Indonesia morning news for May 22

Indonesia morning news for May 22
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Police fire tear gas to disperse crowds after Indonesia confirms president’s re-election
Indonesian police fired tear gas on Wednesday to disperse protesters in central Jakarta following a rally held after official results showed President Joko Widodo had been comfortably re-elected, a Reuters witness said.
— Reuters

With Joko Widodo’s Re-election, Indonesia Bucks Global Tilt Toward Strongmen
The woman threw herself on the road in front of the motorcade, forcing the vehicle with the license plate “Indonesia 1” to slam on the brakes.
— The New York Times

Boeing Max may be grounded beyond this year, Indonesia says
Indonesia signaled it may ground Boeing Co.’s 737 Max until next year, underscoring the challenges faced by the US planemaker as it races to get its fastest-selling jet back in the air after two fatal crashes.
— The Jakarta Post

1 million will march against Indonesia presidential poll result, say opposition groups, but others doubtful
Daughters of Indonesia’s former dictator Suharto and founding father Sukarno joined the country’s political opposition in calling for two days of mass protests starting on Tuesday against the result of the April presidential election.
— South China Morning Post

Prabowo Rejects Election Result, but Backtracks on ‘People Power’ Threat
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto said on Tuesday that he rejects the official presidential election result and will go to the Constitutional Court to settle the dispute.
— Jakarta Globe

Tax to GDP ratio targeted at 11.8 to 12.4 percent in 2020
The government targets a tax to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio of 11.8 to 12.4 percent in 2020, compared to this year’s target of 12.2 percent.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo Reported as Suspect for Alleged Treason
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto was reported in the alleged treason case of Eggi Sudjana as noted in the investigation order letter (SPDP) issued by Jakarta Metro Police to the head of Jakarta High Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigation order letter on Prabowo revoked for now: Police
The Jakarta Police have said an investigation order letter (SPDP) for Prabowo Subianto, who was reported to the police for allegedly treasonous behavior with Eggi Sudjana, has been revoked because the timing was not correct for issuing the letter.
— Antara News

BPN to file lawsuit in MK challenging 2019 Election result
Prabowo-Sandi’s National Winning Team (BPN) will challenge the 2019 election result by filing a lawsuit with the Constitutional Court (MK) and prepare requisite materials, Director of Advocacy and Legal of BPN Sufmi Dasco Ahmad stated.
— Antara News

Merapi unleashes lava flowing 700 meters upstream of Gendol River
The Center for Investigation and Development of Geological Disaster Technology (BPPTKG) reported that Mount Merapi, on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, extruded lava on Tuesday that flowed 700 meters upstream of Gendol River.
— Antara News

Co-working space Outpost secures US$1.3M seed funding
The new hospitality brand focussing on co-living and co-working is based in two locations; Bali, Indonesia and Phnom Penh, Cambodia Outpost, a co-working and co-living company based in Indonesia and Cambodia, announced that it has raised a US$1.3 million seed funding from Strypes Holdings, and Clarenberg Ventures.
— e27

How a dispute over Indonesia’s election is likely to unfold
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo comfortably won last month’s presidential poll, an official count showed, but the refusal of his opponent Prabowo Subianto to concede defeat has triggered the prospect of both a legal challenge and street protests.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian escapes drug smuggling conviction in the Philippines
An Indonesian convicted in the Philippines in 2012 for drug trafficking has returned home after years of ensuing court hearings, the Foreign Ministry announced on Monday, after an appeals court recently overturned her life sentence.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia calls on palm oil industry, obscured by secrecy, to remain opaque
Environmental activists in Indonesia have denounced a recent call by the government to keep data about oil palm plantations out of the public’s reach.
— Mongabay

Indonesia, Netherlands discuss cooperation in health sector
Indonesia and the Netherlands have discussed cooperation in the health sector, particularly in family medicine, antimicrobial resistance and the health of the elderly.
— Antara News

Govt mulls using Pertamina tanks to cut biodiesel transport costs
The government is mulling the use of tanks belonging to upstream subsidiaries of state-owned energy holding company Pertamina to store fatty acid methyl esters (FAME), the main component in 20 percent blended biodiesel ( B20 ).
— The Jakarta Post

Treasurer of Indonesian sport committee sent to jail in graft case
An Indonesian court for anti-graft crimes has sent a treasurer of the country’s national sport committee to jail over a corruption case, a move aiming at clearing the sport sector from such irregularity.

