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MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concept on poverty elimination must be changed The government should now change its poverty eradication concept and focus on improving the welfare of the people, a Democrat Party (PD)s presidential candidate convention participant said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to reach zero-hole roads target in 2014 The Government of Jakarta Capital Regions has planned to reach the zero-hole roads target throughout the area in 2014. The government of Jakarta has also allocated Rp50 billion, with a total of Rp250 billion, for street improvements in each of the Capitals regions.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 18 December 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police still investigating deaths caused by illegal liqour The police are still investigating the case of four people dying after consuming illegal home-brewed alcohol in Sleman, Yogyakarta. "Investigation is still going on, but we are yet to name a suspect who sold local home-brewed alcohol," Sleman Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Ihsan Amin, said on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 18 November 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Once again two killed after drinking oplosan in Jakarta Once again two people are killed after drinking oplosan, alcohol mixed with methanol. Supriyadi and Mulyani died after they unknowingly enjoyed themselves this toxic mix in Pademangan, North Jakarta. The two were rushed to a local hospital, only to die there as any aid came too late.

Posted in Health @ 24 August 2013 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal drugs cause Rp57 trillion loss to Indonesia Official from the National Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) Mariani said illegal drug use is to cause Rp57 Trillion loss to Indonesia this year which is an increase if compared to 2008`s number of Rp25 Trillion.

Posted in Drugs @ 19 July 2013 20:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BNN: 'Number of drug users in Indonesia predicted to grow' It is predicted that the number of drug users in Indonesia will increase from 3.8 million in 2011 (2.2 percent of total 240 million population) to 4.58 million in 2013, Anti-Narcotics Body (BNN) chairman Comr. Gen. Anang Iskandar said.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 February 2013 22:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs office destroys illegal cigarettes worth Rp4 billion The Directorate General of Customs and Excise of Tanjung Perak I Office, destroyed eleven million illegal cigarettes worth Rp4 billion in Kalianak Warehouse here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2012 16:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Body of terrorist suspect belongs to Jipo Police confirmed that the body of a terrorist suspect killed during a firefight with police Densus 88 anti-terrorist squad in Poso belongs to M Choiri alias Jipo alias Iben hailing from Bima, West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Terrorism @ 12 November 2012 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Garuda wants to grow 80% until 2015 The Indonesian National Flag Carrier Garuda Indonesia is targeting to operate 144 aircraft carrying 29 million passengers by the year 2015. Currently, Garuda flies 81 airplanes with 15.5 million passengers carried in 2011. If Garuda meets its self-proclaimed goals, this will translate into an 80% increase in business in only 3.5 years.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 July 2012 06:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Forestry ministry rejects claims of APP logging ramin woods Director General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation of the Forestry Ministry Darori said there were no logging activities by the Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) company in the Kalimantan and Riau provinces, in response to an accusation from environmental NGO Greenpeace.

Posted in Environment @ 21 May 2012 16:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Power plant on Java to stop using fuel oil The government aims to stop using fuel oil for electricity power plants situated in Java island by June 2012. "In the middle of this year, there would be no more plants using fuel oil in Java," said Jarman, Director General of Electricity Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, here on Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 20 April 2012 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to buy Apache helicopters from US Indonesia plans to buy eight units of AH-64 Apache helicopter from the US, deputy minister of defense Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin said here on Thursday. He said the procurement was done not because the US had made an offer to the government. "It was done to meet Indonesia's needs. They did not offer them but it was us who sought them," he said.

Posted in Military @ 10 February 2012 11:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


agoda.com spotlight on Jakarta: hotels from USD 22! agoda.com, a leading global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq: PCLN) today announced a chic selection of hotel deals in the exciting Indonesian capital of Jakarta.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 November 2011 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian brain damaged after drinking toxic cocktail An Australian nurse has fallen ill after drinking a toxic alcoholic beverage at an Indonesian resort island, local media reported on Wednesday. She is currently hospitalized after eventually suffering from brain damage and kidney failure.

