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New DPR and DPD members officially sworn in The official swearing-in of the new members of the House of Representatives (DPR) and Regional Representatives Council (DPD) and the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR), who won the 2014 elections, took place here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 19:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


22,000 pesonnel secure election dispute hearing Jakarta Regional Police have deployed 22,000 police personnel to provide security around the Constitutional Court building here during election dispute hearing.

Posted in Elections @ 06 August 2014 20:25 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


Golkar party`s senior politician against coalition decision A senior Golkar Party politician, Ginandjar Kartasasmita, has expressed his disagreement with the party chiefs decision to participate in the permanent coalition established by parties supporting the Prabowo-Hatta pair.

Posted in Politics @ 15 July 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


General Election Commision reschedules presidential debate The General Elections Commission (KPU) has amended the schedule of next Sundays vice presidential debate from 8.00 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. after the Muslims evening "Taraweh" prayers, stated KPU Commissioner Sigit Pamungkas.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo-Hatta, Jokowi-JK gaining balanced support The Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa and the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla (Jokowi-JK) presidential candidate pairs are still gaining balanced public support, noted a survey institute director.

Posted in Elections @ 12 June 2014 20:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'60 percent of Golkar cadres support Jusuf Kalla' A senior politician from the Golkar Party, Fahmi Idris, is predicting that 60 percent of the party cadres will support Jusuf Kalla in the presidential election on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 31 May 2014 00:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Observer: 'Kalla has potential to overshadow Jokowi' Political observer Hendri Satrio of the Paramadina University said Jusuf Kalla (JK), who is a former vice president and a senior statesman, has the potential to overshadow Joko Widodo or Jokowi.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2014 08:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Analyst: 'Kalla perfect running mate for Jokowi' Former vice president M. Jusuf Kalla is the perfect vice presidential candidate for Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who is running for president in the presidential election held next July 9, political analyst from Pelita Harapan University Embrus Sihombing said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 May 2014 16:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'VP candidate must be chosen carefully' The presidential candidate for the Indonesia Democratic Party Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that care must be taken when deciding on a vice presidential candidate because it is about the fate of the nation and state.

Posted in Politics @ 21 April 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 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


Former chief justice calls to end political oligarchy Former constitutional court chief justice Mahfud MD has called on the people to put an end to political oligarchy, which has so far dominated governance and is not good for a democracy.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut will not step down herself Firman Wijaya, the lawyer of the governor of Banten charged with corruption Ratu Atut Chosiyah, has said that his client would step down when she was charged and brought to court. Until now she only is a suspect and is detained. Wijaya also says that the KPK should not be cocky against a regional head.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 January 2014 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Miss Indonesia sentenced to 12 years in jail The Supreme Court on Thursday sentenced Democratic Party politician Angelina Sondakh to 12 years imprisonment for her involvement in corruption at two ministries, namely the Ministry of Culture and Education and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 November 2013 18:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut meets KPK`s summons Governor of Banten Province Ratu Atut Chosiyah arrived at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building here on Friday in response to the agency`s summons to testify over a local election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Senior journalist Djafar Assegaf passes away Senior journalist, Sayyid Dja`far bin Husein bin Ahmad Assegaf, better known as Djafar Assegaf, who was once the Indonesian ambassador to Vietnam passed away on Wednesday morning.

Posted in General @ 12 June 2013 11:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono leads Taufiq`s funeral ceremony President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono led the funeral ceremony of Chairman of the People`s Consultative Assembly Taufiq Kiemas at the Kalibata Heroes` Cemetery in South Jakarta on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2013 21:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Supreme Court: Nazaruddin jail term increased to 7 years The Supreme Court has denied the conviction appeal of Nazaruddin, the former politician and legislator from the ruling Democrat Party, and increased his sentence for corruption to seven years in jail.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 January 2013 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Corruption predicted to increase in 2013 An observer of the Advocate Division of Corruption Study Center of Gadjah Mada University (Pukat UGM), Oce Madril, has predicted that corruption would increase in 2013-2014, due to tense political rivalries.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 December 2012 04:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No indication of toppling of President Yudhoyono A survey institute director has stated that there are no indications that suggest the toppling of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, despite the current legal and political climate in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2012 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Media leaders seek direct clarification from Dahlan A number of mass media leaders met with state enterprises minister Dahlan Iskan to seek clarification directly from him regarding his clash with the House of Representatives (DPR).

