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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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President Joko Widodo received the Speaker and Member of the Singapore Parliament, Wednesday (11/20/2019), at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta. On the occasion President Joko Widodo said that the governments of Indonesia and Singapore were committed to strengthening cooperation in the fields of investment, infrastructure development, Human Resources development and the digital economy.

According to Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi, the commitment was reached at the Retreat meeting between President Joko Widodo and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last October.

When receiving the delegation from the Singapore Parliament, according to Retno, President Joko Widodo conveyed the importance of the Singapore Parliament's support for the commitment of the two heads of state so that bilateral cooperation between the two can continue to be improved.


"And the president said that of course this is G to G cooperation, but we also need support at the parliamentary level because cooperation between the parliament also needs to be supported and also cooperation between youth also needs to be strengthened. Amidst a lot of world’s uncertain situations, the president said that it was more important for Indonesia and Singapore to strengthen cooperation including cooperation in the economic sector because ASEAN has good hopes," said Retno Marsudi.

President Joko Widodo welcomed Singapore Parliament Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin along with a number of Singapore Parliament members at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta Wednesday (20/11). There were 6 members of the Singapore Parliament accompanying the Speaker of the Parliament when he was received by President Jokowi. Besides that, the Singaporean Parliament delegation was also accompanied by the Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador of Singapore to Indonesia, Anil Kumar Nayar and Jonathan Han. During the meeting, President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. (VOI/Ndy/AHM)


The Renewable Energy Directive (RED) II, and Delegated Regulation-DR imposed by the European Union on palm oil products, are discriminatory measures that are detrimental to palm oil producing countries, especially Indonesia and Malaysia. The policy has caused the export of Indonesian palm oil products to the European Union to decline. That was stated by Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto to VOI reporter, at the 2nd Meeting of the Ministerial Level of Palm Oil Producing Countries in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Monday (Nov 18). Minister Airlangga said that currently there is a competition between vegetable oil and palm oil producing countries. Therefore, Indonesia and Malaysia will consult in facing the negative campaign of European Union at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

“There is actually another vegetable oil competition with palm oil. It was clear that soybean oil production was far below 30 percent compared to palm oil production. To face a negative campaign and legislation that has been agreed in the European Union, Indonesia and Malaysia will consult and communicate in dealing with this case at the WTO,” said Airlangga.

To stop the use of palm oil based transportation fuels, the European Union has also reduced Malaysian revenues from this sector. So, Minister Airlangga said it would be better if Indonesia and Malaysia jointly debate this case at the World Trade Organization (WTO)// DP/Trs.AF


President Joko Widodo held a Limited Cabinet Meeting to discuss the Pre-Work Card Program on Tuesday (12/11) at the Office of the President of Jakarta. Regarding this matter, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto said that the Indonesian government would prepare two million Pre-Work Cards for people who have not had work after finishing school. According to Airlangga, of the total 2 million Pre-Work Cards, the government will divide them into 500 thousand analog-based Pre-Work Cards and 1.5 million digital-based Cards. He said the system was put in place so that the government could track the number of people who needed Pre-Work Card assistance while ensuring that aid was received equally by the community.


"The President hopes that we will develop supply and demand in terms of employment needs. We all know, because the nature of this card is many to many, multi to multi, different from other cards, that are one-way, like government assistance cards. In this cards, there are many participants, many coachings. But we also make a mechanism for how to track and how to provide coachings for accredited training institutions and coachings that can be taken part by the community. With this online system, we actually try to arrange it based on quotas. So the opportunity to participate in the trainings is the same for the people who register in the big cities or in the small towns," said Airlangga.

Airlangga Hartarto further said, the government prepared 10 trillion Rupiah fund for the Pre-Employment Card program. At present his party claims they are still preparing a Presidential Regulation which will become the basis for the program. The Presidential Regulation prepared covers the person in charge of the Pre-Work Card program who will be under the Ministry of Economy office, as well as the criteria for potential beneficiaries to be determined later. According to Airlangga, the Presidential Regulations (Perpres) is planned to be called Perpres Cipta Karya. (VOI / Ndy / AHM)



President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) received several members of the General Election Commission (KPU) executive board at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Monday.

At the meeting that began at around 9:30 a.m. local time, KPU Chief Arief Budiman reported on the implementation of the presidential and legislative elections held on April 17, 2019, to the president.

"In line with Law No. 7 of 2017, the KPU is obliged to report on the implementation of the presidential and legislative elections (to the president). Today, we fulfilled the obligation as set forth in the law," Budiman remarked at the meeting.

During the meeting, Budiman also handed over a report on the implementation of general elections to the head of state.

In addition to the implementation of the presidential and legislative elections, the KPU and president also discussed simultaneous regional head elections to be organized next year.

Budiman unveiled a plan to discuss good governance of the KPU.

During the meeting, the president was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, Minister of Home Affairs Tito Karnavian, Minister/State Secretary Pratikno, and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.

