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64 drug traffickers to be executed Vice-President Jusuf Kalla has confirmed that the government will go ahead with the execution of 64 drug traffickers who have been sentenced to death by court.

Posted in Drugs @ 03 December 2014 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Communication ministry still awaits Vimeo`s official response The Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry is still awaiting a response from the representative of video-sharing website Vimeo.com following the Indonesian governments request that the site disable pornographic content from being accessed by Indonesian users.

Posted in General @ 16 May 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua military confiscate 28 weapons from separatists The Indonesian Military has seized 28 weapons from a separatist group during the period between January and April 2014, noted the Cendrawasih XVII Regional Military Commander Mayor General Christian Zebua.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2014 20:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi pledges to deal with Papua problems with 'heart' Presidential candidate of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP) Joko Widodo said he would deal with all problems in Papua with "heart." "I dont like to promise too much. I am confident the Papua problem could be sorted out with heart and hard work not with promises," Jokowi, as he is known, said.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2014 19:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi defends English-free primary school curriculum The Jakarta administration has backed the Education Ministry’s controversial new curriculum that scraps English classes, computer studies and physical education as mandatory courses in primary schools.

Posted in General @ 14 December 2013 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Customs officer arrested in large bribe case The finance division of the National Police arrested a customs officer and a Jakarta businessman on Tuesday on suspicion of their involvement in an organized corruption ring to circumvent state audits on imports, police said on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 October 2013 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MRT, better late than never After decades of delay, construction has finally begun on the landmark rail-based mass rapid transit (MRT) system, in Jakarta, a megaproject designed to help the capital catch up with those of neighboring countries in modern urban transportation.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 14 October 2013 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'State loses 2.1 trillion rupiah over e-KTP corruption' The Technology Information Academic Forum said it would be ready to help the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to uncover alleged corruption in the procurement of electronic identity card (e-KTP).

Posted in Corruption @ 02 September 2013 21:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bandarlampung city legislator nabbed carrying drugs A Bandarlampung city legislator from the ruling Democratic Party, Endang Asnawi bin Jino, was nabbed by police on drug charge at the Bakauheni port town of Lampung.

Posted in Drugs @ 27 May 2013 22:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia suffers sixty floodings in a decade Indonesia has suffered sixty times of floodings as shown by data collected over a last decade and is thus recorded as one of the most commonly affected areas in South East Asia, an academician has said.

Posted in Flooding @ 11 May 2013 20:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta finally goes ahead with MRT plan After weeks of uncertainty, the Jakarta administration has revealed it will move forward with the plan to construct the city’s first Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) line next year.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2012 01:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Democrat to announce presidential candidate next year The ruling Democrat Party plans to announce its presidential and vice presidential candidates for the election in 2014 next year, head of external relations Andi Nurpati said.

Posted in Politics @ 15 December 2012 22:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia has opportunities to strengthen domestic industries Indonesia still has a lot of opportunities to strengthen its industries due to continuing investment growth, a presidential aide said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 August 2012 14:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian animation goes International Indonesia's animation studios have started getting international projects thanks to the excellent capabilities of the country's animators, according to the Director of Electronics and Telematic Industries of the Ministry of Industry, Triharso.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 July 2012 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army assures that violent members will be punished The army confirmed that the man committing violence in a video that went viral through YouTube recently was its member.

Posted in Military @ 02 May 2012 12:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP calls for regulation on mosque loudspeakers Vice President Boediono asked the Indonesian Council of Mosques here on Friday to start discussing a possible regulation about the use of loudspeakers at mosques.

Posted in General @ 27 April 2012 13:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia investigates deaths of two children in police custody Indonesian police are investigating the deaths last week of two young brothers inside a police prison in the province of West Sumatra, the Jakarta Globe reported on Saturday.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2012 21:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia: Purchase of six Sukhoi jets still under negotiation Indonesia's Defense Ministry`s plan to buy six Sukhoi Su-30MK2 jet fighters from Russia is still under negotiation, the ministry`s secretary general, Vice Marshal Eris Heriyanto, said here on Friday.

