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Bank Indonesia allocates Rp3 trillion to print paper money Bank Indonesia, the central bank, has set aside Rp3 trillion per year to print paper currency, which is considered as a substantial amount, hence the government will encourage the use of non-cash transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2014 13:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilink denies planning to acquire Tiger Air Mandala Low-cost airlines Citilink Indonesia had denied speculations that it will acquire Tiger Air Mandala, saying that an acquisition is a complex process. The statement of the Citilink CEO also clarified several news reports about the preparedness of the airline company to acquire Tiger Air Mandala.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2014 16:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Helicopter makes emergency landing in Central Java A helicopter had to make an emergency landing due to bad weather conditions at the Dukuh Jetis Square, Kadipaten Village, Andong, Boyolali District, Central Java, on Friday, though no casualties were reported.

Posted in Accidents @ 07 February 2014 22:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO supports Jakarta`s free medical treatment for the poor The World Health Organization (WHO) appreciates and supports Jakarta city`s program of free medical treatment for the poor. A WHO`s team has studied the program for months and found it appreciable.

Posted in Health @ 11 September 2013 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for preservation of mangroves President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for the preservation of 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest which is crucial to prevent abrasion. Indonesia must safeguard its around 130 million hectares of forest area and 3.7 million hectares of mangrove forest, the head of state said when launching a mangrove save campaign here on Wednesday,

Posted in Environment @ 26 June 2013 11:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes model of world terrorist handling Indonesia now becomes a model of world terrorist handling, the National Counter-Terrorism Agency (BNPT) Chief Ansyaad Mbai said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 March 2013 15:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soekarno-Hatta Airport rail link to emulate Changi model The Soekarno-Hatta International Airport rail link will be modelled on the one in Changi, Singapore.

Posted in General @ 03 January 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New tool to keep Indonesia one step ahead of disaster To help communities better prepare for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, a new hazard impact modelling tool, the Indonesia scenario assessment for emergencies (InaSAFE), was launched Wednesday, according to the Australian Embassy here in its official web site on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to start Jakarta development from slum areas Joko Widodo (Jokowi) pledged he would start Jakarta`s development from the slum area if he is elected governor of the capital city for the next five years.

Posted in Politics @ 15 September 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on elites to build good political tradition President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on political elites here on Monday to develop a good political tradition with regard to preventing political disturbance.

Posted in Politics @ 13 August 2012 21:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Honda to build fourth motorcycle plant in Indonesia Honda Motor Company has announced that its joint venture company in Indonesia will be building the fourth motorcycle plant in the Asian country to satisfy rapidly increasing market demands.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2012 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two striptease dancers sentenced to one year in jail The district court in Padang, West Sumatra, has sentenced two girls to a year in jail for performing striptease dances at a cafe here in September last year. Silfi and Nofera, caught by city administration police officers while performing the dances, cried upon hearing the verdict.

Posted in Culture @ 11 March 2012 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense ministry gets three Bell-412 choppers Indonesian aerospace company PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PT DI)) handed three Bell-412 EP helicopters to the Defense Ministry in Bandung, West Java, on Friday. PT DI delivered the helicopters to the Defense Ministry to strengthen the operations of the Indonesian Army and Navy.

Posted in Military @ 05 March 2012 08:01 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


Tiger Airways buys stake in grounded Indonesian airline Singapore budget airline Tiger Airways has bought a 33 percent stake in grounded Indonesian carrier Mandala Airlines, the companies announced on Monday. Financial details were not immediately disclosed.

Posted in General @ 30 January 2012 13:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Will Garuda get competition from Sriwijaya Air? Plans from Indonesian Airliner Sriwijaya Air to give Garuda Indonesia some competition, will be realised in the second quarter of 2012. The airliner will then also offer full service flights, like Garuda is doing at the moment. The first visible step is the replacfement of all Boeing 737-200 planes for Boeing 737-500 planes.

