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House approves Budi Gunawan as police chief The House of Representatives (DPR) plenary session here Thursday approved Commissioner General Budi Gunawan as the Indonesian Police Chief to replace General Sutarman after the House leaders met with heads of all factions.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 15 January 2015 14:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Boediono refuses to attend hearing on Bank Century scandal Vice President Boediono has refused to attend a hearing with the House of Representatives (DPR) team supervising the revelation of Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, the Vice Presidents spokesman Yopie Hidayat stated.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 19 February 2014 17:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House summons Boediono over Bank Century scandal Former Bank Indonesia governor Boediono will be summoned by the House of Representatives (DPR) monitoring team in relation to the Bank Century bailout scandal on Wednesday, a legislator stated here on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 18 February 2014 23:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House writes to Saudi government on overstayers The House of Representatives (DPR) has written a letter to the Saudi government over Indonesians overstaying their residence visas in that country and were now being accommodated at shelters, stated House Speaker Marzuki Alie.

Posted in General @ 15 January 2014 23:41 CET by Blog Bot · 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


KPK searches office of Ratu Atut`s brother The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has searched the office of Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah`s younger brother, Tubagus Chaeri Wardana, in connection with his alleged involvement in a bribery case.

Posted in Corruption @ 08 October 2013 15:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President installs new military and army chiefs President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has installed General Moeldoko as the commander of the Indonesian Defence Forces (TNI) and Lieutenant General Budiman as the chief of staff of the Indonesian Army (TNI AD).

Posted in Military @ 30 August 2013 14:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President delivers state-of-the-nation address President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono delivered the state-of-the-nation address in observance of the 68th anniversary of Indonesia`s independence at the parliament building here on Friday morning.

Posted in Politics @ 16 August 2013 10:14 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President asks Kopassus to maintain profesionalism President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked the Army`s Special Forces (Kopassus) to maintain professionalism in performing duties as the national special security forces.

Posted in Military @ 16 April 2013 15:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono receives PM Xanana Gusmao President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono received Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao at Merdeka Palace here on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 March 2013 17:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono talks about his retirement plans What would President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono do after he is no longer a president?. He has not made any decision yet but "we have often talked about it with Ibu (Madame) Ani, my beloved wife," he said at a press conference here on Thursday.

Posted in Politics @ 08 March 2013 11:26 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


Edhie Baskoro resigns from legislature Secretary General of the Democratic Party (PD) Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono has resigned from the House of Representatives (DPR), because he wanted to focus on working for his party.

Posted in Politics @ 14 February 2013 18:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Garut regent impeached for illegal marriage The Garut Legislative Council (DPRD) on Friday recommended the dismissal of Garut Regent Aceng Fikri after finding him guilty of violating the code of ethics and breaking the oath of office - for his undertaking of an unregistered marriage with a teenager.

Posted in Politics @ 22 December 2012 00:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President installs new navy, air force chiefs President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono installed Vice Admiral Marsetyo as the new Navy commander and Vice Marshal Ida Bagus Putu Dunia as the new Air Force chief here on Monday. The two military officers were installed based on Presidential Decision No. 78/TNI/2012 which was signed on December 14, 2012.

Posted in Military @ 17 December 2012 15:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker: 'Anti-graft agency cannot stand alone' House Speaker Marzuki Alie has stated that an anti-corruption agency cannot be expected to eradicate corruption in the country without the cooperation of other parties.

Posted in Corruption @ 27 November 2012 00:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dahlan warned against being too outspoken Outspoken minister for state enterprises Dahlan Iskan, who triggered an uproar by saying lawmakers seeking to extort money from state companies has been warned to be more cautious in making statements.

Posted in Corruption @ 05 November 2012 17:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi performs Idul Adha prayer with president New Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, accompanied President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to perform Idul Adha prayers at the Istiqlal Mosque here on Friday. Besides Jokowi, Agus Harimurti and Edhie Bakoro Yudhoyono, sons of President Yudhoyono, also accompanied the head of state during the prayer gathering.

Posted in Religion @ 26 October 2012 14:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament endorses North Kalimantan as new province The House of Representatives (DPR) endorsed North Kalimantan Province as a new autonomous region on Thursday, after bifurcating it from the East Kalimantan Province.

