Indonesia's automotive producers are expected to cut their production
volumes by up to 50 percent this year due to a slump in demand, and
expect to have massive lay off to follow.
"Our estimation is that the auto industry will cut its production by
between 30 to 50 percent, including motorcycles," said Indonesian
Employer's Association chairman Sofyan Wanandi in Jakarta on Thursday.
A sluggish demand also occurred in the property sector, Sofyan said, with about two million unit of houses unsold so far.
"Clearly Indonesia's business climate has become harder. People just don't dare to shop anymore," he said.
Sofyan said businessmen expect the government to immediately give
financial stimulus and disburse its annual budget particularly those
allocated for the infrastructure projects with a total worth of Rp 10.2
trillion (US$867 million).
Government expenditures on infrastructure projects, he said, could help
the economy afloat in times of global crisis, which had severely affect
demand for Indonesian products.
"However, this plan will take some time to implement because unclear
regulations. The local governments are often not helpful. The stimulus
plans haven't even been approved by the lawmakers," he said.
Business players, he said, were in a dilemmatic condition because of the uncertainties.
"Firing workers, cutting production, cutting raw materials, refraining
from borrowing money, all are being done to maintain the cash flow," he
said while adding that the impact from the global financial crisis
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