Indonesia morning news for March 27

Indonesia morning news for March 27
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Indonesia morning newsGaruda pulls 737 Max order as cockpit recording reveals Lion Air pilots battle (video)
Garuda Indonesia late last week became the first airline globally to cancel orders for the Boeing 737 Max, citing passenger fear of flying on them.
— AEC News Today

Cash splash spurs Indonesia’s economy ahead of election
Indonesia’s economy, the biggest in Southeast Asia, is getting a boost from an election campaign that’s kicking into high gear.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Mandatory halal certification as Indonesia tries to snare share of $3trln Sharia market
With almost 269 million people, Indonesia is the world’s most Muslim populated country. However, when it comes to cashing in on the global halal industry it ranks 10th, alongside Brunei, for its ability to seize opportunities in the Islamic economy.
— AEC News Today

Jokowi vows to continue work on Trans-Sumatra railway track
Indonesian Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has vowed to continue the construction of the Trans-Sumatra railway track connecting Dumai city in Riau Province to Labuhanbatu in North Sumatra Province.
— Antara News

How to tackle Indonesia’s persistent gender inequality
INDONESIAN President Joko Widodo’s track record of considering gender representation in ministerial appointments is lauded in global circles. With nine women appointed to his cabinet, there are more female cabinet ministers in Indonesia than in countries such as Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
— Asian Correspondent

Leaders Urged to Reduce Abstainers in Wake of Indonesia Election
Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo ordered regional leaders and village heads across the country to help suppress the number of possible abstainers ahead of the 2019 Indonesia election.

Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes Sulawesi, Indonesia USGS
Intellasia East Asia News A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Sulawesi of Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck 129 km (80 miles) southeast of the city of Palu at a depth of 10 km.
— Intellasia

Indonesia must seize trade war opportunity
As the trade tensions between Beijing and Washington push global manufacturers to consider moving more production out of China, they are thinking about where to go.
— Asian Nikkei Review (paywall)

Lake must be a mainstay of Indonesian tourism: BAPPENAS
Stating that lake must be one of the mainstays of tourism in the country, Head of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Bambang Brodjonegoro said that more efforts were needed to revitalize the Lake.
— Antara News

Businesses seek lower tax rate to improve competitiveness
Representatives of two business associations have called on the government to lower the rate of corporate income tax so they can manufacture products that can compete in the global market.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia says it will ‘mainstream’ low-carbon development
By 2045, the centenary of Indonesia’s independence, citizens could be as wealthy as those of the Netherlands or Germany today, the report found. But it will need to make careful choices across all sectors of the economy.
— Climate Change News

Volcano eruption forces airport shutdown in eastern Indonesia
The Leo Wattimena airport in Indonesia’s North Maluku province was closed on Tuesday as volcanic ashes from Mount Dukono volcano endangered flights, an official of an affected airline said.
— Xinhua

Jokowi announces RoRo ferry for Malacca-Dumai route
Presidential Candidate Number 01 Joko Widodo announced the Malaka-Dumai roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) ferry to the people of Riau.
— Antara News

Indonesia rejects US Golan move
Indonesia has “strongly rejected” the United States’ recent recognition of the disputed Golan Heights as Israeli territory, saying such a decision was “not conducive” to create peace and stability in the Middle East.
— The Jakarta Post

IoT and Future Digital Economy Lab to advance Indonesia in the Industry 4.0 era
The Internet of Things (IoT) and Future Digital Economy Lab of the Bandung Institute of Technology was recently inaugurated by the Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto.
— Open GovAsia

Thousands of kids homeless six months after Indonesia quake-tsunami
Thousands of children are living in makeshift shelters six months after a devastating earthquake and tsunami pounded the Indonesian city of Palu, aid agencies said Tuesday (March 26), as authorities wrestle with a “painfully slow” recovery.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude strikes off Moluccas Islands, Indonesia USGS
Intellasia East Asia News A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Indonesia’s Moluccas Islands on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake struck in the sea, 147 km (92 miles) northwest of the city of Ternate and at a depth of 76.5 km.
— Intellasia

Indonesia raises 21.1 trln rupiah from retail sukuk – govt
Indonesia has raised 21.1 trillion rupiah ($1.49 billion) through the sale of retail Islamic bonds, the finance ministry said on Tuesday, as Jakarta bumps up such issuance to reduce its dependence on foreign funds.
— Salaam Gateway

Frequent fires take toll on Jambi peat forest
Orang Kayo Hitam Forest Park in Jambi is still suffering the effects of frequent forest fires.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Illegal animal trade / Indonesia busts Russian smuggling drugged orangutan
A Russian tourist attempting to smuggle a drugged orangutan out of Indonesia in his suitcase to bring home and keep as a pet has been arrested in Bali, police said Saturday
— Southeast Asia Globe

Jokowi vows to extend Aceh Special Autonomy fund
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) promised to fight for extending the special autonomy fund received by Aceh Province if he were to be re-elected president.
— Antara News

Leaders Urged to Reduce Abstainers in Wake of Indonesia Election
Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo ordered regional leaders and village heads across the country to help suppress the number of possible abstainers ahead of the 2019 Indonesia election.

