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Soeharto`s daughter inaugurated as MP Former president Soehartos daughter Siti Hediati Haryadi or Titi Soeharto was among the new members of parliament to be inaugurated for the 2014-2019 term here on Wednesday. Titi Soeharto, a member of the Golkar Party, was elected as a House of Representatives (DPR) member in the legislative elections held on April 9.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo visits Soeharto`s cemetery Presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto on Sunday visited former president Soehartos cemetery in Karanganyar, Central Java, on Sunday. He visited Soehartos grave at the Astana Giribangun cemetery in Matesih in concurrence with the anniversary of the former presidents death.

Posted in Politics @ 08 June 2014 21:50 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


Former minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Former minister of forestry MS Kaban here, Thursday, was questioned as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with the corruption case of Integrated Radio Communication System (SKRT) project in his ministry in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 February 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono visits Soeharto memorial President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited the Great General Soeharto Memorial at Soeharto`s birthplace in Kemusuk village, Sleman, Yogyakarta, in Central Java on Friday.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2013 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gov`t to re-discuss Soeharto to become national heroes Social Affairs Ministry will discuss again names of two former Presidents namely Soeharto and Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur, who have been proposed to become National Heroes.

Posted in General @ 24 April 2013 00:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Poverty reduction must be top priority' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that the reduction of poverty in the country must be the next government`s top priority.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2012 14:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Analyst: 'Retired military personnel should remain neutral' Retired military personnel are urged to remain neutral and avoid getting involved in practical politics, political observer from Habibie Center, Bawono Kumoro, said here on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 March 2012 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court scraps unjust rule on extra-marital children The Indonesian Constitutional Court (MK) has invalidated a long-standing legal rule stipulating that a child born outside an official marriage only has a civil relationship with its mother and not with its father.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2012 08:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Swedish King Carl Gustaf begins 4-day visit to Indonesia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received Swedish King Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus on his official four-day visit, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 February 2012 02:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto grandson facing alleged fraud investigation Ari Sigit, a grandson of former President Soeharto, is facing a police investigation for alleged fraud at the expense of the management of a PT Krakatau Steel subsidiary.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2012 01:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian minister Bustanil Arifin dies at age 85 Former Indonesian cooperatives minister Lieutenant General (retired) Bustanil Arifin on Sunday passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 85, his family said. Bustanil's relative Nilam Patricia confirmed the news to Tempo at the minister's house in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono postpones visit to the Netherlands President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has postponed his plan to visit the Netherlands after the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the Indonesian Military (TNI). The President was originally scheduled to leave for the Netherlands from the Halim Perdana Kusumah airport in Jakarta at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2010 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's longest bridge to be completed in 2009 The Indonesian government is expecting the completion of its longest bridge connecting Java and Madura islands before the start of general elections in April 2009, local press said Monday. The 5.4-km long bridge is under construction between Surabaya in East Java and the town of Bangkalan on the island of Madura.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claims self-sufficiency in rice Indonesia will not buy rice from other countries this year because domestic supplies can meet the national demand, an official said Thursday. "The 2008 rice procurement will be filled entirely by domestic sources," state logistics agency Bulog head Mustofa Abubakar was quoted by leading news website Detikcom as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2008 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former president Suharto passes away Former president of Indonesia Suharto, has passed away ealier today. This was announced by the police, according to Indonesian media. Suharto earlier this nigh suffered multi-organ failure for the second time. He had to be put on life support and received CPR.

Posted in General @ 27 January 2008 07:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes fight for Soeharto millions to UK Lawyers from the Indonesian government will be in a courtroom on the island of Guernsey, south of Great Britain, claiming that the family of former president Soeharto siphoned off billions of dollars in public money. The case is aimed at seizing 50 million US dollar from an account in on the island, belonging to Hutomo Mandala Putra (commonly known as Tommy) , the son of the former president.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2007 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog boss becomes graft suspect The head of Indonesia's state-owned logistics agency (Bulog) has been named a suspect in a corruption case involving cows from Australia. Hendarman Supandji, the top anti-graft prosecutor, said the alleged case took place in 2001. "Investigators of the case of cow imports from Australia have named Bulog chief Widjanarko Puspoyo as a suspect.

