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Karen resigns as Pertamina president director Karen Agustiawan has tendered her resignation as president director of state oil and gas company Pertamina due to personal reasons, Pertamina spokesman Ali Mundakir reported.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rhoma Irama and the fake Professor title “Professor of Dangdut” Rhoma Irama may have to revert back to the less scholarly “King of Dangdut” in the not-too-distant future after Indonesia’s education minister indicated that the presidential candidate may be liable to criminal penalties if his illustrious certificate of education turned out to have been acquired from a scam college run by a colorful UK-Iranian educator.

Posted in Politics @ 03 March 2014 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bali tourism official put in prison Bali’s former chief of Tourism for the province of Bali (Kadisparda), I Gede Nurjaya, became an inmate at Bali’s Kerobokan prison on January 2, 2013, starting the final chapter on a long and sometimes tortuous journey through the legal system.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Impeached district head not to contest supreme court ruling Aceng HM Fikri, the district head of Garut who had caused an uproar after he divorced his new young wife just days after marriage, said he would not contest the Supreme Court` ruling for his dismissal.

Posted in Politics @ 23 January 2013 18:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption case hearings to be videotaped The Supreme Court has issued Circular No. 4/2012, directing all courts to videotape corruption case hearings, in light of the fact that corruption cases are of public interest.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 September 2012 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan Hamengku Buwono X to resign from Golkar party Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X expressed his readiness to resign from Golkar party following the passage of the bill on the administration of Yogyakarta special region here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 30 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


In no hurry for second Bali airport The provincial government of Bali is questioning the seriousness of the Central Government in its stated desire to build an airport in the north Bali regency of Buleleng. Although long discussed, Bali’s provincial administrators have yet to receive a copy of a promised feasibility study for an "airport of the north".

Posted in Economy @ 03 April 2012 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Bekasi mayor arrested in Bali villa Following a scandal in November 2010 when tax-swindler Gayus Tambunan was spotted wearing a disguise at an international tennis tournament in Bali while missing from his cell at National Police Headquarters in Jakarta, Bali has again earned fame as the resort-of-choice for wanted felons with the arrest on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 of the former mayor of Bekasi (West Java), Mochtar Muhammad.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2012 06:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Volcanic mudflow kills three in eastern Indonesia At least three people were killed on late Tuesday evening when mudflows streaming from Mount Gamalama in eastern Indonesia hit several nearby villages, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 29 December 2011 04:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta deputy governor Prijanto resigns Jakarta Deputy Governor Prijanto has tendered a resignation letter to Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi, Jakarta Regional Government Spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 26 December 2011 03:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy Indonesia editor released from jail after nine months The former editor of the short-lived Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine was released on Friday after the Supreme Court overturned his two-year jail sentence for public indecency.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 24 June 2011 23:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No explosives found in suspicious package on Bali Police on Monday informed that no explosives were found in the suspicious package that sparked an alert in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 March 2011 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State secrets might be stolen from S-Korea hotel room The Indonesian Foreign Ministry on Sunday confirmed that one of the hotel rooms belonging to Indonesian envoys during a state visit to Seoul, South Korea was broken into.

Posted in Politics @ 21 February 2011 01:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer of street kids gets death The Jakarta High Court has sentenced 49-year-old Baekuni, alias Babe, to death for sodomy and the premeditated murder of four street children. The verdict was higher than that of the East Jakarta District Court, which sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Posted in Crime @ 23 December 2010 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Science in the land where gods reign Iyan Nurmansyah, living in Oxford in the United Kingdom wrote an opinion on the website of The Jakarta post last week. I will just copy the reaction below. He seems to point at the exact problems Indonesia is facing; corruption, religion and ignorant people. Speaks for itself I suppose.

Posted in Religion @ 18 October 2009 12:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fraud with my credit card For everything is a first time. Yesterday I was SMS-ed from the Netherlands with the request to check my email. No company asked me to do that, but my contact person in the Netherlands which can be contacted by the Rabobank in case it is needed. I checked my email right away and found out that the Fraud Prevention team of the Rabobank had blocked by credit card because they suspected that my card was used by others.

