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

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


8.9 million Indonesians travel to Europe annually Over 8.9 million Indonesians visit Europe every year not only for holidaying but also for pursuing higher education, stated European Union Ambassador to Indonesia Olof Skoog.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 October 2014 11:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt saves 190 citizens facing death sentence overseas The government has claimed that it had saved at least 190 Indonesian citizens facing death sentence overseas through legal actions.

Posted in Crime @ 16 August 2014 00:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia saves 190 Indonesians from death sentence President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government has saved at least 190 Indonesians from death sentence abroad in the past three years. "Free and active diplomacy will continue to be dedicated to national interest, and† will continue to protect Indonesians abroad," the outgoing president said in his state of the nation address at a plenary session of the House of Representatives said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 15 August 2014 23:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizens overseas to give votes earlier The Indonesian citizens overseas will vote for the Indonesian presidential elections on July 4--6, 2014 earlier than the July 9 presidential elections in the country, a general election commissioner said.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MInister: 'No region in Indonesia has child-friendly status' Minister of Womens Empowerment and Child Protection Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar said there is no single region in Indonesia that has a child-friendly status.

Posted in Crime @ 05 May 2014 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo's electability unaffected by human rights issue Political observer from Pelita Harapan University (UPH) Emrus Sihombing has opined that human rights issue will not affect the electability of Prabowo Subianto, the presidential hopeful from Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) party.

Posted in Politics @ 03 April 2014 16:47 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


Former chief justice calls to end political oligarchy Former constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD has called on the people to put an end to political oligarchy, which has so far dominated governance and is not good for a democracy.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2014 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesia needs to revitalize migrant policies Indonesia needs to revitalize its policies in the migrant workers sector to provide fair treatment for its migrant workers abroad who contribute foreign exchange to the state, an ILO official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 December 2013 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Double track of northern Java railway operational in 2014 The double track of northern Java railway between Jakarta and Surabaya of East Java is expected to be operational early 2014. Operation of the new track would considerably reduce the burden of the highways linking the two largest cities in the country.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 27 November 2013 11:23 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


Indonesia to extradite Italian mob fugitive Antonio Vitale Indonesia will extradite Italian fugitive Antonio Messicati Vitale, following a Bali provincial courts recent approval of the extradition request from an Italian prosecutor, Attorney General Offices spokesman Untung Setia Arimuladi said here on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2013 21:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy to slow down in 2014 Indonesia's economy is expected to slow down in 2014 as a result of being impacted by various domestic and foreign factors, said market analyst Surjanto Yasaputera here on Thursday. "The BI rate hike from seven percent to 7.5 percent is one of the factors holding back foreign investors from making new investments," he stated.

Posted in Economy @ 14 November 2013 16:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ethics council: 'Suspended chief judge violates code' The Ethics Council of the Indonesian Constitutional Court declared here on Friday that suspended chief justice Akil Mochtar had violated the code of ethics and conduct. "He has been found guilty of violating the code of ethics and conduct; in view of this, (the Ethics Council) has given him a dishonorable discharge sanction," the Council`s chairman, Harjono, said at a press conference.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 November 2013 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills wife of former chief judge Akil Mochtar The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) grilled the wife of suspended Constitutional Court chief judge Akil Mochtar for five hours as a witness here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 October 2013 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut meets KPK`s summons Governor of Banten Province Ratu Atut Chosiyah arrived at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building here on Friday in response to the agency`s summons to testify over a local election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wife of chief judge banned from travelling abroad The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has banned the wife of Constitutional Court Chief Justice Akil Mochtar, who has recently been named a suspect of a bribery case, from travelling abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 October 2013 17:39 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


KPK grills Lebak district head candidate The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has grilled Lebak district head candidate Amir Hamzah in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case implicating non-active Constitutional Court Chief Judge Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 October 2013 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor of Banten province to be questioned by KPK The Governor of Banten Province in West Java, Ratu Atut Chosiyah, will be questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with her younger brother`s involvement in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 October 2013 20:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


