Indonesia morning news for September 12

Indonesia morning news for September 12
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Pertamina disburses first round of oil-leak compensation worth $1.32m
State-owned energy company Pertamina, through its upstream subsidiary Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE), disbursed on Wednesday Rp 18.54 billion (US$1.32 million) in the first round of compensation to fishermen and villagers affected by an oil leak from one of PHE’s wells.
— The Jakarta Post

Former president B. J. Habibie dies at 83
Former president Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie died at the age of 83 at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Central Jakarta on Wednesday.
— The Jakata Post

Asean’s best universities for 2020: Brunei joins Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
The annual world’s best university rankings from Times Higher Education (THE) has been freshly unveiled with some surprises at the top of the best Asean universities sublist for 2020 due to the increasing ascension by Chinese universities in the global rankings.
— AEC News Today

More foreign money coming to Indonesia’s bond market after $8.5b inflow
Indonesia is expected to see more capital inflows in the bond market until the end of this year as yield-seeking investors are turning to the country during times of economic slowdown and low interest rates around the world, analysts say.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Fruit irradiation for shelf life extension
Through the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry’s Quarantine Office (Barantan), irradiation technology devised by the National Nuclear Energy Agency (BATAN) is deployed to increase the shelf life of exported fruits, including mango and dragon fruit, from a fortnight to 3-18 months.
— Fresh Plaza

Jokowi issues letter to begin revision of KPK law
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has sent a letter to the House of Representatives to show his approval of a revision to the 2002 law on the Corruption Eradication Commission despite concerns from activists and academics that the proposed amendment would only weaken the antigraft body.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian forests are burning, and Malaysia and Singapore are choking on the fumes
Malaysian authorities distributed half a million face masks to residents on Tuesday after large-scale forest fires in Indonesia spread smoke and thick smog to neighboring countries.

ETLE cameras to be installed to keep vehicles away from Transjakarta lanes
City-owned transportation company PT Transjakarta and the Jakarta Police traffic management unit have teamed up to expand the electronic traffic law enforcement (ETLE) system in Transjakarta lanes.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s fisheries not managed efficiently
Blessed with six million square kilometres of ocean territory, Indonesia’s fisheries industry could make a larger contribution to its economy if better managed.
— The Asean Post

Singapore startup backer to set up Indonesia office in 2020
Singapore-based venture builder and early-stage venture capital firm Antler on Tuesday announced that it will set up an office in Indonesia in the first half next year, targeting to nurture at least 20 local startups annually.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Mining Mafias May Benefit From the KPK Law Revision
The coalition against natural resources graft states that revising the KPK Law will benefit mafias of the mining industry.

Nunukan police confiscate 20 kg meth smuggled from Malaysia
The Nunukan Police in North Kalimantan seized 20 kilograms (kg) of methamphetamine smuggled from Malaysia and took two suspects into arrest on Thursday (Sept 3).
— Antara News

North Sumatra administration loses Rp1.6 billion left in unattended car
The Medan Police are investigating the case of Rp 1.6 billion (US$113,844) that have gone missing from North Sumatra administration funds.
— The Jakarta Post

New Capital City May Boost Kalimantan Growth by 3.7 Percent
Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro Minister of National Planning and Development (PPN) or Bappenas said that the new capital city project could boost Kalimantan’s economic growth.

Dozens arrested for protesting racism against Papuans, allegedly interrogated without lawyers
Dozens of people who had been named suspects for staging protests against racism in Papua and West Papua are allegedly being interrogated without lawyers.
— The Jakarta Post

Energy Minister resolves to electrify Indonesia 100 percent by 2020
Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan has outlined an ambitious target to achieve a milestone in the power sector, with 100 percent electrification in Indonesia by 2020.
— Antara News

India agrees to reduce export tariff on Indonesian palm oil
India has agreed to a 5 percent reduction in the export duty for Indonesian refined, bleached, and deodorized palm oil (RBDPO) on the similar lines as the tariff imposed for Malaysian palm oil.
— Antara News

Malaysia supports Indonesia’s proposed ASEAN identity narrative
The Malaysian delegation, at the 15th ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting for Culture and Arts (SOMCA) and Related Meetings in Yogyakarta, vowed to back Indonesia’s idea regarding the ASEAN identity narrative, an official stated.
— Antara News

Eswatini backs development of Indonesia-Africa economic cooperation
Eswatini supports the development of economic cooperation between Indonesia and countries in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, according to a written statement issued by the Indonesian Embassy in Pretoria and received here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Jokowi calls on engineers to make ASEAN economy recession-proof
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged engineers in the ASEAN member countries to intensify cooperation to ensure that the region’s economy is by all means protected from recession.
— Antara News

Bekraf grants Rp 4.5b this year to support creative economy players
The Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) will channel Rp 4.5 billion (US$320,613) in grants to 62 creative economy businesses so they can boost productivity as the share of the creative economy’s contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) continues to increase.
— The Jakarta Post

Twitter chief representative shares advice on digital diplomacy
Twitter’s Chief Representative and Public Policy Head Agung Yudha seized the opportunity presented by the Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD) in Jakarta to edify diplomats on effective social media use in conducting digital diplomacy.
— Antara News

Prabowo Subianto Wants Sandiaga Return to Gerindra
Gerindra chief patron Prabowo Subianto is reportedly hoping that his former running mate in the 2019 presidential election, Sandiaga Uno, will rejoin his party.

