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Minister: 'Corby parole according to the law' The parole granted to Schapelle Leigh Corby, the Australian citizen who was convicted for drug smuggling, was in conformity with all administrative requirements, according to the Justice and Human Rights Minister.

Posted in Drugs @ 07 February 2014 22:13 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


400 police personnel guard Anas at anti-graft office Jakarta Metropolitan Police deployed 400 personnel to safeguard the arrival of former ruling Democratic Party (PD) chairman Anas Urbaningrum at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 January 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK detains Banten governor Ratu Atut Banten governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah was detained at around 4:50 p.m. on Friday afternoon, after more than six hours of questioning at the KPK headquarters in South Jakarta.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 December 2013 11:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Power outages hit Ngurah Rai airport Public service at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport was disrupted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:20 pm when a power interruption left most of the airport in the dark.The Wednesday power outage followed a similar power failure on Monday, two days earlier.

Posted in Power supply @ 01 December 2012 06:01 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Finance minister: 'People must pay taxes' Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo has stated that people must pay taxes, as regulated by the law, for the benefit of the state.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2012 23:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


High urbanization levels in cities can boost crime rate High urbanization can lead to an increase in the crime rate of big cities like Jakarta, sociologist Musni Umar of the National University said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 August 2012 19:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Government urged to restrict condoms sale Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) deputy chairman Asrorun Ni`am Sholeh has called on the government to immediately restrict the sale of condoms in the country. "Condoms are halal products, but their sale must be restricted to prevent them from being misused by children," he said here on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 30 May 2012 09:24 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two police officers attacked by armed group in Papua Two police officers were attacked by an armed group in Jayapura early on Thursday morning. The two police officers came to a village after receiving information about unrest there, he said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 December 2011 04:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police release 12 alleged separatists Indonesian police have been forced to release twelve alleged separatist rebels just a day after announcing they had made a major breakthrough in the war against the Free Papua Movement (OPM), local media reported on Saturday.

Posted in Protests @ 26 November 2011 14:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead in Klungkung clash over temple ground More than forty are reported injured, seven are in police custody and one dead after clashes broke out on Saturday, September 17, 2001, between the villagers of Kemoning and Budaga in Klungkung regency, northeast Bali.

Posted in Violence @ 21 September 2011 02:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Prisoners riot at Kerobokan Bali jail Prisoners at the notorious Kerobokan jail on the Indonesian island of Bali have rioted after attacking a warden and an anti-narcotics official who were trying to nab a suspected drug dealer. Dozens of inmates went on the rampage at the Kerobokan prison in the early hours before police and prison guards quelled the unrest.

Posted in Crime @ 26 June 2011 03:42 CET by Jeroen · 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


Bali: trash in plain sight of foreign tourists an eyesore Bisnis Bali reports that foreign tourists visiting Bali continue to complain about the lack of cleanliness in many tourist areas of the island. Nyoman Kandia, the head of the Bali branch of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI), recently called on the government and the public to join forces in addressing the problem of trash in Bali which has become the source of numerous complaints from foreign visitors served by the island's tourist guides.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2011 04:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Regular flights Denpasar - Dili soon available The Indonesian government has appointed Merpati Nusantara Airlines and Batavia Air to serves the international air segment between Bali and Dili, East Timor. A total of 14 flights per week will ply the route with Merpati flying a daily service using a Boeing 737-300 carrying 138 passengers.

Posted in Travel @ 28 November 2010 09:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian police on alert for oil price protests ndonesia's police have been told to be be on alert for any signs of unrest over fuel prices ahead of an expected price hike. The government is believed to be considering a fuel price rise of between 20 and 30 percent, a move that is sure to fan inflation at a time of already high food prices.

