Indonesia morning news for February 6

Indonesia morning news for February 6
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Indonesian Maid in Singapore Tests Positive for Coronavirus
A migrant worker in Singapore became the first known Indonesian to be infected with coronavirus, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Chinese toddler becomes first suspected Wuhan coronavirus case in Manado
A 2-year-old Chinese toddler is currently under observation by medical personnel in an isolation room in the Prof. Kandou General Hospital in Manado, North Sulawesi after showing several symptoms of the new coronavirus that originated from Wuhan, China.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s GDP growth stagnated at 5.02 percent last year, weakest since 2015
Indonesia’s economy grew 5.02 percent annually in 2019 because of weakening investments and exports, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali confirms swine fever outbreak amid numerous pig deaths
Balinese authorities have confirmed that the resort island has been plagued by African swine fever (ASF) following the deaths of nearly 1,000 pigs in the province over the past few months.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia tightens passage through entrance gate with Singapore
The Indonesian government has tightened passage through the entrance gate for people from Singapore where a case of human-to-human coronavirus transmission was detected recently.
— Antara News

Indonesian tourism could lose US$4 million amid coronavirus outbreak: Wishnutama
About 2 million Chinese tourists visit Indonesia per year, says Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama.
— The Jakarta Post

WHO concerned Indonesia appears to be coronavirus free
The World Health Organisation says Indonesia must do more to prepare for a possible outbreak of coronavirus, amid concerns the country of 270 million has not reported a single case of infection.
— Sydney Morning Herald

Jokowi wants contingency plan as coronavirus takes toll on Indonesia’s tourism
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has ordered his Cabinet ministers to come up with a strategy to save Indonesia’s tourism, as it is being harmed by the country’s decision to impose travel restrictions on tourists from mainland China because of the new coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus: Indonesia will not repatriate infected citizen from Singapore before recovery
Indonesia will not repatriate its citizen in Singapore confirmed to have been infected with the novel coronavirus and who is currently under isolation treatment at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH).
— The Jakarta Post

China injects US$174 bln into markets, Rupiah strengthens
Indonesia’s rupiah closed higher by 27 points or 0.19 percent at Rp13.715 against the United States (U.S.) dollar, Tuesday evening, after China injected US$174 billion liquidity into markets via reverse repo operations, Monday.
— Antara News

Coronavirus can depress Indonesian economy by 0.29 percent: Minister
Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto says that the now global coronavirus outbreak from China might become one of main challenges for Indonesia’s economic growth this year.
— The Jakarta Post

President ensures Indonesian coronavirus patient receives embassy aid
President Joko Widodo said that Indonesian nationals who contacted the coronavirus in Singapore will continue to receive assistance from the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore.
— Antara News

Jokowi Responds to China’s Displeasure on Temporary Travel Ban
President Jokowi said that Indonesian policies in suspending flights from and to China and temporarily curb imports following the coronavirus outbreak are necessary to protect national interests, amid the discontent expressed by Chinese envoy.

Indonesia to Commence Satellite Project for Nationwide Internet Coverage
The Indonesian government has appointed a consortium of local companies to operate a broadband telecommunication satellite that will provide comprehensive internet access across the vast archipelago.
— Jakarta Globe

Three Indonesians airlifted are from South Sulawesi
Three of the 238 Indonesians recently airlifted from Wuhan, China’s epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, are residents of Bulukumba District, South Sulawesi Province, South Sulawesi Governor HM Nurdin Abdullah has confirmed.
— Antara News

Ministry Shares 6 Steps to Prevent Coronavirus from Air Cargo
The Transportation Ministry is anticipating the entry of the 2019-nCoV virus or novel coronavirus from goods or cargo mobilizations.

Indonesia seeks to substitute raw materials imported from China
Following the deadly coronavirus outbreak, Indonesia will seek to substitute imports of industrial raw materials, of which 30 percent was supplied from China, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita stated.
— Antara News

Asian forum on human rights conveys disappointment toward Jokowi
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second term has yet to show any signs of progress in resolving human rights violations, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development has concluded.
— The Jakarta Post

Sympathy and lessons learnt from Indonesia’s emergency evacuation
The novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan has posed a grave challenge to Mainland China, with the death toll burgeoning to 479 and the number of reported confirmed 2019-nCoV cases in Hubei reaching 16,678 on Tuesday.
— Antara News

No other countries reporting coronavirus cases: WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in its latest report published on its official website on Tuesday (Feb 4) that no other nation had reported coronavirus cases in the past three days.
— Antara News

Govt may achieve oil production target
The government’s target of raising oil production to one million barrels per day (bopd) in 2025 could be achieved with the support of relevant parties, Executive Director of Energy Watch Mamit Setiawan said.
— Antara News

Soekarno-Hatta Airport suspends flights to China
Indonesia’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has, since Wednesday, Feb 5, halted flight services from Jakarta to several cities in China to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.
— Antara News

Cannabis coffee: Indonesia’s sharia stronghold sidesteps drug ban
Agus plunges a wooden paddle into his coffee and marijuana-filled wok, taking care to roast just the right mix of ingredients — and stay one step ahead of police in Indonesia’s Aceh province.
— The Jakarta Post

APEC advances digitization of its business travel card
APEC member economies’ officials broke new ground in digitizing the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) scheme, seeking to modernize the process and simplify travel for the region’s cardholders with the development of a mobile application.
— Antara News