Posted in Crime @ 30 September 2009 11:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Record company: 'Malaysian anthem belongs to Indonesia' To stir the current cultural war between Indonesia and Malaysia, an Indonesian record company has reacted to the recent mishap with the traditional Balinese Tari Pendet showing up in an video commercial for Malaysia. Allthough Discovery Channel has said they made the mistake, and were sorry for it, the fire is burning once again.

Posted in Culture @ 29 August 2009 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Beware of nail throwing criminals Every once in a while you stumble upon a sign that can be very unclear without additional text. The picture below has been on my mobile phone for quite some time because I even forgot I made it some while ago. With the article about the nail-sweeping police (see related articles below) evidence of warnings come in handy.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 August 2009 07:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bank Indonesia to withdraw four banknotes from 1998 issue As of 31 December 2008, four banknotes which were issued in 1998, are no longer valid tender in Indonesia. The banknotes are officially withdrawn at the end of the year since they have been replaced by new ones in recent years. The banknotes that are withdrawn are the 10.000 Rupiah banknote with the image of Cut Nyak Dhien, the 20.000 Rupiah banknote with Ki Hajar Dewantara, the 50.000 Rupiah banknote with WR. Soepratman and the 100.000 Rupiah banknote with Soekarno and Hatta. The last one is made from polymer, not to be mistaken with the paper one, which will still be valid.

Posted in General @ 01 December 2008 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AirAsia Indonesian style With a flight in the afternoon I departed from Yogyakarta to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta. For the first time I was to fly this route with AirAsia. It is called AirAsia here, but in fact it's a separate company that listens to the name Indonesia AirAsia. This difference is subtle, but if you know that AirAsia uses airline code AK, and Indonesia AirAsia QZ, it all becomes clear.

Posted in Travel @ 29 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali immigration chief promises to fire corrupt officers BisnisBali reports that Bali's immigration chief, Drs. I Nyoman Putra, has vowed to sack any immigration officers found to be accepting payments outside of the official tariff set for document processing. Putra said that the official tariff for document processing is posted at all immigration offices and promised to fire any officials found to be charging "additional fees" for immigration services.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 16:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud flow may collapse in coming years Indonesia's disastrous mud volcano is collapsing on itself, according to new research released on the second anniversary of the ever-growing environmental catastrophe. Every day, 100,000 cubic metres of hot, stinking sludge continues to ooze from the mud volcano, which burst through the earth two years ago during deep drilling at a nearby exploratory well, linked to Indonesia's richest man and also part-owned by Australian company Santos.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2008 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mount Semeru on alert after activity fluctuates The activity of the Mount Semeru volcano in eastern Java is fluctuating, but it's status is kept at the second highest level since it was raised from 'average' just yesterday. A number of hot ash clouds has come down from the slopes already, some reached up to 1.500 meters from the crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 23 May 2008 10:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Queueing up to pay your electricity bill It is nothing more than a monthly returning event if you look at it; paying your electricity bill. Somewhere in the last two days of the month an employee from the Indonesian state-run electricity company PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) comes to write down the current meter reading on the card and also enters these numbers in his handheld computer. After that he walks through the garden to the neighbors to continue his way.