Posted in General @ 15 March 2007 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rehabilitation of Soeharto's peatland project The government plans to rehabilitate a large peatland in Central Kalimantan which was converted to an agricultural area during the reign of former president Soearto. This project has caused widespread damage to the environment, as was told by an official. "We have approval, in principle, from the president to rehabilitate the 'One Million Hectare Peatland' but we still are awaiting the necessary presidential decree to start," told Central Kalimantan governor Agustin Teras Narang.

Posted in Environment @ 12 March 2007 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


How fearful Australia deserted East Timor JUST three months after Indonesia invaded East Timor 30 years ago, the Australian government of the prime minister, Malcolm Fraser, was covertly supporting the tiny colony's complete integration into its giant neighbour, according to cabinet documents from 1976, released today.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2007 02:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia agonises over search for clean judges Achmad Ali shifted uncomfortably, constantly adjusting his collar as he was interviewed by the Indonesian Judicial Commission about joining the nation's highest legal body, the Supreme Court. Like most Indonesians, the university law school dean is an avid user of SMS phone messaging. Commission members were complaining about being besieged by pleas to ignore reports that Mr Ali was under investigation for embezzling law school funds.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 November 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group says Pancasila way to halt assault on pluralism Pro-democracy supporters and scholars are urging the upholding of the founding Pancasila state ideology to thwart hardline religious groups attempting to impose a monotheistic belief system. The group -- including socialist Rahman Toleng, lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis, economist Faisal Basri and former education and culture minister Fuad Hassan -- noted that Pancasila was not an absolute doctrine but a compromise reached by the founding fathers who realized the pluralistic nature of the new nation.

Posted in General @ 01 June 2006 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ailing ex-president sees light of redemption Ailing ex-president of Indonesia Soeharto sees the possibility of being redeemed from corruption and atrocity charges, as incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday planned to confer with top lawmakers over whether to drop such charges against him because of his deteriorating health.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Doctor: Suharto unfit to stand trial Indonesia's former strongman Soeharto is suffering from permanent brain damage and cannot have a logical conversation, a presidential doctor said yesterday, amid renewed efforts to have him stand trial on corruption charges. "We are ready to re-examine him, but nothing can be done," said the physician, Brigadier General Dr Marjo Subiandono. "He has two permanent cerebral defects."

Posted in General @ 23 April 2006 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash floods, landslides claim 23 lives in Java Overnight flash flooding and landslides triggered by rains in Indonesia's densely-populated East Java have killed at least 23 people, the state Antara news agency said on Thursday. “Until noon (0500 GMT) we have registered 23 dead victims, with most killed in Bendungan sub-district," the head of Trenggalek district, Soeharto, was quoted as saying.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 April 2006 09:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Blair visits Indonesia to build ties with moderate Muslims Indonesia prepared to welcome British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Wednesday on a visit aimed at strengthening ties and anti-terror cooperation between Britain and the world's most populous Muslim nation. The trip is the first by a British prime minister to Indonesia in more than two decades, showing the country's renewed importance for Western nations seeking to build alliances with moderate Muslims.

