Indonesia morning news for May 12

Indonesia morning news for May 12

Indonesia morning news

Most Businesses in Indonesia Can Only Survive Until June Under Coronavirus Restrictions
Most businesses in Indonesia only have enough cash to continue operating until the end of next month with little to no sales under large-scale social restrictions or PSBB, a top business lobby said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia reports 233 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 18 new deaths
The Indonesian government on Monday announced 233 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the archipelagic country to 14,265.
— Xinhua

Indonesia eyes US$1 billion rescue for virus-hit carrier Garuda
Indonesia is drawing up a US$1.0 billion rescue plan for struggling national airline Garuda after the coronavirus forced the company to ground most of its planes, Bloomberg News reported Monday (May 11).

22 injured in Indonesian oil tanker fire
At least 22 people were injured when a crude oil tanker burst into flames at one of Indonesia’s busiest ports on Monday (May 11) with rescuers scrambling to reach dozens trapped on board, an official said.

Reform of Indonesia’s sluggish manufacturing sector urgently needed: Analysts
The downturn in Indonesia’s manufacturing sector is likely to continue until the end of the year as demand and factory activity will remain low even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, analysts have warned.
— The Jakarta Post

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Over 700 Indonesians Abroad Contract Covid-19
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Monday 734 Indonesians have contracted Covid-19 iin foreign countries as of Sunday and 41 of them have died. Many of the cases have occurred in cruise ships.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to produce COVID-19 test kits, ventilators by late May
Indonesia will produce COVID-19 test kits and ventilators by late May of 2020, Minister of Research and Technology/Head of the National Research and Innovation Board Bambang Brodjonegoro stated.
— Antara News

Jokowi Disappointed as Daily Tests Fail to Reach 10,000
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday he was disappointed the country has so far failed to meet its target of 10,000 polymerase chain reaction tests per day after he had set the target last month.
— Jakarta Globe

Flattening COVID-19 curve seen in weekly, not daily figures, govt says
After receiving criticism over its claim that the number of new COVID-19 cases had been decreasing, the government said on Monday that its assertion was based on weekly figures, not daily figures.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Roll Out Relief Fund for Banks to Ease Impacts from Pandemic
The Indonesian government has issued a regulation that paves way for the disbursement of relief fund to the banking sector to help them cope with the financial impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak, which the country is still unable to clearly predict when it will reach its peak.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 data central govt announces different from what we report, Ridwan Kamil says
As questions mount over the validity of the government’s COVID-19 data, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed that the numbers announced by the Health Ministry in its daily press conferences did not match that reported by his regional administration.
— The Jakarta Post

New bill could legalize ‘land banking’ by Indonesian plantation firms
A little-known provision in a sweeping deregulation package now before the Indonesian parliament could make it easier for plantation firms to preserve forests within the areas they have been licensed to manage — or fuel a new wave of speculative “land banking” by large corporations.
— Mongabay

Indonesia’s undersea landslide risk areas mapped
Many coastal communities in the Indonesian archipelago, including the proposed site of the new capital on the island of Borneo, could be at potential tsunami risk from submarine landslides, according to a study published by the Geological Society of London.
— SciDev.Net

Prisons less overcrowded thanks to early release of inmates over COVID-19
The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Corrections Directorate General has recorded a decrease in prison overcrowding following the early release of prisoners and juvenile inmates in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

National Goals Shifted for COVID-19 Recovery Programs: VP
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin revealed that the government has shifted their national development focus in 2020, in order to facilitate a number of recovery programs that has been prepared for after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Religious Affairs Ministry Sets Two Scenarios on Hajj 2020
The Religious Affairs Ministry has set two scenarios for this year’s hajj implementation following the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Rating agency downgrades financial institutions’ outlook amid COVID-19
Indonesian rating agency Pemeringkat Efek Indonesia (Pefindo) has revised the outlooks of several financial institutions and downgraded the rating of asset-backed securities amid concerns over the impact of COVID-19 on the institutions’ performances.
— The Jakarta Post

Migrant Workers Back Home; Jokowi Wants Tighter Covid-19 Protocol
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said some 34,000 migrant workers will return to Indonesia amid the coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic throughout May 2020.

