Indonesia morning news for December 19

Indonesia morning news for December 19

Indonesia morning news

Jakarta records low budget expenditure
akarta city secretary Mohammad Saefullah stated that the administration had used only 67.65 percent of its Rp 75 trillion (US$5.17 million) 2018 budget, a low figure that concerns many as the year is nearing its end.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to issue new policy after November’s poor trade data
The government will issue a new policy to boost exports after Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced a US$ 2.05 billion trade deficit in November, the largest recorded in the last five years, according to Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia`s unemployment rate falls drastically: Manpower Minister
Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri claimed Indonesia`s unemployment rate fell drastically during the government of President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
— Antara News

Ministry slaps fine on 11 companies for distribution violation
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has laid a combined fine of Rp 360 billion (US$24.83 million) against 11 companies for violating the distribution regulation on 20 percent blended biodiesel ( B20 ).
— The Jakarta Post

Imposition of plastic excise is not yet urgent: industry players
The imposition of plastic excise tariffs is not yet urgent, as the most important aspect is to educate the public over the management of plastic waste.
— Antara News

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Arrival of Foreign Tourists at Bali Airport Increases
PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I, the manager of I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, noted that the arrival of foreign tourists through the airport from January to November increased 7.3 percent compared to the same period last year.

Consumer goods tariff hike shows little effect in curbing imports
SharesA government policy to impose higher import tariffs on 1,147 consumer goods has been unable to significantly discourage importers, with imports decreasing by less than 10 percent since the rule was implemented in October.
— The Jakarta Post

The $22 Billion Feud Between Lion Air Owner And Boeing After Crash
The crash of a Boeing plane that killed 189 people in Indonesia is spiraling into a $22 billion feud between the aircraft maker and one of Asia’s most influential aviation bosses.

Govt to speed up construction of industrial estates outside Java
The Industry Ministry is set to speed up development of industrial estates outside Java to create equitable development all over the country.
— Antara News

Infrastructure group says govt facing development budget shortfall
SharesThe government’s attempt to accelerate infrastructure development is facing a financial shortfall of Rp 187.5 trillion (US$12.92 billion), the Indonesian Infrastructure Society (MII) has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Traditional Market Produce 240 Tons Plastic Waste Daily
Provincial-run market operator PD Pasar Java strived to campaign the ban on using a plastic bag in all markets managed by the government.

No more than 100 thousand foreign workers employed in Indonesia
Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri has made assurance that the number of foreign workers employed in Indonesia is not more than 100 thousand.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Inalum aims to close $3.9 billion Freeport deal this week: CEO
Indonesian miner PT Inalum said it expects to finalize this week a $3.85 billion deal to take majority control of the local subsidiary of mining giant Freeport McMoRan Inc, once environmental and other issues are resolved.
— Reuters

The Indonesian president’s overtures to religious conservatives may not be all they seem
Spring is already in the air in Jakarta. This is not a result of the balmy temperatures the city enjoys at this time of year, but because the entire focus of the political class is on the next election, to be held in April 2019.
— The National

Indonesia’s Year of Dithering Dangerously
While U.S.-China relations dominated attention at the recent G-20 Summit, a little-noticed aspect was that Indonesia President Joko Widodo did not even bother to attend.
— The Diplomat

Garuda Indonesia introduces `one-stop service`
PT Garuda Indonesia has introduced its new `One-Stop Service` feature for the sales of its tickets, as well as ones for its subsidiary companies, including Citilink and Sriwijaya Air.
— Antara News

KPK Names Mojokerto Regent Suspect of Money Laundering
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named nonactive regent of Mojokerto, Mustofa Kamal Pasa, as the suspect of money laundering crimes (TPPU).

LIPI inaugurates three professors on oceanography, politics, and conservation
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has inaugurated three research professors who work at the Oceanographic Research Center, the Political Research Center, and LIPI`s Botanical Gardens Conservation Center.
— Antara News

Complaint center established at Kalibata City apartment
SharesThe South Jakarta municipality inaugurated on Monday a complaint center at Kalibata City apartments, as part of a plan to eradicate prostitution and drug dealing found to be rampant in the complex.
— The Jakarta Post

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Transport Ministry: New Policy on Online Taxi Valid in May 2019
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has ratified new regulation concerning online taxi or ojek online.

