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Four alleged foreign ISIS members taken to Jakarta Four foreign citizens who have recently be seized by police in Palu, Central Sulawesi, for allegedly being involved in the ISIS network were flown to capital city Jakarta on Sunday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP makes unscheduled visit to central Jakarta immigration office Vice President (VP) Boediono paid a surprise visit to the Central Jakarta immigration office and the office of the city land administration on Wednesday. The vice president arrived at the immigration office at 9.30 a.m. local time. He traveled with a small cavalcade of escort vehicles and even the path leading to the office was not completely secured.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2014 12:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Invalidation of citizenship of those supporting ISIS demanded The Muhammadiyah Youth organization urged the government to declare invalid the citizenship of Indonesians supporting Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). There were 20 Indonesians, former terrorist convicts, had reportedly left for Iraq to join ISIS.

Posted in Religion @ 06 August 2014 10:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Immigration office detains 283 foreigners in Medan The Immigration officers have taken into custody at least 283 foreign people in Medan Immigration Detention House in Belawan town because they did not possess official legal documents or passports.

Posted in Crime @ 25 July 2014 20:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PNG tourist visits decline due to closure of border The number of tourists from Papua New Guinea, PNG, visiting Jayapura is reported to have decreased after the border was closed by the local authorities following a shooting incident by unknown gunmen.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2014 19:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China includes part of Natuna waters in its map China has included part of Natuna waters in Indonesias Riau Islands province in its territorial map, assistant deputy to the chief security minister for defense strategic doctrine Commodore Fahru Zaini stated.

Posted in Politics @ 13 March 2014 13:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian navy joins search for missing Malaysian plane The Indonesian navy had deployed five ships and a helicopter to help search for a Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing early Saturday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said.

Posted in Accidents @ 09 March 2014 22:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Australian journalists deported from Bali Two Australian journalists, who broke immigration permission laws, were deported by the Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province. "They availed the visa on arrival facility but got caught while doing some news reporting in Bali," Chief of Ministry of Law and Human Rights Regional Office of Bali Province I Gusti Kompiang Adnyana stated here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 March 2014 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian caught trying to smuggle 11,877 ecstasy pills A Malaysian citizen of Indian descent, MR, was caught at the Batam Center Ferry Port carrying 11,877 ecstasy pills worth around Rp3 billion.

Posted in Drugs @ 16 January 2014 20:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anas Urbaningrum detained by KPK over corruption allegations On Friday, the former chairman of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), after several hours of interrogation, in connection with his alleged involvement in a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


19 Chinese men detained for invalid forestry use permit The Regional Police Department of West Kalimantan has detained 19 Chinese men after they failed to present a valid forestry use permit. "The 19 Chinese men were arrested on Friday, December 13, during a campaign by the Forestry Department to enforce the use of forestry permits," said West Kalimantans Head of Forestry Department Marius Marcellus, in Pontianak, on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 16 December 2013 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia flown home About 500 Indonesians overstaying in Saudi Arabia were flown to Jakarta on Saturday. Head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) for Saudi Arabia Sherief Rachmat confirmed about 500 of the 7,800 "overstayers" in Jawazat Tarhil Sumaysi, Saudi Arabia, left for home at noon.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2013 20:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest nine illegal immigrants at Jambi airport Police of South Jambi arrested nine illegal immigrants from Afghanistan and Pakistan in Sultan Thaha Airport, Jambi. "They were secured by the airport security officers while waiting in the airport to head to Jakarta," Head of South Jambi Sector Police Office Adjunct Commissioner Dudi Nuveri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 September 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to End Visa-on-Arrival for Iranians The Jakarta Globe reports that effective August 20, 2013, Indonesia will withdraw the visa-on-arrival facility currently extended to Iranian passport holders visiting Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 20 July 2013 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundreds of Indonesian overstayers ask for Saudi amnesty About 300,000 Indonesian immigrants overstaying their stay permits in Saudi Arabia are asking for amnesty to the Saudi government, a senior manpower official said.

