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Malaysia deports 20,000 Indonesian migrant workers annually Malaysia deports around 20 thousand Indonesian migrant workers every year, allegedly because they fall foul of the law, National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) said.

Posted in Crime @ 31 August 2014 01:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


22 foreign nationals arrested on cyber crime charges Police arrested 22 foreign nationals for allegedly being involved in cyber crime at the Bukit Senyum elite housing complex in Batam city on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 20 July 2014 00:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China includes part of Natuna waters in its map China has included part of Natuna waters in Indonesias Riau Islands province in its territorial map, assistant deputy to the chief security minister for defense strategic doctrine Commodore Fahru Zaini stated.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2014 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau forst fire hot spot multiplied 150 times forest fire hot spots in Riau have multiplied 150 times, from 64 on Sunday (Feb. 23) to 1,234 on Monday, across eight districts and cities, as detected by Terra and Aqua Satellites, BMKG stated.

Posted in Forest fires @ 24 February 2014 13:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian caught trying to smuggle 11,877 ecstasy pills A Malaysian citizen of Indian descent, MR, was caught at the Batam Center Ferry Port carrying 11,877 ecstasy pills worth around Rp3 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2014 20:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police arrest 61 Vietnamese fishermen for illegal fishing The Batam Water Police recently took 61 Vietnamese fishermen into custody for illegal fishing in the waters of Riau Island province, stated an official. "On January 4, the fishermen were caught onboard four big fishing vessels in the waters of the Anambas District. They entered the Riau Island waters through the South China Sea," Commander of Bisma 8001 patrol boat Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sigit N. Hidayat remarked here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 January 2014 18:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy halt treasure raider ship in Riau Islands The Indonesian warship, KRI Teluk Gilimanuk 531, of the Navy Western Fleet (Koarmabar) halted a local flagged KM Trianis ship carrying treasures salvaged from a shipwreck in the Mapur waters, Bintan District, Riau Islands.

Posted in History @ 08 January 2014 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam immigration office deports 121 foreign nationals Since early this year, immigration authorities in Batam, Riau Islands province, have deported 121 foreign nationals on various charges. "Most of the deportees were nationals of Malaysia, Singapore, and Myanmar," Head of the Batam Immigration Office Yudi Kurniadi stated here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2013 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesting workers block road to Batam airport Noisy crowd of protesting workers are converging on the Hang Nadim cross road seeking to close access to the Batam airport. The workers said they protested as Riau Islands Governor Muhammad Sani had failed to meet his promise to determine wages of workers.

Posted in Protests @ 28 November 2013 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrests members of drug cartel The West Jakarta police have arrested six members of an international narcotic drugs ring planning to conduct a transaction involving two kilograms of methamphetamine kept in snack packets.

Posted in Drugs @ 12 November 2013 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam, Singapore shrouded in haze coming from Sumatra`s fires Thick smog haze has covered Batam and Singapore on Thursday, significantly reducing the visibility and causing eye irritation. The three-hour Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) reading spiked to 321 in Singapore, Simon D.I. Soekarno of the Indonesian embassy in Singapore told Antara on Thursday.

Posted in Forest fires @ 20 June 2013 14:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau extremely susceptible to drug trafficking The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) on Wednesday stated that Riau was extremely susceptible to international drug trafficking and might grow as an entry point of drug smuggling.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2013 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police hunt for members of Malaysia ecstasy smuggling network Police are hunting two other members of an ecstasy smuggling network unveiled in a raid in Daan Mogot, West Jakarta, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 June 2013 15:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog ready to distribute rice to Riau flood victims The branch of the state logistics board (Bulog) in Riau province said it is ready to distribute rice for flood victims in several districts in Riau and Riau Islands provinces. "We are waiting for an order from the regional administrations to start extending the relief aid for the victims," Riau Bulog spokesman Saiful said here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 February 2013 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam police confiscate meth worth Rp1 billion The police in Batam, Riau Islands, have arrested an alleged narcotics courier and confiscated 512.46 grams of methamphetamine. "The suspect was caught near a police station at the Tiban Centre, Batam," said the chief of the narcotics unit of the Batam, Rempang, Galang resort police command, Commissioner Boy Herlambang, on Wednesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 January 2013 23:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'No annexation of Semakau island by Singapore' Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Marsetio said there is no annexation of Indonesia`s outlying island, Semakau, in Riau Islands, by Singapore. Marsetio said on Tuesday the Indonesian outer islands have been registered with the United Nations (UN).

