The Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) protocol, enforced to curb the spread of the coronavirus, has been in place in Jakarta since April 10, but there were never any clear guidelines on sanctions for violators.
Indonesia & East Timor Digest
May 12, 2020
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan, North Sumatra – The authorities have confirmed that at least seven crew members were killed in a fire on board the crude oil tanker Jag Leela at Belawan Port in Medan, North Sumatra, on Monday morning.
A search and rescue team recovered on Tuesday the bodies of seven crew members in several different parts of the ship, including on the deck.
Novy Lumanauw, Lenny Tristia Tambun, Dion Bisara, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held a meeting on Tuesday to evaluate how the large-scale social restriction, or PSBB, has worked – or not – in suppressing Covid-19.
Jakarta – The government is set to allow people under 45 years old to work outside their homes so as to prevent more people from being laid off amid mobility restrictions in place to curb the novel coronavirus spread.
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Indonesia needs a regulatory framework that supports its mission to attract green investment, experts say, as awareness about sustainability grows among the general public.
London – TAPOL condemns the political decision to cancel the early release of five political prisoners that were arrested in Jakarta for demonstrating in favour of self-determination of West Papua.
Belseran Christ, Maluku – The Maluku provincial administration has temporarily closed Haulussy Hospital in Ambon after 25 medical staffers working in the facility tested positive for COVID-19.
A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – As an effort to eradicate marine waste once and for all, the government has rolled out its latest action plan for authorities, businesses and communities to prevent plastic waste from ending up in the ocean by 2025.
Reza Gunadha and Erick Tanjung – Six Papuan political prisoners in Jakarta, namely Surya Anta Ginting and his companions are to be released from Salemba prison in Jakarta today, Tuesday May 12.
Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman and Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The Indonesian government is mulling over a plan to start easing the COVID-19 social restrictions in June to allow businesses to resume operations gradually.
Sally Sara, Anne Worthington and Victor Mambor – In the highlands of Papua, in easternmost Indonesia, villagers are returning to the burnt-out remains of their abandoned homes.
A woman slumps on the grass, overcome with grief, as men dig a pit for the remains of those who could not escape the bloodshed.
The air is filled with the sound of wailing.
Shuli Ren – Since surviving an IMF bailout and violent change of government during the Asian financial crisis, Indonesia has shown an uncanny resilience in bouncing back from global selloffs. As soon as the dust settles, investors are lured by higher yields and the promise of a young and vibrant population. Foreigners now own more than 30% of the country's sovereign debt.
Four men in the West Java capital of Bandung have been arrested for selling pork disguised as beef in the past year.
Budiarti Utami Putri, Dio Suhenda (Intern Translator), Jakarta – The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Chief Secretary, Harmensyah, has called for all regions across Java to apply for the Large Scale Social Restriction (PSBB) policy.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has passed an executive order that will expand the government's authority to allocate emergency coronavirus spending despite mounting public pressure to drop the regulation due to concerns of budget misappropriation and embezzlement.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Jakarta is home to some 10 million people, many of whom live in cramped, adjoined houses or in informal settlements with shared toilets. These densely populated areas of the city are known as kampungs.
Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – With the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and calls to cancel travel plans still in place, tourism workers have had to resort to temporary jobs to survive.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – At least 22 workers were injured and tens of other crew members trapped when crude oil tanker Jag Leela exploded into flames at Belawan Port in Medan, North Sumatra, on Monday morning.
Ramadani Saputra, Jakarta – A group of sportscasters working for state-owned TV broadcaster TVRI is demanding up to seven months in back salaries, claiming they haven't been paid since the middle of last year. The total amount, according to the sportscasters, is around Rp 900 million (US$61,000).
Dwi Bowo Raharjo and Stephanus Aranditio – The release and reintegration of five out of six Papuan political prisoners (tapol) was suddenly cancelled today, Tuesday May 12. Supporters say they are being screwed over by the Indonesian state.
Andi Hajramurni, Makassar, South Sulawesi – The police have arrested two brothers in Bantaeng regency, South Sulawesi, and named them suspects for allegedly killing their own 18-year-old sister over "shameful acts" committed by the victim that they said had brought dishonor upon their family.
Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Palm oil companies will no longer be required to allocate a fifth of their land for smallholder farmers under a new bill, a move activists and officials call harmful to the livelihoods of these farmers.
Jakarta – The government has suspended entry for foreign workers during the COVID-19 outbreak following reports that hundreds of Chinese workers have tried to enter Southeast Sulawesi.
Dyaning Pangestika, Jakarta – Insisting against implementing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to slow the spread of COVID-19 across the resort island, the Bali administration has been relying on local customs to fight the ongoing outbreak.
May 11, 2020
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – After receiving criticism over its claim that the number of new COVID-19 cases had been decreasing, the government said on Monday that its assertion was based on weekly figures, not daily figures.
Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – The downturn in Indonesia's manufacturing sector is likely to continue until the end of the year as demand and factory activity will remain low even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, analysts have warned.
Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the stability of Indonesia's financial system, as it causes a supply-demand shock and weakens the country's financial industry and macroeconomy, according to the Financial System Stability Committee (KSSK).Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, who serves as the committee's chair, said on Monday that the supply-dem
A family of eight killed a 16-year-old girl in Bantaeng, South Sulawesi, police say, after the girl allegedly brought dishonor to the family by getting intimate with a man out of wedlock.
Lona Olavia, Jakarta – Most businesses in Indonesia only have enough cash to continue operating until the end of next month with little to no sales under large-scale social restrictions or PSBB, a top business lobby said on Monday.
Riska Rahman and Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Businesspeople and economists have expressed concerns about the government's decision to ease travel restrictions, saying the policy could backfire and prolong the economic recovery from the coronavirus downturn.
Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – Rights groups have raised concerns over the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on residents. They say the response may pose risks to Indonesians' human rights.
Rizki Fachriansyah and Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – For many people in coronavirus-stricken Indonesia, tuning into the government's daily press conference detailing the latest data on confirmed cases and deaths linked to COVID-19 has become a mundane ritual – an exercise in news consumption amid great uncertainty.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The Law and Human Rights Ministry's Corrections Directorate General has recorded a decrease in prison overcrowding following the early release of prisoners and juvenile inmates in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – Indonesian rating agency Pemeringkat Efek Indonesia (Pefindo) has revised the outlooks of several financial institutions and downgraded the rating of asset-backed securities amid concerns over the impact of COVID-19 on the institutions' performances.
Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – Ori Kurniawan, the first Indonesian patient who has been reportedly reinfected with the COVID-19 virus, has said that he generally feels well, but had developed anxiety during his second round of treatment at a hospital in Medan.
Tassia Sipahutar and Harry Suhartono – Indonesia is finalizing a US$1 billion financial bailout plan for its flag carrier to help it stave off a debt default after the coronavirus crisis forced the airline to ground most of its planes.
Galih Gumelar, Jakarta – As the House of Representatives prepares to pass an executive order that will expand the government's authority to allocate emergency coronavirus spending, legal experts warn that the new regulation would be a blow to the country's fight against corruption.
Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The advocacy team for Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) senior investigator Novel Baswedan has expressed skepticism over the legal proceedings surrounding his acid attack case, claiming that the hearing had been compromised by factual discrepancies and oversight from the start.
Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – As questions mount over the validity of the government's COVID-19 data, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil confirmed that the numbers announced by the Health Ministry in its daily press conferences did not match that reported by his regional administration.
Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – While many countries are imposing strict lockdown policies, Indonesia has recorded an influx of citizens returning from abroad – nearly 90,000 as of Monday.
Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said 89,595 citizens had been repatriated as of Monday.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Internal rifts remain within the National Mandate Party (PAN) following a violent clash during its national congress in February and the resignation of Hanafi Rais, the son of party patron Amien Rais.
The PAN executive board confirmed on Wednesday that Hanafi, the party's deputy chairman, had tendered his resignation the day before.
Suherdjoko, Semarang – The Central Java administration is set to distribute sembako (staple food packages) to its residents living in Greater Jakarta, as the COVID-19 crisis has seen a large number of people lose their jobs.
A West Papuan church leader says he has support of local Christian churches over his right to speak about violence in the region.
Reverend Socratez Yoman of the Baptist church was invited by Indonesian police to 'clarify' an article he wrote about an attack in which a New Zealander was killed in Papua in March.
Novy Lumanaw, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said on Monday he was disappointed the country has so far failed to meet its target of 10,000 polymerase chain reaction tests per day after he had set the target last month.
Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry has prepared two different scenarios for the 2020 hajj pilgrimage for Indonesian Muslims – many of whom have waited for years to go on the trip – while waiting for an official decision from Saudi Arabia whether or not to allow this year's hajj season to go on.
Jakarta – Hundreds of thousands of rapid test kits imported by the government from the Netherlands were made in China and have low accuracy, a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has revealed.
Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Since Jakarta implemented large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to curb the spread of COVID-19, 38-year-old Rasmono from Batang, Central Java, has lost his livelihood as a hawker in the Sunda Kelapa area. None of the social aid from the Jakarta administration and the central government has reached him.
Sausan Atika, Jakarta – First dates, a noisy study spot and late-night hunger pangs – such were the memories that drove hundreds of people to flock to the parking lot of the Sarinah shopping center in Central Jakarta on Sunday evening.
Mardika Parama, Jakarta – State-owned train operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (PT KAI) is scheduled to open three temporary routes to accommodate travel starting Tuesday after travel restrictions for certain individuals were relaxed.
May 10, 2020
Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition has expressed its opposition to a draft presidential regulation (Perpres) on the Indonesian Military's Role in Handling Terrorism being deliberated any further by the House of Representatives (DPR).