Indonesia morning news for December 27

Indonesia morning news for December 27

Indonesia morning news

Netflix, Digital Tax Policy to Be Noted in Omnibus Law: Govt
Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said the government was drafting regulations to tax digital-based entertainment service providers such as Netflix and Spotify.

Police seizes taxidermied protected animal specimens at AM’s house
The South Jakarta Police seized several specimens of taxidermied protected animals during further investigation on a Lamborghini driver arrested for pointing a gun at two high school students.
— Antara News

Indonesia sets focus on European tourists amid decline in Chinese visitors
Following a decline in the number of Chinese tourists caused by the increased tension of China’s trade war with the United States, the government is now seeking to lure more visitors from European countries.
— The Jakarta Post

5 Cops in Tamansari Police Abuse Case Get Gentle Punishment
The West Java Police has sentenced five of its officers to 21-days of incarceration after proven guilty in committing physical abuse and violence during the eviction procedure at Tamansari, Bandung, West Java.

Indonesia’s Bond Metrics Suggest Outperformance Against India
Indonesia and India, often looped together because of a welter of economic similarities, face a potentially divergent outlook in 2020 thanks in part to contrasting scope for monetary and fiscal policy stimulus.
— Bloomberg

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Plan to change grading standard upsets local sugar producers
Sugar producers and farmers have expressed their concern that the plan to modify color grading standards for imported raw sugar will result in an increase in the illegal sale of imported raw sugar in the domestic market.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sets beef, buffalo meat import targets for 2020
Indonesia will likely need to import 60,000 tonnes of buffalo meat for retail consumers, 129,000 tonnes of beef and buffalo meat for the food industry, and 550,000 head of feeder cattle in 2020, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Indonesian Ministry Kominfo Denies Owning a Pornhub Account
The Communication and Informatics (Kominfo) Ministry denied allegations saying that it has an official account in the pornography site, Pornhub, following a viral screenshot of the ministry’s alleged Pornhub account that spread in Twitter.

Soetikno Soedarjo Charged with Bribing Emirsyah Satar Rp46bn
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) charged Abadi Soetikno Soedarjo, founder of PT Mukti Rekso, of bribing former Garuda Indonesia President Director Emirsyah Satar.

Bishops council denies knowledge of alleged sexual abuse in Indonesian Catholic Church
Bishops Council of Indonesia (KWI) chairman and Jakarta Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo, who was just appointed cardinal, denied any knowledge of a report of sexual abuse in the Indonesian Catholic Church and questioned its “authenticity” during a Christmas press conference at the Jakarta Cathedral on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Orders Edhy Prabowo to be Mindful on Lobster Export Plan
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo claimed he had coordination with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo regarding the plan on lobster seeds export.

Two Indonesians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf return home
The two Indonesians who were held hostage by militant group Abu Sayyaf in southern Philippines, are returning home to their families at a handover ceremony by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jakarta, Thursday.
— Antara News

National Police oversee oil refinery projects, stop mafia
The Indonesian Police will supervise the construction of several oil refineries belonging to Pertamina up until their completion, the Chief of the Indonesian Police Criminal Division, Police Inspector General Listyo Sigit Prabowo has said.
— Antara News

Vice President directs movie streaming sites to pay taxes
Vice President, Ma’ruf Amin, directed online movie streaming sites to fulfill their obligations and pay taxes.
— Antara News

INACA, Govt Discuss Ways to Drop Airfares
The Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (INACA) met with Coordinating Minister of Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, at the ministry’s headquarters to negotiate a looser rule on spare parts imports and equal distribution of jet fuel.

Bogor Regent Bans Fireworks and Trumpets for New Year’s Eve
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has issued a circular calling for his residents to not celebrate New Year’s Eve with fireworks and trumpets, which he said, in order to maintain public order.

Japan hopes MRT Jakarta can curb traffic congestion issues
Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kazuyoshi Akaba, hoped MRT Jakarta would be able to contribute to addressing road congestion that often plagues the capital city.
— Antara News

EdTech platform Ruangguru secures US$150 million in series C funding
Homegrown online tutoring platform Ruangguru has secured US$150 million in series C funding from growth equity firm General Atlantic and global venture capital company CGV Capital, as well as a number of other investors.
— The Jakarta Post

2019: Tackling palm oil disputes, challenges
Indonesia’s palm oil sector has been embroiled in disputes over palm oil with the European Union for most of 2019, characterized by tit-for-tat trade spats, tariffs and lawsuits amid the government’s efforts to empower smallholder oil palm farmers.
— The Jakarta Post

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Police thoroughly monitor probe into Novel Baswedan case
Police’s Criminal Investigation Unit (Bareskrim) Chief Insp. Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo reaffirmed that he was closely monitoring the progress in investigation into the terror case involving Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan.
— Antara News

VP Amin upbeat about KPK performing better
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has expressed optimism that the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) would deliver better performance under the leadership of the new commissioners and supervisory council.
— Antara News

Ratna Sarumpaet Released on Parole
Activist Ratna Sarumpaet, who was convicted guilty of fabricating a hoax story about an attack on herself, was released from prison today.

