Indonesia morning news for November 28

Indonesia morning news for November 28
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It’s official: BKPM to handle all licenses, review policies unfavorable for investors
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has officially issued a regulation that streamlines all business licensing toward the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and grants the agency the authority to review policies deemed as unfavorable for investors.
— The Jakarta Post

IMEI Regulation; Illegal Phone Dealers will Not be Compensated
The Indonesian government announced that it will not provide compensation for illegal mobile phone dealers in regards to the regulation that would take effect in 2020, known as the regulation on IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identity).

Indonesian journalists face violence, criminalization
As a city journalist of four years, Nibras Nada Nailufar frequently visited the Jakarta Police headquarters.
— The Jakarta Post

In Indonesia, a project meant to boost livelihoods has left locals behind
Animals and humans alike have been caught by surprise the excavators, roads and factories that have appeared in the last few years in this port city in North Sulawesi, a remote corner of Indonesia.
— Mongabay

The 12-month forecast through July 2020 indicates exceptional water deficits around Tonlé Sap in western Cambodia and deficits of varying intensity throughout most of Thailand.

Minister Fachrul Razi to Hold Meeting to Discuss 212 Reunion
Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said the government planned to establish a special meeting to discuss the planned event of the 212 Reunion on December 2, 2019, in National Monument or Monas, Central Jakarta.

A new law claims that the poor are ‘more vulnerable to radicalism’. Experts beg to differ
A new government regulation on terrorism prevention has stirred controversy by including low-income people on a list of groups who are “vulnerable to radicalism”.
— The Jakarta Post

Commentary: Jokowi’s curious plan for Indonesia’s new capital
The Indonesian president’s scheme to move the capital won’t fix Jakarta – or the government, say two observers.

Indonesia should become major halal product exporter
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has called for more production of halal products to enable Indonesia to become a major exporter of halal products.
— Antara News

State debt still under control: deputy minister
The public did not need to worry about withdrawing government debt through the issuance of Government Securities (SBN) which was getting bigger because state debt was under control, Deputy Minister of Finance Suahasil Nazara said.
— Antara News

Indonesia promotes UN resolution on financial inclusion
Committee II of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, handling economic, financial, developmental, and environmental issues, has adopted 22 draft resolutions proposed by the Group of 77 (G-77) and China.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s new fisheries minister may go easy on trawl nets, poachers’ boats
Indonesia’s new fisheries minister looks set to unwind hard-fought reforms implemented by his predecessor, in a series of moves critics say will favor large-scale fishing companies over small fishers.
— Mongabay

Indonesia consistently supports IMO for maritime safety maintenance
Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, in his address at the 31st Session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly in London, extended support to the IMO for maritime safety maintenance.
— Antara News

All aboard the ‘tunai’ express: MRT expects Rp 60 billion in profit this year
City-owned public transportation operator MRT Jakarta expects a profit of Rp 60 to 70 billion (US4.2 to 4.9 million) this year, mainly from ticket sales, ticket subsidies and non-farebox business.
— The Jakarta Post

41 named suspects for allegedly stealing Rp 50b through Bank DKI-linked ATM
Forty-one people, including 13 officials of the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), have been named suspects for allegedly stealing money from an ATM linked to city-owned Bank DKI.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s motorcycle sales seen flat in 2020 -association
The Indonesian Motorcycle Industry Association (AISI) sees flat sales next year as an increase in cigarette prices and rising power prices, along with softening economic growth, limit people’s spending, an AISI official said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

NTT pushes to optimize use of renewable energy to meet 2019 power target
The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration plans to optimize the use of renewable energy resources to ensure that all people in the province have access to electricity, especially those who live in rural areas.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK, activists slam Jokowi’s clemency for graft convict Annas Maamun
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and anticorruption activists have lamented President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s decision to grant clemency to former Riau governor Annas Maamun, making him eligible for parole in October 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Dilemma of democracy’: Tito says nondemocratic countries have better economic growth
Indonesian Home Minister Tito Karnavian has suggested that nondemocratic countries are more economically well-off than democratic countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Sticks to the Plan to Build Hotel at TIM Arts Center
Jakarta provincial administration asserted it will maintain the plan to build a hotel as part of the revitalization project of Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) arts and cultural center in Cikini.

NTT struggles to keep tabs on migrant workers as death toll rises
The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration has struggled to keep track of the number of migrant workers from the province who have died abroad, as the majority were employed illegally, an official from the Manpower and Transmigration Agency has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Civil servants have mixed feelings over new antiradicalism measures
A recently issued joint decree aimed at curbing radicalism in government institutions has drawn a mixed reaction from civil servants.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta MRT Set to End First Year in the Black
The operator of Jakarta’s mass rapid train, MRT Jakarta, is on course to book a profit in its first year of operation, paving the way to become a publicly listed company in the next three years.
— Jakarta Globe

Police Arrest People Linked to West Papua Resistance Celebration
A joint police team in Manokwari, West Papua, reportedly arrested eight locals who are believed to be involved in the preparation of an illegal commemoration of the region’s resistance movement.

Revised Law Taking Effect; KPK Employees Set to Resign
Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Agus Rahardjo, revealed that three of the anti-corruption watchdog employees are ready to resign due to their refusal upon being promoted to civil servant status or ASN as the revised KPK Law mandated.

