Indonesia morning news for January 31

Indonesia morning news for January 31
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Jokowi Orders Evacuation of Indonesians from Hubei, China
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has finally instructed the evacuation of all Indonesian citizens trapped in Hubei Province, China, following the spread of the coronavirus on Thursday afternoon, January 30.
— Antara News

Batam isolates patient suspected to have coronavirus
Embung Fatimah General Hospital (RSUD) in Batam, Riau Islands, says one of its patients may have been infected with the novel coronavirus and is being treated in the isolation ward.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung hospital confirms two patients test negative for coronavirus
The Hasan Sadikin Hospital (RSHS) in Bandung, West Java, confirmed that the two patients undergoing treatment in its isolation rooms had not contracted the Wuhan coronavirus.
— Antara News

115 million Indonesians not yet economically secure: World Bank
While free from poverty, approximately 115 million Indonesians, or 45 percent of the country’s population, have yet to achieve economic security and the lifestyle of the middle class, the World Bank’s latest report shows.
— The Jakarta Post

Spokesman believes omnibus law on job creation will spur economy
Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman opined that the omnibus law on job creation is projected to boost Indonesia’s economic growth to reach 5.7-six percent and increase the number of qualified workforce by 2.7 to three million annually.
— Antara News

Govt to Quarantine Coronavirus Evacuees in Hajj Dorm
The Indonesian government plans to quarantine its citizens who will be evacuated from Hubei Province, Central China, following the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus.

Last-Minute Preparations Underway to Evacuate Indonesian Citizens From Coronavirus-Ravaged Wuhan
The Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Thursday Indonesia is finalizing preparations to evacuate its citizens from seven cities in China’s Hubei province that are currently on lockdown from the coronavirus outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

Higher BPJS premiums, tobacco excise to reduce people’s purchasing power, experts say
A sharp increase in national health insurance premiums and the tobacco excise amid the country’s sluggish economic growth will affect the sales of consumer goods and reduce the people’s purchasing power, analysts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Three Suspected Drug Traffickers Shot Dead During Vehicle Pursuit
The Jakarta Police killed three suspected drug dealers and confiscated 288 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine during a major drug bust on the Tangerang toll road on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

‘Robots will replace everyone’: Investment boss changes tune after saying no one would hire women
Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia said on Thursday that automation would impact both male and female workers after he warned women workers the previous day that they could be replaced by robots.
— The Jakarta Post

Hong Kong Employers Told Not to Take Indonesian Workers to China
The Indonesian consulate in Hong Kong told employers on Thursday to refrain from taking their Indonesian workers to China.
— Jakarta Globe

Some 10 thousand Chinese tourists cancel Bali trips
The coronavirus outbreak has put a dent in Indonesia’s tourism, as some 10 thousand Chinese tourists chose to scrap their plans to visit Bali, one of the world’s most famous resort islands.
— Antara News

Indonesia, time to ban wildlife markets: Activists’ take on Wuhan coronavirus
Responding to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, animal rights organizations have called on the Indonesian government to close all markets that slaughter or sell illegal wildlife.
— The Jakarta Post

BKPM sets Rp 886 trillion investment realization target for 2020
The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has set an investment realization target of Rp 886 trillion (US$64.9 billion) this year as it seeks to facilitate the completion of stalled investment projects with economic conditions projected to become more favorable.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia blames WWF for forest fire in Jambi
In a move that may weaken environmental protection in the country, the Environment and Forestry Ministry has terminated a contract with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Indonesia, blaming it for forest fires in a conservation area in Jambi.
— The Jakarta Post

Erick Thohir Fires Two Asabri Directors
State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry has officially reorganized the board of directors of the state-run insurance firm PT Asuransi Angkatan Bersenjata Republik Indonesia or Asabri.

Novel Baswedan Receives International Anti-Corruption Award
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan received the International Anti-corruption Award 2020 from the Prime International Anti-Corruption Champion Foundation (PIACCF).

Graft Suspect Harun Masiku Enlisted as KPK Fugitive
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has officially published the photos and identity of the graft suspect Harun Masiku on its website.

World Bank boss used to shame me: Sri Mulyani tells story about stunting in Indonesia
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati walked down memory lane when talking about stunting in Indonesia during an event held by the World Bank in Jakarta on Thursday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi off to slow start in second term
The first 100 days of the Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin administration have been marked by a focus on economic matters as law enforcement and human rights issues remain on the back burner, continuing a trend from the end of his first term.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani Responds to World Bank’s Criticism on Village Fund
The World Bank voiced its criticism on the distribution formula of Village Fund and the General Allocation Funds (DAU) currently executed by the Indonesian government.

Local Braised Bat Sales Undeterred by the Coronavirus Outbreak
Some might consider this traditional local dish from Giriharjo Village, District of Gunung Kidul, a tad extreme as it is common to see people here sell braised bat at local food stalls.

Palm Oil Affiliation Cancels Pertamina – ENI Partnership
The future partnership in the development of a green refinery between state-owned energy firm Pertamina and Italy’s ENI has officially been canceled due to issues related to Indonesia’s use of palm oil.