Posted in Travel @ 14 October 2011 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dry season to hold on for one more month The dry season is expected to extend its stay in western Indonesia until October, given the current low temperatures across the Java Sea, a scientist says.

Posted in Weather @ 15 September 2011 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia and S. Korea sign defense cooperation agreement The governments of Indonesia and South Korea on Friday signed a defense agreement to strengthen its cooperation, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 September 2011 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Koreans arrested with dummy bombs On Monday, the airport police at Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Cengkareng, Banten, arrested three Korean nationals who were carrying bomb replicas. The officers also confiscated what seemed to be detonators, cables and explosive materials packed into a special bag.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 August 2011 14:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A second international airport for Bali? The Indonesian Ministry of Transport is reported to be seriously studying the creation of two new international airports for Jakarta and Bali while, at the same time, optimizing the use of the existing airports in those two destinations.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI forces waria model contest to stop The true face of radical Islam in Indonesia, represented by the Islamic idiots that call themselves Front Pembela Islam (Islamic Defenders Front, FPI), have closed down a modeling contest for waria (men dressed as women). Their demand was that no such activity was to be held in any circumstance.

Posted in Religion @ 02 December 2010 02:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono wants peaceful solution to row with Malaysia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on people of the country to refrain from any use of violence in response to a recent incident in the maritime border between Indonesia and Malaysia. Speaking in a televised speech at the Indonesian Military (TNI) Headquarters on Wednesday evening, the President said acts of violence would only spark more violence and exacerbate the problem.

Posted in Politics @ 02 September 2010 12:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #13: Six times a model from the Parahyangan Just a young lady from the Parahyangan, the area around the city of Bandung in West Java province in Indonesia. The pictures were made in that same area. During a trip through the region, you can enjoy the beauty of nature. The pictures below are just a starter.

Posted in Sexy @ 08 February 2010 02:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tune Hotels: 'Don't tell lies about our services' Tune Hotels has responded to claims that its pricing strategy for its two Bali properties is threatening the viability of local, Balinese-owned Melati class hotels. Quoted in Bali Post, a member of the Badung House of Representatives alleged that a Tune Hotel in Legian was "of a five star standard" but offering prices as low as Rp. 230,000 (18 euro) a night which compete with locally owned and operated Melati class hotels.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2010 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami early warning system a work in progress Five years after the Indian Ocean tsunami, Indonesia’s early warning system remains a work in progress, officials and experts say. Indonesia began setting up an early warning system in 2005, a year after a 9.2 Richter scale earthquake off Sumatra triggered a tsunami which left over 230,000 dead.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 January 2010 10:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #9: Five times Marissa Here is Marissa Frank Lee, who is normally called just Marissa. She's born in Surabaya on June 18, 1983, which makes her 26 years young at the moment. She went to school in Surabaya and is currently a model for several magazines and has played in some sinetron (Indonesian for 'soap'). Below is the results of her length of 1.68 meters and weight of 42 kilograms.

Posted in Sexy @ 27 December 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Sexy and Indonesian #7: Luna Maya Luna Maya, born on August 26, 1983 in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali, is an actress known from Indonesian tv and big screen. She started her carrier as a catwalk and advertisement model. Back in 2004 she featured in her first film, 30 Hari Mencari Cinta which put her on the map. She now owns a clothing line and restaurant as well.

Posted in Sexy @ 11 December 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Habitat and SCTV rebuild West Sumatra On November 24th 2009 morning, the groundbreaking of West Sumatra Disaster Response was organized by Habitat for Humanity Indonesia. The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Deputy of Self-supporting Housing- Indonesia Ministry of Housing, Mr. Kriya Arsjah,Vice Head District of Padang Pariaman Mr. Drs.H Ali Mukhni, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia National Director Mr. Tri Budiardjo and Director of Pundi Amal SCTV Mr. Risanggono. The ceremony was also attended by the local government representative, non profit organiations that operates in West Sumatra and Habitat's main donors: DBS Bank, General Motors , and Rajawali Corporation. Electronic cinema actor and actress, Iqbal Pakula and Donita, were also turned up in this event.

