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Salary for 1,400 Merpati employees delayed by eight months About 300 employees of Merpati Nusantara Airlines staged a rally outside the State Enterprises Ministry on Tuesday demanding the payment of pending eight-month salary to 1,400 employees of the cash-strapped carrier.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 22:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati to propose deferred repayment of its debts Cash-strapped carrier, Merpati Nusantara Airlines will soon submit a proposal to the commercial court for deferred repayment of its debts totaling Rp2 trillion to around 100 private and individual creditors.

Posted in Travel @ 12 August 2014 00:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues negotiations on Sutinah's rights Indonesian government continues to negotiate for Sutinah, a woman migrant worker who had received death sentence from Saudi Arabian court for murder and robbery, the amends of which amounts to an unreasonable Rp25 billion.

Posted in General @ 24 March 2014 17:39 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


Yudhoyono: 'Reform efforts still continuing' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said reform efforts in Indonesia that began in 1999 following a financial crisis in 1998 had not yet finished and are still continuing.

Posted in Politics @ 15 June 2013 00:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali regional government becomes toll road shareholder The provincial government of Bali has formally become a shareholder in PT Jasa Marga Tol – the operator of the new toll road set to soon connect Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Curator Batavia Air: passengers will be served last The curators of Batavia Air, which was declared bankrupt late last month, have announced that passengers will come last when it comes to dividing any refunds. First priority is with the large creditors that want to see the debts of Batavia Air paid as soon as possible.

Posted in Travel @ 03 February 2013 08:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia should expand its footprints in China Indonesian ambassador to China and Mongolia, Imron Cotan said the 2013 is a momentum to further expand the former`s "footprints" in China, so that the people of both countries can understand each other.

Posted in Economy @ 01 January 2013 00:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australiang motorcycle gangs set up links on Bali The Sydney Morning Herald has run an investigative article by Michael Bachelard examining how Australian motorcycle gangs are establishing business links in Bali.

Posted in Crime @ 31 December 2012 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Media leaders seek direct clarification from Dahlan A number of mass media leaders met with state enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan to seek clarification directly from him regarding his clash with the House of Representatives (DPR).

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2012 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia to have navy museum' The Education and Culture Ministry`s Director of Museum And Cultural Heritage Preservation, Surya Helmy, has stated that Indonesia will soon have a Navy museum, which will be set up inside a warship.

Posted in History @ 10 October 2012 21:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Journalist hit by stray bullet in Maralowa A reporter from Nuansa TV in Palu, Central Java, has been hit by a stray bullet when covering a communal clash between villagers in Marawola in the district of Sigi, Central Sulawesi.

Posted in Violence @ 21 August 2012 17:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundred books with insults on Prophet Mohammad burned PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the publisher of a book containing insults about the Prophet Mohammad, burned hundreds of copies of the book on Wednesday following protests from Islamic organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2012 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Jakarta wins best tourism province award The Jakarta provincial government has won The Best Province for Tourism Development award during the Indonesia Tourism Award (ITA) 2011 event.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 December 2011 03:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Malaysian minister denies allegations of raping Indonesian maid Malaysian Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim on Wednesday denied the allegations that state he raped his Indonesian maid four years ago, local media reported.

Posted in Crime @ 06 January 2011 04:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta crime rate falls slightly in 2010 Jakarta Police Chief Sutarman on Tuesday said that the crime rate in the capital this year fell by about 2,000 cases in comparison with 2009, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 29 December 2010 01:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 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 Indonesia’s 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


