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New religious affairs minister visits anti-graft body Newly inducted Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin visited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office on Tuesday to hold consultation on Hajj pilgrimage management at his ministry. "I only want to get inputs from the KPK," he stated while arriving at the KPK building on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 June 2014 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian hajj pilgrims to use electronic bracelets Indonesias government is discussing plans to equip hajj pilgrims with electronic bracelets to reduce the number of Indonesians lost in Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister convinced hajj management better this year Interim Religious Affairs Minister Agung Laksono who is also chief peoples welfare minister, said that the implementation of hajj pilgrimage this year will be better.

Posted in Religion @ 01 June 2014 12:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health department: 'Postpone Umrah pilgrimage over MERS' West Sumatra Health Department issued an advice to postpone Umra pilgrimage for people above 60 years and those who are not in good health, following the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus outbreak.

Posted in Health @ 12 May 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Satinah`s task force deplores minister`s statement The Head of Task Force to free Satinah, Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni, stated that he was deplored by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandars statement, accusing his team of unprofessionalism.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2014 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


39 Indonesian migrant workers face death penalty in Saudi Arabia Thirty-nine Indonesian migrant workers are currently facing a death penalty in Saudi Arabia for alleged involvement in various crimes, according to a foreign ministry official.

Posted in Crime @ 24 March 2014 21:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues negotiations on Sutinah's rights Indonesian government continues to negotiate for Sutinah, a woman migrant worker who had received death sentence from Saudi Arabian court for murder and robbery, the amends of which amounts to an unreasonable Rp25 billion.

Posted in General @ 24 March 2014 17:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President inducts eight new ambassadors At the Presidential Palace, on Friday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed eight ambassadors who will be commissioned in various countries.

Posted in Politics @ 14 February 2014 19:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House writes to Saudi government on overstayers The House of Representatives (DPR) has written a letter to the Saudi government over Indonesians overstaying their residence visas in that country and were now being accommodated at shelters, stated House Speaker Marzuki Alie.

Posted in General @ 15 January 2014 23:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


265 Indonesian migrant workers on foreign death rows Some 265 migrant workers from Indonesia are facing the death penalty in countries such as Malaysia, China and Saudi Arabia, Migrant Care founder Anis Hidayah said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2013 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


600 Indonesian overstayers in Jeddah detention center A total of 596 Indonesians without valid visas remain in the immigration detention center at Tarhil, Shumaysi, Jeddah, according to official information. Based on a press release from the Indonesian Consulate General Jeddah received by ANTARA News here, on Friday, 400 Indonesian were deported by the Saudi Arabia government.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2013 15:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


6000 overstaying Indonesians repatriated from Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repatriated 6,017 Indonesians, who had exceeded their permitted length of stay in Saudi Arabia, while the remaining 4,757 were still lodged in the Shumaysi Immigration Shelter.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Remittances from Indonesian workers reach Rp100 trillion Indonesia earns about Rp100 trillion in foreign exchange every year from Indonesian workers in various countries across Asia and Europe, a manpower official has said.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2013 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia flown home About 500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia were flown to Jakarta on Saturday. Head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) for Saudi Arabia Sherief Rachmat confirmed about 500 of the 7,800 "overstayers" in Jawazat Tarhil Sumaysi, Saudi Arabia, left for home at noon.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to grill Banten governor as witness in bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) will question Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah on Friday regarding an alleged bribery case related to the Lebak district head`s disputed election.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 October 2013 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 4.8 million tourists visit Indonesia until July More than 4,872,260 foreign tourists visited Indonesia in the first seven months of this year, up 6.4 percent from the same period last year, Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 September 2013 00:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of Indonesian overstayers ask for Saudi amnesty About 300,000 Indonesian immigrants overstaying their stay permits in Saudi Arabia are asking for amnesty to the Saudi government, a senior manpower official said.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2013 17:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah opens 21 hours per day The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opens 21 hours a day to accelerate registration of workers wishing to obtain documents in lieu of passport (SPLP) from the Saudi government, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


78 Indonesians to be deported after Jeddah incident About 78 Indonesians who are being detained by authority in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for their involvement in a stampede in front of the Indonesian consulate will be deported soon, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said here on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 13 June 2013 21:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia cuts Indonesia's hajj quota by 20% The Saudi government has cut Indonesia`s hajj pilgrimage quota this year by 20 percent or 42,200 pilgrims from 211,000 to 168,000 pilgrims, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 June 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


