Indonesia morning news for July 30

Indonesia morning news for July 30

Indonesia morning news

Softbank invests another $2 billion in Grab, pledges more for EV projects
Japan-based Softbank Group has pledged to invest in renewable energy and the electric vehicle ecosystem in Indonesia as well as announcing another round of investment for the Indonesian operation of the Singapore-based ride-hailing company Grab.
— The Jakarta Post

Only New Mobile Phones Will Be Registered With ID Numbers: Government
The government’s plan to register the unique 15-digit international mobile equipment identity, or IMEI, number on each mobile phone sold in the local market will not apply retroactively to existing mobile phones already being used, an official said over the weekend.
— Jakarta Globe

Refugees in Jakarta Get Free Education, Health Service, but Uncertainty Remains
Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta will be able to breathe easier this week after the government, private companies and social foundations joined hands to provide basic necessities that have been denied them for many months.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian wants overseas diaspora including domestic workers to help it cut reliance on foreign funds
Indonesia is planning to sell bonds to its citizens living overseas as Southeast Asia’s largest economy seeks to expand its funding pool and reduce the dependence on foreign fund inflows for financing a budget deficit.
— South China Morning Post

Indonesia strengthens presence to fight transnational crime in Singapore border
Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto and National Police chief Gen.
— The Jakarta Post

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Minister guarantees security for data at private institutions
People’s data used by private financial institutions that have cooperated with his ministry will be secure because the institutions are under the supervision of the Financial Services Authority (OJK), Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has asserted.
— Antara News

Panda bonds issuance could strengthen rupiah
Bank Indonesia (BI) and analysts have suggested that the issuance of Panda bonds would make a good impact on the rupiah as the debt papers could diversify the country’s debt and help strengthen the currency.
— The Jakarta Post

Will a Giant Sea Wall Save Indonesia’s Capital From Sinking?
The government continues to confront the challenge facing the country’s current capital.
— The Diplomat

Indonesia keeps efforts to broker Afghan peace under wraps
Indonesia has insisted on keeping a low profile in its efforts to broker peace between the Afghan government and the Taliban, as news of Vice President Jusuf Kalla’s meeting with the group’s de facto political leader Abdul Ghani Baradar in Jakarta caused a stir among the Indonesian media.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina’s oil spill affects 10 villages, seven beaches in Karawang, Bekasi
At least 10 villages and seven beaches in West Java have been affected by the oil spill from state energy giant Pertamina’s Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) block that has been polluting the sea for more than two weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

House Speaker Tells Australia to Stop Avoiding Responsibility for Refugees Stranded in Indonesia
Bambang Soesatyo, the speaker of the House of Representatives, has reminded Australia not to avoid the responsibility of accepting refugees currently transiting in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

P2P lender advertises client for sex service to pay debt
An unregistered financial technology (fintech) company or peer-to-peer (P2P) lender has advertised a client for sexual services after the client failed to pay installments on her loan.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Mandiri urged to improve IT systems following recent technical glitch
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) and Bank Indonesia (BI) have urged state-owned Bank Mandiri to improve its information technology (IT) system to prevent a technical problem similar to one that recently caused panic among its customers.
— The Jakarta Post

Kominfo to Rule Contents Allowed or Banned on Internet
The Communication and Information (Kominfo) Ministry is currently amending the Ministerial Regulation No. 19/2014 concerning the handling of internet sites containing negative contents.

Foreign refugees again demonstrate in front of UNHCR Jakarta Office
Some 100 foreign refugees again rallied for their basic human rights in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Jakarta office on Monday.
— Antara News

Indonesia earns four gold medals in int’l amateur boxing championship
Host country Indonesia earned 4 gold medals in an international amateur boxing championship recently held in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province’s destination of Labuan Bajo, an official of Indonesian boxing organization said on Monday.
— Xinhua

Indonesia wins 19 medals at WCOPA global talent contest
Indonesia’s talented representatives won 19 medals at the 2019 World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA), which brought together actors, models, singers and variety artists from 66 countries in the United States from July 12 to 21.
— The Jakarta Post

Marijuana haul on campus: Three suspected suppliers arrested
The West Jakarta Police arrested on Monday three suspected suppliers of marijuana who were thought to have distributed it on campuses throughout the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Electric Car Regulation Stumped by Protectionist Tendencies
For 18 months, the government has gone back and forth on an electric car regulation that is promised to accelerate the country’s shift away from being dependent on imported fossil fuel.
— Jakarta Globe

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Jasa Marga develops IoT laboratory as part of digital transformation push
State-owned toll operator PT Jasa Marga Tbk has begun the development of an internet of things (IoT) laboratory in the company’s former Jakarta-Tangerang branch office in Jakarta as part of the company’s preparation to enter the Industry 4.0 era.
— The Jakarta Post

Amnesty International Defies Death Penalty for Corruption Convict
Amnesty International Indonesia affirms that they are against the idea of handing death penalty to the repeat offender of corruption, Kudus Regent M. Tamzil.

