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Ship carrying 97 Indonesian sinks off Malaysian waters A ship carrying 97 Indonesians sank off Air Hitam river, Selangor Malaysia, on Tuesday night, Information Director from Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sofia Sudarma said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2014 13:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods again submerge parts of Jakarta Floods triggered by incessant heavy rains since Tuesday evening, submerged 21 urban villages ("kelurahan") in Jakarta on Wednesday morning. The number of flooded urban villages increased from 19 on Tuesday, to 21 on Wednesday, Head of the Jakarta Disaster Mitigation office (BPBD) Edy Junaedi Harahap stated.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2014 21:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven dead as Jakarta floods continue Heavy rainfall and flooding have left at least seven dead this week in Indonesia’s capital, according to city officials. The causes include sickness, drowning after slipping and getting electrocuted, according to Surya Putra, Jakarta Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) information chief on Saturday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 January 2014 09:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood forces 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate Torrential rains since Sunday, Jan.12 that lead to floods in the capital city, have forced 5,125 Jakarta residents to evacuate their homes. "Up until 7 a.m. Monday, floods had inundated 31 sub districts in 18 districts of Jakarta," stated The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 January 2014 12:08 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


All crew members of crashed helicopter in Papua survive Four crew members and a passenger aboard a helicopter that crashed in Kampung (village) Aroanop, Tembagapura District, Mimika, Papua on Sunday at about 3.30 pm local time were found survived, an official said.

Posted in Accidents @ 16 December 2013 09:34 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


Jakarta monorail project also kicked off Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi broke the ground on Wednesday to mark the start of work to build the city`s monorail project. Construction of the project was halted 5 years ago on financial problem after some of pillars had been implanted in some areas.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 16 October 2013 18:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood hit Kampung Melayu celebrating Idul Adha Floods submerged most of the Kampung Melayu area of East Jakarta, when the people were celebrating Idul Adha on Tuesday. "The flood water was as high as 30 to 100 centimeters in Kampung Melayu this morning," head of the emergency and logistic division of the Regional Disaster Controlling Agency (BPBD) Iwan Samosir said.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 October 2013 17:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garut police arrest 115 illegal immigrants Police arrested 115 illegal immigrants from Myanmar, Bangladesh and Africa in a villa, Banjarwangi Subdistrict, Garut, West Java, on Sunday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 September 2013 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Idul Fitri travelers urged to not use motorcycles Jakarta Police Deputy Chief Brig. Gen. Sudjarno asked Idul Fitri holiday travelers to not use motorcycles when they went home towns to celebrate the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran next week.

Posted in Travel @ 01 August 2013 21:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods affects some telecommunication infrastructure facilities The Ministry of Communications and Information said some telecommunications infrastructure facilities in flood-affected locations in Jakarta were still off due to floods.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 14:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousand evacuees in Kampung Melayu return home Thousand evacuees in Kampung Melayu returned home on Monday as the flood water in one of the worst-hit areas in the capital city had decreased. "The number of remaining evacuees is now less than 2,700," Kampung Melayu Village Head Bambang Pangestu said at his office.

Posted in Flooding @ 21 January 2013 14:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Many locations in Jakarta remain under water Several locations in Jakarta remained under water on Saturday, including Pluit in North Jakarta where flood waters were reported to be two meters deep. Other locations still heavily flooded in North Jakarta included Bandengan and Teluk Gong.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of dead victims of Jakarta flooding rises to 14 The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said the number of dead victims of the Jakarta floods had up to Saturday morning, 7 am, risen to 14.

Posted in Flooding @ 19 January 2013 11:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 3,000 people evacuated over floods in Jakarta At least 3,000 residents have been evacuated to safer places and emergency shelters due to flooding in various parts of Jakarta until 8 am on Wednesday, disaster mitigation officials said.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 January 2013 12:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PMI deploys 200 volunteers to help handle Jakarta floods The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) for Jakarta deployed 200 volunteers to help Jakarta residents in the face of floods that took place in various parts of the capital city.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 January 2013 18:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengawan Solo flood in Bojonegoro receding The flood caused by the overflow of Bengawan Solo River in Bojonegoro regency, East Java province, is showing signs of receding, according to an official.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 January 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengawan Solo river overflows Bengawan Solo River overflowed its banks inundating tens of houses in Solo city and Karanganyar district, Central Java, on Sunday.

