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Ngurah Rai customs reveal narcotics smuggling from Africa The customs officials at the Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali, revealed that a consignment of 1,540 grams of methamphetamine was smuggled in by a 58-year-old South African Stephen Henri Lubbe.

Posted in Drugs @ 14 February 2014 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs seize 4,658 grams methamphetamine in woman's shoes The Customs and Excise officials at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport on Wednesday seized 4,568 grams of methamphetamine, worth Rp6 billion, concealed inside 11 womens footwear, stated an official.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 January 2014 20:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office investigates suspected cooking oil smuggling The Customs and Excise Office of the Nunukan District, East Kalimantan, is investigating the alleged smuggling of 3.74 tons of cooking oil from Malaysia.

Posted in Crime @ 22 January 2014 21:06 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


Customs officer arrested in large bribe case The finance division of the National Police arrested a customs officer and a Jakarta businessman on Tuesday on suspicion of their involvement in an organized corruption ring to circumvent state audits on imports, police said on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 October 2013 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport customs foils Rp9.9 billion crystal meth smuggle Soekarno-Hatta airport`s Customs has foiled two separate attempts in one week to smuggle crystal methamphetamine and seized Rp9.9 billion worth of the narcotic, an official said here on Friday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 October 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palue Island to be emptied over Mount Rokatenda danger Residents living on the tiny island of Palue, in East Nusa Tenggara,will be moved to a nearby island over concern that the erupting Mount Rokatenda could become a larger threat, a disaster mitigation agency official said on Saturday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 August 2013 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian citizen jailed for smuggling heroin The District Court of Denpasar, Bali, sentenced Malasyian citizen Sargunan M Suppiah (37) to 12 years in jail here on Monday for smuggling 372 grams of heroin to Bali. Unlike others he did not swallow the illegal stuff or put it in his luggage to hide it from inspection but he hid it in his underwear.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 July 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs authorities foils attempt to smuggle drug The customs authorities of Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, foiled an attempt to smuggle in Rp1 billion worth of drug from Mumbai, India.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 March 2013 11:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office foils attempt to smuggle in sugar The Customs and Excise Office officials have foiled an attempt to smuggle in five tons of sugar. "The sugar was to be smuggled out of the Free Trade and Port Zone of Pulau Weh and was transported in a truck," customs official Beni Noveri said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2013 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta customs foil attempt to smuggle beef  from Australia The Customs office in cooperation with the Quarantine Agency of the agriculture ministry has foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country 1.4 tons of beef from Australia via Jakarta`s Tanjung Priok port.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2013 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two vessels caught red handed in illegal transaction Two tankers flying Indonesian flag have been caught red handed by a customs and excise sea patrol when the tankers allegedly committing illegal transfer of cargo in the Riau Island Provincial waters.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2013 23:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian man arrested with heroin in his underwear Sargunan M. Suppiah (37), a Malaysian national, has been arrested by Customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport carrying 372 grams of heroin concealed in his underwear. The drugs have a calculated street value of Rp. 855 million (US$87,200).

Posted in Drugs @ 12 January 2013 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Heroin smuggled from Malaysia seized The customs officers of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali have foiled an attempt to smuggle 372 grams of heroin, worth Rp855 million, from Malaysia into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 January 2013 22:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rp2 bln worth of drugs smuggled from India seized Customs and excise officers, in cooperation with the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), have foiled an attempt to smuggle one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, worth Rp2 billion, from Mumbai into Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 January 2013 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java police destroys meth worth Rp2 billion The Narcotics Investigation Directorate of East Java Police has destroyed 908 grams of shabu (methamphetamine) worth Rp2 billion. The drug is worth Rp2 million to Rp2.5 million per gram.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 December 2012 04:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office destroys illegal cigarettes worth Rp4 billion The Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Tanjung Perak I Office, destroyed eleven million illegal cigarettes worth Rp4 billion in Kalianak Warehouse here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2012 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs and excise office to recruit 2,000 new employees The directorate general of customs and excise has obtained approval from the House of Representatives (DPR) to recruit some 2,000 new employees in 2013, a senior official said.

