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Indonesian minister to crack down upon illegal fishing Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti has vowed to step up efforts to curb illegal fishing in Indonesian waters, which has caused losses worth trillions of rupiah to the state and disadvantaged traditional fishermen.

Posted in Economy @ 03 November 2014 16:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fisheries minister promises to eradicate illegal fishing The newly-appointed Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti said she would eliminate illegal fishing activities rampant in Indonesian waters for the past several years.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2014 20:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allocates Rp433.5 trillion for subsidies The government has set aside Rp433.5 trillion in the draft 2015 state budget for subsidy expenditures, stated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President-elect Jokowi gains international recognition The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo, better known as Jokowi, has gained international recognition with congratulatory messages trickling in from leaders across the globe.

Posted in Elections @ 24 July 2014 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry: 'Jakarta monorail project must go on' The transportation ministry said the Jakarta monorail project must continue to be built to help solve the capital citys transportation problem. "The monorail project under the PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) must be continued," Director for Traffic and Transportation Affairs of the Ministry of Transportation Hanggoro Budi Wiryawan said in a written statement here on Saturday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 10 May 2014 21:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MInister: 'No region in Indonesia has child-friendly status' Minister of Womens Empowerment and Child Protection Linda Amalia Sari Gumelar said there is no single region in Indonesia that has a child-friendly status.

Posted in Crime @ 05 May 2014 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Next president should continue pro-people programs The next president who is elected in the upcoming presidential race should continue pro-people programs laid down by the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a participant of a presidential candidate convention said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo: 'Agriculture more important than economic concerns' The issue of agriculture is a more important concern than simple economics, because it has a strategic role in the life of the nation, according to Indonesian Farmers Association Chairman Prabowo Subianto.

Posted in Economy @ 01 March 2014 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President summons East Java governor over zoo problem President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned East Java Governor Soekarwo and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani to discuss the problem being faced by the Surabaya Zoo (KBS).

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs to revitalize migrant policies Indonesia needs to revitalize its policies in the migrant workers sector to provide fair treatment for its migrant workers abroad who contribute foreign exchange to the state, an ILO official said.

Posted in Economy @ 18 December 2013 09:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia must achieve food self-sufficiency' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he hoped Indonesia would achieve self-sufficiency in the production of food in the near future with the support of all involved parties.

Posted in Elections @ 31 October 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Liberalisation strengthens foreign domination: NGOs Two Indonesian non-governmental organisations have criticised APEC`s decision to boost liberalisation, claiming that it would only strengthen foreign domination in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2013 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry of industry issues policies to maintain growth The Ministry of Industry has issued a package of policies to maintain the growth of national industries affected by current financial market conditions and the rupiah depreciation.

Posted in Economy @ 28 August 2013 17:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sri Mulyani suggests remittance fee reduction to five percent World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati has suggested a reduction in the remittance fee for members of the Indonesian diaspora from 15 percent to 5 percent.

Posted in Economy @ 19 August 2013 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia cuts Indonesia's hajj quota by 20% The Saudi government has cut Indonesia`s hajj pilgrimage quota this year by 20 percent or 42,200 pilgrims from 211,000 to 168,000 pilgrims, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 June 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 4.6 million elderly in Indonesia prone to be neglected Some 4.6 million out of 18 million elderly people in Indonesia are prone to be neglected, Social Affairs Minister Salim Segaf Al Jufri said here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 28 May 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President officially inducts Chatib Basri as finance minister President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the State Palace here on Tuesday officially installed Muhammad Chatib Basri as the new finance minister to replace Agus Martowardojo.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2013 17:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers threaten to go on strike on August 16 President of the Indonesian Labor Union Confederation (KSPI) Said Iqbal has called on workers across the country to go on strike on August 16 unless the government meets their demand related to occupational social security programs.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Court rejects citizen lawsuit on traffic situation in Jakarta The Central Jakarta court here on Monday rejected a citizen lawsuit against the government over severe traffic congestion in the capital city, Chief Judge Kasianus Telaumbanua said. "The arguments in the lawsuit are not strong enough, hence we deny to continue this case," said the judge.

