JAKARTA - Vice-president Yusuf Kalla said that he hoped that Indonesians would be watching television tonight. This might be a clearest signal until now that drastic hikes in subsidized fuels are imminent. Some say they might even be raised as early as midnight tonight, just more than four hours away for most Indonesians.
This announcement, which has been broadcast on all major tv-channels in Indonesia, prompted even longer queues at many fuel stations in many cities. Since fuel stocks at stations are limited, some already have run dry with new stock only arriving as early as tomorrow or the day after.