Indonesia morning news for June 29

Indonesia morning news for June 29
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Indonesia sees 1,385 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours
Covid-19 infections in Indonesia exceeded 52,000 cases on Saturday after 1,385 new cases were reported over the preceding 24 hours.
— New Straits Times

Indonesia Issues Regulation on Taxing Digital Services
Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance issued Regulation No. 48/PMK.03/2020 (Reg 48/2020) in May 2020, which imposes a 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on digital services on non-resident companies, starting July 1, 2020.
— ASEAN Briefing

Indonesian Listed Companies to Pay Lowest Tax Rate in Southeast Asia
Some of Indonesia’s listed companies will enjoy a lower income tax rate of 19 percent this year and next year, with a further 3 percent cut starting in 2022 that would make the rate lower than Singapore’s corporate income tax rate, the Finance Ministry said last week.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 killed more than 200 young children, Indonesian pediatricians suspect
More than 200 children including newborns and those under 5 years of age are believed to have died from COVID-19 in Indonesia as the virus has devastated the country’s fragile health system.
— The Jakarta Post

Natuna: an idyll on the front line between Indonesia and China
More than a thousand kilometres north of Indonesia’s sprawling capital Jakarta, Natuna Besar island is just a speck in the vast South China Sea.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Over 1,000 Covid-19 Patients Recover in a Day for First Time
Indonesia reported a record 1,027 Covid-19 patients who recovered in the 24-hour period, bringing the total number of recoveries to 22,936 on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi changes 2020 state budget again, with deficit at 6.34% of GDP
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed Wednesday Perpres No. 72/2020, a presidential regulation that regulates an increase in state spending and a widening state budget deficit amid Indonesia’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia orders destruction of imported enoki mushrooms over listeriosis fears
The Indonesian government has ordered importers to destroy enoki mushrooms obtained from South Korea as they may contain bacteria harmful to humans.
— The Jakarta Post

Passenger allowed on Jakarta-Sorong flight despite testing positive for COVID-19
A passenger was allowed on a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to Sorong, Papua, despite having recently tested positive for COVID-19, Sorong health authorities have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Introduces Ban on Plastic Bags Ahead of July 1
The Jakarta provincial administration disseminated information on the ban on plastic bags at 116 supermarkets across seven sub-districts of Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta ahead of the policy enactment on July 1, 2020.

Japan puzzled by Indonesia’s policy shift over high-speed rail plan
Japan has been perplexed by Indonesia’s abrupt policy shift on a high-speed railway project, now asking Tokyo to join in on the major infrastructure deal that it originally lost out to China.
— The Mainichi

Indonesia bracing for land and forest fires
While fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, Indonesia now also has to face land and forest fires as this year’s droughts are coming even earlier.
— The Star

Indonesia’s President Widodo threatens to reshuffle Cabinet over COVID-19 response
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has told his Cabinet he is ready to reshuffle ministers or even disband government agencies that he feels have not done enough to fight the coronavirus outbreak, according to his office.

Survivor’s Plasma Only for Covid-19 Therapy, Not Prevention: Eijkman Institute
Convalescent plasma can help in the recovery of Covid-19 patients with a severe condition but may become harmful if used carelessly as a means to prevent the virus infection, Eijkman Institute of Molecular Biology’s director Amin Soebandrio said.
— Jakarta Globe

New Normal: Govt Notes 3 Potential COVID-19 Transmission Areas
The government’s spokesman for the national COVID-19 mitigation, Achmad Yurianto, has reported a number of potential areas of COVID-19 transmission during the new normal era.

Nearly 400,000 taxpayers apply for incentives as COVID-19 hits economy
Nearly 400,000 individual and corporate taxpayers have applied for tax incentives as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted economic activity, according to the tax office.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek Violates Law for Laying Off 430 Workers: KSPI
Confederation of Indonesian Labor Unions (KSPI) president Said Iqbal said ride-hailing firm Gojek had violated the law on manpower for laying off 430 of its employees.

