Indonesia morning news for June 16

Indonesia morning news for June 16
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Indonesia reports 1,017 new coronavirus infections, 64 deaths
Indonesia reported on Monday 1,017 new coronavirus infections and 64 more deaths, the highest COVID-19 death toll in a single day in the Southeast Asian nation to date.
— Reuters

Indonesia posts US$2.1 billion trade surplus in May 2020
Indonesia recorded a trade surplus of US$2.1 billion in May 2020, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS).
— Antara News

Elementary Schools Won’t Reopen in July: Nadiem Makarim
The Minister of Education and Culture, Nadiem Makarim, reasserted that elementary schools or locally known SD were not allowed to reopen for face-to-face learning activities in the new 2020/2021 academic year in July.

Indonesia’s foreign debt rises in April as govt issues global bonds, debt papers
Indonesia’s foreign debt growth accelerated in April, driven mainly by the government’s issuance of sovereign debt papers (SBN) and global bonds to cover for the widening budget deficit to fund its COVID-19 fight, Bank Indonesia (BI) announced on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian military jet crashes into residential area
An Indonesian military fighter jet ploughed into a residential area in Sumatra on Monday (Jun 15), but the pilot ejected safely and there were no injuries on the ground, the air force said.

Indonesia’s Defense Modernization Gains Momentum After Two Air Crashes in Nine Days
he Indonesian Military needs to modernize its defense system and do it as soon as possible, especially after two military aircraft crashed within days of each other, an expert said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

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

Govt Allows Airlines to Increase Flight Ticket Prices
The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment has permitted national airlines to increase their flight ticket prices so long as they are still referring to the price ceiling or TBA.

West Papua extends COVID-19 emergency status by another month
The West Papua provincial government extended its emergency status over the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by another month, as the region prepares to later enact a new normal policy.
— Antara News

Indonesia says China’s ‘nine-dash line’ puts its interests at risk
Indonesia’s economic interests are jeopardised by China’s territorial claim covering most of the South China Sea, its foreign minister said on June 4, explaining a letter Jakarta sent recently to the UN.
— Financial Times

Indonesian wet markets carry high risk of virus transmission
For millions of Indonesians, pasar (traditional market) has always been the first stop to buy daily supplies, thanks to affordable prices, a chance for haggling and a wide range of goods.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian COVID-19 vaccines to undergo strict human, animal testing
Indonesian researchers and authorities have assured that COVID-19 vaccine testing on animals and humans will meet ethical standards and undergo strict procedures, as animal rights organizations have objected to animal testing in formulating the vaccine.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Sets Up Galang Island Hospital as Quarantine Site
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy announced that the Galang Island Special Hospital for Infectious Disease (RSKI) would be set up as a COVID-19 quarantine site for Indonesian citizens who had just returned from abroad.

President seeks accountability for management of COVID-19 budget
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has laid emphasis on accountable and transparent management of the budget totaling Rp677.2 trillion for COVID-19 handling allocated in the revised state budget 2020 to avoid embezzlement of funds.
— Antara News

Transition to New Normal; Jakarta COVID-19 Cases Yet to Drop
The Jakarta provincial administration has imposed a transitional large-scale social restrictions or PSBB since June 5, 2020, in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.

Military, Police to Guard Jakarta Malls amidst Pandemic
The Metro Jaya Police spokesperson, Grand Commissioner Yusri Yunus said on Monday that there will be 2,702 joint personnel from police and military taking guard in a number of locations across Jakarta’s malls and shopping centers.

Early warning necessary to oversee internal administration: President
President Joko Widodo highlighted the need to build an early warning system to keep a check on the internal administration of the government.
— Antara News

Indonesian Channel in West Sumatra cancelled due to COVID-19
The ongoing global pandemic of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has forced the Indonesian Government to cancel the convening of an international arts and cultural night titled “Indonesian Channel” due to be hosted by West Sumatra Province in August.
— Antara News

DPR Outlines 4 Priority Bills for Its Fourth Session
In today’s plenary meeting on the opening of the fourth session, June 15, the House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Puan Maharani listed a number of strategic agendas the DPR must complete, including deliberations of several bills.

