Indonesia morning news for June 19

Indonesia morning news for June 19
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Indonesia central bank makes third rate cut this year
Indonesia’s central bank on Thursday delivered its third interest rate cut this year, as expected, seeking to boost support for Southeast Asia’s largest economy amid a coronavirus-induced downturn.
— Bangkok Post

Indonesia Records 1,331 New Covid-19 Cases; Highest in East Java
The national Covid-19 mitigation task force reported a new record of the highest daily rise in Covid-19 cases today, June 18, with 1,331 new infections. This latest figure made the total of confirmed cases to 41,431.

Public urged not to buy dexamethasone for COVID-19 treatment
A public health expert and a community that monitors pandemic effects in Indonesia have warned the public to avoid rushing to buy dexamethasone, an inexpensive and widely used corticosteroid medication, which has been hailed as a “major breakthrough” in COVID-19 treatment.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s GDP to contract in Q2, Q3 due to social restrictions: Bank Mandiri
Major lender Bank Mandiri expects Indonesia’s economy to contract in the second and third quarter of this year following restrictions imposed on social and economic activities since April to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali Plans to Restore Tourist Confidence and Reopen Borders in September
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said rebuilding tourist confidence will be key for Bali – Indonesia’s number one tourist island – to recover its economy to pre-pandemic levels.
— Jakarta Globe

Soekarno-Hatta to Partially Operate Terminals During the Pandemic
State-owned airport operator Angkasa Pura II announced on Wednesday said that the Soekarno-Hatta Airport will only partially operate its terminals throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as it will only operate Terminal 2D and 2E along with Terminal 3.

Manpower minister projects over 5.23 million more to become unemployed
Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah has pegged the number of unemployed people in Indonesia to reach between 2.92 million and 5.23 million if the COVID-19 pandemic were to prolong.
— Antara News

Indonesia Still Paying Debts Inherited from 1988 Crisis: Govt
Deputy Minister of Finance Suahasil Nazara said that Indonesia was still paying debts inherited from the 1997-1998 financial crisis.

Indonesia responds to India, China’s latest spat, calls for restraint amid pandemic
Indonesia has called for India and China, its two largest trading partners, to exercise restraint following armed conflict between the two countries over the past few days.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia selected as ECOSOC member for 2021-2023 period
Indonesia won a vote in the United Nations, Wednesday, June 17, to be one of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) members for the 2021-2023 period, representing the Asia-Pacific, along with Japan and Solomon Island.
— Antara News

Australian Covid-19 aid for Indonesia
Indonesia will receive A$6.2 million from Australia in support of its Covid-19 response and recovery efforts. This was revealed in a joint statement by the Australian embassy here and the World Health Organisation (WHO), according to The Jakarta Post.
— New Straits Times

Prabowo Says House Agrees to Raise Military Budget
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto presented his ministry’s budget plan for 2021 to the Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR).

Economic recovery to focus on public health aspect: Ministry
The Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs affirmed that preconditions for recovery in the nine economic sectors will continue to give priority to the aspect of public health to protect the people from COVID-19 transmission.
— Antara News

Sri Mulyani: Tax of Digital Products Similar to Conventional
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani ensured that tax duties for imported digital products such as film streaming, music, applications, online service, and games will be the same as that of conventional products.

Indonesia creates ‘artificial rain’ to prevent repeat of devastating fires
The Indonesian government is deploying artificial rains ahead of the dry season’s peak as the country attempts to prevent a repeat of the devastating fires that ravaged millions of acres of forests and land last year.
— The Guardian

Indonesia stresses need for multilateralism in ASEAN-Russia meeting
Indonesia highlighted the importance of multilateralism, saying the global fight against COVID-19 should be seized as an opportunity to strengthen collaboration among countries, particularly between the ASEAN countries and Russia.
— The Jakarta Post

Hundreds of Civil Servants Fail to Stay Neutral During Run-Up to 2020 Regional Election
The Election Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, said hundreds of civil servants have failed to stay neutral during the run-up to the 2020 regional elections by getting involved in campaigning for their preferred candidates.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK Alleges Conflict of Interest in Pre-employment Card Program
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) highlighted today, June 18, the potential conflict of interest in the government’s pre-employment card program.

Over 114 thousand Indonesians return home during Mar-June 2020
A total of 114,587 Indonesian citizens returned back to the country during the course of the last three months amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Wisma Atlet Announces 2,972 Covid-19 Recoveries
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital saw 22 more people recovering from Covid-19 as of today, June 18.

Jakarta Notes 31 RW Prone to Covid-19 Transmission
Jakarta Health Agency recorded a total of 31 community units (RW) that are prone to the transmission of the new coronavirus that caused Covid-19.

Bengkulu conservation office releases slow loris, eagle into wild
The Bengkulu Natural Resources Conservation Office (BKSDA) released a male Sunda slow loris and a male black eagle into the Bukit Kaba Eco-tourism Park (TWA) in Rejang Lebong District.
— Antara News

816 security personnel deployed in Jayapura as precautionary measure
Some 816 police and military personnel are on standby in areas around Jayapura, Papua, as a precautionary measure against likely local protests over Balikpapan District Court’s guilty verdicts against seven Papuan youths accused of treason.
— Antara News

BMKG warns of high tides, tidal floods along coasts of Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of potential tidal flooding along the northern and southern coasts of the islands of Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara over the next few days.
— The Jakarta Post

Foreign investors underscore land, labor issues in Indonesia
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita drew attention to the fact that foreign investors had brought up the two issues of land and labor before they invest in Indonesia.
— Antara News

BPS index shows Indonesians’ tolerance increasing for petty corruption
Pollsters and experts say that Indonesians are growing more permissive toward petty corruption and fear that this attitude could serve as motivation for committing an act of major corruption.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to spend $49.7b on procuring SMEs products, services
The government plans to buy products and services from small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for official state procurement, potentially spending over Rp 700 trillion (US$49.7 billion) as part of its efforts to help the sector, a minister says.
— The Jakarta Post

Terawan Asked to Do Research on Medical Marijuana
The member of the House of Representatives’ (DPR) Law Commission, Hinca Panjaitan, demanded Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto conduct research on marijuana for medical use.