60 tons of marijuana distributed in Central Java annually Marijuana distribution in Central Java province reaches 60 tons a year, according to head of data and information research center of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), Brigadier General Darwin Butat Butar.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 July 2013 19:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another parliament member detained over corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) again detained a parliamentary member over a corruption case. "Today KPK detained IEM (Izederick Emir Moeis) after grilling him over a corruption case linked to gifts or pledges made in connection with the construction of the Tarahan coal-fired power plant in 2004," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said here on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 July 2013 21:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze raises respiratory disease sufferers by 20 pct The Health Monitoring Office (KKP) of Pekanbaru`s Port recorded increase in respiratory disease by 20 percent as a result of haze that hit Riau Province. The institution found the total increase when they conducted an integrated data collection and evaluation program (surveillance) of the illness type caused land fire`s haze.

Posted in Forest fires @ 30 June 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lippo Group to set up 12 hospitals in eastern regions Lippo Group plans to set up around 12 hospitals in eastern regions next year, its president, Theo L Sambuaga said. "Around 12 hospitals will be built in the future including general hospitals in several eastern regions such as Ambon, Palu, Sorong, Ternate and Kupang," he said at the Grand Opening of Siloam Hospital here on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2013 20:37 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


Ruling party`s chief named suspect over corruption Indonesia`s ruling Democrat Party`s chief Anas Urbaningrum was named suspect in connection with a corruption case here on Friday and banned to travel abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 February 2013 21:02 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


Anti-graft body urged to question finance minister A legislator has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to question Finance Minister Agus Martowardoyo over an alleged corruption in the Hambalang Sports Complex construction scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Investigations in progress with regard to bailout scandal Indonesia`s chief anti-graft investigator, Abraham Samad, said investigations are being carried out with regard to the (Rp6.7 trillion) Bank Century bailout scandal.

Posted in Crime @ 07 December 2012 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sports minister resigns over alleged corruption Sports Minister Andi Malaranggeng resigned from his present post at his ministry after the issuance of a travel ban by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) against him.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2012 10:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese to refrain from joining transmigration projects Suarapembaruan.com reports that effective immediately the municipal government of Baliís capital city of Denpasar will no longer allow its residents to participate in transmigration programs organized by the central government.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK, immigration launch online blacklisting system for corruptors The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Directorate General of Immigration will launch an online blacklisting system for corruptors in an effort to increase efforts to fight corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 October 2012 15:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic leaders support journalists` sharia caucus Aceh Islamic clerics and regional administration support the establishment of a caucus aimed to fully implement the Sharia Law in the province. The Caucus of the Sharia defenders has been established by a group of local journalists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2012 13:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Chief minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono was questioned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) as a witness in connection with alleged corruption in the National Games project in Riau here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 July 2012 12:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests Buol district head over alleged corruption Central Sulawesi`s Buol District Head Amran Batalipu was arrested as a suspect in a corruption case linked to oil palm plantation licensing on Friday. "He is on the way to Jakarta for questioning over alleged bribery," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi said here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 July 2012 09:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First Lady Ani Yudhoyono to undergo surgery in US First Lady Ani Yudhoyono will undergo surgery at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the US, according to presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High profile corruption suspect arrested High profile corruption suspect Neneng Sri Wahyuni, who has been on the international police wanted list, has been arrested. "That is right. She was arrested at her home in Pejaten," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 June 2012 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono opens Bali festival President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, opened the 34th Bali Arts Festival 2012 at Ardha Candra arts center here on Sunday night.

Posted in Culture @ 10 June 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens on death row over narcotics in Indonesia Fifty-eight people convicted and sentenced to death in narcotics cases are awaiting execution in Indonesian prisons.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 June 2012 09:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Book carrying Prophet Muhammad`s picture to be investigated Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has said his office will investigate reports about the discovery of a book carrying a picture of Prophet Muhammad in a library of an Islamic school in Solo, Central Java.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 May 2012 17:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Endang's burial to be held at San Diego Cemetery The burial of Health Minister Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, who passed away on Wednesday at 11.41 am at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital, Jakarta, will be held at San Diego Cemetery, Kerawang, West Java, on Thursday morning.

