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

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


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

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


KPK Chief: 'Indonesia needs to struggle for social justice' Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Chairman Abraham Samad argued that after 69 years of independence Indonesia still needs to struggle for social justice for all people of the country.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2014 14:49 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


28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi attends commemoration of Lapindo mudflow disaster Presidential candidate Joko Widodo (Jokowi) met the victims of Lapindo mudflow disaster at the commemoration of the 8th anniversary of the tragic event here on Thursday, during which he signed a political contract with them.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 30 May 2014 00:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Next govt must focus on fighting corruption' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono stated that fighting corruption should become one of the main tasks of the next government. "We are aware that there are still several homework (left to be done), among others, corruption cases," President Yudhoyono clarified during the opening of a national development planning meeting here on Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 30 April 2014 16:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concept on poverty elimination must be changed The government should now change its poverty eradication concept and focus on improving the welfare of the people, a Democrat Party (PD)s presidential candidate convention participant said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 16:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia marks International Anti-Corruption Day Indonesia marked International Anti-Corruption Day as well as Human Rights Day at a function held in the Presidential Palace, here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2013 19:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on people to save on fuels President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the people to seriously help save on fuel oil consumption in an effort to alleviate the burden of the state budget and preserve the environment.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2013 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls on people to prioritize economy President Susilo Yudhoyono called on the nation to keep on maintaining the economic conditions to assure continued growth despite increasing political tension ahead of the general elections in 2014.

Posted in Economy @ 24 February 2013 22:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali prepares to regulate local fruit sales The Jakarta Post reports that the province of Bali plans to propose specific bylaws protecting the market for local farmers by controlling the sale and consumption of local fruit.

Posted in Economy @ 23 February 2013 11:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Number of 'official poor' on the rise on Bali The Bali Post, reporting information from the Bali Statistics Bureau (BPS-Bali), confirms that poverty is on the rise in Bali.The number of “officially poor” in Bali in 2012 (based on a March survey) counted 168,800 impoverished citizens, an increase from the 166,200 estimated in 2011.

Posted in Economy @ 12 January 2013 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Statistics agency: Number of poor population down The number of poor population in Indonesia drops by 0.54 million or 540,000 until September 2012, according to the National Statistic Agency (BPS).

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2013 23:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise budget allocations for Papua The government will raise the amount of general allocation funds for mountainous districts in Indonesia`s eastern-most province of Papau next year, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 05 December 2012 22:57 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Poverty reduction must be top priority' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that the reduction of poverty in the country must be the next government`s top priority.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2012 14:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional governments urged to issue smoking ban Provincial governors, district heads and city mayors in Indonesia have been urged to issue regulations to ban cigarette smoking, due to an increasing number of smokers in the country. The call was made by the country`s health minister, Nafsiah Mboi, when speaking during the Indonesian Eastern Region Forum Festival here on Monday.

Posted in Health @ 24 September 2012 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bappenas: 'Number of child workers still high' The number of child workers in Indonesia is still high because of poverty, according to National Development Planning Minister Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana. Armida stated that she would incorporate the child worker issue into the country`s poverty eradication program.

Posted in Crime @ 20 June 2012 16:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Billionaire Liem Sioe Liong passes away Billionaire Indonesian Chinese Liem Sioe Liong passed away at the age of 95 in Singapore on Sunday evening, senior Liason Officer PT Bintan Inti Industrial Estate, Jamin Hidayat, confirmed.

Posted in General @ 10 June 2012 17:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'HIV/AIDS spreading in Indonesia at worrying rate' The rate at which HIV/AIDS is spreading in Indonesia is becoming increasingly worrying and needs to be reversed through concerted efforts by the government and society, a national AIDS eradication official said.

Posted in Health @ 02 March 2012 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to reduce poverty rate to 4 or 5 percent by 2025 The government of Indonesia on Friday said it plans to reduce its nationwide poverty rate down to four or five percent in less than 15 years, local media reported.

Posted in Economy @ 25 February 2012 01:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Slum inhabitants near Ciliwung river to be relocated Inhabitants of the slums along the Ciliwung riverside are going to be relocated to government-subsidized apartments, an official said.

Posted in Environment @ 07 February 2012 07:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia issues grant for health and water needs Indonesia The government of Australia has issued a 5 trillion Rupiah (U.S.$555 million) grant to Indonesia to assist regions in need of health facilities and clean water, officials said on Saturday.