Posted in Flooding @ 06 January 2013 15:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods isolate 1,500 families in Agam Floods hit the Nagari Tiku Lima Jorong village, Agam district, West Sumatra province on Sunday and caused at least 1,500 families isolated, according to a village head.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 December 2012 22:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi inaugurates East Jakarta mayor in slum area Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo inaugurated East Jakarta Mayor H.R. Krisdianto and his deputy Husein Murad in the slum area of Kampung Pulo Jahe in Cakung on Thursday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 December 2012 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Narcotics unit destroys drugs worth 1 bln rupiah The West Jakarta Police narcotics unit has destroyed Rp1 billion worth of drugs, including 358 grams of cocaine, 1,486 grams of ecstasy and 1,975 grams of marijuana.

Posted in Drugs @ 04 September 2012 10:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizen`s murder suspect surrendered in Malaysia The prime suspect in the killing of an Indonesian citizen whose body was found in an oil palm plantation ditch at Kampung Tapah, Setiu, Terengganu, Saturday, July 27, finally surrendered on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Identification of Sukhoi victims may take 2 weeks It will take at least two weeks to identify the passengers of the crashed Sukhoi Superjet 100, because of a DNA test. "The DNA test process might take at least two weeks' time," said Anton Castilani, Indonesian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) Chief Police Commissioner at Halim Perdanakusumah airport in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 May 2012 12:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shoot dead two suspected terrorists Police have shot dead two suspected terrorists at Pondok Aren in the southwestern outskirts of Jakarta. "True, we have shot dead two terrorist suspects and arrested two others," Chief of the Jakarta Metropolitan Police Insp Gen Untung S Rajab confirmed on Friday night.

Posted in Terrorism @ 31 March 2012 14:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One Papua tribe extinct, two more to follow soon Unable to compete in the acculturation process with other groups, the Sebo tribe in Kayu Pulau, Jayapura, Papua, has become extinct, and two other tribes - the Tampoto and Dasim - are on the verge of extinction.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2012 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta police bust drug trafficking ring Jakarta police have busted a methamphetamine trafficking ring by arresting nine people who were about to distribute 16 kilograms of the drug in the capital.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 December 2011 02:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police nab three public transport rape-robbery suspects Jakarta Metropolitan Police acting together with Depok police have arrested three of four men suspected of raping and robbing a woman in a public transport vehicle last December 14.

Posted in Crime @ 26 December 2011 02:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 5 killed after landslide on Nias Island At least five people were killed on Thursday when a rain-triggered landslide hit a village on an island off Indonesia's Sumatra, officials said. Several others remain missing.

Posted in Weather @ 01 December 2011 20:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed in most recent Busway related accidents An accident involving public transportation left four people dead on Sunday, which an expert said was the result of a lack of discipline among road users. Ayuningtyas, a 17-year-old high school student, died after being run over by a Transjakarta bus on Jl. Jatinegara Barat, East Jakarta, early on Sunday.

Posted in Accidents @ 11 October 2011 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta light rail to kick off soon? Where most metropolis in the world - inclusive of those in virtually all third-world-countries - already are 'equipped' with at least one form of mass rapid transit, Indonesia has do do it the railroad tracks that were laid down during the Dutch colonial period and buses that were put on the road for the first time when Suharto just became president.

Posted in Economy @ 27 March 2011 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood inundates hundreds of houses in Kampung Melayu Hundreds of houses in Kampung Melayu, Jatinegara, became inundated by floodwaters at around three a.m. Tuesday morning. Floodwaters reached depths between 50 and 200 centimeters. According to information gathered by beritajakarta.com, the water came from Bogor, West Java, which was slammed by heavy rains Monday afternoon and evening.

Posted in Flooding @ 08 December 2010 01:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A fist look at Pangandaran Pangandaran has become a well-known - and of growing importance - tourist destination. Normally you will find hundreds of buses with thousands of passengers from the area of Bandung here. There are also foreigners though, several hundred of them are present at any time in this large village and some of them do actually live here.

Posted in Travel @ 16 May 2010 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trading XL for Simpati Something remarkable to me is the limited number of SMS messages or telephone calls that I received. That seems to be coincidence, but it isn't. Most people don't even know that I am pulang kampung, but the main reason is the simple fact that the network of my provider XL is not available for most time here. At some moments when the weather is good - so the wet season like now is an even worse time - I can barely send or receive an SMS here now. Making a telephone call is simply not possible.

