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Jakarta begins towing illegally parked vehicles The Jakarta provincial administration on Monday has initiated to tow and impose fines for illegally parked vehicles on the citys streets.

Posted in General @ 08 September 2014 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to implement parking meters to improve service The Provincial Administration of Jakarta has planned to enforce parking meter system to improve its parking service. "We hope to boost Jakartas parking service. In the future, we will impose official parking system in all regions using parking meters," Jakartas Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 05 August 2014 23:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New religious affairs minister visits anti-graft body Newly inducted Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin visited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) office on Tuesday to hold consultation on Hajj pilgrimage management at his ministry. "I only want to get inputs from the KPK," he stated while arriving at the KPK building on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 June 2014 21:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Long list of complaints for Baliís renovated airport A public forum organized by the Bali Tourism Board on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to discuss service and conditions at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport brought a shower of strong criticism from stakeholders in the Islandís tourism industry concerned with the many complaints about the airport received form the traveling public.

Posted in Tourism @ 28 April 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud's eruption is force majeure The Transportation Ministry has declared the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, to be a force majeure, which exempts airlines from compensating passengers due to cancelled flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 13:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High handling fees at Ngurai Rai burden for charters Charter aircraft operators are complaining bitterly about mandatory ground handling fees being imposed on visiting aircraft by a joint-veture partner of† PT Angkasa Pura I †who†manage of Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2013 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Urgent need to curb corruption at Baliís airport' A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 December 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi to modernize people's markets in capital city Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is popularly called, made another breakthrough by starting the modernization of peoples markets in the capital city on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2013 17:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi moves to ban topeng monyet shows The city administration wants to clear the long-tailed monkeys used in the popular roadside topeng monyet (masked monkey) shows off the capital's streets, in a bid to protect the monkeys, which inhabit Jakarta's northern coast, beritajakarta.com reported over the weekend.

Posted in General @ 23 October 2013 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 4,000 passenger buses needed, quickly Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi said the city administration gives priority to procurement of 4,000 buses to serve as means of mass transport to reduce congestion in the city`s streets.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 October 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Airport operator wants Merpati Nusantara to pay their bills PT Angkasa Pura I has revealed that the debt owed to them for airport charges by PT Merpati Nusantara Airline has reached Rp. 38.4 billion (US$3,84 million.) According to Bisnis.com, the head of corporate administration for PT Angkasa Pura I, Harry Budi Waluyo, said that state-owned Merpati also has debts for aeronautic services due to a number of airports managed by Angkasa Pura I and Angkasa Pura II.

Posted in Economy @ 26 August 2013 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for eradication of illegal levies President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for cooperation among regional heads of government to erase illegal levies locally known as "pungli" on private companies. Illegal fees could make companies to lose their ability to pay the wage of their workers, he said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2013 07:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Suswono questioned as witness at KPK Agriculture Minister Suswono came to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Monday following a summons from the agency for questioning as a witness over a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


AGO names three suspects in hybrid seed graft case The Attorney General`s Office confirmed on Friday it has named three suspects in an alleged graft case related to the procurement of hybrid seeds at the Agriculture Ministry between 2008 and 2012.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 February 2013 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Crime lord John Kei gets 12 years for murder The Central Jakarta District Court on Thursday sentenced gangland boss John Kei to 12 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of businessman Tan Harry Tantono aka Ayung.

Posted in Crime @ 28 December 2012 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali once again wants a part of VoA money Once again a movement has been launched in Bali to secure a share of the visa-on-arrival fees (VoA) paid by visiting tourists to Bali that is now entirely remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ethics council question company directors over extortion The House of Representatives` Ethics Council said several state-owned company directors had confirmed some lawmakers had asked for fees in connection with the disbursement of state capital injected in their companies.

Posted in General @ 20 November 2012 22:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to build three hospitals for workers The public housing ministry will build three hospitals for workers in the Jabodetabek industrial area this year. "We are going to build three hospitals in the Jabodetabek. The funds and the design are available," Public Housing Minister Djan Faridz said here Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2012 08:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 70% of all alcohol sales on Bali illegal Radar Bali reports that 70% of the alcoholic beverages sold on the island are illegal. The value of illegal liquor sold on the island is estimated to account to sales of Rp. 1 billion per day or Rp. 360 billion (US$40 million) per year.