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 November 2012 21:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan warned against being too outspoken Outspoken minister for state enterprises Dahlan Iskan, who triggered an uproar by saying lawmakers seeking to extort money from state companies has been warned to be more cautious in making statements.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2012 17:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


A'lian premier to attend 10th anniversary of Bali bombing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is scheduled to attend the 10th anniversary of the Bali bombings at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Bali on October 12, 2012.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Another politician detained by anti-graft agency One more politician has been detained by anti-graft agency KPK for interrogation in connection with a graft case involving a project to purchase Koran books for the Ministry of Religious Affairs.

Posted in Corruption @ 07 September 2012 22:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutor: 'Angie received Rp33.73 billion' Politician Angelina Patricia Pinkan Sondakh (Angie) here on Thursday was charged with receiving Rp33.73 billion from Permai Group. "Angelina as a state official namely a member of the House of Representatives (DPR) in the period of 2009-2014 has received Rp12.58 billion and US$ 2.35 million," public prosecutor Agus Salim said reading the charges at the corruption court.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 September 2012 19:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS demands probe team for Sampang violence The Justice and Prosperous Party (F-PKS) has called on the government to form a team to investigate the events that led to the attack against Shiite Muslims in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province, on Sunday.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 22:53 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace Indonesia urged to be transparent Greenpeace Indonesia has been urged to open up or tell about its management of funds it has received from the public or donors. "Greenpeace Indonesia must be open and explain transparently to the people about the funds because they are collected from the public," the chairman of the Special Committee on Social Organizations Bill, Abdul Malik Haramain, said here on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2012 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detaines Angelina Sondakh The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) today detained Angelina Sondakh at the KPK detainment center in Salemba for alleged bribery of the project of the Youth and Sports Ministry and Education and Culture Ministry last year.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 April 2012 13:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


MP asks 'fuel price' protesters not to vandalize public property An Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) lawmaker has asked the people not to vandalize public property while holding rallies against the government`s plan to raise fuel prices.

Posted in Politics @ 24 March 2012 05:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aburizal Bakrie reports Ramadhan Pohan to police Golkar Party leader Aburizal Bakrie has reported Democrat Party (PD) politician Ramadhan Pohan to the police for alleged defamation. A lawyer of Bakrie, Rudy Alfonso, said the lawyers` team he was heading was certain the report would lead to a case in court.

Posted in Politics @ 02 February 2012 07:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wiranto ready to be re-nominated for presidential candidate The General Chairman of the People`s Conscience Party (Hanura), Wiranto, expressed his readiness to be re-nominated as a presidential candidate for the election in 2014.

Posted in Politics @ 23 December 2011 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pres. Yudhoyono to announce new cabinet tomorrow President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will officially announce the results of a Cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday evening at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha says.

Posted in Politics @ 17 October 2011 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cheating minister suddenly disappears The Indonesian minister of Public Housing, Suharso Monoarfa, has suddenly disappeared from the surface of the earth as it seems. This comes after news about him cheating surfaced and his wife now wants to divorce him.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 September 2011 06:31 CET by Jeroen · 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


Four killed after gunmen attack bus in Papua At least four people, including an army officer, were killed on Monday in an ambush by suspected separatists in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 dead as rival political groups clash in Papua At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in a clash between two rival political groups in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, police said.

Posted in Politics @ 31 July 2011 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge claim for Aussie papers publishing Wikileaks about Yudhoyono Two Australian newspapers that published articles last Friday accusing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of abusing power and influencing judges based on leaked cables obtained from Wikileaks were sued for $1 billion on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2011 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono accused of corruption on Wikileaks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday was accused of abusing power and influencing judges, according to leaked cables obtained on Wikileaks and published on Australian media. The reports published were published Friday in Australia's The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and were based on Wikileaks' sources of diplomatic notes sent by the U.S. Embassy to Washington, D.C.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2011 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono blasts Jakarta governor Fauzi for failing Jakarta President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is publicly criticizing Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for failing to make good on his campaign pledges, calling them "empty promises". In his opening remarks at an official meeting with ministers, non-ministerial officials and heads of state-owned enterprises, was also attended by Fauzi, Yudhoyono said he was fed up with the unrealized promises made by politicians.

