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KPK summons Bawazier as witness in Wawan case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned former finance minister and chairman of the Peoples Conscience Party (Hanura)s Advisory Board Fuad Bawazier as a witness in a money-laundering case involving Tubagus Chaery Wardhana (TCW) or Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 April 2014 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PAN files lawsuit over disqualification The National Mandate Party (PAN) had filed a lawsuit with the General Elections Commission (KPU) against its decision to disqualify the party from the legislative election in the Palalawan district, Riau province.

Posted in Elections @ 17 March 2014 18:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons film star in money laundering case Film star Catherine Wilson has been summoned by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) for questioning on money laundering case of Tubagus Chaeri Wardana alias Wawan.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 February 2014 13:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests corruption fugitive Anggoro Widjojo KPK, Indonesias anti-graft agency, has arrested its long-wanted corruption suspect, Anggoro Widjojo, in China.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2014 22:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former ruling party chief grilled by KPK Indonesias anti-graft agency, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), grilled former chief of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, for the first time on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas Urbaningrum detained by KPK over corruption allegations On Friday, the former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after several hours of interrogation, in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono receives Abbott`s response letter to wiretapping President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has received a letter from Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott responding to spying allegations conducted by Australia in 2009.

Posted in Politics @ 23 November 2013 21:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor asks not to obstruct public health program Populist Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo warns against attempt to derail the city`s public health program, saying any problem could be ironed out through negotiations. The people are entitled to health care, Jokowi, as he is popularly known, said.

Posted in Health @ 27 May 2013 11:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister condemns prison attack in Sleman Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin condemned the attack on Cebongan prison in Slaman, Yoyakarta, that killed four detainees at the wee hours on Saturday.

"The attackers are cruel people. They have damaged state facilities, attacked state apparatus and killed people cruelly," the minister said when he visited the prison on Saturday noon.

Around 17 armed men raided the Cebongan prison in the district of Sleman, Yogyakarta, early on Saturday and killed four inmates and wounded several wardens.

"As a minister of law and human rights I expressed my deep condolences to the victims` families and offered my apology for the failure of my personnel to protect them," he said when inspecting the penitentiary after the incident.

He expressed hope that law enforcers, in this case Yogyakarta police, would soon investigate and uncover the assailants who attacked wardens and cruelly killed four detainees. The minister said he had heard complete explanations on the chronology of the incident but he would not give details too far.

"We do not want to cause distortion in the (police) efforts to enforce the law. We only ask law enforcers to be serious and transparent. This is not a simple case as this happens for the first time in Indonesia," the minister said. He said law enforcers must investigate it first and no one may speculate on which group the perpetrators belong to.

"We hope that all sides would hold themselves and would not speculate," he said. The incident occurred following a clash in Hugo`s Cafe in the district days before that led to the death of a member of Army special force Kopassus.

The chief of the Yogyakarta regional police command, Brigadier General Sabar Rahardjo, said the four killed were "those involved in the clash in Hugo`s Cafe several days ago."

Posted in Violence @ 23 March 2013 21:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bodies of five suspected terrorists taken to Mataram The bodies of five suspected terrorists, who were shot dead by the elite police counter-terrorism team known as Detachment 88 (Densus 88), were taken to Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Saturday for an autopsy.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 January 2013 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan said he was not afraid State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan said that he was not afraid and would tell more names of legislators that have allegedly extorted state-owned companies. "Tomorrow I will submit more names and cases in writing to the House of Representatives` (DPR) Ethics Council (BK)," he said here on Tuesday after a ministry leadership meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 06 November 2012 14:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body investigates 10 suspicious transactions The Corruption Eradication Commission is examining 10 reports on suspicious transactions (LHA) filed by the Financial Transaction Analysis and Report Centre (PPATK), according to KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 October 2012 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Deputy minister ready to be reported to police Deputy Minister for Law and Human Rights Affairs Denny Indrayana said he was ready if he was reported to police about his recent statement on corrupt lawyers in the Twitter social network.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2012 21:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Islamic party against imports  from Israel The faction of Islamic-based Development United Party (PPP) criticized the government on entry of Israeli food products into the Indonesian market.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeks Malaysian clarification on tor-tor dance Indonesia has asked for a written explanation from Malaysia regarding its claim over the traditional Tor-Tor dance and the Gondang Sambilan musical instrument, deputy minister of education and culture Windu Nuryanti has said.