Posted in Politics @ 02 May 2012 12:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President urges demonstrators to remain lawful President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on all elements who wish to conduct demonstrations against the government`s fuel policy to remain lawful and avoid hurting others.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2012 14:56 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


Hundreds of ex-PTDI employees migrate to Malaysia Hundreds of ex-employees, including experts from the Bandung-based airplane maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI), have been recruited by the Malaysian airplane industry, an Indonesian embassy official said.

Posted in Economy @ 29 February 2012 00:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 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


Wanted bribery suspect Nunun Nurbaeti nabbed Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto said here Saturday Nunun Nurbaeti, a suspect in a high-profile bribery case, has been arrested in Bangkok and brought back to Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2011 03:10 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


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


Indonesia launches international search for fugitive ex-treasurer Indonesia's police and immigration departments have launched an international joint mission to seek fugitive Muhammad Nazaruddin, who is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3 million, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nazaruddin's bank accounts frozen by KPK The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says it has frozen some bank accounts belonging to graft fugitive M. Nazaruddin, because he is a suspect in an alleged bribery case linked to the construction of an athletes' dormitory for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 July 2011 04:34 CET by Jeroen · 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: 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


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


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


Former tax officer gets 10 year prison for money laundering Former Jakarta tax office director Bahasyim Assifie on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, the latest corruption case involving officials in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 February 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus confessed to traveling abroad Based on the police interrogation report, Gayus Tambunan confessed to traveling to Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore while he was supposed to remain as an inmate at the police detention centre in Depok, West Java.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2011 12:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian minister denies allegations of raping Indonesian maid Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Wednesday denied the allegations that state he raped his Indonesian maid four years ago, local media reported.

Posted in Crime @ 06 January 2011 04:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


3.5 kilograms of heroin seized in port of Dumai The customs in Dumai have seized some 3.5 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia bound for Indonesia. The total value of the illegal drugs is estimated at some 6.5 billion Rupiah (580,000 euro). The drugs were seized after a 45-year-old woman was arrested after she arrived from Malaka in Malaysia with the Indomal Ekspress V.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2010 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival 2010 For five years, Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival (2005 - 2009) was held at Jakarta Convention Center (JCC). It was a deeply memorable period for us, and the visitors of Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival. We surely still remember that it was in JCC that we first witnessed a festival which would later establish itself as one of the best and largest in the world, a festival that is the pride of Indonesians.

Posted in Culture @ 07 February 2010 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 suspects named in ATM scams The national police in Indonesia have named a number of 20 suspects in the scam with ATMs in Indonesia. These scams first took place in Jakarta and Bali, but soon spread abroad, suspecting a large international network now being active harvesting Indonesian Rupiah's in a fraudulent way.

Posted in Crime @ 28 January 2010 02:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More power outages for Bali Despite earlier promises that the irritations accompanying electrical blackouts would end on December 6, 2009, the state-owned power company PLN has announced that repairs on the Gilimanuk generating station will take longer than expected and consumers should expect blackouts to continue at least until January 15, 2010.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 December 2009 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Riau police stops 60 TKI from being sent abroad The police in the Riau Archipelago has successfully stopped 60 soon-to-be TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) that were about to be sent to Malaysia illegally. When the police came into action, some 60 people were safeguarded from being sent abroad. They were already in the international harbour of Batam Center, waiting for their boat to arrive.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2009 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


72 TKW evacuated from Kuwait The Agency for the Protection of Indonesians, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Indonesian embassy in Kuwait have brought home 72 so-called TKW ('female Indonesian workers abroad') that requested help from the embassy. All 72 TKW arrived with a Singapore Airlines flight. They are part of a group of 646 TKW which are currently in shelter in the Indonesian embassy in Kuwait.

