Category Archives: Internal Affairs

Minister envisages three scenarios if COVID-19 prolongs till 2021

 

Medan, North Sumatra (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s Home Affairs Minister Tito Karnavian divulged details on the country’s three scenarios in dealing with COVID-19 if the pandemic were to prolong until 2021.

“I envisage three scenarios if this pandemic continues until 2021,” he remarked during a meeting with religious and community leaders of North Sumatra here on the night of Thursday (July 2).

The first scenario is to develop a vaccine. Once the vaccine for the disease is available, two-thirds of the population must be inoculated. Two vaccine ampoules will be required in the process, with the first being the initial vaccine while the second, a booster.

Mass production and distribution will commence once the vaccine is developed, he stated.

“It should first be distributed to regions where the vaccination will be conducted. It means that the process would take time. Some parties even forecast that if it (the vaccine) is available in mid-2021, the vaccination might be completed in 2022,” he pointed out.

The second scenario is finding a golden medication, or panacea, for COVID-19, while the third scenario is herd immunity. However, he is upbeat that the third scenario would not be necessary.

“The third scenario is to let people become infected. Those with a strong immunity will survive, while the weak ones will fall sick or might die. This is certainly a scenario that we do not expect,” he explained.

Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD, North Sumatra Governor Edy Rahmayadi, and North Sumatra Deputy Governor Musa Rajekshah were among those present at the meeting.

 

Source: ANTARA News

Jokowi instructs police to assist in creating productive society

Jakarta: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) instructed the National Police to help maintain discipline among people in following preventive measures as necessitated by the government’s COVID-19 protocols to create a productive, safe society amid the ongoing pandemic.

The police are also requested to support the country’s economic recovery process in line with their authority and accountability, President Jokowi remarked during the commemoration of the 74th anniversary of National Police Day on Wednesday.

“I deliver several instructions as the National Police’s guidelines in conducting duties,” President Jokowi remarked while chairing the virtual commemorative event organized from the State Palace in Jakarta.

President Jokowi also ordered the police to continue their internal reformation to build a professional, modern, and trusted workplace culture and to strengthen synergic ties with the Indonesian military, government agencies, and communities.

In handling social problems in communities, he instructed the National Police to prioritize a persuasive and humanistic approach and to serve the public in a professional, transparent, and fair manner to win the public’s trust.

During the anniversary of National Police Day, Ahmad Sahroni, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal, human rights, and security affairs, urged the police to bolster their capabilities in handling cybercrimes.

However, Sahroni lauded the police’s performance in the fight against drug trafficking.

The police organized several events to celebrate National Police Day.

On June 21, the police organized a free COVID-19 test program at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex area in Central Jakarta, as Jakartans flocked to the Sudirman-MH Thamrin Streets to enjoy the Car Free Day after being suspended since March 15.

The National Police provided one thousand free rapid and swab test kits for this free medical service.

According to Head of the National Police’s Health Division Brig. Gen. Rusdianto, this free rapid and swab test program was not only organized in Jakarta but also in other cities across Indonesia.

The community members were merely requested to take queue numbers for filling the personal identity forms and await their turns. If any of them obtained “reactive results” in their rapid testing, they would have to undergo swab tests for the final diagnosis of their condition, he stated.

Yuli, one of the local residents participating in the police’s COVID-19 test program, was happy to undergo this free rapid test since she would be saved the expenses incurred in diagnosing the presence of the novel coronavirus disease.

The police’s free rapid and swab test facility helped community members to undergo the tests without the need to spend their money, Yuli stated.

 

Source: Antara News

Jokowi instructs police to assist in creating productive society

Jakarta: President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) instructed the National Police to help maintain discipline among people in following preventive measures as necessitated by the government’s COVID-19 protocols to create a productive, safe society amid the ongoing pandemic.

The police are also requested to support the country’s economic recovery process in line with their authority and accountability, President Jokowi remarked during the commemoration of the 74th anniversary of National Police Day on Wednesday.

“I deliver several instructions as the National Police’s guidelines in conducting duties,” President Jokowi remarked while chairing the virtual commemorative event organized from the State Palace in Jakarta.

President Jokowi also ordered the police to continue their internal reformation to build a professional, modern, and trusted workplace culture and to strengthen synergic ties with the Indonesian military, government agencies, and communities.

In handling social problems in communities, he instructed the National Police to prioritize a persuasive and humanistic approach and to serve the public in a professional, transparent, and fair manner to win the public’s trust.

During the anniversary of National Police Day, Ahmad Sahroni, deputy chairman of the House of Representatives’ Commission III overseeing legal, human rights, and security affairs, urged the police to bolster their capabilities in handling cybercrimes.

However, Sahroni lauded the police’s performance in the fight against drug trafficking.

The police organized several events to celebrate National Police Day.

On June 21, the police organized a free COVID-19 test program at the Gelora Bung Karno sports complex area in Central Jakarta, as Jakartans flocked to the Sudirman-MH Thamrin Streets to enjoy the Car Free Day after being suspended since March 15.

