Indonesia morning news for August 29

Indonesia morning news for August 29
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Rp865bn ‘Down Payment’ to Build New Capital City, Minister Says
Minister of Public Works and Housing Basuki Hadimuljono said that the construction of infrastructure buildings in the new capital city will require a “down payment” or initial budget of Rp865 billion.

Indonesia to give $352 mln to state bank in bid to boost exports
Indonesia plans to next year double to 5 trillion rupiah ($351.96 million) an injection into a state bank in hopes it can help boost sagging exports and reduce the current account deficit, the finance minister said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Setya Novanto files case review on e-ID case
Graft convict and former House of Representatives speaker Setya Novanto has filed a case review petition to challenge the guilty verdict he was handed in a high-profile e-ID corruption case, his lawyer has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Anti-graft body conducts interrogation of former East Java governor
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Wednesday, conducted the questioning of East Java ex-governor Soekarwo as a witness in an alleged bribery case involving the procurement of goods and services in the Tulungagung district administration in 2018.
— Antara News

E-ticketing Cameras Able to Recognize Fake License, Say Police
Jakarta Traffic Police Directorate Chief Comr. M. Nasir explained cameras of the electronic traffic law enforcement (E-TLE or e-ticketing) could recognize an invalid vehicle’s license plate that was massively used to avoid the odd-even policy in the capital.

ASEAN can aid in mitigating China-US rivalry in Indo-Pacific: Sukma
The ASEAN can position itself to facilitate integration of different interests between China and the United States in the Indo-Pacific, Indonesian Ambassador to the UK Rizal Sukma stated.
— Antara News

Environmental study of new capital by November
A Strategic Environmental Study (KLHS) of the new capital city in East Kalimantan is expected to be completed in November 2019, Environmental Affairs and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar has said.
— Antara News

Indonesian, Japanese researchers find economic value in urine, feces
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has launched a composting toilet developed in cooperation with the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN) from Japan in Bandung, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Land of milk and honey: Businesses think big for new Indonesian capital
Businesses have begun jumping at the opportunities presented by the capital’s relocation following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announcement of the location on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Amazon in talks for stake in Indonesia’s ride-hailing startup Go-Jek: source Inc (AMZN.O) is in early talks with Go-Jek Group to buy a stake in the Indonesian ride-hailing startup, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
— Reuters

New Indonesian capital offers opportunities for development, but environmental pitfalls abound
The announcement to relocate Indonesia’s capital city to East Kalimantan province provides an opportunity to shift the developmental focus to other parts of the archipelago, but environmental pitfalls will need to be avoided, said experts and activists interviewed by CNA.
— Channel News Asia

Singaporeans get three years in prison for smuggling lobster larvae
The Jambi District Court sentenced two Singaporeans to three years in prison on Monday and ordered them to pay a fine of Rp 1 billion (US$70,110) for smuggling lobster larvae from Jambi to Singapore and Vietnam.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Aims for Fastest Growth of Jokowi’s Term
Can Indonesia’s president balance the resource-rich investment boom with more equitable development?
— The Diplomat

Indonesian activists slam draft criminal code’s articles on criticizing the president, blasphemy
A long-debated overhaul to Indonesia’s Criminal Code is currently being discussed in the House of Representatives (DPR) and officials say they are going to try and pass it before the current legislative session ends next month.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Ground shifts in Indonesia’s economy as conservative Islam takes root
Arie Untung, a former video jockey for the Indonesian offshoot of MTV, says he used to drink alcohol regularly and – back then – was a jeans-clad, spiky-haired rocker who was only a nominal Muslim.
— Reuters

5 long weekends in 2020: Gov’t releases official holiday and collective leave days for next year
As we were painfully reminded this month, so many of Indonesia’s public holidays inconveniently fell on weekends this year that we only got one official long weekend (for Good Friday on April 19).
— Coconuts

From Kuala Cebong to Penakut: Netizens suggest names for new capital as govt prepares for relocation
As the government prepares to relocate the capital, which is expected to be complete in five years, netizens are having the time of their lives coming up with names for Jakarta’s successor.
— The Jakarta Post

Competition body probes OVO over alleged digital payment monopoly
The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) is investigating e-payment service OVO over a possible breach of anti-monopoly rules in relation to parking facilities at a number of shopping malls and hospitals.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Police block thousands of vehicle registration certificates for overdue tickets
The Jakarta Police’s traffic division has blocked 9,169 vehicle registration certificates (STNK) belonging to vehicle owners who had been caught by the Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (ETLE) system and failed to pay their fine.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Chief confirms no troops yet withdrawn from Nduga
Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian affirmed that the authority will consider withdrawing security personnel from Nduga, Papua, after finding a credible figure to ascertain security there, particularly following disturbance caused by the armed group.
— Antara News

