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Four alleged foreign ISIS members taken to Jakarta Four foreign citizens who have recently be seized by police in Palu, Central Sulawesi, for allegedly being involved in the ISIS network were flown to capital city Jakarta on Sunday morning.

Posted in Terrorism @ 14 September 2014 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soldiers to guard Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border About 450 Indonesian Army (TNI) soldiers will secure the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border area in late September 2014 to replace the previous security personnel.

Posted in Military @ 28 August 2014 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt saves 190 citizens facing death sentence overseas The government has claimed that it had saved at least 190 Indonesian citizens facing death sentence overseas through legal actions.

Posted in Crime @ 16 August 2014 00:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Indonesia saves 190 Indonesians from death sentence President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the government has saved at least 190 Indonesians from death sentence abroad in the past three years. "Free and active diplomacy will continue to be dedicated to national interest, and  will continue to protect Indonesians abroad," the outgoing president said in his state of the nation address at a plenary session of the House of Representatives said here on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 15 August 2014 23:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fighting against ISIS presence Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim populated country, is doing its best to prevent the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alerting all regional police forces and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 09 August 2014 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI: economic slowdown in Q2 in line with stabilization scheme Indonesias economic slowdown in the second quarter of this year was in line with macro-economic stability policy adopted by the government and Bank Indonesia aimed especially to control inflation and current account deficit, the central bank said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 August 2014 10:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police: 'Power vacuum if presidential inauguration delayed' National Police Chief General Sutarman has said that a power vacuum could result in case the inauguration of new president is delayed.

Posted in Politics @ 08 May 2014 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI commander warns against disrupting stability Defense Forces (TNI) Commander General Moeldoko warned here on Monday against disrupting national stability during the general elections this year, citing the consequences.

Posted in Military @ 24 March 2014 16:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


China to provide free visa to Indonesian citizens In future, China will provide free visa to Indonesian citizens planning to visit the country, Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Liu Jianchao stated.

Posted in General @ 13 February 2014 19:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI committed to keeping national political stability National Defense Forces (TNI) is committed to keeping the national political stability in the run up to general elections in 2014, TNI Chief General Moeldoko has assured.

Posted in Military @ 08 January 2014 18:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BIN: 'Australia assures no wiretapping to take place again' Australia has assured Indonesia that no wiretapping will be conducted ever again on Indonesian officials, the Chief of the State Intelligence Agency (BIN), Marciano Norman, said on Wednesday.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 19:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Democracy must include peace, economic growth' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said democracy could not operate alone, but must proceed side-by-side with peace, stability and economic growth so that democracy benefits the people.

Posted in Politics @ 07 November 2013 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono opens APEC summit, stressing its important role Indonesia`s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono formally opened the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here on Monday, underlining the forum`s increasing role in ensuring regional economic growth.

Posted in Politics @ 07 October 2013 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


PAN, Gerindra reject bill on mass organizations The factions of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) have rejected the endorsement of the Bill on Mass Organizations (RUU Ormas).

Posted in Politics @ 02 July 2013 23:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


President calls on people to save on fuels President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the people to seriously help save on fuel oil consumption in an effort to alleviate the burden of the state budget and preserve the environment.

Posted in Economy @ 16 May 2013 08:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


People must be careful in choosing leader The people must be careful in choosing a state leader in 2014 elections because it will be very decisive in shaping the fate of the country in the future, noted figure Mahfud MD said.

Posted in Politics @ 11 May 2013 16:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Navy chief: 'Increased military budget is strong deterrent' The increase in the military budget of South East Asian countries reflects strong defense posture and deterrent effect in the region that could develop mutual respect, said Chief of Staff of the Indonesian Navy Admiral Marsetio.

Posted in Military @ 21 March 2013 20:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bulog ready to distribute rice to Riau flood victims The branch of the state logistics board (Bulog) in Riau province said it is ready to distribute rice for flood victims in several districts in Riau and Riau Islands provinces. "We are waiting for an order from the regional administrations to start extending the relief aid for the victims," Riau Bulog spokesman Saiful said here on Monday.

Posted in Flooding @ 18 February 2013 20:41 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


VP: 'Actions taken against anarchic workers' Vice President Boediono has said that firm actions have been taken against workers involved in anarchism during demonstrations. He said when opening a High Level Conference on Indonesian Investment 2012 here on Tuesday that while labor demonstrations are allowed actions must be taken against anarchism.