Posted in Crime @ 16 April 2012 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


021-29918200: Air Asia malpractice It is a normal working day when I was called quite early in the morning, around eight, by the local number 021-29918200. I did not recognise that number, so I did not answer it. It often happens here that people dial the wrong number and then start asking all kinds of questions, even calling back to continue asking and making sure that I am not the one they are looking for.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2012 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Move to end roaming fees within ASEAN ASEAN communication and information technology ministers are discussing a free-of-charge roaming policy in the region to facilitate voice-based and satellite-based communications. The policy will extend connectivity services in the region.

Posted in Economy @ 19 November 2011 11:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jasa Marga to construct first Bali toll road PT Jasa Marga has plans to construct the first toll road on the island of Bali. This toll road, with a planned length of 11 kilometers, will partially be constructed above the sea to ease traffic in the area between Denpasar and Nusa Dua.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 00:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merapi volcano victims turn to tourism to rebuild their lives The crowds of Indonesians eager to glimpse the destruction wrought by their country's most active volcano are providing business opportunities amid a tragedy. People left homeless by volcanic eruptions in Indonesia last year have turned to tourism as a form of income, charging entry fees and selling graphic DVDs to hundreds of visitors a day.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 January 2011 01:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many transit flights Lion Air added at ticketindonesia.info We have added several thousand transit flights from Lion Air to our website. This makes it possible for travelers to make reservations for the more exotic destinations in Indonesia with just one reservation. Easier to handle and also money-saving because only one reservaion has to be made. Who doesn't like that!

Posted in Travel @ 20 November 2010 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Patrialis seeks to end corruption at immigration The national television channel tvOne, reports that the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Patrialis Akbar, undertook a surprise inspections at the East Jakarta Immigration office earlier this week. Explaining the reason for his visit, Patrialis said, "I received a report that there were illegal fees being paid for the preparation of passports."

Posted in Corruption @ 30 July 2010 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislators: Bali needs a yacht Marina Legislators from Denpasar's House of Representatives have renewed the call for the construction of a yacht harbor or marina in Bali in order to encourage sea tourism. Quoted by Radar Bali, a member of the Golkar faction, I Wayan Sugiartha, has fashioned the call for the construction of the yacht basin into a party platform reflecting what his party sees as an unexploited potential for tourism revenues.

Posted in Economy @ 14 July 2010 13:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Busiest travel period ahead in Indonesia: book your plane tickets now! Starting from September 10 it is Idul Fitri in Indonesia again, the end of the holy month of fasting, also known as Eid-ul-Fitr. Tens of millions of Indonesians will use any means of transport to get home in the days before that date to celebrate this important holiday with their families back home, so the many forms of transport in the country will be severely put to the test.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2010 15:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali wants a share in visa on arrival fees Beritabali.com says that the provincial government of Bali is demanding a share of the income the national government collects through the sale of visa-on-arrivals purchased at the island's Ngurah Rai International Airport. At present all funds collected for visas are remitted to Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 April 2010 05:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


ticketindonesia.info: your website for e-tickets in Indonesia It quite possible to buy your e-tickets for domestic flights in Indonesia and regional flights from and to Indonesia via the Internet while you are still at home. Ticketindonesia.info takes care of this. At the moment you can book, pay and download e-tickets for as much as 9 Indonesian airlines via the Internet. And on top of that, we can offer you the best rates available.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2010 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Parking fees to be checked after complaints The provincial government of Jakarta has announced to get into action against parking companies that apply fees that are higher than the maximum fees allowed in the province. Fauzi Bowo, governor of the capital city, has said that raising fees for parking is not allowed and can only be done by governor's decree.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal levies sought at Bali's Tourism Office NusaBali has broken a story indicating large-scale unofficial payments being made to the Badung Tourist Office (Dispar Badung) in connection with the issuance of licenses for hotels, restaurants and bars in the regency.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 December 2009 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali health officials ask money for free vaccin Bali's worsening rabies epidemic was scandalized further last week when it was discovered that both the human vaccine and canine inoculations that are supposed to be provided free-of-charge by the government were in fact being sold in the north Bali regency of Buleleng.

Posted in Health @ 22 November 2009 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


''Dutch druglord in Indonesia executed soon' Dutchman Ang Kiem Soei, who is convicted to death in Indonesia for running an ecstasy factory, is most likely to be executed next month. He also was a part of an international organization of drug traders. Soei has been in prison for over seven years now and his legal options have run out.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2009 08:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Bali tourists robbed by airport staff Staff at the international airport of Ngurah Rai on the resort island of Bali again have found a way to extort money for unknowing tourist that are leaving for home. This time it's fake tax duties that are filling up pockets of crooked employees at the airport. Where Indonesia does not see internet as a way to advertise, Australians know how this works and use email to tell others their story.

