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FPI opposes Ahok as Jakarta governor Some one thousand FPI Muslim activists staged a protest rally on the premises of the Jakarta Legislative Council (DPRD), rejecting a plan to appoint Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (Ahok) as the Jakarta governor succeeding Joko Widodo.

Posted in Protests @ 24 September 2014 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia refuses to sign tobaco control convention The government has decided not to sign Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) to protect the countrys tobacco industry, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 19 June 2014 22:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House summons Boediono over Bank Century scandal Former Bank Indonesia governor Boediono will be summoned by the House of Representatives (DPR) monitoring team in relation to the Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, a legislator stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2014 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK urged to speed up investigations of Atut and Hambit Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to speed up investigation of Banten Governor Atut Choisiyah and Gunung Mas District Head Hambit Bintih both mired in litigation.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 January 2014 16:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Policewomen allowed to wear headscarves Indonesian policewomen will be allowed to wear headscarves on duty, according to a top police official. "Starting tomorrow, women who wish to wear headscarves can do so while on duty, " the new national police chief, General Sutarman, said after meeting with members of the Forum of Chief Editors at the National Police Headquarters here on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2013 01:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono expresses shock at arrest of chief justice President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he was shocked and deeply concerned upon hearing the arrest of the Constitutional Court`s Chief Justice Akil Mochtar by an anti-graft agency on Wednesday night.

Posted in Politics @ 03 October 2013 14:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional Court chief jugde arrested over alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Chief Judge of the Constitutional Court (MK), AM, who was caught red-handed of receiving alleged bribe for a legal case concerning regional head election in Central Kalimantan.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 October 2013 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandarlampung city legislator nabbed carrying drugs A Bandarlampung city legislator from the ruling Democratic Party, Endang Asnawi bin Jino, was nabbed by police on drug charge at the Bakauheni port town of Lampung.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 May 2013 22:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator and son facing jail term in Koran graft case The prosecutor on Monday asked the Jakarta Corruption Court to punish with imprisonment a legislator and his son charged with extortion and graft in the procurement of computer laboratory and the Koran, the Islamic holy book.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 May 2013 00:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court rejects Miranda Goeltom`s appeal The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of former Bank Indonesia`s senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom over a travel check bribery case, upholding her three-year jail term previously meted out by lower and appellate courts.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 April 2013 15:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A military command chief replaced The Indonesian Army Headquarters has replaced Maj. Gen Hardiono Saroso as chief of the Diponegoro Regional Military Command IV following the raid of a prison in Yoyakarta by Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) members recently.

Posted in Military @ 06 April 2013 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Political temperatures on the rise in Bali Anyone doubting that political temperatures are on the rise in Bali in the period leading up to the election of its next governor on May 15, 2013, need look no further than the ongoing polemic on whether or not the current governor Made Mangku Pastika is barred from making official visits to the regency of Tabanan and the report of the expulsion of a Denpasar municipal legislator from a town-forum meeting conducted by the governor on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2013 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons four lawmakers over Hambalang scandal The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned for questioning as witnesses on Monday four legislators over an alleged corruption case on the development of the Hambalang National Sports Complex project (P3SON).

Posted in Corruption @ 11 February 2013 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court: Nazaruddin jail term increased to 7 years The Supreme Court has denied the conviction appeal of Nazaruddin, the former politician and legislator from the ruling Democrat Party, and increased his sentence for corruption to seven years in jail.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 January 2013 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court Justice candidate apologizes for rape victim joke Supreme Court Justice`s Candidate Daming Sanusi here on Tuesday apologized for uttering joke about rape victims. Daming receives public criticism for jokingly said that rapist should not get death penalty as the rapist and his victim equally enjoy themselves during the incident.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2013 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Anti-graft body urged to question finance minister A legislator has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to question Finance Minister Agus Martowardoyo over an alleged corruption in the Hambalang Sports Complex construction scandal.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 December 2012 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft agency prioritizes corruption prevention efforts The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is currently focusing on efforts to prevent corruption in Indonesia by running anti-corruption campaigns in cooperation with various institutions of the country, according to KPK Chief Abraham Samad.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2012 17:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police general detained for alleged involvement in corruption Police Inspector General Djoko Susilo was detained after being grilled for eight hours by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Monday. "Today following questioning and based upon a detention order after a legal process I was detained," he said after the questioning.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 December 2012 21:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator denies extorting state-owned company Member of the House of Representatives` (DPR) Commission XI Sumaryoto has denied that he has extorted state-owned PT Merpati Nusantara Airlines.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 November 2012 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


