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Businessman sentenced for bribing officials A businessman was sentenced to five years for paying bribes to officials including parliamentary members in connection with the Integrated Communication Radio System project of the Ministry of Forestry in 2007 here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 23:48 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


Merpati plane fails to land in Maumere A Merpati Nusantara Air Service plane failed to land at Frans Seda Airport in Maumere, returning instead to El Tari Airport in Kupang (both in East Nusa Tenggara Province) on Monday, due to bad weather.

Posted in Travel @ 20 January 2014 20:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ethics council: 'Suspended chief judge violates code' The Ethics Council of the Indonesian Constitutional Court declared here on Friday that suspended chief justice Akil Mochtar had violated the code of ethics and conduct. "He has been found guilty of violating the code of ethics and conduct; in view of this, (the Ethics Council) has given him a dishonorable discharge sanction," the Council`s chairman, Harjono, said at a press conference.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 November 2013 19:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former police general Djoko Susilo gets a decade in jail The former chief of Traffic Police Corps, Inspector General Djoko Susilo, was sentenced to 10 years in jail and fined Rp500 million for corruption linked to a driving simulator project.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 September 2013 20:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two former leaders of legislative assembly law fugitives Two former leaders of the Bojonegoro legislative assembly have been declared law fugitives after failing to honor summon for execution of the verdict of law court in corruption case.

Posted in Crime @ 14 May 2013 23:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government must be responsible for Batavia bankruptcy     The Indonesian Airline Ticketing Association (Astindo) for Riau province office said the government should be responsible for the bankruptcy of Batavia Air as declared by a court on Wednesday.

Posted in Travel @ 01 February 2013 22:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests three suspects in high profile bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested three suspects involved in an alleged high profile bribery case implicating a political party chief.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six Iranians jailed for 14 years each for smuggling meth Six Iranians were sentenced to 14 years in jail and a fine of Rp10 billion each here on Friday for smuggling 100 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 December 2012 00:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villa complex in Canggu, North Kuta Badung Enforcement Officials (Satpol PP Badung) recently descended on the construction site of the Club Residence Canggu in Tibubeneng Village, North Kuta to forcibly halt the ongoing construction of that multi-townhouse development.

Posted in General @ 29 October 2012 10:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Plant to built Bali golf course gets lukewarm response A plan put forward by Indonesia’s Minister of Natural Resource and Energy, Jero Wacik, to build a championship golf course on the foothills of Mount Batur on the western escarpment of the volcano, is getting a lukewarm response from many parties in Kintamani.

Posted in Economy @ 15 October 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President asked to fire police chief A group of community leaders have urged President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to step in to settle conflicts between police and the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 06 October 2012 09:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Military man get six years for human trafficking A military court in Madiun, East Java, on Monday sentenced Indonesian Military Personnel Second Sergeant Ilmun Abdul Said, 36, to six years in jail for smuggling immigrants. The defendant was also fined Rp500 million and dismissed from the military service due to his actions.

Posted in Crime @ 24 September 2012 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkom seeking  new partner to launch replacement satellite PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk said it is seeking new partner to launch a new satellite to replace Telkom-3 lost in space on launching failure by Russian rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, last month.

Posted in Accidents @ 05 September 2012 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal Bali villa's front for illegal foreign workers? Bagus Sudibya, a Bali tourism entrepreneur and the Honorary Consul for South Africa in Bali, told Bisnis Bali on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, that there are many expatriates in Bali operating illegal villas. He has called on the government to increase the scrutiny of those foreigner involved in operating illegal accommodation services.

Posted in Crime @ 09 April 2012 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years demanded for former home affairs minister A Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) prosecutor on Friday demanded five years in jail for former home affairs minister Hari Sabarno for allegedly abusing his authority in the procurement of fire trucks.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 December 2011 05:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands apologizes for Rawagede tragedy The Netherlands through its ambassador in Jakarta, Tjeerd de Zwaan, here on Friday apologized for a Dutch military operation in Rawagede village in 1947 that killed numerous civilian locals.

