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President dismisses Sutarman as national police chief President Joko Widodo officially announced the dismissal of General Sutarman as the National Police chief. "From now on, starting this moment, I carried out a presidential decree (about dismissal of police chief) so that the duties, powers and responsibilities given to Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti," General Sutarman said here on Friday evening.

Posted in Politics @ 17 January 2015 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets basic fuel prices Effective January 1, 2015, the basic prices of all fuel oils (BBM) will be determined by the government, including that of non-subsidized RON 92 Pertamax gasoline, an energy ministry official stated here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2015 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Basuki has not officially become Jakarta Governor yet Acting Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has yet to officially become Jakarta Governor, although Jakartas Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) held a plenary meeting to discuss the vacancy of Jakarta Governor.

Posted in Politics @ 14 November 2014 21:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President orders ministers to take charge immediately Indonesian President Joko Widodo has ordered all ministers to start executing their tasks immediately after being inaugurated on Monday in order to fulfill the peoples expectations from the new cabinet.

Posted in Politics @ 27 October 2014 20:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New DPR and DPD members officially sworn in The official swearing-in of the new members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), who won the 2014 elections, took place here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia requires additional 100 thousand MW electricity Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi stated that Indonesia still needed additional 100 thousand MW electricity to support industrial development at home.

Posted in Power supply @ 04 September 2014 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi`s resignation letter is on its way The resignation letter of the elected President, Joko Widodo, from his current post as Jakarta governor is under legal process and waiting to be published, an official stated here Friday.

Posted in Elections @ 25 July 2014 16:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizens overseas to give votes earlier The Indonesian citizens overseas will vote for the Indonesian presidential elections on July 4--6, 2014 earlier than the July 9 presidential elections in the country, a general election commissioner said.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2014 09:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian hajj pilgrims to use electronic bracelets Indonesias government is discussing plans to equip hajj pilgrims with electronic bracelets to reduce the number of Indonesians lost in Saudi Arabia, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister convinced hajj management better this year Interim Religious Affairs Minister Agung Laksono who is also chief peoples welfare minister, said that the implementation of hajj pilgrimage this year will be better.

Posted in Religion @ 01 June 2014 12:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor to be non-active to run for presidency Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will be non-active after the General Election Commission (KPU) confirms his participation in the presidential election, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi noted here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 14 May 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President declares poll day public holiday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed a decree declaring April 9, 2014 a public holiday to allow voters to cast their votes in the legislative election.

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2014 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to build elevated train track in 2015 Jakarta city will build an elevated train track to address the traffic congestion in the capital starting 2015. "The building of the elevated train track can be done by next year, 2015," Director General of Railways from the Transportation Ministry, Herman Dwiatmoko, stated in a written statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 21 March 2014 18:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yogyakarta announces alert status on flood and landslide On Wednesday, the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) of Yogyakarta announced through the Gubernatorial Decree No.317/kep/2013 an alert status on floods and landslides in the Yogyakarta Special Region following the raining season.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 December 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three illegal mine workers in Maluku buried after landslide Three illegal gold mine workers are believed to have died after being buried in the pit following a landslide at the illegal mine at Gunung Botak in the sub-district of Wamsait, Buru island, Maluku Province.

Posted in Accidents @ 31 May 2013 23:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President officially inducts Chatib Basri as finance minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the State Palace here on Tuesday officially installed Muhammad Chatib Basri as the new finance minister to replace Agus Martowardojo.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2013 17:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Independence, firmness key to combating corruption President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Tuesday independent anti-graft institutes and firm law enforcement are the key to combating corruption in the country.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2012 18:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK accepts resignation of six investigators The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has issued a decree on the discharge of six investigators from the National Police who recently tendered their resignations from the anti-graft commission.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 November 2012 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to develop tourist villages for elderly foreigners Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali has plans to develop seven tourism villages catering to retired foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta gubernatorial poll on September 20 set as holiday Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has issued a decree stipulating that the second round of Jakarta gubernatorial election on September 20 as a holiday.

Posted in Elections @ 14 September 2012 01:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban kicks off in Bali The province of Bali became "officially smoke free" as of June 1, 2012. Quoted by Republika.co.id, Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika said the ban on smoking in public places will be phased in, commencing with an immediate ban on smoking in government offices.

Posted in Health @ 05 June 2012 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Semarang  to restrict cigarette ads The Semarang city administration will restrict cigarette advertisements when a draft regional regulation on no smoking area is endorsed, a spokesman of the city administration has said.