Academician reminds of importance of tsunami mitigation
Academician Indra Permanajati from Jenderal Sudirman University in Purwokerto, Central Java, again drew attention to the significance of tsunami mitigation to lower disaster risks.
— Antara News

Indonesian Democracy Index rises 0.28 points in 2018
The Indonesian Democracy Index (IDI) increased 0.28 points to 72.39 in 2018, from 72.11 a year earlier, Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Chief Suhariyanto stated.
— Antara News

Indonesian Travel Startup Seeks to Raise Funds Valuing Company at $4.5 Billion
Traveloka, one of Southeast Asia’s largest online travel companies, is looking to raise $500 million in its latest funding round.
— The Wall Street Journal

President expected to sign regulation on electric cars this week
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan believes that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will sign a presidential regulation on electric cars this week.
— Antara News

President Jokowi receives Softbank, Grab CEOs
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received Softbank CEO Masayoshi and Grab CEO Anthony Tan at the Merdeka Palace here on Monday.
— Antara News

Bukalapak eyes global market access through collaboration with WLC platform
Homegrown e-marketplace Bukalapak, finance company Kresna Graha Investama and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Ireland’s semi-governmental World Logistics Council (WLC) to use the organization’s digital economy platform, the Multi-Dimensional Digital Economy Application System (MDDEAS).
— The Jakarta Post

Poisonous gas at Semarang Seaport claims lives of four workers
Four men were found dead allegedly after inhaling poisonous gas while working in a hatch of Zulkifli 2 Barge in Tanjung Emas Seaport in Semarang, Central Java Province, on early Monday.
— Antara News

Official advises people against approaching Tangkuban Parahu crater
West Java Province’s Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) stated that despite Mount Tangkuban Parahu’s status being normal on Monday, 8:30 a.m. local time, people, including tourists and climbers, are barred from approaching Ratu Tangkuban Parahu’s crater.
— Antara News

Ministry to Summon Anies Baswedan over School Zoning System
Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said he would question the Jakarta provincial administration for not implementing the ministerial regulation No. 51/2018 concerning new student admission (PPDB).

Gudang Garam enters road construction business
PT Gudang Garam Tbk (GGRM), one of the country’s major cigarette producers, will expand into the road construction business to increase the company’s sources of revenue, although cigarette production remains among the most lucrative lines of business in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Indrawati invites social media influencers to tackle hoax
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has invited social media influencer and disabled rights activist Surya Sahetapy to promote the ministry’s official website to tackle hoax circulated online.
— Antara News

North Maluku seeks to revive copra exports
The North Maluku provincial administration is endeavoring to breathe new life into copra exports to the Philippines that have declined in recent years following no demand from the country.
— Antara News

Students tell govt to stop turning blind eye to Lake Toba polluters
Members of the Indonesian Christian University Students Movement (GMKI) in Medan, North Sumatra, staged a rally in front of the governor’s office over the weekend to demand the revocation of business permits of all alleged Lake Toba polluters.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua to send 20-ton rice to PNG’s dual volcano victims
The Papua provincial government has planned to distribute 20 tons of rice to the victims of two volcanic eruptions in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea (PNG).
— Antara News

University of Indonesia introduces youth suicide prevention program
Several lecturers at the Faculty of Nursing Science (FIK) of the University of Indonesia (UI) have introduced a civic mission program called Empowerment of Same-Age Friends (Persebaya) to prevent suicides among teenagers.
— Antara News

Groceries drive Blibli sales growth
Out of 16 product categories available on homegrown e-marketplace, groceries (branded BlibliMart) recorded the fastest growth this year after order volume quadrupled over the past 12 months, the company has said.
— The Jakarta Post

City government files lawsuit against supplier of rusty buses
The discovery of at least 300 rusty abandoned buses bearing Transjakarta logos in a field in Dramaga subdistrict, Bogor, West Java has led the Jakarta city government to file a lawsuit against the companies that supplied them in 2013.
— The Jakarta Post

