Indonesia morning news for May 29

Indonesia morning news for May 29
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Central Government apportions Rp5 trillion in village funds for Papua
The central government has planned to allot Rp5.023 trillion in village funds to be disbursed this year to 5,411 hamlets in 558 sub-districts in 29 districts and municipality in Papua Province.
— Antara News

BPK records Rp269 trillion budget deficit in 2018
Budget deficit for the 2018 fiscal year was set at Rp269 trillion, representing 1.79 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), according to State Audit Board (BPK) Chairman Moermahadi Soerja …
— Antara News

Indonesia-EU agrees to fulfill 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda
National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said Indonesia and the European Union (EU) agreed to fulfill the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were marked by …
— Antara News

Coworking startup Greenhouse secures US$2.6M funding
The Indonesia-based startup raises the bridge financing round from 14 angel investors Greenhouse, coworking and market entry platform based in Jakarta, announced that it has raised S$3.8 million (US$2.6 million) in bridge financing, as reported by The Business Times. Drew Calin, chief executive and …
— e27

KKP dismantles 21 illegal Philippine FADs in waters of North Sulawesi
The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) dismantled 21 illegal fish aggregating devices, or FADs, in the waters of North Sulawesi (Sulut) located in the Indonesia-Philippines border region.
— Antara News

442 Named as Suspect Responsible for May 22 Riots
The Indonesian National Police named 442 suspects who were responsible for the May 22 riots that broke out in Central Jakarta.

Committee proposes new economic team in Jokowi Cabinet
The National Industry and Economic Committee (KEIN) has made a new proposal to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to set up a new economic team in his next Cabinet to help the country reach a higher growth target in GDP.
— The Jakarta Post

Four shot dead in postelection violence in Papua
Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel have shot dead four people after supporters of a local legislative candidate stormed the Fayit district office in Asmat regency, Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Civil servant may get 10 years in jail for hate speech
A civil servant in Southwest Aceh district, Aceh province, may be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if found guilty of spreading hate speech.
— Antara News

Police make assurance of Bali remaining safe for tourists
Bali Provincial Police Head, Inspector General of Police Petrus Reinhard Golose has ensured that Bali remains safe for domestic and foreign tourists following the unrest over the presidential election result dispute on May 22.
— Antara News

BPJS should streamline management to reduce deficit: Mulyani
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has suggested to BPJS Health, the Indonesian national healthcare insurance, to streamline its management and financial system to decrease the 2018 deficit recorded at Rp9.1 trillion.
— Antara News

Mount Merapi spews two lava avalanches up to 600 meters
Mount Merapi, located on the border between the Special Region of Yogyakarta and Central Java, generated two incandescent lava avalanches up to 500-650 meters on Tuesday, the Geological Disaster Technology Research and …
— Antara News

Garuda cuts airfares to Jakarta by 50 percent
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has announced it has cut airfares from all destinations to Jakarta by 50 percent in an attempt to increase its load factor during the seasonal exodus when large numbers of people leave the capital city to return to their hometowns to celebrate the Idul Fitri holiday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sets June palm export tax at zero, cocoa unchanged
Indonesia has set its crude palm oil export tax and a separate export levy at zero for June, the trade ministry said on Tuesday
— Reuters

Rupiah still affected by external factors, BI says
SharesBank Indonesia (BI) has acknowledged that the rupiah exchange rate against the US dollar was still affected by external factors, particularly negotiations between the United States and China as the two nations continue a trade war that started last year.
— The Jakarta Post

Former US serviceman arrested for Insulting President Jokowi
Police in Jakarta have reportedly detained a former US citizen named Jerry Duane Gray after he appeared in a YouTube video in which he accused President Joko Widodo’s government of being infiltrated by communists and called for opposition leader Prabowo Subianto to be made president.
— Indonesia Expat

Freeport to Start Talks With 15 Banks to Finance Unprofitable, but Politically Important New Smelter
Freeport Indonesia, the country’s largest gold and copper mining company, will start discussions after Idul Fitri next month with 15 local and foreign banks interested in financing its $2.8 billion unprofitable smelter project, senior executives said.
— Jakarta Globe

Pegatron eyes up to $1 billion Indonesia investment to assemble Apple phone chips: deputy minister
Taiwan’s Pegatron has signed a letter of intent stating it intends to invest 10-15 trillion rupiah ($695 million to $1 billion) in an Indonesian factory to assemble “chips for Apple smartphones”, Indonesia’s deputy industry minister said on Tuesday.

