Indonesia morning news for June 4

Indonesia morning news for June 4

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5% if PSBB last for 4 months: World Bank
Indonesia’s economy may shrink 3.5 percent this year should the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed by several regional administrations nationwide last for four months, according to a worst-case projection by the World Bank, as the government rushes to reopen the virus-battered economy.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian court rules Internet curbs in Papua unlawful
An Indonesian court ruled on Wednesday (Jun 3) that the government’s decision to rein in Internet speeds in a bid to contain civil unrest in the country’s easternmost region of Papua last year was unlawful.

Indonesian govt raises budget deficit to 6.34 percent of GDP
The Indonesian Government widened the state budget deficit to 6.34 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), or Rp1,039.2 trillion (US$73.28 billion), in the revised state budget 2020, from earlier 5.07 percent, or Rp852.9 trillion ($60.15 billion).
— Antara News

Lion Air to Ground All Flights on Friday as Passengers Fail to Comply With Covid-19 Health Protocol
Lion Air, the largest airline in Indonesia by fleet size, will ground all international and domestic flights on Friday until further notice – just five days after it resumed flying – after finding that most of its passengers have not been able to comply with the government’s new Covid-19 health protocol.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figures
The Health Ministry announced 684 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 28,233.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Set to Undergo Transition from PSBB to New Normal
The Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD) Commission D Secretary, Syarif, announced that the large-scale social restriction or PSBB policy which is slated to end on Thursday, June 4, will not be extended.

Indonesian Gov’t Denies Turning to Herd Immunity
The Indonesian government’s National Covid-19 Task Force denied claims the country is trying to reach herd immunity to try to put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

6.0-magnitude quake strikes off central Indonesia
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 rocked West Nusa Tenggara province in central Indonesia Wednesday night, the meteorology and geophysics agency said here.
— Xinhua

Bali to Adopt New Normal Protocols Starting June 6
The Bali provincial administration is determined to implement the new normal protocols in the governmental offices starting Friday, June 5.

Workers, volunteers involved in COVID-19 fight entitled to JKK benefits: Manpower minister
The government has included all workers involved in COVID-19 management services in the occupational accident benefit (JKK) program.
— The Jakarta Post

Global survey finds Indonesians ‘least optimistic’ about COVID-19 situation
Indonesians have erred on the side of doubt and pessimism while the government struggles to mitigate the COVID-19 epidemic in the country, according to a recent survey by YouGov.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia nurses battling COVID-19 anxious over pay cuts, delayed bonuses
Anna (not her real name) is a nurse tending to COVID-19 patients in a Jakarta hospital.

Govt targets village funds program to speed up aid to 8 million poor families
The government aims to complete the disbursement of the BLT Dana Desa (village funds unconditional cash transfers) to around 8 million families this week, as a part of its efforts to protect households at greater risk of falling into poverty amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Government expects House to vote on omnibus bill next month: Luhut
Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Tuesday that the government was expecting the House of Representatives to conclude deliberation on the omnibus bill on job creation next month and that the government expected the bill, if passed, to speed up Indonesia’s investment recovery.
— The Jakarta Post

Palembang extends PSBB for another 14 days
The Palembang municipality administration has extended Large-Scale Social Distancing measures by another 14 days to optimize the results achieved in the first round of the PSBB to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Antara News

Indonesian government expects onion surplus
Last Thursday, the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry reported that the onion supply was estimated to exceed consumption by 5,745 tons between May and August as producing provinces experienced the harvest season.
— Fresh Plaza

Pandemic; AirAsia Plans to Stop Flying 3 Months
AirAsia Indonesia (IDX: CMPP) is considering to stop flying for the next three months.

COVID-19 handling costs total Rp677.2 trillion: Minister Indrawati
Total costs incurred by the government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Indonesia reached Rp677.2 trillion, according to Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati.
— Antara News

Fitch Downgrades Indonesia’s Permata to ‘AA+(idn)’; off RWN; Outlook Stable
Fitch Ratings Indonesia has downgraded the National Long-Term Rating on Indonesia’s PT Bank Permata Tbk to ‘AA+(idn)’, from ‘AAA(idn)’, and has removed the rating from Rating Watch Negative (RWN).
— Fitch Ratings

Foreign visits at lowest in history in April as air travel suffers
Foreign tourist visits dropped 87.44 percent year-on-year (yoy) in April to a record low level as the COVID-19 pandemic hits air travel hard, recent official data show.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesians in US Told to Avoid George Floyd Protests
The Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Consulate Generals across the United States have warned Indonesian citizens to stay home and avoid street protests against the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died in police custody after being kneed on the neck for several minutes by a white officer in Minneapolis on May 25.
— Jakarta Globe

Garuda lays off 180 contract pilots
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has laid off 180 contract pilots, as well as hundreds of workers as the company continues to struggle financially amid a slump in demand for air travel, its workers association has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Court Deems Jokowi, Minister Guilty over Papua Internet Blackout
The Jakarta Administrative District Court panel of judges has found President Jokowi and the Minister of Communication and Informatics guilty for violating the principles of government regarding the internet blackout in Papua and West Papua.

Regional income drops 15.81% nationally
There has been a substantial 15.81-percent decline in the income of Indonesia’s 530 regions on account of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Astera Primanto Bhakti, director general of fiscal balance at the Ministry of Finance.
— Antara News

MPR Speaker Asks Public to Support 2020 Hajj Cancellation
The People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Bambang “Bamsoet” Soesatyo appealed to would-be pilgrims registered for the 2020 hajj pilgrimage to accept and support the government’s decision to scrap this year’s hajj.

