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March 31, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Norman Harsono, Jakarta – Indonesia's largest thermal coal miner, PT Bumi Resources, booked a US$6.84 million profit in 2019, down 97 percent from $220.4 million in the previous year partly due to falling coal prices and higher fuel-related costs.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Made Anthony Iswara, Jakarta – South Korean industrial conglomerate LG, known for its electronics subsidiary LG Electronics, will donate 50,000 diagnostic test kits from the Asian country to help the government handle the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 31, 2020

Diana Mariska, Jakarta – The government is still preparing a regulation on the annual Idul Fitri exodus, or mudik, during the Covid-19 outbreak, the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, said.

"We're going to have one last meeting before reporting the result to President Joko Widodo," Luhut said on Tuesday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The government, the House of Representatives and the General Elections Commission (KPU) have agreed to delay the 2020 regional election amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The World Bank has called on the government to prioritize financial incentives for households and businesses to soften their economic pain as COVID-19 requires drastic action that includes strict physical distancing and travel restrictions.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
The Interpreter - March 31, 2020

Michael Leach – In late January, Timor-Leste's governing alliance collapsed after the largest coalition party, Xanana Gusmao's CNRT, abstained on the government budget, leading to the resignation of the Prime Minister Taur Matan Ruak.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Ghina Ghaliya, Jakarta – The NasDem Party, which is part of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo's government coalition, has called on the House of Representatives to begin deliberating the omnibus bills on job creation and taxation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Immigration & Border Security
Bloomberg - March 31, 2020

Rieka Rahadiana, Jakarta – Indonesia barred foreign nationals from entering the country as the world's fourth-most populous country stepped up efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Economy & Investment
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Adrian Wail Akhlas, Jakarta – The World Bank has estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will significantly slow Indonesia's economic growth this year and may throw millions of people into poverty.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Village & Rural Life
Bloomberg - March 31, 2020

Eko Listiyorini, Jakarta – Indonesia plans to mobilize volunteers to fight the spread of coronavirus in coastal villages and the vast hinterlands of the archipelago with part of a $4.4 billion rural budget to be used to fund the initiative.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Eisya A. Eloksari, Jakarta – A new report shows that netizens in Indonesia are becoming more supportive of the idea to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus with local lockdowns.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Indonesia's second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, has issued a circular advising Muslims to perform tarawih (a night prayer during the fasting month of Ramadan) at home should the COVID-19 pandemic show no sign of improving in the coming month.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Criminal Justice & Legal System
Reuters - March 31, 2020

Stanley Widianto, Jakarta – Indonesia is set to release about 30,000 prisoners early as the Southeast Asian nation seeks to avoid a possible surge in coronavirus infections in its overcrowded prisons.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Population & Migration
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Jakarta – The 2020 national online population census is to be extended until May 29 as a mere 12 percent of the needed data was gathered by the March 31 deadline, with the door-to-door census also delayed as the country struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Kompas.com - March 31, 2020

Tsarina Maharani, Jakarta – A number of civil society organisations are urging the House of Representatives (DPR) and the government to cancel deliberations on the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation, bearing in mind that in the midst of the corona virus epidemic it would not be able to effectively deliberate the legislation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Corruption & Abuse of Power
Mongabay - March 31, 2020

Ian Morse, Kokoe, Indonesia – For years, this eastern Indonesian village of fishermen and seaweed farmers simmered with anger over the pollution of its coastline by a nickel mining company.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Suherdjoko, Semarang – A recovered COVID-19 patient in Central Java has recounted his experience fighting the disease and called on the general public to protect each other's health by not going back to their hometowns for the Idul Fitri mudik (exodus).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Jakarta – The Civil Society Coalition for Reform on the Security Sector is calling on the government to refrain from declaring a civil emergency or martial law as part of its efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – If Indonesia does not step up its current COVID-19 control measures, the country might have to deal with a "collapsed" healthcare system and hundreds of thousands of deaths, as shown by a projection by the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) and the University of Indonesia's (UI) public health experts.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Jakarta – Acting transportation minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has indefinitely postponed the Jakarta Transportation Agency's policy to temporarily halt interprovincial bus operations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Asip Hasani and Apriadi Gunawan, Trenggalek, East Java and Medan, North Sumatra – A number of cities and regencies have restricted access to main roads as local administrations brace for large-scale social restrictions previously mandated by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to curb the rapid spread of COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› People & Places
Jakarta Globe - March 31, 2020

