Indonesia morning news for June 25

Indonesia morning news for June 25
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Suspected Rohingya Refugee Boat Floating Off Indonesia
A boat carrying almost 100 suspected Rohingya refugees was floating several miles off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province on Wednesday after being rescued by fishermen, authorities said.
— The New York Times

Indonesia reports 1,113 newly-confirmed COVID-19 cases, 38 new deaths
COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,113 within one day to 49,009, with the death toll adding by 38 to 2,573, Achmad Yurianto, a health ministry official, said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

Association urges credit card holders to activate PIN before July
Credit card holders should activate their six-digit personal identification number (PIN), which will be mandatory for transactions as of July 1, the Indonesian Credit Card Association (AKKI) has stated.
— The Jakarta Post

Computer-based university entrance test to be held in two phases during pandemic
Indonesia is set to execute this year’s computer-based exam (UTBK), part of the annual state university entrance test (SBMPTN), in two phases because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Social taboos hinder Indonesia’s fight against COVID-19
Indonesian authorities complained on Wednesday (Jun 24) that hundreds of people had refused testing for COVID-19 as social taboos emerge as another obstacle to stopping its spread in the world’s fourth-most populous nation.

Naval ships perform drill to boost surveillance, war capability
Three Indonesian naval ships participated in a military drill in the Makassar waters, South Sulawesi Province, on Wednesday to strengthen their maritime surveillance and coordination capability in warfare.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s 58 percent regions classified as COVID-19 green zones
Some 58 percent of the regions in Indonesia are classified as green zones based on the low level of COVID-19 transmission, the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling stated.
— Antara News

Government to start construction of new capital city next year
Despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is slated to begin construction of the new capital city in North Penajam Paser regency, East Kalimantan, as scheduled in 2021.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Jakarta Ranks Top in Highest Covid-19 Case Ratio
The national Covid-19 mitigation task force has released ten regions with the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases calculated based on the population ratio.

Police map out potential security, public order issues in 2021
Indonesia’s National Police have mapped out security and public order issues to potentially encumber the nation in 2021, including those linked to the socio-economic impacts of the ongoing global novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Tabanan hospital declared COVID-19 cluster as 10 new cases emerge
A private hospital in Tabanan, Bali, has been identified as a new cluster for COVID-19 transmission after 10 new cases emerged.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt’s intervention to curb increase in poor population: Bappenas
Governmental intervention to disburse social assistance amid the COVID-19 pandemic will curb the increase in the poor population, with the newly poor expected to reach 1.2-2.7 million, National Development Planning Ministry/National Development Agency (Bappenas) stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Largest Taxi Operator Sees Demand Rebound as Virus Curbs Ease
PT Blue Bird, Indonesia’s largest taxi operator, has seen a sharp rebound in demand for its services since authorities began easing social distancing rules to revive the nation’s economy, according to President Director Noni Purnomo.
— Bloomberg

Bappenas endorses budget planning to lower impacts of COVID-19
The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency (PPN/Bappenas) has encouraged local governments to strengthen the budgeting planning system, or “SEPAKAT,” to reduce the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Indonesia to place funds in state banks to support economy
Indonesia’s finance minister said on Wednesday the government will shift 30 trillion rupiah (S$2.96 billion) from its account at the central bank to four state banks so they can use the funds to expand lending and support the economy.
— The Business Times

Muhammadiyah Advises Muslims to Offer Eid al-Adha Prayer at Home
One of the country’s largest Islamic organizations, Muhammadiyah, suggested Muslims perform Eid al-Adha prayer at homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Helicopter pressed into service to locate missing fishermen
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has deployed a helicopter to search for three fishermen who went missing after their boat capsized near Gosong Gadang Island in Padang, West Sumatra on Sunday.
— Antara News

Yogyakarta Destinations to Open in July as ‘New Normal’ Nears
The Head of Yogyakarta’s tourism board, Singgih Rahardjo, announced on Tuesday that 10 tourist destinations in the special region will be opened for the public on July 1 as the region is ready to embrace the ‘new normal’ phase.

OJK supports programs on interest subsidies for economic recovery
Financial Services Authority (OJK) supports implementing government programs on interest subsidies for economic recovery by providing data and information on banking debtors and finance companies eligible for interest subsidies and joint socialization by finance ministry.
— Antara News

Islamists Protest Against ‘Pro-Communist’ Pancasila Bill
Islamist groups, including the National Anti-Communist Alliance (Anak NKRI), the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), brought hundreds of protesters to the streets in front of the House of Representatives (MPR) in Senayan, South Jakarta, on Wednesday, to try to get lawmakers to drop the so-called “Pancasila Ideology Guidelines” bill.
— Jakarta Globe

Vulnerability Index Highlights Potential Problems in 2020 Regional Election
The Election Supervisory Agency, or Bawaslu, has released its 2020 regional election vulnerability index, which measures risks of disruption during the election’s preliminary stages.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi Claims COVID-19 Policies are Based on Scientific Data
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday claims that the government’s decision to progress into the COVID-19 ‘new normal’ is heavily based on valid experts’ advice and scientific data.