Posted in Health @ 28 January 2012 14:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Poverty rate down to 11,7 percent in 2013' The government will lower the poverty rate from 12.36 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent this year, Coordinating Minister for People`s Welfare Agung Laksono said. "It is expected the rate will drop to 11.7 by March 2013 and to achieve the target all parties need to work hard," he said in his new year speech here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2012 05:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Poverty eradication efforts needs speeding up' Indonesia needs to speed up its poverty eradication efforts because the number of poor people in the country is still high, a National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) official said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2011 02:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ban Ki-moon: Indonesia needs to make improvements UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said Indonesia had to do improvement in various fields, although it has made a lot of progress in reducing natural disaster risk. "Indonesia still has to improve a lot of things," the UN chief said in the sidelines of his participation in the 4th ASEAN-UN Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 20 November 2011 13:55 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


President sets 8 targets for new cabinet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has set eight targets for his newly installed Cabinet to pursue in the remaining three years of his tenure.

Posted in Politics @ 19 October 2011 09:51 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


Gov't: Over 12 percent of Indonesians living in poverty The number of people living in poverty in Indonesia reached over 30 million as of last March, according to a report released by the country's Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2011 02:05 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


Indonesia: per capita income to rise to $5,000 in 3 years They Indonesian Economic Ministry on Friday said it is pushing to increase the country's per capita income to $5,000 by 2014 and eventually become one of the world's largest economies.

Posted in Economy @ 21 May 2011 00:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Commission shows film on discriminatory bylaws The National Commission on Violence against Women (Komnas Perempuan) premiered on Wednesday a documentary movie on regional ordinances which it said discriminated against women. Titled "Atas Nama" (In the name of), the movie features testimonies of people who fall victims to the bylaws, including the family of a woman who was detained for allegedly practicing prostitution in Tangerang, Banten, followers of the Ahmadiyah Islamic sect, and women in Aceh.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2010 05:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-malaria efforts focus on pregnant women, children Health authorities are successfully battling malaria in remote eastern Indonesia by linking efforts to fight the mosquito-borne disease to maternal and child healthcare.

Posted in Health @ 21 May 2010 13:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta's slums struggle with sanitation In Jakarta's northern Muara Angke coastal area, a lack of access to piped water has forced people to bathe and wash clothes using murky grey water from fish ponds. "I don't feel disgusted at all. I’ve gotten used to it," Ibu Nunung, who shells mussels for a living, told IRIN outside her house in Muara Angke Blok Empang, a slum in the area.

Posted in Health @ 17 April 2010 02:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


1.1 billion euro against poverty in Indonesia The Indonesian government has prepared Rp 13.7 trillion (1.1 billion euro) in poverty alleviation funding for the Mandiri Community Empowerment National Program (PNPM Mandiri) in an attempt to further reduce the poverty rate this year.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2010 12:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Internet facilitates illegal kidney trade in Indonesia Thomas, 30, said mounting debt forced him to take the desperate step of selling a kidney on the internet for 300 million rupiah (25.000 euro). "I have to take my chances because that's the only way I can get the money to pay off my debt," Thomas, who declined to give his surname, told.

Posted in Health @ 12 January 2010 02:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underage marriages still common practice The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) has expressed concerns about the high number of marriages involving underage children. According to the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) some one third of all marriages taking place in Indonesia each year involve at least one person that is under the age of 18.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The changing face of Bali n article below was originally published in The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Written by Balinese Ketut Kartika Inggas, it underlines impact the tourism industry is having on the island's culture and traditional life style. Inggas is an alumnae of University of East Anglia, England (MA in Development Studies), curently working in Bangkok:

Posted in Culture @ 26 August 2009 05:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trafficking fuels commercial sex work Among the alleyways of Dolly, in Indonesia's second-largest city, it is not difficult to find thousands of young women lured by the prospects of a better life working as commercial sex workers (CSWs). "I never chose to be a prostitute. It just happened," Isah, 19, told, describing her tenure in one of Southeast Asia's largest commercial sex venues.