Jakarta – Billionaire, former Trade and Industry Minister under Soeharto's New Order – also famous for being the dictator's golf buddy – and Indonesian Athletics Federation chairman Bob Hasan died on Tuesday morning at the age of 89 at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Parliament & Legislation
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Jakarta – Working from home (WFH) may be effective in slowing down the spread of COVID-19, but for many in the informal sector with no regular income, this means the loss of their source of income. No work simply means no pay.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Jakarta and Medan – Some nearby residents oppose the burial of a person with COVID-19 at the Bedahan Public Cemetery in Sawangan district in Depok, West Java claiming that the Depok administration had not been transparent over the condition of the deceased.

News ›› West Papua ›› OPM & Armed Resistance
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Apriza Pinandita, Jakarta – The Indonesian Embassy in Wellington has expressed its deepest condolences over the shooting incident that left a New Zealander employee of the gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia in Papua dead and in which several Indonesian staff were also wounded.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – The Indonesian government should prioritize "human rights principles" in its handling of the tens of thousands of migrant workers returning to the country because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, labor rights advocacy group Migrant CARE has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Mining & Energy
Mongabay - March 31, 2020

Hans Nicholas Jong, Jakarta – Mining companies in Indonesia are among those being hit by weakened demand as the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the global economy. But the environmental reprieve as a result of the halt in activity may soon be shattered by an even more voracious demand for coal and other minerals once the worst of the outbreak is over, activists say.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Arya Dipa, Bandung – Sukabumi city in West Java has been announced as a new COVID-19 cluster and the epicenter of the spread of the virus in the province, following thousands of rapid tests that were conducted by the provincial administration recently.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Political Parties & Elections
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Margareth S. Aritonang, Jakarta – Postponing this year's regional elections was the most viable option to avoid COVID-19 from further spreading to rural areas, Indonesia's elections authority has said, as reports emerged that election organizers have also caught the disease and stakeholders moved to delay the polls.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Jakarta Post - March 31, 2020

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has raised concerns over an increase in imported COVID-19 cases as migrants workers are expected to return from abroad for Idul Fitri. He has ordered regional leaders to take preventive measures to stop the further spread of the highly contagious respiratory disease.

March 30, 2020

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Budi Sutrisno, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has ordered his Cabinet to impose stricter rules on physical distancing coupled with "civil emergency policies" in an effort to contain the worsening COVID-19 outbreak.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Immigration & Border Security
Asia Pacific Report - March 30, 2020

Elias Nanau in Vanimo (Pacific Media Watch) – Indonesia has issued a stern warning over illegal border crossers from Papua New Guinea.

This follows Indonesia stepping up its security measures at the border in response to the global Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

News ›› East Timor ›› Health & Education
Tempo Timor - March 30, 2020

Dili – The COVID-19 patient, who is the first and only confirmed case in Timor-Leste, has recovered without taking any medication, the director-general of health services, Odete da Silva Viegas, confirmed in the Dili Convention Center, on Sunday (29 Mar 2020).

