Indonesia morning news for May 25

Indonesia morning news for May 25

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia investigates leak of more than two million voters’ personal information
Indonesia is investigating how 2.3 million voters’ personal information was leaked online, the election commission said.
— The Guardian

Indonesia reports 526 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, 21 new deaths
The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 526 within one day to 22,271, AchmadYurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Sunday.
— Xinhua

Papuan dies after complaining about oil palm company
A West Papuan man has died shortly after allegedly being hit by a police officer while making a complaint against a palm oil company.

Bali to require COVID-19 swab test results for all visitors
Anyone with plans to visit Bali must first undergo a swab test and a obtain letter stating they are free from COVID-19 under a new policy issued by the Bali administration that will take effect later this month in order to curb transmission of the disease on the world-renowned resort island.
— The Jakarta Post

Endangered leatherback turtle found dead near Maluku village
A leatherback sea turtle was found dead off the coast of Asilulu village in Central Maluku regency, Maluku, on Saturday morning.
— The Jakarta Post

As big cats go hungry, Indonesia zoo considers ‘worst-case’ deer cull
A zoo in Indonesia may slaughter some of its animals to feed others, such as a Sumatran tiger and a Javan leopard, if it runs out of food in the coming months after the coronavirus pandemic forced it to shut it doors.

Armed criminal group shoots medical workers in Papua
An armed criminal group reportedly shot two medical workers, one of them fatally, while they were delivering medicines for COVID-19 patients in Intan Jaya District of Papua Province.
— Antara News

Why the dog meat trade persists in Indonesia, despite consumption being illegal
The sale of dog meat for consumption is technically illegal in Indonesia, but visitors wouldn’t be able to tell walking through the crowded central market in Tomohon.
— Los Angeles Times

Indonesia may lose market confidence due to mounting debts: World Bank
The World Bank has called on the Indonesian government to formulate a sound fiscal strategy to “flatten the debt curve” and maintain financial market confidence as debt mounts amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Repatriated Indonesians report hunger, crowding in North Jakarta quarantine
Repatriated Indonesians who have been quarantined for suspected COVID-19 infections in Tower 9 of Block C2 of the Kemayoran Athletes Village in North Jakarta have reported inadequate facilities in the tower, which is housing more than 2,000 citizens.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia coronavirus cases spike towards end of Ramadan
Indonesia has seen two of its biggest daily spikes in coronavirus cases this week, but the worst may yet to come with concerns rising over further contagion surrounding the celebration of the Islamic holiday of Idul Fitri, due to fall on Sunday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan: Indonesia Attractive for Investments
Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan claimed that Indonesia is number four in the most attractive countries in the world for investments, while the number one spot is occupied by Singapore.

East Java Emerges New Epicenter, Indonesia’s Covid-19 Cases Soar by 949
Indonesia reported 949 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Saturday, the second highest rise in a day, to take the total number of cases to 21,745 as East Java is becoming a new epicenter of the outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

From Overcrowded Market to Family Visits: Jakartans Defy Covid-19 Warnings to Prepare for Idul Fitri
Jakartans disobey Covid-19 warnings and flock shopping centers around the city to get the Idul Fitri essentials – new clothes, new shoes, cookies, and sweets to celebrate the holiday on Sunday on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Government Provides Towers for Quarantine Facility
The government provides three towers of Wisma Atlet in Pademangan as a quarantine facility for Indonesian coming from abroad.

Frontline health workers left waiting for promised stimulus
Medical workers treating COVID-19 patients in Jakarta have reported that they have yet to receive the financial incentives announced by the central government and provincial administration in March.
— The Jakarta Post

Patients recovering from COVID-19 continue to increase to 5,402
Government spokesperson for COVID-19 Handling Achmad Yurianto said the number of patients recovering from COVID-19 increased by 153 people to a total of 5,402 as of Sunday.
— Antara News

East Java Records Increasing People Without Symptoms
East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said that homecomers from the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic have the potential to become persons without symptoms.

DFW proposes moratorium on seafarers working for Chinese fishing boats
The Indonesian Destructive Fishing Watch (DFW) has proposed a moratorium and evaluation on the policy to send Indonesian seafarers to work on Chinese-flagged fishing vessels in the wake of several problematic cases.
— Antara News

Jakarta Mosque Held Eid Prayer, Officials will Discuss Sanction
Deputy Governor of Jakarta Ahmad Riza Patria said that he will discuss sanctions for mosques that held Eid Al-Fitr prayer. Riza said that the people have been reminded not to gather outside their houses during the Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) period.

