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Jakarta to provide 100 free public buses The Jakarta Provincial Administration plans to provide 100 free city buses to reduce the use of private vehicles and to ease traffic congestion in the city. "This program is aimed to lessen the use of private vehicles, especially motorcycles," Acting Governor of Jakarta Basuki Tjahaya Purnama stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2014 19:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Jokowi becomes target of rivals' Political observer Arbi Sanit of the University of Indonesia said efforts were being made to tarnish the name of presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) through an alleged corruption case in the procurement of Transjakarta buses.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Child dies over alleged sexual assault by pedophile An 11-year old boy only identified as U.S. died at his home in Citamiang Subdistrict, West Jawa, last February for an alleged sexual assault by pedophile Emon, who was arrested recently for serial sexual abuses, the victims aunt Ya said.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2014 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar commit largest number of money politics Golkar party committed the largest number of money politics during the political campaigns ahead of the legislative election on April 9, the Indonesian Corruption Watch (ICW) said.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2014 19:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


AGO questions Mobilindo president director over buses case The Attorney Generals Office questioned president director of PT Mobilindo, Budi Susanto, about the alleged mark up in the price of buses purchased for the TransJakarta mass rapid transit system.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 April 2014 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency confiscates Wawan's luxury cars The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has confiscated more than ten luxury vehicles belonging to Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan in connection with a money laundering crime he has allegedly committed.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 January 2014 10:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Free tourist bus tours for Jakarta visitors The Jakarta Tourism Agency welcomed the arrival of five double-decker tour buses Monday night as the capital, long listed as a sight best left unseen on a visit to Indonesia, began an aggressive push to double the number of foreign tourists visiting the city.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 January 2014 06:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Banten governor Ratu Atut Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah was detained at around 4:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, after more than six hours of questioning at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 December 2013 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police second most in public complaints to Ombudsman The second most frequent complaints received by the Indonesian Ombudsman from the public are against the countrys police. "Police have always second among the institutions complained most against by the public," Ombudsman member Budi Santoso said in a meeting here on Thursday with police.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2013 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to impose steep fines for driving in busway lanes The Jakarta administration has agreed to raise fines to Rp 1 million ($90) for driving in designated bus lanes, police said on Tuesday. ďIf itís not effective this month, it will be effective in November,Ē said Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Cmr. Rikwanto. Motorcycle violators will face a fine of Rp 500,000.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2013 04:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'Efforts to solve traffic jams not yet maximum' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said the results of his efforts to solve traffic congestion problems in the capital city since he took office one year ago had not yet been widely felt.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 October 2013 23:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 4,000 passenger buses needed, quickly Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi said the city administration gives priority to procurement of 4,000 buses to serve as means of mass transport to reduce congestion in the city`s streets.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 October 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sweden to install ERP system in Jakarta The Swedish Government said it would introduce the Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) system in Jakarta in 2014, according to its envoy. Speaking at the Jakarta City Hall here on Friday, Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia Ewa Polano said, "We come here to offer a solution to traffic jams in Jakarta through the Electronic Road Pricing system."

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 September 2013 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travellers on motorcycles drop 33.9 percent The number of homebound travelers traveling on motorcycles during the Idul Fitri 2013 exodus dropped by 33.9 percent as compared by to 2012, according to Transportation Minister Evert Erenst Mangindaan.

Posted in Travel @ 20 August 2013 13:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Local government organizes free homebound travel More than 10,000 Idul Fitri homebound travelers aboard 190 free buses left Jakarta for various destinations in Central Java on Saturday. Central Java Deputy Governor Rustriningsih saw off the homebound travelers at Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum in the Indonesia-in-miniature park (TMII), East Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 03 August 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travelers urged to not use motorcycles Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Brig. Gen. Sudjarno asked Idul Fitri holiday travelers to not use motorcycles when they went home towns to celebrate the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran next week.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 21:48 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


More than 100 illegal immigrants nabbed in Cianjur Police detained more than 100 illegal immigrant in Cianjur, West Java , on the highway leading to southern coast of Java on Thursday. Police detective Adj Comr. Gito of the Cianjur police said the first group of 80 illegal immigrants from Maynmar, Pakistan, and Afghanistan were stopped in the Cianjur-Bandung highway.