Posted in History @ 10 December 2011 09:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Licenses of 'dirty' restaurants and hotels to be revoked The provincial government of Bali has affirmed that they will not hesitate to revoke the operating licenses of hotels and restaurants failing to properly dispose of their waste and sewerage.

Posted in Environment @ 07 August 2011 04:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1 of 5 Indonesian judges corrupt - official Indonesia's Judicial Commission chief said 20 percent of Indonesian judges are corrupt, participating in bribes and failing to maintain independent during cases, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2011 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono blasts Jakarta governor Fauzi for failing Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is publicly criticizing Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for failing to make good on his campaign pledges, calling them "empty promises". In his opening remarks at an official meeting with ministers, non-ministerial officials and heads of state-owned enterprises, was also attended by Fauzi, Yudhoyono said he was fed up with the unrealized promises made by politicians.

Posted in Politics @ 23 February 2011 00:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines too late to claim it's routes again Following the suspension of all services by the Indonesian air carrier Mandala Airlines on January 13, 2011, it is appearing increasing unlikely that the carrier will be able to emerge from a time window provided by the government to reorganize its finances, secure new airplanes and recommence flight services.

Posted in Travel @ 19 February 2011 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian woman locked and chained for 20 years A 41-year-old Indonesian woman suffering from a mental disorder has been locked up and chained by her parents for 20 years in a small room, the Jakarta Post reported Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 January 2011 06:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Govt to withdraw nine million faulty gas canisters The government will soon withdraw nine million 3-kilogram gas cylinders from circulation for failing to meet the national standard, a minister said Wednesday. Coordinating People's Welfare Minister Agung Laksono told reporters the faulty cylinders would be collected through state-owned oil and gas company Pertamina refill depots.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2010 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda reports strong loads on new Amsterdam route Bisnis.com reports that three weeks into the re-launch of Garuda Indonesia's Jakarta-Amsterdam service load factors are running at 70%. The commercial director of Garuda, Agus Priyanto, predicts that load factors on the new European route will reach 80% in July.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 27 June 2010 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security lacking at many Bali tourist class hotels Beritabali.com reports that 44 "Melati" or "tourist class" hotels recently failed to earn security and safety certificates issued by the government of Bali. The certificates are issued after visits and review by a team of officials from various departments of the island's government.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 October 2009 03:43 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


93 illegal bali tour guides brought to court 93 unlicensed travel guides were recently brought to trial after being caught operating at various tourism sites around Tabanan, such as Alas Kedaton, Tanah Lot and Ulun Danu. According to BeritaBali.com, the trials were held at Tabanan's District Court on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. The unlicensed guides, many hailing from outside Bali, were punished by the court with fines of Rp. 150,000 (10.50 euro) for violating the provincial law on tourism guiding.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 July 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


111 illegal villas facing closure on August 29, 2008 The Regional Tourism office of Badung, acting on the Governor's August 29, 2008 deadline for the legalization of all commercial villas, is preparing two team to move against illegal or unregistered villa operators. According to BisnisBali there are an estimated 111 illegal villa still operating in the North Kuta and Mengwi areas of the island.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police taking bribe gets unwanted international attention As reported on Balidiscovery.com, a Balinese policeman recently was the object of unwanted international attention when he was caught receiving a bribe from two Canadian tourists in Bali who surreptitiously recorded the encounter on video.

Posted in General @ 16 December 2007 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: 'bird flu medicine before sharing samples' Indonesia has confirmed it will not cooperate with the World Health Organisation (WHO) by sharing live samples of the bird flu virus until it has guarantees that they will get access to affordable drugs to fight the disease. The WHO has accused Indonesia of putting the world at risk by failing to share the live samples. Indonesia currently has the highest number of deaths related to the disease in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 12 August 2007 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda complies with IATA safety standards On July 4, 2007, Tempo Interaktif reported Garuda Indonesia is in the process of renewing its certficaton for compliance with the strict safety standards of the International Aviation Transport Association (IATA). According to Tempo, the national airline has already met 95% of the standards of the International Aviation Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), scheduled to be carried out in August.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 07 July 2007 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia arrests 31 after separatist protest Police in Indonesia have arrested 31 people after dancers staged a separatist protest in front of the president in Ambon last week. Maluku police spokesman Djoko Susilo said that 28 protesters and three others were arrested after the group danced in front of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and unfurled a separatist flag. "We will resolve this case down to its very roots," said Susilo as criticism of security forces for failing to prevent the incident mounted.

