Indonesia morning news for May 22

Indonesia morning news for May 22

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Reports 973 New Coronavirus Cases, Biggest Daily Jump
Indonesia reported on Thursday its biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases, bringing the total confirmed number to 20,162 in the world’s fourth most populous country.
— The New York Times

Death toll from suspected cases keeps rising, reaching at least 3,833
The government should not rush into easing restrictions in the country’s COVID-19 red zones, as the number of deaths suspected to have been caused by the coronavirus has risen to more than 3,800, a civil society group says.
— The Jakarta Post

No law sees Indonesia’s extremist charities offering terrorists more
More than 1,100 suspected terrorists have been arrested in Indonesia since 2015, with more killed in counter-terrorism operations or during attacks.
— AEC News Today

Jakarta’s Makeshift Covid-19 Hospital Nears Limit of Capacity
The surge in confirmed cases of coronavirus during the last couple of weeks has overloaded the makeshift hospital at the athletes’ village compound in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta.
— Jakarta Globe

Family sues cruise company arguing ‘they didn’t pay enough attention’ to 27yo son who died from COVID-19
Photos of 27-year-old Pujiyoko show a young man in his prime, who loved to travel, loved adventure and loved life.
— ABC News

COVID-19: Low-risk cities, regencies in West Java to ease restrictions
West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has said that the province’s large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) will continue “proportionately” until May 29, with some cities and regencies to allow for more movement and economic activity if they are at lower risk of COVID-19 transmission.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian sailor buried at sea allegedly a modern slavery victim
Indonesian sailor Herdianto, who died aboard Chinese fishing vessel Lu Qing Yuan Yu 623 on Jan 16, 2020, and buried in the Somalian Sea on Jan 23, might have endured modern slavery practices and violence.
— Antara News

Bonuses slashed, pay cut: Indonesian nurses fight pandemic, financial hardships
The majority of nurses at general hospitals and COVID-19 referral hospitals carry a heavy burden, as they are not only fighting on the frontline against the disease, but are also struggling with personal financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesian police name three suspects over human trafficking case
Indonesian Police named three suspects over a human trafficking case of 22 Indonesian seafarers working for several Chinese fishing boats, General Crime Director at the National Police’s Crime Investigation Directorate Brig. Gen. Ferdy Sambo stated.
— Antara News

Bio Farma to finish producing 100,000 RT-PCR coronavirus test kits by end of May
State-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma is set to finish the production of 100,000 real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) coronavirus test kits by the end of May.
— The Jakarta Post

Ministry affirms 808 Indonesian Jamaah Tabligh members stranded abroad
Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry recorded 1,165 members of the Jamaah Tabligh congregation from Indonesia spread across 13 countries, of which 357 have returned home, while 808 others remain stranded amid the global new coronavirus disease pandemic.
— Antara News

East Java, second hardest-hit province after Jakarta, struggles to control virus spread
East Java has become the province second hardest-hit by COVID-19 after Jakarta, with patients overwhelming healthcare facilities.
— The Jakarta Post

Comprehensive data needed to relax PSBB: spokesperson
The Indonesian government needs comprehensive data from all parties to relax large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed in several parts of the country to stem the spread of COVID-19, a government spokesperson said.
— Antara News

Mass-scale farming on peatland detrimental to environment, experts warn
President Joko “Jokowi” Widiodo has recently ordered state-owned companies (BUMN) to make swathes of peatland in Kalimantan available for rice fields to anticipate possible food shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

What About Us?: Indonesia’s Private Employers Demand More Stimulus
Indonesia’s powerful business lobby, which includes some of the country’s largest employers, has criticized the government’s $44 billion Covid-19 stimulus package for packing too much emphasis on state-controlled companies and small-medium enterprises and leaving big corporations virtually alone to ward off the economic impact of the pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Indonesia Repatriates 1,970 Cruise Ship Crew from Germany
The Indonesian government repatriated 242 more cruise ship crew from Hamburg, Germany.

Greater Jakarta Faces 15.2% Output Loss From Pandemic: Economist
The damage to economic income and output stemming from the coronavirus pandemic in the capital Jakarta has mostly been caused by a sudden halt to activities in the micro, small and medium enterprise sector, or MSME.
— Jakarta Globe

Overcrowding at Soekarno-Hatta Caused by Busy Morning Slot
– Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Office said that the overcrowding of passengers in Terminal 2 on Thursday last week, May 14, was because there were many flights taking off at the same morning slot.

