Indonesia morning news for January 28

Indonesia morning news for January 28
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Bandung hospital yet to confirm isolated patients contracted nCov
The Hasan Sadikin Hospital in Bandung, West Java, has yet to confirm that two patients, undergoing treatment in isolated rooms since Sunday (Jan 26), have contracted the Wuhan novel coronavirus (nCov).
— Antara News

Rupiah hits two-year high, but concern grows over impact on exports
The rupiah has continued its upward trend against the United States dollar since the turn of the year as the easing of geopolitical tensions encouraged the inflow of foreign funds into emerging markets including Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus Crisis; Ombudsman Issues 5 Recommendations
Despite no confirmed cases yet of the Wuhan coronavirus spreading in Indonesia, Ombudsman RI said the government must prepare mitigation plans to combat the highly contagious virus considering the relatively high mobilization of people from China to Indonesia.

Indonesia issues travel advisory for China over coronavirus
Due to the spread of the coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry has issued a travel advisory for its nationals who intend to visit China.
— Antara News

Jakarta to fortify coastal areas to reduce flood risks
As residents in Jakarta’s coastal areas have long dealt with regular flooding from both heavy rainfall and rising tidal waves, the city administration plans to implement a zero-runoff concept to minimize flood impacts.
— The Jakarta Post

China-Batam Flights Temporarily Stopped amid Coronavirus Fears
Flights from Shenzhen and Xian China to Batam’s Hang Nadim Airport have been discontinued following the spread of the coronavirus.

Jakarta’s Inner City Toll Roads to Undergo Tariff Adjustments
The Jakarta Intra Urban Toll Road regulatory agency announced the inner-city toll tariff adjustment in early February, but only after the plan is dissected and introduced properly to toll road users.

‘Treat them politely’: Indonesia still welcomes visitors from China amid virus outbreak
Despite concerns about possible human-to-human transmission of the novel coronavirus, the government has said that the country is still open to visitors from China and that there are as yet no plans to restrict travel from the entire country.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister instructs airport, port operators to tighten inspection
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi directed all airport and port operators to intensify inspection in connection with the departures and arrivals from and to Wuhan, China, at Indonesian airports and ports.
— Antara News

Treating Disaster as a Social Problem
Indonesians are facing the new decade with dread as floods and landslides continued to destroy homes and lives even before the first month of 2020 has run its course.
— Jakarta Globe

Experts warn against complacency as Indonesia reports zero cases of coronavirus
Calls are mounting for Indonesia to escalate preparedness against the Wuhan coronavirus, even though the country has no confirmed cases as of Sunday, amid a far-flung spread of the pneumonia-like ailment that has sickened more than 2,000 people on four continents.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung District’s flooding shows no signs of receding
Flash floods that inundated more than 11 thousand houses in the subdistricts of Baleendah, Bojongsoang, Dayeuhkolot, and Rancaekek, Bandung District, West Java Province, over the past five days, had not receded until Monday morning.
— Antara News

Indonesian Embassy in Beijing tends to 93 Indonesians in Wuhan
The Indonesian Embassy in Beijing confirms having continually monitored the living conditions of 93 Indonesians stranded in China’s Wuhan City, the epicenter of the deadly new coronavirus outbreak, and supplied staple food stocks to them.
— Antara News

Indonesia reviews Chinese imports restrictions over coronavirus concerns
The Trade Ministry is coordinating with the Health Ministry on whether to impose import restrictions on goods from China, Indonesia’s largest trading partner, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus responsible for a rising death toll in China into Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Plunging credit demand slows state-owned banks’ profit growth
State-owned banks recorded less than stellar performances in 2019 as their profits slumped due to sluggish loan growth and a new regulation that requires banks to set aside more in loan-loss provisions.
— The Jakarta Post

KPK Extends Wahyu Setiawan’s Detainment by 40 Days
The lawyer of former General Election Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan, Toni Akbar Hasibuan, said his client’s detainment had been extended by 40 days.

AGO Questions OJK Official as Witness in Jiwasraya Fiasco
The Attorney General’s Office has examined the Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) Director of Investment Management, Halim Haryono, regarding the alleged corruption case of PT Asuransi Jiwasraya today, Monday, January 27, 2020.

Don’t panic; pray says minister in response to coronavirus fears
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has called on the public to remain calm in the face of the possible spread of the novel coronavirus, advising people to keep their body and mind pure so as to maintain immunity to avoid being infected with the fast-spreading virus, which originated in Wuhan, China.
— The Jakarta Post

New state agency to protect insurance holders against defaults
Finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the government would establish an agency that would back up insurance policies to ensure payouts after financial issues at some local insurers have tarnished the industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Influx of imported goods sold online hurts SMEs: Apindo
The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) has welcomed the government’s move to lower the tax threshold on goods imported for retailing on e-commerce platforms, saying the policy was the right step to protect small and medium enterprises (SMEs) against imported consumer goods.
— The Jakarta Post

Governor slammed for welcoming Chinese tourists with fanfare, gifts amid coronavirus fears
West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno has drawn criticism from netizens after amateur video recordings of him welcoming Chinese visitors in a ceremonious fashion, with a large crowd, at the Minangkabau International Airport in Padang recently went viral on Twitter, amid concerns over a domestic coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

