Indonesia morning news for January 29

Indonesia morning news for January 29

Indonesia morning news

Central Java Handling 3 Suspected Coronavirus Cases
Three suspected coronavirus cases had been detected in Central Java that is spread in three different hospitals in Cilacap, Surakarta, and Semarang.

2 Suspected Coronavirus Cases in Bandung Tests Negative
Medical test results on two patients suspected of contracting the coronavirus from Wuhan, China, fortunately, came back negative.

Coronavirus; Indonesia’s Evacuation Plan Depends on Chinese Govt
Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry’s acting spokesman Tauku Faizasyah said the government has prepared plans to evacuate Indonesians residing in Chinese cities contaminated by the coronavirus.

Indonesia issues travel warning for Hubei, Wuhan as coronavirus death toll rises
Indonesia has officially issued a travel warning for citizens intending to visit China’s Hubei province, where the new coronavirus first emerged in the city of Wuhan, after the death toll from the SARS-like virus climbed to 106 and the number of confirmed cases rose to more than 4,500 as of Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Immigration Chief Ronny Sompie Dismissed over Graft Fugitive Saga
Justice and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly dismissed director general of immigration Ronny Sompie on Tuesday amid public uproar over the whereabouts of a graft fugitive.
— Jakarta Globe

Ministry to impose up to Rp100 billion fine for personal data abuse
The Ministry of Communication and Informatics will regulate sanctions on personal data abuse in the Personal Data Protection Bill that has just been handed to the House of Representatives.
— Antara News

Indonesia to Ship 10,000 N95 Masks to Citizens Trapped in Chinese Cities on Lockdown From Coronavirus
Indonesia will ship 10,000 face masks to hundreds of its citizens in China on Wednesday to help protect them from the coronavirus outbreak.
— Jakarta Globe

Anthrax and HIV-tainted soil found at medical waste dump site in Indonesia, but locals oblivious to risks
The village of Panguragan Kulon in Indonesian port city Cirebon is unique in its own way.

No Indonesians in Wuhan are symptomatic with coronavirus: PPIT
The executive board of the Association of Indonesian Students in China (PPIT)-Wuhan Chapter confirmed on Tuesday that none of the Indonesians residing in Wuhan City are suspected of being infected with the novel coronavirus.
— Antara News

No Indonesian infected by nCov in Singapore: Embassy
The Indonesian Embassy in Singapore said that no Indonesian in the island republic was infected with the coronavirus (2019-nCov) until Tuesday (January 28).
— Antara News

Manpower minister awaits decision over Chinese workers
Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah is awaiting Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto’s steps over the restrictions on the number of Chinese workers employed in Indonesia amid the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
— Antara News

Gov’t Loosens Foreign Ownership Cap to Boost Local Insurance Industry
Indonesia now allows foreign investors to own more than 80 percent of shares in locally-listed insurance companies, loosening a rule that has for a long time stopped foreign insurance companies from expanding their business in Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesian travel agent to return 174 Chinese tourists
PT Cahaya Matahari Rembulan, an Indonesian travel agent, will send 174 Chinese tourists currently visiting Solo since January 23, Central Java, back home amid the coronavirus outbreak originating from Wuhan, a Chinese city.
— Antara News

Lion Air to suspend Manado-China flights
Lion Air will suspend flights on the Manado-China route in anticipation of a coronavirus outbreak.
— Antara News

Monitor wildlife trade as certain animals ‘have potential’ as coronavirus carriers, warns LIPI
Indonesian researchers have urged the government to implement stronger measures against the cross-border wildlife trade to anticipate the possible spread of the novel coronavirus, 2019-nCoV, which is believed to have first emerged among wild animals in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
— The Jakarta Post

Wuhan virus outbreak yet to impact exports to China: Minister
Indonesia’s Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita attested to the fact that the coronavirus outbreak had yet to impact the exports of industrial products to China despite concerns of China’s economy weakening owing to the pandemic.
— Antara News

Bogor Issues Alert Status over Coronavirus Outbreak
The Head of the Section for the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases of the Bogor District Health Office, issued a circular letter to the Community Health Centers (Puskesmas) and hospitals to be cautious of the coronavirus.

Jokowi concedes to Indonesia being encumbered by umpteen regulations
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) acknowledged that Indonesia’s myriad complicated regulations had entrapped it and impeded the government from responding promptly and swiftly to this rapidly changing world.
— Antara News

Three ministers discuss prevention of coronavirus in Indonesia
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto, and Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama led a coordination meeting here on Monday, January 27, to discuss ways to prevent coronavirus in Indonesia.
— Antara News

Coronavirus outbreak triggers pessimism in global economy: Minister
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati pointed to pessimism being brought on in the economy worldwide, especially in China, by the coronavirus outbreak that has spread globally.
— Antara News

Jokowi Points Out Indonesia’s Low Literacy, Financial Inclusion
President Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi, held a limited meeting with a number of ministers to discuss national financial inclusion strategies.

