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AGO questions Mobilindo president director over buses case The Attorney Generals Office questioned president director of PT Mobilindo, Budi Susanto, about the alleged mark up in the price of buses purchased for the TransJakarta mass rapid transit system.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 April 2014 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


48 students in Manado infected with HIV/AIDS The National AIDS Commission (KPAP) reported that at least 48 students and college students were infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in Manado, North Sulawesi.

Posted in Health @ 26 March 2014 19:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to recruit 3,000 doctors as civil servant candidates As an endeavor to support the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) on health, the government will recruit three thousand doctors as civil servants, who will be exempt from the entrance examination, an official stated.

Posted in Health @ 07 January 2014 22:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK urged to speed up investigations of Atut and Hambit Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to speed up investigation of Banten Governor Atut Choisiyah and Gunung Mas District Head Hambit Bintih both mired in litigation.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 January 2014 16:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau fires workers for missing morning prayers Nineteen untenured employees of Riau’s Rokan Hulu district government were fired in November because they did not show up to 5 a.m. prayers, a mandatory religious program put in place by the local government.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 December 2013 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army deployed  to avoid oil stealing in Palembang Indonesian Army Chief of Staff Moeldoko said Indonesian Military (TNI) has deployed personnel to avoid oil stealing that often takes place in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Posted in Crime @ 28 August 2013 17:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Floods paralyze Gorontalo city Floods triggered by incessant heavy rains since Tuesday evening until Wednesday morning in Gorontalo city virtually paralyzed the local people`s activities. The floods, which spread to several parts of the city, forced many people and students to skip their work and school because their houses were inundated.

Posted in Flooding @ 15 May 2013 13:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government dismisses idea of moving capital city The government indicates it is not in favor of moving the capital city from Jakarta saying it opts for seeking to prevent the city`s almost annual flooding. Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here on Monday President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has hinted no interest in moving the capital city.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2013 18:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Teachers asked to propose for extra allowance The district administration of Belu, East Nusa Tenggara, told school teachers in frontier areas sharing border with East Timor in Belu to submit their proposal for special allowance in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2013 13:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five prosecutors fired in 2012 The attorney general office said five prosecutors and administrative employee of prosecutor office were dishonorably dismissed in 2012 from their position as civil servants for certain offenses.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 December 2012 09:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese to refrain from joining transmigration projects Suarapembaruan.com reports that effective immediately the municipal government of Bali’s capital city of Denpasar will no longer allow its residents to participate in transmigration programs organized by the central government.

Posted in General @ 17 November 2012 07:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Denny ready to face OC Kaligis` legal challenge Vice Minister of Justice and Human Rights Denny Indrayana has said he is prepared to face a lawsuit from senior lawyer OC Kaligis in view of his recent statement that was considered to be offensive to lawyers.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2012 21:47 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Java Governor inspects attendance of civil servants West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan made an impromptu inspection in several government offices here Thursday to check attendance of civil servants on the first working day following Idul Fitri holidays.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia to raise civil servants` salaries by 7%' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government would increase the basic salaries of civil servants, military and police personnel by seven percent in 2013.

Posted in Economy @ 16 August 2012 22:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Recommendation to fight corruption from Hong Kong Former chairman of Hong Kong`s anti corruption agency Bertrand de Speville said Indonesia needs to invest more to turn out skilled personnel of the country`s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 05 July 2012 18:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of Indonesian postal service employees on strike Around 5,000 employees of the Indonesian postal service provider, PT Pos Indonesia, will be on strike from June 28-30, 2012. "The striking employees represent PT Pos employees and retirees throughout Indonesia," said Gibson S Nababan, a spokesman of PT Pos Indonesia`s Labor Union (SPPI), here on Thursday.

Posted in General @ 28 June 2012 15:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President revises regulation on deputy ministers President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has signed a new presidential regulation on the status of deputy ministers, in the wake of a recent Supreme Court ruling.