Posted in Culture @ 19 June 2012 15:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono asks minister to investigate Papua problems President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked chief security minister Djoko Suyanto to examine the cause of problems in Papua that have led to a number of violent acts in the region recently.

Posted in Violence @ 12 June 2012 13:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace Indonesia urged to be transparent Greenpeace Indonesia has been urged to open up or tell about its management of funds it has received from the public or donors. "Greenpeace Indonesia must be open and explain transparently to the people about the funds because they are collected from the public," the chairman of the Special Committee on Social Organizations Bill, Abdul Malik Haramain, said here on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2012 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batavia Air to fly Denpasar - Guangzhou route After successfully commencing service between Jakarta and Guangzhou, Indonesian carrier Batavia Air is seeking to start flights between Denpasar (Bali) and Hangzhou. Batavia Air reportedly seeks to fly between Bali and Hangzhou three times a week.

Posted in Travel @ 10 June 2012 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clemency for drug offender draws harsh criticism   The decision of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut the sentence of Australian marijuana smuggler Schapelle Leigh Corby by five years on humanitarian grounds, has drawn harsh criticism at home.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 May 2012 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono calls for investigation into purchase of jets President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement agencies and other departments to investigate alleged violations of laws occurring during the procurement of Sukhoi fighter jets.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2012 06:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Moslem demonstrators protest construction of church Around 3,000 people from various Moslem organizations on Thursady staged a demonstration that blocked the Cikarang Barat toll road exit to protest the construction of a church.

Posted in Religion @ 29 December 2011 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


House to summon police chief over Bima incident The House of Representatives (DPR)'s Commission III on legal affairs will summon National Police Chief Timur Pradopo over last Saturday's clash between security officers and demonstrators at Sape ferry port in Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Violence @ 27 December 2011 11:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda faces criticism for semi-naked breast checks Garuda Indonesia, the country\'s flag carrier, is facing strong criticism after reports claim it is conducting near-naked physical checks for South Korean flight attendant jobs, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 24 August 2011 18:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sriwijaya Air leaves behind 200 passengers at airport Where airlines like Lion Air and Batavia Air have been publicly criticized by the Indonesian government over their many delays, and state-owned airlines like Garuda Indonesia and Merpati Nusantasa seem to be perfect companies, Sriwijaya Air is also not looking to collect any bonus points this week.

Posted in Travel @ 11 August 2011 10:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Expert: Delays at Lion Air are management problem Bisnis.com writes that the Indonesian carrier Lion Air needs to urgently improve its internal management systems in order to reduce the frequency of delayed flights, if they do not wish to loose market share.

Posted in Travel @ 12 June 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono demands answers on Merpati air crash Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday demanded the cabinet answers on the Merpati airplane crash that killed 27 people.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 May 2011 20:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace vessel barred from entering Indonesian waters A Greenpeace vessel on Wednesday was barred by the Foreign Ministry from entering Indonesian waters, the organization said. The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior was slated to dock at the Tanjung Priok port in Jakarta but it was not allowed to sail on Indonesian waters.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta blast caused by meteorite? Police and astronomers are investigating Thursdayís blast from a falling object that damaged three homes in Duren Sawit, East Jakarta, which witnesses claim was a meteorite strike. Police ruled out earlier speculation that the incident was a gas canister exploding.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 May 2010 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Striptease cafe' in Bandung closed by police The city government Bandung in West Java, is planning on asking the owner of Kafe Bell Air in the Paskal Hyper Square shopping mall along Jalan HOS Tjokroaminoto what was going on in his place. It is expected that the place was offering striptease acts when celebrating New Year a few days back. If there indeed was a striptease act, the permit of the cafe can be suspended for that.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2010 02:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


