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

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


Next president should continue pro-people programs The next president who is elected in the upcoming presidential race should continue pro-people programs laid down by the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a participant of a presidential candidate convention said.

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2014 10:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


President: 'PLN to resolve power shortage in North Sumatra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had asked the relevant institutions to resolve power shortage in North Sumatra so that the people would not experience rotating power outage.

Posted in Power supply @ 02 April 2014 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pros and cons of Jokowi`s presidential candidacy Many Indonesians have hailed the presidential candidacy of Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, who has been idolized for his down-to-earth style of governance.

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2014 17:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta to build elevated train track in 2015 Jakarta city will build an elevated train track to address the traffic congestion in the capital starting 2015. "The building of the elevated train track can be done by next year, 2015," Director General of Railways from the Transportation Ministry, Herman Dwiatmoko, stated in a written statement received here on Friday.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 21 March 2014 18:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Islamic parties have possibility to coalesce Islam-based political parties in Indonesia have the possibility to join forces in the presidential race next July, according to a political party chairman. "It is possible for Islam-based political parties to coalesce," General Chairman of the Islam-based United Development Party (PPP) Suryadharma Ali said here on Saturday.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2014 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former minister questioned by anti-graft agency as witness Former minister of forestry MS Kaban here, Thursday, was questioned as a witness by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in connection with the corruption case of Integrated Radio Communication System (SKRT) project in his ministry in 2006-2007.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 February 2014 16:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nasdem chief raises concern over increasing corruption The general chairman of National Democrat Party (NasDem), Surya Paloh, expressed concern over corruption in the country that still continued despite reform and has even spread to almost all sectors.

Posted in Politics @ 23 February 2014 23:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Villa demolition yet to solve flood problem' Environment Minister Balthasar Kambuaya stated that the demolition of illegal villas in the Puncak resort area have not yet been able to solve the environment problem. "We support the measure to demolish illegal villas in the area, but it has not really solved the flood problem," the minister stated, while examining the demolition of illegal villages in the Puncak resort area on Monday.

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President summons East Java governor over zoo problem President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono summoned East Java Governor Soekarwo and Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharani to discuss the problem being faced by the Surabaya Zoo (KBS).

Posted in General @ 21 January 2014 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor Ratu Atut meets KPK`s summons Governor of Banten Province Ratu Atut Chosiyah arrived at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) building here on Friday in response to the agency`s summons to testify over a local election dispute.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 October 2013 16:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Not time yet for Jokowi to be presidential candidate' This is not the right time for Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to be nominated as a presidential candidate, according to a political observer. He stated that Jokowi could pass the test by turning Jakarta into a better place than what it was at present.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2013 21:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker disagrees with dissolution of Densus 88 House Speaker Marzuki Alie said he disagreed with the dissolution of the Densus 88 anti-terror squad, saying its presence is able to minimize terror acts in Indonesia. "If Densus 88 has weaknesses, it is the weaknesses that should be improved, its institution should not be disbanded," the House Speaker said here on Friday.

Posted in General @ 01 March 2013 23:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'No annexation of Semakau island by Singapore' Indonesian Naval Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Marsetio said there is no annexation of Indonesia`s outlying island, Semakau, in Riau Islands, by Singapore. Marsetio said on Tuesday the Indonesian outer islands have been registered with the United Nations (UN).

Posted in Politics @ 23 January 2013 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Transportation Safety Committee needs 267 investigators The Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) needs a total of 267 investigators to cover cases of transportation across the country, said KNKT chief Tatang Kurniadi.

Posted in General @ 28 December 2012 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


No indication of toppling of President Yudhoyono A survey institute director has stated that there are no indications that suggest the toppling of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, despite the current legal and political climate in the country.

Posted in Politics @ 13 December 2012 21:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ,Timor Leste to discuss border issues in October Officials from Indonesia and Timor Leste are scheduled to discuss the two countries` border problems during the Joint Border Commission`s meeting, which will be held in Timor Leste in October 2012, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegawa.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2012 20:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister condemns violence against Shiites in Madura Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali has condemned the latest violence against the Shiite community in Sampang district, Madura Island, East Java Province. "Any violence in whatever form, including in the name of religion or sectarian differences, is unacceptable," the minister stated here on Monday.