Posted in Travel @ 13 December 2009 00:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting for the umbilical cord to fall off I didn't tell anything yet about the fact why we are in the kampung all of a sudden. In fact there is not much to tell since there is only one reason why we are here now and that is the birth of a new member of the family. A nice gave birth. She gave birth to a two-kilogram weighing, but healthy, son named David on December 3.

Posted in Culture @ 10 December 2009 01:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Back to the quiet of the desa After a completely messed up trip with a DAMRI bus from Jakarta we have arrived in the rural area of Java in the area of Cilacap. We have landed in the desa of Binangun in the kampung Sidamulya to be more precize. Most likely there are much more places named Binangun, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 07 December 2009 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waiting along the toll road It is half past ten in the evening and the DAMRI bus that left the Kampung Rambutan bus terminal around half past seven in the evening has stopped and is on the emergency lane of the toll road between Jakarta and Bandung. Just short of three hours of traveling in the direction of Cilacap and engine problems already forced us to stop. What the exact problem is, is not known. There are bottles of water and the driver and kenek (from the Dutch word 'knecht', helper) are looking for a solution.

Posted in Travel @ 06 December 2009 15:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


The new Gajayana between Malang and Jakarta #3 I woke up again early in the morning when we already had made a short stop in Cirebon before departing again. Slowly a new day started and the first people were already working on their rice paddies. The colorful fields range from fresh green young plants to the brown colors of a newly harvested field and the left-overs on the dry fields.

Posted in Travel @ 24 November 2009 05:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Brand new from the roadside It is quite difficult to get them, those new 2,000 Rupiah bank notes. And it gets even more difficult when you want to have a bundle of 100 notes, like they are issued by Bank Indonesia. You would say that bringing a visit to a branch of Bank Indonesia to change these bank notes, but that is not entirely true.

Posted in Culture @ 07 September 2009 06:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosives found at Bogor farm The Indonesian police has found explosives at a farm in Bogor, West Java province. The police seized some 12 kilograms of explosives of different types and at the moment they are looking for the person that has rented the place a while ago. Ugi, resident of Kampung Bojong in northern Bogor, told that he rented out the farm house to students for their research. The students who rented the place together are students at the Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB).

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2009 09:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Residents: 'No terrorist in our graveyard!' Residents of Kampung Caringin in the village of Sampora, Kuningan, have refused the burial of Ibrohim in their graveyard. Ibrohim was one of the people that helped bomb the J.W. Marriott Hotel and Ritz Carlton Hotel last month. Residents told that they don't want to have a body of a terrorist in their graveyard. The village head of Sampora, Nurohidin, confirmed the deman of his residents.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 August 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


August 17, Liberation Day Every August 17th, the Indonesians celebrate the fact they threw out the Dutch in 1945. Merdeka! Now wait a second, they had to wait a few years more for that to materialise, so officially the day is called Hari Proklamasi, the day they proclaimed the Republik Indonesia. Whatever, it is a national holiday anyway, and it is celebrated all over Indonesia.

Posted in Culture @ 11 August 2009 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shipment of illegally cut wood seized in Riau The regional police in Riau has successfully seized a shipment of over 10 tonnes of wood that has been illegally cut. The wood that was taken from the forests of Riau were destined for Malaysia. The head of the marine police in Riau, Zainal Paliwang, explained that wood in various sizes has been seized from three boats that routinely operate the waters of Kampung Pacul in the district of Bengkalis.

Posted in Environment @ 01 August 2009 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A goodbye to the kampung After a day or four, which was a few days back by now, it was time to go back home to the 'civilized world', however that is a wrong choice of words if you ask me. My girlfriend and I decided that four days was enough, above all it was a 'mere' eight hours shaking by bus and 55.000 Rupiah to get here, so it was not something impossible if you want to go.

Posted in Travel @ 22 June 2009 09:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The easy life in the kampung The long trip by bus lay behind us when we arrived at what we called home at half past three in the night. Most of the family stayed awake to greet us, so not to be rude I sat down on the wooden bench to eat something. After that it was soon time to excuse me to catch some sleep. I just wanted to go along with the rest here, so getting up early is something obligatory. Of course there is the understanding that I didn't have much sleep, so I could get some sleep without any problems.

