Daily Archives: June 2, 2020

President reviews Istiqlal Mosque’s preparations for new normal


Jakarta President Joko Widodo examined the readiness of Istiqlal Mosque to apply standard procedures for the new normal.

“This morning I returned to Istiqlal Mosque to review the progress in the massive renovation of Istiqlal Mosque,” President Widodo stated at the courtyard of Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta on Tuesday.

President Widodo, in a blue mask, toured the mosque and its courtyard in the company of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) Minister Basuki Hadimuljono and Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar.

“To date, the renovation has reached 90 percent completion. God Willing, renovation will be completed in early July,” the president stated.

The head of state acknowledged that the renovation of Istiqlal Mosque did not proceed as expected owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The president noted that the Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque will take the decision on reopening the largest mosque in Indonesia after renovation.

“We have yet to decide on whether to reopen Istiqlal Mosque. Based on information from Istiqlal Mosque’s Grand Imam Prof. Nasaruddin, Istiqlal Mosque is planned to be opened in July. The decision is taken by the grand imam of Istiqlal Mosque,” the president remarked. The president also emphasized the need for Istiqlal Mosque to make requisite preparations to apply health protocols established by the government for the opening of houses of worship during the new normal period.

Places of worship are required to follow 11 rules if they plan to conduct religious activities, with the first being to prepare officers to conduct and oversee the implementation of health protocols at places of worship.

The second rule pertains to conducting periodic cleaning and disinfection of places of worship.

The third rule calls to limit the number of doors and lanes in and out of the places of worship to facilitate the application and supervision of health protocols, while the fourth rule necessitates the provision of handwashing, soap, and hand sanitizer facilities at entry and exit points of places of worship.

The fifth rule entails providing temperature screening tools at the entrances of houses of worship. If the body temperature of a worshiper is found to be higher than 37.5 degrees Celsius after checking twice within a five-minute gap, then entry will not be allowed into the house of worship.

The sixth rule involves applying distance restrictions by applying special markings on the floors and seating arrangements, with a minimum distance of one meter, while the seventh rule calls to make arrangements for the number of worshipers congregating at the same time to ensure adherence to the minimum required distance between them.

The eighth rule necessitates cutting short the time of worship without reducing provisions for fulfilling all worship-related activities.

The ninth rule is to put up an appeal for the application of health protocols in places of worship at locations that are easily visible.

The 10th rule involves making a statement of readiness to apply the prescribed, while the 11th rule calls to implement health protocols specifically for the congregation of guests coming from outside the house of worship.



Source: Antara News



Citilink resumes operations with new normal procedures amid COVID-19

Jakarta Low-cost airline Citilink Indonesia resumed operations by serving 104 flights following the government’s decision to apply the new normal procedures, as of June 1, 2020.

“Today, Citilink resumes its services, with 104 regular flights to 21 cities by implementing the new normal procedures and continuing to prioritize the aspects of passenger safety, health, and comfort,” Citilink President Director Juliandra noted in a statement here on Tuesday.

During the pre-flight phase, Citilink worked in close collaboration with the Port Health Office (KKP) and the local Task Force for Acceleration of COVID-19 Response at each airport to inspect and verify the completeness of passenger documents.

Citilink has ensured that air passengers are in good health by necessitating them to present a COVID-19-free certificate issued on the basis of results of PCR test or rapid tests.

Citilink has also made preparations to ascertain that proper distancing is maintained between passengers queuing for check-in and provided web check-in facilities or a self-check-in machine at the airport. In addition, Citilink implements a new boarding management practice to adjust the distance in a queue during the boarding process to avoid passenger congestion.

Citilink applies new standards aboard flights by adjusting the seating arrangements. Furthermore, all passengers and crew are required to always wear masks, and the airline has provided hand sanitizers.

Other arrangements entail the process of serving food and beverages by following hygienic procedures and replacing printed inflight magazines with electronic inflight magazines.

In the post-flight phase, Citilink has made preparations to adjust the distance during baggage collection in the area of arrival by conducting continued inspection and matching procedures for the checked baggage.

In order to maintain aircraft cabin cleanliness and sterilization, Citilink also disinfects all aircraft operating daily in accordance with the applicable procedures and provides the fleet with a High Efficiency Particulate Arrestor (HEPA) air filter system to filter out dust and various air pollutants, including viruses and bacteria.

“Citilink will continue to conduct intensive coordination with all relevant stakeholders and conduct strict supervision across all lines of the company’s operations to provide the best possible service by prioritizing passenger comfort and health,” Juliandra added.