Posted in Accidents @ 12 October 2011 06:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Disaster-prone, but still hungry for nuclear energy In the hope of bringing electricity to some of Indonesia's 90 million people who are currently without it, the country is proceeding with plans to build four nuclear reactors, despite growing opposition sparked by the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan.

Posted in Power supply @ 22 March 2011 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ignorance feeds cigarette habit among young in Indonesia Indonesia has a higher percentage of young smokers than any other country, but ignorance and a powerful tobacco lobby are making it difficult to stamp out nicotine addiction, say health workers and the government.

Posted in Health @ 19 January 2011 01:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Alert status Bromo volcano lowered to level 3 The alert status for the Mount Bromo volcano in East Java province has been lowered from level 4 to level 3 earlier today. This decision was made because the volcano has showed further decreasing activity, especially compared to earlier this month. The volcano is still very active and an ash cloud can still be seen over the active crater.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 December 2010 11:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda cancels flights due to ongoing system problems Continuing problems with Garuda Indonesia's new automated crew rotation system resulted in the cancellation of 11 flights and the delays of another six, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 November 2010 19:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ash rains Mount Merapi reach Solo Ash rains originating from the Mount Merapi volcano mixed with normal rain reached the city of Solo in the afternoon yesterday. The ash, originating from the most recent eruption of the volcano around 15:30 local time yesterday, forced the airport of Adi Soemarmo near Solo to close down for an hour.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 01 November 2010 00:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Eight dead after 'alcohol party' in Cirebon Eight people dead and two arrested is the result of a alcohol party that went slightly out of control. The police in Cirebon is still investigating the death of the eight 'party goers', but it is already clear that the two people that were arrested supplied the booze. Although the police reported an alcohol party is was most likely a gathering to get wasted as soon as possible.

Posted in Health @ 08 May 2010 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible new problems after gas leak pops up near mud flow The train track and main road between the large city of Surabaya and Malang has is threathened to be flooded once again near the Sidoarjo mud flow. At several locations along the main supporting dam along the road and the track, there is mud escaping via leaks.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 April 2010 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


' ... and I am Christian' Most lights were still on after the short introduction video of a 25-year-old ethnic Chinese who told that he was able to work hard. He worked at a well-known national bank and has his own car. He likes to spend his spare time traveling. This kind of description often lures a row of women that would like to take the gamble of creating a relationship with this person.

Posted in Religion @ 30 March 2010 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Eight dead after drinking oplosan alcohol Eight men have died after drinking so-called oplosan alcohol in Yogyakarta. Oplosan is alcohol that has been mixed with ethanol and then sold cheap for those who want to get drunk quickly. The local police is currently investigating the case. The first death occurred on Sunday, with the others following on Monday, according to a Yogyakarta police spokesperson.

Posted in Crime @ 09 February 2010 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The wrong kind of home industry: mixing alcohol The police in Surabaya has raided a house of which the owner though it would be a good idea to make some real Indonesian products by himself. Unfortunately he choose to process alcoholic drinks in his own house, which is not allowed unless you have a permit for it. But it didn't end there, so the police did not raid the house for nothing.

Posted in Crime @ 16 January 2010 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


That water is really cold! However I don't see myself diving into the river to wash myself, it is still common practice here in the desa ('rural village'), especially for the children, to wash themselves when they are playing in the water they are already in. It doesn't get more easy, so why not just enjoy it? That is what they do indeed.

Posted in Travel @ 08 December 2009 06:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI member admits watching porn For days members of the well-known masked white-robed Islamists of Front Pembela Islam ('Islamic Defenders Front') held demonstrations against a comedy film which is currently being produced because one of it's actors - Japanese porn star Maria 'Miyabi' Ozawa - has a leading roll, allthough not naked at all.

Posted in Religion @ 11 October 2009 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protest against non-Islamic leader of DPRD In a new show of pure discrimination dozens of supporters of several Islamic movements protested against the installation of a non-Islamic leader of the regional government, the DPRD, in the regency of Tangerang. The demonstrators wanted to force their way into the building of the regional government but failed.

