Indonesia morning news for July 15

Indonesia morning news for July 15
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More than a month’s salary for a COVID test? Welcome to Indonesia
Private hospitals and clinics in Indonesia are charging patients up to $1,450 for a coronavirus test, more than three times the monthly minimum wage.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Intentional privacy breach?: Govt considers releasing patients’ personal data
The national COVID-19 task force is considering releasing patients’ personal data in an effort to encourage adherence to health protocols in affected areas.
— The Jakarta Post

Three dead, dozens test positive as COVID-19 cluster emerges among Surabaya journalists
Over 50 media workers in Surabaya, East Java, have tested positive for COVID-19, with three succumbing to the disease, the Surabaya branch of the Alliance of Independent Journalists says.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia reports 1,591 new coronavirus infections, 54 new deaths
Indonesia reported 1,591 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total count to 78,572, Health Ministry official Achmad Yurianto told a televised news briefing.
— Reuters

Calls for govt action after 14 doctors die of COVID-19 in a week
With the COVID-19 pandemic still accelerating at an alarming rate, healthcare workers remain prone to the virus and social persecution, a medical association and human rights association have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Make Face Mask in Public Compulsory
The Indonesian government is drafting a regulation that will make the wearing of face mask in public compulsory during the coronavirus outbreak, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Avoiding An Economic Crisis In Indonesia
ASEAN member state Indonesia, the fourth most populous nation in the world – confirmed its first COVID-19 cases in early March.
— The ASEAN Post

Osprey in the archipelago: The deal of MV-22 to Indonesia
The recently announced deal of eight MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Indonesia, the first in Southeast Asia, signifies an attempt to improve its airlift capability with certain challenges ahead.
— The Jakarta Post

Pandemic erases $5.9b of Indonesia’s tourism revenue as businesses seek help
The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out around Rp 85 trillion (US$5.87 billion) of Indonesia’s tourism revenue so far this year, forcing business associations to call on the government to provide a greater stimulus for the virus-battered industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Mulls Disbanding “Never-Heard-of” State Agencies
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo plans to disband or streamline the organizational structure of ineffective state agencies many people might never hear of their existence, a close aide said on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Feud Erupts Over Inheritance of $46 Billion Indonesia Empire
A feud has erupted over the inheritance of billions of dollars of businesses controlled by Indonesia’s Sinar Mas, with one of the children of the group’s late founder seeking a share of the empire spanning palm oil to banking and property.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia Rules Electric Vehicles Must Emit Noise
All electric cars operating in Indonesia must be able to generate a noise to make them safer on the roads, according to a new regulation issued by the Transportation Ministry.
— Jakarta Globe

Religious figures’ role crucial in successfully adapting to new normal
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin urged religious figures to support efforts to ensure successful adaptation to the new normal policy established by the government if the number of COVID-19 cases and transmission decreased in several areas.
— Antara News

Widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken Indonesia raises questions
The widespread use of rapid antibody tests for COVID-19 as requirements for various activities during the pandemic, including for traveling in Indonesia, has sparked concerns among experts, who called for better government control over their use.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister issues fresh guidelines on COVID-19 prevention, control
Minister of Health Terawan Agus Putranto, has issued a decree (KMK), Number HK.01.07 / Menkes / 413/2020, promulgating guidelines for prevention and control of the novel coronavirus disease.
— Antara News

Indonesia starts school year with caution during pandemic
After months of studying from home, students in several parts of the archipelago returned to school on Monday in accordance with the so-called “new normal” protocols in their respective communities.
— The Jakarta Post

‘China, master copycat’: uproar in Indonesia at Xinhua’s batik claim
China’s state news agency Xinhua sparked an online uproar and unwittingly waded into a long-running rivalry between Indonesia and Malaysia, when it shared a video on Sunday that described batik – the art of decorating textiles with wax and dye – as a “traditional craft common among ethnic groups in China”.

COVID-19 Yellow Zones Increase as Per July 12
Head of the COVID-19 task force expert team, Wiku Adisasmito, on Tuesday announced the status changes across affected regions from July 5 to July 12.

Govt’s decree to ensure accountability in Pre-Employment Card Program
The Indonesian government has guaranteed governance and accountability in the pre-employment card program by issuing Presidential Decree Number 76 of 2020, with several addendums complementary to the previous Presidential Decree Number 36 of 2020.
— Antara News

Ministry Studies Jokowi’s Plan to Abolish State Institutions
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly planned to dissolve 18 state institutions.

Terawan Removes COVID-19 Terms of PDP, ODP, and OTG
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto was determined to remove terms related to the novel coronavirus infection or COVID-19, namely people under monitoring (ODP), patients under monitoring (ODP), and asymptomatic people (OTG).

EU provides humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees in Aceh
The European Union has allocated 35 thousand euros (about Rp573 million) in humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees who were rescued recently and allowed to land in Aceh, Indonesia, after spending more than 120 days at sea.
— Antara News

Banten Allows Schools in Weak Internet Signal Area to Reopen
Banten Governor Wahidin Halim permitted schools in areas with poor internet signal and must have practicum classes to carry out limited, face-to-face learning activities.

Indonesian Coal Exporters Eyeing New Markets in Asia
Indonesian coal entrepreneurs are exploring new export destinations in non-traditional markets in the Asian region, including Vietnam and Pakistan.