Posted in General @ 08 April 2013 18:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Education minister fails to meet rights body`s summons Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh failed to meet a summons from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Wednesday to clarify the revision of government regulation number 74/2008 on teachers.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2013 01:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Higher tax bracket should apply for Bali nightclubs' Legislators from the Badung House of Representatives (DPRD-Badung) are complaining that lax collection policies by tax authorities are costing the regency substantial revenues in underpayment of taxes by nightspots and discothèques.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2012 09:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament appoints of Financial Service Authority members The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) confirmed the appointment of the chairman and members of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) for the 2012-18 period at a plenary meeting here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 June 2012 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian ministry forbids Greenpeace to hold rallies Indonesian Legal and Human Rights Ministry forbids Greenpeace Indonesia to hold more rallies to criticize Indonesian policies and companies in Indonesia which are public legal entities.

Posted in General @ 20 June 2012 21:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has comprehensive design on Papua The government remains committed to developing Papua into a land of peace as declared by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2004. President Yudhoyono is pursuing peaceful and dignified approaches and dialogs to solve the problems in Papua, Velix Wanggai, a presidential special staff in charge of regional development and autonomy, said in a press statement here Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2012 15:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President says labor policies not politically motivated President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said that the government has no political interests with regard to its recent plans to improve the welfare of workers in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 03 May 2012 13:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to declare large parts of  public spaces 'no-smoking' Bali is preparing to lead a nation-wide movement to establish no-smoking areas in most public places. A provincial law will come into effect on June 1, 2012, that will make enclosed building spaces off grounds to smoking, including hotels and nightspots. The law also strictly regulates advertising of tobacco products.

Posted in Health @ 05 April 2012 03:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia workers mulling strike PT Garuda Indonesia workers are considering to go on strike because of mounting resentment at and dissatisfaction about the management`s actions and attitudes in matters related to their interests.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 February 2012 14:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


10 Indonesian hotels win ASEAN Green Award Ten hotels operating in Indonesia have won ASEAN Green Hotel Recognition Award 2012 for applying environmentally friendly principles to their operations. Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Pangestu presented the award to representatives of the hotels here on Wednesday.

Posted in Tourism @ 14 January 2012 03:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads meeting on Christmas, New Year security President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led a cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a wide range of issues, including security precautions for Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Posted in General @ 22 December 2011 01:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President chairs limited meeting on main weaponry system President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono chaired a limited meeting to discuss the procurement of main weaponry system (Alutsista) at his office on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 10 November 2011 08:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Govt ready to hold open dialog on Papua President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government was always ready to hold dialog with all components in the framework of seeking solutions to the problems and improving the welfare of the people of Papua`s two provinces.

Posted in Politics @ 10 November 2011 01:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Activists urge economic development for Papua Indonesia needs to boost economic development in Papua, human rights activists say, a day after thousands in the restive region rallied for independence.

Posted in Human rights @ 05 August 2011 02:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's 2011 state budget reaches $6.65 billion Indonesia's 2011 state budget stood at Rp 56.9 trillion ($6.65 billion) as of May 31, the country's Finance Ministry said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2011 01:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans labor workers migrating to Saudi Arabia The government of Indonesia on Wednesday announced that it will temporarily halt sending labor workers to Saudi Arabia as of August 1, while officials consider the possibility of having legal affairs attaches in several countries where national labor workers are facing legal issues.

Posted in Politics @ 23 June 2011 02:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry: Indonesia to lead ASEAN's economic growth in 2012' Indonesia's 2012 economic growth is expected to top the Association of Southeast Asian Nations's (ASEAN) member states, Indonesia's Finance Ministry said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 June 2011 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives UN disaster management award President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Tuesday received a United Nations award for his achievement in disaster management and risk reduction, the Antara news agency reported on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2011 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Anti-porn' lawmaker quits after ... watching porn! Indonesian anti-porn lawmaker Arifinto on Monday announced his resignation after being caught viewing pornography last week during a House of Representatives plenary session. Arifinto is one of the founders of the Justice Party that later merged with the Prosperous Justice Party that has advocated for Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government moving to check rising food costs In an urgent step to curb inflationary food prices the Indonesian government will abolish value-added taxes and import duties on a number of food products.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2011 03:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


British, Japanese citizens arrested for drug smuggling in Bali Indonesian authorities arrested two foreigners, one British and one Japanese, as well as one national for smuggling drugs into the country at island beach resort, Bali, local authorities said Monday. The three could face possible execution.