Posted in Violence @ 27 August 2012 16:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bakri`s presidential candidacy not yet final A leader of the Golkar Party said the presidential candidacy of the party`s general chairman Aburizal Bakrie is not yet final.

Posted in Politics @ 05 August 2012 20:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia agree to protect fishermen in grey areas Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to protect fishermen from the two countries if they are found fishing in areas that are still under dispute.

Posted in Politics @ 24 May 2012 17:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: Imbalanced news make public skeptic President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Thursday that imbalanced news will make the public unconvinced or skeptical about the government or state agencies. "Whatever news journalists write, be it bad or good, will lead to public distrust," he said at a meeting marking National Press Day here.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2012 06:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia workers mulling strike PT Garuda Indonesia workers are considering to go on strike because of mounting resentment at and dissatisfaction about the management`s actions and attitudes in matters related to their interests.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 02 February 2012 14:36 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More violence in Bounty Discotheque Following the shooting of a security guard at the Santa Fe Cafť on December 5, 2011 , violence has once again occurred on the streets of Kuta.

Posted in Violence @ 19 December 2011 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freeport continues to improve shortcomings The management of the US-based copper and gold mining firm PT Freeport Indonesia in Mimika, Papua, has continued to improve its shortcomings it has felt so far, a Freeport executive said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 13 December 2011 08:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Improvement to website speed and accesibility In recent weeks and months more and more problems showed up with the speed and the availability of several websites in our network, among them indahnesia.com and ticketindonesia.info. Because these problems grew larger - partly because our websites are more frequently visited nowadays - something had to be done about this really fast.

Posted in Website @ 20 August 2011 05:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thai PM: Cambodian troops must leave border to solve dispute Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday said the border conflict cannot be solved if Cambodian troops remain at the ancient Preah Vihear temple, MCOT Online reported. "I think the problem lies in Cambodia's refusal to withdraw its troops from the disputed area around Preah Vihear temple," Vejjajiva said.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2011 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia to release 300 Indonesian prisoners Saudi Arabia pledged to release more than 300 Indonesians jailed in the country for various offenses after an Indonesian minister visited the Arab state to seek clemency for 23 Indonesians on death row, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Politics @ 17 April 2011 17:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia's Mandala Airlines ceases operation due to debt Indonesia's low-cost Mandala Airlines has announced that it will be ceasing its operations starting Thursday to initiate "business restructuring."

Posted in Travel @ 13 January 2011 05:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta crime rate falls slightly in 2010 Jakarta Police Chief Sutarman on Tuesday said that the crime rate in the capital this year fell by about 2,000 cases in comparison with 2009, the Jakarta Globe reported.

Posted in Crime @ 29 December 2010 01:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Wikileaks: Ban on training Kopassus lifted over Obama visit Indonesia threatened to derail a visit to Jakarta by President Barack Obama this year unless he overturned the US ban on training the controversial Kopassus army special forces, Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald reported Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 17 December 2010 12:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia governor: 'Southeast Asia considers single currency' Bank Indonesia governor Halim Alamsyah has said the Southeast Asia region could consider an eventual currency convergence to strengthen the region's economy and facilitate international transactions.

Posted in Economy @ 11 December 2010 05:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalla to help Indonesian foreign workers in Jordan On the sidelines of the 8th Asia Pacific Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Conference, which is being held in Jordan, Indonesian Red Cross chairman Jusuf Kalla met with about 300 Indonesian migrant workers, offering help to settle labor issues.

Posted in Economy @ 20 October 2010 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor confirms elimination of 110,000 dogs Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika confirmed via Kompas.com that 110,000 dogs have been eliminated thus far in the island's continuing drive to stem an outbreak of rabies." In the meantime, some 200,000 dogs have been vaccinated. The total number of dogs on the island is put at 540,000 animals," explained the governor in a meeting with the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Tuesday, August 24, 2010.