Police identify merely 19 of 305 victims of pedophiliac Frans
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police, until Monday, identified only 19 of the 305 children sexually molested by French citizen, Francois Abello Camille (FAC), alias Frans (65), who died in hospital, Sunday, following attempted suicide in police detention.
— Antara News

Ikappi Records Rising Number of Traders Contracting COVID-19
The Indonesian Market Traders Association (Ikappi) reported there are 1,053 new COVID-19 cases across Indonesia’s traditional markets.

President Jokowi inaugurates new graduates of military, police academy
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on 750 new graduates of the Indonesian military and police academy to adopt a prudent approach in responding to challenges and opportunities arising from a rapidly changing world.
— Antara News

Doni Monardo Yet Recommends for Reopening of Movie Theaters
The national COVID-19 mitigation task force chief Doni Monardo stated that his side has not yet granted recommendation for the reopening of urban tourism, including movie theaters and night entertainment venues.

West Java to fine residents who do not wear face masks in public
The West Java administration has decided to impose stricter measures against residents who do not comply with COVID-19 protocols in public.
— The Jakarta Post

Director general of tax lists economic impacts of COVID-19
Director General of Tax, Ministry of Finance, Suryo Utomo, on Tuesday listed three major outcomes of the coronavirus pandemic which have triggered an economic crisis in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia embarks on quest for cleanliness
The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy (MTCE) has launched Indonesia Care, a national campaign to rally businesses in the tourism and creative sectors to uphold high hygiene and sanitation standards in order to rebuild trust with travellers.
— TTG Asia

July 14 spirit enlivens relations between France and Indonesia
This year, for the first time since the end of World War II, the avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris will not host a military parade on the occasion of July 14.
— The Jakarta Post

Surabaya Hospital to Move Covid Patients to Galang Island if Full
Indonesian official said that the Surabaya Hospital will move Covid-19 patients to the Special Hospital for Infectious Diseases in Galang Island, Riau, but only if the hospital reaches its maximum capacity.

Jokowi: Defense Not Only about Alutsista, but also Food Security
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserted that strategic food reserves need to be created to anticipate a world food crisis as warned by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Govt prioritizes welfare approach in handling Papua, West Papua issues
The government has prioritized welfare, anthropological, and evaluation approaches in handling the issues in Papua and West Papua.
— Antara News

Jokowi to Campaign COVID-19 Health Protocols Massively
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has given instructions to his aides to conduct massive campaigning on health protocols to thwart the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Reprimand regional head candidates over COVID-19 fund misuse: MPR
People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo urged the General Elections Commission (KPU) and Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) to take punitive action against regional head candidates caught misusing COVID-19 relief funds for political campaign trails.
— Antara News

COVID-19;Indonesian Students Criticize United States’ ICE Policy
Indonesian students who are currently studying in the United States have voiced out against the policy introduced on Monday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which requires international students part of the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) on study visas to return to their home countries.

Defense minister also tasked with enhancing food resilience: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has justified his decision to task Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto with leading the implementation of the national food estate program in Central Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Electricity trade unions oppose omnibus bill revisions over privatization concerns
Major electricity industry trade unions are considering public protests and strikes to opposite revisions to the 2009 Electrification Law in the controversial omnibus bill on job creation, mainly over concerns that the country’s electricity supply chain will be privatized.
— The Jakarta Post

Regulatory reform needed to give Jakarta’s property sector a boost: Experts
Experts have urged the Jakarta administration to reform its building permit (IMB) acquirement procedures to weather the economic impacts of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

President Jokowi urges TNI-Polri officers to achieve leapfrog progress
President Joko Widodo urged Indonesian military (TNI) and National Police (Polri) youth officers to make the dire situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic work in their favor by bolstering national strength and achieving leapfrog progress.
— Antara News

Festival turns to art, culture to urge youth dialogue on Indonesia’s human rights history
As part of a multi-faceted effort to highlight oft-overlooked perspectives on unresolved human rights violations in Indonesia through intergenerational dialogue, the Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR) non-profit has organized the 2020 Humanity Youth Festival in collaboration with local volunteers, activists and artists.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Indonesia talking to Airbus to delay 2020 deliveries
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is in talks with Airbus to delay deliveries of four aircraft this year, its chief executive said on Tuesday, as the coronavirus outbreak restricts travel and dampens demand.
— The Jakarta Post

Three shipyard firms, Pertamina ink deals on ship construction
State-owned oil company PT Pertamina has inked agreements with three state-run shipyard firms, under the Manufacturing Industry Cluster (KIM), for the construction and maintenance of its ships.
— Antara News

What you need to know about Batang industrial zone development
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration is developing Batang Integrated Industrial Park in Central Java to get foreign companies to invest in and relocate to Indonesia amid a foreign direct investment (FDI) slump.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to develop 30,000 hectares of farmland in North Sumatra
The government is planning to develop 30,000 hectares (ha) of farmland in Humbang Hasundutan district, North Sumatra, next year in an effort to secure the country’s food supply, a senior official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Missing boat skipper’s body found in West Kalimantan’s Kubu Raya
Pontianak Search and Rescue (SAR) agency’s rescuers, Tuesday morning, found the body of Asek, who went missing after the speedboat he rode hit another boat in Kubu River, Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan, on July 12.
— Antara News



Feature photo WorldSkills Asean Bangkok 2018
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Youth Skills Day, July 15, with an emphasis on World Skills Asean Singapore 2020.


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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