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Alcohol poisoning kills 25 in West Java Home-brewed alcohol killed 25 people in the districts of Sumedang and Garut in West Java, a spokesman of Garut Public Hospital said on Thursday.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 December 2014 07:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police to deploy 30,000 during presidential poll The Jakarta Metropolitan Police will deploy around 30 thousand personnel to secure the July 9 presidential election in the capital. The personnel will also supervise the distribution of ballot papers to polling stations in the capital, chief of the metropolitan polices public relations bureau Snr. Comr. Rikwanto said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Elections @ 02 July 2014 19:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No alcohol should be sold in warung Under recently passed national regulations, the sale of “Class-A” alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content of between 0-5% can now only take place at minimarkets, hypermarkets and supermarkets and the sale of low-alcohol beverages, such as beer, is no longer allowed at warung kaki lima, small grocers and small food stands.

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Six die after consuming suspected contaminated alcohol Six residents of the Malang district in East Java died after drinking alcohol suspected of being adulterated in a party in Lawang on Monday. Lawang police sector chief Commissioner Gatot Setiawan said here on Wednesday 15 people binge drank and six of them had died.

Posted in Health @ 16 April 2014 23:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still investigating deaths caused by illegal liqour The police are still investigating the case of four people dying after consuming illegal home-brewed alcohol in Sleman, Yogyakarta. "Investigation is still going on, but we are yet to name a suspect who sold local home-brewed alcohol," Sleman Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ihsan Amin, said on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The roundabout that 'eats' cars Don't be scared, it's less mysterious than it sounds. For those that know Jakarta a little bit, Bunderan HI, the roundabout in front of Hotel Indonesia, will most likely ring a bell. The roundabout has a pond with a statue that is known as Tugu Selamat Datang, built by then president Soekarno in preparation of the 4th Asian Games in 1962.

Posted in Accidents @ 24 August 2013 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Once again two killed after drinking oplosan in Jakarta Once again two people are killed after drinking oplosan, alcohol mixed with methanol. Supriyadi and Mulyani died after they unknowingly enjoyed themselves this toxic mix in Pademangan, North Jakarta. The two were rushed to a local hospital, only to die there as any aid came too late.

Posted in Health @ 24 August 2013 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Expert: 'Indonesia`s Democracy Index declines' The value of Indonesia`s democracy has declined over the past few years blamed on the attitude of both the people and the government officials, an expert says.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2012 14:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 70% of all alcohol sales on Bali illegal Radar Bali reports that 70% of the alcoholic beverages sold on the island are illegal. The value of illegal liquor sold on the island is estimated to account to sales of Rp. 1 billion per day or Rp. 360 billion (US$40 million) per year.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2012 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Islamic groups stone ministry over alcohol sales Members of Indonesia's hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) on Thursday stoned the Ministry of Home Affairs in Central Jakarta after the minister accused religious groups of "spreading lies" during an ongoing dispute over alcohol sales, local media reported on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 13 January 2012 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Garuda employees stealing alcohol from Garuda galleys According to Kompas.com, the police precinct at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport have busted a syndicate stealing alcoholic beverages from the business class galleys of Garuda Indonesia aircraft transiting Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 29 July 2011 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Early hours in NED During the long weekend of last week the island was flooded with Indonesian and foreign tourists that either want to shop cheaper, or want to do things that they can not do at home. Some prefer to get completely wasted on alcohol - more cheap here than in Singapore - in a matter of hours to he can take the boat back a few hours later, the other spends a night on the island to taste some of the forbidden fruits here.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 June 2010 07:57 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


Bali customs destroy illegal alcohol cache Bali's Customs Office bulldozed 2,824 bottles of contraband alcohol on Friday, May 6, 2010, in the parking lot of their Bali Ngurah Rai Airport offices. The bottles of wine and hard liquor were estimated to have a value of Rp. 600 million (US$ 65,200) were seized in a number of raids conducted by Bali Customs Officers in 2009 and 2010 on illegal caches of booze not bearing official duty stamps.

Posted in Crime @ 12 May 2010 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead after 'alcohol party' in Cirebon Eight people dead and two arrested is the result of a alcohol party that went slightly out of control. The police in Cirebon is still investigating the death of the eight 'party goers', but it is already clear that the two people that were arrested supplied the booze. Although the police reported an alcohol party is was most likely a gathering to get wasted as soon as possible.

Posted in Health @ 08 May 2010 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


School children Yogyakarta drink alcohol after school School children in Yogyakarta have found an adult way of entertainment for themselves after school is out for the day. A group of eight school children from a elementary school in Wates, Yogyakarta province, had decided that drinking liquor would be a fun thing to do when school is our, but they have caused quite a stir in the region.