Posted in Health @ 25 April 2012 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Social media used as human trafficking tool Human-trafficking offenders remain resorting to using the social media to kidnap more victims."Presumably, the human trafficking actors are now seeking their victims using the social media such as Facebook, Twitter and many more," said the secretary of the Women Empowerment and Children Protection Ministry, Sri Danti, here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2012 02:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono installs new ambassadors President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appointed four new Indonesian ambassadors extraordinary and plenipotentiary, at the State Palace, here, Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 March 2012 08:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Labor disputes must be settled thoroughly' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked for a thorough settlement of the workers` demand for pay rise without any remaining problems, Hatta Rajasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 February 2012 06:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


GKI Yasmin church mass disrupted by protest A Sunday mass being held at the house of a congregation member at the Taman Yasmin complex, and which was being attended by around 50 members of the the GKI Yasmin church, was forced to stop when a group of protesters arrived and demanded that the congregation halt the service.

Posted in Religion @ 22 January 2012 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Public holidays in Indonesia in 2012 Here’s the national public holidays according to a joint decree from the Minister of Religion, Minister of Manpower and Transmigration and the Minister for Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform. Also included are the dates for Galungan and Kuningan in 2012 celebrated in Bali.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2011 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Better compensation for Indonesia airline passengers Indonesian airlines are now being compelled by the government to bring compensation paid to disappointed passengers and in the event of catastrophic events more into line with international airline practice.

Posted in Travel @ 27 August 2011 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed after gunmen attack bus in Papua At least four people, including an army officer, were killed on Monday in an ambush by suspected separatists in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 dead as rival political groups clash in Papua At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in a clash between two rival political groups in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, police said.

Posted in Politics @ 31 July 2011 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic groups demand Ahmadiyah group be outlawed Hundreds of conservative Muslims on Saturday rallied in the Indonesian capital to demand the government outlaw an Islamic sect, the Jakarta Globe reported. Almost 1,500 protesters wearing white robes gathered in Jakarta to urge the banning of the minority Ahmadiyah group. According to reports, some protesters held placards reading "Disband Ahmadiyah or Revolution."

Posted in Religion @ 30 July 2011 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Light sentences for Ahmadiyah killings spark condemnation A wave of condemnation greeted the verdicts imposed on Thursday against 12 people accused of killing three members of the minority Ahmadiyah group in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 28 July 2011 23:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs two-year deforestation moratorium Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday signed a decree declaring a two-year moratorium on new logging concessions in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 19 May 2011 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Indonesians demand settlement of land dispute Thousands of people on Wednesday rallied outside Indonesia's House of Representatives in Jakarta to demand the government hand back land they claim is rightfully theirs, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Protests @ 12 May 2011 03:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court begins trial of deadly Ahmadiyah attack An Indonesian Court on Tuesday began the trail of 12 men accused over the deadly attack on an Ahmadiyah community, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2011 20:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights Watch: 'Revoke decrees against Ahmadiyah' Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should void decrees recently adopted by two provinces that ban activities by the Ahmadiyah religious community, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 15 March 2011 10:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta cancels ban on Ahmadiyah religious group The Jakarta provincial government on Monday canceled the ban on the Indonesia's Ahmadiyah religious group and its activities, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 March 2011 16:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of Ahmadiyah follower unearthed after burial The body of an Ahmadiyah follower on Friday was unearthed by an unidentified group of people shortly after the burial in West Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 04 March 2011 20:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah religious sect officially banned in West Java The Ahmadiyah religious sect on Thursday was officially banned by the West Java provincial government in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 March 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission to investigate deadly Ahmadiyah attack Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights on Monday announced that it formed a team in order to investigate the deadly Ahmadiyah attack in Banten, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2011 18:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, state-run news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


FPI promises no attacks during Christmas, under conditions? Rizieq Shihab, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), on Tuesday promised that his followers will restrain from disrupting Christmas celebrations in Indonesia.

Posted in Religion @ 15 December 2010 02:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi province wants to test virginity schoolgirls Girls that are no longer a virgin, could be banned from school. A number of representatives in the province of Jambi on Sumatra is thinking about a decree. Before a girl is registered at high school, they will have to have themselves tested for their virginity. According to the representatives, this should 'solve' the problem of 'free sex' among teenagers and young adults.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 September 2010 03:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hizbut Tahrir denounces HKBP, demands Islamic state Hundreds of Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia members rallied at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Thursday to support a regulation on houses of worship and implementation of sharia. “HKBP commits treason against the state,” read posters displayed by the Muslim group activists.