Posted in Protests @ 01 July 2007 03:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia rises while European arrivals seek past glory As reported on balidiscovery.com, total foreign arrivals during the first four months of 2007 totaled 472,082 - representing an improvement of +38.38% over the same four months in 2006 and the strongest start to any year on record. The graphics presented here in 'Bali by the Numbers' examining Bali's top four source markets for the first four months of each year from 2000 - 2007 show:

Posted in Tourism @ 28 May 2007 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to declare bird flu a national disaster Indonesia will declare bird flu a national disaster, giving the government access to special funds to combat the disease that has killed 63 people nationwide, the planning minister said Wednesday. "It has become an epidemic," Paskah Suzetta told reporters in the capital, where authorities were preparing for the compulsory slaughter of thousands of backyard chickens as part of high profile efforts to fight the H5N1 virus.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 January 2007 01:40 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


Indonesia fined $30,000 for failing to play in Israel Indonesia has to pay a fine of more than US$30,000 to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) for unilaterally cancelling its participation in the Israel Fed Cup, in Tel Aviv, last July. The Indonesian Tennis Association (Pelti) had received an e-mailed message from the Executive Director of Fed Cup and Women`s Tennis, Juan Margets, saying that the Fed Cup Committee in its meeting last September 15 decided to fine Indonesia, Pelti Deputy Secretary General Ferry Raturandang said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Sports @ 16 November 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono calls on Muslims to be peaceful Indonesia's president called on Muslims to be peaceful and respect the law amid persistent violence carried out in the name of the faith in the world's most populous Islamic nation, media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia has been hit by a series of bloody bombings by the al-Qaida linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror group in recent years, and hard-liners have often vandalized bars, Western embassies and churches.

Posted in General @ 10 October 2006 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mudslide could last 100 years, say scientists Mud, gas and boiling water that have been gushing out of the ground in East Java since May, submerging half a dozen villages and 20 factories, could continue for a century with "catastrophic consequences", European experts said on Monday. Efforts to seal the channels through which the mud is escaping are unlikely to succeed, and it is impossible to tell how much fluid remains underground, according to a University of Oslo geology team.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 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


City told to focus on monorail, not turnpike With the government issuing a letter guaranteeing its support for the monorail project, activists and experts called on the city administration Friday to focus on the project rather than a plan to build six inner city turnpikes. Tubagus Haryo Karbyanto of the Jakarta Environment Caucus said the support from the central government meant the administration needed to prioritize the construction of secure and comfortable mass transportation rather than building turnpikes, which would only worsen Jakarta's traffic conditions.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plays down likelihood of bird flu cluster Indonesian health authorities have played down the likelihood of a bird flu cluster case in an area in West Java where at least three people have been infected with the deadly virus. A cluster case -- where human-to-human transmission occurs rather than infection through sickened poultry -- heightens the chance of the H5N1 virus mutating to become easily spread among people.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 August 2006 17:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tests tsunami warning system on Bali island ): Indonesia's resort island of Bali held a tsunami warning drill on one of its most famous beaches Wednesday, three weeks after earthquake-spawned waves killed more than 600 people on neighboring Java. "We live in the front line if a tsunami comes, so this drill is very useful," said Ketut Joka, owner of a seafood restaurant at Jimbaran beach.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malls main target of smoking ban check It's getting down to the wire for owners of buildings that house cafes and restaurants to install exhaust fans and post no-smoking signs. On Thursday, the city administration will deploy a task force to enforce sanctions against smoking-ban violators. The main targets of Thursday's raid are 14 buildings in five municipalities, most of which are malls.