Indonesia Ratifies Beijing Treaty to Protect Intellectual Property Rights of Artists
Indonesia has ratified the Beijing Treaty, a multilateral agreement that regulates the intellectual property rights of audiovisual artists, including the reproduction, distribution and rental of their work.
— Jakarta Globe

Good time to invest in Indonesia: BI lauds country’s economic stability
Indonesia has proven its ability to maintain economic stability and resilience amid global uncertainties, a top central banker has said in front of an international forum in Bali on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Trump’s Indonesian Partner Bets on Gojek’s Rival Anterin
Indonesia Transport & Infrastructure, the Jakarta-listed company behind chartered airline Indonesia Air, plans to acquire a majority stake in Anterin Digital Nusantara, a motorcycle ride-hailing firm, for an undisclosed sum as part of the company’s expansion.
— Jakarta Globe

Bank BJB boosts digital payment service to increase fee-based income
Publicly listed Bank BJB will boost its digitalization program through the use of QR-code payments to further increase its fee-based income.
— The Jakarta Post

2019 saw rise of new resistance after Indonesia failed to protect rights: Amnesty
The year 2019 saw the rise of a new generation of resistance movements in Asia, including in Indonesia, where protests were staged amid the government’s failure to protect human rights and crackdown on freedom of expression, according to Amnesty International’s latest report.
— The Jakarta Post

Flash Flood Hits Bondowoso, 200 Houses Submerged in Mud
Flash flood hits Sempol Village, Mount Ijen, Bondowoso District, East Java on Wednesday afternoon, January 29, 2020.

Lippo Karawaci Tops Off Holland Village Towers in Central Jakarta
Lippo Karawaci, Indonesia’s largest listed property company, has topped off two apartment towers at its Holland Village Jakarta project in Central Jakarta, moving the company a key milestone closer to its target of delivering the completed apartments in the second half of this year.
— Jakarta Globe

PLN to use LNG in 52 power plants to help reduce oil imports
The government has ordered state-owned electricity company PLN to use natural gas in some of its power plants in order to reduce Indonesia’s oil imports and to increase usage of cleaner fuel sources.
— The Jakarta Post

TNI to Deploy 44 Personnel to Help Tackle Australia Bushfire
The Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) will send 44 personnel to Australia to help tackle the bushfires blazing the country.

Indonesian Ambassador installs honorary consul in Florence, Italy
Indonesian Ambassador to Italy Esti Andayani installed Jacopo Cappuccio as Indonesia’s honorary consul to Tuscany, Emilia-Romagna and inaugurated honorary consul’s office at a function attended by local officials, Indonesian diplomats, and community in Florence, Monday.
— 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.

Fisherfolk, locals fight for rights as zoning plans ignore their wellbeing
Land conflicts in coastal areas are expected to increase this year as provinces draft their coastal areas and small island zoning plans without taking into account fisherfolk and people living in those areas, according to environmentalists.
— The Jakarta Post

North Toraja backs halal tourism programs
The North Toraja tourism office has accepted the halal tourism concept for 300 tourist attractions in the district located in South Sulawesi, as part of its support to the Wonderful Indonesia tourism promotion.
— Antara News

Central Tapanuli declares state of emergency after seven die in flood, landslides
At least seven people died during severe flooding and landslides that struck six districts in Central Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, following heavy rain in the early hours of Wednesday, prompting local authorities to declare a state of emergency.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It damages machines’: PLN averse to pure palm oil in its diesel power plants
Over the past five years, state-owned electricity company PLN has been intensifying the use of palm oil in its diesel-fired power plants but, going forward, the company is intent on slowing down usage out of technical concerns.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin dispenses relief aid for Lebak flood victims
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin distributed relief aid to those falling victim to the floods and landslides in Lebak District, Banten Province, on Thursday.

3 Sunda Empire Members Arrested for Committing Fraud
The West Java Police’s general crime investigation directorate has officially detained three notable figures from the self-proclaimed “royals” of the Sunda Empire on charges of spreading lies and committing fraud.

Jokowi attends Chinese New Year celebration in BSD
Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Cheongsam, a red traditional Chinese ethnic attire, for the 2020 national Chinese New Year celebration held at the Indonesian Convention Exhibition (ICE) Hall, BSD area, here on Thursday.
— Antara News

12 reasons why: Activists enumerate reasons to reject ‘colonial spirited’ omnibus bill
Forty civil society organizations in a coalition called the Indonesian People’s Faction (FRI) have rejected deliberations on an omnibus bill on job creation, arguing that the bill is “undemocratic”, as the drafting process only “involves businesspeople” and the bill “resembles the Dutch colonial administration’s attitude”.
— The Jakarta Post

Lawsuit over church renovation being heard in Batam
Tanjungpinang State Administrative Court (PTUN) in Batam, Riau Islands has started hearings into a lawsuit against the Karimun One-Stop Integrated Service (PTSP) over a building permit granted for the renovation of the 85-year-old Santo Josep Karimun Church.
— The Jakarta Post

Up for a challenge? Contest held in Palu to save crocodile stuck in tire for years
The Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi) is holding a contest for anyone who is willing and able to save a wild crocodile in Palu that has been stuck in a motorcycle tire for years.
— The Jakarta Post

Videos surface purportedly showing vandalization of N. Sulawesi ‘mosque’
Amateur videos purportedly showing a group of people vandalizing what appears to be a mosque over an alleged permit issue in the predominantly Christian Agape housing complex in Tumaluntung village, North Minahasa regency, North Sulawesi, on Wednesday evening have emerged on social media.
— 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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