Military sends team to probe alleged missing helicopter debris
Papua’s Regional Military Command XVII/Cendrawasih has sent a team to verify reports on the finding of debris, allegedly belonging to the missing MI-17 military helicopter, in Oksop, Pegunungan Bintang District of Papua.
— Antara News

‘It’s like the Pentagon’: New ministry’s control center to improve agriculture data collection
The Agriculture Ministry rolled out on Tuesday a new control center dubbed the Agriculture War Room (AWR) to better track data and survey crop productivity.
— The Jakarta Post

Integrated teams to be set up to cut stunting rate in 160 districts
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, in his capacity as chairman of the Poverty Eradication Acceleration Team (TNP2K), will set up integrated teams in to help children having stunting problem, particularly in 16 districts having high stunting rate.
— Antara News

Zenius Gets $20m Funding From Northstar, Appoints Ex-Gojek COO as New Boss
Online learning platform Zenius has raised $20 million in funding and appointed Rohan Monga, Gojek Indonesia’s former chief operating officer, as its new boss, as the company continues to develop and improve its platform.
— Jakarta Globe

Police shot dead drug kingpin
Police shot dead a drug kingpin in Jakarta’s eastern outskirts of Bekasi on Wednesday as he tried to snatch a revolver from a police officer.
— Antara News

Most State Legislators See No Issue in Religious Education
The latest survey by the Syarif Hidayatullah Islamic University’s Center for the Study of Islam and Society (PPIM) suggests that most legislators in the House of Representatives (DPR) do not see any serious issue in the country’s religious education.

Police arrest suspects of illegal animal trading in East Java
East Java Police have dismantled a syndicate they accuse of selling endangered animals that allegedly operated in several areas in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Seeks Alternative Route Following China’s Flights Suspense
State airliner Garuda Indonesia examines the possibility of diverting routes from and to China to potential destinations at home and abroad.

Govt to lure more citizens to visit local destinations as tourism copes with virus fears
Amid concerns over a decline in foreign tourist arrivals as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama says that the government has prepared measures to ensure that Indonesia’s tourism sector remains healthy and lucrative despite the depressed mood.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian ISIS Militants; Sidney Jones Offers Repatriation Plan
In regards to the government’s plan to repatriate former Indonesian ISIS militants abroad, the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) executive-director Sidney Jones suggests prioritizing the most vulnerable groups such as underaged orphans.

Realized investment in Riau surpasses targeted Rp24 trillion
Realized investment in Riau Province climbed 82.58 percent to Rp41.80 trillion in 2019 as compared to 2018, thereby making it the largest recipient of investment in Sumatra Island.
— Antara News

Don’t cheat: Talisman detector deployed for civil servant test in West Java city
The National Civil Service Agency (BKN) is using a detector to prevent talismans being used in a month-long competency test of civil servant candidates at Tasikmalaya city hall in West Java that started on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Komodo Island eyes 50,000 tourists after premium membership system introduced
The East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) administration is optimistic that the number of tourists to Komodo National Park in Manggarai Barat regency, Flores, will reach 50,000 people following the introduction of a membership system that includes special cards and an entry fee.
— The Jakarta Post

Built from scratch, new capital may be ‘smart’ but ‘lonely’ city, some fear
National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa said on Tuesday that Indonesia’s new capital, to be built on an area of 256,000 hectares in the East Kalimantan regencies of North Penajam Paser and Kutai Kartanegara, would pioneer smart city development in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Rubber price drops as coronavirus outbreak disrupts exports to China
Producers are beginning to feel the pinch as the price of rubber, a key Indonesian export commodity, has dropped sharply in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Airlangga Hopes Handling of Coronavirus Faster than SARS
The Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto, hopes that the handling of the coronavirus can be done promptly, as he sees the virus to have impacted Indonesia’s economy, especially in capital market activities.

Prabowo Banned from Meeting Quarantined Repatriates in Natuna
Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto visited Natuna, Riau Islands, on Wednesday, Feb. 5, to check the handling of the observation period of 238 Indonesians evacuated from Wuhan, China, following coronavirus outbreak.

Erick Thohir’s 3 Messages to Recently Inaugurated SOE Officials
Minister of State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Erick Thohir officially inaugurated four high ranking officials in the Ministry of State Owned Enterprises building on Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

Police to Complete Case Files on Novel Baswedan Acid Attack
Jakarta’s High Prosecutor Office (Kejati) has returned to the police two case files on the alleged suspects behind the acid attack on Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK) senior investigator, Novel Baswedan.

Swiss Ambassador: Free Trade with Indonesia Profitable
The Swiss Ambassador to Indonesia, Kurt Kunz, is convinced that free trade cooperation will strengthen between the two nations. He believes that trade opportunities to Switzerland will benefit Indonesia.

AirAsia Opens Jakarta-Medan Route
Low-cost carrier AirAsia has opened a new route to continue developing domestic connectivity in Indonesia.

Govt Hopes More People Use Public Transport
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi hopes that public transport users in Jakarta greater area (Jabodetabek) can excel users in Japan and Singapore which reach up to 60 percent.

Jakarta – Bandung Fast Train Project Offers 2,400 Jobs
The Indonesia – China consortium, PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC), is set to create 2,400 jobs opening ahead of the inaugural operations of the Jakarta – Bandung fast train in 2021.

‘I refuse to have her degrading my parents’: Mayor Risma acknowledges reporting ‘insulting’ post
Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini has revealed that she was the one who reported Zikria Dzatil, a homemaker who was arrested for calling Risma a “female frog” in a Facebook post.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.


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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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