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PDIP: 'Indonesian govt must crack down on tax mafia' Secretary General of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto said the government should fight tax mafia.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fisheries minister promises to eradicate illegal fishing The newly-appointed Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said she would eliminate illegal fishing activities rampant in Indonesian waters for the past several years.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2014 20:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Deficit in draft state budget set at 2.32 pct The government has targeted a deficit of Rp257.6 trillion or 2.32 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the Draft 2015 State Budget, with state revenue of Rp1,762.3 trillion and expenditure of Rp2,019.9 trillion.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2014 00:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia aims for economic growth of 5.6% in 2015 The government has proposed an economic growth of 5.6 percent in the Draft 2015 State Budget, considering the improvement in economic fundamentals and economic stability as well as conducive external factors.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2014 00:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allocates Rp433.5 trillion for subsidies The government has set aside Rp433.5 trillion in the draft 2015 state budget for subsidy expenditures, stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Corruption as extraordinary crime' Corruption is an extraordinary crime that must be uprooted completely, emphasized President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. "Corruption is an extraordinary crime and our common enemy, and I say, I do not compromise with this kind of crime," the president affirmed in his annual state-of-the-nation address on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 August 2014 13:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


202 Indonesian regions to hold local elections in 2015 At least 202 regions in Indonesia will organize regional head elections in 2015, Chairman of the National Election Commission (KPU) Husni Kamil Manik has said.

Posted in Elections @ 10 August 2014 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta proposes to construct three underpasses The Jakarta provincial administration plans to build underground crossing tunnels in several locations in the capital city to ease off pedestrian traffic at street crossings, Governor Joko Widodo stated here on Friday. "We will build tunnels in three locations. Hopefully, the construction can start within this year," the governor noted.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 09 May 2014 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta monorail project to be completed in 2017: Adhi Karya Publicly traded construction company PT Adhi Karya Tbk said construction of Jakartas monorail project linking Bekasi-Cawang and Cibubur-Cawang will start in 2015 to be completed in 2017. Construction of the Jakarta Link Transportation (JLT) will start in April , 2015 although it has yet to wait for the presidential regulation on monorail.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 03 April 2014 23:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President issues instruction on corruption prevention President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday signed presidential instruction no. 2/2014, entitled Drafting of Corruption Prevention and Eradication Action Plan (PPK). The presidential directive becomes effective on March 21, 2014, the cabinet secretary said on its website.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2014 21:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Policewomen allowed to wear headscarves Indonesian policewomen will be allowed to wear headscarves on duty, according to a top police official. "Starting tomorrow, women who wish to wear headscarves can do so while on duty, " the new national police chief, General Sutarman, said after meeting with members of the Forum of Chief Editors at the National Police Headquarters here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2013 01:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President delivers state-of-the-nation address President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivered the state-of-the-nation address in observance of the 68th anniversary of Indonesia`s independence at the parliament building here on Friday morning.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2013 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


August 15 to be declared Aceh Peace Day The Aceh government will soon announce that August 15 will be observed annually as peace day in Indonesia`s western-most province. "The Aceh governor will issue a regulation setting forth Aceh`s peace day," Aceh administration spokesman Nurdin F Jos said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2013 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


State companies ready to build Sunda Strait bridge project Minister for State Enterprises Dahlan Iskan said two state construction companies have the capability to build the 30-kilometer bridge spanning the sea between Java and Sumatra in the Sunda Strait. The two state construction companies are ready to carry out full feasibility studies of the US$25 billion project, Dahlan said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 30 July 2013 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PAN, Gerindra reject bill on mass organizations The factions of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) have rejected the endorsement of the Bill on Mass Organizations (RUU Ormas).

Posted in Politics @ 02 July 2013 23:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House plenary enacts bill on revised budget into law The House of Representatives finally enacted the Bill on the 2013 Revised State Budget into law through a voting mechanism in its plenary session here on Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President leads coalition meeting over draft of state budget President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a closed-door meeting with leaders of government coalition parties on Tuesday night to discuss recent economic developments as part of efforts to save the draft revision of the 2013 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2013 11:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt urges DPR to accelerate discussion on budget revision The government has urged the House of Representatives (DPR) to accelerate the discussion of the draft revision of the 2013 state budget so that fuel price hike could be immediately implemented.

