Indonesia morning news for November 5

Indonesia morning news for November 5

Indonesia morning news

Rising sea levels threaten 23 million in Indonesia’s coastal cities by 2050: Study
Around 23 million people living in several of Indonesia’s coastal cities, including the capital Jakarta, risk having their homes inundated in coastal flooding by 2050 as a result of rising sea levels caused by climate change, a new report has warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s economic growth expected to slow to 4.9% in Q3: LPEM UI
Indonesia’s economic growth is expected to slow to 4.9 percent in the third quarter of this year as weak global demand affects trade and weakens manufacturing industry, while commodity prices continue to decline, according to a local research house.
— The Jakarta Post

Former PLN Chief Sofyan Basir Acquitted of All Charges in Riau-1 Graft Case
The Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court on Monday acquitted Sofyan Basir, former president director of state utility company Perusahaan Listrik Negara, of all charges related to his alleged involvement in bribery in the Riau-1 coal-fired power plant project.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Seeks to Expand Green Fuel Production to 100% by 2022
Djoko Siswanto, secretary general of the National Energy Committee, said Indonesia is developing green fuel as an end-product of palm oil, to reduce the country’s reliance on costly oil imports.
— Jakarta Globe

President Jokowi raises issues of toxic waste
President Joko Widodo raised the issues of hazardous and toxic waste in the 14th East Asian Summit, held in the IMPACT Arena, Nonthaburi, Thailand Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

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Indonesia prepped to contribute to realization of SDGs: President
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) echoed Indonesia’s preparedness to contribute to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to realize Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
— Antara News

Jokowi emphasizes need for strategic trust for regional stability
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) laid due emphasis on the need to build strategic trust to maintain stability and peace in the South China Sea.
— Antara News

UN Secretary General lauds Indonesia’s role in UNSC
United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has specifically praised Indonesia for its role in bridging peace efforts while it assumes the non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC),
— Antara News

Slight increase in October inflation rate indicates healthy purchasing power: Economists
A slight increase in the monthly inflation in October indicates the government’s success in maintaining the price stability and also shows the people’s healthy purchasing power, economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia eyes American F-16 jets as it moves to secure Russian Su-35 deal
Indonesia is looking to acquire two squadrons of new F-16 fighter jets from the United States, even as it pushes ahead with plans to buy Russian Sukhoi Su-35s, according to the chief of the Indonesian Air Force.
— Defense News

Is This the Twilight of Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum?
The widespread pessimism that Jokowi has lost his maritime focus is overblown.
— The Diplomat

Asian lenders bank on Indonesia for growth
Asian banks in search of business opportunities are turning to Indonesia, with financial institutions from Japan, Korea and Singapore hoping to acquire domestic banks as the local authority finalizes a plan to relax foreign ownership in local banks.
— The Jakarta Post

Insurance agent on trial for bribing Indonesian embassy official over maid bonds
An insurance agent stood trial on Monday (Nov 4) for giving about S$103,000 worth of bribes in a scheme involving an Indonesian embassy official in return for accreditation to sell “lucrative” bonds for maids.
— Channel News Asia

President Jokowi, IMF Managing Director discuss global economy
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva discussed global economy when they met in Bangkok for the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit on Sunday.
— Antara News

Ma’ruf Amin stresses on stringent law enforcement in Indonesia
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin highlighted the need to enforce the applicable law in Indonesia in the face of boundless information.
— Antara News

Indonesia, Britain concur on enhancing trade, investment cooperation
Indonesia and Britain were on the same page over deepening trade and investment cooperation, Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto stated following a meeting with British Trade Commissioner for Asia-Pacific Natalie Black.
— Antara News

Indonesia urges India to speed up implementation of AOIP
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has appealed to India to expedite the implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) during the 16th ASEAN-India Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, on Sunday.
— Antara News

PGN cancels plan to raise industrial gas prices
Publicly listed gas company PGN has canceled a plan to raise industrial gas prices next month after receiving protests from local businesses since September.
— The Jakarta Post

1,369 illegal P2P lending platforms blocked, some based in China, US
The Financial Services Authority (OJK) has discovered 1,369 illegal peer-to-peer lending platforms since October, last year, some of which used servers based in China and the United States.
— The Jakarta Post

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Researchers observe long-tongued megabats in Curiak Island
Researchers at Bekantan Research Station in Curiak Island observed the presence of long-tongued nectar megabats, a bat species that play a significant role in mangrove ecosystems, in the island in Barito Kuala District, South Kalimantan.
— Antara News

‘No more cakes, flowers’: Indonesian banks may escape massive global job cuts but not austerity measures
No more water bottles at the office and air conditioners turned off at 6 p.m. are enough telltale signs of austerity measures in the eyes of Rita (not her real name) at her workplace, a mid-sized lender controlled by a foreign bank.
— The Jakarta Post

New tax chief faces low revenue collection
The newly installed tax chief is facing the growing challenge of low tax revenue collection as the country’s economy continues to grow at a snail’s pace, hitting businesses hard.
— The Jakarta Post

Sea Toll Monopoly Suspicions; Ministry Evaluates Volume, Price
The Transportation Ministry held a meeting with relevant stakeholders to discuss the alleged monopoly in goods shipment via sea tolls in four routes.