Posted in Health @ 30 April 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism will suffer from higher alcohol taxes BisnisBali reports that high taxes in the form of customs and excise tax applied on imported alcohol are a great concern for Bali business people. Threatened tax increases of as much as 300 percent have the potential of damaging Bali tourism where the consumption of alcoholic beverages is an important part of a holiday visitors experience.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 April 2010 03:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Two more dead by methanol tainted alcohol Repeating a deadly pattern that claimed 26 lives last year, locally produced alcohol tainted with methanol has sent at least 23 people to the hospital, two of whom have died. Those warded at Denpasar's Sanglah General Hospital all come from the Klungkung district of East Bali and were transferred to the capital for more intensive treatment.

Posted in Crime @ 08 March 2010 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead after drinking oplosan alcohol Eight men have died after drinking so-called oplosan alcohol in Yogyakarta. Oplosan is alcohol that has been mixed with ethanol and then sold cheap for those who want to get drunk quickly. The local police is currently investigating the case. The first death occurred on Sunday, with the others following on Monday, according to a Yogyakarta police spokesperson.

Posted in Crime @ 09 February 2010 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three convicted to public caning escape in Aceh Three men convicted of playing dominoes for money have escaped from jail moments before a public caning in devoutly Muslim Aceh province. Local Islamic police chief Muhammad Rusli said Saturday the men bolted during an unguarded bathroom visit minutes before the punishment for violating anti-gambling laws.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2010 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wrong kind of home industry: mixing alcohol The police in Surabaya has raided a house of which the owner though it would be a good idea to make some real Indonesian products by himself. Unfortunately he choose to process alcoholic drinks in his own house, which is not allowed unless you have a permit for it. But it didn't end there, so the police did not raid the house for nothing.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2010 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade in Indonesia Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (25.000 euro). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told.

Posted in Health @ 12 January 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lunch in Singapore Singapore is just some 45 minutes away by fast ferry from Batam. An easy target for a day of shopping, a return trip 'new visa' or a lunch. From Singapore Batam is also seen as place to shop as prices are lower there while choice is still not that bad as well. Furthermore people can enjoy themselves with alcohol from early on the day until the early hours of the next morning.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2009 11:18 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


Buka botol in B.A.T.S. It was a regular Friday night on which my girlfriend and I decided to go clubbing. Not that same night because that would mean we had to hurry to go out, something that is not really beneficial and something I don't want to do at all. So not tonight, but the next night, the malam minggu (the evening before Sunday, so Saturday night) we would go to Jakarta.

Posted in Nightlife @ 16 September 2009 12:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Dozens of underage prostitutes arrested Dozens of underage prostitutes have been arrested in a raid held by the Tegal police in Central Java last evening. Hundreds of bottles of liquor were also seized during the raid. Most of the youngsters were arrested around a number of nightspots in the city. Some of the pimps were also arrested, but the police said is was not that easy to catch them.

Posted in Crime @ 13 September 2009 03:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Jalan Jaksa; too much alcohol It was a Saturday yesterday. As usual I got up on time and after breakfast, mandi and a quick look on the internet I grabbed my stuff for a short trip to Jakarta, which is still about one hour from here. The bus at ten in the morning was one bus later than I had planned on taking in the first place, but well, that's how things go. No big deal.

Posted in Ramadan @ 30 August 2009 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For a NO against sharia in Indonesia As we all know, many Indonesians like to have a beer or some other alcohol sometimes. And why not? It is their right to choose whether they want to have a nice cold beer, a cocktail or some other drink containing alcohol. Even if they are Muslim because it is not up to a state or institution to decide whether people from a certain religion can not drink alcohol.

Posted in Religion @ 21 July 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourism chief calls for end to custom's raids The Bali Tourism Service (DIPARDA) is urging the Bali Customs and Excise office to halt sweeping raids being conducted against Bali hotels and restaurants in the current drive to halt the sale of wine and liquor bearing counterfeit customs stamps.

Posted in General @ 11 June 2009 08:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners dead after drinking poisonous rice wine Holidaymakers in Bali have been given a grim warning: avoid traditional rice and palm wine on the Indonesian resort island or face an agonising death. At least 25 people have been killed in the past week, including four foreign tourists, after a batch of the liquor, known as arak, was heavily cut with methanol.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to simplify liquor import and distribution Bisnis Indonesia reports that the Indonesian Department of Trade is in the process of revising regulations pertaining to the import of alcoholic beverages. Currently under consideration is a simplification of the current rules that would unify the two different set of rules now governing imported and locally produced alcohol.

