Indonesia morning news for December 5

Indonesia morning news for December 5
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Indonesia’s GDP growth to further decline in 2020: Moody’s
Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to grow by only 4.9 percent this year and further decline to 4.7 percent in 2020 — the slowest pace since 2016’s fourth quarter — as weak commodity prices continue to hit the economy hard, Moody’s Investor Service says.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta sinks at slower pace, but more areas affected
For 25 years, Sari, a 35-year-old woman living in a kampung (small hamlet) in Muara Baru, North Jakarta, has had to put up with flooding from heavy rainfall and the rising tides of Jakarta Bay.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia dangles cheaper energy to lure billions in investment
Indonesia is touting an abundance of low-cost renewable energy to lure billions of dollars in investment Southeast Asia’s largest economy needs to build processing plants for commodities such as nickel, copper and aluminium.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia issues new rules to make foreign Internet companies pay taxes
Indonesia has said that overseas companies that have a significant presence in its booming Internet economy must appoint a representative in the country and pay all applicable taxes, according to a new regulation made public on Wednesday (Dec 4).

Indonesian officials charged in $1.6m bribes-for-permits scheme
Anti-corruption investigators in Indonesia have charged two government officials for allegedly taking $1.6 million in bribes to grant permits for oil palm plantations spanning just over half the size of New York’s Central Park.
— Mongabay

Indonesia in talks with Japan to create sovereign wealth fund
Indonesia is in talks with countries including Japan to establish a sovereign wealth fund, as it looks to double down on investment and boost economic growth.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Inflation under control in November: Bank Indonesia
Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation remained low and under control in November 2019 as it was recorded at a low rate of 0.14 percent (mtm) in November 2019, supported by lower core inflation and stable inflationary pressures on administered prices.
— Antara News

Jokowi signs Government Law on Trade through Electronic System
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) signed Government Law No. 80 in 2019 on Trade through Electronic System on November 20.
— Antara News

Bulog finds 20,000 tons of rotten rice, another 100,000 tons in poor condition
The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) estimates it has about 20,000 tons of rotten rice in its warehouses, in addition to another 100,000 tons that are in poor condition.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian wushu athlete Edgar Xavier Marvelo wins 2 SEA Games gold medals, only hours after hearing news of his father’s death
Aside from giving athletes a chance at glory, sporting events often bring out fascinating stories about its participants.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Not even mediocre? Indonesian students score low in math, reading, science: PISA report
A new OECD report shows that Indonesian students score among the lowest in science, reading and mathematics among their peers living in 79 countries and economies.
— The Jakarta Post

Former House Member Bowo Sidik Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Corruption
The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court convicted former House of Representatives member Bowo Sidik Pangarso for corruption on Wednesday and sentenced him to five years behind bars.
— Jakarta Globe

Bekasi regency child protection group says there are 4,000 homosexuals in the area, wants ‘disease’ treated
Indonesia is far from being the most LGBT-friendly country in the world, but homosexuality is not illegal (except in the province of Aceh, which was given special autonomy to enact sharia laws).
— Coconuts (paywall)

Family receives body of Singaporean who drowned in Banten waters
The Kramat Jati Police Hospital’s Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) personnel managed to identify a Singaporean tourist, who had drowned after diving into the waters of Sangiang Island, Serang District, Banten Province, in October.
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia encourages private sector to participate in infrastructure financing
Indonesia’s central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), is encouraging the private sector to participate in financing the country’s infrastructure development as the government’s budget will not be enough to provide the required funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Airlangga Reelected Golkar Chairman by Acclamation
As many have predicted, Airlangga Hartarto was reelected as chairman of the Golkar Party by acclamation on Wednesday evening, after main rival Bambang Soesatyo dropped his candidacy.
— Jakarta Globe

Ari Kuncoro Inaugurated as University of Indonesia Chancellor
Ari Kuncoro was inaugurated as the new chancellor of University of Indonesia, or UI, on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