Posted in Politics @ 09 June 2012 09:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK to declare Manado as integrity zone The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is making preparations for the launch on April 26, 2012 of the North Sulawesi provincial capital Manado as a corruption-free zone.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 March 2012 14:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Human Rights defenders ask court to free Papuan activists Noted rights defenders in a Friday press release has called on the courts to release five Papuan activists from detention and dismiss all charges against them as they had done nothing more than voice their aspirations.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2012 07:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All civil servants to be required to report wealth Administrative Reform Minister Azwar Abubakar said all civil servants would be required to report their wealth to anticipate the recurrence of cases of civil servants having huge bank accounts.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian military officers face up to 15 years for human smuggling Five military officers and a civil servant are facing up to 15 years in prison for their alleged role in human smuggling which led to the deaths of around 200 asylum seekers off the coast of East Java in Indonesia, local media reported on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 16 February 2012 05:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Jayapura administration obliges circumcision The Jayapura administration of Papua will oblige circumcision for the society to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Administration Officer of Jayapura Regent Edison Muabuay said earlier that according to research in several countries, circumcision was one of the preventive steps to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Posted in Health @ 07 February 2012 08:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Five soldiers named suspects in illegal immigrants case Five Indonesian army (TNI-AD) members have been named suspects in the case of illegal immigrants whose boat sank in Prigi, Trenggalek, East Java, recently, on its way to Australia.

Posted in Military @ 21 January 2012 05:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 September 2011 06:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Indictment: 'Ex-tax officer amassed Rp 885 billion' Former senior tax officer Bahasyim Assifie went on trial on Thursday in connection with a multimillion dollar money laundering case between 2004 and 2010. In their indictment read out at the South Jakarta District Court, state prosecutors said Bahasyim, former chief of the Jakarta tax office for Koja and Palmerah areas, had amassed a whopping Rp 885.15 billion (73 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 01:58 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


Big dicks can not become police The website kompas.com brought the news that to become a real policeman, men should stay away from using products that make vital parts of the body bigger than they used to be. The head of the police in Papua, Bekto Suprapto, has said that the use of stimulants to get a bigger penis, is not allowed and is a reason to be rejected.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 23 April 2010 11:07 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


Panic after rumors of Jatiluhur dam breach The ever increasing water level of the Jatiluhur basin is causing panic among residents living directly below it. They panic is mainly fed by rumors that the dam was about to burst because of the very high water levels. No direct evidence has been found related to this, but residents from some villages have evacuated to higher ground just to be sure.

Posted in General @ 22 March 2010 04:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release Papuan flag-raisers Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should exonerate three Papuan men convicted of rebellion on November 12, 2009, for raising a pro-independence flag, Human Rights Watch said today.

Posted in Protests @ 19 November 2009 06:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #3 Last contact with PLN dated back to July this year. Indeed I was not called back or did I receive information in any other way from them. So until that very moment I did not have a clue about what was going on and how I was able to pay for my monthly electrical bill.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 06 November 2009 09:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


18 civil servants fired for data manipulation Eighteen civil servants (PNS, pegawai negeri sipil) of the Labuhan Batu district in North Sumatra have been fired after it was found out that they manipulated their data to become civil servants in the first place. After the regional council received information about what the 18 had done, a meeting was convened as soon as possible.

Posted in Crime @ 05 November 2009 02:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim civil servants obliged to read Koran The city council in Gorontalo, in northern Sulawesi, has ordered its Muslim civil servants to read the Koran - Islam's holy book - every Friday. Gorontalo mayor Adhan Dambea said Saturday that he was not yet satisfied with the implementation of his instructions.

