Indonesia morning news for April 19

Indonesia morning news for April 19
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Jokowi Declares Victory with 54.5 percent of Votes
Presidential hopeful Joko Widodo declared himself as the victor in the 2019 presidential election with 54.5 percent of votes. He said this based on quick counts conducted by 12 pollsters.

Bank Indonesia to maintain status quo on rates – TDS
Mitul Kotecha, senior emerging markets strategist at TD Securities, suggests that they are expecting the Bank Indonesia to maintain its 7-day reverse repo rate at 6.00% at its policy meeting on 25 April.
— FX Street

Manufacturing less dominant in economy, but not shrinking
The government is not buying arguments that the manufacturing sector is shrinking even though its percentage contribution to the economy has declined over the past few years.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi-Ma’ruf win 80 percent of votes in China
Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates number 1, Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin, excelled with above 80 percent of votes from Indonesian citizens who exercised their right to vote in China.
— Antara News

Indonesia Should Focus on Getting More Foreign Investment, Says Fmr. Finance Minister
Former Indonesian Finance Minister Chatib Basri discusses the Indonesian election, what should be Joko Widodo’s priorities moving forward, economic growth, reforms, the type of government Indonesia needs, tax collection, and his outlook for monetary policy.
— Bloomberg (video)

Rupiah Down as IMF Cuts Global Projection
The rupiah’s interbank rate in Jakarta closed down today, following the IMF’s correction over the global economic outlook. The IDR lost 20bps or 0.14% to close at 14.153 per US dollar.

Sandiaga makes first public post after conspicuous election night absence
Vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno finally spoke up on his social media account on Thursday at about 2 p.m. about his latest situation after he was conspicuously absent the whole previous night during his running mate’s two public appearances.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia voted. What’s the incoming government’s biggest digital economy homework?
Indonesia held general elections on Wednesday. Everyone gets the day off to cast their vote. Turnout is usually very high with over 70% of the adult population joining in. The day is fondly called the ‘festival of democracy’ by locals.
— Kr Asia

Jokowi-Amin pair waits with bated breath for KPU’s official tabulation
Ma’ruf Amin pair awaits the General Elections Commission’s (KPU’s) official tabulation on a wing and prayer, opting not to announce victory in spite of a quick vote count giving it a thumbs-up.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s election: what you need to know
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesians voted in the world’s biggest single-day election across the sprawling equatorial archipelago on Wednesday following a six-month campaign to choose a new president and parliament.
— Intellasia

Jokowi Wins at 4 Polling Stations for Mentally Challenged Voters
The Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma’ruf Amin pair won in four polling stations set up for mentally challenged voters at Bina Larar Harapan Sentosa 2 Social Home for the Mentally Challenged located in Cipayung, East Jakarta, on Wednesday.

Indonesia election: Big rematch leaves neither candidate satisfied
President Joko Widodo did not look like a man on the cusp of victory last night as he addressed supporters, even though unofficial quick counts, by no less than five pollsters, tipped him to win re-election.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prabowo camp to ‘celebrate peaceful election’ on Good Friday
Supporters of presidential hopeful Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Sandiaga Uno plan to gather around the National Monument (Monas) on Friday afternoon to celebrate the peaceful election held two days earlier.
— The Jakarta Post

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.

What Jokowi’s Second Term in Indonesia Means for the Economy
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— Yahoo News

‘We don’t know how rich we are’: Bali to copyright heritage objects
The Bali administration is drafting a regulation to identify and protect the province’s cultural assets from piracy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia – Saudi Arabia Meeting Discuss Aid for Palestinians
The meeting between Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Saudi Arabia foreign affairs Minister Adel Al Jubeir at the Royal Guest House in Riyadh on Sunday, April 14, talked about promoting a peaceful and tolerant Islam, overcoming terrorism, and aid for Palestinians.

Early results point to victory for Indonesia’s president
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is on course for a second term in office, early results show.

Jokowi meets chiefs of Working Indonesia coalition parties
The Joko Widodo -Ma’ruf Amin pair met with the chiefs of political parties who formed a coalition to support Joko Widodo’s re-election bid at a Plataran Restaurant in Jakarta on Thursday.
— Antara News

Elections won’t change investment climate in energy, mining
The presidential and legislative elections will not lead to a change in energy policy and will not improve the investment climate in energy and mining, according to global energy think tank Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac).
— The Jakarta Post

Successful Elections; Indef Projects Foreign Investment Influx
Bhima Yudhistira, an economist with the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef), projects an influx of foreign investment after the 2019 elections. He said that the successful elections yesterday will attract investors to put money in Indonesia.

Jokowi makes clean sweep of votes in Boyolali polling stations
Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidate Pair Number 01 Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin Success Team in Boyolali District announced provisional calculation results indicating their overwhelming victory in 61 polling stations in eight sub-districts in Boyolali, Central Java.
— Antara News

Jokowi is set to win another term as Indonesia’s president — experts doubt he’ll deliver reforms
Indonesian financial markets jumped on Thursday after unofficial election results showed incumbent President Joko Widodo — popularly known as Jokowi — winning a second term in office.

