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September 1, 2020

Bloomberg - September 1, 2020

Harry Suhartono and Fathiya Dahrul – Indonesia's second-largest lender by assets says the nation's companies are set to demand more loans, as they scoop up assets made cheaper by the pandemic.

Straits Times - September 1, 2020

Jakarta (Reuters) – Indonesia's farming ministry has ordered breeders to cull millions of chickens and reduce the number of hatching eggs to control a slump in poultry prices, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday (Sept 1).

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2020

Triyan Pangastuti, Jakarta – The House of Representatives has kicked off deliberation of a bill that would expand the mandate of Bank Indonesia, the country's central bank, and return banking supervision to the monetary authority.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Tri Indah Oktavianti, Jakarta – The Constitutional Court (MK) has said that deputy ministers cannot hold concurrent roles at state-owned and private firms, arguing that they should focus on their main duties in their respective ministerial offices.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Apriadi Gunawan, Medan – The North Sumatra Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) has evacuated a female Sumatran tiger from Tapus Sipagimbal village in Aek Bilah district, South Tapanuli regency, to the province's Barumun Nagari Wildlife Sanctuary, following recurring conflicts with local residents.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Jakarta – Deskiel Haning of the Rote Ndao Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) said the five villages were Holulai, Nentenaen, Meoain, Lifuleo and Pukuafu. They had experienced extreme drought for more than 60 days.

"The water crisis has been ongoing since July," he said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – House of Representatives Commission III, which oversees legal affairs, has finished the deliberations for a revision of the Constitutional Court Law, despite civil society's concerns about potential conflict of interest that could harm the court's impartiality.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

The House of Representatives passed a revision of the Constitutional Court Law on Tuesday amid criticism from activists and experts over a potential conflict of interest that is feared will undermine the court's impartiality.

All political party factions at the House agreed during a plenary session to pass the bill, initially proposed by the Gerindra Party, into law.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – State-owned electricity company PLN has called on the Environment and Forestry Ministry to revise emission caps for fossil fuel-fired power plants, arguing they would increase the costs of power suppliers.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has named prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari a suspect of money laundering and bribery after she allegedly received money from graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra to help him secure a Supreme Court acquittal.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Nina Loasana, Jakarta – Amnesty International Indonesia has called for a thorough investigation into the recent death of 21-year-old George Karel Rumbino in the custody of the Sorong City Police in West Papua.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Almost one third of Indonesian parents and caregivers are doubtful about taking their children for routine immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic for fear of contracting the coronavirus, a recent survey has found.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Jakarta – North Jayapura Community Health Center (Puskesmas) in Jayapura, Papua, has reopened its doors to provide medical services for the public despite being understaffed since a number of health workers contracted the coronavirus.

Jakarta Post Editorial - September 1, 2020

Jakarta – For the umpteenth time since the two institutions broke up as part of sweeping reforms introduced to protect hard-won democracy 20 years ago, Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police personnel have been embroiled in a clash.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 1, 2020

Jakarta has set course to continue "transitioning" away from its lockdown measures despite alarming caseload spikes in recent weeks.

Governor Anies Baswedan on Aug. 27 signed a Gubernatorial Decree (Kepgub) that allows for the automatic extension of the Transitional Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB Transisi) protocol for as long as officials deem necessary.

Green Left Weekly - September 1, 2020

Susan Price – August marked one year since the racist attacks on West Papuan students in Surabaya that sparked a new West Papuan uprising. More than 100,000 people rose up against the racist violence and for West Papuan self-determination. In addition to several rallies in Jakarta, Papuans demonstrated across 40 cities.

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2020

Primus Dorimulu, Bogor – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gave a new timeline for the planned mass vaccination against coronavirus, saying on Monday millions of Indonesian citizens can receive the vaccine in January.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Jakarta – A female junior high school student in West Tanjung Jabung, Jambi, was allegedly locked up and raped multiple times by her own tutor over the course of 20 days.

