Indonesia morning news for August 26

Indonesia morning news for August 26
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Why Indonesia Is Shifting Its Capital From Jakarta
Jakarta is soon to become an ex-capital city. Indonesia is planning to move its administrative headquarters from its richest island of Java to the forest island of Borneo.
— Bloomberg

Defense budget the biggest, mostly for personnel spending
The government has again increased the budget for the Defense Ministry, making it the ministry with the biggest budget allocation in the 2020 state budget.
— The Jakarta Post

Police chiefs to be removed for failure to handle forest fires: Minister
The government is ramping up efforts to prevent and douse forest and land fires amid close scrutiny from neighboring countries as the Indonesia is expecting the dry season to peak within the next two months.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest three for ‘swindling hundreds’ in property scam
Officers of the Jakarta Police’s general crimes unit have arrested three members of a family that ran a property scam that allegedly swindled Rp 30 billion (US$2.1 million) from at least 455 people.
— The Jakarta Post

Mayapada seeks to raise Rp 45.55 billion from rights issue
Publicly listed private lender Bank Mayapada is set to launch a rights issue to raise Rp 45.55 billion (US$3.19 million) from the sale of 455.49 million B-series shares.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia threatens to halt Airbus jet orders over palm oil feud
Indonesia is pushing its domestic airlines to halt purchase of Airbus SE planes in retaliation for curbs imposed by the European Union on use of palm biodiesel.
— The Jakarta Post

Legislator Urges Government to Reduce Imports
Member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission V Bambang Haryo Soekartono has urged the government to reduce the import of both consumer goods and raw materials for the national industry as part of efforts to curb the country’s trade deficit.

Sabah revives barter trading with Philippines, Indonesia
Sabah will conduct barter trading of non-subsidized cooking oil with the Philippines and Indonesia next week, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal on Saturday (Aug 24).

Malaysian King to visit Indonesia
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah and QueenTunku Hajah Azizah Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Binti Almarhum Al-Mutawakkil Alallah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj will visit Indonesia from August 26 to 29, 2019.
— Antara News

Indonesia calls for mangrove protection during international panel
At the 5th International Panel on Sustainable Ocean Economy held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, recently, Indonesia stressed the importance of protecting the mangrove ecosystem and mitigating the impact of climate change.
— Antara News

The elephant in the room: Racism in Indonesia
Fueled by a viral video that appeared to show alleged security personnel using the derogatory slur “monkey” against Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java, the longstanding racial prejudice against residents of Papua and West Papua boiled over during recent tensions in the two least developed provinces in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Legal processes go online despite graft concerns
The country’s highest court, the Supreme Court, recently launched e-litigation, a digital system for legal procedures that is aimed at speeding up the legal process and reducing irregularities within the court system.
— The Jakarta Post

East Kalimantan governor vows to put land speculators under control following capital city transfer
East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor vowed to put land speculators under control should the President pick the province as the new capital city, he said on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

President Erdogan confirms plan to visit Indonesia early 2020
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has confirmed a plan to visit Indonesia early 2020 at the invitation of President Joko Widodo. (Jokowi).
— Antara News

Forest fires drive Sumatran tiger from their habitats
Indonesia, home to the Sumatran tiger, joined celebrations on International Tiger Day, observed on July 25, to raise support for the conservation of tigers.
— Antara News

DFAT should Remind Australians to Obey Local Laws: Bali Police
Bali’s police urged Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) officials to remind their fellow countrymen planning to visit the resort island to obey Indonesia’s laws and regulations and respect local wisdom and values.

S. Sumatra civil servants under fire for allegedly demanding free Westlife tickets
Civil servants in South Sumatra are under fire for allegedly asking for free tickets to a Westlife concert in the provincial capital Palembang, which was held on Aug. 18.
— The Jakarta Post

West Papua journalist faces intimidation, files appeal to UN
West Papua journalist Victor Mambor claims he has faced intimidation and harassment for reporting on the internet blackout sanctioned by the government amid escalating protests in Papua and West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia‘s growing service sector creates new professions for young people
Many professions that in the past were often overlooked or questioned have now become popular career paths for young people.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan Students Face 33 Human Rights Violation Since 2018
Papuan students across the country have allegedly experienced 33 human rights violations since 2018, according to Director of Legal Aid Institute (LBH) Jakarta chapter Arif Maulana.

