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Oil subsidy set at Rp81 trillion in revised 2015 budget The Indonesian government has set a fuel subsidy of only Rp81 trillion in the 2015 revised budget, down from Rp276 trillion set previously in the 2015 budget. "The value includes carryover debt from last year totaling Rp25 trillion to Pertamina," Finance Minister Bambang Soemantri Brodjonegoro stated here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2015 20:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK saves rp248.89 trillion in state funds The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said corruption courts have handled hundreds of corruption cases so far in the country. The anti graft agency which was established in 2004 had saved the state a total loss of Rp248.89 trillion from the cases, its deputy chairman Bambang Widjojanto said.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 June 2014 16:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor would like to see ten milion as minimum wage Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: “In principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.”

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta festivals lure rising number of foreign tourists The increasing number of cultural festivals held in the capital has managed to attract more foreign tourist to Jakarta, an official said on Monday. “A number of cultural festivals and tourism events held by Jakarta in 2013 has been proven to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting the city,” agency head Arie Budhiman said.

Posted in Culture @ 07 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Increased passenger numbers for Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia – the Indonesian National flag carrier – reports a 23.96% increase in passengers carried in the first six months of 2013, totaling 11.9 million, as opposed to the 9.6 million flown January – June 2012. The CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, said the increase in passengers translated into a 14.1% increase in income achieving US$1.72 billion during the first half of 2013.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 September 2013 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Decline of rupiah test for Bali tourist industry The rapid decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and a host of other currencies is presenting a myriad of challenges to Bali and its tourism industry.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Fuel subsidy should go to poor people' Increase in subsidized fuel prices should be accompanied with a step to provide subsidy for poor people who need it, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2013 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Set aside political interests over fuel subsidy' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appealed to political elites in the country here on Wednesday to set aside their political interests with regard to fuel price. He said there was a bigger national interest behind the government`s plan to raise the subsidized oil prices and give compensation to the poor.

Posted in Politics @ 13 June 2013 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares Rp6 tln for basic infrastructures The Public Works Ministry is preparing at least Rp6 trillion in funds to build various basic infrastructure facilities in return for the imminent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 05 June 2013 20:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Lion Air officially launches Batik Air Indonesia’s largest low-cost carrier Lion Air launched its full-service Batik Air at the country's main gateway Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, on Thursday.

Posted in Travel @ 25 April 2013 11:31 CET by Jeroen · 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


Almost four million Indonesians live on palm oil About 3.7 million people in Indonesia live on oil palm plantations, a senior agriculture ministry said. Speaking to a seminar at Santika Hotel here on Friday, Secretary of the Directorate General of Agriculture Mukti Sardjono said that oil palm played an important role in providing income for the people.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2013 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt urged to simplify land holding certification Real Estate Indonesia (REI) called on the government to simplify land holding certificates that are required by property developers.

Posted in General @ 22 February 2013 00:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Netherlands offers help to preserve Jakarta's 'Old City' Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmersmans met Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama at the City Hall on Wednesday to offer help to preserve an old Kota district area of Jakarta.

Posted in History @ 20 February 2013 22:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam coastal areas to be developed into coconut plantation The government plans to develop Batam municipality`s coastal areas into a coconut and cassava production center to meet local and national demands, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2013 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics agency: Number of poor population down The number of poor population in Indonesia drops by 0.54 million or 540,000 until September 2012, according to the National Statistic Agency (BPS).

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2013 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese to refrain from joining transmigration projects Suarapembaruan.com reports that effective immediately the municipal government of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar will no longer allow its residents to participate in transmigration programs organized by the central government.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Poverty reduction must be top priority' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that the reduction of poverty in the country must be the next government`s top priority.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2012 14:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI provides free medical treatment to public The Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) provided free medical treatment to 1,000 residents in Ciracas district, East Jakarta, on Thursday to mark its 67th anniversary which falls on October 5.

Posted in Military @ 27 September 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali contributed 4.4 billion USD to economy in 2011 Bali continues to make a substantial contribution to the overall Indonesian economy. The head of tourism for the province of Bali, Ida Bagus Subhiksu, said tourism revenues are up 10% compared to the previous year.

Posted in Tourism @ 18 September 2012 10:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Domestic tourists causes economic growth' Domestic tourist visiting attractions across the country during the just completed Idul Fitri holiday grew dramatically, providing much needed income to the local economies during the traditional downturn in foreign visitors of the fasting month.

