Indonesia morning news for December 24

Indonesia morning news for December 24

Indonesia morning newsJokowi Launches B-30, Upgraded Biofuel Program to Save $4.5b in Foreign Reserves
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo launched B-30 on Monday, an upgrade to a government program to increase the mandatory biodiesel mix in diesel fuel to 30 percent, one that the president said would significantly reduce Indonesia’s reliance on fossil fuel and imported oil.
— Jakarta Globe

Migrant Workers Send Three Times as Much Money as Their Spouses Earn Each Month
The amount of money that Indonesian migrant workers send home to their family every month often exceeds three times the monthly income of their spouses who decide to stay at home.
— Jakarta Globe

‘We can’t be afraid’: Rebuilding in Indonesia’s tsunami zone leaves city in peril
When 12-meter (39-foot) waves slammed into Banda Aceh on the northern tip of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Boxing Day in 2004, Arif Munandar lost his wife, three sons, and 20 other members of his family as much of the city was obliterated.

BSSN forecast increase in cyberattacks in 2020
The National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) forecast an increase in cyberattacks in 2020, including ransomware, a malware requiring victims to pay ransom to access their system or personal files that become encrypted and inaccessible.
— Antara News

Jokowi targets replanting 500 thousand ha of palm oil plantations
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) declared a target to replant at least 500 thousand hectares of palm oil plantations by the next three years to intensify production of the commodity amid the moratorium.
— Antara News

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Thailand Returns Orangutans to Their Indonesian Homeland
Wildlife authorities in Thailand sent two orangutans back to Indonesia on Friday as part of a collaborative effort to combat illicit wildlife trade.
— Khaosod English

Indonesia Will Not Intervene in Uighur Muslim Issues: Govt
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said the Indonesian government would not intervene in the issues of Uighur Muslims in China.

Public offices to be built in new capital by 2021
Public offices and houses for civil servants will be built in Indonesia’s new capital city in the districts of Penajam Paser Utara and Kutai Kertanegara, East Kalimantan Province by early 2021, a minister has said.
— Antara News

Draft of Law on Cyber ​​Security, Resilience to be completed in 2020
The draft of Law on Cyber ​​Security and Resilience (RUU KKS) is expected to be completed in 2020 after being enlisted in the National Priority Legislation Program in the year.
— Antara News

Three students found dead after getting stuck in cave in Karawang
A search and rescue (SAR) team has found three students from Singaperbangsa Karawang University (Unsika) dead in the Lele Cave in Pangkalan district of Karawang regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

BPOM Issues Distribution Permit for Snake Antivenom
The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has passed a distribution permit for snake antivenom serum following increased cases of cobra findings in several Greater Jakarta areas.

Positive development in Abu Sayyaf hostage case: Minister
The case of the three Indonesians being held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf group has moved in a positive direction, Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD has said.
— Antara News

Hide and Seek: Luxury Car Tax Evaders Chose Apartments and Malls to Hide
A recent police operation revealed that apartment garages and shopping malls become the hiding spot for luxury cars with overdue taxes.
— Jakarta Globe

91 national strategic projects completed in 2019: Ministry
Ninety-one strategic national projects have been completed in 2019, from the total of 223 projects, according to the Presidential Decree number 56 of 2018, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs has said.
— Antara News

Minister guarantees fuel supplies for Christmas, New Year
Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif has assured adequate supply of fuel oil ahead of the Christmas and New Year celebrations.
— Antara News

Jokowi highlights rationale behind expediting biodiesel program
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) brought to the fore the basis for expediting the implementation of the biodiesel program until the country could avail the benefits of using B100, or 100 percent biodiesel.
— Antara News

Indonesia is trying to reduce the rate of stunting as one in three children fails to grow properly
After some coaxing, Siti Dalfa stands against a height chart in her family’s modest living room in Cipanas, West Java.

Indonesia’s unchanged policy rate reflects optimism and flexibility
The Indonesian central bank’s decision to keep interest rates on hold will mean greater monetary policy flexibility for 2020, should the economy need further stimulus, according to Maybank Kim Eng analysts.
— The Business Times

Indonesian palm oil firm hit with $1.8m fine for 2015 fires
An Indonesian court has fined an palm oil company $1.8 million for fires that occurred on its concession in 2015, capping a four-year ordeal by the government to bring the firm to justice.
— Mongabay

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Nadiem Makarim: New National Exam to Assess Schools, Not Students
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim said the establishment of competency assessment and character survey was aimed at evaluating schools, rather than students.

23 die in traffic accidents during Christmas holiday exodus
The National Police have recorded that at least 23 people have died in 47 traffic accidents during the Christmas holiday exodus.
— The Jakarta Post

Fishery Ministry, FAO to develop low-cost Pangasius culture
The Maritime and Fishery Ministry and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will develop a low-cost catfish (Pangasius Sp.) culture in Indonesia after a pilot project in South Sumatra this year yielded positive result.
— Antara News

Immigration Deports Pakistani National Over Fake Donation Scheme
Head of Class II Depok Immigration Office arrested a Pakistani national identified as SN after the person was caught red-handed begging for donations at the local Depok Ghani Mosque.

Erick Thohir Talks of Garuda’s New CEO
State-Owned Enterprise Minister Erick Thohir shrugged off news saying the commercial director of the state airport operator AP II, Daan Achmad, was a strong candidate to become the next Garuda Indonesia’s president director.