Posted in Crime @ 26 October 2009 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Hoping for the hereafter with Wings Air It has been quiet a while that I flew with Wings Air. This company is a 100% daughter of Lion Air, but that does not mean that they offer the same services. Services may be similar, it is mainly the planes belonging to Wings Air that are the problem, while those planes are quite important in the industry.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2009 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and 'visa-before-arrival' Inbound passengers to Bali on board Garuda Indonesia flights from Tokyo are seeing their waiting time at the airport of Bali reduced by virtue of a new on board immigration service now in operation. Explained by the manager of Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, Bagus Siregar, passengers will have their passports processed by immigration officers during their flight from Tokyo and Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 September 2009 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 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


Bali immigration officers avoid criminal charges As reported on earlier, 44 immigration officers at Bali's main airport have been under investigation for embezzling an estimated Rp. 3 billion (210.000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees between October 2008 and May 2009. Kompas reports that a decision has been made by the Immigration Department to limit punishments to only disciplinary and administrative sanctions.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 August 2009 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The little ones are back again! I had to do without them for quite some time as they were very rare in Yogyakarta. The last time I remember receiving one of them must have been more than two years ago by now. Not because they are not needed, it's just because making them is costly enough. Distribution is another problem, because of the sheer weight when you need to distribute a lot of them throughout the country.

Posted in Culture @ 28 July 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Some 90 still missing after Situ Gintung dam burst, 100 dead Since last night, no new victims of the Situ Gintung dam burst in the southern Jakarta suburb of Ciputat have been found. According to the Cirendeu neighborhood there are still 14 people missing. According to other sources, the number of missing still stands at 91.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 April 2009 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 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


Bali immigration chief promises to fire corrupt officers BisnisBali reports that Bali's immigration chief, Drs. I Nyoman Putra, has vowed to sack any immigration officers found to be accepting payments outside of the official tariff set for document processing. Putra said that the official tariff for document processing is posted at all immigration offices and promised to fire any officials found to be charging "additional fees" for immigration services.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2008 16:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Queueing up to pay your electricity bill It is nothing more than a monthly returning event if you look at it; paying your electricity bill. Somewhere in the last two days of the month an employee from the Indonesian state-run electricity company PLN (Perusahan Listrik Negara) comes to write down the current meter reading on the card and also enters these numbers in his handheld computer. After that he walks through the garden to the neighbors to continue his way.

Posted in Culture @ 12 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Balinese looking to take more money from tourists Efforts by Bali's provincial House of Representatives to impose a "donation" on tourists passing through Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport has been strongly rejected by Jakarta who saw the imposition of an additional financial burden on Bali's tourists as unacceptable.

Posted in Tourism @ 08 March 2008 09:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 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


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

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


Tanah Lot temple sees more visitors after admission price hike Apparently higher admission fees for both domestic and international visitors to Bali's iconic Pura Tanah Lot are having no ill-effect on the number of visitors eager to view the photograph the idyllic water-bound religious shrine just off Bali's western shoreline. According to the management of Puri Tanah Lot, visitors have increased 34.35% over the past three months despite an increase in admission fees.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 April 2007 03:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Stop abusive forced evictions of urban poor in Jakarta The Jakarta regional government has been forcibly evicting tens of thousands of the capital's urban poor from their homes, often leaving them homeless and destitute, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 115-page report, "Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta," describes the government's excessive use of force to clear out urban slums.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 September 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


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

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


AirAsia to launch flights to two new Indonesian cities Southeast Asia's top budget carrier AirAsia said Friday it will launch flights to two new destinations in Indonesia this month as part of its regional expansion. Daily services from Kuala Lumpur to Balikpapan in Kalimantan province on Borneo island will begin Dec. 20, to be followed by flights to Solo from Dec. 27, the Malaysian-based carrier said in a statement.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Idul Fitri 'losing its color' in Jakarta The fasting month of Ramadhan and Idul Fitri celebrations in Jakarta have lost much of their colorful cultural traditions, a senior citizen says. Republika daily newspaper writer Alwi Shahab remembers that Idul Fitri Eve in the 1940s and 1950s was a special time for Betawi (native Jakarta) women. Unlike on ordinary days, they were allowed to spend the evening outside their houses, tasked with buying flowers for the Lebaran decorations, Alwi said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 03 November 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected suicide shocks Bandung A teenage girl apparently committed suicide by hanging herself from the top of a door frame in her house in Bandung regency, West Java, on Friday. The death of 14-year-old Fitri Aprianti, a second-year student at Cipeundeuy state junior high school, shocked people in the Babakan Bojong area, who were preparing to break the fast at the time.

