KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry said the Lion Air plane that flew from China’s Wuhan to the Soekarno-Hatta Airport near Jakarta was a chartered flight transporting Chinese workers to the country.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir expressed a commitment to collaborate with Islamic boarding schools in Java provinces by providing entrepreneurship programs and sharia-compliant financial services.
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Indonesia’s Lion Air Carrying Chinese Workers from Wuhan Receives Flight Approval
Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry said the Lion Air plane that flew from China’s Wuhan to the Soekarno-Hatta Airport near Jakarta was a chartered flight transporting Chinese workers to the country.
The ministry confirmed that Indonesia’s Lion Air that departed from the epicenter of the global coronavirus outbreak had already received its flight approval on April 18-19, 2021 from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Director-General of Air Transportation, Novie Riyanto, explained that his office confirmed that the flight has also met both immigration and health requirements, as well as the country’s national interests in containing the spread of the Covid-19.
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“We assured you that the international flight served by Lion Air from Wuhan to CGK [Soekarno-Hatta Airport near Jakarta] was a chartered flight," Novie said in a statement on Sunday, May 2.
"It was not a scheduled flight and has met the immigration and health requirements. The issuance of its flight approval also followed the aspects of the Covid-19 protocols in Indonesia,” Novie added.
Indonesia’s State-Owned Firms Plan to Boost Entrepreneurship in 1,000 Islamic Boarding Schools
Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir expressed a commitment to collaborate with Islamic boarding schools in Java provinces by providing entrepreneurship programs and sharia-compliant financial services.
“The Ministry of State-Owned Enterprises is committed to collaborating with 1,000 Islamic boarding schools in Java provinces by providing financial support, sharia-compliant financial services, and entrepreneurship programs with state-owned Bank Syariah Indonesia [BSI] and Pertashop [Pertamina’s gasoline kiosk],” said Erick in his Instagram account Sunday, May 2.
The plan is part of efforts to develop economic independence in the Islamic boarding schools and promote a balance of economic development in local communities.
Previously, Erick said a good state-owned firm was not only about achieving a positive performance and profit, but also its contribution that can be beneficial for the community at large.
Indonesian Workers Protest Wage Rate, Outsourcing Jobs in May Day Rallies
Amid their opposition to the new Job Creation Law, Indonesian workers and union leaders also raised their concerns on wage rate and labor outsourcing during the May Day protests on Saturday, May 1.
The concerns were brought up to the table during a discussion with the Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko in Jakarta. Representing the workers were leaders of All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) and Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI).
"During the meeting with Pak Moel [Moeldoko], we bring up some issues that we have already raised before in the Constitutional Court because we feel that from the labor perspective the issues could harm the labors,” said KSPI President Said Iqbal at the Bina Graha Building in Jakarta on Saturday.
We told Moeldoko about the minimum wage for workers, Iqbal said. Big companies should be able to pay a more decent wage to their workers considering the profits they make. "Big companies should pay their workers more than those smaller companies,” he said.
According to Said, decent pay for the workers could also increase people’s purchasing power as public consumption remains a major contributor to the country’s economic growth besides investment.
“What we ask for is a sense of fairness and the rights of labors can be fulfilled,” he added.
He also highlighted that long-term outsourced workers and contract employees with no guarantee of job security are still found. He said that the government remains to take no notice of the practice. “I think the government needs to look into the matter because as contract employees, they have no hope of becoming permanent workers,” he said.
During the meeting, the absence of unemployment insurance was also brought up by the representatives of KSPSI and KSPI.