Indonesia morning news for February 5

Indonesia morning news for February 5

Indonesia morning news

‘It will start at midnight’: Indonesia insists on travel ban despite China’s protest
Indonesia has insisted on imposing a travel ban to and from China as an effort to prevent a deadly coronavirus from spreading into the country, even after a Chinese envoy expressed his disagreement over the plan.
— The Jakarta Post

Inflation to jump to 3 percent in 2020 amid administered price hikes: Economists
Indonesia will see its inflation rate jump to more than 3 percent this year due to hikes in government-regulated prices, economists have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Thirst for Biodiesel May Undercut Global Palm Oil Supply
The Indonesian Palm Oil Association, or Gapki, said on Monday that Indonesia is likely to use up 8.3 million tons of palm oil to meet domestic demand for biodiesel this year, raising concerns there won’t be enough palm oil left to export.
— Jakarta Globe

Hundreds of pigs in Bali killed by mystery disease
Nearly 1,000 pigs in Bali have died from an as-yet-unidentified disease, local authorities say.
— The Jakarta Post

[UPDATED] Suspected Wuhan coronavirus in Indonesia: What we know so far
As the death toll in China steadily rises, more cities are put under lockdown and suspected cases are found in other countries, fears over an outbreak of the new coronavirus have reached Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

‘There will be a negative impact’: China raises concerns over Indonesia’s planned food import ban
Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian has said that he is “very concerned” about Indonesia’s plan to possibly impose food import restrictions from China as fears grow that the coronavirus could spread into the country through imported goods.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Singapore Update Double Tax Avoidance Agreement
Indonesia and Singapore have updated their 29-year old bilateral tax treaty, lowering the tax rate on royalties and net income of companies operating in both countries.
— Jakarta Globe

Thousands of Chinese tourists stranded in Bali as govt halts flights to and from China
Thousands of Chinese tourists are at risk of being stranded in Bali following the Indonesian government’s decision to halt flights to and from mainland China starting on Wednesday at midnight.
— The Jakarta Post

House questions govt plan to sign free trade deals with Japan, EU
Members of the House of Representatives have questioned a government plan to sign free trade deals with a number of countries this year, saying that such initiatives could further increase imports.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Navy stations chopper in Malacca Strait
The Indonesian Navy (TNI AL) has stationed a Helly BO 105 helicopter to support marine security operations in the Malacca Strait and Singapore Strait.
— Antara News

Natuna residents urged to remain calm over Indonesians from Wuhan
The Health Ministry has appealed to Natuna residents not to worry over the presence of 238 Indonesians quarantined in Natuna after being evacuated from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, as they are in good health.
— Antara News

Natuna schools resume activities as Wuhan evacuees are quarantined in regency
Natuna Education Agency in Riau Islands has revoked a circular issued by the regency’s regional secretary ordering schools to dismiss their classes for two weeks after the regency was officially named a quarantine and observation zone for 243 evacuees from Wuhan and surrounding cities in Hubei province, China.
— The Jakarta Post

Government got slightly delayed in notifying Natuna residents: Mahfud
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Mahfud MD, admitted to the government’s slight delay in informing the residents of Natuna, Riau Islands, on its decision to send 238 Indonesians, airlifted from Wuhan City, China, to Natuna for quarantine.
— Antara News

Hoax triggers face mask shortage in Indonesia, says Health Ministry
The Health Ministry says a shortage of face masks in most cities in Indonesia was triggered by a hoax, instead of concerns over the coronavirus spread.
— The Jakarta Post

Riau zoo management under investigation after death of leopard cub entrusted by police
The management of Kasang Kulim Pekanbaru Zoo in Riau is being investigated over allegations of negligence after one of two leopard cubs sent by the Riau Police to the zoo died on Friday.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali rejects Timor Leste’s request to quarantine citizens
The Bali provincial administration has rejected Timor Leste’s request to put 17 of its citizens who are due to be repatriated from China due to the novel coronavirus outbreak into quarantine on the island.
— The Jakarta Post

Trade minister reported to police by business partner for alleged fraud
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto has been reported to the police by a former business partner over allegations of fraud and embezzlement of Rp 500 billion (US$36.3 million).
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus: Govt finds hoaxes on social media, amplified by news media for clickbait
Following the outbreak of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China, hoaxes and conspiracy theories about the novel virus have widely spread online over the past two weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

Coronavirus Crisis; China Advises Indonesia to Not Overreact
Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian advises Indonesia to not overreact to the novel coronavirus crisis that emerged from the Wuhan province.
— Tempo.co

