Daily Archives: May 10, 2020

Surabaya not to extend driving permits of PSBB violators

Surabaya, E Java (ANTARA) – The East Java provincial government has threatened it would not extend the driving licenses of drivers and motorists for another six months if they violate large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Greater Surabaya.

“Those violating (PSBB) will not be served to extend SIM (driving licenses) and apply for SKCK (police clearance letter),” East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa said at the Grahadi State Building here on Saturday.

The first phase of PSBB in Greater Surabaya, covering the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya and the districts of Sidoarjo and Gresik, will end on May 11, 2020. But, it will most likely be extended by another 14 days: from May 12 to May 25, 2020.

The decision to extend PSBB will be based on the result of the epidemiology study, which still shows a high rate of COVID-19 transmission in the region.

In the second phase of PSBB, the local authorities will likely take more stringent action against violators.

During the first phase of PSBB, the local authorities have shown some leniency towards violators, the Governor pointed out.

“The (first) phase (will) end (soon) and thereafter, violators of PSBB will be dealt with directly. The key to the success of PSBB is that residents remain disciplined, comply with (regulations), and do not underestimate the spread of COVID-19,” Khofifah averred.

Under the first phase of PSBB, the Surabaya city authorities and police have stopped numerous car drivers and motorists from entering the city’s limits by setting up 17 checkpoints, established to enforce the restrictions, head of the Supervision and Control Unit of the Surabaya City Government’s Transportation Office, Tunjung Iswandaru, remarked recently.

“We have stopped several car drivers and motorcyclists and sent them back to their places of origin,” he informed.

To break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, the Health Ministry had allowed the Surabaya city government to impose large-scale social restrictions and distancing measures from April 28, 2020.

As part of the coronavirus countermeasures, the Surabaya city administration has also instructed offices and companies to close temporarily or face sanctions.



Source: Antara News



Didi Kempot, ‘The Godfather of Broken Heart’, and why he matters


For many, Didi Kempot, the popular campursari singer who passed away this week at the age of 53, will remain the voice of comfort for those going through a heartbreak or a rough patch in their relationship. In a career spanning over 30 years, Didi Kempot released more than 700 campursari songs for the lovelorn and broken-hearted, weaving all kinds of sad stories about people losing the love of their lives. Campursari, which originated in Central Java, is a song genre combining traditional Javanese and modern pop instruments.

Though he was celebrated not only by the Javanese, but also non-Javanese and people living overseas, mainly in the Netherlands and Suriname, Didi Kempot only released songs in Javanese language as, for him, music had a universal value that could touch people’s hearts regardless of language, race, and nationality.

In 1984, Didi started his career in the music industry as a busker in Solo city, Central Java Province. With five of his friends, Dani Pelo, Rian Penthul, Comet, Hari Gempil, and Mamat Kuncung, Didi formed a street band named Kempot, or the”Sidewalk Buskers’ Group” (Kelompok Pengamen Trotoar). Three years later, Didi tried his luck in the country’s capital city, Jakarta, by joining a group of buskers in Slipi, West Jakarta.

Didi could have taken an easier route to launch his career: his father, Ranto Edi Gudel, was a famous comedian in Solo, while his mother, Umiyati Siti Nurjanah, was a traditional Javanese singer from Ngawi, Central Java. Meanwhile, Didi’s late older brother, Mamiek Prakoso, was also a comedian with a renowned Srimulat group.

However, Didi was determined to make a mark on his own and become a singer. So, he dropped out of high school, sold his bicycle, and bought a guitar. Although he faced hardships, starting off as a busker, in 1989, Didi got an opportunity to sign a music label and released his first hit: Cidro, a Javanese word for pain or injury.

The song tells a story of a broken-hearted romantic whose lover chose someone else, although the two made a promise to stay together. Loosely translated into English, it goes: “Don’t you remember? Our hearts blossoms. What choice do I have? It’s my fate to get hurt like this. My heart breaks as I remember her promise. Never would I have thought it was all sweet but meant nothing.”

