Indonesia morning news for May 9

Indonesia morning news for May 9
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Indonesian Air Force to fly jet fighters to wake people for ‘sahur’
The Indonesian Air Force has announced that it will participate in the country’s tradition of waking people up during the fasting month of Ramadan for sahur (predawn meal).
— The Jakarta Post

Waste Volume in Jakarta Increased on First Day of Ramadan
The trash volume in Jakarta entering the Bantargebang Integrated Waste Treatment Area (TPST) in Bekasi, West Java during the first day of Ramadan increased by 864 tons. The normal garbage each day in the landfill amounted to 7,000 tons.

Authority confirms airport toll road rate hike before lebaran
The Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJT) has confirmed the toll road operator will increase the rates for the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport toll road or Sedyatmo toll road for cars before the Idul Fitri holiday that will fall in early June.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia president set to shuffle cabinet to speed up economic reform
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is likely to reshuffle his cabinet after the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in June or July to strengthen his team, a cabinet member said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Deaths of Indonesian Election Officials Lead to Talk of Changes
You might have heard that more than 300 election workers died during Indonesia’s recent presidential and legislative election. The deaths were blamed on conditions related to exhaustion — the state of being tired, either mentally or physically.

Jokowi says Bukit Soeharto suitable place for capital city
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said that Bukit Soeharto (Soeharto Hill) in East Kalimantan is a suitable place for a new capital city, particularly because it would have the adequate infrastructure required by a capital city.
— The Jakarta Post

Defense Minister Points out Threatening Caliphate War of Mindset
Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said that the war of mindset is presently happening in Indonesia. He stressed the consequences if both people and the government did not take actions against the problem.

Indonesia to rule billion-dollar industry?
The State of Global Islamic Economy Report 2018/2019 states that fashion consumption among Muslims across the world is currently valued at US$270 billion and is projected to continue to increase at a growth rate of five percent.
— The Asean Post

Rupiah depreciates to Rp14,296 per dollar on Wednesday’s closing
The rupiah exchange rate traded at the Jakarta inter-bank market on Wednesday afternoon slid further by 15 points, or 0.11 percent, to Rp14,295 per US dollar, from Rp14,280 per US dollar.
— Antara News

Sriwijaya Air may close several routes if ceiling prices are lowered
Sriwijaya Air plans to close some routes if the government revises down the ceiling prices of economy class tickets to force airlines to cut airfares.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Growing Government Debt: Reason for Alarm or Are Concerns Exaggerated?
Opposition has often been critical of rising government debt in Indonesia over the past couple of years. In fact, presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto nicknamed Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati Indonesia’s “debt printing minister”. However, are these concerns legitimate?
— Indonesia Investment

Indonesia’s forex reserves dip to US$124.3b at end-April
Indonesia’s forex reserves dropped by around US$200 million to US$124.3 billion at the end of April due to the government’s foreign debt payments, the central bank said on Wednesday.
— The Business Times

Jokowi to Review Central Kalimantan by Air and Land
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) confirmed that he would review a number of areas in Central Kalimantan Province on Wednesday (8/5), both by air and land.

Batik, traditional textiles grace Indonesia-led UNSC session
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres was ready to attend the Indonesia-chaired United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on Tuesday, but first; he made sure to don tenun – traditional Indonesian textiles.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia aims to cut use of dangerous mercury in mining
Indonesia has announced plans to cut the use of mercury in industries such as mining and manufacturing due to the metal’s toxicity and risk to human health.
— Mining Technology

Passengers welcome to eat, drink on LRT Palembang for iftar
LRT passengers in Palembang are welcome to eat and drink on board during Ramadan to break their fast.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia is chasing Asean mfg hub dream: Minister
INDONESIA plans to open up more sectors to foreign investors and reboot its stringent labour laws to become a regional manufacturing powerhouse rivalling Germany and South Korea, according to Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto.
— The Business Times

Tropical Cyclone Growing over Banda Sea, BMKG Says
Indonesia’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) reported earlier this morning on a tropical cyclone that has been building up at the Banda Sea in West Maluku Tenggara.