Posted in General @ 05 April 2006 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Depok, Tangerang named 'dirtiest' cities The government announced a list of the country's dirtiest cities for the first time on Friday in a bid to encourage municipal administrations to clean up their acts, and their heavily polluted urban areas. Previous governments had only made the names of the cleanest cities public.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2005 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Officials criticize U.S. over escaped terror suspect Security has been tightened at the U.S. military prison in Afghanistan following the escape of a suspected Al Qaeda leader, a U.S. official said Wednesday, as Indonesian terror officials accused Washington of failing to inform them of the breakout. Omar al-Farouq, born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, was considered one of Usama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in 2002 and turned him over to the United States.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2005 14:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fights, frustration mar fuel cash handouts It was billed as a way to cushion the blow for Indonesia's poorest of the poor. But efforts to compensate 15.5 million families with cash to offset steep hikes in fuel prices have instead triggered violence. Angry mobs have trashed homes of local officials. Old people have died standing in queues and a woman committed suicide after hearing she was not poor enough to qualify.

Posted in General @ 26 October 2005 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Watchdog: Press freedom in Indonesia improving Indonesia has made further progress in terms of press freedom over the past 12 months, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2005 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. According to the index, made public late last week, Indonesia is ranked 102nd, out of 167 countries surveyed. The country was ranked 117th last year.

Posted in Media @ 24 October 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Policeman fired after FPI raid A middle-ranking police officer here was removed from his post on Wednesday, a day after FPI (Muslim hard-liners) raided at least two local restaurants and destroyed hundreds of bottles of alcoholic beverages. The dismissal of Adj. Comr. Zaenal Arifin was for his failure to prevent the Muslim extremists from taking the law into their own hands, said a top Surakarta police officer. Zaenal is believed to be the first police officer in the country to receive such stiff punishment for failing to prevent an attack of this type during Ramadhan.

Posted in Ramadan @ 20 October 2005 07:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Bird flu kills two young girls in Jakarta A bird flu outbreak that has killed at least four people in Indonesia could quickly turn into an epidemic, the health minister warned, as another two children with symptoms of the disease died Wednesday. The government scrambled to calm public fears after the deaths of the two girls, ages 5 and 2.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 September 2005 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Garuda pilot faces poison trial A pilot for national airline Garuda Indonesia went on trial Tuesday over the alleged murder of a prominent human rights activist who was poisoned last year on a flight to Amsterdam. The high-profile case is seen as a crucial test of the government's willingness to crack down on rogue elements within Indonesia's powerful security forces, who for years have operated with impunity.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 09 August 2005 14:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta on the alert for possible bomb attacks Indonesian police have revealed that its intelligence feedback showed that Malaysians Azahari Hussein and Noordin Mohd Top are now here and ready to blow up their targets after failing to do so in May.

Posted in Terrorism @ 05 June 2005 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspects held over Tentena bombings Police have arrested six more people they believe are involved in the Saturday bombings in Tentena, Central Sulawesi, with suspicions now surfacing that some of the alleged perpetrators were linked to a riot in a neighboring province last year.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 June 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia secures churches as fears of terror attacks grow Muslim-dominated Indonesia on Monday ordered more security at potential flashpoints after renewed attacks on Christian churches sparked fears of a repeat of deadly Christmas Eve bombings four years ago. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told police chiefs to be on alert for possible terrorist attacks around the country after two attacks on churches in Central Sulawesi province late Sunday left three people seriously injured.

Posted in Violence @ 14 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hobbit folk 'were just sick humans' Trumpeted as a new species of human being, the 'hobbit' folk of Indonesia are really just sick members of Homo sapiens, it has been alleged. The claim - by Teuku Jacob, professor of paleoanthropology at Indonesia's Gadjah Mada university - threatens to trigger an academic row over the discovery of an extinct race of little hominid people, Homo floresiensis, on the island of Flores.