From test kits to medical robots, research ministry launches innovations in fight against COVID-19
The National Research and Innovation Agency’s (BRIN) COVID-19 research consortium launched nine new inventions to support Indonesia’s advanced pandemic countermeasure on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post

Experts from Indonesia, UK mull multi-disciplinary COVID-19 strategy
Indonesian and British policymakers, scientists, and funding agencies recently deliberated on a roadmap to tackle the global challenge posed by COVID-19 through effective multi-disciplinary collaborations.
— Antara News

Different names for the same thing: New Order still lingers 22 years after Soeharto’s fall
Twenty-two years ago, on May 21, history recorded the fall of an authoritarian leader in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Post

Batam readies flats to quarantine 239 Malaysia-returned workers
A total of 239 Indonesian migrant workers, who returned from Malaysia through the Batam Port, will be quarantined in a block of flats managed by the Batam City administration.
— Antara News

RI-Spore’s cooperation expected to boost global economic stability: VP
Indonesian Vice President Ma’ruf Amin looks ahead to bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore fueling regional and global economic stability amid uncertainty owing to the COVID-19 pandemic that threatens economic growth worldwide.
— Antara News

Coca Cola Indonesia Establishes High-tech Recycling Facility
Coca Cola Amatil Indonesia signed a Head of Agreement with Dynapack Asia, a packaging company, to build a recycling facility that is claimed to be the world’s most sophisticated.

WTR forecasts significant drop in traffic volume before Idul Fitri
Indonesia’s toll road operator PT Waskita Toll Road (WTR) has projected a major decline in toll road traffic volume under its management ahead of Idul Fitri.
— Antara News

Bangkok Bank Completes Permata Takeover
Bangkok Bank, the largest lender in Thailand by assets, has completed a $2.5 billion takeover of Bank Permata, a Jakarta-listed medium-sized lender, from previous owners Standard Chartered Bank and Astra International after securing an approval from the Financial Services Authority, or OJK.
— Jakarta Globe

Five years’ imprisonment sought for former Perum Perindo boss in fish import bribery case
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has demanded five years’ imprisonment and a Rp 500 million (US$34,003) fine for Risyanto Suanda, the former president director of the state-owned Indonesia Fisheries Company (Perum Perindo), for his alleged role in a bribery case related to a fish import permit.
— The Jakarta Post

Spore’s Deputy PM extends Idul Fitri greetings telephonically to Amin
Vice President Ma’ruf Amin received Idul Fitri greetings from Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat during a telephonic conversation at his official residence in Jakarta, Thursday.
— Antara News

Regional leaders call on everyone to play role in overcoming pandemic
A number of regional leaders have come to the defense of the central government from criticism over its handling of the COVID-19 crisis, saying that it is the responsibility of all people to help the nation get through the pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Police Thwart Crystal Meth Smuggling Disguised as Food Shipment
The National Police’s Narcotics Criminal Investigation Unit apprehended two suspected crystal meth dealers.

Astra Financial restructures US$1.48 billion in loans
Astra Financial, a lending consortium under diversified conglomerate Astra International, has restructured loans to some 792,000 customers – worth a total of Rp 21.9 trillion (US$1.48 billion) – as part of the loan-relaxation program introduced by the government in March, this year.
— The Jakarta Post

Lion Air Group cuts salaries, bonuses but says no layoffs in sight
Lion Air Group has cut salaries and delayed Idul Fitri bonus (THR) payments to employees while giving an assurance that no job terminations are in the pipeline as the airline grapples with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Fire at Kemayoran, Jakarta Dispatches 7 Fire Trucks
Fire broke at a house in Serdang 4 Street in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta this morning, May 21, at 07:35.

Artists transcending genres, backgrounds read poem on pandemic
Young Indonesian artists hailing from diverse genres and regional backgrounds have responded to the coronavirus-induced changes in day-to-day life through empathy, high spirits, and vision during this challenging time amid the pandemic.
— Antara News

PHE-Medco E&P Simenggaris to supply gas to mini-LNG refinery
PT Pertamina Hulu Energi (PHE) Simenggaris and Medco E&P Simenggaris inked the third gas sales purchase agreement with partner, PT Kayan LNG Nusantara, to supply gas to the mini-LNG refinery in Tana Tidung, North Kalimantan.
— Antara News

Handle with care: Rights of violated teen murder suspect must be protected, watchdog says
The Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has called on law enforcers to protect the rights of a teen murder suspect who is also pregnant, allegedly as a result of rape, in a shocking case that has elicited both sympathy and revulsion.
— The Jakarta Post



Feature photo Swiss Beekeeping for Development
This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on World Bee Day, May 20.


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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