An indonesian dies during chaos in Saudi Arabia An Indonesian is reportedly died during chaos in front of Indonesian Consulate office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday (June 9), spokesman to foreign Affairs Ministry Michael Tene said here on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 10 June 2013 15:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'38 Indonesians facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia' About 38 Indonesians are facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia for conducting various crimes, the Foreign Affairs Ministry`s Director for Protection of Indonesian Nationals Abroad, Tatang Budhie Razak, said here on Wednesday. "Of the 38 men and women, four are waiting for execution process while the rest are having their case in court," Tatang said.

Posted in Crime @ 14 March 2013 19:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt has no right to ban women from working abroad The government has no right to ban Indonesian women from working abroad but rather it must protect them against any work risk wherever they are employed, according to the Indonesian Migrant Workers Placement Agencies Association (Himsataki).

Posted in General @ 12 February 2013 10:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans house maids from working in Middle East Indonesia still bans female domestic helpers from working in the Middle East, particularly in countries which are still affected by a moratorium, a minister said.

Posted in Economy @ 11 February 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Nigeria cooperate to fight against drugs smuggling The Indonesian National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and Nigeria have agreed to share information as part of their committment to eradicating and preventing drug smuggling, involving the citizens of both countries.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 February 2013 15:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s military spending at 0.7 pct of GDP Indonesia`s military spending is still very small recorded at only 0.7 percent of its gross domestic product or far below that of other countries in the world, Vice President Boediono said.

Posted in Military @ 07 November 2012 16:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


58 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia Ten more Indonesian hajj pilgrims died in Saudi Arabia, bringing to 58 the total number of deaths since the first flight batch arrived in the Holy Land on September 21.

Posted in Religion @ 17 October 2012 12:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 17,000 Indonesian hajj pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia A total of 17,051 Indonesian hajj pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia since the first batch arrived at King Abdul Azis airport in Jeddah five days ago, according to a hajj official.

Posted in Religion @ 26 September 2012 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


4,433 Indonesians arrive in Jeddah for hajj pilgrimage A total of 4,433 Indonesians from various regions have arrived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to participate in the hajj pilgrimage.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 22:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Dahlan Iskan hospitalized in Singapore due to fatigue State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has been hospitalized at a hospital in Singapore since Sunday (September 9), after he complained of fatigue.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2012 13:53 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


Indonesian maid becomes millionaire after inheriting property An Indonesian maid, whose name cannot be revealed for security reasons, has inherited 20 million Saudi riyals after her employer`s death. As reported by local Saudi daily Okaz on Tuesday (July 9), the Indonesian maid came to Saudi Arabia to work for a property tycoon in the city of Taif.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 July 2012 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Imam of Nabawi mosque visits Aceh Syeh Ali Jaber, one of the imams of Nabawi Mosque in Madina, Saudi Arabia, visited West Aceh district, Aceh Darussalam province, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2012 11:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-death row convict thanks president One of the Indonesian workers who earlier faced the death row in Saudi Arabia thanked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday for being freed from execution.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 March 2012 10:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirty-four Indonesians escape execution overseas A total of 34 Indonesian migrant workers were freed from death sentences in 2011, a foreign ministry official said.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2012 10:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia to stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 The government of Indonesia has said it will stop sending domestic workers abroad by 2017 following numerous cases of abuse, the Jakarta Post reported on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 14:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


300 Indonesians on death row abroad for drug offences Almost 300 Indonesians are facing the death penalty abroad for involvement in narcotic drug cases, according to National Narcotic Agency (BNN) chief Gories Mere. "Until now, 284 Indonesians have been sentenced to death abroad in connection with narcotic cases," he said at a year-end press conference here on Tuesday.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 December 2011 05:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prince Walid to help save Tuti from execution Saudi Prince Walid bin Talal bin Abdul Azis al Saud has promised to help save Indonesian migrant worker Tuti Tursilawati (27) from execution in Saudi Arabia, a top Indonesian manpower ministry official said.