The National Police provided one thousand free rapid and swab test kits for this free medical service.

According to Head of the National Police’s Health Division Brig. Gen. Rusdianto, this free rapid and swab test program was not only organized in Jakarta but also in other cities across Indonesia.

The community members were merely requested to take queue numbers for filling the personal identity forms and await their turns. If any of them obtained “reactive results” in their rapid testing, they would have to undergo swab tests for the final diagnosis of their condition, he stated.

Yuli, one of the local residents participating in the police’s COVID-19 test program, was happy to undergo this free rapid test since she would be saved the expenses incurred in diagnosing the presence of the novel coronavirus disease.

The police’s free rapid and swab test facility helped community members to undergo the tests without the need to spend their money, Yuli stated.

 

Source: Antara News

BKPM should be all-out to fulfill investors’ requirements: Jokowi

Jakarta President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Head Bahlil Lahadalia to leave no stone unturned in catering to all requirements of investors in Indonesia.

“If the (process to obtain) permit is difficult, I will order the head of BKPM to handle it from A to Z and complete all necessary requirements, so that investors feel they are served well. This is very important,” President Jokowi stated at the integrated industrial zone of Batang, Central Java, on Tuesday.

In addition to reviewing the venue, President Jokowi is scheduled to witness a presentation on redirecting foreign investment to Indonesia.

“I have ordered the minister and the head of BKPM to offer the best possible services to industries that will relocate from China to Indonesia, as well as from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the US,” he noted.

Jokowi especially laid emphasis on two types of services, notably those concerning permits and land availability.

According to the head of state, of the total four-thousand-hectare Batang industrial area, work on 450 hectares was already complete.

The best services are crucial since the projects will create job opportunities, he noted.
Minister of State Enterprises (SOEs) Erick Thohir noted that the Batang industrial zone entirely came under state-owned plantation company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) IX.

“Hence, no problems should be encountered concerning relocation and the licensing process, as everything comes under the authority of PTPN IX. Moreover, we are keen to integrate the Brebes, Kendal industrial area, and no less important the Borobodur tourism area. The Batang industrial zone is part of the efforts to develop manufacturing centers of industrial zones on Java Island that include Cikarang-West Java, Gresik-East Java, and the consolidation of three industrial areas in Central Java as a hub,” Thohir explained.

Seven companies have, until now, confirmed to relocate to and join the Batang Industrial zone.

The seven companies are PT Meiloon Technology Indonesia from Suzhou, China; PT Sagami Indonesia from Shenzhen, China; PT CDS Asia (Alpan) from Xiamen, China; PT Kenda Rubber Indonesia from Shenzen; PT Denso Indonesia from Japan; PT Panasonic Manufacturing Indonesia from China; and PT LG Electronics Indonesia from South Korea.

In addition to the seven companies, other 17 firms intend to relocate their industries to Indonesia, with investment totaling US$37 billion and would provide employment to an estimated 112 thousand people.

 

Source: Antara News

 

 

Ongoing digital transformation to spur development of MSMEs: Minister

 

Jakarta Coordinating Economic Affairs Minister Airlangga Hartarto expressed belief that the ongoing digital transformation can aid in propelling the development of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Indonesia.

The digital transformation of MSMEs was triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the coordinating minister remarked during the launch of the GrabForGood 2020 #TerusUsaha 2020 Program to support Indonesian MSMEs here on Tuesday.

During the application of Large-Scale Social Distancing (PSBB) measures, digital infrastructure and services have evolved into a backbone for various productive activities, including working from home, online selling, and schooling from home.

“The pandemic has made digital transformation a necessity. Migration from offline to online is something that the community direly needs. Various countries have encouraged economic digitalization so as not to be left behind,” he noted.

The digital transformation is not only beneficial to boost efficiency and productivity but also promote inclusiveness.

Hence, the government has committed to creating a conducive business environment for MSMEs to conduct their businesses online.

Hartarto also put the spotlight on the criticality of training for those engaged in MSMEs to help them survive and develop in the digital ecosystem.

“Of course, with digitalization, the number of supply chains will decrease, so that efficiency will be achieved. Just as the online-based food stalls, it must also be lauded, and we are upbeat about increasingly more number of similar (online businesses),” Hartarto emphasized.

Furthermore, the government has encouraged electronic-based trading transactions, or e-commerce, to become instruments to realize economic equality.

Although most people can easily adapt to the digital era, other groups still exist that have yet to access or utilize digital services.

“The government will encourage to further reduce costs to achieve this digitization. Smartphones are also expected to be more affordable, so more people can use them,” he stated.

On the occasion, he lauded Grab for its commitment to supporting MSMEs in the country through the GrabForGood 2020 #TerusUsaha Program dedicated to help MSMEs adapt and develop in the new normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This commitment is also aligns with the #BanggaBuatanIndonesia program initiated by the government to promote domestic products.

 

Source: Antara News