Posted in Religion @ 24 September 2010 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry may revise decree on houses of worship The Religious Affairs Ministry said Wednesday it was open to revisions of a 2006 joint ministerial decree requiring local consent on sites for house of worship, provided religious leaders agreed. The ministry’s statement came amid calls to amend the controversial decree voiced by a political party, NGOs, a House leader and the Constitutional Court chief.

Posted in Religion @ 16 September 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'No price hikes in airline sector during Lebaran' The government has confirmed that prices of airline tickets during the Lebaran period - the end of the month of fasting Ramadan - will not be increased. "There will be no hike," said the head of the Air Transport department of the Ministry of Transport, Herry Bhakti. He said this after he was asked about possible price hikes during this busy travel period.

Posted in Travel @ 28 July 2010 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Price of electricity increase up to 18% The Indonesian government has increased the basic electrical tariff by 10%, effective July 1, 2010. The increase in energy costs affects only consumers with 900 kwh connections or higher. Bisnis.com reports that in accordance with a ministerial decree dated June 30, 2010, the following levels if rate increases apply:

Posted in Power supply @ 11 July 2010 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian public holidays in 2011 The Indonesian government has decided the national public holidays for the year 2011. As usual the public holidays account for free days during major religious events for different religions in the country, added with a number of public holidays around the most important ones. A list of all holidays as per government decree is listed below.

Posted in General @ 08 July 2010 05:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pop star arrested in sex tape scandal Indonesian police have arrested pop star Nazril "Ariel" Ilham for his involvement in sex videos that allegedly feature himself and two other top Indonesian celebrities. The singer was named a suspect after the police questioned the three celebrities and expert witnesses over the last two weeks.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2010 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised children’s rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years longer in jail for Thai prisoner due to typo A Thai national was denied release and spent almost three additional years in a maximum-security prison in Indonesia because of a typing error, local media reported Friday. Kamjai was released on Thursday after he complained about his plight to Justice Minister Patrialis Akbar, who visited the island prison off the coast of Central Java on Wednesday for an inspection.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 April 2010 12:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners able to buy property soon? Indonesia plans to allow foreigners to own property in the country and has completed its review of investment rules under the so-called negative list, said the country's investment coordination agency. The country will deregulate its property industry by the end of the first half year of 2010, paving the way for foreigners to buy homes and commercial real estate directly.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2010 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More limitations for importing films to Indonesia A United States trade representative to Indonesia, Demetrios Marantis, has expressed his concern over a new decree that is currently considered by the Indonesian government. This decree will further restrict regulations over imports of foreign films to Indonesia. Marantis said that if the decree was accepted, it could disrupt bilateral relationship.

Posted in Culture @ 13 February 2010 07:22 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


Naik ojek 'haram'. Who cares? A religious decree banning the use of ojek (motorcycle 'taxi') from the FMP3, which stands for for the name of a group of religious Islamic schools in East Java province, is completely ignored by the normal people in the Indonesian society. They see the use of ojek as a quick way to get anywhere when traffic is clogging up again and you just need to be somewhere soon.

Posted in Religion @ 20 January 2010 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Magnetic strip on bank cards may become a problem Bank Indonesia has decreed that, beginning in early 2010, all credit cards issued in Indonesia are required to contain a computer chip as an added security measure. A regulation issued by the Bank in April 2009 mandates the use of chips.

Posted in Economy @ 06 January 2010 01:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small victory for Yudhoyono: Bibit and Chandra back to work Interim Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputies Waluyo and Mas Achmad Santosa have handed over the leadership posts back to Bibit Samad Rianto and Chandra M. Hamzah ealier this afternoon. This is a small victory for president Yudhoyono. It was his fight against corruption that moved the Indonesian police earlier to arrest both over a alleged case in which the two were involved.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 December 2009 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Public holidays in Indonesia in 2010 Every year, Indonesia has a number of public holidays that are a collection of religious holidays from various religions and some additional national holidays. Here’s the list of public holidays in Indonesia for 2010:

Posted in General @ 07 December 2009 10:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sidoarjo mud no longer pumped away Irresponsibility by PT Lapindo Brantas may cause more problems for the people already affected by the mud flow near Sidoarjo just south of Surabaya in East Java province. The mud, that has been gushing out of a crater in the earth for over three years now, used to be pumped away in the Porong river. But these pumps are not working correctly anymore. Only two out of the 12 are functioning.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 03 September 2009 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No-smoking laws enforced in North Jakarta The provincial government of the Special Capital Region of Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) has once again organized a no-smoking razzia. There are official no-smoking laws in the country and province, but they are rarely enforced. In North Jakarta seven places were checked for smokers; mainly malls and other public places were checked, including the main Boulevard Kelapa Gading.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2009 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New trade regulation on steel imports to protect steel The government on Friday tightened regulations on the import of 202 iron and steel products in a bid to protect local producers caught in the economic slump. Diah Maulida, director general of trade at the Ministry of Trade, said the decree, effective April 1, was issued in order to allow the market to absorb 2.5 million tons of domestic iron and steel products.