Dozens of Minors Sent to Rehab for Getting Involved in Jakarta Riots
52 minors suspected of being involved in the Jakarta riots on May 21-22 have been sent to the Handayani Children’s and Social Rehabilitation Center, or BRSAMPK, in the capital.
— Jakarta Globe

BPK gives best opinion to government financial report
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) on Tuesday announced that it had given a reasonable without exceptions (WTP) opinion, the best audit grade, for the 2018 central government financial report.
— The Jakarta Post

Strategic imperatives for Indonesia’s foreign policy
The presidential election is over, even though the final results will have to wait for the decision by the Constitutional Court by the end of June. It is time to start planning for the next five years.
— The Jakarta Post

Resolving trade war is key to boosting emerging markets: Indonesia central bank governor
Indonesia’s central bank governor said on Tuesday he hopes face-to-face talks in a month between the Chinese and U.S. leaders would cool trade tensions, paving the way for a return of capital flows into emerging markets, including Indonesia.
— Reuters

Indonesian village being inundated with illegal plastic waste from Australia
In a tiny Indonesian village called Bangun, a photographer has made a worrying discovery among the grim mountains of rubbish that pile up there.

Prabowo’s campaign promises not to mobilize masses to protest while election lawsuit is heard in court
After post-election protests turned into violent riots last week in Jakarta, many Indonesians remain concerned about the possibility of further protests and unrest sparked by supporters of defeated candidate…
— Coconuts

A forest beset by oil palms, logging, now contends with a coal-trucking road
The Harapan forest in southern Sumatra, Indonesia, faces threats from illegal logging, encroachment by oil palm growers, poaching of its wildlife, and the loss of funding for conservation initiatives.
— Mongabay

Kansai Electric begins hydro plant operation in Indonesia
Kansai Electric Power Co. began producing electricity from a hydropower plant in Indonesia in mid-May, marking the successful completion of the first overseas hydro project independently initiated by a Japanese utility.
— The Mainichi

Slums remain a fact of life in Jakarta, ministry finds
Roughly half of Jakarta comprises slums, according to a statement from the government.
— The Jakarta Post

Police: Assassin Group Financially Supported by Elites
National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, said that the funder of the group responsible for the riot on May 22 allegedly came from elites. Six members of the group were reportedly ordered to shoot dead four national figures and head of private survey institutions.

Police Expose Figures’ Names Targeted by Assassin Group on May 22
National Police Chief General Tito Karnavian mentioned four national figures who were targeted murder during the May 22 riot. They were Coordinating Politics, Law, and Security Minister Wiranto and Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan.

Police investigated 10 hoax cases since rally on May 22
Indonesian Police’s Crime Investigation Department (Bareskrim) and Jakarta Police investigated 10 hoax cases since May 21 when demonstrators clashed with police at a rally rejecting the General Election Commission’s …
— Antara News

KPK detains Sofyan Basir over bribery in Riau-1 plant case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has officially taken suspended president director of state-electricity company PT PLN Sofyan Basir (SFB) into detention over corruption in connection with the construction of the Riau-1 …
— Antara News

Right-Wing Nativism Won’t Put Dinner on the Table
A one-time insurgent populist is re-elected on a track record of solid economic management, renewed commitment to infrastructure and an acknowledgment that religion plays a role in many people’s lives.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s vegetable hawkers are going digital thanks to a new startup
Few things are more interesting than the convergence of old and new. It’s with that in mind that we once again look to Indonesia, where East Ventures, an early-stage VC that’s behind a project to digitize the country’s street vendors, has backed a new startup that is modernizing street vendors who sell fresh produce.
— TechCrunch