Posted in Protests @ 10 May 2008 04:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising food prices raise security concerns in Indonesia The soaring cost of rice and other basic food in Asia has raised security concerns across many Asian countries. In Indonesia, the high cost of staple foods is hurting the poor and raising fears of social unrest.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2008 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ASEAN agrees to liberalize its skies The 10-member countries comprising the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to liberalize air traffic rights between the 10 ASEAN capital cities commencing in 2008.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2007 06:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso violence could help Indonesia militants regroup Renewed trouble in Indonesia's central Sulawesi island, long the site of deadly Christian-Muslim rivalry, underscores how communal tensions may help reinvigorate the country's militant Islamic movement.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 January 2007 09:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, three others to sign 'open skies' Indonesia will sign an air travel agreement with three neighboring countries allowing nominated airlines to fly unrestricted to four destinations in each country, a senior official said Thursday. The limited "open skies" agreement to be signed by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei is aimed at increasing tourist flow between the Southeast Asian countries, Indonesia's Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa said.

Posted in Economy @ 08 December 2006 02:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


French railway in Indonesia may rise again after tsunami A colonial-era railway that was once the lifeblood of Indonesia's Aceh could paradoxically be revived in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, which obliterated the coastline of the province. Built in 1876 by the Dutch, the 600km single-gauge railway in the north of Sumatra island, linking the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, to the city of Medan, sank into oblivion a century later amid unrest.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 06 November 2006 03:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Two years of SBY: Bouquet for Aceh, brickbat for economy As he heads into his third year as Indonesia's president on Friday, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono enjoys respectable popularity, but is struggling to ignite Southeast Asia's largest economy, analysts say. The 57-year-old former general, who was nominated for a Nobel peace prize for overseeing a peace pact with separatist rebels in Aceh, has crafted a respected image abroad, but at home the battles he faces are more complex.

Posted in Politics @ 29 October 2006 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Church set ablaze amid religious tensions A church was set on fire Tuesday in a central Indonesian region plagued by sectarian violence since last month's executions of three Roman Catholic militants, police said. No one was injured in the blaze. The arson attack in the town of Poso on Sulawesi island apparently followed rumors that an Islamic school had been torched, said police spokesman Lt. Col. Muhammad Kilat, urging residents to be on alert for "a campaign to fuel unrest."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 24 October 2006 17:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian leader tells military to respect democracy Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told the once-powerful military on Thursday to press ahead with internal reforms and respect democracy. "Continue the reform process and respect democracy," Yudhoyono said in a speech at a ceremony marking the military's 61st anniversary. "Democracy must continue to blossom and strengthen along with the establishment of the rule of law and a government which is free from corruption and other ills," he said.

Posted in Military @ 07 October 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


What Indonesia can learn from Thai military coup Politics in new democracies like Thailand has always sprung surprises. While Prime Minister Thaksin Sinawatra visited New York for the United Nations General Assembly, Thai army chief Gen. Sonthi Boonyaratglin led a bloodless coup and declared himself the temporary prime minister. It is interesting to observe that the coup did not spark social unrest, as if it were business as usual. On top of that, the tacit endorsement of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej was a crucial factor behind the smooth process of the coup.

Posted in Politics @ 05 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim mob stabs Christian as tensions rise in Sulawesi Muslims dragged a Christian man from a bus and stabbed him Sunday, a witness and nurse said, amid rising religious tensions in central Indonesia following the executions of three Roman Catholic militants. The victim was hospitalized with wounds to his back, said Yeni, a nurse, who like many Indonesians uses only a single name. She described his condition as "serious."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 01 October 2006 15:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to execute three for racial rage Three death row prisoners convicted of leading a Christian militia in bloody violence against Muslims in Indonesia will be executed tomorrow, police said, announcing beefed-up security to head off any unrest. International rights groups, including Amnesty International, have argued that the trials were unfair and called for further investigations, while Pope Benedict XVI has appealed for clemency, but police said it would go ahead.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 20 September 2006 15:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Suharto looks healthy at wedding Former Indonesian President Suharto, who escaped trial for corruption on health grounds, appeared healthy today as he attended the wedding of one of his grandsons, a report said. The 85-year-old former President arrived at the At-Tien mosque shortly before the wedding of Danny Bimo Hendra Utomo, the son of his eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiayanti Rukmana, to actress Lulu Tobing, Elshinta Radio said.

