Indonesia morning news for May 29

Indonesia morning news for May 29

Indonesia morning news

Hackers breach data of Education and Culture Ministry’s 1.3 million civil servants
The data of up to 1.3 million civil servants at the Education and Culture Ministry have been reportedly breached by unknown hackers.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Virus Deaths Near 1,500 Amid Plans to Exit Lockdown
The death toll from coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia neared 1,500, the highest in Southeast Asia, as officials weighed plans to relax social distancing measures and reopen the economy.
— Bloomberg

Indonesia reports 23 deaths, 687 new cases
Indonesia has confirmed 23 new deaths and 687 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 24,538.
— The Australian

Music, Movie Streaming to be Taxable Starting July 1
The Indonesian government is set to officially charge a 10-percent value-added tax (VAT) for the purchase of digital products and services from providers categorized in electronics systems trade (PMSE) starting July 1, 2020.

Indonesia is bracing for a coronavirus baby boom due to decline in contraceptive use, official says
Indonesia is warning women not to get pregnant during coronavirus lockdowns, with a senior Government official predicting hundreds of thousands of babies will be born during the pandemic.
— ABC News

Indonesia starts cloud seeding to keep forest fires at bay
Indonesia has started cloud seeding to induce rain as the archipelago moves to head off annual forest fires blamed for blanketing swathes of Southeast Asia in toxic haze.

Jakarta Announces Schools to Resume on July 13
The Jakarta Education Agency announced the first day of the school for the 2020/2021 academic year will start on July 13, 2020.

Bali’s tourism industry expected to reopen in July, says Indonesian planning minister
Indonesia’s most popular holiday destination Bali is expected to be ready to resume business in July, the country’s national development planning minister said on Thursday (May 28).

BI sees inflation around 0.09% in May
Bank Indonesia (BI) has projected a low inflation rate of around 0.09 percent for the month of May this year, with year-on-year (yoy) inflation reaching 2.21 percent.
— Antara News

Regional Election to Go Ahead in December Despite Pandemic
The Indonesian government has decided to stick to the original schedule for the 2020 regional election despite the continuing coronavirus pandemic, with most people set to go to the polls on Dec. 9 and preliminary stages of the election to be resumed on June 15.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia to get $300 million ADB loan for geothermal electricity generation
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$300 million loan for state-owned geothermal energy company PT Geo Dipa Energi (GDE) to expand its geothermal power generation capacity.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to follow WHO lead on hydroxychloroquine
Indonesia will follow the World Health Organization’s lead in suspending the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 treatment as part of the global Solidarity Trials, according to the COVID-19 task force.
— Antara News

Indonesian minister slammed for remarks comparing coronavirus to a wife
Indonesia’s security minister has been criticised sharply for comparing coronavirus to a wife in his attempt to allay public concerns about easing COVID-19 restrictions.
— SBS News

Govt Reveals New Normal Guidelines for Civil Servants
Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said he would pass a circular on working protocols for civil servants or PNS during a new normal phase.

Yogyakarta Covid-19 Emergency Extended for 1 Month: Sultan HB X
Yogyakarta provincial administration is determined to prolong the Covid-19 emergency period, which begins on March 20 and will end on May 30, for a month.

‘It’s Too Late’: In Sprawling Indonesia, Coronavirus Surges
A random sampling of thousands found that one in 10 had antibodies for the coronavirus, an alarming glimpse at what could be runaway transmission.
— The New York Times

Indonesia says only regions with zero, declining cases can brace for ‘new normal’
As Indonesia braces to gradually reopen the economy, the government has announced that the country’s regions should meet two main conditions to be able to ease COVID-19 mobility restrictions and start welcoming the so-called “new normal”.
— The Jakarta Post

Garuda Warns Jakarta-bound Passengers to Present SIKM
Flag carrier Garuda Indonesia appealed to people willing to leave and bound for Jakarta to complete their required travel documents based on the government’s policy, including an exit and entry permit or SIKM.

Social safety net program should list 3.8 million farmers, fishermen
Some 3.8 million farmers and fishermen should be listed in the social safety net program, according to President Joko Widodo.
— Antara News

AJI urges police to investigate alleged intimidation, doxing of Detik journalist
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has urged the police to investigate the alleged doxing (dissemination of personal information) and intimidation of a journalist working for popular news outlet following his report on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s plan to monitor “new normal” preparation measures in malls in Bekasi, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Says Tourism Industry Must Transform for ‘New Normal’
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Thursday the country’s tourism industry should start preparing for the “new normal” by transforming itself according to Covid-19 health protocols and guidelines.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian Covid-19 Cases Abroad Pass 900 as New Surges Reported in Malaysia and Kuwait
According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, a total of 928 Indonesian citizens in 34 countries and on cruise ships have contracted Covid-19, with surges of new infections found in Kuwait and Malaysia recently.
— Jakarta Globe

Wisma Atlet Hospital Sees Dropping Number of Covid-19 Patients
The number of Covid-19 patients treated at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta keeps dropping.

Marsudi confirms 103,774 abroad-returned Indonesians as of May 27
Some 103,774 Indonesians have returned from abroad in the wake of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
— Antara News

336 Companies Suspected of Eid Allowance Violations
The Ministry of Manpower, in coordination with the employment services, is set to follow up and carry out investigations related to complaints received by the Eid Allowance (THR) Command Post.

