Indonesia morning news for November 15

Indonesia morning news for November 15

Indonesia morning news

Inequality overshadows Indonesia’s economic growth as millions remain stuck in poverty
Indonesia’s economic growth of 5.02 percent percent year-on-year (yoy) in the third quarter, although the lowest rate in more than two years, would be a dream come true for many other countries.
— The Jakarta Post

The Minimum Wage in Indonesia: Increased by 8.5% for 2020
On October 15, 2019, the Minister of Labor issued circular B-M 308, 2019, which mandates provincial governors throughout Indonesia to increase their provinces’ minimum wage by 8.51 percent, starting from January 1, 2020.
— ASEAN Briefing

Western plastics ‘poisoning Indonesian food chain’
The burning of plastic waste in Indonesia, much of which has been sent there by the West, is poisoning the food chain, the BBC has learned.

Indonesians May Soon Need a License to Get Married
The government is mulling over a plan to require couples who want to get married to take pre-marital lessons on family life and children welfare and get certified before they tie the knot, a minister said.
— Jakarta Globe

Bank Indonesia: Halal Food Industry to Reach US$1.8tn by 2023
Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo projected that halal food industry will be worth US$1.8 trillion by the end of 2023 as reported recently by Global Islamic Economy Report 2019/2020.

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Indonesians quitting ‘rice addiction’ over diabetes fears
Indonesian Mirnawati once ate rice with every meal, but its link to diabetes convinced her to join a growing movement to quit a staple food in the third biggest rice-consuming nation on Earth.

Medan Bomber’s Wife Plans Another Attack in Bali: Police
New details have emerged a day after a suicide bomb attack at the Medan Metropolitan Police headquarters, with police saying the wife of the lone bomber is even more radicalized than her husband.
— Jakarta Globe

7.1-magnitude earthquake jolts North Maluku
A 7.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the areas of Jailolo Subdistrict in Halmahera Barat District, North Maluku Province, on Thursday at around 11:17 p.m. local time, but there were no immediate reports on casualties in the aftermath of the strong quake.
— Antara News

Ahok’s Return to Service Gets Jokowi’s Endorsement
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo gave his blessing on Thursday to former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama to return to public service as an executive at an as yet unnamed state-owned enterprise.
— Jakarta Globe

Employee Association: Survey Proves Weakening of KPK is Real
The Corruption Eradication Commission employee’s association (WP KPK) views that the public is aware of the weakening efforts done toward the anti-graft agency through the revised KPK Law.

Indonesia eyes top four in 2019 SEA Games, trims medal target
Indonesia has set a target of finishing in the top four during the forthcoming 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines, and has also reduced its gold medal target.
— Xinhua

Minister to revoke budget for villages proven to be fictitious
Finance Minister, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, stressed that the government would revoke the state budget allocated for villages proven to be ghost villages or fictitious ones with no residents.
— Antara News

Australia reiterates commitment to supporting Indonesian sovereignty
The Australian government is firmly committed to supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Indonesia, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Gary Quinlan AO stated in Jakarta on Wednesday night.
— Antara News

Jokowi means investment, tells regional leaders to cut red tape
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has doubled down on his message on deregulation, calling on regional leaders to issue fewer regulations to keep the government agile in responding to economic development and to be more welcoming of investors.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Travelio raises $18M to help tenants rent apartments
More than 50% of residential apartments and other real estate properties in Jakarta are currently vacant, according to official estimates.
— Tech Crunch

NU relaxes ban on non-Muslim greetings
Muslims are allowed to use the greetings of other religions in order to preserve unity between Indonesians, according to Syaftudin Syarif, the secretary-general of the East Java branch of Nahdlatul Ulama Muslim (PWNU), on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Handle dissent delicately, Jokowi tells military, police citing Hong Kong unrest
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo told security forces and regional heads not to underestimate signs of public discontent in a speech to members of the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) at the Sentul Internasional Convention Center, Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

GrabWheels Services asked to Stop Before Safety is Improved
The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) urged the management of ride-hailing firm Grab to stop the operations of its latest e-scooter service dubbed the GrabWheels due to safety concerns.

