Indonesia morning news for April 17

Indonesia morning news for April 17

Indonesia morning news

IMF gives Indonesia low scores in public investment effectiveness
National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro attended an Indonesia-International Monetary Fund (IMF) bilateral meeting to discuss public investment management assessment (PIMAs) at the IMF headquarters in Washington on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Halal ink: Muslim-majority Indonesia set for polls
Dipping their fingers in halal (permissible or lawful in traditional Islamic law) ink to prevent double voting, Indonesians will cast their ballots Wednesday in a bitterly contested presidential election, with the main rival to incumbent Joko Widodo already threatening to challenge the result over voter-fraud claims.
— The Asean Post

Air Pollution Kills More than Cigarettes
Air pollution apparently causes more deaths than smoking, a recent study says. Münzel et al from the Medical Centre Mainz University in Germany, said that air pollution caused almost twice the number of deaths than what researchers had thought.

Voting in Indonesia’s elections gets underway in east of country
Voting in Indonesia’s presidential and parliamentary polls got underway in the east of the country early on Wednesday, the start of the world’s biggest single-day election.
— The Star Online

Indonesian city’s recovery in red tape months after disaster
Six months after Indonesia’s Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that killed thousands, a second crisis is looming as recovery efforts stumble.
— Intellasia

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Indonesia, South Korea Ink $1 Billion Contract for 3 Diesel-Electric Submarines
The Indonesian Ministry of Defense (MOD) last week has signed a $1.02 billion contract with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for a second batch of three Type 209/1400 Nagapasa-class (Chang Bogo-class) diesel-electric attack submarines (SSK) for the Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut)
— The Diplomat

Jakarta motorbike taxi driver among hopefuls in Indonesia election
The only motorbike taxi driver running for national parliament in Indonesia says he can’t afford the flashy billboards or music concerts used by other candidates to drum up support.
— Reuters

Number of start-ups projected to grow 20-30 percent this year, Bekraf says
The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) has projected 20-30 percent growth in the number of start-ups in Indonesia as they are supported by high demand for digital solutions in business, industry, bureaucracy and in other sectors.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia election winner has many challenges
Almost 200 million Indonesian voters head to the polls on Wednesday after a long presidential election campaign dominated by economic policy issues.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia proposes rail & road projects for Zimbabwe
Indonesia has proposed rail and road projects for Zimbabwe to aid the country’s economic agenda. As Zimbabwe is moving from landlocked to land-linked, it is reshaping its economic thrust to boosting its trade relations with other markets.
— Fresh Plaza

Indonesia election: Warnings for economic collapse and protests as crunch vote nears
INDONESIA’S economy hangs in the balance with 192 million people set to cast their ballots this week in their national election. The economy is one of the biggest issues for world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.
— Intellasia

STB partners Alibaba, Indonesia tech unicorn Traveloka to woo China, Asean visitors
EFFORTS to woo South-east Asian and China visitors to Singapore get a boost with two agreements signed on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Tourism Industry Conference 2019.
— The Business Times

Komnas HAM forms election monitoring team
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has formed a team to monitor Wednesday’s general election.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Urges SOEs to Seek Alternative Funding
State-owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno said the government encourages SOES to seek alternative funding sources. She said that the state budget is not enough to finance all of the country’s infrastructure projects, which amounts to Rp5,000 trillion for five years.

Indonesia election: violence-wracked province calls for independence
As Indonesia’s presidential candidates draw massive crowds to rallies across the country, leaders in the resource-rich but restive twin provinces of Papua and West Papua have called for an election boycott and their own vote to secede from the Southeast Asian archipelago-nation.

Social Media Gets a Bad Rap in Elections, But Activists In Indonesia Are Using It to Boost Transparency
Indonesian expatriate Ainun Najib was at home in Singapore with the flu when his countrymen went to the polls to cast their votes in Indonesia’s 2014 presidential election.

Jakarta prepares free Idul Fitri exodus trips for 16,578 people
The Jakarta Transportation Agency is preparing 16,578 free trips using 307 buses for people traveling home on Idul Fitri this year. The Islamic holiday is expected to fall on June 5-6.
— The Jakarta Post

Floods, cyberattacks, voter fraud: Indonesia braces itself for polling challenges
From sending ballot boxes by elephant in Sumatra to keeping voters safe in Papua’s rebel territory, Indonesia is pulling out all the stops for one of the world’s biggest one-day polls across a vast archipelago of 260 million.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Big fight in Jakarta
Tomorrow, Indonesian’s will go to the ballot box. For the first time in the country’s history, the president, vice president, and members of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), will be elected on the same day with over 190 million eligible voters.
— The Asean Post

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Polling stations in Cirebon to replace purple ink with turmeric extract
Local election committees in the villages of Bandakerep and Lebakngok in Harjamukti district, Cirebon, West Java, plan to use a turmeric extract to replace the iconic purple ink on election day on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Election optimism fuels foreign interest in Indonesia equities
Foreign investors have rushed into Indonesia’s stock market in the lead-up to elections on Wednesday in which incumbent president Joko Widodo will square off against former general Prabowo Subianto for the reins of south-east Asia’s largest economy.
— Financial Times

Constitutional Court Ready for 2019 General Elections Disputes
Former Constitutional Court (MK) chief justice Mahfud MD predicts there will be many disputes in the 2019 general elections reported to the MK as a cause of the combination on voting for presidential candidates and legislative members.