Green Iftar, ‘#RamadanHijau’ campaign to reduce iftar waste
Jakartans are no stranger to the mountain of trash produced during Ramadan at the end of every bukber (short for buka bersama; breaking-of-the-fast together).
— The Jakarta Post

AP II to Provide eScooter Grab Wheels in Soekarno-Hatta Airport
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) collaborated with the ride-hailing app company Grab Indonesia in developing online-based transportation to generate smart airports.

Indonesia projects 9% growth for food and beverage manufacturing industry in 2019 with US$4.4bn investments
The Indonesian Ministry of Industry (Keminperin) has predicted a growth of at least 9% for the country’s food and beverage industry this year, attributed to additional investment in the sector.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

Is Indonesia a slumbering giant?
Market research firm Canalys has named Indonesia as the fastest growing market for smartphones in Southeast Asia.
— The Asean Post

Explainer: How a dispute over Indonesia’s election is likely to unfold
Indonesian President Joko Widodo comfortably won last month’s presidential poll, an official count showed, but the refusal of his opponent Prabowo Subianto to concede defeat has triggered the prospect of both a legal challenge and street protests.
— Reuters

Plaza Indonesia Closes Doors in Anticipation of May 22 Rally
The managers of Plaza Indonesia in Central Jakarta plan to close a number of its entrances and exits in anticipation of the protest rally in front of the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) office, today and tomorrow, May 22.

Barbed Wire Fences Installed to Anticipate May 22 Rally
Two layers of barbed wire fences are installed around the headquarter of the General Election Commission (KPU) on Jalan Imam Bonjol, Central Jakarta, Tuesday, May 21.

Stock Market Extends Rebound After Prabowo Opts for Court Settlement Over Street Protest
Indonesia’s benchmark stock index continued its rebound on Tuesday from a six-month low after presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto watered down threats of mass action against the result of last month’s presidential election and vowed to take the dispute to the Constitutional Court instead.
— Jakarta Globe

May 22 Rally; Police Give Protesters Until Tarawih Ends
The police gave the May 22 protesters until the end of Tarawih prayers to stage their rally in front of the General Election Commission (KPU) building and the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu).

Constitutional Court ready to accept election dispute cases
The Constitutional Court (MK) is ready to accept cases dealing with disputes regarding the 2019 presidential and legislative elections, following the General Election Commission (KPU) announcing the presidential election results on Monday night (May 20).
— Antara News

Muhammadiyah urges people to not partake in May 22 rally
Central Executive Board Chairman of Muhammadiyah, Indonesia’s second-largest Islamic organization, Haedar Nashir, has appealed to the people to not take part in the rally on May 22 in Jakarta.
— Antara News

Indonesia Is Turning Chinese
Indonesia was never keen to be part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. That hasn’t stopped it from embracing the Chinese way when it comes to financing roads and railways.
— Bloomberg

Prabowo Holds Meeting for Talks on KPU Elections Result
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto established a meeting with executives of the Prabowo – Sandiaga campaign team (BPN) to discuss the result of 2019 general elections announced by the Election Commission (KPU), said the team spokesman Andre Rosiade.

Prabowo urges supporters to hold rallies peacefully
Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has appealed to his supporters to not resort to violence while holding rallies related to the results of the 2019 Presidential Election.
— Antara News

Mosque Organizer Under NU Forbids Rally Goers to Stay Overnight
The Mosque Management Organization of the Jakarta Chapter of Nahdlatul Ulama, known as LTM PWNU Jakarta, called on all mosques in the capital city deny accommodations to participants of the May 22 rally.
— Jakarta Globe

Minor clashes reported as police move to disperse protesters in Jakarta
Minor clashes were reported on Tuesday (May 21) evening as police tried to disperse some 2,000 protesters who had gathered at the headquarters of the election supervisory agency (Bawaslu), an independent agency tasked to oversee elections and rule on disputes.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Antam, Chinese companies to build cathode and ferronickel plants
A publicly listed diversified mining company, PT Aneka Tambang Tbk (Antam), plans to team up with two Chinese companies to produce cathodes and ferronickel, which would require a multi-billion-dollar investment.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Thankful of the Initial May 22 Peaceful Protest
Head of the Metro Jaya Police public relations officer Senior Commissioner Argo Yuwono said that the May 22 rally dubbed ‘Gerakan Nasional Kedaulatan Rakyat’ at the Elections Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) had gone smoothly in a peaceful manner.

