Indonesia morning news for January 21

Indonesia morning news for January 21

Indonesia morning newsIndonesia records US$0.03 billion trade deficit in December
Executive Director of the BI Communication Department Onny Widjanarko reported that Indonesia’s trade balance registered a US$0.03 billion deficit in December 2019, retreating significantly, from US$1.39 billion a month earlier.
— Antara News

Airports ramp up health monitoring amid Chinese pneumonia outbreak
Airport authorities in Greater Jakarta will increase health monitoring of passengers on international flights from China and Hong Kong amid growing concern about a pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan, in eastern China.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia tightens grip on nickel and coal exports
Indonesia started 2020 with two important policies in the mining sector: the ban on nickel ore exports and the requirement that coal companies export coal using local ships.
— The Jakarta Post

Semarang named cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia
Semarang, a Central Java city known for its acculturation of Javanese and Chinese cultures, has been named as the cleanest tourist destination in Southeast Asia.
— The Jakarta Post

Airport CCTV footage shows PDI-P politician Harun Masiku returning to Indonesia, despite official claims
Contrary to what the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Law and Human Rights Ministry have claimed about the whereabouts of politician Harun Masiku, CCTV footage taken from Soekarno-Hatta International Airport appears to show that the politician, who is embroiled in graft allegations, returned to Indonesia on Jan. 7.
— The Jakarta Post

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Masdar to build largest floating solar plant in Southeast Asia
One of the world’s largest floating solar farms is to be built in Indonesia by Abu Dhabi-based renewables developer Masdar and Indonesian state electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN).
— Recharge News

Former PPP Chairman Romahurmuziy Jailed for Graft
Former United Development Party (PPP) chairman Romahurmuziy was found guilty of corruption on Monday and sentenced to two years in prison in a case allegedly also involving former religious affairs minister Lukman Hakim.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Nationalism vs. International Law
“Internationalism cannot flower if it is not rooted in the soil of nationalism, and nationalism cannot flower if it does not grow in the garden of the internationalism,” so said Indonesia’s first president Soekarno in one of his many powerful speeches, underlining the relations between Indonesian nationalism and how it should interact outside the then-budding nation.
— Jakarta Globe

South Korean power company eyes $650m renewable energy project in Indonesia
A South Korean power producer is looking to finance a hydropower plant project in Central Java that would be the coal buyer’s first renewable energy deal with Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Hurry up’: Amazon, Grab among global firms urged to invest in Indonesia
Indonesia has set its eyes on multinational corporations attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, to attract investments, including tech behemoth Amazon and Singapore ride-hailing giant Grab.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi faces uphill battle to pass omnibus bills
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is facing hurdles in getting the landmark omnibus bills passed as the legislature plans to consult with labor unions following protests and as experts call for a more sustainable approach.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Stewardess Angered by ‘Mistress’ Tweets
A Garuda Indonesia stewardess underwent a police questioning on Monday after she lodged a criminal complaint against a Twitter account who had reportedly accused her of being a mistress for an executive at the flag carrier.
— Jakarta Globe

Nine killed, one missing after flash flood destroys bridge in Bengkulu
Nine people have been confirmed dead in seven villages across Kaur regency in Bengkulu after a suspension bridge in Bungin Tambun III village in the regency collapsed on Sunday afternoon on account of a flash flood hitting the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Economic Forum in Davos; BKPM Eyes Investment from 8 Global Firms
The Head of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Bahlil Lahadalia is scheduled to have a working visit to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on January 20-23.

Auto industry poised to recover this year after sales hit brakes in 2019
Stakeholders have expressed high hopes that the automotive industry will recuperate this year as economic turbulence is expected to ease throughout 2020.
— The Jakarta Post

House, labor groups to discuss omnibus bill amid protests
The House of Representatives Commission IX overseeing health care and manpower will form a team with labor unions to discuss the upcoming omnibus bill on job creation, which has been rejected by workers over speculations it would undermine labor rights.
— The Jakarta Post

President looks forward to lengthier tourist stays in Labuan Bajo
President Joko Widodo expects that the length of stay of tourists visiting Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), would be longer.
— Antara News

LinkAja partners with government on citizens data sharing
Electronic payment platform LinkAja has signed a partnership agreement with the Home Ministry on citizens data sharing to improve the fintech operator’s verification process.
— The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta to soon operate mobile “Gender Corner”
The Local Agency of Women Empowerment and Children Protection (DPMPPA) of Yogyakarta City will soon operate its “Gender Corner,” according to Edy Muhammad, the DPMPPA head.
— Antara News

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Netflix Responds to Kominfo’s Demand for Content Filtering
Movie streaming service provider Netflix has handed over the entire content filtering to its customers through a series of features that enabled content monitoring on demand.

