Indonesia morning news for February 28

Indonesia morning news for February 28
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Dozens feared buried after landslide at Indonesia gold mine
A grueling search and rescue effort has saved 19 people from the debris of a collapsed gold mine in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province but officials said several dozen remain trapped.
— Al Jazeera

Indonesia stops e-ID issuance for foreigners until after elections
The Indonesian Government would temporarily stop the issuance of electronic identity card (e-ID) for foreigners until after the 2019 general elections to end polemics on the issue, a top government official said.
— Antara News

Jokowi: Superb Judicial Institutions Boosts National Economy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that the support provided by Indonesia’s judicial institution is critically needed to improve the country’s economy. He says that the current natural resources have not been maximized to its fullest potential.

Indonesia’s Democratic Discontent
On April 17, 2019, Indonesians will head to the polls to partake in another much-anticipated general election.
— The Diplomat

Radicalism prompts Indonesia’s MUI to train preachers
In an attempt to curb the spread of radicalism through sermons at mosques, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) will provide preachers with training on moderation and nationalist Islam.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia slams Vietnam for disrupting arrests
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti lambasted the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance (VFRS) agency for allegedly disrupting the Indonesian Navy’s efforts to seize four Vietnam-flagged vessels for illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.
— The Jakarta Post

Thai start-up GET ties up with Indonesia’s Go-Jek
Over the trial period, GET completed 2 million transactions covering 80 per cent of Bangkok and aims to cover the entire city soon.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Indonesian Unicorn Traveloka Makes Expansion in Australia
Travel-booking giant Traveloka, one of Indonesia’s four start-up unicorns, announced on Wednesday (27/02) it has expanded its operations to Australia.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian rescuers pull survivors from collapse of illegal gold mine
Indonesian authorities on Wednesday ramped up efforts to find 37 people feared buried by the collapse of an illegal gold mine on the island of Sulawesi that killed at least four people.
— Reuters

State should increase funding for parties, says KPK
The head of the anticorruption body has suggested that the number of corruption cases involving politicians would decline if the government increased state funding for parties.
— The Jakarta Post

Songs by Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and Others Have Been Banned in Indonesia’s Most Populous Province
A broadcasting commission in Indonesia has placed a ban on more than a dozen English songs that authorities say contain adult and offensive content, the Guardian reports.
— Time

In brief: Indonesian fintechs Kredivo and Moka facilitate offline transactions
Kredivo, a digital credit card for millennials in Indonesia, announced its partnership with Moka, a local digital point-of-sale company. Consumers can pay for offline purchases using Kredivo cards in retail stores equipped with Moka devices.
— Tech In Asia

It’s Not Just Regulation Hampering Indonesian Telco Deals
A planned ministerial rule revision intended to pave way for consolidation in Indonesia’s telecommunication industry won’t be enough to spark deal activity, according to analysts at Citigroup Inc., PT Danareksa Sekuritas and PT Yuanta Securities.
— Bloomberg

Olam Cocoa acquires largest cocoa processor in Indonesia with eye to capitalise on Asian trends
Olam Cocoa has bought an 85% stake in Indonesia’s largest cocoa supplier Bumitangerang Mesindotama (BT Cocoa), on the back of growing demand in the country and across the wider Asia region.
— Food Navigator

Unicorn Foreign Investments, Gov’t: No Need for Paranoia
Unicorn startups continue to be Indonesia’s talk of the town, especially the major investments obtained by these tech-companies valued at a minimum of US$1 billion.

Indonesia’s February inflation seen easing to 2.75 pct
Indonesia’s annual inflation rate probably cooled for a third month in February, as food and pump prices fell, a Reuters poll showed on Wednesday.
— Nasdaq

Indonesia is partner for democracy, development, and social justice: FM
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated at the 40th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that Indonesia is a reliable partner for democracy, development, and social justice.
— Antara News

Indonesia slams Vietnam for disrupting arrests
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti lambasted the Vietnam Fisheries Resources Surveillance (VFRS) agency for allegedly disrupting the Indonesian Navy’s efforts to seize four Vietnam-flagged vessels for illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia says scores missing after illegal gold mine collapses
Indonesian officials said on Wednesday dozens of rescuers were using spades and ropes to dig out around 45 people who were feared buried by the collapse of an illegal gold mine on the island of Sulawesi that killed at least one person.
— Nikkai Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia wins AFF U-22 championships
Indonesia emerged as the winner of the AFF U-22 Championships after beating Thailand 2-1 in the finals at the Phnom Penh National Stadium on Tuesday night.
— Antara News

Indonesia president’s campaign chief warns on fake news, undecided voters
The head of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s re-election campaign said on Wednesday supporters should not be complacent over the incumbent’s lead in opinion polls, given the high number of undecided voters and threat of fake news.
— Reuters

Gov’t Clarifies Rumors of Foreigner in Final Voter List
Home Affairs Ministry’s Director General of Population and Civil Registration Zudan Arif Fakrulloh gave an official clarification regarding the rumor of a foreign national listed in the final voter list (DPT) for the 2019 election.

Jokowi discusses policy on utilization of forest area
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) discussed policies on land use in forest areas, with the aim of providing legal protection to the small people.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s ‘dangerous’ moves on music strike discord
In the Indonesian capital there are people toting guitars, singing and playing music on almost every street corner. The archipelago has a strong popular music history, and has nurtured talented groups in all sorts of genres, from hip-hop to heavy metal, and from punk rock to jazz.
— Nikkai Asian Review (paywall)

3 dead as dozens trapped heard ‘screaming for help’ after illegal Indonesian gold mine collapses
An illegal gold mine in Indonesia has collapsed and buried dozens of people who are “screaming for help,” according to a disaster management official at the mine, where three people were confirmed dead.
— CNN News

Tens of gold miners buried in North Sulawesi
Tens of gold miners were buried in a mining site at Bakan Village, Bolaang Mongondow District, North Sulawesi Province, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Board (BNPB).
— Antara News

Indonesian wheat imports to be hit by faltering demand from feed makers -miller
Wheat imports by Indonesia, the world’s No.2 buyer of the grain, are likely to be pressured in 2019 by reduced appetite for the commodity from animal feed makers, a top official at the country’s biggest milling company said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Indonesia launches first internet-only satellite with SpaceX rocket
Over 300 people crowded the lobby of telecommunications company Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN) in South Jakarta at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
— Eleven Myanmar

Garuda Indonesia to lower ticket prices for Jakarta-Padang route
In a bid to support tourism and the local economy, especially in West Sumatra, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced that it will lower its ticket prices for the Jakarta-Padang route starting on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia-Egypt Signs MoU to Further Eradicate Terrorism
The Indonesian Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) Chief Suardi Alius and the Egyptian Minister of Interior Mahmoud Tawfik signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) upon battling the terrorism on Tuesday, February 26, in Cairo.

Indonesia creates artificial rain as forest fires rage on in Sumatra
Intellasia East Asia News The Indonesian military deployed an aircraft to create artificial rain on Monday (February 25) as thick smog caused by forest fires forced schools to close on Sumatra island, officials said.
— Intellasia


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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