Indonesia morning news for April 5

Indonesia morning news for April 5

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia sets target to export 450,000 cars in 2019
Trade Minister Airlangga Hartarto has said his ministry set a target to increase car exports to 450,000 this year. In the previous year, the country saw 346,000 car exports with total profits at US$4.78 billion.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Man Stands Trial for Allegedly Spreading Election Hoax
A man whom police identified as a former campaign volunteer for Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto went on trial Thursday for allegedly spreading a hoax about electoral fraud involving millions of pre-marked ballots.
— Benar News

Will the Voters protest be able to win Prabowo-Sandi?
In literatures on 2019 political campaigns and elections in Indonesia, popularity is a condition for image-building.
— Modern Diplomacy

Indonesia blocks EU spirits, link seen to palm oil spat -industry
European spirits makers say they are facing difficulties exporting drinks to Indonesia amid tension after Jakarta said it was unhappy with an EU decision that palm oil should not be considered a green fuel.
— Reuters

Indonesia Needs to Improve Tax Ratio, Collection, Finance Minister Says
Indonesian Finance Minister Mulyani Indrawati talks about the global economy, her country’s economy and policies, and the trade spat between the U.S. and China. She speaks on “Bloomberg Markets: Asia.”
— Bloomberg

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Hundreds diagnosed, 16 die from dengue fever in East Sumba
As many as 875 residents of East Sumba regency in East Nusa Tenggara province have been diagnosed with dengue fever and at least 16 people have died, a local official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Joko Widodo: how ‘Indonesia’s Obama’ failed to live up to the hype
Five years ago he was south-east Asia’s democratic poster boy, Indonesia’s Obama. His face plastered across Time magazine with three words: A New Hope.
— The Guardian

Two missing, two injured following mudflow at Freeport mine
Two workers of gold and copper miner PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) are still missing following a mudflow on Wednesday afternoon at the company’s Grasberg mining site in Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

With holograms and breakdancing, a battle for Indonesia’s youth vote
“Mama, just killed a man,” sings Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a recent ride in a local YouTube celebrity’s car while Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody plays in the background.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Indonesia Says It’ll Maintain Fiscal Deficit Even As Taxes Trail Forecasts
Indonesia is confident of meeting its fiscal deficit target this year even though tax collections have trailed forecasts, according to Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia, US declare new protected marine areas in North Maluku
Supported by United States of America for International Development (USAID), North Maluku province declared its three new Marine Protected Areas (KKP3K) covering about 226,000 hectares of its seas at its 70th-anniversary event on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

How Mobile Learning Can Boost Indonesia’s Workforce
As the general manager of a busy 333-room hotel in Solo, I depend on my employees to take good care of all the local and international guests checking in and out every day, businesspeople coming for meetings and events, a busy F&B operation, not to mention maintenance of the pool, spa, gym and other facilities.
— The Jakarta Globe

Oil and gas lifting below Q1 target
Indonesia’s ready-to-sell oil and gas production, known as lifting, was recorded at 1.814 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) in the first quarter of 2019, 5.4 percent lower than the target of 2.205 million boepd stated in the 2019 state budget.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Says It’ll Maintain Fiscal Deficit Even As Taxes Trail Forecasts
Indonesia is confident of meeting its fiscal deficit target this year even though tax collections have trailed forecasts, according to Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia votes: 6 things to know about the April 17 polls
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesians will head to the polls on April 17 to vote for their president and members of Parliament.
— Intellasia

Jokowi’s Electability Unhurt by Romy PPP Graft Case: Survey
Executive Director of pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia, Burhanuddin Muhtadi, claims Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s presidential election electability is not affected by the graft case of United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy (Romy).

Landslide in Sulawesi unveils problems in governance of mining sector
A landslide at an illegal gold mine in North Sulawesi in February that killed at least eight people has revealed a big problem in the mining sector: a lack of supervision.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Shenzhen-listed textile firm’s Indonesia investment fuels hopes of silver lining in US-China trade war
Jiangsu Lianfa Textile is pumping at least US$350 million in a Central Java factory, sparking optimism that Chinese firms will choose Indonesia as they shift their production centres to avoid trade tariffs

Surveys Pit Jokowi at 50 Percent against Prabowo 30 Percent
The presidential elections is less than two weeks away. Survey agencies have been releasing their poll results to predict the outcome.