West Tanjung Jabung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Guntur Saputro said the police had arrested the tutor, identified only as AG.

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2020

Yudha Baskoro, Banten – The Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) is developing a detection kit for coronavirus it claims has the accuracy level of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, the most common method to diagnose Covid-19.

Reuters - September 1, 2020

Yuddy Cahya Budiman and Tommy Ardiansyah, Tangerang, Indonesia – For the residents along Indonesia's Cisadane River, the coronavirus has brought not just deadly disease, but also a deluge of medical waste: a constant stream of syringes, face masks and hazmat suits floating by.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Indonesia aims to begin producing its locally developed COVID-19 vaccine candidate by the middle of 2021, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said during a limited Cabinet meeting at the Bogor Palace, West Java, on Tuesday.

The President claimed the national consortium tasked with developing the potential vaccine was currently in the process of making "vaccine seeds".

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Yunindita Prasidya, Jakarta – The Finance Ministry's State Assets Directorate General (DJKN) has said it will accelerate the disbursement of Rp 20.5 trillion (US$1.4 billion) in state capital injections (PMN) for five state-owned companies.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Depok municipality in West Java will impose a curfew to restrict people's movements in the city after health authorities confirmed a significant surge in the number of COVID-19 cases recently.

Mayor Mohammad Idris said public places such as restaurants, supermarkets and malls could only operate until 6 p.m., while courier services were allowed to operate until 9 p.m.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani claimed on Tuesday that lawmakers maintained transparency when deliberating bills, amid criticism questioning the legislative branch's transparency in the deliberation of some bills.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Indonesia must tighten policies on the advertisement, sale and taxation of tobacco to reduce child smoking, experts have said.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Jakarta – Despite recent reports of overwhelmed COVID-19 hospitals in several regions, the Health Ministry has claimed that the nationwide capacity was still sufficient to accommodate patients.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – Indonesia recorded the lowest inflation in two decades in August as consumer prices fell due to weakening purchasing power, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) announced on Tuesday.

Jakarta Post - September 1, 2020

Wilmar Salim, Bandung – Indonesia saw 5.32 percent economic contraction year-on-year (yoy) during the second quarter due to the impact of COVID-19.

Coconuts Jakarta - September 1, 2020

With domestic tourism slowly taking off and domestic flights are once again in demand, policy makers say they have reason to worry that some airlines are not entirely compliant with health protocols.

Tempo - September 1, 2020

Antara, Jakarta – The North Sumatra expert team member, Dr. Delyuzar said that the number of people exposed to COVID-19 in Indonesia continues to experience a significant rise and argues that it is also driven by the low awareness to follow health protocols, which only increases the risk of broadening the spread of the virus.

CNN Indonesia - September 1, 2020

Jakarta – The acting director general for health services at the Health Ministry, Abdul Kadir, says that Indonesia no longer needs large scale social restrictions (PSBB), despite the fact that the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic is not over yet.

Jakarta Globe - September 1, 2020

Heru Andriyanto, Bogor – Indonesia has a month left to turn things around after experiencing a 5.32 percent contraction in its economy in the second quarter due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo told all 34 governors in a video-teleconference on Tuesday.

August 31, 2020

Coconuts Bali - August 31, 2020

Bali's tourism players are exploring different opportunities to attract more visitors from other parts of Indonesia. In a bid to revive the local economy deeply battered by the pandemic, they are considering slashing prices of flight tickets, promoting hotel vouchers, and arranging promotional gatherings.

Coconuts Jakarta - August 31, 2020

Former air hostess Siwi Widi Purwanti has dropped the defamation charges against online whistleblower @digeeembok, who alleged that she is the mistress of a former airline executive in what was arguably the biggest corporate scandal in Indonesia last year.

Jakarta Globe - August 31, 2020

Heru Andriyanto & Yustinus Paat, Jakarta – Indonesia has seen the toughest month yet in the coronavirus outbreak with daily cases passing the 3,000 mark for the first time and Jakarta also starting to report four-digit daily rises.

