The wRap Indonesia: March 12, 2015
JAKARTA, Indonesia – In today's wrap of stories, the detention of 16 Indonesians in Turkey trying to cross into Syria and plans to further tighten rules for foreign workers.
1. 16 Indonesians detained in Turkey; relatives back home relieved
When relatives of some of the Indonesians detained in Turkey heard what had happened, they were relieved. Turkish authorities said on Wednesday, March 11, that 16 Indonesians were detained trying to cross into Syria, a route frequently used by sympathizers of Islamic State (ISIS) militants. But instead of being worried, relatives of 6 from the group who come from Solo, Central Java, said they were glad to know what had happened to them. The 16 Indonesians had been missing since February 24 after leaving their tour group. They include an entire family from Solo, including three young children aged 2, 3 and 6.
2. Indonesia's manpower minister wants to limit positions open to foreigners
Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri wants to further tighten the regulations allowing foreigners to work in Indonesia. Aside from requiring Indonesian language proficiency tests, Hanif said on Thursday they plan to screen the positions open to foreign workers. "We'll allow foreign workers to occupy positions where there are not yet a lot of domestic workers," he said, adding that they would restrict positions where competition with local workers is tight. But the government will limit acceptance of foreign workers whose education level is the same or lower than locals. "For example, we no longer want positions such as a high service engineering occupied by foreign workers. Imagine, that work has been dominated by foreign workers since 1927, whereas our existing workforce already has the competence to occupy that position," he said, according to CNN Indonesia.
3. Fisheries Minister reveals $76M bribe attempt to lift ban on use of nets and trawls
Outspoken Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti revealed on Wednesday that a foreign businessman had offered her IDR1 trillion ($76 million) to lift the ban on the use of nets and trawls. "I told him, I cannot be bought!" the minister said, according to Tempo.co. Susi was a successful businesswoman with the largest charter plane company in Indonesia before she became a member of the cabinet in October. Local fishermen have also been protesting the ban, which was issued in January, but Susi maintained it was needed to ensure Indonesia's fisheries were sustainable.
4. Undeterred by crash, AirAsia Indonesia considering IPO
AirAsia is still considering an initial public offering for its Indonesia affiliate, whose Flight QZ8501 crashed and killed 162 people on board in December. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes said on Thursday that an IPO would make the airline more transparent. The comment comes after the Malaysian Reserve newspaper reported in July that the offer was scrapped because of poor financial results. “We’re keeping all options open,” Fernandes said, according to Bloomberg. At the same time, Fernandes signaled that the search for more bodies from the crashed plane will draw to a close within weeks. "There is a time period and we've agreed with the families that this is obviously not something that can go on indefinitely," he said, adding that 60 bodies had yet to be found, including the captain. Read the story on Rappler.
5. Jakarta governor reported to police for defamation
Members of the Jakarta city council (DPRD) made good on their threat to report Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama to the police for libel and defamation. Seven lawmakers, led by Abraham Lunggana, better known as Haji Lulung, went to the police on Wednesday to file their report, claiming they represent all the political factions in the DPRD. The report is in response to the governor reporting the legislature to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for trying to insert questionable items into the 2015 provincial budget, which until now has yet to be approved. Read the full story in Bahasa Indonesia on Rappler. – Rappler.com