Indonesia morning news for February 3

Indonesia morning news for February 3

Indonesia morning news

Coronavirus: Indonesians from Wuhan arrive in Batam, before taken to Natuna for quarantine
Indonesians evacuated from Wuhan and other cities in China arrived at Hang Nadim Airport in Batam, Riau Islands, on Sunday morning and were immediately directed to passenger planes operated by the Indonesian Air Force to be airlifted to Natuna Island for quarantine.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia bars entry to visitors from China amid evacuation protest
Indonesia on Sunday barred entry to visitors who have been in China for 14 days over concern about coronavirus, as citizens evacuated from Hubei province faced protests by some residents on their return home.
— The Jakarta Post

Thousands on virus lockdown at China-backed plant in Indonesia
More than 40,000 workers at a vast Chinese-controlled industrial complex in Indonesia have been quarantined over fears about the spread of a deadly coronavirus strain which has killed more than 200 people in China, it said Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Seven Indonesians excluded from Wuhan evacuation
Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto said four Indonesians refused to get evacuated while three others failed the screening, conducted by Chinese authority.
— Antara News

World Bank calls for stronger tax collection to bring 115 million Indonesians into middle class
The World Bank has called on the government to strengthen tax collection to stimulate growth amid tax reforms plans that will lower tax revenue.
— The Jakarta Post

37 migrant workers still in China amid virus outbreak: Denpasar agency
The Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Denpasar, Bali, has said that there are still at least 37 migrant workers working in China, where the fast-spreading coronavirus has killed at least 213 in the mainland.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt assures all Indonesians evacuated from Wuhan are healthy
Presidential Spokesman Fadjroel Rachman assured that all Indonesians evacuated from the China’s city of Wuhan were declared healthy based on the standard of the World Health Organization (WHO) before they were airlifted from the city.
— Antara News

Three hospitals in Riau Islands to welcome Indonesians from Wuhan as locals stage protest
Three hospitals in Riau Islands are making preparations for the arrival of Indonesians from Wuhan, China, who will be isolated for a number of days while they undergo medical checkups and monitoring before they will be allowed to return home.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakartans struggle to find masks as concerns over coronavirus outbreak intensify
Jakartans have been struggling to get hold of surgical and N95 masks as sellers run out and prices skyrocket.
— The Jakarta Post

Cutting down waste: Jakarta’s traditional markets to drop single-use plastic bags by July
Starting July this year, all traditional markets in Jakarta operated by city-owned PD Pasar Jaya are to be free of single-use plastic bags.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta stock index slips 1.5 percent as Wuhan virus spreads
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) slipped 1.5 percent during morning trade on Friday as fears over the spread of the new coronavirus were suspected of having affected market sentiment.
— The Jakarta Post

JCR Agency credits Indonesia with BBB+ rating
Japan Credit Rating Agency, Ltd. (JCR) has upgraded its sovereign credit rating for Indonesia from BBB/positive outlook to BBB+/stable outlook (investment grade) as of January 31, 2020.
— Antara News

Indonesia able to detect coronavirus: Health Ministry
The Health Ministry believes Indonesia is able to detect novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) in accordance with the procedure adopted by the World Health Organization (WHO).
— Antara News

Indonesia’s Submarine Capabilities in the Headlines with New Sea Trials
Earlier this month, Indonesia conducted sea trials with respect to its first indigenously-assembled submarine.
— The Diplomat

President holds meeting following evacuation of Indonesians from China
President Joko Widodo held a limited meeting at the Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta on Sunday with a number of Cabinet Ministers and National Police and National Military Chiefs, following the evacuation of 238 Indonesians and five members of an advance team from China’s Hubei Province.
— Antara News

BNN rejects idea to export cannabis
The National Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN) has firmly rejected a suggestion raised by a lawmaker of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) to export cannabis, currently categorized as type 1 narcotics.
— Antara News

PMI to send 10 thousand N95 masks to Hong Kong
The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) will send 10 thousand N95 masks to Hong Kong to curb the spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCov) that triggered outbreaks in parts of China and spread to several countries.
— Antara News

200 thousand police officers to secure September regional head polls
Indonesia’s National Police will deploy 200 thousand personnel to secure the simultaneous regional head elections to be held across Indonesian regions on September, 23, 2020, a spokesperson, Senior Commissioner Asep Adi Saputra stated here, Friday.
— Antara News

UK More Welcoming to Indonesian Palm Oil and Students After Brexit
The United Kingdom will be a more open and welcoming country for Indonesia post-Brexit, the UK ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Leste Owen Jenkins said on Friday, with plans in place to attract more Indonesian students to study there and the possibility of a future cooperation in palm oil, Indonesia’s main export commodity currently taking a lot of flak from the European Union.
— Jakarta Globe

Renowned Muslim Cleric Gus Solah Passes Away
Salahuddin Wahid, a key figure in Indonesia’s largest Muslim group Nahdlatul Ulama, passes away during treatment at a Jakarta hospital on Sunday evening.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia deploys officers to help douse Australian wildfires
Chief of the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto dispatched 41 TNI personnel of the Garuda RI Task Force to help put out the wildfires in neighboring Australia.
— Antara News

Tangerang City Sees Rising Floodwater
Floodwaters in Banten Province has reached the heights of between 10 centimeters and a meter, and inundated 23 locations in Tangerang City on Saturday.

