Indonesia morning news for June 10

Indonesia morning news for June 10

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s GDP to stagnate as global economy sees worst recession in 80 years: World Bank
Indonesia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow at zero percent this year as the global economy is expected to see its deepest downturn since the Second World War, the World Bank has forecast.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Daily Coronavirus Cases Surpass 1,000 for First Time
Indonesia reported 1,043 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest rise in a day since first cases were detected in the country in early March.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia faces trade remedies from partners, risks $1.9b losses
Indonesia has been hit by trade remedies involving nine trading partners that launched an investigation into alleged unfair practices by the country, resulting in potential foreign exchange losses of up to Rp 26.5 trillion (US$1.9 billion), according to the Trade Ministry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Bali becomes coronavirus hideout for foreigners amid pandemic
When Chinese tourist Jingjing Zang arrived in the Indonesian holiday island of Bali last August for a scuba diving course, the 28-year-old did not expect to be stuck there almost a year later after a pandemic had closed borders and caused massive disruption to global travel.

Indonesia’s ‘new normal’ a disaster in the making
Indonesia’s ability to overcome the twin economic and public health crises wrought by Covid-19 was always going to be a tall order.
— Asia Times

Indonesia holds talks with US to lure companies from China
Indonesia is in talks with the U.S. government over the possible relocation of American companies operating in China to the archipelago, as businesses and governments worldwide look at ways to diversify production in response to supply chain disruptions caused by the coronavirus.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Indonesia ranks low among safest countries in COVID-19 pandemic: Study
A recent study that examined the COVID-19 safety and risk assessment of countries around the world has put Indonesia in 97th position, which is a relatively low score.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Eases Travel Rules in Boost for Virus-Hit Airlines
Indonesia will allow airlines to carry more passengers in a rule that further eases curbs in the aviation industry, as Southeast Asia’s largest economy allows more cities to reopen after months of mobility restrictions.
— Bloomberg

Minister Says Hajj 2020 Remains Canceled
Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi firmly stated that the decision to cancel this year’s Hajj pilgrimage is fixed and will not be changed, even if Saudi Arabia’s Government decides to reopen its lands for the purpose.

Indonesia prepares for regional elections amid COVID-19 despite calls for postponement
As many as 270 regions in Indonesia are set to hold elections in December this year despite calls from activists for postponement due to public health risks in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

2 Tortured Indonesian Ship Crews by Chinese Vessel Returned Home
Two Indonesian ship crews who had allegedly fallen victim to torture onboard Chinese fishing vessel ‘LU QIAN YUA YU 901’ who are now secured by the Agency for the Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BP2MI).

Greater Surabaya ends PSBB, enters two-week transition phase
Greater Surabaya in East Java officially ended its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), a partial lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

20 merchants of Jakarta’s Perumnas Klender develop COVID-19 infection
East Jakarta Mayor M. Anwar spoke of having put forth a request to the city market operator to shut down the Perumnas Klender Market after 20 of its merchants contracted the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

National Police Claim April-May Crime Rate had Dropped
The Indonesian National Police (Polri) on Tuesday claimed the crime rate throughout May this year had dropped 7.9 percent compared to April.

Infrastructure for handling COVID-19 operating well: govt
The Indonesian government is ensuring the entire infrastructure for handling the coronavirus pandemic is running properly as the country prepares to implement the new normal order.
— Antara News

Indonesia reduces deforestation rate as researchers urge caution
Indonesia has offered a glimpse of hope for the environment, with its rate of deforestation having decreased for a third year in a row as a result of the government’s response to the devastating 2015-2016 fire crisis, even as global deforestation continues apace.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt Claims Surplus of PPE, Ready to Export
Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said that Indonesia recorded a surplus of the personal protective equipment or PPE used to prevent the Covid-19 transmission.

Transport Ministry Increases Capacity of KRL Passengers to 45 pct
The Transportation Ministry has decided to increase the capacity of passengers of the Jabodetabek Commuter Line or KRL to 45 percent from initially 35 percent of the train’s full capacity.

Indonesia still in preparatory stage to embrace new normal: spokesman
Fadjroel Rachman, the presidential spokesman, opined that Indonesia was yet in the stage of making preparations to usher in the new normal.
— Antara News

Lion Air Group to resume domestic flights on Wednesday
Lion Air Group will resume domestic flights on Wednesday with health protocols in place after a temporary flight suspension this month, a company representative has said.
— The Jakarta Post

BPTJ to Introduce COVID-19 Tracker App for Transportation Users
The Greater Jakarta transportation agency (BPTJ) on Tuesday announced that it is amidst preparing an app that provides its users with information related to the spread of COVID-19 dubbed the L-Cov. This app is targeted for Greater Jakarta transportation users.

Senayan City Mall Set to Reopen Under New Normal
Senayan City shopping mall in South Jakarta completed last-minute preparations to reopen on Tuesday after the Jakarta provincial government decided to ease the city’s large-scale social restriction (PSBB), including reopening every mall in Greater Jakarta by June 15.
— Jakarta Globe

This year’s Idul Fitri traffic accidents fall by 31 percent
The National Police have reported that the number of road accidents during this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) season was 31 percent lower than last year’s, a decline from 2,851 accidents to 1,980.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia to Lobby Saudi Arabia for Additional Hajj Quota
The Minister of Religious Affairs Fachrul Razi said the Indonesian government would lobby Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry for an additional quota of regular hajj pilgrimage next year.

