Traffic ‘big brother’ uses humor to discipline motorists | The Jakarta Post

Indonesia


“Good evening, welcome to the Pasteur Crossroad. To akang, who is carrying a helmet-less passenger, if you love her please give her a helmet. To teteh, please just leave the vehicle if you don’t have a helmet with you. Please look for a person who cares more about you.”

The voice of an officer at the Area Traffic Control System (ATCS) of the Bandung Transportation Agency reverberated around the Pasteur Crossroad in Bandung, West Java. Two motorists on a blue vespa scooter immediately knew that they were the ones being spoken to by the officer. The teteh, Sundanese for sister, then left the akang, Sundanese for brother, and took an ojek (motorcycle taxi), who gave her a proper and safe helmet.

The officer was not on the street but rather was watching road users via CCTV cameras installed at the intersection. Remotely, some officers would reprimand people with humor, to remind them of good traffic etiquette and safety.

Several cities have installed CCTV cameras to monitor traffic behavior, a concept sometimes called “big brother”, a term for remote surveillance from George Orwell’s novel 1984.

The scene was recorded and uploaded on the official Instagram account of the agency @atcs.kotabandung. Paired with a sad oldie number, “Hati yang Luka” from famous singer Betharia Sonata, the video has gained more than 16,000 likes from amused internet users.

The post, which was uploaded on recently, gained many comments, mostly praising the comedic manner in which the officers disciplined the motorists.

Instagram account @nafis_mahmudi said “Honey, this is why I told you to always use a helmet whether we drive near or far, because I love you and care about your safety on the road, my beloved wife @novyparwati20.

Another user, @ichalmu1n asked West Java Governor Ridwan “Emil” Kamil to give the social media admin a raise.

The same account uploaded a video of an ATCS officer telling a motorcycle passenger, who was not wearing a standardized helmet, to leave the vehicle.

“You are not wearing an SNI (Indonesia National Standard) helmet, Sir. You are wearing a PUBG helmet!” the officer said on the speaker, making the other motorists laugh.

Outside of Bandung, the transportation agency in Medan, North Sumatra, has also made a humorous contribution, uploading funny videos of officers telling personal life lessons over the speakers to encourage violators to change their behavior — either by putting on their helmets or stopping at crosswalks.

In one video, an officer from the Medan Transportation Agency tells motorists to stop before the crosswalk, and also addresses a man who is eating an ice cream while driving his motorbike. “Finish your ice cream first before continuing your journey. We don’t want anything bad to happen to you,” she said in a caring manner.

The video, which was uploaded on Mar. 16 has gained more than 29,000 likes and many supportive replies.

Instagram user @malaysian_and_proud said “The CCTV operator is so sweet. I love her voice. She should do more videos!”

via Traffic ‘big brother’ uses humor to discipline motorists – National – The Jakarta Post

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Pertamina finds new oil, gas reserves in Q1 exploration

Indonesia

Indonesia State-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina announced that it had found new oil and gas reserves in intensive explorations conducted in the first quarter of 2019.

According to Pertamina upstream director Dharmawan H. Samsu, one new oil reserve was found in Benewangi Well #J-01 in Riau province, with a projection rate of 540 barrels of oil per day (bopd).

The new oil reserve was found in a joint operation by PT Pertamina Hulu Energy, a Pertamina subsidiary, and PT Bumi Siak Pusako-Pertamina Hulu, Darmawan said in a statement received on Wednesday.

“Pertamina Hulu Energy has identified a number of basement plays in the area surrounding Benewangi, with projected resources of 500 million barrels of oil [MMBO]” he said.

Meanwhile, in February, PT Pertamina EP, another Pertamina subsidiary, also found oil and gas reserves in Randuwangi well in Subang, West Java, with projected prospective resources of 15 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE).

“In the [first] quarter, Pertamina EP also found gas and condensate reserves at Pertamina EP Asset 4 areas in Toili subdistrict, Banggai regency, Central Sulawesi,” Darmawan added.

This year, Pertamina is strengthening its upstream business by drilling 346 wells, 27 of which are exploration wells, double from last year, he said.

