Indonesia morning news for July 9

Indonesia morning news for July 9
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Indonesia’s retail sales tumble to biggest fall since 2008
Indonesia’s retail sales index contracted by 20.6 percent in May, the biggest dive since 2008, dragged by plunging clothes sales, as well as cultural and recreational spending, a Bank Indonesia (BI) survey released on Wednesday has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Daily Coronavirus Cases Set Another Record
Confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in Indonesia hit a new high on Wednesday with 1,853 new cases to take the country’s total to 68,079, according to the National Covid-19 Task Force.
— Jakarta Globe

Corpse Snatching of Covid-19 Patients Still Haunt Indonesia
Dramatic footages of grieving families snatching the bodies of Covid-19 patients continued to appear on news broadcasts, painting a grim picture of the country’s struggle against the pandemic that so far has killed more than 3,300 people.
— Jakarta Globe

Health Ministry Swiftly Responds to Jokowi’s Angry Speech
Following President Jokowi’s angry speech aimed at his state-ministers, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has slashed the bureaucracy upon the nation’s COVID-19 fund disbursements.

26 orangutans released into natural habitat in Kalimantan
Twenty six orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been released into their natural habitat over the past seven months by Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry and its partners in Kalimantan Island.
— Antara News

Indonesia Might Buy V-22s—The Reason Is China
The U.S. State Department on Monday cleared Indonesia to buy up to eight V-22 Osprey tiltrotor transports from Bell-Boeing for a cost of around $2 billion. That sum includes spare parts.
— Forbes

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 8 — Philippines tops Singapore for total cases and Indonesia for active cases
As of 00:38 GMT July 8 there was 70,661 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,539, or 2.23 per cent, on the day prior.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia Issues Regulation on Working Capital Incentives for MSMEs
On June 23, 2020, Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance issued implementing Regulation 71/PMK.08/2020 (Reg 71/2020), which appointed state-owned insurance providers Askrindo and Jamkrindo, to provide guarantees for banks providing working capital loans for micro, small, and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs).
— ASEAN Briefing

Health Ministry sets Rp 150,000 price ceiling for COVID-19 rapid tests
The Health Ministry has issued a circular setting a price ceiling of Rp 150,000 (US$10.41) for COVID-19 rapid tests, following numerous complaints over the high prices of such tests.
— The Jakarta Post

No Allowance; Lion Air Laid-off Workers Threaten to Stage Rally
Hundreds of outsourced workers planned to stage a rally before the Lion Air Tower building, Jalan Gajah Mada, Central Jakarta, on Monday, July 13, 2020.

Red Tape Holds Up $50 Billion Needed to End Indonesia Slump
Indonesia’s bureaucratic red-tape is preventing almost $50 billion in fiscal support from being disbursed to virus-hit businesses and health care workers, risking a deeper economic slump amid a surge in cases.
— Bloomberg

US Approves $2b Osprey Aircraft Sale to Indonesia
Indonesia could soon get eight MV-22 Block C Osprey and the aircraft equipment and weapon system worth $2 billion in total from the United States after the US State Department cleared the purchase.
— Jakarta Globe

Upcoming Bicycle Law to be Applicable Nationwide, Says Government
During a virtual discussion between the Indonesian Transportation Society (MIT) and the Ministry of Transportation on Tuesday evening, the ministry’s land transportation director-general Budi Setiyadi said that the upcoming bicycle regulation will be applicable nationwide.

Police Investigate Alleged Data Breach Filed by Tokopedia
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) on Wednesday announced the start of the investigation on the data theft affecting thousands of Tokopedia users.

Ministry disburses Rp2.9 trillion funding to COVID-19 task force
The Finance Ministry disbursed funding of Rp2.9 trillion, out of the Rp3.5 trillion budgeted for the COVID-19 handling task force, Senior Advisor to Finance Minister for State Expenditure Kunta Wibawa Dasa Nugraha stated.
— Antara News

Maria Lumowa, Fugitive in $200m Bank Fraud, Extradited to Indonesia after 17 Years
Maria Pauline Lumowa, a fugitive in a major embezzlement case involving more than $200 million in bank loans, was extradited by the Serbian government to Indonesia on Wednesday, 17 years after she was named suspect.
— Jakarta Globe

Investigation hints at cronyism in awarding of Indonesia lobster export permits
An investigative report has revealed the political links between Indonesia’s fisheries minister and a slew of companies recently awarded permits for a controversial lobster export program that experts say is unsustainable.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s burden-sharing scheme may affect BI’s credibility: Moody’s
The burden-sharing scheme inked between the government and Bank Indonesia (BI) may affect the central bank’s monetary policy framework in the long run, international credit rating agency Moody’s has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia records 31,585 recoveries: spokesperson
Citing data as of Wednesday noon (July 8), Achmad Yurianto, government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 Response, confirmed that 800 COVID-19 patients recovered, thereby bringing the total recovery count to 31,585 out of the 68,079 confirmed cases.
— Antara News

Eleven Pct of Returning Migrant Workers in Greater Jakarta Placed under Quarantine
More than 42,000 Indonesian migrant workers have arrived in Greater Jakarta via Soekarno-Hatta Airport and Tanjung Priok Port as of Wednesday, with 11 percent of them being placed under quarantine for precaution during the coronavirus outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Warns TNI – Polri about Future Technological Disruption
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, in his acceptance speech at the TNI – Polri prospective adolescence officers (Capaja) event, warns about the difficult task that awaits the young potentials caused by the technological disruption

Indonesian Movie Theaters Prepare to Resume Business
After months of not operating due to Covid-19, Indonesia’s movie theaters will reopen on July 29.