Posted in Economy @ 20 February 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidential Elections on July 9, 2009 The National Elections Commission (KPU) have decreed that the next general election for Indonesia's President and Vice President will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2009. If a run off election is required, that will take place on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. The Presidential Elections will be preceded by legislative elections set for April 9, 2009 with the formal certification of those results to be made by KPU on May 9, 2009.

Posted in Elections @ 29 January 2009 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


North Bali airport confirmed Jakarta Post reports that Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has now confirmed that Bali will move ahead with plans to build a second airport near its northern shore. This announcement came after an order from Indonesia's Vice President Jusuf Kalla decreeing that the expansion of Bali's current airport in Tuban must move ahead and be completed by 2011.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain activists burning pictures of president The police have detained two activists from the Unified People Coalition (KRB) for allegedly burning flyers with pictures of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the State Palace yesterday.

Posted in Protests @ 05 December 2008 06:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Price of hajj from Indonesia to raise 20 percent The department of Religious Affairs in Indonesia has formally set the price of the hajj pilgrimage for this year. The price will be some 450 US dollar higher than last year, which translates into a hike of 5 million Rupiah, or 20 percent. The hike in prices is mostly caused by the higher cost of flying because of high world oil prices. The Minister of Religious Affairs, Maftuh Basyuni, said that the price of the pilgrimage is decided upon by presidential decree.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2008 04:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens of FPI members demonstrate against Ahmadiyah in Makassar Dozens of members of the FPI (Front Pembela Islam) have demonstrated in front of the regional representative office of Ahmadiyah in Makassar earlier today. They asked the government to release a presidential decree about the Ahmadiyah sect because it is said to have stained Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 20 June 2008 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another church forced to close by Muslim hardliners Muslims have stormed a church in Indonesia to force it to close down, a resident and police said on Thursday, in the latest incident of religious intolerance in the archipelago nation. The attack in West Java on Tuesday came after a series of similar incidents targeting churches set up in Muslim areas of the province. "Four people have been detained for questioning and are currently in custody," Purwakarta district police First Inspector Yadi said.

Posted in Religion @ 22 May 2008 09:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to scrap import duty on wheat The Indonesian government will exempt wheat from import duty as surging wheat and flour prices have hurt local food producers, an official said Monday. "The 5 percent duty on wheat will be scrapped, what we need now is a ministerial decree," Bayu Krisnamurthi, a deputy for coordinating minister for economic affairs, was quoted by leading news website Detikcom as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2008 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian filmmakers want censor board banned Top film makers in Indonesia have launched a legal bid to have the country's censorship board disbanded. They say it stifles creativity. A group of five young directors lodged a petition with the Constitutional Court earlier this week, requesting the removal of provisions in the film law regulating the establishment of the censorship body. "The existence of the Indonesian Censorship Board is against our constitutional right to communicate and receive information," told Tino Saroengallo, an award-winning documentary film-maker.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali: An island losing its cultural character The Indonesian language daily newspaper NusaBali has questioned in the rapid development of businesses along Kuta's Sunset Road and the lack of Balinese architectural elements in the buildings populating this major thoroughfare.

Posted in General @ 10 August 2007 16:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia extends visa facility to 11 countries Indonesia has expanded the visa on arrival (VoA) facility to 11 more countries and is currently considering 11 more countries in an attempt to lure foreign tourists to the country. The 11 newly granted countries are Algeria, the Czech Republic, Fiji, Latvia, Libya, Lithuania, Panama, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Tunisia. The Directorate General of Immigration announced yesterday that based on a decree, citizens from a total of 63 countries are now able to enjoy a visa on arrival.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 June 2007 17:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian public holidays for 2008 3 ministries of the Indonesian Government have officially decreed the schedule of public holidays for 2008. Jointly agreed between the Minister of Religion, the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration, and the State Minister for Administrative Reform - the schedule covers both traditional religious and political holidays in addition to "shared holidays" creating extended holidays.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2007 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Permanent mud flow team set up The government has set up a permanent team to help communities affected by the mud flow that has swamped entire villages in East Java. A spokesman of President Yudhoyono announced this on Tuesday. Toll roads, railway tracks and factories have been submerged and over 15,000 people are displaced since May last year when the mud started flowing from a 'mud volcano', following a drilling accident in Sidoarjo, near Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 11 April 2007 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to ban granite exports After banning sand exports, the government is now discussing the possibility of banning granite exports as well. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirayuda said today that the cabinet was discussing this possible ban, as was reported by The Jakarta Post. "According to a decree from the trade minister, exports of granite chips are not banned ... but discussions on the possibility of banning granite chips are taking place in the Cabinet," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rehabilitation of Soeharto's peatland project The government plans to rehabilitate a large peatland in Central Kalimantan which was converted to an agricultural area during the reign of former president Soearto. This project has caused widespread damage to the environment, as was told by an official. "We have approval, in principle, from the president to rehabilitate the 'One Million Hectare Peatland' but we still are awaiting the necessary presidential decree to start," told Central Kalimantan governor Agustin Teras Narang.

