Indonesia morning news for May 30

Indonesia morning news for May 30

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s Great Leap Forward in World Competitiveness
Indonesia has leaped over its peers in Asia-Pacific in terms of competitiveness thanks to improvements in government efficiency, infrastructure and business conditions, Switzerland-based International Institute for Management and Development, or IMD, revealed on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Transjakarta loses Rp 8 billion due to last week’s riots
City-owned bus operator Transjakarta lost Rp 8 billion (US$555,460) in potential revenue mainly because of road closures and diversions in some areas in the city due to the deadly postelection riots in Central and West Jakarta on May 21 and 22.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi and Prabowo Both Violate Campaign Finance Reporting Procedures
The Election Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, found that both pairs of candidates contesting the 2019 presidential election, Joko “Widodo” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, failed to follow administrative procedures in their campaign receipt and expenditure reports.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia is the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce market
With communities spread across 17,000 islands, Indonesia seems like an unlikely place for online shopping to take off.
— The New Economy

Lion Air’s losses touch US$20 million following Boeing Max ban
Lion Air Group incurred losses of some US$20 million owing to the flight ban on its 10 Boeing 737 Max 8 following the JT 610 flight crash in Indonesia and ET302 flight crashing in Ethiopia.
— Antara News

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Challenge to Indonesia vote makes big claims, weak on proof
The court challenge to Indonesia’s presidential election from the losing candidate claims that the police, intelligence agency and other state institutions were biased in favour of the incumbent, but its evidence for “massive” fraud is mainly printouts of news articles.
— Bangkok Post

Senate OKs PH-Indonesia EEZ pact
THE Senate, as a treaty-ratifying body, on Tuesday approved on second reading an agreement on the division of the overlapping Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines and Indonesia.
— The Manila Times

‘A gross violation’: UK must demand an end to Indonesian military’s invasive virginity testing, say experts
For decades, women applying to Indonesia’s military have been subjected to the invasive practice in the belief that it will establish whether they are sexually active – and therefore if they are “moral” and “worthy of office”.
— The Telegraph

Otter Instagram craze in Japan and Indonesia drives surge in deadly poaching, threatening species’ survival
An Instagram-fuelled craze in Japan for keeping otters in cafes and as pets is driving a deadly surge in poaching the animals from the wild – driving them to the brink of extinction, investigators say.
— The Independent

Indonesia and UN to work closely on disaster prevention following 2018 disaster death toll
Following the deaths or disappearances of over 4,600 people last year in 2,426 recorded disaster events, Indonesia is stepping up efforts to improve disaster risk management. Indonesia straddles the so-called “Ring of Fire” in the Pacific Ocean making it vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
— ReliefWeb

Land of Dragons Seeking to Profit From China’s Hog Fever Crisis
The home of the Komodo dragon, the world’s biggest lizard, in Indonesia sounds like an unlikely source of salvation for Chinese pork lovers rattled by African swine fever.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia’s Finance Minister Considered for More Senior Economic Role
Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati will likely remain in President Joko Widodo’s cabinet and is being considered for a more senior role with oversight of his economic team, according to two people familiar with the matter.
— Yahoo

Danone-Aqua Supports Joint Research on Plastic Waste Interception
The Indonesian and the Dutch governments have launched a joint research project called Plastic Waste Interception.
— Jakarta Globe

Human Rights Watchdog to Investigate Deaths During Jakarta Riots
Indonesia’s human rights watchdog has set up a fact-finding team to investigate conflicting claims on the number of people killed during last week’s riots in Jakarta, a commissioner said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia fears US-China trade deal could dud other countries
Indonesia is spearheading a rearguard fight with Australia’s support to stop the US and China damaging other nations’ economic interests when they eventually strike a deal to end their trade war, amid mounting fears over the future of the multilateral trading system.
— Financial Review

Indonesia, Japan concur on proposing WTO reform at G20
Indonesia and Japan acceded to bringing up the matter of multilateral trading system relating to the reform of the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the G-20 Summit in Osaka, Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita stated.
— Antara News

Indonesian Parliament reasserts support for Palestinian struggle
Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) Fahri Hamzah, at a meeting with Zuhair Rasyad, the Palestine National Council (PNC) representative, reasserted Indonesia’s support for the Palestinians’ struggle for independence.
— Antara News

Indonesia issues map acknowledging lands of indigenous peoples
SharesBack in 2015, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo kicked off the ambitious program of social forestry, in which his administration is expected to distribute 12.7 million hectares of forests to be managed by communities throuvarious schemes, including hutan adat (customary forests).
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin Receives Rp70mn Bribe, Says KPK
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said that Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin received a bribe of Rp70 million for rigging a promotion in his ministry.

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Expert: Work with Indonesia to revive rhino population
Sabah must continue to seek the help of Indonesia if it is to revive the population of the near-extinct Sumatran rhino following the death of its last male, Tam, said scientist Dr Benoit Goossens.
— The Star Online

Floating sweatshops: Is the fish you eat caught by ‘slaves’?
Enslaved, beaten, malnourished, and so desperate for water he had to collect condensation to drink: Mr Rahmatullah left Indonesia seeking better prospects at sea – instead he endured a living hell.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police, Telkomsel present exodus livestreaming through MAXstream
SharesTo provide customers with up-to-date information, cell phone operator Telkomsel, in cooperation with the National Police, is live streaming traffic conditions during the Idul Fitri exodus.
— The Jakarta Post