Posted in Religion @ 19 October 2009 11:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No porn for Makassar civil servants The regional government of Makassar in South Sulawesi has ordered it's civil servants not to download pornography at government offices. With increasing ease, porn is accessible via internet, something that Indonesians have found out as well. It is no secret that Indonesians do also use the internet to find what they are looking for.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2009 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Son of mayor arrested during drug party The police of the city Bontang in East Kalimantan has arrested five people early on Wednesday. They were caught during a drug party held in a house in the city. One of those arrested was soon identified as the son of Bontang mayor Sofyan Hasdam. The Bontang police chief, Ismed Wijaya, confirmed the arrest of the mayors son. The remainder of the crystal methamphetamine, popularly named shabu-shabu was seized by the police.

Posted in Drugs @ 24 September 2009 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors to pursue immigration corruption scandal? As reported on earlier, State Auditors recently uncovered the misappropriation of Rp. 3 billion (211,000 euro) in visa-on-arrival fees committed by 44 members of the immigration service assigned to Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport.

Posted in Corruption @ 17 August 2009 06:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five percent pay rise for civil servants and police The national budget for 2010, which is currently being talked about, makes room for an average of five percent pay rise for civil servants, members of the Indonesian army, the police and retirement payouts. 2010 will see 28 trillion Rupiah (2 billion euro) - or 21 percent - in extra funds to realize this. The funds are also planned to be used for the payout of a 13th month for salaries and retirement payouts.

Posted in Economy @ 03 August 2009 12:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


No-smoking laws enforced in North Jakarta The provincial government of the Special Capital Region of Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) has once again organized a no-smoking razzia. There are official no-smoking laws in the country and province, but they are rarely enforced. In North Jakarta seven places were checked for smokers; mainly malls and other public places were checked, including the main Boulevard Kelapa Gading.

Posted in General @ 18 June 2009 05:59 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


Indonesia 2007 GDP expected to grow at fastest pace in 11 years The Indonesian economy is expected to have grown at its fastest pace in 2007 since the country was hit by the Asian financial crisis 11 years ago, driven mostly by private consumption. Falling interest rates, a strong financial market performance, and an increase in pay for civil servants are expected to have underpinned the recovery in purchasing power, said Destry Damayanti, an economist at Mandiri Securities.

Posted in Economy @ 14 February 2008 14:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


When life is made impossible Together we are sitting below a blue plastic cover that is used as roof for a bed and some personal possessions. That is all that Kudasi has left. Together we look back at the earthquake that struck some one and a half year ago first. It caused the death of several thousand people and tens of thousands ended up in the same situation as he is in now. He was lucky then, in Parangtritis, a village at the southern beach directly south of the city of Yogyakarta, damage was limited. Now however he became one of the victims, but not from an earthquake. It were the 'new colonials' as he describes it. It is a commonly used term to represent a government that is pushing it's own ideas forward not listening to the people they ought to represent.

Posted in Culture @ 04 February 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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


SBY closes civil servant school after murder President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered the temporary closure and restructuring of a school that trains civil servants after the murder of several of it's students. He froze new admissions for the year following a suspected murder of cadet Cliff Muntu at the school last Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 10 April 2007 02:42 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


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia central bank cuts key rate to 14-month low Indonesia's central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to a 14-month low, the seventh reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending and boost investment. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers reduced the rate used as a reference for bill sales by half a percentage point to 9.75 percent, a move predicted by 16 of 21 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News, and indicated further cuts are likely next year.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considering widening polygamy ban after popular preacher takes second wife Indonesia is considering banning ministers, lawmakers and other government officials from practicing polygamy after the country's most popular Islamic preacher took a second wife, sparking renewed debate about the practice. There are no plans to outlaw polygamy all together in the world's most populous Muslim nation. Currently, men are only allowed to have a second wife if his first is an invalid, terminally ill or infertile. The regulation, however, is rarely enforced and most commentators say the practice is becoming more common.

Posted in Politics @ 07 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Anarchy reigns in West Lombok Back to Lombok after almost two years - my last visit to this beautiful and quiet island east of the messy Bali dates back to January 2005 - I noticed that certain things had changed, and too bad not only for the good of the island. It has nothing to do with increased tourist numbers to the island or the fact that big positive points are to be awarded.

