Indonesia morning news for February 7

Indonesia morning news for February 7
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Forty specimens tested negative for Wuhan coronavirus: Ministry
The Health Ministry revealed Wednesday that 40 specimens of individuals being monitored for the novel coronavirus have tested negative, while two others are still under observation.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister temporarily suspends visa-free entry for Chinese nationals
Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly signed a regulation concerning a temporary suspension of visa-free entry, visas and residence permit for Chinese citizens.
— Antara News

Snakes, turtles from China among live animal imports that Indonesia will soon ban
The government will soon suspend live animal imports from China, including snakes and turtles, amid concerns about the deadly coronavirus spreading to Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Former finance minister J. B. Sumarlin passes away
J. B. Sumarlin, Indonesia’s former finance minister for the 1988-1993 term, breathed his last at the age of 87 at Carolus Hospital here on Thursday afternoon.
— Antara News

This week’s tax updates: Treaty with Singapore, omnibus bill submission
The government is amplifying tax collection efforts by submitting an omnibus bill on taxation to the House of Representatives this week as well as signing a double-tax avoidance agreement with Singapore.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura I suspends 158 flights to and from China
Indonesia’s airport operator PT Angkasa Pura (AP) I temporarily suspended 158 flights from and to China from Wednesday, (Feb 5), in accordance with the government’s policy to thwart the entry of coronavirus into the country.
— Antara News

State Commission Blocks Plan for Formula E Track Inside Monas Park
A multi-ministerial commission responsible for overseeing the development of the National Monument, or Monas, in Central Jakarta, has blocked the city’s plan to hold a Formula E electric car race inside the park, fearing the race would cause irreparable damage to its historic square.
— Jakarta Globe

Trump’s failed impeachment drives rupiah to rise
Indonesia’s rupiah closed higher by 55 points, or 0.41 percent, to Rp13,635 against the United States dollar on Thursday evening, following the failed impeachment of the U.S President Donald Trump.
— Antara News

Strong earthquake rocks Indonesian island of Miangas
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted the Indonesian Island of Miangas in North Sulawesi Province on Thursday at 08.40 p.m. local time, prompting many residents to rush out of their homes in search of safety.
— Antara News

BKSDA-IAR rescue two orangutans in Ketapang
The West Kalimantan Natural Conservation Agency (BKSDA) and the International Animal Rescue (IAR) Indonesia rescued two orangutans stranded in Ketapang District after a forest fire forced them to flee in late 2019.
— Antara News

Govt in Search of Island to Treat Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Human Rights Mahfud MD said the government is in search of an island that would later be used to establish a hospital to accommodate patients with infectious diseases.

Bali Faces Potential Economic Loss Due to Zero Flights from China
Bali Deputy Governor Tjok Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati said that his region could potentially lose 17 percent tourist visits after the government temporarily halted commercial flights to and from China.

‘It’s safe to eat pork’: Bali launches campaign against swine fever outbreak with delicacies
The Bali administration is set to present mouth-watering pork dishes in an event held on Friday as part of its campaign to assure residents and tourists that it is safe to consume pork in the province, which recently saw the deaths of nearly 900 pigs as a result of an African swine fever (ASF) outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

BI injects $1.8b to stabilize Indonesian markets as investors flee over coronavirus fears
Bank Indonesia (BI) has injected about Rp 25 trillion (US$1.82 billion) into the country’s financial markets as investors sell off assets over fears that the rapidly spreading coronavirus will hurt the global economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia temporarily halts live animal cargoes from China, the rest business as usual
Indonesia plans to temporarily halt cargoes of live animals from China to prevent the Wuhan coronavirus from entering the country, but will continue to receive other shipments of goods — via both air and sea — as usual.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia sees gloomy outlook on economy as growth falls below 5%
Indonesia’s economy headed into 2020 with sluggish outlook as household consumption, exports and investment are expected to further weaken due to global economic risks including the coronavirus crisis, economists say.
— The Jakarta Post

Kupang immigration office inspects six stranded Chinese nationals
The Kupang immigration office confirmed it is yet conducting inspection on six Chinese nationals stranded in Rote Ndao District, East Nusa Tenggara Province, some time ago.
— Antara News