Single fuel price program available in 124 remote regions
State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina said it has established 124 gas stations in frontier, outermost and least developed ( 3T ) regions as part of its single fuel price program.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi is too good to China, Indonesia needs new friends: Prabowo’s adviser
Indonesia’s widening trade deficit with China has come under scrutiny as the country prepares for elections on Wednesday, with incumbent president Joko Widodo chided for being “too good” to China by a senior economist he once hand-picked for a cabinet post.

World Bank reportedly financing Indonesian coal mining companies despite ban
The World Bank’s private-sector arm, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), has been quietly funding some of Indonesia’s most destructive coal mining companies despite its 2013 virtual ban on coal financing, a report says.
– The Jakarta Post (paywall)

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.
— Intellasia

RI to establish task force for national aviation industry’s blueprint
Indonesia will establish a task force to put together a blueprint in its attempt to develop the nation’s aviation industry.
— Antara News

BPS records significant decline in CPO exports to Europe
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has recorded that crude palm oil (CPO) exports to Europe saw a significant decrease in March as a result of the negative campaign against the commodity that is linked to deforestation.
— The Jakarta Post

The specter of Chinese investment looms over Indonesia’s election
Economic nationalism and issues of religious identity are at the forefront of Indonesia’s upcoming elections as the world’s largest Muslim-majority country goes to the polls on Wednesday.

Minister to discuss additional hajj quota at DPR meeting soon
Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin will promptly meet the House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission VIII over the 10 thousand additional hajj quota by Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud to President Joko Widodo.
— Antara News

Indonesians in HK cast votes ahead of country’s elections as consulate general vows to stamp out fraud
Hundreds of Indonesians turned up at polling stations in Hong Kong on Sunday to take part in presidential and parliamentary elections, as the country’s consulate general in the city vowed to stamp out fraudulent votes.
— Intellasia

4 Indonesia Elections Abroad Hampered with Issues
The 2019 Indonesia elections held abroad had been completed on April 14. However, the process did not run as smoothly as expected since there were many reported errors in several countries.

Indonesia: All eyes on elections – TDS
Mitul Kotecha, senior emerging markets strategist at TD Securities, points out that the Indonesia holds Presidential and Parliamentary elections tomorrow and will be a key event for the Asian markets.
— FX Streets

Retail sector projected to grow 5 to 10 percent
The Indonesian Shopping Center Tenants Association (Hippindo) has projected that the retail sector will grow 5 to 10 percent this year, after having experiencing a slowdown in the last three years.
— The Jakarta Post

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.
— Intellasia

Indonesia steps up cyber patrols, security preparations ahead of elections
Indonesian police have stepped up cyber patrols, targeted potential conflict hot spots and prepared contingency plans to ensure security ahead of Wednesday’s (April 17) elections.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

KAI adds 11 train trips; Transjakarta reduces number of buses
State-owned railway operator PT KAI’s operational region (DAOP) 1 Jakarta has added 11 inter-city trips to its schedule to accommodate passengers on Election Day and Easter.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Camp Predicts Winning over 58.5 Percent of Votes
A day before the voting day on April 17, the Jokowi – Ma’ruf campaign team is increasingly optimistic of winning the 2019 presidential election. The team secretary, Hasto Kristiyanto, said his side predicted the incumbent would gain more than 58.5 percent of votes.

Indonesia: Earthquake Information bulletin
According to the Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi, dan Geofisika (BMKG), or the Indonesian council on meteorology, climatology and geophysics, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake with a depth of 10 km struck off the coast of the eastern peninsula of Central Sulawesi province at 19H40 (local time GMT+8).
— Relief Web

Jokowi inaugurates Halal Park in Jakarta
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated on Tuesday Muslim tourist and shopping destination Halal Park at the complex of Bung Karno Sports Stadium in Senayan, Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister unperturbed by US$193.4 million first-quarter trade deficit
Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita has maintained his composure and remained undeterred by the first-quarter trade deficit reaching US$193.4 million since the national imports mostly constituted raw materials for industries.
— Antara News

Indonesia election: Concerns over Prabowo Subianto’s human rights record a ‘five-yearly issue’, says Sandiaga Uno
Indonesian vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno on Friday dismissed concerns about the human rights record of his running mate Prabowo Subianto, saying the accusation only surfaces during election years.
— Intellasia

Gerindra Jakarta Head Clarifies Alleged Money Politics Case
Gerindra Jakarta head Muhammad Taufik talked of the arrest conducted by North Jakarta Resort Police against his subordinate, Charles Lubis, for alleged money politics. Taufik explained that Charles brought money to pay witnesses at voting stations.

Indonesia’s golput movement exposes Australian stereotypes of our nearest neighbour
“Ada persoalan lain yang jauh lebih penting”, other issues are far more important than those they discuss, he says, and lists them — human rights, rule of law, social justice, environmental destruction.
— ABC News

572 damaged ballots incinerated in Denpasar
The Denpasar General Election Commission (KPU) in Bali incinerated 572 damaged ballots on Tuesday, one day before voting day.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia composite index strengthens in lead-up to polling day
The Indonesia composite index (IDX) strengthened by 5.57 points, or 0.09 percent, to 6,440.72, on Monday, in the run-up to the election day on Wednesday, Apr 17.
— Antara News

‘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.
— Intellasia

Restoring the Forest
As he savored the pouring rain, Marwi, 56, told us how he and the people of Aik Berik at the foot of Mount Rinjani have managed to survive.


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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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