Indonesia morning news for May 15

Indonesia morning news for May 15

Indonesia morning news

Air Carriers Ignores Physical Distancing, Face Investigation
The Ministry of Transportation will be launching an investigation on airline operators that offered its services at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in the early morning of May 14, 2020, after a photo showing a densely-packed queue of passengers at the airport’s Terminal 2 went viral.

COVID-19 volunteers urge govt to release data as suspected virus deaths exceed 3,000
Volunteers for crowdsourced database KawalCovid-19 have renewed their calls for the government to release all of its COVID-19 data as the number of suspected COVID-19 deaths recorded by provincial administrations in the country have exceeded 3,000, nearly three times the confirmed death toll reported by the national COVID-19 task force.
— The Jakarta Post

New Covid-19 Cases Surpass 1,000 in 48 Hours For the First Time
Indonesia has reported more than 1,250 new confirmed coronavirus cases over the past two days, the first time there were more than 1,000 cases in a 48-hour period since the outbreak began in early March.
— Jakarta Globe

Jakarta’s satellite areas extend COVID-19 curbs for second time, with stricter rules
Jakarta’s satellite areas of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi in West Java have extended their large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) policy until May 26, albeit with stricter regulations in place to ensure public compliance with coronavirus health protocols.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt: BPJS Kesehatan Premium for Class 3 Members Not Increase
The Director-General of Budgeting at the Finance Ministry, Askolani, clarified that the insurance premium of the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) for participants of third class non-wage recipients scheme (PBPU) and non-employee (BP) will not increase.

COVID-19: Java on ‘red alert’ as deaths spike
Indonesia’s most populous island of Java has become the country’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, prompting calls for heightened containment efforts, including by imposing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in the entire region.
— The Jakarta Post

Nearly 4000 Companies in Jakarta Adhere to Large-Scale Social Restriction
The Jakarta provincial government said a total of 3,998 companies in the capital city had adhered to the rules of the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, to limit the spread of Covid-19.
— Jakarta Globe

Covid-19 disruption and widening digital divide in Indonesia
The abrupt disruption generated by the Covid-19 pandemic has forced schools to shift to online learning with no or little preparation in terms of internet access, teacher capacity and student-parent readiness.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Budget for public works and transportation slashed by Rp 54.8 trillion
The Public Works and Housing (PUPR) Ministry and the Transportation Ministry have had their 2020 budgets slashed by a combined total of Rp 54.8 trillion (US$3.6 billion) as part of the budget reallocation program to finance the government’s COVID-19 mitigation effort and economic stimulus, ministers said.
— The Jakarta Post

Employees Over 45 Years Old Should Stay Away From Work: Covid-19 Task Force
Companies should prevent employees over the age of 45 from coming back to work to prevent more deaths from Covid-19.
— Jakarta Globe

Police Allow Jabodetabek People to Go ‘Local Mudik’
The National Police ensured that people in Jakarta Greater Area or Jabodetabek are permitted to join the annual exodus or known as mudik within the area during Eid al-Fitr holiday this year, or as the authorities called it ‘local mudik’.

421 Indonesians arrested in Malaysian immigration raid
Malaysian authorities arrested more than 1,300 undocumented migrants, including 421 Indonesian citizens, in a raid on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

As homelessness rises, Indonesia debates how to ease coronavirus restrictions and restart economy
At 9pm, the area beneath a flyover in the eastern part of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, starts filling up with men and women of all ages laying out cardboard boxes as they prepare to spend the night.

Greater Malang to Enforce PSBB Starting May 17
The social restriction on a large scale or PSBB in Greater Malang will be kicked off starting Sunday, May 17 until May 31, 2020. It covers Malang Regency, Malang City, and Batu City areas.