Posted in General @ 17 September 2006 05:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Border with East Timor monitored after prison break Indonesia has tightened security along its border with East Timor, as the search continues for more than 50 prison escapees. Indonesia's Koran Tempo newspaper has quoted Colonel Ediwan Prabowo as saying that the Indonesian security border force, under his command, has been asked to be on alert and to monitor East Timor's border, to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader and other prison escapees from entering the country.

Posted in General @ 04 September 2006 12:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia steps up security at Timor border Indonesian authorities have stepped up security at the border with East Timor to prevent a rebel East Timor military leader who escaped from jail from entering the country, a report said Sunday. Major Alfredo Reinado escaped with 56 other inmates from his Dili jail last week, triggering an ongoing manhunt by UN police and international peacekeepers.

Posted in General @ 03 September 2006 10:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fully reopens border with Timor Leste The Indonesian Military (TNI) has fully reopened the land border in East Nusa Tenggara province to allow Indonesians entering Timor Leste as security situation in the neighbor has returned to normal, an officer said Thursday. "We have fully reopened the land border. Indonesians are allowed to go to Timor Leste and so Timor Leste people can enter Indonesia as long as they have necessary legal document," Major Infantry Aziz Mahmudi, spokesman of border patrol, was quoted by the national Antara news agency as saying.

Posted in Politics @ 14 July 2006 14:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allows aid into East Timor Indonesia is to open its border with East Timor to allow humanitarian aid to reach some 130,000 people affected by recent violence. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced the move at a meeting with his East Timorese counterpart in the Indonesian island of Bali. Meanwhile, the leader of East Timor's rebels has said his group has disarmed.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2006 09:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY denounces Timor Leste PM for linking unrest with Indonesia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday denounced Timor Leste Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri for accusing pro-Indonesia militiamen of involving in the bloody riots in the tiny country in the last few weeks. Susilo said Alkatiri's remarks could spark a new problem in the bilateral ties between Indonesia and its former province, which seceded in 1999 under a U.N.-sponsored referendum and gained independence three years later.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2006 08:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Police name 41 suspects in the Tuban violence The police have identified 41 suspects in riots linked to the Tuban regental elections and are focusing on seven people believed to have masterminded the unrest, National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday. The naming of the suspects came after the questioning of 104 people believed to be involved in Saturday's vandalism, where the incumbent regent's residence and the office of the Tuban chapter of the General Election Commission were among the buildings burned down, Anton said.

Posted in Violence @ 02 May 2006 20:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


SBY: Freeport Papua mine closure not an option The Indonesian government won't consider a unilateral closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s (FCS) massive Grasberg mine in Papua despite allegations of poor environmental management at the facility, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Monday.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 17 April 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


No reprieve for Poso 3, officials say Prosecutors insisted Sunday the death sentence for three men convicted for their role in the sectarian conflict in Poso, Central Sulawesi, would be carried out soon despite mounting calls for a stay of execution. Central Sulawesi Prosecutor's Office head M. Jahja Sibe said technical difficulties were holding up the execution of Fabianus Tibo, 60, Marinus Riwu, 54, and Dominggus da Silva, 43, three Christians who were convicted of masterminding a series of attacks on Muslims in Poso in 2000.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 03 April 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protests in Papua threaten peace, crisis group says Protests in Indonesia's Papua province threaten the resource-rich region's peace process, which will collapse without the support of the Indonesian government, the International Crisis Group said. The government sent additional forces to Papua's capital, Jayapura, after the deaths of five security officers last week during protests to demand the closure of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.'s Grasberg mine, the world's largest for gold and second-biggest for copper.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 24 March 2006 08:35 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


Activists to continue 'surveying' foreigners Twenty-seven Muslim activists, who were released by police in Bandung on Saturday after being detained for "disturbing" foreign nationals during a protest, vowed to continue with their actions. The activists said they would continue distributing questionnaires to foreign nationals to gauge their opinions of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted in Protests @ 26 February 2006 16:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A religious conflict tamed Despite a flurry of warnings about possible violence over the holidays, residents in this capital of Central Sulawesi Province, thought the bomb blast that ripped through a nearby pork-selling market on New Year's Eve was an earthquake. They were convinced, like so many others in the region, that the communal tensions that erupted into deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians five years ago were a thing of the past. Even after finding out it was a bomb, they condemned it as simply the work of a small group of "terrorists."