Playboy editor cleared of indecency in Indonesia The court in South Jakarta cleared the editor of Playboy in Indonesia of distributing indecent pictures to the public and earning money from them after a high-profile trial that exposed deep differences in the nation. Chief editor Erwin Arnada argued tat the magazine was good for developing a pluralistic society, while the prosecution and Islamic hardliners who have regularly attended the trial said it 'harmed the nation's morals'.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2007 10:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to buy 25 new Boeing 737-800 planes Garuda Indonesia has signed a deal with Boeing to buy 25 737-800 planes with a total value of around US$ 1 billion. This was announced by the chief executive of the airline earlier today. It is aiming to replace it's aging fleet. Emirsyah Satar didn't give an exact value of the deal, but he told at a news conference that new passenger planes of this type are typically priced between US$35 and 40 million.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 26 March 2007 11:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Indonesia to resume sharing H5N1 samples with WHO Indonesia and the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed today that Indonesia will resume sharing its H5N1 avian influenza virus samples while the WHO will work to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic vaccines based on viruses they supply.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 February 2007 01:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Garuda Indonesia meets creditors in Singapore Flag carrier PT Garuda Indonesia said that it had met creditors, floating rate notes holders in particular, in Singapore on Friday. "Apart from explaining the company`s financial performance and operation, we also reported our plans and debt restructuring," Garuda president Emirsyah Satar said in a press release.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 December 2006 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Adrianus Meliala: Pushing for reform of Indonesian police Asked about the progress of police reform in Indonesia, criminologist and police analyst Adrianus Eliasta Sembiring Meliala said that it was obvious, but the direct benefit for citizens would not be realized in one night.

Posted in Human rights @ 09 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency trial begins for Playboy Indonesia editor The editor of Playboy Indonesia appeared in court in Jakarta Thursday, charged with publishing indecent material. Though the country's version of the famed men's magazine contains no nudity and is tamer than other editions published around the world, religious groups and politicians have condemned it.

Posted in Media @ 08 December 2006 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. wrestling TV show 'SmackDown' under fire SmackDown, a popular U.S. professional wrestling television show, should be taken off air in Indonesia, a cabinet minister says after speculation a boy may have been killed by children mimicking the fight moves. Authorities have yet to decide whether the blows received by the 9-year-old boy in October caused his death a month later. However, widespread media coverage and public discussion has focussed on that possibility.

Posted in Media @ 29 November 2006 13:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Jakarta looks deserted as fasting month draws to end As the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan draws to close, Indonesia's capital city Jakarta's boisterous hustle and bustle receded as of Sunday because many residents returned to their home villages or towns to celebrate the Islamic festive days of Idul Fitri which will fall on Monday. According to local media reports, the quietness of the city was felt in the last three or two days.

Posted in Ramadan @ 23 October 2006 04:44 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


Rights advocates deplore murder acquittal in Indonesia The acquittal of an Indonesian pilot convicted in the murder of one of the country's most respected human-rights advocates has unleashed a storm of protest from critics of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his government. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to support a lower court's verdict that the pilot, Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, had murdered Munir Said Thalib, a human-rights lawyer who investigated abuses by the Indonesian military.

Posted in Crime @ 09 October 2006 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 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


6.0 magnitude earthquake shakes Sunda Strait An earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Java, sparking fear two days after an undersea quake triggered a tsunami which left at least 550 dead on the southern coast. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, but people in the capital Jakarta fled from offices and homes as tall buildings shook. The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of tsunami, but people have been urged to be on guard.

Posted in Earthquake @ 19 July 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


'Playboy' editor, model named suspects Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model in Indonesia were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication. Indonesian authorities said they were investigating model Kartika Gunawan, a woman who posed in lingerie in a premiere edition in April, and Erwin Arnada. They could be prosecuted and if found guilty imprisoned for two years and eight months.

Posted in General @ 29 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Muslim hardliners vow to protest Playboy's second edition Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia vowed to take to the streets to protest the second edition of the Indonesian Playboy magazine, local media reports said Friday. The June edition hit news stands this week after protests over the premier edition two months ago led editors of the Indonesian version of the US magazine to postpone publication of the second edition.