Indonesia continues war against drugs amid COVID-19 battle
Indonesia is currently battling two fronts: the spread of the novel coronavirus disease and the trafficking of drugs, which has continued in spite of mobility restrictions and border closures by countries fighting to curb COVID-19 transmission.
— Antara News

Experts call for omnibus bill to streamline natural resources regulations
As the government looks to pass omnibus bills on job creation and taxation, experts have called for the drafting of an omnibus bill to solve the overlapping laws and regulations related to natural resources use and environmental preservation.
— The Jakarta Post

Health protocol key to preventing second COVID-19 wave: Task Force
The government’s task force for COVID-19 handling has reiterated that discipline in applying health protocols would be key to preventing a second wave of coronavirus transmissions in Indonesia.
— Antara News

West Java traces additional COVID-19 cases in two major clusters
Health authorities in West Java are tracking additional COVID-19 cases belonging to two major clusters in the province.
— The Jakarta Post

Government prepares Rp3.1 trillion subsidy for BPJS participants
The government has prepared Rp3.1 trillion in subsidy for participants of two schemes offered by the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan), director general of Budget at the Ministry of Finance, Askolani, said.
— Antara News

Plan to expand military role in fight against terrorism raises red flag, again
The government has proposed a new regulation to allow greater military involvement in curbing terrorism but which lacks clear accountability, much to the concern of analysts who view it as a move that may lead to a repressive approach by the Indonesian Military (TNI).
— The Jakarta Post

Airline industry in dire need of stimulus package to withstand crisis
The country’s airlines are in dire need of financial stimulus to withstand the COVID-19-induced crisis, amid a sharp revenue decline and looming deadlines for short-term liabilities, the Indonesian National Air Carrier Association (INACA) has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s New Capital On Hold Due To Pandemic
The Indonesian government’s plan to relocate the country’s capital from Java to Borneo has hit a wall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with a top official saying they would “evaluate it or something” after the crisis passes.
— The ASEAN Post

Government to delay dividend collection from SOEs as pandemic hits businesses
The government is finalizing a plan to delay dividend collection from state-owned enterprises (SOEs), among other measures, to rescue businesses severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top official has said.
— The Jakarta Post

Social Aid Misses Target Due to Inaccurate Data: Ombudsman
The Indonesian Ombudsman said complaints about the government’s social aid programs dominated hundreds of inquiries to its new Covid-19 online complaint center.
— Jakarta Globe

Transportation Ministry: Rail Freight Activities Grows
The Ministry of Transportation announced on Thursday, May 14, 2020, that there has been a 16 percent increase in rail freight logistics deliveries due to the increasing market demand for general goods and staple foods from e-commerce transactions.

McDonald’s Sarinah Farewell is a PSBB Violation: Satpol PP
Head of the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), Arifin, said on Thursday, May 14, 2020, that city administrators will impose a sanction against the management of McDonald’s Sarinah management for letting a large crowd gathered during the outlet’s closure on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

Marsudi confirms no Indonesian peacekeeping force contracted COVID-19
Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi averred that no peacekeepers from Indonesia had been infected with COVID-19.
— Antara News

95,102 Indonesians have returned from abroad: minister
A total of 95,102 Indonesians have returned from abroad as of May 13, 2020 in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Thursday.
— Antara News

Wisma Atlet Hospital offers inpatient treatment to 172 returnees
A total of 172 Indonesians are receiving inpatient treatment at the Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital (RSD) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Thursday, shortly after returning from abroad.
— Antara News

Industry Ministry to boost self-sufficiency in medical devices
The Industry Ministry is encouraging domestic industries to manufacture medical devices and pharmaceutical products to meet the rising demands in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Antara News

Bali Police drop investigations into deaths of two Australians at families’ requests
Bali Police have dropped their investigations into the deaths of two Australians found dead on the island earlier this month.
— The Jakarta Post

East Java’s sequencing reveals similarities to Chinese, European coronavirus strains
Airlangga University’s Institute of Tropical Diseases (ITD-UNAIR) in Surabaya has completed six whole genome sequencing analysis on genetic data of SARS-CoV-2, of which four were found to be similar to the Chinese strain and two similar to the European strain.
— The Jakarta Post

Jokowi Asks Public to Calm in Dealing with Covid-19 Pandemic
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called on the public not to worry excessively about the Covid-19 pandemic that is storming Indonesia.