Posted in Crime @ 27 December 2011 07:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police: Sunda Strait prone to piracy The Sunda Strait, a waterway separating Java island from Sumatra island, is prone to piracy, police said. Therefore, the Banten police would also pay attention to the security of vessels passing through or crossing the strait from Java to Sumatra or vice versa, Banten Regional Police Chief Brig Gen Eko Haid S said.

Posted in Crime @ 06 December 2011 10:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


370 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in the Holy Land The number of Indonesians who died in the Holy Land while making the hajj pilgrimage this year by 4.16 pm local time Friday or 8.15 pm West Indonesia Standard Time (WIB) on Sunday reached 370, official data showed.

Posted in Religion @ 21 November 2011 01:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 212 hajj pilgrims die in the Holy Land The number of Indonesians who died in the Holy Land while making the hajj pilgrimage this year had by Saturday afternoon local time reached 212, official data showed.

Posted in Religion @ 14 November 2011 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian workers sent to Saudi Arabia only after MoU Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said Indonesia would lift its moratorium on dispatch of workers to Saudi Arabia only after a memorandum of understanding was signed by the two governments and the private parties concerned.

Posted in Politics @ 08 November 2011 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 221 Indonesians facing death penalty abroad A total of 221 Indonesians are facing the death penalty in three foreign countries, according to the spokesman of the Indonesia Migrant Workers Task Force, Humphrey R Djemat, here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 November 2011 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


RI hajj pilgrims now staying closer to Haram Mosque The government has been able to provide lodgings for Indonesian hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia that are located closer to the Haram Mosque and make sure none of the rooms is occupied beyond capacity.

Posted in Religion @ 02 November 2011 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian migrant workers avoid beheading in Saudi Arabia Two Indonesian female migrant workers have been spared from beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


11 Indonesians to be executed in Malaysia Eleven Indonesian national have been recently sentenced to death due to illegal activities in Malaysia, officials said.

Posted in Crime @ 04 July 2011 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pays 'blood money' for convicted maid in Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government paid Rp 4.6 billion (380.000 euro) in 'blood money' to stop the execution of an Indonesian maid convicted of murder in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 26 June 2011 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: clemency for 23 nationals facing death in Saudi Arabia The Indonesian government on Thursday called for clemency for 23 nationals facing death penalty in Saudi Arabia, the state-run Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Crime @ 23 June 2011 22:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans labor workers migrating to Saudi Arabia The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily halt sending labor workers to Saudi Arabia as of August 1, while officials consider the possibility of having legal affairs attaches in several countries where national labor workers are facing legal issues.

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2011 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov't: 233 Indonesians facing possible death penalties in Malaysia The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said that 233 of its nationals are facing possible death penalties in Malaysia, making them the largest group of Indonesians facing death penalties abroad.

Posted in Crime @ 21 June 2011 19:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov't: More Indonesian migrants face execution in Saudi Arabia At least 22 Indonesian migrant workers could be facing execution for crimes they committed in Saudi Arabia, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said, saying it designated Rp 4.6 billion (400.000 euro) of its budget to help one of the workers.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2011 19:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Indonesia couldn't stop Saudi execution of migrant worker A senior minister on Sunday denied that the Indonesian government failed to protect an Indonesian migrant worker who was recently executed in Saudi Arabia.

Posted in Crime @ 19 June 2011 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


12 Indonesian migrant workers from Saudi Arabia in hospital Twelve people were taken to hospital on Wednesday after a ship carrying more than 2,300 migrant workers repatriated from Saudi Arabia docked in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 04 May 2011 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia to release 300 Indonesian prisoners Saudi Arabia pledged to release more than 300 Indonesians jailed in the country for various offenses after an Indonesian minister visited the Arab state to seek clemency for 23 Indonesians on death row, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2011 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to sign defense agreement Indonesia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced that it had agreed to establish a defense cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

Posted in Military @ 13 April 2011 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Late arrival of Boeing 777-300 planes for Garuda The new Boeing 777-300 planes that were ordered by Garuda Indonesia (GIAA), will not be delivered to Garuda as scheduled. The planes were due to arrive late 2012 or at latest early 2013, but Boeing now says that is will not be able to comply to this. There is a backlog at the Boeing plant in Seattle in the United States. Garuda expects that two out of the total order of 10 will be delivered in 2013.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 16 March 2011 01:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Donations to save migrant worker from beheading in Saudi Arabia Indonesia's Foreign Ministry has only gathered half of the donations needed to save an Indonesian maid sentenced to death by beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported. "So far we've managed to collect Rp 2.3 billion (180.000 euro) from various donors," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Kusuma Habir said on Wednesday.