President keeps close eye on current global economic growth
President Joko Widodo has been watching carefully the current world economic growth that is experiencing a sharp correction and the entire nation grappling to avoid falling into recession.
— Antara News

Jokowi Reminds Law Enforcers to Not ‘Bite’ Those Deemed Innocent
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday reminded law enforcers to focus on prevention in terms of supervising the country’s financial accountability amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pasar Jaya seeks consistency from traders in obeying health protocols
President Director of city-owned PD Pasar Jaya Arif Nasrudin has called upon traders of the Klender Perumnas Market, East Jakarta, to remain consistent in adhering to health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Antara News

Novel Baswedan Slams Court Verdict Handed to His Attackers
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator Novel Baswedan on Monday admits that he suffered from breathing failure after he was struck with liquid acid to the face back in 2017.

Surabaya court closed after civil servant tests positive for COVID-19, two die unexpectedly
The Surabaya District Court in East Java will be closed for almost two weeks after a civil servant working at the court tested positive for COVID-19, while two others also died unexpectedly.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to Evaluate PLN’s Electricity Discount Program
The government has reportedly planned to evaluate the provision of electricity discounts for 450-VA and 900-VA subsidized subscribers of state-run electricity firm PLN.

EasyJet resumes flying with COVID-19 measures in place
EasyJet aircraft will take to the skies on Monday for the first time since March 30, as the British carrier resumes a small number of mainly domestic flights after weeks of lockdown.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Police Detect Resurgence of Jemaah Islamiyah
The Indonesian police said members of shadowy terror network Jemaah Islamiyah are regrouping, following the arrest of a number of suspected militants in several cities in recent weeks.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Special Staffer Admits COVID-19 Protocol still Imperfect
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s special staff of economic affairs Arif Budimanta on Sunday, June 14, admitted that the country’s COVID-19 protocol has not been implemented as a whole, which he said also happened in his own neighborhood.

Govt teams up with Lazada for training program to push SMEs online
The government has teamed up with e-commerce platform Lazada Indonesia to advance its partnerships with digital platforms to meet its target of pushing 2 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to go digital this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Holidaymakers begin planning for domestic travel despite COVID-19 fears: Tripadvisor
Holidaymakers have begun planning trips, a positive sign for the hard-hit tourism industry, but the financial concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic-induced economic downturn might affect the recovery, a study from travel website Tripadvisor shows.
— The Jakarta Post

BTNGR to soon reopen Mount Rinjani’s hiking trails for climbers
The Mount Rinjani National Park Office (BTNGR) plans to soon reopen the hiking trails of Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara Province, after obtaining the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and Forestry’s (KLHK’s) approval.
— Antara News

Protests demanding release of seven Papuan activists continue as verdict trials near
Protests took place simultaneously in several cities in Indonesia on Monday demanding that authorities drop all charges and release seven Papuan activists accused of treason at the Balikpapan District Court in East Kalimantan for their involvement in anti-racism protests in Jayapura, Papua last year.
— The Jakarta Post

E-wallet OVO Indonesia’s most popular payment option: Survey
A recent survey by global fintech organization Rapyd shows that e-wallet OVO is the most preferred payment method in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Police investigate 130,680 COVID-19 hoaxes: task force
The cyber team of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) is currently conducting investigations into 130,680 hoaxes related to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Brigadier General Darmawan Sutawijaya stated.
— Antara News

Same-sex newlyweds in South Sulawesi arrested for forgery
A same-sex couple who recently held a wedding ceremony in Soppeng regency, South Sulawesi have been arrested and accused of falsifying their sexual identities prior to their marriage.
— The Jakarta Post

Comedian satirizing sentence demand in Novel Baswedan case targeted by alleged ‘buzzers’
Comedian Bintang Emon, who recently gained popularity for his satirical video that questions the light sentence sought for Novel Baswedan’s alleged assailants, has become the subject of controversy on social media after several Twitter accounts purportedly belonging to so-called buzzers accused him of being a drug addict.
— The Jakarta Post

Buru Island’s police clamp down on illegal gold miners
Police in Buru Island, Maluku, continue to take severe measures against illegal gold miners, with several Waeapo police precinct personnel destroying the miners’ work equipment during a raid in Gogorea Village, Buru District, on Saturday.
— Antara News

Student strangled to death by 7-meter-long python in Southeast Sulawesi
A 16-year-old junior high school student was killed by a 7-meter-long python, which strangled him to death, while hiking in Bombana regency, Southeast Sulawesi, on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative Indonesia
For the past five years, Abi – not his real name – has had three distinct recurring dreams that have almost cost him his sleep.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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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