Indonesia morning news for July 4

Indonesia morning news for July 4
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Indonesia chases a game-changer: moving the capital
Jakarta, Indonesia’s sprawling capital city, is shorthand in Southeast Asia for the endemic challenges of emerging-market megacities — gridlock, pollution and a chaotic approach to planning, where iron-roofed informal communities are sited next to gleaming luxury malls.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Indonesia’s parliament delays approval for levy on plastic bags
Indonesian members of parliament have decided to delay confirmation of a government plan for a levy on plastic bags, but the finance minister said she was optimistic the legislation was on track to be adopted this year.
— Reuters

Clean air experienced only 34 days a year in Jakarta
Greenpeace Indonesia stated that Jakarta capital city had “good” air quality for only 34 days in a year, while unhealthy air condition was recorded on 196 days, and moderate air quality on the remaining days.
— Antara News

Armed Papuan rebels persistent challenge to Indonesia’s security
Security disturbances caused by armed Papuan rebels have kept the province’s Indonesian police on their toes since 10 shooting incidents involving these armed separatists that claimed seven lives occurred in the first semester of 2019.
— Antara News

Opportunities for Australia to Help Close Indonesia’s Skills Gap
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with his Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on 29 June.
— Future Directions

Protecting Indonesia’s workers
The Asean Post recently published an article regarding human rights abuses that Indonesia is said to have allegedly committed against Papuans.
— The Asean Post

3 Places in Indonesia Pitched as World Biosphere Reserves
Mount Merapi, Mount Merbabu, and the Menoreh Hills are set to be submitted to the UNESCO as biosphere reserves on September 2019 following a discussion on the matter by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) with Yogyakarta’s Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X on Tuesday.

Indonesia develops integrated digital service system SIL@T
The Higher Education Service Institution (LLDIKTI), spearheading the Research, Technology, and Higher Education Ministry, is developing an integrated information and service system termed SIL@T.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Oldest Early Human Fossil Found in Brebes
Harry Widianto, an archeologist from the Yogyakarta Archaeological Center, conducted a study on the ancient human fossil discoveries in Bumiayu, Brebes Regency, Central Java.

Indonesia to send back 49 containers of trash to developed countries
Indonesia will send back 49 containers of plastic garbage to countries such as the United States and Germany, an official said on Wednesday (July 3), amid a regional pushback on illegal trash imports.
— Straits Times

Boeing makes $100 million pledge for 737 MAX crash-related support
Boeing Co said on Wednesday it would give $100 million over multiple years to local governments and non-profit organizations to help families and communities affected by the deadly crashes of its 737 MAX planes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
— Reuters

Sandiaga Uno to Stay with Prabowo: Gerindra Official
A member of the Communication Office of Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party, Andre Rosiade is sure that Sandiaga Uno will remain with Prabowo Subianto, and will choose to stay back in the party.

Philippine, Indonesian, Japanese coast guards hold pollution exercise
The coast guards of Philippines, Indonesia and Japan began Tuesday a joint exercise to address marine pollution, especially that caused by oil spills.
— The Mainichi

House suggests RI cooperate with Singapore on extradition
The Indonesian House of Representatives’ Commission III has advised the Ministry of Law and Human Rights to establish extradition cooperation with Singapore as many corrupt individuals have stashed funds in Singapore.
— Antara News

1st Indonesia-India Consular Dialogue held in Yogyakarta
The 1st Indonesia-India Consular Dialogue was held for discussing key issues pertaining to consular affairs and diplomatic facilities, among others.
— Antara News

Week-old baby dies of rubella in Riau
A seven-day-old baby from Meskom village, Bengkalis regency, Riau has died after being infected by the rubella virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani: Data Beneficial Ownership Eases Tax Collection
Finance Ministry Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that the MoU signing on data beneficial ownership could help Tax Directorate General in calculating tax.

Customs to Open Up Cross-border Stores in Border Areas
Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Finance Ministry planned to open up cross-border department stores in several border areas of Indonesia.

Govt showcases US$90 billion worth of projects at investment forum in London
The government has showcased Indonesia’s numerous infrastructure projects to foreign investors during an investment forum in London that was met with enthusiasm from investors.
— The Jakarta Post

Two arrested for calling Jokowi ‘new Pharaoh’, ‘greater than Muhammad’
Two people have been arrested for posting content on social deemed insulting to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Religious harmony, not freedom, ‘more appealing’ to majority in Indonesia
Problems of religious discrimination are likely to continue blighting Indonesian society given its majority-minority dichotomy and the public’s preference for religious harmony rather than promoting freedom, according to ongoing research by the Indonesian Consortium of Religious Studies (ICRS).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia asks China for special Belt and Road Initiative fund
Indonesia has asked China to set up a special fund within its Belt and Road Initiative for investment in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, after offering China projects worth US$91 billion, Indonesian government officials said on Wednesday.
— South China Morning Post

Jakarta Registers 35,209 Newcomers; Lower than Anies’ Prediction
The number of newcomers in Jakarta after the 2019 Eid homecoming return was below Governor Anies Baswedan’s prediction.

Nasdem eligible to gain 11 ministerial posts in cabinet: expert
The National Democratic Party (Nasdem) is eligible to bag 11 ministerial posts in President-elect Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi’s) upcoming cabinet line-up owing to its electability rate surpassing that of the National Awakening Party (PKB).
— Antara News

Leiden University professor visits Islamic school in Banten
A professor of Islam in Southeast Asia from Leiden University, Netherlands, Nico J.G. Kaptein, had visited the Islamic school institution Al-Khairiyah at Citangkil, Cilegon District, Banten Province, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia house speaker suggests appointing ministers of happiness and tolerance
Now that the post-election legal battle with failed candidate Prabowo Subianto is finally finished (despite what some of his most die-hard supporters may think), speculation has now moved on to the possible makeup of President Joko Widodo’s new cabinet.
— Coconuts

Jakarta Wins Transport Award; Observer: Result of Past Works
An observer from the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI), Djoko Setijowarno, opined the achievement of Jakarta in the transportation sector is the result of the previous administration’s works.