Posted in Culture @ 12 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Streets of Kuta to be made more pedestrian friendly The physical infrastructure for streets in Bali is inadequate to meet the safety requirements of pedestrians and vehicular road users. Bad road surface conditions, the lack of sidewalks, insufficient drainage, and the absence of shaded and green corridors - all contribute to Kuta's failure to meet standards of safety needed for tourist areas with high levels of pedestrian traffic.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2008 04:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra prepares after psychic 'predicts 8.5 magnitude quake' Officials in the province of Bengkulu in western Sumatra said on Monday that they were taking precautionary measures after a psychic from Brazil warned that a powerful earthquake was to strike the area next month. Husni Hassanuddin, a spokesman for the province, said that the Indonesian embassy in Brazil had sent a letter from a 'professor' predicting that an earthquake would strike the island on December 23.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 November 2007 02:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud alert status downgraded to level III The Center for Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation has lowered the alert status of the Mount Kelud volcano earlier this morning because it's activity has been lower than in the past few days. This means that thousands of people can now return to their homes after three weeks of - sometimes forced - evacuations. "The volcano no longer has the energy needed for an explosive eruption that would threaten the lives of people living nearby," said chief volcanologist Surono.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 08 November 2007 05:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New crater of Mount Krakatau gets bigger The volcanic activity of the Krakatau volcano in the Sunda Strait is still rising. The new crater on the volcano is getting bigger as well. At the observation post of the volcano, in the village of Pasauran in the district of Serang, they recorded 143 eruptions, 28 volcanic tremors and 31 other tremors. The new crater has now reached a diameter of 75 meters by 100 meters. Hot rocks and other volcanic material is thrown out from it every time there is an eruption. Hot clouds reach altitudes of up to 600 meters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2007 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists: 'Eruption of Mount Kelud still imminent' One day after an eruption was falsely reported for the Mount Kelud volcano, the volcano is still showing signs of an imminent eruption, a scientist said on Sunday. "An eruption is now very, very much possible, although so far it has not yet happened," told Agus Budianto, a geologist who is monitoring the activities of the volcano. On Saturday, continuous tremors inside the volcano became so strong that they could not be read on seismological instruments anymore. Scientists at an observation post feared an eruption and evacuated themselves.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 November 2007 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Endangered monkeys found in Kalimantan About 60 so-called bekantan monkey (nasalis larvatus) were found living in a group in an undamaged forest. Researchers from the South Kalimantan devision of the Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA), found them. The finding of these endangered bekantan monkey just last month was unexpected as the albino mammal has been threatened with extinction according to Siswoyo, chairman of the BKSDA there.

Posted in Environment @ 10 September 2007 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alert level raised for Papandayan volcano in West Java Disaster authorities in Indonesia have raised the alert level of the Mount Papandayan volcano in the province of West Java after volcanic activity recorded in recent weeks shows signs of an imminent eruption. The Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency said that there were continuous minor tremors near the volcano and that temperatures around the volcano were rising as well.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 04 August 2007 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


A third of Borneo to be conserved, new declaration passed An historic declaration to conserve the "Heart of Borneo" was officially signed today between the three Bornean governments - Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia. The tri-country declaration will conserve and sustainably manage one of the most important centers of biological diversity in the world. The Heart of Borneo is an area of equatorial rainforest larger than Kansas, covering nearly a third of the island.

Posted in Environment @ 13 February 2007 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


General: 'Indonesian airliner still missing' [Update] 02 January 2007 21:05 WIB - Earlier message on this page concerning incorrect information about the fact that the plane had been found has been replaced with a message that the plane has not been found until now. Earlier messages proved to be wrong.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Bombers warned to file appeal within a month or face firing squad Indonesia's Attorney General's Office(AGO) is giving the lawyers of the three 2002 Bali bombing convicts until the end of the month to file for a Supreme Court review of their cases or it will set an execution date in the near future. "The date will be set if there is no further legal intervention from their lawyers along the way," said attorney general Abdul Rahman, who believes the three bombers should be executed soon to avoid further delays.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 November 2006 09:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to lengthen jail terms Jemaah Islamiah terrorists and Australian drug offenders will spend more years in jail with Indonesia deciding to curtail their sentence remissions. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has approved regulations forcing all terrorists, drug offenders and prisoners convicted of several other serious crimes to serve at least two-thirds of their original sentences. They will not be eligible for regular remissions issued to other prisoners until they have served at least a third of their jail terms.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 October 2006 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror guide spread in Indonesia A GUIDEBOOK urging jihad in the spirit of Osama bin Laden, "the conqueror of communist and American forces", is being distributed across Indonesia in an attempt to create small independent terrorist cells, a new report claims. The 82-page book has been secretly distributed over the past several months, according to a report yesterday in news magazine Tempo.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 September 2006 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia told to return $5m after probe The World Bank is asking the Indonesian government to return $4.7m (€3.7m) in loans for road projects after an internal investigation found that a contractor allegedly paid more than $300,000 in kickbacks to government officials. The graft allegations are the first to hit the World Bank’s projects in Indonesia since it asked for Jakarta to return $10m (€8m, £5m) related to a school textbook corruption scam in 2004.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Scientists query discovery of 'Hobbits' in Flores A row has broken out about the scientific evidence purporting to show that a species of "hobbits" lived on a remote Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago. A team of scientists believes that the skull at the centre of the discovery is not from a metre-high member of another human species but belonged to someone with microcephaly - a congenitally small brained person.

