Regional govts permitted to announce confirmed COVID-19 casesMonday, 16 Mar 2020
GENERAL NEWS AND HEADLINES
After previously attempting to centralize all COVID-19-related information with the central government to avoid the spread of false news, regional administrations are now permitted to announce any confirmed COVID-19 cases in their respective regions, as the virus continues to spread.
“We leave it up to the respective regional heads to publicize any confirmed cases, ethically of course, without disclosing their identities,” said Achmad Yurianto, the government’s COVID-19 spokesperson.
Jokowi to hold virtual Cabinet meeting to prevent spread of COVID-19
As a measure taken to prevent the further spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is planning to hold an online Cabinet meeting.
Jokowi carried out a trial meeting earlier on Monday, with pictures of the conference circulating through various social media platforms. The mock meeting was attended by several ministers, including Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali, National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.
City-wide transport restrictions cause buildup at Transjakarta, MRT stations
The Jakarta Post (https://tinyurl.com/vphrb78)
A restriction on the operational hours of public transportation imposed by Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 appears to have backfired, with large crowds and long lines building up at Transjakarta and MRT Jakarta stations across the capital on Monday.
City-owned bus operator Transjakarta is operating only 13 of its 248 routes, with 20-minute headway expected for each bus. As a result, long lines began to accumulate at stations, stretching onto the streets at sidewalks.
Dividers are provided at bus stations so that passengers can stand at a distance from one another. Transjakarta said it would also adjust the distance between seats inside its buses to minimize contact between passengers. However, pictures spreading on social media have shown commuters — many wearing face masks — squeezing into packed buses and stations.
KPK optimistic court will reject Nurhadi’s pretrial
Media Indonesia (https://tinyurl.com/qn5ot4f)
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is optimistic that the South Jakarta District Court (PN) will reject a pretrial motion requested by former Supreme Court secretary Nurhadi, whose lawsuit will be concluded on Monday.
The antigraft body is confident it will win the case after finding that evidence submitted by Nurhadi’s legal team was dismissible. Moreover, the issuance of Supreme Court Circulate No. 1/2018 prohibits pretrial requests for suspects who have fled and those included on the most-wanted list (DPO).
Nurhadi, who is still at large, was named a suspect in December for allegedly accepting bribes amounting to Rp 46 billion (US$3.2 million) in connection to three cases handled by the country’s highest court between 2011 and 2016.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS NEWS AND HEADLINES
Indonesia records $2.34 billion trade surplus as exports recover
CNBC Indonesia, (https://tinyurl.com/ssf373a); Bisnis Indonesia, (https://tinyurl.com/ugq7z4p, https://tinyurl.com/r3udo9k); Kontan, (https://tinyurl.com/vsq5ufn); Investor Daily, (https://tinyurl.com/r6ozxjw)
Indonesia recorded a US$2.34 billion trade surplus last February beating market projections of a $91 million surplus as compiled by CNBC Indonesia. According to Statistics Indonesia’s (BPS) deputy for statistics distribution and service Yunita Rusanti, the surplus was due to a strong recovery in non-oil and gas exports, which grew by 14.64 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $13.12 billion. Overall, the country’s exports increased by 11 percent yoy to $13.94 billion. At the same time, imports fell by 5.11 percent yoy to $11.6 billion.
The Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) was off to a bad start today, plunging more than 2 percent on opening following the United States Federal Reserve’s announcement of a second emergency rate cut by 100 basis points (bps) to the range of 0 to 0.25 percent and a spike in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia. Meanwhile, the rupiah fell further on Monday morning to Rp 14,865 per US dollar, depreciating 0.59 percent to a level unseen since November 2018.
OJK shuts down 388 illegal fintech platforms
CNBC Indonesia, (https://tinyurl.com/t76ewmg)
The Financial Services Authority’s (OJK) investment alert task force has shut down 388 unregistered peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms. Including the 120 financial technology (fintech) platforms shut down in January, the task force has closed 508 illegal fintech platforms year-to-date (ytd). Last year, it closed down 2,406 illegal fintech companies.
EdTech platforms Ruangguru and Zenius are supporting the government’s policy of limiting the COVID-19 outbreak through online learning from home by improving students’ access to online learning materials. Zenius has decided to open up access to its 80,000 learning videos for free. Ruangguru is cooperating with Telkomsel to provide free mobile internet quotas of up to 30 gigabytes to students so they can access all features in Ruangguru’s platform at lower cost.Download PDF