Indonesia morning news for May 4

Indonesia morning news for May 4
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Indonesia’s Tokopedia probes alleged data leak of 91 mln users
Tokopedia, Indonesia’s largest e-commerce platform, said it was investigating an attempted hack and claims that the details of millions of its users had been leaked online.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Covid-19: Indonesia toll rises to 11,192 cases, 845 deaths
Indonesia recorded 349 new Covid-19 cases and 14 more deaths overnight, bringing its cumulative cases of infection to 11,192 and fatalities to 845.
— New Straits Times

Indonesian journalists face job losses, pay cuts and obstruction during outbreak: LBH Pers
The COVID-19 outbreak may also threaten Indonesian journalists with unfair employment treatment and limitations placed on press freedom, the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) said on Sunday, setting a tone for the annual World Press Freedom Day that is much bleaker than previous years.
— The Jakarta Post

Philippines and Indonesia face risk of record remittance fall
The coronavirus pandemic has already disrupted the lives of poor people in Southeast Asia, but it threatens to deal a further blow by cutting a vital source of income — remittances.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Medan Veterinary Center rules African swine fever as cause of thousands of pig deaths
The Medan Veterinary Center has confirmed that the deaths of tens of thousands of pigs in Nias and South Nias regencies in North Sumatra were due to the African swine fever (ASF) virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali puts entire village on lockdown after hundreds tested in Bangli regency
The Bali administration has made the decision to expand the area of lockdown from one of three hamlets in Abuan village, Bangli regency, to the entire village.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Mass Produces Covid-19 Testing Kits
A consortium of Indonesian research agencies and companies began mass producing Covid-19 testing kits this week to cope with domestic shortage during the pandemic and meet the target of at least 10,000 diagnostic tets per day, a state official said on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Achmad Yurianto Warns People of Dengue Fever
Director General of Disease Control and Mitigation of the Ministry of Health Achmad Yurianto urged the people to be aware of dengue fever.

Police Find Trucks Carrying Homecomers Despite Mudik Ban
Police have again found a number of trucks carrying homecoming travelers from Jakarta and its surrounding area despite a government ban on annual exodus (mudik) to celebrate Eid al-Fitr festivities in hometowns amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesia Records More Recoveries from COVID-19 until May 2
The Indonesian Government’s COVID-19 Task Force confirmed that as of Saturday, 1,665 of the 10,843 new coronavirus patients in the country had fully recovered from the deadly disease and received discharge from hospitals.

Police arrest eight after violent protests at Indonesia’s new nickel hub
Police in Indonesia’s North Maluku province have arrested 8 people linked to a workers’ demonstration that turned violent at a nickel project run by France’s Eramet and China’s Tsingshan Holding Group, a police spokesman said on Sunday.
— Reuters

Orangutans among thousands of animals at risk of starvation in Indonesian zoos under coronavirus lockdown, officials warn
A survey released by the Indonesian Zoo Association concluded that 92 per cent of its member zoos on the islands of Java, Bali, Sumatra, Lombok and Borneo had only enough supplies to feed their animals until mid-May.
— ABC News

Homecoming Ban, Police Caught 8,709 Vehicles
Traffic Director of Metro Jaya Police Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said the Police has turnover 8,709 vehicles in relation to the implementation of the homecoming ban from April 42 to May 1, 2020.

Omnibus bill on job creation: game changer for whom?
When the House of Representatives’ legislation body started a hearing session on the omnibus bill on job creation last month, workers and labor unions shot off thousands of text messages and missed calls to Parliament members, urging them to stop the meeting and cancel the controversial bill.
— Antara News

UI prepared to develop one thousand COVENT-20 ventilators locally
University of Indonesia (UI) will mass produce low-cost, pneumatic system-based local transport ventilators (COVENT-20) that cleared a production test for the CMV and CPAP modes of ventilation at the Health Facility Security Agency (BPFK), Jakarta.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Rupiah hits 15,000 per US dollar earlier than expected
Following the fluctuating rupiah in the past several days, the Indonesian currency eventually reached its highest value in April 2020, when its rate was previously recorded in the range between 15,430 and 15,295 against US dollar.
— The Star

5.0-magnitude quake hits 86 km south of Kotaagung, Indonesia — USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 jolted 86 km south of Kotaagung, Indonesia at 07:06:46 GMT on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.
— Xinhua

Indonesia Quarantines Over 500 Philip Morris Factory Workers
Authorities in the Indonesian city of Surabaya have ordered more than 500 factory workers employed by tobacco giant Philip Morris to self-isolate after two of their colleagues died from coronavirus, as the country struggles to slow the spread of the infectious illness.
— Jakarta Globe

