Indonesia morning news for June 5

Indonesia morning news for June 5
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US to sell 34 surveillance drones to Indonesia, allies in South China Sea region
The Trump administration has moved ahead with a surveillance drone sale to four US allies in the South China Sea region as acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Washington will no longer “tiptoe” around Chinese behavior in Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

Widodo bemoans lack of competition in Indonesia
Indonesian president Joko Widodo perceives a lack of competition in Indonesia’s airline market, and hopes to find ways to make the industry more efficient.
— Flight Global

Government owes Rp 82.94t to energy companies because of fuel program: BPK
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) finds that the government fuel program, through which Premium-branded gasoline and Solar-branded diesel fuel were sold below their economic prices, cost two energy companies a total of Rp 82.94 trillion (US$5.83 billion).
— The Jakarta Post

Suicide bombing outside police station in Indonesia’s central Java injures bomber
A suicide bombing outside a police station in Indonesia’s Central Java province before midnight Monday has left the bomber badly injured, national police spokesman Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo said here on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Accident Rate Tumbles 88 Percent during Eid Homecoming Peak
The Eid homecoming exodus this year ended on Saturday, June 1, 2019.

Indonesia foils attempted smuggling of rare lobster seeds, nabs smugglers
Police in Indonesia’s East Java province have thwarted attempted smuggling of rare lobster seeds offshore and arrested seven alleged smugglers of the species, officials said here.
— Xinhuanet

Suicide bomber of Kartasura blast indoctrinated by ISIS: Police
Chief of the Public Information Bureau of the National Police Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo reported that RA, the suspected suicide bomber behind Monday’s Kartasura explosion, had been indoctrinated by ISIS fanatical teachings.
— Antara News

Healthtech opportunities in Indonesia as country seeks universal healthcare
Exertions to reform healthcare sector using technology are underway to provide affordable and high-quality healthcare to Indonesians and expats in Indonesia.
— Medicaldevice-Network

Consumption of high octane fuel jumps during exodus
State-owned energy holding company Pertamina says the consumption of high-octane Pertamax fuel has increased significantly during the ongoing Idul Fitri exodus as people were trying to maintain the best performance of their vehicles.
— The Jakarta Post

Thousands of prisoners get Idul Fitri sentence cut
The Law and Human Rights Ministry has reduced the prison sentence of 112,523 Muslim inmates across the country as part of Idul Fitri celebrations.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to study Jokowi’s open sky proposal
The Transportation Ministry is studying a proposal made by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who suggested inviting foreign airlines to serve domestic routes as an attempt to push down airfares.
— The Jakarta Post

Government continues to intervene in markets to stabilize prices
The government continues to intervene in the market to keep the prices of major commodities stable ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday, which falls on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Religious Affairs Minister expounds on alleged gratification
Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin clarified about Rp70 million gratuity allegedly accepted from Haris Hasanuddin as noted in the indictment for the former head of Religious Affairs Ministry’s East Java Office read out at the May-29 trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court.
— Antara News

Nearly 6,230 police officers to secure Jakarta over Idul Fitri
The police have deployed 6,226 officers to major areas of the capital to ensure public order and safety through June 13 as many residents return to their hometowns to celebrate the Idul Fitri holiday.
— The Jakarta Post

FAA: Some Boeing 737 MAX Jets May Have Bad Parts
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Sunday disclosed a new problem involving Boeing Co’s grounded 737 MAX, saying that more than 300 of that troubled plane and an older model 737 may contain improperly manufactured parts and that the agency will require these parts to be quickly replaced.
— Intellasia

S&P upgrades rating of eight Indonesian companies
After upgrading Indonesia’s sovereign rating to BBB from BBB- with stable outlook, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has also looked into the long-term debt rating of nine Indonesian companies and their bonds.
— The Jakarta Post

Lebaran starts early for Muslim minorities
As the majority of Muslims across the country await Idul Fitri, small Muslim communities across the archipelago celebrated the Islamic holy day on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Visa bribery case puts spotlight on immigration offices
The recent arrest of immigration officials in a case of alleged bribery may be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to corruption within the immigration system, which is feared to be rampant amid a high influx of foreign tourists to the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Flood inundates Indonesia-Malaysia border a day before Eid al-Fitr
A day prior to the Eid al-Fitr holiday, the Indonesia-Malaysia border area, Badau Sub-district, in the Kapuas Hulu area of West Kalimantan was inundated with floodwaters averaging half-a-meter in height.
— Antara News

Suspected suicide bomber yet alive despite serious injuries
The man responsible for bombing the Sukoharjo police resort’s monitoring post on Tuesday night suffered grave injuries.
— Antara News

