Indonesia morning news for January 30

Indonesia morning news for January 30

Indonesia morning news

Suspected Coronavirus Case Found Again in Jakarta
A patient suspected of being infected with a new coronavirus is found again in Jakarta and currently put under treatment in Prof Dr. Sulianti Saroso Hospital (RSPI), North Jakarta.

As number of coronavirus infections grow globally, Indonesia claims zero cases so far
As cases of infection and deaths from the coronavirus originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan hit a new high, Indonesia was still reporting no confirmed cases by Tuesday, although suspected cases continued to be recorded across the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Air Force’s three aircraft prepped to evacuate Indonesians from Wuhan
The Indonesian Air Force has readied three aircraft for the evacuation of Indonesians from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Indonesia unable to stop visa-free entry for all Chinese, minister says amid virus fears
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly is saying that Indonesia cannot abruptly stop its visa-free policy for all Chinese nationals, citing concerns over diplomatic relations, despite mounting calls for the government to do so to keep the archipelago free of a deadly coronavirus that started in China.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi signs letter to begin omnibus bill deliberations at House
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed a letter to officially start deliberations of the government’s omnibus bill on taxation in the House of Representatives, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Wednesday.
— The Jakaeta Post

Indonesian environment ministry ends WWF partnership amid public spat
The Indonesian office of international conservation NGO WWF has expressed shock at the termination of its forest conservation partnership with the country’s environment ministry, three years before it was due to expire.
— Mongabay

RSPI Readies 50 Isolation Rooms for Suspected Coronavirus Patient
The Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI) Dr. Sulianti Saroso has prepared 50 rooms in anticipation of suspected coronavirus (nC0v) patients, although the distribution of the coronavirus Indonesia has yet to be identified.
— Antara News

Aceh government retransfers Rp50-million aid for its students in Wuhan
The Aceh provincial government has again transferred Rp50 million to meet the basic requirements of 12 Acehnese students currently stranded in Wuhan, China’s city, the epicenter of the deadly new coronavirus.
— Antara News

Govt must anticipate declining productive-age population: Experts
The government needs to start formulating policies to anticipate a decline in the working-age population, as the demographic bonus – a condition where the productive population exceeds the nonproductive population – is projected to peak next year and end in 2036, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia distributes Rp 133m in aid for citizens trapped in virus-hit Hubei province
The Foreign Ministry is distributing Rp 133.2 million (US$9,763) for hundreds of Indonesian citizens trapped in the locked-down cities of Hubei province in China, where the novel coronavirus has rapidly spread, to help them to buy food and logistics supplies in the quarantined zone.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Talks of Evacuation Attempt of Indonesians in China
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government has an option to evacuate 92 Indonesian citizens currently residing in Wuhan as the coronavirus outbreak accelerates.

Coronavirus Prevention: Soekarno-Hatta Installs Isolation Chamber
Soekarno-Hatta Airport’s Health Office (KKP) has prepared isolation chambers in Terminal 3 to anticipate the coronavirus from spreading through Soekarno-Hatta Airport.

Indonesia’s investment realization exceeded its set target for 2019
Indonesia’s investment realization in 2019 had outstripped its target to reach Rp809.6 trillion during the January-December period, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Head Bahlil Lahadalia stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia ‘vigilant’ about economic risks of coronavirus
The government believes the spreading coronavirus in China will add to downside risks and uncertainties in the domestic economy as Indonesia’s largest trading partner braces for a blow to its economic growth.
— The Jakarta Post

Saudi princess reports losing US$37 million in Bali property scam
Princess Lolowah binti Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia reportedly lost billions of rupiah after she fell victim to property scammers.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi inaugurates Nanjung tunnel in Bandung District, West Java
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) inaugurated the Nanjung tunnel, with an inlet length of 28 meters and outlet length of 100 meters, in Lagadar Village, Margaasih Sub-district, Bandung District, West Java on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s first domestically assembled submarine ‘milestone’ to boost defense industry
In Javanese puppet stories, the alugoro was the weapon of Baladewa, the older brother of Kresna, the focal figure in the Hindu Mahabharata epic.
— The Jakarta Post

Jambi’s 16 villages swamped after Batanghari River overflows its bank
At least 16 villages in Batanghari District, Jambi Province, were inundated, as the Batanghari River overflowed its bank since the past one week.
— Antara News

