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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


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


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 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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Megawati tells Indonesia to accept poll result A tearful President Megawati Sukarnoputri has told Indonesians to accept the result of the country's landmark leadership ballot, but has not explicitly conceded defeat to her former security chief. Megawati's team has threatened to challenge the vote count from some areas, putting winner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a bind and risking what could have been an orderly end to Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 05 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party expels Bambang's running mate, Jusuf Kalla The Golkar Party dismissed on Monday nine key Golkar members for defying the executive board's order to support presidential candidate Megawati Soekarnoputri and her running mate Hasyim Muzadi in Monday's election runoff. Two of those, Fahmi Idris and former attorney general Marzuki Darusman, will almost certainly lose their seats in the House of Representatives, even though they were directly elected by the people -- Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara, respectively -- in April's legislative election.

Posted in Elections @ 21 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fresh faces feature in next govt New faces will dominate Indonesia's next government following the country's April 5 legislative polls, according to official election documents. The Kompas newspaper says new faces make up 72 per cent of the country's next Parliament or People's Representative Council (DPR). It based its conclusion on the list of names of the incoming Members of Parliament, released on Tuesday by the Indonesian General Election Commission.

Posted in Elections @ 05 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono maintains lead The team of former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and welfare minister Jusuf Kalla continues to lead all candidates in Indonesia, according to a poll by the Democracy Study Institute (LKaDe). 45.17 per cent of respondents would support Yudhoyono and Kalla of the Democratic Party (PDI) in the country’s first-ever direct presidential ballot.

Posted in Elections @ 17 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono has big lead in Indonesia Former security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is still the most popular candidate in Indonesia, according to a poll by the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES). 41 per cent of respondents would support Yudhoyono of the Democratic Party (PDI) in the country’s first-ever direct presidential ballot.

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


Soaring oil prices have again been creating headlines in the economic sections of most newspapers. After climbing about 40 percent last year, oil prices have continued to gyrate widely over the past two weeks.

Posted in Economy @ 24 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's old guard is eyeing a comeback in Monday's parliamentary elections, with nostalgia for the stability and economic growth of ousted autocrat Suharto's rule seen returning his former party to prominence. Around 90 percent of the 147 million eligible voters in the world's most populous Muslim nation are expected to take part in the election, billed as the biggest and most complex one-day vote the world has ever seen.

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


Golkar rejects its old image Growing resentment against calls to become loyalists of former president Soeharto has led the former dominant party, Golkar, to exercise a good measure of damage control in its campaigns by removing itself from symbols of the past regime. Soeharto was the main patron of Golkar and calls from a political party set up by his former aide, R. Hartono, for people to again become the second president's loyalists has provoked indignant cries of rejection. Hartono made the call when campaigning for his Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PPKB) in Soeharto's hometown of Yogyakarta, just as campaigners for Golkar said that the past years have been better than the current "reform" period.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties dismiss list of 'crooked politicians' The publication of the list of roguish politicians would not have an impact on political party performance in the upcoming general elections, some leaders of political parties asserted on Sunday. They also said that the publication was sensationalized and subjective, and people should question the credibility. Speaking to The Jakarta Post, deputy chairman of the National Mandate Party (PAN) Abdillah Toha acknowledged that some (five) PAN legislators had been included on the original list of 61, but he argued that it would not affect PAN's image.

Posted in Elections @ 15 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election fever along with the inevitable campaigning essentially began as soon as the legislation was finalized by the House of Representatives (DPR) in mid-2003.

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


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

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


KPU worries about late party screening Less than half of 32 provincial elections commission (KPUDs) have submitted the results of their field verification on 40 political parties, raising fears the slow progress would severely affect preparations for next year's elections. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said over the weekend that only 14 provincial KPUDs had submitted their reports by Saturday, two days after the deadline lapsed last Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 01 December 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government told to reconsider road project in Leuser park Legislators urged the government on Tuesday to abandon its plan to continue construction on a Rp 1 trillion (US$1.2 million) highway cutting through Aceh province in Sumatra. "We do not see any urgency to build the road, at the cost of destroying the Leuser ecosystem," said legislator Zaenal Arifin on Tuesday, echoing what environmentalists said recently.

Posted in Environment @ 12 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government extends martial law in Aceh The government has decided to extend martial law in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, admitting that the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM) had remained strong six months into the military offensive in the troubled province. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a press conference here on Monday that President Megawati Soekarnoputri had accepted a proposal from Cabinet members and Acehnese leaders to extend the martial law and the joint operation against GAM rebels.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 04 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPU names five companies to supply paper for 2004 election The General Elections Committee (KPU) on Thursday named five companies as the winning bidders to supply paper for the upcoming general election. The five companies are PT Surabaya Agung Industri Pulp & Kertas, PT Adiprima Suraprinita, PT Kertas Leces, PT Kertas Kraft Aceh, and PT Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper. KPU has said that the 2004 elections would need 47,000 tons of election forms, 63,000 tons of identity cards, 28,000 tons of ballots and 791 tons of envelopes.