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


Indonesia publishes 2nd edition of Playboy A second edition of Playboy hit the streets in the world's most populous Muslim nation Wednesday, two months after rock-throwing Islamic hardliners targeted the magazine's offices in the capital Jakarta after its debut. The Indonesian publisher has since relocated the toned-down magazine's headquarters to the resort island of Bali to protect his staff against violent protests.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2006 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 13 reactions


Govt seeks to cut Garuda's debt in restructuring deal Indonesia's government will seek approval from the creditors of national carrier Garuda Indonesia to dramatically cut its debt in a restructuring plan to be discussed this week, the transport minister said. Under the plan, the carrier's debt would be reduced from around 794 million dollars to 274 million dollars and require creditors to convert up to 30 percent of its debt into equity, Hatta Rajasa was quoted by AFP as saying late Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 17 May 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Tourists, locals marvel at might of Merapi Foreign tourists and locals alike have been marvelling at the spectacular sight of Indonesia's simmering Mount Merapi spewing smoke as experts monitor it for signs of imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy obsessed with security, ethic, legal problems Playboy Indonesia has found itself in troubled water as its maiden issue triggered off protests nationwide in the past two weeks and the police here on Thursday summoned its editor-in-chief Erwin Arnada to investigate its publication in the largest Muslim country of the world.

Posted in General @ 21 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Expert terms Indonesia a bird flu ‘time bomb’ Indonesia has become a bird flu “time-bomb” because of its failure to eradicate high numbers of deadly H5N1 sites, the head of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health said yesterday. “Indonesia is a time-bomb for the region,” organisation head Bernard Vallat said calling the situation in the southeast Asian arhcipelago a cause for “great concern”.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 April 2006 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


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


Indonesia to buy 50 diesel locomotives The Indonesian government plans to buy 50 diesel locomotives with about 1 trillion rupiah (108.5 million US dollars) to be financed with foreign loans, a local newspaper reported Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2006 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says reaction to prophet drawings 'out of proportion' Indonesia's Foreign Minister said on Wednesday that radical groups around the world were exploiting public Islamic anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, and the reaction was now ``out of proportion.'' As scattered protests continued in the country, police said they were questioning two editors at a local news magazine that reprinted several of the caricatures to accompany a story on the uproar generated by them.

Posted in General @ 09 February 2006 07:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Rakyat Merdeka publishes, and removes, cartoons The simmering controversy over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a number of European media as well as a local newspaper's website ignited protests here Friday. In Jakarta, hundreds of members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) held a protest against Rakyat Merdeka online on Friday after the website ran the cartoons -- showing the image of the Prophet, which is forbidden in Islam -- earlier this week.

Posted in Protests @ 04 February 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Asian Muslims vow new cartoon protests as anger spreads Asian Muslims angered by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed called new protests after prayers on Friday as dozens of protesters stormed a block housing the Danish embassy in the Indonesian capital. Afghanistan's president and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia have all condemned the publication of the drawings in Denmark and then in other European newspapers.

Posted in Protests @ 03 February 2006 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 176 reactions


Garuda Indonesia narrows loss for 2005 Struggling Garuda Indonesia said its losses narrowed in 2005 due to improved cost efficiencies but earnings were hard-hit by bombings on Bali and high oil prices. The flag carrier's losses declined by 17.14 percent to Rp 672 billion (US$71.60 million) in 2005, its president Emirsyah Satar told a parliamentary commission. The already-ailing flag carrier has been hit hard by plunging arrivals on the Indonesian resort island of Bali after a triple suicide bombing there in October, as well as historically high oil prices.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 January 2006 08:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 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


155 die in Java double disaster At least 155 people died in two separate natural disasters that hit Indonesia's main island of Java last week, as authorities Monday decided to end the evacuation process amid worries that more deaths are unaccounted for. In the East Java town of Jember, where a flash flood and mudslide swept through four districts that left 79 people dead and displaced 7,605 others on Jan. 1, the local government ended the evacuation work and shifted focus on rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 January 2006 19:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Report: Indonesia plans to sell national airline Reports from Indonesia say the government is planning to sell its struggling state airline, Garuda. Kompas newspaper has quoted the minister for state enterprises, Sugiharto, as saying that Garuda is planning an initial public offering in 2009. However, he added the process may be sped up so that investors can enter as early as next year.

