Mahfud to propose alternatives to IS sympathizers’ repatriationTuesday, 11 Feb 2020
GENERAL NEWS AND HEADLINES
National Police chief Gen. Idham Azis officially promoted eight police officers to new positions as regional police chiefs. Insp. Gen. Remigius Sigid Tri Hardjanto was promoted to West Kalimantan Police chief, Insp. Gen. Royke Lumowa to North Sulawesi Police chief, Insp. Gen. Firman Shantyabudi to Jambi Police chief, Brig. Gen. Baharudin Djafar to Maluku Police chief, Brig. Gen. Eko Budi Sampurno to West Sulawesi Police chief, Brig. Gen. Wahyu Widada to Aceh Police chief, Brig. Gen. Rikwanto to North Maluku Police chief and Brig. Gen. Adnas to Gorontalo Police chief.
Jakarta Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono said the promotion was intended to invigorate the police force.
Idham also inaugurated Brig. Gen. Napoleon Bonaparte as the new head of the National Police’s International Relations Division and Sr. Comr. Guntur Setyanto as the new head of the National Police’s Research and Development Center.
United Development Party (PPP) lawmaker Arsul Sani said the government would possibly submit the draft of the omnibus bill on job creation, an academic document required for the bill’s legislation and a presidential letter (Surpres) to the House of Representatives today. Upon submission, the lawmakers will officially begin their deliberation of the bill. According to Arsul, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto will directly submit all of the documents to the House.
On a separate occasion, House deputy speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said the House would ask for labor unions’ participation in drafting a problem inventory list (DIM) in order to gather the unions’ concerns about the bill. The unions’ participation has been deemed necessary considering that they will be greatly affected by the bill.
Following his meeting with Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and National Terrorism Agency (BNPT) head Comr. Gen. Suhardi Alius earlier today, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD said he would propose possible alternatives for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in dealing with 600 Indonesian nationals who went to Syria and Iraq to join the Islamic State (IS).
“We have found several alternatives,” said Mahfud. The coordinating minister, however, declined to provide further details about the alternatives, saying he would wait for the President’s decision first.
Minister Retno met earlier today with representatives of Indonesia’s largest Islamic group Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), namely NU chairman Said Aqil Siradj and NU deputy secretary general Madsuki Baidlowi, to ask for their input regarding the matter. After the meeting, Said reasserted that his party rejected any plan to repatriate former IS group sympathizers into the country. “Why should we think about the fate of those 600 people and sacrifice the safety of 260 million Indonesians in the country?” he asked.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS NEWS AND HEADLINES
The World Bank’s managing director for development policy and partnerships, Mari Elka Pangestu, predicts that Indonesia’s first quarter economic growth rate would be less than 5 percent because of the coronavirus outbreak in China. The outbreak is projected to cut China’s economic growth by 100 to 300 basis points (bps), which in turn would decrease Indonesia’s growth rate by 30 to 90 bps.
The Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association (APROBI) announced that the trial of 40 percent (B40) in vehicles is to begin in March this year. APROBI chairman MP Tumanggor explained that two production methods are to be used in the trial: fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and crude palm oil (CPO) distillation. The implementation of the B40 policy is expected to begin in January 2021.
For the 30 percent blended biodiesel (B30) policy that started from January this year, APROBI aims to produce 9.6 million kilolitres.
State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir is appointing three new directors for PT Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia (BPUI) in preparation for turning the company into a state insurance holding company. The three new directors are Robertus Bilitea as president director, Rizal Ariansyah as finance and general affairs director and Pantro Pander Silitonga as business director. BPUI is to supervise four state-owned insurers: PT Jasindo, PT Jasa Raharja, PT Askrindo and PT Jamkrindo. The troubled PT Asuransi Jiwasraya is not to become a subsidiary of the new state insurance holding company.
Mandiri disburses Rp 17 billion in credit to Bukalapak’s partners
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State-owned lender Bank Mandiri disbursed Rp 17 billion (US$1.24 million) in micro credits to 400 merchants registered as partners with online marketplace Bukalapak over January 2020. This number is likely to increase, as Mandiri is targeting 1.5 million Bukalapak partners. Mandiri consumer banking transaction director Hery Gunadi said the bank would use the partners’ credit histories to assess their eligibility to receive loans.Download PDF