Indonesia morning news for January 3

Indonesia morning news for January 3

Indonesia morning news

Deadly Flash Floods in Indonesia’s Capital Leave Thousands Homeless
At least 30 people have been killed in the most intense rains to strike Jakarta, the country’s capital, since record keeping began.
— The New York Times

Indonesia Posts Lowest Inflation on Record in 20 Years
Inflation in Indonesia cooled to an eight-month low in December as the cost of transportation, telecommunication and financial services stagnated, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Cigarette Tax Hike Takes Effect Since January 1
The government has increased the cigarette tax by 23 percent since January 1. The current cigarette price of the Marlboro brand in Tanjung Selor, Bulungan, North Kalimantan reportedly at Rp30,000 per pack.

DPR Calls for Maritime Security Law after China’s Natuna Breach
House of Representatives (DPR) defense commission member, Sukamta, urged for the ratification of the Draft Maritime Security Law following the incident over Natuna sea involving Chinese boats trespassing Indonesian borders.

Command post confirms 31,232 Jakarta residents fled inundated homes
A total of 31,232 residents of Jakarta were compelled to flee their flooded homes as of Wednesday night, according to the flood command post.
— Antara News

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BNPB will apply weather modification technology to overcome flooding
Weather modification technology will be applied to overcome the massive flooding that struck the capital, Jakarta, and its surround areas, Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Doni Monardo confirmed on Thursday.
— Antara News

Fewer companies will hire new employees this year as automation grows: Survey
Salaries in Indonesia are expected to increase 8.7 percent across various industries in 2020, slightly higher than the 8.3 percent rise in 2019, yet fewer companies are planning to recruit new employees amid growing interest in automation, a recent survey projected.
— The Jakarta Post

Global uncertainties, red tape to impede foreign investment plans: Experts
Investors from Japan to the Middle East have pledged to invest billions of US dollars in infrastructure projects, car battery plants and nickel smelters, but experts are pessimistic about whether these investment plans can be realized this year given the bleak outlook of the global and domestic economies.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi – Prabowo Meeting Talked about State Defense, Says Staff
Defense Ministry’s special staff Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak said the meeting between President Jokowi and Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto at the Yogyakarta Presidential Palace on January 1, was to discuss a number of matters regarding Indonesia’s defense sector.

PLN restores power supply to residents following Wednesday’s flooding
Power supply was restored in several regions to the people in Jakarta following a temporary blackout due to floods on Wednesday (Jan 1), the state-owned electricity firm PLN stated here, today.
— Antara News

Government to disburse social aid earlier than scheduled
Budget allocations for social assistance will be disbursed earlier than scheduled in the first quarter of 2020 to maintain the people’s purchasing power, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has assured.
— Antara News

BPS estimates Indonesia received 16.3 million tourists in 2019
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has estimated that 16.1-16.3 million tourists had visited Indonesia last year, falling short of the government-set target of 20 million later revised downward to 18 million.
— Antara News

Overcapacity at Rawa Kucing landfill blamed for bad smell, health issues
Arief, 34, is a mechanic who has lived in Neglasari district, Tangerang City, for 20 years.
— The Jakarta Post

House urges government to comprehensively deal with Jakarta’s floods
House of Representatives’ (DPR) Speaker Puan Maharani called on the government to conduct a comprehensive emergency response operation to handle the impacts of flash floods in Jakarta and its greater areas.
— Antara News

Jokowi Calls For Capital Market Cleanup
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called the Indonesian capital market authorities to toughen measures against market manipulations on Thursday, in his first comment of the year on the financial market after it emerged that the country’s largest state-owned insurer has run into a brink of collapse due to reckless investment in the stock market.
— Jakarta Globe

Man Who Triggers Ahok’s Blasphemy Conviction Released From Jail
Buni Yani, the man who played a key role in the blasphemy allegation that led to the criminal conviction of former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, was put on parole on Thursday after serving 11 months in prison for inciting hatred.
— Jakarta Globe

Anies Baswedan Admits River Normalization Yet Avert Flooding
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan admitted that the government’s river normalization program was not yet optimal in preventing floods in the capital.