Bogor approves foreign investment to construct plastic-to-oil facility
The Bogor city administration gave its approval to a foreign investment plan to build plastic waste-to-oil facilities in the final disposal site (TPA) in Galuga Village of Bogor District, West Java.
— Antara News

China’s coronavirus outbreak begins affecting Yogyakarta’s tourism
China’s new coronavirus outbreak has made the Indonesia Tour and Travel Agency Association (ASITA) concerned with slowing demand for tour packages as several countries have reported cases of infection, Head of the ASITA-Yogyakarta Chapter Udhi Sudiyanto said.
— Antara News

Coronavirus: Minister Johnny Ask Public Not to Spread Hoax
Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G Plate asks the public to use social media wisely, especially in selecting and spreading information about the coronavirus outbreak.

BKPM head vows to resign if fails to improve Indonesia’s doing business rank
Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadali says he is ready to resign if the country’s ease of doing business (EODB) rank did not reach the top 50 in the next four years.
— The Jakarta Post

Another Immigration Director Ousted in Links to Harun Masiku Case
Following the dismissal of the director-general of Immigrations Ronny Sompie due to the polemic surrounding the whereabouts of PDIP’s legislative candidate Harun Masiku, Immigration’s director of system and technology Alif Suadi has also been dismissed by Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly.

Relaxed foreign ownership rule for insurers could save Jiwasraya: Experts
Foreign investors can now own a more than 80 percent stake in Indonesian insurance companies after the authorities that oversee the industry currently embroiled in cases of financial mismanagement committed to making regulatory reforms and tightening oversight in an effort to restore public trust.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to test illegal cellphone restrictions based on IMEI
The government will test its planned restriction of illegal cellphones using the devices’ unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers before it implements the new regulation in April.
— The Jakarta Post

Batam mayor expresses gratitude after China cancels all flights to city
Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi has expressed appreciation for the Chinese government’s decision to cancel flights to several cities in Indonesia, including Batam in Riau Islands, amid fears of a possible domestic coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG Issues Early Warning of Rain with Strong Winds, Lightning
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) issued an early warning of potential rain accompanied by lightning and strong winds in South Jakarta and East Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon. However, lightning rain will last briefly.

Immigration, KPK in hot water for inability to find Harun
With the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician and graft suspect Harun Masiku still at liberty, the Law and Human Rights Ministry has removed Ronny Sompie from his post as immigration director general pending the outcome of an investigation by an independent team that will examine the misinformation from that office that hampered the hunt for the suspect.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Tapanuli flash floods claim six lives, render three missing
Six people lost their lives, while three went missing in the flash floods that hit Central Tapanuli District, North Sumatra Province, according to the Central Tapanuli Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD), North Sumatra Province.
— Antara News

Omnibus law ‘may sacrifice’ human rights, environment
The omnibus bill on job creation could embolden the government in its sense of impunity and require more sacrifices from the public for the sake of investments, according to the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras).
— The Jakaeta Post

Fugitive drug dealer arrested after three years: police
A drug dealer, who fled Sialang Bungkuk Penitentiary, Pekanbaru, Riau, along with 472 other inmates on May 5, 2017, was sent back to jail last week, Riau Police spokesman Sen. Coms. Sunarto stated here, Wednesday.
— Antara News

Property developers express concern over ‘thinning’ housing loan subsidy
Property developers have expressed concerns over “thinning” funds allocated to the government’s subsidized housing loan as they bank on public housing programs amid a broad-based slowdown in the property sector.
— The Jakarta Post

Grab launches new airport e-taxi service at Soekarno-Hatta
The capital can expect to see more electric vehicles (EVs) on its streets with the launch of GrabCar Elektrik, an electric taxi (e-taxi) service based out of Terminal 3, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Gold money’ helps Sumbawa recover from earthquakes, but now it battles mercury poisoning
Small-scale gold mining has caused concerns in West Sumbawa regency, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), due to the massive use of mercury and cyanide that can cause health and environmental problems.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Should Stop Using Repressive Approach to Prevent Sectarian Conflicts: Civil Groups
Civil groups advocating for freedom of religion and faith have demanded that the government fix its approach in preventing potential sectarian conflicts and ensure better freedom for everyone to practice their faith.
— Jakarta Globe

‘Sunda Empire’ leaders, with mission ‘to settle debts at the World Bank’, arrested for fraud
The West Java Police have arrested the self-proclaimed “royals” involved in the “Sunda Empire” and named them fraud suspects.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt’s generous tax incentives for HR development get little response
A government program to provide generous tax incentives to companies willing to provide internships and training programs has received little response from business players.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Tight-lipped on Ronny Sompie’s Dismissal
President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, was reluctant to respond to the removal of Ronny Sompie as Immigration Director-General by Minister of Law and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly on Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Bogor to Build Facility to Turn Plastic Waste into Fuel
Bogor city administration has announced it agreed to build a plastic waste treatment plant in Galuga landfill in partnership with British-based Plastic Energy Limited.

