Indonesia morning news for September 18

Indonesia morning news for September 18
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KPK bill passed into law
Despite widespread criticism from activists and experts, the House of Representatives passed the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) bill into law in a plenary session on Tuesday, in a speedy turnaround that stands in stark contrast to the legislative body’s usually protracted deliberations.
— The Jakarta Post

Weakening trade forebodes Indonesian economic slowdown
Indonesia’s trade data announced on Monday paints a bleak outlook for the country’s economy as it hints at cooling domestic consumption and stagnating investment, the two key contributors to its gross domestic product (GDP).
— The Jakarta Post

Dozens of orangutans afflicted with acute respiratory tract infection
Dozens of orangutans undergoing rehabilitation in the Borneo Orangutan Survival (BOS) Foundation area in Nyaru Menteng, Central Kalimantan Province, are reportedly ailing from acute respiratory tract infection triggered by haze in the past few weeks.
— Antara News

Trade Ministry to revise meat import regulation to include halal certification requirement
The Trade Ministry will revise its newly implemented Ministerial Regulation No. 29/2019 regarding export and import of livestock and meat products to emphasize halal certification requirements for exporters.
— The Jakarta Post

After weekend at hotel, lawmakers all but finalize new Criminal Code
The conclusion of the controversial, decades-long revision of the Criminal Code seems imminent after House of Representatives members met with a government team at the Fairmont Hotel in Central Jakarta over the weekend to finalize the bill.
— The Jakarta Post

Greater Jakarta’s 120-km coastal protection races against upcoming ‘king tide’
The government has found that the existing embankment on the northern coast of Jakarta, Tangerang and Bekasi is in critical condition and in urgent need of reinforcement.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry gives assurances Saudi attack will not affect Indonesia’s oil supplies
An Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry official said on Tuesday that the recent attack on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia would unlikely affect Indonesian oil supplies because the former’s production remained sufficient to fulfill export commitments to the latter.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds march to prompt lawmakers to pass anti-rape bill
Hundreds of people comprising individuals and civil society groups marched in front of the House of Representatives building here, Tuesday, to prompt lawmakers to pass the anti-rape or the elimination of sexual violence bill (RUU PKS).
— Antara News

Netizens want West Java airport named after Habibie
Local internet users are petitioning President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil to change the name of Kertajati International Airport in Majalengka, West Java, to BJ Habibie Airport, after the former president who passed away on Sept. 11.
— The Jakarta Post

Firms based in Indonesia prefer to store data overseas
Many companies operating in Indonesia store their data overseas rather than in the country, as foreign cloud providers offer greater reliability.
— The Jakarta Post

Walhi presses for stringent measures against firms behind forest fires
The Indonesian Forum for Environment (Walhi) of the West Kalimantan chapter urged the government to adopt strict measures against domestic and foreign corporations behind forest fires in their concessions that triggered haze in the region.
— Antara News

Finance Minister believes inflation rate for 2020 to be maintained
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati believes that the inflation rate would be maintained for 2020 despite the government’s plan on a 23 percent excise hike on cigarettes next year.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s aquaculture goes digital
New technologies are helping Indonesia tap into its huge potential in aquaculture and cement its position as one of the world’s top aquaculture nations.
— The Asean Post

LBH Pers: Tempo Magazine’s Cover Not an Insult to Jokowi
The Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) director Ade Wahyudi affirmed that the cover illustration of Tempo Magazine’s September 16-22 edition which depicted President Jokowi did not violate any regulation.

Sri Mulyani Sees Corruption as Unredeemable Blunder
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, in front of the Ministry’s 129 freshly inaugurated echelon III officials, says that they bear significant roles upon moving Indonesia’s economy and highlighted one example of corruption that happened in the institution.

Government makes maximal efforts to fight land, forest fires: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) echoed the government’s full-blown efforts to fight land and forest fires in the islands of Sumatra and Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Five Indonesian BUMNs to work on mining projects in Madagascar
Five Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises (BUMNs) will be working on mineral and mining transportation projects in Madagascar, as BUMN Minister Rini Soemarno supervised it.
— Antara News

Garuda’s Tauberes online platform expected to reduce delivery costs
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has launched an online booking platform for air cargo-based delivery services, which the company claims to be the first online booking platform for delivery services in the country’s aviation industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister optimistic of 2019 tax revenue target realization
Strong external pressure from the global economic slowdown failed to dampen Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati’s optimism of realization of the tax revenue target set for 2019.
— Antara News

Trade Ministry believes Indonesia’s CPO exports to India will rise
The Trade Ministry is confident of a boost in the exports of Indonesia’s crude palm oil (CPO) and derivative products to India after the latter equalizes duties on the import of the commodities from Indonesia and Malaysia.
— Antara News

Haze Issue; Minister Calls for Regional Govt’s Receptiveness
Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo called for the head of regions – which are affected by the widespread forest fires – to be more sensitive upon handling haze issues together with central government and related state instances.