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 11 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel scarcity worsens before price hikes Gasoline and diesel shortages worsened across Indonesia as the government's scheduled price increase on Oct. 1 draws near, Jakarta Post reported on Tuesday. Filling stations were packed with long lines of vehicles, while police officers desperately tried to track down on and nab people thought to be hoarding fuel until the price goes up, according to the Jakarta Post.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 10:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Subsidy cut to fuel the fire In the wake of a two-month "mini crisis" that saw the rupiah hit a four-year low of 11,750 per dollar on August 30, Jakarta has finally announced an imminent and substantial reduction in fuel subsidies. The exact date and the level of cuts have yet to be announced, though there is widespread speculation over both. Vice President Jusuf Kalla has said fuel prices may rise as early as October 1 while National Development Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said an increase in November would be too late to help reduce subsidies to the level of Rp89.2 trillion. She said fuel prices might increase by at least 50% in October.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia may raise fuel prices by 50% in October Indonesia's government may raise fuel prices by at least 50 percent in October to avoid missing the budget deficit target as surging global prices boost the cost of subsidies, Planning Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 September 2005 07:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 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


Rupiah loses more ground as market confidence ebbs The rupiah lost nearly 5 pct today, falling past 10,800 per dollar at one point as the market continued to lose confidence in the capability of both Bank Indonesia and the government to defend the local unit, analysts said. They said today's fresh oil price spike was what triggered renewed selling pressure on the rupiah.

Posted in Economy @ 29 August 2005 14:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blasts at Indonesia market kills 20 Two bomb blasts ripped through a crowded market in the eastern Indonesian town of Tentena on Saturday, killing 20 people in an attack likely to raise fears sectarian bloodshed could again break out in the region.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 28 May 2005 08:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 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


Yudhoyono fears unrest on fuel price hike Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday said he hoped the government's controversial plan to hike fuel prices in the "near term" would not lead to social unrest. Yudhoyono did not give details about the plan, but the government told parliament this week it wanted to raise fuel prices by an average of 29 percent to cut subsidies weighing on the budget.

Posted in Economy @ 25 February 2005 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


UK drops Indonesia travel warning The British government has dropped advice urging its nationals to avoid nonessential travel to Indonesia as part of a worldwide review aimed at making terror advisories "more credible." London issued its Indonesia travel warning in October 2002, after al-Qaida linked militants bombed two nightclubs on the resort island of Bali killing more than 200 people, mostly foreign tourists.

Posted in General @ 10 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


If oil-crunched Indonesia goes nuclear As the only Asian member and current president of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) oil cartel, Indonesia should be capitalising on the high prices for crude oil and laughing its way to the bank. South-east Asia's largest country, and by far its most populous, has the world's 16th largest proven oil reserves. However, output has declined in the past three years from an average of just over 1.2 million barrels per day to about 1.1 million now, below its Opec quota of 1.27 million. Official figures published in Jakarta last month show Indonesia became a net importer of crude oil for the first time in February and March.