Posted in Religion @ 05 October 2009 11:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Confucian and Islamic prayers in temple A joint prayer among Chinese Indonesians and members of the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), which is the biggest Islamic organization in Indonesia, was held in the Tay Kak Sie Temple in Semarang yesterday to pray for the health of former president Abdurrahman Wahid, better known as Gus Dur. The dual prayers were lead by Haksu Bing Buana Jaya and Muhammad Munif Zuhri.

Posted in Religion @ 07 September 2009 03:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud leak occurs near Sidoarjo mud flow, again It is certainly not the first time that a new flow of mud occurs near the Lapindo mud flow in the district of Sidoarjo, East Java province. This time it is the residence of a local named Sudarmanto where the leak occurred. Based on information gathered, the new leak started from a drilled well around 06:00 local time yesterday. With a depth of 24 meters, the well started to produce gases mixed with water and mud.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 August 2009 01:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


'DemoCrazy' on video Almost a month ago already, but I just recently downloaded the video below from my hape (mobile phone). Recorded in the Semanggi area on July 4, just a few days before the presidential elections in Indonesia. Tens of thousands of demonstrators went to Jakarta to show their support for president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Some 25 political parties supported SBY in his re-election, so it was a bright mix of all kinds of parties, harmoniously together.

Posted in Elections @ 31 July 2009 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


86 cases of Mexican Flu in Indonesia Indonesia confirmed that 22 more people are infected by the H1N1 Mexican flu virus, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 86, according to the Health Ministry in a statement which was released yesterday evening. All new cases were Indonesians. Nine of them were male, 13 of them female. Most of them had recently returned from travel abroad from countries like the United States, Hong Kong, Turkey and Singapore.

Posted in Mexican flu @ 14 July 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lapindo-like mud eruption occurs in Serang A so-called mud volcano, which resembles the large 'Lapindo' mud volcano near Sidoarjo in East Java, has emerged in Serang, Banten province. The geyser-like structure exhausts sand mixed with mud as high as ten meters and also spreads a bad odor.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 21 June 2009 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Dragonfly Along one of the main streets of Jakarta is the anonymous Graha BIP, a office building like others along the same street. It is just a little stroll to the Kartika Chandra Hotel and the offices of government agencies like LIPI and BKPM are just around the corner as well. No clear indication that the basement of Graha BIP is home to a place that is currently known as Dragonfly.

Posted in Nightlife @ 13 May 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Activity of Mount Slamet still increases The volcanic activity of the Mount Slamet volcano keeps on increasing. Where there were first some hundred tremors a day which lasted between 20 and 95 seconds, now the volcano also emits molten rock up to heights of 900 meters from the peak of the volcano. The volcano has now released lava some 80 times. The eruptions that occurred today were much bigger than those recorded yesterday.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2009 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; Aphrodite It is a humid night - like most nights in Jakarta indeed - after some light rain when I sit in a taxi on my way to meet two female friends. First something to eat and then enjoying the nightlife until the early hours of the next day, that was the deal we made by SMS during the course of the day. SMS-ing is much more convenient than calling each other all the time because connections are often not optimal. Another important thing is that SMS-es can be read again in case you forgot something.

Posted in Nightlife @ 08 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (II) The later it gets, the more clear it becomes that Kedai Kopi Jakal - Jakal is a subtraction Jalan Kaliurang, the street where the coffee house is located - has become a real gathering place. After ten in the evening the first groups of people decide to go out already. They will most likely be headed for one of the several nightclubs that Jogja has to spend the rest of the evening. Empty seats are filled up again in quite a short time, but they brought their laptop this time, so most likely they will be around for some time to come. That should not be a problem as well because they serve you until three in the morning of the next day.

Posted in Culture @ 12 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia keeps stock exchange closed Indonesia closed its stock exchange for the second day to halt a flurry of selling that sent the main stock index plummeting more than 20 percent this week, while Asian trading ended mixed. Stock exchange president Erry Firmansyah said it will remain closed to give investors a chance to "calm down before they make decisions."

