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Antigraft activists applaud Akil’s life sentence A leading antigraft watchdog has applauded the Anti-Corruption Court’s decision to sentence former Constitutional Court chief justice Akil Mochtar to life in prison. “This verdict will not only give a deterrent effect but also send a message to other law enforcers not to commit corruption or take bribes,” said Emerson Yuntho, the legal monitoring coordinator of the Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), on Tuesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 July 2014 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Construction of Jakarta monorail project delayed again PT Jakarta Monorail (JM) said construction of monorail project in Jakarta has been delayed again over cost of pillars supporting the rails being not yet settled with state construction company PT Adhi Karya .

Posted in Infrastructure @ 22 February 2014 00:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Tangerang mayor: 'My wealth comes from God' South Tangerang Mayor Airin Rachmi Diany remained philosophical on Wednesday after digesting the news that her husband, Tubagus “Wawan” Chaeri Wardana, would be charged with money laundering over his alleged involvement in a crooked medical equipment procurement scheme. “One’s job, wealth and challenges all come from Allah and belong to Allah,” she said.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 January 2014 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


PKS says corruption case due to zionist conspiracy The statement of high party members of the Islamic PKS party that a zionist conspiracy was created against the party which it caused to be involved in a huge corruption scandal has been made without any evidence backing it up. "It's just pure speculation, there is no evidence at all," said Habiburohkman, of the Union of Spokespersons.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 February 2013 09:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia ranked 100th on list of corruption nations Indonesia ranked 100th together with 11 other corrupt countries, according to Transparency International, a global anti-corruption watchdog, in its Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 December 2012 18:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia loses $3.3 billion in five years of corruption cases More than 300 cases of embezzlement over the past five years have cost the Indonesian government more than Rp 29.5 trillion ($3.3 billion), the country's financial watchdog said on Friday.

Posted in Corruption @ 10 December 2011 11:48 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


15 countries join UN Human Rights Council Fifteen new countries have been selected to join the United Nations Human Rights Council, including six countries that have never previously served on the Geneva-based body.

Posted in Politics @ 21 May 2011 02:22 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Antasari's 18-year sentence to begin early new year The 18-year sentence of former Corruption Eradication Commission chief and murder convict, Antasari Azhar, will begin shortly after New Year celebrations, on Jan. 3. Antasari is convicted of murdering businessman Nasruddin Zulkarnaen. The Supreme Court rejected his appeal in September, keeping his 18-years sentence in prison.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 January 2011 03:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian court lifts law that allowed government to ban books An Indonesian court on Wednesday lifted a 1963 law that allowed the government to ban books deemed as offensive. "The 1960s Law on Securing Printed Materials whose content could disrupt public order is against the Constitution. The law is no longer legally binding," said Mahfud MD, the head of the court.

Posted in Politics @ 15 October 2010 03:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


House of North Sumatra governor seized by KPK One of the houses of the governor of North Sumatra, Syamsul Arifin, in the neighborhood Raffles Hills in Cibubur, East Jakarta, has been seized by the corruption watchdog KPK. A spokesperson of the KPK, Johan Budi, said that the money that was used to buy the house originated from regional government coffers, and thus was corruption.

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 12:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indictment: 'Ex-tax officer amassed Rp 885 billion' Former senior tax officer Bahasyim Assifie went on trial on Thursday in connection with a multimillion dollar money laundering case between 2004 and 2010. In their indictment read out at the South Jakarta District Court, state prosecutors said Bahasyim, former chief of the Jakarta tax office for Koja and Palmerah areas, had amassed a whopping Rp 885.15 billion (73 million euro).

Posted in Corruption @ 01 October 2010 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


8.3 million hectares of Riau rainforest 'disappeared' The destruction of the tropical rain forest in Riau is just stunning. Of the 9.2 million hectares of rain forest existing in 1982, even before the provinces of Riau and Riau Islands were formed, only some 860.000 hectares is left now. In just 28 years some 8.3 million hectares has vanished completely.

Posted in Environment @ 14 May 2010 12:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Corrupt regent of Boven Digoel arrested at Jakarta airport An investigative team of corruption watchdog KPK has arrested the regent of Boven Digoel, Papua, at the airport of Jakarta. Yusak Yaluwo was arrested late last night in relation to a corruption case about funds from the regional budget and regional autonomy.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 April 2010 11:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New anti-corruption force put to work President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has officially formed a workgroup to combat the rampant mafia hukum, or corruption among lawmakers and enforcers of the law in the country. The new workgroup should be put into active duty right away to clean up Indonesia's heavily corrupted system of law. The law has been signed by Yudhoyono on December 30, 2009.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 January 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saving turtles in Bali Bali's negative reputation as a center for the slaughter and sale of turtles is slowly changing, due to a number of heroic efforts such as the establishment of the Bali Turtle Education and Conservation Center established on Serangan Island five years ago.