Posted in Protests @ 06 November 2012 18:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


446 Indonesian boat crew still at Australian detention cells A total of 446 Indonesian boat crew members are still held in Australian prisons until this month for smuggling asylum seekers to that country, an ambassador said.

Posted in Crime @ 19 September 2012 17:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Chinese armed forces stage anti-terror exercise Indonesian and Chinese armed forces staged the "Knife Sharp 2012" anti-terror joint military exercise in an effort to strengthen the two countries` military relations and improve the efficiency of their anti-terror forces.

Posted in Military @ 03 July 2012 13:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono calls for strongest action against anarchists President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called on the police and law enforcers to take the strongest possible action against anarchists.

Posted in Politics @ 09 March 2012 01:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono concerned about anarchist actions President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern about anarchism and violence in many regions due to ignorance amongst people concerning their personal rights.

Posted in Politics @ 25 February 2012 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI involved in 34 violence cases in 2010-2011 The police have recorded a total of 34 cases of violence or destructive behavior by FPI (Islam Defenders Front) members across the country in the period 2010-2011, a spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 18 February 2012 16:07 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


Yudhoyono asked G20  not to forget initial goal At the recent G20 summit in France, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had told world leaders not forget the initial goal of the group`s formation despite the current economic crisis in the Euro zone.

Posted in Politics @ 05 November 2011 14:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Army helicopter attacked while transporting shooting victim An Indonesian Army helicopter was attacked on Wednesday as it evacuated the body of a soldier who was previously killed at his military post in eastern Papua province, the Jakarta Globe reported on Thursday.

Posted in Violence @ 04 August 2011 14:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Four killed after gunmen attack bus in Papua At least four people, including an army officer, were killed on Monday in an ambush by suspected separatists in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province.

Posted in Crime @ 02 August 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


7 people survive over 3 weeks in sea after boat capsizes Over 3 weeks after their boat capsized in the south coast of West Java, Indonesia, seven people were able to survive until a passing ship spotted and rescued them, local media reported Tuesday, adding that five others remained missing.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 June 2011 02:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN air force leaders agree to boost regional security In order to increase security measures and stability in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) area, air force chiefs from the region on Wednesday agreed to strengthen its cooperation.

Posted in General @ 16 June 2011 04:42 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to sign defense agreement Indonesia's Defense Ministry on Tuesday announced that it had agreed to establish a defense cooperation with Saudi Arabia.

Posted in Military @ 13 April 2011 00:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


More than 2.2 million tourists for Bali is difficult Bali set a new record of foreign tourist arrivals with 2.2 million in 2009, but local and international tourism industry players doubt the island can equal or break the mark in the future. Ida Bagus Sidharta Putra of Santrian Group tours and travel network said Saturday Bali was lucky to receive foreign tourists who shifted their destination from Thailand due to a protracted political crisis there last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 January 2010 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Suharto's son wants Indonesian presidency' Hutomo Mandala Putra, the son of late Indonesian president Suharto, has started his effort to finally become a president. An aide of Tommy, as he is widely known, has said this to the press. Tommy has built up quite an impressive 'track record' in legal matters, including a conviction for murder. He is now seeking to become the new leader of the Golkar Party, the political movement of his father, which has been in turmoil after loosing the recent elections.

Posted in Politics @ 21 August 2009 04:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati wants too much Defeated in the first round of the presidential elections held earlier this month, Megawati Soekarnoputri will do everything to disrupt the democratic process as much as possible. She and her campaign team are calling on the General Election Commission KPU to hold a second round of presidential elections, a runoff between her and current President Yudhoyono - who also won the first round with a vast majority of the votes.

Posted in Politics @ 29 July 2009 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia goes to the polls today Indonesia holds legislative elections today, amid concerns about vote buying, fraud and some regional violence in the country. But the elections mark a transition for the young democracy. Indonesia's legislative elections span thousands of islands with more than 40 political parties and tens of thousands of candidates.

