Indonesia morning news for February 13

Indonesia morning news for February 13

Indonesia morning news

N. Sumatra Health Agency Observes 83 Suspected Coronavirus Cases
To prevent a possible viral outbreak in Indonesia, the North Sumatra Health Agency announced that it is currently placing 83 people under observation related to suspected novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases.

Indonesia’s productivity lower than ASEAN countries, Japanese company survey says
Indonesia’s productivity in the manufacturing industry is lower than that of its peers in Southeast Asia, a survey conducted by the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has found.
— The Jakarta Post

‘We will trace his movements’: Bali officials respond to report of coronavirus-infected tourist
The Bali Health Agency says it will investigate and verify the information that a Chinese tourist who traveled from Wuhan to Bali last month tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease on Feb. 5 after he arrived in Huainan city in Anhui province in China.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians travelling from S’pore to Indonesia won’t be refused entry
The Indonesian government will not refuse entry to Indonesian citizens returning home to Indonesia from Singapore, the Indonesian embassy in Singapore clarified on Tuesday, Feb. 11, as misinformation has been released stating otherwise.
— Mothership

Indonesian mining investments to reach five-year high in 2020
The government is expecting mining investments to reach US$7.75 billion this year, the highest projected amount between 2015 and 2024, fueled by a tidal wave of smelter development projects.
— The Jakarta Post

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Coronavirus: $2.8 billion losses likely on Indonesian tourism
The current onslaught of the coronavirus may inflict a potential loss of US$2.8 billion on Indonesian tourism, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio has predicted.
— Antara News

Indonesia among ‘world’s largest aviation markets’: Boeing
Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia are in motion to become Southeast Asia’s top three economies in driving future demand for new aircraft, according to one of the world’s top plane manufacturers.
— The Jakarta Post

Steel import cause of trade balance deficit: Jokowi
Steel imports have become one of the main causes of the trade balance deficit and current account deficit in Indonesia, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has stated.
— Antara News

‘It’s insulting’: Indonesia criticizes US study concerns over no coronavirus cases
Indonesia has criticized a US study questioning why the world’s fourth most populous nation had not yet recorded a case of coronavirus, calling the findings an insult and insisting it was on high alert.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to tackle overloading in 2022: Transport Ministry
To make Indonesia free from over-dimension and overloading (ODOL) in 2022, strict action will be initiated against cargo companies violating dimensions and loading rules, the Transportation Ministry has stated.
— Antara News

Moody’s Warns of Sharp GDP Drops for Commodity Producers as Coronavirus Outbreak Rages On
Indonesia and most commodity-producing countries in the world are facing a potential 0.5 to 1.5 percent cut in their economic growth this year as the fallout from coronavirus outbreak in China continues, rating agency Moody’s Investors Service warned on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Greenpeace: Jakarta’s Air Quality Is Poor despite in Rainy Season
Greenpeace Indonesia announced that the average air quality of Jakarta throughout January 2020 was in the category of moderate up to unhealthy.

Govt Assures Omnibus Law Won’t Drop Workers’ Allowance
Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah assured that the drafts of the omnibus law concerning job creation will not annul the provision on the allowance for workers.

Public should not worry over 238 Indonesians returning home: Minister
Indonesia’s government urged people to not harbor concerns over 238 Indonesians to be reunited with families in their provinces of origin after their 14-day quarantine in Natuna, Riau Islands Province, and declared healthy by authorities.
— Antara News

Starting Today, Starbucks Removes Plastic Straws from All Outlets
Starting today, all Starbucks outlets in Indonesia will gradually replace plastic straws with paper straws.

WHO Representative Asserts Indonesia’s Zero Coronavirus Case
The World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Indonesia Dr. Navaratnasamy Paranietharan during his visit today at the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Public Health (FKM UI) said that Indonesia is well-prepared to respond to cases of coronavirus.

