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KPK verifies Jokowi's wealth ahead of election The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has verified presidential candidate Jokowi's wealth here on Thursday as mandated by the law ahead of the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions religious affairs minister on alleged corruption The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Tuesday questioned Minister of Religious Affairs Suryadharma Ali on an alleged corruption in hajj funds collected by the government.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister asks for reports on exam fraud Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh has asked the people to report any fraud in the implementation of national examinations, to the authorities.

Posted in General @ 14 April 2014 20:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Possible involvement of Anas' wife in money laundering The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said it is looking into the possibility of Athiyyah Laila, wife of former general chairman of the ruling Democratic Party Anas Urbaningrum, being involved in money laundering.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 March 2014 22:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK questions former Democrat Party treasurer The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) questions former Democrat Party Treasurer Sartono Hutomo as witness in the alleged corruption case of the Hambalang sports center, West Java province, and other cases, here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi not concerned about tapping case The Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is not concerned about the tapping that took place in his official house at Taman Suropati Street, Central Jakarta. He has asked the media not to ask questions about the wire tapping issue because he does not perceive such an incident as a threat.

Posted in Politics @ 21 February 2014 19:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hong Kong grants Indonesia request over Century assets The High Court of Hong Kongs Special Administrative Region has complied Indonesias request to confiscate Bank Centurys assets stashed in that country with regard to a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2014 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former ruling party chief grilled by KPK Indonesias anti-graft agency, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), grilled former chief of the ruling Democratic Party, Anas Urbaningrum, for the first time on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 January 2014 20:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan Iskan wants to improve democrat party State-owned Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has said he wanted to improve Democrat party from its negative image if he is permitted to do so. "Democrat, a middle party, is now corrupt but it can be improved. I will improve it if I am permitted to do so," Dahlan said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2013 14:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Political temperatures on the rise in Bali Anyone doubting that political temperatures are on the rise in Bali in the period leading up to the election of its next governor on May 15, 2013, need look no further than the ongoing polemic on whether or not the current governor Made Mangku Pastika is barred from making official visits to the regency of Tabanan and the report of the expulsion of a Denpasar municipal legislator from a town-forum meeting conducted by the governor on Saturday, February 16, 2013.

Posted in Politics @ 18 February 2013 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Batavia Air flirts with AirAsia and fails Earlier in July this year, Batavia Air and AirAsia announced that Indonesia AirAsia would obtain an almost 80 percent share in Batavia Air. This lead to questions from the government as foreign companies are not allowed to own majority stakes in Indonesian companies. While this construction via an Indonesian investor are fully legal, it was an undesirable situation.

Posted in Travel @ 31 October 2012 04:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New tool to keep Indonesia one step ahead of disaster To help communities better prepare for floods, earthquakes and tsunamis, a new hazard impact modelling tool, the Indonesia scenario assessment for emergencies (InaSAFE), was launched Wednesday, according to the Australian Embassy here in its official web site on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 24 October 2012 21:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Plant to built Bali golf course gets lukewarm response A plan put forward by Indonesia’s Minister of Natural Resource and Energy, Jero Wacik, to build a championship golf course on the foothills of Mount Batur on the western escarpment of the volcano, is getting a lukewarm response from many parties in Kintamani.

Posted in Economy @ 15 October 2012 07:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Escapee captured and thrown in prison again A report in The Jakarta Globe casts questions if not new light on the quality of life behind bars in Bali’s.Muhamad Rawi, together with five other men, escaped police detention in Kuta, Bali on September 15, 2011 while awaiting trial on narcotics charges.

Posted in Crime @ 23 September 2012 09:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police general questioned as witness in corruption case Former chief of the police`s traffic corps Ins. Gen. Djoko Susilo was today questioned by police detective agency as witness in driving simulator corruption case in 2011 involving the traffic crops.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 August 2012 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua police detain four following latest shooting Paniai Police in Papua Province detained four people following the death of policeman Brigadier Yohan Kasimatau in Paniai District`s capital city of Enarotali on Tuesday (Aug 21).

Posted in Crime @ 23 August 2012 16:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Dahlan sits on floor with newsmen at palace State Enterprises Minister Dahlan Iskan has again surprised many as he sat on the floor while answering questions from newsmen at the presidential palace here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 19 April 2012 11:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Unknown man attacks public prosecutor Sistoyo Public prosecutor Sistoyo was attacked by an unknown man after attending a session as a defendant at a corruption court in Bandung, West Java, around 10 am on Wednesday. Sistoyo is tried for having allegedly received a bribe.

