KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s economic growth has contracted 0.74 percent in the first quarter of 2021. The Southeast Asia country saw negative growth for the four straight quarters.
Elsewhere, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed all relevant agencies, including the military and police members to monitor the returning migrant workers to their respective homes to curb the spread of Covid-19 upon arrival.
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Indonesia’s Economy Shrinks 0.74 Percent in Q1
Indonesia’s economic growth has contracted 0.74 percent in the first quarter of 2021, experiencing negative growth for four consecutive quarters, the country’s central statistics agency (BPS) revealed on Wednesday, May 5.
Head of BPS Suhariyanto said the economic contraction in the first quarter of this year was less severe than before when Indonesia saw its gross domestic product (GDP) contract 2.9 percent in the previous quarters.
“This shows signs of economic recovery will become even more apparent. We hope that economic recovery in 2021 can come true,” Suhariyanto said in a virtual news conference.
Suhariyanto said that the Indonesian economy in the first quarter was valued at 3,969 trillion rupiahs ($274.8 billion) based on current prices, while the GDP at constant prices of 2010 was at 2,683 trillion rupiahs ($185.8 billion). Based on the expenditure on an annual basis (year on year), all components have contracted, including household consumption - the economy’s main growth engine - showed the deepest decline.
Monitor All Returning Indonesian Migrant Workers during Pandemic, Jokowi Tells
Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed all relevant agencies, including the military and police members to monitor the returning migrant workers to their respective homes to curb the spread of Covid-19 upon arrival.
"The measures of monitoring all returning Indonesian migrant workers will be coordinated by the Regional Military commanders in collaboration with the Regional Police heads across the country," a spokesperson for the National Covid-19 Task Force Wiku Adisasmito said in a press statement provided by the Covid-19 Mitigation and National Economic Recovery (KPC-PEN) Committee on Wednesday, May 5.
Wiku said the Regional Military commanders and the Regional Police heads will work closely with the Immigration Office, the Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection Agency (BP2MI), the Manpower Office, the Port Health Office of Ministry of Health (KKP Kemenkes) as well as the Customs Office to control the process of migrant workers returning home.
"This is to control the entry of incoming travelers, including the anticipation of individuals who might use a situation for their own benefit," said Wiku.
Wiku urged local governments to anticipate the influx of returning Indonesian migrant workers. Based on data from April to May 2021, most migrant workers will return to their respective homes in East Java, West Java, Central Java, West Nusa Tenggara, and North Sumatera.
Wiku also reminded that all migrant workers entering Indonesia will still have to follow the provisions stipulated in Circular No. 8/2021. All returning migrant workers must show their negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) swab test results, pass the PCR swab test upon arrival, undergo quarantine, and carry out a post-quarantine PCR swab test.
Earthquake in West Sumatra, Indonesia Triggers Tsunami Siren, Causes Mass Panic
A 5.8 Richter scale earthquake in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra has triggered a tsunami siren that caused mass panic in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra on Wednesday.
No injuries were reported in the tremors, which has its epicenter offshore in the Mentawai Islands regency.
Witnesses at Agam regency panicked at the sound of the alarm, which was installed near a state high school. The device triggered a stampede among locals scrambling for safer ground.
“The sound of the tsunami siren panicked me, especially when the earthquake occurred,” said Roni, a resident of the Tanjung Mutiara district.
“I actually thought that a tsunami would genuinely occur.”
Regional Board for Disaster Management [BPBD] Secretary Agam Hardoni acknowledged the activation of the tsunami siren. “The siren sounded because the cable shook from the [earthquake’s] vibration,” he said.
“The siren is one of nine in the area, one of which is from the West Sumatra provincial administration while the rest are from the [Agam regency]. If a tsunami occurred, then all nine sirens would have sounded. ”
In the West Sumatra provincial capital Padang, the strong tremors from the earthquake caused a number of patients from the M. Hospital to scramble out of the medical facility.
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