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President Jokowi signs regulation banning Hizbut Tahrir

VOI NEWS 11.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 12-07-2017

President Joko Widodo known as Jokowi has signed a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to ban Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), an Islamic organization seeking to establish a global Islamic caliphate. Presidential spokesperson Johan Budi confirmed on Tuesday (11/7) that Jokowi had made the move, but could not give details about the Perppu. Meanwhile, Chairman of the country's largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama Said Aqil Siraj, who met President Jokowi on Tuesday, also confirmed that the President had decided to disband Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia, adding that the announcement would be made on Thursday. Earlier in March, the office of Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs announced that the government would ban Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia from operating in the country on the grounds that its vision of establishing an Islamic caliphate contradicted the value of Pancasila, which values diversity and pluralism. (Jakarta Post)

 

Sri Mulyani to Work with Tax Havens to Prevent Tax Evasion

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said that three tax haven countries have signed an agreement to work with the Indonesian government. The deal between Indonesia and the three tax havens countries, namely Singapore, Hong Kong, and Switzerland, is aimed at preventing tax evasions and tax avoidances. The agreement was signed during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, last week. As quoted by the Cabinet Secretariat Sri Mulyani said recently that the three countries have requested a meeting to explain that they would follow the applicable international standards related to the information exchange and tax crime prevention. Sri Mulyani predicted that as much as Rp1,000 trillion worth of assets owned by Indonesian nationals remain parked overseas. According to Sri Mulyani, almost 60 percent of the assets are parked in Singapore. She expressed her appreciation to Singapore willing to follow international standards and work with the Indonesian government to prevent tax avoidances. Sri Mulyani said that it’s a positive thing she also stated that she will conduct follow-ups so that Indonesia can gain all of the benefits. (tempo)

 

Health Minister Push Encourages People to Donate Blood

Health Minister Nila Moeloek encouraged people to donate blood. In her remarks in the Commemoration of World Blood Donor Day 2017 entitled ‘What can you do? Give blood, Give now, Give often’ Tuesday (11/7) in Jakarta Minister Nila Moeloek stressed the importance of educating people about the importance of blood for people's lives.

“Blood is not a material we can make. It is a biological material produced by our own body. That's the problem. Nothing can make blood. And this blood is what we need. We thank the donors. And second we still give awareness to the public how important to be a donor. These two points may be worthy of our appreciation in the world blood donor commemoration,” said Nila Moeloek.

Based on the World Health Organization standard, the minimum blood demand in Indonesia is around 5.1 million blood bags per year or about 2 percent of Indonesia's population. While the production of blood and its components currently reached 4.1 million bags of 3.4 million donations. 90 percent of the amount come from voluntary donations. Related to that, Health Minister Nila Moeloek explained that the government made cooperation program between Community Health Center (Puskesmas), blood transfusion unit (UTD) and hospital in blood service to reduce maternal mortality rate. The program was established to ensure the availability of sufficient blood for pregnant women and childbirth. Currently 2,394 Community Health Centers in 123 District Health Offices have signed a memorandum of understanding with UTD and Hospital. (Ndy/edit r)

 

Health Minister Remind People to Consume More Fish

The low number of blood donors in Indonesia has come to government’s attention. Health Minister Nila Moeloek said on Tuesday in Jakarta that the lack of blood donors is caused by the low intake of protein in the daily diet. According her, such issue can be overcome by increasing the amount of fish consumption. She said that Indonesia is a marine country that has a great fish potential. This, according to her, should be utilized in an effort to increase protein consumption for increasing the number of blood donors in Indonesia.

“We are pushing the consumption of protein not only from meat but also from fish. 70 percent of our country is waters. And we are thankful that our sea provides more protein. We even can get protein from freshwater fish,” said Nila Moeloek.

Earlier, Minister of Marine and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti has campaigned the importance of fish consumption for the community. She even threatened to drown the boat of fishermen if they do not consume fishes. She mentioned that Indonesia’s fish consumption has increase in 2016 with 43 kilogram per capita compared to the previous year with only 36 kilogram per capita. This, according to Minister Susi, shows the increasing fish potential of the country. (ndy/edit r)

 

Foreign capital inflows reach Rp117 trillion as of July 6: BI

Foreign capital inflows in Indonesia stood at 117 trillion rupiah as of July 6 however, pressure from capital outflows due to the normalization of the Federal Reserves policy remained, Bank Indonesia (BI) said. BI Governor Agus Martowardojo said at the House of Representatives (DPR) in Jakarta recently that foreign capital outflows reached 11 trillion rupiah as of early July after investors released the holding of state debt securities worth Rp9 trillion and funds from the capital market worth Rp2 trillion. Agus said global investors rising confidence in the Federal Reserves’ policy to raise its interest rate again later this year has led to the capital outflows. He explained that the money market also has been prepared for a plan to reduce the Feds balance sheet, which will add to pressure on the global money market. In addition, the BI Governor remarked that the US Manufacture Index has also been improving. So the foreign capital outflows are not the result of the government’s policy to raise the budget deficit. (antara)

 

Indonesia needs to lead efforts to eradicate global illegal fishing

Indonesia needs to lead global efforts in eradicating illegal fishing since it is closely linked to other crimes that need to be addressed through international cooperation. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan stated in Jakarta on Tuesday (11/7) that Indonesia should lead the formation of new norms in the fight against illegal fishing in the region and also at the global level. According to Pandjaitan, at the regional level, Indonesia has led a regional meeting that will form a legal instrument to combat illegal fishing. He noted that the effort involves countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, China, Korea, Japan, the US, and EU countries. In addition, he said, at the last Association of Indian Ocean Oversight Countries Summit in Jakarta, a document of cooperation on fighting illegal fishing was agreed. Another effort is through international symposiums on fishery crimes held in several countries.  Earlier, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti had urged all sides to understand that Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing is an organized transnational crime, which can also be linked to trafficking, drug smuggling, illegal fuel oil transactions, smuggling of rare animal species, and other crimes. (antara)

 

NU scholars, preachers to convene in fight against radical groups

Hundreds of Islamic scholars and preachers from the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the country’s largest Muslim organization, will convene in Jakarta on Thursday and Friday to find solutions to Islamic radicalism. They also hope to revive a sense of nationalism and commitment to the values of Pancasila among the Muslim community. The two-day event will be attended by President Joko Widodo and some state officials. At least 500 scholars, preachers and leaders of Islamic boarding schools are scheduled to attend the event. The event will be held at Hotel Borobudur in Central Jakarta. Hery Haryanto, the secretary of Hubbul Wathon, which has organized the event, said the national convention sought to unite the Islamic and nationalist elements of the nation in the fight against radical Islamic movements that had started to appear throughout the country. Hery said in a press release sent to The Jakarta Post that the meeting is held in response to the recent emergence of radical Islamic movements. He remarked that NU Scholars hope the meeting will serve as a medium where Islamic scholars and preachers can restate that nationalism is part of their faith, a remark once stated by Hasyim Asy’ari the founder of the NU. (Jakarta Post)

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