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March 4, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Globe - March 4, 2020

Beritasatu, Jakarta – Close to $7.3 billion in foreign investors' funds remain parked in rupiah-denominated accounts following a sell-off in the bond and stock market last week, Bank Indonesia, the country's central bank, announced on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The neighbors of Indonesia's first two COVID-19 patients have urged broadcast media to stop the live coverage of their housing complex in Depok, West Java.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – The Tangerang regency police have taken 11 labor union members into custody for alleged incitement during protests over the omnibus bill on job creation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – State electricity company PLN will set aside Rp 90 trillion (US$6.3 billion) in capital expenditure (capex) in 2020 to finance the development of new electricity infrastructure, the company's top executive has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Queer News - March 4, 2020

Jordan Hirst – A lesbian woman in Indonesia has taken to social media to demand a Bill attacking her country's LGBTIQ community be dropped.

The new Bill, backed by some Indonesian MPs, would effectively outlaw homosexuality as "deviant" behaviour, equating it with incest and S&M sex.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Radio New Zealand - March 4, 2020

Reports from West Papua indicate more deadly armed conflict in Mimika regency.

The West Papua National Liberation Army claims responsibility for a series of attacks on security forces in the Indonesian-controlled territory since last week.

A Liberation Army spokesman said its guerilla forces in Tembagapura shot dead an Indonesian soldier at the weekend.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Detik News - March 4, 2020

Ahmad Bil Wahid, Jakarta – Scores of students held a protest action in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) building Wednesday opposing the Omnibus Law on Job Creation which is still being deliberated by the parliament.

News ›› West Papua ›› Treason & Subversion
Tabloid JUBI - March 4, 2020

Jayapura – On Tuesday March 3 the Balikpapan District Court rejected a demurer presented by seven Papuan political prisoners (tapol) who are defendants in a treason case currently being tried in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan.

News ›› West Papua ›› Melanesian & Pacific Solidarity
Vanuatu Daily Post - March 4, 2020

Len Garae – The President of the United Liberation Movement of West Papua, Benny Wenda, is confident that the new Vanuatu Government will pick up from where the Charlot Salwai Government has stopped and continue with Vanuatu's traditional commitment to support the struggle for the freedom for the people of West Papua.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Fadli, Batam – Two men in Batam, Riau Islands, who had been in close contact with a Singaporean COVID-19 patient have evaded quarantine, the city's health authorities said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – State-owned commuter line operator PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) is offering hand sanitizer and disposable face masks to passengers at its 80 stations amid concerns over the possibility of a novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Jakarta, following the country's first two confirmed cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta Police seized 350 boxes of face masks during a raid on the residence of a suspected hoarder in Tanjung Duren, Grogol Petamburan, West Jakarta in the wake of panic buying that hit the capital city on Monday following the announcement of the country's first confirmed COVID-19 cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas and Esther Samboh, Jakarta – The government is working to finalize eight measures that will be incorporated in a second stimulus package aimed at easing rules for exports and imports as supply chains continue to be disrupted by the spread of COVID-19, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Wednesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
CNN Indonesia - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has refused an invitation from the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) for a meeting to discuss the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Prostitution & Human Trafficking
Inter Press Service - March 4, 2020

Kanis Dursin, Jakarta – When her uncle offered her an opportunity to work in Jakarta almost a decade ago, the then 15-year-old Afra Burga Ambui immediately agreed and soon she was boarding a two-hour flight to the country's capital and away from her village on Flores Island in East Nusa Tenggara, southern Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Bloomberg News - March 4, 2020

Tassia Sipahutar, Eko Listiyorini and Arys Aditya, Jakarta – Indonesian President Joko Widodo warned against hoarding of food and other essential goods after the country's first cases of confirmed coronavirus sparked panic buying at supermarkets.

"I urge people not to buy goods in bulk or massively," Widodo, known as Jokowi, told reporters on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
CNN Indonesia - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition is calling on President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to withdraw the Draft Law on Job Creation (RUU Cipta Kerja) which has been submitted to the House of Representatives (DPR). The Coalition is also asking the DPR to halt the deliberations into the draft submitted by the government.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Globe - March 4, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – Koral, a coalition of non-governmental organizations advocating for fisheries and ocean sustainability, has criticized the government's policies on fisheries and ocean governance, arguing they potentially harm the ocean ecosystem and create social inequality.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
Suara Papua - March 4, 2020

CR-SP16, Jayapura – Students from the Cenderawasih University (Uncen) in Jayapura demanded the immediate release of seven Papuan political prisoners (tapol) currently being held in the East Kalimantan city of Balikpapan during a protest action on Monday March 2 in front of the Uncen front gate in Jayapura city.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – While many Jakartans flocked to convenience stores to stock up on medical supplies after the announcement of the country's first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, many people in other regions reacted by hoarding herbs and medicinal plants that are supposedly effective at preventing viral infections.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Indonesia's first two confirmed COVID-19 patients say media coverage and discourse on social media have taken a greater toll than the disease itself, saying that the numerous breaches of privacy have left them "mentally drained."

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Esther Samboh, Jakarta – Bank Indonesia (BI) is predicting that weakening economic activities, especially involving tourism, exports and imports, would drag down the country's economic growth to 4.9 percent in the first quarter before picking up again in the following months.