Posted in Military @ 11 December 2011 03:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia loses 3.5 billion euro a year over counterfeit goods The Indonesian economy loses at least Rp. 43.2 trillion (3.5 billion euro) a year in potential taxes due to counterfeit goods being imported into the country, according to a study released on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2011 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ex-terrorist is now comic book hero The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 10 September 2011 09:04 CET by Jeroen · 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


Microsoft to invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia Microsoft on Friday announced that it will invest around $2.5 billion in Indonesia to develop cloud-computing systems, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Economy @ 21 January 2011 20:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 100,000 downloads in two days for Indonesia's Wikileaks Two days into its opening, users of Indonesia's version of Wikileaks, Indoleaks, have already downloaded the available documents over 100,000 times.

Posted in Politics @ 12 December 2010 07:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Section of main road collapses in North Jakarta A section of Jl. R.E. Martadinata in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, more than 100 meters long subsided 7 meters early on Thursday morning, hampering motorists from the Ancol area getting to Tanjung Priok Port. To avoid congestion, the police deployed more officers to reroute motorists onto alternative roads, police chief Timur Pradopo said during his visit to the collapsed road.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 September 2010 10:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Lombok international airport still not open yet An international airport, currently under construction in Central Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara, is scheduled to be in operation in the coming months, an official said Tuesday. “State owned PT Angkasa Pura I, which is in charge of managing the airport facility, was not ready for the soft opening,” Baharuddin said in Mataram.

Posted in Travel @ 17 March 2010 02:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former PLN director to get long jail term The former director of the state-owned power company PLN for the areas outside Java and Bali, Hariadi Sadono, faces ten years in prison because of possible corruption over the purchase of customer management software. One of the prosecutors said that he had asked the judges for this jail term in the special court for corruption cases in Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 March 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Delays in opening of Lombok's new airport Plans to conduct a "soft opening" of the new Lombok International Airport (BIL) in March 2010 are going to be delayed, according the Chief of the Transportation, Communication and Information (Dishubkominfo) office for West Nusa Tenggara province, Ahmad Baharudin.

Posted in Travel @ 01 March 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A peek into Jakarta's nightlife; B.A.T.S. From Aphrodite in Taman Rasuna we took an 'Express' taxi which brought us to the lobby of the five-star Shangri-La Hotel in just a matter of minutes - all of a sudden it went quick because of a lack of vehicles on the protocol-roads of Jakarta. I was happy that I dressed myself decently and also brought enough clothes for the coming days, however an extra blouse with long sleeves would be welcome, but that was something to be taken care of later on.

Posted in Nightlife @ 15 April 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Cell phone trojan emptying bank accounts in Indonesia Kaspersky Lab has turned up a troubling new trojan menacing Indonesia. Called Trojan-SMS.Python.Flocker, the trojan is particularly interesting because it doesn't operate over a PC - instead, it works its evil through text messaging.

Posted in Crime @ 27 January 2009 04:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia cuts oil prices by some 10 % to shield economy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced on Sunday the reduction of oil prices to protect the country's economy from the fallout of the global financial crisis. The president made the decision after a cabinet meeting on Sunday evening, following the ease of the global oil prices to nearly 40 U.S. dollars a barrel from a record of over 147 U.S. dollars a barrel on July 11.

Posted in Economy @ 15 December 2008 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tries to ban web porn The Indonesian government has passed a law banning the viewing or production of "immoral content" on the internet. The new law is one of the most strict in the world and will come into force on 29 March. Anyone found guilty of breaking the law faces six years in prison and a fine equivalent to $109,000.

Posted in General @ 27 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Plonco, Ospek, Hazing The death of IPDN student Cliff Muntu is not surprising. In Indonesia, seniority is very much embedded into local education culture. I began to sense this when I enter junior high school, and as I moved up onto higher education in Indonesia, the sense of seniority is felt even more.

