Indonesia morning news for June 18

Indonesia morning news for June 18

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia reports 1,031 new coronavirus infections; Southeast Asia’s highest case total
Indonesia reported 1,031 new coronavirus infections on Wednesday taking the total to 41,431 and overtaking Singapore with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia.
— Reuters

Indonesia Issues Rule Allowing PPE, Face Mask Exports
Indonesia issued Trade Minister’s Regulation No.57/2020 on the exports provisions of raw materials for masks, face masks, and personal protective equipment. With the regulation, PPE exports will be allowed.

Why are so many Indonesian children dying from coronavirus?
As Indonesian authorities look to ease coronavirus restrictions, doctors are warning that children seem particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 in South-East Asia’s most populous country.
— ABC News

Garuda to drop face masks after passengers complain they can’t see cabin crew’s smiles
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia is planning to replace the face masks worn by its flight attendants with an alternative form of personal protective equipment (PPE) after passengers complained that the masks affected their perception of the cabin crew’s hospitality.
— The Jakarta Post

U-shape economic recovery to take place until Q1 of 2021: Batavia
Major Indonesian fund manager Batavia Prosperindo Aset Manajemen (BPAM) has projected a U-shape economic recovery will take place over the course of a year as it expects Bank Indonesia to continue easing its measures amid volatility that is likely to continue in the financial market.
— The Jakarta Post

Amnesty International Urges Jokowi to Release Papua Activists
Amnesty International Indonesia held an online oration with the theme #PapuanLivesMatter on Wednesday, June 17.

Free trade frustration: Cold-chain and cattle disputes hold Indonesia back despite Australia deal
Australia and Indonesia have finally ratified a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) after 15 years of discussion, but cold chain issues and live cattle disputes are clearly still holding food trade back for the South East Asian nation.
— Food Navigator- Asia

Indonesia pushes back target for palm oil fuel refinery to 2026
Indonesia, the world’s largest producer of palm oil, is pushing back by three years its target to produce fuel made entirely from palm oil, a government document showed on Tuesday.
— The Star

Governor allows 500 Chinese workers to enter Southeast Sulawesi after previous refusal
Southeast Sulawesi Governor Ali Mazi has allowed some 500 Chinese workers to work on nickel smelter projects in the province’s Konawe regency after previously blocking their entry.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Malaysia committed to deepening defense ties
Indonesian and Malaysian defense ministers have expressed their commitment to deepening defense ties between the two countries, highlighting the importance of expanding cooperation based on the shared interests of both parties during a virtual meeting on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Anies Baswedan: No Signs of Returning to PSBB Restriction
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Tuesday said that there are no indications suggesting the city will return to imposing partial quarantine or large-scale social restriction (PSBB) after evaluating through 10-days of the transitional PSBB period.

Indonesia increases COVID-19 budget again amid soaring deficit
The government has again increased its planned spending on Indonesia’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic amid plunging tax revenue and a widening state budget deficit.
— The Jakarta Post

Businesses Requesting New Stimulus as Economy Grows Weaker
Business actors asked the government to add more stimulus packages to prevent the economy from weakening further.

Seven Papuans tried in Balikpapan are not political prisoners: police
Indonesia’s National Police spokesman, Inspector General Argo Yuwono, dismissed a claim that seven Papuan youths, being tried in connection with a treason case at the Balikpapan District Court in East Kalimantan Province, are political prisoners.
— Antara News

Three workers at Bogor’s Mitra 10 outlet diagnosed with COVID-19
The Bogor city administration’s COVID-19 task force has asked the management and employees of a Mitra 10 outlet to undergo swab tests after three workers at the independent hardware store tested positive for the new coronavirus.
— Antara News

PLN to install 79 million smart meters in Indonesia after billing fiasco
State-owned electricity company PLN has conveyed a plan to install 79 million smart meters across the country over the next seven years in an effort to automate the billing process as millions of customers have complained about spiking bills in recent weeks.
— The Jakarta Post

DPD RI prepared to conduct evaluation of 2020 local elections
The Indonesian Regional Representative Council (DPD RI) is all set to evaluate the process of regional head elections (pilkada) scheduled on December 9, 2020, through the involvement of senators of all regions.
— Antara News

PUPR Ministry to build 1.5 million self-support houses in 2020-2024
The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) will build 1.5 million self-support houses as part of the priority program plan for the 2020-2024 period.
— Antara News

Govt launches mobile laboratory to increase COVID-19 testing capacity
The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the national COVID-19 task force on research and technological innovation (TFRIC-19) have launched a mobile swab testing laboratory in an effort to increase the country’s testing capacity.
— The Jakarta Post

Crime surges as restrictions eased
Indonesia saw a spike in crime in the first two weeks of June as large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were eased, the National Police reported on Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Too Risky; Indef Suggests Delaying Capital City Relocation
The Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) said that the government should reconsider plans to relocate the capital city to Kalimantan.

Anies Baswedan: Transitional PSBB to be Evaluated at June’s End
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan clarified that the evaluation of the enforcement of the transitional large-scale social restriction or PSBB will be held at the end of June 2020.

