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Fuel prices lowered, again Indonesians will enjoy lower fuel, cooking gas and cement prices next week, yet prices of other goods and services may not immediately follow suit as business struggle with a weakening currency and high distribution costs.

Posted in Economy @ 17 January 2015 01:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to announce another cut in fuel prices on Friday The government is set to announce another cut in the prices of subsidized premium gasoline, diesel oil, and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) on Friday (Jan. 16). Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Sudirman Said stated here on Wednesday that the government had shortened the fuel pricing period to biweekly from monthly as originally planned.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2015 19:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia sets basic fuel prices Effective January 1, 2015, the basic prices of all fuel oils (BBM) will be determined by the government, including that of non-subsidized RON 92 Pertamax gasoline, an energy ministry official stated here on Friday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 January 2015 18:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia aims for economic growth of 5.6% in 2015 The government has proposed an economic growth of 5.6 percent in the Draft 2015 State Budget, considering the improvement in economic fundamentals and economic stability as well as conducive external factors.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2014 00:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stock index down, rupiah value falls The Jakarta composite index (JCI) fell 27.27 points in the first minutes of trade on Wednesday on negative sentiment from the escalation of conflicts in Ukraine. The index of the Indonesian Stock Exchange (BEI) opened 0.53 percent lower at 5,081.81 points with index of 45 most liquid stocks down 0.78 percent to 868.63 points.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK raids offices rooms of officials in Karawang The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Saturday raided the office rooms of the regent of Karawang and other officials of the district administration looking for document related to the issuance of land use approval in the city.

Posted in Corruption @ 19 July 2014 21:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antigraft activists applaud Akil’s life sentence A leading antigraft watchdog has applauded the Anti-Corruption Court’s decision to sentence former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar to life in prison. “This verdict will not only give a deterrent effect but also send a message to other law enforcers not to commit corruption or take bribes,” said Emerson Yuntho, the legal monitoring coordinator of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former chief justice Akil Mochtar to hear charges at court Former constitutional court chief justice Akil Mochtar will hear charges during the first day of his trial scheduled to take place here on Thursday afternoon.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 February 2014 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Temporary surcharge for airlines to be allowed Bisnis.com is reporting that Indonesian airlines will soon be able to impose a cost recovery surcharge to recoup losses they are suffering due to the weakening exchange value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. dollar.

Posted in Travel @ 03 January 2014 11:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize drugs worth eight billion rupiahs in Lampung The Lampung police arrested three suspected drug dealers and secured eight billion rupiah (around 666 thousand US Dollars) worth of narcotics in the form of five kilogram of methamphetamine crystal and 3 thousand ecstasy pills.

Posted in Drugs @ 26 December 2013 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jockey 3-in-1 as sex-service in Jakarta For those who have been in Jakarta, they will most likely remember the never ending traffic jams and possibly also the zones that need some carpooling for private cars during busy hours. Knowing Indonesia, there is a solution for this, they care called jockey.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 25 December 2013 07:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police detain Malaysian for starting forest fire in Riau The Riau province police announced here on Saturday that they had detained a Malaysian national who is being investigated for his alleged involvement in starting a forest fire in Riau earlier this year.

Posted in Forest fires @ 14 December 2013 15:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK grills wife of former chief judge Akil Mochtar The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) grilled the wife of suspended Constitutional Court chief judge Akil Mochtar for five hours as a witness here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 October 2013 23:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Decline of rupiah test for Bali tourist industry The rapid decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and a host of other currencies is presenting a myriad of challenges to Bali and its tourism industry.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2013 08:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Once again two killed after drinking oplosan in Jakarta Once again two people are killed after drinking oplosan, alcohol mixed with methanol. Supriyadi and Mulyani died after they unknowingly enjoyed themselves this toxic mix in Pademangan, North Jakarta. The two were rushed to a local hospital, only to die there as any aid came too late.

