Indonesia morning news for April 16

Indonesia morning news for April 16
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Indonesian Economy Records First Back-to-Back Surplus Since 2017
Indonesia posted a surprise trade surplus in two consecutive months until March, igniting hope for a much-needed recovery of growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Korea lands $1B submarine contract with Indonesia
South Korea was awarded a $1.02 billion contract to deliver three 1,400-tonne submarines to Indonesia, according to multiple press reports.
— Intellasia

Radical Islamist groups support Prabowo’s Indonesian presidency
Despite Prabowo’s mixed religious background, where his mother and siblings are Christians, while his father is Muslim.
— Mothership

Faith Politics on the Rise as Indonesian Islam Takes a Hard-Line Path
Joko Widodo, the Muslim president of Indonesia, is into heavy metal and saving Christians.
— The New York Times

Indonesia records US$540 million trade surplus in March
Indonesia recorded a trade balance surplus of US$540 million in March, marking the second straight month that the country recorded a trade balance surplus this year, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

BPS: Human Development Index Rises to 71.39 in 2018
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded that the country’s Human Development Index (IPM) in 2018 reached 71.39—up by 0.58 points or 0.82 percent compared to the previous year’s 70.81.

Professional Indonesia watchers not looking at a Prabowo win this coming election
The issue boils down to the margin of victory.
— Mothership

27k sign petition to re-hold overseas voting in Sydney after hundreds allegedly denied chance to vote
Indonesia’s general elections are this Wednesday but millions of Indonesians living overseas had their chance to vote over the weekend at polling booths set up across the planet.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Indonesia threatens to challenge EU at WTO in palm oil feud
The government has threatened to bring its palm oil dispute with the European Union to the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) if the EU proceeds to treat palm oil as a high-risk vegetable oil in its latest delegated act.
— The Nation

Indonesia election: Heavy metal versus the general
Indonesia’s heavy metal-loving leader Joko Widodo faces off against ex-military general Prabowo Subianto in the race to lead the world’s third-biggest democracy Wednesday, a re-run of the 2014 election contest narrowly won by Widodo.
— The Asean Post

US hedge funds face court battle with Indonesia mining group
A US hedge fund is set to do battle with Indonesia’s Widjaja family in a New York courtroom on Monday in a case that echoes past clashes between foreign investors and the powerful south-east Asian business empire.
— Financial Times

Indonesia election puts Islam on the ballot
The election campaign for Indonesia’s next president has been dominated by the role of political Islam.
— Deutsche Welle

Net Worth Estimates: Jokowi Rp50 Billion, Prabowo Rp1.9 Trillion, says KPU
As the election draws closer, The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced the breakdown of the official wealth reports (LHKPN) of presidential candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto, along with their running mates, Sandiaga Uno and Ma’ruf Amin, on their official website.
— Indonesia Expat

Lawyers, local leaders file for judicial review of Papuan referendum
Dozens of lawyers, academics, local Papuan leaders, churches and women’s organizations under the Coalition of Advocates for Truth and Justice in Papua filed an application for a judicial review of the 1969 Law No. 12 on the establishment of the West Irian autonomous province and autonomous regencies in West Irian province at the Constitutional Court on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of Indonesia Election Ballot Boxes Damaged in Flood
The Bogor District elections committee is collecting data on the damaged Indonesia Election logistics caused by a flood on Sunday, April 14. So far, there are 682 damaged voting ballot boxes which left 768 undamaged.

Waingapu in East Nusa Tenggara struck by 4.5-magnitude quake
Waingapu in Indonesia’s East Nusa Tenggara Province was rattled by an earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale, Monday, at 2:36 p.m. local time.
— Antara News

Nahdlatul Ulama lauds government for increased hajj quota
The General Chairman of the Nahdlatul Ulama (the largest Islam organization in Indonesia), Said Aqil Siroj, appreciated the government for accommodating an additional 10 thousand hajj pilgrims in the Indonesian hajj quota, following President Joko Widodo’s visit to Saudi Arabia.
— Antara News

Kendari rescuers help evacuation of 36 flood victims
Rescuers helped evacuation of 36 people displaced by flooding in Kendari, the capital of Southeast Sulawesi Province, on Sunday evening.
— Antara News

CPO price in Jambi records rise of Rp133 per kilogram
The drafting team’s results indicated an Rp106 increase in palm kernel price to Rp3,754 from Rp3,649 per kilogram during this period, whereas palm oil FFB price rose Rp7, from Rp1,113 to Rp1,120 per kilogram.
— Antara News

B100 is answer to Indonesian palm oil discrimination by EU: Minister
Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman had affirmed that B100 Biodiesel from crude palm oil (CPO) that was tested on Monday was the key to fighting the European Union (EU)’s discrimination against palm oil.
— Antara News

Jakarta police chief says no potential election security threats identified in the capital
Jakartans voting in Wednesday’s presidential and legislative election should have peace of mind when casting their votes, according to the capital’s top cop.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Lengthy electoral process led to voters being turned away: Kalla
Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the complicated electoral process and increased enthusiasm among Indonesians living overseas to cast their votes might have been the reasons why many eligible voters in certain countries had to be turned away from polling booths.
— Antara News

China in Indonesia election spotlight
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 Asean Post

Jokowi seeks Saudi cooperation to promulgate tolerant Islamic values
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took the opportunity of his meeting with Saudi Junior Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir in Riyadh, Sunday, to seek Saudi Arabia’s support to spread the values of tolerant Islam.
— Antara News

