Indonesia morning news for September 6

Indonesia morning news for September 6
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Government to raise tobacco excise tax by at least 10% in 2020
Indonesia’s notoriously low cigarette prices may soon be on the rise as the government is set to significantly increase the tobacco excise tax next year.
— Coconuts

Indonesia’s corporate tax cut to cost up to $6 billion: tax chief
A planned Indonesian corporate tax cut would cost the government of President Joko Widodo up to $6 billion in lost revenue in a fiscal year, the head of the tax department said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Aceh plans to punish those who endanger protected wildlife with up to 100 strokes of the cane
Aceh, the only province in Indonesia with special autonomy to enact sharia law, is often criticized by human rights activists for publicly caning those found guilty of morality-based “crimes” such as adultery and homosexual relations.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Indonesia scrambles to toss millions of eggs and boost chicken prices
Indonesia is set to get cracking on a plan to destroy millions of eggs in a bid to prop up slumping chicken prices, calling on poultry breeders to cut supply by either destroying them or giving them away.

Indonesia prepares Industry 4.0 legal basis to bolster growth
Preparation to issue a presidential regulation as a legal basis to accelerate implementation of Industry 4.0 drive is underway at present, aimed at accomplishing higher growth in the country, an Indonesian minister said on Thursday.
— Xinhua

EU denies launching campaign against Indonesian palm oil
Denying the accusation that it launched a black campaign against Indonesian palm oil, the European Union (EU) said the market had put the label of “palm-oil free” in their products to attract their consumers.
— Antara News

Indonesia, India hold discussions on realizing US$50 billion trade
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, discussed ways to achieve the bilateral trade target of US$50 billion in 2025.
— Antara News

BI, Industry Ministry sign agreement on manufacturing industry
Indonesia’s central bank, Bank Indonesia (BI), and the Ministry of Industry inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on supporting a more inclusive and sustainable manufacturing industry.
— Antara News

Indonesian franchise business to grow 5 percent in 2019
Indonesia’s franchise business is expected to recover and grow by five percent in 2019 after the country completes its presidential election process, the Association of Indonesian Franchise and License (Wali) said.
— Antara News

Hutama Karya awaits govt scheme to build new capital city
State-owned construction company, PT Hutama Karya, hinted that it has been awaiting a cooperation scheme from the government on the planned construction of Indonesia’s new capital city in East Kalimantan Province.
— Antara News

West Papua vows to tighten supervision of students
The West Papua provincial government has vowed to tighten its supervision on the province’s students currently studying at various universities across Indonesia under the central and regional governments’ scholarship schemes.
— Antara News

Wiranto discloses conspiracy involving separatist leader Benny Wenda
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto has accused West Papuan separatist leader Benny Wenda of being involved in a conspiracy during the protests that turned violent in Papua and West Papua.
— Antara News

Indonesia Will Struggle to Meet 2025 Renewables Target: Moody’s
Global rating agency Moody’s Investors Service believes Indonesia is unlikely to achieve its renewable energy target by 2025 and expects coal to continue to dominate the country’s energy mix over the next five to seven years.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt, private companies push for digital transformation of MSMEs
The Jakarta Post Jakarta The government and private sector actors such as banks and financial start-ups are making fresh efforts to further promote the digitalization of micro, small and medium-scale enterprises (MSMEs), which have become the backbone of the country’s economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Cyberattacks, fraud threaten digital economy
Cyberattacks, internet fraud and system failures are threatening Indonesia’s digital economy as the rapid growth of the new economy is not yet supported by adequate protection and reliable technology, analysts and business players have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Foreigners not banned in Papua, but numbers restricted
The Indonesian government has not banned foreign nationals from visiting Papua and West Papua Provinces but has restricted their numbers, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto said in Jakarta Wednesday.
— Antara News

Regulators call for efficiency measures for oil, gas companies
The government and the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Task Force (SKKMigas) are urging oil and gas contractors to push for efficiency measures and reduce the cost of production and exploration amid declining global oil prices.
— The Jakarta Post

Government wants to revive manufacturing to spur GDP growth
Flashy lights illuminated a room at the Bank Indonesia (BI) headquarters in Jakarta, where high-rank officials in batik were gathered to discuss one thing: What could be done to bring back Indonesia’s manufacturing heyday to boost economic growth?.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK Draft Bill; DPR Claims to Have Agreement with Govt since 2017
Masinton Pasaribu, a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III overseeing legal affairs, claimed that the government and the parliament have agreed to amend the Law No. 30/ 2002 on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) since 2017.

Finance Ministry Issues SBR008 Retail Bond
The Finance Ministry issues another savings retail bond (SBR) series.