Aceh police station to relocate 90 inmates after jail riot
The Sigli Police in Pidie, Aceh, have temporarily relocated dozens of inmates from its detention center to other facilities after a riot involving at least 466 inmates on Monday caused a fire.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI condemns suicide bombing at Sukoharjo Security Post
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) condemned the suicide bombing that took place at Tugu Kartasura Security Post, Sukoharjo in Central Java.
— Antara News

Ministry guarantees food supply adequate during Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr
Agriculture Ministry’s Agency of Food Security made assurance of food supply sufficing during the 2019 Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr on the basis of results of the forecast made of the strategic basic food availability and requirement.
— Antara News

Indonesia govt official labels LGBTI people ‘main enemy of national development’
The head of Indonesia’s population and family planning agency has labeled LGBTI citizens the ‘main enemy of national development’.
— GaystarNews

How changing the way we move water can fight air pollution
SharesIndonesia’s air quality has deteriorated from among the cleanest in the world to one of the most polluted over the past two decades, with Jakarta being recently ranked as the city with the worst air quality in Southeast Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

Working as one: how Indonesia came together for its peatlands and forests
In September 2015, the sky above Kalimantan, Indonesia, turned a dark yellow as fires swept across the region’s peatlands emitting a dense haze.
— UN Environment

Indonesia May Have Resolved Its ‘Brexit’ Conundrum
A toll gate in Central Java, named after Britain’s efforts to leave the European Union, may have gained notoriety during the 2016 Idul Fitri holiday exodus, when massive traffic congestion over several days resulted in many travelers literally dying from exhaustion.
— Jakarta Globe

Tokopedia beefs up one-day delivery as Amazon eyes Indonesia
Tokopedia is defending its position as Indonesia’s top e-commerce player against an expected onslaught from foreign rivals by extending one day delivery
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Quiet suicide bomber rarely socialized: Police
Head of the National Police Information Bureau Pol Brigadier Dedi Prasetyo said RA, who detonated a bomb in front of Tugu Kartasura Traffic Monitoring Post, Sukoharjo, Central Java, was reported to be quiet and described as rarely socializing, according to information provided by RA’s father and brother.
— Antara News

The seven best investment opportunities in India and Indonesia
India and Indonesia are well-placed for growth, and there are plenty of ways to invest.
— Money Week

No Confusion This Year, All Indonesian Muslims Will Celebrate Idul Fitri on June 5
The exact day of Idul Fitri, based on the sighting of the new moon, sometimes creates controversies in Indonesia, as different Muslim groups offer their own astronomical calculations to decide the end of the Ramadan month and the beginning of Syawal – when Lebaran is celebrated – in the Islamic lunar calendar.
— Jakarta Globe

Kartasura Bomb is Low Explosive: Police
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said the bomb used to attack the police shelter at the Kartasura Monument junction was of a low-explosive category. The police also said the suicide bomber was an amateur.

OPD leadership should follow up on BPK’s recommendations: Sangihe Head
Head of Sangihe Islands District, North Sulawesi, Jabes Ezar Gaghana urged the Regional Governmental Apparatus Organization’s (OPD’s) leaders to give serious consideration to following up on recommendations of the Audit …
— Antara News

Accused NDIS fraudsters had property in Indonesia: court
Members of a syndicate accused of defrauding the National Disability Insurance Scheme of almost $3 million sent thousands of dollars to Indonesia, where they jointly owned land on the getaway island of Lombok, a court has heard.
— Sydney Morning Herald

Landslide severs access to Trans Sulawesi Line “Coffee Plantation”
Access to the Trans Sulawesi line on the Toboli-Taweli National Road shaft, or the “Coffee Plantation” line, was totally cut off after landslide triggered by incessant rain lashing Monday (June 3) buried the road body.
— Antara News

Police urge public not to stage parade on eve of Idul Fitri
The National Police are urging takbiran (recitation of Allah is great) convoys against taking to the streets on the eve of Idul Fitri, which will fall on Wednesday
— The Jakarta Post

Aquaculture Innovation Challenge names five finalists
The 2019 Aquaculture Innovation Challenge, a competition designed to encourage innovation in Indonesia’s shrimp aquaculture sector, has named five finalists, with a winner to be chosen on 28 June.
— Seafood Source

Iftar on the road: Indonesian students serve meals
In celebration and observance of the holy month of Ramazan, Indonesian and Thai students of the International Islamic University jointly organised an Iftar meals programme in Islamabad on Monday.
— Tribune


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Eid al-Fitr, June 4 – 5. 


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Stella-maris Ewudolu

Journalist at AEC News Today

Stella-maris graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Education from Ebonyi State University, Nigeria in 2005.

Between November 2010 and February 2012 she was a staff writer at Daylight Online, Nigeria writing on health, fashion, and relationships. From 2010 – 2017 she worked as a freelance screen writer for ‘Nollywood’, Nigeria.

She joined AEC News Today in December 2016.

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