Posted in Politics @ 25 October 2012 15:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian revives state ideology with shadow puppet shows In an attempt to revive the national ideology of "Pancasila" and raise awareness about its five main principles, the Indonesian government has been organizing shadow puppet shows across the country.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2012 18:51 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Large protest against anti-Islam movie near US embassy Thousands of people from various organizations in Jakarta held a demonstration in front of the US Embassy on Monday afternoon, protesting against the anti-Islam movie, `Innocence of Muslims`, produced by an American and posted on You Tube.

Posted in Protests @ 17 September 2012 18:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


House passes bill on Yogyakarta special region The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on the administration of Yogyakarta special region into law in a plenary meeting here on Thursday ending dispute over its status.

Posted in Politics @ 30 August 2012 21:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots for ASEAN Open Sky Indonesia needs 4,000 pilots, 7,500 technicians, and 1,000 air traffic controllers to be ready for ASEAN Open Sky 2015 and ASEAN Single Aviation Market (ASAM) 2020.

Posted in Travel @ 27 June 2012 12:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament appoints of Financial Service Authority members The Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR) confirmed the appointment of the chairman and members of the Financial Service Authority (OJK) for the 2012-18 period at a plenary meeting here on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 June 2012 18:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister satisfied with progress of e-ID card project Home Affairs Minister Gamawan Fauzi has expressed his satisfaction over the progress in the implementation of the electronic identification (e-ID) card or, as locally called, the e-KTP project.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2012 11:01 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


'West Aceh needs more sirens for tsunami warning system' Chief of Aceh Disaster Mitigation Agency Teuku Ahmad Dadek said West Aceh district needs more sirens for tsunami early warning system in the area.

Posted in Earthquake @ 17 April 2012 02:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Elderly hajj pilgrims must be prioritized' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono asked the Ministry of Religious Affairs and the relevant agencies to give priority to elderly would-be hajj pilgrims.

Posted in Religion @ 12 April 2012 09:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami alert issued after 8.5 magnitude Sumatra quake A tsunami watch was issued for countries across the Indian Ocean after a massive earthquake hit waters off Indonesia on Wednesday, triggering widespread panic as residents along coastlines fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Posted in Earthquake @ 11 April 2012 12:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One Papua tribe extinct, two more to follow soon Unable to compete in the acculturation process with other groups, the Sebo tribe in Kayu Pulau, Jayapura, Papua, has become extinct, and two other tribes - the Tampoto and Dasim - are on the verge of extinction.

Posted in Culture @ 24 February 2012 13:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Central Kalimantan officially rejects FPI The Central Kalimantan administration announced Wednesday that it issued a letter, rejecting the presence of hard-liner group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) in the province. The administration sent the letter to Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 22 February 2012 13:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Political parties must give priority to national interest House Speaker Marzuki Alie called on all political parties which had cadres in the House of Representatives (DPR) to prioritize the state and nation. "DPR must make 2012 as a year of best performance," the House Speaker said here on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 02 January 2012 03:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesians sew mouths shut in deforestation protest A group of Indonesian protesters have sewed their mouths shut in a protest against deforestation which took place in front of the parliament's House building in the capital of Jakarta this week, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Protests @ 22 December 2011 09:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament passes land acquisition bill into law The House of Representatives (DPR) passed the bill on land acquisition for public interests into law at a plenary session here on Friday.

Posted in Polio @ 18 December 2011 01:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ratifies nuclear test ban treaty The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday ratified a treaty which will ban all nuclear explosions in all environments and for all purposes, officials said, making it the 156th country to do so.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2011 21:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Marzuki: 'US military base to affect regional stability' House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Marzuki Alie said the presence of a US military base in Australia will definitely affect the stability the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) has been nurturing in the region.

Posted in Politics @ 24 November 2011 01:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Concern over disrespect to state symbols Indonesian House Speaker Marzuki Alie is concerned over growing disrespect to state symbols in the country. He said here on Monday that "in our democracy now state symbols seemed to have been non-existence. The President as a symbol must be respected (and) may not be humiliated."

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2011 12:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Lebaran not tomorrow, but the day after' Just a while ago it was decided upon during a sidang istbat - extraordinary 'meeting' with the Indonesian government, Islamic scolars and foreign guests, that the most important day of the Islamic year, the first day of the month of Syawal, or Idul Fitri, not falls on August 30, but one day later on August 31. This news broke after August 30 had been picked as Idul Fitri or Lebaran as official public holiday over a year ago.