Posted in Politics @ 23 February 2011 00:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Not enough reason to disband Ahmadiyah' The government said it needed a stronger justification to disband Ahmadiyah than the fact that its doctrine was viewed by hardliners to "deviate" from orthodox Islam, a religious leader said Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 21 February 2011 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister makes impromptu visit to Cipinang Penitentiary Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar made an impromptu inspection of Cipinang Penitentiary in East Jakarta, one of the penitentiaries being used to hold 19 former legislators who have been named suspects by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 January 2011 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains 19 suspects in traveler check scam One by one, politicians considered bribery suspects were taken into custody by the Corruption Eradication Commission’s (KPK). KPK deputy chairman Haryono Umar confirmed Friday the commission had decided to detain the suspects who allegedly received bribes in connection with the election of a Bank Indonesia senior deputy governor in 2004.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 January 2011 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian government vows to tackle corruption in 2011 The Indonesian government has vowed to tackle corruption in 2011 as accorded in a meeting with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 December 2010 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent coalition demands politicians out of election commission A coalition of non-governmental organizations on Thursday demanded the Indonesian House of Representatives to cancel the membership of politicians for the General Elections Commissions (KPU), citing conflicts of interest.

Posted in Politics @ 26 November 2010 03:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrats: 'Being gay in Indonesia is a Constitutional right' Politicians from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party have finally come into action by unlawful actions against gay and lesbians in the country. Although their actions seem too little too late, they are clear that that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to hold a congress wherever and whenever they wish.

Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2010 08:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister Frans Seda (83) dead A former minister of Finance, Franciscus Xaverius (Frans) Seda, died earlier this morning. This was confirmed by one of the friends of the well-known Catholic person, Policarpus da Lopez. He told that he received a telephone call that confirmed the death of the former politician.

Posted in General @ 31 December 2009 08:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2nd United Indonesia Cabinet unveiled President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet last evening. There are 34 ministers, most of them are politicians from his coalition parties. Six ministers were from his own Democratic Party, including the important minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 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


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wilders endangers his fellow countrymen all over the world Many are waiting for the moment - unfortunately a big part of the people is only waiting for it for negative reasons - the short move made by Dutch politician Geert Wilders about the Koran, the holy book for Muslims. He wants to show the world that Islam is a religion of violence and that 'their book' - the Koran indeed - is a source of fascism in the religion. That is the very short story and I'm sure other aspects of Islam will be highlighted as well. It is expected that that won't be too positive as well, which is causing that negative feeling. Such a kind of straight-forwarded attack on Islam - or any other religion for that matter - will provoke strong reactions and these will not be limited to the area that we know as The Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 22 January 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 29 reactions


EU continues its blacklist of Indonesian aviation Long-awaited reports from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that could have cleared the way for the lifting of the current blacklisting of Indonesian aviation have now been published. While noting improvements have been made in aviation safety, EASA decided to leave the current ban in place, saying much remains to be done before the skies of the Republic can be declared "safe" for European travelers.

Posted in General @ 03 December 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considers building its first casino on Bintan Politicians in Indonesia are planning on building it's first casino on the island of Bintan, close to wealthy Singapore. It would be a potentially lucrative but highly sensitive venture in mostly Muslim Indonesia. Gambling is not allowed according to Islam and over 80 percent is Muslim in the country. Earlier plans to build casinos in other locations have already failed because of opposition from Islamic activists.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yeo: Linking Indonesian sand ban to extradition treaty unfortunate Indonesia's ban on sand exports to Singapore was one of the key concerns in Parliament on Monday. Members of Parliament were keen to find out about the impact of the ban on the construction industry and Singapore's relations with Indonesia. In his reply, Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo said linking the sand ban to the extradition treaty being sought by Indonesia and border talks would be unfortunate and counterproductive.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2007 01:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chickens rule the world Earlier this month it finally came through - Jakarta was to forbid all chickens in, on, around, below and besides houses, huts and other structures - but since then not much happened elsewhere to reach the same effect. Of course that will not be easy. Not outside Jakarta but also not within the city limits of a city of 15 million souls. Whether the city is flooded or not, chickens will always be there. Just recently a small group of people started to understand that chickens and humans can be a dangerous combination. This are probably people which already lost someone dear to this disease with incredibly high mortality rates. For all the others they can't care less, they have to make some living from it. Without chickens no food and that is what the local government realizes.

