Indonesia morning news for November 30

Indonesia morning news for November 30
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Indonesia cancels part of plan to relax rules on foreign business role
Indonesia has cancelled part of its plan to relax restrictions on foreign ownership of industries in order to keep some sectors only for domestic small and medium-sized enterprises, a government official said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

11 minutes of terror: Lion Air Flight JT610s roller coaster ride to death (HD video)
Indonesian air safety investigators yesterday detailed the terrifying 11-minute roller coaster-like ride to death of the 189 passengers and crew on board Lion Air Flight JT610 last month.
— AEC News Today (video)

Boeing May be Sued for IDR143 Billion per Passenger
Global aircraft manufacturer Boeing must prepare to face the demands that will be filed by the families of the passengers of Lion Air flight JT 610.
— Netral News

Indonesia investigator denies saying Lion Air plane ‘not airworthy’
Indonesian investigators examining the cause of the Lion Air flight 610 that crashed last month sought to clarify widely quoted comments made this week that the aircraft had not been fit to fly.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Jakarta MRT Station Progress at 97.52 percent
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Jakarta said that the company has reached 97.52 percent progress for the MRT project in Jakarta.

Indonesian firm lodges police report over loss of RM138m to ‘Datuk Seri’ in cheating case
An Indonesian company claims it was cheated by a Malaysian businessman with the ‘Datuk Seri’ honorific with losses totalling US$33 million (RM$138 million) concerning an oil and gas project in Aceh, Indonesia.
— Malay Mail

Indonesia’s Widodo plays the Islamic card
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is the favourite to win a second and mandated final term in the legislative and presidential elections on 27 April 2019.
— East Asia Forum

Indonesian city passes law making LGBT behavior subject to IDR1 million fine
Government-sponsored discrimination against the LGBT community in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra has reached new heights with the passing of a new bylaw in the city of Pariaman that forces members of the vilified minority to pay a substantial fine just for expressing their sexual identities.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Indonesia Consumers Enjoy Cheap Loans Even After Rate Hikes
Indonesia’s central bank raised interest rates six times this year, yet consumer lending rates are still falling in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia notifies unilateral concession on 20 tariffs to Pakistan
Indonesia has notified unilateral concession on twenty tariffs to Pakistan to provide it more market access through expansion of Preferential Trade Agreement between the two countries.
— Radio Pakistan (media release)

Indonesian diplomat eyes $9 billion trade with Pakistan
Indonesian head of delegation and an ambassador from Ministry of Foreign Affairs Raudin Anwar has said his country’s target is to increase Pakistan-Indonesia bilateral trade volume by $9 billion in 2019.
— Business Recorder

Playing the marriage card in Indonesia
If they follow the letter of the law, most adult Indonesians will carry a collection of identification documents.
— New Mandala

Despite rampant body-shaming culture in Indonesia, police warn that it’s actually a crime
Many Indonesians still see body-shaming as a non-issue. Making derogatory comments about a person’s physical appearance is normalized since many think it’s a harmless and acceptable thing to do to others.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Telkomsat Partners with THISS Technologies on Maritime Communications
The internet service uses two regional Ku-band satellites that can reach the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, and the South China Sea.
— Netral News

North Jakarta looks to water hyacinths in tackling ‘Black River’ pollution
The North Jakarta municipality is mulling the use of water hyacinths to improve the water quality of the heavily polluted Sentiong River, its deputy mayor has said.
— The Jakarta Post

More than 100 inmates escape Banda Aceh prison
For the second time this year, a riot broke at Banda Aceh Penitentiary in Lambaro, Aceh, on Thursday evening. Around 100 prisoners reportedly escaped.
— The Jakarta Post

The rise of e-commerce in Indonesia
Indonesia is one of the region’s best success stories. Despite having faced economic turmoil in the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis under the authoritarian Suharto regime, Indonesia is today one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
— The Asean Post

Depok halts issuance of building permits for minimarkets
The Depok administration in West Java has issued a moratorium on the issuance of building permit for minimarkets. Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris said it was done to minimize retail business growth in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

New scheme introduced to help Bulog buy more rice from farmers
The government will begin the implementation of a new rice procurement scheme in January that is designed to ensure stable rice stocks and to absorb more rice produced by farmers.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian election: with nod to Malaysia’s 1MDB, Prabowo makes corruption pledge
Indonesian presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto is confident he can bring about the change that citizens desire and run a clean government that will still be business-friendly while improving the lives of ordinary people. “They are fed up with corruption. It’s just too much.
— Intellasia

Govt mulls requiring miners to turn coal into gas
The government is considering requiring all coal miners to turn the raw commodity into dimethylether (DME) as a substitute for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), as the country still imports 70 percent of its total LPG demand.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion Air jet should have been grounded before fatal crash, Indonesia says
A crashed Lion Air jet should have been grounded over a recurrent technical problem before its fatal journey, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday, as details from the new jet’s flight data recorder suggested that pilots struggled to control its anti-stalling system.
— The Asean Post

Authorities Foil Smuggling of 80 Live Crabs from China
The authorities managed to foil the attempt of smuggling 80 living crabs through the Soekarno Hatta Airport from China.

