Indonesia morning news for December 18

Indonesia morning news for December 18
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Indonesian GDP growth slows further amid cooling investment, exports
Indonesia’s economic growth has slowed further in 2019 to a level unseen in more than two years as global economic uncertainty has spilled over to the country, adversely affecting investment and exports.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia prepares for upcoming palm oil suit trial at WTO
Indonesia’s government is readying data to face the trial of a lawsuit it filed at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union (EU) next week over the bloc’s restrictions on palm oil-based biodiesel.
— Antara News

Commentary: How melting glaciers affect Indonesia – it’s not just rising sea levels
As a maritime nation, Indonesia plays an important role in taking concrete and realistic actions on climate change, says an expert.

Indonesia needs Rp1,000 trillion in investments for growth
Indonesia would need nearly Rp1,000 trillion of investment to boost its economic growth from five to six percent as per the national medium-term development plan (RPJMN) 2020-2024, the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has said.
— Antara News

Thousands defrauded in sharia housing scams
The Jakarta Police in the past two months have uncovered two fraud cases involving sharia-compliant housing — offering cheap homes without riba (interest) or banking checks — that both used the same scheme and defrauded nearly 4,000 people of up to Rp 63 billion (US$4.5 million).
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Reveals Rampant Luxury Vehicle Smuggling Involving Seven Companies
Indonesian authorities revealed on Tuesday attempts to smuggle 19 luxury cars and 35 foreign motorcycles into the country through the Tanjung Priok Port, involving at least seven companies over the last four years.
— Jakarta Globe

Nickel export restriction to help local industries: Luhut
Indonesia’s nickel export restriction will help local industries produce raw materials and its derivatives such as lithium batteries in the country, the Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan explained.
— Antara News

After an Eventful 2019, What Lies Ahead for Indonesian Diplomacy?
Indonesia will take on more prominent roles in multilateral diplomacy amid growing unilateralism and the popularity of a “me first” stance in the rest of the world, the Foreign Affairs Ministry has said.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia needs higher import duties to protect local online retailers: LIPI
The government needs to impose higher duties on imported products to protect local online vendors from cheaper foreign goods, according to the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).
— The Jakarta Post

All aboard the omnibus! Jokowi tells regions to clear regulatory road for investors
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has urged regional administrations across the country to join the central government’s deregulation push by drafting omnibus bylaws to cut through sprawling regional regulations that have deterred investors.
— The Jakarta Post

Dodgy science and corporate concessions in Indonesia’s bid for clean palm oil
Indonesia has launched a campaign that government officials say should boost the reputation of the country’s palm oil industry, even as activists and experts warn it could make the industry even less sustainable.
— Mongabay

‘Inward-Looking’ TNI Oblivious of Contemporary Threats
Inward-looking organizational transformation in the military within the last decade may have left Indonesia exposed to contemporary threats of cyber warfare and hindered a peaceful approach in resolving domestic conflicts, according to rights watchdog Imparsial.
— Jakarta Globe

Sea change: Minister defends lobster seed export plan amid wave of criticism
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo stands his ground amid a wave of criticism over his plan to lift the ban on exporting lobster seeds.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to prioritize holistic development for Papua
The Indonesian government aspires to persistently build Papua and West Papua in a holistic manner in the next five years through involvement of ministries, agencies, and institutions to expedite integrated development.
— Antara News

Boeing’s 737 crisis deepens as production stops for first time in two decades
Boeing Co said on Monday it would suspend production of its best-selling 737 MAX jetliner in January, its biggest assembly-line halt in more than 20 years, as fallout from two fatal crashes of the now-grounded aircraft drags into 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Border residents hand over 14 locally assembled firearms to police
Residents of Jagoi Babang Sub-district, Bengkayang District, West Kalimantan Province, bordering Malaysia handed over 14 locally assembled firearms to the police.
— Antara News

BI readies cash worth Rp105 trillion before Christmas, year-ending
Bank Indonesia (BI) has readied Rp105 trillion in cash to cater to the requirements of people across Indonesia before Christmas and the end of 2019.
— Antara News

