Indonesia morning news for May 31

Indonesia morning news for May 31
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Indonesia plans new measures to lure overseas investment
Indonesia will put in place new incentives to attract foreign investment in a bid to turn the country into ASEAN’s manufacturing hub, industry minister Airlangga Hartarto said at Nikkei’s Future of Asia conference here on Thursday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

The annual spending spree
Bank Indonesia (BI) has put banknotes worth Rp 300 trillion (US$20.68 billion) in circulation over the past two weeks specifically to meet the needs of consumers for the Idul Fitri holiday season, which starts next week in the Muslim-majority country.
— The Jakarta Post

Australian Court Fines Garuda Indonesia $13.2 Million for Price Fixing
Australia’s competition regulator on Thursday said a Federal Court has ordered Indonesia’s flag carrier Garuda Indonesia to pay A$19 million ($13.2 million) for price fixing.
— Money

Boeing CEO apologizes to victims of Ethiopia, Indonesia crashes
In his first remarks to news media about two deadly crashes involving his company’s planes, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg apologized to the victims’ families.

Indonesia aims to attract foreign companies with new tax breaks
Indonesia is counting on new tax incentives and upgraded infrastructure to lure more global manufacturers to the country
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Pilot pleaded for training weeks before fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash
An Ethiopian Airlines pilot begged for more training just days after a Lion Air Boeing 737 Max nosedived in Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.
— 9 News

Wake Up Call: Boeing Said to Agree to Settlement Talks on Indonesia 737 Crash
Boeing Co. and its Perkins Coie lawyers may be changing their strategy for dealing with lawsuits linked to the two deadly crashes of its now grounded 737 Max 8 aircraft.
— Big Law Business

RI ranks second lowest in renewable energy survey
Nonrenewable energy is at a crossroads in the minds of most people as there is a perception that its impacts outweigh its benefits, a recent multi-region sampling survey shows
— The Jakarta Post

U.S. looks to improve ties with Indonesian special forces, stage exercises
Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan met his Indonesian counterpart on Thursday as the United States looks to improve ties with an Indonesian special forces unit that have been limited due to human rights abuses in the 1990s.
— Reuters

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.
— Intellasia

SoftBank joins record Indonesia-focused growth venture fund
SoftBank Group has joined other backers in a $200 million venture capital fund that will focus on unearthing promising start-ups in Indonesia.
— Arabian Business

BPN to report 98 activists accusing Prabowo of masterminding riots
Spokesman for Prabowo-Sandi National Winning Body (BPN) Andre Rosiade revealed it will report back 98 activists, who had approached the Police over allegations of Prabowo Subianto masterminding the riots on May 22, 2019.
— Antara News

Activists blame energy ministry amid claims of dirty mining practices
Mining activists and environmentalists have called for the suspension of Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry operations amid widespread claims of environmental and social damages caused by mining practices.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia urges Japan to help in producing quality manpower
Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has called on Japan to aid in bringing about improvements in the quality of the Indonesian workforce to realize its investment in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Neneng gets six years for taking bribes in Meikarta project
The Bandung Corruption Court on Wednesday sentenced suspended Bekasi Regent Neneng Hasanah Yasin to six years in prison and a fine of Rp 250 million (US$17,368) in a bribery case pertaining to the development of the Meikarta township project in her regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Transportation Minister asks airlines to offer affordable flight fares
Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi has called on airlines to offer domestic flights at more affordable prices to the public.
— Antara News

Indonesia film about rape victim highlights need for law protecting women | Video
A film about a gang-rape victim highlights the need for a law to protect women in Indonesia. The bill on sexual violence eradication has been in limbo since 2016, but the re-election of President Joko Widodo offers a glimmer of hope.
— CNA (very annoying popups)

Adtech Could Unlock Multimillion-Dollar Revenue Streams for Indonesia’s Super Apps
Indonesia is home to some of the region’s largest super apps, including ride-hailing app Go-Jek and e-commerce platform Tokopedia.
— Jakarta Globe

One Way All the Way
One-way road policy will be applied from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on major thoroughfares leading from Jakarta to cities in Central Java during the Lebaran holiday, starting from the Cikampek Utama Toll Gate and ends at the Pejagan-Pemalang Toll Road in Central Java.
— Jakarta Globe

Pakistan, Indonesia Agree To Intensify Bilateral Collaboration
Pakistan and Indonesia on Thursday agreed to intensify bilateral collaboration for the mutual benefit of their two peoples and for supporting initiatives for the projection of rightful image of the Muslim faith and the Ummah.
— UrduPoint News

PLMP Fintech earns contract to change Indonesia’s logistics sector
PLMP Fintech was awarded a contract to work with the Agency for Free Trade Zone and Free Port of Batam and Indonesian firm Central Distribusi Batam. They will work on a new project that is expected to reshape Indonesia’s logic sector.

