Indonesia morning news for May 16

Indonesia morning news for May 16

Indonesia morning news

Prabowo Says He Will Reject Fraudulent Election Result
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said he will reject the official election result set to be announced by the General Elections Commission, or KPU, on May 22, arguing that a “structured, systematic and massive” vote-rigging had plagued both the presidential and legislative elections on April 17.
— Jakarta Globe

Four development projects receive 37 million euros funding
Indonesia and Germany inked a cooperation agreement under which four development projects will receive funding of 37 million euros in areas of effective governance, technical and vocational education and training, and environment and biodiversity protection.
— Antara News

Air Carriers Reluctant to Drop Airfare despite Tariff Revised
Transportation Ministry determined to lower the upper limit tariff (TBA) of airlines ticket in a bid to suppress the trend on the rocketing airfare. Air carriers responded to the plan differently.

Indonesia tightens security ahead of presidential race result
Indonesia’s counter-terrorism squad has rounded up at least 10 people suspected of planning attacks during next week’s announcement of the results of April’s hotly contested presidential election, police said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Jokowi signs regulation on trading in border areas
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed Government Regulation No. 34/2019 on trading in border areas to regulate trade between Indonesians and foreigners who live along shared borders.
— The Jakarta Post

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Southeast Asia’s first high-speed train ready for operation by 2021
Breakthrough: A construction worker walks near the Walini tunnel, which was officially inaugurated on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Reformasi Activists to Send Five Thousand-Strong Crowd to Guard KPU
A group of former Reformasi activists are planning to send a 5,000-strong crowd to the General Elections Commission headquarters in Central Jakarta on May 21 to guard it before the announcement of the official election result the next day.
— Jakarta Globe

Prabowo’s campaign alters election victory claim, now says he actually won by 54.24% instead of 62%
On the evening of April 17, the day of Indonesia’s general election, all of the quick count polls uniformly projected that incumbent President Joko Widodo had soundly defeated Prabowo Subianto by over 10% points.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

Indonesia, US strengthen cooperation on unmanned aircraft system
Indonesia and the United States continue working together in the transfer of knowledge and technology related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
— Antara News

KPU Vote Count Reaches 82 Percent, Favors Jokowi over Prabowo
The General Elections Commission’s vote count information system (Situng KPU) as of May 15, 05:45 shows candidates Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin obtaining more votes compared to their opposition Prabowo – Sandaiga Uno.

Garuda shares slide after new airfare policy announced
Shares of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia decreased 2.93 percent to Rp 398 (3 US cents) on Tuesday, after the government announced it would lower airfare price ceilings by 12 to 16 percent, both for low-cost carriers and full service airlines that use planes with jet engines.
— The Jakarta Post

Tokopedia introduces fulfillment service TokoCabang
Indonesian e-commerce platform Tokopedia introduced fulfillment service TokoCabang to help merchants reach out to their customers without having to set up their own warehouses.
— e27

Indonesia’s new capital to be decided this year: Minister
Indonesia will decide the site of its new capital this year with the aim of it being ready by 2024, a minister said Wednesday (May 15).

Indonesia Government Looks for Alternatives to Overcrowded Prisons
The visiting room at Kerobokan Correctional Facility in Bali is usually full in the morning until noon on weekdays, when families and friends are allowed to visit.

Indonesia And South Korea Among Top 3 Global App Markets
Mobile data measurement company Adjust said in a new report that South Korea and Indonesia are among the world’s fastest-growing app markets as citizens lean on mobile applications for various activities.
— Business Times

Bali resort denies harassing injured S’porean couple for 250 million rupiah scooter compensation
A Bali resort, La Vie Villa, was thrusted into the spotlight recently after a Singaporean couple who was robbed on their holiday alleged that they were then threatened and harassed by the resort’s staff.
— Mothership

Minister Susi criticizes plastic import policy
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has criticized the government policy to import plastics, arguing that other countries including China, the largest plastic consumer, had prohibited plastic imports.
— The Jakarta Post