Posted in Elections @ 29 October 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shelves Papua division after deadly clashes The Indonesian government on Wednesday decided to shelve plans to split easternmost Papua province into three after three days of street clashes involving supporters and opponents of the move left three people dead. ``Based on political and administrative considerations, the division of Papua province ... has been put off and (Papua) will be kept in the status quo,'' top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told a press conference.

Posted in Violence @ 28 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Assembly shortens session to seven days, saves around Rp 6 billion A plenary session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) agreed on Sunday to cut short its annual session from 10 days to seven, a move that could save the state budget around Rp six billion (US$700,000) The Assembly secretariat had allocated Rp 20 billion for the event. With this decision, the Assembly now hopes to conclude its current annual meeting on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 August 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF releases delayed $469 mln for Indonesia The International Monetary Fund on Friday approved a delayed review of Indonesia's loan program and said it would release $469 million, the fund said. Indonesia has a $5 billion loan program with the IMF which expires at the end of this year. The Executive Board of the IMF completed today its eighth review of Indonesia's performance under...an Extended Fund Facility arrangement," the IMF statement said.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grapples with Islamic law Women in miniskirts gyrate in all-night discotheques, where designer drugs circulate as freely as alcohol. Friday, the Islamic sabbath, is a regular work day. Pork is widely available in restaurants and supermarkets. These and other violations of Islamic law - or sharia - are the norm in Indonesia, the world's largest Islamic country, where secularism has long held sway in national legislation. Although some religious parties asked for sharia law to be included among a set of constitutional amendments adopted Saturday by lawmakers, the measure was dropped because of overwhelming opposition within the national legislature.

Posted in Religion @ 15 August 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian student protesters besiege parliament Scores of Indonesian students laid siege to parliament on Tuesday, breaking through the gates before running into police barriers, in a protest against moves by some legislators to block key constitutional changes. The students were among 5,000 protesting at moves by smaller factions in the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) to halt the revisions, including setting a mechanism for direct election of the president and vice president from 2004. Indonesian presidents are currently appointed by the MPR, the nation's top legislature.

Posted in Protests @ 07 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian groups press for Islamic law Muslim groups are upping the pressure on lawmakers here to introduce Islamic law in the country, with thousands taking to the streets in several cities yesterday calling for the Syariah to be incorporated in the Constitution. In Jakarta, members and supporters of 10 Muslim groups were led by clerics, including terror suspect Abu Bakar Bashir, to the National Assembly (MPR), where they urged legislators to amend the Constitution and make Islamic law applicable to all Muslims. The groups were backed by Vice-President Hamzah Haz, who earlier in the day praised their movement in a speech marking the fourth anniversary of the radical Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI).

Posted in Religion @ 06 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cow dung served as MPR breakfast Dozens of students from several universities in Greater Jakarta sent a bag of cow's feces to members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) staying at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Central Jakarta to protest the legislators' poor performance during the Annual Session. "We have been disappointed to see that ever since the first day of the session, there have been clandestine attempts (from some of MPR's members) to scrap the amendments of the Constitution," said Rico Marbun, chairman of the University of Indonesia's Student Executive Body (BEM).

Posted in Protests @ 03 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia legislator killed by gunmen Two gunmen killed a lawmaker at his home in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh, making him the second legislator slain in the past three days, a military spokesman said Friday. Nasri Zamzam, a councilman with the Muslim-based United Development Party, was fatally shot Thursday night by gunmen in Aneuk Galong village, about 10 miles east of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. Nasri was the fifth official killed since September. It remains unclear why legislators are being targeted, though some were aligned with the government in this troubled region 1,200 miles northwest of Jakarta.

Posted in Crime @ 14 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java-Bali bridge plan under fire The Bali provincial government, local legislators, non-governmental organizations and visiting members of the House of Representatives have strongly rejected on Monday the plan to build a bridge over the Strait of Bali linking the resort island and Java, which is scheduled to start in 2003.

