Indonesia morning news for April 15

Indonesia morning news for April 15

Indonesia morning news

Indonesians to vote in world’s biggest single-day election
Tens of millions of Indonesians will vote in presidential and parliamentary elections this week after campaigns focused on the economy, but with political Islam looming ever larger in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.
— Reuters

Stray ballots for Jokowi found in Malaysia
Indonesia is probing vote-rigging claims after the discovery of thousands of stray election ballots in neighbouring Malaysia, officials said, as the opposition threatens to challenge next week’s poll results over separate voter list irregularities.
— The Asean Post

Bank of Indonesia Records Rp91 Trillion Capital Inflows
The Bank of Indonesia has recorded nearly Rp91 trillion or US$6.44 billion of capital inflows during 2019. About Rp75 trillion of this has been invested in government debt papers, whilst the remainder has been invested in the stock exchange.
— Indonesia Expat

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolts Sabang, Aceh
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter Scale jolted Sabang City, Aceh Province, on Saturday at 11:12 p.m. local time, but it did not have potential to trigger a tsunami.
— Antara News

Prabowo warns of possible election fraud
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.
— The Asean Post

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Indonesian Manufacturing Sector‘s Performance Accelerates in Q1 2019
The Indonesian manufacturing industry sector has shown positive performance during the first quarter of 2019.
— Netral News

Indonesian city’s recovery in red tape months after disaster
Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth and killed thousands, a second crisis is looming as recovery efforts stumble and a city that feels ignored begs for humanitarian assistance.
— The Mainichi

‘Big decision for country’: Indonesians in Singapore turn up in droves to vote in elections
The neighbourhood was quiet as my ride turned into Chatsworth Road, but it was the proverbial calm before the storm.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

PDRM to cooperate with Indonesia on discovery of ballot papers
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) will cooperate with their Indonesian counterpart on the discovery of a number of documents allegedly linked to the republic’s presidential election in Kajang.
— Malay Mail

Jokowi still Indonesia’s best bet in this week’s election
When Joko Widodo was first a candidate for Indonesia’s presidency five years ago, one might have looked to his successful career in local government for clues as to how he would lead Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— East Asia Forum

Indonesia polls bring battle over China’s Belt and Road push
JAKARTA: Indonesia has become the latest election battleground for Beijing’s soaring economic clout, as the opposition warns pro-China policies are saddling the mineral-rich archipelago with bad debt as it is sold off piecemeal to foreign interests.
— The Borneo Post

Infrastructure development outside Java to create equitability: Jokowi
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said the infrastructure development his government has undertaken outside Java Island during his last 4.5 years of administration is part of efforts to create equitable development in the country.
— Antara News

Joko-who? Prabo-what? The 2019 Indonesian presidential election, explained.
The 2014 presidential race is back with a vengeance. But this time they have new running mates.
— Mothership

Indonesia into upper-middle income group
The World Bank analytically divides the world’s economies into four income groups: high, upper-middle, lower-middle and low.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Rudiantara: Indonesia Has Shortage of Digital Talents
Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara says the country still lacks digital talent capable of mastering industrial technology 4.0.
— Netral News

House calls for special law on oil palm
A member of the House of Representatives’ Commission on Economic Affairs, Firman Subagyo, said that oil palm has been designated as a national strategic commodity so it must be protected through a special law.
— Antara News

Voting Abstention Group Demands Political Reform
While the presidential candidates made the final pitches in their political campaigns, activists from various background gathered at the offices of the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, or YLBHI, in Jakarta on Saturday to declare their resolution to abstain from voting in this year’s election.
— Jakarta Globe

SMTrack ventures into Indonesia’s low-cost airline business
SMTrack Bhd, which provides radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions, is venturing into the low-cost airline business.
— New Straits Times

Indonesian Natural and Organic Products Secure Sales Potential of $1.5 Million
Indonesian organic and natural products have been displayed at the 2019 Natural & Organic Products Europe (NPE) event held at ExCeL London, England on April 7-8 2019. At this exhibition, Indonesia managed to record potential transactions of US $ 1.5 million.
— Netral News