Posted in Economy @ 30 May 2009 15:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buy Indonesian products! Don't if you want to live. The Indonesian government has launched a campaign that should stimulate Indonesians to buy locally produced products instead of those 'haram' and 'zionist' foreign products from far and remote countries. Indonesians generally don't care too much about what their government tells them, but in this case it actually seems to work.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 May 2009 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Government alcohol import tax branded a failure The Jakarta Post reports that analysts have branded the current high import tax regime on alcoholic beverage as a policy failure that has "neither discouraged consumption nor maximized revenues" and, as many had predicted, has "fostered a thriving black market."

Posted in General @ 10 May 2009 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Illegal alcohol and counterfeit custom stamps seized Bali's Custom and Excise Officers have conducted a raid on a warehouse in Bali confiscating thousands of bottles of imported wine and alcohol. The raid, conducted in April 16, 2009, uncovered nearly 550 cases of alcohol containing over 5,600 bottles. Also discovered by customs officials were a quantity of counterfeit custom stickers.

Posted in Crime @ 29 April 2009 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, Stadium However the name might look like you are attending a game of soccer when you enter this piece of 'paradise on earth', it is not anything like it. It could at best be a nice confusion of words if you are smart enough, so you will not be caught for lying when you are telling in all honesty that you went to the stadium, but keep it in English then. The building that calls itself 'Stadium' is not just a club, it is a center of pleasure and entertainment, 24 hours a day, almost all days of the year.

Posted in Nightlife @ 29 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; B.A.T.S. From Aphrodite in Taman Rasuna we took an 'Express' taxi which brought us to the lobby of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in just a matter of minutes - all of a sudden it went quick because of a lack of vehicles on the protocol-roads of Jakarta. I was happy that I dressed myself decently and also brought enough clothes for the coming days, however an extra blouse with long sleeves would be welcome, but that was something to be taken care of later on.

Posted in Nightlife @ 15 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Brebes police seizes over 5.000 bottles of liquor As much as 5.680 bottles of liquor from various brands and types were seized by Brebes police. The liquor was seized from food stalls which are known to sell drinks. Most of the liquor was seized from obscure places. The thousands of bottles will be destroyed soon. Other than branded liquor, the Brebes police also seized dozens of bottles of diluted alcohol.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2009 06:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (II) The later it gets, the more clear it becomes that Kedai Kopi Jakal - Jakal is a subtraction Jalan Kaliurang, the street where the coffee house is located - has become a real gathering place. After ten in the evening the first groups of people decide to go out already. They will most likely be headed for one of the several nightclubs that Jogja has to spend the rest of the evening. Empty seats are filled up again in quite a short time, but they brought their laptop this time, so most likely they will be around for some time to come. That should not be a problem as well because they serve you until three in the morning of the next day.

Posted in Culture @ 12 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia is running out of imported alcohol quickly The Indonesian government has put new import regulations in place as well as a massive tax hike creating a Customs clampdown on Indonesia’s alcohol supplies leading up to the Christmas holiday season, according to a report in Bali Update this week. Much to the frustration of hotel and restaurant operators, alcohol supplies have been reduced to a trickle, leaving many guests disappointed by not being able to enjoy their favourite beverage.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14 die in Indonesia in suspected alcohol poisoning Fourteen people working for cargo ship, including some Thai citizens, have died after drinking mix-drink suspected to contain alcohol, Indonesian national police spokesman Sulistyo Ishak said here Tuesday. The incident happened at a party on Sunday night in Merauke of Papua province in easternmost of Indonesia, the spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali runs out of alcoholic drinks A number of hotels and retail outlets across Bali are complaining of an increasingly critical shortage of wines and spirits posing a risk that holidaymakers to Bali may soon be without the liquid wherewithal for merrymaking. According to a report in the Indonesian language DenPost, the Indonesian Customs and Excise Department have banned the import of all imported alcoholic beverages following the recent discovery of a smuggling ring using illegal duty stamps.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2007 14:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Aceh demanding gubernatorial candidates recite Koran Election officials in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province have ordered that potential candidates for upcoming provincial polls must be able to recite from the Koran, Islam's holy book, in order to run, a local report said Thursday. The order is the latest in a series of controversial moves to impose a strict version of Islamic Law, or Shariah, in Aceh, despite the rest of Indonesia being secular.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Govt mulls cigarette price hike If fuel and electricity are to escape much speculated hikes, then it's probably the turn of cigarettes to go up in price to pad state coffers. The government is considering raising next year both the retail price and excise duty of cigarettes sold in the country, the Finance Ministry's Director General for Customs and Excise, Anwar Suprijadi, said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2006 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICG: Women, the poor singled out by Aceh sharia enforcers Women and the poor are experiencing unfair treatment due to overzealous enforcement of sharia bylaws in Nanggroe Aceh Darusssalam, an influential think tank said. The Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said in a report made available to The Jakarta Post on Monday that haphazardly recruited, poorly disciplined and inadequately supervised sharia police were practicing a form of moral vigilantism that singled out women and the poor.