Posted in Health @ 24 August 2013 03:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Four people arrested with billions of rupiahs in fake money The police have arrested four people with billions of rupiahs in fake money in Sleman, Yogyakarta. "The suspects offered loans in fake money with interest rate below bank lending rate," Sleman chief detective Adj. Comr. Heru Muslimin, said here on Monday.

Posted in Crime @ 15 July 2013 19:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP instructs ministers to maintain food price stability Vice President Boediono has instructed relevant ministers and officials to maintain food price stability in the face of subsidized fuel price hikes and the fasting month of Ramadhan.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 23:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House plenary enacts bill on revised budget into law The House of Representatives finally enacted the Bill on the 2013 Revised State Budget into law through a voting mechanism in its plenary session here on Monday night.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2013 01:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Fuel subsidy should go to poor people' Increase in subsidized fuel prices should be accompanied with a step to provide subsidy for poor people who need it, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar said.

Posted in Politics @ 17 June 2013 15:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Bank: 'Indonesia loses two islands due to rupiah absence' Bank Indonesia Deputy Governor Ronald Waas said due to a rupiah absence two Indonesian islands namely Sipadan and Ligitan have gone.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 June 2013 20:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to bring witnesses by force if necessary The prosecutors of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) promised to bring in witnesses to testify at the trial of the beef import case.

Posted in Corruption @ 29 May 2013 15:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Burglar steals Rp208 million in Public Housing Ministry A burglar reportedly stole a cash of 208 million rupiah in the Public Housing Ministry building, located in Jalan Raden Patah I no. 1 Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta on Monday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 18 February 2013 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sampang conflict settlement needs courage Courage is required to settle a religious conflict in Sampang, Madura, East Java province, said Waluyo, a senior official at the Social Affairs Ministry. Two Muslim siblings, Tajul Muluk and Roisul Hukama, began to fight, which resulted in a religious conflict in the area. We have to find a solution, he said on Tuesday.

Posted in Violence @ 01 January 2013 16:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Citilinks opens route Jakarta - Padang The Indonesian airline Citilink, daughter company of Garuda Indonesia, has opened a new route on November 23, 2012, Jakarta - Padang - Jakarta. Departure from Jakarta is at 17:00 local time and from Padang at 19:25 local time. Citilink offers daily flights on this route.

Posted in Travel @ 26 November 2012 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor police and military deployed as 100 thousands protest A joint team of around 3,600 personnel of Indonesian police and Army (TNI) has been deployed here to guard against protests by thousands of workers demanding improvement in their welfare, Bogor police spokesman has said.

Posted in Protests @ 29 October 2012 12:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body investigates 10 suspicious transactions The Corruption Eradication Commission is examining 10 reports on suspicious transactions (LHA) filed by the Financial Transaction Analysis and Report Centre (PPATK), according to KPK spokesman Johan Budi.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 October 2012 21:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Rupiah-USD exchange rate sluggish after market open After remaining closed for several days on account of public holidays, markets in Indonesia opened on Thursday, with the rupiah to US dollar exchange rate staying sluggish. Jakarta interbank transactions fixed the rupiah`s exchange rate against the USD at Rp9,485 per US dollar.

Posted in Earthquake @ 23 August 2012 13:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


New suspect in tax graft case arrested An attorney general team of investigators arrested on Monday a new suspect in a graft case with the main suspect former tax official Dhana Widyatmika. Hendro Tirtawijaya, a tax consultant will be held in detention for 20 days, Adi Toegarisman, the spokesman of the attorney general office said.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 July 2012 19:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Resident finds body of foreign tourist in Bali A Kutuh village resident, Badung district, Bali, found the body of a foreign tourist on Thursday. The remains of Mark Ovenden were discovered by I Wayan Suada on a footpath.

Posted in Crime @ 21 June 2012 15:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorist`s assets worth billions rupiah seized in Medan The National Counter Terrorism Agency (BNPT) along with local police personnel raids several assets such as houses and vehicles belong to terrorist supect. BNPT`s Chief Inspector General (ret) Ansyad Mbai here on Thursday said the raid is conducted following the arrest of several terrorist suspects sometime ago.