Posted in Elections @ 09 April 2009 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian central bank keeps benchmark rate at 9.5% Indonesian central bank kept on hold its benchmark interest rate at 9.5 percent on Thursday, the bank said. "Amid the current global financial upheaval and slowing of the world economy, the Bank Indonesia (the central bank) thinks that it is necessary to keep a right monetary policy so that it can achieve a balance between the economic growth and efforts to maintain monetary stability," the bank said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 06 November 2008 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia signs rice import deal with Thailand and Vietnam Indonesia has agreed to sign a preliminary agreement with Thailand and Vietnam to import some 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals. This was reported by a senior trade ministry official on Friday. These agreements on rice imports are part of the governments prevously announced plans to buy up to 1.5 million tonnes of rice this year alone to bring stability to prices in Indonesia. “We will import 400,000 tonnes of rice via government-to-government deals and we have a Memorandum of Understanding with Vietnam and Thailand,” said Diah Maulida, director general of foreign trade at the trade ministry.

Posted in General @ 24 February 2007 03:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Bird flu endemic in Indonesia Avian influenza is now endemic in Indonesia because of past delays in dealing with H5N1 bird flu, with the virus now well established and a major concern in SouthEast Asia, says an Australian veterinary scientist. But Laurence Gleeson, a regional manager with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other UN officials, were positive over steps taken to control bird flu in SouthEast Asia when speaking to reporters today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bank Indonesia predicts economic growth between 5.7 and 6.3 % Bank Indonesia predicts the country`s economy will grow between 5.7 and 6.3 percent this year while the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecasts it will grow by six percent. "The central bank`s board of governors predicts Indonesia`s economy will grow even higher and macro-economic stability would be maintained," BI governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said here on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 05 January 2007 05:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Terrorism still focus of national security measures in 2007 Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Widodo Adi Sutjipto said despite a decrease in terrorist attacks in the past year, the government would focus on terrorism in securing national stability. "Objectively, we must say that this year has been relatively more conducive as terrorist attacks in the country have decreased," the minister said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 27 December 2006 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt slams N. Korea over nuclear test, predicts regional tensions ndonesia condemned North Korea over its announced test of a nuclear weapon on Monday, saying the test would add to regional tensions. "The Government of Indonesia reiterates its position that the recent nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is unacceptable under any justifiable reason," a statement from the Foreign Ministry said. "The nuclear test conducted by the DPRK will only create new tensions and threaten stability in the Asia-Pacific region."

Posted in Politics @ 09 October 2006 15:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Need for speed in Indonesia Two years into his five-year term, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono presents himself as a sincere, hard-working reformer, a long-distance runner pacing himself on a marathon run. But many Indonesians think the country needs a sprinter.

Posted in Politics @ 20 September 2006 14:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: Economy to expand 6% amidst reforms Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he’s targeting 6% growth in the economy this year as he pledges more reforms to draw investors into projects from biofuel to infrastructure and housing.

Posted in Economy @ 07 August 2006 15:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Powerful quake strikes west of Sumatra A powerful earthquake rocked the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Thursday but there was no reports of any casualties and damage while meteorologists played down the risk of tsunami. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered 6.0 on the Richter scale. Indonesian meteorologists put the magnitude at 6.1, centered closed to Nias island off the coast of Sumatra.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 July 2006 05:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New policy package on financial sector issued The government and Bank Indonesia (BI) have signed a joint decree to improve coordination between fiscal and monetary authorities and help reform financial markets. Announcing the package Wednesday, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Boediono said it was expected to accelerate reforms in the banking sector, non-bank financial institutions and in capital markets. It would also enhance businesses' access to capital, he said.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2006 14:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's silence on Timor Leste crisis For two months Timor Leste has gone through its worst crisis since its independence. Much of the country's trade and economy depend on us. Much of the geo-political space in which it has to pursue its foreign policy, and to achieve stability and justice, depends on us. They use our language, even smoke the same kretek cigarettes as we do. And, in the most fundamental sense, they had suffered under "our" harsh occupation. Yet, with a few exceptions, many prefer to remain silent, ignoring their sorry plight. Why?

Posted in History @ 16 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia remembers downfall of Suharto Protesters wearing Suharto masks demanded the ailing former dictator face trial Sunday, the eighth anniversary of the massive pro-democracy demonstrations that ousted him. Suharto, 84, remained in the hospital following colon surgery two weeks ago to stem intestinal bleeding. Doctors said Sunday that the former strongman, who has been weakened by several strokes, was recovering, but remained seriously ill.

Posted in Human rights @ 21 May 2006 10:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kim Jong-il to make ground-breaking Indonesia trip North Korean leader Kim Jong-il will visit Indonesia in the near future after accepting an invitation from a special envoy for the Indonesian president, Hong Kong’s Yazhou Zhoukan reported Friday. Pyongyang has also asked Jakarta to act as a mediator in six-nation talks aimed at dismantling the North’s nuclear program. Presidential envoy Nana Sutresna, who visited both Pyongyang and Seoul recently, invited Kim to visit Indonesia “at an appropriate time,” and Indonesian officials said Kim was “willing to accept” the invitation, the weekly reported.