Epidemiologist Urges Govt to Not Reopen Schools Yet
An epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, reminded the government to slow down in opening the schools at the new normal period. He reasoned that the Covid-19 case in Jakarta is still high.

Watchdogs’ grim report says KPK has ‘lost public trust’ in six months under Firli
Two of the country’s top corruption watchdogs have given the new leadership of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) a red mark for performance in the first half of 2020, citing poor enforcement against special crimes and the many controversies embroiling the commission.
— The Jakarta Post

The Complicated Politics of Chinese Workers in Indonesia
The new wave of Chinese migrants has ignited criticism among many segments in Indonesian society – including Chinese Indonesians.
— The Diplomat

Grab Indonesia booming
GRAB Indonesia generated 77.4 trillion rupiah to the economy last year, providing gig work for many via its platforms.
— New Straits Times

Despite Economic Turmoil, Indonesia-Australia Trade Agreement Pushes Ahead
This year is going to be a tough one for trade. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an unprecedented cessation of economic activity.
— The Diplomat

Gov’t Prepares for ‘Adaptive Bureaucracy’ Post-Pandemic
The government has been making adjustments in various sectors of the bureaucracy – including by relying more on the use of advanced technology – to prepare for life after the coronavirus pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi highlights two key issues at virtual 36th ASEAN Summit
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) drew attention to two key issues during the virtual 36th ASEAN Summit on Friday held to discuss economic revival in the post-pandemic era and regional cooperation.
— Antara News

Government ensures migrant workers return to their hometowns safely
The government would facilitate Indonesian migrant workers to return to the country in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that they would reach their hometowns safely, the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI) said.
— Antara News

C. Kalimantan Residents Warned of Importance of Rapid Test Result
Central Kalimantan’s residents are banned from travelling if results of their rapid tests are reactive and should instead undergo swab tests for confirming the diagnosis of the COVID-19 disease, a local government official stated.

West Java lifts PSBB, moves towards new normal
The provincial government of West Java has decided to lift PSBB (large-scale social distancing) measures — enacted to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak — by Friday, and has turned its focus to broader rapid testing.
— Antara News

Tito Karnavian Asks Surabaya to Emulate Bali’s COVID-19 Handling
Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian and Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD paid a working visit to Surabaya, East Java on Friday, June 26.

Ministry readies Rp1.4 trillion to construct dam in next capital city
The Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Ministry allocated Rp1.4 trillion to construct a dam in Sepaku Sub-district, North Penajam Paser District, East Kalimantan, to fulfill the clean water requirements of Indonesia’s next capital city.
— Antara News

Govt, DPR Urged to Revise Narcotics Law
The coordinator of advocacy and campaign for justice (AKSI), Yohan Misero, demanded the government and the House of Representatives (DPR) immediately amend the Narcotics Law.

Rohingya refugees undergo rapid diagnostic tests for COVID-19 in Aceh
Rapid diagnostic tests for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were conducted on 94 Rohingya refugees stranded in North Aceh District, Aceh Province, Lhokseumawe Mayor Suaidi Yahya stated.
— Antara News

Malaysia Repatriates 2,500 Indonesian Workers Under MCO
The Malaysian government repatriated 2,500 undocumented Indonesian migrant workers as part of the enforcement of its movement control order (MCO) to slacken the transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic in the neighboring country.

Government should ensure cybersecurity system immediately updated: DPR
Member of the House of Representatives’ (DPR’s) Commission I, Sukamta, called on the government to ascertain that the cybersecurity system related to personal data in government agencies is updated immediately and hard to hack.
— Antara News

New Normal: Banyuwangi Preps 3 Phases to Kick-start Tourism
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said Banyuwangi regency was gearing up to reactivate its tourism sector.