Posted in Travel @ 17 June 2009 12:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Time for something new; goodbye Jogja It has been three years this coming July that I left for Indonesia with a 'single trip' Singapore Airlines. You can not enter Indonesia officially when you only have a single trip indeed, but that was the feeling I had back them. Moving from the Netherlands to try and see whether I could spend three months in that country. Of course I assumed that everything would be fine, otherwise I would not just try it for.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2009 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Dozens killed after dam collapses in Jakarta suburb More than 50 people were found dead when the Situ Gintung dam, in the densely populated Tangerang district, burst at about 4am today. Head of the Crisis Management Centre at the Indonesian Health Ministry, Rustam A. Pakaya, told Bernama that the number of people killed would be higher being that more than 400 houses had been swept away as at 9am.

Posted in Accidents @ 27 March 2009 07:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police raids drug-factory in luxury Bogor villa A luxury villa in Kampung Pasir Putih in Bogor, West Java, has been raided by the regional and local police of Bogor earlier today. The villa was used as a factory for the production of synthetic drugs and is said to be the biggest factory in Bogor. At the moment of the raid the police was able to seize amounts of chemicals and production equipment.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 February 2009 00:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven killed in floods across Indonesia During heavy rains and tropical storms lasting for three days, floods have killed four people in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara of eastern Indonesia, and three in Jakarta and its neighboring city Bogor by Tuesday, the Jakarta Post reported. The Social Service Agency Head Sentianus Medi said that 10 villages in Central Kupang, East Kupang and Sulamu districts were submerged in 1.5 meters of water, forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes and seek refuge.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2009 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ramadan on Batam: everything closed down The first of September of this year was the official start of the Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Moslems in Indonesia. In general this comes with all kinds of threats from - in general - radical elements in the society that some places should better shut down for the entire month or otherwise be visited by people that are not visitors or customers. Fortunately those people are not the majority nor the government in this country, thus the local government on Batam has decided that the two weeks of obliged shut-downs is to be limited to only four days; the first day of fasting, the 17th day and the days of Idul Fitri (also known as the Arabic term Eid-ul Fitr). This however is the official regulation, outside that it will still be different than people hoped for.

Posted in Ramadan @ 05 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Waves drag seven into sea; four killed Seven people from Kampung Gambir in the subdistrict of Cikeulet, Garut, were washed into sea by high waves. Four of them drowned and three others were rescued. Two of the bodies have not been found yet. The seven victims were dragged into the sea by high waves when they were looking for fish. At the moment, the local police and residents are still looking for the two missing bodies along the beach.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 August 2008 11:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Extra long buses added to Jakarta Busway route Extra long buses for the Trans-Jakarta bus way system - often named just 'Busway' - will be used on the route Kampung Melayu-Ancol, or Corridor V. The launch of the new buses was executed by the governor of Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo yesterday morning. Ten new extra long buses have been prepared to be operational starting from today. These new buses can only be used on this corridor, because the infrastructure here is completely ready as well.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2008 04:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for fuel does not decline with higher prices For most Indonesians it came as unexpected as ever. With a shortage of foreign news, strictly regulated by the Indonesian government, it was not in the line of expectations of the average man in the street that fuel prices might just be hiked with one third all of a sudden. However almost the entire population of this planet knows what the current market price of a barrel of crude oil is - somewhere about 130 US dollar - Indonesia assumed that everything was fine. Use of fuel would decrease, prices would come down and nationwide production was to rise as well.

Posted in General @ 31 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Train derails in Central Jakarta A train on the route Rangkas Bitung - Pasar Senen has derailed just before entering the Kampung Bandan trainstation in Central Jakarta earlier this afternoon. Other trains on the track in both directions (Tangerang and Bekasi) were not able to stop at this station anymore. The locomotive with registration number CC 201-77 of the train derailed and closed the track in both directions. Local residents hurried themselves to the location, but only to get some of the diesel that was leaking from the locomotive.