Posted in Crime @ 01 March 2012 10:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trail begins for 2002 Bali bomb suspect Umar Patek The main suspect behind the deadly bombing which hit the Indonesian resort island of Bali in 2002 faced the start of his first trial on Monday, local media reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2012 11:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Amnesty Int'l urges Indonesia to protect Shiite minority Amnesty International has urged the Indonesian government to provide protection for hundreds of Shiites who have been forced to return to their village in East Java after being evicted from their homes in Madura by an anti-Shiite mob.

Posted in Religion @ 16 January 2012 07:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


021-29918200: Air Asia malpractice It is a normal working day when I was called quite early in the morning, around eight, by the local number 021-29918200. I did not recognise that number, so I did not answer it. It often happens here that people dial the wrong number and then start asking all kinds of questions, even calling back to continue asking and making sure that I am not the one they are looking for.

Posted in Crime @ 02 January 2012 03:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat Party yet to name presidential candidate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the ruling Democrat Party had yet to name its candidate for the presidential election in 2014 but would do so "in due course of time."

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2011 04:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta governor: 'Victims the blame for sexual assaults' Women’s rights activists condemned Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo for his statement that shifted the blame for a spike in rape cases onto women wearing tight and revealing outfits. Fauzi said on Friday that women should not wear miniskirts when riding public transportation vehicles to avoid "any unwanted consequences".

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 September 2011 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's emergency, help Every once in a time you probably receive an email that is clearly a form of scam. Often orginating from an known person that is trying to persuade you into sending 'a small amount of' money so he/she can claim a huge sum of money from a deceased family member or something similar.

Posted in Crime @ 04 August 2011 05:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan's Foreign Ministry confirms arrest of Bali bomb suspect Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman on Friday appeared on national television and confirmed that the country's security forces had captured a man wanted in connection with the 2002 Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 01 April 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to Pakistan to confirm Bali bomb terrorist arrest The government of Indonesia announced on Wednesday that a police team has been deployed to Pakistan to review the arrest of Indonesian terrorist Umar Patek, who is also wanted in the Southeast Asian country and linked to the Bali bombing.

Posted in Terrorism @ 30 March 2011 15:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakrie companies not in Gayus company list Three companies under the Bakrie Group are not mentioned in a list of 151 companies the Finance Ministry submitted to the National Police in relation to the Gayus tax corruption case, attorney Hotma Sitompoel says. Hotma Sitompoel is the attorney of corruption convict Gayus H. Tambunan, a former low-level tax officer who was found to have billions of rupiah in his accounts.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 February 2011 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesian president Yudhoyono to open new airport in Lombok The beginning of March will see the airport being dedicated by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after all security and safety checks have been completed. Once all the test runs have been finalized the President will be at the ceremony for the opening which is taking place nearly a year behind schedule.

Posted in Travel @ 05 February 2011 03:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic cleric faces death penalty on terrorism charges An Indonesian Islamic cleric now faces the death penalty after new terror charges were brought against him, officials said on Monday. 72-year-old Abu Bakar Bashir, who is the suspected leader of a terrorist paramilitary training facility in the Aceh province of Sumatra, has been charged with at least five articles within Indonesia's anti-terrorism laws.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 December 2010 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK chief candidates undergo interviews Seven candidates for the position of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman start the interview section of the selection round Thursday. The interviews, held at the Justice and Human Rights Ministry, will be taped and broadcast live through a closed-circuit network in the building.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 August 2010 11:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A short break in Taman Menteng At a normal weekday I took a reasonable early air-conditioned bus to Jakarta. I regularly make this trip because it enables me to travel cheap as well as fast - as fast as traffic allows the bus to go - to downtown Jakarta.

Posted in Travel @ 16 April 2010 15:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Advertisements everywhere: the ATM receipt Advertisement in Indonesia is just like the average Indonesian: to be found everywhere but in general you will not have a problem with it. Normally spoken I am not bothered by advertisements that you will find everywhere in the daily life in Indonesia. Everywhere there are advertisements. I am happy most of them are not interactive ones, but mainly billboards, banners and stickers.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 November 2009 07:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BlackBerry opens website in Indonesia The fulfillment of the promise made by the company of the very popular BlackBerry mobile phones, Research In Motion (RIM) is being reached step by step. Now the company has also opened a website for it's Indonesian users. The website currently offers information for the Indonesian market about warranties and locations.