Posted in Human rights @ 11 August 2009 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Exiled Papua rebel leader returns home A former Free Papua Movement's leader, Nicolaas Jouwe, who has been in overseas exile for years returned to Indonesia for a visit on Thursday and planned to meet with the country's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono before visiting his birthplace of Papua. Co-founder of the movement arrived here on Thursday and he met with Indonesian Minister of People Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Aburizal Bakrie at his office here Friday.

Posted in General @ 21 March 2009 03:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One billion Rupiah worth of fence for regent's house The total cost of a fence around the house of the regent of Bekasi is valued at one billion Rupiah (70.000 euro) in an added budget in the regional budget for 2008. The regional government has also added some 1.5 billion Rupiah (105.000 euro) for just dressing up the house of the regent and some other buildings near it, stated in one permit.

Posted in General @ 25 July 2008 12:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has more young smokers The number of Indonesia's young smokers continues to increase and more than 80 percent of cigarette smokers in 2007 were less than 19 years old, Antara news agency quoted an expert as saying on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 04 March 2008 08:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua to protect forests, seeks cash Papua want to preserve parts of its rain forest in exchange for help in cash money to help slow down global warming. These were the words of the governor at the U.N. climate talks. "We have decided to set aside a large part of our conversion forests to save the planet," said governor Barnabas Suebu during climate talks in Bali. Currently conversion forests are marked to be used as palm oil or pulp plantations.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2007 15:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali hosting global warming talks Leaders from many governments started to arrive in Bali on Sunday for what is expected to be a lengthly and contentious negotiation on how to fight global warming. It is believed that global warming can cause a devastating rise in sea levels, which would send hundreds of millions of people into poverty and cause mass extinction of animals.

Posted in Environment @ 03 December 2007 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pressure to cancel the 'Honoris Causa Award' for Jakarta governor Open Letter to the Rector and Students Senate of the Diponegoro University in Semarang

Posted in Human rights @ 06 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


March poverty rate 16.58 pct vs 17.75 pct in March 2006 The poverty rate in Indonesia as a percentage of the total population dropped to 16.58 percent in March this year, compared to 17.75 percent in March 2006. This is announced by Arizal Ahnaf, deputy chairman of the Central Bureau of Statistics BPS. He told at a press conference that the number of people living below the poverty line declined from 39.3 million last year to 37.2 million in March this year.

Posted in General @ 02 July 2007 15:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post offices to provide access to digital world Communities in Indonesia will soon be able to familiarize themselves with new government-initiated internet kiosks at post offices featuring at least four desktop computers, a scanner, a printer and a digital camera. In a drive to provide communities with greater access to the internet for educational and entrepreneurial purposes, the kiosks were jointly created by the Ministry of Communication and Information and state-owned PT. Pos Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2007 10:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebuilding Yogyakarta; One rice cone at a time A year ago today, the historic heartland of Java - Yogyakarta - was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. More than 6,000 people lost their lives and another 30,000 were injured in this densely populated part of Indonesia. The whole nation, just recovering from the onslaught of the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, was again in tears. The international community responded with their generosity.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 May 2007 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Preachers and revenge push terror in Indonesia Basri - one of Indonesia's most wanted Islamic militants - wears a tattoo of Mickey Mouse on his wrist and drank alcohol when he was young. He jammed on Nirvana songs in a rock band. He wasn't religous and even now he struggles remembering the verses of the Quran, the holy book of Islam. As Islamic militant he is accused of beheading three Christian girls and other attacks on the island of Sulawesi, a front for Islamic militants.

Posted in Terrorism @ 19 February 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


War on poverty declared, but hopes not high The president of Indonesia has a very hard job. Being the first directly elected head of state of a country comprised of some 17,000 islands inhabited by the world's fourth largest population, broken down into literally hundreds of distinct languages and cultures, all further divided by five officially recognized religions, of which Islam, currently the world's most controversial, forms the vast majority, requires a juggling act of extraordinary dexterity. Include the dozens of political parties and the fine judgements that have to be made to accommodate all their special interests and it looks like a juggling act done on a high wire.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Kalla: 'Rupiah's strength is a concern' The Indonesian rupiah's strength is a concern and businesses in Southeast Asia's biggest economy may feel more comfortable if it weakened to about 9,500 against the dollar, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 November 2006 02:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests escalate ahead of Bush's visit Anti-American protests intensified on Saturday ahead of President George W. Bush's coming visit to the world's most populous Muslim country. "Bush is a terrorist!'' chanted 300 Islamic hard-liners, students and ordinary citizens who gathered outside the U.S. embassy in the capital, Jakarta, the target of near-daily protests all month. "He is guilty of killing Muslims!'' Bush was scheduled to visit Indonesia briefly on Monday.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2006 02:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-Bush protests in Indonesia cause traffic jams Hundreds of protesters on Friday burned U.S. flags and chanted "You're not welcome here" ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush to predominantly Muslim Indonesia. Traffic jammed as protesters marched through the streets of Bogor, where Bush will meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday for wide-ranging talks covering terrorism, the Middle East peace process, poverty alleviation and education.

