The wRap Indonesia: Oct. 13, 2014
JAKARTA, Indonesia - The Indonesian U-19 team's heartbreaking loss in Myanmar and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's visit to Indonesia lead our wrap of stories from the weekend.
1. ‘Garuda don’t cry,’ fans tell U-19 team after elimination
Air mata telah kami keluarkan karena tidak bisa bahagiakan rakyat Indonesia untuk melihat kami di Piala Dunia U-20. pic.twitter.com/K7g4qAsWVn— Indonesia U-19 (@GARUDA_U19) October 12, 2014
The whistle sounded signalling the end of the game on Sunday, October 12, and the scoreboard showed 1-0 for Australia. Evan Dimas Darmono, the captain of Indonesia’s U-19 team, sank to the ground in the middle of the Yangon football stadium. Others embraced, some even cried. Indonesia had just been eliminated from the Asian Football Confederation tournament, which means it won’t qualify for the U-20 World Cup in 2015. “Don’t blame the players, they tried. I’m responsible for this failure,” coach Indra Sjafri said after the game, according to Detik.com. But when the team exited the venue, supportive fans were there to cheer them up: “Garuda don’t cry… Garuda don’t cry,” they chanted.
2. Facebook CEO posts epic Borobudur shot, aims to meet Jokowi
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg quietly arrived in Indonesia – home to 69 million Facebook users – over the weekend and announced his presence by posting an epic shot of himself watching the sunrise at Borobudur Temple in Central Java on Sunday. “I just arrived in Indonesia and hiked up Borobudur to watch the sunrise. Tomorrow for Internet.org I'm looking forward to meeting with developers, operator partners and government leaders in Jakarta,” he wrote on his official Facebook page. The developers workshop for Internet.org, a movement by Facebook and 6 other IT companies to provide Internet access to all, will be held at @america in Pacific Place mall in Jakarta on Monday.
Reports say the young billionaire will also meet President-elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo the same day, in addition to visiting the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy and meeting with officials of Ericsson and XL Axiata.
3. World leaders plan Jakarta trips for Jokowi's inauguration
Next Monday, October 20, Jokowi will finally be inaugurated Indonesia's 7th president. Invites have been sent out to several heads of state, ministers and diplomats, and confirmations have begun arriving. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott is the first leader to confirm his attendance, and various other reports say either US Secretary of State John Kerry or Senator John McCain will also fly in. Other names mentioned include Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, South Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-won, and former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda. More than 22,000 police personnel will be deployed for the inauguration, which will be held at the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR).
4. Child protection agency wants viral video of primary school students beating classmate blocked
A shocking video showing 7 primary school students beating up a female classmate that has gone viral should be blocked, the Indonesian Child Protection Agency (KPAI) said on Sunday. The grainy video taken by a cellphone shows a young girl standing in the corner of a classroom in a primary school in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra. One by one, classmates start attacking her, taking turns punching and kicking. The incident, which is believed to have taken place in September 2014, reportedly stemmed from an insult, and the parties involved have since apologized to each other. KPAI said it will ask the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology to block the video to prevent the children involved from being stigmatized, Detik.com reported.
5. Haze costs Garuda Indonesia $1.6 million a month
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia reportedly spends an additional IDR20 billion ($1.6 million) a month because of the forest-fire-caused haze problem. “The additional expense is to buy aviation turbine fuel, to pay fees for the longer time spent when the plane is about to take off or when the plane is waiting for landing,” PT Garuda Indonesia spokesperson Pujobroto told Tempo.co. The haze situation was particularly bad over the weekend, with air quality in Riau Province reaching a "very unhealthy" level on Sunday, Antara reported. – Rappler.com