RI fails to attract more Chinese visitors despite ambitious target
The number of Chinese tourists visiting Indonesia has been on the decline in recent months despite the government’s ambition to attract 10 million tourists from the world’s second-largest economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Smoke grenade behind explosion at Monas not ours, police say
The Jakarta Police have said that a smoke grenade believed to be the cause of an explosion that occurred in the northern part of the National Monument (Monas) complex in Central Jakarta on Tuesday morning did not belong to police personnel.
— The Jakarta Post

Counterterrorism agencies advised to maintain vigil until January
A terrorism expert has called on counter-terrorism agencies in Indonesia to remain alert and focus on any potential terror threat during the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday season until the first month of 2020.
— Antara News

BSSN to bolster human resource development in cybersecurity
Indonesia’s National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) has made sustained efforts to rev up the development of human resources in cybersecurity to stave off cyberattacks.
— Antara News

Indonesian movie streaming apps expand consumer market
The expansion of online technology has shifted the pattern of how people access entertainment, which led an Indonesian online movie provider to expand its market by taking advantage of an international media forum event.
— Antara News

Jakarta Home to Rp20 Bln Worth of Luxury Cars’ Unpaid Taxes
Jakarta’s Tax and Levy Agency (BPRD) in conjunction with the Metro Jaya Police commenced an operation to collect tax arrears owed by luxury car owners on Tuesday, December 3, which was done door-to-door.

Energy ministry launches three new apps for mineral miners
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry launched on Monday three new applications for mineral miners in improving government oversight of the industry.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN to increase geothermal power by tenfold on Flores Island
State-owned utility company PLN is set to increase the production capacity of geothermal power plants on Flores Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), by tenfold over the next nine years to support a promised tourism boom on the island.
— The Jakarta Post

Stage set for Indonesia as Hannover Messe 2020’s official partner
Indonesia has been featured as the official partner country at Hannover Messe 2020, the world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology, scheduled to be held in the German city of Hannover on April 20-24, 2020.
— Antara News

LRT or cable car? BPTJ plans mass transportation for Puncak tourist area
The Greater Jakarta Transportation Agency (BPTJ) is mulling whether to build an LRT or a cable car system to accommodate visitors to the popular tourist destination of Puncak in Bogor, West Java, to ease traffic congestion.
— The Jakarta Post

First Travel scam victims keep fighting for justice
Victims of a scam surrounding a pilgrimage package pledged to continue their fight for compensation after suffering another defeat when the Depok District Court rejected their civil lawsuit recently on the grounds that “the demands were unclear”.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Cheers Up Golkar Congress After Luhut Extinguishes Party Rift
Golkar top executives were all smiles as the party kicked off its national congress on Tuesday night, with the bitter rivalry between chairman Airlangga Hartarto and People’s Consultative Assembly Speaker Bambang Soesatyo seemingly having vanished into thin air.
— Jakarta Globe

President urges Kowani to fight fake news through education
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged the Indonesian Congress of Women (Kowani) to thwart the spread of false news and spread education that can positively contribute to growth of the nation’s children.
— Antara News

Pertamina pits two consortiums to develop Balongan refinery
State-owned oil giant Pertamina signed up on Wednesday two consortiums that will compete against each other to win a contract for upgrading the Balongan oil refinery in West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Recommendations to Improve Legal Timber Production and Trade
The civil society organization Jurnal Celebes presented the results of one year of activities today, Dec. 4, in Makassar, conducted as part of the project “Strengthening Indonesia’s Independent Forestry Monitoring Network to Ensure a Credible Timber Legality Verification System (SVLK) and Effective VPA Implementation”.

Jakarta Police Set Security Measures for 3 Year-end Agendas
Jakarta Metro Police are currently preparing security measures for three agendas during this year’s end, namely Christmas, New Year, and demonstration on the anti-corruption day and international human rights day.

