Indonesia morning news for December 25

Indonesia morning news for December 25
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Indonesia Reduces Import Tax Threshold, Makes Life Difficult for Online Shops
The Customs Office has tightened the rules for e-commerce imports on Monday as part of a concerted effort to protect local small businesses producing shoes, bags and clothes.
— Jakarta Globe

Health officials warn of Legionnaires risk at Bali hotel
Health officials in Western Australia have warned travellers to take extra precautions when dining at or staying at a prominent Kuta, Bali hotel.
— TravelMole

Nearly $300k Worth of Unsafe Foods and Drinks Seized Ahead of Holiday Season
The National Drug and Food Control Agency, or BPOM, have seized Rp 3.9 billion, or $279,000, worth of damaged, expired or illegally sold food and drink products during a series of inspections ahead of the end-of-year holiday season.
— Jakarta Globe

Omnibus Law; Govt’s Digital Tax Plan Aimed at Netflix, Spotify
The Communication, and Informatics (Kominfo) Minister Johnny Gerald Plate confirms that the government is composing a tax plan aimed at digital entertainment services such as Netflix and Spotify.

European liquor off the menu in Indonesia as trade row escalates
What started as a spat with the European Union over Indonesian palm oil has escalated into a far broader trade dispute with imported European spirits and now dairy products caught in the crossfire.
— The Jakarta Post

Popular Shady Streaming Site IndoXXI Permanently Signs Off
Administrators of the popular illegal streaming site IndoXXI announced that it will completely shut down its services as per January 1, 2020.

Jambi hit with $1.2 billion losses caused by environmental damage in 2019
An environmental group has estimated that forest fires, illegal logging and mining activities in Jambi province throughout the year have caused environmental damage amounting to Rp 17 trillion (US$1.2 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

NU urges China to allow Uighur Muslims to perform services
Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization, made a written appeal to China, through its embassy in Jakarta, to allow Uighur Muslims and followers of other faiths to perform services aligning with their religious beliefs.
— Antara News

Bus Plunges Into Ravine in South Sumatra, Killing at Least 25
An overnight bus plunged into a 150-meter deep ravine near Palembang in South Sumatra on Monday night, killing at least 25 people and injuring 16 others, the Transportation Ministry and the police said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Mataram city police uncover drug in prison
Mataram City police in West Nusa Tenggara uncovered a drug in prison after two suspects, with the initials RA and AB, were arrested, Mataram Police Chief Adjunct Sen. Coms. Guntur Herditrianto stated here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Heavy downpour ravages tens of houses in West Papua’s Wasior
Heavy, incessant rains lashed Wasior City in Teluk Wondama District, West Papua, Monday afternoon, prompting the Anggris River to overflow and inundate tens of houses and kiosks while damaging buildings, a local government official stated.
— Antara News

Students constitute most drug users rehabilitated in Palu: BNN
Palu City’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) brought to light the disturbing fact that 206 drug users, mostly students, were part of the state-sponsored drug rehabilitation programs during this year.
— Antara News

Muhammadiyah University offers 3,000 solar eclipse eyeglasses
The Islamic Astronomy Observatory (Observatorium Ilmu Falak/OIF) of North Sumatra Muhammadiyah University will provide some three thousand special eyeglasses to observe the annular solar eclipse on Dec 26.
— Antara News

No explosive inside backpack found near Depok church
The Depok city police confirmed that a gray backpack, found near the entrance of the Bethel Indonesia Church (GBI) at Kartini Street in Depok city, West Java Province, did not contain any explosive material.
— Antara News

Aceh People Urges Jokowi to Fight for Uighur Muslim
Dozens of protesters from multiple communities in Aceh Province took to the streets today, December 24, voicing support for Uighur Muslims reportedly oppressed in their state, China.

Over 1,000 Houses in Bali Have No Electricity: PLN
State-electricity company PLN Bali distribution unit recorded at least 1,364 poor houses in the region have not been electrified as of November 2019.

Christmas Eve; Anies Baswedan Visits 7 Churches
City governor Anies Baswedan has visited Christmas Mass at Santo Kristoforus Catholic Church, Grogol, West Jakarta, on Tuesday, December 24.

