Round-up: The vision and the reality

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Rok shows 18% rise at year-end

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Centre takes to the stage

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LSH reverses office closure programme

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PREMIUMTiny space-living: Jakartans squeeze into smaller, more affordable apartments

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here apartment apartment-management housing housing-sector satellite-city Jakarta-housing Forgot Password ? Facebook Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account With land expensive and hard to get and house prices rising in Jakarta, accommodation issues remain a challenge with many people shifting to tiny-space living for the sake of getting a roof over their head.The need for affordable living space, even if small, is seen as an opportunity with some property firms starting to develop smaller apartments, and studio units, of around 20 square meters.Wendy Haryanto, executive director of the Jakarta Property Institute (JPI), which mediates a dialogue between the government and real-estate players, said there was a growing business to provide apartment units of smaller size.She cited as an example the Osaka Riverview apartments — part of the 1,000-hectare Pantai Indah Kapuk 2 complex in North Jakarta owned by property giants Agung Sedayu Group and Salim Group. The apartment building, to be developed in 2022 according to its website, i… Googlelast_img read more

Undocumented Indonesian worker in Taiwan tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe police found her on Monday when she was taking care of another patient in a different hospital. She was immediately put in an isolation room on Monday evening before eventually being diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday.Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC) deputy director Chuang Jen-hsiang said as quoted by taiwannews.com that the woman had “mild symptoms [of the viral disease]” and was currently staying in a hospital isolation ward.The Taiwan Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) found that she traveled by train and a bus serving Route 38 between New Taipei’s Shulin and Banciao districts multiple times between Feb. 16 and 19. She had also met with a friend visiting from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on Feb. 18.Read also: Indonesian domestic worker in Singapore recovers from COVID-19 Topics : An Indonesian citizen identified as a 30-year-old undocumented worker in Taiwan was declared Wednesday the country’s 32nd confirmed COVID-19 case after caring for an 80-year-old man who also tested positive for the viral disease.Local media outlet taiwannews.com reported on Wednesday that the Indonesian woman contracted the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 while taking care of the man at a hospital. He was yet to be confirmed infected when she took care of him from Feb. 11 to 16.By the time the man was diagnosed for COVID-19 on Sunday, the woman had moved to another place. Authorities began searching for her whereabouts after they discovered she was an undocumented migrant worker.center_img Chuang said those who came into direct contact with both the Indonesian woman and the elderly man she cared for in the hospital had tested negative for the disease.Taiwan’s CDC, however, was still searching for others who might have come into contact with them outside the hospital, the deputy director went on to say.A separate taiwannews.com report mentioned that the Indonesian woman had livestreamed her experience in quarantine on Facebook and TikTok. She also exposed her face and revealed information about the hospital to viewers.She posted a message on her Facebook account saying “Mbak nya santuuyyy pdhl + kena virus CORONA” (This woman is so relaxed despite testing positive for the novel coronavirus infection). During the livestream, she sang merrily and showed the IV needle in her hand, and presented a medical prescription on which the name of the hospital was visible.The video and screenshots of her livestream have been widely shared on social media among the migrant worker community in Taiwan.According to the report, Taiwanese health authorities are not allowed to disclose the names of hospitals treating virus-infected patients to avoid unnecessary panic both inside and outside the hospital.Concerned migrant workers later reported the incident to local health authorities, who may decide to hand out punishments under Taiwanese law.The Foreign Ministry’s director for citizen protection, Judha Nugraha, said Thursday the Indonesian Economic and Trade Office (KDEI) in Taipei had confirmed the woman’s status as an undocumented migrant worker who worked as a caregiver.He added the woman’s condition was stable.Read also: Taiwan remains safe for travelers: Tourism bureau“KDEI Taipei has coordinated with Taiwan’s health authorities to ensure that she is handled as well as possible. We will continue to closely monitor the condition of the migrant worker,” Judha said.The trade office was also coordinating with Taiwanese authorities regarding her medical treatment fee, the director said.Workers rights NGO Migrant CARE executive director Wahyu Susilo said the woman should remain in Taiwan to undergo proper medical procedure there.“It might be technically difficult if she wants to fly back home. Since she has been treated in an isolation room, it’s better for her to remain where she is and receive proper treatment,” Wahyu told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.He added that he hoped authorities could provide the best care for the migrant worker regardless of her legal status. “In regard to World Health Organization standards, I think Taiwanese authorities should set aside the patient’s status and focus on the treatment.”last_img read more

