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PLN Gradually Recovers Electricity Supply

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State-owned electricity firm PT PLN has recovered electric power to Balaraja Extra High Voltage substation in Banten Province, and furthermore it will be channeled to Suralaya steam-fueled power plant (PLTU) to gradually recover its operation to reach its capacity of 2800 MW of electricity.

In addition, power supply from Gandul Extra High Voltage substations in Depok, West Java Province, will be channeled to Muara Karang gas and steam power plant (PLTGU) to supply electricity to the Indonesian capital city, Jakarta.

Acting President Director of PLN Sripeni Inten Cahyani said here on Sunday that the power supply to Jakarta was expected to recover within three hours.

"We apologize for the inconvenience today, and currently all efforts have been made to recover the Java-Bali power system, especially in the area of West Java, Banten, and Jakarta," Cahyani said.

The company has focused on power supply to PLTGU Muara Karang and PLTGU Priok to recover the system in the capital city.

Previously, PLN has recovered the operation of hydro-generated power plant (PLTA) Saguling and PLTA Cirata which are functioned as power stabilizer, and, at the same time, supply the electricity to PLTU Suralaya through Cibinong, Depok, Gandul, Lengkok, Balaraja and Suralaya extra high voltage substations.

PLTU Suralaya is expected to return to its normal operation within six hours to normalize power system in West Java and Banten.

Blackout that affected thousands of homes and public facilities in West Java, Jakarta, and Banten was caused by several troubles in the extra high voltage 500 kV transmission of Ungaran - Pemalang.

"PLN has taken its best efforts and will have evaluation to prevent recurrence of today's incident," Cahyani said.

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16
January

Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (popular as Jokowi) has ordered his ministers to finalize the drafts of the planned Omnibus Law in 13 days or before his 100-day run, which he will complete on January 28, 2020.

"Following our discussion on the Omnibus Law, I request the drafts to be completed this week," Jokowi ordered his ministers during a limited meeting at the Presidential Office in Jakarta, Wednesday.

During the meeting, Jokowi asked his ministers to set a time frame for the completion of the Omnibus Law drafts. The meeting was attended by Vice President, Ma'ruf Amin; ministers of the Indonesia Maju Cabinet; the National Police Chief, Gen. Pol. Idham Azis; the Intelligence Agency chief, Budi Gunawan; and the Attorney General, Sanitiar Burhanuddin.

Since being elected to a second term in office, President Widodo had vowed to revise at least 74 prevailing laws and synchronize them into a single law, a concept that was popular as the Omnibus Law. The draft will be submitted to the House of Representatives in mid-January this year, the president targeted.

Under his tenure for the 2019-2024 period, Jokowi's administration has planned to draft several omnibus laws, including the Employment Creation Act, the SMEs Empowerment Act, and the Taxation Act. The laws cover at least 11 clusters and harmonize regulations issued by 30 ministries and agencies.

For an omnibus law on taxation, the president believes it will support Indonesia's tax reform. "Our country will serve as a center of the regional and global economic gravities (once the taxation omnibus bill is passed into a law); I believe the law will have a positive impact on the creation of jobs in Indonesia," he expounded.

Despite the president's optimist stance over the omnibus law, several groups, including labor unions, expressed concerns over the plan. In December last year, a Confederation of the Indonesian Labor Union said the Omnibus Law on Employment Creation Act may hurt domestic workers as it will revise regulations on salary, working hours, and worker protection.

"Our concerns are that the Omnibus Law will harm labor because some of the regulations will allow foreign unskilled workers (to be employed); it will be a massive use of outsourcing, flexible working hours, and a change in the payroll scheme from monthly to hourly," the Confederation of Indonesian Workers' Unions (KSPI) Chairman, Said Iqbal, said in a statement.

Hundreds of workers staged a rally in front of the House of Representatives on Monday (Jan 13) to reject the Omnibus Law on Employment Creation Act. The rally continued next to the Merdeka Presidential Palace on Wednesday (Jan 15).

According to the protesters, the omnibus law may remove regulations on a minimum standard salary and severance pay, while lifting restrictions to outsource workers and unskilled foreign workers. They are also concerned the omnibus law may scrap legal sanctions over irresponsible employers/companies, and also compromise the labor rights to social security. (ANTARA)

14
January

Abu Dhabi - 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.

"In building our new capital city, we tend to learn from the pioneers of city planning, including Masdar City," he told participants of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center on Monday.

According to Masdar's official website https://masdar.ae, Masdar City is claimed to be "one of the world's most sustainable urban communities, a low-carbon development constituting a rapidly growing clean-tech cluster, business-free zone, and residential neighborhood, with restaurants, shops, and public green spaces".

