Indonesia morning news for June 18

Indonesia morning news for June 18
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Telkomsel set to offer 5G network in Indonesia
Telkomsel, a cellular operator subsidiary of state-owned communications company PT Telkom Indonesia, is prepared to invest and conduct digital transformation to provide 5G networks to customers in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Police deploy ‘biggest’ patrol boat to curb illegal fishing in Natuna
The Water Police Directorate at the National Police officially deployed the Yudistira 8003 patrol ship, called “the police’s biggest patrol vessel”, in the waters off Batam, Riau Islands province, on Saturday to prevent rampant illegal fishing.
— The Jakarta Post

RI relies on imported plastics as recycling woes hold nation back
he country’s plastic industry must import plastic scraps because its waste management system has failed to produce a sufficient supply of the plastic that is needed for raw materials, a government official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Government considers building prisons on remote islands
The government is considering building prisons (Lapas) on remote islands to house prisoners convicted of corruption, terrorism and narcotics offenses.
— Antara News

Thailand, Indonesia risk losing US trade benefit, Maybank says
Thailand and Indonesia are at risk of losing a special trade status that gives developing economies preferential access to the US market, according to Maybank Kim Eng Research.
— FMT News

Ceramics Trace a 14th Century Indonesian Tsunami
Archaeological evidence suggests that communities on the northern coast of Sumatra devastated by a tsunami roughly 600 years ago opted to rebuild in the same area, a process repeated in 2004.

Industry Minister Urges Act against Plastic Waste Smugglers
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto expressed his concerns on rampant cases of plastic waste smuggling to several countries in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia.

Flood sport? Youngsters protest persistent flooding in Indonesian city by wakeboarding on streets
A group of young people in the Indonesian city of Samarinda in East Kalimantan came up with a creative new way to protest flooding in their city — perhaps inspired by previous instances of Instactivism that shamed Indonesian authorities into acting.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Indonesian seaweed farmers seek $189m over oil spill in Australia
Indonesian seaweed farmers were set to seek more than A$200 million (S$189 million) from Thailand’s PTT Exploration and Production in a trial starting on Monday (June 17), to cover damage they say they suffered after Australia’s worst oil spill.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Small step for health
Treading softly and ever so cautiously is the hallmark of our policy on tobacco, the livelihood for millions of farmers and their families.
— The Jakarta Post

EasyTax Holiday Requirements for SEZ
The government will impose new rules on tax holiday facilities for business individuals.

Airline Cartel Probe;KPPU Find Indications of Ticket Price Fixing
The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) said they found strong indications of duopoly behind the expensive airplane ticket prices since October 2018. KPPU’s supervisory commissioner Afif Hasbullah said the agency continues to investigate the allegation.

BSN thwarted 28.8 million cyberattacks against KPU until May 23
The Indonesian Cyber and Crypto Agency (BSSN) has foiled some 28.8 million cyberattacks targeting servers of the General Election Commission (KPU) until May 23, 2019.
— Antara News

Ministry prepares national program for recovery of drainage system
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has prepared a national program to restore the street drainage system.
— Antara News

Southeast Sulawesi’s seven sub-districts inundated by floods
Floods, triggered by torrential downpour, have inundated seven sub-districts in North Konawe District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, since June 2, 2019, resulting in the Lalindu, Walasoko, and Wadambali rivers overflowing their banks.
— Antara News

Indonesia becomes latest Southeast Asian country to return waste to the West
Indonesia has sent back a consignment of Canadian paper waste, imported via the United States, because it was contaminated with material including plastic, rubber and diapers, the environment ministry said.
— Reuters

New route to markets through e-commerce
The rise of south-east Asia’s Tiger economies has brought burgeoning national wealth and growing middle classes, but access for companies importing into those markets has often not kept pace.

MAVCOM awards AirAsia new Indonesia traffic rights
AirAsia was granted new traffic rights into Indonesia by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM), with flights into eastern parts of Indonesia.
— Flight Global

Earthquake of 6.2-magnitude strikes eastern Indonesia
An earthquake of 6.2-magnitude struck in eastern Indonesia on Monday (Jun 17), the European monitoring agency said, but there were no immediate report of any casualties or damage.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Transforming Indonesia’s education system, one classroom at a time
There is a quiet revolution going on in Indonesia’s education system and it is happening across the nation, in classrooms, in schools, on remote islands, in jungle river communities and in big cities.
— The Jakarta Post

5.6-Magnitude Earthquake in East Flores Not Trigger Tsunami
A tectonic earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 Richter Scale occurred in Sawu Sea, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 12:43:31 AM Western Indonesian Time (WIB).

Two MV Nusa Kenari passengers found dead in Alor waters
The Search and Rescue (Basarnas) Team from the Kupang Search and Relief Office, East Nusa Tenggara, found two passengers of MV Nusa Kenari 02, who died in the Alor waters on Monday.
— Antara News

Tempo Exclusive: Indonesian ISIS Supporters Yearn to Return Home
More than ten Indonesian nationals at the Al-Hawl refugee camp expressed elation once Tempo journalist Hussein Abri introduced himself on Thursday, May 23.