Singapore-flagged vessel grounded in Belitung due to human error
Port authorities suspect human error led to the grounding of a Singapore-flagged cargo ship, MV Asia Pearl IV, in the Pulau Mendanau waters, Belitung District, Bangka Belitung Island Province, according to an official.
— Antara News

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President approves utilizing Hajj dormitory to isolate returnees
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) gave approval to a plan to utilize the Pondok Gede Hajj dormitory in East Jakarta and West Java’s Bekasi Municipality as a temporary isolation location for Indonesians recently arriving from abroad.
— Antara News

Minister instructs airport operator to take charge of health inspections
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has instructed state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II to conduct passenger health inspections at the country’s busiest airport as the number of repatriated Indonesian arrivals has surged.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian crews get better after mistreatment aboard Chinese vessel
A total of 14 Indonesian crew, who faced alleged mistreatment and exploitation aboard a Chinese fishing vessel, are in good health after being evacuated and receiving social rehabilitation service in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s financial system at risk amid pandemic: KSSK
The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the stability of Indonesia’s financial system, as it causes a supply-demand shock and weakens the country’s financial industry and macroeconomy, according to the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK).
— The Jakarta Post

Bank Indonesia Reveals Six Monetary Policies to Keep Financial System Stable
Since the coronavirus crisis began, Bank Indonesia has been strengthening its policy mix to stabilize the rupiah, control inflation, support financial system stability and prevent a further decline in economic activities by working closely with the government and the Financial System Stability Committee, or KSSK.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19 Task Force on Questionable Accuracy of Rapid Tests
COVID-19 Task Force Chief Doni Monardo on Monday admitted that the accuracy of rapid tests was low in detecting COVID-19 patients compared to swab tests, which the government was relying on.

Jakarta PSBB Violators Face Fines and Social Work Punishments
The Jakarta Administration reasserts that it will sanction people who violate the city’s large-scale social restrictions or the PSBB protocol, which is overseen by the Jakarta Governor’s Decree No.41/2020.

Surabaya govt criticized for not breaking COVID-19 chain during PSBB
The Surabaya Municipal Legislative Council (DPRD) leadership criticized the city government for failing to break the chain of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) during the 14-day large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), ending Monday (May 11).
— Antara News

Three-month-old infant recovers from COVID-19 in Bogor District
A three-month-old infant recovered from the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Bogor District, West Java, after receiving intensive medical treatment at a local hospital.
— Antara News

Ministry to procure 12,500 tons farmers’ rubber for rubberized asphalt
The Public Works and Public Housing Minister confirmed its readiness to purchase 12,500 tons of natural rubber from farmers in nine main producing provinces that would be incorporated in the production of asphalt rubber.
— Antara News

COVID-19 Task Force receives Rp2.06 trillion for outbreak control
The Indonesian government distributed Rp2.06 trillion of the budget totaling Rp3.14 trillion to the COVID-19 Task Force to stem the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the country, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati stated.
— Antara News

Batu eco park ‘lockdown’ gives birth to new Humboldt penguin chicks
Eco Green Education Park has welcomed two new members of its Humboldt penguin family at the zoo in Batu, East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt COVID-19 response poses risks to human rights: Experts
Rights groups have raised concerns over the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on residents.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Reallocates Budgets for COVID-19, Formula E Included
Members of the Jakarta Legislative Council’s (DRPD Jakarta) Commission C overseeing finance held a hearing with region-owned enterprises (BUMD) discussing budget reallocations for the 2020 budget plans that were or would possibly not be spent.

Police seize drugs worth Rp25 billion
The West Jakarta Metropolitan Police, in separate operations, arrested three suspected drug dealers and seized drugs worth Rp25 billion, which were meant for distribution during the imposition of large-scale social restrictions.
— Antara News

Ex-legislator stands trial over drug possession
A former member of the Semarang City Legislative Council (DPRD), arrested over drug possession, was tried at the local district court on Monday.
— Antara News

COVID-19: IKEA Indonesia temporarily shuts flagship store
Sweden-based furniture retailer IKEA has temporarily shut its store in Tangerang, Banten, over concern that the outlet could be a place of COVID-19 transmission while public authorities are enforcing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Railway company PT KAI to resume limited services within Java
State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) is scheduled to open three temporary routes to accommodate travel starting Tuesday after travel restrictions for certain individuals were relaxed.
— The Jakarta Post

Doni Monardo: COVID-19 Task Force Has Spent Nine Weeks at Office
The Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), Doni Monardo, who also spearheads the country’s COVID-19 Task Force, revealed that he and the task force team had not returned home for nine straight weeks ever since the task force was assembled.

‘Misleading hearing’: Novel’s advocacy team skeptical over acid attack trial
The advocacy team for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan has expressed skepticism over the legal proceedings surrounding his acid attack case, claiming that the hearing had been compromised by factual discrepancies and oversight from the start.
— The Jakarta Post

Central Java administration to send food aid to its residents in Jakarta
The Central Java administration is set to distribute sembako (staple food packages) to its residents living in Greater Jakarta, as the COVID-19 crisis has seen a large number of people lose their jobs.
— The Jakarta Post

Girl dies after crocodile snatches her when swimming in South Kalimantan river
A girl identified as Devi, 17, has died after being snatched by a crocodile while she was swimming in the Sebamban River, Tanah Bumbu, South Kalimantan, on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, May 17.


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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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