Source: Antara News


Development of MSMEs still likely amid COVID-19: Minister Masduki

Jakarta Minister of Cooperatives and Small and Medium Enterprises Teten Masduki projected that cooperatives and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) were still likely to develop in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I see several SMEs adapting and doing business to align with new demands. I am optimistic that MSMEs would always remain flexible and dynamic to tap new business opportunities,” Masduki noted in his statement on Tuesday.

The minister pointed to a change in consumer behavior during the COVID-19 emergency and the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in some areas.

Recorded sales in e-commerce from March 2020 continue to rise to 18 percent.

“This is amazing. The stay-at-home policy encourages the sales of primary necessities, where the food and beverage requirements of the community during the PSBB from MSMEs rose 52.6 percent, while school needs rose 34 percent. The requirement for personal protective equipment, such as masks and hand sanitizers, also grew by 29 percent,” Masduki noted.

However, Masduki acknowledged that MSMEs connected with this online market reached only some 13 percent, or around eight million business operators.

In the meantime, the remaining 70 percent are not yet connected since they lack basic infrastructure, including minimal literacy.

The minister called for greater e-commerce penetration, so that MSME products are increasingly sold in the online market and not solely dominated by imported products.

Furthermore, MSMEs not yet connected to the financing system will be able to directly enter the relaxation program. Thus, later on, all SMEs can be connected to the financing system.



Source: Antara News

Indonesia announces cancellation of Hajj pilgrimage 2020 amid COVID-19


Jakarta The Indonesian government announced its decision to not send Hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The government has decided to not send Hajj pilgrims in 2020/1441 Hijriah,” Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi noted during a virtual press conference on Hajj pilgrimage here on Tuesday.

The Hajj pilgrimage stands cancelled in accordance with Religious Affairs Minister Regulation No. 494 of 2020 as the safety and health of pilgrims must be prioritized, right from their departure to during the course of the pilgrimage and upon their return to the country.

“This is a bitter and tough decision to take. We have made all-out efforts, but on the other hand, we are accountable for the protection of Hajj pilgrims,” he stated.

The decision was taken on the basis of a comprehensive study conducted by a team of the ministry and after consultation with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI).

Saudi Arabia is yet to give Hajj access to any country in the world. Hence, the government is left with little time to prepare the services and protection for Hajj pilgrims, Razi stated.

“The decision is applicable to all Indonesian citizens, whether for regular Hajj pilgrimage or special Hajj or mujamalah with invitation (from Saudi Arabia Kingdom),” the minister explained.

As the world’s largest Muslim nation, Indonesia was offered the highest quota for this year’s Hajj and would be sending 221 thousand pilgrims to Mecca if it is not canceled.

Nearly 2.5 million pilgrims, of which 75 percent were from abroad, performed Hajj in 2019.

Saudi Arabia that reported 87,142 cases and 525 deaths until now has suspended the year-round Umrah, or minor Hajj, in March.

Saudi authorities imposed a curfew for the five days of holidays for Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan, starting from May 23.



Source: Antara News



Government plans to establish new food estate in Central Kalimantan

Jakarta The government has planned to establish a new food estate in the country to ascertain sufficient food supplies for the public as part of the implementation of the National Strategic Program (PSN).

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto noted in a statement here on Tuesday that the new food estate will be located in Pulang Pisau District in Central Kalimantan.

“All parties will be involved in the program. This will be a sustainable program that will benefit the nation,” Hartarto remarked.

Development of the food estate has become part of the government’s National Strategic Program to be implemented within the next three years.

The Ministry of Villages, Development of Disadvantage Regions and Transmigration stated that the agriculture intensification program will cover 10,594 hectares of transmigration area in 55 villages.

Minister of Agrarian Affairs and Spatial Planning Sofyan A. Djalil highlighted the need for further survey and mapping in the region designed as a food estate.

“The survey must involve ministries and institutions. To determine the boundary of forest area, we must be accompanied by the related institution to identify the limit,” Djalil stated.

Furthermore, the minister noted that the Geospatial Information Agency (BIG) and National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan) will have to furnish the basic map to view the region’s agricultural data.

Djalil was optimistic that the food estate would become a sustainable program. Moreover, he suggested to establish a Project Management Office (PMO).

“I think the program can run well, but as a precautionary measure against any hindrance, we need to establish a PMO. With the establishment of this PMO, we hope to see no failed project,” Djalil affirmed.



Source: Antara News