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Aceh troops brace for mass strike The military and police in Aceh are anticipating a mass strike during the celebration of Independence Day on Aug. 17 in the restive province. Police chief Insp. Gen. Yusuf Manggabarani told a media conference the security personnel had heard rumors of a mass strike circulating in the westernmost province. "Although it's only a rumor, we are ready to anticipate any strike call and ask the people not to be easily provoked," Yusuf said on Tuesday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 31 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kupang imports 1,500 Australian cows The administrations of East Sumba and West Sumba regencies have imported 1,500 Brahman cows from Australia to develop a special breed that is of a high quality. Samuel Rebo, the chief of the husbandry section of the local agriculture office, said over the weekend that the importation of cows was aimed at preventing the extinction of local cows, which were of the Ongole variety. He said that this year the number of cows in the province had fallen to 486,000, which was a 33 percent drop from the figure two years ago.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Evi, not her real name, fell down the stairs. Or, maybe she was hit by a motorbike while crossing the street. Her claims, however, cannot hide the fact that the young woman now lying in a clinic's examination bed was badly beaten by somebody.

Posted in Culture @ 29 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta seizes seven ships smuggling sand The Indonesian navy has impounded seven ships that were reportedly attempting to smuggle thousands of tonnes of sea sand from Riau province. Colonel Adyaman A.S. told the Antara national news agency that the ships did not have proper documentation to export the sand that was taken from the province. 'We are still studying the exact amount of sea sand that the ships had been trying to smuggle abroad,' he said yesterday. Indonesian officials estimate that every year sand worth US$200 million (S$350 million) is smuggled to buyers in countries like Singapore and elsewhere.

Posted in General @ 28 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb-like explosions in Ambon injure 51 Powerful bomb-like explosions hit Indonesia's troubled city of Ambon on Saturday, injuring 51 people, 10 of them seriously, a local official said on Saturday. Martin Djari, chief official at Ambon's information department, told Reuters there was more than one blast and they struck around 10:30 a.m. local time (0130 GMT). "It's so sad. The explosions happened at Mardika, a busy shopping area... Many people have been injured," he said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Tommy Suharto guilty of murder An Indonesian court has found the younger son of former President Suharto guilty of murder and weapons possession. Tommy Suharto was convicted of masterminding the assassination of a judge who ordered him jailed for corruption. The five-judge panel sitting in Jakarta also convicted him for illegal possession of weapons. Tommy Suharto was jailed for 15 years in the trial, which has been seen as a key test of a legal system denounced as corrupt.

Posted in Crime @ 26 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut exits Jakarta toll road Jakarta motorists will no longer be able to bitch that toll road profits are going into the pockets of former president Suharto’s eldest daughter Siti Hardiyanti ‘Tutut’ Rukmana. She’s sold her last remaining stake in lucrative toll road operator PT Citra Marga Nusaphala Persada (CMNP), the Bisnis Indonesia daily reported Wednesday (24/7/02). CMNP operates Jakarta’s Cawang-Tanjung Priok-Pluit toll road, which stretches for 30 kilometers and reportedly rakes in about $40 million a year.