Posted in Culture @ 05 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 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


Wet markets must be cleaned up to fight bird flu Cleaning up Indonesia's popular wet markets and shifting live birds to separate sanitary locations is a crucial first step in the nation's fight against the deadly bird flu virus, an expert said. Indonesia became the nation worst affected by the H5N1 virus this week, with 44 confirmed human deaths, putting its efforts to combat bird flu under the international spotlight.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 August 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Between earthquakes and tsunami's The news of the heavy earthquake off the southern coast of Java came in unexpected, as usually the case with earthquakes. Initially BMG (the Weather and Geology office) reported a 6.8 magnitude quake almost 300 kilometers south of the central Javanese city of Bandung. That means the quake occurred at sea, at only a depth of around 33 kilometers. That's 'good' enough to cause a tsunami as well, and so it happened. A several meters high wave struck many parts of the southern coast of the entire island.

Posted in Earthquake @ 18 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Java quake survivors told to be patient Survivors of an earthquake in Indonesia which killed over 6,000 people attended weekly prayers at a damaged mosque on Friday, where a preacher called for patience in waiting for desperately-needed aid. The United Nations said it was in the process of removing bottlenecks in the supply of water, food and material to the victims of Saturday's magnitude 6.3 quake and announced plans for a six-month $103 million relief programme.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 19:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu campaign exposes loopholes Armed with vaccines and green rubber boots, veterinarian Sri Wuryasturati is ready to hit the road for Indonesia's anti-bird flu campaign. Except she doesn't have the most essential item to get going: a motorcycle. Dressed in a crisp brown civil servant's uniform and scarf, the 42-year-old eventually takes off hours later to join hundreds of veterinarians at the forefront of efforts to contain bird flu in Indonesia, which has the world's second highest number of human deaths from the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 22 March 2006 02:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia keeps 2006 inflation forecast at 8% Bank Indonesia kept its inflation forecast for this year unchanged at 8 percent even after the measure rose more than expected in January, Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said on Friday. Consumer prices in Indonesia rose 17 percent in January from a year earlier, after gaining 17.1 percent in the previous month.

Posted in Economy @ 03 February 2006 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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 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


HIV-positive Dolvince keeps spirit of life aflame The mere mention of the term "PLWHA" (person living with HIV/AIDS) will make people's imagination immediately form the image of a frail person characterized by a severe inferiority complex and a strong urge to keep himself aloof from society. This is a common image about a PLWHA because the people in this country, generally, still find it difficult to accept them.

Posted in Culture @ 01 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More motorists shift to motorcycles As a civil servant at the office of the Ministry of Tourism in Central Jakarta, Cecep, 32, who lives with his family in a small house in Ciputat, Tangerang, decided he needed a motorcycle to reduce his monthly expenses. "I can't afford bus fares because I have to change buses three times to get to my office," he told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Economy @ 14 October 2005 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


German national found murdered in Jakarta A 60-year-old German national was found dead in his home in the Indonesian capital with stab wounds to his back, neck and arm, local media reports said Tuesday. Police suspected the cable company consultant, identified as Helmut Klein, was a victim of a robbery as several of his belongings - including a laptop, camera and watch - were missing.

Posted in General @ 24 August 2005 08:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police arrest Dutchman for alleged child molestation Police in the Bali regency of Buleleng are questioning a Dutch national who has been arrested for an alleged sexual abuse of minors. The police have taken statements from three boys who said that the 44-year-old Dutchman, identified only by his initials as MC, had sodomized them. But detective chief Adj. Comr. M. Mughoni said he was looking for two more children who might have also fallen victim to the abuse.

Posted in General @ 02 August 2005 12:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia leader urges energy conservation Indonesia's president called on government departments to cut down on air conditioning and take other energy-saving measures in the face of nationwide fuel shortages.

