Indonesia morning news for December 3

Indonesia morning news for December 3

Indonesia morning news

Hardliners pull out Islam card on Jokowi
The radical Indonesian cleric behind the push to jail former Jakarta governor Ahok for blasphemy has declared it unIslamic to vote for any parties who supported him — a thinly veiled attack on President Joko Widodo — at a mass rally yesterday, setting the stage for another bitterly divisive election influenced by political Islam.
— The Australian

Indonesian island clean-up nets 40 tonnes of rubbish daily
Residents on a string of coral-fringed islands off Jakarta’s coast are battling a tidal wave of trash, with more than 40 tonnes of rubbish collected daily over the past week, an official said. Indonesian authorities have deployed an army of staff and a fleet of boats to help clear rubbish-infested shorelines and surrounding waters
— Intellasia

President Jokowi Urges Using Rubber for Asphalt Mixture
Indonesia President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has instructed to buy rubber from farmers. For this reason, the Indonesia Ministry of Public Works and People’s Housing is set to use rubber as a mixture of rubber asphalt. The instruction was conveyed by President Jokowi when meeting with rubber farmers in Palembang, South Sumatra, some time ago.
— Netral News

Indonesia deepens cooperation with the US in the fight against terror
On the sidelines of the 87th Interpol General Assembly on 18-21 November 2018 in Dubai, the US and Indonesia reached an agreement to strengthen cooperation in counter-terrorism efforts.
— Asean Today

Indonesia’s Go-Jek in talks to invest $30M in e-sports startup Mobile Premier League
Go-Ventures, the investment arm of Go-Jek, one of Indonesia’s most valuable tech startups, is finalising a $30 million financing round in domestic mobile gaming company, Mobile Premier League (MPL), two people aware of the deal told ET.
— The Economic Times

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Flight control ‘main problem’ for crashed Lion Air plane, say aviation experts
Amid the controversy surrounding the airworthiness of Lion Air flight JT610, aviation experts said on Friday (Nov 30) that the investigation into the plane crash should centre on the flight control that was found to be flawed.
— The Straits Times

UBC scientist shares experiences rehabilitating orangutans in Indonesia
A University of B.C. researcher is sharing her experiences helping run a “jungle school” in Indonesia that rehabilitates orphaned orangutans back into the wild.
— Woodstock Sentinal

Another Ahok? Chinese Christian faces blasphemy rap in Muslim Indonesia
When Indonesian politician Grace Natalie pledged her party would not support discriminatory local laws based on “the Bible or sharia”, she probably did not expect to be investigated by police.
— South China Morning Post

Minister of Tourism Hands Certificartes to Eight Geoparks
Indonesia Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya, together with the National Geopark Committee, have symbolically handed over the National Geopark 2018 status certificate to eight National Geoparks.
— Netral News

Two decades on, families of rights abuse victims still seek justice
Every Thursday for more than 560 weeks, Ms Maria Katarina Sumarsih, clad in black and holding a black umbrella, has stood in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta.
— The Straits Times

Indonesia targets 3 zeros by 2030 in tackling HIV/AIDS issue
ndonesia has set a target of three zeros by 2030 in tackling Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country.
— Xinhua

No damage and no tsunami threat from offshore Indonesia quake
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that struck off the coast of Indonesia’s Tanimbar Islands on Saturday (Dec 1) caused no damage and created no threat of a tsunami, Indonesian authorities said.
— The Straits Times

Islamists hold huge rally in Jakarta
Tens of thousands of Indonesian Muslims held a rally in Jakarta on Sunday led by hard-line groups who had agitated to remove the city’s Christian governor, underscoring the growing influence of Islamist groups ahead of elections in 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Bogor bans single-use plastic bags in all modern retailers
Bogor municipality officially implemented on Dec. 1 a ban on single-use plastic bags at all modern stores.
— The Jakarta Post

There’s room for more players in Indonesia’s payment space: Emtek’s Daniswara
As Indonesia’s mobile payment industry starts to take off, the market is currently seeing two players emerging as front-runners, Go-Jek’s Go-Pay and Lippo’s OVO.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Banyuwangi Designated as National geopark
National Geopark Committee has officially designated Banyuwangi District in East Java Province as one of the 2018 National Geopark areas in Indonesia

West Papuans demand independence at Indonesia rally
About 300 West Papuan demonstrators calling for independence for the restive Indonesian region faced off with counterprotesters Saturday in the country’s second-largest city.
— The Washington Post

More than 500 arrests in Indonesia over West Papua demos
More than 500 people have been arrested in Indonesia, after mass Papuan independence demonstrations turned violent.
— Radio New Zealand

Masses of 212 reunion greet prabowo with ‘Long Live` yell
Masses of the 212 Alumni Reunion in the National Monument (Monas) Square on Sunday greeted Prabowo Subianto with the `Long Live` chant raising thumbs and index fingers up to form number two.
— Antara News

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President reviews electricity installment as 212 alumni pack Monas
President Joko Widodo reviewed an electricity installment in Bogor, West Java, as the 212 alumni thronged the National Monument (Monas) square for a reunion in Jakarta on Sunday.
— Antara News

Diversified financing to boost private investment in Indonesian infrastructure
Indonesia has sought to increase private sector participation in major infrastructure projects, unveiling a series of new developments and announcing a shift in funding policy that could open the door to more international and domestic investors.
— The Borneo Post

Indonesia: Inmates Bust Out of Aceh Prison during Muslim Prayers
Hundreds of officers were deployed Friday to capture more than 100 inmates who used barbells to smash windows and metal bars to escape from a prison near the capital of Indonesia’s Aceh province, police said.
— Benar News

Organizers estimate three million attending 212 alumni reunion rally
The organizers of the 212 alumni reunion have estimated that some three million participants took part in the rally held in the National Monument (Monas) square here on Sunday.
— Antara News

Wet and wild ride: Indonesian mud bull races not for faint of heart
Waves of muddy water slosh over the jockey as he hangs on to the tails of a pair of bulls galloping across the rice paddy.
— The Straits Times

When disaster strikes, Indonesia turns to one man
When Mount Agung erupted and brought Bali to a standstill, Dr Sutopo Purwo Nugroho was hooked up to an IV line, breathing through one lung and issuing press releases to journalists. While fighting his own battle with cancer, the spokesman for Indonesia’s national disaster management agency continues to calm the nation through wildfires, landslides, floods and earthquakes.
— The Straits Times

Sukabumi airport construction to begin in 2019
Sukabumi Airport in West Java will be built in early 2019, a local official said here on Sunday.
— Antara News

Indonesian president calls for Freeport deal to be wrapped up quickly
Indonesia’s president picks a Muslim scholar as his running mateIndonesian President Joko Widodo called on Thursday for an “immediate” end to issues holding up the country’s plans to acquire a majority stake in Freeport-McMoRan Inc’s giant Grasberg copper mine in Papua.
— Intellasia

Informatic ministry conducts training of “UMKM” entrepreneurs of Cirebon
The Ministry of Communication and Informatics (Kemenkominfo) conducts training and facilitates and simulates online sales for Cirebon Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs/UMKM) entrepreneurs in West Java.
— Antara News

Three Saudi companies win Indonesian business award
Three Saudi companies that have been loyal to Indonesian business partners have won Primaduta Award from the Indonesian Ministry of Trade.
— Antara News


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Soil Day, December 5.


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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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