Posted in General @ 07 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu resurfaces in Indonesia Bird flu has resurfaced on Indonesia's Java island, killing 350 chickens and prompting authorities to urge farmers to vaccinate their flocks, news reports said on Monday. Tests on the dead birds showed they had the dangerous H5N1 strain of the virus, said Mr Gembong Murdowo, head of the animal husbandry department in Grobongan, Central Java province, The Jakarta Post reported. There were no reports here of people infected with the strain, which has killed 30 people this year in Thailand and Vietnam.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 04 October 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge problems await next president Over 100 million people are expected to flock to hundreds of thousands of polling stations on Monday to cast their votes in the final round of the country's first-ever direct presidential election. While recognizing Monday's election as a significant milestone in the country's democratization process, experts nevertheless warned on Sunday against putting too much hope in the next president.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono slams foreign funding rumour Indonesian presidential frontrunner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rejected on Tuesday rumours he and his party have received foreign funding. Ex-general Yudhoyono, who topped the July first-round presidential vote with 33.6 percent in a field of five, faces incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in a Sept. 20 run-off after failing to win a clear majority. As he fended off accusations of foreign backing Yudhoyono's campaign was boosted by further defections from the powerful Golkar party, a partner in Megawati's coalition.

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


Panwaslu: Double puncture spoils a good poll The Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) hailed on Tuesday the country's first direct presidential election as peaceful and democratic, but warned that the use of nonpermanent ink and double perforation of ballot papers could reduce the quality of the poll. "We should be grateful that the election was generally free of violence despite tensions in many poll stations over the use of nonpermanent ink and the immediate validation of double perforations on ballot papers," committee member Didik Supriyanto said.

Posted in Elections @ 07 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati kicks off Jakarta monorail construction project Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri inaugurated Monday construction of a $600 million monorail transportation system in Jakarta that involves a consortium of Indonesian and foreign investors including Hitachi Asia Ltd. The monorail, which will be built as part of a 40-year build-operate-transfer scheme, is expected to ease the capital's chronic traffic and pollution problems.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto says political opponents behind arrest warrant Indonesian's ex-military chief Wiranto has formally announced his presidential candidacy whilst dismissing an arrest warrant issued against him by an East Timor judge as "character assassination." "There are several pieces of information that are behind these charges, there clearly is an involvement of political activities in this country," Wiranto told reporters.

Posted in Elections @ 12 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia looks set for a highly uncertain post-election period Two things are fairly certain about Indonesia's upcoming general election on Monday. The first is that the outcome of the poll remains uncertain; the second is that more political uncertainty is the last thing Indonesia's economy needs this year. Five years ago, Indonesia held it's first "free and fair" election in decades, with more than 90 percent of the electorate flocking to the polls in a celebratory mood to cast their votes for change after 32 years of dictatorial rule under former autocrat president Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 02 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI tells US to take the log out of their own eye The government has denounced a U.S. report on human rights abuses in Indonesia, saying Washington was not competent to make judgments about what went on here. Foreign Affairs Ministry chief spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the annual report showed a "new standard of ignorance of what is actually happening in Indonesia." "Human rights conditions in Indonesia should to be judged by the Indonesian people themselves and not by some bureaucrats sitting in Washington," Marty told The Jakarta Post on Thursday, when he was asked to comment on the controversial report.

Posted in Economy @ 27 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six months needed to contain spread of bird flu Ten million chickens infected with bird flu will be slaughtered as Indonesia struggles to contain the deadly virus, a government minister said yesterday. "About 10 million chickens need to be destroyed," Social Welfare Minister Jusuf Kalla told reporters after a Cabinet meeting. "Within six months, bird flu will be under control." He said the cull had already begun on the tourist island of Bali, one of the worst hit areas in Indonesia by avian influenza.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only 1,600 candidates pass KPU screening The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday that only 1,611 of 8,871 legislative candidates have passed the first screening, with none from, among others, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Reform Star Party (PBR). A small number of legislative aspirants failed absolutely to pass KPU verification as they did not meet the minimum age requirement of 21, but the KPU did not provide any figures.