Attempt to smuggle drugs in shallot shipment thwarted
A customs and excise office, marines and Lhokseumawe Police team thwarted an attempt to smuggle 25 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine into Aceh from Malaysia on Aug. 21.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysian King and family visit Borobudur Temple
Malaysian King Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatauddin Al Mustafa Billah Shah, his wife, Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah, and their three daughters visited Borobudur Temple in Magelang District, Central Java, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Malaysian taxi boss apologizes for saying moto taxis ‘only for poor people like in Jakarta’ amid threat of protest
A dispute between neighboring countries may well have been averted after motorcycle taxi drivers (locally known as online ojek or ojol for short) in Indonesia threatened to hold a huge protest over a remark by a Malaysian taxi boss that they perceived to be insulting to their profession and their country.
— Coconuts

Military, police chiefs hold closed-door meeting with Papuan figures
Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian held a closed-door meeting with local social and religious figures under their working visit to Jayapura, Papua, Tuesday night.
— Antara News

‘We reject whoever comes’: Papuans in Surabaya turn down visit by East Java, Papua governors
Papuan students living in a dormitory on Jl. Kalasan in Surabaya, East Java refused to welcome East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa and Papua Governor Lukas Enembe when the two visited their dorm on Tuesday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

Three suspected terrorists held in connection with Surabaya attack
The National Police’s Densus 88 antiterrorist squad has arrested three suspected terrorists in Blitar regency, East Java, who authorities believe are connected to the perpetrator of a recent attack against Wonokromo Police in Surabaya.
— The Jakarta Post

Why not Jonggol? Gerindra questions Jokowi’s choice
Members of the House of Representatives have said that they fully support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s proposal to relocate the capital, though not all of them agree with his pick for its new location.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan villagers join second wave of protests, demand referendum
This week saw a second wave of protests against racism erupt in Papuan regencies, this time with thousands of villagers donning customary attire and joining their urban counterparts to fill the streets chanting words brimming with Papuan pride. Many shouted “Freedom!”
— The Jakarta Post

Horas Bangso Batak Still Wait for Abdul Somad’s Apology
A legal team member of Horas Bangso Batak, Erwin Situmorang, said that his side is still waiting for Muslim preacher Abdul Somad to issue a public apology for the remarks on Christian cross.

PGN to increase use of natural gas in Pertamina’s oil refineries
State-owned gas distributor PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) plans to strengthen its business by developing new infrastructure and changing the fuel used in oil refineries.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi Police arrest eight alleged dealers, confiscate 16,900 hard drugs
The Bekasi Police in West Java have arrested eight people suspected of selling hard drugs without a permit.
— The Jakarta Post

Six civilians feared dead after security forces open fire at rally in Papua
Six civilians are feared dead and at least three others injured after security forces shot at a rally in Deiyai regency, Papua on Wednesday, according to reports from two eye witnesses.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies wants to turn unused offices into public spaces after capital relocates
Following the announcement of the plan to relocate Indonesia’s capital to East Kalimantan, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has expressed hope of turning unused government office buildings into public spaces.
— The Jakarta Post

N. Sumatra residents demand Supreme Court review verdict on contested state land
Hundreds of residents of Helveta in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, have demanded that the Supreme Court review its recent verdict to hand over 106 hectares of land previously granted as a concession to state-owned plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara II (PTPN II) to a private firm and a mass organization.
— The Jakarta Post

Activists claim seven injured amid security response, internet blackout in Papua
The anti-racism protests that broke out across Papua and West Papua have resulted in civilian victims amid increased security measures and the government-imposed internet blackout, activists claim.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian MotoGP circuit to break ground next month
Indonesia will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of its MotoGP circuit in September in West Nusa Tenggara province, a state firm said on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia girl bullied for rare condition finds joy in Jesus: ‘I am beautiful’
Despite being bullied because of her physical appearance, Nia is full of joy and changing the way her community cares for others.
— Fox News

Jakarta to renovate more sidewalks to keep you walking
In an attempt to encourage people to walk and use public transportation instead of relying on private vehicles, the Jakarta administration plans to revitalize more sidewalks.
— The Jakarta Post

Bogor Zoology Museum celebrates 125th anniversary
Bogor Zoology Museum celebrated its 125th anniversary in the Cibinong Science Center, Botanical Garden Cibinong, on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Man mauled to death in tiger attack
A 36-year-old man was mauled to death by a Sumatran tiger in a concession area in Gaung subdistrict in Indragiri Hilir regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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