Indonesia morning news for June 15

Indonesia morning news for June 15
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Indonesia to permit travel to and from 4 countries
Indonesia has been drawing up a plan to allow the resumption of travel to and from four countries, including Japan, in an effort towards economic recovery after the tourism sector has been hit especially hard by the coronavirus pandemic, a government official said on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Consumer confidence reaches historic lows amid layoffs
Indonesian consumers grew deeply pessimistic in May as pandemic-related layoffs eroded people’s confidence in the economy, a Bank Indonesia (BI) survey has shown.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Indonesian police battle wave of ‘body snatching’ by grieving relatives
Indonesian hospitals are beefing up security at their morgues after a spate of body-snatchings by relatives seeking traditional burials for family members who died of COVID-19, police said Friday (Jun 12).

Indonesia reports 857 new coronavirus cases, 43 more deaths
Indonesia reported 857 new coronavirus infections and 43 more deaths on Sunday, taking the total number of cases to 38,277 and fatalities to 2,134, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto said.
— Reuters

Indonesia Records 14,531 COVID-19 Recoveries
Government spokesman for COVID-19 Handling, Achmad Yurianto, said that up until June 14 at 12 pm, the number of recovered coronavirus patients have increased by 755, with the total now reaching 14,531 recovered patients.

Eighty four foreign vessels driven out of Indonesia’s Bintan waters
The Indonesian Maritime Security Task Force of 1st Fleet Command has driven out 84 foreign vessels illegally anchoring in the Tanjung Berakit waters of Bintan District, Riau Islands Province, a navy officer said.
— Antara News

15 Indicators for Enforcement of New Normal: Jokowi’s Spokesman
A spokesman for President Joko Widodo or Jokowi, Fadjroel Rachman, asserted that the new normal phase cannot be recklessly applied in a region.

Wild Sumatran tiger captured in West Sumatra’s Solok District
A Sumatran tiger (Pantera Tigris Sumatrae) got ensnared in a trap recently installed by the West Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in Gantung Ciri Village, Kubung Subdistrict, Solok District’s forest area on Saturday.
— Antara News

Indonesia Claims Five Drug Combinations Effectively Reduce Novel Coronavirus
Researchers from Airlangga University, Government’s Covid-19 Task Force, and State Intelligence Agency (BIN) have claimed to have found combinations of medicine that effectively reduce the number of Sars-Cov-2, the coronavirus that causees Covid-19 disease, in the human body.
— Jakarta Globe

Civil Servants Wear Distance-sensor Device to Fight COVID-19
Civil servants in Dayun Sub-district, Siak District, Riau Province, have begun wearing a distance-sensor device around their neck to maintain physical distancing at the workplace while lowering the risk of contracting novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

SBY’s Brother in-Law Pramono Edhie Passes Away
Former Army chief of staff General (ret.) Pramono Edhie Wibowo, an in-law of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono or SBY, died at a municipal hospital in Cianjur, West Java, on Saturday evening.
— Jakarta Globe

New Normal; Minister Warns of Second Wave of COVID-19 Infection
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said the government was continuously anticipating the emergence of the second wave of coronavirus or COVID-19 infection, considering that in the new normal era, people would still have to deal with the virus threat.

Indonesia Bound for U-Shaped Recovery: Report
A second wave of Covid-19 would derail Indonesia’s path to recovering its economy by next year, with unemployment and income losses holding back growth, a study showed.
— Jakarta Globe

Ridwan Kamil Extends PSBB in West Java
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil announced that he extended the enforcement of the Large-Scale Social Restriction or PSBB in West Java that was scheduled to end today, June 12.

Indonesia Tells Firms in Jakarta to Implement New Working Hours
Companies in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta were told to implement new working hours to prevent overcrowding on public transportation during peak hours.
— Bloomberg

Companies Violating Health Protocols to Face Sanctions: Minister
Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah underlined that her side would oversee the implementation of the new normal health protocols in the business sector.

Two Indonesian-made ventilators permitted to enter market: official
Two ventilators for COVID-19 patients developed by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) in collaboration with three Indonesian companies received a permit for public distribution, a government official confirmed.
— Antara News

Indonesia to allow back destructive seine and trawl nets in its waters
Indonesia plans to lift a ban on the use of seine and trawl nets, which were outlawed under the country’s previous fisheries minister for threatening the sustainability of the country’s fish stocks.
— Mongabay

Muslims allowed to hold marriage ceremony outside KUA office amid new normal
The Religious Affairs Ministry has allowed Muslims to hold wedding vow exchange ceremonies – a legal requirement to register the marriage – outside the local religious affairs offices (KUA) as the government eases COVID-19 restrictions.
— The Jakarta Post

Why Hong Kong’s autonomy from Beijing matters to Indonesia
When China’s National People’s Congress approved plans for a national security law in Hong Kong to proscribe secession, foreign interference and terrorism last month, Western countries and their allies voiced fears that the city’s special autonomy under the “one country, two systems” model of governance would be compromised.