Posted in Health @ 31 August 2010 01:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mounting tensions between Malaysia and Indonesia The current wave of anti-Malaysian sentiment sweeping across Indonesia was sparked by the detention of three maritime enforcement offers by Malaysian authorities near Riau island. Indonesian officials are insisting the arrest took place in Indonesian territorial waters on August 16, 2010, with some sources citing the act as retaliation for the earlier arrest of seven Malaysian fishermen caught in Indonesian waters.

Posted in Protests @ 29 August 2010 04:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


10.000 employees PT Drydocks World Graha in revolt Many thousands of employees of PT Drydocks World Graha have started a revolt against the owners of the company after a spokesperson said that Indonesians are just stupid people, according to the protestors. This caused the employees to be enraged; at least 20 cars belonging to the management were burned as the protest grew more violent.

Posted in Protests @ 22 April 2010 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Iceland volcanic eruption causes chaos in Europe air traffic Ash clouds from an Icelandic volcano that erupted Wednesday disrupted air traffic across Northern Europe on Thursday, as British and Nordic authorities closed airspace, airports including Europe's busiest airport- London Heathrow - shut down and carriers canceled hundreds of flights.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 15 April 2010 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blue taxi's on Bali to disappear? Bali's Transportation, Information and Communication Department is not prepared to make comment regarding widely publicized allegations in island's press that the well known Blue Bird taxi fleet is operating illegally under licenses owned by the now defunct PT Bali Praja Transport.

Posted in General @ 31 January 2010 06:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The mess at PLN Cikarang #4 Just a few days after I had reported myself to the offices of PLN (the state-owned energy company_ two men reported to the house on a Friday afternoon. They were from PLN, at least that is what they said, because they did not bring a company car nor was there any logo on their clothes to prove they were indeed sent by PLN.

Posted in Lippo Cikarang @ 11 November 2009 01:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parts of Jakarta and Tangerang still blacked out Some parts of Jakarta and Tangerang will see power outages in the weeks to come. A number of problems that occur at transmission stations belonging to the state-owned power company PT Perusahaan Listrik negara (PLN) are still not solved completely. Late September, problems occurred at the Kembangan and Cawang transmission stations, which caused the supply of power to diminish.

Posted in Power supply @ 08 November 2009 07:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Display of maps at hotel booking pages improved After several reports of a failure of properly displaying a Google Maps map on several pages of the hotels that can be booked via indahnesia.com, we have found out what the actual problem was. This problem has been solved directly as well, so maps will appear for those hotels that have enabled us to display their location.

Posted in Website @ 26 September 2009 10:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Court chief: 'Drop investigation on KPK leaders' The chief of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud M.D., has asked the national police to drop an investigation into deputy chiefs of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK, Chandra Hamzah and Bibit Samad Rianto if no solid evidence was found. Mahfud said that he doubted that the commission leaders had really committed crimes an asked the police to publicly back up their accusations.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 September 2009 04:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Technical problems at the website Since around half past three Dutch time (GMT+2) problems occurred at the computer that is displaying this website. However the problems only occurred in parts of the website, it was the part that is displayed for visitors that had the problem, so visitors did not see anything more than an error telling them the website was unavailable. The problems occurred at all websites so websites like indonesiepagina.nl and kamus-online.com were also unavailable.

Posted in Website @ 17 September 2009 07:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A trip by bus from Kampung Rambutan to Karangbawang At the end of a Sunday afternoon we left from Lippo Cikarang in the direction of Kampung Rambutan, a bus terminal at the edge of Jakarta. From here we would take the bus later today. We would take the one headed for Cilacap at the southern coast of Central Java to bring a visit to the family of my girlfriend. The trip to the bus terminal took about one hour, which was only a small leg in the entire trip.

Posted in Travel @ 16 June 2009 07:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blog entries now also appear in the forum Because of a technicality at the indahnesia.com forum I didn't allow display of blog entries on the forum. This technicality has been solved, so as of now, it is also possible to react on blog entries via the forum directly. For the time being, only blog entries with at least one reply are displayed. This is done to prevent too much blog entries from appearing in the forum topics.

