Indonesia morning news for July 24

Indonesia morning news for July 24
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Indonesia morning newsGovt. channels Rp 11.84t to MSMEs and cooperatives, admits slow disbursement
The government has channeled Rp 11.84 trillion (US$809.1 million) from the COVID-19 stimulus package to small businesses and cooperatives as of Tuesday but conceded that it had been slow in disbursing the funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Companies Gripped by Virus Warn Earnings May Fall 75%
Indonesian companies are warning investors to brace for yet another quarter of missed earnings as they continue to reel from the economic impact of the biggest outbreak of the coronavirus in Southeast Asia.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia reports 1,906 new coronavirus cases, 117 deaths
Indonesia reported 1,906 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing its total infections to 93,657, data from the country’s COVID-19 taskforce showed.

COVID-19 in Asean: update for July 23 — new high for global daily infections & Indonesia deaths
As of 00:42 GMT July 23 there was 88,159 active cases of COVID-19 throughout the 10 Asean member countries, an increase of 1,242 , or 1.43 per cent, on the day prior. Of this 359, or 0.41 per cent, are serious or critical. A total 2,346** people were discharged or marked as recovered.
— AEC News Today

Indonesia’s Palm Oil Reserves Seen Slumping to 16-Month Low
Palm oil stockpiles in Indonesia, the world’s top grower, will probably plunge to their smallest in 16 months by the end of July as production hits the lowest in more than two years after floods in major growing regions disrupted the harvest and delivery of fruit to mills.
— Bloomberg

Jakarta Red Zones Barred from Holding Qurban Procession
The North Jakarta Administration announced on Thursday that qurban sacrificial tradition will be banned in locations that are under strict localized territorial restriction (WPK) to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Sumatran rhino planned for capture is another female, Indonesian officials say
A wild Sumatran rhino that conservation officials in Indonesia plan to catch next year for a captive-breeding program in Borneo has been identified as a female.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s COVID-19 Response Pivots to Support Economic Recovery
Indonesia has set up a new COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery Committee to improve coordination and execution of the national COVID-19 response.
— The Diplomat

Over 2,000 Hotels Shut Down amid Pandemic, says Luhut Pandjaitan
The Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan on Thursday said that the COVID-19 pandemic has largely affected the tourism industry due to the significant drop in tourist visits.

Indonesia records FDI decrease in second consecutive quarter
Indonesia recorded a further decline in foreign direct investment (FDI) realization in the second quarter this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic batters both the national and global economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Receives 200 Ventilators from US, Australia
The Indonesian government has received 200 ventilators donated by the US and Australian governments to increase the country’s capacity in treating Covid-19 patients, Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta COVID-19 Burial Protocol April – July Statistics
The Jakarta Administration, according to its official government website, up to July 21 had buried 3,457 bodies under COVID-19 burial protocols, which was introduced on March 5.

Regent’s dismissal of striking medical workers ‘maladministration’: Ombudsman
The South Sumatra Ombudsman has declared Ogan Ilir Regent Ilyas Panji Alam’s dismissal of 109 medical workers from the Ogan Ilir Regional General Hospital (RSUD) a “maladministration”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia child abuse: Experts say homeless youth at higher risk
Child rights activists in Indonesia have condemned politicians for failing to stand up for victims of sexual abuse.
— Aljazeera

US defense secretary to visit Indonesia amid increased tension with China
With the United States renewing its campaign against China in the Indo-Pacific theater, Defense Secretary Mark Esper expressed his intention to visit Indonesia to strengthen the cooperation through arms sales despite recent reluctance from the Indonesian side.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to test palm oil in ‘green’ jet fuel by year-end
Indonesian state oil company PT Pertamina is set to test the production of jet fuel made up of 3% palm oil by the end of the year, Chief Executive Nicke Widyawati said on Thursday.
— Yahoo

Populist, Anti-Mining District Head in Jember Impeached by Councilors
A female district head known for her charity works and anti-mining stance was impeached by local councilors in East Java on Wednesday in a rare concerted political maneuver involving nearly all members of a district legislative council.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia joins with South Korea in COVID-19 vaccine push
Indonesia is working with South Korea to develop a vaccine for the novel coronavirus disease, in addition to collaborating with China.
— Antara News

Five armed Papuan rebels surrender, swear allegiance to Indonesia
Five armed Papuan rebels of the Puron Wenda-led separatist group declared their allegiance to the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia in Wame Village, Bruwa Subdistrict, Lanny Jaya District, Papua Province, Wednesday (July 22).
— Antara News

Tito Karnavian Mentions Cremation for COVID-19 Victims
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian on Wednesday said there are better ways to treat the bodies of positive COVID-19 victims and noted cremation is the only one to make sure the virus dies with the corpse and prevents it from the possibility of infecting other people.