Posted in Crime @ 13 June 2013 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Banten water police catch 80 illegal immigrants The Banten provincial water police caught 80 illegal immigrants from Iran and Myanmar in the waters off Peucang island on Thursday. The immigrants were caught after their boat leaked on their way to Christmas Island in Australia, director of the water police Snr. Comr. Budi Hermawan said.

Posted in Crime @ 07 June 2013 00:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali transport operators seek a hike in rates The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) reports that the Baliís Tourist Transportation Association (Pawiba) is seeking to increase the tariff for tourism transport in Bali from levels that have remained largely static since 2005.

Posted in Travel @ 25 March 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor instructs relocation of settlers on river banks Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed all village and subdistrict heads to relocate settlers from river banks in Jakarta in an effort to accelerate normalization of rivers in the capital.

Posted in Flooding @ 24 January 2013 13:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods force operator to close a bus lane Heavy rain falls in Sunday morning which triggered a one-meter flood in Pesing sub-district, Kalideres, West Jakarta, caused the operator of the Trans-Jakarta Busway to close the bus lane to the Kalideres Terminal.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2013 15:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta-Merak toll road reopened The Jakarta-Merak toll road at the Km 57-59 was reopened for traffic on Friday after it has been closed since Wednesday because of flood.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 January 2013 15:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crimes against children increasing in Indonesia In 2012, crimes against children in Indonesia were dominated by rape cases and sexual assaults, said the Chairperson of the Indonesian Commission for Child Protection (KPAI), Maria Ulfah Anshor.

Posted in Violence @ 09 January 2013 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll road projects in Dumai remains in the pipeline The government`s plan to build a 16.3 kilometer toll road between Dumai and Pekanbaru in Riau remained in the pipeline. There has been no concrete step taken toward construction of the toll road until the end of 2012, head of Dumai land office Wan Fahrizal Noor told ANTARA News here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslide forces Jakarta - Bogor trains to a halt Indonesian state-owned railroad company PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) has announced that the commuter trains between Jakarta and Bogor will not operate for the time being after a large landslide caused the double track to sink. Trains from Jakarta will only run until Depok train station just south of Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 22 November 2012 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry to build link between railway line and trans-Jakarta bus The Ministry of Transportation plans to build a link between the commuter railway line and the Trans-Jakarta bus lane in an effort to meet the needs of mass transportation in Jakarta by 2013.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2012 16:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Train for female passengers between Jakarta and Bogor The state railway company has operated an electric commuter train specially for female and child passengers between Bogor and Jakarta. "It is good, we feel safe without men in the train," Tia Renjani, one of the passengers said before departing from Bogor to her working place in Jakarta on Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


SAR team detects wreckage of sunken ferry boat A Search and Rescue (SAR) team on Saturday night detected the wreckage of Bahuga Jaya ferry boat that sank in Sunda Strait on Wednesday. The wreckage of the ferry boat was detected at a depth of 76 meters below sea level, coordinator of the SAR team Saidar S Jaya said here on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 01 October 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to face severe traffic jams by 2014, says official The Indonesian Ministry of Public Works has warned that Jakarta will face severe traffic congestion by 2014 due to the growing number of vehicles that exceed road capacity.

Posted in General @ 13 September 2012 22:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta residents asked not to use motorbikes in Lebaran exodus Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo has called on the local residents not to ride motorbikes to their home villages during 2012 Id-Ul Fitr (Lebaran) holiday mass exodus.

Posted in Ramadan @ 10 August 2012 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Health Ministry to set up more than 1,400 posts for travellers The Ministry of Health has planned to set up 1,468 health-care posts, with at least 65,000 paramedics, for home-bound travelers during Id-ul-Fitr, according to a minister.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 August 2012 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President says labor policies not politically motivated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government has no political interests with regard to its recent plans to improve the welfare of workers in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 03 May 2012 13:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt urged to be firm on workers' deaths in Malaysia Chairman of the Confederation of All Indonesian Labor Unions (KSPSI) Yorrys Raweyai has called on the government to take a firm stand on the shooting incidents that led to the death of three Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia.