Posted in Crime @ 22 October 2005 18:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali tourism likely to take a dive The latest Bali bombings threaten to ruin the island's tourism industry just as it was recovering from terrorist attacks three years ago, with at least one regional government urging its citizens to stay away and tour operators predicting an immediate drop in visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 October 2005 11:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Gambing eradicated in capital? Don't bet on it From the stream of people entering the house of a togel (illegal lottery) ticket seller in Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Monday afternoon, it would seem the police drive to eradicate gambling has ended as something less than a success. "We have been back in business for several days now ... Everybody seems thirsty to bet," the owner of the house told The Jakarta Post while taking care of customers in the living room.

Posted in General @ 28 September 2005 08:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Why Indonesia must consider abolishing Rupiah The crisis of confidence that has come back to haunt the rupiah for the second time in eight years is making some analysts wonder if Indonesia would be better off without a central bank. After all, what's the good of having a monetary authority when it can't protect the purchasing power of the currency it issues?

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


S'pore, Indonesia hope to attract more Chinese tourists by joint promotion Singapore and Indonesia have joined hands in launching the first ever tourist promotion scheme in China in a bid to attract more Chinese tourists. According to the scheme, Chinese tourists will be able to appreciate the beautiful scenery in Singapore and Indonesia, such as the Sentosa island in Singapore and Bali island in Indonesia.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 August 2005 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans new measures to quell fuel price protests Indonesia's government will offer incentives for public transport operators to keep their fares down in an effort to quell widespread protests following major fuel price hikes, a report said. Transport Minister Hatta Rajasa said the package of measures would include an exemption from import duties on commercial passenger vehicles while a crackdown would be launched on corruption and crime plaguing the industry.

Posted in Politics @ 07 March 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to dispel aid corruption charges Indonesia on Tuesday moved to dispel charges that corrupt officials were siphoning off aid earmarked for tsunami-battered Aceh province, as Southeast Asian nations sought to lure back foreign tourists scared off by the disaster. Indonesiaís Health Ministry, meanwhile, significantly changed the way it tallies deaths due to last monthís waves, saying it would only count victims who have been buried and that the missing would retain that status for a full year.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Customers to pay fee for routine electrical inspection Households in the Greater Jakarta area will have to pay a fee of Rp 40,000 to Rp 60,000 (about EUR 5,40), starting next month, for a routine check on their domestic electrical supply to help maintain safety, an official said. "Incorrect installation of electrical facilities can cause accidents, including fire. A routine check on the facility can protect customers," Johnny Simandjuntak, operational director at the Directorate General of Electricity said on Monday.

Posted in General @ 27 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Local phone rates to rise by up to 28% Independent experts criticized on Wednesday the government's decision to allow the country's fixed-line operators to raise local telephone rates by up to 28 percent. Sudaryatmo of the Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) said "the government is not sensitive enough to realize that the phone rates hike will simply be another burden on the public." "The government should first carry out a study into the public's capability to pay the higher rates in relation to their incomes, before allowing the phone rate hike," he told The Jakarta Post.

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


Health agency admits violations by hospitals over dengue patients Irregularities had been found among 16 recommended hospitals supposed to provide free medical services for poor dengue fever patients, the Jakarta Health Agency admitted on Thursday. However, the agency said it would not impose any sanctions on the hospitals. "The 16 hospitals recommended by the agency should have provided free treatment and should have not charged any fees, including medicine and administration fees, as long as the patients are being treated at third-class wards and suffer from dengue," agency official Murdiati Umbas said.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 26 March 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Describing myself I am the thin slim 100,000 rupiah note that was printed years in a government workshop.The day I was born I was transferred to a bank with a bunch of my friends who were one by one were leaving for the free world.

Posted in General @ 19 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes the puffer's paradise Indonesia has reaffirmed its status as a cigarette manufacturer's and puffer's paradise. Early last month, the Finance Ministry announced a freeze on excise tax hikes on cigarettes for this year in an effort to encourage local cigarette manufacturers to boost their annual production to 200 billion sticks, about 1,000 cigarettes per capita. The policy decision flies in the face of international norms; most governments nowadays urge their populations to smoke less to avoid cigarette-related diseases and unnecessary deaths.