Posted in Politics @ 29 May 2013 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Fuel price hike depends on cash compensation' The government will raise the price of subsidized fuel oil after the House of Representatives (DPR) endorses cash compensation for the poor, Finance Minister Chatib Basri said. "The subsidized fuel price will be raised if the compensatory funds are available," he said at the parliament building here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 27 May 2013 22:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on people to save on fuels President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the people to seriously help save on fuel oil consumption in an effort to alleviate the burden of the state budget and preserve the environment.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2013 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali prepares to regulate local fruit sales The Jakarta Post reports that the province of Bali plans to propose specific bylaws protecting the market for local farmers by controlling the sale and consumption of local fruit.

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2013 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling party`s chief named suspect over corruption Indonesia`s ruling Democrat Party`s chief Anas Urbaningrum was named suspect in connection with a corruption case here on Friday and banned to travel abroad.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 February 2013 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Education minister fails to meet rights body`s summons Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh failed to meet a summons from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Wednesday to clarify the revision of government regulation number 74/2008 on teachers.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2013 01:01 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 calls for electric-powered public transport President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the development of electric-powered public transport to improve the nation`s transportation system, according to Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2013 17:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Electricity rate hike to weaken laborers' purchasing power An increase in the price of electricity beginning this month will reduce the purchasing power of laborers, Said Iqbal, the president of the Indonesian Workers Unions Confederation (KSPI) said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2013 17:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta finally goes ahead with MRT plan After weeks of uncertainty, the Jakarta administration has revealed it will move forward with the plan to construct the city’s first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line next year.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prostitutes face imprisonment and fine in Padang A draft law calls for a three months` imprisonment and a fine of up to Rp50 million on people found guilty of prostitution in the West Sumatra capital of Padang. The bill is being discussed by the city council and mayor, Jhon Roza Syaukani, chairman of the special committee for the draft law, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 02 October 2012 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Badung regent not interested in becoming governor A.A. Gede Agung has reaffirmed that he has no interest in seeking the post of Bali’s governor in elections to be held in early 2013. Agung told Nusa Bali his preference is to continue to focus on the job of serving as the bupati or regent of the Badung regency.

Posted in Politics @ 18 September 2012 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament allocates Rp18 trillion for defense in 2013 Parliament agrees to set an Rp18 trillion budget for defense sector in the state budget draft 2013, Vice Chief of Commission I at the House of representatives (DPR) Tubagus Hasanuddin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Military @ 04 September 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sunda Strait bridge not to burden state budget Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo said the US$27.8 billion Sunda strait bridge project would not burden the state budget. "The project would not be a burden for the state burden now or in the future," Agus told the lawmakers in a meeting here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2012 22:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia to raise civil servants` salaries by 7%' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would increase the basic salaries of civil servants, military and police personnel by seven percent in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House approves higher education draft law The House of Representatives (DPR) has approved the Draft Law on Higher Education into Law following two years of deliberations. "This law is Indonesia`s first legal umbrella of higher education which cannot be delayed", Minister of Education and Culture M Nuh told the press at his office here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 13 July 2012 16:28 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


LIPI protests breach of property right by US researcher The Chief of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Lukman Hakim, has protested a breach of property rights by a researcher of the University of California, Davis, in connection with joint research results.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2012 18:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mulling to raise base electricity tariff in May The government is mulling to raise base electricity tariff (TDL) by 10 percent in stages as of May 2012. Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Jero Wacik said here on Tuesday the base electricity tariff and the price of subsidized fuel oils will not be raised simultaneously.

Posted in Economy @ 08 March 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to limit subsidized gasoline consumption The government is ready to limit the use of subsidized gasoline in accordance with Law No. 22 of 2011 on the 2012 state budget, an official said. "We don`t want to violate the law," Director General of Oil and Gas at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry Evita Legowo said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2011 02:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads meeting on Christmas, New Year security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues, including security precautions for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mimika district preparing to buy Freeport stake Five-percent stake in mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, is bought by the Mimika district, administration deputy administrator H Abdul Muis, said here Thursday. He said the district administration was eyeing a 9.38 percent stake in PT Freeport that was previously owned by Indo Copper company.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 04 November 2011 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to implement UN resolution on women The government of Indonesia on Monday announced it will soon implement the United Nations (UN) Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security, the country's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Human rights @ 14 March 2011 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian lawmaker denies requesting 100 billion bribe  Indonesian lawmaker Muhammad Hatta on Wednesday denied allegations that he requested a Rp. 100 billion ($11.11 million) bribe, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 December 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants Yogya governor elected democratically The government has finally decided it wants a Yogyakarta governor elected democratically; No longer a position automatically entitled to the sultan.