Posted in Economy @ 26 October 2009 13:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smirnoff priced at 22 Singapore dollar Ever wondered if there was any cheap alcohol in Indonesia? Of course there is, but what you will find first is the locally brewed kind, varying from arak (rice wine) as well as fake branded liquor in small bottles in most parts of Indonesia to real wine - and of good enough quality as well - on the island of Bali. The wine however is not cheap with some 100,000 Rupiah (7.50 euro) per bottle or more. The locally produced and fake branded liqor (Jack Daniel's and other well-known brands) are sold for somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 per 0.25 liter.

Posted in Travel @ 29 September 2009 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


479 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia The Department of Health in Indonesia has announced that the total number of cases of H1N1 Mexican Flu in the country has increased by 35. The total of patients in Indonesia is now totaling 479, of which only one patient has died. Most of the patients were Indonesians, only five of the newly confirmed cases are foreigners in Indonesia.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 30 July 2009 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


157 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Swine flu cases which were found in Indonesia for the first time late last month, have continued to increase and spread to other regions, the Ministry of Health said. The ministry in a press release said on Thursday it had recorded 15 new cases so that the total number of patients suspected to have contracted the H1N1 strain of virus had reached 157.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 17 July 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


86 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Indonesia confirmed that 22 more people are infected by the H1N1 Mexican flu virus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 86, according to the Health Ministry in a statement which was released yesterday evening. All new cases were Indonesians. Nine of them were male, 13 of them female. Most of them had recently returned from travel abroad from countries like the United States, Hong Kong, Turkey and Singapore.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 14 July 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


64 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia The spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus in Indonesia is picking up speed as it seems. The Department of Health has currently listed 64 people as being positively infected with the new virus that has killed over 500 people worldwide - but none in Indonesia yet - according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Posted in Mexican flu @ 13 July 2009 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Medan residents test positive for Mexican Flu Three residents of the city of Medan, in North Sumatra, have tested positive for the H1N1 Mexican Flu. They are only identified as VC (20 years), WKC (9 years) and CV (17 years). They all live in the same street and are now treated in the Adam Malik general hospital in the city. Their blood samples were taken last Tuesday, when they were brought to the hospital, according to Azwan Lubis, the medical director of the hospital.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 09 July 2009 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, CJ's Anther club is located at just a stones throw distance from the hotel discusses earlier, Shangri-La, and offers the same line of entertainment. The atmosphere however is slightly different than that of B.A.T.S., something that is caused by a different type of visitors that visits this place. In B.A.T.S. it is mainly Western expats, here the area is full of Koreans, Japanese, Indians and Africans from 'south of the Sahara', which is the politically correct name now I suppose.

Posted in Nightlife @ 06 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti corruption watchdog chief named suspect in murder plot The head of Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption watchdog, Antasari Azhar, has been named as a suspect in the Mafia-style execution of a senior executive, amid allegations of a love triangle gone wrong. But Azhar's lawyer has dismissed the notion his client masterminded the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, describing it as a conspiracy to destroy a graft-busting crime fighter.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2009 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's central bank cuts key interest Indonesia's central bank has reduced its key interest rate by a quarter percentage point to 7.5 percent. The governor of Bank Indonesia said Friday the decision was made after closely watching economic developments at home and abroad.

Posted in Economy @ 03 April 2009 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fiskal tax increases to 2.5 million Rupiah As reported on balidiscovery.com, the onerous Rp. 1 million (67 euro) fiscal tax paid by all Indonesian nationals and registered residents will end on January 1, 2009, providing travelers can present proof of an official tax registration number NPWP. That's the good news, but for those registered residents and Indonesian nationals who have failed to obtain an official tax number they will soon be obliged to pay a fiscal tax of Rp. 2.5 million (168 euro) each time they travel abroad after January 1, 2009.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2008 04:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taxpayers: register or regret it later The National News Agency Antara warns that the government is preparing in 2009 to impose tax penalties ranging from 20% to 100% on individuals and coporation found not to have an official tax number (NPWP).

Posted in General @ 28 September 2008 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Two Indonesian workers forced into prostitution in Malaysia Two Indonesian women from the east Javanese town of Banyuwangi working abroad, in Indonesia popularly known as 'TKW', were forced into prostitution when they were caught up in human trafficking. Both of the women were employed in a pub in Malaysia. The young women (24 and 26 years old) were forced into prostitution somewhere in eastern Malaysia without receiving salaries.

