Indonesia morning news for April 10

Indonesia morning news for April 10

Indonesia morning newsMore Indonesians join cases against Boeing after CEO apology
More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters.
— Pattaya Mail

Police uncover networks that trafficked 1,200 domestic workers to Syria, Morocco
The National Police’s criminal investigation body has announced that it has uncovered four human trafficking networks that sent an estimated 1,200 Indonesians to work in Syria, Turkey, Morocco and Saudi Arabia.
— The Jakarta Post

In Indonesia, Getting Accurate Data Is Like ‘Finding a Pokemon’
Indonesia’s government is set to export rice for the first time in more than a decade — not because the country has turned in a bumper harvest but because it’s been importing the grain based on faulty data collection, resulting in an oversupply of stocks.
— Bloomberg

Hoax busters: Fighting fake news in Indonesia
A small army of “hoax busters” in Indonesia is trying to hold the line against a swarm of fake news that threatens to sway millions of voters as the world’s third-biggest democracy heads to the polls.
— The Asean Post

Prabowo asks supporters to supervise votes at polling stations
Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto asked his supporters to oversee the voting process at the polling stations during the 2019 elections.
— Antara News

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Jokowi launches operations of modernized Tjilik Riwut Airport
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo launched on Monday the newly renovated Tjilik Riwut Airport in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua New Guinea signs multi-billion natural gas deal
Papua New Guinea has agreed terms for a new multi-billion dollar natural gas project with Total, ExxonMobil and Oil Search that would double energy production and boost exports from the poor Pacific nation.
— The Jakarta Post

More Indonesian Families Are Suing Boeing After the CEO’s Apology
More families of victims of the Lion Air crash in Indonesia are suing Boeing Co. after its chief executive apologized and said a software update for the MAX 8 jet would prevent further disasters.

RI lags behind Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia on exports: Minister
The head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, has said Indonesia is still lagging behind three other ASEAN members — Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia — when it comes to exports.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Golput’: Why a number of Indonesians will not be voting
As the Indonesian President Joko Widodo campaigns for a second term after coming into power five years ago on a wave of reformist optimism, the voters who once backed him are wrestling with disappointment.
— AL Jazeera

Blockchain in Indonesia
When blockchain and cryptocurrency first made headlines, many saw them as disruptors to the current financial order.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia’s FiberStar extends collaboration with Huawei
Indonesia’s FiberStar has signed an agreement with Huawei to jointly expand high-speed fiber network services in the market.
— Telecom Asia

Indonesia firms opposes palm oil discrimination in the EU
Indonesia’s delegation and other Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) members have steadfastly and vehemently expressed their objection to the European Union (EU) over discrimination against palm oil.
— Antara News

SOEs ministry mulls establishing aviation holding company
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno has said the ministry is considering integrating flag carrier Garuda Indonesia and two airport operators — PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) and PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) — into an aviation holding company.
— The Jakarta Post

Developed countries urged to pick up Brantas River trash
Civil society groups in East Java have called on five countries to pick up the trash illegally dumped along the Brantas River, which lowers the quality of the river water and has other environmental affects in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

KPU: Legislators with Unreported Wealth May Not be Inaugurated
Jakarta’s General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) Commissioner Nurdin announced that legislator hopefuls must submit their electronic wealth report (LHKPN) to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Vice President forecasts election turnout to surpass 75 percent
Vice President M. Jusuf Kalla has forecast that the 2019 legislative and presidential elections will record a voter turnout exceeding 75 percent, or more than that in the 2014 election.
— Antara News

EU biofuel directive protectionist, CPOPC says
The Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries (CPOPC) has accused the European Union of political and economic protectionism and using environmental issues for its own interests in the Delegated Regulation Supplementing Directive 2018/2001, also known as the Delegated Act.
— The Jakarta Post

Electric vehicles / Indonesia preps for lithium battery production with low-grade nickel plant
China’s Tsingshan Group and partners including GEM Co Ltd are building a $700 million high-pressure acid leaching (HPAL) plant at the PT Indonesia Morowali Industrial Park (IMIP) on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, a nickel mining hub.
— SEA Globe

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Jusuf Kalla Views Candidates Share Islamic Approach Strategies
Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla personally deemed both candidates in the 2019 presidential election are adopting similar strategies to attract more votes nearing the election day.