This city's philosophy of urban development "is based on the three pillars of economic, social, and environmental sustainability".

President Jokowi invited attendees at the ADSW 2020 to visit Indonesia. He also extended an invitation to members of the international community to bring the best technology, innovation, and policies for developing socio-economic sustainability.

Addressing this prestigious event's participants, including several heads of state and heads of government, the Indonesian president introduced his administration's plan to erect a new capital city by adopting a sustainable city concept.

"We do not build a small administrative city. In its place, we build a smart metropolitan city," he affirmed.

According to ANTARA, the development of infrastructure in Indonesia's next capital city will start in mid-2020. However, as revealed by President Jokowi in December 2019, the detailed design of the city’s construction is projected to be ready within six months.

The planned capital city will be divided into three areas, notably the core administration area, capital city area, and expanded capital city area, President Jokowi stated.

The location of the would-be state palace has yet to be decided by the architects drafting the development design of the capital city, he stated during his visit to the Sudharmono Tower in the PT ITCI Manunggal industrial forestry area in North Penajam Paser, the location of the next capital city, last year.

According to Agrarian and Land Spatial Minister Sofyan Djalil, the new capital city will be surrounded by forest and have a forest landscape to reflect the identity of East Kalimantan, known for its tropical rainforest.

"The 256,000-hectare capital city area will really become a forest area reflecting the actual Kalimantan," he added. (ANTARA)

13
January

 

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will shed light on the topic of sustainable city in connection with the development of Indonesia's new capital city in his key speech at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2020.

The president is scheduled to speak at the ADSW on Monday after holding a bilateral meeting with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian and meeting with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

"The King invited the president as the main speaker at the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. This is a prestigious event on sustainability, and it not only concerns the environment but also sustainable economy and sustainable technology, and so on," Minister State Secretary Pratikno stated in Jakarta on Sunday (Jan 12) while seeing off President Jokowi depart for Abu Dhabi.

The president will highlight Indonesia's plan to develop a new capital city during the gathering, he remarked.

"With the new capital city, the president is keen to invite the international community to make the new capital of Indonesia a showcase, a world model for a sustainable city, with all its aspects," he stated.

"As the president often says, there will be zero emission. It will be a compact city, with innovation and creativity, an economic engine, and so on," he stated.

After addressing the ADSW, President Jokowi is scheduled to hold a trilateral meeting with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.

Jokowi is planned to depart for Abu Dhabi on Monday evening and arrive in Jakarta on early Tuesday. (ANTARA)

11
January


President Joko Widodo attended the opening of the 1st National Working Meeting (Rakernas) and the commemoration of the 47th Anniversary of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) in Jakarta, Friday afternoon (10/01). In his remarks, President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia's economy could still survive amid the global economic turmoil. However, the current account deficit continues to be a challenge for the national economy. Thus, he emphasized that the Indonesian government would prioritize economic transformation by reducing raw materials such as crude palm oil and nickel. President Joko Widodo perceived that instead of exporting these two raw materials and selling them cheaply, it is better to process and consume them domestically. This effort will make Indonesia self-reliant in the economic, political and cultural fields.

"The point is what Bung Karno said in his three-concept, Trisakti; we must be independent in the economic field. So, we are not easily pressured by anyone, any country, and we must be politically independent, and  politically sovereign. Because, we have everything we can process by ourselves. That's what Bung Karno taught, Trisakti: sovereign in politics, self-reliant in economic and personality in culture," said President Joko Widodo.

The 1st National Working Meeting and the commemoration of the 47th Anniversary of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) entitled 'Solid Moves to Realize an Indonesia National Research and Innovation-Based Industrial Country' with the sub-theme 'Spice Path Strategy in Five National Industrial Priorities to Realize a Self-Reliant Indonesia'. In addition to Chairperson of Megawati Soekarnoputri and a number of PDIP elites, the opening of the Rakernas was also attended by a number of national figures, such as former vice-president, Tri Sutrisno, members of Indonesian Cabinet Onward and leaders of political parties. (VOI/Ndy)

10
January

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged Indonesian ambassadors and diplomats for foreign countries to direct their focus on economic diplomacy since it is viewed as being direly required by Indonesia. The head of state made the request at the opening ceremony of the work meeting of the chief delegation with the Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Thursday.

"We want all focus to be on economic diplomacy. Some 70 to 80 percent of what we have concerns that matter since that is what we need for now," Jokowi emphasized.

Hence, it is crucial that the ambassadors play their roles as investment envoys, for which they need to acknowledge investment opportunities as a future projection.

"The first one is the field related to commodities or products for import substitutions," Jokowi remarked.