He added that Pertamina had allocated US$200 million for a seismic program to assure that the found reserves could be turned into production. (bbn)

via Pertamina finds new oil, gas reserves in Q1 exploration – Business – The Jakarta Post

ASEAN local currency deals – Editorial – The Jakarta Post

Indonesia and Philippines

The Philippines agreed last week to join the local currency settlement (LCS) framework — which Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia have operated over the past two years — in a bid to expand intra-ASEAN trade and investment as well as to strengthen the region’s economic integration.

The agreement between Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), Bank Indonesia (BI), Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), and the Bank of Thailand (BOT) was signed on the sidelines of the ASEAN finance ministers and central bank governors meetings in Thailand last Friday. These initiatives are part of continuous efforts to promote the wider use of local currencies to facilitate and boost trade as well as investment in these countries.

But BSP has yet to appoint banks from the Philippines to join the six others in Indonesia, including three state-owned banks, as well as five each in Malaysia and Thailand to facilitate the easier implementation of trade transactions through the LCS framework.

Deep Markets

It is worth pointing out that promoting the use of local currencies will only work if the transaction costs involved in changing one local currency to another are low enough to be worthwhile. This involves setting up direct exchange markets between various major currencies, as well as ensuring that there is sufficient liquidity and turnover.

Most importantly is that an efficient currency exchange market among the four currencies has to be developed to encourage businesses to use the LCS framework.

The 10 ASEAN countries have been integrating more in terms of trade and as the share of inter regional trade has steadily increased the region is, however, still heavily reliant on the US dollar for trade and investment transactions. It is the dominant currency not only for invoicing and settlements in inter regional transactions, but also as the reference currency for exchange rate policies and as a reserve currency. This is because ASEAN does not have a common currency such as the euro.

Which is fantastic -Ed

But the dominance of the dollar is not because people are forced to denominate their transactions in the greenback, but because it has lower risks and low transaction costs. Yet more noteworthy are the much lower exchange rate spreads for bank transfers between the dollar and most local currencies in the region.

But recent financial crises, however, have highlighted the risks of such an over dependence on the US dollar, because a sudden shortage in its liquidity can affect ASEAN economies irrespective of their creditworthiness. In addition, ASEAN currencies’ asymmetric response to dollar fluctuations, which has been observed during crisis periods in the past, can have a negative impact on production networks looking to expand in the region.

Therefore, promoting the use of local currencies can be a first step in enhancing the role of ASEAN currencies and in reducing the risks of over reliance on the dollar.

The availability and reliability of data related to invoice/settlement currencies in the region also need to be improved. Such data disclosures make for good information, particularly for small and medium enterprises, which are starting to participate in cross-border transactions.

via ASEAN local currency deals – Editorial – The Jakarta Post

Asia doesn’t need a common currency like the Euro as it could lead to the same problems like in the European Union with debtor nations being held hostage like Greece was during its financial turmoil, just, a reliable way to benchmark rates of exchange with each others currency based on real world economics and capital flows outside of USD settlement .

However, I cant help but think the IMF and the World Bank will come out with an Instrument based on a basket of ASEAN currency’s under the BASIL 3. This hypothetical instrument could then be used not only as reserve for central banks but also facilitate the deepening of the existing markets through external participation  

I did have a look at a research paper which tackles BASIL 3 and ASEAN capital requirements from moodys but its from way back in 2014. It is interesting how they view the different countries and worth a read if your that way inclined. 

https://www.moodys.com/research/Moodys-Basel-III-capital-requirements-in-ASEAN-and-India-are–PR_296108

 

Landslide kills five diamond miners in South Kalimantan – National – The Jakarta Post

Indonesia

South Kalimantan

A joint search and rescue team has rescued two miners and recovered five dead bodies after a landslide hit an artisanal diamond mine in Banjarbaru, South Kalimantan.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the incident happened on Monday afternoon in Sei Pumpung village. The landslide was caused by unstable soil conditions mixed with sand and gravel, due to heavy rain that has been pouring down since Monday morning.

When the landslide hit, seven miners were working at the site, with two being in the upper section of the mine and the remainder in the lower section.

“The two survivors, identified as Ardi and Ipul, were working in the upper section, while the five dead miners were in the lower part of the mine. They all come from nearby villages,” Sutopo said in a statement on Tuesday.

The joint rescue and search team immediately conducted a rescue operation after the landslide hit. The operation ended at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday, despite it being hindered by heavy rain and wind as well as the muddy ground.