Posted in General @ 26 September 2012 19:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport customs foil meth smuggling attempt Soekarno-Hatta International Airport`s customs and excise officers foiled a smuggling attempt involving 5,688 grams of crystal methamphetamine worth more than Rp7 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 17 September 2012 23:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two S. African citizens arrested for bringing in meth Two South African nationals have been arrested in Manado, North Sulawesi, for allegedly bringing in almost six kilograms of methamphetamine.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 August 2012 14:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police destroy Rp1.1 trillion worth of drugs Jakarta Police destroyed various types of previously confiscated illegal drugs worth Rp1.1 trillion near Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, in Tangerang, Banten province, on Thursday.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 July 2012 10:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs officers foil drug smuggling attempt Customs authorities at Sultan Iskandar Muda international airport in Aceh Besar district, Aceh province, foiled an attempt to smuggle heroin and crystal methamphetamine (shabu-shabu) worth Rp9.975 billion on Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 June 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian bank fugitive to be deported on Wednesday The Indonesia bank fugitive involved in the Bank Indonesia Liquidity Support (BLBI) program in the Bank Harapan Sentosa (BHS) case, Sherny Kojongian, has been deported from the United States and is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on Wednesday (June 13).

Posted in Corruption @ 12 June 2012 14:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt remains committed to fighting narcotics The chief of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN), Commissioner General Gories Mere, said the government would never tolerate narcotics crimes and would always support fight against them.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 June 2012 09:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Uganda national detained for smuggling crystal meth The customs and excise officers at Ngurah Rai International Airport have arrested a Ugandan man, Bashir Gadafi Palikoko, for attempting to smuggle one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine into the country, according to an official.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 June 2012 15:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs officers grilled over narcotics smuggling attempt Jakarta police are investigating customs officers of the city`s Tanjung Priok port in connection with 351 kilogram meth smuggling attempt through the port. "The name of one of the officers is Budi Sulistyo who is in charge of scrutinizing documents," Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Rikwanto said here on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 June 2012 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali customs foils smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine The customs office of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali foiled the smuggling of 4,791 grams of cocaine by a British national, Lindsay June Sandiford.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta customs foil smuggled cocaine in anus The Soekarno-Hatta Customs Control and Service Office in Tangerang, Banten, has foiled the smuggling of 205 grams of what looked like brown powder strongly alleged to be cocaine found in the perpetrator's anus.

Posted in Drugs @ 08 May 2012 07:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs step up patrol to prevent sand smuggling Customs officers from Riau Islands province are increasing patrols to prevent sand smuggling to Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 06 February 2012 02:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs, excise receipts exceed target of Rp115 trillion State revenues from customs and excise duties in the year ended on December 22, 2011 reached Rp127.762 trillion, exceeding the government-set target of Rp115 trillion for 2011, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 28 December 2011 03:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian woman arrested for smuggling methamphetamine The Customs and Excise officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai airport have arrested an Indonesian woman carrying 3.755 kilograms of methamphetamine. Theresa Avilla Tanti Siwi (39) arrived in Bali on board Qatar Airways Flight 638 on Monday, October 10 on a trip that started in Nairobi, Kenya.

Posted in Drugs @ 21 October 2011 06:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in Indonesia boat explosion Seven officials were killed and two others were seriously injured when a patrol boat belonging to the customs office exploded on Friday night in western Indonesia, rescuers said on Saturday.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 July 2011 22:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


French embassy staff member arrested with cocaine A 52-year-old woman, identifying herself as an employee of the French Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, was apprehended by customs officials at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport on Saturday, July 2, 2011 trying to conceal 3.17 grams of cocaine in mouth.

