Indonesia morning news for May 15

Indonesia morning news for May 15
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Indonesia to Unveil Sharia Economic Master Plan
Indonesia will aim to push interest-free Islamic banking into the mainstream and boost domestic production of halal (permissible) foods, products and services when the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country unveils its first Sharia economic master plan on Tuesday, a government official said.
— Benar News

Indonesia’s first-quarter current account deficit in 2019 shrinks: BI
Indonesia’s current account deficit narrowed to US$7 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019, thereby making its economy more resilient to external shocks.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s quest for a new capital gains fresh impetus
News that Indonesia is looking to relocate its capital city has been received enthusiastically by those hoping their cities will be picked as the new location.
— The Straits Times

Landslides kill 5 in illegal Indonesian gold mine
Landslides in Indonesia triggered by heavy rains have killed at least five in an illegal gold mine in the west of the country, local media reported on Tuesday.
— Anadolu Agency

State revenue grows slowly as commodity prices stagnate
The government has been urged to find ways to increase state revenue, which grew only 4.9 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first quarter, much lower than the 12.6 percent growth in the corresponding period last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank customers’ personal data sold to credit card salespeople: Kompas investigation
A network of credit card salespeople and bank employees have been trading the personal information of bank customers and credit card holders with each other in an effort to make quicker sales, as reported by Kompas daily in a recent investigation.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo refuses to accept final presidential vote count
The number 02 presidential and vice presidential candidate, Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, refused to accept the results of the General Election Commission (KPU)’s vote count, which they charged are fraudulent.
— Antara News

Government projects tourism forex earnings to hit US$18 billion
Tourism Minister Arief Yahya has projected that the tourism sector will contribute US$17.6-18 billion to the national economy, well above foreign exchange earnings from crude palm oil (CPO), which is now the country’s largest …
— Antara News

George Clooney misfires among LGBT activists over ‘warning shot’ to Malaysia, Indonesia
Oscar-winning actor George Clooney was criticised by LGBT and activists on Tuesday (May 14) after he called a boycott of luxury hotels owned by Brunei and a sent “warning shot” to Indonesia and Malaysia should they consider introducing similar anti-gay laws.
— The Star Online

Throwing money at corruption
At the turn of the year, Indonesia’s National Police announced that it would increase the allowances of police officers by 70 percent.
— The Asean Post

Government urged to lower 10 percent VAT, upper limit tariff
The government is urged to decrease the 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) in the tariff for domestic flight tickets as a solution in lowering the price of airline tickets and the upper limit tariff .
— Antara News

BI’s 2,900 cash exchange points to serve public during Ramadhan
Bank Indonesia (BI) has readied some 2,900 cash exchange points across Indonesia, including in its border, outlying, and remote areas, that will be operational between May 13 and June 1, 2019.
— Antara News

High-speed railway construction to reach 59 percent before 2019-end
State Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno is eyeing to complete 59 percent of the construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway project before the end of 2019.
— Antara News

Police to Pick Up Bachtiar Nasir by Force for Investigation
National Police planned to pick up former chairman of the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council Edict (GNPF MUI) Bachtiar Nasir by force by the time the latter arrives in Indonesia. Bachtiar had thrice failed to meet the summons issued by the Police Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim).

Sandiaga: BPN will Expose Electoral Fraud
Prabowo Subianto’s running mate in the 2019 presidential election, Sandiaga Uno, claims that he has enough evidence for fraud and manipulation in last month’s election.
— Indonesia Expat

CORRECTED-Taiwan’s Pegatron to invest $300 mln to build factory in Indonesia
Taiwan’s electronics company Pegatron Corp plans to invest $300 million in an Indonesian factory to produce smart home devices, an Indonesian government official said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Big feast to break fast in Indonesia
The holy month of Ramadan is a special time of the year at the Jogokariyan Mosque.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Indonesia on alert for monkeypox, tightens inspection on visitors from Singapore, Nigeria
The government, particularly the Health Ministry, has intensified efforts to prevent the spread of monkeypox after Singapore reported its first case of the rare virus recently.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Sandiaga Uno to Report BPN Findings of Claimed Election Frauds
The Prabowo Subianto campaign team known as BPN announced that it will present their findings regarding elections frauds that happened during the 2019 general elections today.