Posted in Tourism @ 12 September 2012 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian legislator opposes import of Israel fruits A legislator has strongly criticized the importation of dates and shantang oranges fruits from Israel, saying the income from such trade aids Israel`s continued occupation of Palestine.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 August 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia: 'Bank credit grows 26 percent' Bank credit grew 26 percent in April year-on-year, beating earlier estimates of 23-24 percent. Central bank deputy governor Halim Alamsyah said here on Monday that such growth indicated that the domestic economy was doing well.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President says labor policies not politically motivated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government has no political interests with regard to its recent plans to improve the welfare of workers in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 03 May 2012 13:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono hopes May Day rallies run peacefully President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that workers in Jakarta and the rest of the country would stage peaceful rallies to mark the International Labor Day or May Day on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2012 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to raise untaxed income level President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government is in the process of finalising a plan to raise the limit of workers` untaxed income to Rp24 million from Rp15.8 million per year.

Posted in Economy @ 27 April 2012 15:52 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


BPK discovers state losses amounting to Rp13.25 trillion The State Audit Board (BPK) has discovered 4,941 cases of non-compliance that have caused losses, potential losses and income shortages worth Rp13.25 trillion based on the results of audit in the second semester 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 April 2012 14:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build missile manufacturing plant Indonesia plans to build a plant to produce C-705 missiles as a follow-up to the cooperation agreement with China made some time ago, Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said.

Posted in Military @ 08 March 2012 03:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jayapura administration obliges circumcision The Jayapura administration of Papua will oblige circumcision for the society to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Administration Officer of Jayapura Regent Edison Muabuay said earlier that according to research in several countries, circumcision was one of the preventive steps to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 07 February 2012 08:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie reports Ramadhan Pohan to police Golkar Party leader Aburizal Bakrie has reported Democrat Party (PD) politician Ramadhan Pohan to the police for alleged defamation. A lawyer of Bakrie, Rudy Alfonso, said the lawyers` team he was heading was certain the report would lead to a case in court.

Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2012 07:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's halal food exports increasing Export of halal Indonesian food commodities to many Muslim and non-Muslim countries such as Japan, China and Singapore has increased. According to Trade Ministry data, halal Indonesian food exports to Japan was up 25 percent, to China and Singapore 23 percent higher.

Posted in Religion @ 18 January 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia loses 3.5 billion euro a year over counterfeit goods The Indonesian economy loses at least Rp. 43.2 trillion (3.5 billion euro) a year in potential taxes due to counterfeit goods being imported into the country, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2011 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Poor Indonesians use 70 percent of income on cigarettes Seventy percent of poor Indonesian's income is spent on cigarettes, according to an investigation released on Wednesday.

Posted in Health @ 28 July 2011 06:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Drought hits Mount Merapi disaster area Drought strikes the disaster area around the Mount Merapi volcano in central Java at the moment. The area that is being hit is still growing as well. Local and regional governments have therefore started dropping bags of water in at least hard-hit 11 villages in Sleman regency, Yogyakarta province.

Posted in Economy @ 24 June 2011 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: per capita income to rise to $5,000 in 3 years They Indonesian Economic Ministry on Friday said it is pushing to increase the country's per capita income to $5,000 by 2014 and eventually become one of the world's largest economies.

Posted in Economy @ 21 May 2011 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 250,000 malnourished children in West Java province More than 250,000 Indonesian children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition in West Java's impoverished northern coastal regions, the Jakarta Post reported Saturday.


Posted in Health @ 19 March 2011 20:37 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Mount Merapi replanting movement launched People living on the slopes of Mount Merapi are being encouraged to replant as part of a government campaign to restore land badly damaged by recent eruptions. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Suswono planting banana trees in Batur village, Sleman, in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matahari says four interested in acquiring majority Indonesia's Matahari Putra Prima on Thursday announced that there are four retailers lined up and interested in obtaining the majority shareholder.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2010 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wal-Mart joins bid for Matahari hypermarkets Wal-Mart is looking to enter the Indonesian market after a 10-year absence as it is reportedly bidding for Matahari Putra Prima's hypermarkets.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2010 02:33 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


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


Nothing wrong with Blue Bird Bali The latest chapter in the continuing saga of challenges to the continued operation of Blue Bird Taxis or PT Praja Bali Transportasi has seen the provincial government announce that a meeting of a judicial team of government officials have concluded the troubled taxi service is "technically legal."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 March 2010 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #5 After a month of 'uncertainty' I headed for the local office of PLN once more late last week. I was still hoping to be able to pay my electricity bill. It was the fifth time I was here, just to pay the bill for the power that I had consumed since the time I moved in here last June. Earlier attempts to pay failed because of several reasons, see the related blog articles for that.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 24 December 2009 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Back to the 'real' tourism for Bali? According to respected Indonesian elder statesman, Prof. Dr. Emil Salim, although Bali has manage to become the icon of Indonesian tourism, it is destined to lose its true bearings as a religious, cultural and nature destination which will result in a decline in the quality of international tourists drawn to the Island.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 December 2009 00:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


The pregnant umbrella-girl During rainstorms, children gather at pedestrian bridges, bus stops and other crowded places to be able to rent out their oversized umbrella's to those who rather stay dry then soaking wet before they reach their destination or hop into a taxi without being soaked with rain in a matter of seconds.

