Indonesia morning news for May 8

Indonesia morning news for May 8

Indonesia morning news

Indonesia Summons China’s Ambassador Over Burials at Sea on Fishing Fleet
Indonesia has summoned China’s ambassador to clarify the deaths of four Indonesian crew from two Chinese-flagged vessels, Indonesia’s foreign ministry said on Thursday, after rights groups alleged the crew were mistreated and exploited.
— The New York Times

Indonesian airlines resume domestic passenger flights with strict health protocols
Several Indonesian airlines have resumed domestic passenger flights following a letter from the COVID-19 task force allowing certain people to travel despite government travel restrictions.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia Reports 338 New Coronavirus Cases, 35 Deaths: Health Ministry Official
Indonesia reported 338 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 12,776, health ministry official Achmad Yurianto told reporters on Thursday.
— The New York Times

Three Indonesian Ship Crew Abducted off Gabon Waters
Three Indonesian crew workers were abducted by pirates raiding two Senegalese-flagged fishing vessels in Libreville, off Gabon waters, on Sunday.
— Jakarta Globe

Jokowi calls for flattened COVID-19 curve in May ‘by any means necessary’
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the government and the public to flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission in the country this month “by any means necessary”.
— The Jakarta Post

Indonesia’s Ramadan school moves online amid coronavirus epidemic
Each year during the fasting month of Ramadan, Indonesian tutor Ahmad Winardi has taught a special course for students in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country to deepen their knowledge of Islam.
— The Jakarta Post

Property Prices Decreases in Second Quarter of 2020
CEO of Indonesia Property Watch Advisory Group Ali Tranghanda predicted that property prices will decrease in the second quarter of 2020.

Indonesia’s tourism industry projected to rebound in 2021
The tourism industry in several countries, including Indonesia, has been seriously crippled by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, compelling people globally to stay at home and forego traveling to prevent transmission of the lethal virus.
— Antara News

Commercial Airline Resumes Flight, Tickets Sold at High Price
Commercial airline businesses will resume flights to serve domestic routes within the large-scale social restriction (PSBB) regions and red zones on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Brebes emerges as COVID-19 cluster as residents test positive after attending Gowa gathering
The Central Java administration has announced that Brebes has been designated a COVID-19 “red zone” after 16 of its residents tested positive for the virus.
— The Jakarta Post

Public Transport Resumes, Expert Worries of Increasing Infection
The government’s policy to allow the use of public transportation has the potential to increase the number of Covid-19 infection.

Former PDI-P lawmaker sentenced to seven years in prison in garlic import permit bribery case
Jakarta Corruption Court judges sentenced former Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker I Nyoman Dhamantra to seven years of imprisonment on Wednesday for bribery relating to garlic import permits.
— The Jakarta Post

Chinese Ambassador: China to Take Responsibility Over Dead Crews
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi have met with Chinese Ambassador for the Republic of Indonesia Xiao Qian on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

ILO welcomes circular requiring firms to pay holiday allowance
The International Labor Organization (ILO) has lauded the Indonesian Manpower Minister’s circular, asking employers to pay holiday allowance to employees.
— Antara News

COVID-19: Central Java tracking down 1,500 residents who attended Gowa gathering
The Central Java administration has formed a team to track down approximately 1,500 Central Java residents who attended a mass religious gathering in Gowa, South Sulawesi, following the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in Brebes regency.
— The Jakarta Post

COVID-19: 38 medical workers in Bengkulu Province quarantined
As many as 38 medical workers in Bengkulu Province have been quarantined at the provincial health training building after their co-workers tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Jakarta’s confirmed COVID-19 case count reaches 4,775
With 66 more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus disease, which originated in Wuhan (China) in late 2019, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesian capital Jakarta have touched 4,775 as of Thursday.
— Antara News

More Than 30,000 Vehicles Forced to Turn Back in 12 Days of Mudik Ban: Police
According to data from the National Traffic Police, a total of 30,193 vehicles, including private cars, buses and motorcycles, have been forced to turn back during the first 12 days of the Idul Fitri security operation, known as “Operasi Ketupat Jaya,” as part of the government’s mudik ban restriction.
— Jakarta Globe

CIPS emphasizes speedy passage of data protection bill into law
The House of Representatives (DPR) must soon pass a Bill on Protection of Personal Data into a law following data breach involving millions of Indonesia’s online shoppers, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS) researcher stated.
— Antara News

Ali Mazi wants planned arrival of 500 Chinese workers delayed
Southeast Sulawesi Governor Ali Mazi is pushing for delaying the planned arrival of 500 Chinese workers to the province to work for mining company PT VDNI in Morosi, Konawe District.
— Antara News

International triathlon race in Indonesia’s Bali delayed
Indonesia has officially postponed the BCA Super League Triathlon Bali 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Antara news agency reported here on Thursday.
— Xinhua

Nearly seven thousand workers in West Papua sent home: govt
As many as 6,823 workers have been sent home and 67 others have lost their jobs in the Indonesian province of West Papua on account of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a local government official.
— Antara News

COVID-19 task force encourages people to fully tap food diversity
Expert team of the Task Force for the Acceleration of COVID-19 Handling has encouraged Indonesians to explore the diverse foods available to serve as foodstuff variants at home.
— Antara News

Consumer Association File Lawsuit Against Tokopedia
The Indonesian Consumer Community (Komunitas Konsumen Indonesia – KKI) has filed a lawsuit against Tokopedia and the Minister of Communication and Informatics concerning the suspected data theft of 15 million consumers of Tokopedia.

Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital treated 704 COVID-19 inpatients
The Wisma Atlet Emergency Hospital (RSD) in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, on Thursday, treated 704 inpatients confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— Antara News

Indonesia fortunate to choose social distancing over lockdown: Jokowi
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) believes Indonesia is lucky to choose the large-scale social restriction and distancing policy rather than a lockdown to flatten the curve of the new coronavirus disease that has spread nationwide.
— Antara News

Covid-19 Patients Need Higher Protein Intake: Nutritionists
Covid-19 patients need higher protein intake to help speed up their recovery time from the disease, Triyani Kresnawan, a nutritionist and member of the Indonesian Nutritionists Association, or Persagi, said on Thursday.
— Jakarta Globe

Does Indonesia Need Better Policies In Virus War?
The COVID-19 virus first appeared as a local outbreak in Wuhan, China, and turned into a pandemic within months, hitting all parts of the world unprecedentedly.
— The Asean Post

Indonesia, South Korea join hands in COVID-19 response
Indonesia looks to learn more from South Korea in raising its capacity to curb viral infections, officials have said, as the special strategic partners work together in the multilateral response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Jakarta Post

Easing restrictions? Not so fast, experts say
As countries around the world gradually relax their pandemic curbs, Indonesia appears intent on easing its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) amid claims of slowing COVID-19 transmission.
— The Jakarta Post

BMKG warns of extreme weather in parts of Java as rainy season stretches to May or June
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has issued warnings of extreme weather in several parts of Indonesia in the upcoming days as the rainy season, initially predicted to end in April, is stretching to May or June.
— The Jakarta Post

Sri Mulyani: Potential Budget Reallocation Reached IDR 50 T
Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, said that the Finance Ministry is planning to further reduce capital expenses by IDR 50 trillion.

Indonesian Buddhists observe Waisak in solitude amid pandemic
The COVID-19 outbreak has reshaped the communal practice of Buddhism in Indonesia, as with other faiths, as worship moves online to comply with calls by authorities to remain home.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Not our responsibility’: Minister fends off criticism of COVID-19 social aid distribution
Social Affairs Minister Juliari Batubara has responded to mounting criticism surrounding the delivery of aid, saying the data discrepancies in social assistance distribution during the pandemic are not the central administration’s responsibility.
— The Jakarta Post

Hygiene, social distancing new priorities in post-pandemic tourism
The impact of COVID-19 might linger long after the pandemic ends as stakeholders in tourism, one of the hardest-hit sectors, brace for a major shift in customer behaviour and preferences after the dust settles.
— The Jakarta Post

A Token of Gratitude: MPPA Helps Covid-19 Frontliners Save Money on Groceries
Multi-format modern retailer Matahari Putra Prima is offering a special discount on groceries and food items for healthcare workers, police, and military units on the frontline against the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Jakarta Globe

Study: New Coronavirus Spread Swiftly Around World from Late 2019
A genetic study of samples from more than 7,500 people infected with COVID-19 suggests the new coronavirus spread quickly around the world after it emerged in China sometime between October and December last year, scientists said on Wednesday, May 6.

Heads of families have key role in COVID-19 prevention: spokesperson
The heads of families have an important role to play in helping other family members protect themselves from the novel coronavirus disease and prevent its transmission, said government spokesperson for COVID-19 handling, Achmad Yurianto.
— Antara News

Jakarta’s street lamps dimmed during PSBB
Street lights in Jakarta were dimmed during the implementation of Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB), which were imposed as part of efforts to curb coronavirus transmission in the capital city.
— Antara News

Azerbaijani Embassy celebrates 97th birth anniversary of Heydar Aliyev
The Azerbaijani Embassy in Indonesia held a commemorative ceremony dedicated to the 97th birth anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev.
— Antara News

Forced exorcisms touted as ‘cure’ for LGBT Indonesians
Andin is haunted by memories of being forced into an exorcism to “save” her from being transgender — a ritual that could become mandatory for Indonesia’s LGBT community if a controversial new law is passed.
— The Jakarta Post


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This week’s Indonesia morning news feature photo focuses on Vesak Day, May 7.


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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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