Posted in General @ 30 October 2009 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Best Western opens in a no-hotel zone Two Bali newspapers, NusaBali and BisnisBali, both report that the Best Western Sapta Petala Hotel in Kuta has opened for business, despite lacking the required operating permits and licenses.

Posted in Politics @ 22 August 2009 12:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five years on, Indonesia better prepared for catastrophes The devastating tsunami which hit Indonesia so hard in December 2004 had two positive effects: it pushed the population to reflect and improve its mechanisms for managing catastrophes, and in the country's Aceh province it led to the end of a conflict which had lasted 70 years.

Posted in Earthquake @ 20 August 2009 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


An old-fashioned Saturday night in Jogja It was an old-fashioned Saturday evening in Jogjakarta. A part of my life that I left behind for a new life a few hundred kilometers away. I didn't miss a thing about it in the last two months, but when I am 'submerged' in it once again, it is fairly easy to pick up the old rhythm again. That is exactly what I did, together with my girlfriend and a number of friends in town.

Posted in Travel @ 02 August 2009 15:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Beaten up in Egypt, Indonesia look at yourself! Yesterday messages appeared about four Indonesian students - students for life most likely, they were there for over six years already and still not finished - being arrested, brought to prison and beaten up heavily on the suspicion that they were members of a terrorist cell. For your information, it all happened in Egypt, not in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 05 July 2009 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia likely allowed to fly to Europe soon The European Union will soon partially lift a blanket ban on Indonesian airlines, imposed in 2007 after a series of deadly air accidents, the Indonesian Transport Ministry said Saturday. The EU's Air Safety Committee has recommended that the bloc drop the ban on national carrier Garuda Indonesia and three other airlines which are deemed to have met EU's safety standards, said Bambang Ervan, a spokesman for the ministry.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 05 July 2009 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Antasari Azhar is familiar with some other suspects Antasari Azhar admits that he is familiar with a few other suspects in the murder case about the director of PT Putra Rajawali Banjaran (PRB) Nasrudin Zulkarnaen. But the head of the anti corruption commission KPK says he has done nothing wrong. A lawyer of Antasari, Juniver Girsang, was present at the second round of questions by the national police yesterday evening. He said that the investigation around Antasari has not yet come to the core and said it was just a formal investigation.

Posted in Crime @ 06 May 2009 06:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates possible corruption at Situ Gintung The Greater Jakarta police is investigating the head of the Public Works department of Tangerang, Eddy Adolf Nicolas Malonda. He was called in relation to possible corruption with funds meant for the improvement of the Situ Gintung dam, which collapsed last week. A Jakarta police representative said that Eddy was called to give answers to some questions. "Until now the cooperation is optimal," he said.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 April 2009 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Popularity of president Yudhoyono still rising A survey held by the Reform Institute shows that the trust of the people against the leadership of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and vice-president Jusuf Kalla is getting more positive. "The trust of the people in the leadership has increased since the last survey was done in July," said Yudi Latief, the general director of the institute in a meeting with the press in Jakarta.

Posted in Elections @ 25 December 2008 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets 6.8 million tourists for 2009 Indonesia is targeting 6.8 million foreign tourist visitors in 2009 with tourism officials insisting that the tourism sector will remain the "prima donna" of the nation's foreign exchange generators.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 December 2008 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bombers 'could be executed next week' Three key Islamic militants on death row over the 2002 Bali bombings could be executed as early as next week. The Indonesian Government today took the unusual step of announcing that an announcement about the executions will be made on Friday, October 24. Indonesia typically announces executions after they have been carried out.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2008 03:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan on Batam: 'You wanna fuck nice girl?' I probably have to stress once again that it was broad daylight when I walked around in the nightlife district of Batam - which is better known as 'Kampung Bule' indeed. However I have to be honest that I don't know what is usually going on at night here, I could imagine certain aspects of nightlife here from stories and Googling for certain keywords of course. Not directly what I am looking for, and maybe because of that reason I just explored the area during broad daylight to see what is going on here. From the Nagoya Hill shopping mall I walked to a local warnet (internet cafe) to check some things out and to make my walk around the district.

