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President dismisses Sutarman as national police chief President Joko Widodo officially announced the dismissal of General Sutarman as the National Police chief. "From now on, starting this moment, I carried out a presidential decree (about dismissal of police chief) so that the duties, powers and responsibilities given to Commissioner General Badrodin Haiti," General Sutarman said here on Friday evening.

Posted in Politics @ 17 January 2015 00:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PDIP: 'Indonesian govt must crack down on tax mafia' Secretary General of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Hasto Kristiyanto said the government should fight tax mafia.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2014 21:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Basuki wishes for a hard-working deputy Jakarta s vice governor Basuki Tjahaya Purnama revealed that he wanted a hard worker to be his deputy when he is inaugurated later as governor to replace Joko Widodo, who has been elected as president.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2014 17:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US Navy works with Indonesia to protect sunken gravesite US Navy underwater archeologists, in conjunction with Indonesian Navy divers, have assessed in an interim report that the wrecked vessel surveyed in the Java Sea in June is "consistent with the identification" of the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston (CA 30), and that divers documented conclusive evidence of a pattern of unauthorized disturbance of the gravesite.

Posted in History @ 19 August 2014 13:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'New oil reserve discovered in Riau' Governor of Riau Province Annas Maamun revealed on Monday that a new oil reserve, presumably the biggest in Riau, was found in Rokan Hilir District by PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI).

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2014 15:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor to be non-active to run for presidency Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will be non-active after the General Election Commission (KPU) confirms his participation in the presidential election, Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi noted here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 14 May 2014 19:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President : 'Lapindo has to compensate Sidoarjo disaster' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) has reminded PT Lapindo Brantas of compensation that has to be settled with the victim of gas mud in Sidoarjo, East Java. The Constitutional Court recently ruled that Lapindo, not the state, is responsible for paying the compensation for the victims of the disaster several years earlier, Yudhoyono said.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 06 April 2014 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Kelud's eruption is force majeure The Transportation Ministry has declared the eruption of Mount Kelud in Kediri, East Java, to be a force majeure, which exempts airlines from compensating passengers due to cancelled flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 February 2014 13:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ombudsman: 'Doctors strike might harm public`s rights' An Indonesian ombudsman has asked the doctors association not to stage another strike or rally as it might harm the public rights of receiving medical treatment. The doctors association and the government must immediately evaluate the medical care standard procedure in various regions as a valid regulation instrument, Hendra Nurtjahjo, the Ombudsman of the prevention division, said on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2013 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President calls on people in Aceh to preserve peace President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the people of Aceh to continue to maintain peace in this once conflict-torn region. "Eight years ago we were able to end the conflict in Aceh. It was because of our patience and hard work. In view of that, maintain and preserve the peace," he urged the public here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 20 September 2013 23:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt: 'Luxurious car owners to use non-subsidized fuel' The Indonesian government has urged owners of luxurious cars to use non-subsidized fuel oils as their quotas are predicted to be used up by December 24. "Have an empathy with those deserving the subsidy," Deputy Minister of Energy Rudi Rubiandini said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 28 November 2012 17:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to propose anti-religion denigration protocol at UN Indonesia will propose an international protocol against desecration of religion to prevent conflicts and maintain world peace during the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono reiterated the plan at a press conference before leaving for New York to attend the UN meeting here on Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 September 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Finance minister: 'People must pay taxes' Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo has stated that people must pay taxes, as regulated by the law, for the benefit of the state.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2012 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police name five suspects in procurement of driving simulators The National Police`s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has named five suspects in an alleged corruption case in the procurement of driving simulators by the Traffic Police Corps (Korlantas).

Posted in Corruption @ 02 August 2012 22:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UNHCR: asylum seekers continue to increase in Indonesia The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the number of political asylum seekers in Indonesia continued to increase in the past five years due to prolonged conflicts in their country.