Posted in Earthquake @ 03 December 2009 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #5: ME model Baby This sexy young lady listens to the name Baby and has been modeling for some time now. She has modeled for the well-known Indonesian men's magazine ME, which is similar to the Indonesian Playboy, but they have stopped publishing after being forced to do so. Fortunately there are still plenty of other magazines in Indonesia.

Posted in Sexy @ 22 November 2009 02:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Sexy and Indonesian #4: Nine pictures of Julia Perez This time not just one picture, but set of pictures of a well-known Indonesian woman, Julia Perez. She is known from Indonesian television, where she acts and presents. The also is a dangdut singer and also a model, as you can see below. Because of her relation with Damien Perez she was able to feature as a model in FHM and Maxim magazines in France, so she is not only known in Indonesia.

Posted in Sexy @ 07 November 2009 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


BlackBerry opens website in Indonesia The fulfillment of the promise made by the company of the very popular BlackBerry mobile phones, Research In Motion (RIM) is being reached step by step. Now the company has also opened a website for it's Indonesian users. The website currently offers information for the Indonesian market about warranties and locations.

Posted in General @ 30 October 2009 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesian child bride? No problem! Always had the desire to take a very young girl as your second wife but never found parents that wanted to sell their child and find a place where such actions are allowed? Indonesia might very well be the solution for this problem as it seems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 October 2009 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Order your Indonesian escort girl online now! Ever wondered how to order your Indonesian girl online? Well, for those who though that you have to get out of your house life has just become easier today! A website , hosted by Google, so probably not online for too long. The site starts with a lot of information about different sexual actions and eventually closes of with the way of booking; by email or mobile Indonesian phone number.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2009 07:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Malaysian prince demands more money from Manohara The Syariah High Court yesterday allowed Tengku Temenggong of Kelantan Tengku Muhammad Fakhry Sultan Ismail Petra - or just 'the prince' - to amend his debt claim from his wife, Cik Puan Temenggong Manohara Odelia Pinot - or just Manohara - from RM972,750 to RM1,112,250. Judge Mohd Yusof Awang set October 5 for a re-mention of the case and gave Manohara 14 days before the date to file for her defence.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2009 05:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


For a NO against sharia in Indonesia As we all know, many Indonesians like to have a beer or some other alcohol sometimes. And why not? It is their right to choose whether they want to have a nice cold beer, a cocktail or some other drink containing alcohol. Even if they are Muslim because it is not up to a state or institution to decide whether people from a certain religion can not drink alcohol.

Posted in Religion @ 21 July 2009 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teen model escapes 'abusive' Malaysian prince A teenage US-Indonesian model has returned to her family in Indonesia with tales of abuse, rape and torture at the hands of a Malaysian prince, after her dramatic escape with the help of Singapore police. Manohara Odelia Pinot, 17, told reporters she was treated like a sex slave after her marriage to Tengku Temenggong Mohammad Fakhry, the prince of Malaysia's Kelantan state, last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 June 2009 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 12 reactions


Hurry! Hurry! Get your iPhone 3G with Telkomsel discount Telkomsel celebrates it's 14th birthday and has lowered the prices of their iPhone 3G models on sale in Indonesia. Prices have come down by one million Rupiah, which is a about 69 euro. Of course these phones should only be used with a Telkomsel 12 month contract. It was only several months ago that Telkomsel officially launched the iPhone 3G in Indonesia, back then prices started at 3.999.000 Rupiah for the 8GB version and 4.999.000 for the 16GB version.

