Here's a clear-cut takeaway from the COVID-19 pandemic: don't hoard essential supplies to sell at ridiculously high prices, for you may suffer great losses later on.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
April 30, 2020
Antara, Jakarta – The Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union (FSPMI) on Thursday announced that its members will continue to commemorate the international workers' day or May Day amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, taking the form of virtual rallies on every online social platform.
Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has released former United Development Party (PPP) chairman and graft convict Muhammad "Romy" Romahurmuziy from prison after the Jakarta High Court ruled in favor of his appeal for a sentence reduction.
Antonio Sampaio, Dili – Xanana Gusmao, president of the second largest Timorese party, has criticised the decision to extend Timor-Leste's state of emergency, considering that it is not justified at the present time and can bring increased risks to the economy of families and the country.
Fathiya Dahrul – Indonesian banks are looking to the government for additional stimulus measures to cope with a growing pile up of bad loans, as the coronavirus pandemic batters the economy.
Prima Wirayani, Jakarta – In the good times, businesspeople, government officials and even international institutions have slammed Indonesia's labor legislation, calling it rigid and an obstacle to investment.
Amy Chew – In a village in Indonesia's Central Java's regency of Wonosobo, a farmer offered his small plot of land to bury patients who had died of Covid-19.
Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Women should be more involved in monitoring the upcoming regional election, Migrant Care's head of migration study, Anis Hidayah, said on Thursday. The postponement of the election should allow organizers more time to create a gender-inclusive monitoring system that accommodates civil society groups and women's rights activists.
Bandung, Indonesia – Thousands of animals, including endangered Sumatran tigers and Bornean orangutans, are facing starvation at Indonesia's zoos as the global pandemic pushes shuttered facilities toward collapse, officials say.
Mardika Parama, Jakarta – As COVID-19 continues to batter the Indonesian economy, 70 percent of textile and textile product (TPT) companies face permanent closure as a result of plunging domestic and export demand, an industry group has warned.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) has bought up to Rp 173.1 trillion (US$11.24 billion) worth of government bonds from primary and secondary markets in a bid to stabilize rupiah and support the government's financing needs.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Factory activity has collapsed with only one third of manufacturing companies and workers operating at present, a high-ranking official has said.
Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Thursday that 15,000 manufacturing companies were still operating at present out of a total of 40,000 in normal times.
Around 110,000 eligible recipients of the preemployment card, a government-funded unemployment benefit and skill training program, have completed their courses, entitling them to receive cash assistance, an official has said.
Tangguh Chairil – "It is a military strategy," said Indonesian Coordinating Maritime and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, when journalists asked him why the government had only then decided to ban mudik, or the tradition of returning from urban centers to hometowns during Eid al-Fitr holidays, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The central government has warned civil servants that they face sanctions should they participate in this year's Idul Fitri mudik (exodus), now that the state has officially banned the annual tradition to curb the spread of COVID-19.
There's been a surge in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Mimika regency of Indonesian-ruled Papua. Mimika now has 51 cases, the most of any single regency in Papua region.
Indonesia's Health Ministry said the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in West Papua province was 37, and 189 in neighbouring Papua province, with seven deaths overall.
Nivell Rayda, Jakarta – The parking lot of a small shopping complex near my home was filled with dozens of cars parked in an unruly manner.
It was 5pm and a small band of people in face masks decided to venture out of their homes to hunt for snacks for the upcoming iftar – the breaking of the fast.
Jakarta (Bloomberg) – Indonesia's coronavirus cases exceeded 10,000 as infections showed no signs of slowing even with partial lockdowns and travel restrictions in the nation's main cities.
M Julnis Firmansyah and Dio Suhenda (intern translator), Jakarta – The Indonesian Police Force is currently conducting an investigation into home-comer smuggling services that has emerged as a result of the ban on national mudik, or homecoming, ahead of the coming Eid al-Fitr."Yes, we are conducting investigations into the alleged (services)," said the Indonesian Police Force Headq
Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The West Java provincial government is finalizing a plan to launch a mobile healthcare center for children and pregnant women during large-scale social restrictions that are now in place in several cities in the province.
Kiki Siregar, Jakarta – About a thousand men and women filled the iconic mosque Baiturrahman in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh amid the COVID-19 pandemic, performing evening prayers during the Islamic holy fasting month of Ramadan.
Some congregants wore face masks while reciting the Tarawih prayers. Others didn't bother to cover their mouths and noses.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The rupiah has reached its strongest level since mid-March, appreciating nearly 3 percent on Thursday against the United States dollar amid hopes that a vaccine for COVID-19 is developed and central banks' pledges to hold interest rates to support battered economies.
Jakarta – Several COVID-19 patients in West Nusa Tenggara with a recent travel history to a tabligh (Islamic mass gathering) in Gowa, South Sulawesi have escaped quarantine, putting others in their vicinity at risk of contracting the disease.
Jakarta – The Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) has announced that it will return the premiums for the national health insurance (JKN) program to their original rates on Friday, in accordance with a Supreme Court ruling.
Ayat S. Karokaro and Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – The COVID-19 pandemic has become the latest threat to the Tapanuli orangutan in Indonesia, the rarest great ape species of all and one already under severe pressure from a range of human threats.
