Indonesia morning news for August 29

Indonesia morning news for August 29

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia offers US$13.2b infrastructure projects to China
The Indonesian government has offered various infrastructure projects to China worth US$13.2 billion (S$18 billion) during a recent market sounding event attended by 90 potential investors in Guangzhou, in southern China.
The Jakarta Post via The Straits Times

Lombok earthquake rehabilitation accelerated
The government of Indonesia is determined to accelerate the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction of facilities after the devastating earthquake in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) province.

Judge in Meiliana trial arrested for alleged graft
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators have arrested a judge in Medan, North Sumatra, for alleged bribery.
The Jakarta Post

Government increases price floor of airplane tickets
The government has decided to increase the price floor of airplane tickets from 30 to 35 percent of the price ceiling in response to requests from a number of airlines, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said in Jakarta on Tuesday.
The Jakarta Post

This Year’s Rice Imports to Be Largest Since 2011
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo may import 2 million tons of rice this year, falling short of fulfilling his 2014 presidential campaign promise of rice self-sufficiency.
The Jakarta Globe

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Despite court victory, Jambi rape victim unable to return home without mother
A landmark ruling by the Jambi High Court has exonerated a 15-year-old rape victim of all criminal charges, but it will be some time before she can return home.
The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Wins 2 Gold Medals in Climbing; Exceeds 2018 Asian Games Target
Indonesia captured two more gold medals in the 2018 Asian Games by winning both the women’s and men’s speed relay climbing competitions at Jakabaring Sport City in Palembang, South Sumatra, on Monday (27/08).
The Jakarta Globe

Gov’t Plans to Hike Import Tariffs on 900 Commodities
The Ministry of Finance is studying a plan to impose higher import tariffs on 900 commodities to narrow the trade deficit, after initially proposing a list of 500 earlier this month.
The Jakarta Globe

Scott Morrison to seal Indonesia-Australia free trade deal
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will conclude a free trade agreement with Indonesia on Friday, in a deal designed to foster closer political ties with Jakarta ahead of greater market access and investment ties.
Financial Review

Asian Games: State officials should report free tickets to KPK
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Febri Diansyah called on state officials receiving free Asian Games tickets – apart from formal invitations – to report them to the antigraft body at least 30 days after receiving them.
The Jakarta Post

Golkar denies taking money from Riau power plant bribes
The Golkar Party has denied allegations that the party had received money connected with a graft case in a coal-powered power plant (PLTU) project in Riau.
The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to emulate SSM’s companies’ registration system
Indonesia has expressed interest in learning companies’ registration system used by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM).
New Straits Times

Police may punish officers in whale shark incident in Yogyakarta
The Yogyakarta Police are considering punishing three officers who were photographed standing on top of a dead whale shark that was stranded on a beach in Parangkusumo.
The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin: Jokowi’s Islamic defender or deadweight?
The image was incongruous: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), who wants his presidency defined by Indonesia’s rapid economic development and modernisation, stood awkwardly before the media on 10 August with his newly announced vice-presidential candidate, Ma’ruf Amin, a 75-year-old conservative Islamic scholar clad in traditional sarung and sandals.
— New Mandala

Court receives Jokowi’s cassation petition against forest fire guilty verdict
The Supreme Court has received a cassation appeal filed by the government against a Palangkaraya High Court ruling that found President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo liable in the disastrous forest fires in Central Kalimantan.
The Jakarta Post

Investors invited to develop airports in Lampung, Bengkulu, Jayapura
The Transportation Ministry has invited private companies to participate in the development of at least three airports in Lampung, Bengkulu and Jayapura in Papua to help improve the performance of existing airports.
The Jakarta Post

Judicial Commission Comments on 3 Judges Arrested in Sting-Op
The Judicial Commission (KY) regrets the recent arrest of three Medan District Court (PN) judges in a sting operation (OTT) conducted by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

MRT Jakarta Designed to Withstand Magnitude 9 Earthquake
Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta (PT MRT Jakarta), which is currently working on the city`s MRT project, stated that the MRT`s underground and elevated infrastructures are designed to withstand magnitude 9 earthquake.

Pollster: TNI Gains Indonesian Citizens` Highest Trust
Indonesian Military (TNI) and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) are praised as the two most trusted national institutions according to a poll conducted by Charta Politika and Asumsi.