Maluku Hospital Shuts after 14 Employees Contracted Coronavirus
Maluku Governor Murad Ismail has ordered a municipal hospital in Central Maluku district to shut temporarily after its 14 employees tested positive for coronavirus.
— Jakarta Globe

Preemployment card may not help people return to work despite ‘new normal’: Experts
Recipients of funds and training under the government’s preemployment card may not be able to practice the skills they learn through the program because the labor market has not recovered, experts say.
— The Jakarta Post

Wisma Atlet Hospital for COVID-19 Records 2,821 Recoveries
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital for COVID-19 in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, has recorded a total number of 2,821 recoveries during the period of March 23-June 14, 2020.

Virtual harassment rampant during work-from-home, survey finds
Workers are still facing harassment from superiors and colleagues through communication platforms while working from home during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an online survey.
— The Jakarta Post

LBH Pers, SAFEnet Report Terror Cases to Komnas HAM
The Legal Aid Center for the Press (LBH Pers) along with SAFEnet lodged a report of a terror case against Tantowi Anwari from the Journalist’s Union for Diversity (SEJUK) to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) today, June 12.

NU strongly condemns israel’s plan to annex West Bank, Palestine
The Nahdlatul Ulama Executive Board (PBNU) has strongly condemned Israel’s planned annexation of the West Bank, the Palestinian territories.
— Antara News

Hair Salons to Open Under Limited Duration
The Jakarta Administration’s tourism and creative economy agency on Friday released a health protocol for hair salons which permits this business segment to open starting on June 15.

Social Ministry’s budget reaches Rp104 trillion during pandemic
The budget of the Ministry of Social Affairs reached Rp104 trillion during the COVID-19 pandemic, rising from the initial Rp62.7 trillion allocated in the budget.
— Antara News

Indonesia expects transparent investigation into China boat abuses
Indonesia harbors hopes of a transparent investigation by China’s authorities in cases of alleged violence and human trafficking experienced by Indonesian crew members on Chinese-flagged fishing boats.
— Antara News

Government works to redefine primary health needs, JKN services
The government is redefining primary healthcare needs and the standards of service at hospitals eligible for the National Health Insurance (JKN) to ensure the deficit-stricken program’s sustainability.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta tracking new COVID-19 clusters in traditional markets
The Jakarta provincial administration is continuing to make efforts to identify new coronavirus clusters among merchants and customers at traditional markets in the capital city’s administrative areas with the help of mass rapid tests.
— Antara News

AP II sees passenger numbers surge as travel restrictions ease
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II (AP II) has recorded a jump in the number of passengers for both domestic and international flights, as the government relaxes restrictions on air travel.
— The Jakarta Post

Germany assists Indonesia’s peat protection, management
Germany, through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, allocated a three-million euro grant for peat protection and management in North Kalimantan (Kaltara), conducted jointly with the Environmental Affairs and Forestry (KLHK) Ministry.
— Antara News

Govt’s Tapera Program will be Added Burden on Workforce: KSPSI
The government’s latest public housing savings program (Tapera), necessitating employees and employers to contribute to a mandatory mortgage loan scheme, may boost workers’ home ownership though could “put a heavy burden” on them, a union stated.

PT KAI to reopen intercity routes under strict ‘new normal’ protocols
State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) will restart operations of 14 long-distance and 23 local passenger train services on Friday after shutting down such services for two months to help prevent COVID-19 transmission.
— The Jakarta Post

Fears over virus cast shadow on plan to restart tourism
Fears over virus transmission have cast a shadow on the government’s plan to reopen tourist destinations across Indonesia, especially as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb despite the authorities’ health protocols for the so-called new normal.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia park to spearhead bid to lure China supply chains
Indonesia plans to build one of its largest industrial parks on the north coast of Java island in a renewed drive to attract manufacturers relocating out of China as Southeast Asia’s biggest economy comes out of a coronavirus-induced lockdown.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan Visits Ancol’s Dufan before Reopening
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan visited Dunia Fantasi or Dufan, a theme park at Ancol in North Jakarta, on Saturday, June 13, prior to the reopening of the entertainment site.

Thirteen financial institutions get access to government’s civil registry database
Thirteen financial institutions including mobile payment service providers and peer-to-peer lending platforms have been granted access to the government’s civil registry data to expedite data verification as well as to prevent fraud and accelerate financial inclusion.
— The Jakarta Post

Transitional PSBB; Jakarta School Buses to Serve KRL Commuters
To anticipate long lines for the Commuter Line or KRL, the Jakarta School Transportation Management mobilized a total of 50 school buses to accommodate people queuing at several stations.