Jakarta braces for upcoming rainy season
The Jakarta administration is bracing for the upcoming rainy season by undertaking several measures to prevent severe flooding in the capital city, which is a perennial problem.
— The Jakarta Post

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Indonesia seeks further partnering with South Korea on EV development
The Indonesian government is targeting more partnerships with its South Korean counterpart to develop electric vehicles (EVs), an official of the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment stated here, Thursday.
— Antara News

Basarnas to extend search for three missing Chinese divers
A joint search and rescue team has decided to extend until Nov. 15 its search for three Chinese divers who went missing while diving in the waters near Sangiang Island, Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Capital city relocation means mindset, cultural change: President
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) believes that relocation of the capital also translates to a change in the mindset and work culture.
— Antara News

Special treatment for businesses in KPBU scheme
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housings was committed on special treatment to the private sector under the Public-Private Partnership (KPBU) scheme, mainly in terms of funding infrastructure projects, the director general said here, Thursday.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Colombia to undertake feasibility study on market access
Indonesia and Colombia have agreed to shortly initiate a Joint Feasibility Study (JFS) under its efforts to tap avenues for increasing access of several Indonesian export goods to the Colombian market.
— Antara News

Providing affordable housing for all ‘doable’, say urbanists
For millions of middle- and lower-income Jakartans, owning a roof over their heads may seem an impossibility amid sky-high land prices, but some urbanists believe that providing affordable housing is not a distant dream.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s son pushes ahead to get PDI-P ticket for mayoral run
While the Surakarta chapter of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has rejected his nomination, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has marched ahead to the party’s provincial chapter in his attempt to get support for his mayoral run.
— The Jakarta Post

VP underscores significance of public participation in policy making
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin drew the collective attention of all policy makers at the central and regional levels to involve the public in the policy-making process through sound communication.
— Antara News

Indonesia commits to ICPD promises, but not endorse Nairobi Summit statement
The Indonesian government insisted on Wednesday its strong commitment to living up to the promise made during the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt 25 years ago.
— The Jakarta Post

VP Ma’ruf Amin leads meeting on reconstruction in Palu, Lombok
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin led a meeting at the Vice Presidential Offices in Jakarta, Thursday, to deliberate on rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts after the disasters ravaged Central Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara.
— Antara News

North Sumatra governor urges community members to maintain calm
North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi called on community members to stay calm but vigilant in response to Wednesday’s suicide bombing attack on the Medan city police headquarters.
— Antara News

Government to improve legal framework on sharia finance
The government will mend the legal framework on the development of sharia finance to unlock the untapped potential of the sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Jayapura immigration conducts deportation of six PNG citizens
The Jayapura Immigration Office has deported six citizens of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and blacklisted them from entering the Indonesian territory.
— Antara News

Pelindo II subsidiary eyes Patimban Port
PT Indonesia Kendaraan Terminal (IPCC), a subsidiary of state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia II (Pelindo II), said it hopes the government will appoint it to be the operator of the Patimban Port, although the government has said it plans to name a private company to operate the port in Subang, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

20 Chinese investors confirm attendance at investment forum in Kupang
A total of 20 Chinese investors have confirmed their plan to attend an investment forum to be held in the East Nusa Tenggara provincial capital of Kupang on November 16, 2019.
— Antara News

‘We listened to the majority’: Agency claims most Jakartans approve of roofless pedestrian bridge
The Jakarta administration claims that its decision to remove the roof of a pedestrian bridge on Jl. Sudirman connecting Wisma Bumiputera and Astra Tower has received widespread support from residents in the capital.
— The Jakarta Post

You up?: Jokowi the midnight caller
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo opened up about the ups and downs of being president at a forum with journalists in Central Jakarta on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Vicious cycle of broken homes entraps generations of migrant worker families
After 22 years working as a migrant worker in Singapore, Mudaya Tatik, 50, was finally reunited with her husband in Blitar, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Heritage, nature, urban tourist destinations, Jakarta plans to have them all
What are people looking for in a tourism destination? Heritage, nature, urban attractions, or cuisine? Jakarta administration aims to provide them all.
— The Jakarta Post

Small Tornado Hit Tangerang; Dozens of Houses Damaged
Tangerang Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) announced that a puting beliung or small tornado destroyed over 23 buildings in several areas for the last three days.

Mount Lemongan Explodes; PVMBG Records 254 Local Earthquakes
The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) recorded hundreds of local tectonic earthquakes as a result of the increased volcanic activity of Mount Lemongan in Lumajang Regency, East Java.

7 Killed in Another Cipali Toll Road Accident Early Thursday
Seven people were killed and dozens sustained injuries in yet another accident in Cipali Toll KM 117.8 of the route from Palimanan to Jakarta in the early hours of today, November 14, at 00:15 a.m.

Turning to faiths to save the planet. How religions shape environmental movement in Indonesia
Young environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s famous quote “listen to the scientists”, during her meeting with the US Congress is a clarion call for policy-makers to take steps to save the planet.
— The Jakarta Post

Learning to live green at Kampung Hijau Berseri
The gates to the neighborhood are covered with vines and many other plants.
— 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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