Posted in Culture @ 03 December 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 22 reactions


First aid and disaster training in Papua On November 1, 2009, a project to expand training in first aid and disaster relief began in the city of Jayapura. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The regions around the cities of Jayapura, Biak, Manokwari and Nabire are the worst affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta expects to earn Rp1.6 trillion from tourism The administration of Jakarta is upbeat over it's target earn some 1.6 trillion Rupiah (115 million euro) from tourism alone this year. A number of regions, including Surabaya, have organized a Jakarta Tourism Expo 2009 this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 22 November 2009 07:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More tourists to Indonesia in 2010? The Ministry of Culture and Tourism has said that the target of the number of tourists that will visit Indonesia in 2010 has been raised by half a million foreign tourists from the 2009 target of 6,5 million. "We are planning to raise the target for foreign tourist arrivals in 2010 to seven million, taking into account security improvements in Indonesia as well as the growth in arrivals this year," said Sapta Nirwandar, a marketing director at the ministry.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Busway in Bandung launched today Bandung is the next city to get some form of new public transport in the form of Trans Metro Bandung (TMB) rapid mass transport. After a long period of protests by other bus operators the new system will be put in use today. The head of the TMB operating company, Yadi Haryani, told that the mayor of Bandung already issued a decree on the official launch.

Posted in General @ 24 September 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sales tax refund for visitors in 2010 The government will introduce a new policy on January 1, 2010, that will refund sales tax (VAT) spent on purchases by tourist visitors to Indonesia. Speaking to Bisnis Indonesia, the Director of Tax Regulation, Catur Rini Widosari, said the government will set a minimum level of Rp. 5 million (352 euro) to qualify for the 10% tax rebate, but there will be no maximum limit under the new policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 September 2009 13:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'development of culture and tourism on right track' Indonesia's culture and tourism are developing well despite of the world's financial crisis that wrecked many countries, the Jakarta Post quoted a minister as saying on Thursday. Minister for Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik said that Indonesia's movie and music industry grew significantly compared with the previous year while tourist arrivals was expected to keep growing this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 September 2009 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal villas are big business in Bali’s Gianyar regency A special committee of the Regional House of Representatives from the regency of Gianyar in Bali has estimated that 60% of that district's potential hotel and restaurant tax income is lost via illegal commercial villas who side-step their tax obligations.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 August 2009 13:36 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


No elderly and children on pilgrimage, will Indonesia follow? Health ministers in the Arab world have decided not to allow elderly, children and ill from going on the Muslim pilgrimage later this year. It is a preventive measure to stop the spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus that has killed some 900 people worldwide since March this year. The virus is easy to spread, but does not kill at a high rate.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2009 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need money? Ask the army to help you out! The Indonesian army is known for it's.. well, known for it's what actually? Every once in a while they are in the news because of a brawl with members of the police force (until a few years back they were still one, but now they have to split their income with them) and furthermore helicopters and planes regularly crash across Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 25 June 2009 07:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreigners dead after drinking poisonous rice wine Holidaymakers in Bali have been given a grim warning: avoid traditional rice and palm wine on the Indonesian resort island or face an agonising death. At least 25 people have been killed in the past week, including four foreign tourists, after a batch of the liquor, known as arak, was heavily cut with methanol.

Posted in Health @ 03 June 2009 06:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia named second best travel destination in Asia Indonesia was ranked second in GoAsia's The Best Travel Destination in Asia after Thailand while Malaysia was placed as the third best, the Jakarta Post reported quoting the Indonesia Foreign Ministry as saying on Friday. Go Asia, a German tourism institution, invited travel agents from all over the world to participate in the voting process on Wednesday in Berlin. The body also gave awards for Asia's best tourism organizations or tourism boards, airlines and tour operators.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 March 2009 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's per capita income up 24% in 2008 Indonesia's per capita income rose 24 per cent to US$2,271 in 2008 from US$1,942 in 2007 with Gross Domestic Product at Rp4,954 trillion (US$450 billion) based on current prices. Last year, the country's GDP based on constant prices of 2000 reached Rp2,082.1 trillion, head of the central bureau of Statistics Rusman Heriawan said.

