Indonesia morning news for November 19

Indonesia morning news for November 19
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Indonesia’s food chain turns toxic as plastic waste exports flood in
Plastic waste exports to south-east Asia have been implicated in extreme levels of toxins entering the human food chain in Indonesia.
— The Guardian

Government to quarantine hog cholera endemic areas
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo confirmed in Jakarta on Monday that the government will isolate the distribution route from areas endemic to the hog cholera virus or classical swine fever disease in pigs.
— Antara News

Budget deficit reached 1.8% in Oct 2019: Indrawati
Indonesia’s budget deficit in the year ending October 31, 2019 reached Rp289.1 trillion, accounting for 1.8 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.
— Antara News

It’s ‘deviation’ and ‘mental disability’: Some Indonesian institutions put ban on LGBT applicants
Adding to the long list of prejudices faced by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Indonesia, some government institutions are refusing to recruit those they say possess “deviations” of sexual orientation and behavior.
— The Jakarta Post

Further research needed to examine impact of microplastics on humans
Microplastics detected in marine biota are suggestive of marine contamination in Indonesia, though further research is necessitated to evaluate the impact on the human body, the country’s Institute of Sciences (LIPI) stated.
— Antara News

Jakarta to regulate e-scooter as personal mobility device
The Jakarta Regional Transportation Agency will introduce regulations for the electronic scooter by categorizing it as a personal mobility device.
— Antara News

Indonesia plays determining role in global climate: LIPI
Indonesia, lying between the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, plays a role in determining the global climate, according to an Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) official.
— Antara News

Indonesia resolute to creating peace in SE Asia: Defence Minister
Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto drew focus to the nation’s commitment to building a tranquil, peaceful, and prosperous Southeast Asian region that will garner respect from other regions.
— Antara News

Neighbors control half of Indonesia’s $1b aircraft maintenance market
More than half of the demand for aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for the Indonesian market is met outside the country, an industry group says, pointing to resource constraints from human capital to available land.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian police beef up security in Papua’s Mimika District
The Indonesian police in Mimika, Papua Province, have intensified security in the district’s area prior to the commemoration of the West Papua National Committee’s (KNPB’s) anniversary on Nov 19, a police officer revealed.
— Antara News

Grab to Impose Sanctions on GrabWheels Riders Violating Rules
Grab Indonesia planned to impose sanctions on e-scooter riders of GrabWheels violating the existing regulations, including the Law on Traffic.

Finance Ministry talks taxes with elementary school students
Low tax awareness is one of the reasons why tax payment in Indonesia remains among the lowest in Southeast Asia as the people still consider it an obligation rather than a civic duty.
— The Jakarta Post

AsiaCollect Transforms Debt Collection Business With AI
A Singapore-based company has enjoyed being the sole player in the debt collection business that employs artificial intelligence in Indonesia, and perhaps also in Southeast Asia.
— Jakarta Globe

Four Chinese Brands Control 74% of Indonesia’s Smartphone Market
Chinese producers have stamped their domination in the Indonesian smartphone market, with Oppo and Vivo dethroning South Korea’s Samsung in the third quarter of this year.
— Jakarta Globe

Gov’t Rolls Out New Forest Replantation Program With Unique Catch
The government has launched a program to replant and protect natural forests in Indonesia, luring local people to join it with the promise that they would be allowed to harvest some of the forests’ yield.
— Jakarta Globe

Garuda Receives Its First A330neo
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has received its first delivery from an order of 14 A330-900s from European airplane maker Airbus, the company said in a statement on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Targets 45 Gold Medals in 2019 SEA Games
The Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry has set a target of 45 gold medals for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.
— Jakarta Globe

Tangerang police seize over a thousand refurbished iPhones sent from Singapore
Police in Tangerang say they have uncovered an illegal cell phone refurbishment factory in the city belonging to a syndicate who have been selling previously damaged iPhones at a fraction of their retail price.
— Coconuts (paywall)

KPK Probes 14 City Officials in Medan Mayor Bribery Case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) examined 14 city officials in the alleged bribery case incriminating Medan Mayor Dzulmi Eldin.

Final Assessment Team to Discuss Ahok’s Controversies
President’s Special Staffer for Communication Fadjroel Rachman said public suggestions regarding the nomination of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama or Ahok to spearhead a state-owned enterprise (SOE) would be discussed during a meeting of the TPA (Final Assessment Team).

