Indonesia morning news for March 2

Indonesia morning news for March 2

Indonesia morning news

Indonesian Diamond Princess Evacuees Arrive for Covid-19 Observation
A Garuda Indonesia plane carrying 69 crew members of coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship landed at Kertajati Airport in Majalengka, West Java, just before midnight on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

International driver permit, valid in 188 countries, can now be processed online in Indonesia
People living in Indonesia are now able to register for international driver permits online as the National Police have launched a service to ease the process of applying for the document, which is valid for use in 188 foreign countries.
— The Jakarta Post

No more illegal phones: Indonesia to impose IMEI control regulation on April 18
The government will start blocking unregistered cell phones starting April 18 as it imposes the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) policy to curb the circulation of illegal phones.
— The Jakarta Post

Two new Covid-19 patients in KL, NZ, visited Indonesia before getting sick: Reports
New Zealand and Malaysian authorities reported on Friday that their latest patients infected with the Covid-19 coronavirus had been to Indonesia before getting sick in their respective countries.
— Asia One

Smelters buying nickel ore below floor price will get sanction: ESDM Ministry
The Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry will issue a new regulation later in March to set up a floor price for nickel ore to ensure fair business practices in the domestic nickel market following the introduction of the nickel ore export ban in January of this year.
— The Jakarta Post

188 Indonesians start their 14-day quarantine in Sebaru Kecil Island
The government began the coronavirus observation process for 188 Indonesian workers of World Dream cruise ship on arrival at Sebaru Kecil Island in Seribu Islands, Jakarta, a presidential spokesperson for social affairs Angkie Yudistia stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s frontline hospital defends policies to tackle coronavirus
Indonesia has the resources to cope with a coronavirus outbreak, the director of its leading infectious diseases hospital said, defending detection procedures in the Southeast Asian nation of more than 260 million, where no cases have been reported.
— Reuters

The general holding back better US-Indonesia ties
Why, curious reporters recently asked, does newly minted Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto never talk about politics anymore, at least since his shock appointment to presidential rival Joko Widodo’s new second-term Cabinet in the wake of last year’s bitterly fought election campaign.
— Asia Times

Jakarta among cities most threatened by rising sea levels, extreme weather: Report
A recent study has identified Jakarta as among the world’s major metropolitan areas on the brink of sinking as a result of rising sea levels and extreme weather caused by climate change.
— The Jakarta Post

Floods put West Java on brink of crop failure
Crop failures could be seen across more than 10,000 hectares of agricultural land in West Java due to the recurring floods that have hit the province over the past few months.
— The Jakarta Post

Discourse: Netherlands not in favor of ban on Indonesian palm oil
Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima will visit Indonesia from March 10 to 13 at the invitation of President Joko Widodo.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion Air to Airlift 13,000 Indonesian Pilgrims in Saudi Arabia
Lion Air is ready to airlift about 13,000 umrah pilgrims from Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport or Medina Airport and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to return to Indonesia.

Authorities rush to finish prepping Jakarta’s Sebaru island for ‘quarantine v.2’
Indonesian authorities are moving fast to ensure that the facilities on Sebaru Kecil Island are finished for observing the evacuees from the World Dream cruise ship in Hong Kong, which was released from quarantine on Feb. 9.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia may import extra 130,000 tons of sugar from India to meet demand
Indonesia may obtain more sugar from India to gratify domestic needs as local supplies are unlikely to be sufficient to meet demand this year.
— The Jakarta Post

US unilateral decision may affect Indonesia’s current account
The United States (U.S.) government’s unilateral decision to exclude Indonesia from the list of developing nations can affect its current account, the Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) has opined.
— Antara News

SOEs Bid to Export 1,050 Train Cars to Bangladesh
State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir said several Indonesian SOEs in the railroad sector have the opportunity to take part in a bidding process to manufacture 1,050 train cars for Bangladesh Railway.
— Jakarta Globe

Aecom, Nikken Sekkei Hired for New Capital City Project
The Indonesian government will hire two consulting firms from the United States and Japan to get involved in designing the new capital city in East Kalimantan, the chief investment minister said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Seeks to Slash Child Marriage Rate to 8.7 Pct
Several factors have contributed to the declining child marriage rate in Indonesia, but a lot more need to be done to enforce the law that protects girls from early marriage.
— Jakarta Globe

Analysis: Unlocking Indonesia’s $500b oil and gas revenue opportunity
Indonesia’s oil and gas sector is a vital foundation of the nation’s economy, representing 12 percent of GDP in 2018.
— The Jakarta Post

