Indonesia morning news for September 26

Indonesia morning news for September 26
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Controversial bills threaten business climate, analysts warn
The controversial moves by the government and the House of Representatives to amend several laws have not only triggered protests by tens of thousands of students, who took the streets of Jakarta and other cities on Tuesday, but also threatens the country’s business climate amid President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s efforts to attract investment.
— The Jakarta Post

Pre-employment card to go digital as govt seeks partnerships with fintech firms
The government is seeking partnerships with financial technology (fintech) platforms to digitize its subsidy for jobseeker training, offered through the pre-employment card.
— The Jakarta Post

4 police officers in Medan under investigation for brutally attacking protesters in viral video
Scenes of violence erupted in the numerous large-scale demonstrations throughout Indonesia yesterday as thousands of university students came out to voice their anger towards the government and Parliament over several controversial bills, the ongoing haze crisis, and violence in Papua, among other pressing issues facing the country.
— Coconuts

Burnt, stabbed, beaten: Indonesian police detail Papua deaths
Most of the 32 people killed in riots that paralysed Indonesia’s restive Papua region this week died of stab wounds, blunt force trauma or burns, police said Wednesday, after one of the deadliest eruptions of violence in years.
— Coconuts

China’s August nickel ore imports from Indonesia surge 26.5% ahead of ban
China’s nickel ore imports from Indonesia rose 26.5% year-on-year in August, customs data showed on Wednesday, as stainless steel producers stocked up on raw materials ahead of a ban on exports from the Southeast Asian country.
— Reuters

Indonesia Keeps Jobs in Focus in Debate on Loans For Polluters
Indonesia’s financial regulator is encouraging banks to increase “green lending” though it won’t force them to stop financing for companies that contribute to pollution and climate change because of the implications for economic growth.
— Bloomberg

Blended finance to help reach development goals in Indonesia
Leaders from all over the world this week gather in New York to attend the high-level events of the annual United Nations General Assembly. Sustainable development is high on the agenda, related to climate change, Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development (SDGs), universal health coverage, financing for development and a lot more.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of students injured in Jakarta protests, one in serious state
Hundreds of university students have been injured after clashes erupted following protests in front of the House of Representatives in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, with at least one student found in critical condition and undergoing surgery.
— The Jakarta Post

Electronic speeding ticketing to be applied on Jakarta toll roads
Toll roads in Greater Jakarta will soon be equipped with speed cameras as the Jakarta Police and state toll operator PT Jasa Marga are to enact the Electronic Law Enforcement (ETLE) ticketing system in a bid to reduce traffic violations on the country’s most heavily used toll roads.
— The Jakarta Post

Corruption, Not KPK, the Main Obstacle to Investment in Indonesia, Antigraft Agency Says
The national antigraft agency has reminded President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration that corruption remains the main obstacle to investment in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Banks Among Southeast Asia’s Best, OJK Chief Says
Indonesian banks are much stronger now than they were during the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis and are among the best in the region, the head of the country’s financial regulator said.
— Jakarta Globe

Two die amid worsening smog in Sumatra
Two residents with a history of asthma have died in Jambi as haze from forest fires continue to shroud provinces in Sumatra and Kalimantan.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK identifies 26 problematic clauses in anti-graft law revision
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has spotted 26 contentious clauses eliciting concern in the revision of the Law on KPK that can potentially dilute the anti-graft agency’s performance in conducting its tasks.
— Antara News

Jobs lost or gained? Report paints rosy outlook of Indonesia amid rising automation
Many more jobs will be created by 2030 than are lost to automation, but in order to reach that point, Indonesians will need to learn new skills, according to a new report.
— The Jakarta Post

House passes human capital-oriented 2020 state budget bill into law
The House of Representative passed the 2020 state budget bill into law during a plenary meeting on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Police identify group spreading rumors in Timika
The Mimika Police in Papua has identified the group allegedly spreading rumors to create unrest in Timika, Mimika Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Agung Marlianto said here Wednesday.
— Antara News

PLN Power Recovery Team again electrifies Wamena
State-owned power company PLN’s Regional Master Unit in Papua and West Papua stationed a Power Recovery Team after the mass rally in Wamena that resulted in damage to several of the company’s assets.
— Antara News

50 Students Missing after Protest at DPR: LBH Jakarta
The Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) received reports, since early Wednesday, September 25, that the whereabouts of around 50 students were unknown following the demonstration at the parliament (DPR) building turned to riot.

