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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


Borobudur temple to be reopened later this month Earlier this year the Borobudur temple complex near the town of Magelang in Central Java was closed due to an eruption of the Mount Merapi volcano. Soon, this complex should be reopened to the public, at least partly. Reopening is scheduled for later this month.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 07 December 2010 03:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Malaysia push a biofuels cartel With the world increasingly hungry for alternatives to crude oil, two Southeast Asian nations plan a way to control prices. Just at the time the administration of US President George W Bush is being urged by a group of leading US business executives and senior military officers to act decisively to break America’s dependence on oil and the EU is seeking alternative energy sources, Malaysia and Indonesia are seeking to create a an Opec-style cartel on one of the alternatives – palm oil, used for biofuels.

Posted in General @ 15 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to seek death penalty for Australian Indonesian prosecutors say they are likely to push for the death penalty for a Queensland woman found with 4.1 kilograms of marijuana at Denpasar airport in Bali. They said the amount of marijuana found in Schapelle Leigh Corby's body board bag meant they would "probably" charge her with an offence carrying the death penalty. Ida Bagus Wiswantanu, of the Bali Prosecutor's Office, said after briefly examining the police allegations against Corby yesterday that it appeared there was a strong case to push for the maximum sentence.

Posted in Drugs @ 01 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three years ago, Kadir Faizal commanded great respect on the waterfront. Nobody cared that the Muslim leader of the longshoreman's union was married to a Christian and lived in her neighborhood. But now, Faizal is an infidel in the eyes of his Muslim colleagues at the harbor.

Posted in Religion @ 05 February 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The deadly Christmas and New Year bombings in Indonesia and Manila, which killed 40 people and left hundreds injured, have Indonesians and Filipinos puzzled. Is radical Islam, they wonder, entering a dangerous new phase in Southeast Asia? Or is Islamic militancy, as police investigators and analysts now seem convinced, merely a convenient cover for politically powerful rivals bent on using terror campaigns in their struggle for supremacy?

Posted in Politics @ 25 January 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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