Indonesia morning news for February 11

Indonesia morning news for February 11

Indonesia morning news

Coronavirus Crisis; Govt to Evacuate More Indonesians from China
The Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Mahendra Siregar announced that the government is planning to bring home additional Indonesians who currently reside in China.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia’s BOP for Q4 2019 recorded US$-4.3 billion surplus: BI
Indonesia’s Balance of Payments (BOP) in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019 recorded a surplus of US$4.3 billion, improving from a deficit of $46 million clocked in the previous quarter.
— Antara News

Indonesia Raises Travel Alert for Singapore After City-State Declares Orange Alert for Coronavirus Outbreak
The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Saturday raised its travel alert for Singapore to level yellow, urging Indonesian citizens to take extra precautions when they visit the city-state.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia opposes EU’s planned two-tier food safety standards for vegetable oils
Indonesia, the world’s largest palm oil producer, has labeled the European Union’s plan to impose different food safety standards for palm oil compared to other vegetable oils as discriminatory.
— The Jakarta Post

Wild female elephant found dead in Riau
An adult female elephant has been found dead in an industrial forest concession owned by PT Arara Abadi (AA) in Koto Pait Beringin village, Bengkalis regency, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

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China virus spread continues to hit Indonesia’s tourist sector
The country’s tourist sector has taken a hit amid the novel coronavirus outbreak in China that has spread to other countries, as more trip and hotel booking cancellations have been reported following travel bans on tourists to and from China.
— The Jakarta Post

West Jakarta’s Tax DG Expose Corporate Tax Crime Worth Billions
West Jakarta’s directorate-general of taxation managed to expose a corporate tax crime that took place in 2019 involving a company named PT GSG, which could potentially cause the country to lose over Rp 9 billion.
— Tempo.co

30 Chinese workers under quarantine in N. Sulawesi after returning from China
Thirty workers employed by Chinese cement company PT Conch in Lolak district, Bolaang Mongondow regency, North Sulawesi, are being quarantined under the supervision of immigration officials after arriving from China last week as a preventative measure in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak that originated in Wuhan, China.
— The Jakarta Post

Air Carriers Reflect on Flight Ban Amidst Coronavirus Crisis
Indonesian air carriers are reviewing the effects of the temporary travel ban to China imposed by the government, which was initially implemented to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus from China’s province of Wuhan.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta DPRD Suggests Formula E Budget Used to Handle Flooding
The chief of Commission D of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), Ida Mahmudah, suggested Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan relocate the Formula E racing budget to handle flooding in the capital.
— Tempo.co

Factbox: Indonesia’s parliament debates sweeping new tax bill
Indonesia’s parliament will soon begin debating a sweeping new bill that proposes corporate tax cuts and seeks to make internet giants pay more taxes, as part of a wider plan to simplify laws and boost investments in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy.
— Reuters

Thousands displaced in Jakarta as floods recede
Floodwaters have started to recede after inundating areas of Jakarta and displacing residents as rains reached what is expected to be their seasonal peak over the weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt reprimands regional leaders for repatriating Indonesians from China without consultation
Several regional administrations have repatriated Indonesians living in China because of the coronavirus outbreak without coordinating with the central government, a top official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Virus cover-up concern goes viral in Indonesia
A prominent Jakarta businessmen asked a rhetorical question over dinner one recent evening that increasingly preoccupies the minds of skeptical Indonesians as the coronavirus spreads across the region: “Do you really believe there are no cases here?”
— Asia Times

Jokowi invites Australia to develop renewable energy
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has invited Australia to cooperate in developing renewable energy and work hand-in-hand in conserving the environment.
— Antara News

Australian presenter Matt Wright to help Palu crocodile stuck in tire for years
Australian presenter Matthew Nicolas Wright together with his fellow crocodile observer Chris Wilson have officially joined the Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi) to assist in the rescue of a wild crocodile that has had a motorcycle tire stuck around its neck for years in the Palu River.
— The Jakarta Post

Face mask shortage: Indonesian migrant workers in Hong Kong seek help from home
As face masks in Hong Kong become more expensive and harder to find, Indonesian migrant workers are turning to families and friends at home to send them face masks that have become a necessity to help protect against coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to follow Russian model to establish sovereign wealth fund
Indonesian will follow Russia’s model to establish the sovereign wealth fund announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in mid-January, a top ministry official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Keep calm, eat pork: Bali official changes tune, saying swine fever not confirmed yet
African swine fever, a disease previously blamed for the deaths of nearly a thousand pigs in Bali, is now being called unconfirmed, according to an official, backtracking from a previous confirmation.
— The Jakarta Post

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Monash University announces new campus in Indonesia
Monash University announced it had received the Government of Indonesia’s approval to establish the first foreign university campus in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia sets target to establish three new unicorns in 2024
The government has encouraged the establishment of more startups in Indonesia, with a target to set up three new unicorns by 2024, according to the Communication and Informatics Ministry.
— Antara News

VP encourages PHRI to innovate over coronavirus outbreak
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin encouraged the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) and tourism sector stakeholders to continue to innovate in addressing the decline in foreign tourist arrivals due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Batam KKP Found No Coronavirus on Family Returning from Singapore
The Batam Port Health Quarantine Office (KKP) said that they did not find any clinical symptoms of Coronavirus from a family, that originated from Tanjungpinang, who had just returned from Singapore.
— Tempo.co

Luhut Preps World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Jakarta
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has started the preparations for the World Economic Forum on ASEAN, which is slated to take place in Jakarta on July 7-9, 2020.
— Tempo.co