Gov’t can’t control land value hikes in areas surrounding new capital city: planning minister
When President Joko Widodo announced last week that Indonesia’s new capital city will be in East Kalimantan, Minister of Agriculture and Land Planning Sofyan Djalil said that the government would enforce a land value freeze at the site of the new capital city to avoid land speculation in the area.
— Coconuts

Jakarta restores internet access in Papua, but with a warning
Jakarta announced on Thursday that it had restored internet access in Papua and West Papua, saying that security conditions in the country’s easternmost regions had improved over the past few weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Respecting human rights important for country’s stability: diplomat
Respect for human rights has become an important element for the stability and development of a country, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Dutch Embassy for Indonesia Ardi Stoios-Braken said in Jakarta Thursday
— Antara News

Putin to pay scheduled visit to Indonesia in 2020
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Indonesia in early 2020 to mark seven decades of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Russia.
— Antara News

Greater Jakarta needs new governance structure once capital moved, experts say
Following the announcement of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to relocate the country’s capital from Jakarta to East Kalimantan by 2024, many have wondered what will happen to Jakarta without its special status.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Tjahjo Kumolo Comments on Regional Heads Arrested by KPK
Asked about the two regional leaders who were just nabbed by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo says he has no issues with it and encourages the arrest if the pieces of evidence suffice.

Lack of awareness challenge for green growth: GGGI
Lack of awareness about threats emanating from climate change and importance of environmental preservation still challenge the development of green growth, Director General of the Global Green Growth Institute Frank Rijsberman said in Jakarta, Thursday.
— Antara News

Jokowi to Inaugurate Esemka Assembly Plant
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi is scheduled to inaugurate Esemka car assembly plant in Boyolali, Central Java, as stated in the invitation received by Tempo on Thursday afternoon, September 5.

Iraqi refugees again rally before UNHCR Jakarta office
Iraqi refugees again demonstrated before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Jakarta office, calling for the UN body to send them to third countries, including Australia, Canada, or the United States.
— Antara News

Jokowi undertakes work visit to West Kalimantan
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) embarked on a working visit to West Kalimantan Province on Thursday in accordance with the planned distribution of land certificates to the local residents, among other things.
— Antara News

Police charge pro-liberation activist as govt attempts to end internet blackout
While pledging to gradually lift its internet restriction in Papua and West Papua, the government has taken another strong measure against a human rights activist who has supported the provinces’ calls for independence.
— The Jakarta Post

Trans Sumatra Toll Road Sections to Greatly Slash Travel Time
Hutama Karya President Director, Bintang Perbowo, stated that the state-owned construction firm will inaugurate the operation of two sections of the Trans Sumatra Toll Roads by the end of 2019.

LAPAN records slight dip in hotspots in West Kalimantan
The LAPAN satellite image data indicated the presence of 935 hotspots suggestive of forest fires in West Kalimantan on September 4-5, 2019, a slight dip from 949 hotspots on Sept 3-4.
— Antara News

City racks brain to accommodate street vendors
The Jakarta administration is currently preparing a roadmap on the arrangement of street vendors throughout the city, officials have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Yasonna Responds to UN Human Rights Call for Dialogue with Papuan
Legal and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has responded to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s call for dialogue between the Indonesian government and Papua and West Papua people.

Drivers of overloaded trucks named suspects in deadly Bandung-Jakarta toll road crash
An investigation into a multi-vehicle crash on the Purbaleunyi section of the Bandung-Jakarta or Cipularang toll road in Purwakarta regency, West Java, has resulted in the naming of two drivers as suspects for allegedly causing the road accident that has claimed eight lives.
— The Jakarta Post

Golkar split: Airlangga sets party meeting, invites Bambang’s supporters
Amid an internal rift within the Golkar Party, its chairman Airlangga Hartarto has finally set a date for an initial meeting with party members before holding a plenary meeting, which has been requested numerous times by supporters of potential chair contender Bambang Soesatyo.
— The Jakarta Post

Quran expert says nonmarital sex is allowed in Islam. He now has second thoughts after conservative backlash
Does the Quran allow Muslims to have sex outside of marriage? Sunan Kalijaga Islamic State University (UIN Sunan Kalijaga) doctoral candidate Abdul Aziz’s answer to that question seemed to be yes, but following an uproar from conservative Muslims, he has backed off his stance.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin Meets Papuan Priests, Expresses Intent to Visit Papua
Vice President-elect Ma’ruf Amin mentioned his willingness to visit Papua together with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in order to curb the heightening tension in the region.

Blood donation drive continues
It is thanks to people like Dwi Andhika, Virginia Thasya and hundreds of other donors across Jakarta that the city can meet its need for some 1,000 blood bags per day.
— The Jakarta Post

Coffee aficionados turn to specialty beans to find perfection
A man walks into a cafe in Jakarta’s Sudirman Central Business District (SCBD) on a Tuesday afternoon.
— 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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