One more former legislator nabbed as law fugitive in Bekasi A special intelligence team of theAattorney General Office has succeeded in tracking down and arresting another former Bengkulu regional legislator as law fugitive.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 October 2012 11:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nightclubs along main road cause parking problems A member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) is calling on nightspots along the busy Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, stretching from the Ngurah Rai Airport to Sanur, to stop using the shoulder of the road for visitor parking.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNESCO world heritage site 'on sale' A special committee of legislators from the Tabanan House of Representatives (DPRD-Tabanan) reviewing the provincial zoning law (RTRW) recently surveyed the Jatiluwih rice terraces at Penebel, Tabanan – elevated to a World Heritage Status by UNESCO.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 October 2012 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Higher tax bracket should apply for Bali nightclubs' Legislators from the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) are complaining that lax collection policies by tax authorities are costing the regency substantial revenues in underpayment of taxes by nightspots and discothèques.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · 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


New Merpati president starts company clean-up The newly installed president director of the troubled State airline Merpati Nusantara is complaining openly of “rampant corruption” permeating the state-owned carrier.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 June 2012 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Miranda Goeltom Former Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor Miranda Goeltom was detained on Friday as a suspect in an alleged bribery case, in connection with her election to her post in 2004.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 June 2012 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


KPK detaines Angelina Sondakh The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) today detained Angelina Sondakh at the KPK detainment center in Salemba for alleged bribery of the project of the Youth and Sports Ministry and Education and Culture Ministry last year.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 April 2012 13:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Farmers, fishermen rally against thermal power plant Dozens of farmers and fishermen in Batang district, Central Java, demonstrated on Monday against a plan to build a thermal power plant (PLTU), which they said will affect their villages.

Posted in Protests @ 23 April 2012 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


PDIP supports Yusril`s attempt to review budget law A legislator from an opposition party has expressed support for a former minister`s request at the Constitutional Court (MK) for a judicial review of a newly approved clause in the Law on the 2012 Revised State Budget.

Posted in Politics @ 02 April 2012 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Govt to provide subsidy for farmers' The government will provide subsidy for farmers in compensation for fuel oil price hikes next April, a legislator said. "The government has now provided farmers with seeds and fertilizers," Herman Khaeron of the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission IV on agriculture, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2012 10:31 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


Police identify groups behind Aceh incidents Aceh police have already identified the groups responsible for the recent spate of deadly shooting incidents and the toppling of a high-voltage electricity tower in the province, a legislator said.

Posted in Violence @ 16 January 2012 00:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Foreign NGOs to be banned from soliciting domestic donations Under a bill on societal organizations currently being deliberated in parliament, foreign non-governmental organizations will not be allowed to solicit financial donations from members of the Indonesian public, a legislator said.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2012 02:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Parliament passes land acquisition bill into law The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on land acquisition for public interests into law at a plenary session here on Friday.

Posted in Polio @ 18 December 2011 01:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hasyim: 'Money behind idea of hajj privatization' Former chairman of Indonesia`s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Hasyim Muzadi said money consideration had been behind the idea of privatization of hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Religion @ 08 December 2011 13:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK: Rp 152 trillion in state funds restored The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confirmed that since 2003 it had managed to recover up to Rp 152 trillion (US$17 billion) in state funds from foreign companies in the oil and gas sector.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2011 00:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: parcel bomb issue should not be used against Islam An Indonesian legislator on Monday stated that the recent parcel bomb incidents should not be used to discredit Islam, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2011 01:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Health Minister questioned in corruption case Indonesia's former Health Minister Siti Fadilah Supari on Monday was questioned in a corruption case involving Rp 500 million ($56,500) in traveler's checks related to the alleged procurement of portable X-ray machines within the country's Health Ministry in 2007, local media reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 February 2011 06:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Ahmadis should live on isolated island' This weeks ten points for mutual understanding go to H.M. Busro, who is a legislator in the House or Representatives and also a member of the 8th Commission. During a meeting with Ahmadiyah members over the recent and violent attack on it's members he said that Ahmadiyah could best be put on an island together, somewhere in Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2011 00:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister makes impromptu visit to Cipinang Penitentiary Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar made an impromptu inspection of Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta, one of the penitentiaries being used to hold 19 former legislators who have been named suspects by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2011 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian lawmaker denies requesting 100 billion bribe  Indonesian lawmaker Muhammad Hatta on Wednesday denied allegations that he requested a Rp. 100 billion ($11.11 million) bribe, the Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 December 2010 01:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President pledges 1 billion tree planting program President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged a one-billion tree planting movement at the Jati Luhur Dam, West Java on Sunday. The ceremony took place at the dam at 9 a.m, attended by legislators, party leaders, ministers and politic figures, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Environment @ 28 November 2010 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll rises to 122 in Merapi eruptions With Mount Merapi's most recent eruption, which is being described as the worst in a century, the death toll has risen to 122, officials said Friday. Merapi's thunderous roars late Thursday night were heard up to 25 kilometers away as it shot hot ash 10 kilometers into the sky and 11 kilometers down its slopes.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 00:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker wants probe into Rp 25b bribe rumor House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung said he had ordered the House's Ethical Board (BK) to investigate a rumor that some legislators demanded Rp 25 billion in bribes from Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 July 2010 08:48 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