Short after its release, Cidro gained huge success not only in Indonesia, but also in the Netherlands and Suriname, as the song brought back memories of their hometowns among the Javanese diaspora living overseas. In some interviews, Didi would say his songs were better known in Suriname than in his home country.

Since 1989 until today, the song remains popular, mainly among millenials, a younger generation of Didi Kempot’s fans, who call themselves “sad boys” and “sad girls”. They have also dubbed Didi Kempot as the “godfather of broken heart”, a more catchy epithet that appears to have never crossed the minds of older Didi fans.

Source: Antara News


Indonesia Warned Of Possible Second Wave Of COVID-19 As Restrictions Loosened


JAKARTA Following a decision made by Indonesia’s Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, to allow all passenger transportation modes, the government has been warned of a possible second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The warning is reasonable as the number of people positive for the COVID-19 in Indonesia is on the rise.

The government on Saturday announced 533 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 13,645, and 16 new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 959.

Indonesian President, Joko Widodo, recently said, there are 24 percent of people who insist on returning to their hometowns.

Using last year’s figure of people going back to hometowns which totaled about 23 million as mentioned by the transportation ministry lately, 24 percent of the figure is about 5.7 million.

The president himself said at a recent limited cabinet meeting that the figure is still too many in terms of the risk of more people probably contracting the COVID-19.

Economic observer with the Center of Reform on Economics Yusuf Rendy Manilet has reminded the government that the relaxation of public and business transportation to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 would have the potential for the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia.

He suggested that the government be prudent in making such a decision as the trend of the number of people positive for COVID-19 still continues to increase.

“The loosening policy is feared to cause the second wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. The fact that the number of COVID-19 patients has yet to decrease shows that Indonesia is unable yet to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 trend,” he told local media on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the United Development Party Faction at the House of Representatives, Achmad Baidowi, said that the decision to allow all transportation modes to operate would make efforts to contain COVID-19 in a number of areas in Indonesia ineffective.

The mobility of people from one to other cities would make the current policy on social distancing and physical distancing unproductive, he said.

He also called on the government to seriously heed the returns of Indonesian migrant workers within this month for fear that they may carry the novel coronavirus.

Widodo has ordered authorities to make strides to prevent a possible second wave of COVID-19 infection from the coming tens of thousands of migrant workers and ship crew members as at least 16,000 Indonesian migrants will come home as of this month.

The government was expected to impose the first phase of the relaxation of the large-scale social restrictions on June 1, 2020, before all economic activities are expectedly open by the end of July, 2020.

The next phase would include an effort to lessen the restrictions on office activities in stages until the situation returns to normalcy.

“Amid the current pandemic, we must be able to live up to a condition until an effective vaccine is found,” the head of state said.

The Indonesian government continues to curb the number of new COVID-19 cases. At any cost, Widodo has had the target of flattening the curve of new COVID-19 patients achieved within this May.


Source: NAM News Network

Press Briefing of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Regarding the Recent Development of the ABK / WNI Chinese Fishing Vessels on May 10, 2020

The Center Hotel

Assalamualaikum Wr. Wb.

Respected Media Friends …

Thank you for participating in today’s press briefing.

I will submit a few updates related to Indonesian crew members who work on several Chinese ships.

First … I can say that our 14 Indonesian crew arrived in Jakarta on May 8, 2020, at 15.15 safely.

Before departure from Incheon Airport, I had a telephone conversation with them, to:

  • ask about their health; and
  • ask them to be able to give an explanation of what they experienced while working on the ships.

Information from these crews will be very important … for us to follow up this case with the company.

Secondly … 1 crew with special initials EP who was sick at Busan hospital has also arrived, along with the 14 crew members. The body has been flown …

  • from Jakarta yesterday at 12:42 to Kuala Namu
  • today (May 10) it is planned that the body will be brought to the funeral home.

I also spoke with the late EP’s father at noon today and directly conveyed my deepest grief. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs team will also meet with the family to bring the personal belongings of the deceased.