Chinese tourists welcome to extend their stays: Bali deputy governor
The Bali administration has allowed Chinese tourists in the island to extend their visas despite the government’s travel restrictions to prevent a coronavirus outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Got masks? China orders three months’ supply of Indonesian face masks amid coronavirus outbreak
Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said that China has placed large orders for Indonesian-made masks in an effort to stop the spread of a coronavirus within the country.
— The Jakarta Post

Agriculture Trade with China Suspended Due to Coronavirus Crisis
The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture decided to temporarily suspend China – Indonesia’s bilateral trade in agriculture and animal products.
— Tempo.co

Bandung McDonald’s ranks among top-10 in global delivery records, sparking nostalgia for local stomping ground
Current and former students reminisced about their favorite local haunt after finding out that the Simpang Dago McDonald’s in Bandung, West Java, was among the top-10 outlets worldwide in terms of deliveries according to the 2019 Global McDelivery Records.
— The Jakarta Post

Edhy Prabowo Restricts Imports of Fish Products from China
Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo opined that the spread of coronavirus that was first emerged in the mainland of China is already distressing.
— Tempo.co

Development must curb environmental impacts: BNPB
Every development project must be mapped out to minimize environmental impacts, according to a panel during the National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) Coordination Meeting to discuss threats of drought, forest fires, and climate change.
— Antara News

KPK to Grill Harley Davidson CEO over Garuda Bribery Case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is set to grill the president director of PT Mabua Harley Davidson motor company, Djonnie Rahmat, over the procurement of aircraft machine of national airline Garuda Indonesia.
— Tempo.co

Time for nuclear power? Luhut tells tale of Indonesia ‘having it all’
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has shared a story of his enlightenment that maybe Indonesia, after all, needs to have nuclear power.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian students treated as pariahs upon return from China
Indonesian university students who returned from China amid the coronavirus outbreak thought they could rest easy once they arrived in South Sumatra on Saturday.
— The Jakarta Post

Economic integration may cut world’s learning poverty: Pangestu
Economy integration among the poor and lower-to-middle income countries may reduce the world’s learning poverty rate by half in 2030, newly-appointed World Bank managing director, Mari Elka Pangestu, said, referring to the agency’s ambitious target announced last year.
— Antara News

Small businesses feel the pinch of new import tax regulation
A government decision to lower the tax threshold for imported goods has adversely affected small e-commerce businesses and jastip (individual wholesalers), sellers have claimed.
— The Jakarta Post

Low oil prices push Pertamina’s 2019 profit down 16% to $2.1b
State-owned oil company Pertamina closed 2019 with a net profit of US$2.1 billion (Rp 28.8 trillion), down 16 percent from $2.5 billion the previous year on the back of weakening commodity prices.
— The Jakarta Post

East Kalimantan governor to ‘personally stop’ new capital construction if harmful to forests
East Kalimantan Governor Isran Noor has called on the central government to be more mindful of the lush forests covering parts of the province as Jakarta moves forward with its long-term plan to relocate the country’s capital city to the region.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Orders to Prep Scenario of Handling Coronavirus Case
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reminded the government officials to start preparing scenarios of handling the coronavirus case following the outbreak of the infectious disease that was first emerged in China.
— Tempo.co

Novel Baswedan to be bestowed international anti-corruption award
The Perdana International Anti-Corruption Champion Foundation (PIACCF), Malaysia, bestowed the 2020 International Anti-Corruption Award on Novel Baswedan, a senior investigator at Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
— Antara News

Jokowi Welcomes Singapore President in Bogor
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi welcomes Singapore President Halimah Yacob’s first state visit to Indonesia at the Bogor Presidential Palace, today, Feb. 4.
— Tempo.co

‘Paniki’ panic: Manado restaurants take bat stew off menu – for now
In light of the novel coronavirus outbreak, restaurants in Manado, North Sulawesi, have put a temporary hold on selling bat dishes.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi acknowledges dedication of disaster mitigation agency workers
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) expressed gratitude to workers of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and its regional offices nationwide for their dedication to assist and mitigate those severely affected by catastrophes.
— Antara News

Government must fulfill its obligations to uphold human rights
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development and members in Indonesia, expressed concern over continual violation of human rights and fundamental freedom in the first 100 days of Joko Widodo’s (Jokowi’s) second presidential term.
— Antara News

Former Indonesian ISIS Fighters Repatriation Decided Mid-2020
Coordinating Minister of Politics, Law, and Security Affairs Mahfud MD announced that the government has formed a special team to handle the repatriation of former Indonesian ISIS fighters abroad.
— Tempo.co