Posted in Environment @ 12 March 2007 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air plane breaks upon landing in Surabaya Adam Air plane flying from Jakarta to East Java capital of Surabaya posed hard landing at Juanda international airport in the East Java's city, a report says. MetroTV television reported that the incident caused two following flights to the airport transferred to Ngurah Rai International airport in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali resort island.

Posted in Accidents @ 21 February 2007 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government should pull military out of business The Indonesian government should end military ownership of businesses without further delay, Human Rights Watch said today as it launched the 159-page Indonesian translation of a study on military self-financing in Indonesia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 February 2007 06:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia to enforce airplane passengers regulation for safe flying The Indonesian government will begin enforcing a nearly 20-year-old regulation requiring airplane passengers to show an ID during check-in at airline counters. "Airlines must implement the policy, stipulated in a 1989 Transportation Ministry decree, by March 31 or face sanctions," Air Transportation Director General M. Ikhsan Tatang said Saturday during a discussion at the ministry.

Posted in General @ 28 January 2007 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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


Official: 'Indonesia's bird flu cases far from a pandemic' Indonesia, which has the highest number of human bird flu infections and fatalities, was unlikely to be hit by a pandemic of the disease in the immediate future, an official has said. "We are still far from a pandemic," said Bayu Krisnamurthi, the chief executive of the Indonesian National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (Komnas FBPI.)

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 November 2006 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister to inspect preparations for Aceh regional chief elections Indonesian Home Affairs Minister M Ma`ruf left Jakarta for Aceh Province on Wednesday to inspect preparations made for the upcoming implementation of the Aceh direct regional chief elections scheduled for December 11, 2006. Minister Ma`ruf is expected to visit several districts in Indonesia`s northernmost province of Aceh, to monitor the preparations made by the regions.

Posted in Elections @ 08 November 2006 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to sell up to 10 state firms The Indonesian government is likely to sell up to 10 state-owned enterprises next year in its major privatization drive, which seeks to cut state losses from inefficient and subsidy-reliant state firms, an official said Monday. The government has named six to 10 companies ready for privatization next year. "We are awaiting a presidential decree on the establishment of the privatization team," said Said Didu, secretary for the minister for state-owned enterprises.

Posted in Economy @ 26 September 2006 11:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


New policy package on financial sector issued The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have signed a joint decree to improve coordination between fiscal and monetary authorities and help reform financial markets. Announcing the package Wednesday, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono said it was expected to accelerate reforms in the banking sector, non-bank financial institutions and in capital markets. It would also enhance businesses' access to capital, he said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2006 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono drops charges against Suharto Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to halt legal proceedings against former long-serving president Suharto, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Susilo dropped the corruption charges against ailing Suharto, who underwent a colon surgery earlier this week, after consulting with top government and parliament officials just before midnight Wednesday, reported Kompas.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


No smoking, please Finally, the 2005 Jakarta gubernatorial decree banning smoking in public places has been implemented, after a two-month delay. The decree, an auxiliary regulation to the 2005 bylaw on air pollution control, is expected to end any arguments about people's right to breathe clean air.

Posted in Culture @ 08 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Faiths take joint stand against new decree Christian leaders and members of the Ahmadiyah group presented a united stand Friday in opposing the revised decree on places of worship, and threatened to ignore it unless it is changed to meet their demands. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), meanwhile, is also dismayed by what it considers the disproportional accommodation of other religions.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2006 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt set to examine sharia bylaws The Home Affairs Ministry will review regional bylaws amid the issuance of sharia-based regulations by several administrations, which critics say impinge on the rights of minorities. "We have asked local administrations to send their regional bylaws for evaluation," Home Affairs Minister M. Ma'ruf confirmed Monday. The review process would also involve other related ministries, he added.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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