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

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


Batam police chief does not know his staff is raiding hotels Hotel operators in Batam have complained about raids on their hotels by local police. They say it hurts tourism more than it improves safety or anything else. The raids started with the start of the holy month of fasting, Ramadan, but the Association of Indonesian Hotels and Restaurants' (PHRI) on the island has said that the national police is no moral police.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 August 2009 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Prostitutes arrested in Indramayu sweeping The regional police of Indramayu, West Java Province, has sweeped a number of places where prostitutes work. These locations are located along the main road along the northern coast of the island, which is now getting more crowded every day because people are going home to celebrate the Lebaran holidays.

Posted in Culture @ 31 August 2009 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Air Asia passengers take employee hostage over delay A full planeload of passengers - about 180 of them - which should have been flying with Air Asia from Medan to Jakarta last night, were faced with large delays at the airport of Polonia near Medan yesterday evening. The huge delay of flight number QZ 7497 caused a number of passengers to get very angry. Eventually one staff member of the airline was taken hostage. All the passengers wanted was an explanation about the delay from the airline.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 August 2009 06:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok Emaar project not dead? The reported death a US$600 million tourism project in Lombok as reported by Bali Discovery and based on a Jakarta Globe report, is being adamantly denied by high-ranking Indonesian officials who insist the deal is far from dead and that a three-month deadline extension has been negotiated by the government with the Dubai-based Emaar International Group.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2009 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A Wings Air flight in the early morning I had to get quite early this time, around four o'clock in the morning. That time is better known here as subuh, about the time at which the first prayer of the day for Muslims is held. However the alarm from my cell phone - no need for a buzzer or watch - was set at exactly four o'clock, I woke up just a few minutes earlier. In the background I could already hear some mosques uttering their first call for prayer at this early time. However that is no reason for me to get up this early, catching a plane is.

Posted in Travel @ 14 December 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Petrol bomb attacks in Maluku province Three separate explosions have caused minor damage in the city of Ternate in Indonesia's Moluccas islands, northeast of Java, local television has reported. It is understood three small petrol bombs were used in the attacks early Monday morning. Metrotvnews.com said one of the bombs caused slight damage to the home office of the governor of North Maluku.

Posted in Crime @ 03 November 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


The nowhere people Fitriyah was 14 when her mother left their Java village to work as a maid in Saudi Arabia. There were two letters from Sulastri after she arrived in Riyadh, and then a silence for seven years: no calls, no letters, and no money. When Fitriyah saw her mother again, she was dead. The autopsy stated that Sulastri had died from insect bites. But there was no explanation for the bruises covering the body when it was returned. "For seven years, I had no idea what had happened and why she didn't write. Now, at least, I can understand her silence," she whispers.

Posted in Culture @ 24 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Son of Suharto released from Indonesian jail early The youngest son of former Indonesian President Suharto will be among thousands of prisoners granted reductions in jail terms to mark the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday next week. Officials at Jakarta's Cipinang state prison say Tommy Suharto will get a 45-day cut in his sentence when the remissions are handed out on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 22 October 2006 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia asks Malaysia for explanation of fatal shooting Indonesia is seeking clarification from the Malaysian government about a report that five Indonesian citizens were killed in a shooting incident involving police in the country's Pahang state during the weekend. "We asked our officials in Kuala Lumpur to seek an official explanation from the Malaysian government about what really happened that day as soon as we heard the news," Foreign Ministry director for Indonesian citizens protection Ferry Adamhar told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2006 09:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between earthquakes and tsunami's The news of the heavy earthquake off the southern coast of Java came in unexpected, as usually the case with earthquakes. Initially BMG (the Weather and Geology office) reported a 6.8 magnitude quake almost 300 kilometers south of the central Javanese city of Bandung. That means the quake occurred at sea, at only a depth of around 33 kilometers. That's 'good' enough to cause a tsunami as well, and so it happened. A several meters high wave struck many parts of the southern coast of the entire island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Minister: Train collision due to human error The head-on collision between two trains leaving at least 13 people dead and 26 others injured in Grobogan district, Indonesia's Central Java province, early Saturday morning was caused by human error, Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa said. "However, we have to wait for the outcome of a further investigation by the National Committee on Transportation Accidents (KNKT) for a more detailed explanation of what caused the accident," Antara news agency quoted the minister as saying during a visit to the scene.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 April 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 25 reactions