Posted in Accidents @ 28 May 2008 13:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Missing Malaysian girls believed to be in Indonesia Many Malaysian girls reported missing by their families have ended up in Indonesia, PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa said. Husam through his non-governmental organisation Kijang Care and in collaboration with other NGOs, has traced two Malaysian girls who were taken to Lombok, Indonesia, without the consent of their families.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2008 06:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plane parts Batava Air plane in fields near airport Several parts of a Boeing 737-400 plane that belongs to Batavia Air were found in the area of Kampung Malang, Gempol Sari, Sepatan Timur, Tangerang in the province of Banten, western Java. The parts originated from a plane that had just left for Pontianak from the international airport of Soekarno-Hatta nearby where the parts were found.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 November 2007 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three days of flooding in South Jakarta A flood still covers hundreds of houses in the area of Kampung Sawah, Petogogan, Kebayoran Baru in Southern Jakarta. Heavy rains lashed the Jakarta area and rainwaters from Bogor caused the flooding which now already lasts for three days. In some places the water level reached half a meter. Residents are still in their houses until Sunday evening, but the water level is said to be still rising.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 November 2007 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Merdeka! Merdeka! With just over two weeks to go, Indonesia is slowly turning into a more colorful country than usual. Independence Day is coming - the 17th of August. That will be celebrated as well. Of course the red and white flags will be everywhere around, but the celebration is more than just raising a flag in the early morning. Like I wrote a year ago, cleaning is done as preparation. Things that haven't been cleaned for almost a year are now cleaned to be finished just a few days short of the 17th - so they don't have to care about it for another year as well.

Posted in Culture @ 31 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fire in Jakarta causes melting of railway track A fire that razed through many houses on both side of a railroad track in Duri Angke, West Jakarta has even caused the railway track to melt. The fire started around 17:40 local time on Tuesday. "I received a report from the Kebayoran Railway Station that several points of the rail track in the area melted," a spokesman for the state railway company PT KAI, Ahmad Sujadi.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 May 2007 02:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 16 February 2007 01:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten This report has been prepared by the UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports.

Posted in Flooding @ 13 February 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Situation report: Floods Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Banten The UN HC/RC Office in Indonesia based on information provided by the National Coordinating Board for the Management of Disaster (BAKORNAS PB), the Provincial Coordinating Unit for the Management of Disaster (SATKORLAK PB) Jakarta, the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI), the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG), and media reports has prepared this report.

Posted in Flooding @ 09 February 2007 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rains bring fresh floods to Jakarta Residents working in waist-high mud salvaged family photos from washed-out neighborhoods as fresh rains Thursday triggered more flooding, compounding the misery for hundreds of thousands forced from their homes. A week after the Indonesian capital was struck by the worst floods in recent memory, waters had receded in many middle-class districts, but conditions remained grim in narrow riverside alleys where the city's poor live.

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


Indonesia floods begin to recede amid disease risk Flood waters receded in parts of Indonesia's capital on Tuesday, but huge areas remained submerged heightening the risk of disease amid questions over why more had not been done to prevent the disaster. Businesses were also trying to assess the economic impact of the floods, which have caused blackouts, cut telecommunications and made many key roads impassable.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia floods kill 20, nearly 200,000 homeless Floods in the Indonesian capital have killed at least 20 people and made nearly 200,000 homeless, with the deluge of muddy brown water up to 4 metres (13 feet) deep in some areas, officials said on Sunday. Downpours over Jakarta weakened at the weekend, but heavy rain in upland areas sent more water into already swollen rivers criss-crossing the low-lying city.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 02:14 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


Independence Day preparations With several days left until the annual celebration of the independence of Indonesia, 17 August 2006 exactly 61 years ago, the daily view in the streets has changed pretty much. Not that it has become more crowded or more quiet, because that doesn't realy matter this time of year, this day is commonly celebrated with the neighbors in the neighborhood. Many of the central fields in villages and cities will be the stage of small games at the 17th, especially old Dutch games with a Indonesian flavour added to it.