Posted in Ramadan @ 13 September 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


New international airport in the plans for Bali Jembrana Regency in the west of Bali has drawn up a plan to construct its own international airport, and is awaiting the go-ahead, and funds totaling some US$110 million, from the central government to proceed with the ambitious project, officials said. A feasibility study has just been completed on a Jembrana International City Airport, but there were indications of resistance to the project from the Bali government, said Regent I Gede Winasa.

Posted in Tourism @ 21 October 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dr Love brings good sex to Indonesia When Singapore's Dr Love invites you up to his hotel room, you don't say no. And once you're inside, he doesn't disappoint. The doctor has plans for educating about the entire world about sex. He starts with pointing at his laptop - and Indonesia. People there can send questions via cellphone text messages anonymously. An avatar called 'Nova' - a virtual character with artificial intelligence - will give an answer.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 July 2007 04:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


No more parking mafia! You know them, the ever friendly people who always know where to find that parking space you need. If not on the pavement, in front of an entrance or on a dead-end part of the highway system in Jakarta. There is always place for just one more car, motorbike or bikes, which are folded together near a trash can or tree. No problem at all and we are all happy that we can park at a distance less than ten meters from where we want to go. Nothing wrong with paying a little extra on top of the set prices. Gladly even, because 'better be lazy than tired', is something you have to pay for. Of course we are not talking huge amounts here and for hat few thousand Rupiah's you won't push aside cars yourself, I won't believe that.

Posted in Culture @ 05 July 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


The quiet kampung; the daily life It is a very normal Thursday afternoon when I sit down on the veranda. A light rain shower crosses my path here after a long and humid day on which it didn't want to raining the first place. The rain was not enough to clean the humid air and so tomorrow will be another of those warm and slow days. Last year the wet season only lasted until the middle of March, but now there is still rain on a regular base. Not a changing climate, but just a slight change in ocean temperatures. As far as on the other side of the world this impacts tropical areas as well, because weather here isn't that monotonous as it looks like when you see those holiday pictures with a blue sky. For sure there is much sun, but there are clouds as well and rain of course, even during the dry season. Maybe it's just a different type of rain, more light instead of a complete tropical downpour.

Posted in Travel @ 08 June 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 2 First time to have a drink. I looked in the direction of the only warung that I could find here at the moment. I didn't really want to look for another one. Fortunately there was someone to serve, in the form of a Javanese women which sat on a bench in front of the house. Probably waiting for a customer. A bemo passed. That stopped and the driver got out. Hopefully he didn't bring any passengers, otherwise they had to wait. I wasn't the only one there when I walked into that direction. The driver ordered an iced tea and sat down. I just had picked up the nice idea to drink a coffee here. It had been a long time that I drunk a kopi tubruk actually. That is nice for a change. I found a nice spot at the one big table available.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Drinking coffee in the kampung, part 1 However it wasn't Saturday for sure, but a Tuesday, still I had the feeling that I had to take my motorbike for a nice day of traveling. Where it would bring me? At least as far as Purworejo. To my amazement and some shame I had never been there before, so that became the primary target. I at least had to go there so I could honestly say that I had been there. Furthermore there were no plans, like usual. It was already late in the morning, so it was not really supposed to become a long trip. Maybe after Purworejo it was time to find my way back. That also depended on what I would find along the way of course. Seen the distance and the road conditions it was to take about one and a half hour to get there. My modest estimation.

Posted in Travel @ 17 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Biking on Saturday afternoon It was a Saturday afternoon as any other, but sometimes I just feel the need to get out for a while. This is not always possible, but when there is a possibility and there are no other appointments in the agenda, then it just might happen that after lunch I decide to grab my stuff for a trip on the motorbike. It's not too far away, within the borders of the province of Yogyakarta, but at least I can get away from the daily life for a while. Helmet, keys and a wallet is enough. To store some of the memories I have I also bring a camera with me and within a matter of minutes I leave the area. Where do I go then? Ooh, I felt like having a drink in Wonosari, so that became my first destination, knowing that most likely it would be something in that direction, but that doesn't really matter.