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2008 05:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan in Yogyakarta: Sahur! Sahur! Sahur! It is around half past two in the early morning at a random Sunday in the holy month of fasting Ramadan. For a big part of the population this is the time to enjoy a nice meal, a part of the people leaves the nearby nightclub Republic for the lesehan* at Jalan Malioboro. A colorful group of young women in short skirts, high heels and often quite a lot of make-up and proper young men in a blouse quickly fills up the lesehan. They have just over one hour to eat their meal and enjoy a cigarette before the call to open the fasting for this Sunday is made by the imam from the mosque almost next door to the nightclub.

Posted in Ramadan @ 26 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: Really closed down? The afternoon after that, the second day of Ramadan, I made a walk through the town of Nagoya, which is the most important place on the island outside the industrial estates and shipyards which are spread on other parts of the island. Nagoya Hill is the biggest shopping center of the island. Entirely according to Indonesian standards this shopping center - also called 'superblok' - features a big Hypermart supermarket, a Matahari department store, half a floor of mobile communication and one floor of food court of mixed quality. It is directly noticeable that it is an entirely different world than outside. Restaurants outside behave themselves as chameleons by acting they are closed, while they are still open.

Posted in Ramadan @ 09 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


14 die in Indonesia in suspected alcohol poisoning Fourteen people working for cargo ship, including some Thai citizens, have died after drinking mix-drink suspected to contain alcohol, Indonesian national police spokesman Sulistyo Ishak said here Tuesday. The incident happened at a party on Sunday night in Merauke of Papua province in easternmost of Indonesia, the spokesman said.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2008 02:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Old oil well spews out crude oil in Bojonegoro An old oil well in the subdistrict of Kedewan in the district of Bojonegoro in eastern Java spews out crude oil mixed with water. Villagers from the village of Hargomulio, near the well, have gathered around the well to collect the oil mixed with water in storage trays.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 May 2008 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar builds expansion to Indonesia with office in Jakarta Emaar Properties, the Dubai-based property developer with a significant presence in 36 markets globally, has accelerated its development plans for Indonesia with the opening of its country office in Jakarta. The office will steer the development of Emaar's first project in the country, the mega-tourism and mixed-use project in Lombok, and also explore new opportunities for growth.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 May 2008 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Floods hit Semarang city Floods have flooded dozens of homes in the city of Semarang. Heavy rain that hit the area since yesterday afternoon until yesterday evening was the cause of these floods which were mixed with mud as well. The flood originated from the Kaligarang river, which was already at a high level because of the heavy rainfall. The worst flood occurred in the sub-sub-district of Sukorejo in sub-district Gunungpati. Floodwaters here reached up to one meter. A part of the residents, mainly elderly and children, had to evacuate themselves to a mosque.

Posted in Flooding @ 31 January 2008 10:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Krakatau spews lava Mount Krakatau - in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra - has been put on the second-highest alert because it has been spewing ash for several days now. Saut Simatupang, from the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, said that the increased activity of the Anak Krakatau volcano posed a big danger so people have been advised to stay outside a three-kilometer danger zone around the volcano.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 02 November 2007 07:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two neighbors but a completely different world It is a completely random day at the end of August. Time to catch a plane to head for a new destination. Fortunately I know what is waiting for me on the other side. This is, for me personally, a lot less stress. I tend to arrange everything into the smallest details, and that from someone that tries to build a life in Indonesia. Yeah, I know, it sounds strange, but until now it was relatively easy for that matter. The bright red AirAsia plane touches down after about two hours of flight. The environment still is tropical and green. It is clouded, that is the only thing I notice directly. That means that here at least I can see what kind of weather it is, because that is a big difference than just two hours ago. Because Jakarta is always covered under a thick layer of brown smog and other lethal stuff.

Posted in Travel @ 06 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists are back again Sometimes you have those days that you want to enjoy the evening after a day of traveling around. This enjoying will work perfectly having a cold beer and some company. Earlier that day I had enjoyed the celebrations of Independence Day in and around Yogyakarta and after that I headed for Jalan Malioboro to do some shopping. That has to be done as well, and to combine it with something good, I decided to look for a place in one of the many bars or restaurants in the first small street off Jalan Malioboro, Jalan Sosrowijayan.