Posted in General @ 11 July 2005 21:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'It's true that Jakarta is already too crowded' Anticipating an influx of migrant workers after the Idul Fitri holiday, the Jakarta administration has banned people from entering the capital without a Jakarta identity card or documents showing that they have a permanent job and residence. The Jakarta Post asked some residents for their opinion on the issue.

Posted in Ramadan @ 17 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


13 hurt as explosions rock Ambon At least 13 people were injured as gun-fire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon early today after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas — Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 01 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


More injured as shots, explosions heard in Ambon At least 13 people have been injured as gunfire and explosions rocked the eastern Indonesian city of Ambon after week-long Muslim-Christian clashes that have left 37 people dead. Thirteen people were taken to Al Fatah hospital with burns and injuries caused by home-made bomb explosions just before dawn after fighting in three areas -- Tanah Lapang Kecil, Jalan Baru and Trikora, a hospital official said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 30 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic candidates mum on polygamy Realizing their demographic power, Islamic political parties are working hard to win women's votes in the April 5 legislative election. A no-less important strategy is avoiding sensitive issues like polygamy, permitted in Islam. Interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, Nursanita Nasution of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and Aisyah Amini of the United Development Party (PPP) said their parties would support all measures to ensure better protection for women.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati: Neutrality of civil servants in elections important The neutrality of the Indonesian Civil Servants Corps (KORPRI) as a bureaucratic engine is crucial to the success of the general elections in 2004, President Megawati Soekarnoputri said here on Thursday. "Your neutral role is immensely important for next year's elections," Megawati told about 10,000 civil servants during the commemoration of the corps' 32nd anniversary in Lembang, about 20 kilometers north of West Java provincial capital Bandung.

Posted in Elections @ 19 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six drown when boat capsizes in Sulawesi Six people drowned and three others had to be hospitalized when the boat they were travelling on sprung a leak and capsized on a river in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, news reports said today. The boat, carrying 20 passengers, was travelling on the Jeneberang river from Gowa district to Makassar, the capital of South Sulawesi, 1,350 kilometres northeast of Jakarta, when the accident occurred around mid-day yesterday.

Posted in Accidents @ 26 November 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


JI starting to regroup in Indonesia The feared Jemaah Islamiah (JI) network responsible for the Bali bombings is beginning to regroup and launch new attacks against Christians in Indonesia to mark the onset of Ramadan, according to new reports. Following several weeks of violence in Poso, central Sulawesi, in which 13 people died, Indonesia's respected Tempo magazine said the attacks were the handiwork of militants linked to JI.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 27 October 2003 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes top spot in world's most corrupt nations It is no surprise that Indonesia ranks again as one of the world's most corrupt nations because graft in the public sector and judicial system is widespread, activists said here Tuesday. The Berlin-based group Transparency International on Tuesday listed Indonesia near the bottom of its list of corrupt countries, on the same level as Kenya but ahead of Myanmar, Angola, Cameroon, Paraguay, Nigeria and Haiti.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rp 80 trillion needed for fired discharged civil servants The government would require the huge sum of up to Rp 80 trillion (EUR 8.42 billion) to cover the severance payments of tens of thousands of civil servants dismissed for being unproductive. Sofwan Chudhorie, a member of House of Representatives Commission II on home affairs, from the National Awakening Party (PKB) faction, said the amount would be earmarked for such payments.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Vendors ready for enactment of Copyright Law With Law No. 19/2002 on the protection of copyrights going into effect on July 29, Jakartans will likely have a more difficult time purchasing counterfeit goods over the next month as vendors close up shop to avoid raids. Most of the vendors in the Mangga Dua shopping complex, center for pirated goods in the capital, closed their stalls early on Monday. "We heard that there will be a raid by the police soon," one vendor said.

Posted in Human rights @ 29 July 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ABDUL Latief unsteadily enters the office of a Jakarta human rights group with a young man at his elbow. He struggles to mouth an intelligible greeting, the consequence of a stroke he suffered some years ago. Latief, a retired colonel, is a member of a dwindling generation to have an intimate recollection of the rise of modern Indonesia. He was witness to, and a crucial participant in, the events that produced the regime of former president Suharto.

