Indonesia morning news for August 9

Indonesia morning news for August 9
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Indonesia president makes moratorium on forest clearance permanent
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has issued a permanent moratorium on new forest clearance for activities such as palm plantations or logging, the environment minister said on Thursday (Aug 8).

Indonesian leader reaffirms plan to move capital from sinking Jakarta
Indonesian President Joko Widodo reaffirmed on Thursday (Aug 8) that the country’s capital would be moved to Borneo island from sinking and traffic-clogged Jakarta.
— Straits Times

Indonesia’s retail sales grow 5.9 pct in June YoY
Retail sales in Indonesia accelerated 5.9 percent in June year-over-year as demand of consumer foods and clothes was back to normal after the Islamic festivity in the world’s largest Muslim country, a survey carried out by the central bank showed here on Thursday.
— Xinhua

TNI member arrested for allegedly selling weapons to armed criminal group
A member of the Indonesian Military (TNI) in Mimika, Papua, has been arrested on suspicion of selling ammunition to an armed criminal group.
— The Jakarta Post

Malaysian king pardons 3 Indonesians who had been sentenced to death for drug trafficking
Even as the Indonesian government refused to grant mercy to any of the 22 prisoners it executed from 2013-2016 for drug trafficking, it was making diplomatic efforts to save its citizens who had been sentenced to death for drug trafficking abroad.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Govt may lease office buildings in Jakarta to finance new capital city
The government is seeking alternatives other than tax revenues to finance the development of the new capital city, most likely in Kalimantan, which will cost at least Rp 466 trillion (about US$33.28 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

Citibank Indonesia’s net profit jumps 97% in H1 amid sluggish loan growth
Private lender Citibank Indonesia reported a net profit of Rp 1.64 trillion (US$115.28 million) in the first half, up 97 percent from Rp 835.34 billion in the first six months of last year, thanks to higher interest income and better loan quality, although loan growth remained stagnant.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK arrests 11 people over alleged bribery of House lawmaker
Investigators of Indonesia’s antigraft agency have arrested 11 individuals in a two-day operation on Wednesday and Thursday in Jakarta in connection with a bribery case involving a House of Representatives lawmaker and a garlic import business.
— The Jakarta Post

Seven deer die in smuggling attempt from Komodo Island
An attempt to smuggle rusa deer allegedly hunted by poachers on Komodo Island was foiled by a joint team of the Indonesian Military and Police in Bima, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB).
— The Jakarta Post

Oil spill to cost Pertamina hundreds of billions of rupiah
State oil and gas giant Pertamina has to spend hundreds of billions of rupiah to deal with a broken well that has been spilling oil for more than a month at its Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi inaugurates new building of ASEAN Secretariat
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the new building of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat on Sisingamangaraja Street, Jakarta, on Thursday.
— Antara News

Indonesian contamination proposals ‘unworkable’
Plans to implement a zero percentage outthrow policy for the import of waste paper and plastics into Indonesia for reprocessing have been described as ‘unworkable’ by the Recycling Association.

Airvisual: Jakarta declared world’s most polluted city on Thursday afternoon
The poor air quality of Indonesia’s capital city is back in the spotlight as air quality monitor Airvisual determined that Jakarta ranks as the city with worst air pollution in the world on Thursday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Skills gap: Why education alone is not enough to land you a job in Indonesia
Born in North Kalimantan’s Tanjung Selor, architecture student Diandra Faradina, 23, has come to realise that she has learned more usable skills from her three freelance jobs — none of which had relevance to her major — than from her formal education.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Seize 10 Kg Crystal Meth Wrapped in Teabag from Malaysia
Jakarta Metro Police narcotics directorate foiled the smuggling attempt of 10 kg crystal meth wrapped in teabags owned by Malaysia-Jakarta network.

Six former N. Sumatra DPRD members get four years for bribery, stripped of political rights
A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced six former members of the North Sumatra Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) to four years in prison after they were found guilty of receiving bribes from the province’s former governor, Gatot Pujo Nugroho.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina Collects 3,965 Barrels Worth of Oil Spill in Karawang
State-owned energy firm Pertamina managed to collect 3,965.71 barrels of oil from the Karawang oil spill incident that originated from a leak in one of its three oil wells at the Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block.