Posted in Protests @ 18 November 2006 03:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 19 reactions


Bush faces rising anti-U.S. sentiment in predominantly Muslim Indonesia A politically weakened U.S. President George W. Bush will face anger over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan when he visits mostly Muslim Indonesia on Monday for talks aimed at broadening ties with a strategic ally in the war on terror. Islamic groups have vowed to disrupt Bush's brief stop in the country, which is also seen in Washington as a key counterbalance to China's emerging economic and military might in Southeast Asia.

Posted in Human rights @ 17 November 2006 06:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Indonesia's bird flu cases far from a pandemic' Indonesia, which has the highest number of human bird flu infections and fatalities, was unlikely to be hit by a pandemic of the disease in the immediate future, an official has said. "We are still far from a pandemic," said Bayu Krisnamurthi, the chief executive of the Indonesian National Committee for Avian Influenza Control and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (Komnas FBPI.)

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 November 2006 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gov't not to nationalize foreign firms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said here Thursday that the Indonesian government did not have any plan or wish to take over or nationalize foreign companies in Indonesia and he asked foreign firms to continue doing business in the country without any worry.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia seeking US$12 billion for infrastructure projects Indonesia Indonesia will seek US$12 billion (€9.4 billion) in private capital to fund infrastructure projects at a conference that kicks off Wednesday, but it faces challenges overcoming an image of corruption that may scare off investors. Topping the list of deals on offer are the construction of a US$1.5 billion (€1.2 billion) fiber optic network and two coal-fired power plants worth nearly US$2.48 billion (€1.9 billion), said Conference Chairman Chris Kanter.

Posted in Economy @ 31 October 2006 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Writers fest highlights poverty and human rights Freedom and human rights are common themes which persist across international literary festivals around the world. The third annual Ubud Writers and Readers festival which closed last week was no exception. The five-day event featured workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics ranging from the effects of globalization to understanding of Islam in the modern world.

Posted in Culture @ 14 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon Indonesia will delay its deployment of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon by one week for logistical reasons, a military spokesman said Tuesday. In a related development, the country signed a euro 17.2 million (US$21.6 million) deal to buy 32 armored vehicles from French company Renault SA for use in Lebanon, said military Maj. Gen. Syafrie Syamsudin.

Posted in Military @ 11 October 2006 05:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Spending has quickened, 50% of budget spent Indonesia's government has accelerated its spending on public work projects needed to spur growth in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. The government has spent "slightly above'' 50 percent of this year's budget as of early September, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said today. The government plans to spend 689.8 trillion rupiah ($75 billion) in 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 15 September 2006 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Indonesia to raise funds for fighting bird flu Indonesia will raise budget to combat avian influenza in the country, where 46 out of 60 contracted people have died, a senior official of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Andrew Steer, World Bank's top official for Indonesia, made the remarks after meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the vice presidential office. Steer said Kalla told him that Indonesia would return the possibly-declined budget of 45 million U.S. dollars in 2007 to about 54 million U.S. dollars.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:21 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


Indonesia no longer hit by economic crisis : Kalla says Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said here on Sunday that Indonesia is no longer hit by economic crisis because per capita income has reached US$1,500. "The economic crisis has actually ended," Kalla said to respond a speech deliverd by chairman of the Nation Awakening Party (PKB) Muhaimin Iskandar in the party`s national meeting.

Posted in Economy @ 30 July 2006 13:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Komodo dragon brings tourists, not their money Mohammed Sidik used to sell goats to Komodo National Park to feed to the wild Komodo dragons, the world's largest lizards, in a gory display for tourists. Park officials banned the practice a decade ago because they worried that the dragons were becoming lazy. Now the 10-foot-long predators waddle three miles to this squalid coastal village, raid Sidik's herd and eat his goats for free.

