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Minister: '2 million hectares of Riau oil palm plantation illegal' Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan has urged the Riau Province Administration not to issue additional permit for oil palm plantation, as two million hectares of the plantation is illegal or has no permit.

Posted in Environment @ 06 August 2014 21:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze disrupts oil palm production in Riau Haze from the ongoing forest fires in the Riau province had disrupted the harvest of oil palm fruits, a local farmer Rohim, 57 years old, said here on Friday. "The thick haze makes it hard for farmers to see the palm fruits that are ready to be harvested," Rohim noted.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 March 2014 16:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Orangutans habitat displaced by oil palm expansion' The massive expansion of oil palm plantations in Central Kalimantan has led to increased environmental damages and displacement of protected animals, such as orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).

Posted in Environment @ 03 August 2013 17:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost four million Indonesians live on palm oil About 3.7 million people in Indonesia live on oil palm plantations, a senior agriculture ministry said. Speaking to a seminar at Santika Hotel here on Friday, Secretary of the Directorate General of Agriculture Mukti Sardjono said that oil palm played an important role in providing income for the people.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2013 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian workers in Sabah evacuated to safer place As many as 162 Indonesian oil palm plantation workers in Lahad Datu in the Malysian state of Sabah have been evacuated to a location around six kilometers away from the conflict center. They will remain the location until situation is really safe, according to a press statement from the foreign ministry received here on Monday.

Posted in General @ 04 March 2013 17:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Densus arrests another terror suspect The police anti-terrorist squad, Densus 88, arrested a suspected terrorist in Melawi district, West Kalimantan, on Saturday, a police spokesman said on Sunday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 September 2012 03:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian citizen`s murder suspect surrendered in Malaysia The prime suspect in the killing of an Indonesian citizen whose body was found in an oil palm plantation ditch at Kampung Tapah, Setiu, Terengganu, Saturday, July 27, finally surrendered on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2012 00:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Attorney General`s Office team arrests 21 fugitives The Attorney General`s Office (AGO) team has, up until early June 2012, caught 21 fugitives, Attorney General Basrief Arief said here on Monday. He expressed appreciation for the performance of the team that successfully caught the fugitives. "I thank the team for carrying out its task well by catching the fugitives," Basrief said.

Posted in Crime @ 09 July 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests Buol district head over alleged corruption Central Sulawesi`s Buol District Head Amran Batalipu was arrested as a suspect in a corruption case linked to oil palm plantation licensing on Friday. "He is on the way to Jakarta for questioning over alleged bribery," Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesman Johan Budi said here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 July 2012 09:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Govt to send joint team to Malaysia over shooting case The government will send another fact-finding team, comprising personnel from the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the national police and the attorney general`s office, to Malaysia to investigate the death of three migrant workers.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Three Chinese nationals to be deported soon Local immigration authorities will soon deport three Chinese nationals for abusing their stay permits, a spokesman said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2012 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds demonstrate in front of Malaysian Embassy Hundreds of Indonesians staged a rally in front of the Malaysian Embassy here on Thursday, urging the Malaysian government to investigate local police who shot and killed three Indonesian workers in Malaysia in March.

Posted in Protests @ 03 May 2012 16:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Seven-meter-long python caught by local residents Local residents of Bengkulu, a province in Sumatra Island, have caught a python that was seven meters long with a body diameter of 25 centimeters.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 20 January 2012 01:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 2 reactions


Environmentalists capture endangered Sumatran rhino in Borneo Malaysian environmentalists on Monday announced the capture of a female Sumatran rhino which is on the brink of extinction, giving rise to a last chance to save the species before it is too late.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2011 13:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: two dead in clashes with residents in Mesuji Police said two clashes happened between local residents and police in Mesuji district, Lampung province, during 2011. Lampung regional police command spokesperson Adjunct Senior Commissioner Sulistyaningsih said here on Thursday, during the clashes, two people were killed by police fire but harsh sanctions had been imposed on the officers who had opened fire in violation of standing procedures.

Posted in Violence @ 16 December 2011 03:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia announces $22 billion in infrastructure projects The government of Indonesia on Friday announced 17 new infrastructure projects worth Rp.190 trillion ($22.23 billion).

Posted in Economy @ 27 May 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Illegal activity endangers Indonesian orangutan sanctuary As a group of rehabilitated orangutans are waiting to be released into a reserved area in Indonesia's Kalimantan, activists on Thursday stated that illegal activity in the sanctuary continues to endanger the natural habitat and its animals.

Posted in Environment @ 18 February 2011 06:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 11 killed after landslide in Sulawesi A landslide killed at least 11 people and injured 18 others on Tuesday in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi, local media reported while quoting police sources. According to the state-run Antara news agency, the landslide buried employees of a local oil palm company in Bunta village of Sulawesi's Morowali district, where the evacuation of victims is still underway.

Posted in Weather @ 13 October 2010 05:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two rare Sumatran elephants killed Two Sumatran elephants have been shot and killed in Indonesia's Bengkulu province, a conservation official said Tuesday. The elephants were killed last week in the Kerinci Seblat National Park, said Dudy Wuryanto, head of the nature conservation agency in the neighbouring province of Jambi. He said the motive for the killings was unclear.

Posted in General @ 31 March 2009 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to get 2 billion euro investment from Middle East Middle East investors plan to spend about two billion euro on projects in Indonesia, Bisnis Indonesia newspaper reported, citing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Emaar Properties PJSC, Pacific Inter-Link Sdn Bhd, Al Ghurair Group, Ras Al Khaimah and Limitless LLC are among the investors planning to enter Indonesia, Bisnis said.

