Indonesia morning news for April 22

Indonesia morning news for April 22
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The easy decision for Indonesian farmers between palm oil and rice production
Many Indonesians remember a time of rice paddy fields with rows of women applying traditional cold powder on their face to avoid sunburn.
— East Asia Forum

What Does Jokowi’s Win Mean for Indonesia’s Economy?
The Indonesian president has made progress, but has unfinished business to complete in his probable second term.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia condemns deadly attacks in Sri Lanka
Indonesian government condemned on Sunday the deadly multiple attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that had killed at least 207 people.
— Xinhua

Work with Indonesia to counter palm oil prices, says Daim
MALAYSIA must be one step ahead in planning ways to react to price volatility in the palm oil market to protect the country’s source of income and wellbeing of smallholders, said Council of Eminent Persons chairman Daim Zainuddin.
— The Malaysian Insight

Jokowi back to the job of dealing with financial market realities
Rising interest rates, an appreciating US dollar and tighter global financial conditions are squeezing firms and households throughout Asia and Indonesia’s in the frontline.
— East Asia Forum

Bali Airport continues normal operations despite Mt Agung’s eruption
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali continued its normal operations after Mount Agung in Karangasem District erupted early Sunday.
— Antara News

Mount Agung volcano erupts on Indonesia’s Bali
Mount Agung on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali erupted again early on Sunday (April 21), spewing volcanic ash into the sky to a height of 2km, an official said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Film exposes Indonesia’s coal industry abuses
A new documentary that shows the links between Indonesian coal and energy companies and the country’s political elite was released online ahead of the world’s biggest single-day election.
— Asia Times

Pakistan to expand textile exports to Indonesia
CD Trade Pakistan to expand textile exports to Indonesia Known as one of the biggest textile exporters in the world, Pakistan plans to further expand its markets , not only to European countries and the United States but also to other Asian countries, including Indonesia.
— The Jakatar Post (paywall)

After Indonesia election, new crop of leaders in focus for 2024 vote
Even with Indonesia’s current presidential election result still to be officially confirmed, attention is turning to the next race for the top job in 2024 with some rising political stars and well-connected figures in the frame.
— Reuters

International coffee chains and local brands thrive on Indonesia’s Bali island
Shutter-clicking and lively chatter filled the room along with the aroma of roasted coffee beans. Big crowds gathered around Insta-worthy spots, forming a line as long as the queue to place orders.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Academician Calls to Improve Management of Simultaneous Elections
A lecturer at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) Jenderal Sudirman University Purwokerto, Ahmad Sabiq, called to further streamline the management of simultaneous elections to prevent recurrence of incidents as in the 2019 election.

Mt Agung again erupts and residents urged to wear face masks: BPBD
The Bali Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) authorities have urged those living in the areas of Karangasem District, Bali Province, affected by Mount Agung’s eruption to wear face masks to protect against ashes of the volcano while doing outdoor activities.
— Antara News

Malaysia, Indonesia rivalry heats up
Malaysia and Indonesia have long been rivals – battling over territorial supremacy, diplomatic issues and even cultural appropriation.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia to evaluate elections as dozens of polling booth attendants, police die from exhaustion
An evaluation would be conducted on Wednesday’s elections process following deaths of dozens of police and attendants who had served in several polling booths in Indonesia, head of Indonesia General Elections Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman said here on Saturday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia election: PKS may have gained support from disbanded Islamic group, say experts
Decent gains made by the Islamic-leaning Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in the legislative elections have raised eyebrows – not only because of the internal bickering among its leaders, but also because it was the only Islamic party that performed well.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

London School Jakarta has a new campus in Bekasi, West Java
The London School of Public Relations (LSPR) Jakarta has inaugurated a new campus in Bekasi City, West Java, which was marked by the grand launch of the LSPR Transpark Juanda campus.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Chocolate Dream is Sustainable Cocoa Farming
Indonesia has been 1 of the world’s Top producers of cocoa beans for years, almost all of it gets exported to be processed into chocolate abroad.
— LIVE Trading News

Indonesia’s ‘smooth’ polls a beacon in sea of strongmen: analysts
Indonesia pulled off a complex yet peaceful election across its vast and ethnically diverse island territory this week, cementing its place as a democratic beacon in a sea of authoritarian governments, analysts say.
— Japan Times