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Kompas.com - March 30, 2020

Tsarina Maharani, Jakarta – The Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) has conveyed six demands to the House of Representatives (DPR) which will open its legislative sitting session today. One of the demands is asking the DPR to cancel the deliberations on the Draft Omnibus Law on Job Creation.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 30, 2020

Nur Yasmin, Jakarta – Defying the central government's stance that a nationwide lockdown was not an option for Indonesia, six regions declared a local quarantine on Monday – Tegal, Tasikmalaya, Papua, Makassar, Ciamis and Jakarta.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Riza Roidila Mufti, Jakarta – Transportation operators have pledged to support the government's plan to ban mudik [exodus] during the Idul Fitri holiday this year to curb the spread of COVID-19 but have said that policies are needed to protect small-scale transportation businesses.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - March 30, 2020

Leave it to traditional Indonesian ghosts to guard your neighborhood during a self-imposed isolation amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Transport & Communication
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Jakarta – Despite calls from President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to limit travel across regional borders in an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, there are not yet any restrictions on traveling into or out of Jakarta, according to the Jakarta Police.

All toll roads in the city will continue to operate normally, Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus has said.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Nedi Putra AW, Malang – Academics and volunteers at the Muhammadiyah University of Malang (UMM) in East Java have developed a safety chamber to allow medical workers to examine patients while minimizing their potential exposure to COVID-19.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesian textile factories are making changes to their production line by producing protective gear for medical personnel and a local start-up is producing test kits to support the nation's battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, producing medical-grade supplies comes with major challenges.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Banking & Finance
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Riska Rahman, Jakarta – Indonesian stocks hit another circuit breaker on Monday morning, the sixth time this month, as the main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), plunged by 5 percent after last week's rally.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah, Jakarta – The rapid spread of COVID-19 has impacted as many as 30 provinces, with capital Jakarta identified as the outbreak's epicenter. Calls for the immediate implementation of stringent emergency protocols, such as regional quarantines, have mounted as the public health emergency continues unabated with over 1,200 cases and counting.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Tourism & Hospitality
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020
Fadli, Jakarta – At least nine hotels in Batam, Riau Islands, are suspending operations at the end March amid a lack of visitors following lockdowns imposed in major tourism markets, such as Singapore and Malaysia.

The chairman of the Batam chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), Muhammad Mansur, said the closure was temporary for some of the hotels, while

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Business Times - March 30, 2020

Jakarta – Indonesia may soon quarantine almost 30 million people in its capital and surrounding areas to curb the spread of the coronavirus that's killed more than 100 people in the world's fourth-most populous nation.

Police and transport officials conducted drills on limiting the movement of people from the Greater Jakarta area at the weekend, the Jakarta Post reported.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Coconuts Jakarta - March 30, 2020

A couple of videos showing people donning hazmat suits at a supermarket in Jakarta has gone viral over the weekend, sparking anger from netizens and at least one government official amid a crucial shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients across Indonesia.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Globe - March 30, 2020

Tara Marchelin, Jakarta – An expert team from the government's Covid-19 Task Force, headed by Professor Wiku Adisasmito, said on Monday that disinfectant – which Indonesians have been spraying everywhere to sterilize sites and people from coronavirus – can't effectively protect humans from the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Sausan Atika, Jakarta – Home to more than 10 million people, Indonesia's capital is already the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, but it may have to deal with a six-fold increase in infections that experts say the city administration would not be ready to handle.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Labour & Migrant Workers
Tempo - March 30, 2020

Yogi Eka Sahputra, Riau – Thousands of Indonesian migrant workers from Malaysia landed in Riau Islands after Malaysia was put on lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Free Trade & Neoliberalism
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Ivany Atina Arbi, Jakarta – Civil society groups have urged the House of Representatives to halt the deliberation of a controversial omnibus bill and focus on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country during its current sitting session, which was opened on Monday.

News ›› Indonesia ›› Health & Education
Jakarta Post - March 30, 2020

Rizki Fachriansyah and Ardila Syakriah, Jakarta – The Communications and Information Ministry, in collaboration with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry, has developed a mobile app that enables users to compile data related to the spread of COVID-19 in their communities and help bolster the government's efforts to trace and track confirmed cases, as well as suspected patien