Dyaning Pangestika, Bandung – The rate of COVID-19 transmission in West Java has flattened since large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were implemented in the province.
"The number of new cases has stayed at around 40 each day," West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said in a written statement received by The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
Victoria Fanggidae and Jonatan A Lassa – As the world hits a perfect storm of COVID-19, governments worldwide are encountering the most challenging and noble tasks in their history: to save their people and the economy.
Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia is ramping up health protocols at key borders to deal with its returning migrant workforce amid the Covid-19 crisis, as thousands of Indonesian workers are on their way home.
Senza Arsendy, George Adam Sukoco and Rasita Ekawati Purba – Women make up the majority of primary school teachers in Indonesia. Out of a total of 1,433,794 primary school teachers, almost 1 million of them are women – a proportion of nearly 70%.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesian airlines are focusing on cargo services to offset the losses incurred from the government's temporary ban on passenger flights to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – As many as 563 COVID-19 cases in Indonesia have been recorded among foreigners living in the country, with almost 100 currently receiving treatment, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has said.
April 29, 2020
Jakarta – A photograph of Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani printed on a packet of social assistance (bansos) for those impacted upon by the corona virus (Covid-19) epidemic has attracted a polemic. The case has opened the public's eyes to the politicisation of social assistance in the midst of the corona pandemic.
Jakarta – More Indonesians have lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis as the government's flagship unemployment benefits program, the pre-employment card, registered 8.6 million members by Tuesday.
The program doubles as a government safety net for people who have lost their employment during the pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic has presented believers with a dilemma: either they choose to "lockdown" their prayers at home, or they view the pandemic as a challenge of their faith and, in response, refuse to maintain a "social distance" from God and the public rituals that are part of their beliefs.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The actual number of COVID-19 deaths in Indonesia may be substantially higher than officially reported as several regions have recorded hundreds of fatalities among patients under surveillance (PDPs), who are suspected of having contracted the highly contagious coronavirus.
Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The National Commission on Tobacco Control (NCTC) has urged President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to enhance COVID-19 mitigation efforts by banning tobacco cigarettes and electronic cigarettes, especially in "high-risk areas".
Safrin Labatu, Jakarta – From shirtless soldiers to teens sun tanning on their parents' driveways, Indonesians are soaking up rays like never before in the hope that plentiful sunshine will ward off coronavirus.
Farida Susanty, Jakarta – As the COVID-19 pandemic changes the global business landscape, jamu (herbal medicine) producers are playing a growing role in the Indonesian economy.
Febriana Firdaus – It has been two months since Andi Rizky last saw her uncle Jimmy, a drug offender in Cilegon Prison, Banten province, in person. Since the middle of March, the prison has banned visitors because of concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
Antara, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration through Manpower, Transmigration, and Energy Agency has temporarily sealed 101 companies or offices violating the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB).
Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Jakarta plans to give away two cloth face masks to every resident of the capital to help slow the spread of Covid-19, Governor Anies Baswedan said on Wednesday.
Anies said the city plans to commission tailors in the city to produce 20 million cloth masks soon.
John McCarthy – Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Indonesia's poverty rate has fallen to its lowest level ever. In September, statistics suggested there are 24.79 million poor people, equal to 9.22% of the nation's population.
Despite the improvements, health statistics tell us that around 30.8% of children remain undernourished or stunted.
Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Former Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner Sitti Hikmawatty – who was fired by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo after making the scientifically inaccurate claim that "strong sperm" could impregnate women in swimming pools – said she accepted her dismissal, while also claiming she had been treated unfairly.
Nicolas Marvey & Babon Hitam – On December 16, 2009, the Indonesian armed forces murdered the independence leader Kelly Kwalik, accused of sabotage, treason, kidnapping and assassination. Kelly Kwalik, charismatic leader of the Free Papua Movement, was a major figure in the struggle of the Papuan people.
Sausan Atika and Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The government has claimed that Jakarta, the country's epicenter of COVID-19, has flattened the curve of transmission, but experts say further studies are necessary before coming to such a conclusion.
Jakarta – Four women have been arrested and charged in connection to the death of a taxi driver in Bandung regency, West Java.
Bandung Police chief Sr. Comr. Hendra Kurniawan said the suspects – identified as KSA, KEZI, AS and IK – allegedly beat the victim, former civil servant Samiyo Basuki Riyanto, to death with a wrench after refusing to pay the taxi fare on March 30.
Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Indonesian Military (TNI) is prepared for any potential social unrest stemming from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced businesses to shut their operations and put millions out of work.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – Domestic sugar manufacturers have begun to ramp up production capacity in response to the government's call to stabilize prices ahead of the Ramadan festivities as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supplies, a top official has said.
Jakarta – Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) Chairperson Asfinawati says that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's decision to postpone the deliberations on the sections of the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation related to labour will not actually stop the all encompassing law from going ahead.
An Indonesian Youtuber has sparked outrage in the Muslim-majority country after he uploaded a video in which he tempted people to break their fast during Ramadan in exchange for a lot of money.