Posted in Politics @ 10 March 2006 14:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P: Sovereign credit rating outlook raised to 'positive' Standard & Poor's Rating Services said it has raised its outlook on Indonesia's sovereign credit rating to 'positive' from 'stable'. S&P also affirmed Indonesia's 'B+/B' foreign currency and its 'BB/B'local currency sovereign credit rating. 'The outlook revision takes into account the more favorable policy setting that emerged in the wake of significant adjustments in (the government's) fiscal and monetary policy stance, and the expectation that this will improve deficit and debt ratios further,' S&P said in a statement.

Posted in Economy @ 10 February 2006 07:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Freedom of speech showing strain in the new Indonesia When 76-year-old Professor Winarno Surachmad shuffled before 30,000 of his former teaching colleagues to pour out his poem about the woes of the education system, he drew the wrath of Indonesia's Vice-President, Jusuf Kalla. Mr Kalla scowled at lines, among them: "When rhinos and komodo are protected, teachers are just neglected."

Posted in Human rights @ 29 November 2005 07:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened after Bali suicide bombings Security was tightened across Indonesia Sunday after suicide bombers detonated a string of explosions at tourist hot-spots on the island of Bali, killing 19 and injuring at least 132. The attacks -- two at cafes near Jimbaran and one at a restaurant in Kuta's main square -- came less than two weeks ahead of the third anniversary of 2002's deadly nightclub bombings in Bali.

Posted in Terrorism @ 03 October 2005 07:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


SBY: Indonesia to wait until after October to raise fuel prices Indonesia will wait until at least after October to raise fuel prices, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Wednesday, despite a prolonged fall in the rupiah due to soaring world oil prices which has hurt investor confidence. The global price rise has prompted the government to snap up dollars to pay for oil imports and put pressure on the budget due to expensive fuel subsidies.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2005 23:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PLN: Severe power shortages likely in Bali, Java by October Electric power reserves in Java and Bali are expected to reach a critical point during the dry season which is estimated to begin in October, a PLN (state electricity company) official said. "Power reserves during that time are expected to drop to around 120 Megawatt while the safe level is 600 MW," PLN General Manager for Java and Bali distribution Muljo Adji said here Tuesday.

Posted in Power supply @ 27 July 2005 18:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Attack in Indonesia sparks fears An attack killing five paramilitary policemen last week in eastern Indonesia have raised fears that Muslim-Christian violence may resume in the Moluccas Islands. Since 1999-2002, violent clashes have killed 5,000 people.

Posted in Violence @ 23 May 2005 20:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo puts the squeeze on corruption President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has repeated his promise to seriously fight corruption at all levels of both state and private institutions, establishing a special team to strengthen and speed up his antigraft drive. "Once the anticorruption wheels and machine runs, (it must) never stop," he said in Jakarta on Wednesday after inaugurating the team, which is led by Deputy Attorney General for special crimes Hendarman Supandji.

Posted in Corruption @ 06 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Japan PM seeks to meet China's Hu in Indonesia Officials are working hard to arrange a meeting between Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Chinese President Hu Jintao in Indonesia soon, Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday, as the two Asian giants deal with a slide in relations to their worst in decades.

Posted in Politics @ 22 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to build nuclear reactor Indonesian authorities have given the go-ahead to build the country's first nuclear power plant on the densely-populated island of Java, with the aim of producing electricity by 2016.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 18 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reinforce troops in Aceh as peace talks continue Indonesia is to reinforce its military presence in the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh, even as peace talks with separatist rebels in the province make progress, an army spokesman said. The military, which continues to pursue the rebels despite pleas for a ceasefire, will send three battalions, or up to three thousand men, as part of a wider deployment to shore up its presence in troubled areas of the country.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 14 April 2005 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono urges Australian companies to invest Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono used his first visit to Australia to pitch for companies to invest in the $22.4 billion of toll roads, power utilities and other infrastructure projects being built in his country. Infrastructure development is ``a top priority for my government economic program,'' Yudhoyono told business leaders at a breakfast in Sydney today. ``There are plenty of new investment opportunities that haven't been fully harnessed.''