For instance, Petrokimia’s fertilizer product, of which 85 percent is still imported. Hence, some opportunities still exist to boost investment in that field.

The president also reiterated the need to find investors for processing raw materials since to this end Indonesia has abundant resources.

To conduct economic diplomacy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has compiled several strategic steps including capitalizing on the strengthening of the Indonesian domestic market.

"Indonesia is a vast market with more than 260 million people. We need to take this as leverage in establishing mutually beneficial economic cooperation at the bilateral, regional and global levels," Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi said earlier this week.

Another issue that Indonesia needs to be on the lookout for, is protecting the domestic market from products that enter the market illegally or by dumping, or foreign subsidies – as a result of the current low global economic growth, she said. (ANTARA)

09
January

Meeting a number of heads of regions at the State Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon (8/1), President Joko Widodo wanted central and regional governments to reconstruct and rehabilitate facilities and infrastructures after floods occurred in Jakarta and surrounding areas. He further said the disaster which brought about the damage of both people’s homes and public facilities has been identified.

 “After emergency response completed, I also asked to reconstruct and rehabilitate particularly in Banten and West Java. The government hopes that this can be done immediately for homes impacted houses of landslide and floods. I think the number of victims and the impacted homes and areas have been identified well and this must be diversified again so that after the rain stops, it can be done by central government. I asked the homes in Bogor regency to be relocated after the disaster. President also asked the regent and governor of West Java to decide the location and it is not far from the existing areas in order to be determined soon,” said President Joko Widodo.

Moreover, President Joko Widodo also asked relocation for impacted homes of disaster in Banten province. He said the decision of relocation homes must be quickly done because some locations cannot be used to be locations for people’s housing. (VOI/NdyTRANS:AF)

09
January

Jakarta - Vice President Ma'ruf Amin said the Indonesian government is making an endeavor to prevent a war between the United States and Iran by encouraging the two nations to find solution to their conflict.

"We (Indonesia) want peace. Hence, what we have to do is to find a peace solution so the war will not happen," he said at the Vice Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Iran launched a series of missiles at two US airbases in Iraqi bases as their first response to the killing of General Qassem Suleimani due to the US airstrike," PT Garuda Berjangka Director, Ibrahim Assuaibi, said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

If the war is inevitable it will have an impact on the world's political and economic condition which will eventually affect the domestic condition, he said.

"If the war happens, it will have a very detrimental impact on the world. The economy will be damaged. In the political field, blocks will be set up. That is very dangerous," he said.

Hence, the Indonesian government along with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the United Nations will encourage various parties involved in the US-Iran conflict to exercise self restraint.

"We, Indonesia, along with peace-loving nations including OIC members in the Middle East and through the UN will make every effort to prevent the war from happening," he said.

The vice president also supported the effort made by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to summon US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan and Iranian Ambassador to Indonesia Mohammad Azad separately to discuss ways to exercise self restraint..

On Wednesday morning, Iran reportedly attacked the Al-Asad airbase housing US troops in Iraq several hours after the funeral of the commander of Iran's elite Quds military force.

Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US drone strike in Baghdad, raising fears of an open war in the Middle East. (ANTARA)

07
January

Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in Jakarta on Monday was unequivocal in his declaration that Indonesia will not negotiate with any party over its sovereignty, particularly regarding the country's territory in the Natuna waters in Riau Islands.

"There is no negotiation regarding matters pertaining to sovereignty and our territory," the president remarked at the opening of a cabinet session at the State Palace.

Jokowi made the statement in connection with the spike in tensions between Indonesia and China in the past few days over Chinese fishing vessels trespassing into Indonesia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the Natuna waters.

The fishing vessels were escorted by the Chinese Coast Guard in the waters some 130 miles off Ranai waters, Natuna.

The Indonesian Navy has deployed eight warships to patrol and secure the waters.

President Jokowi also lauded all his aides' statement on the issue that mirrored Indonesia's steadfastness in defending its sovereignty.

Earlier on Sunday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD emphasized that Indonesia will defend its sovereignty and not negotiate with China in connection with the issue of Natuna waters.

Drawing reference to the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), he pointed out that the waters near Natuna Islands have been acknowledged as Indonesia's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and territorial waters, thereby annulling the need to bilaterally negotiate this matter.

Indonesian naval ships have already been prepared to secure the country's sovereignty, though Mahfud noted that the measures adopted were not intended to engage in a war with China.

In connection with the recent violations of Chinese coast guard vessels in the Indonesian EEZ near the Natuna waters, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has lodged a diplomatic protest by summoning China's ambassador in Jakarta.

