Indonesia morning news for June 12

Indonesia morning news for June 12
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Indonesia morning newsIndonesia’s COVID-19 death toll hits 2,000 as cases continue to rise
The number of fatalities linked to COVID-19 in Indonesia reached 2,000 on Thursday, as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise amid plans by the central government to gradually ease restrictions ahead of the so-called “new normal”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia coronavirus cases could double to 60k in two weeks
Indonesia’s coronavirus case count could double to more than 60,000 infections in the next two weeks as testing becomes more widespread, according to Professor Amin Soebandrio, the director of Jakarta’s Eijkman Institute of Microbiology.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Indonesian economy could shrink 3.9 percent if hit by second COVID-19 wave, OECD warns
The Indonesian economy could witness a 3.9 percent contraction this year, a more dramatic decline than initially expected, if it is hit by a second wave of COVID-19 infections, according to a worst-case projection by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s hundreds of suspected child virus deaths highlight danger
Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from COVID-19, giving the Southeast Asian country one of the world’s highest rates of child deaths from the novel coronavirus that experts around the world say poses little danger to the young.

Indonesia Resumes Regular Trains Operation under Strict Protocol
Indonesia’s state-run railway company, PT KAI, is bringing back regular trains—long-distance and local—to operation starting Friday, June 12.

Indonesia Issues Implementing Regulation for E-commerce Sector: Key Features
On May 19, 2020, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade issued Regulation 50 of 2020 (Reg 50/2020), which sets out the legal guidelines for domestic and international businesses engaging in trade through electronic systems (e-commerce).
— ASEAN Briefing

Govt Expects Digital Tax to Generate Trillions
The House of Representatives (DPR) finance commission legislator Indah Kurnia announced on Wednesday that the government is eyeing to gain Rp 10 trillion in digital taxes imposed on multiple digital platforms that the government expects could be worth Rp100 trillion.

Elementary schools may be excluded as govt mulls over reopening, VP says
The central government is currently formulating a plan to reopen schools, although it is expected to include an exception for elementary schoolchildren.
— The Jakarta Post

One held in sailor trafficking case
Police have arrested one suspect in a case involving the trafficking of two Indonesian sailors, who recently jumped off a Chinese fishing vessel alleging ill-treatment.
— Antara News

The Indonesian fishermen whose bodies were thrown overboard
A video showing the body of a young man being callously thrown into the sea has sparked an international investigation, and shone a spotlight on the “slave-like” conditions allegedly suffered by Indonesian fishermen on board Chinese-owned vessels.

Improved Covid-19 Testing Capacity Leads to Spike in Cases
Improved testing capacity and more aggressive contact tracing have led to a spike in confirmed cases of coronavirus recently, an expert said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

DPR lauds govt’s firm stance on China claim on Natuna waters
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aziz Syamsuddin, has praised the Indonesian government over its rejection of China’s unilateral claims in the Natuna waters, Riau Islands, over the “nine-dash” line.
— Antara News

Indonesia Moderately Unsafe in Pandemic: Report
Indonesia has been categorized as an unsafe country in a recent report that studied Covid-19 responses in 200 countries and regions in terms of government responses, including quarantine efficiency and emergency preparedness.
— Jakarta Globe

Siloam Hospitals in Indonesia now provide COVID-19 serology tests
Hospital operator Siloam Hospitals Group has launched its latest COVID-19 test known as the Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test developed by Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to gradually increase air passenger capacity to 100 percent
Air passenger capacity will be stepped up gradually to 100 percent by implementing stringent health protocols at airports and in aircraft cabins, according to the Transportation Ministry.
— Antara News

Jokowi Tells Governors to Intensify Measures to Curb Covid-19 After Record-High Cases
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held a video conference with governors of all Indonesian provinces on Wednesday to order renewed measures in curbing the spread of coronavirus in response to record-high cases a day earlier.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: Jokowi warns of second wave, but first one may not be over
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has warned of a second COVID-19 wave as the number of new cases continued to soar over the past few days, following the loosening of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in some regions.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN Receives 65,786 Complaints of High Electricity Bill
The state-owned electricity firm PLN said that it has so far received a total of 65,786 complaints of the surge in electricity bills.

