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Many Indonesian workers have died in camp Nearly 50 illegal Indonesian workers stuck in a refugee centre after fleeing Malaysia have died in the past month from a range of illnesses, and relief workers fear the toll could rise, local media said on Saturday. They said at least 25,000 workers stranded in the Indonesian town of Nunukan, near the border with Malaysia's Sabah state, were getting inadequate food and medical care, while more workers were streaming in each day to avoid tough new Malaysian laws.

Posted in General @ 31 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media Bill will put spy in TV and radio stations A Bill that involves placing a government 'spy' in broadcasting agencies here is likely to be passed next month by parliament to regulate the electronic media. The Bill has been deliberated in the House for the past two years to regulate the rapidly growing broadcasting industry but is being opposed widely by operators of television and radio stations.

Posted in Media @ 31 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


After four years of Indonesia holidays, I have learned several things. A little bit of language ( I’m far from happy with the current results indeed ), a little culture, food, climate and environment. But the thing I would like to tell you about this time is public transport in a variety of different ‘products’ as I call it. In fact it should not be that different from your own means of transport, but remember that you have to give up your bike and car for your transport. A car was not my problem yet, I used to do everything by bike, because the city life in a small city like Eindhoven ( pop. 200,000 ) in the Netherlands is about the same mess as the daily Jakarta life. No harm done, by bike you can enjoy special routes and roads for bikers only. Imagine that..

Posted in Travel @ 28 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono was—literally—cornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the country’s upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five people killed after bus hits truck Five people were killed and 11 others injured after a bus hit a truck on the Gempol toll road, some 30 kilometers from the East Java capital of Surabaya, early on Sunday, Antara reported. An eyewitness said the accident occurred after the truck, carrying a load of ammonia, slammed on its brakes suddenly. The bus, which was behind the truck, went out of control and the driver couldn't avoid the accident, he said.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






Pertamina finds oil in Sumenep An oil reserve estimated to hold 75 million barrels of oil was found in West Lebbeng village, Sumenep district, East Java, an official of state oil and gas company Pertamina has said. The find will make Sumenep the richest district on Madura island, staff member of the contractor production sharing of the Jakarta-based Pertamina Medco joint venture, Edi Purwanto, said in Sumenep as quoted by Antara on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three blasts rock Poso Three explosions have rocked the town of Poso in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province, the scene of bloody Muslim-Christian clashes in the past, but police said today that no one was hurt. Second Sergeant Ridwan said the blasts at around 9 pm on Sunday did not cause injuries or serious damage. He said an investigation has been launched but declined further comment. Poso town and the surrounding district has suffered intermittent violence between Muslims and Christians since 2000 in which some 1,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands driven from their homes.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


11 injured by grenade in crowd Eleven people were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into a crowd gathering to celebrate Indonesia's Independence Day, in the troubled province of Aceh, police said. Police said none of the injuries was serious. The blast occurred on a soccer field about an hour before the morning ceremony was due to begin, police said. Rebels in Aceh - on the northern tip of Sumatra - have been fighting for independence since 1976.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grapples with Islamic law Women in miniskirts gyrate in all-night discotheques, where designer drugs circulate as freely as alcohol. Friday, the Islamic sabbath, is a regular work day. Pork is widely available in restaurants and supermarkets. These and other violations of Islamic law - or sharia - are the norm in Indonesia, the world's largest Islamic country, where secularism has long held sway in national legislation. Although some religious parties asked for sharia law to be included among a set of constitutional amendments adopted Saturday by lawmakers, the measure was dropped because of overwhelming opposition within the national legislature.

Posted in Religion @ 15 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy moved to Indonesian Alcatraz The son of Indonesia's former President Suharto has been moved to a top security island prison, dubbed 'the Indonesian Alcatraz', to serve out his 15-year jail term for murder. Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra was convicted in July of ordering the assassination of a high court judge who had earlier convicted him of corruption. He has since been held in Jakarta's high security Cipinang Prison, but there were several allegations that he had been receiving special treatment there as well as being allowed luxury items in his cell.

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






Soekarno-Hatta to be offered to foreign investors The president director of PT Angkasa Pura II, Edie Haryoto, disclosed on Tuesday that the state-owned company operating Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International Airport would be sold to foreign investors. "At the initial stage, foreign investors will only be entitled to buy 10 percent to 15 percent of the shares. But if evaluations to be done every three years show that the investor's presence improves the company's performance, it will be allowed to hold up to 39 percent of the shares," Edie said, as quoted by the Antara news agency.

Posted in Economy @ 13 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian legislature approves direct presidential vote Indonesia's top legislature approved on Saturday the direct election of the nation's president, a milestone in the country's democratic transition. Indonesian presidents were previously appointed by the 700-member legislative body, known as the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR). "...The two pairs (of president and vice president candidates) with the most votes in the election will be chosen by the people," head of the MPR, Amien Rais, told the assembly on the last day of its annual session.