Posted in General @ 06 July 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for regulation on mosque loudspeakers Vice President Boediono asked the Indonesian Council of Mosques here on Friday to start discussing a possible regulation about the use of loudspeakers at mosques.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2012 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tickets TransNusa can now be booked online Looking for a flight in Nusa Tenggara? Don't search any longer, because reservations for flights with TransNusa, indeed centered in this region, can be booked and purchased online via ticketindonesia.info. You can simply make a reservation without any obligations. Easy payment with several methods make purchasing tickets even more easy.

Posted in Travel @ 15 May 2011 04:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Body of Ahmadiyah follower unearthed after burial The body of an Ahmadiyah follower on Friday was unearthed by an unidentified group of people shortly after the burial in West Java, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 04 March 2011 20:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Donations to save migrant worker from beheading in Saudi Arabia Indonesia's Foreign Ministry has only gathered half of the donations needed to save an Indonesian maid sentenced to death by beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported. "So far we've managed to collect Rp 2.3 billion (180.000 euro) from various donors," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Kusuma Habir said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 03 March 2011 21:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ahmadiyah religious sect officially banned in West Java The Ahmadiyah religious sect on Thursday was officially banned by the West Java provincial government in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 March 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fly to Hong Kong, Kuching and Riyadh! Ticket website ticketindonesia.info has added three new destinations on ticketindonesia.info. You can now fly from and to Hong Kong from Jakarta with Lion Air and AirAsia, and AirAsia also flies from Medan to Hong Kong. Kuching (Malaysia) has a direct flight to Pontianak and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) can be reached from Jakarta by Batavia Air.

Posted in Travel @ 16 February 2011 06:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Actual ticket prices on ticketindonesia.info After several months of preparations, the website ticketindonesia.info has finally launched it's new website with actual ticket prices. Visitors of the website that are looking for tickets for domestic flights or a regional flight in Southeast Asia will now be presented real prices of tickets as well.

Posted in Travel @ 14 February 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission to investigate deadly Ahmadiyah attack Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights on Monday announced that it formed a team in order to investigate the deadly Ahmadiyah attack in Banten, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2011 18:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus admits to receiving $3 million from Bakrie companies Former junior tax officer Gayus Halomoan Tambunan, a key player in an alleged legal mafia and tax mafia, confirmed on Tuesday that he had received Rp 28 billion (2.3 million euro) from three companies controlled by the family of Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 September 2010 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic council: 'Death penalty for corrupt persons' A head of the Islamic Council of Scholars (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), K.H. Effendi Yusuf, supports earlier words that corrupt persons should be allowed to receive a death penalty for their actions in certain cases. The organization that decides what is and what is not halal in Indonesia, is now tagging a large number of people in the country without much hesitation.

Posted in Religion @ 19 August 2010 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Mothers of Indonesia, prepare for jail if you don't breastfeed! Women who refuse to breastfeed their newly-born babies may face jail sentence for denying their childrenís right. Article 128 of the 2009 law on health stipulates that babies have the right to six months of exclusive breast milk unless their mothers could not fulfill their obligation due to medical problems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 August 2010 06:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Minister: 'All porn sites will be blocked before Ramadhan' Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said in Jakarta on Thursday that his ministry would block all local and foreign porn sites and the target for the completion of the blockage will before Ramadhan fasting month next month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 22 July 2010 15:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


FPI elites gearing up to replace Habib Rizieq The radical islamic FPI (Islam Defenders Front) will not hold its congress for new leadership until 2013, yet several of its elites are already in competition to wrest the chairmanship from the frail Habib Rizieq. A source within the FPI said internal rivalry has intensified since 2005 between the founding elite and those who have since joined the organization.

Posted in Religion @ 16 July 2010 13:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Strong action needed against tax mafia' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered law enforcement institutions to "seriously" handle alleged mafia practices at the tax office following the finding of dubious money transfers to a tax officer's bank account.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 April 2010 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bishop: 'Islam terrorises minorities' The majority of Muslems in Indonesia terrorizes religious minorities like Christians. The local authorities have the obligation to guarantee that minorities are free in expression of their religion, but that doesn't stop Muslems from forcing their rules onto them. These words were spoken by bishop Johannes Pujasumarta of West Java when he was interviewed by the Catholic press agency AsaiaNews.