No more illegal phones: Indonesia to impose IMEI control regulation on April 18

first_imgOn that basis, people who want to buy new cell phones starting April 18 should check the legality of the devices on the Industry Ministry’s website. Those who have ordered devices from overseas that arrive in the country after April 18 should register their devices’ IMEI via an app that will be prepared by the government.However, cell phones that are activated and used prior to the date will not be blocked, Ismail said.“Don’t worry. They [existing phone users] don’t need to register anything,” he stressed.Read also: Government to test illegal cellphone restrictions based on IMEI The government will start blocking unregistered cell phones starting April 18 as it imposes the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) policy to curb the circulation of illegal phones. Blocked phones will not be able to connect to mobile networks.“The government is committed to implementing the IMEI controlling with a white list scheme or preventive measures so people can determine the legality of certain devices before buying them,” said Communications and Information Ministry director general for resources and postal and informatics devices, Ismail, in Jakarta on Friday. The government issued in October last year a regulation that allows a national IMEI system to identify illegal cell phones and requires operators to block them from networks. The phones are commonly sold on domestic and overseas black market.The Communications and Information Ministry is working with the Trade Ministry, the Industry Ministry, the Finance Ministry as well as network operators to implement the regulation.An IMEI number is unique to each device for identification purposes.Cellular network operators will be able to block a certain phone by matching the IMEI of the device connected to its network and the government’s database. If the identity is not registered, operators can block it from their network.Topics :last_img read more

Batam, investment agency integrate licensing system to ease doing business

first_imgTopics : Read also: Europe, Middle-East among regions poised to offset decreasing investments from China”Many investors have shown an interest in investing in Batam,” he said. “But many problematic regulations still hamper the process. We don’t feel like Batam is a real free-trade zone.”Rudi added that the OSS subsystem would only be implemented in Batam but expressed his hope that a similar mechanism could be implemented in other parts of Riau Islands province. Batam in Riau Islands is set to implement a new online single submission (OSS) platform, namely the Indonesia-Batam OSS System (IBOSS), in an effort to digitize the issuance of business licenses in the region. The Batam Indonesia Free Trade Zone Authority (BP Batam) and the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Monday to launch the system.Read also: In Singapore’s neighbor Batam, malls empty, ferry trips reduced as virus fears lurkcenter_img “We’ll focus on accelerating the realization of investments and easing the process of registering business permits with this system,” said BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia, adding that Batam as a Free Trade and Port Zone Authority (KPBPB) is a center for imports and exports that requires its own OSS sub-system.IBOSS is a subsystem of the existing national OSS and allows businesspeople to register all their business licenses online. The subsystem also records data on foreign direct investments (FDI), domestic investments (PMDN) and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Batam area.“If there are any complaints or land-use issues, for example, we can identify them quickly,” Bahlil said, adding that BP Batam should immediately revoke the land utilization permit of anyone, especially businesses, that had no development plans for the plot of land they owned.Meanwhile, Batam Mayor and BP Batam head Muhammad Rudi conceded that land disputes had hampered investment, adding that the majority of land in Batam had been allocated to businesses even though they were left empty.last_img read more

S. Korea adds 114 virus cases, warns on Seoul cluster

first_imgSouth Korea reported fewer than 120 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, but authorities warned that a new cluster in Seoul could see the infection spread in the capital.Around 100 people linked to a call centre in the city have tested positive for the virus in recent days. “This could lead to a ‘super spread’ in the metropolitan area, where half of the entire population are concentrated,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting on Thursday. So far, nearly 90 percent of South Korea’s cases have been in the southern city of Daegu and the neighbouring North Gyeongsang province.The South was the first country to report significant coronavirus numbers outside China, where the disease first emerged, and remains one of the world’s worst-affected countries despite being overtaken by both Italy and Iran in declared cases.A total of 114 infections were confirmed Wednesday, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said, taking the South’s total to 7,869.Six more people died, it added, with the toll rising to 66.Each morning the South announces how many cases were diagnosed the previous day, and Wednesday’s figure is well below the 500-600 increases the country was confirming in early March.More than 60 percent of the country’s infections are linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a religious sect often condemned as a cult, one of whose members attended at least four services in Daegu before being diagnosed.Scores of events — from K-pop concerts to sports matches — have been cancelled or postponed over the contagion, with school and kindergarten breaks extended by three weeks nationwide.Topics :last_img read more