Posted in General @ 04 July 2013 17:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan eases off entry visa requirements for Indonesia The Japan government to ease off entry visa requirements for some ASEAN countries where Malaysia and Thailand nationals are exempted for visa while nationals from Indonesia gets extension of period of stays for those holding multiple entry visa, official said.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2013 19:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah opens 21 hours per day The Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, opens 21 hours a day to accelerate registration of workers wishing to obtain documents in lieu of passport (SPLP) from the Saudi government, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2013 23:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


78 Indonesians to be deported after Jeddah incident About 78 Indonesians who are being detained by authority in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for their involvement in a stampede in front of the Indonesian consulate will be deported soon, Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa said here on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 13 June 2013 21:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian victims of human trafficking repatriated Eighty-two Indonesian migrant workers who had fallen victim to human trafficking have returned to their home country, accompanied by Indonesian Ambassador to Malaysia Marshal Herman Prayitna.

Posted in Crime @ 30 January 2013 02:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysian man arrested with heroin in his underwear Sargunan M. Suppiah (37), a Malaysian national, has been arrested by Customs officials at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport carrying 372 grams of heroin concealed in his underwear. The drugs have a calculated street value of Rp. 855 million (US$87,200).

Posted in Drugs @ 12 January 2013 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


29 countries waive visa restrictions for Indonesia Twenty-nine countries have granted visa waivers to holders of official and diplomatic passports from Indonesia, according to a Foreign Ministry official.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2012 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta metropolitan police arrests human smuggler Jakarta Metropolitan Police personnel has arrested a people`s smuggler from Uzbekistan, Salim Mustafa alias Theodoros Ioannis alias Musaev Samir, listed as Interpol`s wanted people (DPO).

Posted in Crime @ 11 June 2012 16:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors argue life imprisonment for Umar Patek The prosecutors in West Jakarta District Court on Monday have argued that terrorist defendant Umar Patek be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Posted in Terrorism @ 22 May 2012 08:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia again deports 81 Indonesian migrant workers The Malaysian Government again deported a total of 81 migrant workers, through the Tunon Taka, sea-port, Nunukan, East Kalimantan, the Indonesian consulate staff has said.

Posted in Economy @ 19 May 2012 13:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Palu immigration office deports foreigners The Central Sulawesi Immigration Office eventually decided to deport Malhotra Sanjai, an Indian, who had been caught along with some other foreigners from Singapore.

Posted in Crime @ 22 April 2012 15:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians to get faster Schengen visa service Indonesians planning to travel to Schengen-visa countries in Europe are going to get faster visa application service, a press statement from the European Union office in Jakarta received here on Wednesday said.

Posted in Travel @ 25 January 2012 13:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Many Indonesia's workers in Malaysia use fake papers Many Indonesian migrant workers (TKI) took part in legalizing foreign workers, such as those without the necessary and required legal papers in Malaysia, but using fake papers. The Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur found that many Indonesian passport applicants had fake documents.

Posted in Economy @ 27 December 2011 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia lifts moratorium on sending workers to Malaysia Indonesia is again to send migrant workers to Malaysia after revoking its moratorium on dispatch of workers to the neighboring country as of December 1.

Posted in Economy @ 02 December 2011 12:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jambi police arrest 31 illegal immigrants Police in Jambi province arrested 31 Afghan immigrants at 7.30 on Thursday evening, Jambi Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Yassir said Friday. "The police arrested the 31 Afghan immigrants because they did not have passports and other official documents," Yassir said.

Posted in Crime @ 12 November 2011 04:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terror suspect Umar Patek admits assembling 2002 bombs Terror suspect Umar Patek has admitted to having assembled the explosive devices which were used in the 2002 Bali bombings in which 202 people were killed, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 August 2011 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Owner of passport used by Nazaruddin arrested The North Sumatra Police on Tuesday arrested Muhammad Syarifuddin, the holder of a passport allegedly used by fugitive graft suspect Muhammad Nazaruddin to flee overseas.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 August 2011 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Long delays for Lion Air flights from Singapore It was a normal Wednesday last week and still it seemed that something was completely wrong with Lion Air. After they had received a stern warning from the Department of Transport, the came with so-called 'own' improvements, but the airline does not seem capable of letting their many flights depart on schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 31 July 2011 06:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches international search for fugitive ex-treasurer Indonesia's police and immigration departments have launched an international joint mission to seek fugitive Muhammad Nazaruddin, who is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3 million, officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 July 2011 18:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Interpol seeks Nazaruddin for bribery allegations Indonesian National Police and Interpol are still trying to locate the whereabouts of Muhammed Nazaruddin, who is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3 million, officials said Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 July 2011 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia police bust international drug ring in Sumatra The Indonesian National Police on Wednesday uncovered an international drug ring in the island of Sumatra, where they seized drugs worth an estimated Rp 3 billion ($348,000), officials said.

