Indonesia morning news for June 26

Indonesia morning news for June 26
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Constitutional Court ready to rule on Prabowo’s petition
The courtroom phase of the legal battle surrounding the presidential election result has ended and whether or not losing candidate Prabowo Subianto can overturn incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection victory now awaits the Constitutional Court judges’ ruling.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt looking to help 81 million millennials afford housing
Owing to a combination of increasing housing prices and high costs of living, 81 million Indonesian millennials cannot afford to buy a house or apartment, according to the Public Works and Housing Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia military: Use of child soldiers a rights violation
An Indonesian military spokesman said Tuesday that any use of child soldiers by Papuan independence fighters would be a violation of human rights that implicates both the rebels and state institutions.

Indonesia delays purchase of new tax system software as revenue below target
Indonesia’s tax office will postpone until next year the purchase of new US$200 million (S$271 million) software to analyse compliance and boost revenues in South-east Asia’s largest economy, the tax chief said on Tuesday (June 25).
— Strait Times

‘It’s final’, minister says of Indonesian capital relocation
The Indonesian government has been seriously considering a plan to move the capital city off Java, saying it would work to realise it within the next five years, a senior minister said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

The elusive 7 percent: Major reform required in Indonesia to boost e-commerce growth
For Indonesia to reach its elusive 7 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth target during the second term, the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo government will have to implement some difficult reforms.
— Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Sees Weaker Growth, Rate Cuts
Indonesia’s finance minister said the economy will probably expand at a slower pace than previously forecast, and that she would be happy if the central bank lowered interest rates to help stoke economic growth.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s silence on Uighur debate ‘complicated’: IPAC report
In vying for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council next year, Indonesia may face pressure to more directly address allegations of abuse against the Uighur Muslim minority in China after much silence on the government’s part, a research note suggests.
— Jakarta Post

P2P lending platform KoinWorks raises US$16.5M in Series B funding round
Led by EV Growth and Quona Capital, this funding round for KoinWorks follows a Series A funding round it raised in earlier this year Indonesian peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platform KoinWorks has raised an IDR170 billion (US$16.5 million) Series B funding round.
— e27

Indonesia showers property buyers with waivers to spur economy
Indonesia slashed income tax on the sale of luxury properties in the latest bid to spark a revival in its stagnant property sector and support growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— The Star Online

Protestors block road near Soekarno-Hatta runway project
People whose homes are to be demolished to make way for the construction of a new runway at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, have blocked Jl. Perimeter Utara near the project site in protest, claiming they have not received the agreed upon compensation.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian minister draws attention to dangers of plastic waste
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has called on Indonesians to curtail the production of plastic waste, as it can degrade the environmental quality, especially in oceans and rivers.
— Antara News

Survey indicates 16 thousand Batam workers involved in drug abuse
The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) Office, Riau Islands Province, recorded 16 thousand workers in Batam Island being involved in drug abuse according to results of a survey conducted along with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s economic growth unaffected by global pressure: Minister
Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Darmin Nasution expressed belief that Indonesia’s economic growth will continue in spite of the current global pressure.
— Antara News

Grab partners with Ministry of Tourism to revive iconic transportation in Indonesia
It aims to improve driver-partners’ welfare as well as the economic impact to the tourism destinations Cab-hailing major Grab has announced a partnership with Iconic Transportation Services and the Ministry of Tourism in Indonesia to revive the there-wheeler transportation industry in various cities, with an aim to boost the tourist experience and attraction in the country, as well as to provide more options.
— e27

West Java Government targets to attract 1.8 million foreign tourists
The West Java provincial government has targeted to attract 48 million domestic tourists and 1.8 million foreign travelers to visit the province this year.
— Antara News

Batam city government bans use of imported plastic waste
The Batam city government barred imported plastic waste used as raw materials for industries in the coastal city owing to the harmful and damaging impact on the environment, a local government official stated here, Tuesday.
— Antara News

Four coordinating ministries propose Rp1.25 trillion budget for 2020
Four coordinating ministries proposed a total budget of Rp1.25 trillion in the 2020 state budget (APBN) during a working meeting with the Budget Committee of the House of Representatives (DPR) in Jakarta on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Police chief bans mass rally outside Constitutional Court building
Police has banned mass rallying outside the Constitutional Court (MK) building during the court’s Consultative Meeting of Judges before it gives a ruling on the presidential election dispute, Indonesian Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian emphasized.
— Antara News

Jakarta Police ban rallying before MK Building on June 27
Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Inspector General Gatot Eddy Pramono has barred from holding a demonstration prior to the Constitutional Court’s (MK’s) announcement on its verdict over the presidential election dispute on June 27, 2019.
— Antara News

KPK summons law and human rights minister
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has issued a summons to Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly over investigation into an e-ID card graft case on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s tech-enabled coffee chain Kopi Kenangan raises US$20M from Sequoia India
The company plans to open 150 outlets by the end of the year and expand to 1,000 stores throughout the country by 2021 Kopi Kenangan, a tech-enabled coffee chain that serves Indonesian-style coffee in the country, today announced it has raised US$20 million in a fresh round of investment from Sequoia India.
— e27