New investments expected to boost manufacturing sector in H2
New investments are expected to prop up the growth of the country’s manufacturing sector that continued to show a downward trend in the first half.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian-made electric cars can be competitively priced: President
Indonesian President Joko Widodo expects the electric cars manufactured in Indonesia to be cheaper in pricing.
— Antara News

Swedish investors eyeing North Sumatra’s waste management sector
The Swedish Energy Agency and Business Sweden have expressed their keenness to invest in the waste management sector of the North Sumatra Province, the North Sumatra Provincial Government’s Secretary, Sabrina, said on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Motorbike taxis to get more expensive in dozens of cities
People in 88 cities across the country will need to fork out more for hailing ojek (motorbike taxis) through their smartphones starting on Friday, as a policy to secure drivers’ income is expanded beyond the country’s main urban centers.
— The Jakarta Post

Rich Jakarta has sluggish poverty rate decline, expert says
Although the poverty rate in the developed and relatively wealthy capital city of Jakarta has declined, income inequality and a lack of basic necessities stubbornly persist, with experts questioning the effectiveness of the city administration’s social programs.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia open to chicken imports from Brazil after WTO ruling
The Indonesian government has reopened its market to shipments of Brazilian chicken following a dispute settlement by the World Trade Organization (WTO), which ruled in favor of Brazil on the matter.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi, Prabowo attend opening ceremony of PDIP national congress
Incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Vice President Jusuf Kalla, and Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party leader Prabowo Subianto attended the opening ceremony of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDIP’s) national congress here, Thursday.
— Antara News

PGN completes development of western Indonesia’s 80 pct gas pipelines
State-owned gas company PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN) disclosed the progress achieved in the development of gas transmission pipelines in the western part of Indonesia reaching 80 percent.
— Antara News

Unity becomes key factor behind ASEAN relevance: President
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has played a central role among countries by promoting unity, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated.
— Antara News

Watch and learn: Government lectures Pertamina on block operatorship
State energy giant Pertamina’s underperformance in managing the transition in the country’s lucrative oil and gas blocks has made the state take precautionary measures in the giant Corridor Block, onshore South Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta governor orders inspection of industrial chimneys
The Governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, has ordered his men to inspect the flue gas stacks of industries operating in the capital city’s areas to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions amid complaints of air pollution.
— Antara News

Police check possible link between explosion and power outage
Police and state-owned power company PT PLN are investigating whether an explosion below an extra high-voltage power line (sutet) in Semarang, Central Java, just before noon on Sunday, which injured two persons, had anything to do with the massive power outage in most parts of western Java and some parts of Central Java, including Greater Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Severe smokey haze from peat land fires strikes Jambi
Thick smog caused by a series of peat land fires across Jambi has started to affect everyday life in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

President to discuss social, economic issues with Malaysia’s PM
President Joko Widodo’s meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (Aug 9) will cover discussions centering on social, economic, and political issues.
— Antara News

Batam to curb recruitment of low-skilled foreign workers
The Batam city government plans to restrict the recruitment of low-skilled foreign workers in a bid to offer broader job opportunities to local residents.
— Antara News

The bloody 1965-66 slaughter – behind Indonesia’s mass killings secrecy
Many years ago during Suharto’s dictatorship, when the mass killings of 1965-66 were a taboo subject, I interviewed Pramoedya Ananta Toer, one of Indonesia’s greatest writers, who was living under house arrest in Jakarta after his release from a decade of brutal existence as a political prisoner on Buru island.
— Asia Pacific Report

Legal wrangle over detention of vessels by Indonesia
A long-standing dispute between Singapore and Indonesia concerning which country holds territorial rights over which parts of the Singapore Strait is causing problems for shipowners.
— Asia Times

Indonesian haj pilgrims enjoy fast-track policy
Indonesian pilgrims, more especially those who departed from the Jakarta embarkation point, have lauded Saudi Arabia’s fast-track immigration process upon arrival in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

LAPAN confirms identification of 608 hotspots across Indonesia
The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) has detected 608 hotspots of all levels across Indonesia on Thursday.
— Antara News

With short ribs ‘balado’ and ‘rendang’, Citilink aims to boost ancillary revenue
Garuda Indonesia’s low-cost-carrier unit Citilink Indonesia is set to offer a new in-flight meal experience as it wants to increase the contribution of ancillary revenue to the company’s overall income.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua’s districts fail to win Child-Friendly City award
None of the districts in Papua Province won the government’s award for a Child-Friendly District/City in 2019, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise said.
— Antara News

Emirates Offering Special Tariffs for Indonesian Tourists
Emirates is set to offer special tariffs for Indonesians planning to travel to 150 cities in 85 countries in six continents.

Apple launches second academy in Surabaya
American tech behemoth Apple inaugurated on Wednesday in Surabaya its second developer academy, making East Java the second province after Banten to host such an academy.
— The Jakarta Post

Tiger exits Chevron compound by scaling two-meter-high fence
A Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae), captured on camera roaming around the facility of oil firm PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia, Siak, Riau, Wednesday, is believed to have exited the compound by scaling a two-meter-high fence.
— Antara News

I’m Star House empowers people with mental disabilities
People with mental disabilities often find it difficult to feel socially included and most importantly, a sense of purpose. They are oftentimes treated with pity and perceived as bothersome.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Eid al-Adha, August 11.


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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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