Posted in Economy @ 22 March 2008 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian migrant worker dies in Malaysia Another migrant worker from Indonesia, who worked in an oil palm plantation in Malaysia, died on October 5. He was identified as Redi Martin. "We have not yet been informed of the cause of his death, but the death was allegedly due to torture by Malaysian security personnel," told Saidi, the dead worker's uncle. Saidi also told that Redi's body is expected to arrive in the village of Kalikudi today.

Posted in General @ 18 October 2007 05:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rents helicopters to douse haze fires Indonesia has rented two helicopters to cope with the returning forest fires which cause a haze over the region regularly. "The government has brought in two helicopters to overcome the forest fires," said Malem Sambet Kaban, forestry minister. He said that the two rented helicopters, Russian Kamov Ka-32A helicopters rented from South Korea, will be used in West and Central Kalimantan, the two provinces that were most affected.

Posted in Forest fires @ 26 September 2007 17:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia will plant 2 billion trees in 2007 Indonesia is to rehabilitate 59.2 million hectares of damaged forests throughout the country, according to Malam Sambat Kaban, Indonesia's Forestry Minister. The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) reports that the country has set aside 330 million euro for 2007 to finance the planting of 2 billion seedlings on 2 million hectares of land along 318 rivers in all provinces in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 08 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia in Guinness Book of Records for deforestation rate Greenpeace is using a novel marketing ploy to raise awareness about forest loss in Indonesia: the Guinness Book of World Records. The green group has convinced the publisher of to recognize Indonesia as the "country with the fastest rate of forest destruction on the planet." According to Greenpeace, the text will read:

Posted in Environment @ 05 May 2007 18:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to produce record amount of palm oil Indonesia is to produce a record 17,4 million tonnes of palm oil this year, probably surpassing Malaysia as the worlds biggest producer, as higher yields and more acres offset the effect of a long dry season last year, as was told by an official in the industry. “This is because of higher productivity,” said Derom Bangun, the head of the Indonesian Palm Oil Association.

Posted in Economy @ 03 May 2007 06:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesa is worlds number three greenhouse gas producer Indonesia is only behind the United States and China in greenhouse gas emissions. A study showed released by the World Bank and the British government last Friday. It's high rank is primarily due to its high deforestation rate - about 85 percent (2,563 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent results from forest fires and clearing. Remaining emissions from energy, agriculture and waste only reach 451 million tonnes.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2007 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: ''El Nino may endure through next year' Indonesia may be affected by "moderately intense'' El Nino weather conditions that could last right through next year, parching Southeast Asia's largest economy, the meteorological agency said. Floods may follow. The events, caused by warming of equatorial waters in the Pacific Ocean, occur every two to seven years and shift normal weather patterns worldwide. Authorities would begin cloud- seeding, an official at the agency said at a briefing today.

Posted in Weather @ 09 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Haze brings misery, health problems in Indonesia Thick smoke from bush and forest fires in Indonesia has forced schools to close and brought misery to residents, officials said on Friday, with no sign of firefighters in one hard-hit area. A vast blanket of smoke, or haze as it is known locally, occurs every year in Indonesia, angering neighbours Singapore and Malaysia who have long demanded Jakarta do more to stop the dry-season fires being lit by farmers and big companies.

Posted in Forest fires @ 06 October 2006 14:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thick smog in Jambi province uncontrollable Jambi deputy governor Antony Zeidra Abidin held an impromptu meeting Sunday with a number of head of agencies and related authorities under his administration to deal with the increasingly thickening fog over Jambi, caused by forest and oil palm plantation fire. Antony, in charge of the Jambi province forest fire control and eradication team, held the emergency meeting after inspecting the fire raging in the oil palm estates in Arang-Arang on Saturday, according to a report by the Indonesian news agency, Antara.

Posted in Forest fires @ 02 October 2006 07:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sumatran elephants face extinction in Indonesia The number of Sumatran elephants in Indonesia's Riau province has declined by nearly 75 per cent in the past 11 years and without improved management, they face likely extinction in another five years, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Wednesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 April 2006 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Schools for Indonesians in Sabah There will be schools and teachers for children of Indonesians working in plantations in Sabah. This was among the decisions made during bilateral talks between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla here yesterday.

Posted in General @ 30 March 2006 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


 Indonesia, China to sign comprehensive agreement Minister of Trade Mari E. Pangestu said on Saturday that Indonesia and China would sign a comprehensive cooperation agreement on Monday, expected to have a strategic impact bilateral relations. "For the first time, the signing of the agreement will be comprehensive, as it will cover various disciplines, including politics, security, socio-politics and investment," Mari told the press.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia chokes on smoke from 1,100 forest fires More than 1,100 forest fires burning in central Indonesia have enveloped the region in a choking haze that's reduced air quality and delayed flights, officials said yesterday. Bush fires have sent smoke billowing over large parts of Indonesia's Sumatra and Kalimantan islands in recent months, and the cloud has also spread to neighboring Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 05 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Between 1986 and 1998, the period which culminated in the end of president Soeharto's 32-year rule, 17 million hectares of Indonesia's forests were cleared by timber, pulp and oil palm companies. Since then, If anything, the situation has only gotten worse.

Posted in Environment @ 11 December 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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