Posted in General @ 25 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Borneo crash survivor found Police on the Indonesian island of Borneo say a survivor has been found from last week's crash of a cargo plane in a remote part of the jungle-covered territory. "A man was found by local people on Monday. Villagers confirm he was a survivor of the plane crash," the Associated Press quoted Herman Ismail, chief of police in the town of Tarakan, as saying. Wreckage from the Britten-Norman plane was spotted last Wednesday morning by American missionaries flying above the remote East Kalimantan province. A search mission by a military rescue team from Jakarta and volunteers found no survivors, and it was presumed all eight passengers and two crew had died in the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane crashes on toll road, pilot killed A small single-engine plane made a crash landing on the Jagorawi toll road, only hundreds of meters from the Cililitan toll gate in East Jakarta, killing the pilot and injuring the three passengers, including an Australian, and two motorists. The pilot, Brig. Gen. Bakat Purwanto, 47, was dead on arrival at the Indonesian Christian University (UKI) Hospital. The three other people on board were Michael Watson, a 58-year-old Australian police officer, Andreas Tanus, 49, who is a local consultant, and his six-year-old son, Matthew Tanus. "I had been flying many times with Pak Bakat ... Today, we just wanted to look around the city," Watson, who was a friend of the pilot, told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Accidents @ 20 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New terror group in Southeast Asia Indonesia's police head says that a new Islamic terror group has sprung up in Southeast Asia, and is working in his country, as well as neighboring Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. Members of the group -- which goes by the name of Nusantara -- have already been arrested, according to Police Chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar, who declined to say where they had been nabbed. Nusantara is the Indonesian word for the archipelagos lying in between the Asian and Australian continents, and between the Indian and the Pacific oceans.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Facing a meltdown in its transportation system, the Jakarta government now dreams of a high-speed subway, elevated trains and modern buses to efficiently move its 12 million inhabitants. Experts conducting a S$15-million study hope to ease the severe gridlock that often turns a 5-km trip into a half-hour crawl.

Posted in General @ 19 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recently been in Bali, and with my head still full of things I always wanted to tell you, I'm now finally writing them down. Currently I have a longer holiday because I have finished my school, and after that I will have a job, a real job. A job for grown-ups and no more working at the supermarket, though I liked it. It's about time to look back over four years of Indonesia-travel, starting with the latest experience, staying in a hotel for over two weeks.

Posted in Travel @ 18 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considers Aceh crackdown Indonesia's chief security minister has flown to troubled Aceh province to decide whether to bring in tougher measures to fight a long-running separatist conflict. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has warned that the government may declare a state of emergency. More than 10,000 people have died in the 26-year-old conflict, with fresh violence an almost daily occurrence. The two sides have held a series of peace talks, most recently in May, but no progress has been made. Various ceasefires have been agreed but never held.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 July 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No death penalty call for Tommy Prosecutors in the trial of the Tommy Suharto are demanding he face a 15 year jail sentence for masterminding the murder of a Supreme Court judge -- a punishment critics described as 'a joke.' Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the youngest son of ex-dictator Suharto, is accused of ordering the murder of Supreme Court judge Syafiuddin Kartasasmita, a crime punishable by death. In 2000, Kartasasmita sentenced Tommy to 18 months in prison in connection to a multimillion-dollar real estate scam.

Posted in General @ 15 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Riau may become a desert in 40 years Deforestation may turn the resource-rich province of Riau into a desert in 40 years unless preventive measures are taken, the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) said. The province's Spatial Layout Plan (RTRWP) up to 2015 includes converting protected forests and water catchment areas into timber estates, which will likely turn Riau into a vast barren land. The situation is worsened by illegal logging and the rapid switch to mono-cultivation where land is cleared to grow only one type of cash crop, the WWF revealed.

Posted in Environment @ 14 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Civil emergency rejected in Aceh Aceh Governor Abdullah Puteh joined forces with the provincial legislative council, clerics and non-governmental organizations to oppose the imposition of a civil emergency in Aceh, saying that conflict resolution should be entrusted to the provincial administration. Speaking before local officials and clerics in Montasik, Aceh Besar, on Saturday evening, Puteh revealed that 90 percent of the Acehnese people, including clerics playing a dominant role in the province were against the proposed imposition of a civil emergency to end the mounting conflict.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 13 July 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Train derailment injures 36 Thirty-six people aboard the Mutiara Timur train were injured when three of the rear cars jumped the tracks and rolled over while passing through Rejoso, Pasuruan in East Java province late on Saturday. No fatalities were reported. According to Sutoyo, a spokesman for state-owned railroad company PT KAI in Jember, six of the victims suffered severe injuries, and three of them were being treated at Sidoarjo Hospital.