Revealing BPK audit may slash power rate hike The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has found the actual cost for electricity generation for this year will be 4.3 percent lower than state power firm PT PLN's projection, sparking hope that a planned rate hike will be minimal or scrapped altogether. BPK revised down costs by Rp 4.9 trillion (US$524 million) to Rp 93.23 trillion, or Rp 833 per kiloWatthour (kWh), agency chief Anwar Nasution told reporters after submitting the audit report to the House of Representatives on Thursday. PLN previously estimated the average cost to generate one kWh of power at Rp 870.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2006 15:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


180 dead or missing after landslides Rescue workers carried on the grim task of searching for bodies today after pounding rains sent landslides crashing into several Indonesian villages, while the number of people listed as dead or missing fell to about 180. Authorities revised the figure after dozens of survivors were found to be staying with family or friends.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 January 2006 17:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. terror expert expelled from Indonesia, again A leading American expert on Indonesia's terrorist groups has been expelled from the country for a second time, officials said Friday. No explanation was provided. Sidney Jones, project director for the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, was refused entry to Indonesia Thursday when she returned from a trip to Taiwan. She was sent to Singapore.

Posted in General @ 25 November 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shuts down Bali bombing film The Indonesian government has shut down an Australian TV drama series about the 2002 Bali bombings. Producers told the mostly Australian cast in Bali on Thursday the government had revoked their permit due to political and immigration sensitivities, actors for the drama series told AAP. The move follows the second Bali bombings on October 1.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 October 2005 09:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Bird flu reaches Kupang East Nusa Tenggara governor Piet A. Tallo has requested technical institutions handling health and farming matters to be honest and tell the general public if they find the avian influenza virus in any poultry farming locations. This request was made following controversy between staff reports and findings in the field regarding the spread of the deadly virus in one of the poultry farms in the regency of Lasiana, Kupang.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 30 September 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Rupiah breaches 10,000 level amid doubts over bank intervention A Jakarta money changer. The Indonesian rupiah has weakened to again breach the 10,000-to-the-dollar level as traders sold off the currency amid fears the central bank would not keep up last week's aggressive defence of the currency.

Posted in Economy @ 22 August 2005 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia protests to Malaysia over patrol boat incident Indonesia's foreign affairs ministry summoned the Malaysian charge d'affaires on Friday to demand an explanation over an incident in Indonesian waters last week, in which Malaysian naval officers are said to have used force to help free fishermen arrested by Indonesian police for illegal fishing.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2005 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina: up to US$1.5b needed for fuel imports this month State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina needs 1.3-1.5 bln usd for fuel imports within the next 10 days to replenish national fuel stock levels following higher than expected consumption this month, Pertamina's president Widya Purnama said. Purnama said national fuel stock level has dropped to cover only 17.5 days of nationwide consumption against the normal level of 20 to 21 days.