Posted in Economy @ 17 February 2009 05:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Garuda Indonesia continues to operate in the black Garuda Indonesia is targeting a net profit of Rp. 518 billion (38.4 milion euro) for the year 2008, an increase of 100% over the Rp. 259 billion profit booked in 2007. The CEO of Garuda, Emirsyah Satar, told Bisnis Indonesia that he is optimistic that the targeted profit can be achieved against forecasted income for the year of Rp. 17 - 18 trillion (1.29 billion euro).

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 October 2008 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Taxpayers: register or regret it later The National News Agency Antara warns that the government is preparing in 2009 to impose tax penalties ranging from 20% to 100% on individuals and coporation found not to have an official tax number (NPWP).

Posted in General @ 28 September 2008 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


National tourism targets difficult to achieve Bisnis.com quoted well known tourism observer Wuryastuti Sunario as saying she is pessimistic that the official national tourism target of 7 million visitors for 2008 can be achieved, bearing in mind that growth rates in national tourism reached only 11.43% during the first six months of the year.

Posted in Tourism @ 10 September 2008 12:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lowers taxes to attract business Indonesia’s parliament has passed a long-awaited law cutting corporate and personal income tax rates to broaden the country’s relatively tiny tax base and stimulate economic growth. Analysts hailed the legislation as a major milestone in Indonesia’s transition to a more business-friendly market. But they cautioned that further reforms are needed, particularly in labour regulations and the legal sector, to improve the investment climate.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2008 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore Airlines launches its fourth daily flight to Denpasar In a ceremony attended by officials of Garuda Indonesia, Singapore Airlines, the press, representatives of local tourism organizations and Bali government officials - the first arrival of Singapore Airlines' fourth daily flight was celebrated at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport on Friday, August 1, 2008.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 August 2008 03:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure from gas leaks in Siring Barat increases The water leaks mixed with gas which is easy flammable in a garage which is owned by a resident of Siring Barat, sub-district Porong in the district Sidoarjo is increasing in pressure. A number of villagers is forced to attach pipes from the leaks so they can divert the muddy water through their houses into the sewer. One of these places is a phone house owned by Siti Asiyah, a resident of Siring Barat. After they have attached the pipes, she hopes she will be able to open up her business again since it is the only form of income the family has.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 09 February 2008 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The luxury of a swimming pool in your hotel After the trip by train and a nice glass of teh hangat (see "Lodaya Malam to Bandung, trains run on time") it was time to continue our trip. We didn't reach our goal for the day, however it wasn't that far anymore. We had to end up at the Jayakarta hotel which was located in the northern part of Bandung. We realized that a free nights' stay in the hotel would not come totally free of course. I can admit - without any feeling of shame - that I don't want to spend my money on that kind of hotels. The 'free' part is a very important part in this story.

Posted in Travel @ 09 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Evacuees wait for Mount Kelut to erupt The threat of an eruption of Mount Kelut (or Mount Kelud), one of the deadliest volcanoes in Indonesia, remains very high despite a slump in activity over the last dy or so. Frustration under tens of thousands of villagers which were forced to flee is also growing. Last week the status of the volcano was raised to the highest level after several warning signs. But since Saturday there hasn't been any major activity according to Surono, a government volcanologist. This makes it really difficult to convince evacuees to remain in their shelters.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 October 2007 15:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


March poverty rate 16.58 pct vs 17.75 pct in March 2006 The poverty rate in Indonesia as a percentage of the total population dropped to 16.58 percent in March this year, compared to 17.75 percent in March 2006. This is announced by Arizal Ahnaf, deputy chairman of the Central Bureau of Statistics BPS. He told at a press conference that the number of people living below the poverty line declined from 39.3 million last year to 37.2 million in March this year.