Japan continues repatriation of soldiers’ remains from Papua
The Japanese government will continue to repatriate the remains of its soldiers who died in Papua in the fight against the United States during World War II.
— Antara News

Indonesia keeps watchful eye on foreign scientists
A strict enforcement of visa rules on foreign scientists in the past three years and a legal initiative to criminalize illegal foreign research could hamper scientific development in the country, local scientists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra to reconsider remaining in opposition after outcome of presidential election lawsuit rendered
There are no eternal allegiances in politics, and, despite Gerindra’s fervent opposition against the government during and even before President Joko Widodo’s tenure, the party doing a 180 and supporting the government is not at all beyond the realm of possibility.
— Coconuts

KPK hints at crime behind major flooding in Southeast Sulawesi
Laode M. Syarif, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman, sought to conduct an evaluation over possible crime behind the flooding that wrecked parts of Southeast Sulawesi Province.
— Antara News

Improve all schools
Parents and students in Jakarta applied on Monday to state junior high and senior high schools, following registration for the new school year for areas outside the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Go-Jek integrates Enjoy Jakarta into Go-Tix
Homegrown service provider app Go-Jek has collaborated with the Jakarta administration to integrate “Enjoy Jakarta” with Go-Tix, the app’s ticketing platform.
— The Jakarta Post

AIA Indonesia appoints Sainthan Satyamoorthy as new president director
Indonesian life insurance company PT AIA Financial (AIA Indonesia), part of the multinational company AIA Group, has appointed Sainthan Satyamoorthy as its new president director, replacing Ben Ng, who has been assigned to a new position at AIA Malaysia.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau’s land, forest fires covered 3,147 hectares in Jan-June 2019
Land and forest fires in Riau Province during the period from January to June covered an area of 3,147 hectares, according to data of the Land and Forest Fire Task Force.
— Antara News

Banks prefer to disburse loans to state-owned enterprises
A number of bankers have acknowledged that they favor state-owned enterprises (SOEs) when disbursing loans, with SOEs accounting for almost 30 percent of funding recipients, the maximum quota allowed by the Financial Services Authority (OJK).
— The Jakarta Post

Facebook launches “hangout spot” for startup, developer communities in Jakarta
Facebook has launched the Lab Innovation Indonesia (Linov), a facility that aims to provide a space for communities to gather, at CoHive Plaza Asia, Senayan, South Jakarta.

Sriwijaya XXVIII Festival in Palembang struggles to attract tourists
Sriwijaya XXVIII Festival – the latest iteration of South Sumatra’s premier cultural event held from June 16 to 22 around the iconic Ampera Bridge in Palembang – pulled out all the stops to woo the public with a host of colorful festivities showcasing local heritage, as well as the history of the titular ancient kingdom.
— The Jakarta Post

Building a dynamic employee experience through avant-garde workspaces, intuitive enterprise solutions
In today’s modern and dynamic corporate culture characterized by competition for talent, employee experience (EX) is increasingly crucial, which leads many human resources leaders and executives around the world to focus their attention on the issue.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia to Provide Private Jet Charter Service in July
State airliner Garuda Indonesia will provide private jet chartering service through its marketplace application, GIA Mall. The corporate director of cargo and business development, Mohammad Iqbal, said the service will be available in July 2019.

Jakarta pride month celebrated with incident-free dialogue
While people in other world cities, such as New York and Tel Aviv celebrate Pride month with carnivals, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights community in Jakarta observed it with a low-key discussion on gender and sexuality.
— The Jakarta Post

Aceh ulema council wants to see fatwa against PUBG adopted into law, with caning as possible punishment
If Aceh’s top ulemas (Islamic scholars) continue their crusade against the popular military shooter video game PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) and similar games, the mere act of playing what they deem to be violent games may soon result in, ironically, violent punishment.
— Coconuts

KS Tubun Rusunawa designated for those with monthly incomes of Rp 4-7 million
The city administration has decided that the KS Tubun low-cost apartment (Rusunawa) in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, will be allocated for residents with monthly incomes of between Rp 4 million (US$282.8) and Rp 7 million.
— The Jakarta Post

Inmates at Indonesian prison riot over warden’s Quran reading requirement for parole
Due to the country’s increasingly conservative political atmosphere, officials in Muslim-majority Indonesia can rarely go wrong by pushing for more religious studies and requirements.
— Coconuts

Three bison calves born at Prigen zoo in Malang
Three bison calves have been born at Prigen Safari Park (TSP) in Pasuruan, East Java. With the calves, the park now has six American bison and five European bison.
— The Jakarta Post

Bengkalis housewife finds ecstasy pills worth Rp6 billion
A housewife in Bengkalis District, Riau, has found 30 thousand ecstasy pills worth some Rp6 billion in a suitcase in her backyard Tuesday at around 9.00 a.m. local time.
— Antara News

Man killed by pet python in West Java
A 42-year old man, identified as Jana, died tragically last Friday “at the hands” of his own 3-meter-long pet python, which strangled him to death in his backyard in Citiru village, Kutawaringin district, Bandung regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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