Gayus spent Rp 20b to avoid imprisonment Police said on Wednesday former low-ranking tax officer Gayus Tambunan had disbursed a total of Rp 20 billion (US$2.18 million) to bribe law enforcers and lawyers in order to avoid imprisonment for alleged graft and money laundering.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 June 2010 04:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 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 long wait for a visa on Bali airport Bisnis Bali reports that despite a total of 26 visa on arrival counters at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, long delays of as much as two hours are being encountered by those landing during peak traffic hours.

Posted in Travel @ 26 February 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


If you can't compete, banish them Following accusations leveled by Kuta residents and widely reported in the Bali press that the newly opened Tune Hotel on Jalan Ciung Wenara in Kuta was contaminating ground water with fuel oil, the two low cost hotels in Bali affiliated with AirAsia have come in for more sharp criticism, this time by local legislators who question both the hotel's environmental practice and its destructive impact on the market mechanism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 December 2009 01:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


New Aceh legislators: 'F*ck you sharia law!' The newly inaugurated members of the legislative council in Aceh are planning on revising the sharia 'stoning'-bylaw recently passed by - now - former legislators. That law allows people that commit adultery to be stoned to death in the province. The turn-around is remarkable, but does more resemble the wishes of the people in the province than enacting such Islamic regulations in the first place.

Posted in Religion @ 23 October 2009 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Minister of Culture and Tourism to resign The Minister of Culture and Tourism, Jero Wacik, has decided to resign from his current position in the cabinet to become a legislator. He will be representing the Democratic Party of President Yudhoyono in the House of Representatives. "I will submit my resignation letter to the President Tuesday afternoon. If the President agrees, I will be able to officially resign by Oct. 1," he said.

Posted in Politics @ 09 September 2009 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Best Western opens in a no-hotel zone Two Bali newspapers, NusaBali and BisnisBali, both report that the Best Western Sapta Petala Hotel in Kuta has opened for business, despite lacking the required operating permits and licenses.

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2009 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two third of legislators absent at speech president When the president holds a speech in parliament it is normally assumed that most members of parliament do show some interest in at least showing up. Whether they are awake during the speech is another question in this matter. During a speech held by president Yudhoyono earlier, 359 of the 548 members of parliament did not even bother to show up.

Posted in Politics @ 14 August 2009 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four ex-BI officials formally charged in corruption case Four former Bank Indonesia (BI) executives have been formally accused of complicity in the illegal transfer of Indonesian Banking Development Foundation (YPPI) funds to a number of legislators and ex-BI officials in 2003.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2009 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kuta residence project accused of zoning violation Bali Post reports that the Kuta Residence Condominium project on Jalan Majapahit in Kuta has become the center of a debate between local residents, Bali legislators and representatives of the local zoning authority.

Posted in General @ 08 December 2008 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protests against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators join forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of the pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill could be passed this week.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2008 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protest against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators joined forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of an anti-pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill was due to be passed this week if agreed upon but has been delayed again.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2008 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Malaysia apologizes for Ambalat incursions Malaysia has made an apology over incursions by its naval boats into Indonesian waters. The neighboring country has admitted that it had made a mistake in making provocative moves in the Ambalat region, according to an Indonesian legislator. "As a civilized nation, we have to appreciate Malaysia's willingness to offer an apology," said Andreas H. Pareira, a House of Representatives (DPR) member of the Indonesian Democratic Party-Struggle (PDI-P).

Posted in Politics @ 30 March 2007 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Malaysian warships should be forced out' "It is time to drive the neighboring country's warships and fighter planes away from the Ambalat Block." Malaysian provocations in Indonesia's territorial waters have reached an alarming level according to a legislator. "Malaysia`s provocative acts in encroaching on Indonesian territorial waters in the Ambalat Block area cannot be tolerated. Therefore, I think it is now time to drive Malaysian warships and fighter planes out of the area," said Suparlan, member of the House of Representatives (DPR) on Friday.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2007 08:02 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


Draft law calls for amputation of thieves' hands in Aceh Thieves could have their hands amputated in Indonesia's Aceh province under a proposed Islamic law that may alarm rights activists and Western governments. The draft law was published Tuesday in an advertisement in Aceh's Serambi newspaper that was paid for by the agency responsible for implementing Islamic Shariah law in the tsunami-ravaged province, which only recently emerged from decades of civil war.

