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House approves Budi Gunawan as police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session here Thursday approved Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as the Indonesian Police Chief to replace General Sutarman after the House leaders met with heads of all factions.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2015 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Basuki has not officially become Jakarta Governor yet Acting Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has yet to officially become Jakarta Governor, although Jakartas Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) held a plenary meeting to discuss the vacancy of Jakarta Governor.

Posted in Politics @ 14 November 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Permanent coalition declared to back Prabowo-Hatta A number of political parties supporting the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa pair in the July 9 presidential election have declared a permanent coalition here on Monday to show their commitment to building a solid unity in parliament.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2014 21:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Election Commision reschedules presidential debate The General Elections Commission (KPU) has amended the schedule of next Sundays vice presidential debate from 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. after the Muslims evening "Taraweh" prayers, stated KPU Commissioner Sigit Pamungkas.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti graft commission arrests district chief from Papua The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on the night of June 16 arrested Biak Numfor Districts chief with the initials YS in a hotel in Jakarta, KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said here on Tuesday. "We have arrested him and five other people last night during a raid in a hotel in Jakarta," Johan added.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 June 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency questions Jero Wacik The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik for questioning as a witness over a graft case related to the ministrys amended State Budget (APBN-P) 2013 by Parliaments Commission VII.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 June 2014 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls for cabinet meeting President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono calls for a cabinet meeting here on Wednesday to remind ministers to continue their work until the end of their service time next October 2014, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said.

Posted in Polio @ 04 June 2014 10:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi using unpaid volunteers to campaign for him Indonesian presidential candidate Joko Widodo alias Jokowi, as he is popularly called, claimed he is using unpaid volunteers to support his bid for president in the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 30 May 2014 00:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Suryadharma Ali returns his mandate  to president Suryadharma Ali returned his mandate as religious affairs minister to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Monday who in turn asked him to write a resignation letter in the next few days.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 May 2014 22:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo names Mahfud MD success team chairman Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto has asked former Constitutional Court chairman Mahfud MD to be the chairman of his presidential elections success team.

Posted in Elections @ 21 May 2014 08:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi-Kalla pair register with election commission Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and M. Jusuf Kalla registered themselves at the General Election Commission (KPU) soon after they formally declared themselves as the presidential and vice presidential candidates on Monday.

Posted in Elections @ 19 May 2014 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK searches state printing firm`s office over e-KTP The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday searched the office of the state-owned printing company (PNRI) as part of efforts to probe alleged corruption charges in procuring electronic identification cards (e-KTP). "The search is still going on," KPKs spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions religious affairs minister on alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali on an alleged corruption in hajj funds collected by the government.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body confiscates a mayor`s grandmother's car The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) had confiscated a car belonging to the grandmother of Tangerang Selatans mayor Airin Rachmi Diany. The car was confiscated on Wednesday in connection with the alleged case of money laundering of Airins husband Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Indonesian new president must maintain anti-graft body' Honorary Council Secretary of the Constitutional Court (MK) Hikmahanto Juwana said that the next president who would be elected in this years presidential race must maintain the existence of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 20 April 2014 12:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP leads preliminary result of LSI quick count The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) led the preliminary result of a quick vote count by the Jakarta-based pollster, the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI), in the parliamentary election on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s citizens in U.S. cast votes on Saturday Indonesian citizens living in the United States (U.S.), along with the Indonesian Ambassador, Budi Bowoleksono and his wife Reshanty Bowoleksono cast votes on Saturday (April 5) for legislative general elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 22:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS expresses optimism to be in big three The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) expressed its optimism that it would become one of the big three political parties following the upcoming legislative elections on April 9, 2014.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2014 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK names former health minister as suspect The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former Health Affairs Minister SFS (Siti Fadilah Supari) as suspect in an alleged corruption of medical equipment procurement, the anti-graft body spokesman said.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 April 2014 01:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wants small group in political coalition Presidential candidate from Indonesian democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that he wanted a small group of party coalition if he gets elected as Indonesian president.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 15:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mbak Tutut campaigns for Golkar Siti Hardiyanti, popularly known as Mbak Tutut, has decided to campaign for Golkar Party and has officially registered her name with the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi begins PDIP campaign in Jakarta The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) began its first-day campaign in Jakarta by sending its presidential candidate Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to a number of historic places in the capital city.