Moratorium on seafarer recruitment short-term answer: ministry
A moratorium on the recruitment of Indonesian seafarers on foreign fishing ships would only serve as a short-term solution to the problem of forced labor at sea, a Foreign Ministry official said.
— Antara News

LIPI begins clinical trials of new herbal medicines for COVID-19 patients
The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) has begun clinical trials of two new herbal medicines intended to boost the immune systems of COVID-19 patients.
— The Jakarta Post

Physical Distancing Lowers Chances of Contracting Covid-19 by 85%
The Indonesian Covid-19 Task Force cites a scientific journal by The Lancet, which stated that physical distancing can reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission by 85 percent.

80 Shopping Malls to Reopen on June 15, Anies Announces
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan ensured that a total of 80 shopping malls in the capital city will be reopened on June 15, 2020, amid the transition phase to a new normal era.

Internet Inequality a Major Stumbling Block for New Normal
The government has to improve digital infrastructure around the country, especially in poorer remote areas, since fast internet connection will be one of the essential services of a “new normal,” the House of Representatives’ Commission I chairwoman Meutya Hafid said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Mahfud Md: Most Regions Agree to Hold 2020 Pilkada in December
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md claimed that nearly all regional administrations agreed to hold the 2020 Regional Head Election or Pilkada in December.

COVID-19 does not halt process of halal certification: MUI
The COVID-19 outbreak did not stop the process of halal certification for the community that could be served suitably and responsibly, according to the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).
— Antara News

Pasar Jaya Confirms Covid-19 Cases Found in 8 Markets
Jakarta-owned market operator PD Pasar Jaya reported the new coronavirus or Covid-19 transmission in its eight traditional markets.

Govt’s incentives for industrial sector bleeding of COVID-19 pandemic
The government is readying additional incentives for the industrial sector grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic to inject new momentum into businesses.
— Antara News

Record-high COVID-19 Daily Cases in Jakarta Explained
Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria gave an official response regarding Jakarta’s record-high daily new cases that were reported on Tuesday, June 9, which saw 234 positive COVID-19 cases.

TransNusa plans resumption of eastern Indonesian flights on June 22
Local airline PT TransNusa Aviation Mandiri plans to resume flights on the eastern Indonesian routes on June 22 amid the East Nusa Tenggara provincial administration’s endeavors to fight the global novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

‘COVID-19 is real’: Virus ravages family in Indonesia’s second-largest city
Almost unnoticeably, sometime in early May, the coronavirus crept into a house in Indonesia’s emerging COVID-19 epicenter of Surabaya and ensnared four members of the family who lived there.
— The Jakarta Post

Indikator poll shows dip in trust, high health focus for govt’s COVID-19 response
A recent survey by Jakarta-based public opinion pollster Politik Indonesia shows that the economic impacts of the COVID-19 epidemic have caused a declining trend in public trust.
— The Jakarta Post

Labor Union Tells Gov’t to Hire More Local Workers for Bullet Train Project
The State-Owned Enterprises Ministry has devised a plan to extend the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed train project to Surabaya in East Java to improve connectivity on the island of Java – the most densely populated region in Indonesia – and to create new jobs for local workers during the coronavirus crisis.
— Jakarta Globe

MRT Jakarta Preps Isolation Room for Suspected Covid-19 Passenger
PT Mass Rapid Transit or MRT Jakarta has set up isolation rooms for passengers suspected of having Covid-19 as ordered by the government, said the CEO William Sabandar.

Pertamina Covid-19 Emergency Hospital Equipped with Delivery Room
Pertamina has reportedly operated its Covid-19 Emergency Hospital in Simprug, South Jakarta, providing three facilities for the coronavirus disease or Covid-19 treatment in three locations.

Human Rights Watch urges authorities to free Papuan activists on trial for 2019 protests
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the authorities to drop all charges and release seven Papuan activists and students accused of treason for their involvement in antiracism protests in Jayapura, Papua, in August 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Press Council, AJI Ask Press Articles in Job Creation Bill be Cut
The Indonesian Press Council and the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) urged the removal of articles concerning press affairs from the draft of Job Creation Bill or RUU Cipta Kerja.

Past, Present Maritime Affairs Ministers’ Debate Canceled
The open debate between the current Coordinating Minister of Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and former maritime affairs coordinating minister Rizal Ramli slated for Thursday, June 11, is officially canceled.