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


Saudia Arabia suspends recruitment of Indonesian workers Saudi Arabian business leaders on Tuesday said they will be suspending the recruitment of Indonesian labor workers, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2011 06:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Fly to Hong Kong, Kuching and Riyadh! Ticket website ticketindonesia.info has added three new destinations on ticketindonesia.info. You can now fly from and to Hong Kong from Jakarta with Lion Air and AirAsia, and AirAsia also flies from Medan to Hong Kong. Kuching (Malaysia) has a direct flight to Pontianak and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) can be reached from Jakarta by Batavia Air.

Posted in Travel @ 16 February 2011 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to appeal in Saudi Arabia tortured migrant worker case Indonesia announced on Wednesday that it will appeal the three-year jail sentence given to a Saudi Arabian woman for torturing her Indonesian maid, local media reported on Thursday.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2011 03:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia might halt sending workers to Saudi Arabia over maid killing Indonesia on Friday announced that its government is considering putting a hold on dispatching workers to Saudi Arabia as international outrage has surrounded the case of a tortured Indonesian maid, officials said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2010 18:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia minister to Saudi Arabia to monitor tortured maid case Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the State Minister for Women and Child Protection Linda Agum Gumelar to travel to Saudi Arabia in order to oversee the investigation into the torture of an Indonesian maid, officials said Thursday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2010 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House looking for lower haj pilgrimage cost The House of Representatives’ Commission VIII on social and religious affairs is deliberating reduction in the haj pilgrimage cost for this year, and necessary measures to improve services for the pilgrims. Commission member Iskan Qolba Lubis said the new price would be decided during a series of meetings with the government and related parties on June 5-7.

Posted in Religion @ 26 May 2010 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Don't sell your wife! Looking for hard cash, a resident of Sukabumi in West Java, sold his own wife to a person from Saudi Arabia for a so-called 'contract marriage'. Muhtar, the husband in question, and his friend Humidi, eventually ended up at the local police station of Cibadak in Sukabumi where he admitted that he had sold his 19-year-old wife Lia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 December 2009 05:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


List of most influential Muslems: Congratulations Indonesia! Congratulations! Indonesia did not win again. They did not loose either, but are just playing a small role in this case. Most likely that is the best solution as well. Huh? What? Not winning is still okay? For sure, since it is all about the small representation of Indonesians in the list of 500 most prominent Muslems in the world.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism minister: 'Faster processing of visa-on-arrival' The minister for Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has planned to cut short the processing time of visa on arrival services at airports and seaports in Indonesia within the first 100 days in office. He said the accelerating the service would certainly improve the image of Indonesia as a tourist destination which would lead to more foreigners visiting Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 24 October 2009 04:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists to Indonesia in 2010? The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has said that the target of the number of tourists that will visit Indonesia in 2010 has been raised by half a million foreign tourists from the 2009 target of 6,5 million. "We are planning to raise the target for foreign tourist arrivals in 2010 to seven million, taking into account security improvements in Indonesia as well as the growth in arrivals this year," said Sapta Nirwandar, a marketing director at the ministry.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Demonstrate to get deported from Saudi Arabia! Indonesians that desperately want to find their way out from Saudi Arabia have found a new way to do so. A few hundred peaceful Indonesian demonstrators that organized a rally in front of the Indonesian consulate general in Jeddah were arrested for... well demonstrating peacefully and are now waiting to be deported. Most of the demonstrators stayed the country illegally after their haji or umroh or stayed there while their contract stopped in the hope of a better future there.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 August 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


