Plastic waste management questionedTuesday, 04 Dec 2018
GENERAL NEWS AND HEADLINES
The Jakarta Post, p.1
Members of the multi-party coalition backing President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin in 2019 shrugged off the call from Muslim voters at Sunday’s 212 Alumni rally to shun presidential candidates and political parties that supported former Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama. Representatives of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), NasDem and the National Awakening Party (PKB) all expressed confidence in the incumbent and constituency regardless of the call. The PDI-P’s Komarudin Watubun and NasDem secretary-general Johny G. Plate said there was no need for concern, since the hubbub would die down and it would not significantly impact Jokowi’s electoral base, saying that their Muslim voters were rational and mature.
Thousands of protesters attended the march, which turned into a political platform for the opposition and outspoken critics of the Jokowi administration. The rally screened a video of Islamic firebrand Rizieq Shihab, who said that according to edicts issued by religious leaders, it was haram to vote for candidates backed by parties that had supported Ahok. He also endorsed the anti-Jokowi hashtag, #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ChangePresident).
Plastic waste management questioned
Efforts to manage plastic waste remained poor, despite its impact on the environment. The Environment and Forestry Ministry had not completed its expanded roadmap on the responsibility of plastic producers, although the government had declared its commitment to reducing plastic waste. Designed for plastic producers to be more environmentally responsible and receptive, the roadmap would oblige plastic producers to redesign, reduce and recycle their products according to Government Regulation NO. 81/2012 on reducing household waste. Nevertheless, Nur Hidayati, the executive director of environmental watchdog Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), said that the incomplete state of the roadmap indicated a lack of seriousness, and implied that only scavengers were currently effective in recycling or managing waste. Moreover, Nur argued that not enforcing the fines for polluters as stipulated in Government Regulation No. 32/2009 further hampered progress in waste management, as plastic producers did not feel a duty to collect the waste sourced from their products.
Papuan students evicted from dorm after Surabaya rally
The Jakarta Post¸ p.4
Police in Surabaya, East Java, detained 233 members of the Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) overnight on Saturday evening, following a morning rally that turned violent, and also ordered them to leave their dorm in Jl. Kalasan. The police also caught two non-Papuan students and an Australian citizen during the operation to secure the rally, saying the measure was needed to ensure the students’ safety. Around 300 Papuan students gathered in Surabaya from cities across Java and Bali for the rally on Dec. 1, which was held to commemorate what some Papuans claimed was the birth of the West Papua nation in 1961. The initially peaceful rally displayed images of the Morning Star flag, a symbol of the Papuan independence movement. Physical clashes broke out when 200 people from several mass organizations, including the Communication Forum of Indonesian Veterans’ Children (FKPPI) and the Pancasila Youth (PP), arrived to protest the AMP.
House continues with tobacco regulation discussion
The House of Representatives was adamant to complete the draft tobacco regulation before the 2018 working session ended. In yesterday’s plenary meeting, the House prolonged its deliberation over the draft regulation for the fourth time this year because of unconcluded talks between the government, the House and civil society organizations. According to Firman Soebagyo, the head of the House’s Tobacco Draft Regulation Special Committee, a decision was needed for the government’s commitment on the issue. Despite claims that the draft regulation aimed to protect tobacco farmers, the latest draft risks an increase in smoking and cigarette consumption among youth. It also allows cigarette producers to import tobacco and to replace the smoking hazard label and graphic images of the health consequences of smoking, such as thoracic cancer, with a simple written message. Health officials and leaders of the National Commission on Tobacco Control demanded that deliberations on the draft regulation be halted, since it contradicted the administration’s commitment to improving public health and quality of life.
NU condemns Saudi ambassador’s statement
The country's biggest Islamic organization, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), lamented a tween on Sunday's 212 Alumni reunion rally from Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Indonesia Osamah Muhammad al-Suaibi. Al-Suaibi tweeted on Sunday that the rally was a tauhid movement that protested last month's flag burning incident that involved a banned mass organization. NU chairman Said Aqil Siroj condemned the tweet, saying it was misleading and diplomatically improper. The ulema further pointed out that the ambassador's tweet contained erroneous information since GP Ansor, the NU youth wing involved in the flag burning incident was not a banned organization, and stressed that the activity was not a tauhid movement.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC NEWS AND HEADLINES
Bisnis Indonesia, headline
An expansive management to support national oil production sustainability remains a tough challenge in the oil and gas upstream industry. The fact that the national oil production reduction persists and that it affects to the widening deficit in the national oil and gas trade balance cannot be denied. Not to mention that there has not been any lucrative oil and gas fields found to ensure that national oil and gas stock is available for the long run. This is the work that needs to be done by the new head of Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKK Migas) Dwi Soetjipto.who was recently appointed by the Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Ignasius Jonan, replacing Amien Sunaryada who has completed his term. Dwi joined SKK Migas in the midst of upstream oil and gas performance that has not reached the target. Until Oct. 31, 2018, the national oil and gas lifting realization is 1.91 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) or 96 percent of the 2019 state budget (APBN) target of 2 million boepd. Another issue is in investment where upstream oil and gas investment realization until last October was only US$8.7 billion or 61 percent from what was targeted for this year.