Posted in General @ 29 May 2009 20:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Local government in Batu considers chasity belt for massage parlours Detik.com reports that the municipal government in the East Java resort area of Batu are preparing to "clamp down" on suspected prostitution practices taking place at many of the area's panti pijat or traditional massage parlors. Iman Suryono, a municipal police official (pamong praja) in Batu, is dedicated to elimating the "plus-plus" and "happy ending" element from the local spa business. To achieve this "end," local authorities are considering making "chastity belts" part of the required uniform for masseuses in the cool hill-side resort close best known for its local inns and delicious apple crop.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 April 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesian beaches ravaged by 2004 tsunami still eroding The catastrophic damage of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was mostly done within a few hours, but that was just the beginning of a different process that may take up to a decade or more to complete - the stabilization of new beaches and landforms in areas ravaged by this disaster. In continued studies, researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Geological Survey are finding that the beaches may continue to shift and change for several more years, as the lands adjust both to the tsunami impacts and the sudden drop of some nearby land by three to six feet.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BMW reports 86% surge in Indonesia sales German car-maker BMW said its sales in Indonesia rose by 86 percent in 10 months to October this year from the same period last year supported by improving macro economy in the country. Local subsidiary PT BMW Indonesia reported sales of 802 units in the January-October period of 2007 against 431 units in the corresponding period last year.

Posted in Economy @ 20 November 2007 01:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rebuilding Yogyakarta; One rice cone at a time A year ago today, the historic heartland of Java - Yogyakarta - was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,000 people lost their lives and another 30,000 were injured in this densely populated part of Indonesia. The whole nation, just recovering from the onslaught of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, was again in tears. The international community responded with their generosity.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, US sign agreement on tsunami detection Indonesia, represented by the chairmean of the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), Prof. Dr. Said D. Jenie and United States embassy representative John Heffern signed an agreement on technological as scientific cooperation in tsunami technology and a warning system. The agreement between BPPT and the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will help BPPT develop an early warning system for tsunamis in Indonesia. This includes the U.S. contribution of two tsunami detection buoys, tsunami forecast modeling, development and training to improve the countries ability to issue tsunami warnings and alerts.

Posted in General @ 24 February 2007 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adam Air to continue expansion Adam Skyconnection Airlines said the Jan. 1 crash of one of its aircraft will not affect expansion plans as the Indonesian budget carrier will pursue adding 60 planes within five years and searching for a strategic investor. The airline also plans to lease 10 Boeing 737 planes this year, bringing its total fleet to 32, according to the company's president director, Adam Suherman, whose family owns the Jakarta- based carrier.

Posted in General @ 14 February 2007 02:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-rebel faces new fight as governor of Aceh A former rebel inaugurated as governor of the Indonesian province of Aceh has said he now faced a new and lengthy fight for his people's welfare. Irwandi Yusuf, a former spokesman for the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), won the first direct elections for the post on 38 percent of the December 11 vote, with his nearest rivals on less than 17 percent. "We are grateful and thank all the people in Aceh for trusting us with this job. We realise that we are given a big task," Yusuf told his supporters Thursday.

Posted in Elections @ 08 February 2007 15:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strong monsoons could mean increased droughts in Indonesia Fears of strengthening monsoons in Asia could spell trouble for parts of Australia and Indonesia which will see longer and more frequent droughts in the future, according to a study published in Nature on Thursday. By examining the chemical makeup of corals off Indonesia's Sumatra island, researchers found that stronger monsoons in Asia 6,500 years ago led to greater ocean cooling in the eastern Indian Ocean, which reduced evaporation and, in turn increased the droughts in Indonesia and Australia.

Posted in Environment @ 18 January 2007 09:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia crash brings safety of budget airlines into question The proliferation of budget airlines across Asia has made air travel affordable for millions, but this week's aircraft disaster in Indonesia has underlined the challenge for governments to ensure safety standards are met. Analysts say there is no hard evidence that budget airlines are more accident-prone than full-service carriers, but admit they have a harder job convincing the public they are not cutting corners as well as costs.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2007 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General: 'Indonesian airliner still missing' [Update] 02 January 2007 21:05 WIB - Earlier message on this page concerning incorrect information about the fact that the plane had been found has been replaced with a message that the plane has not been found until now. Earlier messages proved to be wrong.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatra: Another killer tsunami looms Scientists predict a repeat of the deadly 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 lives. Their warnings gained added weight with a fresh earthquake that killed seven and injured 100 more when it struck Sumatra on Monday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 24 December 2006 14:33 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


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency trial begins for Playboy Indonesia editor The editor of Playboy Indonesia appeared in court in Jakarta Thursday, charged with publishing indecent material. Though the country's version of the famed men's magazine contains no nudity and is tamer than other editions published around the world, religious groups and politicians have condemned it.