Posted in General @ 09 June 2009 07:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia must brace itself for economic recession Indonesia must face the current global economic turmoil by taking concrete and substantial steps, as the turmoil cannot be solved with conventional ways, an economic analyst Sutrisno Iwantono said. He added that Indonesia needs to take immediate steps such as diversification of export destinations, strengthening the domestic markets, as well as reinforcing the agricultural bases in rural areas, to salvage the national economy.

Posted in Economy @ 06 October 2008 07:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel prices to rise 30% when the new day starts Finally the puzzle has been solved. After a long time of waiting the government has finally announced that the fuel prices for subsidized fuels will be raised by almost 30% on average. The decision was finalized at 21:15 west Indonesian time. The change in prices will be effective from May, 24 2008 which was less than three hours away for most Indonesians when the decision was made.

Posted in General @ 23 May 2008 17:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: A truck on the run Departing from the flatlands from the beach of Parangtritis I decided to head east for a little while. The small mountain road up is a very nice route with generally good road conditions. It is a trip into history a little bit with houses made of bamboo and plaid work mats as walls which you will find here in some places. There are here, at just several dozen kilometers distance from the city of Yogyakarta, still villages that don't even have access to power at all.

Posted in Travel @ 14 May 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


First frog without lungs found in Indonesia Looks like a frog. Swims like a frog. But doesn't croak. A flattened, brown, aquatic species from Borneo has just become the only frog shown to have no lungs. The species, Barbourula kalimantanensis, is so rare that until last year only two specimens were known to science and no herpetologist had seen it alive, says David Bickford of the National University of Singapore.

Posted in Environment @ 12 April 2008 14:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indahnesia.com features 76 pictures from the Lapindo Brantas mudflow Indahnesia.com has put together a large series of pictures from the current situation around the mud flow in eastern Java. News about this big issue has died down for the biggest part, but tens of thousands are displaced and until today, the actual problem has not been solved.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 02 November 2007 16:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


600 million euro investment in tourism for Lombok Taj Hamaad, an Advisor to the Dubai-based Group Emaar International Properties, has confirmed that they will invest 600 million euro in a new tourism resort development in Lombok, an island just east of Bali. According to Hamaad, technical agreements and final a final memorandum of understanding (MOA) are now being hammered out prior to ground-breaking ceremonies planned for later this year.

Posted in Tourism @ 06 August 2007 05:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mud flow continues to grow wilder; dam collapses The mud flow from Lapindo's drilling operations in Porong, Sidoarjo in East Java, is not cooling down but is even growing wilder which caused the collapse of a main dam on Sunday. The head of the design and supervision team of the group in charge of controlling the mud flow, Arie Setyadi, said the 20-meter-high dam had collapsed after heavy rains.

Posted in Accidents @ 23 April 2007 02:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two new suspects questioned in Munir case The former head of Garuda Indonesia and another official of the same airline have been arrested in connection with the murder of a human rights activist who was poisoned during a flight from Jakarta to Amsterdam. Munir Thalib, known for his cricital views on the Indonesian military was murdered in 2004.

Posted in Crime @ 15 April 2007 05:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising land price, lack of rules hamper relief work in Aceh The high price of land and lack of rules and planning by the local government have slowed the much-awaited reconstruction and rehabilitation in Aceh, that was hit by a tsunami two years ago, authorities said Tuesday. Head of the Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BRR) Kuntoro Mangkusubroto said that many requests of the agency to the local government to issue rules or blue-prints of the center of a city have not been met. However, spokesman of the Banda Aceh (capital of the province) administration Mahdi Ibrahim said that the limited budget has made the local government find it difficult to buy lands, whose price has gone up several folds.

Posted in General @ 26 December 2006 12:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Elections @ 03 December 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia becomes frontline in World Bank battle against corruption Paul Wolfowitz, a key architect of America's invasion of Iraq and its ambitions to reshape the world, was President George Bush's controversial choice to take the reins of the World Bank last year. Mr Wolfowitz, despised by many for his policies but admired for his intellect, ignored the furore over his appointment, waiting 12 months to make his first major policy pronouncement. Its location, Indonesia, and his warning of rampant corruption undermining global aid and development efforts, was almost as ambitious and controversial as his attempts to re-engineer the Middle East.