Seven people killed in West Java’s floods, landslides
Seven people have lost their lives in the floods and landslides that have affected several parts of West Java Province since Tuesday night.
— Antara News

1,500 Indonesia’s artefacts from the Netherlands
Some 1,500 of Indonesia’s pre-dated artefacts have been repatriated for the first time ever from Museum Nusantara in the Netherlands, a high-ranking official said here, Thursday, citing collections that arrived on December 23, 2019.
— Antara News

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Social affairs minister examines public kitchen for flood victims
Social Affairs Minister Juliari P. Batubara conducted an inspection of a public kitchen for flood victims sheltered at the PSBN House in Cawang, East Jakarta, on Thursday.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s reputation as investment destination must be maintained
Indonesia’s reputation as an investment destination, particularly that of the capital market, should be maintained, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.
— Antara News

Residential Property Market Hit Hard by Flood, Says Consultant
Coldwell Banker Commercial’s research and consultancy manager Angra Angreni says the recent widespread floods will see the residential property segment hit hard as she argues consumers would likely avoid purchasing properties in areas prone to flooding.

Novel Baswedan’s Hitmen Came From Police’s Brimob Corps
The Jakarta Metro Police named two suspects from the police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) corps as the hitmen responsible for the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan.

Mosque Council Calls For Mosques to Accommodate Flood Victims
Chairman of the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI), Syafruddin, announced that mosques will act as temporary refugee camps for those affected by the recent widespread floods across the Jakarta Greater Areas.

Tourism discussion stresses rights protection in ‘New Bali’ developments
Rights violations related to information and land ownership are among the main problems hampering the “New Bali” tourist destination development program, a study by the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) has revealed.
— The Jakarta Post

Political stability, reforms to bring improvements to stock market
Market players are hoping that 2020 will be a much better year for the domestic capital market, particularly the stock market, as Indonesia’s political landscape is expected to stabilize and companies seek to enjoy higher earnings growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi: Disregard Toward Nature Caused the Mass Flood
In his visit to Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) today, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the central government and local administrations of Jakarta’s satellite cities must work in unison in mitigating problems related to flooding.

Garda Satwa Foundation: Never Leave Pets Caged During Floods
Following the widespread floods, animal welfare group Garda Satwa Foundation made a public reminder for pet owners living in the Jakarta Greater Area (Jabodetabek) to never leave their pets tied or locked inside pet cages.

Halim Perdanakusuma Airport Fully Operational if Weather Improves
The operations at Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma airport is hoped to resume normal on Thursday, January 2, after the airport’s main runway was submerged underwater due to the mass flood caused by constant rainfall on Wednesday that affected the Jakarta Greater Area.

Jakarta’s floods can become momentum for bolstering unity: PKS
Flash floods inundating several parts of Jakarta and other nearby cities can offer a momentum for residents to strengthen unity and solidarity among themselves, a Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) top politician stated, Thursday.
— Antara News

Facts about Jakarta’s New Year’s Day Flood
Most Jakarta residents were faced by floods on New Year’s Day that was mainly caused by the seemingly unending rainfall since New Year’s Eve.

Jakarta Flood; Public Facilities to Resume Normal Operations
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said every public facility, including transportation services, across the Capital is hoped to return to normal operations on Thursday following the widespread Jakarta flood that crippled public activities.

Act of kindness: Where to donate for victims of New Year’s floods in Jakarta and beyond
The first day in 2020 was marked with major flooding in Jabodetabek (Jakarta and its surrounding cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi) as well as parts of West Java, due to the heavy rain that began on New Year’s Eve.
— Coconuts

Viral: Indonesian tourists take photos in front of Japan’s Shinkansen, allegedly delaying train by 10 minutes
The Japanese take pride in the mostly-impeccable timekeeping of their Shinkansen bullet train, yet it only took a group of snap-happy Indonesian tourists to blemish that reputation, according to a viral post.
— Coconuts

Suit of Pentacles: Gen Z turns to tarot card reading for life advice
As we welcome a new decade, the art of predicting what the future holds has become appealing for some in Generation Z, defined as those born in the mid to late 1990s.
— 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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