Posted in Elections @ 16 March 2014 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former party leader suspect in money laundering case Former ruling Democrat Party leader Anas Urbaningrum was named as a suspect in a money laundering case by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 March 2014 21:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions former Democrat Party treasurer The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questions former Democrat Party Treasurer Sartono Hutomo as witness in the alleged corruption case of the Hambalang sports center, West Java province, and other cases, here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former ruling party chief grilled by KPK Indonesias anti-graft agency, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), grilled former chief of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, for the first time on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas Urbaningrum detained by KPK over corruption allegations On Friday, the former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after several hours of interrogation, in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body calls on Anas to meet its summons The former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum was subpoenaed by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for questioning on his alleged involvement in the Hambalang Sport Center graft case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2014 22:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK names Banten governor as suspect in 2 corruption cases The Governor of Banten province Ratu Atut Chosiyah has been named as a suspect in two corruption cases that are currently being investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), KPKs Chairman Abraham Samad said on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 December 2013 18:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Policewomen allowed to wear headscarves Indonesian policewomen will be allowed to wear headscarves on duty, according to a top police official. "Starting tomorrow, women who wish to wear headscarves can do so while on duty, " the new national police chief, General Sutarman, said after meeting with members of the Forum of Chief Editors at the National Police Headquarters here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2013 01:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rudi Rubiandini named suspect in money laundering case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has named former Chief of Special Task Forces for the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory (SKK Migas) Rudi Rubiandini as a suspect in a money laundering case.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'PDIP wins 2014 elections with Jokowi' The Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) analyst Ikrar Nusabhakti predicts the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) will sweep both legislative and presidential 2014 General Elections, if it carries Joko Widodo as a presidential candidate.

Posted in Politics @ 02 September 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House plenary enacts bill on revised budget into law The House of Representatives finally enacted the Bill on the 2013 Revised State Budget into law through a voting mechanism in its plenary session here on Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS backs government`s policy to raise fuel prices The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) fully supports the government`s policy to raise the prices of subsidized fuels, the party`s former president said.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2013 01:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President leads coalition meeting over draft of state budget President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a closed-door meeting with leaders of government coalition parties on Tuesday night to discuss recent economic developments as part of efforts to save the draft revision of the 2013 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2013 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to bring witnesses by force if necessary The prosecutors of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) promised to bring in witnesses to testify at the trial of the beef import case.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 May 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Suswono meets antigraft body`s summons Agriculture Minister Suswono met the summons of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to be grilled as a witness in a beef import scandal on Thursday. "KPK invited me for questioning as a witness for four suspects in the beef import scandal," the minister said when he arrived at the KPK building at 10 am on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 March 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta customs foil attempt to smuggle beef  from Australia The Customs office in cooperation with the Quarantine Agency of the agriculture ministry has foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country 1.4 tons of beef from Australia via Jakarta`s Tanjung Priok port.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2013 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS says corruption case due to zionist conspiracy The statement of high party members of the Islamic PKS party that a zionist conspiracy was created against the party which it caused to be involved in a huge corruption scandal has been made without any evidence backing it up. "It's just pure speculation, there is no evidence at all," said Habiburohkman, of the Union of Spokespersons.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 February 2013 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Party chief detained over alleged involvement in bribery case Indonesia`s anti-graft body KPK detained Prosperous Justice Party chief Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq on Thursday in connection with his alleged role in a bribery case. "He is held at the KPK detention center in the Military Police station in Guntur for the next 20 days," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 22:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests three suspects in high profile bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested three suspects involved in an alleged high profile bribery case implicating a political party chief.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wives of PKS officials banned from nominating for legislator The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has decided to ban the wives of public officials of the party from nominating for legislative membership. "The ban is aimed at avoiding a conflict of interests and dynastic politics," PKS President Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq in a press statement released on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 06 January 2013 14:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foke congratulates Jokowi on Jakarta gubernatorial elections win Incumbent Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo (Foke) congratulated Joko Widodo (Jokowi) on his victory in the gubernatorial elections on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2012 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS demands probe team for Sampang violence The Justice and Prosperous Party (F-PKS) has called on the government to form a team to investigate the events that led to the attack against Shiite Muslims in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian legislator opposes import of Israel fruits A legislator has strongly criticized the importation of dates and shantang oranges fruits from Israel, saying the income from such trade aids Israel`s continued occupation of Palestine.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 August 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Elderly hajj pilgrims must be prioritized' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the relevant agencies to give priority to elderly would-be hajj pilgrims.

