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Indonesia has no child protection system in place Child abuse cases continue to increase in Indonesia as it does not yet have an effective child protection management system to handle crimes on juveniles, noted the National Commission for Child Protection (Komnas PA).

Posted in General @ 24 October 2014 18:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi wins presidential elections The Indonesian elections commission on Tuesday night officially proclaimed Joko Widodo the winner of the most bitterly fought and closest-run presidential election in the countryís history.

Posted in Elections @ 22 July 2014 16:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU claims 98.53 pct of C1 forms already uploaded The General Elections Commission (KPU) had reported that 98.53 percent of C1 forms recording votes cast at polling stations have been uploaded at www.kpu.go.id, Commissioner Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Elections @ 17 July 2014 01:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ongoing complaints about new Bali airport terminal The Bali Consumer Protection Bureau (YLPK-Bali) has undertaken a customer service surveys for Bali Ngurah Rai International and the Lombok International Airports.I Putu Armaya, director of YLPK, told Metrobali.com on June 24, 2014, that the survey was undertaken over 5 days ,June 4-8, 2014. The survey involved around 300 respondents - both domestic and international air passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 30 June 2014 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Communication ministry still awaits Vimeo`s official response The Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry is still awaiting a response from the representative of video-sharing website Vimeo.com following the Indonesian governments request that the site disable pornographic content from being accessed by Indonesian users.

Posted in General @ 16 May 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Yudhoyono denies using state facilities for his campaign Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono denies the allegation of using the states presidential facilities for the campaign of his Democratic Party (PD). "I did not use the presidential facilities in any of my campaign," the president clarified in his office, Jakarta, Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 April 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Baliís airport' A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Floods affects some telecommunication infrastructure facilities The Ministry of Communications and Information said some telecommunications infrastructure facilities in flood-affected locations in Jakarta were still off due to floods.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hospitals urged to not reject emergency patients Health Minister Nafsiah Mboi has called on all hospitals in Indonesia to not turn away patients arriving in a critical condition.

Posted in Health @ 07 November 2012 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Visa fee threathens tourism development' Bisnis.com reports that Indonesiaís Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy, Mari Elka Pangestu, has expressed her concern that the permanent imposition of the US$25 visa-on-arrival fee threatens the future development of tourism to Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 29 September 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta election supervisor receives 54 complaints The Jakarta Election Supervisory Committee has announced that it received 54 complaints from local people about fraud during the Jakarta gubernatorial elections on July 11.

Posted in Elections @ 12 July 2012 15:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs closed during Ramadhan in Ternate The local government of Ternate asked nightclub owners to close their joints during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadhan. "We have asked all nightclub owners in Kota Ternate to close their clubs during Ramadhan," said Deputy Mayor of Kota Ternate Arifin Djafar here on Wednesday.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 July 2012 10:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Bali full of illegal money changers News Agency Antara reports that 40% of the moneychangers operating in Bali do not hold the required permits issued by Bank Indonesia. The Secretary General of the Association of the Foreign Exchange Dealers (APVA), Ayu Astuti D, said, ďaccording to our data, 30-40% of the 146 (foreign exchange) companies headquartered in Bali are illegal.Ē

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2012 14:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians file lawsuit against U.S. consulate in Surabaya A group of Indonesian nationals filed a lawsuit against the United States consulate general in eastern Java on Tuesday for building a barrier and obstructing traffic on a public road.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2011 10:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Govt picks Karawang as location for new airport The government has chosen Karawang, West Java, as the location for a new airport, an official from the Transportation Ministry has announced. He said that the government planned to build a new airport in response to complaints about services at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng due to overcapacity.

Posted in Economy @ 21 November 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian activists: 8 killed during clashes at gold mine Indonesian activists on Thursday claimed that at least eight people were killed during weekend clashes in the country's eastern Papua region, where officials previously confirmed one fatality.