TNI places 53 returning illegal migrant workers under detention
The Indonesian Military (TNI) border security task force has held in detention 53 Malaysia-returned Indonesian migrant workers, who took illegal routes in Entikong, West Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Mobility of Kepulauan Seribu Residents Hampered by PSBB
The Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) from the PKS faction requested the city administration to not make things difficult for residents of Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic after the council’s transportation commission speaker, Abdul Aziz, received complaints from island residents.

2019 was bleak year for human rights enforcement: Komnas HAM
The year 2019 was grim in terms of the enforcement of human rights, as it was a political year for the nation, according to Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).
— Antara News

VP Ma’ruf wants ‘pesantren’ to get financial aid during pandemic
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has instructed his subordinates to draw up a list of pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) to receive financial assistance from the government during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

241 Indonesian cruise ship crew arrive in Jakarta
A total of 241 Indonesian crew members of the MS Island Princess cruise ship arrived at the Tanjung Priok Port, North Jakarta, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Garuda Secures Approval to Extend Bond Payment
Garuda Indonesia has secured the approval of its bondholders to extend the settlement of $500 million worth of Islamic bonds due on June 3, eliminating one of the major doubts on the flag carrier’s ability to survive the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Gojek assists 100 thousand MSMEs during COVID-19 pandemic
Gojek’s online transportation services offered feature service solutions to over 100 thousand Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to bolster resilience of their business activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

COVID-19 task force to trace contacts of dead ‘ojek’ driver after mugging
The Surabaya COVID-19 task force in East Java will trace the contacts of DAW, a 39-year-old app-based motorcycle taxi (ojek) driver, who died in an accident following an attempted mugging.
— The Jakarta Post

Flight services restarted at Bangka Belitung Islands Province
The Bangka Belitung Islands provincial government has permitted airlines to resume flight services from the Depati Amir Airport in Pangkalpinang to Tanjungpandan, Batam, Palembang, and Solo, according to a local government official.
— Antara News

Jokowi’s Son, Gibran, Suspends Political Campaign amid Covid-19
Surakarta City mayor candidate and President Jokowi’s son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, openly announced that he had stopped his political activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fundamentals of Indonesia’s economy still good amid outbreak: CORE
The fundamentals of Indonesia’s economy are still relatively good overall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according an assessment by Director of research at the Indonesian Center of Reform on Economic (CORE) Piter Abdullah.
— Antara News

North Luwu Regent Rides Dirt Bike to Distribute Govt Assistance
Indonesian social media users witnessed the actions of North Luwu Regent, Indah Putri Indriani, riding a make-shift trail motorcycle or dirt bike amidst an offroad muddy terrain in the area of Seko.

Antam Optimizes Online Gold Sales amid Pandemic
State-owned mining company Aneka Tambang (IDX: ANTM), also known as Antam, implemented a number of new policies amid the Covid-19 pandemic, including online gold sales.

Allianz Indonesia expands digital services as more people stay home
Insurance provider PT Asuransi Allianz Life Indonesia launched an end-to-end digital service on Wednesday to sell its products following a recent Financial Services Authority (OJK) announcement allowing digital insurance marketing.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to develop 165,000 hectares land in Central Kalimantan for food-estate program
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the Public Works and Housing Ministry to expand the government’s food-estate program by developing 165,000 hectares of land in Pulang Pisau regency, Central Kalimantan, into farmland, a senior official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Prosecuters Demand 1-year Jail-time for Novel Baswedan Attackers
The public prosecutor charged Rahmat Kadir Mahulette, one of the defendants in the case of assault against Novel Baswedan, with a one-year prison sentence.

Discussion about Papua, Racial Issues Faced with Threats
University of Lampung (Unila) students’ community Teknokra had reportedly been terrorized by an unknown source after the community planned to hold a discussion about racial discrimination against people with Papuan descent.

Astra Agro Lestari pays $6.76m in dividends despite declining revenue
Publicly listed palm oil company PT Astra Agro Lestari announced Wednesday that it would spend 45 percent of last year’s profit, around Rp 94.95 billion (US$6.76 million) in dividends, rewarding its shareholders despite declining productivity.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau police foil attempt to transport 100-kg dried cannabis
The Riau police thwarted an Aceh-North Sumatra-Riau drug syndicate’s attempt to transport 100 kilograms (kg) of dried marijuana on the Trans-Sumatra road section in Ujung Tanjung Town, Rokan Hilir District, Riau Province, early this week.
— Antara News



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Oceans Day, June 8.


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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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