Textile producers call for industrial blueprint, VAT exemption
During a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo on Tuesday, local textile businesses asked the government to provide a clear industrial blueprint and fiscal incentives for producers who use local raw materials.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian, Bulgarian chambers ink MoU to intensify trade
The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) to encourage trade by opening market access to East Europe and Balkans.
— Antara News

Enapter opens serial fabrication facility for modular hydrogen electrolysers
Enapter, a manufacturer of modular hydrogen electrolysers, announced today the unveiling of its new serial fabrication facility in Pisa.
— Antara News

Indonesian foreign minister’s Bulgaria visit targets market expansion
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi paid a visit to Bulgaria on Sept 15-16 in a bid to garner the nation’s support to become a gateway for Indonesian products to the European Union market.
— Antara News

UN human rights experts express support for Veronica Koman in Papua case
A panel of United Nations human rights experts have expressed support for human rights lawyer Veronica Koman in response to the East Java Police naming her among suspects of causing unrest in Papua and West Papua.
— The Jakarta Post

Police seal aluminum smelting, charcoal production industry in North Jakarta
The police have sealed an aluminum smelting and charcoal production home industry in Cilincing, North Jakarta, after residents complained of health issues because of the smoke emitted from the production.
— The Jakarta Post

TOD offers sustainable urban living, affordable housing, expert says
Transit Oriented Development (TOD) may be the answer for Jakarta with its limited available land and for residents who struggle to find affordable housing that has access to public transportation, an expert has said.
— The Jakarta Post

PT DI accelerates N-219 aircraft toward commercial production in 2020
State-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI) will begin commercial production of its N-219 aircraft next year to meet the growing demand for small airplanes both at home and overseas.
— The Jakarta Post

Telecommunication association files complaint to Ombudsman over cutting of cables on Jl. Cikini Raya
The Telecommunication Network Providers Association (APJATEL) has filed an official complaint to the Indonesian Ombudsman over the cutting of fiber optic cables belonging to various companies by the Jakarta Bina Marga Road Agency for the sidewalk renovation project along Jl. Cikini Raya in Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Pelita Samudera Shipping gets green light for private placement to buy new vessel
Shipping company PT Pelita Samudera Shipping has received a nod from its shareholders to carry out a private placement to fund the purchase of a new vessel as part of its expansion plan this year.
— The Jakarta Post

City to include kampungs in urban planning
The Jakarta administration has vowed to consider urban kampungs in city planning, aiming to “improve” the quality of life in slum areas. According to the Jakarta Statistics Agency (BPS), the capital has 445 community units (RW) that are categorized as slums.
— The Jakarta Post

Happy but vulnerable: Emergence of the young precariat class
Slow mornings, unconventional working hours with freedom and a flexible work schedule is becoming a popular way for youngsters to live, thanks to the internet, which has made such a lifestyle possible.
— The Jakarta Post

More young entrepreneurs turn to famous drink franchises to start a business
The food and beverage franchise sector has been mushrooming across the country in recent years as more people turn to famous brands that have already established a name for themselves.
— The Jakarta Post

Police officer holds on to windshield as driver attempts to flee
Police officer Chief Brig. Eka Setiawan had no choice but to remain stuck on the windshield of a car as the driver refused to be ticketed by the police and attempted to flee the scene.
— The Jakarta Post

Lore Valley Festival highlights local wisdom in nature conservation
The first Lore Valley Festival in Poso District, Central Sulawesi, on Sept 20-22 will portray the local wisdom in nature and forest conservation of its people residing around the Lore Lindu National Park (TNLL).
— Antara News

2 ladies aggressively fighting over rendang during wedding party is peak Indonesia (Video)
Today, a video showing two impeccably dressed Indonesian ladies at a wedding reception fighting over one of the nation’s most beloved dishes at a buffet has been making the rounds online.
— Coconuts

Viral: Parents in Indonesia give their baby 5 cups of coffee a day because they say they can’t afford milk
Milk is considered essential to the health and nutrition of infants, but for those living in poverty in Indonesia, it can seem an unattainable luxury, as highlighted by a story that has gone viral this week.
— 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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