Indonesia’s first subway opens in its gridlocked capital
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia’s long-awaited first subway opened Sunday in the country’s capital with the aim of relieving crippling traffic gridlock in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Intellasia

Rail project helps Indonesian workers gain experience
Construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway station in eastern Jakarta, Indonesia is proving to be a learning opportunity for Indonesian workers, who have gained experience and knowledge of advanced Chinese rail technology.
— Global Times

Intellectually impaired man on trial for alleged drug smuggling
Wendra Purnama’s lips trembled when he answered questions posed to him by a panel of judges during his drug trial at the Tangerang District Court on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Legislators Agree on MRT Tariff Scheme
The Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) has approved the city government’s proposal for the MRT tariff scheme. The DPRD speaker, Prasetio Edi Marsudi, said the suggested average tariff of Rp8,500, which was passed during Monday’s meeting, is the same as what the regional government calculated.

In Indonesia, a company intimidates, evicts and plants oil palm without permits
One day in March last year, Rahim was shocked and furious to find an excavator rolling through his rice field, turning the bright green grains into piles of mud.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s current development path unsustainable: Bappenas
After suffering a national monetary crisis during the 1998 Asian Financial crisis, Indonesia has been experiencing rapid growth ever since, allowing it to keep pace with developing countries such as China and India while reducing its income gap with developed nations.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Religious Affairs Ministry revokes permits of two umrah companies
The Religious Affairs Ministry’s Director General of Hajj and Umrah Organizations imposed sanctions on five umrah service providers, and revoked the permits of two of them — PT.
— Antara News

Indonesia rejects Trump’s recognition of Golan Heights as part of Israel
Indonesia yesterday joined a growing chorus of criticism led by a handful of Gulf states against the Trump administration’s decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rampant Illegal Fishing; Gov’t Urged to Step Up Maritime Security
The Indonesian fisheries watchdog, Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW), coordinator Abdi Suhufan said that illegal fishing committed by foreign boats are still rampant.

Business as usual for Indonesia despite fixed ride-hailing fares
SOUTHEAST Asia’s ride-hailing services are expected to reach US$20 billion by 2025. However, the introduction of tariffs can make the road to that targeted value a bumpy one.
— Tech Wire Asia

Jokowi – Ma’ruf Introduce Creative Campaign Using Hologram
Presidential candidate number 01 Joko “Jokowi” Widodo introduced creative campaigns to the public on the first day of the open campaign. Jokowi and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin would contact eligible voters through a phone call and use hologram technology for their campaign.

Govt should consider tax from YouTubers: Economist
The Government should consider demanding taxes from the informal sector, such as a YouTuber, as it has not been optimally explored, said the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) economist, Aviliani.
— Antara News

Ministry considers playtime limit for video games like PUBG
The debate on video games and their alleged negative side effects continues as the Communications and Information Ministry seeks to impose playtime restrictions on popular battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi welcomed with recitation of salawat in Lhokseumawe, Aceh
Incumbent President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was welcomed with a recitation of salawat (salutation and blessing on the Prophet Muhammad SAW) by supporters during an open campaign held in Lhokseumawe, Aceh Province, on Tuesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia theme park censors mermaid statues’ breasts
Ancol Dreamland in the capital city Jakarta placed golden chest wraps on the mermaid figures, which have been at the park for the last 15 years.
— BBC News

LIPI Points out Potential Voter Migration in 2019 Election
A national political development researcher from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Aisyah Putri Budiarti, pointed out potential voter migration ahead of the presidential election day on April 17, 2019.

RI Consulate in Vanimo hands over former prisoner from Jayapura
The Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday (3/26) handed over Gusta Adolof Puhiri alias Luki Gusta, a former prisoner who had just finished serving his sentence in Vanimo prison, to his family.
— Antara News

Gibbon electrocuted by power line months after North Sumatra village gets electricity
In a rare incident that highlights the perils of the government’s infrastructure drive, a black-furred gibbon was electrocuted by a power line that had only recently been strung through a forest in Padang Lawas Utara regency in North Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo Camp: Indosat Buyback Important for Frequency Sovereignty
The narrative to buyback Indosat, as promised by vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno, is seen as a positive discourse by their campaign team. The camp also claims that the corporate act would be a profitable one.

Indonesian Muslims urged to maintain unity ahead of elections
Popular Islamic preacher Abdullah Gymnastiar has called on all Muslims in Indonesia to maintain Islamic and national brotherhood as well as to avoid rifts over different political preferences in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
— Antara News

Sports Minister on Fixing Downside of Online Gaming, PUBG
The Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister (Menpora) Imam Nahrawi talked about the possible ban imposed on the current online gaming craze, Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

State Enterprise Minister calls for hardwork to achieve industry 4.0
State Enterprise (BUMN) Minister Rini Soemarno has urged every state enterprise to work harder to achieve the fourth industrial revolution, also referred to as industry 4.0.
— Antara News

Traffic-choked Jakarta inaugurates mass rapid transit system
Intellasia East Asia News Indonesia’s capital inaugurated its first mass rapid transit system on Sunday, a $1.1 billion project seen as crucial to tackling some of the world’s worst traffic congestion.
— Intellasia


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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