Posted in Terrorism @ 21 June 2012 12:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


162 houses in Langkat ravaged by whirlwind Some 162 houses in Babalan and Sei Lepan subdistrict, Langkat regency, North Sumatra had been raged by a whirlwind causing hundreds of millions of rupiahs in losses.

Posted in Weather @ 07 May 2012 13:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ministry hands over compensation to Aminah family The Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration on Thursday handed over compensation to the family of Aminah binti Sarki Nurkin, an Indonesian migrant worker who died last month in Qatar.

Posted in General @ 03 May 2012 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to soon develop renewable energy Indonesia will soon develop renewable energy to replace the country`s diminishing oil reserves, according to Deputy Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, Kardaya Warnika.

Posted in Economy @ 08 April 2012 04:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Honda to build fourth motorcycle plant in Indonesia Honda Motor Company has announced that its joint venture company in Indonesia will be building the fourth motorcycle plant in the Asian country to satisfy rapidly increasing market demands.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2012 18:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to lower economic growth target Indonesia will revise downward its growth target for the 2012 budget from 6.7 percent to 6.5 percent, Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo has said.

Posted in Economy @ 07 March 2012 14:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six years jail for corrupt former tax official Gayus Former tax official Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to six years in jail and fined Rp1 billion for corruption and money laundering on Thursday. The chairman of a panel of judges at the Corruption Court here, Suhartoyo, said Gayus had validly been proven guilty of corruption in several cases.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2012 02:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Expat hotel owner jailed in Singaraja NusaBali reports that the expatriate owner of the Hotel Melka in Singaraja, Karl Gunther Meyer (52), is being held in the Singaraja prison in under suspicion of fraud or embezzlement involving billions of rupiahs allegedly taken from a business associate.

Posted in Crime @ 28 February 2012 08:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Flash flood sweeps through five sub-districts in E Java A flash flood swept through five sub-districts in Probolinggo district, East Java, on Sunday morning, destroying thousands of houses. At least six people were reported missing.

Posted in Flooding @ 30 January 2012 10:45 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


Economist: Raising fuel price more realistic Raising the present gasoline price will be a more realistic policy than the government's plan to limit subsidized fuel oil consumption to reduce its subsidy burden, an economist here said.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2012 01:25 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


Earthquake jolts Bengkulu, West Sumatra An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted Bengkulu early Wednesday morning at 00.43, awakening the people who were sleeping soundly to scramble out of their houses in panic.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 November 2011 04:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


East Java governor wants to stamp out prostitution East Java governor Soekarwo has said that all brothels and red light districts in East Java province have to be closed down at latest in 2014. This news was brought by the Jakarta Post Wednedsay. "The earlier they are closed, the better. This kind of immoral behavior is no longer tolerated," said the governor.

Posted in Culture @ 23 November 2011 11:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two men arrested for killing dozens of orangutans Indonesian police arrested two men on Monday for allegedly killing dozens of monkeys and orangutans in the province of East Kalimantan, the Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 22 November 2011 23:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls on nation to brace for economic crisis Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday called for readiness among citizens, warning that the current global crisis could strike the country's economy harshly.

Posted in Economy @ 24 September 2011 04:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


WikiLeaks cable: U.S. believed 2007 Jakarta election 'rigged' A newly-released confidential cable from the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia shows that U.S. officials believed the historic 2007 gubernatorial election in Jakarta was rigged.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 September 2011 05:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Better compensation for Indonesia airline passengers Indonesian airlines are now being compelled by the government to bring compensation paid to disappointed passengers and in the event of catastrophic events more into line with international airline practice.

Posted in Travel @ 27 August 2011 06:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam to become 'tourism portal' by 2015? Batam in the Riau Islands is set a target to become a “tourism portal” for western Indonesia in 2015, the local administration says. Batam has the potential to become a hub for tourism promotion for western Indonesian regions, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan said Monday in Batam.