Posted in General @ 19 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Ex-president undergoes surgery Former Indonesian president Suharto is undergoing colon surgery to stop bleeding in his digestive tract, according to one of his doctors. The surgery began Sunday at 9:00 p.m. (1400GMT) and was expected to last around three hours until midnight (1700 GMT).

Posted in General @ 07 May 2006 19:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


Papuans prepared to 'risk lives' for asylum There are reports that groups of Papuan students in Jakarta may be preparing to storm the Australian Embassy in a mass attempt to demand asylum, in an effort to draw attention to their demands for independence. The reports come as an Indonesian business association announces a boycott of Australian goods.

Posted in Violence @ 06 April 2006 15:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Keeping a collection of rare and banned books The dimness inside the Room of Rarities at the library of Surabaya's Medayu Agung Foundation gives way to brightness when Oei Hiem Hwie enters the room and turns on the main lights. Rows of neatly arranged books can be seen through the glass doors of a wooden cabinet ornamented with Jepara carving. "You will soon find out why this room is called the Hall of Rare Collection," Oei told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Culture @ 17 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Koninginnedag and 'Kantjil 2 go' Sometimes, just sometimes when I'm walking around, having a cold drink on a nice Dutch spring day, I have the feeling that I'm on holiday. One of those days was just barely a week ago, when I was on my way to Amsterdam. I'm going there a few times a year to meet with friends or my travel agent, but this time they would be stuck in traffic elsewhere in the city or, in case of the travel agent, they would be closed. Ooh well, what's the deal then? It was 'Koninginnedag', or Queens day. Every 30th April the birthday of former queen Juliana is celebrated. Queen Beatrix, the current queen, didn't want to change that date to her own birthday to honour her, and so it happened that every 30th April is a national holiday with celebrations virtually everywhere. Cities, towns and villages have their own live bands playing on their squares and the biggest cities have one day of local markets on which everyone is - almost - free to sell what they want.

Posted in Travel @ 05 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RSS 2.0 feed available for news.indahnesia.com The main news page has been changed two days ago, it was also time to add some features to it as well. Outside of an improved layout, an RSS feed was also introduced. It can be found on news.indahnesia.com/latest_indonesia_news.xml. Simply copy and paste the URL into your newsfeed reader and you will be updated within minutes when a news item has been published.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corby urges judges to free her With her voice breaking, Schapelle Corby has made a last-ditch plea to three Indonesian judges to let her go free, claiming she was an innocent victim who had been punished enough.Before a packed Denpasar court decorated by her family and friends with yellow freedom ribbons, Corby denied any involvement with drugs and said her only crime had been to leave her luggage unlocked.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Munir investigation stalls in Netherlands The National Police's commitment to thoroughly investigating the suspicious death of rights campaigner Munir is likely to soon be put to the test, with the police team now in the Netherlands apparently at a loss to know where to start with its probe. The team's primary objective of collecting the original autopsy report appears unlikely to be fulfilled as the Dutch government says it will hand over the document only if the investigating team can produce a formal request from the Indonesian government.

Posted in Crime @ 22 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to seek death penalty for Australian Indonesian prosecutors say they are likely to push for the death penalty for a Queensland woman found with 4.1 kilograms of marijuana at Denpasar airport in Bali. They said the amount of marijuana found in Schapelle Leigh Corby's body board bag meant they would "probably" charge her with an offence carrying the death penalty. Ida Bagus Wiswantanu, of the Bali Prosecutor's Office, said after briefly examining the police allegations against Corby yesterday that it appeared there was a strong case to push for the maximum sentence.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seek suspects in local porn film Police in the West Java capital of Bandung are searching for the makers and stars of a pornographic film called ‘Bulan Madu’ (Honeymoon) that was apparently filmed in a hotel in the city. The film, shot with a camcorder and now being sold for up to Rp75,000 a copy on video compact disc (VCD) format, runs for 45 minutes and 7 seconds. Also being sold under the title ‘Bandung Lautan Asmara II’ (Bandung Love Ocean II), the film shows a young man and young woman having sex in various positions in a room - reportedly at the Greenhill Hotel.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recount ordered in poll chaos Indonesia's election authority last night ordered a nationwide recount of votes as the country's first direct presidential election descended into confusion over millions of votes wrongly declared invalid. A spokeswoman for the General Election Commission, Sinta Satriana, told the Herald recounting would take place in all 32 provinces in an attempt to work out the total votes for each of the five pairs of presidential and vice-presidential candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Well don’t get scared or shocked after having a look at the pictures above because that’s not pics from Iraq, Somalia, Palestine or even Aceh. But from my most favorite military enthusiast club Code 4 where I myself am a member – a club that is very different from any sports club. A sport where one can almost feel the hardship, experience of a true fighting soldier in a fun simulated war situation.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Staying in Jakarta for almost 5 years now inspired me to scribble this experiences and I would like to share with my readers in this article.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Describing myself I am the thin slim 100,000 rupiah note that was printed years in a government workshop.The day I was born I was transferred to a bank with a bunch of my friends who were one by one were leaving for the free world.