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 August 2011 16:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 17 dead as rival political groups clash in Papua At least 17 people were killed on Sunday in a clash between two rival political groups in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province, police said.

Posted in Politics @ 31 July 2011 19:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government: 'Not enough reason to disband Ahmadiyah' The government said it needed a stronger justification to disband Ahmadiyah than the fact that its doctrine was viewed by hardliners to "deviate" from orthodox Islam, a religious leader said Saturday.

Posted in Religion @ 21 February 2011 01:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House to discuss attack on Christian church leaders House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Anis Matta said Monday that House Commission III on Law and Human Rights will discuss an attack on two Christian church leaders in Bekasi on Sunday. "I have asked the commission to discuss the attack in a working meeting," he said as quoted by kompas.com. Anis also urged the police to immediately found the perpetrators of the attack.

Posted in Religion @ 14 September 2010 03:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amost 7.000 volunteers for 'Crush Malaysia' The Center of National Defense (Posko Bela Negara), which has been opened just recently in Cikini, Central Jakarta, is currently seeing a flood of people willing to register themselves as volunteer for a 'Crush Malaysia' campaign. Until yesterday, over 6,500 volunteers registered themselves. It seems that old times from the Soekarno-era are revived somewhat once again.

Posted in Protests @ 01 September 2010 02:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Porn broadcast inside Indonesian parliament An investigation is under way in Indonesia after pornographic images were broadcast on an internal TV channel in the country's parliament. The X-rated footage was visible to staff and journalists for 15 minutes before security staff were able to turn off the stream, local media report.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2010 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House speaker wants probe into Rp 25b bribe rumor House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Pramono Anung said he had ordered the House's Ethical Board (BK) to investigate a rumor that some legislators demanded Rp 25 billion in bribes from Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 July 2010 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Obama delays trip to Indonesia and Australia President Barack Obama has postponed his trip to Asia until June so he can stay in Washington for a possible Sunday vote on his health care overhaul. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday the president is disappointed and regrets having to delay his visits to Indonesia and Australia but has told the leaders of those nations that health care is a crucial priority.

Posted in Politics @ 19 March 2010 02:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


First aid and disaster training in Papua On November 1, 2009, a project to expand training in first aid and disaster relief began in the city of Jayapura. Papua, the easternmost province of Indonesia, is regularly shaken by earthquakes. The regions around the cities of Jayapura, Biak, Manokwari and Nabire are the worst affected.

Posted in Earthquake @ 25 November 2009 03:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New Aceh legislators: 'F*ck you sharia law!' The newly inaugurated members of the legislative council in Aceh are planning on revising the sharia 'stoning'-bylaw recently passed by - now - former legislators. That law allows people that commit adultery to be stoned to death in the province. The turn-around is remarkable, but does more resemble the wishes of the people in the province than enacting such Islamic regulations in the first place.

Posted in Religion @ 23 October 2009 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Yudhoyono inaugurated as president The speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly, Taufik Kiemas, has officially inaugurated Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Boediono as Indonesian president and vice president for the 2009-2014 period on Tuesday. Both took their oaths based on their religion, Islam.

Posted in Politics @ 20 October 2009 06:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Day and night at the alun-alun in Malang During the last year I regularly brought a visit to Malang. There I visited a Dutch friend who had stayed in Indonesia some years more than I did, and please read that 'some' as a big understatement. It doesn't really matter in fact, however someone who has lived here for so many years can be a huge source of information about many subjects. He sure is for me at least. Every once in a while I can learn from specific situations which still make me go 'huh?'. Outside that I like to spend some of my time there at a somewhat crowded place. Like in many cities and villages that is the central square or alun-alun. Often a nice place to submerge yourself entirely in the local situation and current events.