Posted in Economy @ 05 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge cigarette investment lights up prospects of economic revival Suwarno drags deeply on his kretek cigarette, the scented fumes swirling lazily in the Indonesian sunshine. Strong and cheap, the exotic smoke leaves him a little dizzy, but each lungful could take his country nearer its long overdue economic recovery.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuelling reforms in Indonesia It is the single most unpopular decision any Indonesian president could make, with the potential to trigger immediate political unrest. But the move by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to cut costly fuel subsidies and so push fuel prices up by 30 per cent in a poor nation is also the single most important decision for the recovery of the ailing Indonesian economy. And with half the Indonesian population scraping by on less than $2.50 a day, economic growth - and spending on basic services such as health, education and infrastructure - is the key to social and political stability on Australia's northern doorstep. The former president, Megawati Soekarnoputri, long understood this link, but lacked the political courage to take on the protesters. Yesterday, however, fuel prices did finally rise, despite the unhappy mobs and panic buying at the petrol bowsers.

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


Moody's changes Indonesia rating outlook to positive Moody's Investors Service has changed the outlook to positive from stable on Indonesia's B2 foreign currency country ceiling for bonds, its B3 foreign currency country ceiling for bank deposits, and the Indonesian government's B2 foreign and local currency ratings.

Posted in Economy @ 18 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia 2004 GDP +5.1%, fundamentals improve Indonesia's economy grew 5.1% in 2004 from a year earlier due to improved growth in investment and exports, the Central Statistics Bureau said Wednesday. The growth rate beat both government and analysts' predictions, suggesting the economy is on track to reach the government's 5.5% growth target this year. In the last quarter of 2004, the economy expanded 6.7% on year, although it contracted 1.6% from the July-September period due to shorter working days, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


S&P upgrades Indonesia sovereign ratings Standard & Poor's raised Indonesia's sovereign credit ratings on Wednesday, citing "ongoing progress" in the management of south-east Asia's largest economy. S&P lifted its long-term foreign currency rating one notch to Single B-plus from Single B and its local currency rating two notches to Double B from Single B-plus. It also said the outlook for Jakarta's ratings was positive, meaning future upgrades were likely.

Posted in Economy @ 22 December 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six die when passengers boat capsizes in Maluku Six people died when a fully loaded passenger boat capsized off the coast of Southeast Maluku regency on Sunday. Spokesman for the Maluku Police, Comr. Endro Prasetyo, said on Wednesday that the KM Taruma Jaya which operated on Ngadi island, Tual, sank as it might have exceeded its passenger and baggage capacity. Besides 85 passengers and six boat crew members, the ship was believed to be fully loaded with passengers' baggage.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta stock market hits new record high Driven by optimism of higher economic growth next year and continuing macroeconomic stability, the Jakarta stock market soared on Tuesday to another record high. The Jakarta Composite Index closed 1.42 percent, or 12.642 points, higher at 901.380 on a trading volume of 873.35 million shares worth Rp 1 trillion (about US$111 million).

Posted in Economy @ 10 November 2004 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


Megawati tells Indonesia to accept poll result A tearful President Megawati Sukarnoputri has told Indonesians to accept the result of the country's landmark leadership ballot, but has not explicitly conceded defeat to her former security chief. Megawati's team has threatened to challenge the vote count from some areas, putting winner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a bind and risking what could have been an orderly end to Indonesia's first direct presidential election.

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


Australians rate Indonesia as their greatest military threat The Australian public ranks Indonesia as the country’s greatest military threat, a study by a defence think-tank said on Wednesday. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute surveyed opinion polls on defence issues dating back to the 1960s and found Australians now saw less chance of an foreign security threat than at any time in the past 30 years. “However, to the extent that the public identifies a security threat to Australia, there is a greater consensus than ever before that the threat comes from one country: Indonesia,” it said.

Posted in Military @ 26 August 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


All over the world bilateral relations and regional cooperation are flourishing, even if only a few people have noticed. The globalization of the economy is being followed by the globalization of politics. In the next ten years new worldwide networks will arise in response to global issues. Governments and societies are seeking closer ties with one another in the face of new threats and challenges.