4 cities to be transformed into major metropolises in new plan to improve economic equality
In addition to building a new capital, the government plans to transform four regional cities into major metropolises with the goal of spreading economic activity beyond the busy island of Java and fostering new economic powerhouses, a minister had said.
— The Jakarta Post

Ex-ISIS Repatriation; House Speaker Asks Govt Not to Hurry
House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Puan Maharani has called on the government to be meticulous in discussing the possible repatriation of ex-ISIS Indonesians.
— Tempo.co

Here is Jokowi’s Agenda on His Last Day of Australia Visit
On the last day of a state visit to Australia, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will visit the Australian Parliament Building.
— Tempo.co

Retired general, former intel officer, governor appointed to tin miner Timah’s board of commissioners
Publicly-listed tin miner PT Timah Tbk appointed on Monday a retired marine general, a former intelligence officer and a former Bangka Belitung governor as new commissioners to oversee the company’s business activities.
— The Jakarta Post

Puan, Djarot Screen Jokowi’s Gibran for Solo Regional Election
The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDIP) central executive board (DPP) held a fit and proper test for President Joko Widodo or Jokowi’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Achmad Purnomo-Teguh Prakosa as prospective candidates for the 2020 Solo Mayoral Election.
— Tempo.co

Amid winds and rain, Jokowi visits Mount Ainslie to study capital city development, planning
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plodded through winds and rain during a visit to Mount Ainslie in Canberra, Australia, on Sunday, to study the development of the neighboring country’s capital city amid Indonesia’s own plans to build a new capital.
— The Jakarta Post

Salvaging Papuan children’s future from threats of alcohol addiction
Piris Karoba, 27, died on Monday evening, Feb 3, 2020, after being stabbed by a man in front of a shop on SPG Street in Yabansai Village, Heram Sub-district, Jayapura, Papua Province.
— Antara News

Business players, local figures urge revision of smoke-free zone bylaw in Bogor
Business owners and locals have demanded that the Bogor administration remove specific articles in the smoke-free zone bylaw as they are considered to be hurting local businesses.
— The Jakarta Post

Dutchman owed Rp 5b by ailing Jiwasraya among policyholders demanding money back
More policyholders of ailing state-insurer Asuransi Jiwasraya are demanding the return of the money they had invested in the insurance company, which has been hit by corruption allegations after it failed to pay holders of policies worth Rp 16 trillion (US$1.16 billion) that fell due in December.
— The Jakarta Post

Top official from Papua accused of sexual violence against teen in Jakarta
A civil servant working for the Papua administration has been accused of committing sexual violence against a female student while in Jakarta last month.
— The Jakarta Post

Activist Calls for Accountability of Indonesian ISIS Fighters
Former National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Chair, Ifdhal Kasim, advised Indonesia to let the former Indonesian ISIS fighters be held accountable for their actions prior to thinking about repatriation.
— Tempo.co

Property developers, banks rush to woo millennial homebuyers
Millennials, who make up nearly a quarter of Indonesia’s population, are becoming an increasingly hot market for property developers and mortgage lenders.
— The Jakarta Post

Brands struggle to attract customers amid changing media habit, research says
Consumer goods brands are struggling to expand their customer base and boost product sales as the ongoing shift in media consumption continues to disrupt marketing strategies, recent research showed.
— The Jakarta Post

Online lenders join data center to foil recalcitrant borrowers
Five major peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms have formally joined the Fintech Data Center established by the Indonesian Fintech Lenders Association (AFPI) late last year to protect online creditors from recalcitrant borrowers and bad debt.
— The Jakarta Post

South Tangerang mayor’s MRT dream inches closer to reality as she searches for funds
Airin Rahmi Diany seems eager to end her second-term as mayor of South Tangerang, Banten, with a bang. She has set her eyes on extending the existing MRT route in Jakarta to South Tangerang and has recently been pushing for the government to list the ambitious project as a national strategic project (PSN).
— The Jakarta Post

#SaveBabi: Medan demonstrators protest pig culling amid swine fever outbreak
Hundreds of people staged a peaceful protest in front of the North Sumatra Legislative Council (DPRD) building in Medan on Monday, calling on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to address the thousands of pig deaths caused by African swine fever (ASF) without culling the remaining, healthy animals.
— The Jakarta Post

Refugees in Jakarta near breaking point
In an abandoned building in West Jakarta, refugees from various war-torn countries live crammed in tiny rooms and tents.
— The Jakarta Post

Woman uses Grab emergency button to escape shady driver in viral cautionary tale
A harrowing account of a woman using the “Emergency Help” feature provided by ride-hailing app Grab to extricate herself from a sticky situation went viral over the weekend, drawing attention to the features provided by such apps to protect both drivers and passengers.
— The Jakarta Post

East Java’s first Posyandu for people with disabilities opens in Malang
Village officials, healthcare providers and disability advocates have teamed up to create East Java’s first integrated health services post (Posyandu), to help people with disabilities in Bedali village, Lawang district, Malang.
— The Jakarta Post

South Tangerang City Government Turns Dry Riverbed into Park
South Tangerang residents, especially in Ciputat, currently enjoy a new tourist destination, the Jombang City Forest Park.
— Tempo.co

Collaboration makes recycling possible
More and more food and beverage companies in Indonesia are pursuing recycling initiatives with the goal of reducing the amount of plastic waste produced from their products.
— The Jakarta Post

Street Brawl in Depok, One Student Critical
Street brawl occurred again in Depok, the Metro Resort Police arrested a group of students who fight other students with sickles.
— Tempo.co

 

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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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