Posted in Media @ 08 December 2006 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia turns to greener motorised rickshaws For years, their acrid fumes have been as much a part of the Indonesian capital as the distinctive smell of the country's clove cigarettes. Now the Jakarta city government hopes the old smoke-belching motorised rickshaws or bajajs, which Indonesians pronounce as "budge eye", may finally be able to rattle off into the sunset.

Posted in General @ 25 September 2006 08:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


'Playboy' editor, model named suspects Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model in Indonesia were formally named by police as suspects in an indecency case against the publication. Indonesian authorities said they were investigating model Kartika Gunawan, a woman who posed in lingerie in a premiere edition in April, and Erwin Arnada. They could be prosecuted and if found guilty imprisoned for two years and eight months.

Posted in General @ 29 June 2006 19:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


The Tengger of Bromo: Magic, mystique and modernism Legend has it that the Tengger ethnic group in the Bromo-Tengger-Semeru area of East Java is descended from the ancient Majapahit royal family. The name "Tengger" itself is said to be an acronymic derivation of two legendary figures from the region, Rara Anteng and Jaka Seger. As it has been long told, during a time of chaos for the Majapahit kingdom, Princess Rara Anteng took refuge in the area around Mount Bromo. While she was being evacuated, Rara Anteng met Jaka Seger, the son of a priest from the kingdom of Kediri, which was also in great turmoil. Their meeting was the beginning of a love story, and the area was later christened after their combined names.

Posted in Culture @ 28 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


M'sian model proud to be featured in Indonesia’s Playboy Malaysian model Amber Chia said she is proud to appear in the inaugural edition of Playboy in Indonesia, even though her mother thinks she looked sexier in photos featured by other magazines, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 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


Prosecutors demand second death penalty for 'Bali Nine' Indonesian prosecutors asked a court on Thursday to sentence to death another one of the alleged ring leaders of a drug smuggling operation involving nine Australians dubbed the 'Bali Nine'. Prosecutors demanded the death penalty for Australian Andrew Chan, 21, who was arrested April 17 at a hotel in Bali during a sting operation on an organized drug smuggling network on the resort island.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 January 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Post-tsunami aid and building civil society in Aceh Donors often say that the major obstacle in the post-tsunami relief and reconstruction work is poor co-ordination of the organizations involved. This may be true, but the observation does not help much unless we discuss why.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New museums for Sawahlunto Two museums that will display artifacts from the 19th century will open in two weeks time in Sawahlunto city, West Sumatra. The museum opening is in conjunction with the city's 117 anniversary, said Sawahlunto Mayor Amran Nur. The museum opening is aimed at attracting tourists to the city, famous as a coal mining center, said Amran. The museums in question are the Train Museum and Storeroom Museum, which are located in downtown Sawahlunto, some 117 kilometers from Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province. The museums will be inaugurated by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, said Amran.

Posted in General @ 05 December 2005 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian model to be freed soon after Bali verdict An Indonesian court in Bali on Friday found an Australian model guilty of illegally receiving ecstasy pills and sentenced her to three months in jail, but she will be freed within days because of time spent in custody. Michelle Leslie was detained by police before going to an outdoor party on the resort island on August 20, which means the 24-year-old woman should be free by Sunday.

