Indonesia morning news for January 23

Indonesia morning news for January 23
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House of Representatives approves 50 bills in 2020
Indonesia’s House of Representatives approves 50 bills as priorities to be passed into laws in 2020 during a plenary meeting here, today.
— Antara News

Coal plant expansion wipes out Indonesia’s green energy progress
Indonesia has launched the operation of its largest coal-fired power unit to date, which offset all renewable energy power progress in the Southeast Asian country last year.
— The Jakarta Post

332,000 Indonesian-made cars sent overseas in 2019
The Indonesian Motorized Vehicle Industry (Gaikindo), Wednesday, released the data for car exports throughout the year of 2019 which reached 332,023 units, indicating a 25 percent increase compared to the year prior with 264,553 units.
— Antara News

Jakarta Police seized 1.3 ton marijuana in Dec 2019-Jan 2020
The Jakarta narcotics directorate confiscated 1.343 ton of marijuana during operations conducted from December 2019 to January 2020, a high-ranking official stated here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Malaysian Company Suspected of Trafficking Indonesian Women
Eight Indonesian women might have been victims of human trafficking by Malaysian company IClean Services.

Police Uncover Horrific Child Prostitution Syndicate in Jakarta
The Jakarta Police have arrested six people for allegedly forcing underage girls to work as prostitutes in a café under horrific conditions, where each victim was forced to serve 10 clients per day and take pills to delay menstruation to “maximize profits.”
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Complains as More Fishermen Are Kidnapped in Malaysian Territory
The Abu Sayyaf armed group kidnapped eight Indonesian fishermen in Malaysian territory on Thursday before releasing three of them and taking the other five hostage, the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia develops Cavendish banana plantations in Blitar to boost exports
The Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister has initiated the establishment of Cavendish banana plantations for exports in Blitar, East Java, to help curb the nation’s trade deficit and spur local economic growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Plan to dissolve OJK may reduce investors’ trust: Indef
The plan to dissolve the Financial Service Authority (OJK) will only reduce the confidence investors have in Indonesia, Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist, Aviliani, said.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Parliament to Prioritize Jobs, Tax, Capital Bills
Indonesian lawmakers agreed to prioritize bills related to jobs, taxation and the relocation of the capital, key to President Joko Widodo’s efforts to boost investment and accelerate growth in Southeast Asia’s largest economy.
— Bloomberg

AJI Suspects Philip Jacobson’s Detention Linked to News Report
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) voiced strong regrets against the treatment shown by Indonesian authorities towards international journalist and editor of Mongabay, Philip Jacobson.

Omnibus Law Won’t Remove Halal Certification, Says BPJPH
The head of registration and certification unit of the Halal Certification Agency (BPJPH), Mastuki, said the omnibus law draft on the employment would affect several articles on Law No. 33/2014 on halal product assurance.

Jakarta Police to Apply E-ticketing System for Motorcycle
Jakarta Traffic Police announced it will begin testing the electronic or e-ticketing system (E-TLE) for motorcycles starting February 1.

Record-low poverty reduction rate calls for more robust, inclusive economic growth: Expert
Indonesia’s record low poverty reduction rate should serve as a wake-up call to the government that economic growth has been both slow and unevenly distributed, experts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

New capital city to contribute little to Indonesia’s economic growth: Indef
Indonesia’s new capital city will only contribute an additional 0.02 of a percentage point to the country’s economic growth, and the impact will also be short lived, according to Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) research.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s financial system remains stable despite global turmoil
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati pointed to Indonesia’s financial system remaining under control in the fourth quarter of 2019 despite the global economic turmoil and problems faced by the country’s financial service companies.
— Antara News

West Java’s 2019 tourist arrivals reach 60 million
West Java Governor M. Ridwan Kamil affirmed that some 60 million tourists had visited the province in 2019, surpassing the provincial Tourism and Culture office’s target of 49 million tourists.
— Antara News