Posted in Drugs @ 11 July 2011 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 2011 state budget reaches $6.65 billion Indonesia's 2011 state budget stood at Rp 56.9 trillion ($6.65 billion) as of May 31, the country's Finance Ministry said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2011 01:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Life in prison for Malaysian drug trafficker in Indonesia A Malaysian man on Monday was sentenced to life in prison for trafficking over 3 kilograms of methamphetamine, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Theaters may stop screening imported films The uncertainty over the future of imported films in the country could cost filmgoers a chance to enjoy Academy Award nominated films such as Natalie Portmanís Black Swan, James Francoís 127 Hours and Jeff Bridgesí True Grit on the big screen.

Posted in Culture @ 20 February 2011 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai smuggler caught after swallowing 1,200 ecstasy pills Authorities have arrested a Thai woman after she tried to enter the Indonesian resort island of Bali with approximately 1,200 ecstasy pills, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 December 2010 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Filipino woman sentenced to death for trafficking heroin A Filipino woman was sentenced to death on Wednesday for trafficking heroin in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, the Manila Times reported. The Filipino woman, whose name is being held for privacy reasons, was arrested on April 25 at Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta by Customs authorities.

Posted in Drugs @ 28 October 2010 12:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


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


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


The long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Coffee, tea or a 30-day visa? After several false starts, Garuda Indonesia has formally introduced visa on board immigration processing on their flights from Japan, effective February 1, 2010. According to Beritabali.com, South Korean and Australia are being eyed as candidates for the new visa service.

Posted in Travel @ 08 February 2010 00:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian arrested with 10,000 ecstasy tablets Customs in Tanjung Balai in Karimun Riau have arrested a Malaysian when he wanted to enter Indonesia with some 10,000 tablets of ecstasy and two kilograms of marijuana. The person, only identified as 45-year-old L.C.H. was asked to stop when he almost walked through the door leaving the harbor. Scanners here detected that something was going on.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 January 2010 03:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian woman arrested with crystal meth and pills New Years Eve brought a nice little surprise from Malaysia for the customs at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on Bali. The 26-year-old Malaysian Phoon Yue Chin was arrested there because she had illegal narcotics with her when she arrived on the paradise island. She came alone and did not bring any luggage outside her hand bag, which was checked by customs straight away.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 January 2010 04:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Uh oh, Australian arrested with two grams of marijuana An Australian dad, Robert Paul McJannett (48) who flew to Bali with his 21-year-old son yesterday evening, has been arrested for possession of illegal drugs. This case however does not seem to be the standard smuggling case, but just 'bringing along personal belongings', since Robert Paul only brought two grams of marijuana.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 December 2009 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


43 kilograms of marijuana seized at Medan airport The customs at the international airport of Polonia near Medan have seized some 43 kilograms of marijuana that was about to be smuggled into the country via the city in North Sumatra. The head of the narcotics brigade at the airport, Jukiman Situmorang, confirmed the big catch. He added that the marijuana was detected when it went through the x-ray machine at the airport.

Posted in Drugs @ 25 November 2009 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourists robbed by airport staff Staff at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali again have found a way to extort money for unknowing tourist that are leaving for home. This time it's fake tax duties that are filling up pockets of crooked employees at the airport. Where Indonesia does not see internet as a way to advertise, Australians know how this works and use email to tell others their story.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rp 200 billion drug smuggling plot Jakarta airport foiled The customs at the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta near Jakarta have stopped the smuggling of some 26.8 kilograms of drugs and 17.5 liters of liquid drugs towards the Middle East. The drugs are worth some 195 billion Rupiah (13.8 million euro). Ten people from the Middle East were to fly on four separate flights to carry the drugs to their destination.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 October 2009 02:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not detected or too lazy to detect? How could the tourist that was infected with Mexican Flu still enter Indonesian territory without being detected by the recently installed body temperature scan equipment at the international airport of Denpasar, Bali? Of course the equipment functioned, according Ms. Decease Comes from Outside Indonesia, Siti Fadhilah Supari.