Seskoau students go on virtual field trip to defense firms
Student officers at the Indonesian Air Force Staff and Command College (Seskoau) participated in a science and technology event recently to learn about the latest advancements taking place at defense companies in the country and abroad.
— The Jakarta Post

‘It shows that we’re working’, South Sulawesi governor says of surge in COVID-19 cases
South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah has defended his administration’s COVID-19 response in the wake of the recent surge in confirmed cases in the province, saying that the new cases were a result of widespread testing.
— The Jakarta Post

350,000 residents saved after Medan police’s 35-kg crystal meth bust
The Medan Metropolitan Police was able to protect 350 thousand citizens from being siphoned into a vicious circle of illicit drugs following recent success in seizing 35-kilogram (kg) crystal methamphetamine, a police officer stated.
— Antara News

Ministry holds virtual meeting with PLN customers over bill surge
The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment held a virtual hearing on Friday, June 12, with customers of state electricity company PLN in connection with complaints over their inflated bills.
— Antara News

Private sector urges govt to lay out post-COVID-19 economic strategy
Businesspeople in the country are waiting for the government to announce a new economic strategy and guidelines amid its policy to relax COVID-19-related restrictions.
— The Jakarta Post

Retail govt bond coupon of 6.4% attractive for investors: Analysts
The Finance Ministry’s announcement of a 6.4 percent fixed coupon rate for retail government bonds series ORI-017 is a relatively attractive valuation for retail investors, analysts say.
— The Jakarta Post

Driven by passion, young vet travels across Indonesia to rescue large marine animals
It was midnight when Ida Ayu Dian Kusuma Dewi and her husband, both veterinarians, rushed to an animal lab in southern Bali.

KPK Demands 10 Years in Jail for Former Minister Imam Nahrawi
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) demanded former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi be sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to Rp500 million or a subsidiary jail term of six months.

Jokowi carries out morning exercise with Military Chiefs of Staff
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) carried out an exercise with the Indonesian Army Chief of Staff, Air Force Chief of Staff, and Navy Chief of Staff in the Bogor Presidential Palace are in West Java, Sunday morning.
— Antara News

Digitalization Helps Boost Palm Oil Company amid COVID-19
Indonesian palm oil company, PT Astra Agro Lestari, has recorded positive operational and financial performance amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has posed economic challenges worldwide.

Land, forest fires ravage West Aceh’s 2.1-acre land this week
Land and forest fires in Peunaga Cut Ujong Village, West Aceh, burned 2.1 acres of peatland area in the past week due to hot weather, with the situation remaining unchanged by Friday, June 12 evening.
— Antara News

Baffled by light sentences sought for Novel Baswedan’s attackers, netizens turn to humor
Social media users have aired their collective disappointment and bewilderment at the one-year prison sentence demanded for police officers who allegedly attacked Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan through sarcastic videos and memes.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry to augment swampland food production during dry season
The Agriculture Ministry will strategize to ensure national food security during the dry season in 2020 by boosting food production in swampland areas.
— Antara News

Ministry conducts online fish feed production training amid price hike
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry (KKP) held an online training on the production of fish feed in the midst of a price hike in the market that has encumbered the production of fish farmers.
— Antara News

SOE Ministry slashes Pertamina’s board of directors to refocus business
The government has cut the board of directors of state-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina from 11 positions to six, a leaked document shows, in a continued campaign to slim down national enterprises.
— The Jakarta Post

West Aceh administration builds new bridge at estimated Rp31.5 million
The West Aceh district administration is building a new bridge that is projected to cost some Rp31.5 billion as a replacement to the Ulee Rakeet Bridge that collapsed owing to erosion.
— Antara News

Parents should train children on strictly applying health protocols
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) requested parents to train children in applying health protocols to prevent transmission of various diseases, including COVID-19, as a precautionary measure in the new normal era amid the pandemic.
— Antara News

People with disabilities demand access to information, basic rights during pandemic
Widi Utami, 28, handed this handwritten note to a security guard when she arrived at a bank in Semarang, Central Java, on June 4.
— The Jakarta Post

‘She Is Still the Best’ : Gov’t Keeps Nicke Widyawati at Pertamina
The government has decided to keep Nicke Widyawati at the helm of Pertamina to lead the state energy firm’s transformation into a holding company of several publicly listed subsidiaries in the next two years.
— Jakarta Globe

Landslide, flood hit Jeneponto, three missing
A landslide and a flash flood, triggered by incessant heavy rain, hit Rumbia Village, Jeneponto District, South Sulawesi Province, on Friday evening (12/6), claiming one live and rendering three people missing.
— Antara News

Driver escapes vehicle minutes before train crash in East Java
A motorist was able to get out his vehicle minutes before it was hit by a train in Sumbermulyo village, Jombang regency, East Java, on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Floods swamp some 300 homes in Ogan Komering Ulu, South Sumatra
Ogan River spilled over its bank and triggered flooding that swamped some 300 homes in Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU) District, South Sumatra Province, on Saturday.
— Antara News



Feature photo The Vanilla Collection- USAID
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Sustainable Gastronomy Day, June 18.


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