Posted in Politics @ 03 December 2010 01:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mothers of Indonesia, prepare for jail if you don't breastfeed! Women who refuse to breastfeed their newly-born babies may face jail sentence for denying their children’s right. Article 128 of the 2009 law on health stipulates that babies have the right to six months of exclusive breast milk unless their mothers could not fulfill their obligation due to medical problems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 06:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


'Suramadu bridge causes increase of prostitution' While Batam is looking to legalize brothels, clerics in Bangkalan in Madura, East Java, have demanded prostitution be banned. Local clerics urged the provincial legislature on Friday for the passage of the draft ordinance banning prostitution and adultery.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2010 11:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Five Indonesian airports set for open skies Bisnis.com reports that the Ministry of Transportation will soon designate five airports as participants in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) "open skies" program commencing from 2013.

Posted in Travel @ 23 January 2010 03:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cleric cleared of sex abuse over child bride An Indonesian court has acquitted controversial Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto over child sexual molestation charges for marrying an underage girl, aged 12 last year. Widianto risked up to 15 years in jail, had he been convicted of the charges. Prosecutors said they would appeal the court ruling. The girl is his second wife.

Posted in Religion @ 15 October 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years on, Indonesia better prepared for catastrophes The devastating tsunami which hit Indonesia so hard in December 2004 had two positive effects: it pushed the population to reflect and improve its mechanisms for managing catastrophes, and in the country's Aceh province it led to the end of a conflict which had lasted 70 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2009 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Java and Bali brace for higher electricity rates Electricity rates for customers on the Indonesian islands of Java and Bali are likely to be higher than elsewhere in the Republic if current plans to introduce regional electrical tariffs are enacted by the government.

Posted in Economy @ 23 June 2009 10:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Changes urged to permit foreign land ownership The National Estate Agency (BPN) has formally asked the National Ministry for Housing and the Indonesian Real Estate Association (REI) to commence collecting information on the source of income used in property purchases involving foreign interest as a means to help control illegal money laundering.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2008 01:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Recent H5N1 viruses show no mutation in Indonesia Indonesia's health ministry said today that H5N1 avian influenza virus samples it sent to a World Health Organization (WHO) laboratory in the United States in February showed no signs of mutation, according to a Reuters report.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 March 2008 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considers building its first casino on Bintan Politicians in Indonesia are planning on building it's first casino on the island of Bintan, close to wealthy Singapore. It would be a potentially lucrative but highly sensitive venture in mostly Muslim Indonesia. Gambling is not allowed according to Islam and over 80 percent is Muslim in the country. Earlier plans to build casinos in other locations have already failed because of opposition from Islamic activists.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fiscal tax to end in 2010? The Jakarta Post reports that the Indonesian government plans to abolish the unpopular fiscal tax in 2010. According to the paper quoting Metro TV, Indonesia's Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, has confirmed that a formal draft abolishing the tax is now before the government.

Posted in General @ 22 September 2007 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to push carbon-credits for peatlands conservation Wahjudi Wardojo, director general for forestry research at Indonesia's Forestry Ministry, told Reuters that industrialized countries will need to provide financial incentives for tropical countries to preserve ecosystems - like peatlands - that sequester large amounts of carbon.

Posted in Environment @ 29 August 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudflow victims agree to compensation payment arrangement Residents of the housing complex Tanggulangin Anggun Sejahtera I whose properties have been flooded by mud from the Lapindo drilling well in Sidoarjo, East Java, have agreed to accept the compensation payment arrangements as offered by the government. The residents initially demanded 100 percent payment of all costs in one payment, but now they accepted an initial 20 percent payment and the remaining 80 percent in April 2008.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 01 May 2007 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda jet that crashed was flying far too fast The Indonesian passenger jet that crashed one month ago was flying with speeds up to 425 km/hour, almost double the normal landing speed. The crash killed 21 of the 140 people aboard. This was told by the chief investigator earlier today. A preliminary report had not yet determined however, if it was the pilot that caused the Boeing 737-400 to overshoot the runway, according to Marjono Siswosuwarno.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 April 2007 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Aceh 'hand-severance' ordinance still being processed The provincial administration of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam (NAD) is still processing a draft ordinance (Qanun) on theft - this particular one is popularly known as the 'hand-severance qanun'. In order to make it more acceptable from the human rights point of view, the provincial sharia official said. "The draft hand-severance qanun is now still in the making. We are also waiting for more inputs from the public on its substance," Al Yasa Abubakar, head of the provincial administration's Islamic Sharia Service, said on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 25 March 2007 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Railway industry waits huge overhaul if bill passed The government is preparing a bill on rail transportation that will effectively end the state's monopoly of the industry. It also required an audit of state railway company PT Kereta Api (PT KA). When the bill - scheduled for 27 March - is passed, the government and PT KA are required to hold a technical audit as a step towards rehabilitating all facilities and networks on Java and Sumatra.