Posted in Culture @ 27 June 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


1 billion Rupiah in fake duty stamps uncovered in Surabaya The customs office in East Java province has succeeded in closing down a criminal group which sold fake duty stamps in Jakarta and East Java. Earlier, two printing facilities in Jakarta and Lippo Karawaci were raided. From there it just took two days to track down the address of one of the people involved. Several arrests were made that same day.

Posted in Crime @ 24 May 2009 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Survey: 'Police most corrupt institution in Indonesia' Based on a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), the Indonesian police is seen as the most corrupt institution in the country. On the other hand the Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI) is seen as least corrupt. The survey was held between September and December 2008. Almost 4.000 people in 50 cities across the country were questioned.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2009 11:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bali rejects new anti-pornography law The adoption of the unpopular anti-pornography law by the national House of Representatives in Jakarta on Thursday, October 31, 2008, prompted a walk-out by the representatives of two political parties and the threat of civil disobedience from the people of Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2008 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cargo officials suspected of smuggling sea shells 16 boxes about to be boarded on a departing Qantas flight were intercepted by local authorities who found thousands of rare shells hidden among local handicrafts and textiles. Authorities estimate the value of the protected sea shells to be in the hundreds of millions of Rupiahs.

Posted in Environment @ 05 October 2008 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Taiwanese arrested for drugs trafficking Indonesian authorities have arrested two Taiwanese nationals for trying to smuggle nearly seven kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine into the country, local media reports said Sunday. The two, identified as Kuo Ting Liu, 23, and Huang Yu Lum, 26, were arrested on Friday by custom officers at Jakarta's Soekarno-Hatta International airport, soon after they arrived on a China Airlines flight from Hong Kong.

Posted in Drugs @ 13 April 2008 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shipment of illegal wood intercepted in Jakarta The customs in Tanjung Priok, the seaport in northern Jakarta, has prevented the illegal export of some 15 containers of wood and wood products. The illegal wood was to be exported to Shanghai in China. False documents were used to get the wood out of Indonesia. Related to this case, two men were arrested by the police, they are only identified as K.D. and R.D. This operation by the customs prevented the loss of some 14 billion Rupiah (about 1 million euro) to the state.

Posted in General @ 11 January 2008 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Container rejected condoms intercepted in Jakarta Customs in the harbor of Tanjung Priok, Jakarta, have confiscated one container full of condoms or 26.000 kilograms. The condoms originate from Taiwan. They contain dangerous lubricants and were thus rejected. They were sent to Indonesia via Vietnam. These imported condoms were not individually packed, but were simply put in plastic bags and paper. These condoms were rejected by electronic testing in the factory. The documents with the container do not show who is the actual owner.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 December 2007 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Bali's governor rejects establishment of prostitution centers Bali's Governor Dewa Made Beratha has firmly rejected a suggestion by his Vice-Governor, IGN Kesuma Kelakan, to set up special localized centers for prostitution in Bali.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2007 08:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Garuda B737-400s seized by customs officers Asia aviation soared to new heights on Thursday, October 25, 2007, with the inaugural flight of the Airbus 380 from Singapore to Sydney, while in Indonesia aviation circles were reaping publicity of a less favorable kind when six Boeing 737-400 aircraft leased by national flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia were seized by Indonesian customs and excise officials in Jakarta.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 28 October 2007 08:40 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


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

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


Officers nab rice smuggler heading for Indonesia Customs Preventive and Intelligence officers caught an Indonesian man smuggling out 10 bags of rice on Wednesday evening. The discovery was made when the vehicle of the 28-year-old man was searched at the exit point of Sungai Tujoh Control Post.

