Indonesia morning news for November 14

Indonesia morning news for November 14
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At least 4600 pigs in Indonesia allegedly die of African virus
At least 4,600 pigs have allegedly died of the African swine fever in the Indonesian province of North Sumatra, the provincial administration said last Thursday.
— Xinhua

Rainsy’s Indonesia travel plans a test of Jakarta’s commitment to democracy
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s on-again, off-again return to Phnom Penh – to lead a democratic uprising against Prime Minister Hun Sen – has turned into a circus, and a major headache for ASEAN countries.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesia to continue IEU-CEPA talks despite friction over leaked document
Indonesia will continue the ongoing negotiations on economic and trade partnership with the European Union despite a fresh spat following a leaked document about the EU’s plan to exclude biofuels derived from palm oil by 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to roll out preemployment card in early 2020
The government is finalizing details of its preemployment card, a key program proposed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during his election campaign to improve the quality of Indonesia’s human resources.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Blocks Entry of Cambodian Opposition Leader: Malaysia Airlines
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was denied entry into Indonesia Wednesday after a visit to Malaysia, according to sources, as the self-exiled leader struggled to return to his home country to push for democratic reforms.

Nickel mining companies agree to support ore export ban
Nickel mining and smelting companies have agreed to support the government’s plan to ban nickel ore exports from January 2020 onward, as stipulated in an Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry regulation, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Bahlil Lahadalia has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s ranking in Islamic finance jump six spots but major challenges remain
Indonesia’s Islamic finance rank has improved exponentially this year, but challenges remain to further develop the sharia economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia wants to match infrastructure drive with Indo-Pacific approach
Indonesia is aiming to match the positive response it received following the adoption of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific with its growing appetite for infrastructure development by hosting the upcoming Indo-Pacific forum next year, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi told lawmakers on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia waiting on major global aviation regulators for return of 737 MAX: Official
Indonesia will not approve the return of the Boeing Co 737 MAX to its skies until after aviation regulators in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Canada and China do so, an official at Indonesia’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday.

Indonesia sets up mechanism to curb radicalism
The Indonesian government has formed a particular task force and opened an online-based public reporting system in a move to curb radicalism that spreads among civil servants.
— Xinhua

Indonesia in doubt over Latin American markets amid unrest
Latin America is becoming less of a potential market and more like a cautionary tale, as businesses wait out the political upheaval and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo warns the nation’s security authorities not to fall into the same trap as those in countries like Bolivia and Chile.
— The Jakarta Post

Public trust in government institutions declined: LIPI
The Indonesia Survey Institute (LSI)-Denny JA released the results of its surveys, which showed declining public trust in state and social institutes following the 2019 presidential election and the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election.
— Antara News

Government to reduce KUR annual interest rate to 6 percent in 2020
The government plans to reduce the annual interest rate for its microcredit program (KUR) from 7 percent to 6 percent per year starting Jan. 1, 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Awaiting a morsel of hope, 22 million Indonesians go hungry
Outside an asbestos-roofed shack in East Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), 62-year-old Valeria Panu eats a bowl of plain rice.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia waiting on major global aviation regulators for return of 737 MAX – official
Indonesia will not approve the return of the Boeing Co <BA.N> 737 MAX to its skies until after aviation regulators in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Canada and China do so, an official at Indonesia’s aviation regulator said on Wednesday.
— Euronews

Jakarta Police intensify security measures after Medan bombing
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police has stepped up security and surveillance near its entrance gates in the aftermath of a suspected suicide bombing attack on the Medan City Police Station in North Sumatra on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi Calls Against Law Enforcement, Puts Forth Preventive Acts
In a national coordination meeting with regional heads at the Sentul International Convention Center (SICC), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reminded the meeting’s attendees to avert from law enforcement and put forth preventive measures.

Ahok Asserts Readiness to Serve at SOE
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok said that he is ready to take part in managing State-Owned Enterprises (SOE).

Prabowo Subianto receives courtesy call from Malaysian Ambassador
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto received a courtesy call from Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia Dato Zaenal Abidin Bakar here Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi Restricts Regional Heads from Issuing Many Policies
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo demanded local administrations refrain from drafting many regulations as it would complicate the bureaucracy and hinder the program acceleration initiated by the central government.