362 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Indonesian authorities announced 19 more cases of H1N1 Mexican flu yesterday, putting the total number of infections in Indonesia to 362. Two of the 19 newly reported cases concerned foreigners who were traveling to the country. Six of the Indonesians had a recent history of traveling to Saudi Arabia, Australia, Japan, Morocco, the Netherlands and Singapore a short while ago.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 27 July 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No elderly and children on pilgrimage, will Indonesia follow? Health ministers in the Arab world have decided not to allow elderly, children and ill from going on the Muslim pilgrimage later this year. It is a preventive measure to stop the spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus that has killed some 900 people worldwide since March this year. The virus is easy to spread, but does not kill at a high rate.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2009 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Executions are the new hype in Indonesia Two members from one family, mother Sumiarsih (59) and son Sugeng (43), were executed earlier this month after they had been on death row for an astonishing twenty years. They were sentenced to death in the 1980's over a murder on five members of their own family out of vengeance. After twenty years in prison, they names - and their story - reappeared in the news once again. The end of their story was clear for almost twenty years already, but it just did never materialize. Probably someone did not like cleaning his office, so these two death row candidates were only executed by firing squad earlier this month.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia migrant workers bring in big bucks Migrant workers from Indonesia continue to make a huge contribution to the country's economy because the remittances they make. During the second quarter of 2007, these workers overseas send home some 1.1 billion euro. This is 5.4 percent more than the same period last year, according to data from Bank Indonesia. The central bank estimated that the figure for the full year will reach about 3.5 billion euro.

Posted in Economy @ 21 October 2007 06:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi sends aviation watchdog to Indonesia Officials of Saudi Arabia's aviation watchdog arrived in Indonesia Monday to begin inspections of local airlines concerning their safety record after the European Union recently denied entry of all Indonesian airlines. Personnel from the General Authority Civil Aviation (GACA) visited the Transportation Ministry's compound here and were received by director general of civil aviation Budhi Suyitno.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2007 18:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces new airline ban in Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia has said it is considering a ban on Indonesian airlines from flying to the country for safety reasons. This news comes just after a newly instated ban in the European Union was announced for similar reasons. That ban came after two major air accidents in the archipelago earlier this year.

Posted in General @ 17 July 2007 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Problems mount at Asian Cup in Indonesia Problems are mounting for organisers of the Asian Cup in Indonesia with poorly organised ticket sales, criticism of training pitches and a floodlight failure at the main stadium. Indonesia has had little experience in hosting big sporting events and appears to be struggling to get it right.

Posted in Sports @ 12 July 2007 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia offers visa on arrival for Middle East tourists Indonesia's tourist industry is experiencing a boom as the nation has the highest number of foreign arrivals since 2001. This year around six million tourists are expected to visit the country. Thamrin Bachri, director-general of tourism at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, said that the government is focusing on visitors from the Middle East as well. 60.000 tourists from that region visited Indonesia last year, while this number is expected to grow to 100.000 this year and to 150.000 in 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 May 2007 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haj probe team gets a hint of food shortage saga The Indonesian haj probe team said Saturday it had collected information from various sources in Saudi Arabia and got a hint of the cause of the haj food supply shortage recently.

Posted in Religion @ 13 January 2007 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian town needed in Mecca, says envoy Indonesian haj pilgrims need an integrated lodging complex or Indonesian Town in Mecca to give better services to them, Indonesian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Salim Segaf Al Jufri has said. The Indonesian ambassador made the reamrk in a press release available at the Religious Affairs Ministry`s Haj Media Centre here Sunday.

Posted in Religion @ 09 January 2007 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 431 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia A total of 431 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims died in the Holy Land until late Monday (Jan 8) at 10 p.m. Saudi time, according to information from the Hajj Media Center of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. Up to Sunday (Jan 7), about 404,569 Hajj pilgrims from various countries left Saudi Arabia via the Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madina.

Posted in Religion @ 09 January 2007 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY and Kalla perform Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque Millions of Indonesian Muslims, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, First Lady Mme. Ani Yudhoyono, and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, performed Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers for the 1427 Hegira under cloudy skies and rains at mosques throughout the country on Sunday morning.

Posted in Religion @ 31 December 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Indonesia is world's third largest energy producer Indonesia is the world's third largest fossil energy producer after Saudi Arabia and Iran despite continued slump in oil production, an official said Monday. Indonesia's OPEC governor Maizar Rahman said at a news conference the country produces 4.19 million barrels of the equivalent of oil per day, compared with Saudi's 10.8 million barrels per day and Iran's 5.6 million barrels per day.