Company acquisition hustles near end of year
A number of corporates perform the act of merger and acquisition to double their business and dominate the market. Although the domestic economy is slowing down, corporates are agile in seeking opportunities. Last week, PT Astrindo Nusantara Infrastruktur Tbk (BIPI) acquired 276.76 million shares or 40.70 percent of PT Sumber Energi Andalan Tbk (ITMA). BIPI acquired ITMA shares from Trust Energy Resources Pte Ltd. With ITMA buying price at Rp 3,465 per share, BIPI paid Rp 958.97 billion. “ITMA stock purchase was a business strategy that is expected to give a positive impact for the company,” BIPI corporate secretary Kurniawan Budiman wrote on information transparency in exchange last weekend, Nov. 30. Almost at the same time, PT Tower Bersama Infrastructure Tbk (TBIG) also announced that they have signed a buy and sell agreement for 51 percent of PT Visi Telekomunikasi Infrastruktur Tbk (GOLD) shares. Prior to BIPI and TBIG, state-owned cement producer PT Semen Indonesia Tbk (SMGR) took over 6.17 billion shares units equal to 80.6 percent of PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk (SMCB) from LafargeHolcim. SMGR will pay as much as US$917 million or around Rp13.66 trillion. SMGR will have tender offer for the rest of SMCB shares owned by public. According to KONTAN, the corporate acquisition in the nation this year surpasses Rp 40 trillion.
2019, issuers are more optimistic
Investor Daily, headline
Market players who trade in the Indonesian Stock Exchange (BEI) are optimistic that the business prospects next year will be better. That optimism is supported by the belief that the 2019 election will run safely, peacefully, organized, and democratically. Other than that, the global economy next year will be more conducive as the price war between the US and China tones down and the normalization of The Fed reference interest rate sees an end. On the other side, the national economic fundamental in 2019 will be stronger as the current account deficit improves, rupiah exchange rate stabilized, inflation remains low, and capital inflow escalates. PT Wijaya Karya (Persero) Tbk (WIKA) finance director Antonius N. Steve Kosasih is confident that their company will book a better financial performance than the realization this year. The company projects Rp 38-39 trillion total revenue and Rp 2 trillion net profit of this year.
Rice price increase haunts 2019
Bisnis Indonesia, p.3
Rice price has a chance of going up until the harvest period 2019 although the government has prepared steps to anticipate the issue. This price increase indication comes from the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) in November, where the price for unhusked rice (GKP) price and the price for milled grains (GKG) are seen to experience an increase both at the farmer level and the miller level. Based on BPS data, throughout November, price of GKP increases by 3.64 percent to Rp 5,116/kg compared to the previous month. The same things happen to GKP price on the miller level that also rises by 3.43 percent monthly to Rp 5,212/kg. On the same period, the average GKG on there farmer level is Rp 5,646/kg or increases by 3.23 percent from the previous month. On the miller level, GKG price on average also increases by 3.43 percent monthly to Rp 5,754/kg. The premium rice price on the producers last month reaches Rp 9,771/kg on average or increased by 1.30 percent monthly, whereas medium rice price rose by 2.22 percent to Rp 9,604/kg compared to October.
Slowdown trend in manufacture persists
In the midst of ASEAN manufacture improvement, Indonesian Manufacture Index in November comes back to showing trend to slowdown, although the number still shows expansive performance scale. Nikkei and HIS Markit reported that the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) of Indonesian manufactures in November 2018 is at 50.4 points. This number is lower than the previous month, which showed 50.5 points. Moreover, the index number last month was the lowest in the past five months. Indonesia was the third in ASEAN last October for the index, but now has to step down one rank because Myanmar managed to overtake Indonesia with 51.3 point index, in line with their lowering inflation. On the first and second rank are Vietnam and the Philippines, with 56.5 and 54.2 point index, respectively. The ASEAN manufacture index in November reaches 50.4 points. This number increased slightly compared to the month before which was only 49,8 points.