Filipino, Malaysian fishing boats detained by Indonesia over poaching
Patrol ships of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries’ (KKP’s) Directorate General for Supervision of Maritime Resources and Fisheries (PSDKP) detained a Filipino fishing boat and Malaysian fishing vessel for poaching in Indonesian waters.
— Antara News

Supreme Court Reinstates Former PLN Boss’ Acquittal
The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by the Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, and reinstated the acquittal of former state electricity company PLN president director Sofyan Basir over a graft scandal, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt Inaugurates 4 Integrated Jakarta Train Stations Today
State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Minister Erick Thohir along with Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan and Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi inaugurated four integrated train stations in the capital city today, June 17.

Veronica Koman Rallies Support for Papuans Charged for Treason
Vocal human rights activist on Papua issues, Veronica Koman, remains adamant that the Balikpapan High Court should completely acquit the defendant of a treason case, Irwanus Uropmabin, of all charges.

15 toll road sections to be inaugurated in 2020: Ministry
The Public Works and Housing Ministry, Wednesday, highlighted that the work to construct 15 toll road sections in several Indonesian provinces would be completed this year, with five of them inaugurated in June and July.
— Antara News

Police Investigate Alleged Data Breach on Personnel Database
The Indonesian National Police criminal investigation unit (Bareskrim) is investigating the claim suggesting that there had been a major data breach on the police personnel database server, which was first revealed by a Twitter account.

Police Arrest New Suspect in Alleged Slavery Aboard Long Xing 629
The National Police (Polri) criminal investigation unit (Bareskrim) arrested Zakaria, the former director of a private company supplying Indonesian ship crews to work onboard the Long Xing 629.

Jokowi to resume regional working visits starting Thursday
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is scheduled to restart his working visits to regions across the country on Thursday as the government transitions into the so-called “new normal” period.
— The Jakarta Post

Transportation companies turn to alternative services for income
Several major transportation companies have devised alternative services that complement their core business models in a bid to adjust to changing customer behavior and needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Task Force Asks Use of Local Languages to Explain Covid-19 Terms
The head of the national Covid-19 mitigation task force, Doni Monardo, stated that many Indonesians still do not understand about a new normal concept.

Doubts loom over Indonesia’s ‘travel bubble’ aim
As Indonesia now leads the tally of COVID-19 cases and fatalities in Southeast Asia, it appears to be showing an interest in following steps taken by its neighboring countries to ease cross-border travel restrictions.
— The Jakarta Post

More Indonesians Say They Detest Corruption: Census
This year’s national census shows that Indonesians are becoming more intolerant of corruption.
— Jakarta Globe

Judge Sentences Papuan Student to 10 Months Behind Bars
A Papuan student of the Science and Technology University of Jayapura (USTJ), Irwanus Uropmabin, has been found guilty of treason and is sentenced to 10 months imprisonment by the court that was aired live today.

Drone Emprit: Anies Baswedan’s Popularity Comes with Low Approval
In terms of social media popularity as a public figure, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan exceeds the popularity of West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil and Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo.

Government aid packages distributed to Bangka’s households
Bangka District Head Mulkan steered the distribution of 2,368 aid packages to households in 10 villages in Merawang Sub-district, Kepulauan Bangka Belitung Province, acutely reeling from the impacts of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on Wednesday.
— Antara News

OYO Indonesia Greatly Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
The Hospitality industry is one of the business sectors heavily affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Ministers deliver social assistance to workers impacted by COVID-19
Minister of Manpower (Menaker) Ida Fauziyah and Minister of Social Affairs (Menos) Juliari P. Batubara distributed social assistance (bansos) to workers laid off or compelled to take unpaid leave owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Startups Starting to Suffer from the Global Pandemic
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic struck Indonesia, many startups were forced to face the difficult fact of laying-off employees and conduct business efficiencies to survive the negative effects long after the pandemic ends.

Flight services resume in West Papua’s Sorong City
The Sorong city administration in West Papua Province reopened public access to flight services to and from the city under a stringent implementation of the COVID-19 and healthcare protocols.
— Antara News

Poor management, coordination hampers Indonesian R&D: KPK study
A recent study by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) shows that poor management, including lack of coordination and ineffective financial management, has hampered Indonesia’s research and development (R&D) efforts.
— The Jakarta Post

Gojek Readies Instant GoRide Service at 4 Integrated Stations
Technology giant Gojek joined the integration system at four integrated train stations in Jakarta, which are inaugurated today, June 17.

Anies Baswedan Demands Monas Revitalization be Completed Soon
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan demanded that the revitalization of the National Monument or Monas in Central Jakarta be completed before the capital city’s 493rd anniversary on June 22, 2020.

Pertamina enlists Krakatau Steel as supplier for Rokan Block
State-owned energy giant Pertamina has enlisted fellow state-owned company Krakatau Steel to supply metal sheet coils for the former’s project in the Rokan oil and gas block in Riau.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo The Vanilla Collection- USAID
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Sustainable Gastronomy Day, June 18.


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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