No reports of damage related to Banten quake: official
The Executive Head of the Regional Disaster Management Office (BPBD) of Banten, Kaprawi has stated that so far, there were no reports of infrastructure or house damage due to the earthquake of 5.2 magnitude occurring on Sunday night (July 28).
— Antara News

With Deepwater Horizon expertise on board, Pertamina looks to stop oil leak at all costs
Having hired United States well control company Boots & Coots, which handled the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, state-owned energy giant Pertamina has shut down its operations in the Offshore North West Java (ONWJ) Block and is prioritizing efforts to stop the oil leak and mitigate environmental damage.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo Subianto officially names Dhanil Anzar as his spokesman
General Chairman of the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Prabowo Subianto has formally announced that Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak will henceforth be his spokesman.
— Antara News

Despite bumpy yearly start, Garuda believes it will shine in 2019
The first quarter was a bumpy journey for national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia as the airline saw events that have put the company in the spotlight.
— The Jakarta Post

Police search for man who ate living cat in online video
A video of a man appearing to eat a living cat has caused a stir among netizens.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia makes rapid progress in disability arts: Activist
While there is still a stigma surrounding disability in Indonesia, the country appears to be making rapid progress in disability arts.
— The Jakarta Post

Amateur astronomer community seeks to unravel mysteries of space
For centuries, people have searched for answers to the question “what lies beyond our atmosphere?”.
— The Jakarta Post

Six Javanese porcupines released into Lake Buyan Natural Park
Six Javanese porcupines (Hystrix javanica) belonging to Bali Zoo in Gianyar District were released into the Lake Buyan-Lake Tamblingan Natural Park in Buleleng District, Bali.
— Antara News

Ministry to release two Sumatran tigers in Riau
The Environment and Forestry Ministry will release two Sumatran tigers into their habitat in Riau Province after it cooperated with the Dharmasraya Sumatra Tigers Rehabilitation Center-ARSARI Djojohadikusumo Foundation (PR-HSD-ARSARI Foundation) to conduct rescue activities.
— Antara News

After land dispute, arrested members of Jambi group reportedly intimidated
Members of a mass organization involved in a land dispute with a company in Batanghari, Jambi, have reported “outrageous” intimidation by the police following their arrests.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta readies for green Formula E race amid air pollution woes
Hosting the prestigious Formula E race, which is for electric cars only, may be fitting for Jakarta, the capital city of Southeast Asia’s largest economy that is plagued by a poor level of air quality.
— The Jakarta Post

Pulp and paper firm targets zero forest fires in 2020
Giant paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), a subsidiary of diversified conglomerate Sinar Mas Group, has announced that it is stepping up efforts to fight forest and bush fires in its concession areas in anticipation of the dry season.
— The Jakarta Post

Residents of Bahagia subdistrict not happy about waste-covered river in Bekasi
A river in Bahagia (happy) subdistrict in Babelan, North Bekasi, is completely covered in waste, mostly plastics, making the water impossible to see.
— The Jakarta Post

Batu resident conjures up used diapers into flower pots
Nobody would be able to tell that dozens of colorful flower pots and a trash cans in front of a house in Torongrejo in Batu, East Java, are made of used diapers.
— The Jakarta Post

LIPI calls for ‘more comprehensive’ policy on climate change
The government needs to establish climate change adaptation laws to address environmental issues such as land subsidence and sea level rise, the nation’s leading scientific body has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Congregation expelled from Pentecostal church following protests
Yogyakarta’s image has once again been tarnished by intolerance as Bantul Regent Suharsono has decided to revoke a permit for the operation of an Indonesian Pentecostal church (GPdI) in Sedayu district, Bantul regency, following protests from local residents. Bantul Regental Decree No.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK arrests Kudus regent again, putting second chance in office at risk
Residents of Kudus, Central Java, might have hoped that Muhammad Tamzil, who served as Kudus regent from 2003 to 2008, had learned his lesson when they elected him as the region’s head again.
— The Jakarta Post

National flag-hosting female team members to wear trousers ‘to move easily’
The Youth and Sports Ministry is raising the possibility for the female members of the national flag-hoisting team (Paskibraka) to wear trousers in place of the knee-long skirts to help them “move more easily”.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Day against Trafficking in Persons, July 30.


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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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