Posted in Travel @ 09 May 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Global Fund stops assistance; corruption suspected Global Fund, an organization that provides assistance to help deal with AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, stopped it's assistance to Indonesia last March on suspicion of fraud. Firman Lubis, deputy chairman for the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), told that the funds stopped flowing to Indonesia after an audit held by Price Waterhouse Cooper.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Militants imprisoned for beheading Christian girls An Islamic militant began his 20-year jail sentence last Thursday on charges of plotting the beheading of three Christian schoolgirls in Poso in 2005. Tho other militants sentenced for the same crime were sentenced to each 14 years. Judges said they had no doubt that the 34-year-old Hasanuddin was the mastermind behind the murders. "The defendant along with his accomplices has violated the anti-terrorism laws," said chief judge Binsar Siregar told the court on Wednesday.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 24 March 2007 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six airlines given three months to improve The Transport Ministry has given three months time to six airlines to improve safety standards of face closure. The six airlines that were placed in the warning list are Adam Air, Kartika Airlines, Jatayu, Batavia, Trans Wisata Air and Dirgantara. Budhi Muliawan Suyitno, the director general of civil aviation at the Transport Ministry, said that an audit of 54 aviation firms revealed that not one of them made it to the first of three classes.

Posted in General @ 23 March 2007 01:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yusril snaps back over corruption query During an interview with The Jakarta Post last Tuesday, State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra was asked whether he gained financial advantages through a case currently being investigated. His reply - an emotional outburst - came totally unexpected. "You have gone beyond the KPK. The KPK interrogated me only as part of procedure. I think a journalist cannot act as an investigator. You are going beyond your authority as a journalist. If you were a public official, you could be sued in court for violating... going beyond your authority. Journalists are employed to raise questions and not to act as investigators," he told The Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 March 2007 04:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Indonesia's crowded skies It's been four days since budget carrier Adam Air's Flight 574 disappeared over the Indonesian archipelago, and despite a search and rescue effort involving ships, planes and ground patrols, authorities are no closer to finding the wreckage or any possible survivors. The Boeing 737-400, which took off from Indonesia's main island of Java en route to the popular diving destination of Manado with 102 people on board, emitted a signal from its emergency beacon over the mountainous island of Sulawesi before dropping out of sight on New Year's Day.

Posted in Travel @ 05 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


IAEA chief says Indonesia nuke plant a go The world's top nuclear regulator said Indonesia qualifies for nuclear energy, saying it is open with its plans, especially compared to Iran. Mohammed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in Jakarta the country has complied with nuclear nonproliferation treaty stipulations.

Posted in General @ 12 December 2006 02:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What a garden does to people However we approach the end of the year, it may be clear that my garden here in the tropics still looks fairly green. Some of you may have been following that via internet and probably you enjoyed the always green garden. However green is relative, when I don't give extra water during the dry season, that green will be gone pretty quick.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Another tsunami could hit Indonesia, experts say Another big tsunami could hit Sumatra within the next few decades, flooding densely populated regions south of where a giant wave hit in December 2004, U.S. and Indonesian researchers predicted on Tuesday. The same big geologic fault, called a megathrust, that caused the 2004 tsunami continues to run parallel to the southeast, along the Indian Ocean coast of Sumatra, with the potential to a affect areas to the south, the team at the California Institute of Technology, the University of Southern California and elsewhere reported.

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 December 2006 04:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Indonesia eyes path for ex-Aceh rebels to form political party Indonesia will soon set the ball rolling to allow former rebels in Aceh to establish a political party and join the mainstream in the once volatile province, a top peace monitor said on Saturday. Aceh will hold landmark elections on December 11, the first ever direct vote for top executive posts in the province and seen as a key step toward consolidating a peace deal struck in August 2005.

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2006 03:13 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


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


Police arrest 14 Christians over killings of Muslims Police arrested 14 Christians accused of bludgeoning two Muslim men to death amid anger at the execution of three Roman Catholic militants on Sulawesi island last month, a police officer said Monday. The fish salesmen were killed at an illegal roadblock on the island's main highway and their bodies were buried in a shallow grave nearby, said Central Sulawesi Police Chief Brig. Gen. Badrudin Haiti.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 09 October 2006 15:20 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