Posted in Violence @ 17 November 2011 13:10 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


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police searching for sexy striptease dancer The Indonesian police is looking for a striptease dancer. They are not interested in the 18-year-old Lilis to have her performed for them though, but more because she is to appear in court in Bandar Lampung over what she did; doing a striptease act.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 May 2011 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: trash in plain sight of foreign tourists an eyesore Bisnis Bali reports that foreign tourists visiting Bali continue to complain about the lack of cleanliness in many tourist areas of the island. Nyoman Kandia, the head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), recently called on the government and the public to join forces in addressing the problem of trash in Bali which has become the source of numerous complaints from foreign visitors served by the island's tourist guides.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2011 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to observe Cambodia-Thailand border conflict Amidst the recent border conflicts between Thailand and Cambodia, both countries have accepted Indonesia to observe both sides of the border, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 23 February 2011 05:24 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 gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 January 2011 03:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: 'Torture of suspects normal in Indonesia' Law enforcement officials from police to prison wardens routinely torture Indonesian suspects and convicts to extract confessions or obtain information, a new report asserted Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2011 01:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Decorations are 'excessive' and 'hurt's Muslims' feelings' The top Islamic body - who else - from the world's most populous Muslim country complained about over-the-top Christmas decorations in Indonesian malls and other places where the public gathers.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another expatís home stormed in religious riot on Lombok A German man was the second foreigner to see his home destroyed in Lombok during the holy month after his complaints about damage to his property interrupted evening prayers. "He barged into the village chiefís house, accusing residents of destroying his statues, and questioned what kind of Muslims we were," Mustan said.

Posted in Religion @ 11 September 2010 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor confirms elimination of 110,000 dogs Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika confirmed via Kompas.com that 110,000 dogs have been eliminated thus far in the island's continuing drive to stem an outbreak of rabies." In the meantime, some 200,000 dogs have been vaccinated. The total number of dogs on the island is put at 540,000 animals," explained the governor in a meeting with the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

Posted in Health @ 31 August 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


State railway launches 'women-only' carriages Indonesia's state railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) on Thursday launched special carriages for women traveling between the capital, Jakarta, and the West Java city of Bogor. Transportation minister Freddy Numberi and women and child rights minister Linda Amalia Sari attended the launch ceremony at Depok train station in West Java.

Posted in Culture @ 20 August 2010 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New immigration checks revoked at Bali's airport After angry complaints from arriving tourists compelled to stand in line at Bali's airport for up to four or more hours, the border control management (BCM) procedures requiring fingerprints and photos of arriving passengers have been ditched on instructions from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights.

Posted in Tourism @ 09 May 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parking fees to be checked after complaints The provincial government of Jakarta has announced to get into action against parking companies that apply fees that are higher than the maximum fees allowed in the province. Fauzi Bowo, governor of the capital city, has said that raising fees for parking is not allowed and can only be done by governor's decree.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic workerís alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


A warning for Megawati and Kalla The advocacy team of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono sent a strong warning to the team of Jusuf Kalla-Wiranto and Mega-Prabowo, telling them to prove all of the alleged manipulation and violations during the 2009 Presidential Elections. "We ask that all the complaints are presented with their evidence," said Amir Syamsuddin, an attorney for the team.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2009 09:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta sweeps streets with nail-sweepers Cleaning the streets in Jakarta is almost impossible, but last night, members of the highway police of the Greater Jakarta Police swept the streets clean. Clean of nails that is. Jalan Gatot Subroto in the direction of Slipi and Kolong in Semanggi were cleaned by a special nail-weeper. The nail-sweeper only roamed the streets for a few hours from 23:30 to 02:00 local time, but during that time it managed to clean the streets of some two kilograms of nails.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 August 2009 03:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stops sending maids to Malaysia immediately Indonesia has ordered employment agencies to stop sending its citizens to Malaysia to work as maids. Indonesian Manpower Minister Erman Suparno said the decision - effective today - would remain in place until safeguards are implemented in Malaysia. ďI have spoken of the temporary halt in bilateral talks with the Malaysian Human Resources Minister (Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam) during the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 12,Ē Erman said in a statement yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


The bare necessities of Kuta nightlife Responding to numerous complaints from the local community and suggestions that agitated neighbor were getting ready to take matters into their own hands, a team of district and village officials - backed up with a cadre of local citizenry, swooped down on a Kuta night spot rounding up scantily-clad exotic dancers and the bars' management for a late-night "meeting" at the Lurah or Sub-district chief's office.