Depok Hospital Closes as 27 Medics Infected With COVID-19
Depok Regional Hospital (RSUD) decided to temporarily halt its operations for the next 14 days after 27 medical workers were found infected with the new coronavirus or COVID-19 through swab tests.

Jokowi signs new regulation on land acquisition for strategic projects
President Joko Widodo has signed a new regulation on funding mechanisms for land acquisition for national strategic projects (PSNs).
— Antara News

Coca Cola considers building Indonesian recycling plant, slashing 25,000 tons of plastic
Soft drinks manufacturer Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia (Amatil) is looking into developing a plastic bottle recycling facility in one of the world’s top plastic polluting countries.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to receive $56 million from Norway for reducing emissions
Indonesia is set to receive a US$56 million grant from Norway as the first payment for the former’s success in reducing deforestation and carbon emissions under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) cooperation scheme.
— The Jakarta Post

Government trials facial recognition system to improve social aid disbursement
The government has tried out a facial recognition verification system to make it easier for recipients to claim social assistance.
— The Jakarta Post

‘We all need to make sacrifices’, says Indonesia’s president in Idul Fitri greeting
resident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and first lady Iriana wished all Indonesians a happy Idul Fitri in a subdued video greeting as the country celebrates the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan differently amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Star

26 medical workers in Papua exposed to COVID-19
A total of 26 medical workers in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua have been exposed to the novel coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, and some of them are receiving medical treatment, a spokesperson said.
— Antara News

Semarang fish market closes down after 26 people test positive for COVID-19
The Semarang city administration in Central Java has temporarily shut down the Kobong traditional market as 26 people tested positive for COVID-19 after rapid tests were carried out in the market.
— The Jakarta Post

Prabowo Pays Respects to Covid-19 Responders
Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto extends his Eid Al-Fitr greetings through his official Facebook account.

BIN proactively assists govt in conducting tests in COVID-19 hotbed
The National Intelligence Agency (BIN) has extended proactive assistance to the government to expedite the handling of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak by conducting swab tests on those in the epicenter of the pandemic.
— Antara News

Police: People with No Skills Should Not Come to Jakarta
The Police are encouraging residents with no skills or working experience to restrain themselves from coming to the capital.

State-Owned Enterprise Holding Drafts New Normal Protocol
State-owned enterprises (SOE) insurance holding PT Bahana Pembinaan Usaha Indonesia (Bahana PUI) is preparing ‘The New Normal’ protocol in the midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Ogan Ilir regent dismisses 109 medical workers for striking
Ogan Ilir Regent Ilyas Panji Alam has dismissed 109 medical workers at the Ogan Ilir Regional General Hospital (RSUD) in South Sumatra for striking over safety and welfare.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan Held Virtual Gathering with Families
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan was having a virtual gathering with his family.

Bond financing to swell further as Finance Ministry plans to issue samurai bonds
The government’s bond financing jumped sharply in April and the amount is expected to further increase in the following months as the Finance Ministry plans to issue yen-denominated samurai bonds to cover its widening budget deficit caused by coronavirus mitigation and economic recovery programs.
— The Jakarta Post

Complying with PSBB, No Open House by DPR Leaders
Secretary-General of the House of Representatives (DPR) Indra Iskandar, said that leaders of the DPR will not organize open house events during the Covid-19 pandemic.

President Jokowi Conduct Eid Prayer in Bogor Palace
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and first lady Iriana, conducted Eid prayer on the lawn of Wisma Bayurini in the Bogor Presidential Palace complex on Sunday morning, May 24, 2020.

Hary Tanoesoedibjo Steps in When Winner in Jokowi’s Scooter Auction Fails to Pay
Business tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibjo has come to save the day when top politicians are facing embarrassment after the top bidder of an electric scooter belonging to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo failed to pay.
— Jakarta Globe

Ethiopian, Indonesian universities agree to enhance cooperation
Several Ethiopian universities are keen to establish cooperation with their Indonesian counterparts in the field of research and exchange of teaching staff and students, a diplomat said.
— Antara News

Ministry Channels Village Fund to 40 Thousand Villages
As of Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Ministry of Villages, Remote Areas Development, and Transmigration has channeled Village Funds direct financial aid to 40,086 villages.

Eid Al-Fitr: Passengers in Soekarno-Hatta Decreases
The number of passengers at Soekarno-Hatta Airport experienced a decrease compared to previous Eid Al-Fitr periods.