Posted in General @ 02 April 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


This year we have still to see the worst of the floods. Former state minister for the environment and professor in business ethics Sonny Keraf, who served in the Cabinet of former president Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid, shares his views on environmental policy with The Jakarta Post contributor Dwi Iswandono. . Question: What is your comment on the recent floods? . Answer: The floods have been caused by human behavior. The root of this disaster is morality, as displayed in the form of bad practice in government, private enterprise and society. Such actions have ignored all the regulations we made to safeguard the environment.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mixed reaction over fuel price Several legislators of the three largest factions of the House of Representatives gave mixed reactions on Monday to the government's proposal to raise fuel prices by 30 percent next year. Husni Thamrin of the second largest faction, Golkar, said the government should delay the plan given the hardships people suffer due to the prolonged economic crisis.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Luwu violence reaches 13 The death toll from an intervillage clash in the district of Ponrang, Luwu regency, reached 13 on Saturday, while regency legislators decried the local regent's sluggishness in dealing with the violence. "Regent Kamrul Kasim failed to anticipate the deadly clash, which had been predicted by others. He also did not approach residents to appeal to them not to be easily provoked. Kamrul Kasim must be held responsible for the tragedy," A. Muh. Yamin, a legislator from Commission B, told The Jakarta Post while monitoring the exodus from Padang Sappa.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati Sukarnoputri was born to power. But in order to wield it for the benefit of Indonesia, she will have to learn to work with, and control, the powerbrokers in parliament and the military. Can she do it? On a day when most business executives in Jakarta were chasing rumors about the possible shape of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's cabinet, investment banker Tim Gray was past caring. Let others worry whether her government will prove any more stable than that of her impeached predecessor, Abdurrahman Wahid. Gray is leaving town. "The type of deals I do, the movement of capital into this market, those sources of capital have dried up," he says. After more than 10 years in Jakarta, he left his job as president of Development Capital, a privately held investment bank, and headed to Dubai. It's a departure with regrets, says the American-born banker. But even with Megawati as president, there's no sense staying. "They've dug themselves a deep hole. To dig themselves out is going to take years."

Posted in Politics @ 06 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid renews state of emergency threat Indonesia's beleaguered President, Abdurrahman Wahid, says he will call a state of emergency if his political rivals go ahead with impeachment proceedings. The President's office has previously denied Wahid would resort to this tactic, although they admit he has canvassed the conditions which would allow him to do so.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina prepared for possible run of fuel State oil and gas company Pertamina assured the public on Thursday that it had enough fuel to handle a possible run arising from the government's decision to raise fuel prices by an average of 30 percent. "Pertamina is ready to respond to a sudden increase in fuel demand within the next few days," said Pertamina president Baihaki Hakim on the sidelines of a hearing with legislators to discuss the new oil and gas bill.

Posted in General @ 15 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rupiah faces bleak outlook again this week The rupiah faces a bleak outlook again this week as anticipation of a political showdown between President Abdurrahman Wahid and his opponents at the end of this month is expected to further spur dollar buying, analysts predict.

Posted in Economy @ 23 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stumbles from crisis to crisis under President Wahid and the one person with the clout and popular support to replace him prefers to sit in the wings. What makes Megawati so static?

Posted in Politics @ 10 April 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Second censure of Abdurrahman a matter of time: opponents President Abdurrahman "Gus Dur" Wahid cannot avoid a second parliamentary censure despite his defiance, according to the President's political opponents. Speaking minutes after the President rejected any involvement in two alleged financial scandals, some legislators from political parties critical of him predicted the second censure would eventually be issued, and that would lead to his impeachment.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation is in worst condition since 1945, says Megawati Deploring the growing climate of violence in the country, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Friday said that the country currently found itself in its worst state since independence in 1945. "We are now going through the worst times we have experienced in the last 56 years," Megawati said while addressing a ceremony marking the start of National Press Day and the 55th anniversary of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) at the Surakarta Press Monument.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrations by Gus Dur supporters turn violent Disgruntled supporters of the incumbent President Abdurrahman Wahid continued venting their anger in East Java on Monday by vandalizing the National Awakening Party (PAN) and Golkar Party offices in the town of Gresik, some 30 kilometers northwest of Surabaya. No fatalities were reported, but the police said that they had failed to curb the violent actions committed by at least 2,000 people.

Posted in Protests @ 06 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Spectre of violence looms over Indonesian political row The Indonesian press on Tuesday warned that a political dispute over an investigation into two financial scandals implicating President Abdurrahman Wahid could lead to bloodshed. Thousands of anti-Wahid students on Monday tried to force their way into the parliament complex where legislators were debating the results of an investigation by a parliamentary commission into the scandals.

Posted in Politics @ 30 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur walks out of scandals hearing President Abdurrahman Wahid on Monday left legislators dumbfounded as he abruptly walked out of a meeting with the House of Representatives' special committee investigating the Bulog and Brunei scandals. Abdurrahman surprised everyone as he left the meeting hall at the Jakarta Convention Center only some 45 minutes into the scheduled two-hour session.

Posted in Crime @ 23 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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