The wRap Indonesia: Train accident, rupiah down
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From a train accident during rush hour to a 17-year low for the rupiah, here's the top news to start your day.
1. Train accident
At least 35 people were injured Wednesday, September 23, when a packed commuter train slammed into the back of another at a station in the Indonesian capital Jakarta during rush hour, an official said.
TV footage showed the two trains crushed together, with considerable damage to the front end of one and the back of the other, and emergency workers carrying the injured out on stretchers. Read more.
2. Rupiah down
Indonesia's rupiah fell 0.57% to a 17-year low with research firm Capital Economics saying the country's foreign exchange reserves have plunged 7.0% since March, indicating the central bank had been intervening to support the currency.
Asian emerging market currencies sank after data showing further weakening in China's key manufacturing sector added to concerns about the global economy, sending investors flocking to safer assets. Read more.
3. Senior lawyer dies
National senior lawyer Adnan Buyung Nasution died of illness at 10:17 am, Wednesday, September 23.
Born in Jakarta on July 20, 1934, he passed away at the age of 81. Nasution was under treatment since Sunday, September 20, for heart problems. Read more.
4. Najib travels
A trip by Malaysia’s embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak to London and New York is shrouded in mystery, with a London source saying the premier and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, are already in London, staying at the five-star Dorchester in Mayfair, and editors in Kuala Lumpur being told he won’t go until Wednesday, after the weekly cabinet meeting. A source later confirmed that Najib had quietly left KL.
His overseas jaunt, which is expected to later include a trip to Milan with Rosmah for her Islamic dress fashion show, is scarred by spiraling investigations by international law enforcement agencies in New York, Switzerland, Singapore and London and domestic rumors of behind-the-scenes negotiations to replace him with a unity government — which seems unlikely now. Read more.
5. Idul Adha
Indonesia celebrates Idul Adha on Thursday, September 24, the Islamic day of sacrifice.
On this day, the world's largest Muslim nation usually spends the day with family. They sacrifice a goat to honor the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, and the meat from the sacrificed animal is divided and shared by family, friends, and the poor. Financial markets in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are closed for the public holiday. Read more. – Rappler.com