Posted in Accidents @ 13 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials say al-Qaida operatives visited Aceh A military commander acknowledged a visit last year by a senior al-Qaida operative to Indonesia's troubled Aceh province, but separatist rebels there on Thursday denied any links with the terrorist group. An aide to al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden arrived in Aceh in 2001, but the visit did not result in an al-Qaida presence in the province, said Maj Gen Djali Jusuf, the province's army chief, according to The Jakarta Post daily.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 12 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First sentencing demand made in Timor trials Indonesian prosecutors trying suspects over violence that devastated East Timor in 1999 made their first demand for sentencing yesterday, seeking 10 years in jail for the territory's former governor. The demand was well below the maximum sentence for the charges of crimes against humanity faced by Abilio Soares. Soares sat stony-faced in the centre of Jakarta's human rights court as prosecutors read out their sentencing demand for acts committed in the lead up to and after East Timor voted in a UN-sponsored referendum to break from Indonesian rule.

Posted in Crime @ 11 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government currently finds itself at a major crossroads over its policy towards Aceh, the province on the northern tip of Sumatra where separatists have been waging an armed struggle for independence since 1976, driven on by decades of broken promises of greater autonomy from successive regimes in Jakarta. On the surface the options are relatively simple. Plan A would be to cancel the intermittent negotiations, impose a formal state of emergency and let the armed forces (with the elite Kopassus special forces very much in the vanguard) do whatever is necessary to crush the Free Aceh Movement (Gam).

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 11 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh violence threatens US ties Indonesian soldiers have shot dead six men and one woman from Aceh's rebel separatist movement. Renewed clashes in the troubled Indonesian province over the past few days have also claimed the lives of three civilians in a grenade blast, and three more rebels, officials said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 10 July 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire leaves over 450 families homeless The fire that swept through a crowded housing complex in Jatinegara, East Jakarta on Tuesday has left 452 families homeless, a city administration official told Antara on Wednesday. Raya Siahaan said a total of 231 houses in the Rawa Bunga and Bali Mester subdistricts were burned down during the fire, which also damaged a neighboring housing complex of Army senior officers.

Posted in Accidents @ 10 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


42 dead in nightclub inferno The death toll from a fire that gutted a popular nightclub rose to 42 on Monday, though police said it was likely more bodies would be found inside the building. Some people leapt to their deaths from the top of the four-floor karaoke bar in the provincial capital of Palembang as flames engulfed the roof Sunday night, police Capt. Arum Prioyono said. Crews also blew a hole in a wall of the karaoke bar to allow desperate patrons to escape.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta fire leaves 700 homeless A devastating fire razed hundreds of overcrowded houses in Pedongkelan, Pulogadung district, East Jakarta, on Saturday morning, leaving hundreds of families homeless. No fatalities were reported in the incident. The fire began at 10 a.m. at a house belonging to nasi uduk (rice cooked in coconut milk) vendor, Ahmad. It spread quickly as winds fanned the flames, burning most of the houses in the area, made of wood and plywood. Hundreds of panicking residents attempted to extinguish the fire by pouring drain water onto it but failed as the flames were too intense.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai crown prince in Bali Officials of the state protocol office in Bali Province have been kept at their toes because the Thai crown prince, Vijarakongkarn repeatedly changed his itinerary while vacationing on the island. Antara reported that the prince, who was in Bali with his wife, canceled their visit to Tanah Lot on Friday.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh faces state of emergency Indonesian Military Commander Gen. Ryamizard Ryacudu said that in line with the president's instructions, the military and police in Aceh would take tough action against members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). Indonesian press reports quoted the official news service Antara as saying the government had exhausted avenues for dialogue with GAM, adding that murders and kidnappings carried out by the separatists amounted to "acts of terorism."

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus plunges into ravine, 22 killed An overloaded bus carrying kindergartners and their parents to the beach for a field trip plunged into a ravine near the East Java town of Jember on Tuesday, killing at least 22 people and injuring many others, police and doctors said. Most of the victims -- 10 children and 12 adults -- died instantly in the crash, which occurred at about 7:30 a.m. The 47-seat bus, part of the fleet of state-owned bus company Damri, was carrying more than 100 students from Jember's Theo Bromo Kebunrayap PTPN XII kindergarten and their parents. The group was traveling to Pasir Putih beach in the neighboring town of Situbondo in Besuki regency.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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