The bodies of the dead miners have been handed over to their respective families to be buried, Sutopo said.

He added that similar incidents were a common occurrence, which had claimed the lives of many local residents. “This might be caused by the way residents mine the diamond.”

“Banjarbaru should address the issue by preparing mitigation efforts, which includes development planning in the area. The administration initially planned to turn the area into a tourist destination, but the plan was hindered by land acquisition from residents,” Sutopo said.

via Landslide kills five diamond miners in South Kalimantan – National – The Jakarta Post

Just so you have an idea of whats involved…

Safety committee formed as violence against journalist rises – The Jakarta Post

Indonesia

Press agencies and legal aid organizations have formed the Journalist Safety Committee in the face of the rise in violence against journalists in Indonesia, especially during political years.

The nine institutions behind the committee are the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), the Indonesian Television Journalist Association (IJTI), the Indonesian Media Workers Federation (FSPMI), the Indonesian Cyber Media Association (AMSI), the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet), a trade union for media and creative workers (Sindikasi), the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers), the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) and Amnesty International Indonesia.

AJI chairman Abdul Manan said on Monday that the number of cases of violence against the country’s journalists kept increasing in recent years, from 60 cases in 2017 to 64 in 2018.

Like it would be really important to clarify if these are just incidents of a scuffle or actual cases of criminal violence with the involvement of the police and reports and charges etc ….. Also the title, It should be Journalists not Journalist which is a singular.  Just saying -ed

“The majority of the violence that has occurred lately has been driven by the rising intolerance [among political supporters],” he went on, citing that a number of journalists were reportedly persecuted while covering political events including the 212 Munajat prayers at the National Monument compound in Central Jakarta on Feb. 21.

Journalists from mainstream media outlets detik.com, suara.com and CNN Indonesia were allegedly intimidated and assaulted during the event, which was inspired by a massive rally on Dec. 2, 2016, that called for the prosecution of then Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on blasphemy allegations.

CNN in the West isn’t really news, its more a propaganda arm of the CIA but anyway please continue. -Ed

“Such violence has increased massively along with the populism ala [US President] Trump promulgated by [presidential candidate] Prabowo Subianto, in which he has legitimized the mainstream media,” Manan said, referring to Prabowo’s gesture of lashing out at journalists on several occasions during the presidential election campaign.

I have no problem with populism. People should be happy with the government they elect. 

Prabowo previously criticized the mainstream media for not giving space to the 212 Rally Alumni held in Monas on Dec. 2, 2018, which, he claimed, was attended by millions. “I think the media are only waiting for me to say something wrong and write about it,” said the Gerindra Party chairman, who also attended the event and addressed the participants.

Most of the violence recorded by the AJI is in the form of physical abuse such as beatings and forced expulsions. However, it has also seen the rise of a new form of online persecution in the digital era.

Journalists from detik.com and kumparan.com were persecuted online in 2018 for–among other reasons–not writing the word “habib” before the name of Rizieq Shihab, the founder of hardline group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI). Habib is an Arabic honorific meaning “beloved”.

Speaking separately via phone, LBH Pers public lawyer Gading Yonggar said that online persecution was rising through several modus operandi, including the exploitation of private information to be spread online with the object of causing harm to the person identified.“Journalists’ private data, like social media accounts, are spread to several groups to be subjected to violence, shaming, slander and so on,” Gading said.

This is called doxxing and has been popular with groups in the west like ANTIFA, hardcore feminists, hardcore Chinese Nationalists and elements of the extreme left who can’t seem to get their own way -ed

The nine institutions have decided to unite in order to provide a better handling system of violence against journalists. If each of the organizations previously struggled on their own to handle a certain case, now they can combine all resources they have to resolve any case.

“Indonesia is certainly a big country, it would be better if we could work together and then tackle our lack of human resource problems,” Manan said.

He explained that every journalist who faced violence could report to any of the nine committee members.

I would go to the police first who’s primary job is to protect and serve the public good. Then find a lawyer before I subjected myself to the council of 9 wise souls.  