Indonesia remains key destination for manufacturing investment
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita believes that Indonesia remains the chief destination for investment, particularly in the manufacturing industry, owing to its huge market and copious raw materials.
— Antara News

Skill training good both for vocational graduates, companies
The government’s skills-training program not only benefits vocational graduates but also companies that need ready-for-work employees in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Pizza Hut franchisee books solid profit growth, eyes eastern expansion
PT Sarimelati Kencana booked solid net profit growth as of September due to a sharp increase in sales across the growing number of Pizza Hut outlets it operates in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

More accessible but pricier: Komodo Island to become premium destination
Komodo Island in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) is set to become a premium tourist destination with the local authority finalizing a plan to raise ticket prices and upgrade the local airport to serve international routes.
— The Jakarta Post

Disaster mitigation plan needed in infrastructure development
As a tropical country located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is prone to natural disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, and landslides.
— The Jakarta Post

PNG court sentences five Indonesian fishermen to five years in jail
The Vanimo Court in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has ordered five Indonesian fishermen to serve a five-year prison sentence or dole out a fine of 14 thousand kinas (Rp63 million) each for various charges.
— Antara News

Jokowi seeks to tighten grip on state enterprises
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo seeks to tighten his grip on key state-owned enterprises (SOEs) by reshuffling their executives and ensuring that the new appointees are able and willing to support the development agenda for his second term in office.
— The Jakarta Post

Edhy Prabowo Claims to Find Oddities in Susi Pudjiastuti’s Policy
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) Minister Edhy Prabowo claimed he had found several irregularities in the systems and policies applied by his predecessor, Susi Pudjiastuti, in the past five years.

MRT Jakarta Targets 173,000 Daily Users by 2023
The city’s mass-rapid transit operator, PT MRT Jakarta announced that it is eyeing to transport 173,000 passengers on a daily basis by the year 2023.

110,459 foreign travelers visit N Sulawesi in Jan-Oct 2019
The Sam Ratulangi International Airport’s Immigration Office recorded that 110,459 foreign travelers had paid a visit to North Sulawesi Province during the period from January to October this year.
— Antara News

Densus 88 arrests 46 suspects after Medan suicide bombing
A police spokesman confirmed that the National Police’s Counterterrorism Squad, Densus 88, arrested 46 suspects after a suicide bombing attack targeted the Medan City Police Station in North Sumatra Province last Wednesday.
— Antara News

Solve human rights abuse before discussing new provinces, Papua local council tells Jakarta
The Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) has reiterated its reluctance to Jakarta’s plan to establish new provinces in Papua, saying the administration of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should first address human rights violations in the country’s easternmost region.
— The Jakarta Post

Police in hunt for alleged serial semen flinger targeting women in West Java
Update: Tasikmalaya Police say they have arrested the alleged semen flinger at his home on Monday afternoon
— Coconuts (paywall)

Sumatran tiger kills Indonesian farmer, injures tourist
An endangered Sumatran Tiger has mauled to death an Indonesian farmer and seriously injured a domestic tourist, a conservation official said Monday.
— Coconuts

Police probe reports on fictitious villages in West Nias, North Sumatra
The North Sumatra Police are investigating villages in West Nias, Nias Island, following reports of fictitious villages registered with the government to receive government funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia reduces flights to Hong Kong
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia reduces its flight frequency from 21 times to 4 times a week to avoid losses following Hong Kong’s political unrest. “By reducing the frequency, we avoid losses.
— Antara News

Lion Air flight attendant wins over internet with wholehearted care of elderly in viral videos
Find a flight attendant who smiles at you the way this guy smiles at an old lady, and you’d be in for a comfortable flight, budget carrier or otherwise.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Sukmawati Soekarnoputri reported to police for blasphemy in speech allegedly comparing Soekarno to Prophet Muhammad
Sukmawati Soekarnoputri, the daughter of first president and founding father Soekarno, has, once again, been reported to the police for allegedly committing blasphemy against Islam.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Traumatized residents spend nights in hills following 7.1-magnitude quake in North Maluku
Residents of Batang Dua Island in Ternate, North Maluku, are still traumatized following a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that jolted areas of the province as well as North Sulawesi late on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Muslim women do not have to cover face, palms: Muhammadiyah
Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir reiterated on Saturday that according to Islamic teachings, the face and palms of Muslim women were not aurat – parts of the body that may not be exposed in public.
— The Jakarta Post

Batik Air Makes Emergency Landing after Pilot Reportedly Fainted
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura I of the El Tari Kupang International Airport said that it will wait for the official investigation report on the incident that saw a Batik Air flight make an emergency landing after its pilot fainted mid-flight from Jakarta to Kupang.

TransNusa to open two new flight routes in December
Privately-run airline company TransNusa Aviation Mandiri plans to open two new flight routes in December 2019 to support the tourism industry in East Nusa Tenggara Province.
— Antara News

Retail Group Matahari Putra Prima Teams Up With Disney
Matahari Putra Prima, one of Indonesia’s largest retailers, has collaborated with The Walt Disney Company Indonesia, the local unit of the American media giant, in a new marketing campaign that will be rolled out at all the retailer’s outlets across Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe


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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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