Sambuaga encourages intensification of Indonesia-Turkey trade ties
Indonesian Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga encouraged ways to boost trade ties between Indonesia and Turkey during his visit to Ankara on Monday.
— Antara News

Govt Hopes More People Use Public Transport
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi hopes that public transport users in Jakarta greater area (Jabodetabek) can excel users in Japan and Singapore which reach up to 60 percent.
— Tempo.co

Erick Thohir appoints police general Carlo Tewu to help manage state firms
State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir has appointed police Gen. Carlo Brix Tewu as the ministry’s new undersecretary in charge of law and legislation as part of ministry restructuring.
— The Jakarta Post

Government to develop coffee farming cooperatives, launch pilot project this year
The Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Ministry is set to develop cooperatives for small scale coffee farmers in a bid to improve their productivity.
— The Jakarta Post

South Tangerang Expects to Build MRT in 2022
The Jakarta Greater Area Transportation Management Agency (BPTJ) targets the construction of mass rapid transport (MRT) in South Tangerang to begin in 2022.
— Tempo.co

Ambassador Donovan extends condolences over demise of Gus Sholah
US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph R. Donovan Jr. has offered his deepest condolences over the passing of K.H. Salahuddin Wahid, also known as Gus Sholah.
— Antara News

Bangka Belitung, Pertamina to cooperate to build catalyst factory
Bangka Belitung islands provincial government will cooperate with state-owned oil and gas firm PT Pertamina to expedite construction of a catalyst factory to offer added value to the abundant Kaolin raw materials in the province.
— Antara News

North Sumatra registered 10.17-percent increase in foreign tourists
A total of 260,311 foreign tourists had visited North Sumatra in 2019, an increase of 10.17 percent, from 236,276 foreigners in 2018.
— Antara News

WB reviews mobilization of financial resources following coronavirus
With the novel coronavirus spreading, the World Bank Group is assessing financial and technical resources that can be mobilized swiftly to support affected nations and assist the life-saving work underway.
— Antara News

IHSG opens higher amid spike in Asian markets
The Indonesian composite index (IHSG) of the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) opened higher at 63.34 points, or 1.08 percent, to 5,947.51 in the midst of a spike in the Asian markets.
— Antara News

Drug traffickers withholding 250-kg hashish arrested in North Jakarta
The Indonesian Narcotics Agency (BNN) and the Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Baresktrim) arrested five suspected marijuana traffickers in possession of 250 kilograms hashish in a truck in a warehouse parking lot in Pluit, North Jakarta.
— Antara News

Online Ojek Driver Died after Thrown to Transjakarta Lane
An online ojek (motorcycle taxi) driver died after thrown to the Transjakarta bus lane on Jalan Panjang, West Jakarta, at 10 a.m. today.
— Tempo.co

Jakarta Replants 300 Trees in Monas Revitalization Project Site
Jakarta Secretary Saefullah said the city administration has started to replant trees previously cut down for the construction project of the National Monument or Monas revitalization.
— Tempo.co

‘#NoHijabDay’ draws criticism, raises debate on social media
The #NoHijabDay hashtag, which has been circulating on social media over the past few days to challenge World Hijab Day on Feb. 1, has apparently created a global furor, with many people condemning it.
— The Jakarta Post

Minor found after being kidnapped, raped for almost four years
Police arrested a man, identified as SF, 57, on Jan. 23 in Cianjur, West Java, for allegedly kidnapping his teenage neighbor four years ago.
— The Jakarta Post

Sumatran tigers attack several cows in Riau: BKSDA
The Riau Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) deployed a team to handle the recent attacks of wild Sumatran tigers (panthera tigris sumatrae) on four cows, owned by residents of Rantau Bertuah Village, Siak, Riau.
— Antara News

Majalah Tempo Wins Adinegoro Award on In-depth Reporting
Majalah Tempo won the 2019 Adinegoro Award for the category of in-depth reporting for a print mass media.
— Tempo.co

‘It gets really cold at night’: 50-year-old homeless man lives in cave for past decade
Many of the oft-overlooked homeless population across the country struggle to secure decent accommodation and are forced to brave the streets, but few are willing to take things to the extreme that La Udu has done.
— The Jakarta Post

Woman arrested, receives ‘death threats’ for Facebook post about Surabaya mayor
Zikria Dzatil – a homemaker and mother of three in Bogor, West Java – had not thought much of a Facebook status she casually posted almost a month ago, in which she lobbed an ad hominem at Tri “Risma” Rismaharini, the mayor of Surabaya in East Java.
— The Jakarta Post

 

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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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