Posted in Religion @ 12 April 2012 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS to remain in government coalition: PKS president President of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq has said his party would remain in the government coalition, even though it was not invited to a recent meeting of the Coalition`s Joint Secretariat.

Posted in Politics @ 07 April 2012 17:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: PKS to quit coalition The Prosperous and Justice Party (PKS) intends to quit the government coalition, a minister said. "It intends to quit, but I think it is still under discussion," Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al-Jufri said here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2012 14:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS told to leave government over fuel price rebellion Democratic Party executive and lawmaker Umar Arsal said on Sunday the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) should withdraw its ministers from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Cabinet after refusing to support the government's recent plan to increase fuel prices.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2012 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian parliament to decide on fuel price hike The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) is scheduled to decide on the controversial proposed fuel price hike during a Friday plenary meeting. This was announced following a meeting between the government and the DPR's Budget Committee here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 March 2012 09:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor elections expected to proceed to two rounds Political observer Andrinof Chaniago has predicted that the Jakarta Regional Head elections will proceed in two rounds.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2012 14:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House factions differ on gasoline restriction plan Several political party factions in the House of Representatives (DPR) differ with regard to the government`s plan to restrict consumption of subsidized gasoline.

Posted in Politics @ 26 January 2012 00:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WikiLeaks cable: U.S. believed 2007 Jakarta election 'rigged' A newly-released confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia shows that U.S. officials believed the historic 2007 gubernatorial election in Jakarta was rigged.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 September 2011 05:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Legislator: parcel bomb issue should not be used against Islam An Indonesian legislator on Monday stated that the recent parcel bomb incidents should not be used to discredit Islam, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2011 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party invites opposition Gerindra to join coalition Indonesia's ruling Democrat Party on Thursday invited the opposition Gerindra party to join the government coalition, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2011 21:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The naughty hand of minister-idiot Tifatul Sembiring Once more, the biggest munafik created a buzz around his very own pathetic little person as Minister of Information of the Indonesian Republic, Tifatul Sembiring. How he did it this time? Well, it's quite simple; as self-proclaimed 'good muslem' - member of the radical Islamic PKS party that has an hidden agenda of founding an Islamic state in Indonesia and Southeast Asia - he shook the hand of a female person that was not his own wife.

Posted in Religion @ 10 November 2010 12:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan: Which 'porn' is really blocked? Just several weeks ago the Indonesian Minister of Communication, reli-nut Tifatul Sembiring of the radical Islamic Party for Prosperous Justice PKS, threatened to block half the internet. This was to protect Islamic values during the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. And was most likely to be maintained afterward as well, because it was already implemented anyway.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2010 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'All porn sites will be blocked before Ramadhan' Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said in Jakarta on Thursday that his ministry would block all local and foreign porn sites and the target for the completion of the blockage will before Ramadhan fasting month next month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 22 July 2010 15:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious idiot of the month: Tifatul Sembiring I don't know if it has to be something monthly, I am afraid that it will be something daily here in Indonesia. Still I am going to try it: putting down the most stupid religious talk from the mouth of an Indonesian person in this blog, so others with at least some common sense can 'finish him off' (proverbial that is).