Indonesia lashes out at Israel for hindering Middle East peace
At the UN Security Council (DK PBB) meeting on Palestine, New York, the US, Jan 21, Indonesia unequivocally condemned Israel’s stance that failed to demonstrate good intent in peace efforts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
— Antara News

Surabaya Health Office increases supervision of passengers from abroad
The Surabaya Port Health Office is intensifying its supervision of incoming passengers from abroad at the Juanda International Airport, Sidoarjo District, East Java Province, following the outbreak of a new coronavirus in Wuhan City, China.
— Antara News

Pandjaitan highlights significance of cooperation with tech firms
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan gave weightage to the importance of the government’s cooperation with technology companies to usher in improvements in the country’s socioeconomic conditions.
— Antara News

Ambon’s 2019 customs and excise receipts reach 164.54 percent
The realization of customs and excise receipts at the Type C Customs and Excise Office in Ambon, capital of Maluku Province, in 2019 reached 4.9 billion rupiahs or 164.54 percent from the target of 100 percent.
— Antara News

State Palace Investigates Conflicting Information on Harun Masiku
The Presidential Palace’s spokeswoman on legal issues, Dini Purwono, said his office is investigating the conflicting information regarding the whereabouts of PDIP politician, Harun Masiku.

Minister Prabowo to deploy more ships to protect Natuna
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto will deploy more ships to protect the Natuna waters near Indonesia’s northern maritime border by relocating existing vessels operating in other locations to the area and purchasing an ocean-going vessel (OGV) from Denmark.
— The Jakarta Post

Health Ministry holds meeting on virus outbreak
Officials gathered for a meeting at the Health Ministry in Jakarta on Tuesday to discuss the outbreak of a coronavirus in Wuhan, China, following confirmation from Chinese authorities that the disease can spread among humans.
— The Jakarta Post

What to Do With Indonesia’s Foreign Terrorist Fighters?
The government says it is trying to find a way to bring home 660 Indonesian foreign terrorist fighters now stranded in several overseas countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Turkey.
— Jakarta Globe

Acting Aceh governor denounces violent attack on ANTARA journalist
Acting Aceh Governor Nova Iriansyah reprehended the violent assault on ANTARA journalist Teuku Dedi Iskandar in Meulaboh, West Aceh District, early this week, calling on law enforcers to bring to trial all culprits.
— Antara News

Irfan Setiaputra installed as president director of Garuda Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia appointed ex-president director of state-owned telecommunication company PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia (INTI) Irfan Setiaputra as president director of the national flag carrier at its extraordinary meeting of shareholders here, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Attract investment first, assess environmental impact later: Minister
The government plans to relax environmental impact analysis (Amdal) requirements as it seeks to improve the country’s ease of doing business, a minister has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Share Soars following New Directors Appointment
Garuda Indonesia’s (GIAA) share price gained since the opening of today’s trade, January 22. As of 11:40 Jakarta time, GIAA was traded for Rp460 per share.

Jakarta’s Monas Revitalization Yet Approved by State Secretariat
State Secretariat Secretary Setya Utama confirmed that the permit for Jakarta Administration’s revitalization of Monas (National Monument) has yet been approved.

VP tells participants to promote unity in polls
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has urged all participants of this year’s simultaneous regional election to promote a peaceful fiesta of democracy, and avoid provocative statements and proliferation of hoaxes that may harm national unity.
— Antara News

TVRI supervisory board says Premier League not in line with the nation’s ‘identity’
The supervisory board of public television broadcaster TVRI has criticized its former president director, Helmy Yahya, who was fired from his position after purchasing the rights to broadcast the English Premier League.
— The Jakarta Post

Police chief in Riau fired for lackluster performance in handling forest fires
The Riau Police have fired a local police chief for his lackluster performance in handling land and forest fires in the province’s Pelalawan regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to launch new lending program with lower interest rate to boost microloans
The government will launch a new program this year aimed at increasing the disbursement of subsidized microcredit program (KUR) loans to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), after failing to meet its target last year.
— The Jakarta Post

