Indonesia morning news for November 21

Indonesia morning news for November 21

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia begins restructuring of 430,000 civil servant jobs
The government has begun an assessment of middle and lower job positions at state institutions in the first nationwide move to streamline the bureaucracy in the country that may put hundreds of thousands of civil servants at risk of losing some of their income.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Pursuing US$7tn GDP, 7% Growth
The government is relying on exports and investment to pursue a 7-percent growth target per year.

U.S., Indonesia vow to double trade volume to 60 bln USD in next five years
The United States and Indonesia have pledged to edge up the trade volume by twice in the next five years as the two nations still have more business opportunities which can be explored further, officials of the nations have said.
— Xinhua

Government wants to promote ‘kerokan’, ‘Mak Erot’ penis enlargement drink to boost Indonesian medical tourism
The Health Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry are working together to promote medical tourism in Indonesia, and they believe that certain traditional Indonesian treatments may boost interest in the industry.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Wild elephant found dead with severed tusks, trunk in concession area in Riau
The carcass of an elephant with its tusks and trunk cut off has been found decomposing in the concession area of PT Arara Abadi (AA) in Bengkalis regency, Riau, in an apparent poaching case targeting the endangered animal.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Set to Hit Pause After Four Cuts: Decision Guide
Indonesia’s central bank is expected to hit the pause button after four straight interest-rate cuts, as policy makers use additional instruments to help stoke growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Bloomberg

No Susi, No Cry: Indonesia to Stop Sinking Illegal Fishing Boats
The government is mulling over a new approach to deal with illegal fishing boats caught in Indonesian waters.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia joins forces with other producers to fight anti-palm oil campaign
Palm oil-producing countries Indonesia, Malaysia, Brazil, Honduras, Nigeria, and Thailand have agreed to cooperate in facing the growing campaign against palm oil and to promote sustainability of palm oil production to increase exports of the commodity.
— The Jakarta Post

74 terror suspects under detention after Medan bombing: Police Chief
Indonesian Police Chief General Idham Aziz confirmed the arrests of 74 terror suspects after a suicide bombing targeted the Medan Police Headquarters in North Sumatra on Nov 13, 2019.
— Antara News

‘We’ve been fine for years’: Official downplays effects of contaminated eggs from plastic waste-fueled tofu factory in E. Java
Last week, several Indonesian and international environmental groups released a shocking report that found high levels of dioxin and other harmful chemicals in eggs laid by chickens in a village in East Java.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Satpol PP officers questioned for withdrawing up to US$2M at ATM while balances were unchanged
Twelve Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers have been accused of stealing up to Rp 32 billion (US$2.27 million) from city-owned Bank DKI after they kept withdrawing cash while noticing that their account balances remained unchanged after carrying out transactions for over three months.
— The Jakarta Post

Commuter Line Passes Milestone of 1m Daily Passengers
Kereta Commuter Indonesia, or KCI, the operator of the Greater Jakarta Commuter Line train, has registered an average of more than a million passengers per day, passing an important milestone in the company’s expansion in the past three years.
— Jakarta Globe

Pelindo II to allocate Rp7.6 trillion for capex
State port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I (PT Pelindo II or IPC) plans to allocate Rp7.6 trillion for capital expenditures (capex) next year.
— Antara News

Japanese automakers to invest Rp 33.4 trillion in Indonesia
Several Japanese automakers have conveyed plans for further investment in Indonesia, which should help the government implement its roadmap to build a globally competitive automotive industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Not Close and No Cigar: Two Years On, Police Still in the Dark Over Novel’s Acid Attack
National Police Chief General Idham Azis spoke at length about how his officers had done everything they could to find the perpetrators of an acid attack on top anti-graft investigator Novel Baswedan during a hearing with a House of Representatives commission on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi holds veranda talk with 14 new foreign ambassadors
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held discussions with 14 new foreign ambassadors at the veranda of the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, after receiving their credential letters on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia, S Korea discuss military armament system procurements
South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Changbeon called on Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD on Wednesday to discuss procurement of main military armament system (Alutsista), among others.
— Antara News

Electricity Tariff Hike Leads to Drop in Purchasing Power: YLKI
The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) criticized the government’s plan to increase the electricity tariff for the non-subsidized groups with the electric capacity of 900 volt-ampere.

Indians top list of foreigners denied entry by Soekarno-Hatta immigration this year
Indian nationals top the list of foreigners who have been denied entry by Soekarno-Hatta International Airport immigration officers in Tangerang, Banten, up to October this year, an immigration official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi discusses steps to augment economic cooperation with Japan
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held discussions on approaches to intensify economic cooperation with Japan during a meeting with the Japan-Indonesia Association (Japinda) at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi discusses investment cooperation with Singapore parliament
In a meeting with the leaders of Singapore’s Parliament, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) presented the results of the annual meeting between him and Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— Antara News

Densus 88 continues manhunt for suspected terrorists in West Java
National Police’s counterterrorism squad Densus 88 members continued a huge manhunt to net those suspected of involvement in terrorist networks in West Java Province, according to a police officer.
— Antara News