Posted in General @ 30 October 2006 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Muslims begin observing holy month of Ramadan Indonesia's president urged his people on Sunday to be stronger in facing challenges as the world's most populous Muslim nation began observing the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. During Ramadan, Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk in order to focus on the spiritual.

Posted in Ramadan @ 24 September 2006 14:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deports 5 Saudis in marriage scandal The Indonesian Immigration Office has deported five of seven Saudi Arabian nationals arrested on Monday for misusing their visas by entering into short-term marriages with local women, local media reported Thursday. The officials said the five held temporary visit visas but had married women in the Puncak resort in the Jakarta suburb of Bogor in a short-term arrangement.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vanuatu is world's happiest country, Indonesia 23th The tiny South Pacific Ocean archipelago of Vanuatu is the happiest country on Earth, according to a study published Wednesday measuring people's wellbeing and their impact on the environment. Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica and Panama complete the top five in the Happy Planet Index, compiled by the British think-tank New Economics Foundation (NEF).

Posted in General @ 12 July 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia placed on U.S. trafficking watch list Israel and Egypt, both U.S. allies, were demoted in a State Department ranking of countries judged on efforts to combat forced labor and other forms of exploitation. Three countries in Asia -- Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan -- were added to the watch list, cited as destinations or transit countries for forced labor and sexual exploitation. The Philippines was moved off the list.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2006 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects foreign loan offers for quake victims The Indonesian government will reject any foreign offer to provide loans for its ongoing efforts to help victims of the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquake, a cabinet minister said. "We will not accept any overseas loan although a number of foreign countries and international institutions, including the ADB, have offered to extend soft loans, we prefer grant aid," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may do selective polio vaccinations Indonesia reached almost 24 million children in its last polio immunizations but may have another vaccination round in some regions to be sure of stamping out the disease by 2008, officials said on Monday. Over the past year polio, once considered virtually wiped out globally, has infected hundreds in Indonesia.

Posted in Health @ 09 May 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI's natural wealth, a blessing and curse The ongoing discussion about the urgent need to increase the education budget and Vice President Jussuf Kalla's irritation with Indonesian backwardness despite the obvious natural wealth of the country, as reported in this paper on April 5, highlights a problem that is not limited to Indonesia, but harms this country and coincidentally a number of other Muslim countries disproportionally.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono to visit four Middle East countries Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to visit four countries in the Middle East later this month to enhance ties with fellow Muslim nations, the country's official news agency reported Sunday. Yudhoyono plans to visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and United Arab Emirates during an eight-day trip in late April, said Alwi Shihab, the president's special envoy to the Middle East.

Posted in Politics @ 09 April 2006 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


120 Indonesian pilgrims have died on haj At least 120 Indonesians have died, mostly of illness, during the annual Muslim haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, the state Antara news agency said Tuesday. Eleven died while performing the central rite of the haj in the plain of Arafat on Monday, Antara said, citing data from the Ministry of Religious Affairs. Most of the dead were elderly pilgrims.

Posted in General @ 10 January 2006 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia to launch more polio campaigns in 2006 Indonesia will hold two more nationwide polio vaccination drives in 2006 to try to free its population from the disease, its health minister said on Tuesday, following advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health workers across the world's fourth most populous nation last month vaccinated millions of children for the third time to ward off the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 14 December 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Thousands of Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage Thousands of Muslims from across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, departed Thursday for Saudi Arabia on the annual hajj pilgrimage. Minister of Religious Affairs Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni waved off 445 pilgrims, all dressed in white robes and with their passports hung on string around their necks, from a special Hajj Terminal at Jakarta's Sukarno-Hatta Airport.

Posted in Religion @ 09 December 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt launches third nationwide polio campaign Indonesia launched its third nationwide polio immunisation campaign on Wednesday in a bid to stop the crippling disease spreading and will hold at least one more round early next year, the Health Ministry said. Hundreds of thousands of vaccinators will target 24 million children at 250,000 medical posts across the world's largest archipelago on Wednesday.

Posted in Polio @ 30 November 2005 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body supports polio vaccinations Indonesia's top Muslim body gave its seal of approval on Friday to next week's plan by the government to immunise more than 24 million children with polio vaccines next week. The support could dispel any doubts about the vaccines which may deter people from going to immunisation posts in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, following an outbreak of the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 26 August 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions
    
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