Nadiem Makarim keen to give university students freedom to learn
Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim spoke of his keen intent to give university students the freedom to learn in line with their aspirations, capabilities, and interests.
— Antara News

INSA Wants Foreign Investment Limited
Carmelita Hartoto, chair of the Indonesian National Commercial Shipping Entrepreneurs Association (INSA), asked the government to limit foreign investments in the shipping sector. Carmelita wants foreign investment to be focused on certain types of ships only; those with high technology.

Central Java governor orders end to monthly slaughter of 13,000 dogs for food
The Central Java administration is requiring regents and mayors across the province to ban the consumption of dog meat throughout the region.
— The Jakarta Post

West, Central Java lead efforts to lure investors
The West Java and Central Java administrations are leading efforts to lure investors with their respective governors touring business forums and investment summits recently as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration embarks on regulatory reforms to boost investment.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau police arrest 22 drug-related suspects in 22-day raid operations
Some 22 suspects were arrested by the Indragiri Hilir Police in Riau and 532.44 grams crystal meth and 126 ecstasy pills seized during drug raids by the local police narcotics squad personnel in 22 days.
— Antara News

Indonesian Petroleum Association appoints new board of directors
The Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) appointed on Wednesday former IPA vice president and ExxonMobil Cepu president Louise McKenzie the association’s president for next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 100 detained across Papua for allegedly raising Morning Star flag
The police have preempted what they claim to have been coordinated subversive activities in Papua, arresting some 100 people including students and activists across Papua and West Papua provinces and naming some of them as treason suspects given that they allegedly planned to raise the Bintang Kejora (Morning Star) flag, a symbol of the Papuan independence movement, ahead of a Dec. 1 commemoration.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi wants to tap into Didi Kempot’s ‘sahabat ambyar’ to promote Pancasila among youth
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo appeared to be speaking the language of the youth as he ordered the streamlining of the values of the state ideology, Pancasila, to tap into media familiar to the country’s younger generations.
— The Jakarta Post

16 companies to go public before end of 2019: IDX
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) expects to see 16 more companies list their shares on the local bourse before the end of this year, a director has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Digital hubs to support Indonesia’s thriving digital economy: Business players
Companies are opening up so-called digital hubs to foster innovation and develop new business activities despite limited government support and skill-set gaps.
— The Jakarta Post

Lippo to Build Muslim Cemetery
Property company Lippo Karawaci has introduced its first Muslim cemetery project to be built in Karawang, West Java.
— Jakarta Globe

Inclusiveness in jobs, education remains myth for disabled
Salsabila, 18, who is visually impaired, has to endure for another year after she was denied entry by the college of her dreams. Salsa, her nickname, is not used to the computer-based college entrance test that she found too hard for her as a disabled person.
— The Jakarta Post

Megawati warns of ‘hatred’ and ‘intolerance’ in ministry mosques
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri has warned about the dangers of “radical” sermons in mosques at government institutions in her capacity as head of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education’s (BPIP) steering committee.
— The Jakarta Post

SOEs Minister may fire Garuda executives implicated in Harley, Brompton smuggling
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has said that he may fire national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia executives implicated in the smuggling of several Harley Davidson spare parts and a Brompton folding bicycle.
— The Jakarta Post

Man claiming to be final prophet gets reported for blasphemy
The Tana Toraja Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI) in South Sulawesi has issued a fatwa declaring a local organization led by a man named Paruru Daeng Tau, who claims to be the final prophet, a heretical organization.
— The Jakarta Post

Bus driver in Yogyakarta kills motorcyclist in collision, admits he wanted to beat the red light
An 18-year-old student from Wonogiri Regency in Central Java died after a Trans Jogja bus that ran a red light hit him at the intersection of Padjadjaran street in Sleman Regency of Yogyakarta on Wednesday last week.
— Coconuts (paywall)

One dead, two injured after being struck by lightning in South Sulawesi
One person has been killed and two others injured after being struck by lightning while working at a paddy field in the hamlet of Sali Sali in Patampanua district, Pinrang, South Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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