Indonesia coal price dips nearly 8% on dwindling demand
The Indonesian coal price reference (HBA) has continued to decline this month due to shrinking market demand to US$81.86 per ton, or a month-to-month (mtm) decrease of 7.86 percent.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia has begun repatriating crew of detained North Korean vessel: report
The government of Indonesia has begun the process of repatriating the 25 crewmembers of the detained DPRK-flagged Wise Honest ship, a recent sanctions implementation report by the country submitted to the UN revealed.
— NK News

Indonesia Records Lowest Unemployment Rate in Last Decade, Though Gender Pay Gap Remains
Indonesia has recorded its lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade this year, though a wide gender wage gap has proved to be harder to shift.
— The Jakarta Globe

Minister upbeat about Indonesia emerging as ASEAN manufacturing hub
Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto is optimistic of Indonesia evolving into a manufacturing hub of the ASEAN.
— Antara News

Architecture of the Archipelago: Andra Matin brings exhibition home
As the first Indonesian architect to be invited to showcase his work at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Andra Matin did contemplate using the platform to show off his own spectacular designs to coincide with his 20 years as an architect.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia eyes victory in Sudirman Cup in China
Indonesian Youth and Sport Minister Nahrawi expected the country’s shuttlers to bring home the trophy of the forthcoming Sudirman Cup which is to start next week in China.
— Xinhua

Postelection polarization: Real or imagined?
The aftermath of the 2019 presidential election has been full of questions on the place of religion in Indonesian politics and whether Indonesians have become more polarized along religious lines.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

Indonesia – Flash Floods
Heavy rain affected Samosir Regency (North Sumatra Province) on 3 May, causing flash floods which have resulted in casualties and damage.
— Relief Web

Aqua ready to sail Indonesia waters
Boutique cruise line Aqua Expeditions announced Tuesday two new fleet additions: Aqua Blu and Aqua Nera.
— TTR Weekly

Indonesia finance minister expects investment, consumption to pick up pace in second quarter
Indonesia’s finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said investment and consumption growth are expected to pick up pace in the second quarter after the election, following disappointing readings in the first quarter.
— Today Online

Jokowi Hints Gunung Mas, Kalimantan as Future Capital City
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, during his visit to Kalimantan today, mentioned that Gunung Mas in Central Kalimantan is currently the most qualified location to replace Jakarta as the country’s capital city.

Ministry guarantees healthcare service amid suspension
The recent decision of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) to suspend collaboration with hundreds of hospitals that have not renewed their accreditation has raised concerns particularly among patients and triggered complaints from hospital managements.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia remains resolute to intensifying role of female peacekeepers
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, at the UN Security Council Open Debate, echoed Indonesia’s unwavering pledge to ramp up the prevalence of female peacekeepers in UN peacekeeping missions.
— Antara News

Indonesia Visa Overstay Fine Rises Sharply
Make sure to get your visa documentation in order as soon as possible because Indonesia has significantly raised the daily penalty for overstaying your visa for the country.
— Indonesia Expat

Forex reserves decline by $200 million in April
Bank Indonesia has announced that foreign exchange reserves declined by US$200 million in April to $124.3 billion from the previous month. It was the first decline since January.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Economy Slumps In Q1, Analysts Expect Weak Export Rebound
The Indonesian economy did not meet market expectations of 5.18 percent in economic growth during the first quarter. Analysts are expecting exports to stay weak in the coming months – a scenario that could further hamper growth.
— The Business Times

Indonesia says breaks up plot to attack police over election period
Indonesian anti-terrorism police have shot dead one Islamist militant and detained six suspected of planning attacks on officers with firearms or suicide bombings under the cover of rallies tied to recent elections, a police spokesman said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s forex reserves decline by US$200 million in April
Indonesia’s foreign exchange reserves declined by US$200 million at the end of April 2019 to US$124,3 billion from US$124,5 billion a month ago, according to Bank Indonesia.
— Antara News

Chinese tourists made Indonesia’s Manado a big winner – and now the Maluku Islands are looking to follow its economic template
Manado, the capital of North Sulawesi province, has emerged one of the biggest winners from a boom in Chinese tourism to Indonesia.

Higher milk consumption could help curb stunting: Experts
As Indonesia continues its fight against stunting, experts say increasing milk consumption could be a solution for tackling the country’s persisting malnutrition problem.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo acknowledges the commencement of Ramadan, May 6.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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