Indonesia morning news for January 15

Indonesia morning news for January 15

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia cracks down on e-commerce to raise tax collection
Indonesia is bringing in new rules requiring e-commerce sellers to share data with authorities, while also stressing that they must pay taxes, the finance ministry said on Monday (Jan 14).
— Channel NewsAsia

Indonesia finds Lion Air jet cockpit voice recorder
The cockpit voice recorder from an Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October has been recovered, officials said Monday, a discovery that could be critical to explaining why a brand new plane fell out of the sky just after take-off.
— Bangkok Post

With its $3.85b mine takeover, Indonesia inherits a $13b pollution problem
When the Indonesian government took a controlling stake in the operator of one of the world’s richest gold mines at the end of 2018, proponents hailed the move as a historic step toward national and economic resource sovereignty.
— Mongabay

Indonesia doubles trade missions to Muslim markets in export push
Indonesia is accelerating a strategy to utilize its connections with the Muslim world to tap new export markets and boost trade amid downward pressure from U.S.-China trade tensions.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia to decide on electric car policy with Hyundai keen to invest in a plant in the country
ndonesia is poised to issue its first regulation on electric vehicles on Monday (Jan 14) with officials from Hyundai due to arrive in the country at the end of the month (Jan) to discuss investment plans for a green vehicle project.
— The Straits Times

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Aceh preachers come to Jakarta to ask presidential candidates to RSVP for Quran test
It appears that the Aceh-based Council of Preachers Association (IDA) is quite insistent that Indonesia’s presidential and VP candidates take a Quran reading test in order to prove their knowledge of Islam (and, ironically, put an end to identity politics, somehow).
— Coconuts Jakarta 

Only 11 percent of paddy fields receive dam water: President
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated that the government will continue to build dams to irrigate paddy fields since the existing dams can irrigate only 11 percent, or 780 thousand hectares, of paddy fields.
— Antara News

‘Indisciplined’ Bekasi public servants wear vests as social punishment
About 200 Bekasi public servants in West Java wore neon-green and orange vests during morning roll call on Monday as a form of punishment for committing various violations.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

E-commerce group calls on government to postpone new tax regulation
The Indonesian e-Commerce Association (idEA) has called on the government to postpone the implementation of a new tax regulation for e-commerce companies, fearing that unprepared taxpayers and unequal treatment could deter growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Oil, gas reserves found in 2018 higher than target: Official
The government claimed on Monday that it had managed to find more oil and gas reserves in 2018, expanding the reserve-replacement ratio (RRR) to 105 percent as of December last year, 5 percent higher than the target of 100 percent.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT Jakarta Aims for 65,000 Daily Commuters
PT MRT Jakarta is targeting to transport 65,000 passengers per day on board the Ratangga integrated train. The company’s corporate secretary, Kamaluddin, said the target is for the first year of the MRT’s operation.

Starbucks opens largest coffee destination in Southeast Asia
Coffee retailer Starbucks has opened its largest destination in Southeast Asia, the Starbucks Dewata Coffee Sanctuary, in Bali, Indonesia.
— Inside Retail

Jokowi Inspects Online Single Submission Service in BKPM
President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, on Monday, January 14 inspected the integrated business licensing service or Online Single Submission (OSS) in the office of the Capital Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Jakarta.

Indonesia prepares regulations to fix ride-hailing rates
These would meet drivers’ demands for more oversight and higher rates but Grab, Gojek worried about increased costs INDONESIA is preparing to launch regulations fixing the rates drivers and riders for ride-hailing services such as Grab and Gojek receive, two government officials said this week, creating potential obstacles for the companies’ expansion.
— Intellasia

Govt vows to keep electricity affordable ahead of election
In the months leading up to the presidential election in April, the government looks to keep electricity affordable for most people by controlling the price of coal.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia arming up in the South China Sea
Amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, President Joko Widodo has followed through on a two-year-old pledge to strengthen Indonesia’s military presence on Natuna Besar, the largest of several hundred small islands on the southern fringe of the waterway.
— Intellasia

Could higher pay fix Indonesia’s graft problem?
SharesNational Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian’s recent announcement that police officers’ allowances would be increased by up to 70 percent raised the question of whether higher pay may help fix Indonesia’s graft problem.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG warns of heavy rain, strong winds, tornado
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued a warning about possible heavy rain, strong winds and puting beliung (weak tornado) occurring in the coming week.
— The Jakarta Post

Lava Flows; Public Advised to Steer Clear of Merapi
The Center for Investigation and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) recorded six lava flows on Mount Merapi Sunday night, January 13. The lava fell towards the upstream region of Gendol River.

