Indonesia morning news for September 19

Indonesia morning news for September 19
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House declaws KPK in dubious process
In a move that may lead to the collapse of the decades-old fight against corruption in the country, the House of Representatives passed a law amendment that neuters the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a plenary session on Tuesday afternoon with the blessing of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia and India deal to reduce each others gluts, but not everyone is happy
Indonesians will soon find their sugar a little bit sweeter following a government-to-government deal last week that will see Jakarta ease quality restrictions on sugar imports from India in exchange for reducing some of its glut of palm oil.
— AEC News Today

Millions may risk jail as Indonesia to outlaw sex outside marriage
Indonesia is poised to pass a new penal code that criminalizes consensual sex outside marriage and introduces stiff penalties for insulting the president’s dignity – a move rights groups criticized as an intrusive assault on basic freedoms.
— Reuters

Indonesia Expected to Deliver Third Rate Cut: Decision Guide
Indonesia’s central bank is under pressure to cut interest rates for a third straight month as a deteriorating global economy threatens domestic growth.
— Bloomberg

Millions of passengers exposed in Malindo Air data breach
Malindo Air confirmed it was hit by a data breach, potentially compromising data from around 30 million passengers.
— Travelmole

BREAKING: KPK names youth and sports minister suspect in KONI bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi a suspect in a bribery case involving the National Sports Committee (KONI).
— The Jakarta Post

Haze Endangers Flights; Indonesia Closes 8 Airports
The Transportation Ministry announced that a number of airports are still closed in areas affected by land fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra.

Food, Beverages Must be Halal-certified per October 17: Gov’t
An expert staff of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Janedjri M Gaffar, affirmed that food and beverages products must have halal certificates starting October 17.

Gov’t and parliament agree on bill removing hurdles for graft convicts to receive parole and sentence remissions
The government and the House of Representatives (DPR) have agreed on a draft revision to a law governing corrections that would make it much easier for corruption convicts to gain early freedom from imprisonment.
— Coconuts

Indonesia, Malaysia ready to carry out cloud seeding operations
Two Indonesian aircraft are on standby to carry out cloud seeding operations to douse transboundary haze-causing fires in Riau, with rain forecast to fall in the province close to Singapore and Malaysia over the next few days.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Veronica Koman, pro-Papuan lawyer wanted by Indonesian police, is hiding in Australia
Indonesian police are threatening to ask Interpol to issue a red notice for pro-Papuan activist Veronica Koman, who is hiding in Australia, unless she reports to authorities by the end of Wednesday.

Singapore, Indonesia discuss new ways to collaborate
Singapore and Indonesia have identified new opportunities to collaborate in areas such as infrastructure and human capital development, and the digital economy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Papuan activist dies after release from prison
An activist affiliated with the National Committee of West Papua (KNPB) died on Monday after being released from Abepura Prison in Jayapura, Papua, where he had been serving a sentence for robbery.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t: Rp1.1tn Has Been Disbursed to Handle Forest Fires So Far
A total of Rp1.1 trillion has been earmarked to handle adverse impacts of ongoing land and forest fires in Kalimantan and Sumatra per September 17.

House accommodates business aspirations in new water law
The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the water resources bill, creating a more business-friendly law to support the business climate in Indonesia, turning around a draft considered restrictive by the private sector.
— The Jakarta Post

No longer smoking hot, tobacco stocks’ latest dip points to industry shake-up: Analysts
Significant declines in share prices of Indonesia’s two major cigarette producers, PT Gudang Garam (GGRM) and PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna (HMSP) following the government’s announcement of a steep hike in the tobacco excise has prompted analysts to anticipate an imminent industry shake-up as they downgraded tobacco stocks.
— The Jakarta Post

Nightlife Business Closure;Jakarta Missed 2018 Tax Revenue Target
The closure of several all night-time entertainment venues across Jakarta is reportedly one of the factors the city failed to reach the tax revenue target in 2018.

Residents flee Riau amid unbearable smog from forest fires
Fatimahtuzzuhra El-Karim and her family have abandoned their house in a residential area of Kampar regency, Riau, and fled to the city of Binjai in North Sumatra over concerns for their health, as hazardous smog from widespread forest fires is spreading uncontrollably.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani Deems High Tech May Boost Tax Revenue
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati refuses to consider advanced technology as a threat to the economy, but it rather provides opportunities for tax revenue, especially in the informal sector such as digital entrepreneurship.