Posted in Elections @ 07 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight parties thought to have failed screening Eight political parties could be dismissed from the ongoing verification process being conducted by the General Elections Commission (KPU) for failing to submit the required documents. Dismissal would keep the parties -- the Glorious Marhaen Nationalist Party, Gotong Royong Party, Islamic Party, Pro-Republic Party, Republic of Indonesia Union Party, Catholic Party, Indonesian Workers Party and the Indonesian Nationalist Unity Party -- from contesting the legislative elections next year.

Posted in Elections @ 28 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First Bali bombings trial begins The trial of the first suspect in the October 12 Bali bombings has begun with around 3,000 security personnel deployed in and around the courthouse on the Indonesian resort island.

Posted in Protests @ 12 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombing attempts foiled Indonesian police have foiled fresh bombing attempts in Indonesia and the Philippines with the recent arrest of Jemaah Islamiyah's (JI) new leader Abu Rusdan, the country's chief detective revealed late Thursday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Students in rowdy anti-president protest About 1,000 Indonesian students staged a rowdy protest outside the home of President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Thursday calling for her to step down. Hundreds of police formed a cordon to stop the protesters approaching Megawati's official residence in central Jakarta.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Britain steps up warning on Indonesia The British Foreign Office strengthened its official travel advice on Indonesia on Tuesday, warning British citizens there to avoid places of worship over the Christmas period. Citing "recent information received concerning Jakarta", the Foreign Office warned on its website that Britons should exercise "extreme caution" in all public places.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze returns to bring misery to Borneo Choking haze from forest fires has returned to cover much of Indonesia's side of Borneo island, forcing residents to wear masks as the pollution index rises to three times world safety standards, officials said on Friday. Visibility in at least two provinces has dropped to as low as 50 metres over the past few days and all flights to and from Central Kalimantan's airport have been cancelled since the beginning of the month as the smoke has spread.

Posted in Forest fires @ 13 September 2002 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police fires warning shots and tear gas Police shot blanks into the air and fired water cannons and tear gas Wednesday into crowds of demonstrators protesting the likely re-election of Jakarta's governor, a former army general accused of human rights abuses. Incumbent Gov. Sutiyoso, whose five-year term has been marred by allegations of corruption and incompetence, is the favorite to win a ballot of city councilors, having reportedly secured the votes of the two largest factions in the local government.
Posted in Protests @ 11 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus ahead of Malaysian labor deadline Under the new law, illegal workers face fines of up to 2,000 ringgit ($US530), five years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane. Officials say they will begin enforcing the law from Thursday. Many employers want the workers to stay, saying they can't afford higher wages for registered workers. The employers also complain the foreign workers are employed in jobs locals would not do. Human rights groups have voiced concerns that genuine asylum seekers may face persecution if they are forced to return home.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First sentencing demand made in Timor trials Indonesian prosecutors trying suspects over violence that devastated East Timor in 1999 made their first demand for sentencing yesterday, seeking 10 years in jail for the territory's former governor. The demand was well below the maximum sentence for the charges of crimes against humanity faced by Abilio Soares. Soares sat stony-faced in the centre of Jakarta's human rights court as prosecutors read out their sentencing demand for acts committed in the lead up to and after East Timor voted in a UN-sponsored referendum to break from Indonesian rule.

Posted in Crime @ 11 July 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven ET suspects charged Indonesia charged seven more suspects Monday in the violence that swept East Timor after its 1999 vote for independence, including a notorious pro-Jakarta militia leader. Indonesia has been under intense international pressure to bring to justice those responsible for the rampage in its former territory which left up to 1,000 dead. With Monday's announcement, a total of 25 people have been charged with crimes against humanity by allowing or failing to prevent the killings. They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Posted in Crime @ 03 June 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cruelty in Indonesian zoos A charity report says that some of the world's top holiday destinations in Indonesia are the scenes of "shocking levels of cruelty" to zoo animals. The findings follow an investigation by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) and one of its Indonesian member societies, Animal Conservation for Life (KSBK).