Posted in General @ 19 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Every day now onwards since the busy way project has launched in Jakarta the media has been following it like Tom and Jerry cartoons. The media has not left any single incident happened unheard, from ever the busway has launched like long queues, drivers protest, accident s, and small incidents which make them look big in paper and television. Why are they doing this? Do they want to prove that that this transportation would be of no use in the city? And if this is the prime objective of them it’s a sign of pessimism of these characters in a developing country like Indonesia. But instead they should stand united to support a project that is for the middle class and the poor who are the 60% population of their own country.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There are no actual proof in the existence of ghosts. When approaching claims made by people who have seen ghosts, we should approach those claims with skepticism. Before we accept those claims to be true, we should consider every single aspect of those claims from every different angle until there's no room for doubts, which in this case, is unlikely.

Posted in Culture @ 23 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta, a city which is famous for its night life, discos, pubs has also a hidden unmasked Zorro's which we call gigolos who never show up them selves freely in normal daily life.

Posted in Culture @ 21 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Superstition, facts and fantasy are a very common daily chit-chat life in our own metropolitan city Jakarta. Real Stories from Jakarta s own streets are a proof for this fact or fiction.

Posted in Culture @ 14 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions




Posted in Culture @ 07 December 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Houses torn down for Cilandak mall South Jakarta public order officers bulldozed on Thursday three houses on Jl. T.B. Simatupang, Cilandak Barat, to make way for extensions to the Cilandak Town Square mall, despite an ongoing legal battle over the ownership of the land. Having lived there for 37 years, Soenarno, Handoyo and Jemry Simatupang refused to comply with an order issued by the municipality's housing agency on July 12, 2003, which gave them a deadline to vacate the land on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 17 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vendors ready for enactment of Copyright Law With Law No. 19/2002 on the protection of copyrights going into effect on July 29, Jakartans will likely have a more difficult time purchasing counterfeit goods over the next month as vendors close up shop to avoid raids. Most of the vendors in the Mangga Dua shopping complex, center for pirated goods in the capital, closed their stalls early on Monday. "We heard that there will be a raid by the police soon," one vendor said.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans foreign tourists from Aceh Indonesia has banned foreign tourists from visiting war-torn Aceh while all other foreigners, including journalists, would need permission to visit the westernmost province. The ban comes after Indonesian troops shot dead a German tourist on June 4 when he did not identify himself to a night patrol. The curbs were outlined in a presidential decree, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters Tuesday. The decree took effect Monday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb plot aimed at U.S. Embassies in Asia Indonesia uncovered a document detailing plans to bomb the U.S. embassies in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta by Muslim militants late last year, Singapore's Straits Times newspaper reported on Monday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 11 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deal offered as emergency looms Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri continued on Friday night to weigh a transfer of power deal proposed by President Abdurrahman Wahid who reportedly threatened to impose a state of national emergency should impeachment proceedings against him proceed.

Posted in Politics @ 26 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Glodok are shakes off the gloom once again Business activities at Harco Glodok electronics center in West Jakarta stated to show signs of life on Tuesday amid fears of further rioting in the predominantly ethnic-Chinese business district. Several stores opened their doors to customers under the watchful eyes of dozens of uniformed police officers, while others whose stores were burned or vandalized by mobs during rioting on Saturday were still busy cleaning up the mess.

Posted in Violence @ 18 May 2000 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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