Posted in Politics @ 25 August 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Polls close in Indonesia Retired general Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono appeared in the lead as polls closed in Indonesia's presidential election Monday, but a runoff is still expected. Public opinion surveys show incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri trailing behind Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from Megawati's Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

Posted in Elections @ 05 July 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia voting in first direct presidential poll Indonesians today began voting in their first direct presidential election, six years after the fall of dictator Suharto. Polls opened first in Papua province in eastern Indonesia, two hours ahead of the capital of Jakarta. Public opinion surveys have shown incumbent Megawati Sukarnoputri – daughter of the country’s founding father, Sukarno – trailing behind to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a retired general and former security minister who resigned from her Cabinet months ago to seek her job.

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


Singing general poised to win Hafi, a 35-year-old businessman, is nostalgic for the old days of military dictatorship in Indonesia. Six years after the democratic overthrow of military ruler Suharto, he is fed up with the turmoil that he blames on civilian leadership. And so on Monday he will vote for one of Suharto's former generals, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a charismatic populist who has soared dramatically to the top of the polls in Indonesia's presidential contest.

Posted in Elections @ 03 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Campaigning by the five candidates contesting the politically powerful post of president of the Indonesian Republic officially ended on Wednesday. Voting in the country’s first-ever direct presidential election is due to take place on Monday.

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


Megawati says she set foundation for development Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri, in her last televised debate before seeking re- election on Monday, said her three-year-old government set the foundation for the country's economic recovery. ``As a nation, we are required to continue the development that we have achieved so far or to start from a new beginning,'' she told a panel on the all-news MetroTV channel. ``The answer will certainly be -- to continue to develop from a strong foundation, to reduce poverty, provide more jobs and improve people's welfare.''

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


Currency market intervention futile With many investors converting their funds into dollar-based assets, Bank Indonesia (central bank) has been selling dollars in the international currency market. It has also been threatening to curb currency trading among commercial banks while raising banks' reserve requirements. Despite these efforts, the rupiah has shed almost 9 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar since Jan. 1.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


He has established direct air links with Singapore and is negotiating similar links with Malaysia. And now, the Sultan of Yogyakarta province in central Java wants to change the value system of his bureaucrats to make them more entrepreneurial and understand the needs of foreign investors.

Posted in Travel @ 30 May 2004 00:00 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


Golkar widens lead over Megawati's party The leader of the party once led by Indonesian dictator Suharto claimed victory Wednesday in parliamentary elections that were a major setback to President Megawati Sukarnoputri. The Golkar party had 20.81 percent with about two-thirds the results counted from the April 5 vote. That's less than one percentage point ahead of Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle, but ballots from Golkar's strongholds have yet to be counted and its lead is likely to increase.

Posted in Elections @ 17 April 2004 00:02 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


Security tight for Indonesia polls Indonesians have begun voting in parliamentary elections in a crowded contest expected to see the former political party of ousted strongman Suharto win the most votes, but not a majority. Polling stations opened in stages across the world's most populous Muslim nation amid tight security in what is billed as the biggest one-day vote in history, and is only Indonesia's second democratic election since Suharto's fall in 1998.

Posted in Elections @ 05 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto's old party eyes first place in poll The former party of ousted autocrat Suharto is set to win the most votes in Indonesia's parliamentary elections on Monday as it taps a yearning for the stability and rapid economic growth of his long rule. Although opinion polls show Golkar, once Suharto's political vehicle, getting nowhere near an absolute majority, the result is likely to be a big blow to incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri and could dent her hopes of winning a second term later this year.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's old guard is eyeing a comeback in Monday's parliamentary elections, with nostalgia for the stability and economic growth of ousted autocrat Suharto's rule seen returning his former party to prominence. Around 90 percent of the 147 million eligible voters in the world's most populous Muslim nation are expected to take part in the election, billed as the biggest and most complex one-day vote the world has ever seen.

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


Election becomes family affair Indonesia's parliamentary election is largely a tale of two former strongmen and their daughters. As the April 5 election approaches, the three daughters of Sukarno, Indonesia's founding president, and one of ex-dictator Suharto are hoping to capitalize on their political pedigrees and on nostalgia for a past many Indonesians think was better than the current messy democracy. It shows the power of a famous face in a country where few parties have coherent political platforms or policies to deal with endemic corruption.

Posted in Elections @ 01 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto tops world corruption league Former dictator Suharto has topped a list of the world's most corrupt politicians over the past two decades. The list is part of Transparency International's new Global Corruption Report 2004, which charts the flow of stolen assets, recommends ways to recover money looted by despots, and sets out new standards on political finance and favors. Transparency International says Suharto stole about $15 billion to $35 billion during his 32 years of rule in a country where the Gross Domestic Product per capita hovers at around $700.