Posted in Nuclear power @ 05 June 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon talks end in disaray A meeting of Christian and Muslim leaders and National Police chief Gen. Da'i Bachtiar ended in disarray here on Monday, after conflicting parties failed to reach an agreement to cease the renewed clashes in Ambon, Maluku. The breakdown in the talks is expected to worsen the sectarian conflict in the restive city, where at least 38 people have died in renewed clashes that erupted on April 25, triggered by a separatist rally.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 04 May 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambon tense after arson attacks, toll 36 Tension gripped the Indonesian city of Ambon on Wednesday after a church and homes were torched overnight, as the death toll from four days of clashes between Muslims and Christians rose to 36. A Protestant church in the district of Karang Panjang was burned late on Tuesday but there were no reports of deaths in the attack, officials said. National police spokesman Bashir Barmawi said the death toll since the outbreak of fighting on Sunday was 36, with 156 wounded.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 28 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Deaths in Ambon hit 23, fresh clashes Fresh clashes erupted on Monday between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon and officials said the death toll from weekend violence had risen to 23. Early evening drizzle put out fires from buildings and houses torched by rampaging mobs in Ambon, once a scenic seaside town but which partly lies in ruins following years of sectarian violence.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Deaths in Ambon hit 18, fresh clashes Fresh clashes erupted on Monday between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia's eastern city of Ambon and the interior minister said the death toll from weekend violence had risen to 18. Residents said they could hear sporadic gunfire across the Moluccas provincial capital as police and army reinforcements arrived in the city. It was not clear who was firing.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia rushes reinforcements to Ambon Police reinforcements are being rushed to an area where 12 people have been killed in communal fighting on the island of Ambon in eastern Indonesia. The fighting between Christians and Muslims in Ambon City is the most significant threat to a peace accord that has held for more than two years and was reached after earlier fighting killed 5,000 people in the Maluku province.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 26 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Elections @ 10 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati's party holds slim lead in Indonesia poll Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party clung to a slim lead on Tuesday following parliamentary elections, but with less than one percent of the vote counted, the race is wide open. Investors shrugged off the excruciatingly slow vote tally, as they pushed the Jakarta stock market up more than two percent in morning trade. Election observers said any reliable indication of the winner from the official count could take as long as a week.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:04 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


Free election marks crossroads for Indonesia Six years into the uncertainties of multiparty democracy, Indonesians are electing a new legislature Monday after a campaign shadowed by nostalgia for two former authoritarian rulers -- one dead, the other disgraced. President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government is struggling with economic weakness, secessionist rebellions and the emergence of Muslim terrorists. But there is little debate on economic policy or Muslim extremism, critical though these issues are to this sprawling country of 210 million people scattered across 17,000 islands.

Posted in Elections @ 04 April 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poll commission seeks new legal basis for election delay The General Elections Commission (KPU) says it would need a presidential decree or government regulation in lieu of law to postpone a poll in a particular area if the necessary election materials were not delivered. KPU deputy chairman Ramlan Surbakti said there was no article in the Election Law (Law No. 12/2003) that could justify an election delay because of logistical problems. "This new legal basis would be additional as the law does not provide for any delay due to logistical problems," Ramlan said before a plenary KPU meeting.

Posted in Elections @ 26 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Elections could be postponed In spite of repeated assurances from the General Election Commission (KPU) that the election would be held on schedule, several delays in the preparations have led one highly placed minister to consider a delay. Coordinating Minister for Political and Security Affairs ad interim Hari Sabarno hinted on Wednesday that the election may be delayed in certain areas due to problems with the procurement and distribution of polling materials including 660 million ballot papers.

Posted in Elections @ 25 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two busway buses damaged one day before launch A day after calling for a perfect launch for the busway project, Jakarta Governor Sutiyoso said on Tuesday that two of the 56 busway buses had already been damaged. "It's true that two of the buses hit overhanging branches, shattering their windows," he said, without providing details. Sutiyoso had urged the 126 busway drivers to maintain their image as "good drivers" by not making any technical mistakes.

Posted in General @ 14 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt hangs up phone rate plan In what might be seen as bowing to public pressure ahead of the general election, the government on Tuesday delayed plans to raise telephone rates before the end of this year. "There will be no price hike for telephone rates (in the remaining period of) this year," Minister of Communications Agum Gumelar said, following a meeting with the House of Representatives Commission IV on telecommunications and transportation.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Poso calm as more troops arrive Calm returned on Monday to Poso regency, Central Sulawesi, after around 300 paramilitary police Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel arrived in the religiously divided town. Residents in the attack-hit villages of Saatu, Pantangolemba and Pinedapa resumed their daily activities. No further violence was reported after Sunday's dawn attacks there by masked gunmen, who killed at least nine people.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 14 October 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says it may close Papua province to tourists Indonesia said on Wednesday it might ban foreign tourists from visiting restive Papua, where four people have been killed and dozens wounded in recent clashes over government plans to divide the province. War-torn Aceh province, Indonesia's other separatist hot spot, was closed to tourists in June and restrictions placed on aid agencies and foreign media working there.