On 737 Max 8 ban, Indonesia awaits FAA clarification
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has said the government will wait for clarification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) before making any further decisions on the grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, following an Ethiopian Airlines crash in early March.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia election: unimpressed with both Jokowi and Prabowo, 32 organisations urge people to abstain from voting in #SayaGolput movement
Maria Sumarsih, 66, whose son was one of the students shot dead by military forces in 1998, will not be voting for any presidential candidate in Indonesia’s election next week.

Ocean Plastics Pollution Disheartens Minister Susi Pudjiastuti
In numerous occurrences, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti calls for the public to immediately reduce the use of plastic, especially disposable plastic bags that are not a rare item used by people in shopping centers or traditional markets.

Lombok dubbed Indonesia’s best ‘halal’ destination
Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has been named the Best Halal Tourist Destination on the 2019 Indonesia Muslim Travel Index (IMTI), followed by destinations in Aceh, Riau, Riau Islands and Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Subianto conducts open campaign rally in Palembang, South Sumatra
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto swung into high gear by kicking off an open campaign rally in Palembang, South Sumatra Province, on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo campaigns in West Java, seeking 90 per cent support in Ciamis
Intellasia East Asia News It was an arrival befitting a king. A crowd had gathered on Saturday (April 6) as the helicopter carrying presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto started its descent towards Ciamis, a regency in West Java province.
— Intellasia

Final Indonesia presidential debate to see taxation take centrestage
Taxation is expected to be one of the topics that could take centre stage in the final Indonesia presidential election debate on Saturday (April 13).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia arrests seven in ‘record’ human trafficking bust
Indonesian police said Tuesday (Apr 9) they have arrested seven people linked to human trafficking cases that involved more than 1,200 victims who were smuggled to the Middle East and North Africa.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Minister Susi Jokingly Allows Bullying People Using Plastic Straw
Maritime and Fisheries Affairs Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has voiced her great concerns on the finding of plastic packaging of instant noodle in Sendang Biru Beach, Malang regency, East Java that went viral on social media. The waste garnered public attention as it aged 19 years old.

West Papuans call for mass boycott of Indonesian elections
A West Papuan independence leader and Nobel peace prize nominee is calling for a mass boycott of Indonesia’s upcoming elections to bring attention to their independence struggle.
— SBS News

China to join FAA’s review panel on Boeing’s 737 MAX
China has decided to accept an invitation to join the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) review panel on theBoeing 737 MAX, an official at the Chinese aviation regulator said on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia and Malaysia protest against EU palm oil curbs
The leaders of Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s two biggest palm oil producers, have taken issue with the EU over its decision to no longer consider palm oil as a green fuel.
— Business LIVE

Prabowo Camp Suspect Ministry Mobilizes People to Jokowi Campaign
Sandiaga campaign team spokesman Andre Rosiade conveyed his suspicion on the alleged mobilization of State-owned Enterprises (SOE) workers to the grand campaign of Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin in Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) stadium, Jakarta, on Saturday, April 13.

Severe viral diarrhea attacks cattle in Keerom, Papua
More than 100 head of cattle have died in Keerom regency, Papua, since January this year suffering from severe diarrhea caused by a viral infection that also attacks sheep, goats and pigs.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab vs Go-Jek: Duel of digital ‘decacorns’ escalates in Indonesia
Singaporean ride-hailer Grab hopes the way to Indonesians’ hearts is through their stomachs.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Trade diplomacy for Indonesian palm oil intensifies in Egypt
Trade diplomacy over Indonesian palm oil products received a boost through the visit of the Indonesian Ambassador to Egypt, Helmy Fauzi, to the Oleo Misr company in Sadat City industrial area, Egypt, Monday (8/4).
— Antara News

10 Favorite Halal Tourist Destinations in Indonesia
The halal research and certification institution, CrescentRating, has released ten leading halal tourist destinations in Indonesia throughout the first quarter of 2019. The list is recorded in the 2019 Indonesia Muslim Travel Index (IMTI).

Landslide kills five diamond miners in South Kalimantan
A joint search and rescue team has rescued two miners and recovered five dead bodies after a landslide hit an artisanal diamond mine in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister blames local administration for underperforming Kertajati airport
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has blamed the West Java administration for the lack of activity at Kertajadi International Airport in Majalengka, saying that the idea to construct the airport came from the local administration.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Yogyakarta city in spotlight as more crosses desecrated
Intellasia East Asia News Asmono, a resident of the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, could not fathom what exactly had happened to his wife’s grave.
— Intellasia


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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