Posted in Nightlife @ 27 May 2009 20:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption court indicts former First Media executive Prosecutors at the Anti-Corruption Court on Tuesday indicted Billy Sindoro, a former director of cable television and Internet provider PT First Media Tbk, for allegedly giving Rp 500 million ($46,000) as a bribe to a government official in charge of monitoring monopolistic business practices.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 December 2008 04:07 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


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to share bird flu data with researchers Genetic information about Indonesiaís bird flu virus will be available to researchers who have been monitoring the disease. A free global database launched Thursday will give scientists and health experts access to influenza virus samples and genetic sequencing in an effort to make sure the disease isnít mutating to a form that could spread more easily between people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2008 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents of Siring Barat want financial help for mud flow Some 200 residents of the sub-district of Siring Barat, in the area of Porong in the district of Sidoarjo in eastern Java, demonstrated yesterday in front of the building of the local government of Porong. They want that the area they live in is included in the map on which the mud flow is indicated, so they can claim the right for payment. Last Thursday a dam broke, after which their area flooded with watery mud as well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 08 January 2008 01:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia's largest environmental group upset over Newmont ruling Chalid Muhammad from Indonesiaís largest non-governmental environmental group Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI), translated ďthe Friends of the Earth,Ē has accused the five judges in the Newmont trial of being biased toward the U.S. miner. The group said it will lodge complaints of bias against judges.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2007 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


15 new ferries to be build before 2009 The government is planning to build 15 ferries until 2009, so old ones can be replaced. This was announced by a transportation official on Wednesday. "The program will hopefully improve people's confidence in sea transportation," N.M. Teweng said, he is the spokesman of the Transportation Ministry's transportation system division. He presented a meeting on West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) development planning taking place in Mataram April 16-19.

Posted in General @ 19 April 2007 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Fate of Adam Air plane carrying 102 remains mystery Adam Air Flight KI-574 took off on New Year's Day with 102 people. An hour into what should have been a short hop between islands, the pilot reported heavy winds. Then the plane vanished, sparking a massive search. Thousands of soldiers battled rugged jungle terrain, a fleet of aircraft took to the skies and ships scoured the sea for a third day Thursday, spanning a 28,000-square-mile area - roughly the size of Ireland, or the U.S. state of California. But by nightfall they had found no trace of the Boeing 737.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 January 2007 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Smoking ban gradually vanishing into thin air Clean air campaigners were careful about selecting a smoke-free dining establishment as the venue for a public discussion in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. The waitresses, however, had gone about placing ashtrays on every table, encouraging some participants to light up. "It's a fact, the smoking ban is not effective. I don't know why the management of this cafe allows people to smoke," said the moderator of the discussion, Tubagus Haryo Karbiyanto, who chairs the air quality division of the Jakarta Caucus for the Environment.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2006 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia haze back over Singapore A shift in wind direction brought the haze from Indonesia's land-clearing fires back to Singapore on Tuesday after an earlier clean air reprieve. The Pollution Standards Index (PSI) moved out of the healthy range to 57 and remained within the moderate category. Singaporeans have been out in force since last Wednesday, when heavy showers cleared the air of the weeks of haze that triggered warnings from environmental officials to stay indoors and in air conditioned rooms.