Posted in Tourism @ 11 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bracing for violence Indonesia's entire 250,000-strong police force has been put on full alert as the world's largest Muslim nation braces for a backlash on the eve of a US-led war on Iraq. Intelligence sources say serious threats of violence, including bombings, may be carried out by Muslim radicals belonging to the same network as that responsible for the October Bali bombings.

Posted in Terrorism @ 20 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fears of a backlash to war As the United States prepares to disarm Iraq by force, Indonesia's secular government faces the prospect of a sharp backlash to a war from the country's Muslim majority. Even before any fighting has begun, leaders of Islamic and nationalist organizations in Indonesia are expressing indignation. As elsewhere in the Muslim world, Indonesians are accusing the United States of being an arrogant global cop with little regard for international law.

Posted in General @ 06 March 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian anger simmers Workers and students in Indonesia have clashed with police during protests over recent fuel and electricity price increases. The government price hikes, made in line with International Monetary Fund recommendations, have provoked thousands to strike and march throughout the troubled South-East Asian nation.

Posted in Protests @ 09 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Journalist tried for visa misuse A German journalist of Arab descent went on trial in Indonesia on Thursday, charged with violating his tourist visa status by working as a freelance cameraman in regions hit by religious violence. Seyam Reda, 42, was arrested in September on suspicions that he was linked to the al Qaeda network of Osama bin Laden but police later said they could find no such evidence.

Posted in General @ 02 January 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Since the terror bombings that killed nearly 200 people and destroyed his Paddy's bar, Kadek Wiranatha has closed two hotels and put off the launch of Bali's first airline. His Bounty Hotel remains open, but employees say their earnings have been halved by the absence of tipping tourists.

Posted in Terrorism @ 26 December 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


A huge car bomb ripped through two bars packed with foreign tourists on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, killing at least 182 people in an attack blamed on terrorists. The explosion late on Saturday destroyed the bars in the tourist district of Kuta and triggered an intense blaze which burned for hours as rescuers struggled to ferry hundreds of injured people to hospital.

Posted in Terrorism @ 13 October 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


In what could be an industry first, Indonesian travel and tourism associations are to mount a joint campaign to oppose an attack on Iraq. Citing the small but steady recovery taking place in one of the country's leading foreign-exchange earning industries, the Indonesian Tourism Council and the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (ITPB) are rallying the support of several other industry associations in drafting a letter to the US embassy in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 09 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb blast wounds 5 outside Jakarta discotheque A bomb has exploded outside a Jakarta discotheque, wounding five people. Indonesian police were able to defuse two other explosive devices before they detonated. The bombing, in the early hours of Sunday morning, occurred outside a Jakarta discotheque in the city's Chinatown entertainment district. The crude device was planted in a nearby food stall. Two additional bombs were discovered - one in front of another Chinatown nightclub; the other in a parking lot in the city center. Bomb squad officials defused both explosives.

Posted in Crime @ 09 June 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Unemployment to hit 45m in year 2004 A research center has warned the government of a drastic increase in the number of unemployed and the incidence of poverty over the next few years, underlining that the authorities' inability to properly handle the issue could lead to large-scale social unrest.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years ago, a petty dispute between a local and two migrants in the Ambon capital of Maluku degenerated into a full-scale sectarian riot which up to this year has killed 9,000 people and forced more than 500,000 people out of their homes.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 23 January 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mixed reaction over fuel price Several legislators of the three largest factions of the House of Representatives gave mixed reactions on Monday to the government's proposal to raise fuel prices by 30 percent next year. Husni Thamrin of the second largest faction, Golkar, said the government should delay the plan given the hardships people suffer due to the prolonged economic crisis.

