Indonesia morning news for June 5

Indonesia morning news for June 5

Indonesia morning news

Jakarta Extends Large-Scale Social Restriction, Declares June a ‘Transition Period’
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan on Thursday extended the city’s large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, until at least the end of June as the capital city enters what he called a “transition period” in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

New protocol requires international flyers to submit swab test result
International flyers will now need to submit PCR swab test results, showing they have tested negative for COVID-19, while domestic flyers will have to furnish the results of their rapid test, the task force stated.
— Antara News

Indonesia Expects Another Tough Month in Coronavirus Outbreak
Indonesia reported 684 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday in a worrying start into the moth, as projected Covid-19 peak is increasingly becoming a moving target.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta residents not wearing masks to be fined Rp250 thousand
The Jakarta provincial government confirmed that 20 million free masks were distributed to its residents, so those found flouting the rule to wear face masks while venturing outdoors will be fined Rp250 thousand.
— Antara News

Hong Kong-ASEAN FTA to enter into force for Indonesia: HK govt
The part relating to Indonesia under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the Investment Agreement (IA) between China’s Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will enter into force on July 4, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: Jokowi increases daily testing target to 20,000
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has increased the COVID-19 testing target to 20,000 samples per day as new cases mount in several regions of the archipelago.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Orders PSBB Relaxation in Economic Areas
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has given the instruction to apply a more relaxed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the country’s economic areas, according to the Covid-19 task force chairman Doni Monardo after a meeting with the president on Thursday, June 4, 2020.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia joins neighbors in protesting Beijing’s claims in South China Sea
Indonesia has rejected China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea, following in the footsteps of its Southeast Asian neighbors, which have lodged similar concerns with the United Nations.
— The Jakarta Post

Luhut Hints at Allowing International Tourist Visits in September
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, projects that tourist destinations will likely gradually be reopened for the public.
— Tempo.co

Crime in Indonesia surges in late May: Police
The number of criminal cases in Indonesia in the 22nd week of this year, or the last week of May, soared by 16.6 percent compared to the previous week, according to the National Police.
— The Jakarta Post

PSBB Transition; Jakarta Schools Remain Closed
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has not yet permitted four sectors to be reopened during the first phase of the transition period of the large-scale social restriction or PSBB, which will begin on June 5, 2020.
— Tempo.co

Basarnas conducts search and rescue operation for missing cargo ship off Bali
A cargo ship with 21 crew members on board was reported missing in waters off Bali on Wednesday evening.
— The Jakarta Post

MRT Jakarta, Transjakarta Back to Normal Operation: Anies
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan confirmed that the operating hours of the city’s public transportation, MRT Jakarta and Transjakarta, will return to normal in line with the implementation of the transition period of the large-scale social restriction or PSBB to a new normal phase.
— Tempo.co

Indonesia unveils bigger stimulus worth $47.6 billion to fight coronavirus impacts
The government unveiled on Wednesday a bigger stimulus package worth Rp 677.2 trillion (US$47.6 billion) to anchor the virus-battered economy, the growth of which is expected to fall to a level similar to that of the 1998 Asian financial crisis.
— The Jakarta Post

Gov’t Targets Covid-19 Vaccines Production at Year End
Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Muhadjir Effendy, said that the government has set a target to domestically produce Covid-19 vaccines by the end of this year.
— Tempo.co

Health Protocol Not Enough: Ombudsman Demands More Preparation for ‘New Normal’
The Indonesian Ombudsman has suggested the government should carry out simulations of the “new normal” health protocol to make sure the public understands it before reopening the economy.
— Jakarta Globe

Govt mulls issuing diaspora bonds in November
The government is considering whether to issue Indonesia’s first-ever diaspora bonds in November to raise money from nationals living abroad as it struggles to finance the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Prioritize three provinces with high number of COVID-19 cases: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) called on Indonesian ministries and the Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling to give specific attention to the spread of COVID-19 in East Java, South Sulawesi, and South Kalimantan.
— Antara News

‘I was kidnapped’: Govt critic Ravio Patra files pretrial motion against police
Independent researcher Ravio Patra has filed a pretrial motion against the Jakarta Police for the latter’s move to detain and accuse him of inciting riots through a WhatsApp message following an alleged hacking of his account in April, citing some irregularities during the arrest.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian govt urged to convince Muslims over Haj trip cancellation
A notable Islamic scholar requested the government, Thursday, to convince the country’s Muslims affected by its cancellation of 2020 Haj trips that the decision was right amid the ongoing global novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Antara News

Experts warn about impact of premium hike on low-class JKN holders
Critics have predicted Indonesia will see a surge in people downgrading their national health insurance (JKN) plan following a decision by the government to increase premiums, saying it will hinder access to health care for lower class policyholders.
— The Jakarta Post

Reaping rewards: Indonesia to receive payment from Norway for forest conservation
Indonesia is set to receive payment from Norway for successes in reducing deforestation and carbon emissions.
— The Jakarta Post