Posted in General @ 26 March 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta mass groups urged to hold peaceful rallies The mass groups intending to stage major demonstrations in Jakarta on Monday were urged by the government to hold demonstrations peacefully. "The security forces will not hesitate to take firm action against those failing to abide by the law," Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said. Susilo made a plea on Sunday late-night after chairing a meeting to discuss the situation in the capital, the Antara News Agency reported Monday.

Posted in Protests @ 18 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 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 – 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


Massive protest demands Wahid steps down Indonesian police estimate up to 20,000 protesters gathered outside the Presidential Palace in Jakarta in the latest protest calling for President Abdurrahman Wahid to resign. With fists in the air, chanting "Gus Dur Mundur", Gus Dur resign, students from at least a dozen universities demanded the president step aside so that under the constitution Vice-President Megawati Sukarnoputri can take his place.

Posted in Protests @ 12 March 2001 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur in E.Java, supporters plan more protests Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur flew into his political heartland of East Java on Friday to try to calm fanatical supporters who said they plan to continue their increasingly violent protests. The Muslim cleric made no comment on arrival in the provincial capital Surabaya, and headed straight for Pasuruan, about 735 km (480 miles) east of Jakarta and stronghold of a huge Islamic organisation founded by his grandfather.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tense times for the rupiah and the economy amid Bank Indonesia's crisis at the top. Syahril Sabirin is back at work after six months away, and there's something of a celebration on. Jacket tossed over his shoulder, Indonesia's mild-mannered banking chief wades through a crowd of central bank employees welcoming him back like some dear uncle. The odd thing is, he's just spent half a year under house arrest, on charges of corruption. But Sabirin is among supporters now. He speaks of the need to rebuild staff morale and clear his name. The government still aims to bring Sabirin to court over a scandal involving $80 million in commissions paid by Bank Bali to a firm linked to Golkar, the former ruling party. Allegedly in exchange for the money, funds were released to Bank Bali with central bank approval. "It's a soap opera," sniffs a senior state official, shocked by Sabirin's return. "A farce," adds another. - It would all be funny — if it weren't for real. In fact, Bank Indonesia has joined the hated military, the bungling police and a government adrift in the gallery of faltering national entities. "This is just one more example of the institutional vacuum," says Robert Broadfoot, managing director of the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy. Sabirin's woes are not the central bank's only problem by a longshot. Recently, all but two central bank governors resigned after the Supreme Audit Agency reported that during the financial crisis, nearly $9 billion in emergency loans to private-sector banks, many controlled by Suharto cronies, were diverted to unauthorized spending and lending (see table opposite). Little of the money is likely to ever be recovered. Can Indonesia's currency and economy survive the foibles at the central bank? So far, the rupiah isn't collapsing, though it's down 25% from its 2000 high.

Posted in Economy @ 28 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Student clash with police near Cendana Angered at being repeatedly blocked by tight security, about 800 anti-Soeharto protesters attacked police with rocks and Molotov cocktails on Thursday, burning a traffic police post near the Central Jakarta residence of the former president. The attack by members of Jarkot (City Network) sparked retaliatory measures by about 200 officers, who ran after the protesters and fired several rounds of tear gas. Several students were badly beaten and enraged officers also attempted to grab the cameras of photographers from The Jakarta Post and Pos Kota daily, roughly confiscating their film.

Posted in Violence @ 28 May 2000 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


27 killed at fresh Ambon violence Sectarian clashes continued in Ambon on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 27 since violence first re-erupted on Tuesday. Six people were killed on Thursday when mobs rampaged through Ahuru subdistrict, five kilometers east of here, burning the Waihoka community health post, the Petra church and dozens of houses in the area.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 19 May 2000 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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