Australia lauds Indonesia for successful election
Australia is looking forward to strengthening its relationship with Indonesia in light of the latter’s success in holding the presidential and legislative elections, the Australian foreign minister stated on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI calls for election evaluation over many poll officers’ death
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called for the evaluation of the simultaneous 2019 presidential and legislative elections which have claimed the lives of 31 polling station officers.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s election in numbers
Unofficial vote counts show deepening religious polarization across Indonesia’s sprawling archipelago.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Six polling station officers die of fatigue on Indonesia’s election day
Six polling station working committee (KPPS) officers reportedly died due to exhaustion after working long hours on election day on April 17.
— The Jakarta Post

Danger ahead for Indonesia?
While vote counting continues for Indonesia’s recently concluded election, reports have come out that incumbent, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo already enjoys a comfortable lead over former general and rival, Prabowo Subianto, at least according to the unofficial results.
— The Asean Post

SBY warns of escalating tension as Indonesia counts votes
Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on his party officials to closely monitor any possible unrest following the election, amid plans by presidential contender Prabowo Subianto to hold mass prayers on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin still Excel Based on KPU`s Count
The presidential and vice presidential candidate pair number 01, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) – Ma’ruf Amin, is still ahead of pair number 02 Prabowo-Sandiaga Uno, based on the general Election Commission’s “real count” in Jakarta on Saturday.

MUI urges elections commission, supervisory body to remain impartial
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) called on the General Elections Commission (KPU), Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), and Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) to maintain impartiality and professionalism during the the general elections.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, appears to have handily won a second term and a parliamentary majority for his coalition in elections this week.
— Intellasia

Lee Cohen: Indonesian Elections Opportunity to Showcase Muslim Democracy
With the Mueller Report, Brexit turmoil, Israeli elections, and the Notre Dame tragedy, many may not have tuned into this week’s hugely complex elections in Indonesia.
— News Max

Broadcasting companies must focus on real count: KPI
The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has called on broadcasting companies to not only focus on quick-count results but also give attention to the General Elections Commission’s (KPU)’s official real count.
— The Jakarta Post

Rescue workers again search for missing fisherman in Tutupa waters
The National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Office in North Maluku Province again searched for a 40-year old fisherman who fell into the sea five days ago while fishing in Tutupa waters.
— Antara News

The Evolving Australia-Indonesia Relationship Amid Election Season
With Jokowi likely scoring another term in Indonesia, the bilateral relationship’s direction balances on Australia’s pending polls.
— The Diplomat

Philippines’ Catholics Lash Themselves in Penance ahead of Easter
Dozens of barefoot penitents in the Philippines whipped themselves and carried large wooden crosses in sweltering heat on Thursday as they participated in a ritual ahead of Easter in Asia’s biggest Catholic nation.

Migrant workers still paid unreasonable wages: RI Consulate
The Indonesian Consulate in Tawau, Sabah State, stated that there were Indonesian citizens working for farms and refineries in Malaysia who were being paid unfair wages.
— Antara News

Indonesian elections highlight the rise of political Islam
Indonesia’s popular President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) appears to have won a second five-year term in office this week.
— The Hill

Migrant Workers still Being Paid Unreasonable Wages: RI Consulate
The Indonesian Consulate in Tawau, Sabah State, stated that there were Indonesian citizens working for farms and refineries in Malaysia who were being paid unfair wages.

Indonesia election: High voter turnout may have lifted Prabowo’s numbers, say observers
Higher than expected enthusiasm among voters at Wednesday’s presidential election in Indonesia has prompted its elections commission to make the optimistic forecast that turnout would exceed its target of 77.5 per cent.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Academician calls to improve management of simultaneous elections
Lecturer at Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) Jenderal Sudirman University Purwokerto Ahmad Sabiq called to further streamline the management of simultaneous elections to prevent recurrence of incidents as in the 2019 election.
— Antara News

Govt to focus on maintaining economic stability after polls, says Sri Mulyani
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said the government will focus on maintaining economic stability following the relatively peaceful presidential and legislative elections on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Coffee in the Protected Forest
Today, coffee trees almost completely cover parts of Bukit Rigis (Rigis Hill), West Lampung—once nearly barren.

KPU agrees to conduct revote in Palu on Bawaslu’s recommendation
The Palu City General Election Commission (KPU) Chairperson Agussalim Wahid expressed readiness to hold a revote for the legislative and presidential elections if Bawaslu or Panwaslu were to recommend it on necessary grounds.
— Antara News


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Intellectual Property Day, 26 April.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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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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