Energy Ministry Mandates Covid-19 Rapid Tests for Office Workers
Starting this week, all employees in the Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Ministry building are getting rapid tests for Covid-19.
— Tempo.co

Public Service to Continue Uninterrupted Under New Normal: Minister
Administrative and Bureaucracy Reforms Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said all government institutions will devise new systems to ensure uninterrupted public service during the coronavirus pandemic as Indonesia seeks to reopen its economy under a “new normal.”
— Jakarta Globe

Anies Baswedan Allows Malls to Open Next Week, Conditions Apply
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has allowed markets and shopping malls to reopen starting Monday, June 15, 2020.
— Tempo.co

Majority of SMEs in Indonesia halt operations, some close permanently: ILO survey
A recent survey by the International Labor Organization (ILO) has revealed that the majority of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia had been forced to close their businesses, either temporarily or permanently, due to COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

AJI: Govt Uses Internet Block to Control the Situation
The Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI) explained its arguments for filing a lawsuit against President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Communication and Informatics Minister Johnny G. Plate to the Jakarta Administrative Court (PTUN).
— Tempo.co

Jakarta conducts mass spray disinfection of 31 traditional markets
Firefighters of Jakarta, Thursday, sprayed disinfectant at 31 traditional markets in the capital city’s eastern parts to stem the transmission of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as the Jakarta provincial administration announced a transition period since Friday.
— Antara News

Jokowi Calls for Better COVID-19 Data Management System
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday, June 4, called for stakeholders to improve the country’s COVID-19 data management and establish a system that can be used as a single reference prior to making decisions.
— Tempo.co

Aceh struck by 4.8-magnitude earthquake, damage reported in Sabang
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 rocked the southeastern part of Banda Aceh, Aceh Province’s capital, Thursday, around 5:31 a.m. local time, causing damage in Keunekai area, Sabang City, one of Sumatra Island’s popular tourist destinations.
— Antara News

Jakarta Health Agency Conducts 156,000 Covid-19 Tests
The Jakarta health agency announced that the city has obtained 156,684 PCR swab test samples in its attempt to better detect coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
— Tempo.co

Papua airport to reopen for Jakarta-Jayapura flights from June 10
Papua Province will reopen its airport for to-and-fro direct flights between Jakarta and Jayapura from June 10, 2020, following the government’s policy on the new normal.
— Antara News

Jokowi Visits Palace Mosque in Preparation of the New Normal
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Thursday, June 4, personally monitored the preparedness of the Baiturrahman Mosque located inside the Presidential Palace Complex to hold mass congregations ahead of the planned ‘new normal’ phase.
— Tempo.co

Garuda secures approval from bondholders for sukuk extension
National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia has earned some breathing space as the majority of its sukuk (sharia-compliant bonds) holders approved the company’s proposal to extend its US$500 million sukuk amid the company’s financial struggle due to the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Ganjar Pranowo in No Rush to Adopt New Normal
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said that he did not want to rush to implement the new normal policy in his province.
— Tempo.co

Jiwasraya corruption money used for gambling at Singapore casinos
Heru Hidayat, PT Trada Alam Minera Tbk (TRAM) president commissioner, laundered money by gambling at overseas casinos, using money allegedly derived from corruption in state-owned PT Jiwasraya’s investment fund management, Indonesian Attorney General’s prosecutor stated.
— Antara News

2019 Papua Internet Blackout; Minister Responds to Court Verdict
After the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) found the president and the Communication and Informatics Minister guilty for the internet blackout in Papua and West Papua in August of 2019.
— Tempo.co

Govt Subjects Investors to Technology Transfer Rules
The Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan assured that future foreign investors will be required to transfer technology.
— Tempo.co

KPK, not police, should investigate university graft case, ICW says
Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has expressed disapproval over a decision by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to hand over a case of alleged bribery involving a Jakarta State University (UNJ) staff member to the police.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani Eyeing 1 Percent Economic Growth amid COVID-19
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani on Wednesday admitted that the economic growth had contracted due to the widespread activities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Tempo.co

University BEMs urge Nadiem to cut tuition during COVID-19 ‘study at home’ policy
Students nationwide have written an open letter to urge Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim to reduce the Single Tuition Fee (UKT) for university education, as they were studying at home amid the country’s COVID-19 outbreak.
— The Jakarta Post

Father attempts in vain to save son from crocodile attack
A crocodile attacked a 30-year-old man, bit his leg, and dragged him into the water before the eyes of his father whilst searching for palm leaves in the Bungin River, Banyuasin II Sub-district, Banyuasin, South Sumatra.
— Antara News

Mother in Riau sentenced to seven days in jail for stealing palm fruits to feed family
A 31-year-old woman in Tandun district, Rokan Hulu regency, Riau was sentenced to seven days in jail and a two-month probation period after having been found guilty of stealing palm fruits to feed her family.
— The Jakarta Post

Two civilians gunned down in Poso
Two civilians were shot to death by unknown assailants in Poso regency, Central Sulawesi on Tuesday.
— 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

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