Terror alert in Jakarta: More than 32,000 troops deployed ahead of election results
Indonesia is deploying more than 32,000 troops to secure its capital Jakarta, following intelligence of possible terrorist attacks during the release of the presidential election results in the week ahead.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police arrest ATM technician after $2,497 stolen in East Jakarta
The police have arrested a man who allegedly stole from three ATMs on Jl. Condet Raya, East Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia set to become main producer in global halal industry by 2024
The Government has unveiled the Indonesian Islamic Economics Masterplan (MEKSI) 2019-2024, which recommended four strategic steps with the goal of Indonesia becoming a major producer in the global halal industry by 2024.
— Antara News

West Java aims to be malaria-free by 2022
The West Java administration is aiming to be malaria-free by 2022, as at least four regencies in the province are still being declared malaria-endemic areas.
— The Jakarta Post

Effective family planning is critical for future of Indonesia
High fertility rates in the world’s fourth biggest country continue to pose a threat to the health of the nation and its prosperity, writes Jenna Dodson.
— Intellasia

WRI Seeking Developers for Community-Based Peatland Monitoring Initiative
WRI is inviting tenders from interested companies to be considered for a contract to work on web development and UI-UX services to develop a virtual platform initiative to monitor and visualize various aspects of peatland restoration in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi: Sharia Economy Is Key to Becoming World’s Largest Economy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that sharia economy is a vital key to reaching Indonesia’s vision in becoming one of the world’s largest economies in 2045.

Government extends LinkAja digital payments to sharia businesses
The government, through the National Islamic Finance Committee (KNKS), expanded the scope of the consolidated state-owned digital payment system, LinkAja, into the sharia payment system.
— Antara News

Bachtiar Nasir Flees to Saudi Arabia, Skips Questioning for Third Time
Bachtiar Nasir, the former chairman of the National Movement to Safeguard the Indonesian Ulema Council’s Fatwa, or GNPF-MUI, again skipped questioning in a money-laundering case on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Trade Ministry promises to tighten verification on waste imports following outcry
Amid increasing calls for stricter regulations on waste imports, the Trade Ministry said it was working on a revision to its 2016 regulation on non-hazardous waste imports to prevent a higher waste influx from other countries in the future.
— The Jakarta Post

Court rejects Romahurmuziy’s pretrial motion
The South Jakarta District Court has rejected former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy’s pretrial motion against the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), upholding the antigraft body’s decision to name him a suspect in a bribery case centering on a promotion at the Religious Affairs Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Activist Eggi Sudjana arrested by Jakarta Police over treason
The Jakarta Police took lawyer and political activist Eggi Sudjana into custody following almost 13 hours of interrogation since Monday afternoon.
— Antara News

As Jakarta sinks, Indonesia revives plans to relocate capital
Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, has another problem in addition to its traffic and pollution: The city of 10 million is sinking.
— Intellasia

Police arrest teen boy and girl for riding motorcycle in underwear during ‘sahur on the road’ in E. Kalimantan
Sahur is the meal Muslims have before they go on to fast during the day during Ramadan, and sahur on the road (SOTR) is ostensibly a tradition in which Muslims share their pre-dawn meals outside of their homes to strengthen community bonds.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Jakarta-Bandung Fast Train Project Sees Completion of Key Tunnel
The China-backed Jakarta-Bandung fast train project reached an important milestone on Tuesday with the completion of the Walini Tunnel, the first of 13 underground passages along its track.
— Jakarta Globe

Anies Baswedan Urged to Halt BMW Stadium Construction
The lawyer of PT Buana Permata Hijau, Damianus Renjaan, demanded Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan stop the construction project of Jakarta International Stadium or commonly known BMW Stadium.