Baby orangutans traumatized after smuggling attempt
Three Sumatran orangutans are undergoing treatment after being saved from smugglers who had taken them out of their habitat in an attempt to take them to Malaysia.
— The Jakarta Post

Picture of Indonesian Muslim woman shaking hands with Pope Francis goes viral
A picture of a Muslim woman from Indonesia shaking hands with Pope Francis has gone viral on the internet.
— The Jakarta Post

India Asks Indonesia to Take Urgent Steps to Repatriate Sailors Detained in February
Eighty-seven Indian sailors were reportedly detained in February by the Indonesian authorities for “illegal anchoring” in its territorial water.
— News18

Bengkalis BPBD workers, firefighters put out bush and forest fires
The Bengkalis Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) workers and firefighters successfully doused fires that spread across four hectares of land in Bathin Solapan Sub-district, Bengkalis District, Riau Province.
— Antara News

Andre Rosiade Convinced of Sandiaga Uno’s Return to Gerindra
Gerindra Party’s Communication Division member Andre Rosiade predicts that Sandiaga Uno will return to the party. Andre claimed that Sandiaga had repeatedly said he would stick with Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto.

Soekarno-Hatta Airport Runway 3 Dispute; BPN: Just Kill Me
The Tangerang Regency National Land Agency (BPN) refused to issue recommendations for the payment of lands that will be used to build Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s Runway 3 on.

Jokowi to form new cabinet for 2019-2024 period
President-elect Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and Vice President-elect Ma’ruf Amin will soon form a new cabinet for the 2019-2024 period, following meetings with their legal team, national campaign team (TKN), and leaders of political parties supporting them.
— Antara News

Government upbeat about reducing stunting rate to below 20 percent
The government is confident of reducing the stunting rate to below 20 percent by 2024, Bambang Widianto, deputy in charge of human development and development equality at the Vice Presidential Secretariat, stated.
— Antara News

West Papua rebel groups join forces in bid for independence from Indonesia
Three armed separatist groups in the Indonesian region of West Papua have announced they have united to form the West Papuan Army, as activists lobbying for independence declare they are now ready to “take over our country”.

Trump’s luxury resorts in Indonesia collide with diplomacy in South Korea
The US president’s recent meeting with the South Korean leader is the latest example of blurred lines between his official work and business interests.
— South China Morning Post

Satellite cities struggle with worsening congestion as Jakarta traffic eases
While congestion in Jakarta is reportedly easing thanks to major measures taken over the past years, traffic in its satellite cities of Depok and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten has become increasingly worse.
— The Jakarta Post

Angry citizens sue Indonesian government over growing air pollution
Fed up about worsening air pollution in the Indonesian capital, a group of Jakarta residents is suing the country’s president.

Even two opposition parties are force to reckon with: Observer
The opposition, despite comprising only Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) and Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) — will remain effective in the Parliament, Ignasius Jaques Juru, researcher of PolGov Research Center of University of Gadjah Mada, stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia proposes special fund for investments under BRI
Indonesia has proposed the establishment of special low-interest funds to facilitate Chinese investment in Indonesia for four investment corridors within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
— Antara News

Court gears up for legislative election dispute
With the legal dispute surrounding the presidential election recently wrapped up, the Constitutional Court justices are now gearing up to handle hundreds of lawsuits on legislative elections filed across the country’s 34 provinces.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia palm oil exports seen lower in May, stock rises -survey
Indonesia’s palm output in May likely rose from a month earlier, while exports declined,
according to a Reuters survey of industry groups and researcher.
— Reuters

Social Media Use Linked To Poor Mental Health In Indonesia 
In a survey of over 22,000 people in Indonesia, researchers have found that heavy social media usage is linked to poor mental health in Indonesia. Their findings have been published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
— Asian Scientist

Singapore to Repatriate Endangered Turtles to Indonesia
Singapore is set to return a number of snake-necked turtles, which originated from East Nusa Tenggara, to Indonesia.
— Indonesia Expat

Indonesia speeds up preparation for 2019 World Motocross Grand Prix
The committee of the 2019 World Motocross Grand Prix has been intensifying preparations for the tournament in the country’s South Sumatra province this week, the committee said on Tuesday.
— Xinhua

In Indonesia, memorizing Quran gets some students into university
For some youths in Indonesia, reading is a virtue that goes hand-in-hand with religiosity.
— The Jakarta Post

A Touch of Indonesia in a Scandinavian Summer
The Indonesian Embassy in Norway held “Festival Indonesia” in Spikersuppa Square in Oslo, Norway, from Friday to Sunday. It was the biggest Indonesian-themed festival ever held in Nordic countries.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to Host Asean Barista Championship in July
Indonesia will host the inaugural 2019 Asean Barista Team Championship on July 25-27 at JIExpo in Jakarta.
— Jakarta Globe

It takes no edict. Surge in piety gives rise to sharia-inclined society in Indonesia.
Like many of her colleagues, Wulan, a civil servant in Batam, Riau Islands, has recently performed hijrah, or a conversion to a more devout Muslim way of life.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s newest Gen Z craze? Marrying someone you’ve never even dated.
There’s nothing new about emerging generations embracing sexual mores that shock their elders.


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on plastic waste throughout Asean.


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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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