The wRap Indonesia: Nov. 19, 2014
JAKARTA, Indonesia – President Joko Widodo's hard-line stance on illegal fishing and the impact of the nationwide public transport strike on Wednesday lead our wrap of stories from Indonesia.
1. Jokowi's solution to illegal fishing: 'Just sink the boats'
"No need to make arrests, just sink them. Sink 10 or 20 ships, and then the new (illegal boats) later will think (about coming)," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Tuesday, November 18, according to Kompas.com. Indonesia loses IDR300 trillion a year from illegal fishing, and only earns IDR300 billion a year from the fisheries sector, he said. But he did ask that the fishermen on the illegal boats be rescued first.
2. Nationwide public transport strike annoys, but no widespread problems
Not all public transport groups participated in the nationwide strike on Wednesday, November 19, organized by the Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) to protest the fuel price hike. The minibus drivers in Kampung Melayu, Jakarta, told Detik.com they would only lose income for the day if they joined the strike. The Organda chapter in Jakarta "postponed" their strike to negotiate a higher fare increase with the government. But Tempo.co reporters in Jakarta said they did not see Kopaja buses this morning, while students in Tasikmalaya, West Java, said they weren't able to go to school because no minibuses were available. In Ungaran, Semarang, the city administration anticipated the strike by providing two trucks and a bus to bring students to school.
3. Indonesia raises interest rates after fuel price increase
Bank Indonesia, Indonesia's central bank, raised interest rates on Tuesday by 25 basis points to 7.75% – the first time in a year in anticipation of surging inflation after the government increased the price of subsidized fuel by over 30%. The move was aimed at keeping inflation in check. The bank forecasts inflation will increase to between 7.7% and 8.1% by the end of the year. It stood at 4.83% year-on-year in October. Meanwhile, the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) finished up 1% at 5,102.469, the highest close since October 23, according to Bloomberg, while the rupiah strengthened 0.4%, the most since October 29, to 12,153 per dollar as of 4 p.m. in Jakarta. Read the full story on Rappler.
4. After inauguration, Ahok says he'll choose and inaugurate his deputy
At 2pm on Wednesday, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama will finally be inaugurated Jakarta governor by his predecessor, Jokowi. Police have heightened security for the inauguration in the face of opposition to Ahok – the capital's first ethnic Chinese and second Christian governor – from hard-line Islamic groups. Under the government regulation in lieu of law on regional elections issued by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Ahok said he will also be able to select and inaugurate his own deputy governor. “I will think about the deputy later, whether it’s Raisa (Andriana) or Dian (Sastro). If the letter stating that I’m the one who will inaugurate the deputy governor has been issued, I will choose the deputy," he said, according to BeritaJakarta.com. He will have 15 days after the inauguration to find a deputy.
5. Yogyakarta hosting 4th Muslim beauty pageant
Seven Indonesian women are participating in the 4th Muslim beauty pageant called World Muslimah Awards. They are competing with 18 other finalists from 19 countries worldwide in the final round of the awards, which is being held in Yogyakarta from November 13-21. "The 2014 World Muslim Award coronation night will be held on November 21 at the Prambanan temple," Eastparc Hotel Yogyakarta spokesperson Ajeng Anglaina told Suaramerdeka.com. – Rappler.com