-Khuram Antonio Khan Garcia, 39, a from the United Kingdom, was arrested after arriving on a Qatar Airways flight at around 8 p.m. local time. He was carrying 3.1 kilograms (6.8 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine, which was hidden in the lining of his suitcase, airport official Bagus Endro Wibowo explained.

-The drugs, officials said, were worth around 9.5 billion rupiah ($1.07 million).

-After his arrest at Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, local authorities questioned Garcia, and according to his statements, he revealed the identities two accomplices.

-As a result, officials subsequently arrested Yan Zacharia Santosa, 31, from Jakarta, who was staying in Bali at the moment and was reportedly supposed to receive the drugs and later distribute them.

-Morita Yuki, 35, from Japan, was also arrested after arriving later in the evening from Bangkok, Thailand. He was carrying 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds) of hashish in his suitcase, which was calculated to be worth around 3.5 billion rupiah ($395,500).

-All three suspects will be handed over to the Bali Police's Narcotics Division where they will be facing the country's harsh anti-drug policies.

Posted in Drugs @ 15 November 2010 04:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


150 ways to discriminate women in Indonesia The slow response from the government on a recommendation to revoke over 150 bylaws that are seen as discriminative against woman have made it possible that another 15 new bylaws that are also seen as such, may be enacted any time soon now. This worrisome news was released by the National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) earlier.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 January 2010 12:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: Poverty rate in Indonesia drops compared to last year Indonesia's poverty rate dropped 1.3 percentage point this year from 15.4 per cent last year owing to stable inflation and higher wages, the national bureau of statistics said Wednesday. According to a survey conducted in March, 32.5 million Indonesians live under the poverty line, or 14.15 per cent of the country's population, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia resource nationalism stirs before polls As Indonesia heads for elections, some politicians are taking a more nationalist line on the country's vast natural resources, a move that could scare off much-needed foreign capital amid the global credit crunch. While some industry experts see the rumblings over foreign investment as campaign trail posturing, the rhetoric highlights the risks for investors in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, particularly in its energy and mining sectors.

Posted in Elections @ 22 March 2009 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Seminar reveals figures pointing to looming menace of HIV/AIDS The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to mount in Bali with health officials now estimating some 4,000 people have died from the disease on the Island. Each day 2-3 people die of HIV/AIDS adding at least 840 new fatalities to the mounting death toll each year. Meanwhile, health activists are warning that unless issues connected with the treatments, control and prevention of HIV/AIDS receive their proper due, the illness will, as reported in the Bali Post, sweep across the island like a AIDS tsunami.

Posted in Health @ 05 March 2008 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Safety ratings for Indonesian airlines The Indonesian Department of Transportation has issued its the results of its scheduled re-audit of safety and air worthiness for all commercial air operators in Indonesia, following an initial audit in March 2007 which failed to see even a single domestic air carrier receive a "clean pass" Category I rating.

Posted in General @ 03 July 2007 01:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost 10 million bank accounts closed in three months Around 9.7 million bank accounts have been closed or emptied in the last three months according to the National Development Agenc (Bappenas). This raises alarm bells in the country's banking sector and the entire economy. The data, which was compiled by the Deposit Insurance Agency (LPS), referred mosty to accounts with deposits of less than Rp 100 million (8,333 euro).

Posted in Economy @ 24 March 2007 14:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reopen international tourism offices as arrivals sag In an attempt to boost the declining number of foreign visitors to Indonesia, the government will re-open a dozen international tourism offices this year, local media reports said Tuesday. Indonesia missed its tourist arrival target of 5.5 million in 2006, with only 4.8 million foreign visitors to the country, according to Tourism Minister Jero Wacik. Indonesia has set a target of 6 million foreign visitors for this year and 8 million in 2009.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 February 2007 09:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia may curb exports of crude palm oil Indonesia, the world's second largest palm oil grower, may curb unprocessed exports of the commodity to encourage the development of local refining, an official at the Trade Ministry said. Curbing overseas sales of crude palm oil (CPO) is among the options that will be discussed at a meeting on January 22, Agus Tjahyono, agricultural exports director, said in an interview yesterday. "There are lots of options besides taxes to discourage exports," Tjahyono said. "We can impose regulations."