Posted in Tourism @ 16 August 2011 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fugitive ex-treasurer Nazaruddin captured in Colombia Indonesian police on Monday confirmed that fugitive Muhammad Nazaruddin, who is accused of accepting bribes worth almost $3 million, was arrested by Interpol agents in South America.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 August 2011 16:42 CET by Blog Bot · 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


Indonesian migrant workers avoid beheading in Saudi Arabia Two Indonesian female migrant workers have been spared from beheading in Saudi Arabia, the Jakarta Globe reported on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 23:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir sentenced 15 years Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in prison for his role in a terrorist cell, which was linked to the organization that carried out the 2002 Bali bombings, prosecutors said.

Posted in Terrorism @ 16 June 2011 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air flies to Kuala Lumpur Starting from June 26, 2011, Lion Air will fly to Kuala Lumpur. With departure at 09:05 local time from Jakarta, the two capitals are now linked by Lion Air as well. Fares are cheap also, starting from as low as just 25 euro, inclusive of luggage! Departure from Kuala Lumpur is at 13:00 local time.

Posted in Travel @ 11 June 2011 08:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Govt proposes increase in hajj pilgrimage price Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali says that the government has proposed that this year’s hajj pilgrimage price be raised US$505. The proposed increase, which would bring the cost to $3,847, is due to rising oil prices that lead to higher transportation expenses.

Posted in Religion @ 03 June 2011 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defense Ministry to propose $8.5 billion budget for 2012 The Defense Ministry's planning director on Wednesday said that a budget of 80 trillion Indonesian Rupiahs ($8.5 billion) for 2012 will be proposed to the Indonesian government.

Posted in Military @ 01 June 2011 22:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mandala Airlines in the hands of Saratoga Group The Saratoga Group, an investment company founded by Edwin Soeryadjaya and Sandiaga Uno, has announced that is had acquired 51 percent of Mandala Airlines stock. The remaining shares are in the hands of Tiger Airways with 33 percent and 16 percent for the old shareholders and creditors of the airline.

Posted in Travel @ 21 May 2011 01:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Prosecutors: life sentence for Bashir over terrorist cell Indonesian prosecutors on Monday announced that they recommended life sentence for Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir for his role in a terrorist cell, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 09 May 2011 18:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Militant sentenced 10 years in jail over Aceh terror group An Indonesian militant on Wednesday was sentenced to ten years in prison for his involvement in an Aceh terror group and training camp, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 April 2011 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer and corruptor Tommy Suharto starts own party Former president Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy, is ready to declare his new political party, the National Republic Party, in June this year. Lt. Gen Edi Waluyo, a party initiator, said Friday that he and some other party initiators had already begun preparing the party’s officials in regions.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2011 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami recovery at Mentawai islands to cost $133.4 million Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Monday announced that reconstruction efforts for the Mentawai islands, which was struck by a devastating tsunami on October 25, 2010 that cuased over 400 deaths, will cost around 1.16 trillion rupiahs ($133.4 million).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2011 00:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


1 of 5 Indonesian judges corrupt - official Indonesia's Judicial Commission chief said 20 percent of Indonesian judges are corrupt, participating in bribes and failing to maintain independent during cases, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2011 15:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta busway as a good example Earlier I wrote about the TransJakarta busway as a bad example of how things should be taken care of if implementing public transport. But this system does not only have negative sides of course, so TransJakarta also deserves a more positive piece of writing if you ask me.

Posted in Travel @ 26 March 2011 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim cleric Baashir denies funding al-Qaeda in Aceh cell Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Baashir on Thursday denied charges accusing him of funding the terrorist cell known as al-Qaeda in Aceh cell operating in Indonesia, the Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 February 2011 16:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Abu Bakar Bashir was banker for terrorists' Abu Bakar Bashir is suspected to have given money for the training of terrorists in Aceh province in Indonesia. The public prosecutor has announced this on the first day of the trial against Bashir, earlier today in the South Jakarta district court.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 February 2011 08:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia to recruit pilots Mandala Airlines Garuda Indonesia plans to recruit 180 new pilots in 2011, and as many as 36 pilots of whom are former pilots of the Mandala Airlines. "This year we are looking to recruit as many as 180 pilots, 36 pilots will come from Mandala Airlines," said Emirsyah, President Director of Garuda Indonesia, at the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Jakarta, Friday.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 February 2011 05:45 CET by Jeroen · 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


Former tax officer gets 10 year prison for money laundering Former Jakarta tax office director Bahasyim Assifie on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, the latest corruption case involving officials in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 February 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tanjung Priok in Jakarta seaport overloaded The capacity of Port of Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, is considered no longer adequate to accommodate the amount of goods entering. "As a result, there is accumulation of goods and this resulted in losses to hundreds of millions of Rupiah per day," said Vice Chairman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) Transportation sector, Syafrizal.