Posted in Travel @ 22 December 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


DPR urges government to help mudflow victims Deputy speaker Muhaimin Iskandar of the DPR (House of Representatives) has urged the government to give more attention to the victims of the mudflow which has been erupting from a gas well owned by PT. Lapindo Brantas (Lapindo) in Sidoarjo, eastern Java. "The government must directly handle the problem by forming a special board which would pay attention to the people especially those suffering from the mudflow," said Muhaimin, who is also general chairman of the National Awakening Party (PKB), after attending a meeting of the party`s East Java chapters yesterday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 19 March 2007 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilots concerned over Indonesia airlines Four years ago, young pilots lined up to join a new contender in Indonesia's booming aviation industry. But at least 20 left Adam Air within months, citing concerns that poor maintenance, corruption and rule-bending could lead to a crash - charges the airline denied. "I didn't want to wait until I had lost my friends," said Feisal Banser, 30, a former Adam Air flight captain who knew several crew members on a passenger jet that crashed Jan. 1 with 102 people on board.

Posted in Accidents @ 17 January 2007 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


General: 'Indonesian airliner still missing' [Update] 02 January 2007 21:05 WIB - Earlier message on this page concerning incorrect information about the fact that the plane had been found has been replaced with a message that the plane has not been found until now. Earlier messages proved to be wrong.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 12:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 14 reactions


[Update] 12 survive Adam Air jet crash; 90 dead [Update] 02 January 2007 20:37 WIB - Senior Indonesian officials said on Tuesday reports that an airliner with 102 people on board had been found on Sulawesi island were wrong, and the plane was still missing. Officials had earlier said that wreckage of the Adam Air plane had been found after it had crashed into the mountains in heavy rain. There were reports 12 people had survived the crash.

Posted in Accidents @ 02 January 2007 04:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Island of Bali holds tsunami drill Some 15,000 schoolchildren and residents took part in a tsunami evacuation drill on the island of Bali Tuesday as Indonesia commemorated the second anniversary of the catastrophe. Bands entertained participants as preparations got under way from 7:00 am, with students and residents from surrounding villages packing a one-kilometre (half-mile) stretch of Sanur beach.

Posted in General @ 27 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Independent Papua flag raised in PNG The Morning Star flag of Papua has been raised in Port Moresby to commemorate a 1997 proclamation of independence by activists opposed to the region being part of Indonesia. Around 120 people gathered in the Papua New Guinea capital for the raising of the flag and to hear a message read from West Papua New Guinea National Congress president Michael Kareth now living in exile in the Netherlands.

Posted in General @ 27 November 2006 05:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police prepare 18,000 to anticipate anti-Bush rallies The Indonesian police would deploy 18,000 personnel to the capital city to anticipate rallies against the visit by U.S. President George W. Bush scheduled for Nov. 20. Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Gen. Adang Firman said the number of personnel represents two-thirds of the strength of the Jakarta Police.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2006 02:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The day before the fall of Suharto Controversy has surrounded the book written by former President Habibie, which reveals a number of new historical facts about the events of May 1998. The military is mentioned as having a hand in speeding up the downfall of the Suharto regime. Two major-generals and a number of colonels are suspected of having "allowed" university students to occupy the parliament building in Senayan. Tempo sorts out the important moments during the 24 hours preceding Suharto's downfall. Here is the report.

Posted in History @ 03 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Mud may force Sidoarjo residents out for good Permanent effects from the huge mudflow engulfing Sidoarjo, East Java, may keep thousands of displaced residents from ever returning to their homes, officials warn. In a worst-case scenario where the mudflow from the May 29 accident remained unstoppable, residents of Porong district would have to relocate, officials reportedly said during a closed-door presentation Friday organized by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry in Surabaya.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 12 August 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia tests tsunami warning system on Bali island ): Indonesia's resort island of Bali held a tsunami warning drill on one of its most famous beaches Wednesday, three weeks after earthquake-spawned waves killed more than 600 people on neighboring Java. "We live in the front line if a tsunami comes, so this drill is very useful," said Ketut Joka, owner of a seafood restaurant at Jimbaran beach.

Posted in General @ 03 August 2006 10:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian protesters condemn Israel's attacks Thousands of Muslim protesters have flooded the main streets of the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, condemning continuing Israeli attacks on the Palestinian territories and Lebanon that have killed scores of civilians. The Government of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, has called on Israel to stop the strikes and urged the disputing parties to get back to the negotiating table.