Posted in General @ 11 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Death toll in Luwu violence reaches 13 The death toll from an intervillage clash in the district of Ponrang, Luwu regency, reached 13 on Saturday, while regency legislators decried the local regent's sluggishness in dealing with the violence. "Regent Kamrul Kasim failed to anticipate the deadly clash, which had been predicted by others. He also did not approach residents to appeal to them not to be easily provoked. Kamrul Kasim must be held responsible for the tragedy," A. Muh. Yamin, a legislator from Commission B, told The Jakarta Post while monitoring the exodus from Padang Sappa.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 02 September 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


As Jakarta loses control of its domestic situation, the region confronts a slowdown in foreign investment, a rise in Muslim extremism, and the threat of chaos — or even civil war — in Southeast Asia's largest country

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


Government delays fuel price hike The government abruptly delayed on Thursday the planned fuel price hike a day before it was due to come into effect, saying it had to weigh further the political, social and security implications which might arise. The decision was announced by Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Purnomo Yusgiantoro, after an economic meeting chaired by Vice President Megawati Soekarnoputri at Merdeka Selatan Palace.

Posted in Economy @ 15 June 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Susilo replaced in hasty reshuffle President Abdurrahman Wahid added further suspense to the unfolding political drama by catching everyone by surprise on Friday with his announcement of a Cabinet reshuffle which included the replacement of his top political and security minister. The reshuffle was not so much a case of ushering new faces into the Cabinet as one of musical chairs, as three of the five new appointments were those of people already serving in his administration.

Posted in Politics @ 02 June 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


One killed in Pasuruan as unrest continues One person was killed and four others injured in a fierce clash between people claiming to be President Abdurrahman Wahid's supporters and security officers in tense Pasuruan on Wednesday, while another group of people ransacked and torched a Muhammadiyah senior high school in neighboring Situbondo. However, in general the situation remained under control in East Java, the stronghold of Abdurrahman, contrary to people's belief that on Tuesday more people would take to the streets to protest the House of Representative's (DPR) plenary session in Jakarta.

Posted in Violence @ 31 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters threaten to storm House building Thousands of supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid threatened on Tuesday to storm the House of Representatives (DPR) building should the House decide, at its plenary session on Wednesday, to call for a special session of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) to impeach the President.

Posted in Protests @ 30 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur supporters start pouring into the capital Amid increasing worries of possible civil unrest over the current political situation, hundreds of supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid arrived here on Monday to show support for their embattled leader. People grouped in the United People's Movement (Garab) from Malang and Blitar, East Java, arrived at Senen railway station in Central Jakarta on Monday. Many other supporters took buses to the capital.

Posted in Politics @ 29 May 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


TNI, Police braced for state of emergency The Indonesian Military (TNI) and National Police increased their alert status on Friday in anticipation of a possible imposition of a state of emergency. TNI chief Adm. Widodo AS summoned military top brass for a crisis meeting at TNI headquarters in East Jakarta, hours before the holding of a Cabinet meeting.

Posted in Politics @ 26 May 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Defiant Wahid brushes off impeachment attempt Struggling to hold together the world's fourth most-populous nation, Indonesian's beleaguered president said he is confident he will defeat any effort to impeach him over financial scandals. In an interview with The Associated Press, President Abdurrahman Wahid said he had lobbied individual lawmakers and was prepared to fight an impeachment measure in court, if needed.

Posted in Politics @ 21 March 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Kalimantan ethnic clashes kill 75, many beheaded More than 75 people have been slaughtered -- some beheaded and their heads carried around -- in savage ethnic bloodshed on Indonesia's portion of Borneo island, local officials and media said on Thursday. National police chief Suroyo Bimantoro told reporters the police and army had each sent in an extra battalion and the navy was being called in to handle a flood of thousands of refugees.

Posted in Violence @ 22 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wave of refugees leave Sampit Thousands of Sampit's citizens, the capital of East Kotawaringin Regency in Central Kalimantan, left Palangkaraya on Tuesday (20/2) in waves. Palangkaraya is located around 220 kilometers east of Sampit. Trucks laden with belongings of Sampit people and hundreds of private cars were constantly heading towards Palangkaraya.

Posted in Violence @ 21 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Gus Dur in E.Java, supporters plan more protests Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur flew into his political heartland of East Java on Friday to try to calm fanatical supporters who said they plan to continue their increasingly violent protests. The Muslim cleric made no comment on arrival in the provincial capital Surabaya, and headed straight for Pasuruan, about 735 km (480 miles) east of Jakarta and stronghold of a huge Islamic organisation founded by his grandfather.