Posted in Economy @ 30 December 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merpati in talks with Deutsche Bank on 450 bln rupiah loan State-owned airline PT Merpati Nusantara is in talks with Deutsche Bank AG for a 450 bln rupiah bridging loan to refinance debts, Bisnis Indonesia reported quoting an official at the Office of the State Minister for State Enterprises. 'Merpati is negotiating the terms of the loan with Deutsche Bank,' Bisnis quoted Deputy State Minister for State Enterprises for logistic and tourism Harry Susetyo as saying. He said the government is considering listing Merpati to repay the loan.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2005 08:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia energy crisis shows old habits die hard Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's efforts to tackle domestic fuel shortages show that, despite talk of reform, Southeast Asia's biggest economy is struggling to part with old ways.

Posted in General @ 12 July 2005 21:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bali named world's best tourist island of 2005 For the second time, the New York-based tourism magazine Travel + Leisure named Bali as the world's best tourist island in 2005. "We have been received confirmation from the magazine's editor. An appreciation ceremony will be held on July 14," an Indonesian diplomat in New York, Kristio Wahyono, said.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 July 2005 13:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Donors pledge $5.1 billion to Indonesia A grouping of donor nations has pledged to provide Indonesia with $5.1 billion in aid this year, comprising $3.4 billion in regular assistance, as well as $1.7 billion to help rebuild northern Sumatra, where about 166,000 people were killed by last month’s earthquake and tsunamis.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakrie: Indonesia needs up to 110 bln euro for infrastructure Indonesia may need to spend as much as 110 billion euro on roads, power plants and other infrastructure in the next five years, the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Aburizal Bakrie said today in Jakarta. The forecast for infrastructure spending excludes an estimated 36 trillion rupiah (3 billion euro) that's needed to rebuild parts of Aceh province devastated by last month's earthquake and tsunami, Bakrie said in a statement. The figure includes 17 billion euro of infrastructure projects that the government will offer during a two-day conference starting today in Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wary over debt freeze Tsunami-hit Indonesia was considering an offer of a debt repayment freeze from the Paris Club of donor nations, but was concerned the aid could damage its economy, foreign minister Hasan Wirayuda said yesterday. The Asian Development Bank said yesterday the disaster could throw nearly 2 million people into poverty, but most of the stricken nations would suffer limited economic damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Editor's jail sentence threatens press freedom Handing down a jail sentence for a libel case has serious implications for press freedom in Indonesia, said Natalie Hill, deputy Asia director at Amnesty International, commenting on the jail sentence imposed on the chief editor of leading news magazine, Tempo.

Posted in Media @ 19 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Candidates availing of every opportunity to woo voters Two weeks to go before the election runoff on Sept. 20, 2004, both presidential candidates are availing of every opportunity they can to woo the voters. As the Central Jakarta District Court was slated on Monday to hand down its verdict in a high-profile defamation case against three Tempo magazine journalists, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used the opportunity to seek the support of the media. He said there should be no journalists sent to prison for articles they wrote.