Former Mandiri boss, ex-KPK deputy chief named new PLN top brass
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry named on Monday prominent banker Zulkifli Zaini as the new president director of state electricity firm PLN, a position that had been left vacant for months.
— The Jakarta Post

In absence of regulation, citizens, businesses take lead in crusade against plastic
Life in the sprawling city of Jakarta has always been synonymous with the plastic culture.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian K-pop fans fume over tariff on e-commerce imports
Local K-pop fans have expressed their disappointment on social media after the government slapped import tariffs on more e-commerce goods.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta governor’s team presents recommendations for coastal area
The Governor’s Team for Accelerated Development (TGUPP) has handed over its plan for coastal area management to the Jakarta administration.
— The Jakarta Post

FPI Slams Moeldoko’s Statement Regarding Uighur Muslims
Spokesman for the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) Munarman criticized Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko’s statement regarding Xinjiang’s Muslim ethnic Uighur minorities, which he deemed unconstitutional and far from what the Pancasila (five state ideologies) stands by.

Police name three Chinese suspects in illegal lending platform case
The North Jakarta Metropolitan Police Resort named three Chinese nationals as suspects in the illegal lending platform case.
— Antara News

Papuan Christians prepare to attend Christmas Eve services
Christians in Biak Numfor District, Papua Province, prepared to visit churches on Tuesday to partake in Christmas Eve services highlighting the theme of “giving up life for all people.”
— Antara News

ICW Suspicious of KPK’s Search for a New Spokesman
The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) expressed suspicion about the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) search for a new spokesman.

Jakarta waives odd-even traffic policy for Christmas and New Year
The odd-even license plate policy will be waived during the Christmas and New Year holidays on Dec. 24 – 25 and Jan. 1, Jakarta Traffic Police have announced.
— The Jakarta Post

In 2019, Jokowi keeps friends close, enemies closer
Elections, rioting, student demonstrations, party machinations – 2019 was an eventful year for Indonesian politics.
— The Jakarta Post

Security beefed up across country ahead of Christmas celebrations
As Christians in Indonesia prepare to attend religious services in celebration of Christmas on Tuesday and Wednesday, authorities have stepped up measures to secure churches across the country to prevent terrorist attacks or other crimes.
— The Jakarta Post

Six victims recovered from illegal gold mine collapse in Jambi
A search and rescue team has recovered the bodies of all six victims killed in the collapse of an illegal gold mine in Pulau Baru village, Merangin regency in Jambi on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

After a Long Wait, Christians in Two West Sumatra Districts Are Finally Allowed to Celebrate Christmas
After many years, Christians in two of West Sumatra’s predominantly Muslim districts are finally allowed to hold their own Christmas celebrations.
— Jakarta Globe

No MUI fatwa issued on conveying Christmas greetings to Christians
The Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) Vice Chairman Zainut Tauhid Saadi tendered a clarification that the council had never issued a fatwa, or edict, on wishing Merry Christmas to Christians.
— Antara News

MPR chairman recommends setting up world Muslim assembly association
Indonesia People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR RI) Chairman Bambang Soesatyo put forth the suggestion to establish a world Muslim consultative assembly association, especially for member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
— Antara News

Condition of Air Travel in 2019 Year-End Holidays
The Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA) secretary-general Pauline Suharno said this year’s booking of air travel tickets has not been as lucrative as usual with most people opting to travel overseas.

Owners put high hopes on new apartment management decree
Lilis has been living in a privately owned apartment at Mediterania Palace Residences in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, since 2008.
— The Jakarta Post

App gains popularity while nation awaits law on sexual violence
Some time in April, a woman in Kelapa Gading, North Jakarta was injured in a domestic row with her husband.
— The Jakarta Post

Transjakarta Stations Buses for Cathedral Church Christmas Mass
The city provincial government has specially stationed six Transjakarta buses that will be ready to transport congregates, free of charge, to Jakarta’s Cathedral Church’s Christmas mass from the nearby Monas parking lot.

Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma
Surfboard tucked under his arm, Dery Setyawan sprints into the crashing waves.
— The Jakarta Post

Parents taking active role in children’s early education
One fine afternoon at a home in Beji, Depok of West Java, 4-year-old Khaylila decided she wanted to play with a spoon and bowl. Her mother then prepared a bowl of corn kernels.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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