Posted in General @ 18 March 2007 15:16 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


Domestic workers In Indonesia subject to beatings and rape A new Amnesty International report alleges domestic workers in Indonesia face withheld wages, workdays of up to 22 hours, beatings, sexual violence and forced confinement. The report also says attempts by the government to address the problem are falling short, leaving millions of women vulnerable to abusive employers.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Parliament drafting bill to ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship Indonesian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would ban tobacco companies from advertising or sponsoring sporting and entertainment events, local media reported Tuesday. The bill, which is sure to face opposition from Indonesia's powerful and wealthy tobacco lobby, also envisages doubling taxes on cigarettes to more than 60 percent in the country of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 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


Yogyakarta Sultan told to withdraw from politics Yogyakarta Governor Sultan Hamengkubuwono X should leave politics and concentrate on culture and helping the province's poor, or he risks being abandoned by his people, an academic says. Sunan Kalijaga State Islam University lecturer Musa Asy'arie said Sunday the Sultan's withdrawal from practical politics would ensure the city-province remained a national center of culture.

Posted in Politics @ 10 July 2006 08:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Thousands back anti-porn bill in Indonesia Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti-pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organized by mosques and conservative Islamic groups, urged parliament to immediately pass the bill, which in its current form would ban kissing in public - as well as erotic poetry, dancing, drawing, writing, photos and film.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Makeup led to woman's branding as prostitute Every humiliating moment of that day is etched in Lilies Lindawati's memory. She still smarts at the indignity of being branded a prostitute as she stood before a jeering crowd in a "show trial" for Tangerang's new prostitution bylaw. "I felt like I was being raped in front of those people who laughed at me after the judge ruled I was a prostitute, simply because the law and order officers found a makeup compact and a lipstick in my bag," a tearful Lilies told The Jakarta Post in her rented home in Tangerang.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 May 2006 09:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 95 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


Indonesia hopes for Aceh elections in August Elections in Indonesia's volatile Aceh province may be held in August if the parliament passes a bill on governing the region by next month, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Sunday. Elections are a key component of a landmark Finnish-brokered peace pact signed between Indonesia and the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 24 April 2006 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police asks Playboy to stop publishing Indonesian police asked Playboy magazine on Thursday to stop publishing its local edition in the capital out of fears it could inflame Muslim anger, police and the magazine said. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request. "Give us 24 hours and we will let you know our decision," he told reporters at city police headquarters after meeting the police chief. "We are very glad to have input from the Jakarta police. It was quite wise."

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Cleaned-up Ciliwung set to go with the flow In the not-so-distant future, the murky waters of the Ciliwung River will flow clean and bright -- and be good enough to drink. Or that is what the government envisions in an ambitious, long-term plan that will upgrade the quality of water in the notoriously polluted river. It also plans to clear the riverbanks of unlicensed residences, who are blamed for the bulk of pollution.

Posted in Environment @ 13 April 2006 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Big factions want porn bill changed The two largest factions in the House of Representatives are expected to push for major changes to the pornography bill currently being deliberated, as the controversy over the issue continues to grow. The Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) occupy 128 and 109 seats respectively in the 550-seat House.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls grow for foreign property ownership Many long-term expatriate residents here cannot consider Indonesia a welcoming second home when they are barred from owning property here. "Property ownership is the core around which one builds one's life. Why should foreigners be handicapped here?" complains Robert Eskapa, a British businessman who has opened a pizza-chain in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2006 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adult magazine Playboy to make debut in Indonesia The U.S. pornographic magazine Playboy reportedly plans to make first publishing in Indonesia in March despite strong opposition from clerics and lawmakers. Local on-line media Detikcom reported Friday that the magazine's local promoters earlier this week have arranged an audition for local models who will be required to wear bikini and sexy night dress.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2006 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Govt to begin bird flu surveillance in capital The government will launch house-to-house surveillance of poultry in Jakarta in a bid to halt the spread of deadly bird flu, a minister said on Tuesday. Local communities, student volunteers and military forces will be deployed to inspect poultry across the sprawling capital of nearly 9 million people, where four of the country's confirmed nine deaths have occurred.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 December 2005 07:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Property for foreigners Property analysts and developers share the same pessimistic projection that demand for all kinds of property will decline as the central bank continues to raise interest rates to cope with strong inflationary pressures and with a four-year low in consumer confidence.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta readies funds for MRT project The Jakarta administration has earmarked some Rp 135 billion (11.4 million Euro) in its 2006 budget draft for the ambitious mass rapid transit (MRT) network, the first concrete step taken to materialize the undertaking. "I have been informed by Minister (of Transportation) Hatta Radjasa that the construction of the MRT line will begin next year. The project will be financed by a loan from the Japanese government," Governor Sutiyoso said early this week when asked about the budget allocation.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to seize oil field Indonesia threatened on Tuesday to take over the $2 billion Cepu oil block unless Exxon Mobil Corp. and state oil firm Pertamina resolve a row by the end of the year over who will operate the resource-rich field. "If there is not an agreement, then we can take it over and give it to someone else," chief economics minister Aburizal Bakrie told reporters in comments overshadowing one of Exxon's 10 biggest global undeveloped projects.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2005 17:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mass poultry culling planned to halt bird flu Indonesia will slaughter poultry and pigs in areas most infected by bird flu, 10 days after a fourth person died from the disease, a minister said today. The government also plans to draft a law that will allow it to punish farmers who refuse to kill their poultry, Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono told reporters after a meeting with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss ways to halt the spread of the avian influenza virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


