Indonesia morning news for January 14

Indonesia morning news for January 14
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TNI confirms Chinese vessels have exited Indonesian EEZ
Joint Defense Regional Commands (Kogabwilhan) Commander I Rear Adm. Yudo Margono made assurance of the Chinese coast guard and fishing vessels having departed from Indonesia’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) near Natuna waters, Riau Islands Province.
— Antara News

EU Alcohol Imports Blocked in Indonesia
Indonesia is clamping down on imports of European wine, spirits and dairy products in an escalating dispute over the Asian country’s palm oil.
— The Drinks Business

No more new plantations in protected forests, rules Supreme Court
The country has been losing its forests to plantation companies for years, with a large chunk of Indonesian rainforests across the archipelago converted into plantations of all kinds.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Secures $22.8 Billion From U.A.E. for Wealth Fund
The United Arab Emirates will invest $22.8 billion in Indonesia through a sovereign wealth fund being set up by President Joko Widodo as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to finance billions of dollars of infrastructure and energy projects.
— Bloomberg

Jokowi Says EU Palm Oil Restrictions Are ‘Act of Trade War’
The European Union had provoked a “trade war” by issuing discriminative restrictions on Indonesian palm oil, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo tweeted on Saturday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s energy industry underperforms in 2019: Ministry data
Indonesia’s energy industry saw shortfalls across most sectors in 2019 as the country faced economic uncertainties, from the general election at home to Brexit and to the United States-China trade war.
— The Jakarta Post

Asabri says $728.9 million losses ‘only temporary’, claim payments unaffected
State-owned insurance company Asuransi Sosial Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia (Asabri) claims that the losses of Rp 10 trillion (US$ 728.9 million) it suffered from plunging stock investments are only temporary and will not affect its ability to pay customers’ claims.
— The Jakarta Post

Hacker of District Court and Police Brimob Website Arrested
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) arrested the hacker who managed to alter the website of the Central Jakarta District Court and the Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Brimob).

China’s Specter Looms Over Asia and Indonesia
Even before the tense standoff between Indonesia and China broke out in the North Natuna Sea two weeks ago, many Indonesians had already grown averse to the ever-increasing influence that the world’s second-largest economy wields in the region.
— Jakarta Globe

Former Official Demands Priority for Natuna Fishermen
Former Illegal Fishing Eradication Task Force (Satgas 115) Coordinator, Mas Achmad Santosa, urged the government to prioritize local Natuna fishermen to catch fish in the Northern Natuna Sea, as opposed to fishermen from the Northern Javanese Coast (Pantura).

Govt allocates Rp 500 billion in subsidies for pioneer flights to remote areas
The Transportation Ministry will continue to provide subsidies to airlines that operate “pioneer” flights to and from rural areas as part of a government program on improving the connectivity of isolated areas.
— The Jakarta Post

BI imposes fixed fees on QRIS transactions, targets 15 million merchants in 2020
Bank Indonesia (BI) has officially imposed fixed fees for transactions using recently implemented standardized quick response (QR) codes as it aims to have 15 million merchants using e-wallet services in 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

Abu Dhabi-based firm to invest in Cirata solar plant construction
Indonesia’s PT Pembangkit Jawa Bali Investasi (PJBI) inked a power purchase agreement with Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar to construct a US$-129 million floating Solar Power Plant (PLTS) at Cirata Dam, West Java.
— Antara News

Indonesia Seen Posting Smaller Trade Deficit in December
Indonesia’s trade deficit is likely to have narrowed in December, following its largest trade gap in seven months in the prior month, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
— The New York Times

Property market to remain sluggish despite incentives
The government has issued a number of incentives including a higher tax threshold and the reduction of down payment requirements but analysts believe they will not be enough to revive the country’s sluggish property market.
— The Jakarta Post

Medco Set to Issue $650m in Global Bonds to Refinance Debts
Medco Energi Internasional, a listed oil and gas company controlled by Indonesian tycoon Prajogo Pangestu, plans to raise up to $650 million from dollar-denominated bonds later this month to refinance debts due this year and next year, an executive of the company said on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Japan to Help Indonesia Develop Hydropower, Waste-to-Energy Facility
Japan has expressed interest in new investments covering a wide range of sectors from fisheries and tourism to hydropower and waste-to-energy facilities, a minister said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Riau Islands received 2.5 million foreign tourists in Jan-Nov 2019
Some 2,590,802 foreign tourists had visited Riau Islands Province during the January-November 2019 period, a 11.89-percent rise, from 2,315,553 foreign travellers during the corresponding period in the previous year.
— Antara News

Indonesia keen to learn from Abu Dhabi’s Masdar: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) echoed his interest to take a sample from Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City in the United Arab Emirates to construct Indonesia’s new capital city in East Kalimantan Province.
— Antara News

Indonesian fishermen grapple with climate change
A 38-year-old fisherman from Pari Island in Jakarta’s Thousand Islands regency, Sulaiman, remembers his grandfather’s ability to predict the weather just by looking at the sky.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister seeks transitional period over ODOL truck restriction
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita requested the Transportation Ministry to provide a transitional period for the industry to adjust its freight vehicles after the ministry revised a transport regulation restricting overdimension and overload (ODOL) trucks.
— Antara News

Papuan regent found dead in Jakarta hotel
Benediktus Tambonop, the regent of Boven Digoel, Papua, was found dead in his hotel room in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Monday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

Energy Ministry picks DMO option to lower industrial gas prices
The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry has chosen to pursue a combination of a domestic market obligation (DMO) and fiscal incentives to reduce industrial gas prices in the hope of fulfilling a four-year-old promise from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Telkomsel welcomes Setyanto Hantoro as new president director
Telkomsel, a cellular operator subsidiary of state-owned communications company PT Telkom Indonesia, has appointed Setyanto Hantoro to lead the company as its new president director.
— The Jakarta Post

Four Jokowi Clan Members Enter the 2020 Regional Head Elections
The 2020 simultaneous regional head election (Pilkada) is set to be amped up by candidates from President Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi) family.