‘Not a waste of money’: Minister defends Rp 168b ‘new normal’ video contest
Home Minister Tito Karnavian has responded to public criticism of a video contest run by the ministry to promote the so-called new normal, saying the initiative costing Rp 168 billion (US$11.8 million) sourced from the state budget was not a waste of money.
— The Jakarta Post

Car Free Day Event Suspended; Pop up Bike Lane Remains Open
The Central Jakarta Transportation Agency Head Sholeh announced that despite the temporary closure of the car-free day event or CFD on Jalan Jenderal Sudirman-Thamrin starting June 28, people can still exercise with their bicycles in the area.

COVID-19: Health Ministry teams up with Docquity to train, recruit frontline volunteers
The Health Ministry has enlisted the support of healthtech start-up Docquity to train and recruit medical volunteers to prevent the healthcare system from becoming overloaded amid the ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

US paedophile entered Indonesia on Nov 5
Wanted American fugitive Russ Albert Medlin entered Indonesia three weeks before The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) issued a red notice late last year.
— New Straits Times

COVID-19 volunteers launch ‘alertness index’ for cities, regencies
Volunteers for crowdsourced database KawalCOVID-19 (Guard against COVID-19) have introduced an “alertness index” that shows specific data on COVID-19 cases in every city and regency in the country, amid the absence of comprehensive data from the government.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia looks to sign RCEP this year to support economic recovery
Indonesia and 14 other negotiating countries agreed Tuesday to sign the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year to help their economies recover from the pandemic-induced downturn.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Terawan to Send Doctors, Nurses to Surabaya Hospital
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto pledged that he would delegate doctors and nurses to Dr. Soetomo Regional Hospital in Surabaya.

Government won’t sell zero-coupon bonds to Bank Indonesia: Sri Mulyani
The government has stated it will not sell sovereign debt papers with a zero coupon rate to Bank Indonesia (BI) as part of its efforts to close the widening state budget deficit despite pressure from lawmakers to do so.
— The Jakarta Post

Tjahjo Kumolo Explains Generals’ Promotion to be BNPB Deputies
The Minister of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Tjahjo Kumolo on Tuesday explained that the suggestion to promote major generals to fill the deputy positions in the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) is because both the National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian national armed forces (TNI) have always been closely involved in disaster mitigations.

AIIB projects gradual economic recovery for Indonesia as virus causes ‘temporary dip’
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a China-backed multilateral development bank, projects a gradual economic recovery for Indonesia as the coronavirus crisis will only be a “temporary dip” for the country’s economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese Workers Arrive; Ambassador Vows Technology Transfer
The Chinese Embassy in Jakarta ensured that it would comply with the Indonesian regulations regarding the arrival of foreign workers, including those working in Konawe, Southeast Sulawesi.

Google launches first Cloud region in Indonesia
Google Cloud announced the opening of its new Jakarta region on Wednesday, bringing services closer to its Indonesian and Southeast Asian consumers.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Sets Up 32 Alternatives to Replace Sudirman-Thamrin CFD
The Jakarta provincial administration has prepared 32 locations for the car-free day (CFD) event that will be opened starting Sunday, June 28, 2020, as the alternative for the weekly event on Jalan Sudirman-Thamrin that has been closed again temporarily.

W Kalimantan police intensify security after incident in SE Sulawesi
West Kalimantan police increased security in keeping with instructions of the National Police headquarters in Jakarta after an unidentified man attempted to trespass into Southeast Sulawesi Police’s mobile brigade command post on June 20, 2020.
— Antara News

PUPR Ministry to remodel irrigation system in planned food estate
The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry has decided to redesign the irrigation system in the planned Food Estate area in Central Kalimantan, Minister Basuki Hadimuljono stated here on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Antigraft group reports KPK leader for ‘hedonistic lifestyle’
The Indonesian Anti-Corruption Community (MAKI) has reported Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Firli Bahuri to the antigraft body’s supervisory board for an alleged ethics violation.
— The Jakarta Post

Domestic innovation spurs West Java’s COVID-19 response
West Java — Indonesia’s most populous province — has seen a declining trend of daily new cases of COVID-19 in the past few weeks, thanks to collaborative efforts of many stakeholders in introducing innovation to fight the pandemic, a top official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

John Kei’s Man Turns Self in to Police
Semuel Rahanbinan a.k.a. Teco, one of John Kei’s men, turned himself in on Wednesday afternoon, June 24.

KPK detains three councilors in Jambi graft case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained three members of the Jambi Legislative Council for alleged graft in a case that also implicates former governor Zumi Zola Zulkifli.
— The Jakarta Post

Government places $2.12b in state-owned banks to accelerate economic recovery
The government announced on Wednesday that it would place Rp 30 trillion (US$2.12 billion) in state-owned banks, associated under the auspices of Himbara, to be channeled as loans to businesses to help support economic recovery amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina donates personal protective gear to two Kupang hospitals
State-owned oil and gas holding company PT Pertamina (Persero) donated 400 hazmat suits, 200 goggles, and six thousand disposable handscoons to two hospitals in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara’s capital, the company’s official stated on Wednesday.
— Antara News

Stop confusing freedom of expression with treason in Papua: Activists
Human rights activists have slammed the government for what they deem the misuse of treason charges to prosecute Papuans, thereby threatening their freedom of speech and right to assembly.
— The Jakarta Post

FPI Stages Rally before DPR Building; Jalan Gatot Subroto Closed
The police reportedly closed Jalan Gatot Subroto towards Slipi due to a mass demonstration staged by the Islamic Front Defender (FPI) against the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines (RUU HIP) before the House of Representatives (DPR) building.



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Day of the Seafarer, June 25.


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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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