Posted in Crime @ 01 May 2012 09:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono hopes May Day rallies run peacefully President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that workers in Jakarta and the rest of the country would stage peaceful rallies to mark the International Labor Day or May Day on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2012 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 14 dead, 40 injured in West Java bus accident At least 14 people were killed on early Friday evening when a bus lost control and crashed into several vehicles in the Indonesian province of West Java, local media reported on Saturday. Dozens more were injured.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 February 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mob torches dozens of houses in South Lampung A mob torched at least 60 houses at Sidomulyo village in South Lampung district, Lampung province, on Tuesday following a clash between two groups of people earlier in the day. The mob also destroyed 23 other houses, sources told.

Posted in Violence @ 25 January 2012 00:45 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


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: Larger awareness for human rights concerns in Indonesia Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should raise military accountability for abuses, freedom of expression, and the rights of religious minorities during her visit to Indonesia from Thursday through Sunday.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 July 2011 03:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Mount Lokon erupts, disrupts air traffic network Indonesia's Mount Lokon, which is located on the northern tip of the island of Sulawesi, on Monday erupted, officials said, who also warned air traffic networks.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 12 July 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Anti-terror unit deals out own terror Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia's elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which Australia and the US train and fund, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating and abusing them in detention.

Posted in Violence @ 13 September 2010 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six hours of traffic jam in Puncak The main road through the Puncak area in West Java had to handle extreme volumes of vehicles yesterday, caused by Indonesians that wanted to celebrate their holiday. The travelers got stuck, as is not uncommon in this area, on the sole main road through the mountains. This time the traffic jam reached a length of six hours and reached as far as Taman Safari Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2010 01:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A fist look at Pangandaran Pangandaran has become a well-known - and of growing importance - tourist destination. Normally you will find hundreds of buses with thousands of passengers from the area of Bandung here. There are also foreigners though, several hundred of them are present at any time in this large village and some of them do actually live here.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2010 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HRW: 'Prosecute abusive soldiers in civilian courts' The Indonesian parliament should enact a pending bill that would permit civilian authorities to investigate and prosecute soldiers responsible for crimes against civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to a key lawmaker released today.

Posted in Human rights @ 24 April 2010 03:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Indonesia's legal system still not well organized' Indonesia's legal system is bad and negatively affecting its detention center management, according to Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar. Indonesia's detention centers were in general overcrowded, he said.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2010 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Camera's in TransJakarta busway stations Some of the bus stops of the TransJakarta busway, that's in Jakarta indeed, have CCTV available. Normally this kind of technique is broken beyond repair soon after it has been installed, but this case is a positive exception. The camera's in 13 of the bus stops along corridor one and six are up and running. You can even view their images on the internet.

Posted in General @ 09 February 2010 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The umbrella-kids near the bridge Yesterday in the late afternoon I was still in Jakarta. Not entirely according to my own planning, but those things are very hard to plan in this country, and even then there is not a real problem, because there is always another way to enjoy yourself and to get home as well.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2009 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to Yogya: twelve hours by bus How to get to Yogyakarta? Of course the plane is a good solution from Jakarta, but we didn't want to. My plan was to catch the bus in the morning, so we would arrive in Yogya in the evening, but as we found out there were no morning buses departing for Yogya from Cikarang, so we just took the bus departing in the evening, because we wanted to go to Yogya anyway.

Posted in Travel @ 14 November 2009 05:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sancaka train derails near Nganjuk The Sancaka train on route from Surabaya to Yogyakarta derailed near the village of Awar-Awar, Wilingan, in the regency of Nganjuk in East Java last evening. The cause of the derailment is not known yet. The train left from Surabaya at 17:00 local time, and should arrive in Yogyakarta around 23:00. Many people on several stations were stranded because of the derailment.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 November 2009 00:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busway in Bandung launched today Bandung is the next city to get some form of new public transport in the form of Trans Metro Bandung (TMB) rapid mass transport. After a long period of protests by other bus operators the new system will be put in use today. The head of the TMB operating company, Yadi Haryani, told that the mayor of Bandung already issued a decree on the official launch.