The Chinese Government unilaterally claims the Natuna waters as its own by declaring a Nine Dash Line. Indonesia has never recognized this claim of China.

The Nine Dash Line is made by China based on its historical maritime rights. Consequently, China claims that the South China Sea region, extending some two million kilometers from the land of China to hundreds of kilometers from the Philippines, Malaysia, and Vietnam, belongs to it. (ANTARA)

06
January

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) ordered the Indonesian military (TNI), related ministry, and National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Sunday to restore an access road to Sukajaya Village, Bogor District, West Java, being crippled by a landslide.

He conveyed his order to TNI Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto, Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, and BNPB Head Doni Monardo when conducting an aerial observation on Sunday to find out the real condition of the isolated villages.

"Mr. President has instructed us to make an immediate endeavor to restore the road access to the isolated villages so that humanitarian aid packages can be distributed to those in need there," Doni Monardo said.

President Jokowi and his entourage departed for observing the real condition of Sukajaya Village by three helicopters from the Atang Sendjaja Airbase in Bogor District on Sunday at 8:15 a.m. local time.

The helicopters also carried humanitarian aid packages for the villagers severely suffering the impacts of the flooding and landslide that had made their villages get isolated.

In another development, on Sunday morning, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan worked hand in hand with the residents of Kampung Makassar in East Jakarta to clean their neighborhood area after the floodwater inundating the suburban area receded.

He was accompanied by East Jakarta Mayor M.Anwar, Secretary of the Jakarta Provincial Administration Saefullah, and East Jakarta Police Sen.Coms.Arie Ardhian when joining the Karya Bakti" or "working together" program.

The flooding swamped a wide range of areas in various sub-districts in the provinces of Jakarta, West Jakarta, and Banten, the BNPB's spokesman, Agus Wibowo, noted in a press statement.

The flash floods, caused by high-intensity rainfall over the past three days, swamped several areas of 18 sub-districts in Bekasi District, 17 sub-districts in Jakarta, and 13 sub-districts in Bogor District and Tangerang City respectively.

The disaster also affected 12 sub-districts in Bekasi City, 11 sub-districts in Depok City, and six sub-districts in Lebak District, Bogor City, and Tangerang Selatan City respectively, Wibowo stated.

Consequently, floodwaters, submerging houses, led to the forced displacement of 149,537 residents of Bekasi City in West Java Province. They were accommodated at 97 temporary shelters, while 11,474 Jakartans also took refuge and stayed at 66 temporary shelters.

The catastrophe had also killed at least 60 people, and caused two others to go missing, Wibowo said. (ANTARA)

06
January

Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan worked hand in hand with the residents of Kampung Makassar in East Jakarta on Sunday morning to clean their neighborhood area after the floodwater inundating the suburban area receded.

He was accompanied by East Jakarta Mayor M.Anwar, Secretary of the Jakarta Provincial Administration Saefullah, and East Jakarta Police Sen.Coms.Arie Ardhian when joining the Karya Bakti" or "working together" program, held from 07.30 to 11.00 a.m. local time.

Anies kept working with local residents and members of the military, police, and various agencies to clean a muddy road section near an Islamic school and an outdoor volleyball court though the rain was showering the suburban area.

They lifted the wreckage of damaged goods and mud, and put them into sand bags. Owing to his commitment to finishing his work, Anies politely refused an offer of having a bottled water, saying that he wanted to continue working.

The Jakarta provincial administration noted that 15 percent of the capital city's areas were swamped by this early January's flash floods.

In helping ease the burden of those suffering from the impacts of this catastrophe, Anies Baswedan appealed to all Jakartans to conduct a simultaneous "working together" activity to clean their respective neighborhood areas after the floodwater receded.

In certain parts of Jakarta and its greater areas, the floodwater had begun receding. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), this early January's flash floods and landslides had killed 60 people and caused two others to go missing.

The flooding swamped a wide range of areas in various sub-districts in the provinces of Jakarta, West Jakarta, and Banten, the agency's spokesman, Agus Wibowo, noted in a press statement.

The flash floods, caused by high-intensity rainfall over the past three days, swamped several areas of 18 sub-districts in Bekasi District, 17 sub-districts in Jakarta, and 13 sub-districts in Bogor District and Tangerang City respectively.

The disaster also affected 12 sub-districts in Bekasi City, 11 sub-districts in Depok City, and six sub-districts in Lebak District, Bogor City, and Tangerang Selatan City respectively, Wibowo stated.

Consequently, floodwaters, submerging houses, led to the forced displacement of 149,537 residents of Bekasi City in West Java Province. They were accommodated at 97 temporary shelters, while 11,474 Jakartans also took refuge and stayed at 66 temporary shelters. (ANTARA)

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