Posted in Economy @ 20 January 2007 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia predicts economic growth between 5.7 and 6.3 % Bank Indonesia predicts the country`s economy will grow between 5.7 and 6.3 percent this year while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts it will grow by six percent. "The central bank`s board of governors predicts Indonesia`s economy will grow even higher and macro-economic stability would be maintained," BI governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2007 05:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia-Russia: Arms, atoms and oil The United States, China and now a resurgent Russia are all competing for regional influence in Southeast Asia, and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is shrewdly playing his diplomatic cards among all three suitors.

Posted in Military @ 13 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bush doesn't receive warm welcome in Indonesia Ignoring monsoon rain and thunder, hundreds of people gathered in Indonesia's former colonial capital of Bogor on Monday to demonstrate against a visit by US president George W Bush. Amid security concerns, the president only made a short stop-over in Indonesia, the last leg of an Asia tour that included Singapore and Vietnam which was hosting the APEC summit.

Posted in Politics @ 21 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport looks beyond Indonesia, sticks to copper For the founders of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, this weekend's deal for Phelps Dodge Corp. marks a step away from the source of their wealth - and the belief that its product has still a long way to run. New Orleans-based Freeport in a friendly deal that would forge the world's biggest publicly traded copper miner. The acquisition would spread out Freeport's source of its copper to the Americas, where Phelps Dodge operates mines in the U.S., Chile and Peru.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 November 2006 02:34 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


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rating Improvement for SBY any adults in Indonesia are content with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, according to a poll by the Indonesian Survey Institute. 67 per cent of respondents are satisfied with the president’s performance, up 12 points since March.

Posted in Politics @ 16 October 2006 05:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans massive land reforms The Indonesian government plans to launch a massive land reform campaign that will be completed before 2009, a newspaper reported Saturday. The government expects to distribute between three million and four million hectares of land to landless farmers throughout the country as part the national campaign.

Posted in General @ 14 October 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF, WB also responsible for forest destruction The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) are two institutions allegedly engaged in destroying the forests in Indonesia and in other developing countries. "The role of the IMF and WB is in the channeling of funds to companies engaged in investment without first studying the impact of the application of their policies," Greenpeace activist Red Costantino said in a meeting on "International People`s Forum Versus IMF and WB" here on Sunday.

Posted in Environment @ 18 September 2006 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia lobbies for greater Asian voice, more investment Indonesia is adding its voice to calls for Asian countries to be allowed a greater voice in international institutions like the IMF and World Bank. Indonesia also says that eradicating poverty is its national priority, something both the World Bank and IMF also want to see. So the Indonesian delegation, which has come to Singapore for the IMF/World Bank annual meetings, wants to use this opportunity to promote their country as an investment destination.

Posted in Economy @ 16 September 2006 12:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to allow protests against IMF, World Bank Indonesian police will allow activists opposed to the policies of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to meet in Batam, 40 minutes by ferry from Singapore where the lenders are holding their annual meetings. Activists were previously denied permission to hold the meeting on the island because it could hurt the political, security and investment environment in Indonesia, Anggaria Lopies, a spokesman from the Riau provincial police, said in a telephone interview today.

Posted in Protests @ 11 September 2006 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam officially bans anti-IMF protests A move to protest International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank policies - right at Singapore's doorstep - has been officially banned by the Batam police. Unable to stage outdoor demonstrations in Singapore during the IMF-World Bank meet next week, about 1,000 delegates from non-governmental organisations around the world had decided to hold their protest at the nearby Indonesian island instead.

Posted in Protests @ 08 September 2006 14:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia leader upbeat on economy, vows to aid poor Indonesia's president pledged on Wednesday to use an anticipated pick-up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy to tackle poverty, and also to stick with a fight against corruption and encourage foreign investment. In an annual address to parliament ahead of Indonesia's Aug. 17 independence day, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono focused on the economy,but also hailed a peace deal in Aceh and repeated a willingness to commit troops to a U.N. force in Lebanon.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2006 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lesson from nature The frantic effort to save thousands of lives from an imminent eruption of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta may reflect the best disaster management so far in Indonesia since the December 2004 tsunami caused the deaths of more than 130,000 people in Aceh and Nias.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia sends envoy to repair Indonesia ties Australia's top diplomat will visit Jakarta this week to try and ease tensions with Indonesia caused by Australia's decision to grant refugee visas to 42 Papuans who fled Indonesia in an outrigger canoe. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has said his country's relationship with Australia should be reviewed following the decision, but Prime Minister John Howard on Tuesday said Australia had no reason to apologise for its policies.