Unrefined Palm Oil Boosts Lung Immunity Against Covid-19
A study shows that unprocessed red palm oil helps to maintain lung immunity and respiratory health, strengthening’s one’s body defenses against the coronavirus that is causing the Covid-19 disease.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Reports Over 650 Covid-19 Cases Abroad
The number of Indonesians abroad who gets infected Covid-19 rose to 654 people, a jump by more than a third from two weeks ago, spreading across 31 countries, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Friday.
— Jakarta Globe

Hundreds of Indonesian Crews of Germany’s AIDA Cruise Return Home
As many as 239 Indonesian crew members of AIDAstella and AIDAnova cruise ships have returned home aboard a chartered flight Condor

PLN to give small businesses free electricity for six months
State-owned electricity firm PLN has announced its intention to supply small-scale businesses and industries on 450-volt ampere (VA) contracts with six months of free electricity as part of the government’s latest expansion of social aid.
— The Jakarta Post from Frankfurt Airport on Saturday (May 2).

Only 1.6 Percent Aid Misdistribution, Anies Baswedan Says
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said that only 1.6 percent out of 1.2 million social aid were misdistributed during the implementation of the Large-Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) in the capital.

15 more patients treated at Kemayoran emergency hospital
The number of confirmed coronavirus patients treated at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, rose 15 to 739 on Sunday from 724 the day before.
— Antara News

Thousands rebuked, 16 face trial for violating PSBB in Pekanbaru
At least 16 people have undergone speedy trials and been fined for committing “intolerable mistakes” during the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Pekanbaru, while thousands of others have been reprimanded for violating the policy that aims to cut the transmission chain of COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

How COVID-19 will dampen Indonesia’s infrastructure developments
The Indonesian economy is plagued by a range of “infrastructure gaps”, places where much-needed physical and digital infrastructure is either substandard or absent, mostly due to under-investment.
— The Jakarta Post

Pandemic Shows Little Sign of Slowing as Indonesians Try to Avoid Restrictions
Indonesia has reported an additional 292 Covid-19 cases and 422 suspect patients throughout the archipelago in the past 24 hours, showing little sign of the pandemic slowing in the country amid many attempts among its residents to break government-imposed travel restriction.
— Jakarta Globe

81,088 Residents in 5 Bandung Sub-districts Affected by Floods
Floods have submerged 21,888 houses in five sub-districts of Bandung District, West Java since Thursday (April 30, 2020), affecting 81,088 residents (24,898 families), according to data from the West Java Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

Ministry Wants Tourism Sector as Priority for Pre-Worker Card
Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio asserted that workers in the tourism sector who were affected by severance as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic should be prioritized to receive the Pre-Employment Card.

Embassy facilitates return of 98 migrant workers from Brunei
The Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam, facilitated the return of 98 Indonesian workers back home in the wake of the country having suspended several international flights to stem the spread of COVID-19.
— Antara News

COVID-19 pandemic in Pekanbaru forecast to end in mid-June 2020
The Pekanbaru city government has estimated that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in the capital of Riau Province will end in mid-June on the basis of the results of the COVID-19 analysis team’s study.
— Antara News

Indonesian zoos launch ‘Food for Animals’ fundraiser as pandemic devours revenue
The Indonesian Zoo Association (PKBSI) has launched an online fundraiser asking members of the public to help feed thousands of animals in captivity across the country as zoo revenue all but disappears during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Businesses must have adequate support to prevent layoffs: Experts
As COVID-19 arrests most industry activity and disrupts global supply chains, millions of Indonesian laborers face a greater risk of being furloughed or losing their jobs entirely.
— The Jakarta Post

Costly, dirty and unfair: Indonesia at crossroads in embracing incinerators
Fifteen years have passed since an avalanche of waste at Leuwigajah landfill in Cimahi, West Java, killed at least 147 people—a tragedy that was not unheard of in Indonesia, a country that produces 64 million tons of waste annually.
— The Jakarta Post

National Police appoints new chiefs of antiterror bodies
In a leadership reshuffle on Friday, the National Police named two police generals leaders of antiterrorism bodies.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Someone influential’: Novel Baswedan tells court he has name of person behind his attack
Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan told the North Jakarta District Court on Thursday that he had received a tip-off from a high-ranking police officer regarding the alleged mastermind behind an acid attack against him in 2017.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Forgotten Amidst The PandemicAustralian expats in Indonesia say they have ‘moral obligation’ to give back during coronavirus pandemic
When borders started closing between Australia and Indonesia to contain the spread of coronavirus, Amanda Rialdi’s family and friends kept telling her to come back to Australia.
— ABC News

