Indonesia morning news for February 12

Indonesia morning news for February 12

Indonesia morning news

All 62 coronavirus suspects tested negative: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) confirmed that 62 coronavirus suspects in Indonesia had proven negative for the presence of the infection.
— Antara News

BREAKING: Indonesia not repatriating IS fighters to protect nation from ‘terrorist virus’
The government has decided not to repatriate Indonesian citizens who joined the Islamic State (IS) movement, Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD announced.
— The Jakarta Post

BI upbeat about 5.5 percent economic growth despite coronavirus threat
Bank Indonesia (BI) is optimistic that Indonesia will record an economic growth of 5.1-5.5 percent this year despite a new strain of coronavirus that originated in China having spread to several other countries.
— Antara News

Govt: Observation of Evacuees in Natuna Will End on Saturday
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said the observation process of Indonesian citizens in Natuna who were evacuated from China over the coronavirus outbreak will end on Saturday, February 15.

Health minister dismisses Harvard’s study on Coronavirus in Indonesia
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto here, today, dismissed a study by five Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers suggesting a potential undetected Coronavirus case in the country, citing the ministry’s international-standard medical procedures.
— Antara News

Not coronavirus: North Sumatra agency denies virus killed cruise ship crew member
The North Sumatra Health Agency has dismissed rumors saying the death of a South Korean working aboard a Sunshine cruise ship in the province’s waters was caused by a disease related to the Wuhan coronavirus.
— The Jakarta Post

No Indonesians in China infected by coronavirus: Embassy
None of the Indonesians in mainland China have been diagnosed with the coronavirus even as the death toll on Tuesday reached 1,015 in China, the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing has confirmed.
— Antara News

Experts see minefield of risk as Indonesia seeks environmental deregulation
Experts have warned that a slate of sweeping deregulation planned by the Indonesian government could prove disastrous for the environment and create even more conflicts over land and resources.
— Mongabay

Government targets sensitive cuts in severance pay in new bill
Indonesia plans to loosen rigid rules on mandatory severance compensation in a new bill aimed at improving the investment climate in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, an official and a source with knowledge of the issue said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to start trial use of 40 percent biodiesel (B40) fuel in March: Association
The Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association (APROBI) has said it will start the trial use of 40 percent biodiesel (B40) fuel in March, as a follow-up to the successful implementation of 30 percent biodiesel (B30) fuel.
— The Jakarta Post

No Trade Restriction with Singapore despite Coronavirus Alert
The Head of Trade Assessment and Development Agency of the Trade Ministry, Kasan, said that the trade partnership of Indonesia and Singapore has not yet affected so far despite the alert status of coronavirus in the neighboring country.

Coronavirus; 4 People Returned from Singapore Still in Quarantine
The Ministry of Health declared that four people from Tanjungpinang, who had just returned from Singapore via Batam, are still undergoing quarantine at their home for the next five days related to the anticipation of the coronavirus.

Dozens of Chinese workers quarantined in Batam
Dozens of Chinese migrant workers arriving in Batam City, Riau Islands Province, early this month, are being quarantined as a precautionary measure against the transmission of coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
— Antara News

Australia and Indonesia: Close Friends At Last?
On Monday, Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo addressed the Australian Parliament.
— The Diplomat

Omnibus Law to Allow Govt to Set Excise Goods without DPR Permit
The Finance Ministry’s customs and excise director-general, Heru Pambudi, said that the omnibus law on taxation will allow the government to decide new excise goods without the House of Representatives’ (DPR) permit.

Civil Rights Violations On the Up in Indonesia
A study performed by the Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, or YLBHI, shows that democracy in Indonesia deteriorated last year, as more than 50 people died in demonstrations around the country and thousands faced prosecution for expressing their opinion in public.
— Jakarta Globe

Rupiah appreciates on falling US bond yields
The Indonesian rupiah strengthened against the US dollar in the Jakarta interbank market on Tuesday morning along with declining US bond yields.
— Antara News

Govt looks for free flights to transport quarantined citizens from Natuna to home towns
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said on Tuesday his office was looking for free flights to transport patients quarantined in Natuna against the Wuhan coronavirus to their respective home towns.
— The Jakarta Post

The Time Has Come for Indonesia to Decriminalize Drugs
In late January, three members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, or GCDP, traveled to Jakarta to discuss sustainable development and advancing Indonesian drug policy.
— Jakarta Globe

WHO medical officer believes Indonesia adept at detecting coronavirus
Indonesia has the capability to detect the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by utilizing proper facilities in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) standards, Vinod Kumar Bura, a medical officer at WHO, Jakarta office, stated.
— Antara News

Coronavirus; Indonesia Not Included in Infected Foreigners List
Until February 10, 2020, Indonesia has confirmed of not being included in the list of 27 foreign citizens in China who tested positive for Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV.