Posted in Economy @ 18 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Diarrhea sweeps Nusa Tenggara, 43 children die Forty-three children aged under five have died and thousands of people have been hospitalized because of suffering diarrhea since August in East Nusa Tenggara province in Indonesia, Kompas daily reported here Saturday. The cause of the disease was the poor water quality and sanitation during the long drought in the eastern part of the vast archipelago country, said the head of the health department of the Timor Tengah district Markus Righuwa.

Posted in Health @ 28 October 2006 14:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia terminates Exxon Mobil's Natuna contract Indonesia has terminated a contract held by Exxon Mobil Corp. on the huge Natuna offshore gas field, the country's oil minister said on Tuesday, amid high extraction costs and a lack of buyers for the gas. Despite the difficulties developing the field, the move to end Exxon's contract may cause concern among foreign investors about uncertainties of doing business in Indonesia, compounding worries over the legal system, labour and corruption.

Posted in Economy @ 11 October 2006 06:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia have different perception on land border Indonesia and Malaysia still have different perception in deciding land border areas in Kalimantan (Borneo) island, ANTARA news agency reported quoting an Indonesian envoy as saying. Malaysia had identified nine border problems -- four in its state of Sabah (eastern Kalimantan) and five other in its state of Sarawak (western Kalimantan) while Indonesia problems on 10 areas including that in Tanjung Datu in West Kalimantan have yet to be solved.

Posted in Politics @ 18 September 2006 11:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Yudhoyono: 'Review cooperation with Canberra' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for a review of Indonesia's cooperation with Australia, as a row over Canberra's decision to accept asylum seekers from Papua deepens. 'Relations between Indonesia and Australia are entering a difficult time, full of challenges,' he said yesterday.

Posted in Politics @ 05 April 2006 07:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ousting demons to usher in new year It has been unnervingly quiet on the tourism front in Bali of late - many have been laid off or put on part-time - giving the Balinese more time at home, more time to just be ... Balinese.

Posted in Culture @ 02 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


W. Irian Jaya political showdown brewing With only two days left before the direct gubernatorial elections in West Irian Jaya, the divide between supporters and opponents of the polls deepened on Thursday. The Papuan People's Assembly (MRP), representing Papuans opposed to the elections, met with political leaders in Jakarta and warned of civil unrest if the elections proceed as planned in the province, whose establishment they claim is illegal.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami aid and building civil society in Aceh Donors often say that the major obstacle in the post-tsunami relief and reconstruction work is poor co-ordination of the organizations involved. This may be true, but the observation does not help much unless we discuss why.

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 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


Indonesia threatens to seize oil field Indonesia threatened on Tuesday to take over the $2 billion Cepu oil block unless Exxon Mobil Corp. and state oil firm Pertamina resolve a row by the end of the year over who will operate the resource-rich field. "If there is not an agreement, then we can take it over and give it to someone else," chief economics minister Aburizal Bakrie told reporters in comments overshadowing one of Exxon's 10 biggest global undeveloped projects.

Posted in Economy @ 15 November 2005 17:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Finland venue for Aceh peace talks Aceh rebels and an Indonesian government delegation have arrived in Helsinki ahead of six days of talks aimed at bringing a lasting peace to the tsunami-ravaged region. Rebel leaders said Monday they will demand that Indonesian troops cease all anti-insurgency operations in Aceh before discussing a solution for self-government.

Posted in Politics @ 12 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reimburse Pertamina IDR4T oil subsidies The Indonesian government in the near future will reimburse PT Pertamina (PTM.YY) IDR4 trillion ($421 million) of fuel subsidies to help the state-owned oil and gas company overcome its cash flow problems, Mines and Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro said Monday. This is to cover subsidies for the January-to-March period, Purnomo told reporters.