Indonesian Women Were Already at Risk. Then COVID-19 Came.
Proposed laws, plus the added isolation and stress of the pandemic, could worsen the situation for Indonesian women already facing abuse and discrimination.
— The Diplomat

Travel Agents to Provide Affordable Packages After Covid-19
Chairman of the Association of the Indonesian Tours and Travel Agencies (Asita) Budijanto Ardiansyah, requested travel and tourism agents to sell affordable tourist packages after the Covid-19 pandemic ends.

Solidarity crucial as corona crisis looms over world of work
This year, with communities across the globe battling the coronavirus pandemic, the International Labour Day is being commemorated differently.
— Antara News

Do not shun families of Sampoerna’s employees: COVID-19 Task Force
The Surabaya City’s Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling has called on the public not to shun families of PT HM Sampoerna’s employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have been isolated at a hotel and hospitals.
— Antara News

Workers voice three demands in May Day virtual rally
The Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union (FSPMI) took to social media to push for three demands in its virtual rally to observe International Labour Day, or May Day, on Friday.
— Antara News

Fight against illegal logging could be cut back by mobility restrictions: NGO
Forest rangers on patrol in Gowa, South Sulawesi, knew something was amiss when they noticed a man in his mid-50s loading two-meter-long logs onto a yellow truck in a protected forest.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia should have National Education Blueprint in Place: PGRI
The government is expected to draft the country’s national education blueprint to prepare Indonesians to be at par with global community members, according to Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) Chairperson Professor Unifah Rosyidi.

Police to Probe Motive Behind Perpetrator Planting Bomb in Mosque
The Central Kalimantan Police will conduct an investigation to uncover the motive behind HG, alias Iwan, 22, planting a homemade bomb in the premises of Nurul Yaqin Mosque in Kuala Pembuang, Seruyan District, Central Kalimantan.

Central Java workers receive packages of essentials on May Day
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo symbolically distributed packages of essentials to thousands of workers laid off and on unpaid leave over the COVID-19 pandemic during the commemoration of International Labor Day in Boyolali District, Friday.
— Antara News

Ruangguru tutor demands removal of her course from preemployment card program
A television journalist and tutor at homegrown online tutoring platform Ruangguru has called on Skill Academy, the platform’s subsidiary, which has partnered with the government over the latter’s preemployment card program, to remove her journalism course from the program.
— The Jakarta Post

Volunteers travel 80 km to give COVID-19 aid to shackled mental health patients in NTT
Volunteers under the Kasih Insanis Group, which deals with mental health patients in East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara, traveled 80 kilometers to help shackled mental health patients face the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

District head in S. Sulawesi reported for blasphemy after dispersing Friday prayer
The congregation body of the Ar-Rahmah mosque in Ujung district of Parepare city, South Sulawesi, reported district head Ulfa Lanto to the police for blasphemy after she had dispersed a Friday prayer gathering.
— The Jakarta Post

Komodo National Park welcomes new dragon hatchlings
Komodo National Park in West Manggarai, East Nusa Tenggara, welcomed Komodo dragon hatchlings between February and April, when the hatching season of the world’s largest lizard occurs.
— The Jakarta Post

PT Freeport Provides Isolation Location for Employees
As many as 51 employees of PT Freeport Indonesia in Tembagapura have been recorded positive with coronavirus or Covid-19 infection.

Landslides sever access to tens of villages in South Sumatra
Landslides cut off access to the main road connecting tens of villages in Ulu Ogan Sub-district, Ogan Komering Ulu (OKU), South Sumatra Province, following unremitting torrential rains on Friday evening.
— Antara News

Tolikara District police in Papua donate three tons of rice
The Tolikara district police precinct, in collaboration with local churches, recently donated three tons of rice to local community members in several sub-districts to allay the economic burden of locals amid this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

A carrion flower blooms at LIPI’s Cibodas Botanical Garden
An Amorphophallus titanum, or carrion flower, has bloomed at Cibodas Botanical Garden managed by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).in West Java’s Cianjur District.on Saturday, May 2,
— Antara News

‘Corona’ baby: Newborn girl in West Java named after pandemic
A couple in Cianjur, West Java, have named their newborn baby “Corona” after the coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo Borobudur Park
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Vesak Day, May 7.


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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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