first_imgDhito, however, added that he had yet to secure the backing of any political party to join the race, including the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), of which his father is a member. Late last week, Dhito attended a gathering organized by PDI-P’s Kediri branch, which is led by Agus Sunoto, Pramono’s brother-in-law and Dhito’s uncle. Agus told the gathering that Dhito was running in the upcoming regency election. Pramono, a former PDI-P secretary-general, said that, as Dhito’s father, he would support his son’s bid once the PDI-P declared its support for Dhito. “Once it is decided by the PDIP [to nominate Dhito as its regent candidate] then we will communicate with the chairmen of other political parties. I meet with them almost everyday as fellow Cabinet members,” he said on Saturday. The PDI-P holds the most seats in the Kediri Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) with 15 out of 50 seats, ahead of the National Awakening Party (PKB), which has nine seats, and the Golkar Party, which has six seats. To run in a regional election, a candidate must have the support of a party or coalition that holds at least 20 percent of seats in the DPRD. Dhito is not the only political blueblood set to take part in the upcoming regional elections. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son Gibran Rakabuming Raka has officially registered with the PDI-P to run in the 2020 Surakarta mayoral election in Central Java, while Jokowi’s son-in-law Bobby Nasution has also registered with both the PDI-P and Golkar to run in the 2020 Medan mayoral race in North Sumatra. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin’s daughter Siti Nur Azizah is also set to run for South Tangerang mayor in Banten. Topics : Hanindhito Himawan Pramana, the son of Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, confirmed his intention to take part in Kediri regency election in East Java, adding to the tally of children of government officials and politicians who will run in this year’s regional elections. “If asked whether I am ready or not, I am ready. But now I am still communicating with the leaders of a number of political parties starting from the central office to the village level branches,” Hanindhito or Dhito, as he is commonly known, told journalists on Saturday on the sidelines of an event at the Lirboyo pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Kediri. The event was also attended by his father as well as Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono. last_img read more


first_imgIndonesia’s automotive industry players can breathe a sigh of relief as national car sales in June rebounded strongly, promising a smoother road for the rest of the year, analysts have said.National car sales jumped more than threefold in June to 12,623 units from a record low 3,551 units a month before, according to Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo) data compiled by diversified conglomerate PT Astra International. Despite the rebound, sales in June were almost 79 percent lower year-on-year (yoy).In total, sales reached 260,933 units during the first half, a plunge of around 46 percent from the same period last year. “We expect the recovery to ramp up ahead,” RHB Sekuritas analyst Andrey Wijaya wrote in a research note dated July 16. “We are also positive on monthly sales, as national retail sales came up to 29,682 units (+74.8 percent mom [month-on-month], -54.6 percent yoy) – which means dealers’ businesses have begun to return to normal levels.”However, he warned that an increase in COVID-19 infections would have a severe negative impact on the auto industry, as well as a further weakening in global economic growth.Car sales have become one of the indicators of Indonesia’s household spending, which accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).Indonesia’s automotive industry was hit hard by the government’s decision to implement large scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several cities nationwide to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Car wholesales nosedived in April and hit rock bottom in May with a more than 95 percent annual drop as the pandemic hit demand. A rebound in car sales in June is highly likely due to pent up demand after most dealers closed their doors for more than two months due to the partial lockdowns, Sucor Sekuritas analysts wrote in a report on July 1.“Although it is still too early to conclude that purchasing power has returned, we are happy to see that sales performance has started to gain traction,” they wrote.“It is also our strong belief that the sales trend will further improve, albeit slowly, in the second half. At this juncture, we project car sales will decline by 30 to 40 percent yoy this year to only around 600,000 to 700,000 units versus 1.05 million units in 2019.”Previously, Gaikindo decided to cut its domestic car sales target this year by 40 percent to just 600,000 units. The association also slashed Indonesia’s car export target to 175,000 units in 2020 from the initial target of 350,000 to 400,000 units.Indonesia has recorded national car sales of around 1 million units annually in recent years.Gaikindo co-chairman Jongki Sugiarto told The Jakarta Post on Monday that carmakers aimed to sell at least 30,000 cars in July to achieve its sales projection of 100,000 cars in the April-July period.“If we could achieve 100,000 car sales in [in the April to July period], we could achieve our annual target. I believe we can achieve that,” he said.Automotive industry expert Bebin Djuana said on Tuesday that manufacturers should keep their production low despite the sales increase in June, as falling car demand from March to May caused rising car stocks in dealers across the country.Four-wheeled vehicle production reached over 82,000 and 89,000 units in February and March, respectively, according to Gaikindo data.The car production rate dropped by April and hit rock-bottom in May with only 1,997 cars being produced during the month. The production number climbed in June with 16,000 units, as car sales started to rebound.The improvement in the industry is expected to be beneficial for Astra, half of whose revenue is sourced from the automotive business, according to RHB Sekuritas and Sucor Sekuritas analysts.Astra, whose stocks trade at the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code ASII, traditionally hold more than half of the country’s car wholesale market share but its share dropped to a record low of 31 percent and 38 percent in May and June, respectively.“We believe ASII is likely to benefit in the longer term, supported by our unchanged thesis of an increase in demand for higher-capacity automobiles, as the new normal (social distancing, public health fears) may result in the public leaning more toward using private vehicles over public transportation,” Andrey of RHB said.Astra’s stocks had dropped 2.79 percent as of 2:36 p.m. Western Indonesia Time on Wednesday as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) slipped 0.24 percent. The stocks have lost 23 percent of their value in the last year. (prm)Topics :last_img read more


first_img The 26-year-old Italian goalkeeper allowed Samir Nasri’s tame shot to squirm from his grasp and over the line as Manchester City snatched a 2-2 draw with the Black Cats at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening. Until that point, it looked as if Connor Wickham’s double would hand the visitors an unlikely and invaluable victory which could have proved hugely significant in their fight for Barclays Premier League survival. But although he was devastated on the final whistle, Mannone will be between the posts again at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening, and Poyet will have no qualms about retaining his services. The 46-year-old Uruguayan said: “That’s why when you have a son, the first thing you say is, ‘Don’t play in goal. Any position but in goal’. “It doesn’t matter how well you play for 89 minutes, it doesn’t matter how many saves or crosses you catch, if you make one mistake, it is going to cost you a goal. “It’s the worst position to be part of. But the goalkeepers know that and the have to live with that and they have cope with that. “I think Vito wants just to play again as soon as soon as possible. I have got no doubts he is going to play (at Stamford Bridge), it’s not a problem for me.” The Black Cats headed south still six points adrift of safety and ruing the two which slipped from their grasp in midweek. However, they did so having restored a measure of pride and confidence with their performance against a City side who never really got to grips with them. Poyet knows life will be no less difficult against title-chasing Chelsea, but he is looking for a performance of similar character to keep alive their survival hopes. Gus Poyet is confident Vito Mannone has the mental strength to bounce back from his costly midweek howler when struggling Sunderland visit Chelsea. He said: “The idea is to play and believe in what you do and stay in the game, don’t give up, don’t throw the game away in 20 minutes because not a long time ago, Arsenal after 20 minutes were down to 10 and 3-0 down at Stamford Bridge, and that’s a difficult one to take because then you don’t have too many options to change. “The idea is to start strongly to make it difficult, but at the same time to put them under pressure.” Poyet, of course, spent four years at Chelsea as a player, but will not allow old friendships to deflect him on his return. He said: “Before the game and after the game is going to be great because I have got so many friends, even in the tunnel. “The idea is just to make sure during the game, I just concentrate on us and don’t look for anything apart from trying to get something from the game.” Press Associationlast_img read more