I choose Gandalf the Grey because he is wise and full of wisdom….<sarcasm>  -Ed

Through a meeting, the case would then be verified, whether it was violence against a journalist or not. After getting verification, the victim of violence would get various levels of assistance, including medical and legal support.

via Safety committee formed as violence against journalist rises – National – The Jakarta Post

Good luck with the election Indonesia…

 

Dengue cases on the rise in Asia, More than 2,000 dengue cases in Singapore in first quarter 2019

SINGAPORE

According to an article over on The Straits Times 

More than 2,000 dengue fever cases were reported in the first three months of the year, or more than three times the number in same period last year when there were about 600 cases.

There have also been three dengue deaths in the first quarter 2019, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli said on Sunday (April 7). There was one death in the same period last year.

Dengue fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are closely related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.

Not the most enjoyable condition to get hit with either. Your sturdy editor has survived it twice. -Ed

Its estimated 390 million dengue infections occur worldwide each year, with about 96 million resulting in illness. Most cases occur in tropical areas of the world.

Diagnosing Dengue Fever can be done with a blood test to check for specific antibodies.

Medicine

There is no specific medicine to treat a dengue infection. If you think you may have dengue fever, you can use pain relievers with acetaminophen but need to avoid medicines with aspirin, which could make bleeding worse..

You need to rest, drink plenty of fluids, and see a doctor If you start to feel worse during the first 24 hours after your fever goes down.

Article continued 

Mr Masagos was speaking at the launch of the National Dengue Prevention Campaign 2019, which usually takes place ahead of the peak dengue season from June to October. The campaign calls for a concerted effort to step up dengue prevention measures.

“In Singapore, dengue continues to be an ongoing threat,” Mr Masagos said at the Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza.

“The effects of climate change, where the temperature is expected to rise, is going to exacerbate the challenge,” he added.

The minister highlighted that countries in the region such as Indonesia and Malaysia have also experienced spikes in dengue cases this year.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) said in a statement that it expects dengue cases to increase in the warmer months ahead, unless active steps are taken to keep the mosquito population in check.

Currently, mosquito traps which capture female Aedes mosquitoes and their eggs – called Gravitraps – are deployed in HDB estates, giving the NEA an overview of mosquito density in various parts of Singapore.

This has helped the agency remove 21 per cent more breeding habitats last year compared to 2017, when the traps were introduced.

Gravitraps will be deployed at new HDB blocks and landed housing estates in the second half of this year.

About 14,000 more traps will be set up this year, adding to the current 50,000 traps.

Phase Three of Project Wolbachia, which releases sterile male mosquitoes to control the mosquito population, has also started.

In earlier studies in Nee Soon East and Tampines West, the Aedes mosquito population decreased by 80 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.

The NEA conducted close to one million inspections last year and uncovered about 18,000 mosquito breeding habitats, said Mr Masagos.

About 224,000 inspections have been carried out from January to March this year, according to the NEA.

“The most important thrust (of dengue prevention) is community vigilance,” said Mr Masagos. “To win the war on dengue, we need everyone to be vigilant.”

He encouraged residents to remove stagnant water in their homes and also to pay attention to common breeding spots such as pails, dish trays, flower pot plates and vases.

Symptoms of Dengue Fever

Symptoms, which usually begin four to six days after infection and can last for up to 10 days, may include

Very rapid high fever, Severe Headaches, Pain behind the eyes, joint and muscle pain, nausea and vomiting,  bleeding from the nose or gums and a skin rash wich shows up about 2 to 3 days after the onset of fever.

Turtle meat smuggling discovered at Padangbai Harbor in Bali

Denpasar

Bali authorities made seizure of 8 boxes of turtle meat destined for Denpasar in Bali . Government agents made the discovery at Padangbai Port on Saturday 6/4/2019 at around 4pm. The shipment was came from East Nusa Tenggara.  The operation was carried out by a joint operation task force between the BKSDA and the Bali Police.

The driver of the truck in question claimed to be carrying grouper.

“After checking the fish with quarantine officer, it was found that there were 8 boxes (280 kg) of undisclosed items packed in Styrofoam suspected of being turtle,

Once the meat was identified, and confirmed to be turtle the driver was arrested.

According to a statement by the perpetrator, the goods were loaded from the port of Sape, Bima on Wednesday (3/4) at around 22.00 Wita and carried by a fishing vessel with the destination port being Mataram.  As many as 60 boxes, 31 of which were meant for a final destination of Denpasar. The driver claimed that he didn’t know that turtle meat was in some of the boxes.