Global rice market sensitivity be accorded to right domestic policy
The fact that the trade of rice commodities among nations is merely five percent of the global rice production traded in the international market is one that elicits attention.
— Antara News

Government reviews converting Buton asphalt into rocket fuel
The Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs is currently studying the potential of Buton asphalt to be processed into solid rocket fuel, in addition to its being used in road construction.
— Antara News

BPK queries financial report for refugees’ life insurance in Palu
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has discovered several irregularities in the Palu City Local Government Financial Report (LKPD) in 2018.
— Antara News

SDGs in progress: lessons from Indonesia
n September 2015, world leaders came together to form the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve globally inclusive economic progress, social development and environmental conservation by 2030.
— Asia Times

Peak `Mudik` Period at Soekarno-Hatta Airport Revealed
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II predicts that the peak Eid homecoming, or mudik, migration at the Soekarno Hatta Airport will fall on May 31 and June 1, 2019

Prabowo`s Election Lawsuit Lacks Evidence, Needs Miracle: Expert
Constitutional law expert Feri Amsari argues that the presidential election lawsuit submitted by Prabowo – Sandiaga Uno to the Constitutional Court would need a miracle to win seeing the lack of evidence presented by the opposition camp.

Flight ticket prices should not be “slammed” again: Organda
West Sumatra Land Transport Organization (Organda) Chairman Sengaja Budi Syukur gauged that current prices of flight tickets are ideal and hence must not be “slammed” again because they impact the demand for land …
— Antara News

Indonesia protest: Calls for investigation into police violence
They say they were restrained, doing only what they had to, but Amnesty International says they ‘treated everyone violently’.
— Intellasia

Bali, Indonesia Surf Forecast 29 May – 14 June, 2019
The final week of May continues underwhelm in the surf department, with small to tiny surf forecast across the entire Indonesian chain, right through to this weekend.

Testing for Junior High School National Exams increased: Ministry
The Ministry of Education and Culture reports an increase in the number of junior high school students sitting for national examination (UN) compared to the previous year.
— Antara News

Kivlan Zein to Be Questioned as Treason Suspect
Kivlan Zein, a retired Army general and strong supporter of defeated presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, will be questioned as a treason suspect on Wednesday, a police spokesman said.
— Jakarta Globe

DNA test shows smuggled Komodo dragons not from national park
The authorities and scientists have confirmed that the smuggled Komodo dragons found in East Java in March did not come from the conservation site in Komodo National Park, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
— The Jakarta Post

Agritech start-up TaniGroup secures US$10 million Series A funding
TaniGroup, a homegrown agriculture technology (agritech) start-up, announced on Monday that investors have injected US$10 million into the company, which will use the funds to expand business operations.
— The Jakarta Post

Child Protection: Kids in May 22 Riot Drawn by `Ngaji` Teacher
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) revealed numerous reasons that drove multiple children to take part in the May 22 rally that turned into chaotic riots in Central Jakarta.

KPK Sting Op Reportedly Nabs Immigrations Employee in NTB
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) reportedly arrested a number of people in a sting operation (OTT) today on May 28, with one of them suspected to be involved in corruption at the West Nusa Tenggara immigration.

MICE packages to Indonesia grab Europeans’ interest at IMEX 2019
The level of interest among Europeans in tours for meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) was quite high at the International Meeting Exhibition (IMEX) 2019 held recently at the Frankfurt Messe.
— Antara News

What Indonesia can expect from President Joko Widodo’s second term
Intellasia East Asia News Joko Widodo is set to begin his second term as Indonesia’s president.
— Intellasia

Indonesia, Inpex agree on Masela development plan
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has said Japan’s oil company Inpex Corp and the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Task Force (SKK Migas) has agreed on the plan of development (PoD) of the gas-rich Masela Block in the Arafura Sea on Monday in Tokyo.
— The Jakarta Post

Exhibition explores quest for identity in today’s Indonesia
The works by Bibiana Lee and Indah Arsyad in the “Id: Sengkarut Identitas” exhibition at the National Gallery of Indonesia in Jakarta are about the quest for identity in today’s Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post


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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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