Indonesia morning news for April 12

Indonesia morning news for April 12
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Indonesia morning newsThe Natural Resource Oligarchy Funding Indonesia’s Election
Indonesia is one of the world’s agricultural and mineral breadbaskets.
— The Diplomat

Government to finalize two revised regulations on KEK
The government is now in the final stage of revising two regulations on special economic zones (KEKs) to encourage investors to do business in prepared areas set to become new growth centers in many parts of the country more applicable.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Probes Pre-Marked Ballots Found in Malaysian Warehouses
Indonesian elections supervisors on Thursday said bags with ballots pre-marked in favor of incumbent leader Joko “Jokowi” Widodo were discovered in two Malaysian warehouses just days before Indonesia’s presidential and legislative polls on April 17.
— Benar News

Elections Supervisory Explain the Tampered Vote Ballots Finding
Head of the Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) in Kuala Lumpur Yaza Azzahara Ulyana, explained the chronology behind the viral video where punctured vote ballot papers were discovered.

Economy, infrastructure spending among hot topics in Indonesia’s final presidential debate
Economic growth and physical infrastructure development would likely be among the hot issues discussed in Indonesia’s final presidential debate on Saturday (April 13), four days before almost 193 million voters go to the polling stations.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia’s threat to exit Paris accord over palm oil seen as cynical ploy
Environmental activists have blasted threats by a senior Indonesian minister that the country will withdraw from the Paris climate accord over a European plan to phase out palm oil from renewable biofuels.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s West Java Draws Scrutiny Amid Election Vote-Buying Fears
Indonesia’s election monitors are paying close attention to West Java, the country’s most populous province, a week before presidential and parliamentary elections amid concerns of vote buying and intimidation, officials said Wednesday.
— Benar News

Why Jokowi chose Ma’ruf Amin
After several weeks of speculation, on 9 August last year, Indonesian President Joko Widodo finally announced 75-year-old Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate in the upcoming presidential elections.
— The Asean Post

Govt urged to form task force to block phony news portals
The Press Council has urged the Communications and Information Ministry to set up a special task force authorized to take down all uncertified news portals before the elections next week.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Marked ballot papers for Indonesia’s polls found in Bangi
More than 50 plastic bags filled with marked Indonesian ballot papers have been reportedly discovered at a vacant shop lot in Bangi ahead of early voting for Indonesians residing overseas this Sunday.
— Malasia Kini

Indonesia’s Opposition Warns of Unrest
Indonesia’s presidential challenger @Prabowo Subianto warns that Indonesians will reject election results if President Joko Widodo wins a 2nd term
— Bloomberg (video)

Jokowi Responds to Rumored Overseas Electoral Fraud
Incumbent Presidential Candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for people to file a report to the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) if the alleged rumors of electoral fraud turns out to be true.

Jokowi hopes for victory in West Java
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed his wish to win in the West Java Province, although his set target was quite moderate–55 percent of votes from Depok Municipality.
— Antara News

Walhi endorses ‘environment-friendly’ legislative candidates
The Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) has released the names of 131 “environment-friendly” legislative candidates that the group is endorsing in the upcoming elections.
— The Jakarta Post

Music for the masses winning Indonesian voters’ hearts
From Indonesia’s hip-swivelling juggernaut dangdut to thumping rock bands and Islam-infused tunes, music could be the clincher for winning hearts – and votes – as the world’s third-biggest democracy heads to the polls next week.
— CNA (annoying popups)

Video shows alleged vote-rigging in Malaysia
A video of people raiding an empty store in Selangor, Malaysia, and unpacking several bags containing marked ballots in favor of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and running mate Ma’ruf Amin circulated on social media on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi to Clarify Foreign Debt Issues in Upcoming Debate
The campaign team (TKN) for Joko “Jokowi” Widodo – Ma’ruf Amin announced that the presidential candidate is set to explain the country’s economic achievement and clarify several issues on foreign debt during the 5th and final presidential debate on April 13, 2019.

Minister echoes govt ‘s readiness to assist KPU realize election
The government, partnering with the General Elections Commission (KPU), the organizer of the general election, is ready to ascertain the successful implementation of the 2019 general elections, according to Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo.
— Antara News

Indonesia country profile
Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, home to about one in eight of the world’s Muslims.

Indonesia Construction Stocks Take Lead Before Next Week’s Vote
Forget investment jitters before Indonesia’s presidential election. There are stocks that could win no matter who becomes the leader.
— Bloomberg

Prabowo team visits Bawaslu to discuss faulty Voters’ List
The Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno Campaign Team (BPN) visited the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) here on Thursday to discuss problems in the official and final Voters’ List (DPT) of the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.
— Antara News

IMI Supports MotoGP Indonesia in Mandalika Circuit
The Indonesian Motor Association (IMI) conveyed its support for the planned implementation of the world-class motor racing event MotoGP Indonesia in Mandalika Circuit, Lombok in 2021.