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


City to go high-tech in flood watch The city administration plans to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) systems in flood-prone areas throughout the city to monitor water levels. The head of the Jakarta Natural Disaster Relief Body, Haryanto Bajuri, said the planned installation of the CCTV systems was part of the city's efforts to modernize its water level monitoring system.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2006 19:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Floodwaters swell as residents take to rooftops There are no floods in the city for months and then they happen all at once. In Jakarta, when it rains, it does indeed pour. The rain over the past week alerted people living on the banks of Ciliwung River to the possibility of floods. So, when the river -- which divides the sub-districts of Kampung Pulo, East Jakarta, and Bukit Duri, South Jakarta -- burst its banks at 5 a.m. on Friday, they were ready.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 January 2006 19:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Sutiyoso set on busway launch, ignores backseat drivers Despite the technical problems during the trial run last year, Governor Sutiyoso insists the new busway corridors will start limited operations on Jan. 15. But the buses driving the new routes may still be powered by diesel, rather than cleaner compressed natural gas (CNG). And the full quotient of buses won't come into service until April. "I don't see any significant obstacles (to the launch of the new busway project). We will go ahead with the plan to have our maiden ride on Jan. 15," Sutiyoso said at City Hall on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2006 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia under threat of 'lost generation' Her name, Sasih, in Sundanese means 'month'. Over the past 14 years, Sasih has given birth to five children -- two boys and three girls -- with the youngest being barely two years old. Along with husband Kadmira, a bajaj driver, the family of seven occupies a two-meter by two-meter rented room in a slum corner of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fires dash hopes in Jakarta during Idul Fitri The Idul Fitri celebration was over for Parlan, 36, as he stared at what was left of his house on Jl. Kampung Muka in Lodan, North Jakarta, after a massive fire early on Saturday. "I don't know what all this means. We had just bought the house after saving little by little for years. Now it's gone. But I will keep praying that we can rebuild the house soon," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Ramadan @ 06 November 2005 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Yogya from the air It's not the world as I know it, an aerial view over the city. Normally I will only see cities from the roads I drive on by motorbike. It's much more cheap to do so, because using a helicopter to have a look in town is not for the average man. Still I had the chance to make some pictures from the window upon arriving in Yogyakarta in December last year. Since the airport is close to the city and the weather was clear, I made a handful of pictures.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta floods force minister to take ojek Torrential rainfall flooded parts of Jakarta early Wednesday (19/1/05), causing severe traffic congestion that forced Manpower and Transmigration Minister Fahmi Idris to take an ojek (motorbike taxi) to work. Idris left his house near Jalan Warung Buncit, South Jakarta, in his chauffeur-driven Volvo limousine supplied by the state, but the vehicle soon became trapped in the gridlock in the floodwaters. The minister then exited his stationary vehicle and hailed an ojek to take him to a meeting at the vice presidential office, detikcom online news portal reported. The ride on the Suzuki Thunder motorbike reportedly cost the minister Rp50,000 ($5.45) – well above the usual fare for such a journey.

Posted in Flooding @ 20 January 2005 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


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


Bus, railway stations crammed as holiday nears With just three full days before the kick off of Idul Fitri celebrations on Nov. 25, thousands of migrants living in Jakarta began to overstretch the limits of the airport, seaports, bus terminals and train stations, not to mention the main highways leading out of town to Central Java and East Java, as they rushed to get back to their hometowns in time for the holidays.

Posted in Ramadan @ 21 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


YLKI warns of rocky Idul Fitri journeys The Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) warned holidaymakers on Monday not to expect a smooth journey, with disruptions likely no matter the type of land transportation. Tulus Abadi, who is coordinating the YLKI's Idul Fitri exodus monitoring team, said the myriad problems afflicting land transportation, primarily trains and buses, had yet to be properly addressed by the government.

Posted in Ramadan @ 18 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of monorail system to start in January The construction of two monorail lines is scheduled to begin in January 2004 but the elevated public transport system will only operate in the center of Jakarta instead of connecting Jakarta with Bekasi in the east and Tangerang in the west as originally planned. The US$540 million two monorail lines will be built by PT Indonesian Transit Central (ITC) and its Malaysian partner M Trans Holdings.

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


Two named suspects in train crash The Bogor Police named on Sunday a train driver and a passenger as suspects in the commuter train collision on Saturday along the Jakarta-Bogor route, in which two commuters were severely injured and at least 44 others suffered minor injuries. The police identified the suspects as Edi Siswanto, 41, the driver of train No. 490, and Darwin, 38, a passenger on train No. 488. Train No. 490 crashed into the back of train No. 488. The two are being held at Bogor Police Headquarters pending further investigation.

Posted in Accidents @ 06 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


"Oh, you have to visit Lombok, it's very different from other islands in Indonesia, and Bali. It's much more quiet and the people are more friendly." That was what I was told when I told people there was a small chance I would go to Lombok. A very definate 'must see' island.