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2006 06:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PT Dirgantara Indonesia claims production of 484 planes Aerospace industry PT Dirgantara Indonesia claimed Tuesday it has produced 484 aircraft of various types since its establishment in 1976. The company has managed to sell aircraft to foreign markets, Dirgantara Acting President Nuril Fuad told President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was visiting the factory in the West Java capital of Bandung, some 150 km south of Jakarta. He said Malaysia has purchased eight aircraft, Thailand bought two, South Korea acquired eight and Pakistan ordered four.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2006 19:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia under threat of 'lost generation' Her name, Sasih, in Sundanese means 'month'. Over the past 14 years, Sasih has given birth to five children -- two boys and three girls -- with the youngest being barely two years old. Along with husband Kadmira, a bajaj driver, the family of seven occupies a two-meter by two-meter rented room in a slum corner of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto admitted to hospital Former president Soeharto was admitted to the Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta on Friday suffering from an identified illness. The RCTI television broadcaster said the former strongman was admitted to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. Friday but it was not clear what he was suffering from.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2005 15:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mr Popularity survives a tough year On Thursday, one year after the inauguration of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a 200-metre mural was erected facing Jakarta's main roundabout. The mural was in front of the deserted Hotel Indonesia where a dissident was bundled out of a window in the film The Year of Living Dangerously.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2005 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President to go on 'safari' during Ramadhan Recovering from his flu, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to go on tour across the archipelago during the rest of the fasting month in a throwback to the Ramadhan 'safaris' of the New Order period. Susilo's trip will start in the densely populated area of Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Friday. The President, together with some other government officials, will then travel to Banten, South Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Ramadan @ 14 October 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali bombers transferred to Nusa Kambangan prison Three convicts responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings were transferred to a Central Java prison on Tuesday as Balinese prepared to mark the anniversary of the tragedy. The transfer came on the heels of mounting pressure from the Balinese that the convicts on death row -- Amrozi, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron alias Mukhlas -- be executed immediately. Public pressure increased for the death sentence to be carried out following a second bomb attack in Jimbaran and Kuta Square here on Oct. 1, which killed 23 people.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 October 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Indonesia to wait until after October to raise fuel prices Indonesia will wait until at least after October to raise fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday, despite a prolonged fall in the rupiah due to soaring world oil prices which has hurt investor confidence. The global price rise has prompted the government to snap up dollars to pay for oil imports and put pressure on the budget due to expensive fuel subsidies.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2005 23:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shifted to counter widespread malnutrition The Indonesian government has launched a series of measures recently to tackle the growing incidence of malnutrition affecting thousands of under-fives in half a dozen provinces. Last Saturday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono initiated the so-called Community Self-Help Month and National Health Week, promising 150 billion rupiahs (about 16 million US dollars) to revive the Integrated Health Services Posts (Posyandu) originally established by the Soeharto regime and to further empower Community Health Centers.

Posted in General @ 22 June 2005 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Door-to-door vaccination reaches more under-fives Although many parents were reportedly reluctant to bring their under-fives for polio vaccination on Tuesday, the administration said on Wednesday that the number of babies vaccinated was much higher than its initial estimate.

Posted in Polio @ 02 June 2005 11:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Susilo puts the squeeze on corruption President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has repeated his promise to seriously fight corruption at all levels of both state and private institutions, establishing a special team to strengthen and speed up his antigraft drive. "Once the anticorruption wheels and machine runs, (it must) never stop," he said in Jakarta on Wednesday after inaugurating the team, which is led by Deputy Attorney General for special crimes Hendarman Supandji.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati seeks to regain power in Indonesia Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri is struggling for her reelection as leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) that will pave the way for her presidential bid in five years to come. In the PDI-P national congress opened in Bali Monday, Megawati looked set to win majority of support despite a major setback in the party under her leadership.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constructing the Indonesian presidency Presidency has been defined, among others, as the collective administrative and governmental entity operating in a presidential office. Presidency varies from one state to another and from one period to another in a single country. Sukarno's presidency differed from Soeharto's, B.J. Habibie's, Abdurrahman Wahid's and Megawati Soekarnoputri's.