Posted in General @ 04 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins charging many tourists for visa on arrival Indonesian immigration officials on Sunday began charging visitors from many countries visa on arrival fees. Tourists from 20 countries and from Taiwan who previously did not need visas are from February 1 required to buy visas on arrival, at a cost of $US25 for a stay of up to 30 days and $US10 for a three day permit. In Jakarta, tourists arriving from Singapore on two flights were the first to pay such fees, an immigration official said.

Posted in Tourism @ 01 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First batch of haj pilgrims leave for Mecca The first batch of Indonesian haj pilgrims departed from nine embarkation points across the country for Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, marking the start of the annual ritual that climaxes on the Islamic Day of Sacrifice, which falls next year on Feb. 1. A total of 3,970 people left the country for the pilgrimage on Tuesday, 455 of whom were seen off by Minister of Religious Affairs Said Agil Al-Munawar at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Posted in Ramadan @ 31 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Water rate to increase by 30 percent The Jakarta administration submitted to the City Council its proposal for a 30 percent increase in tap water rates starting Jan. 1, 2004. However, the hike may not guarantee better service because the money will be used to pay debts and cover inflation. Chairman of the City Water Regulatory Body Achmad Lanti said on Monday that 17 percent of the hike would be used to pay off debts to city-owned tap water operator PD PAM Jaya, which amount to Rp 900 billion (US$105.88 million), to European-based partner companies PT Thames PAM Jaya (TPJ) and PT PAM Lyonaisse Jaya (Palyja) and the central government.

Posted in General @ 11 November 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


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


Armed with an M-16 machine gun, Sergeant Juwono wasóliterallyócornering the market. The Indonesian soldier stood along a main road in war-torn Aceh province selling bumper stickers commemorating the countryís upcoming Aug. 17 Independence Day. He stopped every car driving north and gave a simple but effective sales pitch: buy a sticker or else.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Indonesian government will soon decide whether to impose a state of emergency in Aceh, the rebellious and resource-rich region on the tip of Sumatra island. But if Jakarta were serious about ending the separatist rebellion in Aceh, it would not be talking about a military solution. It would be talking instead about ending corruption, upholding the law, and making the conflict less profitable for all parties concerned. Now more than ever, the war in Aceh is about money, and no one is clean. An autonomy law, adopted last year, has created a giant slush fund for provincial officials from oil and gas revenues, with no effective controls over how the money is spent. Every day, the local press carries stories about misspent funds, missing budget allocations, suspected cronyism, or crooked contractors.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 August 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua drops student fees, hikes teacher salaries With new powers under the special autonomy laws, the provincial legislature in Irian Jaya (Papua) has dropped all fees for elementary and high school students as of the 2002/2003 academic year to give children more of an opportunity to receive a quality education. Jerry Haurissa, chief of the local education office, said financial issues had been one of the main problems preventing school-age children from attending school. "With the new policy, all Papuan children aged between six and 18 are expected to go to school in attempt to improve the human resource quality in the province," he told The Jakarta Post here on Tuesday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A new World Bank report says that as many as 120 million Indonesians are either living in abject poverty or are staring poverty in the face. But does any one really care? You would be forgiven for thinking that the nation's political elite are either ignorant or simply cannot be bothered with the issue. Poverty was hardly mentioned in the recently concluded meeting of the People's Consultative Assembly.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cirebon train crash kills 41, injures 62 At least 41 people were killed and another 62 were injured after an incoming passenger train rammed into a locomotive in the railway station here early on Sunday. "The accident occurred because the train entered the station without waiting for our signal," head of Cirebon station Bijak Filsadjati told The Jakarta Post in his office.

Posted in Accidents @ 03 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Budi Sadikin, a clean-cut, affable young executive, is smiling broadly. And for good reason. As head of consumer banking in Indonesia for ABN AMRO Bank, the 37-year-old has watched deposits at the Dutch bank's 15 branches triple in value in just three years ó to $800 million at the end of 2000. Until 1998, ABN AMRO, which has been doing business in Indonesia for 175 years, did not even have a consumer-banking unit. Now Sadikin oversees a 200-strong team whose job it is to coax more affluent Indonesians to deposit their money in a foreign bank.

Posted in Politics @ 04 July 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos ó or even civil war ó in Southeast Asia's largest country

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parking agency in cahoots with hoods To increase the city's parking revenue, the local authority plans to cooperate with unofficial parking attendants who have control of one-third of street parking here and offer them a shared account mechanism, an official said on Wednesday. The proposed mechanism is part of a new partnership program with unofficial parties in collecting parking fees, deputy head of the City Parking Agency Sukri Bey said.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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