Car sales down 13 percent in Q1 of 2019
Domestic car sales declined by 13 percent in the first quarter of 2019 from the same period last year, the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) has reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese Culture Gradually Penetrates Indonesia
Cultural activities are also a key part of the BRI, even though their influence remains limited so far.
— The Diplomat

BMKG Reports Magnitude 5 Earthquake Hit Aceh Jaya
The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported that a magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook Aceh and the areas in its vicinity on Thursday, April 18, at around 04:16 Western Indonesia Time (WIB).

Rupiah strengthens following presidential election quick vote count
The exchange rate of the rupiah being transacted among banks in Jakarta on Thursday morning strengthened after the quick vote count of the presidential elections on Wednesday, April 17, which put presidential candidates number 01 Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin in the lead.
— Antara News

Indonesian officials still counting postal votes in Malaysia
Indonesian officials here are still counting the ballots in Malaysia for the republic’s presidential election amid calls for a revoting of postal votes by their election watchdog.
— The Star Online

Manufacturers running vocational schools eligible for ‘superdeduction tax’
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartanto has said that a draft regulation concerning the so-called superdeduction tax will be implemented for manufacturing companies that run vocational schools teaching 36 skills.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Arrest Drug Courier Working as Online Ojek Driver
The Police have uncovered a drug distribution syndicate involving an online ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver. The driver is known to have two applications; Grab and Gojek.

Detention of two suspects extended in Mesuji project bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has extended the detention granted to two suspects in bribery cases related to infrastructure projects in Mesuji District in the Budget Year 2018.
— Antara News

Excitement and fun in Indonesia’s democracy fiesta
It looked like a haunted house straight out of an amusement park: Blood-stained sheets, makeshift graves and rows of ghastly faces painted white.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2019 General Elections, PSI Intends to Oppose Anies Baswedan
Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) Jakarta regional board chairman Michael Victor Sianipar said that his Party finished fourth in the Jakarta legislative elections based on quick count polls, despite losing a ticket to enter the House of Representatives (DPR RI) in Senayan.

13 foreign leaders congratulate Indonesia over peaceful elections
President Joko Widodo said on Thursday that leaders from 13 friendly countries had congratulated him for Indonesia’s success in peacefully convening its parliamentary and presidential elections on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Congratulations, Indonesia!
In the end, there were no surprises and no one pulled off an upset win. The whole thing ended the way most people expected: Incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo won a second term and Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto was defeated in his bid for the presidency, again.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Muhammadiyah Speaks Up about Amien Rais’ People Power
The central board of Muhammadiyah has spoken about the people power movement echoed by National Mandate Party (PAN) senior politician Amien Rais.

Islamism Is the Winning Ticket in Indonesia
Politics has turned religious in the world’s biggest Muslim nation — but that’s part of democracy too.
— Foreign Policy

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. Apparently, living so close to such a great wealth of natural resources has not always guaranteed well-being.

What a Second Widodo Term Could Mean for Indonesia’s Banking Sector
Fauzi Ichsan, chief executive officer and commissioner of the board at Indonesia Deposit Insurance Corporation, discusses Indonesia’s election, what the banking sector can expect with Joko Widodo in office for a second term, consolidation in the sector and the possibility of another financial crisis.
— Bloomberg (video)

Bawaslu Still Probe Money Politics of Gerindra Jakarta Head Issue
Head of Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) of North Jakarta, Mochammad Dimyati, said investigation on the alleged money politics committed by Gerindra Jakarta chairman M. Taufik was still afoot. The team is in the process of examining evidence from the public report.

Indonesian fisheries e-commerce startup Aruna wins Alipay-NUS Enterprise “tech for good” challenge
Whether we like it or not, we cannot escape technology. It’s an indispensable part of our life, a bit of a necessary evil, like money.
— Kr Asia

Public should patiently await KPU’s official count: Papua Governor
Papua Governor Lukas Enembe appealed to people to adopt a wait-and-watch policy regarding the official vote count of the presidential and legislative elections by the General Election Commission (KPU) and avoid claiming one another’s victory.
— Antara News

AFP fact-checks about Indonesia’s biggest-ever election
Intellasia East Asia News AFP’s fact-check service debunks misinformation spread online. As Indonesia holds one of the world’s biggest single-day elections, social media has been flooded with fake news and hoaxes, much of it about President Joko Widodo.
— Intellasia

KPU Requires 35 Days to Complete Real Voting Count
General Election Commission (KPU) chairman Arief Budiman said his side required 35 days at maximum to count all votes in the 2019 general elections. The vote calculation is carried out in stages starting from the polling station (TPS) until the national level manually.


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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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