Posted in Elections @ 25 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo tops first round of Indonesia vote Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono topped the first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential election and will face incumbent Megawati Soekarnoputri in a September run-off, the election commission (KPU) said on Monday. Susilo, who rose from rank outsider to hot favorite after resigning from Megawati's cabinet during a heated row earlier this year, had the highest number of votes but less than the 50 percent needed to prevent the Sept. 20 run-off, election commission officials said. Megawati came second in the race among five candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 26 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt reaffirms sovereignty over Papua The government has brushed aside any questions about the legitimacy of the 1964 UN-sponsored self-determination vote in Papua, saying current standards should not be applied to past events. Commenting on the recent release by the U.S. of a document that shows Washington in 1964 dismissed the vote as a sham, Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the disclosure would do nothing to change the status of Papua as part of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 12 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain 23 during protests ahead of elections in Makassar Police said they detained 23 demonstrators in South Sulawesi province Saturday during protests across the country ahead of Monday's general elections. The protesters in Makassar, the South Sulawesi capital, were demonstrating in front of the local elections commission office, provincial police spokesman Andi Nurmantahia told AFP by telephone. "They had no permission," he said, adding that intelligence officers were questioning 23 of the protesters.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter cards bought and sold openly Voter cards for the legislative election on April 5 have are being sold openly for up to Rp 250,000, a legislative candidate of the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) and a loyalist of the Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) said here on Saturday. PKPB candidate Probosutedjo claimed he bought some voter cards from an unidentified seller. "At first I couldn't believe that the cards were being sold. But it turns out to be true after someone offered me 100 cards at price of Rp 50,000 each. I bought 10 cards just to prove it," he said showing the cards.

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


Election could be bad for Australia Churchill caught the complexity of democracy in his famous line about it being the worst way to choose a government, except for all the other ways. Indonesia will be demonstrating both sides of this aphorism over the next few months. The good news is that Indonesia is about to choose its next government through peaceful elections. The bad news is that the outcome is unlikely to be good, and could be quite bad - for Indonesia and for ourselves. Australia's security depends on an Indonesia that is stable, prosperous, cohesive and democratic. It seems our chances of getting all four are slim.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:02 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


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar rejects its old image Growing resentment against calls to become loyalists of former president Soeharto has led the former dominant party, Golkar, to exercise a good measure of damage control in its campaigns by removing itself from symbols of the past regime. Soeharto was the main patron of Golkar and calls from a political party set up by his former aide, R. Hartono, for people to again become the second president's loyalists has provoked indignant cries of rejection. Hartono made the call when campaigning for his Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PPKB) in Soeharto's hometown of Yogyakarta, just as campaigners for Golkar said that the past years have been better than the current "reform" period.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election fever along with the inevitable campaigning essentially began as soon as the legislation was finalized by the House of Representatives (DPR) in mid-2003.

Posted in Politics @ 03 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces three national elections in 2004, including a presidential vote, but they are unlikely to bring fundamental change. Citizens are increasingly disillusioned with the half-decade of democracy and “money politics” they have experienced since the collapse of Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order.

Posted in Politics @ 18 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati poll rival put on US watch list The US State Department has put six current and former Indonesian military officers, including a leading presidential candidate, on a watch list of indicted war criminals, in effect barring them from entering the United States, US Government officials say. The list includes Wiranto, the former head of the armed forces and a leading presidential candidate in this year's elections. The Defence Department once considered Wiranto a reform-minded professional.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties draw their electoral numbers Shouts of joy and superstition marked the draw on Monday to determine the numerical order of the 24 parties that will contest the 2004 elections. President Megawati Soekarnoputri's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) drew number 18, House of Representatives Speaker Akbar Tandjung's Golkar Party drew number 20, Vice President Hamzah Haz' United Development Party was number 5, the National Awakening Party (PKB) 15th, the National Mandate Party (PAN) 13th and the Crescent Star Party number 3.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old forces contest election The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Sunday 24 political parties eligible to contest the 2004 polls, with analysts expressing concern of the possible revival of the New Order. Daniel Sparringa of the Surabaya-based Airlangga University warned that New Order pedigrees would take over the lead in the fight for reform as parties that claimed to promote the spirit of democracy wasted the momentum.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut's comeback may have a boomerang effect The return of Soeharto's eldest daughter to the political stage may backfire if the issue of the former president's ability to speak, and to face the law for charges of corruption, comes into question, an analyst says. Daniel Sparingga from the Surabaya-based Airlangga University was referring Sunday to reports quoting a founder of a new political party, which is asking Siti Hadiyanti Rukmana to be its presidential candidate.