Posted in Health @ 10 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia floods begin to recede amid disease risk Flood waters receded in parts of Indonesia's capital on Tuesday, but huge areas remained submerged heightening the risk of disease amid questions over why more had not been done to prevent the disaster. Businesses were also trying to assess the economic impact of the floods, which have caused blackouts, cut telecommunications and made many key roads impassable.

Posted in Flooding @ 07 February 2007 02:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hunt for Adam Air flight 574 It was a fairly normal beginning of the new year, for as far the first day of the year can be a normal one. The sun was shining here and the weather looked good for the day. Maybe a little bit strange, since we are in the middle of the wet season here so in fact we have to expect a lot of rain almost every single day now. The weather is slightly strange since there is really bad weather of the Java Sea. From Southern Sumatra until as far east at the Moluccan Spice Islands the weather is bad; very high waves, strong winds and a lot of rain are pounding the area. At first you think that that is not a big deal there out at sea, at least there will be no victims in flash floods, landslides and other misery that comes with the wet season in Indonesia.

Posted in Accidents @ 08 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Top Golkar official quits over sex video A senior official of the ruling Golkar party resigned from his post after being linked to a sex scandal that tarnished the image of the party. Mr Yahya Zaini, 42, the head of the religious affairs committee in Golkar's Executive Board, had been identified as the man seen in a steamy video cavorting with a singer in a hotel room.

Posted in General @ 07 December 2006 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 17 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia continues to print religion on ID-cards Indonesia’s House of Representatives and government have agreed to continue listing one’s religion on identity cards. Members of different faiths have criticized the agreement as a violation of fundamental human rights and myopic political opportunism.

Posted in Religion @ 21 November 2006 09:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rights advocates deplore murder acquittal in Indonesia The acquittal of an Indonesian pilot convicted in the murder of one of the country's most respected human-rights advocates has unleashed a storm of protest from critics of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his government. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that there was insufficient evidence to support a lower court's verdict that the pilot, Pollycarpus Budihari Priyanto, had murdered Munir Said Thalib, a human-rights lawyer who investigated abuses by the Indonesian military.

Posted in Crime @ 09 October 2006 02:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh demanding gubernatorial candidates recite Koran Election officials in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province have ordered that potential candidates for upcoming provincial polls must be able to recite from the Koran, Islam's holy book, in order to run, a local report said Thursday. The order is the latest in a series of controversial moves to impose a strict version of Islamic Law, or Shariah, in Aceh, despite the rest of Indonesia being secular.

Posted in Politics @ 28 September 2006 05:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia behind the learning curve Indonesia is arguably Asia's least well-educated country, and the government is largely to blame. With 30% of its 242 million population school-aged, the world's largest Muslim country ranks lowest among its Asian neighbors in terms of public education expenditure.

Posted in Economy @ 03 September 2006 10:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New policy package on financial sector issued The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have signed a joint decree to improve coordination between fiscal and monetary authorities and help reform financial markets. Announcing the package Wednesday, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono said it was expected to accelerate reforms in the banking sector, non-bank financial institutions and in capital markets. It would also enhance businesses' access to capital, he said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2006 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Currency market movements and impact on Indonesia Currency markets are attracting considerable attention from international investors and politicians. In particular, investors are showing increased sensitivity to stories that investors (particularly central banks) may reduce holdings of U.S. assets. The dollar has recently exhibited vulnerability in stories that China or Middle Eastern government's may switch their holdings of U.S. dollars into some other. Even if denied, the effects of these stories often linger in the currency markets.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2006 07:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Renowned author Pramoedya Ananta Toer dies aged 81 Renowned Indonesian author Pramoedya Ananta Toer, who overcame imprisonment and censorship to publish dozens of stories and novels about his country, died at home among family Sunday, his daughter said. He was 81. Pramoedya was hospitalized Thursday in the intensive care unit of Jakarta's Catholic St. Carolus Hospital with heart trouble and complications from diabetes, but was taken home Saturday at his family's request.

