Indonesia morning news for May 24

Indonesia morning news for May 24

Indonesia morning news

Jakarta riots death toll rises to eight, more than 700 injured
At least eight people were killed in two days of post-election riots in Central Jakarta, while hundreds required medical care, the city administration said on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Kadin pegs riot-inflicted trade transaction losses at Rp1.5 trillion
Potential losses in trading transactions ensuing from the protest against the election result that took a violent turn in Jakarta could reach Rp100 billion-Rp1.5 trillion, the Jakarta Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) stated.
— Antara News

Garuda closes routes, reduces flight frequencies in response to new airfare policy
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to close a number of routes and reduce the flight frequencies to less lucrative destinations to cut losses after the government lowered the price ceiling by 12 to 16 percent on the highest ticket prices for economic class tickets for domestic flights.
— The Jakarta Post

BI projects 0.51 percent inflation in May
Bank Indonesia projects inflation at 0.51 percent in May, higher than the previous month, with year-on-year (yoy) inflation estimated at 3.14 percent.
— The Jakarta Post

2019 Jakarta Property Market Outlook
With Indonesia set to become a new economic powerhouse in the Southeast Asian region, overseas property buyers are paying the country more than just a cursory glance.
— Indonesia Expat

Indonesia Election Result Set for Court Challenge After Riots
Indonesian presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto is set to lodge a legal challenge against his loss to incumbent Joko Widodo after the worst political violence to rock Jakarta in two decades left seven protesters dead and hundreds injured.
— BloombergQuint

Constitutional Court to Rule on Prabowo’s Election Dispute Before June 28
The Constitutional Court is waiting for Prabowo Subianto to submit his election dispute to the court in a move many hope may reduce tensions in Indonesia after violent clashes between protestors and police in Jakarta over the past two days.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian protesters disperse after second night of post-election unrest
Calm returned to the streets of the Indonesian capital on Thursday after a second night of clashes between security forces and protesters angry about the outcome of last month’s election, which handed President Joko Widodo a second term.
— Reuters

Indonesian “1000 Startups” initiative being renewed by the government
The IT ministry of Indonesia and several ecosystem stakeholders in the country’s digital sector has reportedly launched the “1001 Digital Startup Movement”, as reported by KrAsia.
— e27

Indonesia expounds three key measures in tackling Palestinian issues
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi, at the UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation in the Middle East, presented and explained in detail three vital measures for dealing with the Palestinians’ …
— Antara News

Electricity use expected to drop 30 percent during holiday
State-owned electricity company PLN projects a 30 to 35 percent decrease in electricity consumption during the end of the fasting month and the ensuing Idul Fitri holiday due to less activities both in households and industries.
— The Jakarta Post

PT Astrindo Nusantara Targets EBITDA of USD160 Million
PT Astrindo Nusantara Infrastruktur Tbk (IDX: BIPI) is increasingly focused on the integrated energy infrastructure business, a transition reflected in BIPI’s Q1 2019 Financial Report.
— Antara News

Indonesian pilot could be sentenced to 5 years for stealing watch at Bali airport
An Indonesian pilot, identified by his initials PS, has been accused of stealing a watch in Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport and could be facing five years in jail for the theft. His trial begins at the Denpasar Court on Wednesday.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Indonesia LNG plants offer spot cargoes as inventories build
Indonesia’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plants have offered several spot cargoes this month as it grapples with high inventories of the super-chilled fuel, industry sources told Reuters on Thursday.

Indonesian fintech association sanctions lending platform that sets high interest rate
Two Indonesian lending platforms regulated under the country’s financial services authority (OJK) have been penalized by the ethics council of AFPI, the industry association for fintech lenders in Indonesia.
— KrAsia

West Java gardens make it to tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The Bogor Botanical Gardens in Bogor, West Java, known for their vast plant collection and historical value of their buildings and landscape, has been included in the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites following a proposal by the government to the UN body in 2017.
— Eleven

Bali as the blueprint for future tourism in Indonesia
There’s a feeling of excitement washing over Indonesia, as investment channels open and pour into the archipelagic nation of 17,000 islands.
— Indonesia Expat

KPK elaborates on key findings linked to organizing Hajj
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) revealed finer details pertaining to important findings on the implementation of Hajj derived from the conducted studies.
— Antara News