Besides that … I have also told the deceased father that the Government will work hard so that the rights of the deceased that have not been fulfilled … can be immediately resolved by the Company.

Third … on May 9, 2020, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Beijing had a meeting again with the Asian Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China …

  • The meeting was also a follow-up to the Foreign Ministry’s talks with the Chinese Ambassador last Thursday.
  • From the meeting of the Indonesian Ambassador in Beijing with the Asian Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PRC, the PRC Government stated that they paid special attention to the ABK incident and were conducting an investigation of Chinese fishing companies that employed Indonesian ABK.

Fourth … on this afternoon also … I had a direct meeting with 14 of our crew members … to get back information about what they experienced while working on the Chinese ship.

Some preliminary information obtained:

  • First … there are salary issues. Some of them have not received any salary at all. Others receive salaries but do not match the figures mentioned in the contract they signed.
  • Another thing … other information that I got from them was about inhuman working hours. On average they experience more than 18 hours of work per day.

These ABK statements are very useful … to be matched with information that we have already received. There is a lot of information that has been confirmed … but there is also new information that can complement the initial information that we have received.

I can also say that … before meeting with ABK, I also met with Bareskrim investigators … who were investigating this case.

Of course … the search will not only be taken from the information of the crew … but also from other parties involved.

Fifth … going forward there are some things we will do, including:

  • First … ensuring the rights of ABK / Indonesian citizens are fulfilled.
  • Second … this case will also be followed up decisively through a parallel legal process by both the Chinese and Indonesian authorities;
  • Third … Indonesia will maximize the use of legal cooperation mechanisms with the Chinese authorities in the resolution of this case;
  • Fourth … Indonesia has and will continue to ask the Chinese authorities to provide good cooperation with Indonesian authorities … once again, in the context of resolving this case.

Respected media friends …

Before I close, once again I want to emphasize that:

  • First … we condemn the inhumane treatment experienced by our crews while working on Chinese-owned vessels. Based on information or information from the ABK, then this treatment has injured human rights.
  •  Second … The government has a very high commitment to resolve this problem completely, including improving governance in the upstream.

Thus, friends, that I can convey …. thank you.

Wassalamualaikum Wr. Wb.



Source: Ministry of Industry Republic of Indonesia


164 Indonesian Migrant Workers Returning from Kuwait


Kuwait City, Kuwait – A total of 164 citizens who are of Indonesian Migrant Workers (PMI) had gone to the country with a special flight funded by the Government of Kuwait in the framework of the amnesty program and labor repatriation overstayers in Kuwait (10.05.2020). Based on the records of the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait City, only 79 are  overstayers , as many as 85 people still have a valid residence permit.

“Of the 164 Indonesian citizens who returned today, indeed not all of them were overstayers, some still had a residence permit but decided to go home because they had already terminated their work contracts or stopped working due to the impact of COVID-19,” said the Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait, Tri Tharyat.

The program was enthusiastically welcomed by PMI in Kuwait who felt quite the impact of the Kuwaiti government’s stringent policies facing COVID-19. Warid, a PMI from Subang said he was grateful he and his wife had the opportunity to return to Indonesia. “I have not worked as a therapist since February, our place of work has not been allowed to open since the first time there were restrictions due to COVID-19,” he said.

The return process of the Indonesian citizens was assisted by the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait related to data collection and pickup especially for Indonesian citizens living in areas affected by total quarantine ( loopdown) ). “We send a team to pick up directly so that the process on the field runs smoothly. “In addition, we also provide them with certificates as a reference for officers in Indonesia so that they can continue their journey to their respective regions,” said Fachruddin Hasan, Coordinator of Protocol and Consular Functions in the Indonesian Embassy in Kuwait.

This amnesty program is one of the Kuwaiti Government’s efforts to reduce the continued impact of COVID-19. The Kuwaiti government finances the return of the foreigners and frees them from overstayed fines . The overstayer for  foreigners is considered to be one of the most economically vulnerable groups facing the strict Kuwaiti Government’s rule of handling COVID-19.



Source: Ministry of Industry Republic of Indonesia