Kalimantan wildfires force orangutans to trespass on residential areas
Some orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) fled their habitat and trespassed on residential areas in East Kotawaringin District, Central Kalimantan Province, owing to wildfires raging here for the past few weeks.
— Antara News

KPK remains committed to corruption eradication efforts
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will review amendment to Law No. 30 of 2002 of the KPK passed on Sept 17 by the House of Representatives and the Indonesian government, its spokesperson Febri Diansyah stated here, Wednesday.
— Antara News

‘We’re not foreign stooges’: President Jokowi asks Indonesians to be more accepting towards foreign workers
President Joko Widodo — who has long faced accusations that he and his government are puppets serving the interests of foreign countries and corporations — today spoke about the virtues of opening up jobs to foreign workers.
— Coconuts

Search operation initiated to locate missing Twin Otter aircraft: SAR
A search and rescue operation has been launched to trace a Twin Otter aircraft carrying 1.6 tons of the State Logistics Agency’s (Bulog’s) rice that went missing on Wednesday morning.
— Antara News

Stronger and taller, Jakarta’s new coastal wall sheds residents’ anxiety about severe tidal flood
The floodwater had reached her neck when the rescue boat came. Devi Maryani, now 26, was nine months pregnant at the time, and was taken straight to the hospital where she gave birth a couple of days later.
— The Jakarta Post

Anti-graft body forms transitional team to evaluate revised KPK law
The leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) formed a transitional team to scrutinize the contents of the new law that is an amendment to Law No. 30 of 2002 on KPK.
— Antara News

Yahukimo District head confirms 600 Papuan students returned home
A government official confirmed that some 1,950 native Papuan students from Yahukimo are studying at universities outside Papua and West Papua, though 600 of them returned home after recent racist acts in Surabaya, East Java.
— Antara News

Indonesia seeking support from IEA, IRENA on palm oil biofuels
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry is working to secure global recognition of Indonesian palm oil-based biofuels as a renewable energy source after the European Union categorized the product as unsustainable earlier this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Data protection matters more than location: Observers
For Rula Savira, 22, the terms and conditions she has to read prior to using an app are just too complicated, and even look Greek to her.
— The Jakarta Post

Palm oil monthly exports rise in July: Gapki
Palm oil exports hit 2.92 million tons in July, 15.87 percent higher than the previous month as China jacked up demand during the month, according to the latest Indonesian Palm Oil Producers Association (Gapki) data.
— The Jakarta Post

Trade Expo Indonesia projected to book 15-percent rise in transactions
The 2019 Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) is expected to book a 15-percent increase in transactions, or US$1.7 billion, from last year’s $1.5 billion.
— Antara News

Police to put Veronika Koman on most-wanted list
East Java Police will put human rights lawyer-cum-activist Veronika Koman on its most-wanted list (DPO) since she was named a suspect for tweeting a hate speech and spreading false information (hoax).
— Antara News

Postelection rioters found guilty, to be released soon
A number of people who participated in the May 21 to 22 postelection protests have been found guilty of disobeying authorities who told them to disperse when the protest turned into a riot.
— The Jakarta Post

A coordinating ministry commends competence test for geopark guides
The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs has, for the pioneering instance, facilitated a competence test for geopark guides in a bid to expedite the implementation of certification for maritime human resources.
— Antara News

PT Berdikari awaits approval to import Brazilian beef
State-owned company in animal husbandry PT Berdikari, admitted that they are still awaiting the recommendation letter from the Ministry of Agriculture to import beef from Brazil in the current year.
— Antara News

‘The messages were not from me’: People claim phones hacked during campaign against KPK Law revision
The amendment of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law was passed into law on Tuesday despite intensifying public protests against what many believe is a systematic effort to defang the antigraft body.
— The Jakarta Post

New attraction at TMII seeks to educate people about importance of ozone layer
Taman Mini Indonesia Indah cultural park in East Jakarta now has an ozone education spot where visitors can learn how to participate in efforts to protect the ozone layer.
— The Jakarta Post

The eruption never stopped: Sebesi islanders recall horror of Sunda Strait tsunami
Solihin, 37, lost almost everything when Mount Anak Krakatau erupted and caused a tsunami on Dec. 22, 2018, which swept the coastal areas of Lampung, Banten and small islands in the Sunda Strait.
— The Jakarta Post

Coworking fashion studio offers creative space for aspiring designers
Hayuning “Adra” Sumbadra realizes that growing up in a family that supported her dreams of becoming a fashion designer was a privilege that not all aspiring young fashion designers had.
— The Jakarta Post

Man decapitates 9-year-old boy in South Kalimantan, police suspect insanity
An elementary school student in Indonesia’s South Kalimantan province was the victim of an extremely gruesome murder yesterday afternoon according to local police. Authorities suspect that the perpetrator suffers from severe mental illness.
— 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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