Pre-employment cards bring new hope to low-skilled job seekers
Although he is earning a living as an app-based motorcycle taxi driver, Rahman dreams of a steady job.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Palestine Police to tackle transnational crimes together
The National Police of Indonesia and the Palestine Police Force are joining hands to tackle transnational crimes such as terrorism, illicit drugs and cybercrimes.
— Antara News

Governor Kills the Groove: Jakarta Cancels Tourism Award for Troublesome Nightclub
The Jakarta administration gave a tourism award to a nightclub where visitors had tested positive for drugs, still garnered endorsement from an Islamist group for doing so, only to reverse the decision days later after the whole thing blew up on social media – all in a week’s work.
— Jakarta Globe

Staying at Home Can Be Fun: First Media Adds 28 New TV Channels
Cable television and high-speed broadband internet provider First Media has added 28 new channels of high definition quality throughout the year to enhance viewing experience in a wide range of contents.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia boosts Christmas security over potential terror threat
Muslim-majority Indonesia will deploy nearly 200,000 security personnel nationwide ahead of Christmas to guard against potential terror attacks, police said on Tuesday (Dec 17).

Government center in new capital to be run by ‘city manager’: Bappenas
Indonesia’s future capital is to be turned into an autonomous province, with the exception of the city’s center of government, which is to be a special region, according to the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas).
— The Jakarta Post

Sweden lauds Indonesia for championing women’s role in global peace
State Secretary to Prime Minister of Sweden Karin Wallensteen commended Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi for aggressively promoting women’s role in maintaining global peace and security.
— Antara News

Prabowo Visits China to Consolidate Defense Cooperation
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto is concluding a three-day visit to Beijing during which he extended discussions with the Chinese government on increasing cooperation between the two countries in the defense sector.
— Jakarta Globe

Use of IoT tech to attract millennial generation to agriculture as farmers age
Indonesia’s agricultural sector is facing a decline in its workforce as many young people in rural areas prefer moving to cities to earn a living.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Medco Energi produces first oil from field in Thailand
Indonesian oil company Medco Energi Internasional is producing an initial 12,900 barrels of oil per day (bopd) from its offshore Bualuang oil field in Thailand.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia-Kazakhstan meeting centers on enhancing economic cooperation
Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi met her Kazakhstan counterpart Mukhtar Tileuberdi on the sidelines of the 14th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) foreign ministers’ conference in Madrid, Spain, Dec 16, to discuss augmenting bilateral economic cooperation.
— Antara News

High-stakes haven? Regional leaders store Rp 50b in foreign casinos: PPATK
Known as the playgrounds of the rich, casinos may be their piggy banks as well.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek to shut down several GoLife services
Homegrown technology decacorn Gojek is shutting down the majority of its GoLife services due to a stagnant business performance, around four years after launching the application.
— The Jakarta Post

Gibran is not worried about political dynasty comments
Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the older son of President, Joko Widodo, who is campaigning as part of the local election for 2020 for the position of the mayor of Solo, Central Java, claimed that he is not worried about people’s assumptions about him being a part of the political dynasty.
— Antara News

Court extends punishment to Jackob Fabian to seven years imprisonment
The Supreme Court in Indonesia extended punishment to a 39-year Polish citizen Jackob Fabian Szkripsi to seven years imprisonment after the high court in Jayawijaya sentenced him to five years, an official said here today.
— Antara News

Through Salam Ganesha, ITB targets Rp1 trillion donation
Board of Trustees of the Bandung Institute of Technology (MWA-ITB) of the ITB Rectorate, ITB Alumni Association inaugurated the Salam Ganesha Fundraising Program, targeting Rp1 trillion to be collected during ITB’s 100th year in 2020.
— Antara News

LRT, MRT routes possibly overlap, warns official
The Jakarta administration is moving to expand LRT Jakarta’s east-west corridor despite the possibility it would “overlap” an MRT Jakarta route.
— The Jakarta Post

Heavy rain causes inundation across Jakarta
Heavy downpour that started at around 1 p.m. on Tuesday caused floods in several areas of the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 1,000 Villas at Puncak Cipanas Have Yet to Pay Tax
Over one thousand villas located in the popular tourist district of Puncak Cipanas in Cianjur District, West Java, have yet paid property taxes that cost the local Cianjur administration to potentially lose billions of rupiah in tax revenue.