Posted in Human rights @ 02 September 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu spread from humans to humans in 2006 In the first systematic, statistical analysis of its kind, infectious-disease-modeling experts at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center confirm that the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in 2006 spread between a small number of people within a family in Indonesia. The findings, by biostatistician Ira M. Longini Jr., Ph.D., and colleagues, will be published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Posted in Health @ 29 August 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Ericsson awarded network expansion contract by XL Ericsson has been awarded an expansion contract by PT Excelcomindo Pratama Tbk (XL) to expand its GSM/GPRS and WCDMA/HSPA in the country.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2007 08:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls in Japan to deal with mud flow crisis The Japanese will most likely provide a soft loan with a value of up to 1 trillion Rupiah (84 million euro) to help the country stopping the mud flow from the gas drilling site in East Java, which has been gushing mud for almost one year now. The loans were proposed to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono just last week. The Japanese government offered possible solution to stop the mud flow, according to Purnomo Yusgiantoro, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 17 May 2007 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police releases hotel safety ratings As part of Bali's continuing commitment to security, all major hotels in Bali are obliged to undergo a thorough security audit conducted by the Bali Police. Each security review is carried out by a team of officers from the Bali Police headquarters and addresses personnel issues, equipment, physical facilities, security software, training and public order issues.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 April 2007 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Total and Indonesia in dispute over contract A dispute erupted Monday between Indonesia and Total, the French oil group, after Jakarta said it would seek to renegotiate the terms of its contract for the Mahakam oil and gas block off the coast of Borneo. Total immediately said it saw no reason to change anything. The war of words began as Thierry Desmarest, Total's chief executive, announced an extra $6bn of investment in the block over the next five years after meeting Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Indonesian president, during a visit to Jakarta.

Posted in Economy @ 23 January 2007 08:43 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


A handful of tickets, 6 Quite a lot back in time, about two-and-a-half to three years already, but when I found these bills again there were certain memories returning to my mind. It's time once more to write down some of them here on this virtual paper, so I can reduce my current heap of entrance- and parking tickets and other useless prove of payment. I always keep all of them, just in case. But there is never a just in case until I find them again, like today.

Posted in Travel @ 01 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY and Kalla perform Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque Millions of Indonesian Muslims, including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, First Lady Mme. Ani Yudhoyono, and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, performed Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers for the 1427 Hegira under cloudy skies and rains at mosques throughout the country on Sunday morning.

Posted in Religion @ 31 December 2006 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia may cut key policy rate for sixth time since May Indonesia's central bank will probably cut its benchmark interest rate by half a percentage point, the sixth reduction since May, to help revive consumer spending after inflation slowed to a two-year low. Bank Indonesia Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah and his fellow policy makers will cut the rate used as a reference for bills sales to 10.25 percent, according to 15 of 16 economists in a Bloomberg survey. One expects a reduction to 10 percent. The central bank decision is due in Jakarta tomorrow.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2006 03:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Abu Bakar Bashir addresses quake survivors Abu Bakar Bashir has blamed Indonesians' "damaged morals" for the devastating earthquake that hit Java last month and urged the government to implement Islamic law. In his first major public appearance since his release from prison after serving 26 months for conspiring in the Bali bombings, the militant cleric addressed around 1,000 people outside the headquarters of his hardline Islamic organisation in Yogyakarta.

Posted in General @ 26 June 2006 17:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia releases militant islamic cleric A militant cleric alleged to be a top leader in an al-Qaida-linked terror group was released from prison Wednesday to cries of "God is great" from supporters. Abu Bakar Bashir, 68, had served 26 months for conspiracy in the 2002 Bali bombings, which killed 202 people and thrust Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, onto the front lines of the war on terror.

Posted in General @ 14 June 2006 08:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins immunizations in earthquake zone Hundreds of women cradling babies and holding the hands of children lined up Wednesday as Indonesia kicked off a massive campaign to immunize more than 1.5 million people against disease following last month's deadly earthquake. “We are racing against time,” said Gandung Hermanto, head of the surveillance division at the health department in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the May 27 quake that turned ramshackle homes into piles of bricks and rubble in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 June 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rejects foreign loan offers for quake victims The Indonesian government will reject any foreign offer to provide loans for its ongoing efforts to help victims of the Yogyakarta and Central Java earthquake, a cabinet minister said. "We will not accept any overseas loan although a number of foreign countries and international institutions, including the ADB, have offered to extend soft loans, we prefer grant aid," National Development Planning Minister Paskah Suzetta said here on Thursday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 02 June 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia braces for big May Day rallies Security forces were on top alert throughout Indonesia on Monday ahead of May Day rallies that could see tens of thousands take to the streets in Jakarta alone, police said. The demonstrations are taking place against a backdrop of government plans to revise a 2003 labour law, a move that has prompted a rising tide of worker opposition.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A handful of tickets, 3 Whether it's in Bali, Sulawesi or Java, you will get tickets for everything, everywhere. Most of them end up in the trash can - or on the street for that matter - right away, but some of them are worth while keeping as a memory to places you have ever been. Maybe it's not important to remember whether you have been there, but maybe it's more important when you were there.