Posted in General @ 02 June 2007 14:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy editor faces two years in prison Government prosecutors today demanded two years in jail for the editor of Playboy Indonesia for violating anti-indecency laws. They are supposed to have published 'porn' pictures in the magazine. Security was high when Chief Prosecutor Resni Muchtar told the court in South Jakarta that editor Erwin Arnanda 'damaged the nation's morality'. He has been given time until 22 March for their defense.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Chinese observe lunar New Year throughout Indonesia Ethnic Chinese throughout Indonesia celebrate the Chinese New Year today. Many of them will bring a visit to temples for praying to their gods and ancestors. The Dharma Bhakti, Sam Njan Kiong and Amorva Bumi temples in Jakarta were filled with visitors celebrating 'Imlek', as the Chinese New Year is also known in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2007 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Steel smuggled into Indonesia reaches US$1 bln per year About one billion US dollar worth of steel products which could have been produced at home is smuggled into Indonesia annually, Director General for Metal Textile Machine Industry Anshari Bukhari said in Bogor, West Java, on Sunday. He said that the government learnt the illegal import of steel after they saw the difference of data on the import of steel at the Central Burea of Statistics (BPS) and on export of the products to Indonesia by producing countries.

Posted in Economy @ 26 November 2006 09:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia lobbies for greater Asian voice, more investment Indonesia is adding its voice to calls for Asian countries to be allowed a greater voice in international institutions like the IMF and World Bank. Indonesia also says that eradicating poverty is its national priority, something both the World Bank and IMF also want to see. So the Indonesian delegation, which has come to Singapore for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings, wants to use this opportunity to promote their country as an investment destination.

Posted in Economy @ 16 September 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia fully reopens border with Timor Leste The Indonesian Military (TNI) has fully reopened the land border in East Nusa Tenggara province to allow Indonesians entering Timor Leste as security situation in the neighbor has returned to normal, an officer said Thursday. "We have fully reopened the land border. Indonesians are allowed to go to Timor Leste and so Timor Leste people can enter Indonesia as long as they have necessary legal document," Major Infantry Aziz Mahmudi, spokesman of border patrol, was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2006 14:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia, Indonesia police bust major drug ring Australian and Indonesian police have disrupted the largest pseudoephedrine smuggling syndicate to ever target Australia, halting the manufacture of about A$71 million (41.2 million euro) worth of the drug methamphetamine. The syndicate allegedly imported more than 380kg of pseudoephedrine into Australia on six occasions from early 2005, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement today.

Posted in Drugs @ 29 June 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia to ban entry of poultry from Indonesia Malaysian authorities has said all birds and eggs from Indonesia will be seized and destroyed at entry points to keep avian flu at bay after reports of human deaths in Medan. "There will be no laboratory tests. Any bird and egg found will be immediately destroyed by veterinary officers, even if the birds are pets," said Veterinary Services Department official Mustapa Abdul Jalil.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 25 May 2006 17:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


4 accused of plotting to ship weapons to Indonesia Four Asian businessmen plotted to buy hundreds of handguns, machine guns, Sidewinder missiles and aviation radar equipment for export to Indonesia, creating a threat to national security, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The four men - who have been charged in Detroit and Honolulu - were arrested Sunday after meeting in Hawaii with people they thought were representatives of a Detroit-area company, which authorities say the men believed would supply the military hardware. It was to be shipped to Indonesia through Singapore.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2006 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S'pore, RI negotiating Bintan management Singapore is negotiating with Indonesia to seek concessions to partly manage Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by turning it into free trade zone (FTZ), which could accommodate more foreign manufacturing companies. The first round of negotiation, which looks likely to trigger controversy among local politicians, began on Batam island Saturday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Singapore's Foreign Affair Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo at the forefront of the talks.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2006 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Investment freeze mulled for cigarette sector The Industry Ministry, pointing to indications of a saturated cigarette industry, has proposed the temporary closing of the subsector to new investment for new factories. "The proposal is based upon reports from local agencies that the number of cigarette producers has soared while utilization of their production capacity is still below 50 percent," Industry Minister Fahmi Idris said Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 March 2006 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many admit to bribing officials In what is seen as further proof that corruption is entrenched in Indonesian society, up to 30 percent of Indonesian adults may have bribed officials in 2005 for speedy government service in obtaining either an ID card, a driver's license or a business permit. This fact was revealed in the 2005 Global Corruption Barometer, a report issued by Transparency International. The report was submitted on Friday to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who has made the fight against graft one of his top priorities.