Posted in Forest fires @ 31 October 2006 13:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security crackdown ahead of execution of christian militants Indonesian officials said Wednesday they had deployed thousands of police on Sulawesi island ahead of this week's planned executions of three Christian men found guilty of leading deadly attacks on Muslims six years ago. Amid complaints that the men did not receive a fair trial, a top Christian leader urged his community not to resort to violence and to pray that the president would grant them a last-minute reprieve.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia for explanation of fatal shooting Indonesia is seeking clarification from the Malaysian government about a report that five Indonesian citizens were killed in a shooting incident involving police in the country's Pahang state during the weekend. "We asked our officials in Kuala Lumpur to seek an official explanation from the Malaysian government about what really happened that day as soon as we heard the news," Foreign Ministry director for Indonesian citizens protection Ferry Adamhar told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2006 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government hunting down haze culprits Indonesian law enforcers are making arrests and quizzing plantation companies suspected to be responsible for forest fires in several parts of the country following complaints at home and abroad over the perils of the annual haze. According to Indonesian news agency, ANTARA, police have arrested 20 people in Sumatra's Riau province and will quiz at least six plantation firms in Kalimantan.

Posted in Forest fires @ 28 August 2006 14:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The conmen of Parangtritis What should have been a nice day driving around, became a very funny little adventure. Especially about some remarks that would be made in Parangtritis. Thinking back to this in fact ridiculous fact where four people can laugh about for a long time, it's time to do some efforts to go back writing a little bit. We go back just two days. Not too early the four of us get in the rental car (license plate starting with AB, so we are just like real Yogyakartans), to drive around for the afternoon; some beach, a little bit of disaster area south of Yogyakarta and then simply back home to eat.

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


Indonesia hails Aceh peace, warns much work ahead Indonesia's president on Monday hailed the successes of a one-year-old peace deal in Aceh province, but said hard work was needed to ensure that violence did not return to the tsunami-ravaged region. "Remember, the world is full of examples where a perfect peace plan is spoiled by imperfect players,'' Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in a speech in Jakarta on Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the accord's signing.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 August 2006 12:00 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


Lone Indonesia bird flu survivor goes home Jones Ginting can't remember much of his battle with bird flu, and it's probably for the best. For the first two weeks, he slipped in and out of consciousness at Adam Malik Hospital. His skin stuck to the sweaty sheets as a fever raged. His arms were as rigid as steel pipes. When he did come to, he was delirious and agitated, fighting nurses who were trying to give him the antiviral drug Tamiflu. And always, always, he was struggling to breathe.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 July 2006 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Press Council: Playboy broke 'Code of ethics' Indonesia's Press Council has ruled that the publishers of Playboy Indonesia broke the organization's "journalistic code of ethics" through the distribution of its first issue earlier this month. That violation hinged on Playboy Indonesia's failure to ensure the men's lifestyle magazine wouldn't be sold to children and adolescents, a statement posted on the Press Council's Web site late Friday said.

Posted in Media @ 24 April 2006 17:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Keep your kisses short in Tangerang Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Malls main target of smoking ban check It's getting down to the wire for owners of buildings that house cafes and restaurants to install exhaust fans and post no-smoking signs. On Thursday, the city administration will deploy a task force to enforce sanctions against smoking-ban violators. The main targets of Thursday's raid are 14 buildings in five municipalities, most of which are malls.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2006 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla says no hike in power rates this year Vice President Jusuf Kalla confirmed Friday the government would drop a planned increase in electricity rates this year amid widespread opposition. Kalla said the government would likely provide around half of the extra subsidies needed by state electricity company PT PLN to cover rising fuel costs without having to increase rates, while the other half would have to be shouldered by PLN chiefly through efficiency measures.

Posted in Power supply @ 18 March 2006 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals grow crops in protected Kendari forest "Don't just blame us for stripping the forest -- first take a look at what local people have done to conserve it," said Haji Naim, 58, one of a group of farmers standing at the foot of the hilly Murhum Forest Park in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. Along with the others, Haji is cultivating crops in the protected forest park -- part of what he calls an "agroforestry" system.

