Indonesia morning news for June 19

Indonesia morning news for June 19
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Sharp, LG to relocate factories to Indonesia
Japanese and Korean electronics companies Sharp Corp. and LG plan to relocate their factories from Thailand and Vietnam, respectively, to Indonesia as part of their investment consolidation plans in Southeast Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

Police’s Whatsapp Group Infiltration Backed by State Minister
The Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara expressed his support for the National Police’s decision to monitor public Whatsapp message groups to prevent criminal activities.

BKPM projects double-digit investment growth in 2019
Investment Coordinating Agency (BKPM) Head Thomas T. Lembong has forecast that Indonesia’s domestic and foreign investment would record double-digit growth, or over 10 percent, by the end of 2019.
— Antara News

41 y.o. widower weds 13 y.o. girl in South Sulawesi 3 months after meeting on Facebook
Over the past couple of years, the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi has been in the news with alarming frequency for viral stories of children getting married, either among themselves or with much older adults.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Rising investment interest mirrors that election results well-received
Head of the Investment Coordinating Agency Thomas Trikasih Lembong pointed out that the rise in investment interest reflected the investors’ positive response to the General Elections’ results.
— Antara News

Ship operators object to B30 for fear of poor performance
he River, Lake and Water Transportation Operators Association (Gapasdap) has expressed its disapproval of next year’s mandatory use of diesel mixed with 30 percent palm oil-based fuel, known as B30, after finding the poor performance of its ships after using the biofuel.
— The Jakarta Post

Cellular numbers to be a must to open social media account : Ministry
For security reasons, the Communication and Informatics Ministry will require social media operators to make it mandatory for customers to provide cellular numbers when opening accounts.
— Antara News

Election body rejects Prabowo’s fraud claims
Indonesia’s election commission has rejected out of hand claims the April presidential election was subject to systematic fraud, during court hearings into the disputed result on Tuesday.
— Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesia must get infrastructure financing model right
A SECOND political mandate for President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will usher a fresh wave of big-ticket infrastructure projects, including new airports, seaports, road and rail links and a possible new capital city to replace the over-populated and gridlocked Jakarta.
— The Business Times

SE Asia should ban foreign trash imports: Environmentalists
Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok.
— The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta’s Renowned Malioboro Implements Car Free Zone
The Malioboro area has started implementing a car-free period as of today.

Urbanization, commercial farms threaten Asia’s forests, UN warns
Sprawling urban areas and expanding plantations are placing greater pressure on forests and resources in Asia-Pacific, hurting rural communities and exacerbating the effects of climate change, the United Nations food agency said on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia ferry sinking leaves at least 15 dead
SharesAt least 15 people have died after a passenger ferry sank off the Indonesian island of Java, police said Tuesday, the latest maritime accident to hit the archipelago nation.
— The Jakarta Post

AMRO upbeat about Indonesia’s economy recording 5.1 percent growth
Indonesia’s economy is projected to clock a 5.1 percent growth this year and in 2020, Chief Economist of the ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office (AMRO) Dr. Hoe Ee Khor stated.
— Antara News

MRT projected to reduce 5,600 private cars plying on road
Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), the latest means of public transportation in Indonesia’s traffic-choked capital city of Jakarta, is assessed to lessen nearly 5,600 private vehicles plying on the road.
— Antara News

RI, UK link up on education, human resources development
The United Kingdom’s decision to more closely engage with Southeast Asian nations as a way to seize post-Brexit opportunities is paying off, marked by a fruitful visit of two Indonesian ministers to London to explore cooperation on education and human resources development.
— The Jakarta Post

BPPT, Kimia Farma cooperate in developing Dengue Rapid Test kits
The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) is cooperating with state pharmaceutical firm PT Kimia Farma in manufacturing dengue fever rapid test kits.
— Antara News

Indonesian firm wins award for reducing carbon footprint
Indonesian company PT HM Sampoerna Tbk has received the Asia Responsible Enterprise Award 2019 for reducing its carbon footprint, during a ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan.
— Antara News

Analyst: Tourism growth through digitalization
Data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) show that the number of foreign tourist arrivals in Indonesia rose by 12.6 percent to 15.8 million in 2018 from the figure recorded in the previous year.
— The Jakarta Post

Philippine-Indonesia Summit expected to intensify business cooperation
The First Philippine-Indonesian Economic and Investment Summit is expected to help enhance bilateral business cooperation between both nations, the chairman of the Philippine Business Club in Indonesia stated.
— Antara News

B-100 program can save IDR100 trillion in foreign exchange: Minister
Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman said the 100 percent biodiesel program (B-100), now being developed by the Ministry of Agriculture, will save up to Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange once it is widely used.
— Antara News

KDB pursues acquisitions in Indonesia
The Korea Development Bank (KDB) is seeking to acquire Indonesian financial companies to boost its presence in the Southeast Asian market, a source said Tuesday.
— Korea Times

TransJakarta Plans to Add Five New Routes Each Month
TransJakarta will add five new routes each month to the capital’s bus rapid transit system to meet its target of carrying one million passengers per day.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to explore options for taxing tech giants
The government is exploring options on how to tax tech giants after the Group of 20 ( G20 ) affirmed its commitment in its communique to agreeing to a set of rules on digital taxation by next year.
— The Jakarta Post

Coffee to Floor Mat Seller Pack MK Areas during Election Trial
Not only protesters and personnel of Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police securing the second hearing of presidential election dispute, areas around Constitutional Court (MK) building on Jalan Medan Merdeka Barat, Central Jakarta were also packed by traders attempting to earn a living.