Gunung Sari emerges as role model of agrotourism village
Administratively set as a definitive village on December 15, 1992, Gunung Sari transformed significantly and was adjudged among Indonesia’s best villages for 2018 by Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Ministry for agrotourism advancements.
— Antara News

Baringin to realize economic independence through village fund program
Located deep in Tanah Datar District, West Sumatra province, Baringin Village was among few in the province chosen to receive the village fund program by Indonesia’s Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions, and Transmigration Ministry in 2018.
— Antara News

Peak in Urbanization; A Consequence of the Traditional Lebaran Holiday
However, when they return to the cities after the holiday, they often bring a family member to the city (for example a brother, sister, or nephew, or – in other cases – a spouse).
— Indonesia Investments

CM: Sarawak will benefit if Indonesia moves capital to Kalimantan
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg believes that the state will benefit if Indonesia decides to shift its administrative capital from Java to Kalimantan, Borneo.
— Yahoo News

Protesters storms Aceh mosque to reject preacher over alleged ideological differences (Video)
Dozens of people stormed a mosque in the Aceh capital of Banda Aceh over alleged ideological differences with a guest preacher delivering a sermon at the house of worship recently, footage of which have gone viral online.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Japanese Festival (Matsuri) Little Tokyo Ennichisai, which brings more than 300,000 visitors, will be held again in 2019 on 22-23rd June.
Located in the Blok M area, this year will see the implementation of the 10th Ennichisai and will be celebrated as the 10th anniversary of the Blok M area transportation, with many Japanese restaurants and shopping areas that are suitable to be tourist destinations in Jakarta.
— Indonesia Expat

12 killed in Indonesia bus crash after passenger tries to grab steering wheel from driver
Twelve people were killed and dozens more injured in an Indonesian traffic accident on Monday (June 17) after a bus passenger tried to wrest control of the steering wheel following an argument with the driver, police said.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Yogyakarta hosts Indonesia’s first-ever archaeology festival
Indonesia is currently holding its first-ever archaeology festival at the Sonobudoyo Museum in Yogyakarta from June 14 to 19.
— The Jakarta Post

MK Decides Number of Witnesses and Experts for Election Trial
Constitutional Court (MK) has decided that 15 fact witnesses and 2 expert witnesses may be presented during the presidential election dispute trials, according to MK spokesperson, Fajar Laksono.

PA 212 to Hold Rally in Front of MK Building, Rizieq Instruction
The 212 Alumni Association (PA 212) stated that they will stage a demonstration during the course of the election dispute trial at the Constitutional Court (MK).

Kivlan Zen again interrogated over funds
Ex-chief of the Army’s Strategic Reserve Command, Major General (ret) Kivlan Zen, who has been named a suspect in a firearms possession case, underwent another round of investigation as a witness in the flow of funding from Habil Marati, suspected of being involved in an alleged murder attempt.
— Antara News

Aceh people in Malaysia to set up cooperatives
The people of the Indonesian province of Aceh living in neighboring Malaysia, particularly in Kuala Lumpur, have agreed to set up cooperatives.
— Antara News

Bali United becomes first publicly listed soccer club in Southeast Asia
Bali United formally floated its shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Monday, becoming the first soccer club in Southeast Asia to list its shares on the stock market.
— The Jakarta Post

No more fakes, say Indonesian Gen Z consumers
According to a study published last month by the International Trademark Association, “Gen Z Insights: Brands and Counterfeit Products,” 72 percent of young Indonesian consumers expect to purchase fewer counterfeit goods in the future.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Hints on 1998 Activists as Upcoming Cabinet Members
Incumbent presidential candidate Joko “Jokowi” Widodo hinted on types of individuals he would include in his upcoming cabinet if he is re-elected as a president again in 2019.

Prabowo Camp to Not Present 12 Truckload of Evidence as Claimed
Previous announcement from Prabowo Subianto – Sandiaga Uno’s campaign team (BPN) upon presenting 12 truckloads of evidentiary documents will likely not come to fruition as the pieces of evidence to be presented in the presidential election dispute trial will mostly be in digital form.

Baturetno Village recognized for decrease in poverty
Baturetno Village in Sub-District Banguntapan, District of Bantul, Yogyakarta special autonomous region, successfully decreased the number of families living in poverty from 491 families in 2018 to 466 families in 2019.
— Antara News

Jokowi and Selection Committee Agree to Reform KPK Internally
Member of the selection committee for future Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) leader Diani Sadia revealed that the committee is focused on improving the internals of KPK based on the current leadership.

Next anti-graft commissioners must possess managerial skills: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has reiterated the importance of the next commissioners of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for the 2019-2023 period to possess strong managerial skills.
— Antara News


Feature photo Danumurthi Mahendra

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, June 17.


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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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