Posted in Protests @ 16 July 2006 15:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono drops charges against Suharto Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has decided to halt legal proceedings against former long-serving president Suharto, a local newspaper reported Thursday. Susilo dropped the corruption charges against ailing Suharto, who underwent a colon surgery earlier this week, after consulting with top government and parliament officials just before midnight Wednesday, reported Kompas.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Ailing ex-president sees light of redemption Ailing ex-president of Indonesia Soeharto sees the possibility of being redeemed from corruption and atrocity charges, as incumbent President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday planned to confer with top lawmakers over whether to drop such charges against him because of his deteriorating health.

Posted in General @ 11 May 2006 07:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Revealing BPK audit may slash power rate hike The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has found the actual cost for electricity generation for this year will be 4.3 percent lower than state power firm PT PLN's projection, sparking hope that a planned rate hike will be minimal or scrapped altogether. BPK revised down costs by Rp 4.9 trillion (US$524 million) to Rp 93.23 trillion, or Rp 833 per kiloWatthour (kWh), agency chief Anwar Nasution told reporters after submitting the audit report to the House of Representatives on Thursday. PLN previously estimated the average cost to generate one kWh of power at Rp 870.

Posted in Economy @ 09 March 2006 15:06 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


Workers heading for holiday trip killed in crash At least seven people were killed and 15 others severely injured when a speeding truck lost control and smashed into a bus coming from the opposite direction at kilometer 31.5 of the Jakarta-Merak toll road in Cikupa, Tangerang, on Saturday morning. Bodies of the dead were sent to the Tangerang General Hospital morgue, while the injured passengers were rushed to the Al-Qadr Hospital in Karawaci, Tangerang.

Posted in Accidents @ 04 December 2005 09:16 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


Susilo starts selection of new Cabinet members President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has started interviewing several people as candidates for members of his new Cabinet team, a source at the State Palace said. The source, who requested anonymity, was quoted by the online news service of Kompas daily on Sunday as saying that the interviews had been conducted over the past few days.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto admitted to hospital Former president Soeharto was admitted to the Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta on Friday suffering from an identified illness. The RCTI television broadcaster said the former strongman was admitted to the hospital at about 4:30 p.m. Friday but it was not clear what he was suffering from.

Posted in General @ 05 November 2005 15:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI uses Bali bombing to reassert political role Attending a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the Indonesian military (TNI) on October 5, just days after the deadly bombing in Bali, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed the TNI to "take part in effectively curbing, preventing and acting against terrorism".

Posted in Military @ 23 October 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY warns against fueling violence While protests are mounting ahead of the government's announcement of the new fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono warned the public against turning violent. "Go ahead if you want to express yourselves by protesting, but don't burn or destroy things. (Peaceful expression) is what democracy is all about," Susilo said during a meeting with university rectors at the State Palace on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 29 September 2005 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Over 2,000 protest planned fuel price rise More than two thousand people have taken to the streets of the Indonesian capital Jakarta to protest over the government's plan to raise fuel prices. More than 2,000 members of the hardline Islamic Hizbut Tahrir movement gathered in central Jakarta. Speakers said the government could take other steps to pay for the subsidies without raising oil prices which would make the poor suffer more.

Posted in Protests @ 26 September 2005 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Krakatoa volcano sparks tsunami panic Many residents of Indonesia's Sumatra island fled to higher ground before dawn on Tuesday after rumours that a notorious volcano had erupted sending a tsunami hurtling towards the coast, local media reported. The panic was prompted by reports that Mount Anak Krakatoa, a volcano off Lampung province's southern coast between Sumatra and Java islands, had erupted, national news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 17 May 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asia-Africa leaders pay nostalgic Indonesian visit Leaders of nations from South Africa to North Korea came to this former Dutch colonial hill station on Sunday to honor political pioneers who set the stage for the Non-Aligned Movement 50 years ago. Arriving from Jakarta in a fleet of jetliners, leaders and representatives of some 100 countries retraced the steps taken by the heads of 29 Asian and African governments who met here in 1955 to seek a path apart from the Soviet and U.S. sides of the Cold War divide.

Posted in Politics @ 24 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deadly ground Alinda-Jane Hannah, a New Zealander living in Phuket, was nearly killed by the Dec. 26 tsunami. Driving along a road in the beachside town of Kamala, she and her 3-year-old daughter Nakita-Rose were almost washed away by the waves as they swamped the eastern coast of the island. A sharp intimation of mortality revisited Hannah last week when a loudspeaker in a nearby mosque woke her shortly before midnight, warning of another tsunami on the way. Hannah fled to higher ground, together with tens of thousands of other locals and tourists. Now, she says, after three months of trying to forget the terror of Dec. 26, "all the awful thoughts are back."