National Police confirms six victims in bombing strike in Medan
Six people reportedly fell victim to a suspected suicide bombing targeting the police headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra, Wednesday, 8:45 a.m. local time, Public Relations Head of the National Police Inspector General M. Iqbal stated.
— Antara News

Top Majalengka official allegedly shoots contractor in debt dispute
A top official at the Majalengka administration in West Java has allegedly shot a contractor who asked him to pay back debts in a dispute over a construction project.
— The Jakarta Post

Environmental diplomacy expected to back economic diplomacy
Environmental diplomacy is expected to support economic diplomacy that has been one of Indonesia’s priorities on foreign policy in tune with President Joko Widodo’s mission for his second-term administration for 2019-2024.
— Antara News

Suspected Suicide Bomber in Medan Identified as a Student
The man who carried out a suicide bombing at the parking lot of the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters on Wednesday morning has been identified as Rabbial Muslim Nasution, a student, sources told the Jakarta Globe.
— Jakarta Globe

Belgium-Indonesia 70 years: From phallic symbols to niqab
While a teenager living in Jakarta in the early 1970s, my parents had a statue of Manneken Pis they had bought on one of their visits to Brussels, perched on the wall over a pond inside our house.
— The Jakarta Post

High temperatures, drought force PLN to implement rolling blackouts across Lombok
State-owned electricity company PLN has imposed rolling blackouts on Lombok Island in West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) for the past several weeks because of a decrease in its production capacity.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian forestry expert wins John Maddox Prize for testifying against palm oil firms
Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) forestry expert Bambang Hero Saharjo has received the 2019 Maddox Prize for voicing his scientific views on catastrophic peatland fires in Indonesia in the face of harassment, intimidation and a lawsuit.
— The Jakarta Post

City Council wants to scrap budget for Anies’ team of aides
The Jakarta City Council’s Commission A has recommended that the budget for the Governor’s Team for Accelerated Development (TGUPP) be scrapped from the capital’s 2020 budget priorities (KUA-PPAS).
— The Jakarta Post

GrabWheels E-Scooters Set to Be Strictly Regulated
The Jakarta transportation agency is eyeing to finalize the regulation that would oversee the operations of electric scooters (e-scooters), or locally known as “otopet”, by the end of this year.

Drug courier arrested in Jambi with one kg crystal meth
Tanjung Jabung Barat Police investigators arrested a man for allegedly transporting one kilogram crystal methamphetamine from Batam Island, Riau Islands Province, to Kuala Tungkal Seaport in Jambi Province early this week, a police officer stated.
— Antara News

Minister points to persistent grim participation of female workforce
Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister I Gusti Ayu Bintang Puspayoga affirmed that the dismal participation of the female workforce in Indonesia has become a challenge for the women’s empowerment program for the 2020-2024 period.
— Antara News

Indonesian companies begin to embrace circular economy to reduce plastic pollution
Major Indonesian companies have begun to adopt a circular economy concept by recycling used plastic packages to help cope with the increase in growing plastic pollution in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Wishnutama to conduct tourism development catering to all visitors
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Wishnutama Kusubandio affirmed that he will conduct tourism development in Indonesia to meet the needs of tourists transcending backgrounds.
— Antara News

Officials suggest bylaw, new authority to accelerate TOD projects
The slow progress on transit oriented development (TOD) projects in the capital is believed to be caused by the absence of regulations that would provide solid ground for all stakeholders to proceed with their tasks.
— The Jakarta Post

GrabWheels Users Killed by Car in Sudirman
Twitter was shocked by a post about a car that hit GrabWheels’ electric motorist near the FX Sudirman area in Central Jakarta.

Jakarta gov’t warns public against using electric scooters on pedestrian bridge after photos of damages go viral
Since its launch earlier this year, GrabWheels — an e-scooter rental service by Singapore-based app Grab — has somewhat become a trend among youngsters in Jakarta and Tangerang.
— Coconuts (paywall)

OVO Seeks to Resume Partnership With Alfamart
Leading digital payment platform OVO maintains hope that it can resume its partnership with grocery store network Alfamart, who ceased its deposit services for OVO users on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

No plan to change Bali, Lake Toba to be ‘Muslim tourist-friendly’ sites, minister says
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama has asserted that he has no plans to make Bali and Lake Toba in North Sumatra more Muslim-friendly destinations, rebuking circulating media reports that suggested he would do so in two of Indonesia’s favorite tourist sites.
— The Jakarta Post

Rights group claims voting rights for married children incentivizes child marriage, files legal petition
Throughout the world, the right to vote is most commonly granted to people once they hit 18 years of age. In Indonesia the voting age is 17.
— The Jakarta Post

IDX Suspends Inter Delta Shares from Trading
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has suspended trading activities on Inter Delta (INTD) shares on the regular market and the cash market starting today, Wednesday, November 13.

Navy arrests four PNG citizens for possession of illegal cacao
The patrolling Navy took four citizens of Papua New Guinea into detention in the Skouw waters of Jayapura, Papua, on Wednesday, at around 5:30 a.m. local time for carrying 12 cacao sacks without legal documentation.
— Antara News

Police, residents stop Hindu-Buddhist ceremony in Yogyakarta
Buddhist pandita (priest) Padma Wiradharma was leading an arga tranta (water tribute ritual) during an odalan (village temple ceremony) when a group outside the home started yelling for the event to be stopped and the worshippers to go home.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day for Tolerance, November 16.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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