Imprisoned Papuan activists denied early release in govt’s pandemic-related program
Five Papuan activists imprisoned for treason are not eligible for early release, as part of the government’s prisoner assimilation program, which aims to reduce COVID-19 transmission, a legal team has revealed.
— The Jakarta Post

Watchdog alliance to challenge new Mining Law
Eight civil society organizations plan to mobilize grassroots support in challenging the controversial new Mining Law passed on Tuesday by the House of Representatives in a judicial review.
— The Jakarta Post

Regulatory reform needed to anticipate shift in global trade: Experts
Indonesia needs to further reform its investment regulations so it can attract more foreign investors amid changes in global trade trends, experts have said.
— The Jakarta Post

Soekarno-Hatta Airport Respond to Viral Photo of Packed Queues
Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s senior branch manager Febri Toga, confirmed the surge of passengers queue at the airport’s Terminal 2 on Thursday, May 14, 2020, which was photographed by a person that eventually went viral online.

Pandemic hits Indonesia’s push for inclusive growth: Bappenas
Projected slower economic growth caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to worsen Indonesia’s struggle to promote inclusive development in the country, according to a National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) official.
— The Jakarta Post

BRI, Grab launch soft-loan program for drivers, merchants
State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), in cooperation with ride-hailing service provider Grab, has launched a low-interest loan facility for the latter’s drivers and merchant partners who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

RAISA assists medical personnel in COVID-19 treatment
Research and Technology Minister Bambang P. S. Brodjonegoro lauded the development of a medical assistant robot named RAISA to aid medical workers in treating COVID-19 patients and minimizing contact with sufferers to reduce disease transmission.
— Antara News

State-owned enterprises scramble to repay debts in time
The government is preparing measures to bail out state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that are having trouble paying their debts amid operational and cashflow disruptions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Bulog to supply 22,000 tons of sugar from India
The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) will supply 22,000 tons of sugar imported from India to ensure the availability of the commodity in the market ahead of Idul Fitri.
— Antara News

Jokowi holds video-call dialog with Balinese wood craftspersons
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) here, Thursday, held a video-call dialog with Balinese wood craftspersons — I Ketut Gede Arthawa and his mother Wayan Mary — while launching #BanggaBuatanIndonesia (Proud of made-in Indonesian Products) National Movement.
— Antara News

PSBB violators shouldn’t face criminal charges: Civil society groups
A coalition of civil society groups has criticized law enforcement officials in Pekanbaru, Riau, for pursuing criminal cases against those found in violation of the city’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).
— The Jakarta Post

BRI reports 0.37-percent drop in first-quarter net profit
State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) witnessed its first-quarter profit plunge slightly by 0.37 percent to Rp8.17 trillion, from Rp8.2 trillion a year earlier.
— Antara News

S. Sulawesi woman named suspect for faking COVID-19 in ‘prank’ on medical workers
A 20-year-old woman identified as AR was arrested and named a suspect on Wednesday after pulling a “prank” on the medical workers of two hospitals in Bone regency, South Sulawesi, by pretending to have been infected by COVID-19.
— The Jakarta Post

Counterfeit money seized at PSBB checkpoint, suspects were on the way to shaman
Tasikmalaya Police seized counterfeit money in the form of Rp 100,000 (US$6.71) bills at one of its checkpoints set up to enforce large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in West Java on Monday.
— The Jakarta Post

Women’s contributions to education not reflected in leadership roles
It is impossible to ignore the important role that women play as teachers, especially in Indonesia, where they account for almost 70 percent of the country’s 1,433,794 primary school teachers.
— The Jakarta Post

Put Your Flip-Flops on the Line
Residents in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, have opened up a streetside stall to distribute snacks for iftar – the meal that breaks the Ramadan fast at sunset.
— Jakarta Globe



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