SGE Set to Hold Tomorrow Today Fun(d) Festival to Attract Millennials to Invest
In the effort to increase the awareness on the importance of early investment for millennials, Sorak Gemilang Entertainment (SGE) in collaboration with PT Narada Aset Manajemen, will conduct the Tomorrow Today Fun (d) Festival, a financial education program packed with music and art.
— Netral News

Indonesia presidential candidate Prabowo promises a clean government to attract businesses
Indonesia’s presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has vowed to push reforms for a clean, non-corrupt government to attract businesses. The “rampant and massive corruption” in the country is “like cancer that has reached Stage 4″, he told business leaders at The Economist’s The World in 2019 gala dinner held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Singapor
— Intellasia

Indonesia’s Go-Jek enters Singapore market, challenges Grab
Indonesia’s Go-Jek launched a trial version of its ride-hailing taxi app in Singapore Thursday, ahead of a full entry planned early next year as it aims to take on market leader Grab.
— ABS-CBN News

Indonesia registers GI for Scotch whisky
According to the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA), the registration “greatly enhances the basic protection” of Scotch in Indonesia, which previously did not have a legal definition for the category.
— The Spirts Business

Minister Jonan Says He is Unable to Purchase Expensive EVs
Energy Minister Ignasius Jonan said that he is not paid high enough to purchase a Tesla car here in Indonesia.

BNPT Survey: Local Wisdom Effective to Counteract Radicalism
The survey of BNPT showed that 63.60 percent of respondents believed that local wisdom could effectively counteract radicalism.

Jonan says he cannot afford to buy electric car
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ignasius Jonan claimed his salary was not adequate to buy a private electric car.
— Antara News

News focus – Indonesia records achievements in nuclear utilization
Indonesia has delivered numerous achievements in the utilization of nuclear energy and technology for peaceful purposes to improve the people`s welfare, mainly in the agriculture and food, health, maritime, and environment …
— Antara News

Which dish topped fast-food orders in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in 2018?
It looks as if some things are universally delicious.
— South China Morning Post

When business and government mix too well in Indonesia: Jakarta Post columnist
Pressure from the business world forced the government last week to back off from its decision to open up more of the Indonesian economy to foreigners, which it had highlighted earlier as part of its latest economic reform package.
— Straits Times

Sumatran rhino saved from pit trap in E Kalimantan
A female Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) was rescued from a pit trap near Tunuq River basin area in West Kutai District, East Kalimantan Province, on Sunday (Nov 25).
— Antara News

Jakarta looking to ban ‘kresek’ bags to help combat plastic waste problem
Jakarta has had some government policies to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags (known locally by the onomatopoeia kresek), but they did little to curb their rampant use in the capital.
— Coconuts Jakarta (paywall)

Govt wants to generate 1 GW of rooftop solar power in 3 years
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s renewable energy director general, Rida Mulyana, said on Wednesday that the government expected rooftop photovoltaic solar panels to produce 1 gigawatt (GW) of electricity nationwide within three years.
— The Jakarta Post

FrieslandCampina Set to Resume Largest Study on Nutrition in SEA
Royal FrieslandCampina, a global dairy company, has announced the commencement of the Southeast Asia Nutrition Survey II (SEANUTS II).
— Netral News

Royal Corporation Introduces Six Franchise Brands in 2018
Royal Corporation, a holding company led by Anita Feng, has appeared excellent, solid, powerful in 2018 with six brands of franchise businesses engaged in the spa, culinary, contracting, interior, and bridal segments.
— Netral News

Indonesia Crunch | Law as a weapon
A recent case in Indonesia made me really doubt the sanity of the justice system.
— Deal Street Asia (paywall)

Three More Overpasses to be Built in Jakarta Next Year
The Jakarta administration is planning to build three overpasses in Tanjung Barat, South Jakarta; Cakung, East Jakarta and Sunter Permai, North Jakarta.
— Indonesia Expat

Sharia banker expects ‘harsh competition’ with conventional banks
While sharia banks are currently struggling to expand in the market, which is dominated by conventional banks, a senior executive at a leading sharia bank has expected that the two banking systems will eventually converge in competition as global demands change.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia aviation in spotlight after Lion Air crash
Bumpy runways, hair-raising safety lapses, remote airstrips with no navigation systems and a dire shortage of experienced captains and maintenance crews.
— Channel News Asia

Buses, trucks not allowed to use road to Puncak following road cracks
Heavy rain on Wednesday afternoon caused land cracks along a part of a road under repair in the resort area of Puncak, Bogor.
— The Jakarta Post


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

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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