Posted in Religion @ 11 February 2010 13:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


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

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


Farah Quinn the sexy TV-chef People who watch television in Indonesia probably know her. She presents a TV-program on Saturdays in which she prepares good-looking meals. Whether they taste as good as they look, I don't know because I never tried it, but there is more than just the cooking in the program 'A la Chef' she presents on Trans TV that looks good. The now 29-year old Farah Quinn, married with a bule ('Caucasian'), is quite a famous tv-person for women and men alike so it seems.

Posted in Sexy @ 18 September 2009 09:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Illegal villas are big business in Baliís Gianyar regency A special committee of the Regional House of Representatives from the regency of Gianyar in Bali has estimated that 60% of that district's potential hotel and restaurant tax income is lost via illegal commercial villas who side-step their tax obligations.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 August 2009 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One killed in bomb simulation class How difficult is can be to dismantle a bomb has become very clear for the regional police of North Sulawesi. When that district held a bomb practice school, a simulation bomb exploded when it was being dismantled by a police officer. He was killed instantly and two others near him were injured in the explosion of the fake device.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 August 2009 03:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife, the women of B.A.T.S. The later it gets the more clear it becomes that it is not all about the music, the band and the alcohol here. Pleasure is okay, but there is much more to get here that just that. The later it gets, a part of the people here starts to show more and more lowbrow attitude. In some areas you will see women hopping from one man to another. It could just be to greet them a 'bye bye', but all changes if you know better than that, because there is more to it.

Posted in Nightlife @ 22 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Lombok Emaar project not dead? The reported death a US$600 million tourism project in Lombok as reported by Bali Discovery and based on a Jakarta Globe report, is being adamantly denied by high-ranking Indonesian officials who insist the deal is far from dead and that a three-month deadline extension has been negotiated by the government with the Dubai-based Emaar International Group.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2009 08:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Emaar withdraws from US$600 million Lombok project The Jakarta Globe reports that a massive US$600 Million mega-resort planned for South Lombok is now in jeopardy. The project of shopping, recreation areas, golf courses and luxurious hotels on a 1,200 hectare site is a "pet project" of Indonesia's Vice President, Jusuf Kalla, who personally invited Dubai's state-owned Emaar Properties to spearhead the investment.

Posted in Economy @ 17 March 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


War on gambling and hooliganism to continue Bali new Chief of Police, Inspector General Drs. Teuku Ashikin Husein official assumed his new post on Monday, May 19, 2008. Ashikin has told the press that he is committed to continue his predecessor's war on gambling, hooliganism and racketeering.

Posted in General @ 27 May 2008 16:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to close Adam Air in three weeks Indonesia threatened Monday to close low-cost carrier Adam Air after two of its largest shareholders announced plans to pull out of the beleaguered company. The airline has defaulted on debt payments to airplane leasing companies, which has forced the company to ground 12 of its 22 planes, said Adam Suherman, whose family together with Sandra Ang owns a 50 percent stake.

Posted in General @ 17 March 2008 13:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali Nine appeal to challenge death sentence Lawyers of the convicted Bali Nine drug trafficker Scott Rush say experts on international law will speak in the constitutional court of Indonesia next week to appeal against his death sentence. Rush is one of nine Australians aught smuggling eight kilograms of heroin out of Indonesia.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 April 2007 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will accept 83 Sri Lanka refugees Indonesia announced it would take in the 83 Sri Lankan asylu seekers. But only on the condition that they would be deported to their homeland as soon as possible. "We are ready to receive them, to receive 83 Sri Lankan asylum seekers back to Indonesia, with the understanding that this is only for transit," Indonesian foreign ministry spokesman Desra Percaya said earlier today.