Posted in Politics @ 23 January 2013 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK: '170 district heads involved in corruption cases' Some 170 district heads in Indonesia are being questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over their involvement in various corruption cases."We are now focusing on the investigation process," KPK Corruption Prevention Unit spokesman Dedi Rahim said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2012 17:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rapid reaction strike force to carry out exercise in Natuna The commander of the Indonesian defense forces (TNI), Admiral Agus Suhartono, is scheduled to open a Rapid Reaction Strike Force (PPRC) exercise in Natuna, Riau Islands, on Tuesday.

Posted in Military @ 03 September 2012 21:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers in Riau island to conduct strike Thousands of workers in Riau Island stated they will conduct a strike if the government doesn`t respond to their demand, a source said. "We want the government to abolish the outsourcing system, cheap wages and corruption," Chairman of Riau islands` Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) Otong Sutisna said here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2012 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Govt to station marine battalion in Riau islands' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government plans to station a marine battalion in the Riau Islands to maintain security in the Malacca Strait section in Indonesian waters.

Posted in Military @ 02 June 2012 16:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian govt to ramp up troops in Natuna The government plans to increase its military presence this year on the Natuna Islands, Riau Islands Province, according to an official.

Posted in Military @ 25 May 2012 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police officer acquitted in murder case Adjunct Senior Commissioner Mindo Tampubolon had been acquitted in the murder case of Putri Mega Umboh at the Batam District Court, Riau Islands, on Thursday, although the public prosecutor demanded life in prison on the defendant.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2012 09:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


30 illegal immigrants sent to Tanjungpinang Cilegon immigration authorities are moving 30 illegal immigrants to immigration detention centers on Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2012 14:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six foreign boats caught poaching fish in Indonesian waters Indonesia`s ministry of fisheries patrol ship `Hiu` has caught six boats from Thailand and Vietnam illegally fishing in the country`s offshore waters. The foreign boats were apprehended in the Indonesian exclusive economic zone on March 29, fisheries minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 30 March 2012 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs step up patrol to prevent sand smuggling Customs officers from Riau Islands province are increasing patrols to prevent sand smuggling to Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2012 02:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police arrest 27 after violent wage protests At least 27 people have been arrested after two consecutive days of violent protesters in the Indonesian province of Riau Islands, police said on Saturday. Around 20 people were injured.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Starving dogs attack, eat owner on Batam Island A man has been found dead in western Indonesia after he was attacked and eaten by a group of dogs he left alone for two weeks without food, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 September 2011 04:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam to become 'tourism portal' by 2015? Batam in the Riau Islands is set a target to become a ďtourism portalĒ for western Indonesia in 2015, the local administration says. Batam has the potential to become a hub for tourism promotion for western Indonesian regions, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan said Monday in Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2011 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1,500 imprisoned migrant workers repatriated from Malaysia Over 1,500 Indonesian migrant workers were repatriated by the Malaysian government due to legal issues, officials said Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 29 June 2011 15:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two pirated ships and 10 crew members freed after 4 days Two pirated Indonesian ships were freed after 10 crew members were held hostage for four days off the northern island of Kalimantan, officials said on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 04 June 2011 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


IOM: Around 3,200 people smuggled into Indonesia in 2010 The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Monday said around 3,200 people from war-torn Middle Eastern countries were smuggled into Indonesia in 2010.

Posted in Crime @ 09 May 2011 15:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhonono: 'Donít build gambling center in Riau Islands' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono advised Friday against building a gambling center in Riau Islands province. "I remind you, do not ever consider it. We should never have any intention, nor a plan, to build such a place," he said in Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands.