Fish Quarantine Officer handed over the case to the Padangbai Sea Area Polytechnic for further investigation.

Poaching devastates wild turtle populations because the reptiles are slow to mature to reproductive age and many Asian consumers love the taste of turtle meat.. It also symbolizes longevity in some Asian cultures.

Source via Penyelundupan 8 Boks Daging Penyu dari NTT ke Bali Digagalkan

In the Philippines

Jokowi, Mahathir form a super team and send a joint letter of objection to EU over palm oil ban – The Jakarta Post

Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad have objected to the European Union’s plan to reduce the use of palm oil in biofuel to zero by sending an official joint letter to the bloc.

“Yesterday [Sunday], the President signed the letter containing our objections to the plan to ban palm oil products. The letter was written by both leaders,” Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Monday as quoted by Antara.

He said Indonesia and Malaysia sent the letter because, as countries that were among the world’s biggest palm oil exporters, they would be affected by the EU’s plan to phase out crude palm oil from the sources of biofuel by 2030.

Luhut, however, stopped short of revealing any details of the letter.

“The EU’s plan will affect the lives of around 20 million farmers, both directly and indirectly. Therefore, we took some action against it,” the minister said.

Luhut and Coordinating Economic Minister Darmin Nasution expressed objection in late March to the European Commission’s proposal on criteria for determining crops that are deemed “harmful” to the environment, which resulted in palm oil-based fuels being the only commodity dropped from the EU’s list of renewable energy.

At that time, Darmin called the plan “unfair and discriminatory” because palm oil was singled out as the only biofuel feedstock that would be barred from a list of alternatives, including soybean and sugar.

The EU accounted for about 15 percent of Indonesia’s 2018 palm oil exports, valued at around US$19 billion, according to Indonesian Palm Oil Association data.

Environmental NGOs have criticized the practices of palm oil industry players, saying that they damage forests. On Monday, Luhut called on the NGOs to “revive their nationalism” because 20 million small farmers depended on the industry.

via Jokowi, Mahathir send letter of objection to EU over palm oil plan – World – The Jakarta Post

Pretty sure the EU wont be happy unless fuel prices are substantially higher or they have found a way to make mega dollars for themselves with Rapeseed. But good luck super team we believe that it takes good teamwork to make your dreams work… Ed 

15 fishermen from Aceh detained in Thailand for alleged border violation – National – The Jakarta Post

THAILAND

The Thai authorities have arrested 15 Indonesian fishermen from Aceh and confiscated the 21 gross tonnage fishing ship they were using under the suspicion of committing violations in the neighboring country’s waters.

“We received the information about the arrest on Friday,” Aceh deputy sea commander Miftachhuddin Cut Adek said on Saturday as quoted by Antara news agency.

He added they had informed the Aceh Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Agency of the arrest, so the latter could tell the Indonesian Embassy in Bangkok about the matter.

“We hope the Indonesian embassy could contact the Thai authorities to get the latest updates on the condition of the arrested fishermen,” Miftachhuddin said.

The fishing ship, KM Harapan Baroe 01, sailed from Kuala Idi village in East Aceh regency with 15 crew members onboard to catch fish in the Strait of Malacca and Indian Ocean. Miftachhuddin said the fishermen probably drifted off course because of the sea current while catching fish in the area bordering Thailand.

This was not the first arrest of East Aceh regency fishermen made by the authorities of a neighboring country. On Feb. 6, 23 fishermen from the same regency were arrested by Myanmar authorities for allegedly catching fish outside of Indonesian territory.

This year, at least 38 fishermen from East Aceh regency have been arrested for allegedly committing violations in a neighboring country’s waters. The Aceh Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Agency has been warning fishermen to not commit violations in other country’s waters. (kuk)

via 15 fishermen from Aceh detained in Thailand for alleged border violation – National – The Jakarta Post

Maritime affairs ministry detains two Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessels in Natuna – National – The Jakarta Post

Indonesia

The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry detained two Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessels as they were passing through the North Natuna Sea, an official said on Wednesday.

A ministry patrol boat, KP Hiu 011, arrested the vessels for trespassing the border illegally and using a trawl to catch fish, which is forbidden in Indonesia.