Posted in Elections @ 08 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut may join presidential race Former president Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana has been asked to run for the presidency in next year election, a move that could pave the way for the return of the old forces onto the country's political stage. Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) chairman Gen. (ret) Raden Hartono asked Tutut on Wednesday to become his party's sole torch bearer, claiming that people across the country wanted her to run.

Posted in Elections @ 04 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


50 parties make it to final KPU list All 50 eligible political parties beat the midnight deadline for registration with the General Elections Commissions (KPU) on Thursday, paving the way for their participation in the 2004 general elections. The last party to register with the KPU was the Indonesian National Unification Party (PPNI), whose representatives arrived at the commission's offices at around 11:30 p.m.

Posted in Elections @ 10 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the aftermath of the 12 October bombing in Bali, Indonesians are convinced they have terrorists in their midst. They're just not sure who they are. Absurd, as it may seem, if talk shows and media commentaries are any indication, the most likely candidates in most Indonesians' minds are the U.S. government and the Indonesian army. Al-Qaeda is a distant third. Only these three, the thinking goes, have the expertise, the contacts, and the motivation to carry out an attack on the scale of the Bali attack.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 October 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter perceptions of the qualities of individual leaders appear to play an important part in Indonesian elections, according to the earlier mentioned survey. Megawati Soekarnoputri was the clear favorite of voters according to our data, and probably pulled the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI Perjuangan) along with her. The difference between the former Indonesian Nationalist Party's (PNI) 22 percent in 1955 and PDI Perjuangan's 34 percent in 1999 is almost certainly due in part to Megawati's appeal. Various actions of Megawati, such as her support for the reelection of Governor Sutiyoso in Jakarta, have been widely condemned. Many local observers also claim that she will be hurt by the slowness of economic recovery and by evidence that she is unwilling to fight corruption.

Posted in Politics @ 17 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Partindo to join 2004 election A group of politicians loyal to the philosophy and the teachings introduced by the country's founding president Sukarno declared on Saturday establishment of the Indonesian Party (Partindo) 1931. "Partindo is established in an attempt to promote the philosophy and teachings of Sukarno and participate in a national movement to bring the country out of the multi-dimensional crisis," said chairman Soetomo Martopradoto during the ceremony held at the Sera Nusa Hotel in Bogor, 60 kilometers south of Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 03 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


40 detained after students clash with police At least 40 protesters were detained at Jakarta Police headquarters following clashes that broke out separately in Megaria and Jl. Cendana in Central Jakarta on Tuesday, reports said. Dozens of people were also injured in both incidents, most of them were rushed to Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital and St. Carolus Hospital in Central Jakarta, El Shinta radio reported.

Posted in Violence @ 21 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trisakti tragedy fades into oblivion It was the beginning of the end for former President Soeharto when on May 12, 1998 four students of Trisakti University were shot dead during a peaceful rally demanding political reform. Eight days after the tragedy Soeharto resigned. The nation saw itself standing at the threshold of democracy. Hopes ran high. That was four years ago. Now analysts and families of victims fear government ignorance will drag the Trisakti tragedy into oblivion, and with it the country's reform movement.

Posted in Violence @ 11 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former President Suharto still weak Indonesian former president Soeharto's health condition was still weak, former Women's Affairs Minister Mien Sugandhi told reporters here Sunday. "I only saw him from outside the room," she said after visiting Soeharto. Soeharto was eating fruit and there were no doctors in his room Sunday, Sugandhi was quoted by the Antara News Agency as saying. "But he cannot communicate, speak, yet," she added. Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti Hardiyanti "Tutut" Rukmana said her father's deteriorating health condition was caused by his unstable emotion as he heard his youngest son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra would be on trial.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights activist HJC Princen dies at 76 Senior human rights activist Haji Johannes Cornelis Princen who died early on Friday after suffering a stroke, was eventually laid to rest at Pondok Kelapa cemetery in East Jakarta late Friday afternoon. He was 76.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2002 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy shares killers block in Cipinang jail Hutomo Mandala Putra (Tommy Soeharto) is finally jailed in Cipinang Prison, East Jakarta, on Wednesday (20/2) around 15.50. Tommy's status is at the moment described as "prisoner of the Chief Public Prosecutor's Office of Jakarta. The Head of Cipinang Prison promised to enforce rules for Tommy, he will not be given special treatment for being former President Soeharto's son. Tommy was imprisoned after the Chief Public Prosecutor received the police document, evidence, and Tommy as a suspect, from the investigation team of Metro Jaya Police.