Ombudsman Jakarta: Central Policies Often Contradict City Govt’s
Head of the Ombudsman Jakarta, Teguh Nugroho, on Thursday said that the central government does not seem to have a comprehensive vision upon handling the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in addition to the recent talks of introducing a ‘new normal’ restriction-loosening concept despite any significant drop in the number of cases.

Earthquake of magnitude 5.0 recorded in Maluku waters
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter scale rattled Maluku Province early on Thursday, the Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) stated.
— Antara News

Cash aid disbursement fails to meet Idul Fitri target
The government missed its self-appointed target of disbursing cash transfer assistance ahead of Idul Fitri on Sunday, as various city and regency administrations still scrambled to fine-tune their beneficiaries data, contributing to ongoing delays.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta readies 3,987 police officers for new normal early stage
The Metropolitan Police of Jakarta readied 3,987 personnel in the early stages of preparations to implement health protocols in the capital city and the surrounding areas that are ushering in a new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Government COVID-19 policies disappoint public: Poll
The government is under scrutiny for failing to meet public expectations in its response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Politicians and members of the public have called the policies inconsistent and disappointing.
— The Jakarta Post

Tangerang, Depok, Bekasi at highest COVID-19 risk in Greater Jakarta: Task force
COVID-19 task force head of expert staff Wiku Adisasmito has said that Tangerang city, Depok city, Bekasi city and Bekasi regency have the highest risk of COVID-19 transmission in Greater Jakarta based on a recent increase in cases.
— The Jakarta Post

Denmark to send $5.5 million to Indonesia
In a new political agreement between the government and the supporting parties it has been decided to send 37,5 million DKK ($5.5 million) to Indonesia with the purpose of starting a partnership focusing on an Indonesian green transition.
— ScandAsia

Indonesian auto industry remains attractive: Fitch Solutions
The Indonesian automotive industry remains attractive for current and future investment in the region with low labor costs and favorable production growth, Fitch Solutions has stated.
— The Jakarta Post

Over 1.8 million departed from Jabodetabek for hometowns
The Jakarta Provincial Transportation Office Chief Syafrin Liputo estimated that 1.8 million people had departed from the Jakarta capital city and greater areas, including Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, and Bekasi, also called Jabodetabek, for their hometowns.
— Antara News

Indonesia Pushing for International Ceasefire in Conflict Zones
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi has called for the importance of a ceasefire in all conflict areas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jokowi to Grant Incentives for Farmers, Fishers during Pandemic
The government has planned to give incentives for farmers and fishers in order to maintain the supply of basic commodities amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Economic recovery post-COVID-19 by transitioning to green economy
The Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) is eyeing sustainable economic recovery post-COVID-19 through a low-carbon development program that would proffer long-term benefits to Indonesia.
— Antara News

Ombudsman Jakarta Wary about Early Talks of New Normal
The Jakarta Ombudsman had suggested the Jakarta administration to focus on maximizing the COVID-19 large-scale social restriction (PSBB) protocol before implementing the ‘new normal’ in the capital city.

No new COVID-19 deaths recorded in Bandung in past month
Bandung City in West Java Province has recorded no new deaths from the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nearly the past month, according to the city’s COVID-19 Information Center.
— Antara News

Navy, Air Force chiefs expected to lead border protection efforts
The Navy and Air Force chiefs of staff sworn in earlier this month are expected to spearhead efforts to safeguard Indonesia’s territorial integrity, experts say, amid persistent challenges by foreign vessels encroaching on the country’s sovereignty.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to optimally utilize Norway’s climate fund
The Indonesian government will optimally utilize the climate fund obtained from Norway under a letter of intent (LoI) to achieve the target of greenhouse gas emissions under a nationally determined contribution (NDC) scheme.
— Antara News

710 vehicles seized for violating ‘mudik’ ban
The National Police seized 710 commercial vehicles for transporting passengers during the period of the mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) ban designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Antigraft body urges govt to use citizen ID numbers to distribute aid
The secretariat of the National Strategy for Corruption Prevention (Stranas-PK) has urged regional administrations to use citizen identification numbers (NIKs), which are assigned to every registered citizen, to guide the distribution of social aid.
— The Jakarta Post

BCA’s Q1 Result Lends Solid Footing as Bank Restructures Loans to Help Businesses
Bank Central Asia, or BCA, Indonesia’s largest lender by market capitalization, has restructured up to $5.6 billion in customer loans, or 4 percent of the lender’s total loan portfolio, and said it expected the figure to double in the coming months as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to weaken the economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Adaro donates $169,000 to university to produce, distribute ventilators
Coal mining giant PT Adaro Energy has donated Rp 2.5 billion (US$169,000) to the University of Indonesia (UI) to produce and distribute ventilators for COVID-19 patients.
— The Jakarta Post

Teachers Ask Govt to Wait before Reopening Schools
The Indonesian Teachers Union Federation (FSGI) wants the online-based home-schooling system extended until situations improved.

Minister encourages industries to produce locally processed foods
Indonesia’s Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo has encouraged domestic industries to develop and diversify processed local food products under the efforts to boost the country’s food resilience.
— Antara News

Papuan activists rejoice after completing prison sentences for treason
Five Papuan political activists who were convicted of treason for protesting in support of Papuan independence in Jakarta have been released from prison after serving nine-month sentences.
— The Jakarta Post

Millennials fail to benefit from slower rise in house prices
Millennials still find it difficult to buy houses despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted the property industry, as the threat of layoff looms amid a battered economy.
— The Jakarta Post



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


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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