Hospital beds at referral hospitals available for Surabaya’s COVID-19
Vacant beds at referral hospitals around Surabaya City are currently within easier reach for its residents diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and in need of hospitalization, a local government official stated.
— Antara News

Unlawful Killings Point to Continued Human Rights Abuses in Papua: Amnesty
Amnesty International Indonesia has called out the Indonesian government for failing to address human rights abuses in Papua, including dozens of extra-judicial killings in the country’s easternmost region, in a report titled “Civil and Political Rights’ Violations in Papua and West Papua” released on Monday.
— Jakarta Globe

COVID-19: Jokowi urges ministry to reach out to poor families amid uneven aid distribution
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the Social Affairs Ministry to reach out to poor households amid concerns over the uneven distribution of COVID-19 social aid packages across the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia tackles racism in ruling on blackouts
Jakarta’s Administrative Court, reputedly the most progressive branch of Indonesia’s much-maligned judicial system, may have broken new legal ground by ruling that the government acted illegally in shutting down the internet during anti-racism riots in Papua last year.
— Asia Times

Pandemic Pushes Indonesians to Adopt Healthier Lifestyle
The Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment said the Covid-19 pandemic has forced Indonesians to change their behavior and adopt a cleaner and healthier lifestyle, something the government has been trying to get them to do with years of public campaign.
— Jakarta Globe

President misses ritual handshake, photo opportunity with community
Indonesian President Joko Widodo yearns to again revert to the old ritual of shaking hands and taking photographs with the community though currently cannot be followed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Ma’ruf Amin: Govt Preps Economic Recovery of Sharia Finance
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin stated on Tuesday, June 9, that the government was preparing a policy regarding the scheme of economic recovery and sharia finance affected by the Covid-19 pandemic as part of the efforts to revive the country’s economy.

Strong magnitude-6.0 earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Banda Sea
A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck in the Banda Sea in the Indonesian islands of Maluku on Tuesday at around 11:56 a.m. local time, though no tsunami warning was issued.
— Antara News

COVID-19 swab tests come negative for West Sumatra governor, deputy
The West Sumatra provincial administration dismissed rumors of Governor Irwan Prayitno and his deputy, Nasrul Abit, being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by citing negative results of swab tests on these two figures.
— Antara News

Bandung to close three markets after sellers tested positive for COVID-19
The Bandung administration in West Java will temporarily close three traditional markets in the city after several sellers were found to have contracted COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta sultan threatens to close Malioboro after people seen gathering without masks
Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who is also the Yogyakarta governor, has threatened to close Jl. Malioboro after seeing people gathered in the popular tourist destination without complying with COVID-19 health protocols.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Arrest Three Suspects for Face Mask Fraud
The police have arrested three people and charged them with fraud for pretending to sell face masks to buyers in Indonesia and Hong Kong.
— Jakarta Globe

Daha Police Station Attacker Joined ISIS through Facebook
The Indonesian Police said that Abdul Rahman, the man who attacked the police station in South Daha, Kalimantan, joined ISIS through social media.

Deforestation pushing Javan leopards to wander into human settlements
The forestry research center of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry has revealed that deforestation has led to a continual loss of habitat for Javan leopards (Panthera pardus melas), causing them to wander into human settlements.
— Antara News

Pedestrian Coalition: Hard to Follow Physical Distancing Rules
Head of the pedestrian’s coalition ‘Koalisi Pejalan Kaki’ Alfred Sitorus on Monday argues that pedestrians of the capital city will probably not abide by physical distancing protocols, even though it is put forth during the PSBB transition phase.

More mental health workers needed to address effects of COVID-19
Pita, a Jakarta resident who asked to use a pseudonym for this article, said anxiety had kept her from sleeping for several days at a time during the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Pertamina loses partners, eyes new investors for refinery megaprojects
State-owned oil giant Pertamina is scouting for new partners to develop multibillion dollar oil refineries in Indonesia after its previous partners, from Saudi Aramco to Oman’s Overseas Oil and Gas LLC (OOG), pulled out.
— The Jakarta Post

Anti-Terrorism Unit Mistakenly Shoot at 2 Farmers in Poso
Two farmers in the Kawende mountains in Poso, Central Sulawesi, were allegedly mistaken to be members of the East Indonesia Mujahidin terrorist group by the Tinombala task force (satgas Tinombala), which comprise National Armed Forces (TNI) and the National Police force.

70-year-old Jambi man reported to police for alleged harassment
A 70-year-old man identified as IS from Muarojambi, Jambi, is being investigated for allegedly harassing eight teenagers.
— The Jakarta Post

Musician Benny Likumahuwa dies at 73 from diabetes, kidney failure
Benny Likumahuwa, Indonesia’s 73-year-old senior jazz musician, died of diabetes on Tuesday morning after having fought the ailment for the past two years and his condition steadily deteriorating since April, Barry, his son, confirmed.
— Antara News

Teachers go extra mile to teach students as schools remain closed
Wearing a black-and-gray scarf as a face mask, teacher Fransiskus Xaverius Faimau, 37, in North Central Timor regency, East Nusa Tenggara, was showing his class of five children study materials on his laptop under the glaring sun when one of the girls interrupted him.
— The Jakarta Post

Penis-shaped cactus sells for Rp 2 million at auction as part of anti-sexual harassment campaign
As part of a campaign against sexual harassment, a cactus shaped like a penis and testicles has been sold in a Twitter-based charity auction for Rp 2 million (US$143). The auction was held to highlight the rise in sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— 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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