LPS lowers deposit insurance rates to 6.25 percent until end of year
The Deposit Insurance Corporation (LPS) has cut its deposit insurance rates (SBP) for both rupiah and foreign exchange-denominated savings following the downward trend in Bank Indonesia’s benchmark rates.
— The Jakarta Post

Year-end train tickets not available until 30 days prior to departure
Tickets for long-distance train trips will not be available until 30 days prior to departure for this year’s Christmas and New Year holidays, a state-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) official announced recently.
— The Jakarta Post

Luxury lizards: Governor proposes US$1,000 annual membership to enter Komodo National Park
East Nusa Tenggara governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat has proposed an annual membership fee to access Komodo National Park on Komodo Island as the administration seeks to restore the popular tourist destination’s prestige.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian envoy offers medical transportation unit for Palestine
Indonesian Ambassador to Jordan and Palestine Andy Rachmianto paid a visit to a Palestinian refugee camp in Talbiyah on Tuesday to hand over a medical transportation unit donated by several Indonesian medicine and food companies.
— Antara News

BMKG stresses on critical infrastructure development in coastal areas
Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) Head Dwikorita Karnawati reiterated the importance of building critical infrastructure in coastal areas to survive natural disasters, including earthquakes and tsunamis.
— Antara News

New foreign envoys submit letters of credentials, discuss economy with Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo received on Wednesday the letters of credentials from 14 new ambassadors at the State Palace in Jakarta, marking the commencement of their official duties representing their countries in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Scan and pay: MRT Jakarta soon to accept QR code payments for tickets
MRT Jakarta will introduce QR code scanning to speed up payments on Dec. 1, alongside existing payment methods, such as debit cards.
— The Jakarta Post

10 Percent Cities, Districts Adopt Human Rights in Policymaking
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Chairman, Ahmad Taufan Damanik, said that there are not enough regional governments in the district or city level that have adopted human rights principles in developing its region.

PKS teams up with Soeharto-clan party to counter Jokowi coalition
The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) knows that being the sole opposition party to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration is a huge political risk, therefore, the Islamic party has joined forces with the Berkarya Party – led by the children of former president Soeharto – to form a stronger power outside the government.
— The Jakarta Post

Residents brace for floods as rain starts soaking Jakarta
It has been years since Rohani, a 66-year-old resident of community unit (RW) 4 of Kedoya Selatan subdistrict in West Jakarta, put her 1.7-meter tall refrigerator on top of a 1-m high table in her living room.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Ulema council to curb ‘right-wing’, ‘left-wing’ preachers
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has begun a program to standardize and train Islamic preachers to ensure that they promote moderate Islam instead of far-right or far-left Islamic thought.
— The Jakarta Post

Sluggish manufacturing industry takes toll on tax receipts
The current weakness of Indonesia’s economy is weighing on state finances, as the manufacturing sector – the primary contributor to tax income – recorded negative growth in the first 10 months of this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Korea’s LG Chemical intent on constructing battery plant in Indonesia
South Korea’s chemical company LG Chemical has expressed interest to build an integrated battery factory in Indonesia at a meeting with Indonesia’s Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita in Seoul, South Korea.
— Antara News

Ahok Comments on Pertamina Workers Union’s Rejection
Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (BTP), known as Ahok, coolly responded to the rejection voiced by the worker’s union in light of the planned appointment of himself being the leader of state gas and oil company Pertamina.

Phantom ownership of Rolls Royce and road tax bill shocks laborer
It came as a shock to construction worker Dimas Agung Prayitno, 21, to learn that the tax office has him listed as the owner of a luxury Rolls Royce Phantom, despite the fact that he lives on a small alley in Taman Sari, West Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Police making optimal efforts to investigate Novel Baswedan case: Aziz
National Police Chief General Idham Aziz has vouched for the Indonesian Police making optimal efforts to investigate an attack case on Novel Baswedan in April 2017.
— Antara News

KPK Leaders Join to Challenge Amended KPK Law
Three leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) were listed as the applicant challenging the amended KPK Law No. 19/2019 to Constitutional Court.

Indonesia sends delegation to Arts and Culture Festival in Kuching
Indonesia sent a 120-member delegation to the Festival of Arts and Culture held in Kuching, Malaysia.
— Antara News

Xiaomi to intensify investment through more Mi Stores in Indonesia
Xiaomi, the manufacturer of information and communication technology from China, will augment investment in Indonesia in 2020.
— Antara News

Police Crime Lab Investigates Fire at Bekasi School
The Police are conducting a forensic investigation at Yadika 6 High School in Bekasi. On Monday, the school building caught fire, injuring dozens of students.

Blitar youths visit houses of worship to mark International Day for Tolerance
A group of men and women in traditional Javanese attire greeted on Sunday a group of youths from the Gusdurian interfaith community in front of the gate of their temple on the foot of Mt. Kelud in Blitar, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Dozens of motorcycle taxi drivers storm hospital to take body of deceased baby allegedly held over unpaid bills (Video)
Dozens of motorcycle taxi drivers in the West Sumatra capital of Padang stormed a hospital in the city yesterday in order to obtain the body of a six-month-old baby allegedly held in the morgue over unpaid bills.
— Coconuts (paywall)


Feature photo Carol Mitchell

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Television Day, November 21.


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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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