Idham Azis Seeks Synergy with KPK
The newly-inaugurated Chief of the National Police, General Idham Azis, visited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Monday, November 4.

Three Chinese tourists missing off Sangiang Island
Banten Search and Rescue Office (KPP) personnel are searching for three foreigners who went missing when diving in waters off Sangiang Island in the Sunda Strait, Serang regency in Banten on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Tjahjo Kumolo Bans Niqab in His Ministry
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (PAN RB) Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said that he entrusted the policy on the use of the niqab and cropped trousers for civil apparatus (ASN) to each government institution.

Indef warns of illegal textile imports through PLBs
Illegal imports of raw textile materials are still able to enter the Indonesian market through bonded logistic centers (PLBs) despite the issuance of stricter import regulations, causing a serious problem for local producers, an industry observer has warned.
— The Jakarta Post

From trash to gold: Big brands offer rewards to recyclers
As Jakarta grapples with mounting waste problems, companies have started campaigns to make it easier and more rewarding for Jakartans to recycle.
— The Jakarta Post

Singaporean venture capital firm to invest in two Indonesian tech start-ups
Singapore-based early stage venture capital firm Jungle Ventures is searching for start-ups in the field of computer technology and software as its investment targets in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Fear of Dinosaur-Like Extinction Looms over Golkar Party Senior
Golkar Party senior politician Agun Gunandjar Sudarsa was openly worried about his party’s internal dynamics in the wake of Golkar’s national deliberation in December.

Indonesia’s Muslim Majority Embraces Pancasila, Says LSI Survey
A poll done by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found that the country’s Pancasila (five state ideologies) together with the 1945 Constitution (UUD 1945) has been widely accepted by more than 80 percent of the country’s Muslims.

KPK Probes Luxury Cars Dealer over Tax Slash Tactics
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) continues to probe on PT Wahana Auto Ekamarga, official car dealer overseeing Jaguar, Land Rover, and Bentley, after its commissioner Darwin Masplom allegedly bribed four Directorate General of Taxation employees.

Again, Unusually Large Budget Attract Jakarta Council’s Attention
The recent polemic on the oddities within Jakarta’s 2020 budget draft (APBD) saw the city planning to allocate billions of rupiah for ballpoint pens and glue.

‘It’s causing significant losses’: Chevron struggles with theft at Rokan block
American energy giant Chevron and local authorities are cracking down on theft at the company’s facilities in the Rokan oil and gas block in Riau province.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese Tech Firms Gear Up for Indonesian Trade Show
Chinese producers of gadgets and mobile phone accessories are preparing for a trade exhibition in Indonesia next month in their quest to expand to Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Ministry to prioritize connectivity of toll roads and industrial areas
The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry will, in the next five years, focus on its projects to connect toll roads with strategic areas, including ports, airports, industrial areas, and tourist destinations.
— Antara News

Astra faces double blow as car sales slump, commodity prices weaken
Sluggish car sales throughout the year combined with weakening commodity prices undermined the financial performance of conglomerate PT Astra International during the first nine months of this year.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN Investigates Fire Sparks in Cikini
Sparks of fire that appeared on the sidewalks in Cikini on Sunday, November 3, which had caused commotion among pedestrians and local residents, is suspected to be the cause of damaged underground cable networks.

Reclamation Exacerbates Pollution in Jakarta Bay: Greenpeace
Greenpeace Indonesia campaigner Arifsyah Nasution assessed that the government had failed to tackle lead or metal waste contamination in Jakarta Bay albeit it had established a reclamation project.

Raid on illegal mines turns violent in Bangka Belitung
A group of allegedly illegal miners are being accused of attacking Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) officers during a raid on a tin mining area in Sijuk village on Belitung Island on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta horror tour almost turned deadly as organizers failed to realize train track was operational
A haunted walking tour named Jakarta Mystical Tour, held last Friday evening, almost claimed the lives of its 47 participants on the same site that saw 156 people killed in a tragic train crash 32 years ago.
— Coconuts


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Tsunami Awareness Day, November 5.


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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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