Minister of Research and Technology Bambang Brodjonegoro stated that Indonesia needs to take example of technology and innovation made by other countries, such as the one made by South Korea.

"There is no harm in us imitating or adapting the South Korean model called From Imitation to Innovation ," he said when delivering a speech at the Sepuluh November Institute of Technology Surabaya, Sunday.

This strategy has already been carried out by South Korea until it was able to become one of the developed countries in Asia that can compete with other developed countries in the world.

In the 1950s South Korea was one of the poorest countries in Asia, along with Indonesia. However, it only took about 40 years for South Korea to become a developed country.

"It means that we are still left behind and we need a strategy to bump up Indonesia's status and competitiveness among other countries," he said.

Generally, a country can progress by intensifying the development of science, technology, and innovation. Therefore, Indonesia needs to implement the 'From Imitation to Innovation' strategy to fulfill its ambitions to progress.

However, he continued, after following the progress of science and technology in developed countries, Indonesia must continue to develop it further, as well as learn and improve along the way, so that it does not stop at a certain stage.

"We must not be imitators or imitate continuously but we must turn into innovators," he said.

In addition, the rapid development of technology also causes changes in various aspects, including the industry that is developing now and in the future, which is the  fourth industrial revolution. 

Technologies that will develop in the Industrial Revolution 4.0 include artificial intelligent, the Internet of things, augmented or wearable reality, advanced Robotic, and 3D printing.

The IR 4.0 enables the development of new digital-based economies, at the same time generating disruptive changes or innovations. (ANTARA)


President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has expressed his hope that situation in Rakhine State, Myanmar, could significantly improve and soon be normal again.

"I am sure that all of use here hope to see situation in Rakhine State to be back to normal again soon," Jokowi said while speaking in the plenary session of the 35th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday.

The ASEAN Leaders supported efforts for voluntarily, safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine State, according to a statement issued by the Presidential Secretariat's Press, Media and Information Bureau. Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi told the press following the plenary session attended by ASEAN Leaders that President Jokowi offered several views and suggestions for solutions of Rohingya humanitarian crisis.

Firstly, dialogs with representatives of Rohingya refugees currently being accommodated in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, should be continued, Jokowi said.

"Because with dialogs and communication, there would be trust. And trust is crucial for preparations for voluntarily, safe and dignified repatriation," Retno Marsudi remarked.

Secondly, Indonesia fully supported a proposal to establish an ad-hoc task force at the ASEAN Secretariat to focus on monitoring the implementation of the Preliminary Needs Assessment (PNA) team's recommendations, she added.

Thirdly, Indonesia hopes for the implementation of priority projects and activities as part of the PNA recommendations agreed during the 2nd Technical Working Group between ASEAN and Myanmar last October. (ANTARA)


A Joint team from the Nunukan, N Kalimantan naval base (Lanal) and the Navy's special Frogmen squad (Kopaska) joint forces of Busur Ambalat 2019, foiled a human trafficking attempt to Sabah, Malaysia, on Monday.  

Some 25 undocumented workers from Indonesia were travelling from Nunukan Island and Sebatik Island waters to Sebatik Island using a speedboat.

Lanal Nunukan Commander Lt. Col. Anton Pratomo confirmed the arrest of illegal workers, in Nunukan, Wednesday.

"Lanal Nunukan will continue to increase the intensity of sea patrols to prevent the smuggling of non-procedural migrant workers looking to cross into Malaysia and prevent other illegal activities such as drug smuggling," he said.

They leave the Port of the Hj Putri Bridge, which has become a spot for illegal workers to cross from the state of Sabah by pretending to be residents of Sebatik Island.

In reality, once they arrive on Sebatik Island, which borders the land and sea directly with Tawau, Malaysia, they leave for the neighboring country using a speed boat at night.

As per the navy, that illegal workers disguise themselves as local Nunukan citizens.

After having their identities checked, most of the prospective illegal workers live outside of Nunukan District, while others do not even possess identification cards.

During their next patrol on Tuesday, October 28, the team captured Indonesian workers from Sabah state who were returning to their hometown.

Thereafter, an inspection was conducted on a suspicious speedboat and seven people were found aboard. Subsequently, an inspection was carried out in the Lanal Nunukan headquarters before they were handed over to the local Migrant Workers Placement, Protection and Monitoring Agency (BP3TKI).


The rupiah strengthened against the United States (US) dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Wednesday evening, following the announcement of the cabinet lineup earlier in the day. The rupiah rose 9 points, or 0.06 percent, to close at Rp14.032 against the dollar compared to Rp14.041 earlier.

As predicted earlier, the rupiah did strengthen owing to the positive sentiment of the inauguration of the cabinet lineup, Valbury Asia Futures analyst Lukman Leong said in Jakarta Wednesday.

"True, the inauguration of the cabinet lineup had an effect as predicted earlier. But (the effect) will still be limited and (the rupiah) will hover above Rp14.000 (per US dollar)," he said.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) announced and inaugurated his ministers and ministerial-level officials in the Cabinet Indonesia Moving Forward for the 2019-2024 period.