The ministry’s acting director general for marine and fisheries resources monitoring, Agus Suherman, said the vessels’ crew members were arrested at 5:58 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

“We have arrested eight Vietnamese crew members on the BV 92468 TS ship, as well as three crew members on the BV 92467 TS ship,” Agus said in a written statement received by kompas.com on Wednesday.

The vessels were escorted to the Natuna Monitoring Unit (Satwas) on Riau Islands for legal proceedings.

According to results from an early inspection, the vessels violated Law No. 31/2004 on fisheries and the crew are subject to a maximum sentence of six years’ imprisonment and Rp 20 billion (US$1.4 million) fine.

As of January, the ministry has detained 23 illegal fishing vessels comprising 18 foreign vessels and five domestic ones. Of the foreign vessels, 11 were Vietnamese-flagged, while the rest were Malaysian. (dpk)

via Maritime affairs ministry detains two Vietnamese-flagged fishing vessels in Natuna – National – The Jakarta Post

UPDATE 5/4/2019 Erran Braddick, 32 died in Bali – Ausi Tourist in a Coma at BIMC Hospital in Bali after motorcycle accident.

UPDATE 5/4/219 Via Yahoo News & Curiermail.com.au

The Queensland father Erran Braddick, 32 has died after suffering brain, chest and lung injuries when he was hit by a truck last weekend.

A LifeFlight Air Ambulance had been on standby after arriving in Indonesia on Wednesday night to bring him back to Mackay in North Queensland.

But his condition deteriorated on Thursday and he died in Indonesia.

Is very sad -Ed

An Australian tourist holidaying in Bali has undergone major surgery after a motorcycle crash last night left him with internal injuries and a brain hemorrhage.

Thirty-two-year-old Erran Braddick from Gladstone, Queensland, remains in a coma at Kuta’s BIMC Hospital, his sister Daniele started an online fundraiser on the ‘Go Fund Me’ platform late last night.

“Our goal is to get him back onto Australian soil as costs of him to remain at a hospital in Kuta are astronomical,” she wrote on the fundraiser’s page.

Amazingly, in less than 24 hours the campaign has managed to raise AUD$22,180 of the AUD$50,000 target.

Scooter and motorcycle crashes involving tourists are an all-too-common occurrence in Bali. Just last month, 27-year old Frankie Fonohema from Melbourne, Australia, died in a motorcycle crash in Canggu. He wasn’t wearing a helmet or have a valid license.

You really need to make sure you have proper insurance coverage if you are going to do scooters and bikes in Bali. Also, its not really a place to learn how to ride either. The traffic and conditions are completely different to anything you would be used to back home. Ed

 

Former Bali deputy governor Ketut Sudikerta arrested at Ngurah Rai Airport Gate 3 – Tribun Bali + COCO

After being named as a suspect in cases of fraud, embezzlement and or money laundering worth almost IDR150 billion (US$10.5 million) last December, the former deputy governor of Bali, Ketut Sudikerta, was arrested by Bali Police at Bali Airport Gate 3 Thursday 4/4/2019…

Photo Live link

Sudikerta, was about to fly to Jakarta, and had reportedly been uncooperative with the police investigation, failing to show up for police examinations on three separate occasions, according to Nusa Bali.

When he didn’t turn up for questioning on Thursday, police deemed it necessary to detain the former Golkar party chairman to speed up the investigation process.

Besides Sudikerta, there are three others implicated in the case.

Sudikerta’s case goes back to 2013 when he engaged Alim Markus, the owner of the Indonesian food production giant Maspion Group, towards buying two plots of land in South Bali with fake land certificates. Markus deposited IDR150 billion to PT Pecatu Gemilang, a bank account opened by Sudikerta’s wife, Ida Ayu Ketut Sri Sumiantini, before realizing the certificates were fake and reporting Sudikerta to the police.

In the decree signed by the Director of the Bali Regional Police Ditreskrimsus, all three individuals were charged under article 378 of the Criminal Code in conjunction with article 55 of the Criminal Code and article 5 of Law No. 8 of 2010 concerning fraud and money laundering (TPPU).  If found guilty, the former deputy governor could face up to 20 years in prison.

According to the tribune when arrested at the Airport…

He just seemed to smile and wave. Sudikerta has claimed that he’d previously filed a request to delay his interview with the police, Allegedly he wanted to travel to Jakarta to settle personal affairs with his attorney and has denied allegations that he is trying to escapee prosecution.

