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July 1, 2020

Jakarta Globe - July 1, 2020

Ridho Syukra, Batang, Central Java – Seven companies from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and the United States set to begin plant construction at Batang industrial estate in Central Java with a total investment of $850 million, as Indonesia finally reap some benefit from multinational companies relocation from China.

June 30, 2020

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – A passenger who was allowed to board a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta to Sorong, West Papua, despite having recently tested positive for COVID-19 had been cleared for travel by health authorities, the national flag carrier has said.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Ivany Atina Arbi and Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – A recently uncovered case of child sexual abuse at a Catholic church in Depok, West Java, has put a spotlight on sexual abuse in the wider Indonesian Catholic Church, causing adherents throughout the country to call for justice and reform.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – The government has yet to compensate state-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina Rp 96.5 trillion (US$6.8 billion) for fuel subsidies given to the poor from 2017 to 2019.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Jakarta – The National Police have deployed 77,897 officers across the nation to guard the transition to the government's so-called new normal phase, during which all citizens are required to abide by the COVID-19 health protocols to prevent wider spread of the disease.

Jakarta Globe - June 30, 2020

Fana Suparman, Jakarta – Former Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi was found guilty of corruption on Monday and sentenced to seven years' imprisonment.

Coconuts Jakarta - June 30, 2020

Is dangdut the perfect distraction during the pandemic? Some Indonesians certainly think so, with yet another show – this time involving the undisputed king of the genre himself – held recently, attracting quite the public outrage in the aftermath.

Tempo - June 30, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The House of Representatives Legislation Body (Baleg DPR) planned to drop the bill on the elimination of sexual violence or RUU PKS from the 2020 national legislation program. The DPR Baleg Head Supratman Andi Agtas said he had received a letter from the leaders of the DPR Commission VIII related to bill revocation.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – The government's COVID-19 task force has updated its requirements for transportation during the transitional phase to the so-called "new normal", requiring domestic travelers to carry a medical document certifying they are free of COVID-19 valid for 14 days.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Gemma Holliani Cahya, Jakarta – Age is more than just a number for aspiring high school students in Jakarta.

Last week, the city administration rolled out the zoning system for this year's public school enrollment (PPDB). Unlike previous years, a potential student's age is now a main factor in the registration process, sparking protests from parents caught unaware.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Jakarta – The Health Ministry revealed on Monday that East Java, Indonesia's new COVID-19 epicenter, had one of the lowest testing rates compared to other provinces even as it continues to record the highest number of daily new cases.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – East Java, Indonesia's second most populous province, surpassed Jakarta as the nation's COVID-19 epicenter on June 26 with the highest record of confirmed cases and deaths.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – Novel Baswedan's advocacy team has slammed the National Police for giving legal assistance to two police officers currently standing trial for allegedly attacking the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigator, urging the Indonesian Ombudsman to investigate the corps for alleged maladministration.

Jakarta Globe - June 30, 2020

Dion Bisara, Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – A recent paper by Indonesian scientists has pointed to the oversized role of a few highly contagious individuals in the Covid-19's transmission in the country, partly explaining how the world's fourth most populous country fared better than its peers like India, Brazil and the United States.

Straits Times - June 30, 2020

Jeffrey Hutton, Jakarta – The Covid-19 outbreak is under control in Indonesia's biggest province, thanks to widespread testing and lockdown measures, said West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Alya Nurbaiti, Jakarta – The Health Ministry announced that 71 more people died of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest reported death toll in a day so far, bringing the total fatalities to 2,876.

East Java reported most fatalities with 30 deaths, followed by Papua with eight and South Sumatra and Jakarta with seven deaths each.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Jakarta – Bogor Regent Ade Yasin has threatened to file charges against Indonesian dangdut superstar Rhoma Irama for allegedly performing at an event in Cibunan Village, Bogor, West Java, on Sunday, despite large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed in the regency.

Tempo - June 30, 2020

Bram Setiawan, Jakarta – Lion Air Group, which oversees Wings Air and Batik Air, announced that it now offers rapid test services as of Monday, June 29. The rapid testing will cost an affordable Rp95,000.

Jakarta Globe - June 30, 2020

Lenny Tristia Tambun, Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesian Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has been in the spotlight recently after President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo criticized the health spending as too little and too late as the country is struggling to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Jakarta – Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini knelt down on the ground and broke into tears as she held a meeting with doctors and hospital directors in Surabaya amid the spike of COVID-19 cases in East Java's capital city, which has become Indonesia's epicenter of the outbreak.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's fiery speech in a recent meeting with members of his Cabinet, which was circulated on Sunday, appears to be a sign of his frustration at the lack of progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and a threat that he will reshuffle his ministerial team if no progress is made in the effort.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Lawmakers in the House of Representatives Commission IX, which oversees health care, have defended Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto over President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's criticism of low spending on the health sector amid the country's struggle to contain COVID-19.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The Taxation Directorate General has unveiled the criteria for technology firms expected to collect value-added tax (VAT), including the transaction value and traffic, as the government ramps up efforts to increase state revenue during the coronavirus epidemic.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo announced on Tuesday that seven foreign companies had confirmed plans to relocate production facilities to Indonesia, mostly from China, an encouraging signal for the country's investment climate amid the pandemic.

Jakarta Globe - June 30, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Jakarta – Indonesia has registered nearly 30,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections throughout the month, which becomes the toughest period in the country's struggle to contain the outbreak.

The number of cases has jumped by 82.94 percent to 29,914 in June, from 16,352 cases in May.