Spodoptera frugiperda attacks maize plantations in Sikka
Head of the Agriculture Office of Sikka District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Mauritius Terwinyu da Cunha said that some 2,540 hectares of maize plantations in the district were attacked by fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda.
— Antara News

Andre Rosiade Clarifies His Involvement in Prostitution Bust
Gerindra Party politician and House of Representatives (DPR) member Andre Rosiade explained his involvement during an online prostitution bust in Padang, West Sumatra on January 26.

Mahfud Md Considers Veronica Koman’s Data on Papuan Victims Junk
Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal, and Security Affairs Mahfud Md asserted that the government had never officially received data on political prisoners and the death toll in Papua as claimed by human rights activist and advocate Veronica Koman.

Jokowi urges ministries to accelerate budget realization
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has urged ministries and institutions to accelerate budget realization to be able to move the economic sectors amidst the threat of external economic uncertainty due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Bappenas Claims to Conduct Reforestation in New Capital City
The National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) acknowledged that many forest areas in the location of the new capital city in East Kalimantan have been damaged.

Government to verify citizenship status of ex-ISIS combatants
The government plans to verify the citizenship status of former ISIS combatants from Indonesia in response to the discourse on their repatriation to the country.
— Antara News

Bali refutes ‘Daily Mail’ report that it had become ‘a ghost town’
Bali tourism stakeholders have rebuffed an online report in a British tabloid suggesting that the resort island had become a “ghost town” due to a decline in the number of Chinese tourists following Indonesia’s travel ban.
— The Jakarta Post

Cycle of crime? Brompton bikes seized over regulatory discrepancy in Indonesia
Cyclists in Surabaya, East Java, have been concerned in recent weeks following reports of local police confiscating Brompton folding bicycles claiming they lacked the required Indonesia National Standard (SNI) certificate.
— The Jakarta Post

N95 masks are overkill against coronavirus, Health Ministry official suggests
As people across the country rush to stock up on masks due to concerns over the novel coronavirus spread, the Health Ministry has suggested that using N95 masks to prevent infection might be overkill.
— The Jakarta Post

GBK Prepped as Alternative Track for Formula E
The central management of the Gelora Bung Karno sporting complex (PPK GBK) has prepared the routes for the Formula E electric car race circuit.

Simpler Regulations Will Help Indonesia’s Still-Growing Startup Ecosystem
Complicated and time-consuming regulations remain the number one hurdle for foreign investors in Indonesia, choking essential support for its ever-growing startup ecosystem, a Google insider said.
— Jakarta Globe

Investment priority a threat to civil liberties: Experts
Speakers at an Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) seminar on Monday warned that free speech may be in peril as the government pushed for more foreign and domestic investment in its pursuit of high growth – which Jokowi says is necessary to create jobs and increase incomes.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to complete hospital holding company establishment by December
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry is set to complete the establishment of a hospital holding company by December.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to Apply 10 Principles in Designing Smart Capital City
The Environment and Forestry Ministry has announced today, February 11, that the Strategic Environmental Assessment (KLHS) on the relocation of the capital city to East Kalimantan has completed.