Policy loopholes turn Indonesia into dumping site: Environmentalists
Environmentalists have called on the trade ministry to immediately revise its 2016 regulation on waste imports, saying it contains several loopholes that have turned Indonesia into a dump site for developed countries.
— Intellasia

Civil Organizations Reject Wiranto`s Legal Assistance Team
A civil society group will reportedly reject the decision of Coordinating Minister of Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto upon forming a legal assistance team, which they deem an abuse of the law

High-speed train stations construction to be completed on schedule
Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Rini Soemarno wants the construction of all fast train stations to be completed on schedule, along with the completion of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project.
— Antara News

Seven Thai fishing crew members to be deported
The Lampulo Marine and Fishery Resources Control Base (PSDKP) in Aceh province has handed over seven Thai crew members working on Malaysian-registered fishing boats prior to their being deported, according to Head of the PSDKP.
— Antara News

Police confirm two dead in landslide at Bogor illegal mining site
Police have confirmed that two miners died in a landslide at an illegal mining site located at the foot of Mount Pongkor in Bogor District, West Java.
— Antara News

Public should not worry over subsidized LPG supplies: Pertamina
PT Pertamina (Persero) of the West and Central Kalimantan Region requested the people to not harbor any apprehensions over receiving subsidized LPG since it had increased supplies and stocks, steadily surpassing the normal.
— Antara News

Indonesia: The New Tiger Of Southeast Asia
In the second half of the last century, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan became known as Asia’s “tiger” economies as rapid industrialization, trade, and development of finance led to high rates of sustained growth.
— Forbes

Police Arrest Eggi Sudjana for Treason
Political activist Eggi Sudjana was arrested for treason while being interrogated by the Jakarta Police on Tuesday morning.
— Jakarta Globe

Hoteliers pessimistic following new airfare policy
The Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) has expressed pessimism at the notion that the government’s policy to lower ceiling prices of airplane tickets by 12 to 16 percent will increase occupancy rates.
— The Jakarta Post

Government sets timeline for capital city relocation
The government has set a timeline for the relocation of the capital, showing its seriousness to realize the plan that was introduced by founding president Sukarno.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT Jakarta’s no-eating rule goes unheeded
As soon as the sounds of adzan (call to prayer) were heard in the moving trains of the MRT Jakarta on Monday, passengers observing Ramadan were quick to open their bottles of water to break the fast.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta, Papua lag behind in vote counting
With only a week to go before the national deadline, on May 22, disputes still cloud the vote-tabulation process in half of the provinces in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi listens to stories of palace journalists
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) listened to up and down stories of the journalists who are used to covering activities and the president’s working visits at home and abroad.
— Antara News

Jambi police arrest civil servant for alleged drug smuggling
The Jambi police recently apprehended a civil servant of Riau Islands Government, identified as MRA, for allegedly smuggling 1.3 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine and 12 thousand ecstasy pills, a top Riau Islands.
— Antara News

Police shall not underestimate threats against president: Lemkapi
The Police Strategic Study Institute (Lemkapi) said that any threat that targeted the president should not be underestimated, and the police should take stern measures against anyone issuing a threat.
— Antara News

FM confirms arrest of suspected Indonesian terrorist in Malaysia
The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the arrest of four suspected terrorists, one of whom was suspected of being an Indonesian citizen, by the Malaysian Police (PDRM) on Monday (13/5).
— Antara News

People must go through official channels over electoral disputes: KPU
The Southeast Sulawesi’s General Election Commission (KPU) has emphasized that despite transparency in vote recapitulating calculations at the plenary meeting, those discontented with the election results can go through.
— Antara News

Thailand cooperates with Indonesia to push creative industries
Thailand joins hands with Indonesia to push for creative industries starting with three major industries with a growth target of five percent per year.
— Thailand Business News

11th Asia Sustainable Oil Palm Summit Spotlights on Sustainability, New Technologies, Certifications
In the face of EU’s ban on palm oil in biofuels and the resulting trade war with Indonesia and Malaysia, the Jakarta summit will start off with a Keynote Speech by Nicholas Whittle, CFO, PT Sawit Sumbermas Sarana – ‘The Indonesian Palm Oil Industry – Staying Resilient to Market Challenges’.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Central Sulawesi to cultivate garlic to meet local demand
The Central Sulawesi provincial government, through the Food Crops and Horticulture Office in the area, will cultivate garlic to cater to the local market demand that tends to rise annually.
— Antara News

Fresh water Nira emerges popular choice to break Ramadhan fast
The sweet taste, unique aroma, and freshness of Nira water, with its innate characteristic freshness, extracted from palm trees, is popular among those breaking their fast in Lhokseumawe, Aceh; Padang, West Sumatra; and others.
— Antara News


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges Vesak Day, May 17. 


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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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