Indonesians turn to coding schools as digital economy flourishes
In an era in which the digital economy is thriving amid mushrooming start-ups, more Indonesian people are eager to learn to talk in the language of computers.
— The Jakarta Post

Kimia Farma Exports Raw Cosmetic Materials to South Korea
State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Kimia Farma officially exports its first raw cosmetic material, in the form of 31 tons of powder and lotion, to South Korea.

Minister Luhut on Mandalika Circuit’s Progress; 40 Percent Done
Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan said that he has received the report on the progress of Indonesia’s first purpose-built MotoGP track in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.

Govt expects new agreement to entice hundreds of companies to go public
The government has pinned its hopes on a new agreement that is expected to encourage thousands of companies to list their shares on the local stock exchange.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Police Destroys 4.5 Kilos of Confiscated Heroin
The Jakarta Metro Police destroyed several types of confiscated narcotics from Depok and Central Jakarta. Among the destroyed drugs is 4.5 kilograms of heroin.

Six Chinese stranded on Indonesian island after attempting to reach Australia
Six Chinese nationals have been stranded on Rote Island, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), following a failed attempt to reach Australia in a wooden boat.
— The Jakarta Post

Bekasi mulls installing 1,000 CCTV monitors to curb sexual harassment
Bekasi Mayor Rahmat “Pepen” Effendi says the satellite city is mulling over a plan to install more CCTV cameras to suppress the crime rate amid rising sexual harassment in public.
— The Jakarta Post

KPAI calls for more efforts to curb child prostitution in apartments
Following recent revelations of child prostitution in Jakarta and Depok of West Java, the National Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has called on the government to initiate a child-friendly apartment program to curb such crimes in high-rise buildings.
— The Jakarta Post

Flood inundates tens of homes in Manggopoh, Agam, West Sumatra
A flood triggered by incessant heavy rains caused local rivers to overflow their banks and submerged 22 homes in Manggopoh, Lubukbasung Sub-district, Agam District, West Sumatra Province, on Tuesday night.
— Antara News

PSI Hopes for Competent Deputy for Anies Baswedan
Chairman of Indonesia Solidarity Party (PSI) faction at the Jakarta Regional Legislative Council (DPRD), Idris Ahmad, hopes for a competent deputy governor to work together with Anies Baswedan.

USU to open palm oil program following announcement of Nadiem’s ‘Freedom Campus’ policy
North Sumatra University (USU) in Medan plans to open a brand new palm oil program following the announcement of the Education and Culture Ministry’s Kampus Merdeka (Freedom Campus) policy, which gives universities across the country greater freedom to establish new programs.
— The Jakarta Post

Egypt Awards Quraish Shihab for Services in Elevating Islam
Egypt has awarded the prominent Muslim scholar, M. Quraish Shihab, with the First-rate Honorary Stars in the fields of science and art.

‘Meth not prohibited in Islam’: Preacher arrested for selling drugs
An Islamic preacher in Kwanyar, Bangkalan regency in East Java, who was arrested last week for allegedly selling methamphetamine to his students, apparently tried to justify his actions by claiming that crystal meth was not prohibited in Islam.
— The Jakarta Post

‘He’s just a small-time farmer’: Lawyer defends man on trial for allegedly causing land fires
A farmer in Riau is currently on trial for alleged arson at the Pekanbaru District Court after he burned a 400-square-meter plot of land for farming, reportedly causing the fires to spread beyond the intended area.
— The Jakarta Post

Afterlife facility: New app offers free dead body carriage service
In September 2017, Rudianto and his wife Henny, who lived in Benda, Tangerang, Banten, shocked the public after taking their dead baby daughter home from a hospital in West Jakarta on a motorcycle.
— 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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