Posted in Economy @ 11 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


For the first time in history, Indonesia has a president who was directly elected by the people. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Jusuf Kalla, or more popularly known as SBY and JK, will have taken oath this morning, as the country's new president and vice president. Hopes are high that the pair can make a difference and bring about a better future.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina cash flow critical, but fuel problems resolved State oil and gas firm PT Pertamina said the fuel supply problems that have been affecting some areas of the country were due to technical problems rather than low fuel stocks. The company gave assurances that national fuel stocks were sufficient and that the supply problems had been resolved. "There is no fuel shortage at present. The latest problem, which occurred two weeks ago and affected a few areas, is due to technical problems," Hanung Budya Yukyanta, the company's spokesman, told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soaring oil prices have again been creating headlines in the economic sections of most newspapers. After climbing about 40 percent last year, oil prices have continued to gyrate widely over the past two weeks.

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


Troops try to quell Ambon unrest, 30 killed Snipers killed one policeman and wounded two in Indonesia's strife-torn Ambon on Tuesday as police and soldiers patrolled the streets to restore order, officials and witnesses said. The death toll from clashes between Christian and Muslim residents rose to 30, police said, but most of the deaths were from fighting on Sunday, and there were signs the violence in the capital of the eastern Moluccas islands was easing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 27 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties call for electronic vote recount Indonesia's major parties contesting for the parliamentary election have asked for an electronic vote recount saying the process has been unfair, party officials said on Saturday. Counting has been underway since Monday when the world's fourth most populous nation held its legislative election, setting the stage for a July 5 presidential ballot. More than 43 percent votes have been counted out of eligible electorate at around 147 million.

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Election could be bad for Australia Churchill caught the complexity of democracy in his famous line about it being the worst way to choose a government, except for all the other ways. Indonesia will be demonstrating both sides of this aphorism over the next few months. The good news is that Indonesia is about to choose its next government through peaceful elections. The bad news is that the outcome is unlikely to be good, and could be quite bad - for Indonesia and for ourselves. Australia's security depends on an Indonesia that is stable, prosperous, cohesive and democratic. It seems our chances of getting all four are slim.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regreening campaign launched in Yogyakarta Six ministers launched the National Forest and Land Rehabilitation Movement at Jl. Lingkar Selatan, Bantul district, on Friday. Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Yusuf Kalla, home affairs minister Hari Sabarno, forestry minister M Prakoso, education minister Malik Fajar, settlement and regional infrastructure Minister Sunarno and state minister for the environment Nabiel Makarim planted samenea saman trees together in a nearby area as a symbol of the reforestation campaign, which will cover 29 river basins in 15 provinces.

Posted in Environment @ 09 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers, police clash in South Sulawesi A soldier and a policeman were wounded on Thursday in shoot-outs between troops and police in the town of Palopo, Luwu regency, South Sulawesi, officials and residents said. The clash erupted briefly near the Luwu Police station at around 9:30 a.m., and ended after Army commanders arrived at the scene. However, officials could not say who had started firing first, as the investigation was still underway.

Posted in Violence @ 05 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ever since my first experience with Indonesia, back in 1999, I also had the experience of being together with a woman. Itís not that I have had that experience before in my life, but being together with a woman here is totally different as being together with a woman in The Netherlands, and Iím not mentioning some form of a fixed relation like engagement or marriage. Hey, Iím still young, not yet okay?

Posted in Culture @ 21 September 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The first impressions from Indonesia this year. Yesterday I arrived with a late flight via Frankfurt and Singapore. Waiting for the stopovers in Singapore and Frankfurt wasnít the main problem, but it seemed like I couldít get used to the little turbulence. At the end I was almost ill, not a very good start of my holiday, but the same happened last year, thinking that it would all soon pass over.

Posted in Travel @ 07 August 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In the early hours of 2003, the very early hours, I decided it was about time to expand my world of Indonesia on the world wide web. Since about 4 years I have maintained a Dutch links-website under Startpagina ( indonesie.pagina.nl, Startpagina.nl ). Iím doing fine with that one, collecting more and more visitors over the year. Most are still Dutch, and thatís the big reason why I made the second step in uniting the Indonesian-loving community in the Netherlands. I started a forum, which was offered by Startpagina for quite some time, but I didnít want to start because I was busy working on my websites.

