Indonesia morning news for June 3

Indonesia morning news for June 3

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia announces cancellation of Hajj pilgrimage 2020 amid COVID-19
The Indonesian government announced its decision to not send Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Indonesia records 20-year low inflation around Idul Fitri as pandemic upends purchasing power
Indonesia booked record low inflation in May leading up to Idul Fitri as the COVID-19 outbreak upended demand and reined in consumer spending, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian schools might not reopen until December despite potential easing of COVID-19 restrictions
The Indonesian government said schools might not reopen until December, even as parts of the country prepare for life after large-scale social restrictions later this week.

Indonesian brothers may face death for ‘honour’ killing of schoolgirl sister
Two Indonesian brothers will go on trial next month for the murder of their teenage sister in a so-called honour killing, police said on Tuesday (Jun 2), a rare case in the country that has prompted calls for action to protect women and girls.

Indonesia Reports 609 New Coronavirus Cases, East Java Closes In on Jakarta
Indonesia’s confirmed cases of coronavirus increased by 609 in the past 24 hours to a total of 27,549, including 1,663 deaths and 7,935 recoveries, the National Covid-19 Task Force announced on Tuesday.
— Jakarta Globe

Garuda Indonesia Makes Difficult Decision to Lay Off Pilots
The commercial aviation industry is one of the many businesses crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic as the number of passengers plummeted, leading to reductions of employees across several air carriers.

BPS: International Tourist Visits Dropped 87 Percent in April
The Central Statistics Agency (BPS) recorded an 87.44 percent drop in international tourist visits in April 2020 compared to the same period last year.

President reviews Istiqlal Mosque’s preparations for new normal
President Joko Widodo examined the readiness of Istiqlal Mosque to apply standard procedures for the new normal.
— Antara News

Need to review visa-free facility amid COVID-19: MPR
Chairman of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), Bambang Soesatyo, has asked the government to review its visa exemption policy for tourists to prevent a massive spread of COVID-19 infections once the tourism sector reopens.
— Antara News

Indonesia Receives $760,000 Worth of Medical Equipment From UNDP, WHO, IOM
Indonesia on Monday received a shipment of medical equipment worth a total of $760,000 from three United Nations organizations – the United Nations Development Programme, the World Health Organization and the International Organization for Migration.
— Jakarta Globe

Church declared new COVID-19 cluster in Batam
Riau Islands’ Batam COVID-10 task force declared HOG Eden Park church a new cluster in Batam on Sunday after 26 of its congregation members tested positive for the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

645 Remain Hospitalized at Wisma Atlet Ahead of ‘New Normal’
Ahead of the government’s plan to introduce the ‘new normal’ phase, there remains 645 patients currently treated at the Wisma Atlet COVID-19 emergency hospital as of Tuesday, June 2.

Corruption Watchdog Calls for More Transparency in Pre-Employment Program
Indonesia Corruption Watch, or ICW, says the government should disclose the partnership agreement made between the pre-employment card – the government’s flagship unemployment benefits program – and its digital platform partners to make sure the latter are not taking undue advantage from the deal.
— Jakarta Globe

Developing Covid-19 Vaccine Takes 1 Year at Soonest: Researcher
The Head of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Medicine, Pratiwi Sudarmono, asserted that vaccines for Covid-19 caused by the new coronavirus could not be developed shortly.

Risks for rupiah remain high despite recent gains: Experts
Bank Indonesia’s (BI) policy measures and a narrowing current account deficit (CAD) will likely support the rupiah amid unfavorable financial market conditions, however risks remain as Indonesia continues to record new COVID-19 cases while facing limited healthcare capacity, experts warn.
— The Jakarta Post

Angkasa Pura Reports Increase in Airline Flight Frequency
The airline traffic in airports managed by state-airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I had reportedly increased on Monday, June 1 since the operations of a number of air carriers reopened.

Mining giant Vale Indonesia divestment pushed again to June
Indonesia’s acquisition of the local arm of Brazil-based nickel mining giant PT Vale Indonesia has been pushed back for the second time this year due to pandemic-related complications.
— The Jakarta Post

Bali governor closes beaches a day after reopening for foreign surfers
Bali Governor I Wayan Koster has said he would revoke Badung Tourism Agency’s decision to reopen two beaches in Badung regency for foreign surfers.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Holds Closed Meeting with Interfaith Figures
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reportedly held a closed meeting with eight interfaith figures at State Palace, Jakarta, today, June 2.