Posted in General @ 24 December 2005 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Tour d' Indonesia: Peter van Agtmaal wins stage Cagey veteran Nathan Dahlberg went looking for a stage win - and some redemption - in Thursday's leg of the 2005 Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia. He very nearly got both, just losing the fourth stage to Dutch rider Peter Van Agtmaal (The Jong en Laan), who took Dahlberg in a two-up sprint in Solo.

Posted in Sports @ 15 September 2005 18:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bizarre wish list hinders Corby Schapelle Corby's chances of winning her appeal have slumped after the Federal Government was unable to meet a list of bizarre demands by her new defence team, headed by the bejewelled Indonesian lawyer, Hotman Paris Hutapea.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 June 2005 12:59 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


Seize paedophiles' passports: advocate A national child welfare group wants the Federal Government to confiscate the passports of convicted paedophiles to prevent them from travelling overseas. The Government has confirmed a number of child-sex offenders attempted to visit Indonesia and Thailand to prey on children affected by the Asian tsunami.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia off the blacklist Indonesia is no longer considered a high-risk country within the global anti-money laundering (AML) system. This means financial institutions in developed countries are no longer required to give special attention to business and transactions with persons and companies in Indonesia. Basically, this means lower costs for transactions with Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's foreign investment falls 11 percent Indonesia's foreign direct investment (FDI) fell 11 percent to 8.85 billion USD in the first 10 months of this year compared to 9.94 billion USD in the same period last year, according to statistics from the Indonesia Investment Coordination Committee (BKPM). Of 969 FDI projects licensed in the reviewed period, 357 were in trade and maintenance services, 70 in metallurgy, machinery and electronics, 61 in hotels and restaurants, 44 in communications and household utilities, and 164 in other services. The projects generated jobs for more than 143,000 people, including 4,114 foreign workers.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt expels two Malaysians, American from Aceh The government Tuesday expelled two Malaysians and a U.S. citizen after they illegally entered the restive province of Aceh which remains under a state of civil emergency, an official said. "This morning we expelled the three foreigners," said Imron Zubandi, of the Aceh provincial immigration office. Authorities identified the two Malaysians as Jumat bin Majid, 31 and Ong Kung Wai, 44, and named the American as Blanchet Sean Kehoe, 21.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 29 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but itís still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. Itís just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Briton faces death centence in Bali A Briton is facing a possible death sentence in Indonesia after being caught with more than 8,000 Ecstasy tablets. Steve Turner, 47, from London, was arrested after officers in Bali seized the island's biggest ever haul of the drug. Police chief Major General Budi Setyawan said the pills were sent to Bali by post from London, and he claimed Turner might be part of a larger South East Asian drug ring.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 January 2003 00:02 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


On a Friday just before noon prayers in the simple wooden mosque, soldiers stormed into this village, herded the people together and, according to two residents, marched them toward a neighboring hamlet, setting fire to houses as they went. After six weeks, the village elder, Bin Ali, 52, and his neighbor, Agus Salim, 35, summoned the courage to return to the ashes of their life's possessions. In the debris of Mr. Bin's home, only a white porcelain serving dish, a present to his wife, survived intact. Next door, Mr. Agus, choking with emotion, fingered the charred wreckage of his motorcycle. It had been his sole means of livelihood. Empty military ration cans were strewn on the red earth, silvery reminders of who had been here last.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


163 boatpeople feared drowned off Australian coast Up to 163 illegal immigrants were feared drowned off Australia's north coast Wednesday when two boats disappeared in treacherous waters en route from Indonesia. Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock said credible reports from Indonesia said the two boats, carrying people from various Middle Eastern countries, had left on the two-to-three day trip from Java to Ashmore Reef in Australian waters last week but failed to arrive.

Posted in General @ 13 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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