Posted in Politics @ 22 February 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt declares Imlek as national holiday After decades of waiting, Indonesians of Chinese descent rejoiced on Sunday when President Megawati Soekarnoputri announced that, beginning in 2003, the Lunar New Year, or Imlek as the Chinese new year is known here, would become an official national holiday.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you think flooding in Jakarta is a new phenomenon you couldn't be more wrong. For hundreds of years, perhaps even longer, the area where the capital is situated has been plagued by annual flooding.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between 1986 and 1998, the period which culminated in the end of president Soeharto's 32-year rule, 17 million hectares of Indonesia's forests were cleared by timber, pulp and oil palm companies. Since then, If anything, the situation has only gotten worse.

Posted in Environment @ 11 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


$1.3b subway project may start next year The city administration hopes to start the construction of its Fatmawati-Kota subway project, which is to be financed by a Japanese loan worth US$1.3 billion, next year, a senior official said on Thursday."If the final design of the project can be completed early next year, we expect that the construction will also be able to start next year," Deputy Governor for Development Affairs Budihardjo Sukmadi told reporters after accompanying Governor Sutiyoso to a meeting with executives from Japan's Itochu Corporation.

Posted in General @ 07 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy once offered Justice Syafiuddin billions of rupiah An investigation into the July 26, 2001 murder of Justice Syafiuddin Kartasasmita has revealed that fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra had once offered the judge billions of rupiah in return for ruling in favor of the convict in a 1996corruption case. Second widow of Syafiuddin, Iwa Setiawati Kartasasmita, admitted on Saturday that Tommy, the youngest son of former president Soeharto, had offered the money through his lawyers.

Posted in Crime @ 11 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy a suspect in murder of judge City police chief Ins. Gen. Sofjan Yacob declared on Monday night that former president Soeharto's fugitive son, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, was the main suspect in the murder of Supreme Court Justice M. Syafiuddin Kartasasmita. Sofjan said in a snap media conference that mounting evidence had pointed to Tommy as the mastermind of the killing and that he was aided by the Free Aceh Movement (GAM).

Posted in Crime @ 07 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur suspends MPR, DPR President Abdurrahman Wahid suspended the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) just after 1 a.m. on Monday, only hours before it was due to start an impeachment process. The President also froze Golkar, the former ruling party during the Soeharto years and now rank second largest after the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan).

Posted in Politics @ 23 July 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 – and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesians named in billionaires club Both are 53 and both sit atop business empires built solely on kretek, the sweet smelling clove-flavored cigarettes. On Friday, Rachman Halim and Putera Sampoerna were named among the world's 538 billionaires by the leading U.S. business magazine Forbes. Rachman, head of the Wonowidjojo clan who owns the Gudang Garam tobacco company, ranks 292nd with an estimated net worth of US$1.7 billion; Putera, who owns and runs the Sampoerna business group, is 387th with a net worth of $1.3 billion.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel price hike effective today The government finally raised fuel prices by a hefty 30 percent late on Friday, just one day after it had decided to delay the plan due to concerns over its social and security implications. Newly appointed Coordinating Minister for the Economy Burhanuddin Abdullah said the new fuel prices would take affect as of Saturday.

Posted in General @ 16 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation celebrates Sukarno birthday What started as a day of sentimental remembrance became one full of political nuances as the nation commemorated on Wednesday the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the state's founding father, Sukarno. The apex of the commemorations was a ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Center, the name of which was only recently reinstated after having been changed to the Senayan Sports Complex.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P members plot to unseat Megawati Despite mounting political support for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI Perjuangan) chairperson, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri, to lead the country, there have been signs of an effort to unseat her from the party's top post, PDI Perjuangan secretary general Soetjipto said on Sunday. Speaking to journalists on Sunday in Surabaya, Soetjipto admitted that there were illicit efforts made by the party's cadres to hold a special congress against Megawati.