Will Trump target Indonesia next?
Indonesia is worried about being targeted by Donald Trump in a wider protectionist push, as trade tensions between the United States (US) and China continue to escalate, a senior minister said.
— The Asean Post

On the island of Java, a social forestry scheme creates jobs at home
For years, Parjan hoped his community might one day gain title to the Menoreh Hills. The green valley northwest of the Javan city of Yogyakarta was tilled and tended to by generations of the same families as sultans came and went.
— Mongabay

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Jakarta on terror alert ahead of election results
Indonesia is deploying more than 32,000 troops to secure the capital Jakarta, following intelligence of possible terrorist attacks during the impending release of the presidential election results next week.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Ministry confirms no monkeypox case recorded in Indonesia
Director General of Disease Prevention and Control at the Ministry of Health Anung Sugihantono gave confirmation that no case of monkeypox had yet been detected in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Bukit Asam to complete coal gasification feasibility studies in May
Publicly listed coal miner PT Bukit Asam (PTBA) will complete feasibility studies for its coal gasification project in Sumatra in May.
— The Jakarta Post

City to build low-cost apartments for Kampung Bandan fire victims, Anies claims
SharesFollowing a fire that destroyed three neighborhood units (RTs) in Kampung Bandan, Pademangan, North Jakarta, on Saturday, Governor Anies Baswedan said the city administration will build a Rusun (low-cost apartment) for the affected residents.
— The Jakarta Post

BNN Seize Rp3 bn from Illegal Drug Business at Jepara Prison
National Narcotics Agency (BNN) confiscated assets valued Rp3.1 billion belonged to a suspect in the illegal drugs trafficking case in a Correctional Institution, Muhammad Amin Nurrohman a.k.a. Emon.

Minister commits to offering working capital to disabled
Social Affairs Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita has minced no words in his pledge to offering working capital to those graduating from the Vocational Rehabilitation Agency for the Disabled looking to build their businesses.
— Antara News

One in five Indonesians don’t believe human activity causes climate change
A survey has revealed that 18 per cent of Indonesians do not believe human activity causes climate change, while another 6 per cent believe that the climate is not changing at all.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Soekarno-Hatta Airport to provide sleeping pods
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has announced that it will provide sleeping pods at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s Terminal 3, which serves international flights.
— The Jakarta Post

Surakarta Customs Foil Distribution of 6 mn Illegal Cigarettes
Surveillance and Customs Service Office of Surakarta City revealed an inter-island network of illegal cigarette traders. The authorities also seized 6.6 million illegal cigarettes.

House concurs to form fact-finding team probing poll officers’ deaths
The House of Representatives (DPR) has assented to the formation of a joint fact-finding team to investigate the deaths and ailments of several thousand election officers during the 2019 general elections.
— Antara News

Bulog chief says cartel practices at play in garlic trading
State Logistics Agency (Bulog) president director Budi Waseso has voice suspicion that cartel practices in garlic trading are the reason that prices have remained high.
— The Jakarta Post

Amnesty International: Protect Bekasi’s Hindu Community
Amnesty International urges the Indonesian Home Affairs Ministry and Religious Affairs Ministry to assure that the local Bekasi Administration is able to accommodate its Hindu community and fulfill their basic rights.

ACT disburses food aid to 2,500 Palestinians in Gaza
ACT-South Sulawesi Chapter Head Faisal Agunisman confirmed in Makassar on Wednesday that ACT (Quick Response Action) Indonesia, under its first phase, had extended food aid to 2,500 Palestinians in Gaza through funding …
— Antara News

Indonesia remembers victims of bombings
An Indonesian church on Monday remembered the victims of suicide bombings carried out by a Daesh-inspired family, one year on from the attacks that highlighted the extremist group’s global reach.
— Intellasia

Police Anti-Terror Squad Nabs Seven Ex-Syria Militants
The National Police’s elite anti-terrorism unit detained nine suspected terrorists – seven of them former Syrian fighters – in a series of raids in East and Central Java on Tuesday, a spokesman said
— Jakarta Globe

Fear of Suharto era military return as Indonesian academic charged for singing a song
An Indonesian academic facing years in prison for allegedly “insulting” the country’s military for singing a protest song says he intends to stay in Australia until the tense political environment around the archipelago’s elections settles down.

