Bank Indonesia : Economy Unaffected by Jakarta Bombings

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  • Bank Indonesia's Governor Agus Martowardojo speaks at a press briefing at the central bank's headquarters in Jakarta, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

    Bank Indonesia's Governor Agus Martowardojo speaks at a press briefing at the central bank's headquarters in Jakarta, May 18, 2017. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Governor of Bank Indonesia Agus Martowardojo said that Indonesia’s economy is unaffected by suicide bombings in Kampung Melayu, East Jakarta. According to him, the recent drop in the rupiah was caused by stronger US dollar.

    "I see that they have no effect. The drop in the rupiah has more to do with economic growth, inflation, and strong employment in the US which make US dollar stronger against other currencies," Agus said in central Jakarta yesterday, May 29.

    Agus also expressed his concern over the Kampung Melayu bombings. Nevertheless, he stressed that the bombings have no effect on Indonesia’s money market.

    Twin suicide bombings occurred on May 24 at Kampung Melayu Terminal. The bombs exploded near the toilet of Transjakarta bus stop.

    Police say the incident killed 5 and injured 11 others. Three of the casualties were cops, whereas two others were the suicide bombers.

    ANGELINA ANJAR SAWITRI