DPR Urged to Pass Bill on Domestic Workers Protection
Jakarta State University lecturer, Robertus Robet, urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to pass the Bill on Domestic Workers Protection.

More than 800 Indonesian crew members evacuated from MV Eurodam in Jakarta
As many as 878 Indonesian crew members have been evacuated from the MVEurodam cruise ship by an Indonesian Military team at Tanjung Priok Port, Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Netflix Documentaries to Air on TVRI for Distance Learning
The Education and Culture Ministry has announced a partnership with movie streaming service Netflix to air documentary programs for students during the end-of-school-year holiday.
— Jakarta Globe

Gus Dur’s Daughters Slam Police on Twitter Over Satirical Quote
The youngest daughter of Indonesia’s late president Abdurrahman “Gus Dur” Wahid, Inayah Wahid, voiced up against the police summoning of North Maluku resident, Ismail Ahmad, over a Facebook post that quipped the police institution which read: “There are only three honest police personnel: a police statue, a speed bump (which is called polisi tidur or sleeping police in native Indonesian), and general Hoegeng.”

Testing for Covid-19 at a Jakarta Traditional Market
The Palmerah Health Center performed swab tests for Covid-19 on 150 traders at the Pluis traditional market in West Jakarta on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Mahfud MD, Tito Karnavian Visit Indonesia-Timor Leste Border
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, visited the Indonesia-Timor Leste cross-country border post (PLBN) in Motaain, East Nusa Tenggara, Thursday, June 18. Mahfud came with Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian.

Indonesia presses for strict actions against racially spurred violence
Indonesia demanded firm actions to be taken against racially incited violence during an urgent debate on racism organized by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
— Antara News

Anti-corruption Watchdog Blasts Nazaruddin’s Remission
The Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) on Wednesday demanded the Law and Human Rights Ministry annul the remission of graft inmate Muhammad Nazaruddin as the anti-graft watchdog argues Nazaruddin had never obtained the status as a justice collaborator (JC).

Trade facilitation is critical response to COVID-19 pandemic: APEC CTI
Krasna Bobenrieth, chair of the Committee of Trade and Investment (CTI), stressed that facilitating trade is a critical response to ascertaining that the COVID-19 pandemic will not result in a long-term economic crisis.
— Antara News

137 Traditional Market Traders Test Positive for COVID-19
The Jakarta Health Agency held mass COVID-19 tests on 1,198 traditional market traders in the Jakarta area.

Batang Toru $1.5b hydropower plant may be delayed by years
PT North Sumatra Hydro Energy (NSHE) might delay the completion of the Rp 22 trillion (US$1.5 billion) Batang Toru hydropower plant (PLTA) in North Sumatra because of manpower issues.
— The Jakarta Post

Reopening of malls will hopefully reactivate trade: minister
Indonesia’s Minister of Trade, Agus Suparmanto, has expressed the hope that the reopening of retail businesses and shopping malls, with the implementation of health protocols, would help revive economic activity in the new normal era.
— Antara News

Why Cyclists can be Held Accountable Outside of Bike Lanes
The Metro Jaya Police traffic director, Grand Commissioner Sambodo Purnomo Yogo on Thursday said that police have reasons to ticket cyclists that travel outside of intended bike lanes.

Former Perum Perindo boss gets 4.5 years’ imprisonment in fish import bribery case
A panel of judges at the Jakarta Corruption Court has sentenced Risyanto Suanda, the former president director of state-owned Indonesia Fisheries Company (Perum Perindo), to four years and six months in prison for his involvement in a bribery case related to a fish import permit.
— The Jakarta Post

Teachers, parents fret over health risks as schools prepare to reopen
Tody Yusuf, 35, said he became worried upon hearing that his child’s kindergarten in East Lampung may soon reopen.
— The Jakarta Post

GBK Sports Complex Issues New Rules for Visitors
The management of the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) sports complex in Senayan, Jakarta, has imposed new rules which limit the number of visitors.

Govt raises $2.5b through global sukuk offering to address pandemic deficit
Indonesia has raised US$2.5 billion from a three-tranche global sukuk (sharia-compliant bond) offering to help the government fund the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, the Finance Ministry announced on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Retail businesses should adapt to digital ecosystem: minister
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto drew the attention of retail businesspersons to adapt to the digital ecosystem in the new normal period.
— Antara News

Car Free Day Reintroduced Exclusively for People Exercising
The capital city’s Car Free Day (CFD) will be introduced again this Sunday of June 21.

Eight named suspects in sexual assault of now-deceased minor in Tangerang
The Pagedangan Police in Tangerang regency, Banten, named eight people suspects on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in the rape of a now-deceased 16-year-old girl in April.
— The Jakarta Post



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


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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