Posted in Economy @ 24 January 2011 12:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 January 2011 03:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian President Yudhoyono steps in tax corruption case Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday said he will be taking intervention in the tax corruption case of Gayus Tambunan, local media reported. "The public has asked the President to be involved in resolving corruption cases," President Yudhoyono was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 January 2011 06:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Flood and landslides hit northern Bali Severe weather has brought a range of extreme weather phenomenon to Bali in mid-December 2010. Higher-than-normal winds and wave conditions are blamed for sporadic closings of the ferry crossing between Java and Bali. Meanwhile, heavy rains, flooding, hail storms, lightning strikes and landslides have been experienced in various parts of the island.

Posted in Weather @ 22 December 2010 09:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai smuggler caught after swallowing 1,200 ecstasy pills Authorities have arrested a Thai woman after she tried to enter the Indonesian resort island of Bali with approximately 1,200 ecstasy pills, the Jakarta Globe reported on Monday.

Posted in Drugs @ 20 December 2010 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


The TransJakarta Busway as wrong example With currently at least a dozen routes throughout many parts of Jakarta it is possible to travel around the city for just 3,500 Rupiah per person. It doesn't even matter how many transfers you make. The oldest routes have their own lanes through dense traffic conditions in many parts of the city, but elsewhere the big buses have to compete with a few million other road users.

Posted in Travel @ 12 December 2010 12:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Land tensions flare for former refugees Tensions between sharecroppers and landowners in Indonesia's western half of Timor island over limited cultivable land have led to outbreaks of violence that threaten to escalate, say local officials.

Posted in Economy @ 10 December 2010 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Boys work as prostitute to pleasure older woman Virtually everything that has been forbidden by various gods in Indonesia, is still being donw. And it's not just only the stereotype - elderly - white man that is looking for a fresh green leaf. The short story below is proof of that and originated from a front page of a regional newspaper in Indonesia.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 08 December 2010 05:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The breathtaking view and sound of a pyroclastic cloud Two days ago, also soon after our breakfast, we got on our motorcycle to make the trip towards Klaten. Since all roads directly north of Yogyakarta were sealed off, and Cangkringan was one of the worst-hit areas, I wanted to go east as far as possible before driving back to the Mount Merapi volcano again. There were relatively little problems in that area, which was also easy to reach.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 10 November 2010 05:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


To Yogyakarta with a little detour With two tickets Batam-Jakarta-Yogyakarta we made an effort to get to our final destination of the day quite early in the morning today. When I checked the news enjoying a fresh cup of coffee I found out that the airport of Yogyakarta was still closed and that this was likely to stay this way for some time to come. So no direct flight to Yogyakarta today.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 06 November 2010 16:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia claws its way to economic superpower status Indonesia is one of the "rising stars" of emerging Asia and some economists believe this vast nation will one day become a regional superpower, behind only China and India, as global economic activity increasingly shifts towards east Asia, away from the faltering developed nations of the west and Japan.

Posted in Economy @ 03 October 2010 03:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of North Sumatra governor seized by KPK One of the houses of the governor of North Sumatra, Syamsul Arifin, in the neighborhood Raffles Hills in Cibubur, East Jakarta, has been seized by the corruption watchdog KPK. A spokesperson of the KPK, Johan Budi, said that the money that was used to buy the house originated from regional government coffers, and thus was corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 12:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lion Air flies between Bali and Lombok Airline Lion Air has started their scheduled flights between Denpasar, Bali and Mataram, Lombok. The airline flies twice a day and directly becomes a strong competitor of long-time monopolist Merpati. With prices that are about the same as those of Merpati, you will get more service for about the same price, who doesn't want that?!