Posted in Religion @ 29 November 2009 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Aceh legislators: 'F*ck you sharia law!' The newly inaugurated members of the legislative council in Aceh are planning on revising the sharia 'stoning'-bylaw recently passed by - now - former legislators. That law allows people that commit adultery to be stoned to death in the province. The turn-around is remarkable, but does more resemble the wishes of the people in the province than enacting such Islamic regulations in the first place.

Posted in Religion @ 23 October 2009 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


2nd United Indonesia Cabinet unveiled President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet last evening. There are 34 ministers, most of them are politicians from his coalition parties. Six ministers were from his own Democratic Party, including the important minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS mayor orders shutdown of karaoke in Depok The city of Depok has already committed itself to closing down all karaoke in the regency, but has yet to forcefully close those outlets that have not been closed yet. They were given a weeks time to do so. The head of the civil police Satpol PP in the city of Depok explained that warning letters had already been sent earlier ordering all karaoke to close down within a week.

Posted in Religion @ 18 October 2009 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Being gay in Aceh now punishable by sharia law In another huge step backwards, the regional government of Aceh, in the northern tip of Sumatra, has accepted the new - far more strict - Islamic laws. The ones now in place just tell people how to dress and obliges Muslems to pray, but the laws now accepted include a prison term of eight years for just being gay and being stoned to death if you decided to have sex with someone else then your spouse.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2009 13:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh: the sick western tip of Indonesia The most strict Islamic region in Indonesia, the westernmost tip of the island of Sumatra, is to adopt a much stricter form of Islamic law than the one now in place. Married adulterers will be stoned to death in the new law, which will make Indonesia look like a complete fool if the law is eventually allowed to be adopted by the central government.

Posted in Religion @ 10 September 2009 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Mujahidin activist: 'My child is not a terrorist!' That terrorists are strange people might be nothing new to you, but the hype of denial is reaching new hights every single day. Fortunately for PKS member of parliament Anugerah, he was forgotten instantly when it became clear that the child of a former member of the Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia ('Mujahidin Council Indonesia', MMI) is wanted because of his involvement to last months suicide bomb attacks in Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 August 2009 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Member of PKS doesn't know his brother is terrorist Anugerah, member of the PKS '(Partai Keadilan Sejahtera', a strict Islamic party which earlier wanted a unitary Islamic state in Southeast Asia) said he didn't know that his little brother is a fugitive. Wanted for terrorist activities in Indonesia, Saefuddin Jaelani, is currently on the run for Indonesian authorities.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 August 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia president picks Boediono as VP candidate Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono confirmed on Friday central bank governor Boediono as his vice presidential running mate in a July election, a choice that has been broadly welcomed by markets.

Posted in Politics @ 15 May 2009 15:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU quick count shows even bigger win for secular parties The first quick count results from KPU, the Indonesian general election commission, show that the secular parties have gained even more than what first indicated by various surveys held on election day, yesterday. Below is the quick count result from KPU, the final counts will be announced within one month.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2009 04:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Quick count: Secular parties win over Islamic parties The democratic party of current president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono comes up as the winner during quick counts made by several different organisations. The party gets around 20 percent of the votes nationally. Numbers two and three are the Democratic Party of Struggle from former president Megawati Sukarnoputri and Golkar, the labour party of former president Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


51 political parties have passed administrative registration The parties that are allowed to join the general elections next year are finally listed. Seven parties are entitled to join without any checks, they are the biggest seven at this moment. Nine others were preferred and 35 new parties have their administrative registration passed.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2008 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister to inspect preparations for Aceh regional chief elections Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf left Jakarta for Aceh Province on Wednesday to inspect preparations made for the upcoming implementation of the Aceh direct regional chief elections scheduled for December 11, 2006. Minister Ma`ruf is expected to visit several districts in Indonesia`s northernmost province of Aceh, to monitor the preparations made by the regions.