Asabri Corruption; Mahfud MD to Summon Sri Mulyani, Erick Thohir
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD plans to summon State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir and Finance Minister Sri Mulyani this week.

South Sulawesi floods leaves homes cut off, at least one dead
Heavy rain over the weekend has caused flooding in four regencies and one municipality in South Sulawesi, with at least one fatality.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Flood Victims Submit Class Action Against Governor
Jakarta residents who were badly affected by the New Year’s Day floods and landslides that killed at least 67 people in the Jakarta metropolitan area submitted a class action against Governor Anies Baswedan to the South Jakarta District Court on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Papua police chief warns his men against arms trafficking
Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw warned his men against getting involved in arms trafficking activities with the armed criminal groups in Papua Province and said he would take stern action against them.
— Antara News

Timika police probing case of bullets, GLMs found at a dumpsite
Investigators from the Indonesian police and military in Mimika District, Papua Province, are still probing the mystery behind 60 bullets and two active grenade launcher modules (GLMs), found at a dumpsite in Iwaka Subdistrict.
— Antara News

Banten collaborates closely with police to curb illegal gold mining
Banten Governor Wahidin Halim affirmed that his team will work closely with the Banten Police to clamp down on illegal gold mining in Lebak District.
— Antara News

Police strengthen forces in five newly formed police precincts in restive Papua
The police are reinforcing five newly formed regional police units in five regencies of the restive Papua province, which has been rocked by unrest over the past few months.
— The Jakarta Post

DPR Suggests The Formation of Pansus Jiwasraya
During the House of Representatives (DPR) Opening Trial of Trial Period II for Trial Year 2019-2020 in Senayan today, January 13, 2020, suggestions were made to form a special committee (Pansus) to resolve the Jiwasraya insurance case.

Malaysia begins APEC host year in Putrajaya
Malaysia began its year-long hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Putrajaya City, according to a written statement issued by the APEC Secretariat and received here on Monday.
— Antara News

SAR Team Halts Search for Sukajaya Landslide Victims
Joint Rescue Team (SAR) had to stop the search for the three victims that were buried by a landslide in Kampung Sinar Harapan, Sukajaya, Bogor Regency.

Ex KPK Chief: Evidence May Be Missing If Search Delayed
Abraham Samad, former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman, said that investigators only had a few hours after a sting operation to conduct a search. Samad said that swift action is vital to prevent evidence from being lost.

Anies joins hands with ministries to upgrade city transportation
The Jakarta administration is working with the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry and the Transportation Ministry to integrate all modes of transportation across the city, including routes and payment systems, to help ease customers’ journeys.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN Probes Cause of Gambir Baru Substation Fire
The Gambir Baru Substation in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, has caught on fire on Monday at 06:30, January 13, 2020.

Government halts creative district plan, focuses on ‘creative hubs’
The government plans to develop “creative hubs” at super-priority tourism destinations to add value to regional economies, putting on the shelf an earlier plan by the now-defunct Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) for creative districts across Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Prof Reacts to Prabowo Subianto’s Natuna Military Base Plan
International law professor, Hikmahanto Juwana, form University Indonesia said that he is apprehensive about Prabowo Subianto’s idea to establish an Indonesian Natuna military base in the Riau Islands, and the country’s eastern region.

Jokowi’s Volunteers to Demand Anies to Resign
A volunteer activist for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Kris Cantra, has announced that President Jokowi’s supporters will hold a demonstration in front of the City Hall, Central Jakarta, on January 14, 2020.

IDX identifies 41 ‘pump-and-dump’ stocks in bourse
The Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) has identified 41 stocks whose prices are suspected of having been manipulated in so-called “pump-and-dump” schemes, a bourse official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia Stewardess Files Report Against Twitter Account
The Metro Jaya Police announced that it is set to question Garuda Indonesia stewardess Siwi Widi Purwanti today on Monday, January 13, in a follow up to an alleged defamation case by a Twitter account known as @digeeembok.

Traffic diversion in place for motorists as Tangerang road connecting to Jakarta collapses
A hole measuring 2.5 meters deep and 2 m wide appeared on Jl. Daan Mogot in Tangerang, Banten, over the weekend prompting local transportation authorities to enact traffic-engineering measures to ease congestion in the busy area connecting Tangerang with Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Komnas HAM Urges Depok to Revoke LGBT Raids Policy
National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara, criticized the regulation issued by Depok Mayor Mohammad Idris who ordered raids against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

Jakarta Police seal stem cell clinic in Kemang, name three suspects
The Jakarta Police have sealed a clinic in Kemang, South Jakarta, for allegedly offering illegal stem cell treatment for the past three years.
— The Jakarta Post

Advocacy teams set to file class action suit as hundreds lodge complaints over deadly floods
Hundreds of flood survivors have filed complaints through centers set up by local movements amid efforts to prepare class action against the government and regional administrations to push for compensation and better prevention measures following the severe flooding that impacted thousands of people in Greater Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Fur-tunately’ Jakarta provides health services for flood-affected pets
Marble had a runny nose and watery eyes when she came to the temporary veterinary clinic in Bendungan Hilir, Central Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

DPRD Defies Chinese Symbols to Protect Bangka Belitung Culture
Deputy Speaker of the Bangka Belitung Legislative Council (DPRD), Amri Cahyadi, called for the dismantlement of Chinese ornaments in the area’s tourist sites due to the fear of slowly diminishing Bangka Belitung’s native culture.


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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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