Posted in General @ 24 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rain and cold weather hit Bali Although is still dry season, the southeastern part of Bali has seen unseasonably cold and wet weather caused by a so-called Madden-Julian oscillation in the higher stratosphere. An official from the Meteorological, Climatological and Geophysics Agency BMKG said. Rain and low temperatures was the weather during the Idul Fitri holidays.

Posted in Weather @ 23 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


27 million people on the move on aging infrastructure The Ministry of Transportation has said that it expected that more than 27 million people will hit the roads to be with their families during the upcoming Idul Fitri period later this month. Jusman Syafii Djamal, Minister of Transport, told that it was expected that some 16.3 million people would take public transport and planes, while 11 million others would use private vehicles.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 September 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bus belonging to Freeport shot at Again a disturbance related to mining company PT Freeport in Papua, the easternmost region of Indonesia. A group of armed men attacked a bus carrying employees of the company, injuring five of them. The police is still on the hunt for the group. The incident happened yesterday afternoon just before three o'clock when bus number two was shot at. The bus was driven by Sarifudin and had dozens of employees on board.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 August 2009 05:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more killed at Freeport mine in Papua province Gunmen have killed two people in an attack at the world's largest gold mine in Indonesia's Papua Province. This is the latest in a series of attacks that began on July 11. Local aid officials are concerned the military will use the attacks as pretext to arrest independence activists.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 July 2009 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Lion Air MD90 skids of runway on Lombok airport An MD90 plane with flight number GT 652 which belongs to Lion Air skidded off the runway at the Selaparang airport on the island of Lombok. The plane had just arrived from Jakarta when it skidded over the runway. Based on information the pilot should have turned the plane at the end of runway 09, but did this earlier on the runway. The airport was closed for 3.5 hours and two other flights had to wait for their departure.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 June 2009 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


HRW: 'Papuans tortured by Indonesian army' Indonesia's controversial special forces, which are trained by Australia, have been accused of new human rights abuses in the troubled province of Papua. In a report by US-based Human Rights Watch, off-duty members of the elite Kopassus branch of the Indonesian army are said to have tortured and abused Papuans.

Posted in Violence @ 26 June 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The bus trip from Surabaya to Malang Sitting in a bus is not something that I do with the greatest love. However every once in a while I will still do something that I don't want to do every single day. After the flight from Yogyakarta to Surabaya in the early morning, I didn't reach my final destination for the day - by far. But fortunately I had already taken that into account when I booked the ticket. At that time I decided to use only public transport to find my way to Malang, which was my final destination for the day.

Posted in Travel @ 23 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wet season arrived with thunder and rain It didn't last another five minutes again before I felt the first rain coming down. And it wasn't water thrown up by the tires of trucks and buses but rain. I assumed that I drove too far for the passing rainstorm, but that was an illusion. The real situation was much more wet than those few drops of rain, but it would only be clear later on. Since the rain was intensifying I decided to take a break somewhere along the road - no idea where - to drink a glass of hot jeruk hangat (hot water with a small orange squeezed in it) and a Sampoerna cigarette. Just to get oversight about the situation.

Posted in Weather @ 10 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


117 minibuses seized by Bandung police As much as 117 minibuses used for travel services, but with a normal black license plate, have been seized by the Traffic Police of the city of Bandung. "Some of the 'travel' are said to violate the regulations. They should have yellow license plates because black ones may only be used for rental services. The owners are several travel agents which should not use these plates," said Herukoco, the head of the Traffic Police in Bandung earlier today.