Int’l cooperation critical in countering illicit drug trafficking
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin has highlighted the criticality of international cooperation to crack down on illicit drug trafficking in Indonesia, as it is viewed as a transnational crime.
— Antara News

Local PPE producers pass international standards, gear up for export
Six Indonesian manufacturers of personal protective equipment (PPE) are preparing to export coveralls as they meet international standards for the product, amid an excess in national supplies during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

UGM calls on mosques to follow COVID-19 rules during ‘qurban’ on Idul Adha
Mosques have been urged to implement the COVID-19 health protocols if they decided to hold the qurban sacrificial ceremony to mark Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice)
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia wants to grow its fishery industry amid slowdown, but needs better infrastructure and manpower
Fisherman Iwan, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, has been in the industry for the last 10 years.

PA 212 Denies PDIP Flag Burning During Protest
The Jakarta regional representative council (DPD) deputy chairman of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Wiliam Yani, expressed his rejection of the recent burning of his party’s flag. He also objected that PDIP was accused of being a communist party.

Jakarta Police Arrest 10 Foreigners over Online Scam
The West Jakarta Police arrested 10 foreign nationals suspected of being involved in online scam in a Cengkareng apartment on Saturday night.

Indonesian Air Force gets first female loadmaster
Second Lt. Dewa Ayu Ardikna Suari has been named by the Indonesian Air Force as its first female loadmaster, in an unprecedented move in the male-dominated military force.
— The Jakarta Post

Civil Society seeks humanitarian response in handling Rohingya crisis
The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations has praised the local people and Government of North Aceh for their initiative and lead in rescuing Rohingya refugees in distress at sea on Thursday (June 25).
— Antara News

Trains serving Soekarno-Hatta Airport to resume in July
Airport train operator PT Railink is planning to resume service between Jakarta stations and Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on July 1.
— The Jakarta Post

Tourist confidence crucial for recovery of Indonesia’s tourism sector
Efforts to restore the confidence of tourists is considered a key for the success of the country’s tourism sector recovery, according to an official.
— Antara News

John Kei’s parole revoked after murder charges
The Bogor Correctional Board (Bapas) has rescinded the parole granted to John Refra Kei aka John Kei following his recent arrest for alleged involvement in violent attacks and premeditated murder.
— The Jakarta Post

Divorce rate soars in Bandung during new normal
The divorce rate has increased significantly in Bandung, West Java, as the government eased COVID-19 restrictions in the so-called new normal period, after the rate had dropped significantly during the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) period.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Consumers Prefer Socially Conscious Brands: Study
A study has revealed that Indonesian consumers are leaning more and more toward a “conscious lifestyle” and starting to show a preference for socially conscious brands.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK detains Humpuss Transportasi Kimia president director in bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained Taufik Agustono, president director of private transportation company PT Humpuss Transportasi Kimia (HTK), in a bribery case.
— The Jakarta Post

Activists, residents demand South Korea withdraw from Banten power plant projects
Dozens of environmentalists and residents of Banten staged a rally in front of the South Korean Embassy in Jakarta on Thursday to protest Korean state-owned utility company Korea Electric Power Corporation’s (KEPCO) plan to invest in two new coal-fired power plants in Cilegon, Banten.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau’s Residents Warned for Flouting COVID-19 Protocols
Some 40 businesspersons and residents in Pekanbaru, Riau Province’s capital, received warning letters from the city administration’s public order agency (Satpol PP) for violating preventive measures necessitated under the government’s COVID-19 protocols.

Pondok Labu Traditional Market to Be Closed for Three Days
South Jakarta Administration temporarily closes Pondok Labu Traditional Market starting today, June 27, until Tuesday, June 30, for disinfection after one of the traders tested positive for Covid-19 based on mass testing from Cilandak Community Health Center (Puskesmas).

PLN slashes capital expenditure by half this year
State-owned electricity company PLN has slashed its capital expenditure (capex) for this year by almost half to Rp 53.6 trillion (US$3.7 billion) from an initially earmarked Rp 100 trillion.
— The Jakarta Post



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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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