Posted in General @ 02 March 2007 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: free political prisoners in Papua At least 18 Papuans are serving sentences in Indonesian jails simply for peaceful acts of freedom of expression and opinion, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Such imprisonment violates international law and Indonesia's international legal obligations. The 42-page report, "Protest and Punishment: Political Prisoners in Papua," documents how the Indonesian government continues to use the criminal law to punish individuals who peacefully advocate for independence in the eastern Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Irian Jaya (hereafter referred to as Papua). All the prisoners have been convicted for treason or spreading hatred against the government, for nonviolent activities such as flag-raising, or attendance at peaceful meetings on self-determination options for Papua.

Posted in Human rights @ 22 February 2007 04:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smoking ban gradually vanishing into thin air Clean air campaigners were careful about selecting a smoke-free dining establishment as the venue for a public discussion in Cikini, Central Jakarta, on Thursday. The waitresses, however, had gone about placing ashtrays on every table, encouraging some participants to light up. "It's a fact, the smoking ban is not effective. I don't know why the management of this cafe allows people to smoke," said the moderator of the discussion, Tubagus Haryo Karbiyanto, who chairs the air quality division of the Jakarta Caucus for the Environment.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2006 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: '100 percent ownership for private sector' Indonesian Transportation Minister Hatta Rajasa assured investors Wednesday that private firms -- both local and foreign -- would still be allowed to own up to 100 percent of infrastructure projects despite the upcoming amendment of the existing transportation legislation. "I can assure you that there will be no change to the 100 percent private-sector ownership principle in transportation-sector projects," Hatta told the press yesterday (Nov 1) after addressing a discussion held in conjunction with the "Indonesia Infrastructure Conference and Exhibition 2006".

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2006 03:38 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


Stop abusive forced evictions of urban poor in Jakarta The Jakarta regional government has been forcibly evicting tens of thousands of the capital's urban poor from their homes, often leaving them homeless and destitute, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. The 115-page report, "Condemned Communities: Forced Evictions in Jakarta," describes the government's excessive use of force to clear out urban slums.

Posted in Human rights @ 07 September 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: Economy to expand 6% amidst reforms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said heís targeting 6% growth in the economy this year as he pledges more reforms to draw investors into projects from biofuel to infrastructure and housing.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2006 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two major projects to improve ICT infrastructure Indonesia is undertaking two major projects to improve its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, an Indonesian official said here Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 19 April 2006 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shell to open retail gas station in Indonesia A gas station run by Shell will start operating in Karawaci, Tangerang, Banten province, early next month, an oil official confirmed here on Wednesday. "After opening its first station in Karawaci, Shell will build another gas station in Warung Buncit, South Jakarta," Tubagus Haryono, head of the oil and gas industry regulatory agency BP Migas, was quoted by official news agency Antara as saying.

Posted in General @ 12 October 2005 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pulls troops from Aceh province Indonesia withdrew 800 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province on Sunday after rebels handed over a quarter of their guns, moving quickly to fulfill key obligations under a peace deal to end three decades of fighting. The troops the first of some 30,000 security forces slated to leave the province by the year's end chanted and waved their helmets in the air as they marched aboard the warship that set sail hours later.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 September 2005 08:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starts Aceh withdrawal More than 1,000 Indonesian troops have left Aceh province - the first withdrawal of forces after a peace deal made with separatist rebels last week. About 1,200 troops left northern Aceh onboard naval vessels. Under the terms of the peace deal, the government has pledged to withdraw all forces sent specifically to quell the rebellion by the end of the year.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 23 August 2005 07:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Mandiri Bank executives named in corruption probe Prosecutors investigating a graft case reportedly involving 1.3 billion dollars in loans from Indonesia's largest lender have named three state-bank executives as suspects. Bank Mandiri's president ECW Neloe, vice president I Wayan Pugeg and corporate banking director Sholeh Tasripan were Wednesday declared suspects in the corruption case, the attorney general's spokesman Suhandoyo told AFP.

Posted in Corruption @ 12 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general expected to win presidential election A former general, who has promised to uphold civilian rule, appears to have easily defeated the incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri in Indonesiaís presidential election today, according to a nationwide survey of votes. Gen. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was expected to win 61 percent of the vote compared to 39 percent for Ms. Megawati in the runoff election, according to the survey by the Washington based National Democratic Institute.