Sarana Menara appoints new director and commissioners
Publicly listed telecommunication tower operator PT Sarana Menara Nusantara agreed to appoint a new director and commissioners during an extraordinary shareholders meeting in Jakarta on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

SOE Ministry obtains report on possible embezzling of CSR funds at Garuda Indonesia
Fresh off the controversy surrounding the smuggling of high-end contraband earlier this month, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia may find itself in hot water once again as the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry has received a report accusing the airline of embezzling its corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Committee wants to resolve ‘Indian issues’ in RCEP negotiations
The negotiating committee for the establishment of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) wants the “Indian issues” to be resolved early next year, so that the free trade agreement could be signed as scheduled in November 2020, Indonesia’s chief negotiator has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani considers filing criminal charges against former Jiwasraya executives
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati says the government would not protect former executives of a state-owned insurance company, Asuransi Jiwasraya, who were involved in the company’s liquidity problem and is considering filing criminal charges.
— The Jakarta Post

NU, Muhammadiyah reassert concern over Uighurs, reject WSJ’s reports
Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah reaffirmed concerns over human rights abuses against Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang while rejecting a report launched by The Wall Street Journal claiming China’s government persuaded the groups to “keep silent”.
— Antara News

Jokowi holds meeting with East Kalimantan’s customary figures
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a meeting with customary figures in East Kalimantan to discuss a plan on relocating the capital city to the province.
— Antara News

Never mind the ‘unruly players’, industry group says after mutual funds default
The Indonesian Association of Mutual Funds Managers (APRDI) has sought to assure investors that the recent default on several products will not cause a systemic impact to the overall mutual fund market.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Don’t be allergic to investment’: Government goes all out to lure funds in 2019
The government has gone all out in luring investment to Indonesia as part of its efforts to revive the country’s manufacturing sector and improve its export performance to spur economic activity amid looming external risks.
— The Jakarta Post

Flood mitigation, water conservation require public participation
In a bid to save Jakarta from the triple threat of flooding, water shortages and land subsidence, the Jakarta administration is racing to build vertical drainage systems throughout the city.
— The Jakarta Post

West Sumatra’s first geothermal plant kicks off at 85 MW
Jakarta-based renewables company Supreme Energy has commenced operation of its 85-megawatt (MW) Muara Laboh geothermal power plant in South Solok regency, West Sumatra, the first electricity generator of its kind in the province, according to official data.
— The Jakarta Post

Court postpones Papuan activists’ treason hearing, orders prosecutors to finish overdue dossiers
The Central Jakarta District Court postponed the trial of six activists accused of treason relating to Papuan antiracism protests because the prosecutors had provided incomplete dossiers.
— The Jakarta Post

Prosecutors demand 8 months for schizophrenic woman accused of blasphemy
Prosecutors at the Cibinong District Court in Bogor, West Java, have demanded eight months of imprisonment for Suzethe Margaret, a woman charged with blasphemy for entering a mosque wearing shoes and carrying her dog.
— The Jakarta Post

Nag-off: Jakartans compete at a favorite city pastime
Nag, nag and nag. No one else in Indonesia, it is said, beats native Jakartans – or Betawi – when it comes to complaining, fault-finding and making demands.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral: Mother screams at young daughter for ranking 3rd in her class
Many schools in Indonesia still enforce a ranking system for students, in which budding learners compete for the top spot in their class every term based on exam scores and academic performance.
— Coconuts (paywall)

2 Indonesian women bathing on motorcycle fined for not wearing helmet (Video)
Two sisters’ soapy quest to achieve viral fame by bathing on a moving motorcycle worked as intended, with a fine for a couple of traffic infractions being the only trade-off.
— Coconuts (paywall)


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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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