Posted in Drugs @ 18 November 2005 13:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


AirAsia eyes Brunei, new destinations in Indonesia, Cambodia Malaysia's low-cost carrier AirAsia said Sunday it soon hopes to fly to Brunei and to new destinations in Indonesia and Cambodia following the arrival of two new Airbus A320 aircraft in December. "We are waiting for approval to fly to Brunei from Kuala Lumpur," AirAsia chief executive Tony Fernandes told AFP.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 November 2005 12:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court appearance for alleged drug ringleader In Indonesia, the alleged ringleader of the so called Bali nine heroin smuggling ring has appeared in court for the first time. The eight men and one woman were arrested in Bali in April, accused of attempting to smuggle more than eight kilograms of heroin to Australia. The prosecution indictment casts 21 year old Australian Andrew Chan as the leader of the group.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 October 2005 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian model detained with 2,000 Ecstasy tablets in Medan A 21-year old Australian has been arrested in Medan, the capital of Indonesia's North Sumatra province, for allegedly distributing the party drug Ecstasy, police said Monday, after authorities allegedly found more than 2,000 tablets in his possession. The man, described as an English teacher, was seized at a house he rented in Medan on Saturday, police said in a statement. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death.

Posted in Drugs @ 23 August 2005 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia questions Australian drugs suspect An Australian woman has been arrested on the Indonesian island of Bali on suspicion of possessing drugs. Michelle Leslie, 24, was detained on Saturday at a party near Kuta for allegedly being in possession of two amphetamine tablets. The tablets in question are now being tested.

Posted in Drugs @ 22 August 2005 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia plans to seek government bailout PT Garuda Indonesia plans to seek a government bailout to keep flying after record fuel costs and mounting debt caused the state-owned national airline to post its first loss in three years. The airline is preparing the request, State Enterprise Minister Sugiharto, who oversees Indonesia's state-owned companies, said in an Aug. 5 interview in Jakarta. "We are about to decide whether we need to help.''

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 August 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More suspects held over Tentena bombings Police have arrested six more people they believe are involved in the Saturday bombings in Tentena, Central Sulawesi, with suspicions now surfacing that some of the alleged perpetrators were linked to a riot in a neighboring province last year.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 June 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Mitsubishi Motors to halt car production in Indonesia Mitsubishi Motor Corp (MMC) has decided to halt car production in Indonesia as soon as next month due to a lack of money for developing new models, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported, without citing sources. MMC is deeply in the red due to plunging sales in Japan and the US, its two major markets, following a recall scandal that severely eroded trust in the company and in the safety of its vehicles.

Posted in Economy @ 10 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President plans Jakarta overhaul President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated his commitment to overhauling the country’s sprawling capital. Jakarta's facelift will center on managing its most pressing problems: traffic, garbage and waterways. The President met a range of Jakarta councilors on Tuesday (16/11/04) to discus tourism and the beautification of one of Jakarta's prime tourist areas: the Ancol complex of theme parks and markets on Jakarta's northern shores.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


United Indonesia Cabinet sworn-in President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono swore in his Cabinet ministers at the State Palace here on Thursday. In his inaugural speech, Susilo reminded the ministers, members of the United Indonesia Cabinet, that they had signed a political contract to be loyal, honest, hard-working, give priority to state and national interests over parties' interests and to be free from corruption and misconduct.

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


Singing general poised to win Hafi, a 35-year-old businessman, is nostalgic for the old days of military dictatorship in Indonesia. Six years after the democratic overthrow of military ruler Suharto, he is fed up with the turmoil that he blames on civilian leadership. And so on Monday he will vote for one of Suharto's former generals, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a charismatic populist who has soared dramatically to the top of the polls in Indonesia's presidential contest.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosions, gunfire rock Ambon for fourth day Gunfire and explosions rocked this provincial capital on Wednesday, leaving at least eight wounded as Christians and Muslims clashed for a fourth day in Indonesia's Maluku islands. Shortly after dawn, unidentified assailants launched attacks in several districts of Ambon. Plumes of smokes could be seen rising from at least two locations, and gunfire rang out across the religiously-divided city for several hours.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Well don’t get scared or shocked after having a look at the pictures above because that’s not pics from Iraq, Somalia, Palestine or even Aceh. But from my most favorite military enthusiast club Code 4 where I myself am a member – a club that is very different from any sports club. A sport where one can almost feel the hardship, experience of a true fighting soldier in a fun simulated war situation.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta extends, expands three-in-one traffic policy Objections from motorists to the Jakarta Administration's plan to extend the three-in-one traffic policy apparently did not deter the bureaucrats from continuing their plan and even expanding it. City secretary for development affairs Irzal Djamal, who is also head of the busway project team, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the policy would be enforced to support the launching of 60 buses in the Bus Rapid Transit or busway project in January.