Posted in General @ 30 April 2006 09:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police asks Playboy to stop publishing Indonesian police asked Playboy magazine on Thursday to stop publishing its local edition in the capital out of fears it could inflame Muslim anger, police and the magazine said. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request. "Give us 24 hours and we will let you know our decision," he told reporters at city police headquarters after meeting the police chief. "We are very glad to have input from the Jakarta police. It was quite wise."

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


S'pore, RI negotiating Bintan management Singapore is negotiating with Indonesia to seek concessions to partly manage Bintan Island in Riau Islands province by turning it into free trade zone (FTZ), which could accommodate more foreign manufacturing companies. The first round of negotiation, which looks likely to trigger controversy among local politicians, began on Batam island Saturday, with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and Singapore's Foreign Affair Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo at the forefront of the talks.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2006 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt set to examine sharia bylaws The Home Affairs Ministry will review regional bylaws amid the issuance of sharia-based regulations by several administrations, which critics say impinge on the rights of minorities. "We have asked local administrations to send their regional bylaws for evaluation," Home Affairs Minister M. Ma'ruf confirmed Monday. The review process would also involve other related ministries, he added.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Padang mayor defends sharia as good for development Padang Mayor Fauzi Bahar dismisses concerns about his mayoralty's gradual enactment of sharia, arguing that Islamic law is beneficial to development because it makes people more devout. Fauzi told The Jakarta Post it was the duty of the state to encourage people to live according to religious teachings, not to prevent it.

Posted in Religion @ 09 February 2006 17:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Rakyat Merdeka publishes, and removes, cartoons The simmering controversy over the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a number of European media as well as a local newspaper's website ignited protests here Friday. In Jakarta, hundreds of members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and the Indonesian Mujahidin Council (MMI) held a protest against Rakyat Merdeka online on Friday after the website ran the cartoons -- showing the image of the Prophet, which is forbidden in Islam -- earlier this week.

Posted in Protests @ 04 February 2006 11:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Megawati's sister named SBY's adviser In what could add fuel to their sibling rivalry, Rachmawati Soekarnoputri, younger sister of former president Megawati, has crossed family lines and accepted the invitation of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to join his presidential team of advisers, detik.com reported.

Posted in Politics @ 21 January 2006 20:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Java flood death toll hits 59, villages cut off Hundreds of rescue workers and soldiers struggled to reach villages devastated by floods and landslides in Indonesia's East Java on Tuesday as the death toll from the disaster climbed to at least 59. Eddy Susilo, head of the Information Ministry branch in the town of Jember, not far from the scene, said the bodies of 57 villagers had been found. Two rescue workers had also drowned in swollen rivers on Tuesday, he added.

Posted in Flooding @ 03 January 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Property for foreigners Property analysts and developers share the same pessimistic projection that demand for all kinds of property will decline as the central bank continues to raise interest rates to cope with strong inflationary pressures and with a four-year low in consumer confidence.

Posted in General @ 30 November 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia drive to halt graft turns to judiciary A year into the rule of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, graft busters in Indonesia are turning their attention to the country’s notoriously corrupt judiciary through a case involving the half-brother of former strongman Suharto and Indonesia’s top court. Investigators from Indonesia’s Anti-Corruption Commission, or KPK, are on Monday expected to question two senior Supreme Court officials in connection with claims that Mr Suharto’s half-brother, Probosutedjo, paid more than Rp16bn ($1.6m, €1.3m, £898,500) to court officials to have a corruption conviction either thrown out or reduced.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2005 21:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt boosts security after girls beheaded Police beefed up security patrols on Sunday in the Poso area, plagued by sectarian violence for years, after mysterious assailants in black beheaded three teenage Christian girls. Six machete-wielding men attacked the 16 to 19-year-old students as they were walking to their school on Saturday on Indonesia's eastern island of Sulawesi, police said.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 30 October 2005 08:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Watchdog: Press freedom in Indonesia improving Indonesia has made further progress in terms of press freedom over the past 12 months, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2005 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. According to the index, made public late last week, Indonesia is ranked 102nd, out of 167 countries surveyed. The country was ranked 117th last year.