Not first time government cancelled pilgrims’ departures: Minister
Religion Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi highlighted that the Indonesian government had cancelled the departure of pilgrims headed for Hajj 2020/1441 Hijri akin to its decision in the previous years.
— Antara News

SOE Ministry Responds to Garuda Indonesia’s Pilot Layoffs
The State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry’s special staffer, Arya Sinulingga, said his office would let flag carrier Garuda Indonesia take policies related to its firm’s efficiency amid the coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic.

Djuanda project to provide access to clean water in Greater Jakarta
The government aims to provide additional clean water access for 3.9 million residents in the dense Greater Jakarta region by 2023 by developing the Ir. H. Djuanda drinking water system (SPAM) in Purwakarta, West Java.
— The Jakarta Post

KPAI Preps Studies on New Normal for Schools
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) stated it was preparing a study regarding a new normal policy of education.

Siloam Hospitals books loss in 2019
Hospital operator PT Siloam International Hospitals recorded a net loss of Rp 338.77 billion (US$23.43 million) throughout 2019.
— The Jakarta Post

Police to Resume Odd-Even Policy If PSBB Jakarta Ends
The Traffic Directorate of Jakarta Metro Police plans to re-impose an odd-even policy on the city’s roads after the provincial administration ends the large-scale social restrictions or PSBB.
Government plans to establish new food estate in Central Kalimantan
The government has planned to establish a new food estate in the country to ascertain sufficient food supplies for the public as part of the implementation of the National Strategic Program (PSN).
— Antara News

KPK arrests former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi, son-in-law for alleged graft
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi and his son-in-law Rezky Herbiyono for alleged graft surrounding a private property in South Jakarta.
— The Jakarta Post

Minister Budi Karya: New Normal Offers Two Advantages
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi revealed two advantages that the country will gain if the government enacts a new normal policy.

Development of MSMEs still likely amid COVID-19: Minister Masduki
Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Teten Masduki projected that cooperatives and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) were still likely to develop in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

BNPB Warns of Drought in 189 Regions
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) announced a drought warning in Indonesia’s regions during the dry season.

School reopening raises concerns as health risks loom
It has been three months since Heriyanto, 52, a fifth-grade teacher at SD 08 elementary school in Berinang Mayung in remote Landak regency, West Kalimantan, last taught his students in the classroom.
— The Jakarta Post

Citilink resumes operations with new normal procedures amid COVID-19
Low-cost airline Citilink Indonesia resumed operations by serving 104 flights following the government’s decision to apply the new normal procedures, as of June 1, 2020.
— Antara News

Govt expects onion surplus as West Nusa Tenggara enters harvest season
The Agriculture Ministry reported Thursday that the onion supply was estimated to exceed consumption by 5,745 tons between May and August as producing provinces experienced the harvest season.
— The Jakarta Post

Crowdfunding raises Rp 14m for family of journalist in land dispute defamation case
Journalists and members of the public in a coalition of indigenous communities and press freedoms have started a crowdfunding campaign to support Diananta “Nanta” Putera Samedi, a journalist in South Kalimantan who was recently arrested for his report on a land dispute.
— The Jakarta Post

Aceh tourism industry gears up for new normal
The tourism industry in Aceh Province is ready to embrace the new normal amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Azwani Awi, chairperson of the Indonesian Association of Tourism Businessmen (ASPPI) of Aceh branch, stated.
— Antara News

Oil giant Pertamina delves into health industry amid drop in fuel demand
State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina plans to explore opportunities in the pharmaceutical industry and expand its hospital business as Indonesian fossil fuel demand sinks amid the partial COVID-19 lockdowns.
— The Jakarta Post

Bumi Resources lowers sales target amid market pressures
Indonesia’s most productive coal miner PT Bumi Resources has lowered its sales target for 2020 after its profits dipped into the negative in the first quarter this year, amid continued global market pressures.
— The Jakarta Post

Papua police arrest one behind Mar-30 attack on Freeport employees
Papua’s Law Enforcement Task Force arrested TW, a member of a criminal armed group that attacked PT Freeport employees in Kuala Kencana that resulted in the death of New Zealander Graeme Thomas Wall.
— Antara News

Tremor at East Java’s Mount Ijen triggers isolated tsunami, killing one
A sulfur miner was killed when volcanic activity at Mount Ijen in East Java released poisonous gas and triggered a 3-meter wave in a natural lake situated within the volcano’s crater on Friday afternoon.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo NET.Z/ Antara
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Hari Lahir Pancasilan, June 1.


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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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