Posted in Crime @ 10 June 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get 2 billion euro investment from Middle East Middle East investors plan to spend about two billion euro on projects in Indonesia, Bisnis Indonesia newspaper reported, citing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Emaar Properties PJSC, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Al Ghurair Group, Ras Al Khaimah and Limitless LLC are among the investors planning to enter Indonesia, Bisnis said.

Posted in Economy @ 22 March 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bare breasts of Djarum It has to be said that it is somewhat strange to see when you are browsing the internet and you end up looking at a number of pictures where some women with bare breasts advertise an Indonesian cigarette-brand. In this case it was Djarum that was doing its best in Hungary to have their brand settled in the local market. Whether the clove-cigarette-producer will be able to build a brand as strong as it is in Indonesia, I can't tell, but would having women with their breasts bared have any positive impact in this entire story?

Posted in Culture @ 09 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia extends visa facility to 11 countries Indonesia has expanded the visa on arrival (VoA) facility to 11 more countries and is currently considering 11 more countries in an attempt to lure foreign tourists to the country. The 11 newly granted countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia. The Directorate General of Immigration announced yesterday that based on a decree, citizens from a total of 63 countries are now able to enjoy a visa on arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 June 2007 17:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


116 million local tourists targeted for 2007 The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has set a target of 116 million tourists visiting the different tourist objects accross Indonesia for this year. "This target is higher than that of last year which was set at 114 million," said Titien Soekarya, director for Domestic Tourism Promotion.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2007 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign ministry begins promoting Indonesian provinces The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a program to promote Indonesian provinces in other countries. The program, named 'Updates from the regions', is to promote the provinces periodically and it started last Tuesday with the promotion of Riau, as was told by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hassan Wirajuda.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 May 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank to leave Rupiah to market The central bank in Indonesia will allow the market to determine the exchange rates for the Rupiah, even if the currency strengthens beyond 9,000 against the dollar, as was said by deputy governor Aslim Tadjuddin on Friday. Soon after his comments, the currency did indeed break the psychological mark and rose to 8,975 per dollar.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2007 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: Indonesian military razed church in Dili Testifying at the Truth Commission Indonesia-Timor, former Bishop Carlos Belo of Dili said that Indonesian forces and their militia allies had systematically burned the diocese's compound as well as other churches. Several clergy and an unknown number of others were killed in these fires. Bishop Belo, who headed the Archdiocese of Dili during the 1999 riots, was the main witness before the commission when they resumed public hearings in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 27 March 2007 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small home-made bomb explodes in Ambon, injures 14 A small home-made bomb with nails exploded at a port on the island of Ambon yesterday, injuring at least 14 people. The explosion occurred just when passengers were disembarking from a boat that had just arrived in the port in the Maluku province, east of the island of Sulawesi. Most of the injured were street vendors and drivers according to local police spokesman Tommi Napitupulu.

Posted in Violence @ 04 March 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government should pull military out of business The Indonesian government should end military ownership of businesses without further delay, Human Rights Watch said today as it launched the 159-page Indonesian translation of a study on military self-financing in Indonesia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 February 2007 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Report: Indonesia to file civil charges against Suharto The Indonesian attorney-general's office plans to file a civil lawsuit against former president Suharto by the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The Jakarta Post quoted Attorney-General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying his office was still calculating how much money it aimed to seize from Suharto. "I don't know the exact amount. One thing for sure, it's a lot of money," he said.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia's internet access almost recovers Almost two week after the 7.1 Richter Scale earthquake in the Taiwan peninsula that has disrupted internet access across Asia, Internet access in Indonesia has almost recovered to normal. Some Internet service providers as well as cellular operators claim their Internet access has gone backed to normal starting end of December.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:22 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


Indonesia needs to improve business climate to lure US investors The US Chamber of Commerce called on the the Indonesian government to improve its investment, tax and labour laws in order to attract greater investment from abroad including from US companies.

Posted in General @ 14 November 2006 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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