Posted in Elections @ 20 September 2004 00:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PBR backs Mega, Susilo wooes PPP Megawati Soekarnoputri's reelection bid received another boost on Monday after the Muslim-based Reform Star Party (PBR) decided to support her in the Sept. 20 election runoff. PBR chairman Zaenuddin MZ said in a press conference on Monday that the party had undertaken a series of discussions before deciding to throw its weight behind Megawati.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


BI completes liquidations of 52 banks The central bank has officially revoked the licenses of two banks, Bank Ratu and Prasidha Utama Bank -- the remaining two of the 52 banks the government decided to close down at the height of the crisis in the late 1990s. The closure of the two banks was stipulated in two decrees of Bank Indonesia's governor dated April 29. The liquidation of the two banks was delayed as the central bank had to wait for decisions of the Supreme Court giving the go-ahead, Antara reported on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prudential Life Indonesia to close The management of insurance company Prudential Life Assurance finally agreed to stop operation on Monday, bowing to a court's decision declaring its bankruptcy last week. The subsidiary of Prudential Assurance Co Ltd of Britain rejected the court's verdict on Friday and said it would continue to operate, but it changed its decision on Sunday after a series of meetings with its lawyers and the curator named by the Jakarta commercial court.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2004 00:02 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


Indonesia's top Islamic body bans terror Indonesia's highest Islamic authority has said Muslim law forbids terrorism and suicide bombings, but that jihad, or holy war, is a religious obligation if Islam is under attack. The Indonesian Ulama Council deputy chairman Din Syamsudin said yesterday that it had issued an edict on the issue late on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 18 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta withdraws forces from Papua The Indonesian military has started withdrawing its Kopassus special forces from Papua province where members of the elite unit have been linked to the murder of an independence leader two years ago, military officials said on Thursday. "The TNI will withdraw all Kopassus troops from Papua because the security situation there is improving," said Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) chief General Endriartono Sutarto.

Posted in Military @ 02 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Steps taken to protect US facilities Indonesia's chief security minister said Thursday Jakarta is acting to protect vital facilities such as those of major U.S. oil and mining firms in the event of war between the United States and Iraq. Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country and opposition to a U.S. attack on Iraq is widespread, with many analysts predicting such an act could spark violence by extreme elements in the country.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 30 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: Fresh travel warnings are unwise Jakarta considers the issuance of fresh travel advisories from the United States, Australia and Britain an unwise decision and regrets that the warnings were issued against Indonesia, an official at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said. Since the country had made progress in the Bali bombing case and heightened security ahead of the holidays, the warnings would be counterproductive to the international cooperation against terrorism, the ministry spokesman, Marty Natalegawa, said on Sunday.

Posted in Tourism @ 23 December 2002 00:03 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


Amien gives new Cabinet 90 days People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais said the new Cabinet had three months to prove it could cope with the various challenges the nation is facing. "If the Cabinet fails to perform well, the House of Representatives (DPR) may take steps," he told reporters on Saturday after a meeting with the heads of regional branches of the National Mandate Party (PAN) across East Java.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2000 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Neighbors asked to help rupiah The acting governor of Bank Indonesia has asked Singapore and other neighboring countries to provide technical assistance in shoring up the embattled rupiah. Anwar Nasution said on Thursday that Bank Indonesia's request pertained to stricter supervision of foreign exchange trading regulations, which could curb speculative attacks on the rupiah.

Posted in Economy @ 28 July 2000 09:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta braces for bus strike Millions of commuters in the capital could be stranded beginning on Monday following a planned massive strike by owners of the over 8,000 private city buses, minibuses and mikrolet (minivans). The strike plan was announced on Friday by chairman of the Jakarta chapter of the Organization of Land Transportation Owners (Organda) Aip Syarifuddin in a meeting with city councillors at the City Council building.

Posted in General @ 12 April 2000 10:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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