Tourism minister calls for forceful measure to push airfares down
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has called on Transportation Minister Budki Karya Sumadi to issue a regulation that would require airlines to lower their prices for economic-class tickets to help boost the tourism industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to probe warehouse of voting papers in Malaysia
Indonesia’s Election Commission says it is sending officials to investigate after videos circulated online of thousands of voting papers for next week’s polls scattered throughout a warehouse in neighboring Malaysia.
— FOX News

Pertamina ensures safe fuel and gas supply ahead of elections
Ahead of the April 2019 presidential and legislative elections, state oil and gas company Pertamina has assured that the supply of fuel oil and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is secure.
— Antara News

BUMI confirms US$239.39m payment for Tranche A
Mining company PT BUMI Resources has confirmed that it processed on Tuesday a fifth payment of US$19.85 million — $11.11 million in principal and $8.74 million in interest – against Tranche A, a debt restructuring instrument.
— The Jakarta Post

Ex-General Warns of Unrest After Indonesia Vote as Crowds Surge
Standing up through the sunroof of a van, Prabowo Subianto leans down to shake hands and accept cash — sometimes bags of it — from tens of thousands of cheering supporters clogging up roads and sitting on rooftops.
— Bloomberg

Districts in Jayawijaya to use ‘noken’ voting system
Thirty-nine out of the 40 districts in Jayawijaya regency, Papua, will vote using the noken system during the simultaneous general election on April 17.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi’s election campaign does not look like good news for Indonesia
In what was once a roadside food stall in Kampung Baru, a village in eastern Java, a group of housewives is preparing food for a wedding.
— Economist

South Tangerang confident to have MRT by 2022
The capital’s satellite city of South Tangerang in Banten expects the extension of MRT Jakarta to pass the area by 2022.
— The Jakarta Post

Infrastructure at heart of Widodo’s Indonesia re-election bid
After opening the new subway system in Indonesia’s gridlocked capital, President Joko Widodo flew east to the Sulawesi city of Makassar in March to tell a crowd of hundreds about the benefits of infrastructure.
— AL Jazeera

Elections push revenues up: Tax office
The Taxation Directorate General has seen tax revenues increase in the first half of 2019, triggered by the legislative and presidential elections on April 17.
— The Jakarta Post

Foreign workforce just 0.03 percent of Indonesia’s population: Jokowi
Foreign workers in Indonesia merely constituted 0.03 percent of the nation’s total populace, according to Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi).
— Antara News

Is Indonesia’s Military Eyeing the Republic?
On April 17, roughly 193 million Indonesians will cast their votes to elect representatives to the national parliament, provincial and district legislatures, and directly elect the president.
— New York Times

Indonesia’s cosmetic industry to grow nine percent
Indonesia’s cosmetic industry is expected to grow nine percent in 2019 with its potential new markets and high competitiveness, the Industry Ministry said.
— Antara News

Election preparations nearly complete
The General Elections Commission (KPU) has been delivering the last batch of election materials to 809,500 polling stations across the country and overseas and holding briefings for field workers and volunteers in the hope of minimizing glitches in what observers have called the world’s most complex election.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia nets US$11.5 million transactions at Australian Auto Expo
Indonesia shone brightly at the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (AAAE) 2019, Australia’s biggest yearly automotive exhibition, by registering potential transactions worth US$11.5 million.
— Antara News

Grab contributed $3.5b to the Indonesian economy last year: CSIS study
New research from the Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS) has found that Grab contributed 48.9 trillion rupiahs (US$3.46 billion) to Indonesia’s economy in 2018.
— Tech In Asia

Raja Ampat’s Piaynemo Closed During Election Day on April 17
Management of popular tourist destination Piaynemo in Raja Ampat, West Papua, is planning to temporarily close its gates during election day on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Prosecutor demands 10 years for Polish national accused of treasonous activities in Papua
Prosecutors have demanded 10 years in prison for Jakub Fabian Skrzypski, a Polish national who was arrested in Wamena in August last year, for his alleged role in treasonous activities.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Launches Third Nagapasa-Class Diesel Electric Attack Submarine
Indonesia launched its third Type 209/1400 Nagapasa-class (Chang Bogo-class) diesel-electric attack submarine (SSK) for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut) on April 11, according to local media reports.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia’s Fore Coffee notches strong growth in Q1, adds $1m to series A funding
Indonesian online-to-offline specialty coffee startup Fore Coffee announced it has almost doubled its physical outlets – from 19 in January to 35 across Jakarta in March – two months after closing its series A funding.
— Tech In Asia

Trans-Java toll road will reduce prices of basic necessities: Minister
The Trans-Java Toll Road connecting the Merak Ferry Port in Banten Province to Banyuwangi in East Java would become a logistics route to support the growth of industries and reduce the prices of basic necessities a top minister said here on Thursday.
— Antara News

History of Aviation Industry’s Ban on Liquid Substances
The international commercial aviation industry in this modern era has set a strict rule on items that are permitted and banned from entering an airplane’s cabin. Other than the obvious ban on sharp objects, liquid substances in containers is also a target of the regulation.


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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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