Posted in Elections @ 08 November 2006 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Children from Mblali On a late afternoon late last week I was to receive a short text message. I get a lot of them here as it is a cheap way to communicate here during the day, but this one was more special, or more important however you want to call it. It was from a foundation that has done emergency response after the earthquake in Central Java - today two months ago - as well as to tsunami-stricken Pangandaran just a while ago. They are still active in the area of Mblali, a village where people from other villages have found shelter after the earthquake. As one of the few they have maintained their outpost on the local field there, while most other organizations have already wrapped up their 'on-the-spot' emergency efforts.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS wants women-only cars in railway law The Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has proposed that the railway law require every train provide a women-only car to prevent sexual harassment of female passengers. A member of the special committee on the railway law from the PKS faction, Abdul Hakim, said Friday that the measure was needed because of the "inhumane conditions" of most train cars, especially in the greater Jakarta area.

Posted in General @ 16 July 2006 15:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian protesters condemn Israel's attacks Thousands of Muslim protesters have flooded the main streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, condemning continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon that have killed scores of civilians. The Government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has called on Israel to stop the strikes and urged the disputing parties to get back to the negotiating table.

Posted in Protests @ 16 July 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS promises not to take hard-line on nightspots Known for its Islamic outlook, the emergence of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) as a major faction in the Jakarta City Council has raised concerns for businessmen who own entertainment spots, who worry that the councillors will take an narrow view on nightspots. This fear, however, was dismissed by council PKS faction chairman Gunawan on Thursday since a hard-line policy would spark unrest in society. He added that a repressive approach would be counterproductive if the public was not ready to accept it.

Posted in Elections @ 24 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh faces feature in next govt New faces will dominate Indonesia's next government following the country's April 5 legislative polls, according to official election documents. The Kompas newspaper says new faces make up 72 per cent of the country's next Parliament or People's Representative Council (DPR). It based its conclusion on the list of names of the incoming Members of Parliament, released on Tuesday by the Indonesian General Election Commission.

Posted in Elections @ 05 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 1,000 lose homes in Kebon Melati inferno Siti Rohayah's eyes were brimming with tears while she watched firefighters struggling to put out the fire that destroyed her home on Wednesday morning in the Kebon Melati subdistrict, Central Jakarta. The 30-year-old mother, who is expecting her eighth baby in several days, lost everything in the fire. Helped by her mother Umayah, 55, she rescued her children from the fire that quickly spread from one house to another. Her husband, Umar Faruk, was still working at the nearby Tanah Abang market when the incident took place.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 July 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] Golkar party proclaimed election winner Golkar Party, the former political machine of Indonesian autocrat Suharto, won the largest percentage of votes in the April 5th general poll, election officials said on Wednesday. In the final tally, Golkar won 21.58 per cent of the 113.4 million valid votes cast in last month's parliamentary polls, said General Election Commission (KPU) chief Nazuruddin Syamsuddin.

Posted in Elections @ 05 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS leader defends visiting Ba'asyir The head of an Indonesian Islamist party that did well in recent legislative polls said on Sunday he visited militant Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Ba'asyir in jail because the United States was intervening in the case. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid said he visited Ba'asyir at a Jakarta prison on Saturday because he believed the rule of law in Indonesia was not being respected.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