Posted in Environment @ 22 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


200 BUMN officials probed over graft At least 200 officials at state-owned companies (BUMNs) are being investigated for their alleged involvement in graft and abuse of authority, State Minister for State Enterprises Sugiharto said Saturday. Sugiharto said several of the officials being questioned had officially been named suspects, but he declined to give their names at this early point in the investigation.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Smoking ban part of public education' The administration has vowed to clean up Jakarta's air. Besides vehicle owners being obliged to get their exhaust emissions tested, the 2005 Bylaw on air pollution control also stipulates a smoking ban in public spaces and buildings, schools and on public buses and trains. The Jakarta Post asked residents about the implementation of the ban.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


400 hospitalised after gas leak in Indonesia Over 400 people were hospitalised in the Indonesian province of West Java after gas began leaking from a pipe owned by a textile producer, a local media report said on Wednesday. Hundreds of sick residents, some unconscious, were brought to the local hospital on Tuesday in ambulances, private cars and public buses with complaints of headaches and nausea after inhaling gas escaping from the pipe belonging to PT Indorama Synthetic.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drive to halt graft turns to judiciary A year into the rule of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, graft busters in Indonesia are turning their attention to the countryís notoriously corrupt judiciary through a case involving the half-brother of former strongman Suharto and Indonesiaís top court. Investigators from Indonesiaís Anti-Corruption Commission, or KPK, are on Monday expected to question two senior Supreme Court officials in connection with claims that Mr Suhartoís half-brother, Probosutedjo, paid more than Rp16bn ($1.6m, Ä1.3m, £898,500) to court officials to have a corruption conviction either thrown out or reduced.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2005 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Questions over care of Bali's bombing monument On the eve of the third commemoration of Bali's tragic bombing of October 12, 2002, the regional government of Badung has been asked to clarify who is responsible for the care and management of Bali's Ground Zero Monument built to honor the 202 people who died in the terrorist attack.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2005 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt puts Newmont boss on trial Newmont Mining, the world's biggest goldminer, will stand trial in Indonesia on charges of polluting the sea with mine waste after a panel of judges rejected the company's efforts to have the case dismissed.

Posted in General @ 21 September 2005 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor police chief replaced over graft The National Police announced on Tuesday that they had fired the Bogor police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Agung Kurnia Sutisna due to alleged graft in the city's traffic police division. National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Aryanto Boedihardjo said that the dismissal was related to several Bogor police officers who were taking bribes in the licensing and documentation office.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2005 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono sees 'beautiful' future for Indonesia President-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday promised stronger economic growth and more legal certainty, and predicted a "beautiful period'' for Indonesia if the government and business leaders could work together. In his first speech since election results were released Monday, Yudhoyono also praised outgoing President Megawati Sukarnoputri for her succeess in stabilizing the country's economy.

Posted in Politics @ 08 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati effectively concedes election loss President Megawati Sukarnoputri effectively conceded defeat in Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot Thursday by not filing any complaints despite claims from her party of vote fraud. The Constitutional Court said former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's sweeping victory was final. It said Megawati had not submitted any objections by a Thursday deadline.

Posted in Elections @ 08 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN meter readings 'often incorrect' State-owned power company PT PLN has acknowledged that electricity meter readings are often incorrect and give rise to unreasonable bills. It plans to implement a new system, but has warned that customers may face high bills as a result of arrears and unpaid usage as a consequence. "There will be a 'booming' of bills," Fahmi Mochtar, the general manager of the firm's Jakarta and Tangerang branch, said on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 04 October 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia told to 'accept gays' to halt HIV Religious leaders and government officials in Indonesia must modernize their attitudes towards gay people if they are to halt the spread of HIV in the country, according to health workers. Speaking to the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency, the country's National Committee on AIDS Control said that religious intolerance of homosexuality was a stumbling block in the strategy to stop the spread of HIV.