Posted in Travel @ 30 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers asked to leave as volcanic debris begins pouring Many residents decided to leave as soft volcanic debris has begun pouring a village at the slope of the Merapi Volcano, whose location is in the border areas between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces. The dust rain on Thursday in Ngargomulyo village, Magelang regency, Central Java, changed the attitude of many residents living there, who had been initially reluctant to leave their houses for temporary shelters, Antara news agency reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 27 April 2006 11:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Yudhoyono's plan for Indonesia's resurrection Indonesia is trying to bring back the glory days when it was prominent in Asia. It is doing so by playing a larger role as a negotiator throughout the region, acting as a mediator between the Koreas, and pushing for democracy in Myanmar. At the same time, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is trying to unify the Indonesians by promoting a nationalism that hinges on this role as a leader in Asia.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2006 10:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Post-tsunami baby boom on the horizon Giggling women swarm outside a little gray tent in Block D of a sprawling refugee camp. The attraction is one tiny miracle — 2-month-old Asmaul Tzuchina, swaying peacefully in a cloth hammock. The baby simply known as Tzuchi, which means “pure” in Acehnese, represents new life and hope for the women who lost children to the earthquake-spawned tsunami nearly a year ago.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 11 December 2005 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia calls on religious leaders to help fight terrorism Religious leaders must condemn terrorism in the world's most populous Muslim nation, Indonesia's vice president said Friday, after police warned that a new generation of Islamic militants were behind the latest suicide bombings on Bali island.

Posted in Terrorism @ 08 October 2005 09:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia energy crisis shows old habits die hard Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's efforts to tackle domestic fuel shortages show that, despite talk of reform, Southeast Asia's biggest economy is struggling to part with old ways.

Posted in General @ 12 July 2005 21:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Microsoft amnesty for Indonesia Microsoft is to grant Indonesia an amnesty on pirated versions of Windows used on government computers in exchange for a token payment, a report says. Under the deal, up to 50,000 computers running illegal software would be legalised at a dollar each, Information Minister Sofyan Djalil was quoted as saying in the Jakarta Post daily today.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2005 10:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


Disaster of man's making now threatens Sumatra Cut Anita peered from the open flap of her sunbaked tent one recent day. She watched keenly as a carpenter hammered a wood plank less than five feet away. Another sawed a board in two, freeing the sweet fragrance of forest hardwood. Her new home was taking shape before her, and she dared not leave. "Someone else might take it," the doleful, wide-eyed woman said from the Red Cross tent erected on the concrete foundation of her former home, which was destroyed by the Dec. 26 tsunami.

Posted in Environment @ 15 May 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Donors pledge $5.1 billion to Indonesia A grouping of donor nations has pledged to provide Indonesia with $5.1 billion in aid this year, comprising $3.4 billion in regular assistance, as well as $1.7 billion to help rebuild northern Sumatra, where about 166,000 people were killed by last month’s earthquake and tsunamis.

Posted in Earthquake @ 21 January 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in General @ 09 November 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


On my motorbike, enjoying the beauty of the Indonesian landscape – preferrably outside the cities – I see a lot of strange things. At least, they are strange in my western point of view. Some things make me wonder how they even got there.

Posted in Travel @ 11 July 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Canada warns of 'credible terrorist threat' Canada warned on Sunday of a "credible terrorist threat" to western interests in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province, and advised its citizens to avoid the area. Ottawa followed the recent lead of the United States and Australia in warning of possible threats in various parts of Indonesia. "There is a credible terrorist threat to western interests in South Sulawesi Province," the Canadian Foreign Ministry said in a travel advisory.

Posted in Terrorism @ 24 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Well don’t get scared or shocked after having a look at the pictures above because that’s not pics from Iraq, Somalia, Palestine or even Aceh. But from my most favorite military enthusiast club Code 4 where I myself am a member – a club that is very different from any sports club. A sport where one can almost feel the hardship, experience of a true fighting soldier in a fun simulated war situation.