19 parties reject election results Nineteen Indonesian political parties rejected the results of the April 5 parliamentary election, saying the process had been riddled with problems. "We have decided to reject the election results and demanded that they be cancelled," a spokesman for the group, Adnan Buyung Nasution, told a press conference after a meeting of representatives from the 19 parties. "There were too many cases of negligence and mistakes," Nasution said.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P holds on to gain with almost half of the votes counted President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party maintained a slight edge over the chief rival Golkar Friday with nearly half the votes tallied from Indonesia's April 5 general election. However Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appeared to have suffered a big drop in support, winning 20.8 percent of 59.5 million votes tallied so far compared to the 34 percent it won in total in 1999. Golkar, the party which backed former dictator Suharto, was on 20 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid alleges fraud in vote tally as concerns mount Former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid has alleged fraud in the computerided tally of election results and said 16 parties would meet to discuss whether to accept the outcome of Monday's poll. "There is widespread fraud," he said in an interview on local radio, citing the vote count and "various other" problems. "It's still a question whether the results of this election can be accepted," he said. Local newspapers on Thursday also reported concerns about possible fraud in the computerised tally.

Posted in Elections @ 08 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamist party likely to be future force When a young Indonesian Islamist party put more than 100,000 members on the streets of Jakarta last year to protest at the impending U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, people started to take notice. The Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) has caught the eye again during parliamentary elections this week, making strong gains that show it is an emerging power in Indonesian politics. But those gains came by shelving its conservative Muslim agenda in public and focusing on what irks Indonesians most -- graft, injustice and unemployment. Just what the party will do with its Islamist platform now remains an open question.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's party holds slim lead in Indonesia poll Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party clung to a slim lead on Tuesday following parliamentary elections, but with less than one percent of the vote counted, the race is wide open. Investors shrugged off the excruciatingly slow vote tally, as they pushed the Jakarta stock market up more than two percent in morning trade. Election observers said any reliable indication of the winner from the official count could take as long as a week.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's former party inches ahead in poll The former party of ousted Indonesian strongman Suharto was marginally ahead in vote counting Tuesday following elections, but with less than two percent of the ballots tallied the race was wide open. By early evening, with nearly two million votes counted, President Megawati Sukarnoputri's Indonesia Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P), with 18.39 percent of the vote, was neck-and-neck with Golkar at 18.42 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim party draws biggest election crowd A conservative Muslim party has drawn the biggest crowd yet in Indonesia's parliamentary election campaign, as an estimated 100,000-plus supporters massed at a Jakarta stadium on Tuesday to hear its anti-corruption message. Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) leader Hidayat Nur Wahid, wearing a white Muslim shirt, black pants and white Muslim cap, told an enthusiastic crowd the PKS would "fight for every level of society's prosperity, and the strategy is by eradicating corruption".

Posted in Elections @ 30 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamzah: PPP not set on Islamic state United Development Party (PPP) leader Hamzah Haz asserted on Saturday his party did not want to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state. "The first principle (of Pancasila is belief in) one God, which is a declaration that Indonesia is a religious nation," he told thousands of supporters during a campaign rally at the Bung Karno Sports Complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kerosene sold at Rp.500 per liter to woo voters Political parties are relying on a variety of tricks to woo voters during the election campaign, including the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in Semarang, the capital of Central Java province. As the election is a few days away, the PKS has intensified its campaigning here by selling cheap kerosene to residents in Tambaklorok fishing village, North Semarang district.

Posted in Elections @ 26 March 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic candidates mum on polygamy Realizing their demographic power, Islamic political parties are working hard to win women's votes in the April 5 legislative election. A no-less important strategy is avoiding sensitive issues like polygamy, permitted in Islam. Interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Nursanita Nasution of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Aisyah Amini of the United Development Party (PPP) said their parties would support all measures to ensure better protection for women.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaign violence, public disorder emerge The violent behavior on Thursday by the campaign participants in several cities sent an alarming message to the 24 political parties that they needed to keep a handle on their supporters and improve their street campaign strategies to ensure that the April 5 legislative election would proceed peacefully and democratically. In Surakarta, Central Java, supporters of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), chaired by incumbent President Megawati Soekarnoputri, beat up a supporter of the Muslim-based Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). The region has a history of riots, including ethnic violence.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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