Indonesia morning news for April 23

Indonesia morning news for April 23
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Indonesian election result is good for stability in the region
With so many bad things happening in the world, it is worth celebrating that something important has just gone well.
— Sydney Morning Herald

KPU Real Count: Jokowi ahead of Prabowo with 54.87 against 45.13%
Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin are still leading according to the real count by the Elections Committee (KPU) tabulation.

What Will Indonesia’s Foreign Policy in Jokowi’s Second Term Look Like?
A look at how Jakarta’s role in the world may shape up in the coming years.
— The Diplomat

Minister observes junior high school national exam implementation
Minister of Education and Culture Muhadjir Effendy has observed the implementation of the junior high school (SMPN) national examinations (UN) at SMPN of 11 and 19 in Jakarta.
— Antara News

Food & Beverage industry projected to grow at 9 percent
The Industry Ministry projects the food and beverage industry will grow above 9 percent in 2019 owing to increased investment.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Manufacturing Activity Jumps in March
Activity in Indonesia’s manufacturing sector grew in March 2019 on the back of solid domestic demand.
— Indonesia Investment

Indonesian consul wants justice for Adelina, demands explanation
The Indonesian consulate in Penang is demanding an explanation over the decision of the court to drop Adelina Jerima Sau’s case.
— The Star Online

Indonesia’s first-quarter budget deficit reaches 0.63%
Indonesia’s budget deficit in the quarter ended March 31, 2019, totaled Rp102 trillion, accounting for 0.63 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), according to the finance ministry.
— Antara News

Producers call on election winner to boost CPO for fuel program
The Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) has called on the winner of the presidential election to increase the domestic demand for crude palm oil (CPO), including through the expansion of the CPO for fuel program.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Election Is Over But Identity Politics Will Linger
Jokowi needs to make tackling intolerance a focal point of his second term.
— The Diplomat

Anies’ Opposition Party Claims to Remain Solid Post Election
The number of the opposition party at the capital city under the administration of Anies Baswedan is predicted to increase following the 2019 legislative election. This is referred to quick counts on the votes and seats of political parties in Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD).

Southeast Asian online grocer HappyFresh closes USD 20 million Series C round
Indonesian-headquartered online grocer HappyFresh made its Series C round official.
— KrAsia

Uncounted ballots burned in South Pesisir warehouse fire
A fire gutted an elections logistics warehouse in Koto XI Tarusan district, South Pesisir, West Sumatra, at around 1 p.m. on Monday, destroying several boxes of ballots.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia central bank seen holding key rate now, cutting it later this year – Reuters poll
Indonesia’s central bank will keep interest rates on hold on Thursday, a Reuters poll showed, though some economists say a rate cut to bolster economic growth is coming – and one sees a possible trim next month.
— Euro News

Indonesia holds most complex legislative and presidential elections
Indonesia held the world’s biggest and most complex single-day vote on April 17, 2019, where 192 million people queued up at some 810 thousand polling stations across its 34 provinces in the country and overseas.
— Antara News

The Hidden Paradise of Tangkahan
Located at the foot of Mount Leuser, Tangkahan was previously known as the epicenter of illegal logging. Hundreds of trees were cut down every day. “Ironwoods, sandalwoods, we cut every tree,” said a local Juan Ika Sitepu (40).

Nahdlatul Ulama’s leader thankful for Indonesia’s peaceful elections
The Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) leader, KH Said Aqil Siroj, stated that he was thankful for the peaceful Indonesian parliamentary and presidential elections on April 17, unlike several other countries where elections were hit by tragedies.
— Antara News

SOEs ministry approves AP II’s 25% ownership in Kertajati operator
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry has given the green light to state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) to take over 25 percent of shares worth Rp 600 billion (US$42,739,500) in PT Bandara Internasional Jawa Barat (BIJB).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia must avoid the complacency trap
Indonesia bulls sighed in relief when Joko Widodo won a second term as president. Concern that populist Prabowo Subianto, a former general and fiery speech maker, might grab the reins had markets in a whirl.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Miraculous escape for school students as boat sinks
Some 60 Islamic boarding school students (santris) had a miraculous escape after their ferry boat sank In South Kalimantan province Sunday night.
— Antara News