Posted in General @ 02 July 2007 15:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY believes Indonesia can be an economic superpower President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has showed optimism about the future of Indonesia. It would be among the five biggest economic powers in the world by 2030. That is if all components were cooperating in the management of natural resources and problems facing the nation were properly settled. "With the high potentials of our human resources and natural resources, we could realize the nation's dream of becoming a great nation if we could manage all these things very well," he told when he spoke at the Indonesia Forum Foundation in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 24 March 2007 14:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Almost 10 million bank accounts closed in three months Around 9.7 million bank accounts have been closed or emptied in the last three months according to the National Development Agenc (Bappenas). This raises alarm bells in the country's banking sector and the entire economy. The data, which was compiled by the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS), referred mosty to accounts with deposits of less than Rp 100 million (8,333 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 24 March 2007 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Many still without food and shelter after Sumatra quakes Officials on the island of Sumatra asked for patience on Saturday after telling that relief aid for the people left homeless after twin earthquakes had been handed out to people who did not need it. Many people living in remote areas away from cities have complained about upcoming food shortages after Tuesdays twin earthquakes that killed more than 70 people in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 March 2007 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Alun-alun Lor; a nice green heart It hasn't been that long that it was a sunny and very hot day in Yogyakarta when I made a short walk around the so-called alun-alun lor, the northern square belonging to the kraton, the palace of the family of the sultan. The green grass - during the wet season the grass often is green, in the dry season it more resembles hay - reached until half a meter in some places. Not well maintained as we should expect at a palace, but at least there was an open space in the city which offered the opportunity to blow of some steam. This blowing steam you should not do at times that I generally visit this kind of locations, no it's much better in the early hours until seven in the morning and after five in the afternoon again. The salespeople along the edge will offer you something to drink or eat if you like.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HFH Indonesia to start house rehabilitation for Jakarta flood victims Habitat for Humanity Indonesia has put its wheels into motion with a fast response to rehabilitate 1,000 flood-damaged homes in Jakarta in three months. HFH Indonesia kicked off the project on 17th February with the rehabilitation of five houses in Sukakarya, Bekasi, one of the most affected areas. This will involve mostly repairs of the houses' earth flooring. Come next week, Habitat will start rehabilitation works in Jakarta.

Posted in Flooding @ 22 February 2007 04:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to disinfect flood-hit capital Tens of thousands of people remained camped out in shelters or under bridges in Indonesia's flood-hit capital yesterday, as authorities said they would spray the city with disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2007 01:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu claims 62nd human life in West Java Bird flu has killed a woman in Indonesia, the 62nd death from the virus in the country with the highest human fatality rate, a health ministry official said on Saturday. The 19-year-old woman from West Java died on Friday, Dr. Muhammad Nadirin at the ministry's bird flu centre, told Reuters. "She was sick since Jan. 11, got a high temperature and cough and then entered Garut hospital on Jan. 17," he said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 January 2007 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Indonesia to file civil charges against Suharto The Indonesian attorney-general's office plans to file a civil lawsuit against former president Suharto by the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The Jakarta Post quoted Attorney-General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying his office was still calculating how much money it aimed to seize from Suharto. "I don't know the exact amount. One thing for sure, it's a lot of money," he said.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Number of foreign tourists to Indonesia down 4.60 % The number of foreign tourists visiting Indonesia between January and November 2006 dropped by 4.60 percent compared to that in the same period of the previous year, head of the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) Rusman Heriawan said. Foreign tourists visiting Indonesia through 13 gates between January and November, 2006, numbered 3,59 million or decreased by 4.60 percent compared to 3.76 million in 2005, Rusman said here Tuesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 04 January 2007 03:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia worried TB fight might be overshadowed Indonesia's battle against tuberculosis, which kills one person every four minutes in the country, should not be overshadowed by other high-profile diseases such as bird flu, the health minister said on Wednesday. Indonesia has the most deaths from bird flu with 57 fatalities since 2005 and has become one of the frontlines of the battle to prevent a possible human pandemic in which millions could die.

Posted in Health @ 29 November 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Husband reported to police for being lazy A husband in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has been reported to the local authorities by his two wives for being lazy and refusing to work. Odita Rahman, 26, a jobless husband in Jakarta, was detained by North Jakarta city police after his wives Neli Simajuntak, 26, and Turaya, 31, reported that they were sick of their husband pretending to be sick to avoid working, local news agency Tempointeraktif reported today.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 November 2006 09:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Indonesian gov't not to nationalize foreign firms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Thursday that the Indonesian government did not have any plan or wish to take over or nationalize foreign companies in Indonesia and he asked foreign firms to continue doing business in the country without any worry.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

Posted in Culture @ 14 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia mudflow breaks barriers, injures six Barriers built to control a torrent of mud gushing out from an exploratory oil well in Indonesia failed to hold late on Monday, injuring six workers and inundating nearby villages. Several experts have said the mudflow, which started to spurt in late May, could have been triggered by a crack about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres) deep in East Java province's Banjar Panji well.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 26 September 2006 11:06 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
    
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