Immigration authorities in the Indonesian province of East Nusa Tenggara deported six people of Australian and Dutch nationalities to their countries Wednesday for conducting research without a permit in Rote Ndao District.
— Antara News

Government sends omnibus bill on job creation to House
The government has submitted a letter to the House of Representatives to officially start the deliberation of an omnibus bill on job creation, after failing to do so several times.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG forecasts extreme weather to extend until March
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has projected extreme weather to protract until March in several areas in Indonesia.
— Antara News

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Ex-terrorist fighters relinquished Indonesian citizenship: Mahfud
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD affirmed that Indonesian foreign terrorist fighters (FTF) had disclaimed their citizenship and attempted to steer clear of communication with the government.
— Antara News

Jakarta Govt Promises to Audit Formula E Budget
The Jakarta government has stated that the budget implementation of Formula E will be audited.

AGO uncovers millions of suspicious transactions involving Jiwasraya’s investment instruments
The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has uncovered millions of suspicious transactions involving state-owned insurance company Jiwasraya’s investment instruments, lending credence to accusations of investment mismanagement that led the insurer into serious liquidity issues.
— The Jakarta Post

Asian, European investors express interest in Kualanamu development project
As many as 39 local and foreign investors have expressed interest in partnering with state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II to develop Kualanamu International Airport in Medan, North Sumatra, into a world-class regional hub.
— The Jakarta Post

2 maids jailed for terrorism financing offences; one gave the largest amount so far
Two Indonesian maids were jailed on Wednesday (Feb 12) after pleading guilty to terrorism financing offences.
— The Straits Times

Not all Chinese workers at Meikarta project illegal, Bekasi official says
The Bekasi administration is looking into allegations of Chinese citizens working illegally at Lippo Group’s Meikarta township project in the West Java regency, after a politician’s comment raised concerns over the issue.
— The Jakarta Post

GBK to Become Alternative Circuit for Jakarta’s Formula E Event
The Gelora Bung Karno Area Management Center (PPK GBK) has prepared the Formula E circuit as an alternative if the National Monument (Monas) area can not be used.

Some tourist resorts in Bintan cease operations over corona outbreak
Several tourist resorts and parks in the Lagoi integrated and exclusive tourist area in Bintan Island, Riau Islands Province, have stopped operating in the face of the spread of coronavirus in several countries.
— Antara News

Jakarta-Semarang high-speed railway in pipeline, to cut travel time to 3.5 hours
The government has planned on finishing construction of a new high-speed railway connecting the capital Jakarta with Central Java’s provincial capital Semarang in 2024 to cut travel time to three-and-a-half hours from five hours at present.
— The Jakarta Post

Layers of the Garlic Corruption Scandal
IN early February, garlic supply at Anas Sarnil’s kiosk at the Kramat Jati Market, East Jakarta, shrank. On February 7, only 100 sacks of garlic were piled at the nine-square-meter stall.

Indonesia records US$3.5 million transactions in Sirha Budapest 2020
Indonesia’s keenness to export food and beverage products to Hungary was apparent from its participation in Sirha Budapest 2020 held in Hungary on Feb 4-6, 2020.
— Antara News

Erick Thohir to shake up executives at state lenders
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry will shake up executives at three state-owned banking giants this week, Minister Erick Thohir said on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

At least 10 injured in violent dispute during second day of PAN congress
At least 10 National Mandate Party (PAN) members were injured in a violent dispute during the second day of the party’s national congress in the Claro Hotel in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi, on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to front-load social, rural spending to boost household expenditure
The government will front-load its spending on social welfare and rural development to boost household expenditure in an effort to counter the potential economic impacts of the coronavirus epidemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Mahfud MD: Veronica Koman Anti-Indonesia
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD has again asserted that Veronica Koman’s data on the Papuans death toll and political prisoners is not important.

Indonesian Army Deploys 700 Additional Soldiers to West Papua
The Indonesian Army (TNI AD) has officially deployed 700 military personnel to fill a number of ‘preparation military commands’ (Koramil) freshly established across the West Papua region.