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

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


3 put to death for leading attacks on Muslims Three Christian militants were executed by firing squad early Friday for leading attacks on Muslims six years ago that left 70 people dead, sparking fresh sectarian clashes on restive Sulawesi island, police said. Mobs torched cars and police posts in several villages before security forces restored order, said Maj. Rudy Sufahriyadi, the Poso police chief. Elsewhere they blockaded roads and threw stones at houses and government offices. At least three people were hurt.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 22 September 2006 15:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security crackdown ahead of execution of christian militants Indonesian officials said Wednesday they had deployed thousands of police on Sulawesi island ahead of this week's planned executions of three Christian men found guilty of leading deadly attacks on Muslims six years ago. Amid complaints that the men did not receive a fair trial, a top Christian leader urged his community not to resort to violence and to pray that the president would grant them a last-minute reprieve.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 21 September 2006 10:25 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


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

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


Indonesia told to return $5m after probe The World Bank is asking the Indonesian government to return $4.7m (€3.7m) in loans for road projects after an internal investigation found that a contractor allegedly paid more than $300,000 in kickbacks to government officials. The graft allegations are the first to hit the World Bank’s projects in Indonesia since it asked for Jakarta to return $10m (€8m, £5m) related to a school textbook corruption scam in 2004.

Posted in General @ 14 August 2006 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soccer on Friday Just back from a couple of days in Malang it's about time to turn on the computer again and to clean the keyboard. Since the short holiday to Bali I didn't see any chance to write something down, but that is going to change now. The few days in Malang were a pleasant difference with the somewhat more normal life in Yogyakarta. The garden has been watered and the windows are open, though there is not too much wind. Several days back, back to Friday to be more precise. Soccer club Arema (Malang) has to play a game that day.

Posted in Culture @ 13 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia's special envoy visits over Papua issue Australia's head of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department Michael L'Estrange held meetings Friday with Indonesian officials to discuss the controversial issue of protection visas granted by Australia to 42 asylum seekers from Papua. Presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said he met with the special envoy at an undisclosed location earlier in the day but declined to elaborate.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Singapore holds terror suspect caught in Indonesia Singapore's most-wanted man, believed to have planned bomb and plane-crash attacks on the island's airport, has been arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Monday. Mas Selamat Kastari, said to belong to the Southeast Asian Islamic militant network Jemaah Islamiah, was arrested in Indonesia two weeks ago and deported to Singapore on February 3, a Ministry spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 06 February 2006 18:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Smoking ban part of public education' The administration has vowed to clean up Jakarta's air. Besides vehicle owners being obliged to get their exhaust emissions tested, the 2005 Bylaw on air pollution control also stipulates a smoking ban in public spaces and buildings, schools and on public buses and trains. The Jakarta Post asked residents about the implementation of the ban.

Posted in General @ 06 February 2006 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain man after market bombing Indonesian police have detained a man and tightened road blocks around the city of Palu in a hunt for those responsible for killing seven people in a nail bomb attack on a Christian market on New Year's Eve. Police said on Sunday that several locations in Palu, capital of volatile Central Sulawesi province in the country's east, had also been raided. They declined to give details.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 01 January 2006 10:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Living on a fault line A year after the tsunami, scientists fear that another monster earthquake might one day strike Sumatra, triggering a fresh inundation by the sea. How frightened should we be?

Posted in Earthquake @ 15 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia likely to change economic team President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's plan for a long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle has fueled expectations of changes in his government's economic team. It is likely that "one or two" ministers will be out of their current jobs after a long-promised evaluation of their performance, Yudhoyono said Wednesday, without elaborating.

Posted in Politics @ 13 November 2005 10:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


U.S. image builder blunders during debate Karen Hughes, who has faced a rocky road since being named Washington’s public relations chief, answered tough questions Friday about the invasion of Iraq, and wrongly stated that Saddam Hussein gassed to death ‘‘hundreds of thousands’’ of his people.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 22 October 2005 16:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Scientists in Indonesia find evidence of another 'Hobbit' Scientists digging in a remote Indonesian cave have uncovered a jaw bone that they say adds more evidence that a tiny prehistoric Hobbit-like species once existed. The jaw is from the ninth individual believed to have lived as recently as 12,000 years ago. The bones are in a wet cave on the island of Flores in the eastern limb of the Indonesian archipelago, near Australia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 October 2005 20:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia withdraws troops from Aceh Indonesia will withdraw 2,600 soldiers from tsunami-battered Aceh province Tuesday with another 3,500 slated to go by month's end as part of a historic peace accord to end three decades of fighting, a military spokesman said. The agreement signed last month in Finland calls on the Indonesian military to more than halve the 60,000 troops it has in the province by the end of the year and for separatist rebels to hand in all of their self-declared 840 weapons.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 20 September 2005 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Megawati leaves State Palace President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Tuesday afternoon left the State Palace for the last time as the fifth Indonesian president. Megawati arrived at the palace at 11.15 a.m. to sign the Law on National Social Security System. She left at 12:15 p.m. and did not give a speech after the signing.