Posted in General @ 28 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PDI-P holds on to gain with almost half of the votes counted President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party maintained a slight edge over the chief rival Golkar Friday with nearly half the votes tallied from Indonesia's April 5 general election. However Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) appeared to have suffered a big drop in support, winning 20.8 percent of 59.5 million votes tallied so far compared to the 34 percent it won in total in 1999. Golkar, the party which backed former dictator Suharto, was on 20 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:02 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


Thousands attend memorial service for Bali bombing victims More than 2,000 people gathered in an open-air amphitheater on Bali island on Sunday to remember the 202 people from 22 countries who were killed in last year's Bali bombings. Australian Prime Minister John Howard also attended the early morning service, which featured Christian hymns, Bible passages and popular songs. The names of the dead were read out.

Posted in General @ 12 October 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


Suspicious blast in Bali Police on Indonesia's Bali island are investigating an explosion at a trucking company contracted to US soft drink giant Coca-Cola, the district police chief said today. One truck was destroyed but nobody was hurt in the blast late Monday at the yard of the company close to the provincial capital, Denpasar, said Bali district police chief IB Astika. Astika said the truck company received a bomb threat via telephone last Friday, but declined to speculate on the cause of the explosion.

Posted in Violence @ 11 June 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


AFTA: A wake-up call for RI business Ira Murweni, a 34-year old housewife, strolled along an aisle in a supermarket in South Jakarta. To meet her family's needs, she goes shopping at least twice a month. She recalled an interesting discovery. "Since the beginning of last year, the price gap between imported and locally made products has shrunk," Ira observed. Susanna Merry, a 35-year-old housewife living in Bekasi, had a similar view.

Posted in Economy @ 29 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Sutiyoso pledged on Monday that the ambitious Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) project would be started in his second five-year term. "I will work hard to make it (the project) happen during my term," Sutiyoso told reporters after meeting the new Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Yutaka Limura at City Hall.

Posted in General @ 11 November 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian cleric taken from hospital amid clash Indonesian police removed a militant Muslim cleric suspected of regional terror links from his hospital bed in central Java on Monday as his supporters and security forces clashed outside. A police spokesman said Abu Bakar Bashir would be flown straight to Jakarta, where he faces questioning over several extremist acts in Indonesia, although not the October 12 bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 28 October 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Recently been in Bali, and with my head still full of things I always wanted to tell you, I'm now finally writing them down. Currently I have a longer holiday because I have finished my school, and after that I will have a job, a real job. A job for grown-ups and no more working at the supermarket, though I liked it. It's about time to look back over four years of Indonesia-travel, starting with the latest experience, staying in a hotel for over two weeks.

Posted in Travel @ 18 July 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SUHARTO: A Political Biography

Posted in Politics @ 29 March 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two Indonesians named in billionaires club Both are 53 and both sit atop business empires built solely on kretek, the sweet smelling clove-flavored cigarettes. On Friday, Rachman Halim and Putera Sampoerna were named among the world's 538 billionaires by the leading U.S. business magazine Forbes. Rachman, head of the Wonowidjojo clan who owns the Gudang Garam tobacco company, ranks 292nd with an estimated net worth of US$1.7 billion; Putera, who owns and runs the Sampoerna business group, is 387th with a net worth of $1.3 billion.

Posted in General @ 23 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prosecutors fail to jail Tommy The threat to jail former president Soeharto's youngest son Hutomo "Tommy" Mandala Putra by force should he fail to surrender himself proved to be empty on Friday as Tommy was declared "lost" by prosecutors, after he successfully evaded receiving the presidential decree rejecting his plea for pardon. Attorney General Marzuki Darusman, however, said that he believed Tommy had not fled the country and would meet the deadline on Monday. "An arrest warrant has been issued, but we are not assuming that he's escaped. We still believe that he is in Jakarta. "If he fails to show up on Monday, we'll get him through a police manhunt," Marzuki told The Jakarta Post.

Posted in Politics @ 04 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chinese loan to buy buses falls through The Jakarta administration has failed to clinch a soft loan from the Chinese government for the purchase of new buses from the country but will still buy Chinese buses under a new scheme, Governor Sutiyoso said on Friday."We attempted to secure the Chinese soft loan but to no avail and now there is a consortium."I hope everything will go smoothly with this new scheme," the governor told reporters at City Hall.

Posted in General @ 29 July 2000 09:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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