“I did not intend to flee abroad, why run away? I actually want responsibility,”

quoted by the Bali Post

via BREAKING NEWS: Sudikerta Officially Detained in Bali Regional Police Prisoners – Tribun Bali

https://coconuts.co/bali/news/former-bali-deputy-governor-arrested-connection-fraud-cases-worth-idr150-billion/

Title Photo by Matthew Smith on Unsplash

Indonesia completes refarming of 800, 900 MHz frequencies – Business – The Jakarta Post

The Communications and Information Ministry has announced that it has completed the refarming of 800 and 900 hertz frequencies, giving customers faster speed for internet services on cellular devices.

The refarming process, which started on Feb. 25, will affect Telkomsel and Indosat Ooredoo customers.

“Customers can enjoy the best internet speed. The refarming can also enhance spectrum efficiency to make LTE (long-term evolution) expansion possible for up to 95 percent of the population,” Telkomsel network director Bob Apriawan said on Wednesday as quoted by kontan.co.id.

The ministry’s resources, information and equipment director general, Ismail, said the frequency refarming encouraged efficiency and optimization of the radio frequency spectrum.

“After the completion of the refarming, the 800 MHz and 900 MHz radio frequencies are in a contiguous position, allowing customers of cellular phones to receive better quality services,” Ismail said.

The refarming was carried out based on Communications and Information Ministerial Regulation No. 29/2019, which requires that all cellular operators refarm 800 and 900 MHz frequencies, particularly those that are non-contiguous.

With the refarming process finished, cellular users in urban areas can obtain traffic data, while those previously without 4G technology will have access to the technology, Ismail added. (bbn)

via Indonesia completes refarming of 800, 900 MHz frequencies – Business – The Jakarta Post

Shenzhen-listed textile firm’s Indonesia investment fuels hopes of silver lining in US-China trade war | South China Morning Post

  • Jiangsu Lianfa Textile is pumping at least US$350 million in a Central Java factory, sparking optimism that Chinese firms will choose Indonesia as they shift their production centres to avoid trade tariffs
  • Textile exports contributed US$13.8 billion last year, and the government is aiming to grow exports to US$15 billion for the US, Japanese and European markets

A China company’s bid to set up a textile manufacturing plant in Indonesia’s Central Java province is raising hopes the Southeast Asian country can benefit from Chinese firms seeking to shift their production centres amid the ongoing US-China trade war.
Jiangsu Lianfa Textile, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, will launch its factory next year with an investment of between 5 and 6 trillion rupiah (US$350 million and US$422 million), said Ade Sudrajat, chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API).

The factory will produce yarn for shirt-making, reducing the cost of yarn imports by US$1 billion for Indonesian shirtmakers and helping them produce final goods such as fabrics and shirts more speedily for the US market, he said.

“There isn’t a single Chinese investor that has pumped money into Indonesia in the last one to two year … and we hope this planned shift by the Chinese textile company is a sign that more will come to Indonesia,” Sudrajat said. “Our buyers in the US will benefit because the shipment processes for materials will be shorter and faster.”

Textile exports contributed US$13.8 billion last year, or about 2 per cent of Indonesia’s GDP, and the Industry Ministry said close to 3 million new jobs were created. Its aim is to grow textiles exports this year to US$15 billion for the US, Japanese and European markets.

Sudrajat said he spoke with Jiangsu Lianfa officials last year, and talks centred on the challenges posed by Southeast Asia’s largest economy’s complicated industrial and labour regulations, compared to other lower-cost manufacturing hubs in neighbours Malaysia and Vietnam.

Among other things, companies in Indonesia must pay a high minimum wage and commit to high severance payments. Lagging infrastructure, such as poor roads and power shortages, have turned away investors.

Indonesia wants to increase its slumping exports amid a record trade deficit, and is seeking to sign trade pacts to look for new markets, Bloomberg reported last month. It recently signed a comprehensive

economic partnership

with Australia that removed duties on some of its exports.

Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto told local media in January that several textile and shoemaking companies were considering moving operations from China to Indonesia to avoid trade tariffs. The size of Chinese investments last year – US$2.4 billion – ranked third behind those from Singapore and Japan, according to the Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board in February.

