Indonesia morning news for January 4

Indonesia morning news for January 4

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia / More than 4000 dead after year of devastating disasters
Indonesia has been rocked by a series of destructive natural disasters in the past 12 months, with the death count at its highest in over a decade.
— Southeast Asia Globe

Minister forecasts last year`s economic growth to reach 5.15 percent
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has forecast that the Indonesian economic growth in 2018 may reach 5.15 percent, falling short of the target of 5.4 percent set in the state budget.
— Antara News

Indonesia to tax assets kept hidden during amnesty
Indonesia‘s government has issued new regulations aimed at tracing and taxing the wealth of taxpayers who were not pardoned in the nine-month tax amnesty that ended in March.
— Lakeland Observer

Indonesia AirAsia to issue $80m perpetual securities to AirAsia Bhd
Indonesia AirAsia signs conditional perpetual capital security purchase agreement with AirAsia Berhad on Dec. 31, AirAsia Indonesia says in stock exchange filing.
— The Edge Markets

Lion Air ends search for black box, Indonesian investigators plan own probe
Lion Air has ended its search for the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) from its Boeing 737 MAX jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, but Indonesian investigators said they plan to launch their own probe as soon as possible.
— Channel NewsAsia

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Bali cracks down on damaged passports
Holidaymakers heading to Bali may get a nasty surprise at the airport if they have a damaged passport.
— (video)

Disaster agency predicts at least 2,500 natural disasters will hit Indonesia in 2019
Indonesia is likely to continue to be vulnerable to natural disasters throughout 2019, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), even as the country is still recovering from three major, deadly disasters in 2018.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Indonesia Freezes Taiwan Intern Program after Report Alleges Mistreatment of Students
Indonesia suspended its university internship program in Taiwan after a media report alleged that hundreds of student participants were made to work in factories and eat meals containing pork, the foreign ministry said Thursday.
— Radio Free Asia

Indonesia launches new app for migrant workers
A new app that will improve services and increase protection for Indonesian migrant workers has been launched by the Indonesian government.

Indonesia seeks answers to forced labor allegations
The government has asked Taiwanese authorities to explain allegations of forced labor involving Indonesian students enrolled in its New Southbound Policy (NSP) scholarship program.
— The Nation

4.8-magnitude quake hits Dompu
An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale shook Dompu district, West Nusa Tenggara province, on Wednesday night, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG),
— Antara News

Indonesia officially becomes member of UNSC for 2019-2020 period
Indonesia officially began its assignment as the UN Security Council (UNSC) non-permanent member, with Permanent Representative Dian Triansyah Djani unveiling the Red and White flag at the UN Headquarters, New York, the US on Jan 2.
— Antara News

Bawaslu: Unclear Campaign Fund Report Subjects to Criminal Code
A member of the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu), Mochammad Afifuddin, stressed the election participants either presidential-vice presidential hopefuls, political parties, and members of legislative must submit full transparent reports on campaign fund donation.

Indonesia, Ecuador Discuss Market Access, Investment and Customs at Bilateral Trade Forum
Indonesia and Ecuador have held their first bilateral trade forum as part of efforts by Southeast Asia’s biggest economy to boost trade and investment with nontraditional partners.
— Jakarta Globe

Anies Baswedan Sanctions Thousands Of Truant PNS After New Year
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed 1,441 civil servants (PNS), who skipped the first day of work in 2019 or after the New Year will receive sanctions.

BNPB: 40.9 Million People Live in Areas Prone to Landslide
The National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) stated that there are areas prone to landslides in Indonesia, from Bukit Barisan in Sumatra, central and southern Java, Bali, Nusa Tenggara, Sulawesi, Maluku, to Papua.

Odd-Even Policy Extended; Anies Baswedan: Motorcycles Unaffected
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan did not have a plan to impose the odd-even policy for motorcycles in the capital city.