KPK: High Profile Corruption Convicts Transferred to Supermax
The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) reminded the Directorate General of Correctional Services to keep its promise upon transferring high-profile convicts of corruption to the super-maximum Nusakambangan Correctional Facility (LP) / Prison.

Jakarta hosts C40 Cities Climate Action Planning Program
The governor of Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, expressed pride over Jakarta becoming a host of the launch of the C40 Cities Climate Action Planning Program for the Southeast Asian region.
— Antara News

Study from Project Management Institute identifies six AI technologies impacting project professionals
Project Management Institute (PMI) today released its 2019 Pulse of the Profession® In-Depth Report: AI Innovators: Cracking the Code on Project Performance.
— Antara News

International Yoga Day returns to five Indonesian cities
This year’s celebrations for International Yoga Day in Indonesia will be held in Denpasar in Bali, Makassar in South Sulawesi, Surabaya in East Java, Medan in North Sumatra and Yogyakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Bawaslu not receive reports of intelligence and police partisanship
The General Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) of the Republic of Indonesia stated that it had never received a report on intelligence support for one of the candidate pairs and police officers carrying out data collection on support in communities for presidential and vice presidential candidates.
— Antara News

Government to be sued for air pollution over Jakarta
The Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH) has said that 40 to 50 people, including university students and lecturers, advocates, researchers and businessmen, will file a citizen lawsuit against several government institutions due to air pollution in Jakarta.
— Antara News

Jokowi Meets MSMEs Associations to Gain Inputs for Bill
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi welcomed a number of associations overseeing micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Tuesday, June 18.

U.S.-China Trade War Brings Positive Effect to Indonesia: BKPM
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) said that the U.S.-China trade war positively affected the Indonesian economy.

Minister points to reduction in number of URLs spreading hoax
Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara reported a drop in the number of web addresses (URLs) misused to disseminate fake news and hoaxes following the elections and May 21-22 unrest in the capital city Jakarta.
— Antara News

Grab Introduces Cancellation Fee to Drivers and Customers
Grab Indonesia has started to charge additional fees for customers that cancel an order as of Monday, June 17. However, this policy is still under its test period for the next whole month in Lampung City and Palembang.

Indonesian YouTube stars get chance for university place
An Indonesian university is offering would-be students a novel way to gain admission to the faculty-become a YouTube star first.
— Intellasia

“Mudik” travelers enjoy smoother and safer trips this year
During the post-Ramadhan (Fasting Month) Holiday, most Indonesian Muslims follow the tradition of returning to their hometowns to celebrate the Eid Al-Fitr Islamic Festival with their families there.
— Antara News

Karangtawang improves livelihoods of its residents through innovation
The roads in Karangtawang Village, Kuningan District, West Java, had always been inundated with mud during the rainy season, as well as dust throughout the dry season.
— Antara News

Four of nine May 22 riot victims died of bullets: Police
Four of the nine victims of the May 22 riots in Jakarta have died from bullets, police say, promising to reveal the identities of the shooters.
— The Jakarta Post

KPU Server Hoax Creator Went Missing before Elections
The police have arrested Wahyu Nugroho, the man suspected of creating and spreading the hoax that KPU’s server was rigged to favor incumbent presidential candidate Joko Widodo.

Jokowi Opposes MRT East Java Project
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa asked President Joko Widodo or Jokowi to build rail-based transportation such as mass rapid transit (MRT) in East Java.

Three miners found dead in Bangka Belitung Province
Three of four tin ore miners buried in landslides in the Block 8 area of B1 Hamlet, Central Bangka District, Bangka Belitung Province, have died.
— Antara News

UPDATE 1-Indonesia’s Amman Mineral to cut copper concentrate exports, boost local sales
Indonesian copper miner Amman Mineral Nusa Tenggara said on Tuesday it expects to export about 236,000 tonnes of copper concentrate in 2019, below its export quota, as it increases shipments to a local smelter.
— Reuters

How to Conduct Personal Background Checks in Indonesia
While Emerhub maintains a complete company database in Indonesia, we will focus below on how to conduct due diligence and personal background checks on individuals.
— Indonesia Expat

Chinese universities, London School promote folk culture in Jakarta
Three Chinese universities have forged collaboration with the London School of Public Relations (LSPR), Jakarta, for the promotion of Chinese folk cultures during a public lecture held at the LSPR campus here Monday, (June 17).
— Antara News

Police thwart smuggling of Indonesian workers into Malaysia
The Riau Islands police were able to avert an attempt to smuggle Indonesian workers into Malaysia via Batam and in connection with this arrested a suspect.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani’s Incentives for Regional Administrations to Encourage Investment
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has suggested providing incentives to regions that have proven successful in encouraging investment and contributing to economic growth.
— Jakarta Globe

Kota Bani Village empowered through village fund
Today, life isn’t as tough as it used to be for Apan, a rubber farmer in Kota Bani Village, Putri Hijau Sub-District, Bengkulu Utara Regency, Bengkulu Province.
— Antara News

OJK slashes 2019 credit growth target to 9-11 percent
The Financial Service Authority (OJK) has revised downward its target of bank loan growth for 2019 from 9 to 11 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp538 trillion, owing to the impact of the US-China trade war on exports and financing needs.
— 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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