Posted in Politics @ 12 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amid the battling for pro and con Wahid positions in Parliament and on the streets, a local monthly Indonesian magazine for Moslem scholars and intellectuals has come up with a detailed list of the `sins` of the President. According to the magazine, Sabili , which also has a cyber site, the President has committed the following errors :

Posted in Politics @ 07 February 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrations by Gus Dur supporters turn violent Disgruntled supporters of the incumbent President Abdurrahman Wahid continued venting their anger in East Java on Monday by vandalizing the National Awakening Party (PAN) and Golkar Party offices in the town of Gresik, some 30 kilometers northwest of Surabaya. No fatalities were reported, but the police said that they had failed to curb the violent actions committed by at least 2,000 people.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapis rumblings a sobering forewarning Mount Merapi's return to activity in recent weeks is much more than a natural phenomenon for many Javanese. For them, viewing Merapi as part of a trio of sacred kingdoms in Central Java, it is a sobering warning that all is not well with the country.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombs at TMII provided by fugitive Tommy: Police Police said on Saturday a woman arrested at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah (TMII) on Friday in the possession of three bombs admitted she received the bombs from Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, the fugitive son of former president Soeharto. They also said they had uncovered a number of clues that pointed to Tommy's possible involvement in the Christmas Eve bombings.

Posted in Crime @ 20 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to break into more sections of Tommys residence In yet another desperate attempt to locate the fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, police announced plans on Thursday to drill and break into at least three other spots in his house. Despite having found nobody in the air-conditioned and well-furnished underground bunker in Tommy's house, police refused to eliminate the possibility that the fugitive, a billionaire businessman, could be hiding somewhere in or around Jl. Cendana in the leafy Menteng area of Central Jakarta, where Soeharto and his children live.

Posted in Crime @ 19 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police enter secret bunker, but fail to find Tommy After two days of continuous drilling, police officers on Tuesday eventually broke into an air-conditioned underground bunker below the Central Jakarta home of the fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra. Secretary to the city police detectives chief, Adj. Snr. Comr. Abdullah, said police spent all of Tuesday afternoon making an inventory of what was found in the four meter by four meter room.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bunker search leads police to drill into Tommy's home Using drills and jack hammers until late on Monday night, the police were still trying to open an alleged underground bunker below the residence of fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, despite President Abdurrahman Wahid's claim that Tommy was hiding in a former general's house. "We need special equipment to continue drilling into the floor of Tommy's fitness center. We have gone a little beyond 20 centimeters, and we'll keep on going until we reach it," Comr. Rycko Amelza Daniel of the City Police Detectives unit told The Jakarta Post on Monday night.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detect bunkers under Soeharto homes Police said yesterday they were able to detect many interlinked bunkers located 15-meters deep under the luxury homes of former president Soeharto and his children situated in Jalan Cendana and adjacent areas in Central Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police search for Tommy focuses on Jakarta, Surabaya The National Police's two-month search for fugitive Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra is now being focused on Jakarta and the East Java capital of Surabaya. "I repeat, the National Police has never arrested Tommy to date. Our sources indicate that Tommy is either in Surabaya or Jakarta," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Saleh Saaf told reporters on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The fugitive Tommy to be arrested by year end Indonesian prosecutors and police believed that they would arrest the fugitive Tommy Suharto, the youngest son of former President Suharto before the end of this year on expectation Tommy will meet his father during Eil-al-Fitr Muslim Festival celebration. The Indonesian Attorney General Office (AGO) has also asked the Immigration Office to revoke Tommy's pasport to ease the way for police to catch him.