In the economic sector, the President retained Sri Mulyani as Minister of Finance and appointed former industry minister Airlangga Hartarto as Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs.

The rupiah opened stronger at Rp14.035 against the dollar Wednesday morning and throughout the day, it stayed between Rp14.016 and Rp14.060.

According to the Bank Indonesia mid-rate on Wednesday, the rupiah appreciated to Rp14.051 from Rp14.058. 


Former Gojek chief Nadiem Anwar Makarim has been appointed Minister of Education and Culture, a position previously occupied by Muhadjir Effendy, now Coordinating Minister of Human Development Culture.

Being the only millennial representation in the cabinet, Makarim appealed for support from the young generation. “To fellow millennials, I ask for your support, as I am the sole representative of our generation in the cabinet,” said the 35-year-old in Jakarta, Wednesday.

His appointment is expected to create significant breakthroughs in human resources development, especially while preparing to enter the job sector, one of President Joko Widodo’s main visions for his second term in office.

“We will create significant breakthroughs in the development of work-ready human resources, ready to strive, as well as link and match between education and industry,” said President Jokowi while introducing Makarim and his other ministers for the ‘Indonesia Moving Forward’ cabinet in the Presidential Palace.

After successfully raising Gojek from a small start-up into Indonesia’s first decacorn company, Makarim’s posting in the education sector may come as unexpected.

His expertise in business and innovative digital technology with Gojek may not seem to be directly linked to the education system in the country, especially considering his education background. He has two degrees from major Ivy League universities, a Masters of Business Administrations from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University.

After being sworn in, he explained how his expertise and posting in the Ministry of Education and Culture can push the President’s ambition to develop Indonesian human resources and prepare them to excel in both domestic and international sectors, as he laid out the three reasons he was chosen for the specific posting.

“Even though I did not come from the education sector, the first reason is that I understand what lies ahead,” he said, adding that the President believed that he could anticipate future challenges and requirements that may come from the job and industry sectors in the future.
The second reason was the vital role of technology in developing 300,000 schools and 50 million students in Indonesia, he continued. “Do not forget that Indonesia has among the four largest education systems in the world. The role of technology is imperative,” he added.

He then revealed the third and last reason for his appointment, which is the need for an innovative figure that can create breakthroughs and think outside of the conventional ways.

As part of the millennial generation himself, he is formulating a breakthrough involving technology and the young generations, especially those who are about to make the leap into the workforce after completing their education.

“We will focus on those who are leaving the education system,” he said, adding that he wanted graduates with character, competence, as well as collaboration and teamwork skills.  


President Joko Widodo accompanied by Vice President Ma'ruf Amin announced the composition of his new cabinet on the veranda steps of the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Wednesday morning. The announcement was made after the President for two consecutive days called one by one the figures he had chosen as a candidate for minister. At the end of the announcement, President Joko Widodo reminded his ministers to work seriously and avoid corruption.

"The cabinet which I have just announced, first, don't be corrupt. Creating a system that closes the gaps of corruption. Secondly, there is no vision and mission of the minister. What exists is the vision and mission of the President and Vice President. Third, we all have to work fast, work hard and work productively. Fourth, don't get stuck in a monotonous routine. The fifth, tangible results-oriented work. The sixth, always checking for problems in the field and find a solution. Finally, everything must be serious in working, said Joko Widodo.

The President names his new Cabinet the Indonesia Onward Cabinet. There are 4 Coordinating Ministers and 30 Ministers, plus the Attorney General, Cabinet Secretary, Presidential Chief of Staff and Head of the Capital Management Coordinating Board who will assist the president in the next five years. (VOI / RINI / AHM)


The inauguration of the Indonesian President and Vice President was held on Sunday 20 October 2019 at the MPR / DPR RI Building, Jakarta. After taking the oath, President Joko Widodo in his speech mentioned the target of work to be carried out in the next five years.

“With the support of a conducive political ecosystem and a conducive economic ecosystem. Therefore, in the next 5 years we want to do: First, human resource development will be our top priority, building hardworking, dynamic Human Resources. Building skilled human resources, mastering science and technology. Inviting global talents to work with us. That also cannot be achieved by old methods, new ways must be developed. We need a large endowment fund for our Human Resources management. Collaboration with industry is also important to be optimized. And also the use of technology that makes it easy to reach all corners of the country,” Joko Widodo said.

President Jokowi further said, the second target was to continue the development of infrastructure that connects the production area with the distribution area. Third, simplifying the form of regulation, fourth, simplifying the bureaucracy. And fifth, economic transformation targeting the Indonesian Gross Domestic Product reaches 7 trillion US dollars in 2045. The inauguration was attended by 6 heads of state and 12 special envoys from friendly countries, as well as Indonesia’s fifth President, Megawati Soekarno Putri and Indonesia’s sixth President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. (VOI/NK/AHM)

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