Posted in Politics @ 18 April 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rice praises 'success story' Indonesia US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice praised Indonesia's record on religious tolerance and democracy as hundreds of Islamic protesters yelling "Condeleeza go to hell!" denounced America's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rice, on her first visit to the world's most populous Muslim nation, lunched with her counterpart Hassan Wirayuda, and afterwards praised Indonesia as "an inspiration to the entire world" for its religious tolerance and democratic progress.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2006 08:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Calls grow for foreign property ownership Many long-term expatriate residents here cannot consider Indonesia a welcoming second home when they are barred from owning property here. "Property ownership is the core around which one builds one's life. Why should foreigners be handicapped here?" complains Robert Eskapa, a British businessman who has opened a pizza-chain in Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 27 February 2006 15:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Allianz launches Sharia-compliant insurance products Allianz AG said its Indonesian unit is launching Sharia-compliant insurance products, responding to 'growing requests' from its customers and banking partners. The insurer said customers can now buy life insurance, as well as fire and motor vehicle insurance, that will be Sharia-compliant. Under Sharia-law, it is forbidden to give or receive interest payments. Furthermore, Sharia-compliant banks will trade investments and share the profits with investors instead of offering interest on savings accounts.

Posted in General @ 25 January 2006 08:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pilot jailed for murder of activist A Jakarta court on Tuesday sentenced an off-duty Indonesian pilot to 14 years in jail for planning the murder of a top human rights activist during a flight on the national carrier Garuda last year. Human rights groups have said the trial over the killing of Munir Thalib was a litmus test of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's promise to build a more open and accountable Indonesia after decades of authoritarian rule and rights abuses.

Posted in Human rights @ 20 December 2005 08:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Indonesia set to reshuffle cabinet Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said that he had decided to reshuffle the cabinet after an evaluation of its one-year performance showed that it would need some arrangement to strengthen the cabinet's performance including in the economic field, local media said.

Posted in Politics @ 04 December 2005 11:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


U.N. urging to take stronger action against bird flu U.N. officials are urging Indonesia to take more aggressive steps to contain the bird flu epidemic in poultry before the current human outbreak escalates and spreads beyond the country's borders. With avian influenza now diagnosed among birds in two-thirds of the country's provinces, Indonesia must begin the immediate culling of poultry in infected areas and revamp its campaign to vaccinate fowl against the virus, according to officials from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 October 2005 07:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY in control, but tougher challenges ahead Despite a number of decisions that many consider burdensome to the public during his first year in office, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has managed to keep his support intact. The latest survey conducted by the Indonesian Survey Circle (LSI) confirmed on Wednesday that Susilo remains popular, albeit to a lesser degree than when catapulted to the presidency last year. But stiffer challenges lie ahead, especially given that some of his policies will provide ammunition to opposition groups.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2005 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President to go on 'safari' during Ramadhan Recovering from his flu, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is set to go on tour across the archipelago during the rest of the fasting month in a throwback to the Ramadhan 'safaris' of the New Order period. Susilo's trip will start in the densely populated area of Cilincing, North Jakarta, on Friday. The President, together with some other government officials, will then travel to Banten, South Kalimantan, Southeast Sulawesi and West Nusa Tenggara.

Posted in Ramadan @ 14 October 2005 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IMF lauds Indonesia for moves to tackle currency woes High oil prices are not yet having a clear impact on worldwide economic growth, says the International Monetary Fund. But the IMF warns countries to gird themselves for the eventual impact, as oil prices will remain high. IMF managing director Rodrigo de Rato also said Indonesia's economy is on a strong footing, and is confident that Indonesia's financial woes will not spill over to the rest of Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 04 September 2005 08:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cuts supply for quota State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina has reduced premium gasoline supply in trial periods in major cities, including Jakarta and Surabaya, and is monitoring the public reaction and response to the move before its full implementation. Head of Pertamina's fuel division Achmad Faisal said the plan was aimed at putting national fuel consumption on a par with the quota set by the government.