Government disburses Rp52.57 trillion to 12 SOEs for economic recovery
The government disbursed funds amounting to Rp52.57 trillion to 12 state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to expedite the national economic recovery (PEN) program to better cope with pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

382 Traditional Market Traders Tested Positive for Covid-19
The Indonesian Market Traders Association (Ikappi) recorded that 382 traders in 64 traditional markets across Indonesia have tested positive for Covid-19.

Australian found dead in Bali; complained of shortness of breath
A 55-year-old Australian national, identified as DD WIL J, was found dead inside his rented accommodation in Munggu Village, Badung, Bali late on Tuesday night after complaining of shortness of breath, said police.
— Antara News

Experts warn of turbulent ‘new normal’ amid COVID-19 data, testing issues
Experts and volunteers with the LaporCovid-19 (Report Covid-19) community movement have warned of a potentially tumultuous “new normal” period following the easing of the large-scale restrictions (PSBB), pointing to the country’s numerous issues in data gathering, testing capacity and risk perception.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Hajj funds are not for foreign exchange intervention: MPR
Deputy Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) Syarief Hasan vehemently disagreed to a discourse on diverting the Indonesian Hajj pilgrims’ funds totaling Rp8.7 trillion for the purpose of foreign exchange intervention.
— Antara News

COVID-19 leaves lab workers grappling with unprecedented testing scale
Hardly ever mentioned alongside other front-line health workers like doctors and nurses, laboratory workers in Indonesia are grappling with an unprecedented scale of testing for the highly contagious coronavirus, as piling samples overwhelm short-handed labs.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi calls to conduct economic recovery prudently
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) laid weightage on conducting Indonesia’s economic recovery in a prudent, transparent, and accountable manner to evade moral hazard as well as involving law enforcement agencies.
— Antara News

Masks and Mannequins: New Normal in a Restaurant in Bogor, West Java
A restaurant in Bogor, West Java, now puts mannequins on empty tables to prevent customers from using them and enforce the government’s physical distancing guidelines.
— Jakarta Globe

KPK Reveals that Information on Nurhadi’s Arrest was Kept Tight
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) team arrested former supreme court secretary Nurhadi Abdurrachman and his son-in-law, Rezky Herbiyono on Monday at a sumptuous house located in South Jakarta.

More temporarily laid-off workers reporting drop in income: survey
A survey of 87,379 workers conducted by the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) has revealed that the percentage of workers reporting a drop in income is higher among those laid off temporarily in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

4,187 Aceh Hajj Pilgrims Rescheduled for the 2021 Hajj Season
The Religious Affairs Ministry’s branch office in the Aceh province announced on Tuesday that 4,187 Aceh residents that have registered for the hajj pilgrimage this year will be rescheduled for next year as this year’s trip has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BPOM strives to ensure food security during COVID-19 pandemic
The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has undertaken several efforts to ensure food safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Jokowi Calls for Transparency in State Budget Changes
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Wednesday opened the cabinet meeting by reminding its State Ministers to conduct transparent changes to the 2020 State Budget (APBN).

COVID-19: Surabaya turns into ‘black zone’ as cases mount
Surabaya in East Java has turned into a “black zone” as the region recorded nearly 3,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi signs regulation on Tapera public housing savings program
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed Government Regulation No. 25/2020 on the public housing savings program (Tapera) on May 20.
— The Jakarta Post

Jayapura Immigration Office deports 30 Papua New Guinea nationals
The Immigration Office Class I of Jayapura, Papua, Wednesday, deported 30 foreign nationals of Papua New Guinea through the Skouw border post situated in Jayapura City despite being closed over concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Indonesia to develop 89 new ‘strategic’ projects in 2020-2024
The government has vowed to continue the development of national strategic projects during the COVID-19 health crisis with the addition of 89 new projects of an estimated Rp 1.422 quadrillion in investment value.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt delays import reduction deadline amid COVID-19
The Industry Ministry pushed back the deadline to achieve its import reduction target by a year, as the COVID-19 pandemic has battered productivity and demand of industries, a government official said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian Teachers: Too Risky to Reopen Schools Now
The Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) asserted that now is not the time for face-to-face teaching and learning activities in schools. According to PGRI chair Unifah Rosyidi, the risk of Covid-19 transmission is too high.

Dentists continue services via teledentistry and with tighter protocols
Dentists and dental clinics in Indonesia are attempting to minimize the high risks they face amid the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing telemedicine and tighter health protocols in order to continue treating patients and to keep their businesses afloat.
— The Jakarta Post

Jakarta Disinfects Istiqlal Mosque, Cathedral Church
Jakarta’s Fire and Rescue Department (Gulkarmat) disinfected the Istiqlal Mosque and the Jakarta Cathedral on Wednesday, June 3.

Garuda Indonesia introduces app-based courier service
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, through its logistics subsidiary PT Aerojasa Cargo, has launched an app-based courier service to develop its cargo business amid weakened passenger demand.
— The Jakarta Post

As crops fail, Indonesia’s Sumba seeks lifeline in weaving, fishing
On Indonesia’s Sumba island, the motifs displayed on traditional textiles produced by its weavers often depict animals, including the area’s famed Sandalwood breed of horses.
— The Jakarta Post

Facebook and PayPal Invest in Gojek
Indonesian ride-hailing giant Gojek announced on Wednesday that Facebook and PayPal have invested in the startup’s most recent fundraising and that the American online payment service provider will be integrated into Gojek.

Pertamina Foundation gives grants to over 200 university students nationwide
Beasiswa Sobat Bumi Pertamina (Pertamina Friends of the Earth Grant) has announced 285 recipients of the 2020 grants.
— The Jakarta Post

Victims of sexual abuse on campus seek justice, support on social media
The global #MeToo movement has swept through Indonesia’s higher education system, with victims of sexual abuse and harassment, one by one, speaking up and seeking help and justice over the past two years.
— 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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