Posted in Tourism @ 20 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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

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


Bird flu; situation in Indonesia, update 5 The child who died of bird flu last week appears to have caught the virus from dead of sick chickens living in her area, a health ministry official told earlier today. "She had indirect contact with dead chickens near her school," told Joko Suyono, an official at the ministry's bird flu center.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 July 2007 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clove Marlboro launched in Indonesia Philip Morris International has launched 'Marlboro Mix 9', a Marlboro cigarette in Indonesia flavored with clove, seeking to boost sales in one of the world's biggest markets where smokers in Europe and the United States stop smoking. The company, a unit of New York-based Altria Group, last year bought a controlling stake in cigarette manufacturer Sampoerna for 5.2 billion US dollar. It was the largest foreign takeover in Indonesian history.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2007 10:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Mud flow causes living room geyser Large amounts of water have been shooting out of the ground in homes and a restaurant hundreds of meters away from the submerged area of land near the mud volcano in Eastern Java. Experts tell that these bursts are caused by underground pressure linked to the flow of mud flowing out of a drilling site near Sidoarjo, just south of Indonesia's second largest city of Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 20 June 2007 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia, Indonesia agree to jointly defend palm oil industry Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to make joint publicity efforts in defense of the palm oil industry in both countries. This comes in reaction to Western criticism. Activists in the United States and Europe have launched a massive anti-palm oil campaign, mentioning Indonesia and Malaysia as destroyers of the natural habitats of the orang-utan when opening palm oil estates. This was told by Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Posted in Economy @ 26 May 2007 13:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Yudhoyono faltering on Human Rights' After two years at the helm, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has drawn praise for ending the 30-year war in Aceh. Yet, human rights activists do not share the same enthusiasm when it comes to reforming the powerful military and solving human rights cases.

Posted in Human rights @ 23 October 2006 04:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu found in pigs in Bali The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday. "There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July," Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lesson from Malaysia One more time I would like to look back to Malaysia a little bit. However I was only there for a week, I still had time to look around more than enough to get back to it for (maybe) one more time. Maybe it's just that I have too much time here, but I think it's rather because I would like Indonesia to have something of it as well. They will have to do most of the work however, I don't have much to tell here of course. I can at least tell about my ideas a little bit on the internet, to get it of my list and probably to never get back to it.

Posted in General @ 06 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Group files complaint against Miss Indonesia A militant Islamic group has filed a police report against Indonesia's Miss Universe candidate accusing her of indecency, a lawyer for the organization said on Tuesday. Nadine Chandrawinata's participation in the contest and display of her body in a swimsuit there "is actually insulting for Indonesian dignity and women", Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) attorney Sugito told Reuters.

Posted in Religion @ 25 July 2006 13:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian parliament passes law on citizenship Indonesian House of Representatives on Tuesday endorsed the new law on citizenship, eliminating discrimination on ethnic, gender and marital status. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has also given his approval on the law, according to Minister of Justice and Human Right Hamid Awaluddin.

Posted in Politics @ 12 July 2006 08:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia quake victims put ghost fears to rest More than 120 earthquake survivors have cast aside their fear of spirits and built makeshift tents over tombstones in a small Indonesian cemetery in the badly-hit Bantul region. With tarpaulin stretched overhead and rugs thrown over graves, the survivors have managed to get sleep and escape nightly rain since the Saturday quake. Some even set up cooking equipment over larger, grander headstones.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 May 2006 16:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's cultural heart escapes worst of quake Indonesia's weekend earthquake shook the country's ancient Javanese royal capital, but left little damage in the cultural and educational hub that has endured both man-made and natural disasters before. Yogyakarta, a city of half a million long ruled by descendants of the Indonesian royal family and home to a centuries-old palace, was woken by the magnitude 6.3 quake at dawn on Saturday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Study warns residents to keep safe distance A university's four case scenarios for restless Mt. Merapi predicts local residents would escape harm in the event of an eruption -- as long as they stay eight kilometers from the volcano's crater. Soetoto from the Natural Disaster Study Center of Yogyakarta's Gadjah Mada University said Wednesday previous eruptions of the Central Java volcano had not caused the expulsion of smalls stones or rocks over a great distance, only dust clouds.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Survey shows prevalent conservatism Islamic conservatism is a growing force to be reckoned with across the country, with research indicating about 40 percent of citizens would support the replacement of state laws with sharia and one in 10 consider suicide bombings justified in some circumstances. A survey conducted in late January by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) found 40 percent of respondents approved of adulterers being stoned to death, 34 percent did not want to see another female president and 40 percent accepted polygamy.