Train Ticket for Eid Homecoming Available Starting Feb. 14: KAI
State-owned railway operator PT KAI stated that regular train tickets for Eid homecoming or commonly known as Lebaran this year are available starting Day-90 of the Islamic holiday or February 14, 2020.

Study points to Go-Pay having highest organic users in Indonesia
Research conducted by Ipsos, a global research company from France, indicated that of the four digital wallet companies in Indonesia, Go-Pay has the highest organic users, particularly in big Indonesian cities, such as Jakarta.
— Antara News

Zulkifli Reelected PAN Chairman in Chaotic Congress
A National Mandate Party (PAN) politician broke his leg and chairs were thrown to the air during the chaotic party congress on Tuesday that ended with chairman Zulkifli Hasan retaining his post.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK lauds award bestowed by Malaysia on Novel Baswedan
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has lauded the international anticorruption award bestowed by Malaysia on Novel Baswedan.
— Antara News

Indonesia initiates UNSC meeting on Palestine: Envoy
Indonesia and Tunisia successfully pushed for a UN Security Council (UNSC) special meeting to hear Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ statement in New York, Feb 11, after announcement of a peace proposal submitted, January 28, 2020.
— Antara News

All parties in Riau demand halting recurrence of 2019 wildfires
A top military officer urged stakeholders involved in Riau’s wildfire mitigation efforts to seriously handle 2020’s land and forest fires to halt the recurrence of 2019’s wildfires that caused acute respiratory illness among 275,793 residents.
— Antara News

MUI urges Jokowi to dismiss BPIP head Yudian Wahyudi
Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to sack Yudian Wahyudi from the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) head’s post over contentious statement of religion being enemy of Indonesia’s state ideology, Pancasila.
— Antara News

Respect native Papuans’ cultural norms, traditions: military officer
XVII/Cenderawasih Regional Military Command Commander Major General Herman Asaribab reminded soldiers joining the task force of territorial duties in Papua and West Papua provinces to respect native Papuans’ cultural norms and traditions and avoid wrongdoing.
— Antara News

Blitar students brave virus fears to win Malaysia robotics championship
A team of 12 junior high school students from an Islamic boarding school in Blitar, East Java, has brought home three gold and two silver medals to become the overall champions of the World Robotic for Peace (WRP) 2020 in Malaysia last weekend.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It’s what they want’: Blurred pictures of female UNJ students stirs debate on equality
Instagram posts showing blurred photos of female members of a student executive body (BEM) in a state university in Jakarta have stirred debate on social media about gender equality among university students.
— The Jakarta Post

Finally, Catholic appointed as acting head of Catholic affairs directorate-general
After six months of the position being filled by Muslim officials, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi has named Aloma Sarumaha, a Catholic, as the acting head of the Catholic Community Guidance Directorate General.
— The Jakarta Post

Which Cell? Confused Police Detain Transgender Celeb in Drug Case
West Jakarta Police said they had no idea where to detain transgender celebrity Lucinta Luna, who was arrested for alleged illegal possession of drugs, until they finally decided to put her in an isolated cell at a detention facility for women on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

A Balance of Art: Art Moments Jakarta 2020
After a successful debut in 2019, a premium art fair organized by some of Indonesia’s major art collectors, Art Moments Jakarta, will return this year on Apr. 17 to Apr. 19 at the Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel.
— Jakarta Globe

City in Aceh bans Valentine’s Day celebration as it ‘goes against Islamic law’
The city administration of Banda Aceh in the conservative province of Aceh has barred residents from celebrating Valentine’s Day, which falls on Feb. 14, on the grounds that it goes against Islamic teachings.
— The Jakarta Post

Renovation of 92-year-old Catholic church in Riau Islands halted after protests
The renovation of the 92-year-old Santo Joseph Catholic Church in Karimun, Riau Islands, has been halted following protests from local groups.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11.


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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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