Indonesia morning news for February 4

Indonesia morning news for February 4

Indonesia morning news

Last flight to carry all Indonesians from China
The last flight will carry all Indonesian citizens from China before a temporary ban on flights to and from mainland China begins to take effect Wednesday, Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi has assured.
— Antara News

Jakarta Ranks 10th on World’s Most Congested Cities List
Jakarta has ranked 10th on the list of the most congested cities in the world in 2019 based on the TomTom Traffic index uploaded on website.

Jokowi confirms 243 Indonesians returning from Wuhan in sound health
President Joko Widodo revealed that 243 Indonesian citizens evacuated from the central Chinese city of Wuhan are in good health, but they continue to be under observation in line with the international health protocol.
— Antara News

Inflation Slows to Nine-Month Low in January
Inflation in Indonesia slowed again in January to a nine-month low on the back of stabilizing transportation costs and a slight decline in the prices of telecommunication and financial services, the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, said on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

International Arrivals Up Slightly, but Coronavirus Scare to Have Effect Soon
The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia rose by 1.8 percent to 16.1 million last year from 15.8 million in 2018, according to a monthly report by the Central Statistics Agency, or BPS, published on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia set to ban live animal imports from China as coronavirus fears grow
Indonesia is set to temporarily stop live animals imports from China and is mulling the possibility of banning imports of other products, including food and beverages, as fears grow that the coronavirus could spread into the country through imports.
— The Jakarta Post

Rupiah Takes Hit as Coronavirus Fear Weakens Market
The rupiah interbank exchange rate in Jakarta weakened on Monday, as the market is weakened by negative sentiments from the coronavirus spread.

Garuda Indonesia suspends to-and-fro flights for Mainland China
Garuda Indonesia suspended its to-and-fro flights for Mainland China since early Wednesday at 00:00 a.m. local time to support the Indonesian government’s endeavors to halt the spread of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Hike in red chili price pushes January 2020 inflation
Indonesia’s inflation rate increased 0.39 percent in January, driven by a spike in the prices of foodstuffs, especially red chili and bird’s eye chili, the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) stated.
— Antara News

Government sets aside Rp1.9 trillion for national reforestation
The Indonesian government has set aside nearly Rp1.9 trillion for a reforestation program across Indonesia this year, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has revealed.
— Antara News

Uncertainty looms as nonpermanent state employees face 2023 deadline
Forty-nine-year-old Ahmad Saifudin has been a contract teacher half of his life.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus Crisis; Govt to Crackdown on Hoaxes, Disinformation
The Communication and Informatics Ministry (Kominfo) strongly reminded the public to carefully vet each and every online information about the coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan.

Four Indonesian students repatriated from China get clear bill of health
Four Indonesians who were studying at Chinese universities have been declared free of coronavirus infection after their recent return to their hometown in Banyumas regency, Central Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia addresses EU objections over mineral policies at WTO consultation
Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga joined delegates from the European Union and other countries at a World Trade Organization (WTO) consultation on Thursday in Geneva, Switzerland, to comply with the dispute settlement regarding the EU’s objection to a number of Indonesia’s coal and mineral policies.
— The Jakarta Post

Disquiet in Indonesia’s Natuna over use of island as quarantine site amid novel coronavirus outbreak
Residents on Natuna island have expressed concern that the regency is not adequately equipped to accommodate Indonesian citizens who have been quarantined after being evacuated from Wuhan.

Renewable energy bill set to remove legal uncertainty in green projects
A renewable energy bill that has been included in the House of Representatives’ National Legislation Program (Prolegnas), is expected to solve issues related to regulations obstructing the growth of green energy in the country, according to an environmental law expert.
— The Jakarta Post

Smaller coal, nickel miners concerned over proposed omnibus bill incentives
Coal and nickel miners have been speculating about several plans to develop downstream mining industries set out in the government’s proposed omnibus bill on job creation, despite having demonstrated a lukewarmth response to the initiative.
— The Jakarta Post

Conservative Aceh proposes cannabis legalization
Calls for cannabis legalization are on the rise in the conservative Muslim province of Aceh as local leaders believe the move will boost economic development in the region, where cultivation of the substance is already widespread.
— The Jakarta Post

Heirs to Indonesian tycoons ‘want more trust’ in managing family ventures
A new generation of industry players have emerged at the forefront of a changing business landscape, bracing themselves for further disruptions that could either make or break their enterprises in the 2020s and beyond.
— The Jakarta Post

Security Threat Looms over Repatriation of Ex-ISIS: Observers
Terrorism observer Al Chaidar opined there is a potential security threat behind the government’s plan to repatriate a total of 600 Indonesian citizens who were former supporters of the now-defunct international terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State) in Syria.

7 Unevacuated Indonesians in China under Close Monitoring: KBRI
The Indonesian government was keeping an eye on the condition of seven Indonesian citizens who are still in Hubei, China after the other 238 were evacuated on Sunday, February 2, due to the coronavirus threat, said the palace spokesman Fadjroel Rachman.

Coronavirus: Garlic Price Rises at Kramat Jati Market
The coronavirus outbreak in China has caused the supplies of imported garlic in the Kramat Jati Central Market to experience shortage on Monday.