Bloomberg News - June 30, 2020

Grace Sihombing and Arys Aditya – Indonesia is struggling to contain a surge in coronavirus cases in the world's fourth-most populous nation, casting doubts on the likelihood of a V-shaped recovery for the economy.

Jakarta Post - June 30, 2020

Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie, Jakarta – The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has detained three more former members of the Jambi Regional Legislative Council for investigation into a graft case that has also implicated former governor Zumi Zola.

Tempo - June 30, 2020

Andita Rahma, Avit Hidayat, Jakarta – Commissioner for the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM), Beka Ulung Hapsara, said that the police institution tends to neglect the input and recommendations coming from the commission regarding allegations of human rights violations that involve police personnel.

June 29, 2020

Business Times - June 29, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has pledged to respect international law as Singapore investigates companies and individuals linked to the 2015 land and forest fires that enshrouded the region in toxic haze.

The Telegraph - June 29, 2020

Nicola Smith and Randy Mulyanto, Jakarta – Born in mid-May in Tlanakan, in Indonesia's East Java province, one of the country's youngest Covid-19 victims barely had a chance at life.

Jakarta Globe - June 29, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – A member of the House of Representatives' Commission III, Aboe Bakar Alhabsyi, said on Monday the Attorney General's Office should explain why prosecutors had only demanded a one-year sentence for two police officers accused of an acid attack on anti-corruption investigator Novel Baswedan back in 2017.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman, Jakarta – The share of Indonesians who say the economy has worsened over the past year has reached a record high.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ombudsman has found that hundreds of state officials, including active members of the police and military, sit as commissioners of state-owned enterprises, resulting in what it says is a conflict of interest and poor accountability.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Four gas producers have inked deals to supply gas at below market price to several gas-fired power plants as part of the government's plan to slash billions of dollars in energy subsidies.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – Indonesia is still among the preferred Southeast Asian markets for investment amid the country's continuous fight against COVID-19, backed by strong household spending and a young working population, Singapore's largest bank, DBS, has stated.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Jakarta – The Bakauheni Port Police (KSKP) together with the Lampung Agriculture Quarantine Body have confiscated more than 29,000 birds intended to be shipped to Java over the past six months.

A top official at the Agriculture Quarantine Body, Karman, said authorities had managed to thwart at least 43 smuggling attempts at the port from January to June this year.

Straits Times - June 29, 2020

Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has threatened to reshuffle the Cabinet as he expressed frustration over the "lack of a sense of crisis" in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the government ministers were working in a business as usual mode in tackling the crisis.

Kompas.com - June 29, 2020

Tsarina Maharani, Jakarta – House of Representatives (DPR) Commission III member Taufik Basari from the National Democratic Party (Nasdem) has criticised the sentences demanded by the Balikpapan state prosecutor in a recent case of alleged makar (treason, subversion, rebellion) over the Morning Star flag being flown by Papuans.

Jakarta Globe - June 29, 2020

Yudha Baskoro – Greenpeace activists installed dozens of mannequins in front of the House of Representatives during a protest against the pro-corporation omnibus bills currently being deliberated by lawmakers on Monday.

Rights activists have been demanding that the lawmakers reject the controversial bills, which they say are too lenient on corporations.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Dian Septiari, Jakarta – Indonesia has garnered praise for its decision to provide humanitarian assistance to the nearly 100 Rohingya migrants stranded off the northern coast of Aceh this week, as pressure mounts on the region to deal with the crisis in Myanmar.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a fugitive in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, returned to the country and filed a case review against his conviction with the South Jakarta District Court in early June, the Attorney General's Office (AGO) has said.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – Strict testing is required for the slew of supposed coronavirus remedies that have garnered public attention in recent months, experts say.

For people seeking to mitigate the impact of the outbreak on their health, alternative medical practices claiming to be cures for COVID-19 have become increasingly appealing.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Jakarta – The Jakarta Corruption Court sentenced former youth and sports minister Imam Nahrawi to seven years in prison on Monday for his involvement in a bribery case pertaining to a grant to the Indonesian Sports Council (KONI).

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Jakarta – A 13-year-old girl from Denpasar, Bali, who got pregnant after being allegedly raped multiple times by her cousin and who was forced to marry him, was reportedly raped again by her father-in-law after delivering the baby.

Detik News - June 29, 2020

Luqman Nurhadi Arunanta, Jakarta – Dozens of mannequins were installed in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) complex in Jakarta on Monday as a form of protest against the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.

Tempo - June 29, 2020

Budiarti Utami Putri, Jakarta – The recent alleged hacking attempts committed against activists in Indonesia have alarmed anti-graft and human rights activists. Lokataru executive director Haris Azhar said to Tempo Magazine that it is highly possible that the government is keeping constant tabs on activists.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry's State Asset Management Agency (LMAN) has reimbursed Rp 53.3 trillion (US$3.76 billion) owed to state-owned companies for land acquisition in 77 strategic national projects, including toll roads and irrigation systems, as of June 24.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Indonesia was among the nations with a relaxed approach to managing the COVID-19 pandemic before meeting World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for rolling back social restrictions, according to recent data from the England's University of Oxford.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Jakarta – Banten Governor Wahidin Halim has announced that he will extend the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Greater Tangerang to July 12.

Jakarta Post - June 29, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – The government's housing subsidy program designed to resolve the country's mounting backlog might backfire by hampering property industry growth and leading to the construction of lower quality homes, the World Bank has warned.