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Mount Merapi spews hot cloud on early Sunday
Mount Merapi, which is locate in the border of the Special Region of Yogyakarta and Central Java Province, again ejected hot cloud on Sunday morning according to the Center for Investigation and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG).
— Antara News

Victory could be slipping away from Jokowi
Joko Widodo is one of Indonesia’s most devoted crusaders against fake news, and for good reason: It’s personal.
— The Asean Post

Cash could crash Indonesia elections
Money is one of the greatest enemies of democracy. This especially rings true in Indonesia which will soon see one of its biggest elections ever this Wednesday.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia probes vote-rigging claims in Malaysia ahead of polls
Indonesia is probing vote-rigging claims after the discovery of thousands of stray election ballots in neighbouring Malaysia, officials said, as the opposition threatens to challenge next week’s poll results over separate voter list irregularities.
— Intellasia

The Presidential Candidates’ strategies to boost economic performance
There are some major differences in how two Indonesian presidential candidates envisioned the future of Indonesian economic performance.
— Antara News

Revealed — A roadmap to defeat tobacco tax and keep Indonesians addicted
The image of a smoking toddler from Indonesia horrified the world but did little to motivate local policy makers to enact measures to protect children and youth from the harms of tobacco use.
— The Manila Times

The much delayed but now signed IA-CEPA could help take the political heat out of the countries’ bilateral relations regardless of elections.
— Intellasia

From tourist to illegal worker
Indonesia is hoping to attract 3.5 million Chinese tourists to visit various tourist destinations in the country this year.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia’s education dilemma
Last October, Alibaba Group co-founder Jack Ma revealed that he was in discussion with the Indonesian government regarding the possibility of opening an institute to train tech entrepreneurs in the country.
— The Asean Post

Opposition vows to support gender-based laws, economic policy
Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno vowed to support the gender-based laws and economic policy in order to end discrimination for women at works.
— Antara News

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.
— Intellasia

Jakarta Election Body removes 31 foreigners’ names from Voters’ List
The Jakarta Election Commission (KPU Jakarta) has removed names of 31 foreign nationals from the Official Voters’ List (DPT) for the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.
— Antara News

Indonesian election: Why many West Papuans will vote differently to the rest of the country
In Indonesia’s upcoming presidential elections this week, thousands of West Papuans will be voting differently from the rest of the nation, despite the province being claimed as part of the country for more than half a century.
— ABC News

Local gaming industry lacks traction in own market
Gaming has grown into a billion-dollar industry in Indonesia, but domestic industry players have not played a significant role in the business.
— The Jakarta Post

How Indonesia’s president has tried to claw back voter support in Muslim heartland
When Wawan Setiawan, a volunteer for Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s re-election campaign, goes door-to-door in this conservative part of Java, his opening line is: “If you hear he is anti-Islam or a communist, remember, it’s all lies.”
— Intellasia

Jakarta police chief appeals public to cool down ahead of elections
Chief of the Jakarta Police Inspector General Gatot Pramono has appealed the public to cool down ahead of the 2019 legislative and presidential elections.
— Antara News

Indonesia bags 8 golds in SE Asian Karate Championship in Bangkok
The Indonesian Karate Team won three gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals on the second day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Karate Championship in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday (4/13).
— Antara News

State-owned enterprises’ super holding necessary: Jokowi
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated during the fifth presidential debate on Saturday that a super holding comprising state-owned enterprises is a necessary move to strengthen Indonesia’s economic sector.
— Antara News

Jokowi claims government responds quickly to development of e-sport
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) claimed that the government had responded quickly to the development of e-sport.
— Antara News

Prabowo-Sandi pair thanks and urges Indonesians to give them mandate
Vice presidential candidate number 02 Sandiaga Uno thanked the Indonesian people for supporting them, and urged them to vote for the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair for a better Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia election and the role of its powerful military
The armed forces were banned from politics in 2004, but the general remain powerful behind the scenes.
— 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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