Posted in Drugs @ 30 June 2011 02:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No explosives found in suspicious package on Bali Police on Monday informed that no explosives were found in the suspicious package that sparked an alert in the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 March 2011 18:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


US man facing deportation threatens to kill himself, daughters An American man facing deportation threatened to kill himself and his four children if he is forced to leave Indonesia without them, the Jakarta Globe reported Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 09 March 2011 15:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Former deputy wants KPK to take over Gayus' case The case of graft suspect Gayus H. Tambunan has now become the most embarrassing case ever for Indonesian law enforcement , according to former Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) deputy chairman Erry Riyana.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 January 2011 11:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus confessed to traveling abroad Based on the police interrogation report, Gayus Tambunan confessed to traveling to Macau, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore while he was supposed to remain as an inmate at the police detention centre in Depok, West Java.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 January 2011 12:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Patrialis seeks to end corruption at immigration The national television channel tvOne, reports that the Minister of Law and Human Rights, Patrialis Akbar, undertook a surprise inspections at the East Jakarta Immigration office earlier this week. Explaining the reason for his visit, Patrialis said, "I received a report that there were illegal fees being paid for the preparation of passports."

Posted in Corruption @ 30 July 2010 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore is just around the corner And that is something you notice when you have arrived on the island of Batam, at some 45 minutes by boat from Singapore. Jakarta is a western city already with a young population that is not that tight concerning the traditional adat in the country, but in Batam this is exaggerated even more.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2010 06:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Even longer queues at Indonesian immigration Virtually every local paper in Bali is carrying news of the long delays being experienced by arriving passengers at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport where new Board Control Management (BCM) requirements have made an already long customs and immigration process even longer.

Posted in Tourism @ 03 May 2010 14:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ten illegal Afghan immigrants arrested by police Makassar police have arrested 10 more immigrants from Afghanistan, who arrived in the South Sulawesi capital at night on Friday to avoid security check. The police have now arrested 16 illegal immigrants, mostly from Afghanistan, over the last three days.

Posted in General @ 25 April 2010 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Passengers now required to give finger prints at customs The Jakarta Globe carries the news that visitors to Bali can now expect yet another delay in the notoriously long lines at customs and immigration at Bali's Ngurah Rai Airport with the introduction of a mandatory fingerprinting for tourist visitors.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2010 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia launches biometric verification for border control The Directorate General of Immigration at the Department of Law and Human Rights in Indonesia, locally known as imigrasi, today announced the rollout by SITA of a border control system that includes biometrics capture at 27 of the nation's air and sea ports.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2010 05:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax refund: Government decides where you should shop The Indonesian Directorate General of Taxation have appointed eight retail companies to help introduce the first phases of the new value-added-tax (VAT) refund scheme available to visitors to Indonesia effective April 1, 2010.

Posted in Tourism @ 07 April 2010 03:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Magazine: 'Bali airport one of the ugliest' It will not come a surprise to anyone who has travelled through Bali’s Ngurah Rai airport that Travel and Leisure magazine has named it one of the "12 Ugliest Airports in the World". The magazine's Karrie Jacobs contends that Bali's air gateway has "gone out of its way to acquire the uncanny placelessness that typifies the modern airport”.

Posted in Travel @ 25 February 2010 01:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tax rebates for foreign visitors The government will introduce tax incentives for international tourist visitors to Indonesia, effective April 1, 2010. To be put into operation at a number of Indonesia's international airports including Bali, the incentives will offer cash refunds for tax expenditures by tourist against certain pre-set limits.

Posted in Economy @ 27 December 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 400 illegal TKI sent home by Malaysia Just over 400 illegal TKI (Indonesian Overseas Workers) have been sent back from Malaysia because they lacked the proper documents. They were sent to Tanjung Priok in North Jakarta. All of the 407 deported Indonesians didn't have a passport. Some of the illegal overseas workers now say that they have been abused by the Malaysian police.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 December 2009 07:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What is 'newcomer' KLM going to do? Although KLM is flying to destinations like Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia through a 'detour' - by codeshares with Malaysian and Singapore Airlines for example - they will also fly to Bali with their own blue swans three times a week later this year. This means that three plane loads of Dutchmen can fly to Bali to celebrate their holidays without leaving the Netherlands behind during their long flights.