News ›› West Papua ›› Human Rights & Justice
CNN Indonesia - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has declared that an investigation dossier into the Bloody Paniai case submitted by the National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) has failed to meet the requirements to be declared a gross human rights violation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fishing & Maritime Affairs
Jakarta Post - March 4, 2020

Jakarta – Several nongovernmental organizations are joining forces to monitor the government's policies on the fisheries sector and to make sure they would not harm the security and ecological sustainability of fish stocks and of the livelihoods of traditional fishermen.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Taxation & State Budget
Straits Times - March 4, 2020

Jakarta (AFP) – No one was more surprised to learn that Dimas Prayitno owned a Rolls-Royce than the 21-year-old Indonesian himself, who was baffled when told he owed US$15,000 (S$20,800) in taxes on the luxury vehicle.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
South China Morning Post - March 4, 2020

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita – The confirmation on Monday that Indonesia had two cases of the coronavirus ended weeks of insistence by officials that the country had no infections within its borders.

News ›› West Papua ›› Political Prisoners & Wrongful Imprisonment
Tabloid JUBI - March 4, 2020

Hengky Yeimo, Jayapura – Hundreds of students of the University of Cenderawasih held a protest in Jayapura, Papua on Monday (2/3/2020). They urge the authority to release seven political prisoners who are currently on trial at Balikpapan District Court.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 4, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulama Council or MUI has issued an order for Muslims in Indonesia to avoid mass gatherings, including tabligh akbar or public lectures and other community events.

March 3, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Environment & Natural Disasters
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Nine shophouses at the Jompo shopping complex in Kaliwates district, Jember regency, East Java, collapsed on Monday morning after a nearby river overflowed due to heavy rainfall.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Indonesia' manufacturing industry is showing signs of strength despite indications of plunging business activity in neighboring countries amid the spread of the coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah and Muh. Ibnu Aqil, Jakarta – Activists and lawmakers have called for more considerate reporting on the country's first confirmed coronavirus cases following the unprecedented disclosure of the patients' personal information on social media platforms on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Sexual & Domestic Violence
Coconuts Jakarta - March 3, 2020

A 26-year-old woman in the East Java capital of Surabaya has reported a pastor at her church to the police for sexual abuse, which she claims went on for 17 years.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
CNN Indonesia - March 3, 2020

Jakarta – Several non-government organisations (NGOs) have rejected an invitation to hold a joint meeting at the Presidential Staff Office (KSP) to discuss the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Foreign Affairs & Trade
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Jakarta – The government plans to ease licensing procedures for importing raw materials as the country's manufacturing industry begins to feel the impact of the disruption to the supply chain from China caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 3, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – The government has been working on new policies that will allow it to foot Covid-19 patients' hospital bills, something that would come as a relief for a worried population facing the real possibility of an outbreak, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Fake News & Black Campaigns
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate said that the ministry had found 148 hoaxes related to the COVID-19 spread as of Monday.

The reported number of false and fake information came after Indonesia confirmed its first two confirmed cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesian stocks jumped by more than 3 percent on Tuesday morning, reversing deep losses in recent days due to the spread of COVID-19, as market players regain confidence following authorities' efforts to calm the market down.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Indonesia's retail and shopping center associations were urging consumer restraint after news about the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia triggered panic buying sprees.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Straits Times - March 3, 2020

Jakarta – Members of the House of Representatives have demanded that the government enact stronger coronavirus containment measures following the confirmation of two cases of the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Infrastructure & Development
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide around US$2.7 billion in loans this year to support Indonesia's human capital, infrastructure and green energy development.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Panic buying hit supermarkets and drugstores across Jakarta on March 2 following President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's announcement on the country's first two confirmed cases of COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Farming & Agriculture
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has appointed Eddy Abdurrachman as the new Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS) president director, replacing Dono Boestami.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – The Jakarta administration will reduce the number of mass gatherings as a precaution after two residents of Depok, West Java – located on the outskirts of the capital city – tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), marking the country's first confirmed cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Jakarta – Overloaded and oversized freight trucks will be prohibited from using the toll roads between Jakarta and Bandung starting this month to reduce congestion and prevent damage to the roads, the Transportation Ministry has announced.

News ›› Indonesia ›› LGBT & Same-Sex Marriage
Pink News - March 3, 2020

Vic Parsons – Indonesia is proposing legislation that would force LGBT+ people into treatment to "cure" their sexuality or gender identity.

The "Family Resilience Bill" would force LGBT+ people into government-sanctioned "rehabilitation centres", which would give religiously-based "treatment" for being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

News ›› East Timor ›› Balibo Five & 1975 Invasion
The Guardian - March 3, 2020

Christopher Knaus – Lawyer Bernard Collaery says Australia had direct knowledge of the dangers facing the murdered Balibo Five journalists, citing a damning report suggesting Australian intelligence knew Indonesia viewed reporters as a "hurdle to be got over" in keeping its invasion of East Timor secret.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 3, 2020

Hengky Ola Sura, Maumere – Eleven people have died due to dengue fever in Sikka regency, East Nusa Tenggara, while up to 1,057 people have been infected since the beginning of the year, the Sikka Health Agency reported.

March 2, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – Calls are mounting for the government to form a national outbreak committee that involves experts to help the Health Ministry in the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus as questions abound about the country having zero confirmed cases.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry is collaborating with more than 100 communities in Indonesia to run digital literacy programs nationwide.

The ministry's program emphasizes individual capacity building in its program as it believes that each person should be on the front line in educating their communities about digital literacy.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - March 2, 2020

Jakarta – Gas distribution company PT Perusahaan Gas Negara (PGN), part of state-owned oil and gas holding company Pertamina, will spend about US$2.5 billion on the construction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) receiving terminals and gas distribution facilities to support the gasification program of state-owned electricity company PLN, an executive of the company has said.