Posted in Religion @ 13 December 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament drafting bill to ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship Indonesian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would ban tobacco companies from advertising or sponsoring sporting and entertainment events, local media reported Tuesday. The bill, which is sure to face opposition from Indonesia's powerful and wealthy tobacco lobby, also envisages doubling taxes on cigarettes to more than 60 percent in the country of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans to build national railway network The Indonesian government plans to build a railway network on the country's major islands to help speed economic development, a newspaper reported Wednesday. The railway projects would include the expansion of existing networks in Java and Sumatra and the construction of new ones in Kalimantan , Sulawesi and parts of Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 20 September 2006 15:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia not to raise power tariff in three years The Indonesian government will not increase electricity tariff until the next three years, an official said Wednesday. "There will be no power tariff hike in 2007, 2008 and 2009," said Purwono, director general of electricity with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Power supply @ 14 September 2006 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build nuclear power plant in 2010 The Indonesian government will begin the construction of a nuclear power plant in 2010 or 2011 as part of the country's energy diversification programme, a senior official said Monday. "Accordingly, the tender for the nuclear power plant construction should take place in 2008," Minister of Research and Technology Koesmayanto Kadiman was quoted as saying by news website Detikcom.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 11 September 2006 14:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud may force Sidoarjo residents out for good Permanent effects from the huge mudflow engulfing Sidoarjo, East Java, may keep thousands of displaced residents from ever returning to their homes, officials warn. In a worst-case scenario where the mudflow from the May 29 accident remained unstoppable, residents of Porong district would have to relocate, officials reportedly said during a closed-door presentation Friday organized by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 August 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


RI envoy returns to Canberra, ties 'back on right track' Signs of a thaw in frosty Indonesia-Australia relations are apparent after Jakarta sent its ambassador back to Canberra ahead of a meeting between the countries' leaders later this month. Foreign Ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said Friday that T.M. Hamzah Thayeb, who was recalled on March 24 during a rancorous dispute over Papuan asylum seekers, would arrive back in the Australian capital this weekend.

Posted in Politics @ 10 June 2006 10:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


First edition of Playboy Indonesia hits newsstand U.S. adult magazine Playboy published its first Indonesian version Friday but it appears that local readers were not as enthusiastic to the down-toned version as predicted earlier. The magazine is sold at 39,000 rupiah (4.3 U.S. dollars), more expensive than any other local men's magazines in Jakarta newsstands, featuring local girl Andhara Early on its cover.

Posted in General @ 07 April 2006 12:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 32 reactions


Barnabas Suebu named Papua governor Barnabas Suebu was officially named the winner of Papua's direct gubernatorial election following a 10-hour plenary session of the provincial General Elections Commission (KPUD) on Monday. In the March 10 election, former governor Barnabas and his running mate, Golkar Party legislator Alexander Hessegem, garnered 354,763 of the over 1.1 million valid votes. Over 17,000 votes were declared invalid and thrown out.

Posted in Politics @ 04 April 2006 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina, ExxonMobil reach Cepu deal State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina and U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil Corp. announced Monday they had finally reached an agreement to jointly operate the Cepu oil block, ending a protracted four-year dispute. Under the agreement, expected to be officially signed on Wednesday, Pertamina and ExxonMobil will form a joint-operating organization, to be known as Cepu Organization, that will run the oil-and-gas-rich block under a 30-year production-sharing contract with the government, they said in a press release.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2006 08:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big factions want porn bill changed The two largest factions in the House of Representatives are expected to push for major changes to the pornography bill currently being deliberated, as the controversy over the issue continues to grow. The Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) occupy 128 and 109 seats respectively in the 550-seat House.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-discrimination law to be introduced A new citizenship bill will eliminate the ethnic and racial discrimination that exists in Indonesia's current law, the Jakarta post daily on Thursday quoted a legislator as saying. Lawmaker Slamet Effendy Yusuf, who heads a working team to discuss the final form of the bill, said on Wednesday the House of Representatives would revise Law No. 62/1958 on citizenship, which was widely deemed "discriminatory, not respecting human rights and gender-biased".