VP reviews preparedness of SMAN 4 to resume face-to-face teaching
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin observed the readiness of SMAN 4 state high school in Sukabumi, Wednesday morning, before the resumption of face-to-face teaching and learning activities there from Monday (July 13).
— Antara News

217 Traders in Jakarta Tested Positive for COVID-19: Ikappi
The Indonesian Market Traders Association (Ikappi) reported that 217 traders contracted the COVID-19 and 37 markets in Jakarta exposed to the novel coronavirus infection.

Ancol Reclamation Criticized Over Environmental Impact Analysis
Urban planning observer from Trisakti University, Nirwono Joga, on Wednesday highlighted three important aspects contained in the Ancol reclamation plan, one of which he says is a spatial violation as it is not contained in the city’s spatial planning regulation.

Trade Ministry promotes Indonesian cleaning products in Philippines
The Indonesian Trade Ministry, through its attaché in Manila, held a virtual business-matching event to boost exports of cleaning products to the Philippines.
— Antara News

Indonesia to benefit from diversification of global supply chain, DBS says
Indonesia will benefit from the diversification of the global supply chain as multinational companies are looking into ways to reduce reliance on China to manufacture their supplies following the outbreak of COVID-19, Southeast Asia’s largest bank DBS has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Lawmakers, businesses at loggerheads over regulation of anonymized data
Businesses that manage large quantities of the public’s data have asked the House of Representatives not to regulate anonymized data in the personal data protection bill, saying that it could hamper their business development.
— The Jakarta Post

Vice squad: East Java Police officers reported for marital infidelity
A top official at the National Police’s internal affairs division revealed that a large number of East Java Police officers had been reported for marital infidelity.
— The Jakarta Post

AHY: Democratic Party Not Coalition, Yet Ready to Contribute
The Democratic Party chairman Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono or AHY asserted that his side was ready to contribute to the country’s progress despite not being in the circle of political parties backing the government.

Jakarta, Bali prepare to welcome conventions despite rising COVID-19 cases
Indonesian tourism hotspots Jakarta and Bali are preparing to welcome meeting, incentive, convention and exhibition (MICE) events as part of the provinces’ tourism rebound strategy despite the rising COVID-19 cases in both provinces.
— The Jakarta Post

Moody’s Downgrades Rating After Modernland Delays Bond Payment
Moody’s Investors Service, a global credit rating agency, has lowered the corporate family rating of Modernland Realty, one of Indonesia’s largest listed property company amid concerns the company may default on its bonds.
— Jakarta Globe

MPR: Govt Yet to Decide Fate of RUU HIP
The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) touched on issues of the bill of Pancasila Ideology Guidelines or RUU HIP during a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at Bogor Palace on Wednesday, July 8.

Five giant leatherbacks lay eggs on Raja Ampat’s Warebar Beach
Five giant “belimbing” or leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) laid eggs at a nesting spot on Warebar Beach in Yenbekaki Village, Raja Ampat District, West Papua Province, a local conservationist revealed.
— Antara News

KAI Predicted to Face Rp3.4tn Deficit until Year’s End
State-owned train operator PT KAI was forecasted to experience operating cash deficit of up to Rp3.4 trillion until the end of 2020.

Be vigilant of disruption of state sovereignty amid COVID-19: TNI
Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto has urged prospective teenage cadets of the Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police (Polri) to be watchful of disruption to state sovereignty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

MRT Jakarta Passengers Steadily Increasing Post-restriction
MRT Jakarta continues to record a daily increase in users’ traffic of up to 22,000 passengers since the office and economic activities were reintroduced.

Unhas organizes three-day massive rapid test for 1,652 lecturers
Some 1,652 lecturers from all faculties and study programs at the Hasanuddin University (Unhas), Makassar, South Sulawesi, embarked on a three-day rapid test, Wednesday, as part of the university’s preparations for the new academic year.
— Antara News

Police accused of ethics violation in Novel acid attack case
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan’s advocacy team has urged the National Police to investigate an alleged professional ethics violation by the legal team representing two police officers accused of attacking Novel with acid.
— The Jakarta Post

MUI urges govt to limit foreign workers, leave halal certification out of omnibus bill
The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has called on the government to reassess the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, particularly in regard to provisions regulating halal certification and the employment of foreign workers.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry targets Padang-Sicincin toll section completion in Dec 2021
The Public Works and Public Housing Ministry has set a target for the Padang-Sicincin section of the Padang-Pekanbaru toll road to become operational in December 2021.
— Antara News

Garuda plans to open direct flights to Bali from US, France, India to boost tourism
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to open direct flights to Denpasar, Bali, from the United States, France and India in an attempt to boost the country’s tourism that has been battered by the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian consumers remain anxious despite ‘new normal’: Reports
Indonesian consumers remain anxious about embarking on the so-called “new normal” as shown in a continued reluctance to go out despite the easing of travel restrictions, resulting in a sustained home-based economy, consumer research firms have reported.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian police continue to clamp down on Papua’s liquor producers
Indonesian police in Papua continue to crack down on liquor producers and sellers, with police officers in Mimika arresting Dani, alias DM, 37, Tuesday evening, for allegedly making and selling an alcoholic beverage called “sopi”.
— Antara News



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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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