Posted in General @ 13 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Monorail may offer some relief to Jakarta WHEN Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso flew to Kuching, Malaysia, last week to sign a deal for a monorail project worth US$400 million (S$704 million) for the Indonesian capital, it heralded a belated move to set up some sort of credible mass transit system in the gridlocked, polluted city of 12 million people. Jakarta is one of the last major metropolises in South-east Asia without an underground railway network. Blueprints have been drawn up in recent years, but were shelved at the onset of the Asian economic meltdown in late 1997.

Posted in General @ 02 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shoppers lead the charge as rupiah bounces back Architect Andi Perdana dug out his wallet without hesitation and snapped up new cell phones for himself and his wife in a shopping mall in Surabaya, East Java. In what seemed like an extravagant move, he bought a Nokia 6510 for 2.4 million rupiah (S$500) and a Siemens S45 for 1.6 million rupiah. But he had a justification for it: 'We wanted to upgrade our handphones last year but waited because prices were high. 'Now even top-of-the-line models are more affordable. We don't have to wait anymore,' he said.

Posted in Economy @ 21 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On a Friday just before noon prayers in the simple wooden mosque, soldiers stormed into this village, herded the people together and, according to two residents, marched them toward a neighboring hamlet, setting fire to houses as they went. After six weeks, the village elder, Bin Ali, 52, and his neighbor, Agus Salim, 35, summoned the courage to return to the ashes of their life's possessions. In the debris of Mr. Bin's home, only a white porcelain serving dish, a present to his wife, survived intact. Next door, Mr. Agus, choking with emotion, fingered the charred wreckage of his motorcycle. It had been his sole means of livelihood. Empty military ration cans were strewn on the red earth, silvery reminders of who had been here last.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 17 June 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The widespread use of sodium cyanide and explosives in fishing has caused massive damage to coral reefs in South Sulawesi over the past decade, local environmentalists say. "Some studies show that about 70 percent of coral reefs in the Spermonde islands and on the west coast of South Sulawesi are seriously damaged because fishing activities in these areas ignore the environmental aspect", said Willem Moka, of the Maritime Biology and Research Center for Coral Reefs at Hasanuddin University.

Posted in Environment @ 30 April 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unlike the Suharto era, Indonesia now has quite radical Islamic groups operating in the open. Among them, the Islamic Defenders Front (Front Pembela Islam, FPI) is infamous for unleashing paramilitary gangs on 'iniquitous' nightspots. The Sunni Communication Forum (Forum Komunikasi Ahlusunnah Wal Jamaah, FKAWJ) fights for Muslims in Maluku. The Liberation Party (Hizbut Tahrir) is a branch of the Middle Eastern movement of the same name. It calls for the Indonesian nation-state to be abolished and replaced by the classic model of an Islamic state, the caliphate. Both FKAWJ and Hizbut Tahrir bluntly reject democratic models as a Western invention, incompatible with Islam. The campus-based Hizbut Tahrir shows restraint in its actions, but the other two frequently operate in a grey area of the law (see accompanying article).

Posted in Religion @ 20 November 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation celebrates Sukarno birthday What started as a day of sentimental remembrance became one full of political nuances as the nation commemorated on Wednesday the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of the state's founding father, Sukarno. The apex of the commemorations was a ceremony at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Center, the name of which was only recently reinstated after having been changed to the Senayan Sports Complex.

Posted in General @ 07 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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