Posted in Protests @ 09 February 2001 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia starting to gain from reforms Indonesia is beginning to reap the benefits of its economic reforms, Trade Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said here Tuesday, urging investors not to be distracted by violence wracking the country. In a briefing to business leaders, Pandjaitan said Indonesia had revised its growth forecasts upwards, as the benefits of reforms undertaken after the 1997 Asian financial crisis began to kick in.

Posted in General @ 16 January 2001 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian population 203.45 million: BPS Population growth in the last decade has been declining as indicated by the results of the latest census which shows that Indonesia now has a population of 203,456,005 of which nearly 60 percent live on Java island. The Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) on Wednesday issued the results of the latest population census which showed that population growth in the country between 1990 and 2000 was at 1.35 percent per year, while the previous rate between 1980 and 1990 was 1.97 percent.

Posted in General @ 04 January 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bomb threaths end in explosion in Yogya hospital The bomb threats which have terrorized Yogyakarta during the past week reached its pinnacle on Tuesday dawn, when a strong blast shattered the rest room of the city`s Doctor Sardjito public hospital. Prior to the blast, the security authorities had been troubled by three bomb threats -- the discovery of a locally-assembled bomb in Masahan village, Trirenggo subdistrict in Bantul district on Wednesday, Dec 13; the discovery of another locally-made bomb at the city bus station on Thursday, Dec 14; and bomb threats relayed in two telephone calls against the Panti Rapih hospital on Sunday, Dec 17.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sultan: provocateurs have entered Yogyakarta Yogyakarta Governor Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono warned on Tuesday he was tipped off by Jakarta that provocateurs entered the province to ignite unrest over the last two weeks. The provocateurs were three people involved in the unrest in Banyuwangi and 10 others from Jakarta, the Sultan said. The Sultan said that Yogyakarta was considered safe compared to other major cities in the country and recent explosions and bomb hoaxes could tarnish its peaceful image.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian show of force Indonesian police have stepped up their hunt for separatists in Irian Jaya, after a big show of strength in the capital, Jayapura, ahead of an independence rally on Friday. Jakarta has warned the separatists they will face a tough crackdown if they declare independence, and has sent an extra 1,300 elite reserve troops to the province in anticipation of unrest. Separatist tensions have long been brewing in this restive, most easterly province in the archipelago, which Jakarta took over from Dutch colonial rule in the early 1960s.

Posted in Politics @ 30 November 2000 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


City set for violent protests over fuel hike City authorities say they are fully prepared for violent protests, strikes and shortages when fuel prices are raised on Sunday. The authorities said on Thursday 200 buses were on standby should bus drivers in the capital go on strike to protest the 12 percent fuel price hike.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2000 16:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien gives new Cabinet 90 days People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais said the new Cabinet had three months to prove it could cope with the various challenges the nation is facing. "If the Cabinet fails to perform well, the House of Representatives (DPR) may take steps," he told reporters on Saturday after a meeting with the heads of regional branches of the National Mandate Party (PAN) across East Java.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2000 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Student clash with police near Cendana Angered at being repeatedly blocked by tight security, about 800 anti-Soeharto protesters attacked police with rocks and Molotov cocktails on Thursday, burning a traffic police post near the Central Jakarta residence of the former president. The attack by members of Jarkot (City Network) sparked retaliatory measures by about 200 officers, who ran after the protesters and fired several rounds of tear gas. Several students were badly beaten and enraged officers also attempted to grab the cameras of photographers from The Jakarta Post and Pos Kota daily, roughly confiscating their film.

Posted in Violence @ 28 May 2000 10:06 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police shift blame for Glodok raid Top police officers blamed each other on Sunday for the botched raid on sellers of illegal Video Compact Discs (VCDs) in Glodok on Saturday which triggered widespread rioting in the West Jakarta commercial district. "The National Police Headquarters did not inform the city police about the planned VCD raid. Our operational and control forces were taken by surprise, when they heard about the raid," Jakarta Police chief Maj. Gen. Nurfaizi said after a coordination meeting with the capital's five precinct chiefs at city police headquarters.

Posted in Violence @ 15 May 2000 10:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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