Posted in Travel @ 15 October 2009 12:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A lunch in Singapore Singapore is just some 45 minutes away by fast ferry from Batam. An easy target for a day of shopping, a return trip 'new visa' or a lunch. From Singapore Batam is also seen as place to shop as prices are lower there while choice is still not that bad as well. Furthermore people can enjoy themselves with alcohol from early on the day until the early hours of the next morning.

Posted in Travel @ 07 October 2009 11:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Smirnoff priced at 22 Singapore dollar Ever wondered if there was any cheap alcohol in Indonesia? Of course there is, but what you will find first is the locally brewed kind, varying from arak (rice wine) as well as fake branded liquor in small bottles in most parts of Indonesia to real wine - and of good enough quality as well - on the island of Bali. The wine however is not cheap with some 100,000 Rupiah (7.50 euro) per bottle or more. The locally produced and fake branded liqor (Jack Daniel's and other well-known brands) are sold for somewhere between 15,000 and 30,000 per 0.25 liter.

Posted in Travel @ 29 September 2009 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Denpasar to issue biometric ID-cards Bali's capital city of Denpasar will initiate a pilot project for new identity cards (KTP) utilizing a Single Identity Number (SIN) and biometric markers as part of overall steps to stop the widespread misuse of double KTPs.

Posted in General @ 06 September 2009 10:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia and 'visa-before-arrival' Inbound passengers to Bali on board Garuda Indonesia flights from Tokyo are seeing their waiting time at the airport of Bali reduced by virtue of a new on board immigration service now in operation. Explained by the manager of Garuda Indonesia in Denpasar, Bagus Siregar, passengers will have their passports processed by immigration officers during their flight from Tokyo and Bali.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 September 2009 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda increases seat capacity for lebaran holidays Garuda Indonesia will add 42,226 seats to its scheduled services operating September 16 0 28, 2009, to meet an expected surge in demand over the Islamic Lebaran holidays. The extra seats will be create by adding extra flights or increasing the size of aircraft used on an existing 17 domestic and 7 international routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 31 August 2009 03:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Demonstrate to get deported from Saudi Arabia! Indonesians that desperately want to find their way out from Saudi Arabia have found a new way to do so. A few hundred peaceful Indonesian demonstrators that organized a rally in front of the Indonesian consulate general in Jeddah were arrested for... well demonstrating peacefully and are now waiting to be deported. Most of the demonstrators stayed the country illegally after their haji or umroh or stayed there while their contract stopped in the hope of a better future there.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 August 2009 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abuse case highlights need for stricter laws Public outcry over an Indonesian domestic worker’s alleged abuse by her Malaysian employer has prompted the Indonesian government to demand better protection for its citizens working in the neighbouring country. With red blisters and scabs on her face and upper body, Siti Hajar fled her employer's house and sought shelter at the Indonesian embassy in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, in June.

Posted in Politics @ 11 August 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No elderly and children on pilgrimage, will Indonesia follow? Health ministers in the Arab world have decided not to allow elderly, children and ill from going on the Muslim pilgrimage later this year. It is a preventive measure to stop the spread of the H1N1 Mexican Flu virus that has killed some 900 people worldwide since March this year. The virus is easy to spread, but does not kill at a high rate.

Posted in Religion @ 23 July 2009 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia stops sending maids to Malaysia immediately Indonesia has ordered employment agencies to stop sending its citizens to Malaysia to work as maids. Indonesian Manpower Minister Erman Suparno said the decision - effective today - would remain in place until safeguards are implemented in Malaysia. “I have spoken of the temporary halt in bilateral talks with the Malaysian Human Resources Minister (Datuk Dr S. Subrama-niam) during the International Labour Conference in Geneva on June 12,” Erman said in a statement yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2009 03:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Welcome in Indonesia! Do you have chocolate? 'Welcome back in Indonesia' is what I first thought when I arrived from Kuala Lumpur with AirAsia flight AK 392. Before that I was in the air for another 12 hours on a flight from Amsterdam, but flying with KLM does not give me any sensation that I am actually flying towards Asia, that feeling only came when I walked out from the plane.

Posted in Travel @ 01 June 2009 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesian workers forced into prostitution in Malaysia Two Indonesian women from the east Javanese town of Banyuwangi working abroad, in Indonesia popularly known as 'TKW', were forced into prostitution when they were caught up in human trafficking. Both of the women were employed in a pub in Malaysia. The young women (24 and 26 years old) were forced into prostitution somewhere in eastern Malaysia without receiving salaries.