Indonesia had about US$27 billion worth of foreign investments last year.

PT Bank Permata economist Josua Pardede urged the government to smoothen the path for domestic and international investors to grow Indonesia’s textile industry, which has been prioritised as a key sector.

“The government should capitalise on the US-China trade war and urge investors to relocate their plants, so that Indonesia can sell more products to overseas markets,” Pardede said.

 

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A China company’s bid to set up a textile manufacturing plant in Indonesia’s Central Java province is raising hopes the Southeast Asian country can benefit from Chinese firms seeking to shift their production centres amid the ongoing US-China trade war

Jiangsu Lianfa Textile, listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, will launch its factory next year with an investment of between 5 and 6 trillion rupiah (US$350 million and US$422 million), said Ade Sudrajat, chairman of the Indonesian Textile Association (API).

The factory will produce yarn for shirt-making, reducing the cost of yarn imports by US$1 billion for Indonesian shirtmakers and helping them produce final goods such as fabrics and shirts more speedily for the US market, he said.

“There isn’t a single Chinese investor that has pumped money into Indonesia in the last one to two year … and we hope this planned shift by the Chinese textile company is a sign that more will come to Indonesia,” Sudrajat said. “Our buyers in the US will benefit because the shipment processes for materials will be shorter and faster.”

Textile exports contributed US$13.8 billion last year, or about 2 per cent of Indonesia’s GDP. Textile exports contributed US$13.8 billion last year, or about 2 per cent of Indonesia’s GDP, and the Industry Ministry said close to 3 million new jobs were created. Its aim is to grow textiles exports this year to US$15 billion for the US, Japanese and European markets.

Sudrajat said he spoke with Jiangsu Lianfa officials last year, and talks centred on the challenges posed by Southeast Asia’s largest economy’s complicated industrial and labour regulations, compared to other lower-cost manufacturing hubs in neighbours Malaysia and Vietnam.

Among other things, companies in Indonesia must pay a high minimum wage and commit to high severance payments. Lagging infrastructure, such as poor roads and power shortages, have turned away investors.

Trade war means it’s ‘too soon to predict’ regional manufacturing boom

Indonesia wants to increase its slumping exports amid a record trade deficit, and is seeking to sign trade pacts to look for new markets, Bloomberg reported last month. It recently signed a comprehensive

economic partnershipwith Australia that removed duties on some of its exports.

Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto told local media in January that several textile and shoemaking companies were considering moving operations from China to Indonesia to avoid trade tariffs. The size of Chinese investments last year – US$2.4 billion – ranked third behind those from Singapore and Japan, according to the Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board in February.

Indonesia had about US$27 billion worth of foreign investments last year.

Indonesia’s textile industry has been prioritised as a key sector.PT Bank Permata economist Josua Pardede urged the government to smoothen the path for domestic and international investors to grow Indonesia’s textile industry, which has been prioritised as a key sector.

“The government should capitalize on the US-China trade war and urge investors to relocate their plants, so that Indonesia can sell more products to overseas markets,” Pardede said.

China and the US have started a fresh round of talks to end the

trade war but it is unclear how much of the US tariffs – currently imposed on US$250 billion worth of Chinese goods such as chemical products and textiles – will be eliminated.

Jiangsu Lianfa’s factory in Kendal will be in an industrial estate jointly set up by Indonesia’s PT Jababeka, an Indonesian industrial estate operator, and Singapore’s Sembcorp Development.

Garuda makes emergency landing in Colombo due to low cabin pressure

A Garuda Indonesia aircraft serving flight number GA 972 with 338 people on board made an emergency landing at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo at 9pm local time on Tuesday due to low cabin pressure in the middle of the flight.

The Airbus 330 departed from Aceh at 8.20pm local time for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. However, in the middle of the flight, the crew detected low cabin pressure inside the cabin.

Out of concern for safety and the passengers’ comfort, the pilot decided to make an emergency landing at a nearby airport in Colombo.

Ikhsan said the decision to send another aircraft was to ensure safety and security.

Garuda also sent a technician to Colombo to make sure the Garuda aircraft that made the emergency landing could be operated again.

“Garuda Indonesia also wishes to express our sincerest apologies for the discomfort experienced by all passengers,” Ikhsan said.