Jonan skips KPK questioning in Riau-1 power plant case
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan failed to answer the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) summons on Wednesday, when he was scheduled to be questioned in a case of alleged bribery surrounding the Riau-1 power plant project.
— The Jakarta Post

Densus 88 arrests suspected terrorists in Central Java
The National Police’s Densus 88 antiterror squad arrested three suspected terrorists in Sukoharjo and Sragen, Central Java, on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

State Infrastructure Project Evicts Minister Basuki’s House
This morning Twitter was amazed by a tweet from Mahfud MD who stated that the house belonging to the Minister of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Basuki Hadimuljono will get evicted due to a toll road construction in Bekasi.

Q3 Medical Devices Limited enters into a distribution agreement with Medtronic for its biodegradable biliary and pancreatic stent
Q3 Medical Devices Limited (“Q3 Medical”) based in Dublin, Ireland, announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Medtronic plc for ARCHIMEDES, the first to market fully biodegradable biliary.
— Antara News

Police thwarts smuggling of Rp30.8 billion worth of lobster seeds
The Jambi Police and Marine and the Fisheries Affairs Ministry have succeeded in thwarting an attempt to smuggle over 205 thousand lobster seeds valued at some Rp30.8 billion.
— Antara News

Indonesia hails Saudi Crown Prince’s message to promote moderate Islam
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s call on promoting moderate Islam received an immediate, warm welcome from Indonesia, according to Indonesian Consul General in Jeddah Dr Mohamad Hery Saripudin.
— Antara News

Riau applies strict inspection regime to halt monkeypox virus spread
Riau’s provincial government has strengthened its prevention and detection mechanism for visitors at its seaports and airport to prevent the spread of monkeypox after Singapore recently reported its first case of this rare virus.
— Antara News

Jokowi to inaugurate Rotiklot Dam in NTT on May 20
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) plans to pay a visit to East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) on May 20, 2019, for inaugurating the Rotiklot Dam in Belu District, an area that borders neighboring Timor Leste.
— Antara News

NTT government, Undana to conduct research on komodo habitat
The East Nusa Tenggara provincial government is cooperating with Kupang-based Nusa Cendana University (Undana) in conducting a research on the habitat of komodo dragons in the Komodo National Park in West Manggarai district.
— Antara News

China, Indonesia on radar of wedding tourism reps
Turkish tourism sector representatives have started promoting the country worldwide to partake in more of the $1 trillion weddings and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) markets, which have made notable progress in recent years.
— Daily Sabah

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

AirNav: Flight Frequency Drops by 15pct due to High Airfare
CEO of The Indonesian Flight Navigation Service Organizer Body (LPPNPI), also known as AirNav Indonesia, Novie Riyanto said that the surge in airfare indirectly affected the flight frequency that declined by 15 percent since early 2019.

Turning campaign materials into fashion statements
Indonesia’s presidential and legislative elections on April 17 produced massive waste nationwide as party flags, posters and T-shirts were mostly cast aside after the vote.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Aceh BNN seizes 17 kilograms of crystal meth
The Aceh National Narcotics Agency (BNN) succeeded in confiscating 17 kilograms sabu-sabu, or crystal methamphetamine, during a raid at a drug dealer’s residence in Masjid Sungai Iyu Village, Bendahara Sub-district, Aceh …
— Antara News

The most ambitious crossover in munchies history? Indomie to release Chitato potato chips-flavored instant noodle
Looking at some of the Indomie flavors that have been released in recent months — like Mie Ayam Geprek and Salted Egg — we can’t help but think of that quote from Jeff Goldblum’s character in Jurassic Park and worry that the instant noodle gods are so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.
— Coconuts Jakarta


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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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