Posted in Politics @ 22 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mega, Gus Dur, and Amien inadequate as leaders in 2004 Cultural observer, Goenawan Mohammad, considers Megawati Soekarnoputri, Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), and Amien Rais unsuitable to lead Indonesia in 2004. Goenawan made this comment during a talk with the Indonesian Society at the Indonesian Consulate in New York City, USA, on Wednesday night, November 29. According to Goenawan, the three top Indonesian leaders emerged “by accident.” Amien, he said, gained fame through his opposition to former President Soeharto. Meanwhile, Soeharto’s repressive policies made Megawati and Gus Dur into national figures. “In other words, they are untrained to solve the numerous national problems. Hence, they’re inadequate to lead Indonesia in 2004,” said Goenawan, the former Editor in Chief of TEMPO Magazine. The Indonesian Consulate General in New York, I Gusti Ngurah Swetia, moderated the discussion.

Posted in Politics @ 02 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cendana family lied about Tommy, say police Family members of former president Soeharto lied to investigators when they said they had no knowledge of Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra's whereabouts, senior police officers said on Wednesday. Head of the National Police Criminal Investigation Insp. Gen. Engkesman R. Hillep said "there are indications of lies" made during the questioning of Tommy's family members over the disappearance of the country's most wanted man.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur orders police to tap Tommy's phone President Abdurrahman Wahid ordered the authorities to tap the cellular phone of the fugitive son of former president Soeharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, a minister said on Tuesday. Minister of Foreign Affairs Alwi Shihab quoted Abdurrahman as saying Tommy had made repeated calls to one of his sisters, and that police and prosecutors should listen in on the conversations to locate his whereabouts.

Posted in Politics @ 21 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lawyers and family to be summoned in search for Tommy Attorney General Marzuki Darusman said on Friday that he had requested the National Police chief to summon the defense lawyers and family members of the fugitive son of former president Soeharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, and to start anationwide operation to track him down. "Our priority is his lawyers as they have stated that they know of Tommy's whereabouts and have publicly acknowledged that the copies of the decree denying presidential clemency were properly certified," Marzuki told reporters before attending ameeting with economics ministers.

Posted in Politics @ 10 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy to be arrested Wednesday morning Former president Soeharto's son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra would be arrested at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, a reliable source said at midnight Tuesday. "Negotiations for Tommy's safety are ongoing. Tommy will probably either surrender or be arrested at 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday)," an official closeto the prosecution said.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tommy to surrender on Monday, lawyer says Defense lawyer of the youngest son of the former president Soeharto, Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra, said that his client would surrender to prosecutors on Monday to begin serving his 18 months jail term. Erman Umar said Tommy did not leave the country and would appear on Monday at the South Jakarta Prosecutors Office. "He (Tommy) is still in Jakarta and he is still free as he has not received copies of the presidential decree on his clemency refusal," he said. The statement came after Tommy was declared a fugitive after a state prosecutor and police waited in vain at his central Jakarta residence for six hours Friday night to arrest him.

Posted in Politics @ 04 November 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors fail to jail Tommy The threat to jail former president Soeharto's youngest son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra by force should he fail to surrender himself proved to be empty on Friday as Tommy was declared "lost" by prosecutors, after he successfully evaded receiving the presidential decree rejecting his plea for pardon. Attorney General Marzuki Darusman, however, said that he believed Tommy had not fled the country and would meet the deadline on Monday. "An arrest warrant has been issued, but we are not assuming that he's escaped. We still believe that he is in Jakarta. "If he fails to show up on Monday, we'll get him through a police manhunt," Marzuki told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Politics @ 04 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Glodok street vendors to be moved The city administration has announced it will relocate the some 400 roadside vendors, most of whom sell pirated VCDs and small electronic goods, operating around the busy Glodok shopping center in West Jakarta beginning next year. Governor Sutiyoso, who visited the popular electronics center on Friday, said the street vendors would be relocated to a four-story market in nearby Perniagaan, which is currently under renovation.

Posted in General @ 21 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rumors on Soeharto's death denied Lawyer Juan Felix Tampubolon has denied a rumor that former president Soeharto passed away early on Friday morning. "No, it's untrue that Pak Harto has died," Juan said onFriday, responding to the rumor circulating among journalists andalso military personnel early on Friday.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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