Posted in Crime @ 10 June 2008 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Top terrorist Noordin Top may have fled Indonesia South East Asia's most wanted terror suspect accused of directing the 2002 Bali bombings may have evaded a massive manhunt and fled Indonesia, according to police interrogation documents. The documents, obtained by the Associated Press, include interviews with two senior Indonesian members of the Jemah Islamiyah network, the same network suspected terrorist Noordin Top belongs to.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 May 2008 12:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people arrested in Tangerang for smuggling ecstasy A spokesman for the Anti-drugs department of the Metro Jaya regional police in Jakarta, Arman Depari, just announced the initials of the six people that were arrested in Ruko Mutiara Palem, Cengkareng, Tangerang, while the full names of those arrested were already known to the reporters at the press conference. The people arrested were Siegfried Mets (Dutch), Ong Tiong Yoh (Singapore), Chen Hoa Yi (Taiwan), Tzu Chiang (Taiwan), Li Hao Yi (Taiwan) and Alek alias Alexander (Indonesia).

Posted in Drugs @ 28 February 2008 05:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


What if I was a terrorist Just over one week ago it all happened. At walking distance one person was killed, some were arrested and after that the party was over as quick as it started. It wasn't a criminal shootout and n drugs were found as well. It was nothing more than busting some terrorism-suspects by an anti-terror squad from the Indonesian police (Densus 88); they were simply overwhelmed in their hide-out. The one that tried to flea, was directly given some bullets and didn't survive the event. Seven others were arrested. In fact that could be the entire story, but it was just not to happen that way. It proved to be the start of what currently looks like a terror cell uncovered. Within two weeks after the first shooting several more police actions were held. Police is scarce with giving information, but in recent days is became clear that most likely a part of the Southeast Asian terror network Jemaah Islamiyah has been found.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 April 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Omran held talks with JI leader Bashir in Indonesia Melbourne cleric Mohammed Omran held talks with Jemaah Islamiah spiritual leader Abu Bakar Bashir in Indonesia as part of a longstanding alliance between groups headed by the two men. The meeting, which followed earlier talks between the pair in Melbourne, was revealed to the Australian Federal Police in a written account provided by one of Sheik Omran's followers, who was later arrested on terrorism charges.

Posted in Terrorism @ 18 November 2006 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes Dutch to chase World Cup dream Indonesia is looking to plunder the soccer leagues of former colonial rulers the Netherlands in a bid to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since independence 57 years ago. The country's soccer chiefs say dozens of youngsters of Indonesian descent are playing for top Dutch clubs, and they hope to lure them back to give the national team a much-needed boost.

Posted in Sports @ 01 November 2006 14:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A visit to the Indonesian embassy It has been a short while, but still I think about that one day that I was headed for the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur. Because I had obtained a nice booklet of maps of the city, and I also bought a monthly card for the LRT (city trains), I would be able to drop in there to bring my paperwork. The embassy opened at nine o'clock in the morning, like usual, so if I would get up at around eight o'clock I would have enough time to prepare myself. That is what happened. Half past eight the alarm of my telephone went off and I took a short shower. The train station of Chinatown - that's the place where I found a nice little hotel for the week - was located at about 300 meters from the hotel. I waned to the central station of Kuala Lumpur (KL Sentral) because you can take the monorail from there. This route brought me in the direction of the Indonesian embassy, however I still had to walk quite some distance. With a bottle of water that should be possible however. I also got the chance to use the monorail trains, because waiting until the one in Jakarta is finished would mean I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur a few more times, because that one won't be ready for some time being, if I read the stories about that.

Posted in Travel @ 25 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Kuala Lumpur shortly It was about time for me to get a new visa. Because of regulations it's not possible to extend a certain kind of visa - tourist visa. Also you can't apply for a new visa when in Indonesia as well. You will have to go to an Indonesian embassy. Where that embassy is doesn't really matter, so there are a lot of options left to look around for a holiday-hobbyist. And so I got to plan my first 'visa trip' to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Someone I know from the internet lives around there as well, so I also created the opportunity to meet. That should not be a problem because I would stay there for one entire week. I wasn't in a hurry - I didn't have to go back to Indonesia the same day or so - so I could look around there while my passport would be updated with a new sticker which permits entry into Indonesia again.