PGN opens options for imports to lower gas prices
Indonesia’s largest gas distributor is keeping its options open to import cheaper gas to bring down prices and create a more supportive business environment for top-consuming industries as mandated by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

The World cruise passengers to observe cendrawasih in Raja Ampat
Passengers of luxury cruise ship The World will turn bird watchers to observe the cendrawasih species at Saproken Village of Raja Ampat, West Papua, on Thursday, January 23.
— Antara News

Meikarta Introduces New Management and New Logo as Development Picks Up Pace
Mahkota Sentosa Utama, the company behind Lippo Group’s crown jewel property development Meikarta, introduced on Tuesday a new “millennial” management team and a new company logo, affirming the company’s commitment to the project and its customers.
— Jakarta Globe

Korea’s Gyeongnam offers sister city program to Tangerang
Yoo Seung Hee, director of South Korea’s Gyeongnam province office, Jakarta, paid a visit to the city government of Tangerang, Banten Province, for initial discussions on the sister city program encompassing varied fields, including technology.
— Antara News

Ombudsman Questions Finance Ministry’s Monitoring of Asabri
Indonesian Ombudsman member, Alamsyah Saragih, strongly criticized the Finance Ministry’s incompetence upon supervising the state-insurer and pension fund manager, Asabri.

Police seize 29 kg of marijuana in warehouse in Jambi elementary school
Officers of the narcotics division of the Jambi Police have foiled a marijuana-trafficking operation and confiscated 29 kilograms of the drug at a warehouse within an elementary school compound in Jambi.
— The Jakarta Post

Authorities fear missing British man fell from Bali cliff
A British national identified as Ryan Roth was reported missing near the cliffs of Selonding Temple in Pecatu Village, South Kuta district, Bali, on Monday.
— The Jakarta Globe

Stuck in Bali traffic? Airport to get LRT access to reduce congestion
I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali will soon get a facelift through the development of a South Korea-backed light rail transit (LRT) service to reduce traffic congestion in the area, an executive of the project’s construction firm has said.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM invites Jumeirah to invest in three tourist destinations
Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Chairman Bahlil Lahadalia extended an invite to the Jumeirah Group hotel chain based in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to invest in three tourist destinations in Indonesia.
— Antara News

BKPM, Mitsubishi Chemical deliberate on investment expansion plan
Japanese largest chemical corporation Mitsubishi Chemical highlighted its plan to invest some US$150 million to expand its factory in Cilegon, Banten, during a meeting with Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Head Bahlil Lahadalia.
— Antara News

Ganjar Pranowo Suggests Keraton Agung Sejagat as Tourist Village
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo suggested the ex-building of a cult dubbed Keraton Agung Sejagat which means the world empire to be set as a tourism spot.

Crowd Slams Yasonna Laoly’s Demeaning Comment on Tanjung Priok
Residents of North Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok rallied in front of the Law and Human Rights Ministry headquarters demanding Minister Yasonna Laoly to make a public apology after he made a degenerating comparison involving the people living in the area.

200 police officers secure rally at Law and Human Rights Ministry
Some 200 police officers were deployed to secure a rally outside the Law and Human Rights Ministry here on Wednesday to protest against a statement by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly that Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta is a poor, slum, and crime-prone area.
— Antara News

‘Panembahan Reso’: First Performance of Rendra’s Anti-New Order Play in More Than Three Decades
“Panembahan Reso,” a classic play that tells the story of a bloody power struggle and a barely disguised critique of New Order politics, written by the late, great Indonesian playwright and poet W.S. Rendra, will grace the stage again after an absence of 34 years at the Ciputra Artpreneur in South Jakarta this weekend.
— Jakarta Globe

Poster for antifeminist and LGBT event triggers backlash against Wardah Cosmetics
A poster for an antifeminist and lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender (LGBT) event supposedly sponsored by Wardah Cosmetics has sparked an online backlash against the halal makeup producer.
— 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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