Indonesian Police Arrest 4 Terrorism Suspects as Holiday Security Ramps Up
Indonesian police arrested four suspected terrorists in two locations last week as they ramped up security ahead of Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations, a spokesman said Tuesday.
— Benar News

Herbalife Nutrition and LA Galaxy Join Forces to Inspire Positive Nutrition and Fitness Habits in Indonesia and Japan
Herbalife Nutrition (NYSE: HLF), a premier global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier, has joined forces with America’s Major League Soccer (MLS) team, LA Galaxy, to inspire positive nutrition and fitness habits in Asia.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Bukalapak eyes payment service for West Java government
E-commerce platform Bukalapak plans to expand to the public sector by offering digital payment services to the West Java provincial government.
— The Jakarta Post

Home Affairs Minister Sets One Week to Destroy Damaged E-KTP
The head of Information Center at the Home Affairs Ministry Bahtiar said that Minister Tjahjo Kumolo had instructed the Population and Civil Registry (Dukcapil) in all regions in Indonesia to destroy the damaged or invalid electronic identity card or e-KTP within one week.

Indonesia could go ‘extinct’ if I lose election: Prabowo
In a speech made at the Gerindra Party National Conference in Bogor, West Java, on Monday, Gerindra chairman and presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto told thousands of his party members that Indonesia could go “extinct” if he did not prevail over President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in the upcoming election.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma`ruf Responds to Prabowo`s Statement on Indonesia`s Extinction
he vice-presidential candidate Ma`ruf Amin responded to the statement of the presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto who said Indonesia could become extinct if he and Sandiaga Uno lost in the 2019 presidential election.

Singapore and Indonesia air forces complete 20th edition of air exercise
The air forces of Singapore and Indonesia marked the 20th edition of their Exercise Elang Indopura in Indonesia on Monday (Dec 17).
— The Straits Times

KPK Grants Seized Goods for Banjarnegara
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has granted Banjarnegara Regency several seized goods from the bribe case. The total assets are estimated to value Rp2.1 billion.

Indonesia’s traveltech unicorn Traveloka said to have acquired three regional rivals
Indonesian online travel unicorn Traveloka has acquired local competitor PegiPegi and two other regional counterparts for $66.8 million, according to a Daily Social report.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Oriental Circus Indonesia marks new era with no animals
Oriental Circus Indonesia’s ‘The Great 50 Show’, a contemporary performance involving no animals, is slated to run until the end of January.
— The Jakarta Post

Populist politics should not be used in energy policy: observer
Public policy observer Said Didu opined that populist politics should not be used in adopting a policy in the national energy sector, as it has the potential to create risks in future.
— Antara News

Travelers opt for land, air transportation: Kalla
People prefer modes of land and air transportation over sea transportation to travel during the Christmas and 2019 New Year holidays, according to Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
— Antara News

Liquor producers question excise tax hike
SharesEven as liquor producers are still struggling to recover from the impact of the market limitation that has been enforced since 2015, they question the government policy to increase the excise tax for the products, which they fear would further burden the industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Santris encouraged to become entrepreneurs
The Ministry of Industry is providing training and equipment assistance to Islamic Boarding Schools in its efforts to encourage Islamic boarding school students (santris) to become entrepreneurs.
— Antara News

Government to do impounding work at Logung dam in Kudus
The Directorate General of Water Resources at the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) expressed readiness to conduct impounding work at the Logung Dam located in Tanjungrejo Village, Jekulo sub-district, Central .
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Jurassic Park and the land of the Komodo Dragon
Located a few hours off the shores of Labuan Bajo in the East Nusa Tenggara Province of Indonesia, the Komodo National Park is the only place on earth where you can have a close encounter with the Komodo Dragon.
— The South African

Agriculture ministry never released its own food data: spokesman
The Ministry of Agriculture has confirmed that it had never released its own food data, considering that all food data, especially rice production, were obtained from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS).
— Antara News

Pongkor mine, first underground museum in Indonesia
0SharesPongkor Geopark, which is located in the gold-mining area of its namesake, is now a star tourism attraction in Bogor regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Wooden cross grave marker sawed off in Jogjakarta amid request from Muslim residents
A wooden cross grave marker which was placed over the grave of Albertus Slamet Sugiardi — who was Catholic — in the city of Jogjakarta now resembles the letter “T” after its top third was sawed off, reportedly to appease the Muslim residents — who make up the majority — in the area.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Year Ender – Democracy must bring prosperity to people by Azis Kurmala
The year 2018 marks the 11th year of the Bali Democracy Forum, a unique Forum that Indonesia has been hosting annually.
— Antara News

PGN denies KPPU`s accusation on conspiracy in Kalija i project
State-owned gas firm, PT Perusahaan Gas Negara Tbk (PGN), has denied accusations of the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) on alleged conspiracy in the Kalimantan-Java gas pipeline project (Kalija) I, which was .
— Antara News


Feature photo PRI/ Jess Engebretson

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Arabic Language Day, December 18.


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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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