Stay home, President says

first_imgJokowi said that while Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi had tested positive for the virus, the rest of the Cabinet had already been tested for COVID-19 earlier on Sunday morning.Jokowi said he would have himself tested for COVID-19 on Sunday afternoon.Read also: Where in the world was Indonesian minister before announced as COVID-19 positive?“I ask all the people of Indonesia to stay calm, not to panic, to stay productive and to be more alert, so that we can slow down and stop the spread of COVID-19,” said the President who was receiving test hours after making the speech.Jokowi’s speech came as public and international concerns grew over whether the Indonesian government had been doing enough to prevent a sustained community transmission of the highly contagious disease.Regional heads in a number of areas — including Jakarta, Banten and West Java — have decided to temporarily close schools and public areas in an effort to contain the coronavirus. They have also called on the government to allow them to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing to isolate infected people and prevent a wider contagion.In a letter, World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Jokowi to scale up the country’s emergency response mechanisms for containing the COVID-19 outbreak by, among other things, declaring a national state of emergency.Tedros said the agency had “seen undetected or under-detected cases at the early stages of the outbreak [which] result in significant increases in cases and deaths in some countries” and asked Indonesia to intensify case finding, contact tracing, monitoring, quarantine of contacts and isolation of cases.Read also: COVID-19: WHO urges Jokowi to declare national emergencyMembers of the Indonesian Young Scientists Forum (YSF) have also sent a letter to the Office of the Presidential Staff asking the government to impose a lockdown on several areas.“We recommend a lockdown for regions that have seen confirmed cases double within a day,” Fenny Dwivanily, a molecular biologist at the Bandung Institute of Technology and a member of the YSF, told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.The scientists said the government might have missed the chance to contain the virus by failing to detect, test and isolate the first suspected patients in time. One indicator for that was that the government did not report any cases in January and February and only begun reporting cases in March. Within less than two weeks, the tally exponentially rose from zero to 96 cases.“There was a delay in the containment effort so that would make it more difficult for the government to control the spread of the virus. We could see a situation that resembles the ones in Italy and Iran or even worse,” they said.Syahrizal Syarief, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, said Jokowi should follow the WHO’s recommendation to declare a national emergency.“The legal aspect of declaring [an emergency] is that the government will have the right to issue national reserves in the form of money and other resources. That means the finance minister could allocate funds from the state budget with no need to seek approval from the House of Representatives,” he said.He also suggested that the government use the 1984 Communicable Disease Outbreak Law and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law to address the crisis. The laws stipulate that a lockdown should be imposed on areas where community transmissions have occurred.The government revealed that confirmed cases had been found in West Java, Surakarta in Central Java, Yogyakarta, Bali, Manado in North Sulawesi and Pontianak, West Kalimantan. It has set up a fast-response team led by National Disaster Mitigation Agency head Doni Monardo.“The WHO has declared it [the coronavirus] a pandemic, so now the status is a non-natural disaster,” Doni told the media on Saturday.Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is calling on all Indonesians to just stay home as the country of 270 million people braces for the worst pandemic in recent memory.In his first national address on the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, the President highlighted the importance of practicing what is called “social distancing” to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has already claimed thousands of lives worldwide.“Under the current conditions, it’s time for us to work from home, study from home and worship at home,” Jokowi said at a press conference at Bogor Palace in West Java on Sunday. “It’s time for us to work together, to help each other, to unite and cooperate. We want this to be a community movement, so that the COVID-19 problem can be addressed to the fullest.” Read also: Social distancing: What it is and why it’s the best tool we have to fight the coronavirusAs of Sunday afternoon, Indonesia recorded 117 confirmed COVID-19 cases, five of which ended as fatalities. Scientists, however, believe that the number is much higher than the official tally, saying the government’s lethargic response to the health crisis could have cost it a window of opportunity to contain the virus’ spread.The President said he would leave the decision of whether to declare states of emergency up to the individual regional heads. “As a large country and an archipelago, the spread of COVID-19 varies from region to region,” he said. “Therefore, I ask all governors, regents and mayors to continue to monitor their respective regions and consult with medical experts and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency [BNPB] to determine the emergency levels in their regions.”He added that the government guaranteed it had enough stocks of staple goods to meet everyone’s needs. “We have also prepared economic incentives, as has been announced by the coordinating economic minister, so that the business world can carry on as usual,” he said.last_img read more