PD Pasar Jaya to process market waste into animal feed
Jakarta-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya plans to process organic waste from its 153 markets into animal feed, Director of Engineering Dono Pratomo said.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s intelligence agency guarantees masterminds behind last week’s riots will be revealed
The violent riots that engulfed Central Jakarta for two nights last week have left the public with many concerns and authorities are under pressure to provide answers.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

Immigration Officers Bribed to Release Singaporean and Australian Who Misuse Tourist Visas
The Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, arrested Kurniadie, the head of the Mataram Immigration Office in West Nusa Tenggara, Yusriansyah Fazrin, the head of the office’s intelligence and enforcement division and Liliana Hidayat, the director of Happy Tourism, a company that manages the Wyndham Sundancer Resort Lombok, on Wednesday morning.
— Jakarta Globe

Prabowo Flies Off to Dubai, No Date Set for Returning
Prabowo Subianto and his entourage left Indonesia for Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Nine Political Parties Failed to Report Full Details of Campaign Donors: Bawaslu
Indonesia’s election watchdog said nine political parties that contested the 2019 legislative election have failed to report the complete details of their campaign contributors.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian rallies were coordinated to cause chaos, says president’s chief of staff
Indonesian authorities believe different groups coordinated plans to exploit political rallies last week to cause chaos, which included a bid to create “martyrs” by shooting protesters, President Joko Widodo’s chief of staff said.
— Reuters

Investigation teams expected to reveal truth of post-election unrest
Jakarta’s post-election rally, which ended in violence from May 21 to 22, 2019, claimed eight lives and resulted in hundreds of protestors, and nine police officers, being injured.
— Antara News

Indonesian parliamentary delegation’s visit to Jordan to forge ties
The Indonesian parliamentary delegation, led by Deputy House Speaker Fahri Hamzah, is on a working visit to Amman, Jordan, to establish inter-parliamentary cooperation between both nations.
— Antara News

How this Indonesian Startup is Connecting Farmers with Buyers
Indonesians depend heavily on agriculture. The sector is among the top three contributors to the country’s GDP, along with the processing industry and trade.
— Enrepreneur

Police Are Ready for Idul Fitri
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto launched a security operation to keep the country’s roads safe during the mudik exodus at the National Monument in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Warns State Institutions on Qualified Opinion, Disclaimer
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi ensured he would constantly remind each ministry or state institution to revise their financial statement based on the government’s accounting standards.

Pertamina to offer free rides to 15 thousand homebound travelers
Some 15 thousand homebound travelers will be able to avail free rides organized by state-owned oil company PT Pertamina for the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holidays this year.
— Antara News

KPK detains three suspects in Mataram Immigration visa bribery scandal
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested three suspects in a graft case entailing the misuse of tourist visas in the West Nusa Tenggara immigration office, spokesman Febri Diansyah stated here, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia: Earthquakes and Tsunami – Sunda Straits Tsunami – MDRID013 EPoA update n° 15; (n° 2 for Sunda Straits tsunami operation)
Indonesia was hit with several major earthquakes and tsunamis in 2018 when the first major ones struck off Lombok on 29 July 2018 and followed by earthquakes and tsunami in Central Sulawesi on 28 September 2018.
— ReliefWeb

Christina Suriadjaja of Travelio on cracking Indonesia’s digital property sector: Women in Tech
As a scion of an established family with business interests in property development and management, construction, and hospitality, Christina Suriadjaja is already familiar with the ins and outs of the property industry in Indonesia. So when she set out to build a firm of her own, it was natural for Suriadjaja to look at how the property sector could be modernized.

Wider student movement ‘could curb’ campus radicalism in Indonesia
The lack of varied and critically minded student movements might have contributed to the growing radicalism in campuses after the fall of Soeharto,
— The Jakarta Post

TIM revitalization project to break ground on Jakarta’s anniversary
The Jakarta administration has announced that the groundbreaking of the iconic Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) arts and culture center revitalization project in Cikini, Central Jakarta will begin on Jakarta’s 492th anniversary.
— The Jakarta Post

It would be wiser if everyone prayed in private: Jokowi volunteer group
Members of the People’s Sovereignty National Movement (GNKR) have reportedly planned another postelection rally in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building in Central Jakarta from May 29 to 30.
— The Jakarta Post

D-7 of Eid, Flight Departures Drop by 66.45 percent
Ahmad Yani, the head of 2019 National Coordinating Post for Integrated Eid Transportation, said that the number of flight departures a week before Eid al-Fitr or lebaran dropped when compared to that of last year.

Eid; Local Gov’t Urged to Monitor Waste Piling Up in Rest Areas
Nearing the 2019 Eid homecoming or mudik season, the Ministry of Environment and Forestry (KLHK) urged regional administrations monitor landfills in rest areas.

Ngurah Rai unaffected by low additional flight permit submissions
Airline companies’ submission for additional flight permits at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali, during the Eid al-Fitr holiday 2019 recorded a 254-percent drop than last year.
— Antara News

FAO commends ministry’s steps to contain avian influenza
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) commended Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Services of the Agriculture Ministry (DGLAHS MoA) of Indonesia for successfully controlling avian …
— Antara News

IHSG pace slackens in run-up to long national holidays
The Indonesia Composite Index (IHSG) at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has begun showing signs of slowing down this week prior to the protracted national holidays of Eid al-Fitr.
— Antara News

The Best Things To Do in Jakarta Over the Eid Holiday
The annual Eid Holiday, in which most Indonesians return to their hometowns, leaves Jakarta’s streets empty for several days but also makes its malls and tourist attractions more packed than usual.
— Coconuts Jakart


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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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