Posted in Travel @ 31 August 2010 12:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New 10.000 Rupiah note is blue, has 1.000 Rupiah coin as friend Indonesia's Vice President Boediono has unveiled a new Rp 1,000 coin and a new, "bluer" Rp 10,000 banknote. The new Rp. 10,000 note will be blue in color, departing from the current red which oftentimes causes tourist visitors confusion in trying to distinguish it from the Rp. 100,000 note.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2010 02:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to keep assets of ex-president Suharto's son Indonesia's Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the finance ministry keeping 1.22 trillion rupiah ($134.8 million) of assets of a company linked to the son of ex-President Suharto. The case illustrates how the clan of Suharto, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, has seen its influence dwindle since Suharto stepped down in 1998.

Posted in Crime @ 17 July 2010 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Paying taxes not for Batam Because of the relative closeness of the free world - everything is relative - that is called Singapore, you will find all kind of products on Batam up for the grabs. Of course you should make sure that you are buying the real stuff, but generally spoken you will, but without the hefty import duties Indonesia puts on luxury imported goods.

Posted in Economy @ 17 June 2010 06:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates 'porn with famous artists' The police in Jakarta has started an investigation about the spread of an amateur porn movie that has become very popular on the internet in recent days. The team that has been put together has the grueling task of investigating who is responsible for spreading the 'indecent' video in the first place, something that will not be easy at all.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 June 2010 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


3.5 kilograms of heroin seized in port of Dumai The customs in Dumai have seized some 3.5 kilograms of heroin from Malaysia bound for Indonesia. The total value of the illegal drugs is estimated at some 6.5 billion Rupiah (580,000 euro). The drugs were seized after a 45-year-old woman was arrested after she arrived from Malaka in Malaysia with the Indomal Ekspress V.

Posted in Drugs @ 31 May 2010 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two times a day to Ambon with Batavia Air Batavia Air now flies between Jakarta and Ambon twice a day and seven days a week. The first flight of the day in the early morning is a direct flight between the two cities. The flight later on the day makes a short transit in Surabaya before continuing to it's final destination. Prices start at 573.000 Rupiah (less than 55 euro!) per single trip.

Posted in Travel @ 19 May 2010 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip to Cagar Alam Pangandaran Still coughing from the drive home the night before I woke up quite early in the morning after being quite reluctant to get up this early. It was finally dry by now, but it kept on raining for quite some time especially for this time in May. Most people here do not complain about it though; although roads are not repaired yet the newly planted rice and such are growing rapidly in return.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 May 2010 09:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists ban non-Islamic TV in Aceh More and more Taliban-like regulations are repressing millions of non-Islamic and Islamic residents in Aceh, North Sumatra. Now the leaders there are working on a qanun (regional Islamic bylaw) that prohibits television stations from broadcasting programs that are not of any use to Islam.

Posted in Religion @ 05 May 2010 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Married three times = fired M. Nasir Qamarullah, a judge in the religious court of Pare-Pare, South Sulawesi, has been fired without honor because he has violated the ethical code. He was married to three wives, while Indonesian civil servants, which he is one of, are not allowed to have more than one wife.

Posted in Religion @ 29 April 2010 02:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police questions police over stolen safe police headquarters Investigators are investigating the theft of a safe, but are not able to name any suspects yet. They have questioned twelve police officers in the case of the missing safe. The safe belongs to the police and was located at the headquarters of the police of Makassar city in South Sulawesi.

Posted in Crime @ 21 April 2010 06:28 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


Teachers in Lampung protest against pungli Dozens of teachers in the district of Natar in Lampung province have demonstrated against so-called pungli ('pungutan liar' or paying kickbacks) earlier today. The teachers demanded the resignation of servants of the Educational Board of South Lampung because of these illegal activities.

Posted in Protests @ 15 April 2010 04:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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