Posted in Politics @ 27 February 2011 01:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cessna crashes in Riau Islands province kills five Five people were killed on Saturday when a small passenger plane belonging to local airline Sabang Merauke Raya Air Charter (SMAC) crashed in Riau Islands province in western Indonesia, authorities said.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 February 2011 15:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics: AIDS in Indonesia Incidence, prevalence rates, and other statistics on AIDS in Indonesia, with Papua province being the worst affected. Figures are as provided by the Department of Health up to June 30th 2010.

Posted in Health @ 03 December 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Serial child rapist faces 15-year prison term An Indonesian man is facing a 15-year prison term for a series of child rapes carried out in the island of Bali, prosecutors said Wednesday. Mochammad Davis Suharto, also known as Codet, which translates to Scarface, 30, allegedly raped five elementary school girls in Bali, aged 9 to 12, between February and April, as well as another six girls, aged 5 to 11, in Batam, Riau Islands.

Posted in Crime @ 11 November 2010 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Five new destinations for Lion Air The subsidiary of Lion Air - Wings Air - has opened up five new routes to several smaller destinations in central Indonesia. The new flights are to the destinations of Kolaka, Maumere, Ende, Natuna and Malaka (Malaysia). These routes are all flown by brand new ATR 72-500 planes and are flown from Jakarta or Denpasar.

Posted in Travel @ 17 July 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.3 million hectares of Riau rainforest 'disappeared' The destruction of the tropical rain forest in Riau is just stunning. Of the 9.2 million hectares of rain forest existing in 1982, even before the provinces of Riau and Riau Islands were formed, only some 860.000 hectares is left now. In just 28 years some 8.3 million hectares has vanished completely.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2010 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign prisoner becomes Indonesian problem A foreigner which is currently ending his jail term in a prison in Tanjungpinang in Riau Islands province after he was convicted of stealing fish from the seas around Natuna, has lost his nationality. This is causing problems for Indonesia. The man, is only known as the 30-year-old Lyce, according to the head of the immigration office in Tanjungpinang.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2010 08:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


153 TKI deported from Malaysia Some 153 so-called TKI (Indonesian overseas workers) were deported from Malaysia because of various problems. The TKI were sent to the harbor of Tanjungpinang in the Riau Islands province from Malaysya. The TKI were all arrested earlier because they did not have the proper documents to work in Malaysia.

Posted in Economy @ 10 March 2010 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scrapping 7-day visa-on-arrival causes problems Resort developers and tour agents who market tour packages for Batam and Bintan islands are crying foul over Jakarta's sudden decision to change its visa rules. On Jan 25, the Law and Human Rights Ministry said it would scrap the option for a US$10 visa-on-arrival for visitors from non-Asean countries, like the United States and Australia, which would let them stay in Indonesia for seven days.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 400 illegal TKI sent home by Malaysia Just over 400 illegal TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) have been sent back from Malaysia because they lacked the proper documents. They were sent to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta. All of the 407 deported Indonesians didn't have a passport. Some of the illegal overseas workers now say that they have been abused by the Malaysian police.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 December 2009 07:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Illegal' tickets gets officials family killed in ferry sinking Batam administration secretary Agus Suhiman said Monday that an official at the administration, Bram Sujatmiko, was believed to be among the victims of the ill-fated Dumai Ekspress 10 which sank off Karimun island in Riau Islands on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 November 2009 08:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tough laws needed to curb people-smuggling Indonesia has become a key transit point for illegal migrants in the region, but efforts to curb people-smuggling are being hampered by a dearth of stringent laws to punish offenders, officials say. Eko Daniyanto, head of the people-smuggling unit for the Indonesian national police, said international people-smuggling syndicates had operated in Indonesia since 2005.