Bulog ensures rice stocks safe, sufficient before Eid al-Fitr
The state logistics board (Bulog) has made assurance of the stocks of rice and various other basic commodities are safe to cater to the demand during Eid al-Fitr festivities and also until late 2019.
— Antara News

Six-meter-high waves forecast in southern Indian Ocean of C. Java-DIY
Waves in the southern Indian Ocean of Central Java and Yogyakarta Special Region can potentially reach six meters in height, Head of the Meteorological Station Technician Group BMKG Cilacap Teguh Wardoyo stated.
— Antara News

Palembang to host Motocross World Championship in July
This year, Indonesia will hold two MXGP series — one in Palembang, South Sumatra, and another in Semarang, Central Java — in July.
— The Jakarta Post

No Car Free Day on Sudirman-Thamrin June 2 and 9
The Jakarta administration has canceled Car Free Day (CFD) on Jl. Sudirman and Jl. MH Thamrin on June 2 and 9 as officials are focusing on monitoring and securing the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).
— The Jakarta Post

Waskita’s 52 buses transport 2,300 Lebaran 2019 travelers for free
State construction company PT Waskita Karya (Persero) Tbk dispatched its fleet of 52 buses to transport 2,300 travelers for free under a homecoming program called the BUMN Mudik Bareng during Eid 2019.
— Antara News

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.

Padang residents eagerly await hunting for “Pabukoan”
One of the activities that the residents of Padang, West Sumatra, long await during Ramadhan is hunting for an array of foods to break the fast.
— Antara News

Cohabitation, but concession first
I read with great interest the opinion article “Confrontation or Cohabitation?” in the May 27, 2019 edition of The Jakarta Post.
— The Jakarta Post

Box line Yang Ming sets up shop in Indonesia
Taiwan-based box-shipping line, Yang Ming, has set up shop in Jakarta, Indonesia, with joint venture partners.
— Freightwaves

MRT serves slightly fewer passengers in May
MRT Jakarta experienced a slight decrease of passenger numbers in May, following slower activities in the fasting month of Ramadan and the post-election unrest last Wednesday, during which some access to Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta, where the riot started, was limited.
— The Jakarta Post

Military, Komnas HAM investigate Asmat shooting
The Papua Military Command, the National Police and the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) have launched an investigation into the deaths of four in an alleged shooting by military personnel during an election dispute-turned-riot in Asmat regency, Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

ASDP Kupang readies fleet for homecoming crowd during Idul Fitri
The Kupang Branch of PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry (Persero) is readying its fleet of several dozen ferries to facilitate smooth inter-island crossing for passengers in East Nusa Tenggara Province during the Idul Fitri 1440.
— Antara News

Fashion in full swing for Ramadan
Heritage: Svarna by Ikat Indonesia explores Middle Eastern influences with traditional songket woven fabrics.This year’s Idul Fitri celebrations will see familiar styles — think floaty caftans and abayas — in even more familiar color palettes like understated pastels, neutrals and the occasional jewel tones.
— The Jakarta Post

The Untold Flavor Of Indonesian Street Food
In a study published in Asia Pacific Viewpoint, researchers in Japan found that street food vendors in Indonesia support one another socially and economically to sustain their livelihoods.
— AsianScientist

Pegatron to focus on producing networking devices initially in Indonesia, says chairman
Pegatron’s plant to in Batam, Indonesia will initially focus on networking devices in its first year of operation, according to company chairman TH Tung.

Indonesia’s TaniGroup Creates ‘No Middleman’ Platform For Farmers
Indonesian startup TaniGroup has created a platform through which farmers can connect with buyers who don’t need middlemen involved.
— The Business Times

Copyright vs Right to Copy: How Superman, IKEA, and other global brands lost trademark battles in Indonesia
There was a great deal of disbelief and plenty of bemusement on our social media channels this week when we wrote that DC Comics had lost a lawsuit against an Indonesian food and beverage company that’s been using Superman to hawk cookies.
— Coconuts Jakarta 

Religious Ministry Responds to Bribery Charge against Lukman
The Religious Affairs Ministry was unwilling to say much about the bribery charge against their minister, Lukman Hakim Saifuddin.

Anies Baswedan Sends-off 17,427 Participants of Free Homecoming
Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan today sent-off the 17,427 residents who are taking part in the free homecoming program.


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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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