Jokowi Asks for Ministers’ Reports on Global Economy
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo led a limited meeting on investment management and requirements in the Presidential Office, Jakarta, Wednesday, September 25.

Palm oil export levies suspended to help producers cope with low prices
The government has decided to suspend an export tax imposed on crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative products until next year to ease the financial burdens of palm oil producers amid a drop in CPO prices on the world market.
— The Jakarta Post

Joint team moves Twin otter crash victims’ remains to Timika
A joint search and rescue team managed to move the remains of four killed in a Twin Otter crash in Mimika District, Papua Province, to Timika for identification at the Mimika Public Hospital.
— Antara News

KPK Resummons Taufik Hidayat over KONI Graft Case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has again called in former badminton athlete Taufik Hidayat for the graft case regarding the disbursement of Koni’s grant funds through the Ministry of Youth and Sports (Kemenpora) in the 2018 fiscal year.

RUU PKS May be Passed into Law in Next Plenary Meeting: DPR
The House of Representatives (DPR) speaker Bambang Soesatyo said the plenary meeting which is slated to take place Thursday, September 26, might possibly pass the draft bill on the elimination of sexual violence (RUU PKS).

Marsudi puts spotlight on economic cooperation at bilateral meetings
Economic cooperation and regional development featured heavily in discussions during bilateral meetings between Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi and some eight nations’ representatives on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
— Antara News

Bank Mandiri, Perumnas target millennials in housing loan partnership
Publicly listed Bank Mandiri has signed an agreement with state-owned developer Perum Perumnas to provide mortgage loans (KPR) for 45 new housing projects throughout 40 regencies and cities in the nation.
— The Jakarta Post

Property developers need legal certainty more than IMB abolishment
A government plan to annul the requirement to obtain a building permit (IMB) for houses and other property has received little support from stakeholders, including property consultants and property companies.
— The Jakarta Post

International group behind deadly clashes in Papua: Government
The government has claimed that the deadly clashes in Jayapura and Wamena, Papua, on Monday were orchestrated by an international organization aiming to attract global attention to the province.
— The Jakarta Post

After two years of talks, PLN hopes to secure $3.5b for two UST power plants
State-owned electricity company PLN, through its second-tier subsidiary electricity producer Indo Raya Tenaga, is slated to ink an investment deal later this year for the construction of two additional power plants at its Suralaya coal-fired power station in Cilegon, Banten province.
— The Jakarta Post

Marsudi calls to end hatred against Islam at OIC meeting
Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, chairperson of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Working Group meeting for Peace and Dialogue, highlighted the need to put a stop to hatred against Islam.
— Antara News

Thousands Request Evacuation From Wamena Following Monday’s Riots
At least a thousand residents of Wamena in Papua’s Jayawijaya district have requested evacuation to the provincial capital, Jayapura, following Monday’s riots that claimed the lives of 26 people, an official said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

More Java cities to be connected as work begins on Semarang-Demak toll road
The construction of the Semarang-Demak toll road will soon kick off and is expected to conclude in 2020, improving connectivity between cities on Java in line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s infrastructure push.
— The Jakarta Post

Students lead the way, again
“You have to reject this colonial-style bill!” Maria Catarina Sumarsih told thousands of protesters staging a rally in front of the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Ovo, Dana keep mum over merger rumor
Digital payment platforms Ovo and Dana are declining to comment on rumors of a merger between the two financial technology (fintech) firms.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Withdraws Logo From Sriwijaya Flights, Partnership in Limbo
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has withdrawn its logo from all aircraft operated by private airline Sriwijaya Air on Wednesday, in a heightened dispute over changes in the latter’s board of directors, and amid threats of a premature end to their partnership.
— Jakarta Globe

Boys in the kitchen: Students try their hand at cooking
Even though Eko Budi Pratama, a 16-year-old studying at SMK 2 state vocational school in Tangerang, Banten, helps his mother with household chores once in a while, cooking was foreign to him.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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