President champions development of self-reliant defense industry
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has advocated the development of a self-reliant defense industry by prioritizing the local industry in the provision of national weaponry.
— Antara News

Indonesia likely to miss renewable energy target – again
Indonesia is set to miss its renewable energy target again this year, but investors are optimistic about the future with a potentially game-changing regulation in the pipeline.
— The Jakarta Post

Expedited omnibus bill deliberations raise transparency concerns
The House of Representatives has listed four omnibus bills on this year’s priority legislation list, raising concerns about the transparency and quality of the deliberations as the government seeks to fast-track discussions.
— The Jakarta Post

MIND ID records debt increase in Q3 2019, but looks toward 2023 dividends of $1 billion
State-owned mining holding company MIND ID’s debt skyrocketed 378 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the third quarter of 2019 following a multi-billion dollar acquisition and several hefty infrastructure investments.
— The Jakarta Post

Dead sperm whale found in mangrove area of NTT beach
A dead sperm whale was found stranded in an area of mangrove trees on Tasilo Beach, Rote Ndao regency, in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) last week.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian firms net Rp 65.9b in potential transactions at travel expo
Indonesian enterprises have recorded Rp 65.9 billion (US$4.7 million) in potential sales at Travel Exchange (Travex), a business-to-business exhibition in Brunei Darussalam, as Indonesia moves to boost the tourism sector’s contribution to the economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Ombudsman: Indonesians` Lives Far More Important Than Investment
Indonesian Ombudsman Commissioner La Ode Ida said that the protection of Indonesian citizen’s lives is far more important than freeing the entry of Chinese workers to Indonesia in the name of investment.

Coronavirus; Yogya Travel Agents Want Chinese Tourists ‘Screened’
Travel agents in Yogyakarta asked the government to implement strict health screenings and health check on tourists arriving from China and other countries that are likely to have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus Outbreak; 70% Chinese Tourists Cancel Trip to Lombok
Over the last view years, the Island of Lombok has been attracting Chinese tourists who came via Kuala Lumpur.

55-year-old elephant dies at Medan Zoo after losing appetite for days
A 55-year old female elephant named Neneng has died at Medan Zoo in North Sumatra after reportedly losing her appetite to eat for days.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi inspects KRI Alugoro, first ‘Southeast Asian country’ assembled submarine
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo departed for East Java on Monday to inspect the country’s first domestically assembled submarine, KRI Alugoro 405.
— The Jakarta Post

National economic growth momentum remains strong
The national economic growth momentum is resilient as a corollary of improving export performance and solid household consumption.
— Antara News

Fitch affirms Indonesia’s sovereign credit rating at stable outlook
Fitch Ratings (Fitch) affirmed Indonesia’s Sovereign Credit Rating at BBB, with a stable outlook, as announced on January 24, 2020.
— Antara News

Ambassador Reveals Saudi Investment Plan in New Capital City
Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Indonesia, Esam A. Abid Althagafi, said that the kingdom is interested to invest in the new capital city.

KPK: Harun Masiku Hunt Like ‘Looking for a Needle in a Haystack’
Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Firli Bahuri, claims that it is no easy task to track down PDIP legislative candidate Harun Masiku, who is a fugitive in the bribery case of General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.

Sandiaga Uno Hopes for Anies to Have Deputy in February 2020
A former Deputy Governor of Jakarta, Sandiaga Uno, hopes that Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan already has a Deputy Governor in February 2020.

Electric Vehicles Suggested to Use Special Plates, STNK
Land Transportation Director General Budi Setiyadi has asked the police to provide license plates with special colors for electric vehicles (EV).

Anies to Clarify His Decision in Assigning Transjakarta Head
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan promised to clarify his decision to appoint Donny Andy S. Saragih as Transjakarta president-director, replacing Agung Wicaksono, which has caused quite a stir after it is revealed that Donny is currently incriminated in a fraud case and faces charges up to two years in prison.

Activists, experts slam govt plan to scrap Amdal requirement
The government’s plan to scrap the environmental impact assessment (Amdal) requirement imposed on investors intending to set up a business has been met with strong opposition from local environmental advisory groups.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakartans and malls, a misconstrued love affair?
For college student Syifa Fatimah Azzahra, who was born, raised and grew up in Jakarta with a fondness for malls, shopping complexes have always been her go-to place to seek solace or to find whatever she needs.
— The Jakarta Post

Women’s wing of Nahdlatul Ulama offers hand to transgender boarding school in Yogyakarta
In line with its inclusive policy and moderate Islam approach, the Yogyakarta branch of Fatayat Nahdlatul Ulama, the women’s wing of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has expressed a willingness to provide female preachers to Al Fatah transgender Islamic boarding school.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Film ‘Lima’ Invited to Kazan Festival
Indonesian film “Lima” has been invited to the 16th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival in the Russian Federation state of Tatarstan scheduled for September.
— Jakarta Globe

Traceurs rejoice over new parkour paradise in South Jakarta
The newly revitalized Puring Park in South Jakarta was abuzz with activity on a recent Sunday morning, with people of all ages enjoying the greenery and the park’s new facilities.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Shankar Subramanian

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on raptors of Asean, here the Wood Owl (left) and the Buffy Fish Owl (right).


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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