Posted in General @ 18 July 2008 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 'regrets' Timor atrocities President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has endorsed a truth commission report stating his country was to blame for gross human rights abuses against the Timorese in 1999. But he has stopped short of a formal apology and rejected prosecuting those responsible.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 July 2008 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Overcrowded buses in Jakarta Overloaded they are and it is not just only on 'Halte Harmoni' where the situation is not really clear. There are even bigger exchange stops. One of the largest might just be 'Halte Senen', a little more to the north. This stop is situated directly at one of the corners of a busy intersection, directly under a fly-over. This is also the meeting point of a number of routes and transferring here is made difficult by hundreds of people that are finding their way here. That is not the only thing however what makes it a mess here.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Full buses in Jakarta Outside the use of the many thousands of - in general - old buses that are still in use today, there is a new option which was introduced just a few years ago. In 2004 these were brand new buses which were used on - then - just two routes. One route ran from north to south and back and the other one from west to east and back. The official name TransJakarta can be found on the buses, but for the rest the company is known as 'Busway'. And that is exactly what it is, because TransJakarta is too common. In the four year that this company exists hundreds of bus stops were constructed from durable materials and four more routes were organized as well. They seem to run all across the city without any logic though.

Posted in Travel @ 09 July 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Straight through the 'Big Durian' by car What is the fastest way to get from the north of Jakarta to somewhere in the southern part of the city? That is a question which is hard to answer for a city like Jakarta. With some 15 million residents and several hundreds of square kilometers of city it often is such a big unorganized situation that you will not be able to just go somewhere to buy groceries or to pick someone up.

Posted in Travel @ 18 June 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Extra long buses added to Jakarta Busway route Extra long buses for the Trans-Jakarta bus way system - often named just 'Busway' - will be used on the route Kampung Melayu-Ancol, or Corridor V. The launch of the new buses was executed by the governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo yesterday morning. Ten new extra long buses have been prepared to be operational starting from today. These new buses can only be used on this corridor, because the infrastructure here is completely ready as well.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


46 members of radical Islamic FPI released Around half past ten earlier this morning, the regional police of Jakarta officially released 46 members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) which were held since Wednesday night. They were brought by police buses then. Earlier this morning the police added another six members to the those already arrested. Together with the leader of FPI, Habib Rizieq Shibab, they are now questioned at the police station.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2008 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.N. body says torture widespread in Indonesia A UN rights body says Indonesia's police, armed forces and intelligence services routinely torture and degrade criminal suspects to extract confessions. The U.N. Committee Against Torture says it is "deeply concerned about numerous ongoing credible and consistent allegations" of abuse in the Indonesian justice system.

Posted in General @ 17 May 2008 03:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: A truck on the run Departing from the flatlands from the beach of Parangtritis I decided to head east for a little while. The small mountain road up is a very nice route with generally good road conditions. It is a trip into history a little bit with houses made of bamboo and plaid work mats as walls which you will find here in some places. There are here, at just several dozen kilometers distance from the city of Yogyakarta, still villages that don't even have access to power at all.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TransJakarta bus system to get more buses To increase the frequency of buses in the TransJakarta bus system, the city government has promised to add more buses to th system. This will be arranged by Jakarta governor Fauzi Bowo. At this moment, the TransJakarta bus system operator has 329 buses in it's fleet. The buses are used on seven corridors. Most routes now are overcrowded during operational hours, forcing people to be on overcrowded buses or to wait long for an empty bus to show up.

Posted in General @ 09 March 2008 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesian airline boss jailed in Munir case The former executive director of Indonesia's national airline Garuda, Indra Setiawan, has been sentenced by a Jakarta court to one year in jail for assisting in the killing of the human rights activist Munir Said Thailib. The court found him guilty of falsifying documents to help the killer travel on Mr Munir's flight.