Southeast Asia's biggest country has a total of 174,796 cases, including 7,417 deaths, as of Monday.

Jakarta Post - August 31, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Data analysis and IT innovation have been central to Indonesia's COVID-19 response, with cities across the country looking to smart city solutions to help curb the outbreak. However, challenges remain.

Indonesia at Melbourne - August 31, 2020

Wahyudi Akmaliah – Late last week, Indonesian social media users were shocked by the news that two TV stations in Hary Tanoesoedibjo's MNC Group, RCTI and iNews, were challenging the Broadcasting Law in the Constitutional Court.

Jakarta Globe - August 31, 2020

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – The Covid-19 pandemic has encouraged people to increase the purchase of healthy products to boost their immunity against the disease.

According to Megawati Simanjuntak, a lecturer at the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), health products such as nutritious food items are currently in high demand.

Agence France-Presse - August 31, 2020

Timika – Operations have resumed at the world's biggest gold mine in Indonesia, the company that runs it said Saturday, after workers blocked access to the site in protest at being stopped from visiting their families over virus concerns.

Jakarta Post - August 31, 2020

Mardika Parama, Jakarta – High costs for logistics and electricity in Batam are burdensome for business, hampering the government's effort to attract investors to the free trade zone (FTZ) in Riau Islands, business players have said.

Jakarta Post - August 31, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – Several nationwide medical and health organizations have urged the Health Ministry to accelerate the revisions to Government Regulation (PP) No 109/2012 on the safety of addictive ingredients in tobacco products.

Tempo - August 31, 2020

M Rosseno Aji, Jakarta – The National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) Governor, retired military general Agus Widjojo, argues that the attack that targeted East Jakarta's Ciracas Police headquarters is the byproduct of a long-standing bitterness between the National Armed Forces (TNI) and National Police (Polri).

Coconuts Bali - August 31, 2020

Exactly one month after Bali opened its doors to domestic tourism, the province today recorded its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases.

The Bali provincial government reported 129 additional coronavirus cases this afternoon, bringing the provincial tally to 5,207. This includes 705 active cases and 68 deaths.

Tabloid JUBI - August 31, 2020

Makassar, Jubi – Dandhy Dwi Laksono, a journalist who travelled around Indonesia in the Indonesia Biru Expedition in 2015, stated that the doctrine on the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia is Undisputed (NKRI Harga Mati) and nationalism had been instilled in the minds of the young generation from an early age.

Jakarta Post - August 31, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani said the House and the government must immediately discuss the revision to Law No. 4/1984 on communicable disease outbreaks in order to improve the national health system amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jakarta Post - August 31, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia has witnessed 1,928 disasters in 2020 so far, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has reported.

"We had recorded a total of 1,928 disasters across the country as of Aug. 30," BNPB spokesman Raditya Jati said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.

CNN Indonesia - August 31, 2020

Jakarta – The 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), which is part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI) National Anti-Communist Alliance (ANAK), plans to hold joint screenings (nobar) of the film "Betrayal of the September 30 Movement/Indonesian Communist Party" (G30S/PKI). The screenings will be organised simultaneously around the country on September 30.

Tempo - August 31, 2020

Tim Majalah Tempo, Jakarta – The Indonesian presidential palace – in Majalah Tempo's latest headline story – found a number of leads suspecting the involvement of buzzers that are believed to have been intentionally mobilized to reiterate several government agendas.

Jakarta Post - August 31, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA) had said that the use of the word anjay – a euphemistic form of the word anjing (dog), which is often used as a curse word – may be considered a form of criminal "verbal violence". The assertion went viral over the weekend, eliciting parodies and mockery from social media users.

Jakarta Post - August 31, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah and Apriadi Gunawan, Jakarta and Medan – It is known that 100 doctors have died from COVID-19 as the number of cases and fatalities across the archipelago continue to mount, according to the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).