Uni-Charm to expand output capacity after launching biggest IPO
The Indonesian subsidiary of Japanese diaper and feminine-care company Unicharm will use a larger part of the proceeds from its recent initial public offering (IPO), the largest this year, to expand its sanitary napkin and adult diaper production facilities.
— The Jakarta Post

Changi Operator Wins Concession for Komodo Airport
Changi Airport International, the operator of the world’s best Changi Airport in Singapore, has won a 25-year concession to operate Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo, the main gateway to the world-renowned Komodo dragon national park in East Nusa Tenggara.
— Jakarta Globe

47,000 vehicles entered Jakarta on Christmas day
No less than 47 thousand vehicles entered Jakarta through the Jakarta-Cikampek Toll Road on Christmas day, Wednesday.
— Antara News

VP Amin receives visit from W Sulawesi govt, discusses infrastructure
Provincial Secretary of West Sulawesi, Muhammad Idris, along with government officers, paid a visit to Vice President Ma’ruf Amin at the Vice Presidential office, Jakarta, during which they discussed infrastructure development in the province.
— Antara News

Two Additional Positions Mentioned in Jokowi’s KPK Decree
President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has just ratified the Presidential Decree overseeing the governance work and organizing leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Djakarta Warehouse Project Probed Over Alleged Illegal Goods
The Jakarta provincial government announced it is still investigating a report made by Islam Defenders Front (FPI) regarding several violations in the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) which they claim had sold alcohol and condoms.

South Jakarta to Face Strong Wind, Stormy Rain Today: BMKG
Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has announced today’s weather forecast for Jakarta areas.

From presidential rematch to sporting glory, here is 2019 in review
As we move to greet another new year, The Jakarta Post has wrapped up some of the most important events that defined the country throughout 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

NU Demands Sri Mulyani Fulfill Promise to Grant Credit
The chairman of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama or NU, Said Aqil Siradj, demanded Finance Minister Sri Mulyani fulfill her promise to provide cheap credit worth Rp1.5 trillion.

Febri Diansyah Resigns from KPK Spokesman Post
Febri Diansyah has officially resigned from his position as Corruption Eradication Commission spokesman since the leaders of the anti-graft agency had collectively made a decision to put someone else in the position.

Indonesia fails to step up its game on climate crisis
The 25th United Nations Climate Change conference, known as COP25, in Madrid, Spain, ended earlier this month in vain.
— The Jakarta Post

Airnav Indonesia books profits of Rp479 billion
Indonesia’s air navigation service provider Airnav Indonesia has booked profits reaching Rp479 billion in 2019, burgeoning from Rp406 billion in the previous year despite sluggish growth in the commercial flight industry during the year.
— Antara News

Capsule hotels big hit among busy workers, solo travelers
As a young entrepreneur who often works late into the night, sometimes past midnight, Willy Samudra feels his daily commute takes a toll on his energy.
— The Jakarta Post

AirNav Indonesia: Domestic Air Traffic Plummets 17 Percent
AirNav Indonesia recorded that Indonesia’s domestic air traffic had slumped 17.5 percent in 2019, which has exceeded the initial prediction of a 5 percent drop.

Minister Asks Regional Govt to Stop Prohibiting Religious Worship
Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi said that regional heads must not prohibit people from worshipping according to their respective beliefs.

Flooded Riau village draws in hundreds of tourists
While floods are usually seen as an unwanted natural disaster, a village inundated with floodwater in Kampar regency, Riau, has instead become a destination for local tourists who are looking for a place to spend their year-end holiday.
— The Jakarta Post

N. Sumatra accidents claim three lives on Christmas Day
Two men and a police officer were killed in separate road accidents on Christmas Day in North Sumatra, during the holiday travel season that started last week.
— The Jakarta Post

People throng Jakarta Planetarium to witness annular solar eclipse
Hundreds of visitors congregated at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Thursday, to participate in the observation and coverage of solar eclipse organized by Jakarta Planetarium and Observatory starting since 10:48 a.m. local time despite overcast weather.
— Antara News

Rp 106m raised for Muslim youth who died covering bomb to save Christmas congregants
A fundraiser to honor Riyanto, a late member of Indonesia’s largest Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama’s (NU) youth wing, Banser, by the anonymous Twitter account Katolik Garis Lucu has raised Rp 106 million (US$7,604), exceeding its initial target of Rp 50 million on the Kitabisa crowdfunding platform.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Dangdut’ enlivens Xmas in Jakarta
“Glo.. ouw wou wou wou wo.. ouw wou wou wou wo.. ouw wou wou wou wo.. ria.. in exelcis Deo” This is what the chorus of Christmas carol “Alam Raya Berkumandang” (Angels We Have Heard on High) sounds like after being given the dangdut treatment.
— The Jakarta Post

Intolerance overshadows Christmas
Christians across the country celebrated Christmas peacefully on Wednesday, but not all were able to attend churches to enjoy the festivities, as their right to freedom of worship continues to be undermined by the state.
— 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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