Mentawai Islands in West Sumatra struck by 5.3-magnitude earthquake
A 5.3-magnitude tectonic earthquake rocked Tua Pejat, Mentawai Islands District, West Sumatra, on Saturday, at around 5:36 a.m. local time, though no immediate reports were received on casualties in the aftermath of the strong quake.
— Antara News

Markets, shopping malls in East Java’s Jember closed weeklong
The Jember district government in East Java has instructed traditional markets and shopping malls in its administrative areas to remain closed weeklong from Saturday to May 29 to stem the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) transmission.
— Antara News

KPK criticized for ‘unprofessional’ university graft sting
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested a state university official on Wednesday for allegedly giving illegal holiday bonuses to officials from the Education and Culture Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to raise water storage infrastructure capacity against drought
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) will optimize the capacity of water storage infrastructure across Indonesia as a precautionary measure against protracted drought during the dry season.
— Antara News

Rice plantation sooner as precaution against food crisis amid pandemic
The Agriculture Ministry is implementing a program called the Paddy Planting Acceleration Movement in several regions to encourage early planting activities as a precautionary measure against a food crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Kalimantan Fuel Consumption Drops by 26 Percent During Ramadan
State-Owned Oil and Gas PT Pertamina Marketing Operation Region (MOR) VI Kalimantan confirmed that fuel consumption and gas consumption has been fulfilled during Eid Al-Fitr.

Frozen meals become hot seller for quarantined Indonesians
As Indonesians adjust to the reality of life in quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic, frozen precooked meals seem to be winning the hearts of many people who want to keep their taste buds pampered without much hassle.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian coal miners suffer impact from India’s lockdown
Indonesian coal miners are struggling with slow demand this year as businesses in India, one of the country’s major coal markets, hit the brakes due to a prolonged lockdown to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, a data firm has said.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 pandemic momentum to strengthen brotherhood: Chief Minister
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said, Eid al-Fitr celebration during the COVID-19 pandemic should be seen as a momentum to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood.
— Antara News

Toddler in Ambon dies after being denied admission by four hospitals
A 4-year-old child from Wara Kolam Sembilan hamlet in Ambon, Maluku, died on Thursday after being denied admission by four hospitals in Ambon that were full with patients as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19 Task Force chief performs Eid prayers at BNPB Building
Chief of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling Doni Monardo who is also head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) performed Eid al-Fitr prayers at the BNPB Building in East Jakarta on Sunday morning.
— Antara News

Densus 88 antiterror squad arrests 16-year-old in Batam
The National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested a 16-year-old boy in his house in Merapi Subur housing complex in Batam, Riau Islands on Wednesday evening. Recent arrests also occurred in Tasikmalaya, West Java and Kendal in Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Indomaret retail workers start online petition after THR is slashed
Employees of Indomaret, one of the country’s top convenience store chains, have started an online petition demanding the company pay their Idul Fitri holiday bonuses (THR) in full.
— The Jakarta Post

Mental health a challenging issue at Jakarta temporary COVID-19 hospital
Former COVID-19 patient Indah, not her real name, still remembers the moments when she thought about jumping out of a window.

Pertamina, South Korean consortium to develop Dumai refinery
State-owned oil and gas company Pertamina has agreed to join forces with state construction firm PT Nindya Karya and a South Korean consortium to explore business opportunities for a US$1.5 billion refinery development project in Dumai, Riau.
— The Jakarta Post

Migrant Residents Conduct Eid Prayer on Rooftop
A number of migrant residents living in Gang Kelinci, Pasar Baru Central Jakarta conducted Eid prayer on a rooftop on Sunday, May 24, 2020.

Digital companies should adopt ISO cyber security standard, say IT experts
Calls for digital companies to implement stronger data protection measures are growing following recent reports of a data breach against Indonesia’s e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia.
— The Jakarta Post

Indomie Maker Still Books Profit in Q1
. Indofood Sukses Makmur, the world’s largest maker of instant noodles, reported a $94 million net income in this year’s first quarter, up 4 percent from the same period last year, giving the company solid footing to survive the coronavirus crisis for the rest of the year.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Police bust 821-kg crystal meth following warehouse raid
A special task force of the Indonesian Police’s Crime Investigation Department (Bareskrim) confiscated 821 kilograms (kg) of crystal methamphetamine during a raid on a warehouse in Taktakan, Serang City, Banten Province, on Friday.
— Antara News



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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day of UN Peacekeepers, May 29.


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