Posted in Environment @ 08 July 2006 13:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu infects Papua province as virus moves east Bird flu was found in fowl in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, evidence the lethal virus is moving closer to the South Pacific and Australia. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza earlier this month reached the province that borders Papua New Guinea, Laurence Gleeson, an official with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, told reporters yesterday in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The H5N1 virus has reappeared in Laos and may spread to Bangladesh, Gleeson said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Sharia-based bylaws violate Constitution' Tangerang is firmly in the spotlight after the issuance of a controversial bylaw to eradicate prostitution in the municipality. It also issued another bylaw that bans liquor. Syafi'i Anwar, executive director of the International Centre for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), shared his views with Ridwan Max Sijabat >on what is happening in the region.

Posted in Religion @ 04 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Burmese migrants blown off course to Indonesia A boatload of 77 Burmese men has landed on a small island off the coast of Indonesia's northwestern Aceh province after bad weather blew them off course. Their original destination was Malaysia, where they were hoping to find work. The men, all ethnic Rohingyas, told Indonesian officials they fled Burma on April 15 and were sailing to Malaysia. Storms sent them off course and washed them up Monday on Rondo Island, which lies just off the northern tip of Sumatra island.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 26 April 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Protests in Papua threaten peace, crisis group says Protests in Indonesia's Papua province threaten the resource-rich region's peace process, which will collapse without the support of the Indonesian government, the International Crisis Group said. The government sent additional forces to Papua's capital, Jayapura, after the deaths of five security officers last week during protests to demand the closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s Grasberg mine, the world's largest for gold and second-biggest for copper.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 March 2006 08:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Is affordable, clean water for all just a dream? The number of Indonesian urban poor without access to running water, an estimated 50 million people, exceeds the combined populations of Australia, Malaysia and Singapore. Nearly half of all people currently living in Jakarta, the fourth most populous city in the world, lack a piped water connection; this number of unconnected is greater than the urban population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia under threat of 'lost generation' Her name, Sasih, in Sundanese means 'month'. Over the past 14 years, Sasih has given birth to five children -- two boys and three girls -- with the youngest being barely two years old. Along with husband Kadmira, a bajaj driver, the family of seven occupies a two-meter by two-meter rented room in a slum corner of Pejompongan, Central Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 14 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suspected bird flu cases in three children Three Indonesian children are suspected to be the latest victims of bird flu, which the Asian Development Bank said on Thursday could trigger a global recession if a pandemic breaks out. Underlining the increasing urgency in tackling the H5N1 avian flu virus, the United States and China announced new efforts to fight a possible pandemic, including $500 million to monitor the virus in poultry.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 03 November 2005 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Fights, frustration mar fuel cash handouts It was billed as a way to cushion the blow for Indonesia's poorest of the poor. But efforts to compensate 15.5 million families with cash to offset steep hikes in fuel prices have instead triggered violence. Angry mobs have trashed homes of local officials. Old people have died standing in queues and a woman committed suicide after hearing she was not poor enough to qualify.

Posted in General @ 26 October 2005 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


SBY still popular despite a year of tough decisions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono remains a popular president, with 63 percent of Indonesians satisfied with his performance in running the country, a new survey shows. Similarly, 58 percent of the people were satisfied with Vice President Jusuf Kalla's performance, the survey released on Thursday by the Indonesian Research Institute (LSI) says.

Posted in Politics @ 07 October 2005 14:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fuel-price hikes spark strikes Indonesia more than doubled the average cost of fuel on Saturday to try to stave off an economic crisis despite protests by thousands of people, some of whom burned tires and threw rocks at police. Security forces responded to Friday's demonstrations by firing tear gas at more than 100 rioting students, then chasing them down and hitting some with sticks. Transportation strikes in at least seven cities left thousands stranded, media reports said.

Posted in Protests @ 01 October 2005 08:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 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


Indonesia to pay fuel subsidies to poorest Indonesia is to pay the equivalent of $10 a month to about 15.5m impoverished households for three months in an effort to soften the political impact of a fuel price rise expected in early October. The move, which officials said might become the foundation of a social security system in the world’s fourth largest nation, is thought to be unprecedented for Indonesia.