Posted in Earthquake @ 06 April 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia at odds over fuel price INDONESIA'S parliament today placed itself on a collision course with the country's president, urging him to review a controversial fuel price hike that has sparked nationwide protests.

Posted in Economy @ 21 March 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tsunami death toll in Indonesia approaching 100,000 Catastrophic is the only word that comes close to describing the impact of Sunday’s earthquake and tsunami on the impoverished Indonesian regions in northern Sumatra. As of yesterday, the official death toll had risen to more than 50,000. But government officials are warning that the figure will rise to at least 100,000 as relief teams reach more remote areas, particularly on the west coast.

Posted in Earthquake @ 31 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Locals, riders enjoy Tour d'Indonesia Edwin Raats was brought in only four days before the race, and was expected to be a reinforcement for the Benteng Muda Tangerang team during the ongoing Dji Sam Soe Tour d'Indonesia cycling race. However, the 33-year-old Dutchman has had a hard time making his mark on the race and finds himself languishing in 70th place overall in 1,503-kilometer, nine-stage tour completed, with five stages to go.

Posted in Sports @ 04 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS promises not to take hard-line on nightspots Known for its Islamic outlook, the emergence of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) as a major faction in the Jakarta City Council has raised concerns for businessmen who own entertainment spots, who worry that the councillors will take an narrow view on nightspots. This fear, however, was dismissed by council PKS faction chairman Gunawan on Thursday since a hard-line policy would spark unrest in society. He added that a repressive approach would be counterproductive if the public was not ready to accept it.

Posted in Elections @ 24 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West Sulawesi becomes Indonesia's 33rd province The House of Representatives passed the bill establishing West Sulawesi as a province on Wednesday, bring the number of provinces in the country to 33. The plenary meeting was enlivened by the donning of traditional costumes of the Mandar tribe by Deputy House Speaker Soetardjo Soerjogoeritno, who presided over the meeting, and Minister of Home Affairs Hari Sabarno.

Posted in General @ 23 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Uncluttered by tenses, prepositions and grammatical quirks, Indonesia’s national tongue was once a gift to travellers who quickly grasped the basics. Now a bizarre passion for acronyms is threatening to engulf the language, leaving visitors and even locals lost in translation.

Posted in Culture @ 06 September 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 city councilors arrested for graft Twenty-one city councilors were arrested in central Indonesia for allegedly pocketing tens of thousands of dollars in state funds by marking-up personal expenses, an official said Saturday. The graft case in Kendari, a city in Southeast Sulawesi province, cost the state up to Rp 1 billion (euro 87,947), said Kemas Yahya Rahman, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

Posted in Crime @ 21 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's Megawati gets election boost Indonesia's President Megawati Sukarnoputri has gained a boost in her effort for a fresh term in office after Golkar, the party that won most of the votes in recent parliamentary elections, endorsed her. Megawati, whose Indonesian Democratic Party Struggle (PDI-P) lost its mantle as the leading party in the parliament to Golkar in the April polls, faces her former security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in a September 20 presidential election.

Posted in Elections @ 16 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien Rais says shocked by defeat in presidential election National Assembly Speaker Amien Rais said he was shocked by his defeat in Indonesia's presidential election. With almost 104 million votes, or around 82 percent of the total, tallied after the July 5 first round of Indonesia's first direct presidential polls, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had 34 percent.

Posted in Elections @ 15 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


[update] Golkar party proclaimed election winner Golkar Party, the former political machine of Indonesian autocrat Suharto, won the largest percentage of votes in the April 5th general poll, election officials said on Wednesday. In the final tally, Golkar won 21.58 per cent of the 113.4 million valid votes cast in last month's parliamentary polls, said General Election Commission (KPU) chief Nazuruddin Syamsuddin.

