The wRap Indonesia: Palace probes farmer murder, economic stimulus
JAKARTA, Indonesia – From the government vowing to probe the murder case of Salim Kancil, to the announcement of the second part of the government's economic policy, here's the top news to start your day.
1. Salim Kancil case
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo ordered police chief General Badrodin Haiti to investigate the the death of Salim Kancil the farmer in Selok Awar-Awar, Lumajang, East Java, who was killed for opposing sand mining in his area.
"The President has asked the police to prosecute the perpetrators. I think a number of suspects have already been named. Our staff at the Office of the President will continue to monitor its completion," said Chief of Staff of the Presidential Teten Masduki on Tuesday. Read more.
2. Economic packet
Indonesia introduced more stimulus measures to woo desperately needed investment, in its latest bid to boost the sliding rupiah and breathe new life into the slowing economy.
New measures announced included slashing the time taken to process investment permits from at least 8 days to just 3 hours, with processing for permits in mining and geothermal projects in forested areas to be cut from up to 4 years to about 15 days. Read more.
3. Japan loses train bid anew
Japan said its bid to build a major railway in Indonesia had been rejected, with China instead to be awarded the project, slamming the decision as "extremely regrettable."
China and Japan had for months been vying to build a new railway in Indonesia, as Asia's two biggest economies increasingly battle for influence across the region. Indonesia had originally invited bids for its first high-speed railway between the capital Jakarta and the mountain-fringed city of Bandung, but unexpectedly changed plans this month and opted instead for a cheaper and slower option on the same route. Japan lost the bid anew. Read more.
4. Journalists on trial
Two British journalists have gone on trial in Indonesia for allegedly trying to make a documentary about piracy without the correct visas, and could face up to 5 years in jail, an official said.
Neil Bonner, 32, and Rebecca Prosser, 31, appeared in court together Monday on the western island of Batam accused of having only tourist visas while attempting to make the film. Read more.
5. Global terrorist list
The United States took aim at the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group with 35 terror and sanctions designations targeting new IS affiliates, 3 French nationals and 4 Britons.
The broad list also included groups and individuals from Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and other countries – a move which US officials said demonstrated the global threat the group poses. Read more. – Rappler.com