Anies dismantles Thamrin parking facility. Motorists demand better solution for commute.
When the Jakarta administration said it would establish more park and ride facilities on the outskirts of Jakarta, it decided to close down one located downtown.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta claims success, but odd-even traffic policy irks motorists
Motorists in Jakarta will have noticed more police officers standing by on thoroughfares and new traffic signs warning about the extended odd-even license plate traffic policy since Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

All you need to know about the movement for Papuan self-determination
The recent protests in Papua, West Papua and other regions have brought the issue of a Papuan referendum on self-determination to the forefront of the national debate.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN, TNI join forces to safeguard electricity transmission lines following massive blackouts
State-owned electricity firm PLN has enlisted the help of the Indonesian Military (TNI) to safeguard its Java-Bali 500-kilovolt overhead transmission lines, in an effort to ensure that serious incidents, such as the hours-long mass blackout in Greater Jakarta and West Java last month, would not happen again.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab in talks to merge Indonesian payment firms to overtake Gojek: Sources
SoftBank-backed ride hailer Grab is in talks to merge OVO, an Indonesian digital payments firm in which it owns shares, with an Ant Financial-backed local peer to build heft and power ahead of archrival Gojek, people familiar with the matter said.
— The Jakarta Post

Fisheries industry books solid performance as minister bids farewell
Indonesia’s fisheries industry recorded five years of solid performance as of the first half under Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti’s administration, which is slated to end later this month when the minister is expected to leave office.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi’s meeting with Papuan delegation ‘misses the point’
For the first time since Papuan students in Surabaya, East Java were inflicted with racist abuse on Aug. 16, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo finally sat together with a delegation from Papua on Tuesday morning at the Jakarta presidential palace.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks to timber, furniture to seize trade war momentum
The government is mulling over a number of policies to improve the performance of the domestic timber and furniture industries, which it identifies as key industries that could seize the momentum amid an ongoing trade war between the United States and China.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN commits to build emergency power plant for Jakarta MRT after blackout paralyzes trains
State utility company PLN is committed to building a 101 megawatt (MW) diesel-fired power plant in Jakarta to provide emergency electricity for the city’s MRT train system.
— The Jakarta Post

Waste Emergency; Walhi: Bekasi Must Build Infrastructure
A member of the Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi), Bagong Suyoto, advised Bekasi regency administration to build waste management infrastructure in Burangkeng landfill, Setu Sub-district, as the regency planned to expand the landfill area from 11.6 hectares to 35 hectares.

Indonesia’s electric car dream on rocky road
The government under the leadership of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has set an ambitious target in developing electric vehicle (EV) manufacturing, partly as an effort to help boost the industry, which looks like a Herculean task, according to industry players and the World Bank.
— The Jakarta Post

From startup to ‘grown up’: Indonesian e-commerce giant Bukalapak says it’s maximizing efficiency amid reports of layoffs
Bukalapak, one of Indonesia’s four startup unicorns, has been widely reported in recent days to be conducting mass layoffs, though the company says that it doesn’t serve as any indication to the e-commerce giant’s performance.
— Coconuts

Police, local officials ‘behind’ many religious freedom violations across Indonesia
Government officials still play a large role in the oppression of religious freedom across the country, human rights groups have reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Government promises firm action against overloaded trucks
The recent road accidents involving oversized and overloaded trucks across the country has prompted the government to take further action to increase surveillance and legal enforcement on transport vehicles to avoid similar accidents in the future.
— The Jakarta Post

Huge Wave Sinks Pertamina Boat; Captain Killed
The PMB VI mooring boat, owned by Pertamina’s Marketing Operation Region (MOR) I, sank in the waters of Belawan, North Sumatra last night, September 10.

Riau Islands business accused of trapping women into prostitution through social media
A business in Karimun, Riau Islands is being accused of recruiting women from across the country with misleading ads and turning them into sex workers, police said on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Viral: Moto taxi driver who rides a bike to deliver food after his motorcycle broke down moves netizens to start fundraiser
It’s been two months since Eko Susilo, a motorcycle taxi driver for a ride-sharing service (locally known as ojek online or ojol for short) last rode his motorcycle, which he says had broken down
— Coconuts

4 victims in fatal car crash in E. Java joked about crashing in video taken moments before collision
A video authorities confirmed was taken moments before a fatal car crash in East Java has gone viral in Indonesia, showing the interaction between four friends in the car as they joke about the potential of crashing before real-life tragedy struck.
— Coconuts

Urbanites find comfort in nature, rarely-found traditional food
It was a hot and dry Sunday afternoon as three women and a man were busy preparing food in a kitchen under a small bamboo hut next to a building in Serpong, South Tangerang.
— The Jakarta Post

High school student stabbed alleged mugger to death to protect his girlfriend from sexual assault: police
A 17-year-old high school student, identified by his initials ZA, from Malang regency, East Java has been arrested after police said he stabbed an alleged mugger to death in order to protect his girlfriend from sexual assault.
— Coconuts



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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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