Posted in Human rights @ 19 November 2009 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


45% of Indonesia's population threatened by malaria Indonesian Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari said on Monday that about 45 percent of the country's population is at risk of contracting malaria. Speaking to a hearing with the House of Representatives DPR, the minister said 424 of Indonesia's 495 districts and cities were malaria endemic regions.

Posted in Health @ 15 February 2009 11:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN does not recognise 613 islands in Riau 613 islands out of 2,408 islands in the Riau Archipelago which were registered by the regional administration were not recognized by the United Nations according to a local official on Friday. "The number of islands in Riau Islands province recorded by the United Nations is only 1,795," told Tengku Mukhtaruddin, assistant for general administration affairs to the Riau Islands governor.

Posted in General @ 25 August 2007 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police discover detonators, 63 tons of explosive powder ndonesian troops found detonators and 63 tons of explosive powder on a Chinese ship anchored off Batam island after it broke down in the Malacca Strait, a local police chief said. "We are trying to find out if these explosives were legal and what they were intended for," said Brig. Gen. Sutarman, head of the Riau Islands police, adding that documents found on the ship indicated it was bound for Yemen.

Posted in Crime @ 10 November 2006 02:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S'pore, RI negotiating Bintan management Singapore is negotiating with Indonesia to seek concessions to partly manage Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by turning it into free trade zone (FTZ), which could accommodate more foreign manufacturing companies. The first round of negotiation, which looks likely to trigger controversy among local politicians, began on Batam island Saturday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Singapore's Foreign Affair Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo at the forefront of the talks.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2006 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Depok, Tangerang named 'dirtiest' cities The government announced a list of the country's dirtiest cities for the first time on Friday in a bid to encourage municipal administrations to clean up their acts, and their heavily polluted urban areas. Previous governments had only made the names of the cleanest cities public.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2005 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three more die of malaria in Lombok Three more people in East Lombok regency have died of malaria since Friday, bringing the total number of deaths in the current outbreak to nine. Two of the three latest deaths occurred in the subdistricts of Sekarwangi and Ijobalit, while the other death was in neighboring Pijot subdistrict.

Posted in Health @ 22 November 2005 08:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Oil spill from Singaporean ship threatens Riau islands A Singaporean vessel carrying 200 tonnes of oil waste which sank last week off Indonesia's Riau islands has begun to spill its cargo, threatening fishing grounds, officials said Wednesday. The ship went down on July 25 as it tried to dock at a town in the Karimun region of the island chain close to Singapore, but the extent of the pollution was not known, said environment ministry spokesman Sudaryono.

Posted in Environment @ 05 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU axes more firms for missing ballot quota With polling day on April 5 being only two weeks away, more companies have been identified as having failed to print their ballot paper allotments on schedule. General Elections Commission (KPU) chairman Nazaruddin Sjamsuddin said on Monday the commission had taken back 127 film templates from Madju Medan Cipta, and others from the Manado-based Metro Post in North Sulawesi and the State Printing Company (PNRI) on Sunday, due to the firms' failures to print sufficient ballot papers for regental and municipal legislative council elections.

Posted in Elections @ 23 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mulls random blood tests for bird flu Indonesia's government will soon decide whether to take random blood samples from several regions to check for signs of bird flu infections, an official said on Sunday. Director General for Contagious Disease Control and Environmental Sanitation Umar Fahmi Achmadi said his office was considering sending teams to take the random blood samples in the cities of Jakarta and Surabaya, as well as the Riau islands south of Singapore.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six more parties pass screening for 2004 elections Six more of the 40 political parties undergoing factual verification have passed the final screening and are thus officially eligible for next year's elections, the National Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Syamsuddin said the six parties had met the minimum requirements of having branch offices in at least two-thirds or 21 of the country's 32 provinces and in two-thirds of regencies or municipalities in those provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ban on sand exports to curb rampant mining Indonesia said on Thursday it had imposed a ban on sand exports to all countries in a bid to curb rampant mining which was causing damage to the environment. "We have decided to stop sand exports from Indonesia to any country, including Singapore," Trade and Industry Minister Rini Soewandi told Reuters.

Posted in General @ 07 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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