EU, Asian officials in Indonesia's Aceh European and Southeast Asian officials are visiting Indonesia's Aceh province to prepare for the deployment of monitors to observe a peace deal between separatist rebels and government troops. The 28-member team is making logistical preparations for the monitoring mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 August 2005 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and rebels agree formula for Aceh peace Indonesia and Aceh rebels have agreed the formula for a peace deal to end a 30-year-old conflict that has cost 12,000 lives in the province that was laid waste by last December’s tsunami, Indonesia said on Sunday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 July 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No fuel? Don't panic, says SBY As the gasoline shortage worsened across the country on Wednesday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told people not to panic, saying the government was gradually increasing the country's supplies, which would be back to normal soon. Susilo said the government was also drafting regulations on energy saving and plans for alternative power generation.

Posted in General @ 07 July 2005 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Tsunami rebuilding effort stalls Political squabbling, donor demands and government indecision have stalled the building of roads, water treatment plants and nearly 180,000 homes for survivors of last December's tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 16 May 2005 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Media freedom under attack as newsmen jailed Media freedom in Indonesia is on the brink of ruin, with two senior journalists in Lampung being sentenced to nine months in jail for defamation. The verdicts on Wednesday are hurtful to democracy, moreover coming on the heels of government efforts to produce a new Criminal Code that will be detrimental to freedom of expression, a legal expert commented.

Posted in Media @ 06 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gears up for Asia-Africa summit Indonesia is gearing up for an Asian-African Summit later this month, expected to include 55 heads of state and boost cooperation between the two continents. Minister of Foreign Affairs Hassan Wirajuda said foreign affairs ministers from Asia and Africa have already drafted a declaration on strategic partnership that will be signed by heads of state or government during the summit, set for April 22-23 in Jakarta.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates kissing ban Indonesia’s government is considering a law banning unmarried couples from kissing in public – and harshly penalising those who do, The Jakarta Post reported today. The campaign against kissing is part of a proposal of sweeping reforms to laws adopted by the country’s Dutch colonial rulers in the late 19th century. Drafted by a panel of experts, the revised laws would set environmental protection standards and punish human rights violations and terrorism, the newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia death toll hits 32,000 Rescuers in Indonesia's battered island of Sumatra are struggling to combat disease and food shortages, in the wake of Sunday's devastating earthquake. The death toll in Indonesia now stands at more than 32,000, officials say. Most of those were in Aceh province on northern Sumatra, the landmass closest to the epicentre of the quake. Many areas along Sumatra's west coast have not yet been reached, and officials said the death toll could therefore rise further.

Posted in Earthquake @ 29 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia military to lose its big companies Indonesia's military, undergoing phased reforms intended to bring it under civilian control, may soon lose all its major businesses, although legislators said on Thursday the move would not go far enough. Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, a respected academic and former ambassador, told legislators on Wednesday the government wanted to take over such enterprises and convert them into state-owned companies, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reduce taxation on companies Indonesia plans to cut its corporate tax rate starting next year to spur investment and growth, said Aburizal Bakrie, the coordinating minister for economic affairs. The tax rate will be cut to 25 percent from 30 percent over a period of five years, starting with a one percentage-point reduction in 2005, Bakrie said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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