Posted in Elections @ 07 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An informed electorate could cost Megawati Heavyweight political parties have long held sway in Indonesia, but the emergence of a new breed of voter more likely to listen to the media or even mystics for guidance has robbed them of their former dominance, analysts say. Despite this shift from the days when parties extended influence into the lowest echelons of society, President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gambled on her credibility to win the backing of political titans ahead of September presidential polls.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10 killed, church, UN office torched in Ambon A church and a UN office were torched and at least four people killed on Sunday as Muslim and Christian residents of the eastern Indonesia city of Ambon fought pitched street battles, witnesses and police said. Dozens of people were also injured as mobs rampaged through a majority Christian area of the provincial capital of the Moluccas province, witnesses said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 25 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's rent-a-mob industry gears up for election In a slum just a stone's throw from the gaudy mansions of Indonesia's elite, Rizal trades in human flesh and misery. Angry students, the urban poor, the rural poor, supporters, opposers -- all can be arranged for a price. "Over the years, I've had orders for people from the parties of two presidents, but I'll work for anyone," said the 30-year-old Jakarta man, one of thousands of Indonesians who make a living arranging mobs.

Posted in Elections @ 16 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes top spot in world's most corrupt nations It is no surprise that Indonesia ranks again as one of the world's most corrupt nations because graft in the public sector and judicial system is widespread, activists said here Tuesday. The Berlin-based group Transparency International on Tuesday listed Indonesia near the bottom of its list of corrupt countries, on the same level as Kenya but ahead of Myanmar, Angola, Cameroon, Paraguay, Nigeria and Haiti.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monorail may offer some relief to Jakarta WHEN Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso flew to Kuching, Malaysia, last week to sign a deal for a monorail project worth US$400 million (S$704 million) for the Indonesian capital, it heralded a belated move to set up some sort of credible mass transit system in the gridlocked, polluted city of 12 million people. Jakarta is one of the last major metropolises in South-east Asia without an underground railway network. Blueprints have been drawn up in recent years, but were shelved at the onset of the Asian economic meltdown in late 1997.

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


Indonesia faces up to post-IMF reality After five years under the harsh tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is to break free from the IMF's bailout program and loan lifeline at the end of this year when its US$5 billion line of credit expires. A government committee has drafted an economic blueprint, a White Paper for post-IMF Indonesia that will be revealed on Friday, simultaneously with the draft budget for 2004, by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Economy @ 17 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati to win points on quick Aceh war Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri is gambling on a quick victory in the war in Aceh. If the military crushes a 27-year insurgency for independence in the oil and gas-rich province within the six months commanders have promised, her chances for re-election next year look good.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military takes two rebel islands in Aceh province Indonesia's military said Friday it captured two islands from separatist rebels in Aceh province, while thousands of refugees fled fighting elsewhere in the region. The military said in a statement that it had killed 58 guerrillas during the five-day offensive, up from the 38 it reported earlier Friday. The statement gave no more details, but clashes occurred in several parts of the province Friday, rebels and witnesses said. Rebels say 12 of their fighters have been killed, along with 53 civilians.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P raises Indonesia's rating, boosts sentiment Foreign investor sentiment toward Indonesia got a further boost Monday from a decision by Standard & Poor's to upgrade the country's credit rating by one notch. Although widely expected, the move nevertheless represents a vote of confidence in the government's bid to cut its public debt, and comes at a time when the country is looking to end its reliance on the International Monetary Fund and to tap the international debt market for the first time since the 1997-98 Asian crisis.

Posted in Economy @ 12 May 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's post-IMF soon reality Indonesia is set, later this year, to exit the International Monetary Fund's lending program, the last country to graduate the post-Asian crisis of 1997-1998. Many economists agree it is time to leave the program but what will happen next remains open to debate.

Posted in General @ 06 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel en electricity prices down again Indonesia's government cut selected fuel and electricity prices after recent hikes sparked popular protests last week, but tried to appease its international creditors by saying the move won't have any effect on the 2003 budget. Indonesia pushed fuel and electricity prices higher this month as part of a policy to slash the budget deficit under an International Monetary Fund approved reform program.

Posted in Protests @ 20 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters and police clash; shootings reported Indonesian police give chase during a brief scuffle with protesters in front of the presidential palace in JakartaProtests against price increases of up to 22 percent for basic services turned violent Thursday, with police shooting two demonstrators in one city and using batons against rock throwers in the capital. For the fourth day, thousands of students, workers and activists demonstrated in at least 15 cities against price increases for fuel, telephone and electricity. They chanted anti-government slogans, burned tires, hijacked an empty fuel truck and demanded the removal of the current government.