Posted in Economy @ 20 June 2005 13:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Indonesia may ban al Qaeda linked group Indonesia will outlaw an al Qaeda-linked group blamed for deadly bombings in Southeast Asia if its existence can be proved and if its members are involved in terrorist activities, the new president said. In an interview with Time magazine, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would review steps being taken to deal with terrorism and with the Jemaah Islamiah (JI) group.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party expels Bambang's running mate, Jusuf Kalla The Golkar Party dismissed on Monday nine key Golkar members for defying the executive board's order to support presidential candidate Megawati Soekarnoputri and her running mate Hasyim Muzadi in Monday's election runoff. Two of those, Fahmi Idris and former attorney general Marzuki Darusman, will almost certainly lose their seats in the House of Representatives, even though they were directly elected by the people -- Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara, respectively -- in April's legislative election.

Posted in Elections @ 21 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia blames Pertamina for rupiah fall Pertamina may have caused the further depreciation of the rupiah against the US dollar and Euro, as it reached Rp9,500 or 11,500 to the Euro on Wednesday, an official from Bank Indonesia said. "Today's further weakening of the rupiah [occurred] as state oil/gas company Pertamina had also bought the greenback amounting to EUR 82.3 million [Rp 945.5 billion], and we still do not know for what purpose," an official at Bank Indonesia (the country's central bank), who refused to be named, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics say Ambon disaster provoked Religious leaders accused on Tuesday "third parties" of inciting the renewed violence in Ambon, Maluku province, and urged police to take firm action where necessary. Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian leaders from the Indonesian Committee for Religion and Peace said that "provocation" was the best explanation for the violence that had killed over 30 since Sunday. In the past few years people in Maluku have been wary of any signs of the violence that led to thousands being killed since 1999.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six more parties pass screening for 2004 elections Six more of the 40 political parties undergoing factual verification have passed the final screening and are thus officially eligible for next year's elections, the National Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday. KPU chairman Nazaruddin Syamsuddin said the six parties had met the minimum requirements of having branch offices in at least two-thirds or 21 of the country's 32 provinces and in two-thirds of regencies or municipalities in those provinces.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government extends martial law in Aceh The government has decided to extend martial law in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, admitting that the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) had remained strong six months into the military offensive in the troubled province. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a press conference here on Monday that President Megawati Soekarnoputri had accepted a proposal from Cabinet members and Acehnese leaders to extend the martial law and the joint operation against GAM rebels.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pager set at seven, being paged at 6:18 and 6:49, being picked up at 7:30. Itís not an easy life when you are on holiday, as you may have read before. But having the ultimate first and last chance to celebrate Indonesiaís 58th Independence Day in Indonesia, is a chance that I would definately not want to pass. Since a few days Iím able to drive the bebek (motorbike for two persons) myself, so I donít need to rent one, as I only did one time before in my life. No, itís much more fun doing it all yourself, though it was late again last night, watching some women having a nice game of billiards.

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


Indonesia summons US envoy over warplane incident Indonesia summoned the U.S. ambassador today over an incident last week in which a group of American warplanes made ready to fire on Indonesian jets that intercepted them in the country's airspace. Chief Security Minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Jakarta was very concerned the U.S. Navy F-18 Hornets might have violated Indonesian air space.

Posted in Politics @ 11 July 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) were supposed to meet in Geneva on April 25 to restore peace in the restive province. The meeting was scheduled by the Geneva-based Henry Dunant Centre, which had acted as the 'facilitator' of the peace treaty between Jakarta and GAM in December last year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 06 May 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampoerna raises some cigarette prices Indonesia's second largest clove cigarette producer PT HM Sampoerna (P.HMS) raised the prices of several products Monday by between 1.6% and 4.8%, the company said Tuesday. Sampoerna didn't provide an explanation for the increase, but analysts had expected it to raise its cigarette prices after the government late last year increased cigarette excise taxes to boost state revenues.

Posted in General @ 18 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AFTA: A wake-up call for RI business Ira Murweni, a 34-year old housewife, strolled along an aisle in a supermarket in South Jakarta. To meet her family's needs, she goes shopping at least twice a month. She recalled an interesting discovery. "Since the beginning of last year, the price gap between imported and locally made products has shrunk," Ira observed. Susanna Merry, a 35-year-old housewife living in Bekasi, had a similar view.