Posted in Religion @ 02 August 2006 10:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mate, you can now move to Aussie jail There is some good news for Australians serving jail terms in Bali's Kerobokan prison. Thanks to a prisoner transfer agreement to be signed between Australia and Indonesia, they will be able to serve out their sentences in their home country, closer to their own families. One would think they would be happy, especially as Kerobokan prison has been described as a hell-hole where sanitary and health standards are sorely lacking.

Posted in Drugs @ 02 July 2006 10:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taliban-style Islamic police terrorizing Aceh Dewi Haryanti was in a hurry. The 25-year-old was exchanging her hotel waitress uniform for street clothes for the trip to her second job at a boutique she owns with her sisters in the capital of Indonesia's tsunami-torn Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 12 March 2006 14:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Allianz launches Sharia-compliant insurance products Allianz AG said its Indonesian unit is launching Sharia-compliant insurance products, responding to 'growing requests' from its customers and banking partners. The insurer said customers can now buy life insurance, as well as fire and motor vehicle insurance, that will be Sharia-compliant. Under Sharia-law, it is forbidden to give or receive interest payments. Furthermore, Sharia-compliant banks will trade investments and share the profits with investors instead of offering interest on savings accounts.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2006 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Policeman fired after FPI raid A middle-ranking police officer here was removed from his post on Wednesday, a day after FPI (Muslim hard-liners) raided at least two local restaurants and destroyed hundreds of bottles of alcoholic beverages. The dismissal of Adj. Comr. Zaenal Arifin was for his failure to prevent the Muslim extremists from taking the law into their own hands, said a top Surakarta police officer. Zaenal is believed to be the first police officer in the country to receive such stiff punishment for failing to prevent an attack of this type during Ramadhan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 October 2005 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Eight FPI members arrested for carrying sharp weapons Eight members of the "Islam Defenders Front" (FPI) have been apprehended by West Jakarta police for carrying sharp weapons during a rally in front of the West Jakarta Police precinct on Tuesday. Some 150 FPI members were protesting the slow pace of investigations into a clash between their group and residents of the Kalijodo red-light district in West Jakarta last Sunday, in which four FPI members were injured.

Posted in Ramadan @ 19 October 2005 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 123 reactions


Preachers told to support controversial MUI edicts Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)'s edicts against secularism, pluralism and liberalism, the Indonesian Council for Islamic Propagation (DDII) will fully support the MUI in its "war on deviant thoughts", a top preacher said on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2005 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Muslim body launches own cigarette brand Indonesia's largest Muslim organisation, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), has come up with its own brand of kretek cigarettes in an attempt to cash in on the industry's good business. The Tali Jagat ('rope of the universe') kretek hit the market last week after it was launched in the town of Pasuruan, East Java. Mr H. Sulaiman, the head of NU's Sirkah Muawwanah cooperative in Pasuruan, was quoted by Radar Bromo daily as saying: 'NU has a lot of members in Pasuruan. That is why we chose to launch the cigarettes there.'

Posted in Religion @ 12 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grapples with Islamic law Women in miniskirts gyrate in all-night discotheques, where designer drugs circulate as freely as alcohol. Friday, the Islamic sabbath, is a regular work day. Pork is widely available in restaurants and supermarkets. These and other violations of Islamic law - or sharia - are the norm in Indonesia, the world's largest Islamic country, where secularism has long held sway in national legislation. Although some religious parties asked for sharia law to be included among a set of constitutional amendments adopted Saturday by lawmakers, the measure was dropped because of overwhelming opposition within the national legislature.

Posted in Religion @ 15 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast wounds 5 outside Jakarta discotheque A bomb has exploded outside a Jakarta discotheque, wounding five people. Indonesian police were able to defuse two other explosive devices before they detonated. The bombing, in the early hours of Sunday morning, occurred outside a Jakarta discotheque in the city's Chinatown entertainment district. The crude device was planted in a nearby food stall. Two additional bombs were discovered - one in front of another Chinatown nightclub; the other in a parking lot in the city center. Bomb squad officials defused both explosives.

Posted in Crime @ 09 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Armed group raids nightspots in Javanese town About 500 Muslims armed with swords and clubs attacked two nightspots in the central Javanese city of Solo, police and witnesses said yesterday. The attackers, who were dressed in white robes, were demanding that the establishments close duri ng the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

Posted in General @ 18 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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