Food and beverage industries contributed highest to exports: minister
The food and beverage industry continued to make the largest contribution to exports in the manufacturing sector, with US$13.73 billion and $10.87 billion of exports respectively during the first semester of 2020.
— Antara News

KPK nabs 11 former North Sumatra councillors for alleged bribery involving ex-governor
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested 11 former members of the North Sumatra Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) for allegedly accepting bribes from the province’s former governor, graft convict Gatot Pujo Nugroho.
— The Jakarta Post

President presses for swift disbursal of revolving fund for MSME
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) urged the Revolving Fund Management Institution for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (LPDB-KUMKM) to immediately disburse Rp1 trillion funding under the National Economic Recovery (PEN) program to cooperative units.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s horticultural products more expensive than neighbors, says Japan’s Nanyang
Indonesia’s exports of horticultural products such as fruit, vegetables and spices to Japan remain uncompetitive because of high prices, officials have said.
— The Jakarta Post

North Sulawesi-IJB Net to develop coconut-based biofuel
The North Sulawesi provincial government has cooperated with the Indonesia Japan Business Network (IJB-Net) to develop coconut-based biofuel.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s intriguing Osprey opportunity
Until recently, if you performed a roll-call of the countries considered as possible candidates to purchase the Bell Boeing MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor – think Israel or the UK, for instance – Indonesia would likely not have featured on what is a relatively short list.
— Flight Global

Indonesia’s 2019-20 wheat imports revised lower as pandemic hits appetite: USDA
Indonesia’s wheat imports in the 2019-20 marketing season (July-June) are expected to decline, due to lower food consumption as locked down shoppers cut spending on ready-made meals, coupled with less feed demand and an increasing domestic corn production competing for the feed markets, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
— SP Global

Moeldoko on People Being Skeptical about COVID-19 Data
Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said he was reluctant to respond to the result of a survey conducted by a pollster Charta Politika that 40 percent of Indonesians are skeptical about COVID-19 data presented by the government. He said such debate was irrelevant.

Prabowo Departs to Turkey for Defense Industry Partnership
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto reportedly had yet another working visit to Turkey.

UNHCR grants refugee status to 99 Rohingya migrants in Aceh
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)-Indonesia Office officially granted refugee status to 99 Rohingya migrants that three Acehnese fishermen had rescued on humanitarian grounds in June, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stated.
— Antara News

TNI Commander Talks of Joint Training with Singapore
The Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto held today, July 23, a video teleconference with the Chief of Defence Force of the Singapore Armed Force Gen. Melvyn Ong, discussing joint training and military partnership.

KPAI Says Many Students Stress over Online Learning
The Indonesian Children Protection Commission (KPAI) reported that many students were coming under psychological pressure and some even dropped out of school to face various problems during the online learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Riau companies instructed to not recruit workers from red zones
The Riau provincial government has directed local companies to stop the recruitment of workers from outside the province and red zones to halt the spread of new clusters of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Susi Pudjiastuti Recalls Reasons for Banning Lobster Seed Fishing
Susi Pudjiastuti recalled her reasons for banning the fishing of lobster hatchlings back when she served as a minister of maritime affairs and fisheries in 2014-2019.

Jakarta Health Agency Talks of Office COVID-19 Clusters
Head of the Jakarta Health Agency Widiastuti confirmed that several offices in the city had been identified as COVID-19 clusters.

OJK: Data for June to show decline in bank credit growth
Data for June, 2020 will show a slump in bank lending as economic activity is yet to recover to its full potential, Wimboh Santoso, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, Financial Services Authority (OJK), has predicted.
— Antara News

Collaborative efforts key in reducing stunting: Observers
Collaborative efforts are key to reducing stunting in Indonesia, as the COVID-19 pandemic may worsen the already high prevalence of stunted children, experts have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

Personal accounts managing public funds? The KPK is not amused.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will investigate five state institutions found to have used personal bank accounts to manage public funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Children’s Day; Jokowi Reminds Children to Obey Health Protocols
In commemoration of the National Children’s Day which falls today, July 23, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo along with First Lady Iriana sent messages to Indonesian kids amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tourism Minister proposes further tax cuts, additional loans for hard-hit industry
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio has proposed a full exemption from corporate income tax for all firms in the tourist and creative economy sectors, as well as the provision of additional working capital loans, to aid the hard-hit industry during the global health crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 pandemic fails to dampen children’s enthusiasm: minister
Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister I Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati Puspayoga believes the COVID-19 pandemic had restricted everyone’s activities but failed to dampen the Indonesian children’s enthusiasm to commemorate National Children’s Day 2020.
— Antara News

BI pushes for open banking development amid data security concerns
Bank Indonesia (BI) has urged the financial industry to develop an open banking system to boost financial inclusion, but a lack of security standards and data protection regulation can hold up the central bank’s latest effort to boost the digital economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Government mulls new social assistance for cash-strapped small businesses
The government is mulling over a plan to introduce a grant, or “productive social assistance”, to help hard-hit micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) amid the pandemic slowdown, according to a minister.
— The Jakarta Post

President, Iriana exhort children to apply COVID-19 health protocols
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and First Lady Iriana urged Indonesian children to always adopt a disciplined approach in implementing health protocols to prevent transmission of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the pandemic.
— Antara News

North Sumatra’s 50 policemen awarded for 55-kg crystal meth seizure
North Sumatra Police Chief Inspector General Martuani Sormin has awarded 50 local police officers for their recent success in foiling the trafficking of 55 kilograms (kg) of crystal methamphetamine in the province.
— Antara News

Government’s strategy for economic recovery to drive domestic demand
Chairman of the Financial Services Authority’s (OJK’s) Board of Commissioners Wimboh Santoso believes the government’s strategy for the economy to recover faster from the COVID-19 pandemic would have a major influence in propelling domestic demand.
— Antara News

Mataram University lecturer suspended over report of alleged sexual harassment
The University of Mataram’s Law School ethics committee in West Nusa Tenggara has suspended a lecturer for five years after a female student reported him for alleged sexual harassment.
— The Jakarta Post

Jambi police arrest two arsonists for torching land for clearance
Police personnel in Tanjab Timur District, Jambi Province, apprehended two local residents for allegedly torching four hectares of land for clearing land in the Nipah Panjang Ilir neighborhood, Nipah Panjang Sub-district, early this week.
— Antara News



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on flooding in Sulawesi.


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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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