Posted in Travel @ 24 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not long after I had settelled in South Jakarta, the people who live in the house came home, so I had the chance to meet them again. Bapak was home late, but he liked to see me again, same like the sister of my friend here. She’s about to graduate in a few months, and besides wishing her the best, I also got to talk to her for a few hours, on the late evening of that Wednesday. A talk that I in fact never had with her before, so it was a true delight that evening. I went to bed about midnight, remembering that she wanted to go to campus the next day, and I could go with her to the train station, since I was leaving for Bandung tomorrow.

Posted in Travel @ 10 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City, investors at odds on monorail route City administration and monorail investors are still discussing the route of the semi-mass transportation system even though construction is expected to begin in December. To attract more interest in the scheme investors argued that the monorail would not only transport commuters between Bekasi, Jakarta and Tangerang but also to other areas of the city.

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


Indonesian forces kill 7 Aceh separatists Indonesian forces killed seven separatists of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) Tuesday, July 1, in several gunfights, as the country’s human rights investigators were verifying reports of new mass graves in the turbulent region. Government troops also arrested 13 separatists and seized 15 time bombs and seven grenades, spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Yani Basuki said, arguing there were no air strikes against GAM posts on Tuesday.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 01 July 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood returns, victims back again to temporary shelters Thousands of Jakarta's flood victims, and in particular those living on the banks of Ciliwung River, were given no respite on Wednesday as floods returned to swamp their houses.

Posted in Flooding @ 14 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More flood hit Jakarta Continuing overnight heavy downpour caused further flooding here, while power and telephone communications suffered in most parts of the city on Friday. The death toll is nationwide has reached 31, including nine in Greater Jakarta (another two are missing), 15 in East Java and seven in Bali.

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


Three years ago, a petty dispute between a local and two migrants in the Ambon capital of Maluku degenerated into a full-scale sectarian riot which up to this year has killed 9,000 people and forced more than 500,000 people out of their homes.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 23 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel protests turn violent Protests against the fuel price hike again turned violent here as university students taking part in two separate demonstrations clashed with police. Students from the Indonesian Christian University (UKI) and Jayabaya University, both in East Jakarta, became involved in running battles with the police in front of their respective universities, resulting in at least five people being injured.

Posted in Protests @ 21 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods displace 18,000 people across Jakarta As many as 18,000 people were forced to flee on Thursday and Friday when floods struck their homes in various neighborhoods across Jakarta on Friday. Three days of incessant rain in the capital combined with floods in Bogor, from where many rivers in Jakarta originate, caused rivers to overflow, inundating 11 subdistricts.

Posted in Flooding @ 10 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Landslides kill 58 in Banten province Landslides resulting from persistent rainfall in Lebak regency, Banten, have claimed 58 lives over the past three days, Antara reported on Saturday. The news agency said that at least 5,695 families living in 10 districts in the regency were left homeless and thousands of hectares of crop fields were destroyed by flooding.

Posted in Weather @ 10 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto trial venue rocked The South Jakarta District Court is due to begin the long- awaited trial of former president Soeharto on Thursday amid more uncertainty following an explosion adjacent to the trial venue late on Wednesday night. A parked yellow Koantas Bima city bus was left mangled by the explosion. No casualties were reported and there was also little damage to surrounding buildings. The bus was parked in front of the Mitra Karya auto repair shop on Jl. Taman Marga Satwa, South Jakarta, about 300 meters across the street from the Ministry of Agriculture compound, where the trial will be held.

Posted in General @ 31 August 2000 16:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Matraman witnesses commonplace brawl Hundreds of angry Kebon Manggis and Pal Meriam residents of Matraman, East Jakarta, strung arrows, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at each other, and exchanged stick blows on Thursday over a sudden stabbing of a man who incidentally got off a bus in their area.

Posted in Violence @ 02 June 2000 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blackout affects activities in Greater Jakarta Hundreds of thousands, or perhaps millions, of people in several parts of Jakarta and Tangerang had their routines interrupted for hours on Monday after a blackout occurred at 10:55 a.m. The total loss suffered by customers of state electricity firm PT PLN during the four-hour electricity failure could reach billions of rupiah. Main streets in the capital witnessed heavy traffic congestion when traffic lights stopped working.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2000 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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