KPK’s Firli Bahuri : Law Enforcement Must Not Kill Corporations
Newly-appointed Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Firli Bahuri said law enforcement on the private sector must not kill corporations.

Government launching two special economic zones in Batam in 2020
Indonesia’s government will launch two special economic zones in Batam Island, Riau, in 2020, the Coordinating Economy Ministry stated here, today, while it awaits the free trade and port zone (KPBPB) regulation’s revised version.
— Antara News

A Test for Foreign Teachers in Indonesia: Are You Gay?
Under a government regulation, teachers at some international schools face intrusive questions aimed at identifying those with “abnormal” sexual orientations.
— The New York Times

Flooding; Anies Baswedan Urged to Emulate Risma’s Programs
The head of the Jakarta Legislative Council’s (DPRD) Commission D, Ida Mahmudah, suggested Jakarta Provincial provincial administration under Anies Baswedan emulate Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini or Risma’s program on handling flooding.

Former Banker Zulkifli Zaini Named as New PLN Boss
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir on Monday named veteran banker Zulkifli Zaini as the new president director of state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara and Amien Sunaryadi, the former deputy commissioner of the Corruption Eradication Commission, as its new president commissioner.
— Jakarta Globe

Aceh cities ban citizens and tourists from celebrating New Year’s Eve
There are to be no fireworks or — heaven forbid — alcohol and debauchery on New Year’s Eve in two major Aceh cities, which have officially banned all celebrations welcoming the year 2020.
— Coconuts (paywall)

LRT Jakarta to boost revenue from nonfare boxes next year
City-owned public transportation operator LRT Jakarta has revealed its business development strategies to earn extra revenue from nonticket sales next year, choosing not to rely solely on ticket sales and subsidies.
— The Jakarta Post

Commuter line running as usual after Serpong station damaged by strong winds, heavy rains
The Serpong commuter line station in South Tangerang, Banten, is running as usual after heavy rains and strong winds damaged parts of the station on Monday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post

Puncak Pass to be closed on New Year’s Eve
The main road leading to popular tourist destination Puncak in Bogor, West Java, will be closed for 12 hours from Dec. 31 until Jan. 1, 2020 in anticipation of New Year’s Eve celebrations.
— The Jakarta Post

Harbolnas exceeds sales target by Rp 1 trillion: Nielsen
Online shoppers spent over Rp 9 trillion (US$644.2 million) on National Online Shopping Day (Harbolnas), which took place Dec. 11 to 12, exceeding the Rp 8 trillion target of the highly anticipated event, a recent Nielsen Indonesia survey showed.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian students win six gold medals in World Memory Tour Final 2019
Indonesia’s junior memory sports team has won big in the World Memory Tour Final 2019 held in Xiamen, China, from Dec. 16 to 18, obtaining six gold medals, five silvers and seven bronzes from 10 competition categories.
— The Jakarta Post

BPPT installs third fast charging station for electric cars in Bandung
The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) installed its third fast charging station for electric cars at the office of PT LEN Industri (Persero) on Soekarno Hatta Street, Bandung, West Java, Monday.
— Antara News

Kemayoran Urban Forest bridge collapses one day after park opening
A bridge in the 22.3-hectare Kemayoran Urban Forest in Central Jakarta has collapsed one day after the park’s opening on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Nagara Rimba Nusa’ announced as winner of new capital city design contest
The Public Works and Housing Ministry has announced the “Nagara Rimba Nusa” design as the winner of the design contest for the country’s new capital city in East Kalimantan
— The Jakarta Post

Supreme Energy, PLN in talks to expand geothermal power plant in W. Sumatra
Renewable energy company Supreme Energy plans to expand the generation capacity of its geothermal power plant in Muara Laboh, West Sumatra, which recently entered commercial operations.
— The Jakarta Post

Celebrated Rokan oil block expected to see production decline
Oil production from the celebrated Rokan Block in Riau is expected to decline next year as the block transitions operators from American oil company Chevron to Indonesian state-owned oil company Pertamina.
— The Jakarta Post

From farmers to dentists, women of all stripes unite for Women’s Awakening Day
“Women rise, women seek justice!” went the chant that was repeated throughout the Perempuan Meruwat Negeri (Women Heal the Nation) demonstration in Central Jakarta on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

4 bodies retrieved after mine collapse in western Indonesia
Rescuers have recovered four bodies of gold miners who were killed in a mine collapse in Indonesia’s western Jambi province, Head of Provincial Search and Rescue Office Ibnu Harris Al Hussain said on Monday.
— Xinhua

From Jay-Z to Serena Williams, celebrities invest in local coffee chain Kopi Kenangan
Billionaire rapper Jay-Z and tennis star Serena Williams are among global public figures who have invested their funds to back the growth of Indonesia’s homegrown coffee chain Kopi Kenangan, the chain’s CEO confirmed on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI : No Fatwa Overseeing Muslims Expressing Christmas Wishes
Deputy of Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Zainut Tauhid Sa’adi said that the organization has never issued a fatwa overseeing Muslims offering Christmas wishes.

Islamic and Hindu Organizations Help Secure Christmas in NTT
The Ansor Youth Movement (GP Ansor) – affiliated with Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) – announced it will mobilize 500 members of its military wing ‘Banser’ to secure this year’s Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the anniversary of the 2004 Asean Tsunami, December 26.


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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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