Posted in Human rights @ 09 February 2006 17:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Adult magazine Playboy to make debut in Indonesia The U.S. pornographic magazine Playboy reportedly plans to make first publishing in Indonesia in March despite strong opposition from clerics and lawmakers. Local on-line media Detikcom reported Friday that the magazine's local promoters earlier this week have arranged an audition for local models who will be required to wear bikini and sexy night dress.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2006 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Indonesia needs 15 years to be corruption-free President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia needed at least 15 years to create a public life which is really free from corruptive practices. The president made the remark in a meeting with 500 Indonesian nationals at the auditorium of the Indonesian embassy in Busan, South Korea, on Sunday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 November 2005 09:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Govt plays down impact of new study on Papua vote The government plays down the controversial study by Dutch historian Prof. Pieter Drooglever on 1969 vote in Papua, saying that his report was purely academic. "We view the report as an academic study which is no different from other studies on Papua," Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Yuri Oktavian Thamrin said.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


SBY still popular despite a year of tough decisions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono remains a popular president, with 63 percent of Indonesians satisfied with his performance in running the country, a new survey shows. Similarly, 58 percent of the people were satisfied with Vice President Jusuf Kalla's performance, the survey released on Thursday by the Indonesian Research Institute (LSI) says.

Posted in Politics @ 07 October 2005 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Short news around fuel price hikes Thousands of students, workers, activists and farmers took to the streets across the country on Thursday to protest the plan to raise fuel prices by up to 80 percent, while motorists queued up at gas stations before the new prices take effect.

Posted in General @ 30 September 2005 09:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia's debt load accounts for 52 percent of GDP Indonesia's overseas and domestic debt loads stood at 1,282 trillion rupiah (around 128.2 billion US dollars) as of March this year, equivalent to some 52 percent of the country's gross domestic product, an official said Monday. "The figure comprises 624 trillion rupiah (62.4 billion dollars) of debt in foreign exchange and 658 trillion rupiah (65.8 billion dollars) in local currency," Minister of Finance Jusuf Anwar said in an open-door hearing with legislators at the parliament compound here.

Posted in Economy @ 19 September 2005 13:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia full year fuel subsidy seen at Rp. 138.6 trln Legislators and government officials agreed to raise fuel subsidy spending under Indonesia's 2005 state budget for a second time to 138.6 trln rupiah from 76.5 trln after raising the oil price assumption to 54 usd a barrel from 45 usd previously, legislator Amin Said Husni said. The exchange rate assumption has also been raised to 9,800 rupiah to the dollar from 9,500 previously, said Husni, who chairs a working committee at the House of Representative's Budget Commission.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2005 18:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia graft agency to question justice minister Indonesia's justice minister will be questioned this week by the country's anti-corruption agency in relation to an investigation of the election commission, the agency's chief said on Monday. The Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) has been investigating suspected kickbacks by private firms to the General Election Commission, of which Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin was a member last year.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2005 18:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build nuclear reactor Indonesian authorities have given the go-ahead to build the country's first nuclear power plant on the densely-populated island of Java, with the aim of producing electricity by 2016.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 18 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia at odds over fuel price INDONESIA'S parliament today placed itself on a collision course with the country's president, urging him to review a controversial fuel price hike that has sparked nationwide protests.

Posted in Economy @ 21 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia military to lose its big companies Indonesia's military, undergoing phased reforms intended to bring it under civilian control, may soon lose all its major businesses, although legislators said on Thursday the move would not go far enough. Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, a respected academic and former ambassador, told legislators on Wednesday the government wanted to take over such enterprises and convert them into state-owned companies, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teams scour Indonesia plane crash site Rescue teams have searched areas around an airfield in central Indonesia for survivors from a plane crash that police said killed at least 31 people and left 47 unaccounted for. The McDonnell-Douglas MD-82, operated by budget domestic carrier Lion Air and carrying 163 passengers and crew, crashed in Solo city as it landed in heavy rain around dusk on Tuesday after a flight from Jakarta.

Posted in Accidents @ 01 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moonlighting common among police officers "We need to find other sources of income beside our salary," said First Sgt. Yono (not his real name), a 36-year-old officer of the police's Mobile Brigade, adding that his monthly salary was around Rp 1 million (US$111.11). The amount is only a bit higher than the minimum cost of living for laborers, set by the manpower ministry at Rp 759,532. "As long as our commander knows in advance, we can take the job. Besides, guarding people or a company is a good thing," Yono said over the weekend.

Posted in General @ 29 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ex-general sworn in as president Former general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been sworn in as Indonesia's sixth president after sweeping to power by vowing faster job growth, a war on corruption and tough punishment for terrorists. A solemn-looking Yudhoyono took the oath of office on Wednesday inside a cavernous hall at parliament in front of the very legislators many expect will challenge the big popular mandate he won in Indonesia's first direct presidential election last month.

Posted in Elections @ 20 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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