Bad weather impairs Mi-17 chopper crash victims’ evacuation in Papua
Efforts to evacuate victims of an Mi-17 helicopter that crashed on Mount Mandala, Oksob Sub-district, Pegunungan Bintang District, Papua Province, were hindered by bad weather, according to an official.
— Antara News

Saudi Arabia provides Rp 1.4 trillion to empower farmers, fisherfolk
Saudi Arabia will provide Rp 1.4 trillion (about US$102 million) to help empower farmers and fisherfolk through the establishment of a sharia-based digital payment platform to channel the funds.
— The Jakarta Post

Ma’ruf Amin chairs meeting on stunting, poverty eradication efforts
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin chaired a National Team for the Acceleration of Poverty Reduction’s (TNP2K’s) coordination meeting to discuss efforts to lower poverty rate to 6.5 percent and stunting rate to 14 percent by 2024.
— Antara News

Hourly employment scheme must be accompanied by insurance, clear rules: Stakeholders
Indonesia needs to have an unemployment insurance scheme and clear regulations for per-hour employment to ensure workers’ protection, an economist and a government official have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Tin miner Timah to invest Rp 2 trillion this year for expansion
State-owned tin miner PT Timah is slated to invest around Rp 2 trillion (US$145.6 million) to finance expansion projects this year, including the construction of a tin smelting plant.
— The Jakarta Post

Gerindra to Back Gibran Jokowi in Solo Election
Gerindra Party deputy chairperson Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said chief patron Prabowo Subianto had instructed the party to endorse Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of President Jokowi, in the 2020 Solo Mayoral Election.

Drug dealer in Jakarta orders cocaine through social media platforms
Female movie star Nanie Darham was arrested in Jakarta, Feb 2, for allegedly trading cocaine, with police investigators accusing her of obtaining it from a drug lord outside Indonesia by ordering through social media platforms.
— Antara News

One Billion Rising invites you to dance on Valentine’s Day in campaign against violence
Global solidarity movement One Billion Rising (OBR) has invited people worldwide — including in Indonesia — to celebrate the upcoming Valentine’s Day by joining its call for an end to violence against women.
— The Jakarta Post

Nadiem Makarim Allocates 50% of BOS Funds to Honorary Teachers
Minister of Education and Culture Nadiem Makarim has changed the policy on distribution and the use of School Operational Assistance (BOS) funds. According to him, the use of BOS funds was made flexible as a first step to improve the welfare of honorary teachers.

West Java’s economy going strong but must keep eye on inflation, governor warns
While West Java has recorded the highest rates of domestic and foreign investment in the country over the last two years, with economic growth also above the national average, the governor has admitted his administration needs to monitor the province’s above average inflation rate.
— The Jakarta Post

Police chief inaugurates Indonesia Safety Driving Center
Indonesian Police Chief General Idham Azis inaugurated the Indonesia Safety Driving Center (ISDC) at the Serpong Traffic Education Center, South Tangerang Municipality, Banten Province, Tuesday, to curb traffic accidents mostly caused by driver error.
— Antara News

Eco-housing projects must obtain green certificates to benefit from incentives
Eco-housing projects will need to obtain green certification in order to be able to benefit from the government’s financial incentives, such as those provided by Bank Indonesia (BI).
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG confirms detection of 24 hotspots of wildfires in Aceh
Some 24 hotspots were detected in Aceh Province and had the potential to cause forest fires, according to the Climatology, Geophysics and Meteorology Agency (BMKG).
— Antara News

‘Don’t be scared’: Aceh hosts ultramarathon to soften image
Indonesia’s westernmost province, Aceh, plans to host the West Coast Aceh 250K ultramarathon from April 4 to 6 in an attempt to boost a positive public image.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry mulls over ‘ojol’ drivers’ demand for fare increase in Greater Jakarta
The Transportation Ministry is considering raising the minimum fare for app-based ojek (motorcycle taxis) operating in Greater Jakarta to accommodate drivers’ demands, an official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Citilink opens new international routes to Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur
Indonesia’s low-cost carrier Citilink Indonesia is opening a new route from Surabaya, East Java, to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday after officially opening a route from Bandung, West Java, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Examine 3 Guards following Shooting in Cipinang Prison
East Jakarta Police examine three guards in relation to the shooting incident committed by an unknown person in Cipinang Detention Center, East Jakarta, yesterday.

Have no fear, Indonesia’s Spider-Man will clean up your trash
Indonesian cafe worker Rudi Hartono struggled to persuade residents of his small coastal community of Parepare to follow his example and pick up rubbish strewn on the streets and beaches — until he dressed up as Spider-Man.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta’s Cathedral Church Welcomes Silaturahmi Tunnel Plan
The Cathedral church’s management welcomes news about the plan to establish a tunnel connecting the catholic church to its neighboring Istiqlal mosque.


Feature photo Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, February 11.


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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

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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