Indonesia Morning News For June 25

Indonesia Morning News For June 25

Indonesia morning newsPrabowo’s team crowdfunds Rp 275 m in three days
Gerindra Party presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s team started a crowdfunding initiative that had collected more than Rp 275 million (US$19,525) as of Sunday, according to a Telegram messaging app group called “Galang Perjuangan” (Fight Mobilization).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia books US$356.9 billion in foreign debts
Indonesia’s foreign debt stood at US$356.9 billion as of April, growing by 7.6 percent year-on-year (yoy), which was slower than the 8.8 percent growth recorded in the previous month, Bank Indonesia (BI) revealed on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

BNI Disburses Credit of IDR894 Bln Supporting Development of Gempol-Pasuruan Toll Road
PT Bank Negara Indonesia (Persero) Tbk (IDX:BBNI) or BNI supports development of infrastructure, the Gempol-Pasuruan toll road section, by joining the project lender syndicate.
— Netral News

Indonesia wants expats to undergo language training
A decree by President Joko Widodo that is set to take effect this month will simplify Indonesia’s procedures for issuing foreigners’ work permits, which are often hampered by delays, arbitrary denials and revocations, not to mention bribes to civil servants just to stamp the paperwork.
— The Straits Times

Gov’t Cuts Tax for Small and Medium Enterprises
Indonesia will cut the final income tax rate for small and medium-sized enterprises by half, to 0.5 percent of their annual sales, in a move to help businesses manage their cash flow and expansion.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia calls on S Korea to increase maritime cooperation
The Indonesian government has asked South Korea to increase cooperation in facing various challenges in the maritime sector.
— Antara News

Security officers claim ghosts haunt election material warehouse
Security personnel assigned to guard election material in Boyolali, Central Java, claimed that interference from ghostly beings was making their jobs scary.
— The Jakarta Post

Mahkota Group Offers 703,688 Million Shares to Public, Priced IDR200-250
PT Mahkota Group Tbk plans to conduct an Initial Public Offering (IPO) of 703,688,000 Registered Shares or as much as 20 percent of total issued and fully paid-up capital after the IPO.
— Netral News

Taiwan explores cooperation in health with Indonesia
With its New Southbound Policy, the government of Taiwan is exploring technical cooperation in health with Indonesia, according to Taipei Economic and Trade Office (TETO) Chief John Chen.
— Antara News

US’ strict tobacco policy may hurt Indonesia’s exports
After unsuccessful attempts to reduce tobacco consumption through several measures, such as high taxes or a minimum legal age for smoking, some countries have introduced plain tobacco packaging as the latest solution.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia’s debus fighters: tough as nails
Mulyadi pounds a nail into his nostril, leaving it embedded in his face, horrifying a group of slack-jawed spectators of debus, an Indonesian tradition blending martial arts with grotesque self-injury.
— Gulf News

Judging the Indonesian Government’s Debt Policies
As the April 2019 presidential election is drawing nearer, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo is facing even louder criticisms that the four years and three months of his administration have turned out to be a thumb-down.
— Global Indonesian Voices

JORR Payment Integration System Deemed Expensive
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing admitted that the implementation of a payment integration system on the Jakarta Outer Ring Road (JORR) Toll Road would harm a group of users.

Cashless China offers lesson for cash enthusiasts in Indonesia
While cash is still king in Indonesia, China has made significant advancements in enabling a cashless society.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia boosts ferry transport safety
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry on Saturday announced it had formed an ad hoc team to improve the safety of ferry transport for the tourism destination of Lake Toba in North Sumatra province.
— Khmer Times

Will Indonesia bring Rohingya issue to UN Security Council?
On June 9, after intensified bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and campaigns in the past three years, Indonesia secured a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council for 2019-2020.
— The Nation

Timor-Leste president to make first official visit to Indonesia
Timor-Leste President Francisco Guterres will make his first official overseas visit to Indonesia this week, reports Antara news agency.
— Asia Pacific Report

Sunken Indonesian ferry located 450 metres deep at bottom of Lake Toba, 192 believed dead
Indonesia’s search and rescue team has located the sunken ferry in Sumatra’s Lake Toba, nearly one week after the vessel sank in bad weather with almost 200 people onboard.
— ABC News


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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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