Bali refuses entry to 15 foreigners recently traveled to China
The Bali Immigration Office has barred entry to foreign tourists from various countries into Indonesia through the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, as they reportedly traveled to China in the past 14 days.
— Antara News

Garlic prices soar in Central Java as coronavirus hampers imports from China
The coronavirus outbreak originating in the Chinese city of Wuhan has affected imports of garlic from China, causing the commodity’s prices to rocket by more than 40 percent as stocks plummet in Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi seeks research funding assistance from state, private companies
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has sought the assistance of state-owned and private companies to fund researches in addition to funds from the State Budget.
— Antara News

Indonesia, FAO Work Together to End Hunger
Statistics Indonesia and the Ministry of Agriculture, with support from The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), worked together towards an integrated approach to agriculture and food security statistics to reach Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Indonesia, particularly “Goal 2 aimed to End Hunger.”

The Fallout
Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya ended her ministry’s partnership with WWF Indonesia, impacting conservation work in 30 areas.

Indonesia ratifies long-awaited free trade deal with Australia
Lawmakers have officially ratified the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), marking a new chapter of cooperation between the neighbors.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN can only fund one fifth of $803m needed to power isolated regions
Indonesia will need private sector help to provide the Rp 11 trillion (US$803 million) in funding required to power isolated regions this year, as the country’s largest electricity company PLN can only fund one fifth of the projects, according to a government official.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian companies turn to global bonds as interest rates decline
Indonesian companies are turning to global bonds to raise funds in order to reduce funding costs amid a downtrend in interest rates in the world’s financial markets.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda ready to airlift Indonesians from other cities in China
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is prepared to airlift Indonesians from several provinces in China apart from Hubei to return home.
— Antara News

Indonesia to join global quest for digital tax unity
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday that the omnibus bill would contain a mechanism to ensure that digital companies fulfilled their tax obligations without changing existing tax provisions, such as a new requirement on value-added tax.
— The Jakarta Post

Government continues to monitor students’ condition in Hubei
Indonesia has steadily monitored the health of its three students declared unfit to fly when the government was set to airlift 245 Indonesians from the Chinese province of Hubei on the weekend.
— Antara News

Malaysian arrested over human trafficking charge in Sebatik waters
The Water Police Directorate of the North Kalimantan Provincial Police arrested a Malaysian national on charges of human trafficking in the Sebatik waters off Nunukan City.
— Antara News

Makassar customs authorities remain vigilant of imported Chinese goods
Customs authorities in the South Sulawesi provincial capital of Makassar have maintained close and constant vigil over the imports of goods from China on account of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

No Indonesian Victim in Istanbul Pegasus Airlines Incident: KBRI
The Indonesian Embassy in Turkey has confirmed that no Indonesian citizen falling victim in the accident of Pegasus airlines plane 2193 that skidded off the runway at Sabiha Gokcen Airport, Istanbul on Wednesday, February 5.

Indonesia to mend contract scheme to boost green energy projects
Renewable energy players are warmly welcoming two proposed changes in a regulation heralded as game changers for the green energy sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus scare takes toll on North Sulawesi tourism
Concerns over the coronavirus outbreak have begun to take a toll on tourism in North Sulawesi – a popular destination for Chinese visitors – as the province reported declining international tourist numbers in the past week.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to install solar panels on roofs of 800 public buildings this year
The government plans to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on at least 800 public buildings across the country this year as it steps up its renewable energy push to lessen reliance on fossil fuels.
— The Jakarta Post

Residents reject Bengkulu power plant after turtles die
Residents of Baai Island in Bengkulu and environmental groups continue to push the government to halt the operation of a controversial Sepang Bay coal-fired power plant, saying it has diminished biodiversity in the area.
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Expands QRIS Adoption
Bank Indonesia (BI) is expanding the adoption of the Quick Response Code Indonesian Standard (QRIS) among small and micro businesses. A centralized approach will be implemented to push for wider coverage of QR code in MSME’s payment system, which will eventually increase Indonesia’s financial inclusion rate.