Posted in Media @ 24 October 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 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


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


Why Indonesia must consider abolishing Rupiah The crisis of confidence that has come back to haunt the rupiah for the second time in eight years is making some analysts wonder if Indonesia would be better off without a central bank. After all, what's the good of having a monetary authority when it can't protect the purchasing power of the currency it issues?

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


Megawati seeks to regain power in Indonesia Former Indonesian president Megawati Soekarnoputri is struggling for her reelection as leader of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) that will pave the way for her presidential bid in five years to come. In the PDI-P national congress opened in Bali Monday, Megawati looked set to win majority of support despite a major setback in the party under her leadership.

Posted in Politics @ 28 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia military to lose its big companies Indonesia's military, undergoing phased reforms intended to bring it under civilian control, may soon lose all its major businesses, although legislators said on Thursday the move would not go far enough. Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono, a respected academic and former ambassador, told legislators on Wednesday the government wanted to take over such enterprises and convert them into state-owned companies, local media reported.

Posted in Military @ 09 December 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar party expels Bambang's running mate, Jusuf Kalla The Golkar Party dismissed on Monday nine key Golkar members for defying the executive board's order to support presidential candidate Megawati Soekarnoputri and her running mate Hasyim Muzadi in Monday's election runoff. Two of those, Fahmi Idris and former attorney general Marzuki Darusman, will almost certainly lose their seats in the House of Representatives, even though they were directly elected by the people -- Jakarta and West Nusa Tenggara, respectively -- in April's legislative election.

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


Govt: Not enough evidence to outlaw JI The government says there is still not enough evidence that Jemaah Islamiah is a terrorist organisation to pass a law banning its existence. Despite last week's bombing of the Australian embassy - the third major bombing in two years for which JI has been blamed - Indonesia's acting Security Minister, Hari Sabarno, said the Government still had no plans to outlaw the organisation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 city councilors arrested for graft Twenty-one city councilors were arrested in central Indonesia for allegedly pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in state funds by marking-up personal expenses, an official said Saturday. The graft case in Kendari, a city in Southeast Sulawesi province, cost the state up to Rp 1 billion (euro 87,947), said Kemas Yahya Rahman, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

Posted in Crime @ 21 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Megawati gets election boost Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gained a boost in her effort for a fresh term in office after Golkar, the party that won most of the votes in recent parliamentary elections, endorsed her. Megawati, whose Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDI-P) lost its mantle as the leading party in the parliament to Golkar in the April polls, faces her former security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in a September 20 presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 16 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Corruptors should be given the death sentence' Drug abuse among Indonesian youth has become a cause of major concern, with studies revealing that many started to use drugs in their early teens. Amid the debate on the application of the death penalty to drug dealers and traffickers, The Jakarta Post asked some residents why they support capital punishment. Abdul Rivai, 54, is a civil servant in the Ministry of Social Affairs. He lives in Cipayung, East Jakarta, with his wife and two children:

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mysterious assassins kill Bondowoso PDI-P executive Suwarjo, 60, an executive with the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle's (PDI-P) Bondowoso branch, and his wife and son were found murdered in the family home on Wednesday. The police are looking into whether the murders were political motivated or were a case of revenge. The police have ruled out robbery as being behind the murders, as no valuables were stolen.

Posted in Elections @ 15 July 2004 00:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polls close in Indonesia Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared in the lead as polls closed in Indonesia's presidential election Monday, but a runoff is still expected. Public opinion surveys show incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri trailing behind Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from Megawati's Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia voting in first direct presidential poll Indonesians today began voting in their first direct presidential election, six years after the fall of dictator Suharto. Polls opened first in Papua province in eastern Indonesia, two hours ahead of the capital of Jakarta. Public opinion surveys have shown incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri – daughter of the country’s founding father, Sukarno – trailing behind to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from her Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 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
    
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