Posted in Travel @ 15 September 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New system detects 1,800 fake passports The government has detected some 1,800 cases of passport fraud since it implemented the new biometric passport system earlier this year, immigration officials said Wednesday. Justice and Human Rights Ministry spokesman Taswem Tarib said officials had found 181 attempts to duplicate passports from June 12-16.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 June 2006 19:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia grants visa-on-arrival facility to the Netherlands On May 23rd, 2006, the Indonesian authorities confirmed that Dutch passport holders will be granted a so-called visa-on-arrival (VOA) upon their arrival in Indonesia. The passport should be valid for a minimum period of six months after the date of entry into Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2006 19:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hotels must report guests to police Jakarta Police are requiring all hotels across the capital to report the identities of their guests to police as soon as they check in. "We already require newcomers in all neighborhoods to report within 24 hours of their arrival. Now, we want hotels to report their guests' identities to us," city police chief Insp. Gen. Firman Gani said on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Thousands of Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage Thousands of Muslims from across Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, departed Thursday for Saudi Arabia on the annual hajj pilgrimage. Minister of Religious Affairs Muhammad Maftuh Basyuni waved off 445 pilgrims, all dressed in white robes and with their passports hung on string around their necks, from a special Hajj Terminal at Jakarta's Sukarno-Hatta Airport.

Posted in Religion @ 09 December 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A factory of shame Over a long period in a hamlet in Tangerang, Banten, workers have quietly churned out illegal drugs in a factory licensed to produce cables, seemingly without disruption, until fish in a nearby stream died, from red and yellow substances dumped into the water it was surmised.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Teen faces court in connection with Bali nine An 18-year-old Sunnybank man has faced court in Brisbane, charged with conspiring to import drugs. Australian Federal Police (AFP) allege the teenager is linked to the nine Australians facing drug charges in Bali. Shoade Cau was one of four people arrested in Brisbane on Friday.

Posted in Drugs @ 09 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seize paedophiles' passports: advocate A national child welfare group wants the Federal Government to confiscate the passports of convicted paedophiles to prevent them from travelling overseas. The Government has confirmed a number of child-sex offenders attempted to visit Indonesia and Thailand to prey on children affected by the Asian tsunami.

Posted in General @ 17 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Nigerian drug smuggler sent to death row The Tangerang District Court handed down another death sentence on Wednesday; to a Nigerian citizen, Sylvester Obiekwe Nwolise, 39, who was convicted of smuggling 1.2 kilograms of heroin into the country from Pakistan in December. The court granted the prosecutors' call for the death penalty but did not fine him the requested Rp 50 million (EUR 4450).

Posted in Drugs @ 02 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New tourist visa policy to start on February. 1 The government announced on Friday that the new tourist visa policy will start on Feb. 1, despite strong opposition from the tourism and hospitality sectors. Justice and Human Rights Minister Yusril Ihza Mahendra said that President Megawati Soekarnoputri had approved this month the presidential decree on visas.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom for alleged smuggler The Federal Government's vow to bring alleged people smuggler Abu Quassey to justice is about to be tested after the man accused of sending more than 350 people to their deaths in a boat that sank off Java, was released from a Jakarta prison yesterday.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 January 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The lively tinkle of the grand piano, the sound of the bass, and the beat of the drums by the Bill Heid Trio generated a warm atmosphere at the official residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Ralph L. Boyce, on Jalan Taman Suropati, Jakarta, on September 19. The performance of the famous jazz group—which often graces the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center, a prestigious cultural showplace in Washington—mesmerized the American diplomats. They were carried away by the beat of the music, tapped their feet, and sipped champagne. Boyce, no mean drummer and guitarist himself, was all smiles as he jammed with the band.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus ahead of Malaysian labor deadline Under the new law, illegal workers face fines of up to 2,000 ringgit ($US530), five years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane. Officials say they will begin enforcing the law from Thursday. Many employers want the workers to stay, saying they can't afford higher wages for registered workers. The employers also complain the foreign workers are employed in jobs locals would not do. Human rights groups have voiced concerns that genuine asylum seekers may face persecution if they are forced to return home.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strange exit tax Indonesians and foreigners with a KITAS (temporary stay)_ permit who want to travel abroad are subject to an "exit levy" of one million rupiah (US$111). Although there are almost no countries on this planet that require their residents to comply with such a strange regulation, Indonesia keeps on taxing its traveling residents. Even stranger is the fact that when I finished my employment contract and went to Soekarno-Hatta airport with a (costly) "exit permit only" (EPO) stamped in my passport, I still had to pay this exit tax.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

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


The oil-rich province of Riau generates 20% of Indonesia's wealth but gets back only a fraction of that. The locals are demanding more.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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