Legislator: LGBT Rights Noticed but Reminds Values in Pancasila
House of Representatives’ (DPR) Commission II legislator from Gerindra faction, Sodik Mudjahid said that the rights of the LGBT community should be fulfilled, even though he says that the community’s behavior goes against Indonesia’s five-state ideologies or Pancasila.

KPK Feels Disrespected, Ignored by House of Representatives
Deputy Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Laode M. Syarif, openly complains that the House of Representatives (DPR) has seemingly shown a lack of respect for the corruption watchdog.

PP to sell stakes in port, toll roads to finance new infrastructure projects
State-owned construction company PT PP is planning to divest itself of several infrastructure projects next year to fund new infrastructure projects that can boost its recurring income.
— The Jakarta Post

Hyundai Factory in RI to Absorb 3,500 Local Workers: BKPM
Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chief Bahlil Lahadalia said the investment of South Korean-based Hyundai Motor Company in Indonesia (RI) amounting to US$1.55 billion or Rp21.8 trillion would generate high added value for the country’s economy.

Fintech payments triumph as GoPay, OVO dominate scene
Digital payments are the most popular type of financial technology (fintech) service for Indonesians, followed by investment and pay-later services, a study has found.
— The Jakarta Post

Activists, survivors aim to stamp out rape in 16 Days of Activism
A red-and-white elementary school uniform hangs from the ceiling in the corner of the Selatan café in Kemang, South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Cyber media association to hold 2019 Indonesia Digital Conference
The Indonesian Cyber Media Association (AMSI) is set to hold on Thursday its 2019 Indonesia Digital Conference, an annual conference that this year will focus on business development and the country’s digital environment.
— The Jakarta Post

Airlines asked to cut fares as Christmas, New Year approach
The House of Representatives has asked local airlines to lower their fares so that more people, especially those from the eastern parts of Indonesia, can visit their hometowns for the upcoming Christmas and New Year holiday season.
— The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta Airport construction targeted for completion in December
Angkasa Pura I, Indonesia’s state-owned enterprise in charge of airport management, is targeting to complete the work to construct Yogyakarta International Airport (YIA) by this December.
— Antara News

Women’s role becomes crucial for sustainable development: Bappenas
Secretary of the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Himawan Hariyoga Djojokusumo affirmed that women became vital resources in sustainable development.
— Antara News

Some governmental institutions disregard Ombudsman’s recommendations
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD voiced concern over several government officials and institutions not giving due attention to the Indonesian Ombudsman’s recommendations.
— Antara News

Pertamina EP bags award for oil and gas occupational safety
The Ministry for Energy and Mineral Resources bestowed the Patra Nirbhaya Karya award on Pertamina EP Asset 4 and Asset 3 to acknowledge its efforts in oil and gas occupational safety.
— Antara News

Possibility of Indonesia-Busan direct flights being explored
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan met Busan Mayor Oh Keo-don to discuss the possibility of opening direct flights on the Indonesia-Busan route.
— Antara News

Jakarta loves tempeh, but struggles to keep rivers clean from its waste
For meals or snacks, tofu and tempeh are always served on the tables of Indonesian homes.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It’s the woman’s fault’: Healer, comedian spark anger with video blaming rape victims
A self-proclaimed healer is under fire for claiming in a video that has gone viral on social media that rape victims were to blame for their own sexual assault.
— The Jakarta Post

2 Students Expelled for Refusing to Salute National Flag
Human rights advocacy group Setara Institute deputy head Bonar Tigor Naipospos said his agency agreed with the decision of Batam 21 Junior High School to expel two students for declining to salute the red-and-white national flag during a ceremony. They allegedly had a particular belief.

Bogor blasphemy trial: ‘Mentally ill’ defendant did not know about dog ban in mosque
Suzethe Margaret, a woman who has been charged with blasphemy for entering a mosque wearing shoes and carrying her dog, said she did not know that she had to take off her shoes before entering the mosque.
— The Jakarta Post

Technology, regulation key to driving xEV adoption in Indonesia: Seminar
Technological mastery and regulatory incentives were needed to drive consumer adoption of electrified vehicles (xEVs) and support President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s commitment to turn the country into an xEV industry hub.
— The Jakarta Post

Local industry takes small step in big circular fashion agenda
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have begun to promote a sustainable fashion through upcycling and the use of natural dye, targeting premium markets.
— The Jakarta Post

One reportedly dead, another injured after youth brawl breaks out in Sorong
One local resident reportedly died and another was injured after a brawl broke out between two groups of teenagers on Tuesday afternoon in Klademak subdistrict in Sorong, West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral: Indonesian mall issues circular advising tenants not to force employees to wear Christmas accessories
It’s officially that time of year again! No, not for Christmas cheer, but for the annual “take off that Santa hat” paranoia.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Rat gnaws newborn’s face in Bogor while mother left her unattended
Leaving babies, especially newborns, unattended is highly ill-advised. A mother in the Pasir Jambu village in Bogor regency found this out the hard way when her newborn was attacked by what she described as a large rat.
— Coconuts (paywall)



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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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