Posted in Elections @ 19 October 2004 00:04 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


PBR backs Mega, Susilo wooes PPP Megawati Soekarnoputri's reelection bid received another boost on Monday after the Muslim-based Reform Star Party (PBR) decided to support her in the Sept. 20 election runoff. PBR chairman Zaenuddin MZ said in a press conference on Monday that the party had undertaken a series of discussions before deciding to throw its weight behind Megawati.

Posted in Elections @ 24 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Constitutional court overturns anti-terror law Indonesia's constitutional court has overturned the country's tough anti-terror law. Friday's decision casts doubt on recent convictions, in particular those involving the deadly bomb attack on the island of Bali in 2002. In a five to four majority decision, the judges ruled that Indonesia's anti-terror law is unconstitutional. The decision could affect the convictions of more than 30 alleged terrorists, including the men convicted of killing more than 200 people in the Bali nightclub bombing of 2002.

Posted in Terrorism @ 23 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt reaffirms sovereignty over Papua The government has brushed aside any questions about the legitimacy of the 1964 UN-sponsored self-determination vote in Papua, saying current standards should not be applied to past events. Commenting on the recent release by the U.S. of a document that shows Washington in 1964 dismissed the vote as a sham, Ministry of Foreign Affairs' spokesman Marty Natalegawa said the disclosure would do nothing to change the status of Papua as part of Indonesia.

Posted in Politics @ 12 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono wins, but second-round vote likely Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono won Indonesia's presidential race with 33.2% of the vote, but the General Election Commission believes millions of ballots may be invalid. Election officials ordered a national vote recount after early results showed "tens of millions" of votes might have been spoiled in Monday’s inaugural presidential elections.

Posted in Elections @ 06 July 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt expels US think tank expert A leading American expert on Indonesia's terrorist groups has been ordered out of the country after authorities accused her of violating visa regulations. Sidney Jones, however, had earlier said the national intelligence agency chief had complained that her International Crisis Group published false reports that had damaged the country's image. Jones said she was issued with a deportation order late Tuesday. It cited immigration violations, and was effective immediately, she said.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono & Kalla team up for presidential election Indonesian presidential favorite Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has picked a respected cabinet member as his running mate for the July 5 election, officials said on Sunday, dealing a blow to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. Social welfare minister Jusuf Kalla would partner Yudhoyono in the country's presidential election, said Akbar Tandjung, chairman of Golkar, the party of ousted autocrat Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 19 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Leader shocked at dengue toll Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri is planning a televised address to convey her shock over Indonesia’s highest ever death toll from dengue fever. By yesterday, the outbreak had killed 260 people in 22 of Indonesia’s 32 provinces and sickened more than 14,625 others since the disease was first detected last month, the health ministry said.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 27 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sentences JI leader An Indonesian court has sentenced an Islamic leader to three and a half years in prison for involvement in acts of terrorism. Abu Rusdan was found guilty of hiding one of the men who carried out the Bali bombing in 2002. Abu Rusdan was also believed to have been a caretaker leader of militant Islamic group Jemaah Islamiyah. The group has been blamed for attacks including the Bali bombing in 2002, but is not an illegal organisation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says Hambali is answering key questions Indonesia has been allowed for the first time to indirectly question the US-held regional terror suspect Hambali, the country's intelligence chief said on Wednesday. A M Hendropriyono said Indonesia had received answers to written questions from Hambali which had shed some light on his terror network in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 25 February 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Staying in Jakarta for almost 5 years now inspired me to scribble this experiences and I would like to share with my readers in this article.

Posted in General @ 20 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


There are no actual proof in the existence of ghosts. When approaching claims made by people who have seen ghosts, we should approach those claims with skepticism. Before we accept those claims to be true, we should consider every single aspect of those claims from every different angle until there's no room for doubts, which in this case, is unlikely.

Posted in Culture @ 23 January 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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