Posted in Corruption @ 25 March 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Icons, not issues, fill Indonesian campaign ads He's 82, ailing, and doesn't get out much, but Indonesia's autocratic ex-president Suharto is all over TV screens these days in ads for a political party whose main campaigner is his tycoon daughter Siti Hardiyanti Rukmana. The ads for next month's parliamentary election start with a housewife suggesting that viewers "don't think too much, just go for Suharto". Then farmers are seen saying that they crave a return of what is called the Suharto era of economic stability.

Posted in Elections @ 24 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The power behind the throne smiles. Mr Taufik Kiemas, the garrulous husband of President Megawati Sukarnoputri, sips hot Javanese tea and munches kueh lapis as he talks animatedly about his wife's impending re-election. He should know. The 59-year-old Sumatran-born business tycoon is the dalang or puppet master in the courts of power, working quietly behind the scenes to build alliances and destroy her foes.

Posted in Politics @ 24 February 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


General runs for President in Indonesia As he flew over the coal mines and shrimp farms that dot Indonesia's part of Borneo island, a smiling Gen. Wiranto couldn't contain himself. ``Did you see how they touched me?'' he said. ``It was as if I was Michael Jackson and they were my fans.'' Wiranto had come from a campaign rally in this gritty industrial town 750 miles northeast of Jakarta, where supporters jostled to touch him and chanted ``Long live Wiranto.''

Posted in Elections @ 11 February 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Military chief backs Aussie missile plan Indonesia’s top military commander has thrown his backing behind Australian plans to join the US in developing a “Son-of-Star-Wars” shield against long-range missile attack, saying the umbrella could help guard Indonesia. Commander-in-chief General Endriartono Sutarto, speaking after a meeting of all senior military commanders, including fiery army chief Ryamizard Ryacudu, said the missile shield could be a plus for Jakarta. “With them developing such a missile system like this, we can make use of it for our own regional stability in facing possible threats from outside of the region,” Gen Sutarto said.

Posted in Military @ 23 January 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Employers fear loss of 1m jobs More than one million Indonesian workers will lose their jobs this year due to ineffective government policies and fierce foreign competition, an employers' group has warned. New investors would stay away, scared by uncertainties resulting from this year's general election, said the Indonesia Employers Association, which groups the nation's leading businessmen.

Posted in Economy @ 07 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to lift telephone charges After a delay of about 10 months, the Indonesian government said it would raise telephone rates by an average 15 percent before the year end, The Jakarta Post reported Thursday. The Ministry of Communications' post and telecommunications Director-General Djamhari Sirat said Wednesday a similar hike, thethird 15 percent increase, would also be implemented next year.

Posted in General @ 06 November 2003 00:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BRI has people queuing If there remains a lack of confidence in Indonesia’s economy, no-one told the “huge crowd” that queued for a slice of the initial public offering of Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) on Thursday (23/10/03). The Jakarta Post noted that very little noise has been made about the float, but word has clearly got around that, of all the banks on the market, this is the one that is producing the goods.

Posted in General @ 27 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Free concert to boost peace ends in riot A free rock music concert meant to promote peace and social harmony ended abruptly with rioting and police warning shots, reports said Sunday. At least six people were reportedly injured. Veteran rocker Iwan Fals, whose regime baiting songs were banned by former dictator Suharto, tried to calm the 100,000-strong crowd with a nationalist anthem as people began throwing stones and bottles in the sports stadium where the show was being staged.

Posted in Violence @ 01 September 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's national day uncertainty This Sunday is Indonesia's national day, marking the country's freedom from Dutch colonial rule. As it celebrates its 58th year as an independent nation, it is a time of celebration, but also a time of reflection.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia faces up to post-IMF reality After five years under the harsh tutelage of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest economy, is to break free from the IMF's bailout program and loan lifeline at the end of this year when its US$5 billion line of credit expires. A government committee has drafted an economic blueprint, a White Paper for post-IMF Indonesia that will be revealed on Friday, simultaneously with the draft budget for 2004, by President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Posted in Economy @ 17 August 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Just as they have in the developed world, big-box hypermarkets, which are taking over the top end of the retail trade, are causing severe dislocations in the rest of Indonesia's food chain, from smaller supermarkets down to wet markets to the warungs where housewives sell cigarettes and candy out of their living room windows.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2003 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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