Transport Ministry take measures to anticipate spread of coronavirus
The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation’s Directorate General of Sea Transportation heightened its supervision and alertness in ports in the effort to anticipate the coronavirus (nCoV) from entering the country.
— Antara News

Jokowi hands out 2,000 land certificates to Yogyakarta residents
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) distributed two thousand land certificates to residents in five districts and cities in the Special Autonomous Province of Yogyakarta that participated in the Complete Systematic Land Registration Program.
— Antara News

KPK Law may hinder Indonesia’s performance in corruption perception index
Indonesia has made improvements in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Transparency International Indonesia (TTI) has announced, but the country would struggle to maintain the momentum in the face of the new Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law.
— The Jakarta Post

Trade Ministry to selectively import foods, beverages from China
Indonesia’s government will adopt a chary and selective stance in receiving imported goods from China, especially foods and beverages, to stave the entry of coronavirus through foodstuffs into the country, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto stated.
— Antara News

Jokowi urged to withdraw troops from Papua’s Nduga
Activists are calling on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to withdraw troops from the conflict-prone Nduga, Papua, and take a humanitarian approach instead.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia: Year in review 2019
In a bid to boost economic growth, Bank Indonesia (BI), the country’s central bank, cut in October 2019 its benchmark interest rate for the fourth time in four months.
— The Jakarta Post

Bacterial infection, not power plant, caused turtle deaths: Officials
Bengkulu authorities have concluded that the deaths of 28 turtles in Sepang Bay Beach were caused by a bacterial infection, ruling out earlier suspicions they were killed by untreated waste released by a nearby coal-fired power plant.
— The Jakarta Post

Environmental issues still low on agenda as pragmatism prevails: Experts
The environmental agenda is expected to still be ignored in Indonesia this year by policymakers as political pragmatism prevails, experts and activists said, raising concerns over pressing environmental issues and their impacts on society.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia upholds 1945 Constitution over Palestine issue: spokesman
Indonesia upholds its 1945 Constitution in connection with the Palestinian issue, President Joko Widodo’s spokesman, Fadjroel Rachman, stated in response to US President Donald Trump’s peace plan.
— Antara News

Private insurers unfazed by insurance scandals despite trust concerns
Private insurers have brushed off concerns that scandals involving state-owned insurance companies have hurt the industry as the sector continues to grow despite being clouded by trust issues.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Gears Up for Regional Initiatives to Boost Food System
State officials together with representatives of the private sector and civil society gathered on Thursday, January 30, in Jakarta to discuss the challenges facing Indonesia in agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

Fire conflagrates 24 homes in North Sumatra
Fire raged through 24 homes in Simarlelan Village, Muara Batang Toru Sub-district, South Tapanuli District, North Sumatra Province, in the wee hours of Saturday.
— Antara News

Renewable shares in energy mix targeted in 2020
The government has targeted 13.4 percent of renewable shares in energy mix in 2020, Energy and Mineral Resource Minister Arifin Tasrif said.
— Antara News

Expanding middle class can help Indonesia grow faster
Expanding the middle class can help Indonesia grow faster and share prosperity more broadly across the population, according to a report released by the World Bank titled ‘Aspiring Indonesia – Expanding the Middle Class, on Friday’.
— Antara News

BKPM head can now have 10 new expert, specialized staff members
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed a new regulation to allow Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia to have five new expert staff members and five new specialized staff members on top of six deputies.
— The Jakarta Post

Investment helps curtail intellectual unemployment: BKPM head
Investment plays a crucial role in lowering intellectual unemployment, as it can create jobs, Bahlil Lahadalia, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head, stated.
— Antara News

Soekarno-Hatta Airport Train Offers Free Porter Services
Soekarno-Hatta airport train is now equipped with porter services to help passengers with their luggage.

NTB natives reject cable car to protect, preserve Mt Rinjani
Indigenous people of North Bayan, Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), expressed their rejection to a plan to develop a cable car facility to protect and preserve Mount Rinjani considered as a source of life.
— Antara News

VP Amin sanguine about NU being instrumental in peace creation
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin is optimistic that the Islamic organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) would play a notable role in creating peace through religious approaches, both at the national and international levels.
— Antara News

Ahok Visits Luhut Pandjaitan for Talks on Oil, Gas Lifting
The Chief Commissioner of state-owned oil and gas firm Pertamina, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (BTP) or also known as Ahok, has visited the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment Building today afternoon, January 31.

Minister invites millennials to become farmers, agripreneurs
Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo has encouraged millennials to become farmers or build startups in the agricultural sector.
— Antara News

Bantul to develop more tourist villages to attract foreign visitors
Bantul District Administration in Yogyakarta would establish more tourist villages to attract domestic as well as foreign visitors.
— Antara News

GMF opens first international branch in Australia
PT Garuda Maintenance Facility (GMF) Aero Asia has officially opened its first international aircraft maintenance facility by taking on its first technical handling in Australia’s Tullamarine Airport in the city of Melbourne.
— Antara News

River troops: Jakarta’s unsung heroes who try to keep city’s waterways clean
At a modest rest area on a riverbank in Palmerah district in West Jakarta, several workers from the Jakarta Environment Agency Water Bodies Unit took refuge from the blistering heat as they got ready to go back to work after their lunch break came to an end.
— The Jakarta Post

Citilink Indonesia launches new route connecting Denpasar, Timika
Subsidiary of national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, Citilink Indonesia, began operating direct flight service from Denpasar, Bali, to Timika City, Mimika District, Papua Province, Friday (Jan 31), to boost connectivity to the country’s easternmost regions.
— Antara News

‘We hope it will be over soon’: Bali holds mass prayer as virus takes toll on tourism
The Bali Tourism Agency organized a mass prayer on Friday amid a fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak originating from China, which has taken a toll on the famous resort island’s tourism industry.
— The Jakarta Post

Learn About The Refugees Life in Jakarta This Weekend
Refugee communities in Jakarta organized an event this weekend to raise awareness about the refugees’ situation in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe


Feature photo Jessica Washington

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak.


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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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