Posted in Crime @ 11 February 2008 14:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.5 meter of seawater in North Jakarta neighborhood Predictions of the Meteorological and Geophysics Office and the Oceanologic department of the Indonesian army that high waters were about to hit the area of North Jakarta proved to be correct. Earlier on Saturday the first indication of rising sea water could be seen in Muara Baru. Once again residents there had to move to higher grounds after the water level started to rise quickly. Normally the water starts to rise around 08:00 local time (GMT+7), but this time the water already started to rise three hours earlier. Within about one hour the flood occupied the entire area. Water levels are predicted to rise even further.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 December 2007 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report Mount Kelut volcano; no. 2 According to the Head of Directorate for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Management in Bandung, who leads an assessment mission in Blitar, the activity of the Mount Kelud volcano is still increasing. The level of volcanic tremors has nevertheless decreased over the last day. The deformation process of the crater is also increasing, thus the eruption continues to be imminent. BAKORNAS PB reported that mud and poisonous gases are likely to be emitted from the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 19 October 2007 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to celebrate end of Ramadan, start cramming bus and train stations Indonesia has begun its yearly returning mass exodus on Sunday when millions of people leave the big cities to return to their home villages to celebrate the end of the Islamis holy month of Ramadan. Tens of thousands have started crowding bus and train stations in the big cities a mere six days before 'Idul Fitri' (Eid al-Fitr) to beat the mass exodus later in the week when buses, cars and motorcycles create massive traffic jams on roads in many parts of the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Ramadan @ 07 October 2007 16:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Rights group: 'Police killing, raping civilians in Papua' Security forces killed and beat unarmed civilians, raped women during operations against separatists in the province of Papua according to Human Rights Watch. Police chief General Sutanto denied any abuses were taking place in the remote region where mistrust between indigenous people and security forces runs high after years of military crackdowns.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2007 17:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia transfers inmates in death row to prison island Authorities have transferred 20 inmates in death row and those serving life sentences from a prison in Tangerang (a suburb of west Jakarta) to the maximum security prison on Nusa Kembangan off the coast of Central Java. Blindfolded the prisoners were escorted to special buses with a red or green rubbon tied on their arms - red for people on death row and green for those life-imprisoned.

Posted in Crime @ 24 June 2007 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Traveling between Yogyakarta and Malang It's not really difficult go get up on time, around seven in the morning, so for that matter it's a nice service that it's possible to get a minivan in front of the door within the hour when I'm making a trip to a destination at a bigger distance than just in the city or nearby. That kind of minivan is called a travel here, and plies a fixed route a few times a day, for example from Yogyakarta via Solo, Madiun and Malang to Surabaya. Of course you can also travel the other way around, if you like you can go as far as Jakarta, but from Yogyakarta that is such a big distance that I rather prefer taking the train or a plane. Trains often depart or arrive at the most strange times possible, but that's a matter of looking what you personally most like.

Posted in Travel @ 19 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Sulawesi situation may be exploding soon Australian and Indonesian intelligence reports signal that murderous sectarian violence is to return to the area of Poso, Central Sulawesi. Last week, information was released concerning islamic militants that have been blamed for a series of deadly bombings in Jakarta and Bali could be in the last stages of planning fresh attacks in Poso. Australia warned nationals to avoild travelling to Central Sulawesi. The United States and New Zealand have issued similar warnings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 February 2007 04:09 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


Floods strike Jakarta, West Java, thousands stranded Torrential rain triggered floods in the capital, Jakarta, on Friday, blocking roads and trapping residents in their homes as torrents of muddy water reached a depth of 2m, police and witnesses said. Floods during the rainy season in Indonesia are common, but the heavy rains this week have caused chaos on roads and shut some train lines around Jakarta, police said.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 February 2007 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


122 survivors of ill-fated MV Senopati rescued A total of 122 survivors of the ill-fated MV Senopati, which sank in the vicinity of Mandalika island in the Java Sea in the wee hours of Saturday, were rescued up to Sunday morning, a radio report said on Sunday. Fishermen found 18 other survivors on Sunday Monday morning, adding the total number of survivors to 122, but around 400 others were still missing, El-Shinta radio station reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 December 2006 06:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters urge monitors to stay in Aceh Human rights protesters demonstrated in Indonesia's Aceh province on Thursday, urging international monitors overseeing a historic peace deal between the government and separatist rebels to stay on. Thirty-five remaining European and Asian monitors grouped under the Aceh Monitoring Mission (AMM) are due to leave the province on Friday, ending a 15-month stint there.

Posted in Elections @ 14 December 2006 10:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in clash in Papua province Two people including an Indonesian military officer were killed in a clash between security forces and separatists in the remote eastern province of Papua, a military official said on Saturday. The clash occurred on Friday after the officer and some residents tried to enter a separatist camp in Puncak Jaya regency, about 325 km southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua, Imam Santosa told Reuters. No other details were available.

Posted in Violence @ 09 December 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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