BI continues to intervene in markets as foreigners sell Indonesian securities
Bank Indonesia (BI) has pumped Rp 87 trillion (US$6.2 billion) into the domestic bond markets so far this month as big sell-offs sent stock markets around the world into a tailspin amid fears over the global spread of the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah slips over investors’ preference for safe-haven assets
Indonesia’s rupiah dropped against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Friday morning as investors opted for safe-haven assets over fears of the impact of the coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak
— Antara News

Disease control directorate general requests hospital pneumonia data over COVID-19 fears
The Indonesian Health Ministry disease control and prevention directorate general has requested ministry-run hospitals provide it with data regarding cases of pneumonia and other respiratory diseases over concern that cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus remain undetected in the country.
— The Jakarta Post

IGJ urges Indonesia to reject US proposal for WTO reform
Indonesia for Global Justice (IGJ) urged the government to reject the US’ World Trade Organization (WTO) reform proposal, chiefly the suggestion to revise the status of developing nations since it largely benefited the superpower country.
— Antara News

Military personnel allegedly attack a police headquarters in North Sumatra, injuring six
A number of Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel armed with rifles, allegedly assaulted the Pahae Julu Police headquarters in North Tapanuli regency, North Sumatra, on Thursday afternoon, resulting in six police officers sustaining injuries.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Indonesia’s new capital city will be very special,’ Tony Blair says
Former British prime minister Tony Blair has said he is confident Indonesia’s new capital city will be a special place, describing the capital relocation plan as an outstanding vision for Indonesia as well as an inspiration for the whole world.
— The Jakarta Post

Ombudsman Suspects Maladministration on Formula E Monas Permit
The Greater Jakarta Ombudsman suspected maladministration on the issuance of recommendation to use the National Monument or Monas for Formula E event by the Restoration Trial Team (TSP).

Singaporean man earlier suspected of COVID-19 buried in Batam
A Singaporean man who was suspected to have contracted the novel coronavirus that causes the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) but reportedly died of “another illness” has been buried in Batam, Riau Islands, after days of uncertainty regarding his funeral.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Will Rent Garuda Indonesia Aircraft for Long-haul Flights
Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said that the presidential palace planned to rent Garuda Indonesia’s aircraft to accommodate President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s state visit to the United States in March.

Malaysian citizen detained for drug possesion while crossing border
A joint Indonesian military and police team detained a Malaysian citizen identified by his initial as MF for drug possession at the Aruk border area, Sambas District, West Kalimantan Province which shares a border line with Malaysia.
— Antara News

Omnibus bill may threaten press freedom: Media groups
Media groups have questioned the proposed revisions to the Press Law set out in the omnibus bill on job creation, fearing that the new provisions will lead to a setback in press freedom.
— The Jakarta Post

Wishnutama Will Hire 15 Foreign Influencers to Promote Tourism
Tourism Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said the Rp27 billion budget would not merely be used to pay influencers but also to fund other programs.

Philippines eyes Indonesia-made combat vehicles
The Philippine National Defense Department has expressed interest in buying combat vehicles from Indonesia’s state-owned weapons manufacturer PT Pindad.
— The Jakarta Post

80 percent of marijuana in Papua smuggled from PNG: BNN
Indonesia’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) reported on Friday that 80 percent of the marijuana sold in Papua Province was smuggled from Papua New Guinea (PNG), while 20 percent was supplied from the Indonesia-PNG border areas.
— Antara News

Indonesia demands job details for Japan’s SSW program
Indonesia is awaiting the details of quota as well as job requirements needed by the Japanese government through their Specified Skilled Worker (SSW) program, an official of the Ministry of Manpower stated here Friday.
— Antara News

Pro-IS deportees played major role in radicalizing West Sumatra groups: IPAC report
A new report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) found that Islamic State (IS) supporters who were deported while trying to join the extremist group played a major role in radicalizing neighborhood religious study groups in West Sumatra.
— The Jakarta Post

BNPB records 652 natural disasters in February 2020
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) recorded 652 natural disasters that hit several parts of Indonesia in February 2020, left 123 people dead and two others missing. .
— Antara News

Jokowi Set to Announce Figure to Lead New Capital City
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claimed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had appointed the head authority of the new capital city.