Indonesia develops coprocessing system for gasoline, LPG produced from CPO
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has developed a coprocessing system for gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at its existing refineries.
— The Jakarta Post

Efforts to reduce football violence in Indonesia are yet to yield results
For many, football is more than just a game. It brings communities together, rallies people under a national banner and offers an escape from poverty for a select group of talented players.
— Asean Today

Singapore Airlines And Garuda Indonesia Expand Codeshare Operations
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Garuda Indonesia customers can now enjoy more options when traveling between Singapore and Indonesia as a result of an expanded codeshare agreement between the two carriers.
— FTN News (media release)

Jakarta septic tank pumping businesses allegedly dumping waste into rivers: PAL Jaya
Some septic tank pumping businesses in Jakarta are allegedly dumping waste directly into the city’s rivers, city-owned sewage company PD PAL Jaya has claimed.
— The Jakarta Post

Saudi Adds Indonesia`s Hajj Quota After Jokowi – King Salman Meet
The Saudi Arabian government has increased Indonesia’s Hajj quota up to 10,000 which was announced by King Salman bin Abdulaziz on Sunday, April 14, in Riyadh.

President undertakes pilgrimage to Prophet Muhammad’s tomb
President Joko Widodo, after performing Umrah (minor hajj), undertook a pilgrimage to the tomb of Prophet Muhammad and carried out a sunnah (optional) prayer in Raudhah (a special place), at Nabawi Mosque, Medina.
— Antara News

SOEs must not participate in politics: Rini Soemarno
On the 21st anniversary of SOEs, SOEs Minister Rini Soemarno stated that these enterprises should not participate in political activities.
— Antara News

Inside Indonesia’s ‘fake news’ war room, fighting political hoaxes in election season
Intellasia East Asia News For a facility named the War Room, it is awfully quiet and calm. It’s where a team of young Indonesians troll the web for the fake and flagrant. Most of them work in silence as they cycle through pages of pornography, illegal gambling websites and social media posts, …
— Intellasia

Ministry works on export potential of Wamena coffee
The Agriculture Ministry’s Quarantine Agency has encouraged economic growth in Papua by accelerating exports of agricultural products, especially coffee from the province’s municipality of Wamena.
— Antara News

West Sumatra scarred by avalanches triggered by torrential downpour
Torrential rains that struck Agam District, West Sumatra, since Sunday afternoon, Apr 14, until Monday morning today, called the wrath of avalanches at five points that blocked the road between Baso and Malalak sub-districts.
— Antara News

Minister lends assurance of full security arrangements during election
Coordinating Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto has made assurance of security during the simultaneous legislative and presidential elections held across Indonesia’s 34 provinces on April 17, 2019.
— Antara News

Quake-hit Indonesians refuse to leave high ground: official
Intellasia East Asia News Some panicked residents of a quake-hit Indonesian island have refused to return home after the tremor triggered a brief tsunami warning and fears there was more to come, the disaster agency said Saturday. Aftershocks rippled across the east coast of Sulawesian island where …
— Intellasia

Jokowi seeks Saudi cooperation to promulgate tolerant Islamic values
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) took the opportunity of his meeting with Saudi Junior Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir in Riyadh, Sunday, to seek Saudi Arabia’s support to spread the values of tolerant Islam.
— Antara News

Indonesia Industrial Summit to be held on April 15-16
The Industry Ministry will organize the 2019 Indonesia Industrial Summit (IIS) themed “Implementation of Making Indonesia 4.0 Toward Top Ten Global Economies”, in ICE BSD, Tangerang, Banten Province, on April 15 and 16.
— Antara News

Islam Underlines Indonesian Election But that Doesn’t Make it a Threat
The former general Prabowo Subianto desperately wants to be the next president of Indonesia. His failed bid five years ago hasn’t deterred him and he is campaigning with a ruthless gusto, backed-by firebrand Islamic clerics and nationalists.

State companies management better now than in the past: Minister
State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno said the management of state-owned companies in the past four years had been much better that it was in the past five years, reflected in the reduced number of SOEs reporting losses.
— Antara News

SOEs must unite to strengthen competitiveness: Minister Rini
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Rini Soemarno stressed on the need for SOEs to coordinate with each other and strengthen competitiveness.
— Antara News

Jokowi’s electoral chances and his legacy
It’s a sign of how assured most analysts are that Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo (Jokowi), will be re-elected this week that debate is underway about what legacy the former mayor and entrepreneur will leave for Southeast Asia’s most populous country given another term.
— East Asia Forum

Coca-Cola scouts Indonesian start-ups for collaboration
New South Wales, Australia-based soda giant Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has expanded its start-up accelerator platform Amatil X to Indonesia, marking the first such initiative in the country’s fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) industry.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

International Forum Set to Bolster Women’s Empowerment, Startup Funding in Indonesia
Women’s empowerment in small businesses and a finance system for startups will be discussed during this year’s second meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Advisory Council, or ABAC, in Jakarta on April 23-26, organizers said.
— Jakarta Globe

Bawaslu to clarify on election in Malaysia
Indonesia’s General Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) will immediately convey final clarifications and recommendations on the elections taking place in Malaysia.
— Antara News

Several hundred Indonesians in Africa cast vote in 2019 elections
Several hundred Indonesian citizens (WNI) reportedly exercised their right to vote in the 2019 General Election without any hindrance by opting for the postal method and mobile ballot boxes in several African regions.
— 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).


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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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