Posted in Economy @ 05 July 2005 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Susilo puts the squeeze on corruption President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has repeated his promise to seriously fight corruption at all levels of both state and private institutions, establishing a special team to strengthen and speed up his antigraft drive. "Once the anticorruption wheels and machine runs, (it must) never stop," he said in Jakarta on Wednesday after inaugurating the team, which is led by Deputy Attorney General for special crimes Hendarman Supandji.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Netherlands to renew economic tie with Indonesia The Netherlands is planning to renew its economic ties with Indonesia through the provision of a number of incentives and assistance. This would include support for the development of the country's agriculture and fishery industries, as well as the reconstruction of tsunami-stricken Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam.

Posted in Economy @ 15 February 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Govt to reduce taxation on companies Indonesia plans to cut its corporate tax rate starting next year to spur investment and growth, said Aburizal Bakrie, the coordinating minister for economic affairs. The tax rate will be cut to 25 percent from 30 percent over a period of five years, starting with a one percentage-point reduction in 2005, Bakrie said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The new government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono faces a staggering array of problems — rampant corruption, continuing human rights abuses by the military, massive unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, and a judicial and law enforcement system that is little more than a legalised mafia.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 15 November 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Yudhoyono wins Indonesia poll Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has won Indonesia's presidential election run-off in a landslide, capping a rapid rise to power for the former general who has pledged to create jobs, stamp out graft and fight terrorism. Preliminary final results obtained on Monday gave Yudhoyono 60 percent of Indonesia's first direct leadership ballot while incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri took 39 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 04 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidential candidate SBY gets PhD in agriculture Indonesia's presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono obtained a doctorate in agricultural sciences, a newspaper report said on Sunday. Susilo, a retired lieutenant general, successfully defended his paper on the development of rural areas and analysis of fiscal policies at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture on Saturday. His 160-minute thesis presentation, capping three years of studies, was deemed "excellent", the Kompas daily said.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono leads election race; 90% of votes counted Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is poised to become Indonesia's first president by popular mandate with the official vote tally of Monday's election showing a clear margin of victory with counting almost complete. Yudhoyono leads with a 61 percent share of votes, the General Election Commission said in Jakarta, compared with 39 percent for President Megawati Soekarnoputri. The result is unlikely to change with almost 90 percent of votes already counted, the commission said. About 109 million votes had been counted as of 8:02 a.m. Jakarta time, from an estimated turnout of 122 million.

Posted in Elections @ 26 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House askes SBY to mull fuel hike The incoming government should consider raising fuel prices at home later this year in a bid to cut losses caused by the burgeoning cost of the nation's fuel subsidy that could cripple state finances, the House of Representatives state budget commission said. The recommendation emerged during a meeting late on Wednesday between the commission and Minister of Finance Boediono to conclude the revision of the 2004 state budget.

Posted in Politics @ 23 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-General keeps big poll lead in campaign Presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, or SBYA former army general looks set to snatch Indonesia's presidency by a landslide in next week's election run-off, two surveys showed on Wednesday, but incumbent leader Megawati Sukarnoputri insisted she could win. The release of the surveys follows a deadly bomb blast last week outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, though pollsters were divided over whether heightened security fears would translate into more votes for either candidate on Sept. 20.

Posted in Elections @ 15 September 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


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

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


Indonesia polls favor former general The strains of a hearty tenor filtered out from behind the closed door of hotel room 103. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the front-runner in Indonesia's presidential race, was rehearsing a tune he would sing that morning to voters in this highland town in western Indonesia. "I know you love me, so you will choose me," the thickset former general could be heard crooning in the local Batak dialect, practicing the lyrics he learned minutes earlier, just as he has been practicing for the country's top job for the last several years.

Posted in Elections @ 28 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta looks to heavens for help As Indonesia's haze continues to envelop parts of Sumatra and Kalimantan provinces, Indonesian officials have - again - blamed farmers for starting fires across the country.

Posted in Forest fires @ 25 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market intervention futile With many investors converting their funds into dollar-based assets, Bank Indonesia (central bank) has been selling dollars in the international currency market. It has also been threatening to curb currency trading among commercial banks while raising banks' reserve requirements. Despite these efforts, the rupiah has shed almost 9 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police re-arrest Bashir, clash with supporters Indonesian police arrested Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir as a terror suspect on Friday as he walked out of jail after serving time for lesser charges while his supporters hurled rocks and firebombs at police. Bashir, accused head of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiah network, was released on Friday after 18 months in prison for immigration offences but was served with an arrest warrant and detained as he left the jail in central Jakarta.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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