Jakarta police arrest 10 workers for producing fake medical masks
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police raided a warehouse on Friday in Cilincing, North Jakarta, and arrested 10 workers found manufacturing fake medical masks.
— Antara News

Legal activists, journalists slam Supreme Court prohibition on recording court hearings
Human rights activists and press organizations have lambasted the Supreme Court’s new regulation that prohibits the taking of photographs or making sound and video recordings in courtrooms without proper permits, saying the provision will only benefit the judicial mafia and restrict court transparency.
— The Jakarta Post

Data protection bill: Lawmakers, activists warn of abuse of power
The government and the House of Representatives have begun the deliberation of the long-awaited personal data protection bill.
— The Jakarta Post

84,855 East Java Muslims may not perform Umrah
Nearly 84,855 Muslims in the Indonesian province of East Java may not perform Umrah pilgrimage services in the Holy Land following the Saudi government’s policy to temporarily suspend services for residents from outside the kingdom.
— Antara News

Retno Marsudi holds six bilateral meetings in Doha
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi had held six bilateral meetings on the sidelines of a work visit to Doha to attend the signing of a peace agreement for Afghanistan.
— Antara News

Muslim Congress Urges Jokowi to Dissolve BPIP
The 7th Indonesian Muslim Congress (KUII) has urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to dissolve the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) on the grounds it is no longer needed.

‘It affects our revenue’: Garuda Indonesia suspends more flights as coronavirus spreads
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia announced it expects its financial performance would be adversely affected by the global COVID-19 outbreak as it cancels more flights because countries around the world are struggling to limit the movement of people to contain the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Targets New Investment Deals at Hannover Messe 2020
Indonesia is hoping to secure new investment deals from participating in the annual German industrial technology fair Hannover Messe on Apr. 20-24.
— Jakarta Globe

Education, food outlets rule Jakarta malls as department stores give way
Education institutions, food and beverage outlets and fast fashion retailers are gradually replacing department stores at Jakarta shopping malls as the emerging middle class increasingly looks for experience rather than tangible goods, a recent report suggests.
— The Jakarta Post

Huawei aims to have 73 local Indonesian apps in AppGallery by March
Chinese tech giant Huawei is touring globally to get local app developers on board its very own app store, AppGallery, launched as an alternative to Google Play and Apple App Store. It aims to have 73 Indonesian apps by next month.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Bangladesh review cooperation on power plant development
The governments of Indonesia and Bangladesh are assessing their cooperation agreement to construct a power plant in Bangladesh, Indonesian State Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir stated.
— Antara News

Amphibious forces conduct maritime patrolling of Sebaru Kecil Island
The Indonesian Navy’s amphibious force command (Kopaska) is conducting water patrolling around Sebaru Kecil Island, Kepulauan Seribu District, where 188 Indonesian citizens working on the World Dream ship, are being quarantined over coronavirus prevention.
— Antara News

Jokowi meets Blair, Masayoshi to discuss new capital project
President Joko Widodo met with Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair at the Jakarta Presidential Palace, to discuss the new capital project for the Republic of Indonesia.
— Antara News

Waste covering Huntete Beach originated from other islands
Nusantara Nature Conservation Foundation’s (YKAN’s) study indicated that the source of various types of waste washing onto Huntete Beach, East Tomia Sub-district, Wakatobi District, Southeast Sulawesi Province, came from other islands and also neighboring countries.
— Antara News

Dompet Dhuafa distributes food among homeless people in US
Islamic philanthropic institute Dompet Dhuafa in association with Indonesian Muslim Youth in America (IMYA) distributed food among tens of homeless people in the United States to show care for less-fortunate people.
— Antara News

Students in Indonesia-PNG borders receive first aid training
The Indonesian military (TNI) provided first aid training for 52 students of integrated Islamic junior high school (SMP IT) Nurul Huda Arso 2 in Keerom District, Papua Province, bordering Papua New Guinea .
— Antara News

Muslim Congress urges president to dissolve Pancasila Education Agency
The 7th Indonesian Muslim Congress (KUII) has urged President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to dissolve the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIP) on the grounds it is no longer needed.
— Antara News

Joni Botak led Papuans who killed policeman
Joni Botak led a group of Papuan criminals involved in a two-hour gunfight with Indonesian security personnel in Jipabera, Tembagapura Subdistrict, in Mimika District, Friday, February 28, Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said.
— Antara News

Ma’ruf Amin cautions of radicalism, Islamophobia triggering conflicts
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin drew attention to the threat posed by radicalism and Islamophobia that can spur sectarian conflict in a country for which the government has incessantly promoted social harmony among people.
— Antara News

11 hotspots of forest fires detected in Riau’s coastal areas
The Pekanbaru Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Office (BMKG) detected 11 hotspots indicative of forest fires along the coastal areas of Riau Province on Saturday.
— Antara News

Policeman dies in shootout with armed criminal group in Papua
Papua Provincial Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw has confirmed the death of a police officer in a shootout with armed criminal group (KKB) in Kali Kabur, around Arwanop, in Indonesia’s easternmost province.
— Antara News

Gojek Tight-lipped on Drivers Staging Rally in DPR
Online ride-hailing firm Gojek decided not to provide a response to the demonstration staged by online motorcycle taxi or online ojek drivers today, February 28, 2020, in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building.



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