South Korea’s Kia Returns to Indonesia After Four-Year Absence
Kreta Indo Artha, a local car distributor, has launched the All-New Kia Seltos compact sport utility vehicle for the Indonesian market, marking the return of the South Korean automotive giant after a four-year absence.
— Jakarta Globe

Founder of MER-C Joserizal Jurnalis passes away
The founder of Medical Emergency Rescue Committee (MER-C) Indonesia, dr.Joserizal Jurnalis, SpOT, passed away at Harapan Kita Hospital in West Jakarta, on Monday at 00.38 a.m. local time at the age of 56.
— Antara News

PDIP: Yasonna Laoly Can Not Intervene with Harun Masiku Case
Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) through their legal team, has ensured that Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Laoly will not intervene in a case that ensnares one of the PDIP cadres, Harun Masiku.

Child protection commission to report teacher for allegedly calling student ‘prostitute’
A female student in Anambas regency, Riau, has decided to drop out of vocational high school after allegedly being subjected to constant verbal abuse by her peers.
— The Jakarta Post

N. Sumatra, W. Nusa Tenggara add small renewable-energy plants
The provinces of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) and North Sumatra have begun operating four renewable-energy power plants with a modest production capacity of 11.8 megawatts (MW) combined.
— The Jakarta Post

Wiranto-led Presidential Advisory Board Visits Tempo HQ
The presidential advisory board (Wantimpres), led by former Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto, paid a visit to Tempo headquarters on Monday to introduce the team’s main tasks and functions.

Wiranto Recalls How He Survives Last Year’s Terrorist Stabbing
In an exclusive interview with Tempo on Monday, presidential advisory board (Wantimpres) coordinator Wiranto recalled the harrowing experience in his visit to Pandeglang, Banten, last year where he was stabbed by an assailant identified as Abu Rara.

Labuan Bajo’s Komodo Airport Requires Rp1.2 Trillion Investment
Transportation Ministry and the private sector are developing Komodo Airport in Labuan Bajo through the government-to-business cooperation (KPBU) scheme.

Govt to encourage investment to develop super-priority destinations
Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Angela Tanoesoedibjo spoke of the government augmenting all options to expedite the development of five super-priority tourism destinations, including encouraging foreign investment.
— Antara News

Attorney General Pledges to Solve Trisakti, Semanggi Cases
Attorney General Sanitiar Burhanuddin has pledged to solve the human rights violation cases of the Trisakti, Semanggi I, and Semanggi II tragedies.

Anies Baswedan Drinking from Ulema’s Cup A Hoax, Says Official
A 35-second clip went viral on social media of Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan attending a Quran reciting session sitting among a number of ulemas and other attendees.

Gerindra Politician Deems Jokowi’s Remark on Sandiaga Uno Gimmick
Gerindra Party politician Kamrussamad considered President Joko Widodo or Jokowi’s remarks about Sandiaga Uno as a potential candidate for the 2024 presidential election a mere gimmick.

Pope Francis may visit Indonesia in September: NU cleric
Pope Francis may visit Indonesia and neighboring Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea in September, Nadhlatul Ulama (NU) supreme council secretary-general Yahya Cholil Staquf said following his meeting with the head of the Catholic Church last week.
— The Jakarta Post

Keraton Agung Sejagat Cult Suspected of Fraud
The Central Java Police announced they were investigating an alleged fraud by a cult dubbed as “Keraton Agung Sejagat,” and found that the fake-kingdom had lured one of its followers to cash out Rp150 million for the cult’s interests.

Alibaba teams up with Indonesian universities, tech providers, incubator to offer cloud tech training
Alibaba Cloud Indonesia has joined other global technology giants in providing training in cloud technology and services to lecturers, entrepreneurs and students to create more information technology (IT) experts in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan tribes ask military to enlist their children after giving up land
Four tribes in Keerom regency, Papua, have handed over 10 hectares of land to the Indonesian Military (TNI), paving the way for the construction of a new headquarters for the area’s military command post (Korem).
— The Jakarta Post

Gudang Garam-funded Kediri airport to break ground in March
The groundbreaking of an airport in Kediri, East Java, that is funded by major cigarette producer Gudang Garam will begin in March at the latest, the East Java administration has announced.
— The Jakarta Post

Helmy Yahya Fired, Employees Spread #SaveTVRI Banner
A number of TVRI employees held a protest against the dismissal of Helmy Yahya as managing director of the public broadcasting agency.

Visually impaired students return to Bandung rehabilitation center after eviction
After being forced to spend four nights on a sidewalk, dozens of visually impaired students were allowed to return to their dormitory at the Wyata Guna Social Rehabilitation Center for the Blind (BRSPDSN) in Bandung, West Java, over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Teenager who killed mugger to protect girlfriend from rape faces life imprisonment with premeditated murder indictment
A 17-year-old high school student, identified by his initials ZA, may face life in prison for the murder of an alleged mugger last year, which he argued was done out of self-defense and to protect his girlfriend from sexual assault.
— Coconuts (paywall)


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the continuing flooding in Indonesia.


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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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