PHL poised to export onions to Indonesia
THE Department of Agriculture (DA) said that the Philippines is set to export onions to Indonesia.
— Business World

India missing out on investment opportunities in Indonesia
Indonesia, the 16th largest economy in the world, has its GDP growing consistently above 5 per cent every year since 2000.
— Business Standard

Minimart cashier arrested for embezzling money using e-wallets
A 22-year-old minimart cashier in Bekasi, West Java, allegedly embezzled Rp 177 million (US$12,500) from a store through fake transactions using ATM cards and transferring the funds to his personal electronic wallets on several e-marketplaces.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM called on to review issuance of PT EMM’s IUP
The Aceh provincial government has sought assistance of Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) to conduct an assessment of the granting of mining business licenses (IUPs) to PT Emas Mineral Murni (EMM).
— Antara News

KPU: 54 KPPS Members Die during Indonesia Election
The General Elections Committee (KPU) officially announced that up to April 21, 2019, there were 54 members of polling station working committees (KPPS) who died during and after the 2019 General Elections’ voting day.

Prabowo-Sandi’s winning body alleges frauds in 2019 elections
The National Winning Body (BPN) of the Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pair has alleged that the convening of the 2019 simultaneous elections has neither been honest, fair nor transparent.
— Antara News

Indonesia to evaluate elections as dozens of polling booth attendants, police die from exhaustion
An evaluation would be conducted on Indonesia’s election process, following the deaths of dozens of police officers and attendants who had served in several polling booths in the country, head of Indonesia’s General Elections Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman said last Saturday (April 20).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia: A second term for Jokowi – ABN AMRO
Arjen van Dijkhuizen, senior economist at ABN AMRO, points out that for the first time in history, Indonesia held presidential and parliamentary elections simultaneously on Wednesday 17 April and while official results will only be announced in May, unofficial results point to a clear victory for Jokowi.
— FX Street

Political parties called to curb the potential of electoral conflicts
Political parties and successful teams have been called on to assist in lowering the potential for any form of conflict following the presidential and legislative elections on April 17, 2019.
— Antara News

Petrosea announces nearly 49% revenue growth in 2018
PT Petrosea, a subsidiary of PT Indika Energy, booked revenue of US$465.74 million in 2018, a 48.57 percent year-on-year (yoy) growth from its 2017 revenue of $313.48 million.
— The Jakarta Post

Expert Links Deaths of KPPS Members to Fatigue
The Indonesia election day or the 2019 General Elections held on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, is followed by the unfortunate reports of the deaths of polling station working committee (KPPS) members, which were mostly attributed to fatigue.

Rector Forum appeals to election executors to maintain neutrality
The Indonesian Rector Forum (FRI) has released a statement in which it called on election executors to maintain neutrality and demonstrate highest levels of commitment to work.
— Antara News

Indonesia election: What happened on April 17 and what’s next
It has been a whirlwind few days since Indonesia pulled off its first simultaneous presidential and legislative elections.
— Intellasia

Indonesia demands explanation on dropped case of abused maid Adelina
The Indonesian consulate in Penang is demanding an explanation on the decision by a court here to drop the case of Indonesian domestic helper, Adelina Jerima Sau, who died after alleged abuse by her employer, last year.
— The New Straits Times

BI records slow loan growth in Q1, projects faster in Q2
A Bank Indonesia survey has shown slow growth in loan demand in the first quarter of 2019, but the central bank projects faster growth in the second quarter.
— The Jakarta Post

IDX stock fluctuations under control after elections
The fluctuations in the Composite Stock Price Index (IHSG) after the general election on April 17, 2019, have largely been controlled, Managing Director of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), Inarno Djajadi, has stated.
— Antara News

ANALYSIS/ In Indonesia’s election, the winner is Widodo-and Islam
Two months before this week’s presidential election in Indonesia, prize-winning novelist Eka Kurniawan declared in an opinion column that “the Islamists have already won”.
— Intellasia

Jokowi-Prabowo Meeting Could Cool Off Political Tension: Experts
Political expert Karyono Wibowo said the planned meeting between presidential candidates Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto should be held immediately in order to cool down the political tension after the presidential election.


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


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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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