Posted in Protests @ 09 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to sell homes, apartments and warehouses Indonesia is offering to sell 1,700 pieces of property in its effort to clear its books of assets taken over after the 1997 financial crisis, officials said Thursday. The land, shops, apartment blocks, warehouses and villas are valued at dlrs 67 million. The money is to go toward balancing the country's budget deficit - expected to reach 2.5 percent of gross domestic product this year.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia financial outlook improved Moody's Investor Services has upgraded Indonesia's ratings outlook from "stable" to "positive," after the government successfully negotiated the rescheduling of $5.4 billion debt. But economists say Indonesia still has a long way to go before it reaches financial recovery. Analysts say the upgrading of Indonesia's outlook is a step in the right direction for a country desperate to attract foreign investment. But they say there is still a lot of work to be done before previous investors return in large numbers and new investors come in.

Posted in Economy @ 25 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks twenty more years to pay debt Indonesia will ask the Paris Club of creditor nations to extend by more than 20 years the term for repayment of debts of dlrs 5.5 billion due to mature in 2002 and 2003, the state news agency said Tuesday. Finance Ministry official Anggito Abimanyu could not specify how many years Indonesia hopes to extend repayment but "it will be more than 20 (years)," the state news agency Antara quoted him as saying.

Posted in Economy @ 02 April 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Debt relief for Indonesia Indonesia is expected to secure $6bn in debt relief from the Paris Club of creditors when the group meets in April. What is not clear, however, is what strings will be attached and whether private lenders will shoulder some of the burden. The debt falls due between April this year and December 2003 and around 50% is owed to Jakarta's biggest creditor and strategic ally Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectre of violence looms over Indonesian political row The Indonesian press on Tuesday warned that a political dispute over an investigation into two financial scandals implicating President Abdurrahman Wahid could lead to bloodshed. Thousands of anti-Wahid students on Monday tried to force their way into the parliament complex where legislators were debating the results of an investigation by a parliamentary commission into the scandals.

Posted in Politics @ 30 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


I will serve my term: President Abdurrahman Despite mounting calls for his resignation, President Abdurrahman Wahid said on Friday that he will serve his term which ends in 2004. "According to the Constitution I may remain to be president until 2004 and I am intent on doing my duties the best I can until the end of my term... so there is no need to be afraid," Abdurrahman said after Friday prayers near his private residence in Ciganjur, South Jakarta.

Posted in Politics @ 30 December 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's return to tough measures to squash separatist movements in outlying provinces will only strengthen the rebels' cause and bring more bloodshed to the violence-plagued nation. Analysts warn that the shift from a reconciliatory stance to the use of force also marks the rising influence of hardliners and staunch nationalists in the political elite over President Abdurrahman Wahid's beleaguered government.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mega, Gus Dur, and Amien inadequate as leaders in 2004 Cultural observer, Goenawan Mohammad, considers Megawati Soekarnoputri, Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur), and Amien Rais unsuitable to lead Indonesia in 2004. Goenawan made this comment during a talk with the Indonesian Society at the Indonesian Consulate in New York City, USA, on Wednesday night, November 29. According to Goenawan, the three top Indonesian leaders emerged “by accident.” Amien, he said, gained fame through his opposition to former President Soeharto. Meanwhile, Soeharto’s repressive policies made Megawati and Gus Dur into national figures. “In other words, they are untrained to solve the numerous national problems. Hence, they’re inadequate to lead Indonesia in 2004,” said Goenawan, the former Editor in Chief of TEMPO Magazine. The Indonesian Consulate General in New York, I Gusti Ngurah Swetia, moderated the discussion.

Posted in Politics @ 02 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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