One dead, more than 300 homes destroyed in major Central Sulawesi fire
A major fire broke out in Baolan district, Toli-Toli regency, Central Sulawesi, killing one resident and reportedly engulfing more than 300 homes on Sunday.
— The Jakarta Post

East Java police seize 15 kg of crystal meth smuggled from Malaysia
The East Java Police seized 15 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine smuggled from Malaysia and packed in a tea bag from two suspected drug dealers that the local police anti-drug squad personnel recently arrested.
— Antara News

Authorities close down 23 illegal gold mining holes in Bogor
A joint operation involving 700 security personnel was held over the weekend to close down 23 holes from illegal gold mining activities within the area of Mount Pongkor in Bogor regency, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

Middle-class women work as much as their lower-class peers: World Bank
The participation rate of women in the workforce has continued to increase in recent years, but the differences in participation rates between middle-class women and their lower-class and upper-class peers are relatively small.
— The Jakarta Post

Industry’s involvement to usher in improvement in educational quality
Acting Director General of Vocational Education Patdono Suwignjo affirmed that the industry’s involvement in vocational education will improve the quality of education.
— Antara News

Indonesian Workers in 3 Asian Countries Unaffected by Coronavirus
Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said Indonesian migrant workers in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong were reportedly uninfected by the novel coronavirus from China’s province of Wuhan.

Peatland fires: Preventive action should be priority
Forty-year-old Theti Numan Agau recalled the time when her home in Mentangai Hilir village of Kapuas district in Central Kalimantan was engulfed in thick smoke from drained peatland fire in 2015.
— The Jakarta Post

Bandung Airport Prepares Special Gurney for Coronavirus Patients
A gurney or stretcher on which a person lies on it is prepared specifically for the anticipation of patients with deadly coronavirus infection.

Jokowi Orders Health Minister to Open Office in Natuna
The palace spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto to open up a temporary office in Natuna following the evacuation of 238 Indonesian citizens from Hubei, China due to coronavirus outbreak.

Jakarta’s Pasar Ikan Sluice Gate at Alert Level II
Several Jakarta areas are showered with rain since early this morning, February 3, which resulted in the rising water level at Pasar Ikan and Pos Angke Hulu sluice gate.

Gojek, Grab prices now included in inflation calculation as they ‘grow significantly’
Statistics Indonesia (BPS) has started to include prices of services provided by ride-hailing startups Gojek and Grab, among other new components, in the country’s inflation calculation.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Claims Electronic Tickets Push Down on Traffic Violations
The Jakarta Metropolitan Police said that there has been a decrease in traffic violations since the use of Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement (e-TLE).

‘They’re our brothers and sisters’: Jokowi asks for understanding for Wuhan evacuees quarantined in Natuna
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has asked for local residents’ understanding over Jakarta’s decision to use a military base in Natuna, Riau Islands, as the location of quarantine for 243 people who were evacuated over the weekend from coronavirus-hit Wuhan and other cities in Hubei province, China.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi, National Figures Mourn Passing of Gus Solah
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has visited the late Salahuddin Wahid or also known Gus Solah’s residence to pay the last respect.

Companies must invest in skills training amid rise of automation: Survey
Companies need to invest more in upskilling their employees in order to reduce the digital skills gap and ease concerns over job security, as the use of automation technology continues to expand, a study indicates.
— The Jakarta Post

PLN expects to raise Rp 4.92 trillion from new bonds
State-owned electricity company PLN expects to raise about Rp 4.92 trillion (US$360.7 million) from the issuance of new bonds later this month to improve cash flow and finance electricity infrastructure expansion.
— The Jakarta Post

Medco Energi to offer Rp 1.5t in bonds to refinance debt
Privately-owned oil and gas company PT Medco Energi Internasional is set to offer rupiah-denominated debt papers following a recent global bonds issuance in a bid to refinance its debts that are due in the next two years.
— The Jakarta Post

Police apprehend three drug suspects in North Maluku
The Police in North Halmahera District, North Maluku Province, took three people into arrest on charges of trafficking and abusing crystal methamphetamine in the Tobelo area.
— Antara News

BPS projects coronavirus outbreak to dent foreign tourist arrivals
Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) Suhariyanto has forecast that the coronavirus outbreak in China will affect the number of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia.
— Antara News

14 stranded Iranians depart Meulaboh waters for Maldives
Some 14 Iranians stranded for nearly a week in the Meulaboh waters in West Aceh District, Aceh Province, departed, Sunday evening, for the Indian Ocean under the escort of immigration, water police, and rescue personnel.
— Antara News

Indonesia draws praises for evacuating its citizens from Wuhan
The government has been commended for its decision to evacuate Indonesians from Wuhan, China’s epicenter of the deadly new coronavirus outbreak, and send them for quarantine to a military compound in Natuna, Riau Islands Province.
— Antara News

Anies Baswedan Urged to Acquire Land in Ciliwung Normalization
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has been urged to immediately acquire the land to normalize Ciliwung.

VP Amin pays final respects to late Salahuddin Wahid
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin along with his wife, Wury Estu Handayani, visited the mourning house in Jakarta on Monday morning to pay their final respects to Salahuddin Wahid, who passed away at 77.
— Antara News

Jokowi creates country’s first Hindu state university
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has issued a presidential regulation (Perpres) turning the Hindu Dharma State Institute (IHDN) in Denpasar, Bali into the country’s first Hindu state university.
— The Jakarta Post

See you later, alligator: Crocodile rescue contest in Palu cancelled as no takers emerge
A contest to save a wild crocodile that has been living with a used motorcycle tire around its neck for years has been cancelled after the Central Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA Central Sulawesi) failed to gain any interest from the community.

South Sumatran millennials encouraged to help forest, land restoration via app
Youths in South Sumatra are encouraged to participate in the restoration of degraded forests and land through data crowdsourcing platforms.
— The Jakarta Post

Papuan People’s Assembly entrusts safety of Papuan students to Jember regent
During a meeting about the fate of Papuan migrant students after last year’s racial abuse incidents in East Java, the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) asked Jember Regent Faida to ensure the safety of the Papuan students in her regency.
— The Jakarta Post

Woman Found Dead in East Jakarta House
A woman who lived alone was found dead at her home in Cipinang Cempedak, Jatinegara, East Jakarta, Monday morning.


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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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