Posted in Elections @ 05 May 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Clerics say Ambon disaster provoked Religious leaders accused on Tuesday "third parties" of inciting the renewed violence in Ambon, Maluku province, and urged police to take firm action where necessary. Muslim, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Buddhist and Confucian leaders from the Indonesian Committee for Religion and Peace said that "provocation" was the best explanation for the violence that had killed over 30 since Sunday. In the past few years people in Maluku have been wary of any signs of the violence that led to thousands being killed since 1999.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former general Wiranto runs for president The Golkar party of ex-dictator Suharto on Wednesday chose a former general indicted for rights abuses in East Timor as its presidential candidate in Indonesian elections in July. Gen. Wiranto, who rose through the army ranks to become military chief under Suharto, is seen as a force for change in the party and has tapped into the desire among some voters for a return to the former strongman's era, when the economy was prosperous and the country secure.

Posted in Elections @ 21 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar vows not yo repeat Suharto-era blunders The chairman of Indonesia's former ruling Golkar party has promised not to repeat the mistakes it made as former dictator, Suharto's political vehicle. Akbar Tandjung, who is also parliamentary speaker and a presidential-hopeful, insists that his party is committed to reform. The party has been using the economic stability of the Suharto-era as a ticket to garner more votes. As Indonesians go to the polls in legislative elections on Monday, April 5th, analysts are saying that voters are now concerned with electing a party that can bring about economic prosperity.

Posted in Elections @ 13 April 2004 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamists go mainstream in election As the band launches into the popular 1980s song "The Final Countdown" by rock group Europe, several thousand Indonesians at an election rally in central Java start cheering. They join in as a speaker on stage exhorts them to chant -- not the words of the song -- but Allahu Akbar (God is greatest). Welcome to a rally for one of Indonesia's most conservative Islamist parties, the Prosperous Justice Party. Instead of pushing Islamic issues, party leaders promise to tackle graft and the economy. Along with Islamic prayers and strident condemnation of Israel, there is Western music.

Posted in Elections @ 29 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll: Megawati still ahead in Indonesia President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s party is trailing its main rival in the run-up to Indonesia’s general election but she narrowly leads the separate presidential race, according to an opinion poll released the other day. Among voters who have already made up their minds, only about 12-percent picked Megawati’s Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) compared to 21.4 percent who chose Golkar—the political vehicle of former dictator Suharto.

Posted in Elections @ 28 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Akbar faces fresh, Rp 1b court case Golkar chairman Akbar Tandjung is facing a fresh court case after a self-confessed middleman filed a lawsuit against the speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) at the South Jakarta District Court on Thursday. Kito Irkhani, a former aide to Attorney General M.A. Rachman, claimed that Akbar, one of Golkar's presidential aspirants, had promised to pay him Rp 1 billion (US$114,000) in order to closely monitor his corruption case, "convince" judges that Akbar was innocent and facilitate meetings between the judges and Akbar.

Posted in Crime @ 26 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One of three generals in cabinet could replace Yudhoyono One of three generals in Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri`s cabinet could replace outgoing Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Soetardjo Soeryogoeritno, said here Friday.

Posted in Politics @ 12 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The Supreme Court decision overturning the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tanjung landed with the thud of a police baton on the future of reform in Indonesia. The ruling will have its most direct impact on the July 5 presidential election, but ripples will be felt throughout society. Despite some potential bright spots in the verdict and its aftermath, it's a dark day for justice and hope for this nation of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 16 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Judge resigns after corruption ruling quashed An Indonesian judge said last night he would quit in protest after a court overturned a draft ruling against parliamentary speaker and presidential hopeful Akbar Tandjung. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a lower court ruling that Tandjung was guilty in a case involving about EUR 3,3 million in funds from state food agency Bulog.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Hamengku Buwono X quits race as rival cleared of corruption A decision by Indonesia's top court to quash the corruption conviction of Akbar Tandjung, the House speaker, has had an immediate political impact with a popular candidate for the presidential nomination of his Golkar party pulling out in protest. Indonesia's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out a three-year sentence against Mr Tandjung for misappropriating Rp40bn ($4.8m, €3.7m, £2.5m) in state funds in adecision labelled by local activists as an embarrassment for the country's judiciary and Jakarta's supposed fight against corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Akbar Tandjung sentence quashed Indonesia's Supreme Court has overturned the conviction of House Speaker Akbar Tandjung, clearing the way for his presidential bid which could bring Suharto's Golkar party back to power. Tandjung had been convicted in 2002 of misappropriating nearly $5 million in state funds in 1999 under President B.J. Habibie, who took office after long-time ruler Suharto was forced to resign.

Posted in Elections @ 12 February 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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