Posted in General @ 15 June 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN admits power reserves running thin State-owned electricity company PT PLN said that power reserves on Java and Bali had been depleted, but stopped short of saying there could be more blackouts in the future. Company president Eddie Widiono said that the current reserve margin had reached 28 percent, which is lower than the minimum reserve margin of 30 percent to avert power disruptions.

Posted in Power supply @ 05 June 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Malaysia urges diplomatic solution in Aceh Malaysia hopes a diplomatic solution will be found to the crisis in neighbouring Indonesia's Aceh, a junior minister said Monday, as hundreds of troops parachuted into the province and rockets blastedsuspected rebel positions. "I hope it will be resolved amicably and in a very peaceful manner," deputy defence minister Mohamad Shafie Apdal told reporters.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 19 May 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh security beefed up Hundreds of Indonesian troops patrolled the restive province of Aceh on Wednesday, a day before the government was expected to announce a major crackdown on separatist rebels. The Free Aceh Movement ignored a government deadline to disarm by Monday, drop its long-held claims of independence for the province and accept a regional autonomy package.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 May 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Army forces kill 5 Aceh rebels In an outbreak of violence likely to raise concerns about the peace process in Indonesia's troubled Aceh province, security forces said yesterday they killed five rebels in two separate incidents. Police shot three fighters from the separatist Free Aceh Movement on Thursday after they allegedly ambushed a security patrol, Lieutenant Colonel Maryanto said.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 05 April 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens major offensive in Aceh Indonesia's defense minister has warned the army would launch a major military offensive unless separatists in Aceh province sign a peace deal on December 9 ending one of the world's longest-running conflicts. But Matori Abdul Jalil said he was confident the planned signing in Switzerland would go ahead as planned.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 30 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta halts attacks on Aceh rebels Indonesia's military announced yesterday it has halted attacks on Aceh separatist rebels and a senior minister said the two sides in one of South-east Asia's longest wars are on course to sign a peace deal next month. 'What is happening is a shift from offensive moves into defensive...a shift from search, find and destroy to providing a defensive corridor,' military spokesman Syafrie Syamsuddin told a press conference.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 22 November 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


East Timor wants less military at Indonesia border East Timor said on Monday it wants its land border with Indonesia to be gradually de-militarised and hopes all frontier disputes with its former ruler can be solved by next year. The tiny territory voted overwhelmingly to split from Jakarta's rule in 1997 but the vote unleashed an orgy of killing by pro-Indonesia militia gangs, some of whom still exist in the border areas.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Voter perceptions of the qualities of individual leaders appear to play an important part in Indonesian elections, according to the earlier mentioned survey. Megawati Soekarnoputri was the clear favorite of voters according to our data, and probably pulled the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI Perjuangan) along with her. The difference between the former Indonesian Nationalist Party's (PNI) 22 percent in 1955 and PDI Perjuangan's 34 percent in 1999 is almost certainly due in part to Megawati's appeal. Various actions of Megawati, such as her support for the reelection of Governor Sutiyoso in Jakarta, have been widely condemned. Many local observers also claim that she will be hurt by the slowness of economic recovery and by evidence that she is unwilling to fight corruption.

Posted in Politics @ 17 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia legislator killed by gunmen Two gunmen killed a lawmaker at his home in Indonesia's war-torn Aceh, making him the second legislator slain in the past three days, a military spokesman said Friday. Nasri Zamzam, a councilman with the Muslim-based United Development Party, was fatally shot Thursday night by gunmen in Aneuk Galong village, about 10 miles east of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh. Nasri was the fifth official killed since September. It remains unclear why legislators are being targeted, though some were aligned with the government in this troubled region 1,200 miles northwest of Jakarta.

Posted in Crime @ 14 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trisakti tragedy fades into oblivion It was the beginning of the end for former President Soeharto when on May 12, 1998 four students of Trisakti University were shot dead during a peaceful rally demanding political reform. Eight days after the tragedy Soeharto resigned. The nation saw itself standing at the threshold of democracy. Hopes ran high. That was four years ago. Now analysts and families of victims fear government ignorance will drag the Trisakti tragedy into oblivion, and with it the country's reform movement.