Posted in Religion @ 17 March 2006 07:29 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


Back to Bali: Bombs, cocktails and surfers I managed to hop over to Bali for a few days last week in order to both soothe my metro madness and also to see how the old island was faring after the recent bombings. Lion Air did the honors for about Rp 900,000 return, which is pretty good value, I guess, although anyone hovering around the six-foot-tall mark will have a few comfort issues to deal with when trying to squeeze into their cattle-class seats. After 90 minutes with my knees around my chin we touched down at Ngurah Rai airport in the rain and a taxi whisked me down to Legian.

Posted in Terrorism @ 04 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia deploys British arms against protesters British military equipment is being used by the Indonesian authorities against civilians in remote parts of the country. Despite promises by Foreign Office ministers that UK arms exported to the country are not used for internal repression, a photograph seen by The Observer shows a British-made Tactica water cannon vehicle deployed in the troubled eastern province of West Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 27 November 2005 11:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four dead in police clash with sect in Sulawesi A clash between police and machete-wielding members of a shadowy Islamic sect on Indonesia's eastern Sulawesi island has killed four people, three of them officers, a senior policeman said on Wednesday. The fighting a day earlier on the rugged hills just outside the Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu broke out when police sought to apprehend the leader of a tiny sect which has been branded deviant by local Muslim clerics.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 26 October 2005 10:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh rebels begin surrendering weapons Dozens of rebels from the Free Aceh Movement, or GAM, came to the regional capital of Banda Aceh Thursday to hand in a total of 78 weapons to international monitors from the European Union and Asian nations. Scores of GAM fighters rode onto a football field, and watched under the scorching sun, as their leaders handed over weapon after weapon to members of the Aceh Monitoring Mission.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia president warns of terror attacks Indonesia's president warned on Monday of possible terrorist attacks in the coming two months, and said he would also take steps to show the country was still a tolerant Muslim nation. Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said bombmakers from the militant network Jemaah Islamiah posed a threat to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2005 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christians face proselytism charges in Indonesia Three evangelical women in Indonesia are facing charges which could to prison for allegedly contravening a law against “Christianisation”. They have been accused by a chapter of the Indonesian Council of Muslim Clerics of trying to get Muslim children to convert to Christianity through “the use of lies, deception or enticement.”

Posted in Human rights @ 25 July 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto returns home Former Indonesian President Suharto has returned home less than a week after he was taken to hospital suffering from internal bleeding. Looking pale but relieved, he was wheeled out of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital at 5pm local time (1000GMT).

Posted in Human rights @ 11 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Koninginnedag and 'Kantjil 2 go' Sometimes, just sometimes when I'm walking around, having a cold drink on a nice Dutch spring day, I have the feeling that I'm on holiday. One of those days was just barely a week ago, when I was on my way to Amsterdam. I'm going there a few times a year to meet with friends or my travel agent, but this time they would be stuck in traffic elsewhere in the city or, in case of the travel agent, they would be closed. Ooh well, what's the deal then? It was 'Koninginnedag', or Queens day. Every 30th April the birthday of former queen Juliana is celebrated. Queen Beatrix, the current queen, didn't want to change that date to her own birthday to honour her, and so it happened that every 30th April is a national holiday with celebrations virtually everywhere. Cities, towns and villages have their own live bands playing on their squares and the biggest cities have one day of local markets on which everyone is - almost - free to sell what they want.