Posted in Economy @ 13 September 2005 10:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Ex-minister: 'Indonesia on the brink of bankruptcy' Indonesia could be on the brink of bankruptcy and destruction if the government does not lift its act, Ryaas Rasyid, former minister of regional autonomy, said on Saturday. "I'm a bit pessimistic as to whether Indonesia will still exist in the year 2025. The country is like a seriously ill patient, who suffers from a combination of acute illnesses -- liver cancer, HIV/AIDS, heart, lung and kidney diseases," he said at a seminar.

Posted in Economy @ 23 July 2005 18:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia shifted to counter widespread malnutrition The Indonesian government has launched a series of measures recently to tackle the growing incidence of malnutrition affecting thousands of under-fives in half a dozen provinces. Last Saturday, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono initiated the so-called Community Self-Help Month and National Health Week, promising 150 billion rupiahs (about 16 million US dollars) to revive the Integrated Health Services Posts (Posyandu) originally established by the Soeharto regime and to further empower Community Health Centers.

Posted in General @ 22 June 2005 13:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cases of malnutrition also reported from Alor regency More malnutrition cases were reported on Thursday as the central government dispatched a team of health workers to West Nusa Tenggara to study the cases that were first revealed in the province a day earlier.

Posted in Health @ 27 May 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto returns home Former Indonesian President Suharto has returned home less than a week after he was taken to hospital suffering from internal bleeding. Looking pale but relieved, he was wheeled out of Jakarta's Pertamina Hospital at 5pm local time (1000GMT).

Posted in Human rights @ 11 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asian-African summit opens in Indonesia The summit of Asian and African leaders, which will adopt a strategic partnership declaration that will be aimed at strengthening cooperation among countries of the two continents, began in Jakarta on Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests fall flat after Indonesia hikes fuel prices A fuel hike that will hit Indonesia's poor hard came into effect Tuesday, but the expected large-scale demonstrations failed to materialize as the government promised to beef-up anti-poverty assistance programs. The government announced late Monday it was cutting fuel subsidies, amounting to an average 29 percent increase in prices from gasoline to diesel oil. Fuel prices have been a sensitive topic since riots over a price hike in 1998 hastened the collapse of former President Suharto's dictatorship.

Posted in Protests @ 01 March 2005 00:02 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


Indonesia wary over debt freeze Tsunami-hit Indonesia was considering an offer of a debt repayment freeze from the Paris Club of donor nations, but was concerned the aid could damage its economy, foreign minister Hasan Wirayuda said yesterday. The Asian Development Bank said yesterday the disaster could throw nearly 2 million people into poverty, but most of the stricken nations would suffer limited economic damage.

Posted in Earthquake @ 14 January 2005 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


Germany to provide US$66m soft loan for Jakarta train service The German government plans to provide 52 million euros (US$66 million) in loans and grants for the improvement of commuter train services in Greater Jakarta. The funds, provided through the German Development Bank (KfW), will be used to finance the assembly of 10 trains and their engines, and is expected to be agreed upon in December.

Posted in General @ 09 November 2004 00:01 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


'Year of Living Dangerously' airs in Indonesia The Oscar-winning movie The Year of Living Dangerously, set during the emergence of Indonesia's Suharto and banned by the former dictator, has been broadcast for what is believed to be the first time, in a sign the country may be coming to terms with its brutal past. But Indonesian viewers watching Sunday's broadcast of The Year of Living Dangerously were spared one of the film's most graphic scenes, a gunpoint massacre during the murderous chaos surrounding Suharto's 1965-1966 rise to power.

Posted in Media @ 28 September 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS promises not to take hard-line on nightspots Known for its Islamic outlook, the emergence of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) as a major faction in the Jakarta City Council has raised concerns for businessmen who own entertainment spots, who worry that the councillors will take an narrow view on nightspots. This fear, however, was dismissed by council PKS faction chairman Gunawan on Thursday since a hard-line policy would spark unrest in society. He added that a repressive approach would be counterproductive if the public was not ready to accept it.

Posted in Elections @ 24 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All over the world bilateral relations and regional cooperation are flourishing, even if only a few people have noticed. The globalization of the economy is being followed by the globalization of politics. In the next ten years new worldwide networks will arise in response to global issues. Governments and societies are seeking closer ties with one another in the face of new threats and challenges.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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