Posted in History @ 10 February 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua drops student fees, hikes teacher salaries With new powers under the special autonomy laws, the provincial legislature in Irian Jaya (Papua) has dropped all fees for elementary and high school students as of the 2002/2003 academic year to give children more of an opportunity to receive a quality education. Jerry Haurissa, chief of the local education office, said financial issues had been one of the main problems preventing school-age children from attending school. "With the new policy, all Papuan children aged between six and 18 are expected to go to school in attempt to improve the human resource quality in the province," he told The Jakarta Post here on Tuesday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, Christians rally joyfully in Ambon Thousands of Muslims and Christians mingled freely in a parade across the Maluku capital of Ambon on Thursday to express their happiness with and support for the recent peace accord, local leaders and residents said.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 01 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The presidential palace complex has been witness to momentous changes in the country's history, and the changing of the guard of the highest powers in the land. But while the powers that be may come and go, it seems that some "residents" stay put no matter what. This is the 78th article in our series on Old Batavia. If Dutchman J.A. van Braam, the first owner of what is today the present presidential palace complex, were still alive, he could see that his former home is now an abode for supernatural creatures.

Posted in Culture @ 02 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kebayoran Baru, the first housing complex Living in Kebayoran Baru area remains just a dream for most Jakartans. The area not only offers luxurious housing but also hang out spots such as malls, hotels, cafes and the like. However, history has shown that Kebayoran Baru needed years before developing itself into an "attractive" neighborhood. In the 1950s, it was still an "unwanted" living area as it was located eight kilometers from the city center, considered quite far at the time. In addition, road access to the area was inadequate as the housing was built on a plantation.

Posted in General @ 18 August 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wahid renews state of emergency threat Indonesia's beleaguered President, Abdurrahman Wahid, says he will call a state of emergency if his political rivals go ahead with impeachment proceedings. The President's office has previously denied Wahid would resort to this tactic, although they admit he has canvassed the conditions which would allow him to do so.

Posted in Politics @ 27 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


From his grief-gouged eyes to the way he presses his hands together to stop them from shaking, it's clear that if Syamsudin Noor makes it through the next few weeks, he is still a dead man inside. Syamsudin has pushed through a crowd of fellow refugees to tell his story, describing in patient detail how a visitation of almost unimaginable brutality destroyed his remote village of Sangai in Indonesia's Kalimantan province. "All my children, my grandchildren were killed," he mourns. "They cut off their heads and then cut them up and took them away to eat. There were a lot of Madurese in Sangai. Now 95% of us are dead."

Posted in Violence @ 10 March 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Let's just use the word "foreigner" in discussing mixed marriages as some people get so upset with the use of bule (it can be either a blatant insult or a harmless naive term) The "f" word also carriesmore general meanings; it embraces all types of non-Indonesians -- Caucasians, Africans, Chinese and other races. If you asked normal, well-educated, healthy state of mind people why theydecided to have a foreigner as their spouse, they probably would give you an acceptable answer. But who needs other people's approval or acceptance anyway? What are the acceptable terms? That people marry their partners based on mutual love despite the difference of their skin color? It's sweet, true, absolutely the smart and the right answer -- though it soundscorny.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saludin, a newly hired driver for Coca-Cola in Jakarta, was waiting in his car in the underground parking lot of Jakarta's stock exchange when a bomb exploded last Wednesday. "There was a loud bang and the windows of my car were shattered," the 27-year-old Indonesian recalls. "There were flames everywhere." Saludin jumped out of the front window of the Mitsubishi Galant. The second-floor basement was filling up with black smoke, but he followed signs leading toward the exit ramp. He made it to the first floor and collapsed—"my lungs were full of smoke, and my heart felt it would explode from my chest." Rescue workers found him on the ground, bleeding from the ears and half-conscious, and carried him out to safety.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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