12 graves desecrated in Magelang, police rule out religious hate crime
After a huge controversy regarding the sawing off of a wooden cross grave marker in Yogyakarta last month, the neighboring city of Magelang saw another possibly religiously motivated desecration of graves, though the police don’t seem to think it constituted a hate crime
— Coconuts (paywall)

KPU: Report on 7 Containers Full of Voted Ballot in Priok is Hoax
The General Election Commission (KPU) affirmed that reports on 7 containers in Tanjung Priok Port storing voted ballots is a hoax. The KPU has checked the issue to the port where the news suggested.

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Foam in Sentiong River, Anies to Limit Hard Detergent Usage
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan assumed that hard detergent mostly used in households is the main cause of overflowing foams in Sentiong River or known as the Black River a.k.a. Kali Item in North Jakarta.

BNPB calculates losses of Sunda Strait tsunami
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is still calculating the losses caused by the Sunda Strait tsunami that hit five districts in the Indonesian provinces of Banten and Lampung, according to BNPB spokesman
— Antara News

Government plans to scrap limitation of franchise outlets
The government plans to revoke the limitation on the number of franchise outlets of convenience stores as well as food and beverage outlets to accelerate investment in retail business.
— The Jakarta Post

Decree on Plastic Use Limitation Awaits Anies Baswedan`s Sign
Jakarta Environmental Agency head Isnawa Adji said the gubernatorial decree on the limitation of plastic use would be soon ratified by Governor Anies Baswedan.

Pertamina signs crude oil contracts with 11 companies
State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina’s wish to reduce crude imports is likely to be granted after it signed crude oil supply contracts with 11 oil and gas contractors operating in Indonesia (KKKS).
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Provincial Gov’t to Release PT Delta Djakarta’s Shares
Jakarta Provincial Government’s plan to release shares of PT Delta Djakarta Tbk (IDX:DLTA), a beer manufacturing company, starts again.
— Netral News

Teacher sentenced to prison for recording principal’s sexual harassment files for judicial review
President Joko Widodo is one of many Indonesians to have voiced concerns about the controversial case, promising that he would look into giving Baiq Nuril a presidential pardon should her judicial review fail.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

‘So no one would marry her again’: Man in Aceh pours boiling water onto wife for wanting to divorce him
A horrifying crime and a stark reminder that domestic violence remains a huge social problem in Indonesia even in 2019.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

Palapa Ring central package broadband project undergoes speed test
Communications and Information Minister Rudiantara held on Wednesday a speed test on the central package of the Palapa Ring broadband project, the construction of which was completed on Dec. 21.
— The Jakarta Post

Outlook: Happy news for some sectors in 2019
Although 2019 is expected to see a repeat of the previous year’s challenges, some sectors have a rosier outlook than others.
— The Jakarta Post

Nova Buildings acquires key assets of BlueScope’s ASEAN pre-engineered buildings ausiness in Vietnam
Nova Buildings Group has finalized the acquisition of BlueScope Buildings’ key fabrication assets at Bien Hoa City in Dong Nai Province, Vietnam.
— Antara News

Eight Nigerian citizens detained in Bandung: immigration authorities
The Indonesian immigration authorities in Bandung, West Java Province, have detained eight Nigerian citizens for alleged misuse of visa or stay permit.
— Antara News

Four Bulgarians arrested for alleged ATM scam
Police have apprehended four Bulgarians for their alleged involvement in skimming bank card data at several ATMs in Denpasar, Bali.
— The Jakarta Post

Banknotes found under rubble of tsunami-hit house returned to owner: mily
Several Indonesian army personnel have returned a bunch of damaged banknotes, with total value of Rp3 million, that they found under the rubble of a tsunami-hit house to the owner.
— Antara News


Feature photo International Federation of Red Cross

This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

Indonesia morning news by AEC News Today is your one stop source for Indonesia news on matters of governance and policies affecting Asean business communities and is published M-F by AEC News Today: Governance, not government; policies not politics.


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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