State companies unaffected by change in development priorities
State-owned construction firms remain upbeat in their business outlook for 2020, even though a shift in the government’s development priorities — from infrastructure to human capital — might mean less work for them next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Continues to Block Internet in Papua
The internet connection of cellular phone services in Papua and West Papua, up to today, remained blocked.

Bang & Olufsen soars after chairman says he’s ready to sell
Bang & Olufsen was on track for its best trading day since the beginning of the year after its chairman signaled that the beleaguered maker of luxury TVs and stereos is up for sale.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor city, regency root for new Greater Bogor province
An old idea of a new province separate from West Java called Bogor Raya (Greater Bogor) has resurfaced following a proposal initiated by the Bogor city and Bogor regency administrations in their attempt to manage accelerating development.
— The Jakarta Post

Weaponizing Pancasila
A few days before the country celebrated the 74th anniversary of its Independence Day, the Office of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Minister organized a curious event: a loyalty oath declaration by family members of the long-defunct Islamic State of Indonesia (NII) and Darul Islam/Indonesian Islamic Army (DI/TII) rebel groups.
— The Jakarta Post

Yes or No? Street vendors occupying Jakarta sidewalks
Street vendors currently occupying sidewalks in a number of major business and crowd centers in the capital city have to leave the areas soon following a recent ruling by the Supreme Court that annuls a Jakarta bylaw.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK leadership race narrowed to 20 candidates
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) announced on Friday the names of 20 candidates for leadership posts who have passed the profile assessment phase.
— The Jakarta Post

Outcry over internet blackout intensifies as police report first death in Papua
Papua is widely known for its poor telephone and internet network, and coupled with challenging geographical terrain, it is a difficult region for gathering and verifying information.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt not playing around as it seeks to take gaming to next level
Gaming is not a game for the government, which has seen its efforts to develop the country’s blossoming industry begin to bear fruit despite the parental and religious concerns that loom in the background.
— The Jakarta Post

Police arrest terrorist suspects in East Java
The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad apprehended three terrorist suspects at three different locations in Blitar regency, East Java, on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Forest Fire-induced Haze Lowers Visibility in Pekanbaru to 1.5 km
Visibility in Riau’s capital of Pekanbaru was curtailed to 1.5 kilometers (km) on Saturday at 8 a.m. local time owing to smog emanating from forest fires in Pelalawan District, in particular.

23 crew members unaccounted for in ship attack
The fate of 23 of 36 sailors aboard the fishing vessel KM Mina Sejati remains unclear after an incident in the Aru Sea, Maluku on Saturday, which left several crewmen injured and two dead.
— The Jakarta Post

El Niño in Indonesia: South Sumatra scrambles for water as rivers, wells dry out
The peak of this year’s dry season has not only seen fires across thousands of hectares of South Sumatra, one of the worst-affected provinces, but has also left people scrambling for water.
— The Jakarta Post

People take part in Car Free Day event in Jakarta, Indonesia
People take part in the Car Free Day event in Jakarta, Indonesia, Aug. 25, 2019.
— Xinhua

Fake policemen with fake guns threatening people in Central Jakarta
Two men have been arrested for allegedly trying to extort and intimidate people by pretending to be police officers, even pointing fake guns at residents in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies tells FPI to keep defending religion, spokesman says
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan called on the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) to “keep defending religion” during an opening speech he delivered at the mass organization’s 21st anniversary celebration on Saturday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor deputy mayor calls for more LIPI funding, coordination in Gardens’ World Heritage bid
The Bogor municipal administration in West Java has urged the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) to increase funding and improve public facilities at the city’s iconic Bogor Botanical Gardens amid its efforts to gain UNESCO World Heritage Site status for the park.
— The Jakarta Post

Check-in system at Soekarno-Hatta’s Terminal 3 returns to normal after system goes down
The check-in system for three international flights at Terminal 3 of Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, experienced technical problems early on Friday, state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has confirmed.
— The Jakarta Post

Religious organizations join fight against plastic waste
In the fight against plastic waste, religion is now playing a greater role, with religious institutions encouraging the city’s residents to reduce their dependence on single-use plastic bags.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Probe Topless Woman Incident at Summarecon Mall Bekasi
The Metro Bekasi Police Resort announced they are tracking down the woman who allegedly committed indecency by stripping off her clothes and was topless inside the Summarecon Mal Bekasi (SMB) on Saturday last week.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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