonesian Event Showcases US Beef, Pork’s Advantages
INDONESIA – Continuing its work to set US beef and pork apart in an increasingly competitive Indonesian market, USMEF showcased products, offered tasting samples and hosted a US meat barbecue reception at Food and Hotel Indonesia, the country’s largest food and hospitality event.
— The Pig Site

Indonesian doctors struggle with costly equipments
The Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM) in Jakarta is now utilizing the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy equipment to keep up with advancements in global medical technology.
— The Jakarta Post

JCI Drops as Investors Sell Off Shares Following Ahok’s Guilty Verdict
Share prices in the Jakarta Stock Exchange slid into negative territory on Tuesday (09/05) as investors sold off stocks to ensure profit margins following a widely controversial guilty verdict in incumbent Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s blasphemy hearing.
— Jakarta Globe

The Reasons behind EU’s Cooperation on Indonesia’s Sustainable Growth
The European Union (EU) will continue to work closely with Indonesia on inclusive development growth as the EU celebrates its 40th anniversary of dialogue relation with the Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN).
— Netral English

Singapore lures Indonesians with qualified doctors, tech
With the full backing of the Singaporean government, hospitals in the city-state practically receive all the support they need to maintain their top status in Southeast Asia, a condition that has allowed them to consistently acquire the most advanced medical equipment and attract top doctors who have developed their skills in major medical institutions in developed countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Salary gap between top execs and junior staff widens in Asia
The salary gap between top management and junior staff widened in nine Asian markets in 2016, as senior executive base salaries got close to, and in some locations, exceeded those in the U.S., while those in junior positions saw theirs lag far behind, according to a new study by Willis Towers Watson.
— Enterprise Innovation

Ongoing Development of Indonesia‘s Border Areas Set for Economic Centers
President Joko Widodo (Joko Widodo) said the government would not forget development in border area such as Skouw in Papua bordering on Papua New Guinea.
— Netral English

Djarot to assume Jakarta governor role after Ahok is jailed for blasphemy
The Ministry of Home Affairs is set to appoint Jakarta Vice Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat as acting governor after Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was sentenced to two years in prison today for committing blasphemy against Islam.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Divestment Procedure for Mining Companies Revised
Recently, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (Ministry) issued regulation number 9/2017 on Procedures for Divestments and Mechanisms to Determine the Divested Share Price for Business Active in the Minerals and Coal Sector (New Regulation). The New Regulation replaces Ministry regulation number 27/2013. In this column we discuss the impact of the New Regulation on foreign investors in Indonesia.
— Indonesia Investments

Indonesian Christians, who fled persecution and settled in NJ, face deportation
Four Indonesian men, who fled to the U.S. to escape religious persecution more than 20 years ago, were taken into custody Monday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and face deportation.

IESE Summit 2017 aims to net 10,000 visitors
The Indonesia E-Commerce Summit and Expo (IESE) 2017 aims to attract 10,000 visitors over the three-day event that runs until Thursday at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD, Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Ahok’s verdict prompts fresh calls for review of “draconian” Blasphemy law
The now suspended Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who was found guilty of blasphemy by the North Jakarta District Court and sentenced to two years imprisonment, is yet another victim of the problematic 1965 Blasphemy Law that has been abused to criminalize people, the Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) has said.
— The Jakarta Post


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

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Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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