Posted in Violence @ 11 May 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Members of the Penan tribe of northeastern Borneo know that Batu Lawi, a 2,000-m sheer limestone pinnacle, is a demon-haunted place to be avoided at all costs. To Bruno Manser, however, Batu Lawi represented everything he loved about the untouched forest of the region. He almost perished trying to reach its summit in 1988. As he told friends, he spent 24 hours hanging from a rope, unable to reach the rock face. Only a desperate swing brought him within grabbing distance of the rock.

Posted in Culture @ 01 September 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Explosions mar Independence Day festivities in Aceh Red-and-white flags were flying high along the streets here for Independence Day celebrations on Friday, but most shops in the town were closed and business activities at a standstill. Only a few people came to observe a tightly guarded ceremony held in the town's Hiraq square, presided over by Regent Tarmizi Akarim and attended by local dignitaries.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 18 August 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nothing nurtures confidence after a change in government more than the rapid installation of a cabinet filled with seasoned professionals. That was supposed to happen within a few days of President Megawati Sukarnoputri's inauguration on July 23. It didn't happen. Then she was to finalize the list with freshly chosen vice president Hamzah Haz on July 30. No such luck. Instead, there has been relentless negotiation between officials of the big parties as Megawati was confronted by a reality of Indonesian politics ó cabinet-making as a rush for the spoils.

Posted in Politics @ 07 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian economy headed for sharp fall Indonesia's fragile economy appears to be heading for a sharp fall this year as the ongoing political tussle in the country is undoing all the gains of last year. High-level sources told The Business Times that the government is now bracing itself for a possible Budget deficit that is between 20 trillion and 30 trillion rupiah (S$3.3 billion to S$5 billion) higher than earlier forecast.

Posted in Economy @ 04 April 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati urged to quit post, open way for general election Given the continued struggle between the President and the House of Representatives, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri should leave the government to open the way for a general election, noted economist Sjahrir said on Thursday. "The political elite, both in the executive and legislative branches, are no longer concerned with the suffering of the people, and the President faces possible impeachment for his alleged involvement in two financial scandals," Sjahrir said after the declaration of the Alliance of New Indonesia (PIB) here.

Posted in Politics @ 22 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nation is in worst condition since 1945, says Megawati Deploring the growing climate of violence in the country, Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri on Friday said that the country currently found itself in its worst state since independence in 1945. "We are now going through the worst times we have experienced in the last 56 years," Megawati said while addressing a ceremony marking the start of National Press Day and the 55th anniversary of the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) at the Surakarta Press Monument.

Posted in General @ 10 February 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tense times for the rupiah and the economy amid Bank Indonesia's crisis at the top. Syahril Sabirin is back at work after six months away, and there's something of a celebration on. Jacket tossed over his shoulder, Indonesia's mild-mannered banking chief wades through a crowd of central bank employees welcoming him back like some dear uncle. The odd thing is, he's just spent half a year under house arrest, on charges of corruption. But Sabirin is among supporters now. He speaks of the need to rebuild staff morale and clear his name. The government still aims to bring Sabirin to court over a scandal involving $80 million in commissions paid by Bank Bali to a firm linked to Golkar, the former ruling party. Allegedly in exchange for the money, funds were released to Bank Bali with central bank approval. "It's a soap opera," sniffs a senior state official, shocked by Sabirin's return. "A farce," adds another. - It would all be funny ó if it weren't for real. In fact, Bank Indonesia has joined the hated military, the bungling police and a government adrift in the gallery of faltering national entities. "This is just one more example of the institutional vacuum," says Robert Broadfoot, managing director of the Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy. Sabirin's woes are not the central bank's only problem by a longshot. Recently, all but two central bank governors resigned after the Supreme Audit Agency reported that during the financial crisis, nearly $9 billion in emergency loans to private-sector banks, many controlled by Suharto cronies, were diverted to unauthorized spending and lending (see table opposite). Little of the money is likely to ever be recovered. Can Indonesia's currency and economy survive the foibles at the central bank? So far, the rupiah isn't collapsing, though it's down 25% from its 2000 high.

Posted in Economy @ 28 December 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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