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Prabowo Subianto’s campaign for president in Indonesia is half-hearted
The crowd at the University of the Republic of Indonesia in the city of Bandung surges towards the stage in anticipation.
— Economist

Ministry announces crude price hike to $63.6 per barrel
The Indonesian Crude Price (ICP) has increased to US$63.60 per barrel in March as a result of the planned global supply cut, 3.73 percent higher than the February figure, the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry announced on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian sport celebrated
Former Indonesian ambassador to South Africa Sugeng Rahardjo returned to attend the 10-year anniversary celebration of the Persaudaraan Pencak Silat South Africa (PPSSA).

Hundreds Fined for Smoking while Riding Motorbikes
The new regulation banning motorcyclist to smoke while driving has only been in effect for less than a month. But hundreds of bikers had been ticketed for violating.

Marine debris likely to outnumber fish in sea by 2030: Minister Susi
Cautioning the residents of Banyuwangi District, East Java Province, on Thursday, against littering and polluting the oceans, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti said that if this continued, marine debris was likely to outnumber the fish at sea by 2030.
— Antara News

See the wild, customized creations of Indonesia’s ‘rebel riders’
The streets of Indonesia teem with two-wheelers, pulsing through dense traffic in the thick, tropical climate. In a country where more than 85 percent of the population owns a scooter, Indonesia has one of the largest Vespa enthusiast communities in the world—second only to Italy.
— National Geographic

Bawaslu Monitors State Employee Social Media Accounts in Election
The West Java Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) announces that it will closely monitor social media accounts owned by Indonesian state civil apparatus (ASN) throughout the 2019 general election.

Indonesia completes refarming of 800, 900 MHz frequencies
The Communications and Information Ministry has announced that it has completed the refarming of 800 and 900 hertz frequencies, giving customers faster speed for internet services on cellular devices.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sees 6 pct increase in 2019 palm output, coffee and cocoa up slightly
Indonesia’s Agriculture Ministry estimated palm oil output in 2019 to rise to 42.87 million tonnes, compared to 2018 output of 40.57 million tonnes, ministry data showed on Thursday.
— Reuters

Tourism Minister Launches The Kaldera Toba Nomadic Escape
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has inaugurated a new tourist attraction in the National Tourism Strategic Areas (KSPN) of Lake Toba, namely The Kaldera Toba Nomadic Escape on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Amazon to open cloud data centers in Indonesia
Cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services (AWS), a business arm of multinational tech behemoth Amazon, announced on Thursday it was building its first cloud region in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Observer: Palm discrimination is a lesson against export dependence
Economist Faisal Basri said Indonesia must learn from the case of discrimination of palm oil and its derivatives by the European Union and reduce its dependence on commodity exports.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Football Fever
Football inspires fanaticism in Indonesia. It also inspires danger. Football violence has killed about 75 fans in the past 25 years. Thousands more have been injured.
— AL Jazeera

Another decree to be issued if airlines fail to cut fares: Minister
The Transportation Ministry issued two regulations last week with the aim of pushing airfares down, however it said that it may issue another regulation if prevailing regulations do not help reduce prices.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia eyes Komodo dragon island closure to thwart smuggling
Indonesia may temporarily shut an island that is home to komodo dragons in a bid to fix problems created by mass tourism and thwart attempts to smuggle the world’s biggest lizard, the local tourism agency said on Thursday (Apr 4).
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Indonesia working hard to deal with EU’s ban on palm oil: minister
Indonesia has been working so hard to defend its national interests in facing the European Union’s ban on the use of crude palm oil for biofuels, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said.
— Antara News

Jakarta agencies play blame game over lack of flood updates
Several agencies under the Jakarta administration are playing the blame game over the lack of information about flooding posted on the social media account of the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD).
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi optimistic of gaining 75 percent of votes in Tegal District
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was optimistic that he would secure 75 percent of votes in Tegal District, Central Java Province, in the elections on April 17.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s flag carrier orders 14 Airbus A330 aircraft
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia’s flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia has ordered a total of 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft to support business expansion, an official of the airline said on Tuesday.
— Intellasia

MRT Jakarta Considers Stepping Up Train Headway
MRT Jakarta corporate secretary Muhammad Kamaluddin said that the company has yet to step up the headway of Ratangga despite the train boarded 70,000 passengers per day.

Is Indonesia prepared to defend its palm oil sector?
The government has shown its commitment to defending the palm oil sector from a negative campaign waged by the European Union (EU), which has been resilient in its stance against the commodity in recent years.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)


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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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