Indonesia, Singapore cooperate to improve industrial competitiveness
Indonesia and Singapore have agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in developing the competitive edge of the industrial sector, ranging from increasing investment to implementing vocational education to encourage economic growth in the two neighboring nations.
— Antara News

Indonesia’s financial inclusion index increased in 2019: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) drew attention to Indonesia’s financial inclusion index (FII) having risen to 76.19 percent in 2019.
— Antara News

Wuhan coronavirus to add to global economic uncertainties in 2020: Minister
A pneumonia-like illness outbreak caused by a new coronavirus in China is likely to cause more uncertainty in the global economy in 2020, according to a senior minister.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s wealth gap spurs Muslims to join ‘economic jihad’
Taufan left his petrochemical job in Abu Dhabi just over a year ago to answer what he felt was his true calling.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia further efforts to penetrate Botswana market
With Indonesian Ambassador to South Africa Salman Al Farisi meeting several prominent officials and business leaders in Gaborone, Botswana, during a working visit, Indonesia continues its efforts to penetrate the market in Botswana.
— Antara News

Minister supports discussion on agriculture in WTO conference
Indonesia supports the discussion of agricultural issues at the 12th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference, scheduled to be held in Kazakhstan in June 2020, Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto has stated.
— Antara News

Bank BJB to offer Rp 500b in bonds to expand loan disbursement
Publicly listed Bank Pembangunan Daerah Jawa Barat dan Banten (Bank BJB) will offer Rp 500 billion (US$36.74 million) worth of bonds in this year’s first quarter as the first part of its second shelf-registration subordinated bonds valued at Rp 1 trillion.
— The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh targets one million tourists by 2021
The Banda Aceh municipality has set a target of attracting at least one million tourists by 2021, according to a local official.
— Antara News

Helmy Yahya Denies Allegation of Favoring Foreign Programs
Former president director of public broadcaster TVRI Helmy Yahya rebuffed the allegations that the national television station was dominated by foreign programs under his management.

Alipay’s Entry to Indonesia Delayed as Bank Indonesia Asks for Paperwork Revision
Bank Indonesia, the country’s central bank, has told Chinese digital wallet company Alipay to rework their application for operating a payment service in Indonesia in collaboration with state-controlled lenders Bank Mandiri and Bank Rakyat Indonesia.
— Jakarta Globe

Yet another elephant injured in trap in Riau
A 5-year-old male elephant was wounded in Bengkalis regency of Riau after stepping into a trap.
— The Jakarta Post

South Sumatra’s travel agents stop offering tour packages to China
The Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies (ASITA), South Sumatra Province, has temporarily closed tour package services to China following the coronavirus outbreak first spotted in Wuhan City, Hubei Province.
— Antara News

Online petitions grow, challenges remain
In recent years, we have seen a rise of digital activism in Indonesia through online petitions.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Reasserts Importance of Omnibus Law in Plenary Meeting
President Jokowi has yet again reasserted the importance and urgency to pass the omnibus law during the Constitutional Court (MK) annual plenary in Jakarta today.

Wuhan coronavirus to affect local stock market until outbreak contained
Negative sentiments stemming from China’s coronavirus outbreak are to continue infecting the local stock market for some time until global authorities manage to contain the spread of the deadly virus as investors flee to save haven assets, analysts are saying.
— The Jakarta Post

Trade Ministry should support SMEs to boost export competitiveness
The Trade Ministry’s cooperation with all ministries and institutions, principally financing institutions throughout Indonesia, is deemed necessary to assist export-oriented small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to step up their export competitiveness.
— Antara News

Algerian attempting to swim from Timor Leste to Australia to be sent back home
An Algerian national recently found adrift in the Timor Sea after attempting to swim to Australia from Timor Leste is to be sent back to his home country, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) authorities have confirmed.
— The Jakarta Post

Immigration DG Ronny Sompie Fired over Harun Masiku Case
Director-General of Immigration of the Legal and Human Rights Ministry, Ronny Sompie, has been officially dismissed from his position following the conflicting information on the whereabouts of PDIP politician, Harun Masiku.

100 Days in Office; Ma’ruf Amin’s Role Yet Significant: Pollster
Parameter Politik Indonesia highlighted the performance of Vice President Ma’ruf Amin during his 100 days in the office along with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

PDIP Politician: Monas Revitalization an Environmental Crime
A politician from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), Endro S Yahman, questions the Monas revitalization project polemic to the Minister of State Secretariat (Mensesneg), Pratikno.

PLN to issue tradable renewable energy certificates to promote clean energy
State-owned electricity firm PLN will issue renewable energy certificates (REC) to support the government’s program to promote the use of clean energy in the country in cooperation with Clean Energy Investment Accelerator (CEIA) Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

West Nusa Tenggara sets up corona cisis center
The Provincial Government of West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), has formed a corona crisis center (3C) in response to the coronavirus cases in various countries and to anticipate news and information in the community.
— Antara News

Six Chinese nationals stranded on Rote Island
Six Chinese nationals were found to have been stranded in the Papela waters, East Rote Sub-district, Rote Ndao District, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, on Tuesday.
— Antara News

State-owned insurer Taspen steers steady ship in industry rocked by turbulence
State-owned pension insurance company PT Taspen has followed a prudent investment strategy at a time when the industry has been rocked by alleged cases of investment mismanagement.
— The Jakarta Post

Aceh unveils new female flogging squad
The masked woman nervously approaches her target, shuffles into position and then unleashes a flurry of lashes — proving herself as the newest member of the first female flogging squad in Indonesia’s Aceh province.
— The Jakarta Post

Snake charmer dies after being bitten by king cobra
Norjani, a snake charmer from Toho district, Mempawah regency, in West Kalimantan, reportedly died on Saturday shortly after performing with his king cobra.
— The Jakarta Post


Feature photo Shankar Subramanian

This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on raptors of Asean, here the Wood Owl (left) and the Buffy Fish Owl (right).


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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