Posted in Travel @ 05 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia admits slow response to quake Indonesia's government today admitted that it had been slow to deliver food and water to victims of Monday's earthquake. As rescuers continued to pull survivors from the rubble left by the disaster, Bachtiar Chamsyah, the country's social affairs minister, was confronted by angry residents of Gunung Sitoli, the main town on Nias island, to the north of Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 March 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge cigarette investment lights up prospects of economic revival Suwarno drags deeply on his kretek cigarette, the scented fumes swirling lazily in the Indonesian sunshine. Strong and cheap, the exotic smoke leaves him a little dizzy, but each lungful could take his country nearer its long overdue economic recovery.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Philip Morris offers to buy Sampoerna for US$5.2 billion Marlboro maker Philip Morris on Monday said it is offering US$5.2 billion for one of heavy-smoking Indonesia's largest cigarette firms to expand its share of one of the world's biggest markets. The US firm agreed to acquire a 40 percent stake in Sampoerna for 10,600 rupiah a share -- 20 percent higher than the closing price of 8,850 last Thursday -- and said it wanted to buy the remainder for the same amount.

Posted in Economy @ 14 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Twenty dead, 76 missing in Bandung landslide Twenty people were killed and 76 missing under rubble and mud after heavy rain caused a landslide on Monday near a garbage dump on the outskirts of the Indonesian city of Bandung, police said. Police in West Java province had earlier reported that 139 people were missing after a wall of mud and garbage up to 7 metres high crashed into houses about a kilometre away.

Posted in Weather @ 21 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A police experience in Bali and Yogyakarta A different world of course, since Bali is located about 500 kilometers east of Yogyakarta. It's another island, another culture and whatever more, but one thing I encountered amazed me the most, but in fact I only realised it when I was home again, bringing back memories with some friends and beers. This is about the difference in approach, if you can call it that, of the local police concerning 'traffic violations'. For a start I would like to admit that I do actually make mistakes. Probably nothing close to a miracle.

Posted in Travel @ 20 February 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta bans smoking under new pollution laws Indonesia's capital will ban smoking in workplaces, including restaurants, buses and bars to improve the city's air quality, reports said Saturday. The Jakarta city council approved the smoking ban on Friday as part of a law to combat pollution, The Jakarta Post and other media said. City hall will start a pilot no-smoking program before the law takes effect, sometime in the next year, according to the reports.

Posted in Health @ 05 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami victims still being recovered in Indonesia The body squad has been doing its dirty, dangerous and unavoidable work here for nearly a month. Yet, every day, incredibly, there are still more victims of the Asian tsunami to be found, bagged and buried. The squad — Indonesian soldiers and Red Cross volunteers — gathers in the Punge neighborhood of this provincial capital. The Indonesian army says more than 17,600 bodies have been pulled from this area. The Indonesian Red Cross says more than 92,700 bodies have been found in Aceh province, the area hit hardest Dec. 26 by the earthquake and tsunami.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Reaction to U.S. aid in Indonesia mixed In the world's most populous Muslim nation, not everyone is entirely happy to see Americans in helicopters handing out food and water to the hungry victims of last week's tsunami. Though Secretary of State Colin Powell on Tuesday expressed hope that the sight of U.S. soldiers passing out aid would help ease anti-American sentiment in the Muslim world, many Muslims say they cannot ignore that the same U.S. military that invaded Iraq and Afghanistan is now engaged in its largest operation in South Asia since the Vietnam War.

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 January 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Toll hit's 26,000, 8 Americans dead The human toll from the earthquake-spawned tsunamis that swamped an epic swath of South Asia climbed to 26,000 dead yesterday, and with tens of thousands still missing is bound to soar even higher. At least eight Americans were killed and hundreds of other Yanks remain unaccounted for in the region, the State Department said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 28 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Disease fear as Indonesia battles devastation Indonesian soldiers and volunteers are searching for bodies in treetops and laying dead babies in fish crates, trying to clean up before disease could spread after a tsunami killed 4,500 people. Many of the dead were youngsters and elderly who drowned in waters churning with huge rocks, logs and the remnants of homes uprooted by earthquake-triggered waves that slammed into Aceh province on the northern tip of Sumatra island on Sunday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On my motorbike, enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian landscape – preferrably outside the cities – I see a lot of strange things. At least, they are strange in my western point of view. Some things make me wonder how they even got there.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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