Posted in Health @ 28 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voters complain about ink quality Voters in Greater Jakarta complained on Monday about the quality of the indelible ink used for the presidential election, claiming the ink easily washed off their hands. "I was able to wash off the ink with water right after casting my vote," said Julaeha of Margahayu subdistrict in East Bekasi district, Bekasi, West Java. Julaeha voted at polling station No. 63. Similar complaints were heard at other polling stations in the Margahayu and Jati Makmur subdistricts.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market intervention futile With many investors converting their funds into dollar-based assets, Bank Indonesia (central bank) has been selling dollars in the international currency market. It has also been threatening to curb currency trading among commercial banks while raising banks' reserve requirements. Despite these efforts, the rupiah has shed almost 9 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crime TV 'too brutal' Indonesian police have been told to stop co-operating with the makers of "reality" TV crime programmes as they focus too much on police brutality. Police were also told they should stop taking TV journalists with them on operations, the Jakarta Post reported. It said police objected to being portrayed as violent and arrogant. A spokesman denied reporters were being banned from operations, saying: "We only ask the electronic media not to show brutality and obscene material."

Posted in Media @ 13 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar passes PDI-P, rivals reject tally Golkar Party has narrowly overtaken President Megawati Sukarnoputriís Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), with more than 60% of the votes from the April 5 general election now counted. While analysts are predicting Golkar will surge further ahead as results continue to come in from the outer provinces, 19 other parties have said they will reject the election outcome because of rampant irregularities and alleged polling violations.

Posted in Elections @ 11 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


YLKI warns of rocky Idul Fitri journeys The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) warned holidaymakers on Monday not to expect a smooth journey, with disruptions likely no matter the type of land transportation. Tulus Abadi, who is coordinating the YLKI's Idul Fitri exodus monitoring team, said the myriad problems afflicting land transportation, primarily trains and buses, had yet to be properly addressed by the government.

Posted in Ramadan @ 18 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh talks to start; Indonesia prepares for war Last-ditch peace talks between Aceh separatist rebels and the Indonesian government were set to begin in Tokyo on Saturday, giving a glimmer of hope that the province can avoid a fresh round of war. The price of failure was made clear as Indonesia continued to beef up its troops in the staunchly Muslim region, preparing for its biggest military operation in decades.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 May 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh peace monitors office torched A mob of about 200 people torched an office belonging to international peace monitors in Indonesia's Aceh province on Sunday, officials said. No one was injured in the fire in Langsa in East Aceh. It was the second time demonstrators have burned down an office of the Geneva-based Henri Dunant Center since the deal aimed at ending a 26-year insurgency was signed on Dec. 9 in Geneva.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 April 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilots cancel strike at last minute Pilots at state-owned carrier Garuda Indonesia canceled a strike that was set to start Tuesday following a last-minute government intervention, a union spokesman said. It was the second time in a month that the pilots union has dropped plans to strike in its dispute with Garuda over wages. But the union on Tuesday insisted a strike remained an option if the company fails to meet their demands for salary hikes of up to three times their current levels.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 11 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic oil prices hike today In an attempt to raise revenue and help overcome the country ride over the economic crisis, the Indonesian government raised fuel prices again starting Thursday. The price hike of up to 22 percent, was announced by Muchsin Bahar, the Downstream Director of State-owned oil and gas company, Pertamina.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia passes controversial media bill Only one tiny faction in parliament said it wanted the draft to be debated again but outside the assembly hundreds of protesters including broadcasters, television personalities and media representatives staged a rowdy rally against the bill. Most complaints were directed at the bill's creation of government-nominated commissions to decide standards to be followed by stations and to punish violators of the rules.

Posted in Media @ 29 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cow dung served as MPR breakfast Dozens of students from several universities in Greater Jakarta sent a bag of cow's feces to members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) staying at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Central Jakarta to protest the legislators' poor performance during the Annual Session. "We have been disappointed to see that ever since the first day of the session, there have been clandestine attempts (from some of MPR's members) to scrap the amendments of the Constitution," said Rico Marbun, chairman of the University of Indonesia's Student Executive Body (BEM).

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recently been in Bali, and with my head still full of things I always wanted to tell you, I'm now finally writing them down. Currently I have a longer holiday because I have finished my school, and after that I will have a job, a real job. A job for grown-ups and no more working at the supermarket, though I liked it. It's about time to look back over four years of Indonesia-travel, starting with the latest experience, staying in a hotel for over two weeks.

Posted in Travel @ 18 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

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