Enjoying the sights and sounds while returning to homeland
Mudik, or homecoming, the annual special tradition of going home is followed before Eid Al-Fitr, locally known as Lebaran, something that other countries may not experience.
— Antara News

Four named as suspects in purchasing KKP Customs patrol boats
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named four suspects in corruption cases connected to their purchasing patrol boats at the Directorate General of Customs and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
— Antara News

Train stations provide co-working spaces, more facilities for Idul Fitri travelers
State-owned railway company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has provided a co-working space in Gambir Station in Central Jakarta, one of the additional facilities set up in train stations for travelers during the 2019 Idul Fitri exodus.
— The Jakarta Post

Industry group hails alcohol, tobacco tax exemption for Batam
The Indonesian Malt Beverage Industry Association (GIMMI) has welcomed the government’s decision to exempt the Batam free trade and port zone (KPBPB) in the Riau Islands from excise taxes on alcoholic beverages and tobacco.
— The Jakarta Post

PDI-P, Gerindra top election results, but Golkar has something to celebrate too
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the Gerindra Party have come out on top in the legislative election, according to the nationwide tally of the General Elections Commission (KPU), but Golkar Party executives were celebrating on Tuesday, saying they had secured the second-most seats at the House of Representatives.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire destroys part of city auditorium in Pasar Minggu
A fire has damaged a city-owned auditorium in Ragunan, South Jakarta. No casualties were reported in the incident on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau Governor to Sanction State Apparatus Who Join May 22 Rally
Riau Governor Syamsuar asserted that he will impose a sanction to state apparatus or ASN who join the rally against the election result on May 22.

Common for people to have differing views in democracy: Governor
Yogyakarta Special Province Governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X believes it is common for the public to have differing views in democracy, particularly during the 2019 Election, though it should be in accordance with …
— Antara News

Non-recipients of THR should report to THR Command Post: Dhakiri
Manpower Minister M. Hanif Dhakiri urged workers, who had not received Holiday Allowance (THR) from their companies, to report to the THR Payment Consultation and Law Enforcement Service Post in 2019.
— Antara News

Britain and Australia Update Travel Advisories for Indonesia
The Australian and British governments updated their travel advisories for Indonesia on Tuesday over security concerns following the announcement of the results of 2019 presidential and legislative elections earlier in the day.
— Jakarta Globe

DBS Indonesia launches digital financing service
Singapore-based lender PT Bank DBS Indonesia on Monday launched a digital banking platform to offer non-collateral loans (KTA Instant) to its customers in Indonesia, which have so far been served mostly by financial technology (fintech) or peer-to-peer (P2P) lending.
— The Jakarta Post

Outreach: Liquid Gold from the Barren Land
Haerudin now able to send his children to college. The finances of this 48-year-old farmer have improved thanks to honey bee farming, which is a part of the Kampung Lebah (bee village) program initiated by the Technology Experts for Public Bee Activity Intermediation Group (abbreviated Kiat Apis) of Mataram University’s Animal Husbandry Faculty and the North Lombok regency government.

Jokowi – Ma’ruf Amin To be Inaugurated in October
Incumbent presidential hopeful Joko “Jokowi” Widodo with his running mate Ma’ruf Amin officially declared victory for the presidential election on Tuesday.

Bali, Indonesia Surf Forecast 22 – 31 May, 2019
In the wake of a great day of competition at the Corona Bali Protected on Monday we’re now seeing wave-energy subsiding to a lower 2ft to occasional 3ft-ebb across Indonesia’s exposed coasts.
— Coastal Watch

Garuda signs deal with pawnshop to market products
lag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia and state-owned pawnshop PT Pegadaian have signed an agreement to help each other market their products.
— The Jakarta Post

W. Java discusses capital participation of AP II in Kertajati Airport
West Java Regional Secretary (Sekda) Iwa Karniwa said that the West Java Provincial Government has discussed the planned capital participation of state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II in PT West Java International Airport (BIJB).
— Antara News


Feature photo Madu Bina Apiari

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges World Bee Day, May 20. 


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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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