Polri: We Have Sent Letter Canceling Dismissal of Rossa to KPK
The police force has stated that they had given a letter canceling the withdrawal of Commissioner Rossa Purbo Bekti to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Jiwasraya victims tour financial authorities’ offices demanding restitution
Ida Tumota, 60, had only one goal when she walked in the Finance Ministry on Thursday: to get her money back.
— The Jakarta Post

Komnas: Andre Rosiade Utilizing Morality for Political Position
The National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) stated that the raids on online commercial sex workers by Gerindra politician Andre Rosiade underlined the trend of masculine morality.

Asita projects likely decrease in Chinese tourists to North Sumatra
Solahuddin Nasution, chairperson of Association of Indonesian Travel Companies (Asita) chapter, North Sumatra, estimated the number of tourist arrivals from China to North Sumatra Province in 2020 to most likely decline following the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

BNN’s raids on 108 nightclub visitors expose drug consumption
The National Narcotics Agency’s (BNN’s) raids on two nightclubs in Jakarta on early Thursday brought to light the signs of drug consumption among 108 visitors.
— Antara News

Jokowi to visit Australia for discussion on IA-CEPA ratification
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is scheduled to pay a state visit to Australia on February 8-10 to discuss economic cooperation, especially the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), currently entering the final phase of ratification.
— Antara News

Indonesia yet undecided on repatriating ex-foreign ISIS fighters
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) hinted at uncertainty over repatriation of some 600 ex-members of the legion of foreign ISIS fighters from Indonesia, pending the government’s evaluation of pros and cons of bringing them home.
— Antara News

Guaranteeing Investment, Luhut: Come to Me If There Are Problems
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Panjaitan is optimistic that the Employment Creation Law is set to increase investor interest in Indonesia.

Police to Hold Reconstruction of Novel Baswedan Case Friday
Jakarta Metro Police are set to hold a reconstruction of the acid attack case of Novel Baswedan on Friday, February 7.

Harun Case Investigator Dismissed, ICW: Firli’s Authoritarian Era
The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) accused the Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Firli Bahuri as being authoritarian in leading the KPK, as apparent in the polemic regarding the dismissal of investigator, Commissioner Rossa Purbo Bekti.

130 Sacks of Illegal Goldmine Tailings in Bogor Confiscated
A joint police and military effort in Bogor confiscated 130 sacks full of goldmine tailings or rocks that contain gold from three illegal mines in Bogor’s Banyu Asih village, West Java.

West Java to build waste treatment sites to turn plastic into raw materials, fuels
The West Java administration will construct waste treatment sites that process plastic waste into diesel fuels and raw plastic materials that it hopes will be used by 2023.
— The Jakarta Post

DPRD to Form Committee for Electing Jakarta Deputy Governor
Deputy Chief of the Jakarta Provincial Legislative Council (DPRD) Zita Anjani stated that members of the council would form a special committee (Pansus) before discussing the rules for electing the Jakarta Deputy Governor.

Power and legal immunity: Alleged rape at Jombang boarding school
A rape case allegedly involving the son of a prominent Muslim cleric in Jombang, East Java, has advanced into a new phase with the Shiddiqiyyah Islamic boarding school, which was founded by the suspect’s father, resisting the legal process.
— The Jakarta Post

40 Couples Fall Victim to Pandamanda WO Scam: Depok Police
Depok Police Chief Sr. Comr. Azis Andriansyah said that at least 40 couples might have to cancel their wedding party with the service of Depok-based wedding organizer (WO) named Pandamanda following the police report of fraud against the planner.

In vino veritas: Bali governor issues new decree to promote traditional liquor
Bali Governor Wayan Koster has issued a gubernatorial decree regulating the province’s traditional liquors in a bid to preserve and promote the drinks in the region.

Eight named suspects for vandalizing ‘meeting hall’ for Muslims in N. Sulawesi
The North Sulawesi Police have named eight people suspects for vandalizing a meeting hall for Muslims in the predominantly Christian Agape housing complex in Tumaluntung village, North Minahasa regency, North Sulawesi.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Jessica Washington

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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