Posted in Economy @ 29 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian media ban raises fears Lindsay Murdoch has been working for Australia's Fairfax media group in Jakarta for the past three years and has written a number of articles highly critical of the Indonesian administration.

Posted in Media @ 18 March 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strange exit tax Indonesians and foreigners with a KITAS (temporary stay)_ permit who want to travel abroad are subject to an "exit levy" of one million rupiah (US$111). Although there are almost no countries on this planet that require their residents to comply with such a strange regulation, Indonesia keeps on taxing its traveling residents. Even stranger is the fact that when I finished my employment contract and went to Soekarno-Hatta airport with a (costly) "exit permit only" (EPO) stamped in my passport, I still had to pay this exit tax.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Long-simmering tensions between indigenous Dayaks and immigrant Madurese suddenly exploded in the town of Sampit, Central Kalimantan, in the middle of February 2001. Within days, isolated killings perpetrated by both sides had developed into a one-sided massacre of Madurese by enraged Dayaks. In the following weeks the killings spread to other areas in the province and by early April almost the entire Madurese population had fled the province. The massacre of about 500 Ė and possibly many more - Madurese by Dayaks and the flight of virtually the entire Madurese community closely resembled two similar events in the Sambas district in the northern part of West Kalimantan in 1996-7 and in 1999 and highlighted the danger of violence spreading to West and East Kalimantan.

Posted in Violence @ 27 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


It is really to be regretted that finding a solution for the Bank Indonesia case seems to take forever. Central banks anywhere in the world, are very respectable institutes, they are honored for their exalted position. Why? For reasons that our economy is no longer a primitive one, when everything was bartered for agriculture products.

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


Let's just use the word "foreigner" in discussing mixed marriages as some people get so upset with the use of bule (it can be either a blatant insult or a harmless naive term) The "f" word also carriesmore general meanings; it embraces all types of non-Indonesians -- Caucasians, Africans, Chinese and other races. If you asked normal, well-educated, healthy state of mind people why theydecided to have a foreigner as their spouse, they probably would give you an acceptable answer. But who needs other people's approval or acceptance anyway? What are the acceptable terms? That people marry their partners based on mutual love despite the difference of their skin color? It's sweet, true, absolutely the smart and the right answer -- though it soundscorny.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. warship, USS O'brien told to leave RI waters U.S. Spurance Class type destroyer USS O'brein was told to leave Maluku waters by Indonesia's Rencong and Pandrong naval ships as its arrival raised suspicion. The warship was reportedly armed with Tomahawk cruise missiles. Commander of the Indonesian Navy Eastern Fleet, Rear Adm. Djoko Sumaryono, told Antara on Thursday that the warship was spotted in Indonesian territory between the Seram Sea and the Buru Sea on Saturday without notification of its purpose.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten people killed in JSX blast A powerful blast rocked the Jakarta Stock Exchange (JSX) building here on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens. The dead, mostly drivers, were brought up one-by-one about four hours after the 3:17 p.m. blast by a joint search and rescue team from the smoke-filled second tier of the underground parking lot of the 34-story skyscraper.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2000 16:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House defers, not defuses, row with President The House of Representatives, under pressure to defuse tension with President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, has temporarily deferred further moves against the head of state as it begins a three-week recess on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 July 2000 09:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok erupts after raids on pirated VCDs Rioting broke out in the capital's predominantly ethnic- Chinese business district of Glodok on Saturday morning after police raided street vendors selling pirated video compact discs (VCDs). At least four shops in the Harco Glodok electronic goods shopping center and several others along with two automobile showrooms on nearby Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk were set alight and vandalized. Looting was also reported from some of the shops affected.

Posted in Violence @ 14 May 2000 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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