Police suspect ISIS group involved in May 22 violence
The National Police Headquarters suspects that groups affiliated with ISIS took advantage of a peaceful mass demonstration on 21-22 May 2019 in front of the Office of the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) in …
— Antara News

Banking transactions increased during May 22 rally
The demonstrations protesting the General Election on May 22, 2019, which became violent, did not significantly disrupt the payment systems of the banking industry, though transactions for fund transfers increased.
— Antara News

Averting the global plastic waste tsunami in Indonesia
Recently, awareness about plastic waste and its impact has found a place in the hearts and minds of Indonesians and communities worldwide.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Revamping Hiring for Industry 4.0
PRIME Consultancy is the licensed partner of Humanostics in Indonesia and together we are helping our corporate clients implement their business strategies by providing tools and guidance through accurately measuring their human capital.
— Indonesia Expat

Court rejects lawsuit from Indonesian cop who was discharged for being gay
A former Indonesian cop has vowed to fight for justice after he was dismissed from the police force for being gay, but he’s already hit a legal roadblock after a court threw out his lawsuit.
— Coconuts Jakarta

Batang Toru Hydroelectric Dam Equipped With Comprehensive Risks Mitigation Plan
The Batang Toru dam and hydroelectric power plant in North Sumatra have a complete plan to mitigate a wide range of risks from earthquakes and flood to environmental impact on indigenous animal habitats.
— Jakarta Globe

Number of detainees in May 21-22 rallies reaches 300
The Indonesian police have arrested a total of 300 rioters following the rallies held on May 21-22 to revolt against alleged electoral fraud.
— Antara News

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.
— Intellasia

Indonesia frees ethnic Chinese woman jailed for blasphemy
Meliana, a woman from Indonesia’s ethnic Chinese minority sentenced last year to 18 months in prison for blasphemy, has been released on parole.
— Aljazeera

Tanah Abang Market Faces Rp200bn Loss due to Riot
The economic activity in Tanah Abang Market went down following the riot that spread to the area

Roadblocks on the path to achieving self-reliance in garlic production
The Indonesian government’s target of realizing self-reliance in garlic production in 2021 will encounter numerous impediments, including a shortage of farm land, according to a researcher.
— Antara News

Roads in Jakarta Still Closed despite Riot Subsides
Several roads in Central Jakarta are still closed despite the May 22 riot gradually subsides. Therefore, the city’s Transportation Agency and the police apply traffic engineering.

Indonesia’s Election Exposes Growing Religious Divide
The election results show a hardening of voting patterns along religious, ethnic, and geographic lines, a troubling development for a multiracial and religiously diverse Indonesia.

VPN Apps Gain Popularity as Government Throttles Social Media Access, but What’s the Catch?
The government’s decision to temporarily limit access to social media and instant messaging apps on Wednesday has irritated users who use them regularly for daily communication and work
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian troops flood Jakarta streets after post-election riots
Tens of thousands of Indonesian military and police were deployed on the streets of Jakarta on Thursday (May 23), as a deadline approached for a presidential challenger to file an appeal over claims of widespread cheating in last month’s election.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Despite riots, Jakartans pack 2019 Jakarta Fair opening night
While many roads are shut due to deadly riots protesting the results of the presidential election, the 2019 Jakarta Fair officially opened on Wednesday at the Jakarta International Expo, Kemayoran, in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Bankers Reveal Hope over Jokowi Win
Bankers are hoping that Jokowi’s win will bring fresh air to the national economy, especially for banks.

Indonesians Turn to Twitter as Govt Limit Instagram, Facebook Use
The government has decided to limit the use of the most popular social media platforms in Indonesia, out of fear that they would be used to spread hoaxes and false, misleading information.

Shopping centers in downtown Jakarta begin reopening following post-election protests
In the wake of post-election protests over the last two days in Central Jakarta, which descended into violent riots on several occasions, malls and shopping centers located around the protest sites are beginning to reopen their doors and some are already operating normally today.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Jakarta protests: Fireworks, tear gas mark Jokowi’s re-election
Supporters of presidential candidate and former military general Prabowo Subianto took to the streets of Indonesia claiming widespread fraud before, during and after the polls that saw incumbent Joko “Jokowi” Widodo re-elected.
— Al Jazeera

Bandung’s resort town of Lembang located on 29-km moving fault
Ulep Cahyana, 42, and Atin Suhartini, 38, were watering the vegetables in their garden when they felt the earth move. They could see the walls of houses in the neighborhood collapsing.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Establish Team to Investigate May 22 RIot
Chief of the Indonesia National Police (Polri) Gen. Tito Karnavian, has established a team to investigate the May 22 riot.