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Remote Military Outpost will Help Indonesia Resist Chinese Maritime Expansion
Indonesia’s new military base on a remote island chain near the embattled South China Sea will help it deter Chinese fishing boats and their coast guard escorts from entering territorial waters as Beijing expands its maritime claims.

CEOs Enter 2019 with Positive Perceptions of the National Economy and Politics
Every quarter we are very eager to learn the latest update of the Kontan CEO Confidence Index (KCCI).
— Indonesia Investments

Flooding in South Jakarta as Kali Pulo River embankment breaks
The embankment of the Kali Pulo River in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, burst on Sunday amid heavy downpour throughout the day and unusual volumes of water from the upstream area, causing overflow.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral: Residents storm house-turned-church in Medan, police say it’s not yet authorized as place of worship
The residents came to protest the presence of the supposedly unlicensed house of worship.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

At graft court, Bekasi regent says home minister told her to facilitate Meikarta project
Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo ordered suspended Bekasi regent and graft suspect Neneng Hasanah Yasin to facilitate the issuance of the necessary permits for the Meikarta mega-development project in the regency, Neneng has claimed.
— The Jakarta Post

Airfares increase due to Rupiah depreciation: Kalla
The increase in airfares in Indonesia was the result of the rupiah`s depreciation against the US dollar that has affected the cost for aircraft maintenance and avtur, according to Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
— Antara News

Prabowo Asks Volunteers to Guard Polling Station from Ghost Voter
Jakarta – Presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto asked his supporters to keep an eye on the polling stations (TPS) during the 2019 presidential election which is slated to take place on April 17, 2019.

Ethiopia Airlines force lands for flying without permit over Indonesia
An Ethiopia Airlines cargo plane was forced to land at the Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, Riau Islands Province, for flying over Indonesia without permit on Monday.
— Antara News

Post Tsunami; Govt to Promote Millennial Tourism Sites
The Lampung provincial administration planned to promote millennial tourism sites in a bid to recover the tourism sector post the Sunda Strait tsunami at the end of December 2018.

Airlines Might Go Bankrupt If Airfares Not Raised: Jusuf Kalla
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said he could comprehend airlines’ decision to raise their airfares, among them given the US dollar exchange rate to the rupiah, which would hugely affect a carrier’s expense on maintenance and fuel purchases.

Pro-Uighur protests in Indonesia shadowed by ominous domestic politics
In mid-December, hundreds in this majority-Muslim country rallied outside the Chinese Embassy here to protest China’s treatment of its Muslim minority Uighurs.
— Intellasia

600 kg pet crocodile kills Indonesian woman who used to feed her
A woman was killed in the city of Minahasa in North Sulawesi on Friday, and authorities believe that she was the victim of an attack by a huge crocodile that she had helped care for.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Tanker Collides with Pipe Ship in Bintan Sea
The MT Antea tanker ship and the MV Star Centurion ship were reported to have collided at the waters of Berakit, Bintan Regency, Riau Islands. The MV Star Centurion had on board men who work on the underwater pipeline.

Acehenese are getting passports to fly to Jakarta because it’s cheaper to transit through KL
Domestic flights from Aceh to Jakarta can cost over around Rp 2.3-2.9 million while Aceh-KL-Jakarta flights can be as cheap as Rp 1.5 million.
— Coconuts Jakarta

4 Health Benefits of Not Eating White Rice
Many people consume less white rice while undergoing a weight loss diet program. They change white rice into other low-calory carbs such as brown rice.


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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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