Posted in Elections @ 10 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body opposes U.S. war with Iraq One of Indonesia's leading Muslim organisations has warned the United States not to launch an attack on Iraq, saying it had no moral grounds to do so, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The U.S. is debating an attack on Iraq to topple the regime of President Saddam Hussein, seen as a threat over efforts to develop weapons of mass destruction. "I don't see that the planned attack will be a popular move for the country because the U.S. doesn't have the moral ground to attack other countries, even if they are accused of terrorism," the Post quoted Muhammadiyah Chairman Syafii Maarif as saying.

Posted in Religion @ 10 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the past 40 years Hotel Indonesia in Central Jakarta has been the capital's major landmark, and its fame is often linked to the country's political pride. Built to fill the need for an international standard hotel for the 1962 Asian Games, Hotel Indonesia was the first high-rise hotel in the country. At that time, it had 14 floors and 400 rooms compared to its current 586 rooms.

Posted in History @ 10 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian student protesters besiege parliament Scores of Indonesian students laid siege to parliament on Tuesday, breaking through the gates before running into police barriers, in a protest against moves by some legislators to block key constitutional changes. The students were among 5,000 protesting at moves by smaller factions in the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) to halt the revisions, including setting a mechanism for direct election of the president and vice president from 2004. Indonesian presidents are currently appointed by the MPR, the nation's top legislature.

Posted in Protests @ 07 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions






The Indonesian government will soon decide whether to impose a state of emergency in Aceh, the rebellious and resource-rich region on the tip of Sumatra island. But if Jakarta were serious about ending the separatist rebellion in Aceh, it would not be talking about a military solution. It would be talking instead about ending corruption, upholding the law, and making the conflict less profitable for all parties concerned. Now more than ever, the war in Aceh is about money, and no one is clean. An autonomy law, adopted last year, has created a giant slush fund for provincial officials from oil and gas revenues, with no effective controls over how the money is spent. Every day, the local press carries stories about misspent funds, missing budget allocations, suspected cronyism, or crooked contractors.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Student demand change in Indonesia Water cannons dispersed thousands of protesters who stormed the gates of Indonesia's parliament and demanded sweeping constitutional reforms, including the right of voters to elect the president directly and an end to the military's official role in politics. It was the third straight day of demonstrations in front of the heavily guarded parliament where the country's supreme legislature is holding its annual two-week meeting. About 7,000 people, mostly students, demanded the 700-member body introduce direct presidential elections and eliminate a block of 38 seats reserved for representatives of the security forces.

Posted in Protests @ 06 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian groups press for Islamic law Muslim groups are upping the pressure on lawmakers here to introduce Islamic law in the country, with thousands taking to the streets in several cities yesterday calling for the Syariah to be incorporated in the Constitution. In Jakarta, members and supporters of 10 Muslim groups were led by clerics, including terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir, to the National Assembly (MPR), where they urged legislators to amend the Constitution and make Islamic law applicable to all Muslims. The groups were backed by Vice-President Hamzah Haz, who earlier in the day praised their movement in a speech marking the fourth anniversary of the radical Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI).

Posted in Religion @ 06 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cow dung served as MPR breakfast Dozens of students from several universities in Greater Jakarta sent a bag of cow's feces to members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) staying at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Central Jakarta to protest the legislators' poor performance during the Annual Session. "We have been disappointed to see that ever since the first day of the session, there have been clandestine attempts (from some of MPR's members) to scrap the amendments of the Constitution," said Rico Marbun, chairman of the University of Indonesia's Student Executive Body (BEM).

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powell promises Indonesia $50 million U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell promised Indonesia on Friday $50 million in coming years to help the country's security forces fight terrorism, but he made clear full military relations were still some way off. Powell arrived in Jakarta overnight, carrying the prospect of $16 million in emergency cash to help police fight terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, regarded as Southeast Asia's weakest link in the U.S.-led war on terror. Powell was asked if the $16 million was in fact in the pipeline at a news conference and he replied: "With respect to various programmes we have been examining in military-to-military and counter-terrorism and other programmes, the number you have mentioned is not far off."

Posted in Terrorism @ 02 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bleak future for repatriated Indonesians There won't be jobs in Indonesia for most migrant workers returning from Malaysia, but officials in Jakarta said they can offer them training to develop their skills, or help them start small businesses. Mr Adang Farid, who oversees domestic-employment matters at the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, also disclosed that President Megawati Sukarnoputri would raise Malaysia's repatriation of illegal Indonesian workers next week when she meets Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for talks.

Posted in General @ 01 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus ahead of Malaysian labor deadline Under the new law, illegal workers face fines of up to 2,000 ringgit ($US530), five years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane. Officials say they will begin enforcing the law from Thursday. Many employers want the workers to stay, saying they can't afford higher wages for registered workers. The employers also complain the foreign workers are employed in jobs locals would not do. Human rights groups have voiced concerns that genuine asylum seekers may face persecution if they are forced to return home.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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