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P2P Lending Fintech May Contribute Rp25tn to GPD, Indef Says
The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) said that fintech-based companies offering peer-to-peer lending services can improve Indonesia’s macroeconomics capability.

Govt Sets 35 pct Lower Tariff Limit for Domestic Economy Flight
The Transportation Ministry has confirmed its latest policy on the lower tariff of domestic economy flights which would see ticket prices increased by 5 percent to be 35 percent from the upper tariff limit.

ALFI Responded Positively The Opening of 16 New Ports In Eastern Indonesia (KTI)
Reported from, ALFI’s DPP Chairman, Yukki Nugrahawan Hanafi consider the construction of infrastructure in Eastern Indonesia is a very positive thing in the perspective of equalizing the development.
Indonesia Shipping Gazette

PT BJTI, Pelindo III’s Subsidiary, Will Sell All of Their Shares in PT BKMS
BKMS is a joint venture company between PT BJTI, a subsidiary of Pelindo III and PT UEPN (Usaha Era Pratama Nusantara) a subsidiary of PT Aneka Kimia Raya (AKR) Corporindo.
Indonesia Shipping Gazette

Asian Games -Jonatan Christie donates part of his bonus to Lombok quake victims
Indonesia men`s singles badminton player Jonatan Christie said he would donate some of the bonus he would receive from the government for his success in winning a gold medal in the 18th Asian Games` badminton to Lombok quake victims.

Pindad finalizes firing test of medium tank
State-owned weapon maker PT Pindad held the final firing test of its medium tank on Monday, which was jointly produced with Turkey’s FNSS Defense Systems Inc. at the Army’s infantry education center in West Bandung regency in West Java.
The Jakarta Post

KEIN proposes incentive for industry sector
The National Economic and Industry Committee (KEIN) has proposed an incentive for the industry sector at a meeting with President Joko Widodo here on Tuesday.

Global economic turbulence not affecting business: BTN
PT Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN) said it has gone through global economic uncertainties relatively unhurt giving greater optimism of stronger performance this year.

Village Ministry Disburses IDR920 Million to Develop BUMDes in North Minahasa
North Minahasa Regency, North Sulawesi received capital assistance to create and develop Village Owned Enterprises (BUMDes), especially to 13 villages in North Minahasa.
Netral News

House Seeks Clarification from Gov’t on Salt Import Quota Hike
The Indonesia House of Representatives (DPR) have requested the Indonesia Ministry of Commerce to provide explanation on its policy to increase salt import quota.
Netral News

Graft and government policy align to keep Indonesia burning coal
A far-reaching corruption scandal centered on a proposed power plant in Indonesia has cast a shadow over the country’s risky reliance on coal as a supposedly cheap source of energy.

Indigenous architecture saves lives in Lombok quakes
“Alhamdulillah, my family is safe,” says a misty-eyed Jumayar, giving thanks to god. His home, once proud and tall, lies crumpled beside him in a tangle of debris.

Good Growth Indonesia’s Furniture Exports in 2nd Quarter 2018
Furniture exports from Indonesia grew 10.53 percent year-on-year (y/y) to USD $930 million in the second quarter of 2018.

Indonesia hit by TWO huge earthquakes in five minutes with tremors in Bali and Australia
INDONESIA has been rocked by a huge 6.2 magnitude earthquake of the coast of West Timor, with tremors reported in Bali and Australia.

Magnitude 5.8 Quake Struck Gunungkidul, Mount Merapi Not Affected
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta on early Wednesday, August 29 at 01:36 local times.

Social media ‘buzzers’ are being paid by Indonesian political parties to spread propaganda ahead of local elections
Indonesian political actors are paying social media influencers to spread propaganda ahead of the country’s 2019 elections, in a growing practice that many believe has strengthened political and religious divides in the country.
Business Insider

4 killed in Indonesia forest fires; police arrest suspects
Police in the Indonesian part of Borneo island have arrested more than a dozen people suspected of starting forest fires that have killed four people in the past month.
Associated Press via Star Tribune

Jellyfish Kingdom sect leader sent to psychiatric institution by police
The Serang Police in Banten have sent the leader of the Jellyfish Kingdom sect to a psychiatric institution to undergo a second psychiatric examination after a preliminary examination showed indications she has a mental disorder.
The Jakarta Post


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