Aceh students call for immediate reconciliation among elites
Lhokseumawe-North Aceh Chapter, staged the peaceful rally in front of the North Aceh parliamentary building.
— Antara News

Kalla invites well-known persons to discuss Indonesia’s situation
Ma’ruf Amin pair on early Tuesday.
— Antara News

Jakarta riots should be thoroughly investigated: Muhammadiyah
The disturbances which took place in several areas in Jakarta should be investigated, the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership has said.
— Antara News

There Are ‘Sengkuni’ Behind May 22 Riot: Ganjar Pranowo
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo fully supports efforts by law enforcement agencies to find the masterminds behind this week’s deadly riots in Jakarta.
— Jakarta Globe

Four Jakarta riot victims died of stab wounds: Police
Four of the six people who died during postelection protests that turned into a full-fledged riot on Wednesday had sustained stab wounds, the Jakarta Police have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslim Students Union Rejects Prabowo’s Call for People Power
A number of student elements, initiated by the Indonesian Muslim Student Union (SEMMI), calls on the public to accept the 2019 Election results as announced by the KPU.

Eid al-Fitr exodus must be smooth and safe: Transportation Minister
Transportation Minister Budi Karya has said that the Eid al-Fitr exodus this year must run smoothly and remain safe.
— Antara News

How the mores of Indonesia’s biggest ethnic group shape its politics
NO ONE BEATS about the bush quite like the Javanese, an ethnic group from Indonesia’s most populous island.
— The Economist

Ministry calls for airport security improvements
The Transportation Ministry has called on airports nationwide to strengthen security, following a post-election protest that triggered violence in Jakarta, resulting in the deaths of six people, while 200 others sustained injuries.
— The Jakarta Post

Brimob disperses rioting mob outside Bawaslu building
The police’s mobile brigade (Brimob) personnel, on Thursday morning, pushed back those protesting since Wednesday night outside the Election Oversight Body (Bawaslu) to voice their rejection of the presidential election …
— Antara News

Bank Indonesia to close from June 3 to 7
Bank Indonesia (BI) has announced it will not operate from June 3 to 7, when Muslims celebrate the Idul Fitri holiday, marked by the exodus of millions of people to their hometowns.
— The Jakarta Post

May 22 Riot; Transjakarta Applies Route Engineering
Transjakarta is still conducting route diversion following the riot on May 22 that is possible to continue until today in Thamrin area and several other spots.

Two alleged IS supporters among suspected rioters in Jakarta: Police
The National Police have stated that two people allegedly affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terror group had the intention of launching a terror attack under the cover of rallies protesting the 2019 presidential election results.
— The Jakarta Post

Travel Advice Issued, No Threat for Indonesia Tourism, Gov’t Says
Following the May 22 riots, eight countries have issued travel advice for its citizens planning to travel to Indonesia. The countries that have issued the travel advice are Canada, United States, Britain, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and the Philippines.

May 22, Police: One Struck by Live Ammo, Hints Possible Intruder
Police officially announced that one of the six victims of the multiple riots on May 21 and May 22 was killed by lethal ammunition.

AJI Urges Government to Lift Social Media Restrictions
The Indonesian government has restricted the use of social media to stop the widespread sharing of manipulated videos and pictures following the violent post-election riots that started from Tuesday night, May 21, and continued till yesterday evening.

Jakarta is calm and stable: Anies
DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that after the 21-22 May 2019 demonstrations, conditions in Jakarta were relatively calm and stable, different from the events of 1998.
— Antara News

Hoax News Drives Angry Mob to Ravage Sampang Police Station
Chief Inspector General Luki Hermawan from the East Java Police said that the Tambelang, Sampang Police Station was set fire by a group of people after they were misled by a hoax.

Mahendra to lead TKN legal team in 2019 election dispute
Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin’s attorney, Yusril Ihza Mahendra, will lead the pair’s National Campaign Team’s (TKN’s) legal team as a related party in the trial over the 2019 presidential election results’ …
— Antara News


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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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