Posted in Environment @ 26 December 2009 02:51 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Release of wiretaps fuels corruption debate Yesterday, hours of recorded wiretaps were broadcasted live on Indonesian television when showed in the Constitutional Court after months of accusations between the national police and the corruption watchdog KPK. The tapes involve key law enforcement officials and put even more pressure on president Yudhoyono to defend his anti-graft credentials.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 November 2009 05:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono: 'Show me the damned evidence!' The ongoing war between the Indonesian police, known to be one of the most corrupt bodies in Indonesia, and the corruption watchdog KPK with president Yudhoyono in the middle is heating up once more after the arrest of two other top members of the KPK two days ago. President Yudhoyono asked the police once more to release any evidence related to the case, because until now the police only pointed fingers but never produced any evidence.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 October 2009 00:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian child bride? No problem! Always had the desire to take a very young girl as your second wife but never found parents that wanted to sell their child and find a place where such actions are allowed? Indonesia might very well be the solution for this problem as it seems.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 October 2009 05:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wanted: New leader of corruption watchdog KPK After Antasari Azhar was arrested for his supposed involvement in a murder case earlier this year, the Indonesian corruption watchdog KPK does not have a leader anymore. A.A., as he is named popularly, has been put on non-active shortly after his arrest. Since he was the head of the corruption watchdog, there was no way that he would be able to return to his post, even if he was to be freed later on.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 September 2009 06:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former governor of Bank Indonesia goes to Cipinang prison Burhanuddin, a former governor of the Indonesian Central Bank has been given a three-year sentence for corruption by the Supreme Court. He will spend the prison term in the Cipinang prison in East Jakarta. "We have executed the verdict today," said the director for prosecutions of the corruption watchdog KPK, Ferry Wibisono earlier. While this case was handled by the special corruption court, Burhanuddin still had to spend the days before his verdict in detention at the national police headquarters.

Posted in Corruption @ 15 September 2009 06:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official: 'Papua waisted 30 trillion Rupiah on autonomy' In the eight years that a special autonomy has been in place in Papua, the people there still do not enjoy improved welfare, partly because incompetent government actions in the two provinces. An official from West Papua said that both provincial governments had wasted some 30 trillion Rupiah (2.1 billion euro) in funds meant to support autonomy.

Posted in Politics @ 11 September 2009 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former governor faces four year in jail over bribery The former governor of South Sumatra, Syahrial Oesman, is facing a jail term of four years over alleged corruption of 5 billion Rupiah (350,000 euro). He has allegedly channeled money to members of the House of Representatives. "We demand the board of judges to convict defendant Syahrial Oesman in this corruption crime," said Zet Tadungallo, a member of the corruption watchdog KPK team of prosecutors.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 September 2009 03:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda charged with price-fixing in Australia Garuda Indonesia has been charged by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) for conspiring to fix air cargo prices. The lawsuit alleges that Garuda and other carriers of colluding to fix fuel and security surcharges in Indonesia and Hong Kong between 2001 and 2006.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 08 September 2009 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Interest from government account stolen by officials The corruption watchdog KPK has ordered six banks in Java, Sumatra and Kalimantan to close accounts of provincial government officials that were receiving interest from savings accounts that belong to their local administrations. Haryono Umar, staff of the KPK said that the banks would bear incentives for government officials that parked government funds in savings accounts.

Posted in Corruption @ 26 August 2009 04:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thirteen f*cking demonstrations in Jakarta today One demonstration causes irritation, two demonstrations cause a traffic jam, three demonstrations is still quite normal in Jakarta. Four is okay as well, but the one who gave a permit for all thirteen demonstrations held today alone should be publicly humiliated by driving him through Jalan Thamrin at lunchtime a few times. Too stupid for words, all those demonstrations on just ONE single day in one of the most congested cities on this planet.

Posted in Protests @ 12 August 2009 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Not detected or too lazy to detect? How could the tourist that was infected with Mexican Flu still enter Indonesian territory without being detected by the recently installed body temperature scan equipment at the international airport of Denpasar, Bali? Of course the equipment functioned, according Ms. Decease Comes from Outside Indonesia, Siti Fadhilah Supari.

Posted in Culture @ 27 June 2009 02:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Motive for murder on Zulkarnaen moves to suspected corruption The motive in the murder case on Nasrudin Zulkarnaen which caused the head of the corruption watchdog KPK, Antasari Azhar, to be put on non-active because he is a suspect in the case, has now changed from a love triangle to suspected corruption. There is some evidence that connects Antasari and Zulkarnaen with Sigid Haryo Wibisono in a possible corruption case at the Department of Social Affairs.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 May 2009 16:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti corruption watchdog chief named suspect in murder plot The head of Indonesia's powerful anti-corruption watchdog, Antasari Azhar, has been named as a suspect in the Mafia-style execution of a senior executive, amid allegations of a love triangle gone wrong. But Azhar's lawyer has dismissed the notion his client masterminded the murder of Nasrudin Zulkarnaen, describing it as a conspiracy to destroy a graft-busting crime fighter.

Posted in Crime @ 04 May 2009 08:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


ICW reports suspected corruption in Department of Religious Affairs to KPK Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) has evidence in the form of papers in which loans, which are signed by the minister of Religious Affairs Maftuh Basyuni and the general director of the Islamic department of the ministry, Taufik Kamil, are used to donate money to members of the parliament. The evidence has been handed over to the anti-corruption watchdog KPK last week.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 December 2008 09:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption watchdog detains relative of Yudhoyono Indonesia's anti-corruption watchdog arrested a relative of President Yudhoyono in connection with the misappropriation of millions of dollars in bank funds, media reports said Friday. After several hours of questioning, Aulia Tantowi Pohan, the father-in-law of Yudhoyono's son, was arrested Thursday in connection with an 8-million-dollar graft case at the country's central bank.

Posted in Corruption @ 28 November 2008 07:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia corruption watchdog to work with FBI Indonesia's corruption watchdog signed an agreement Tuesday with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation to collaborate in the fight against graft, a spokesman said. Corruption Eradication Commission, or KPK, chairman Antasari Azhar and FBI deputy director John Pistole signed the agreement in Jakarta on training and the exchange of information and investigators, the commission's spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 November 2008 09:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian authorities plan uniforms for accused corruptors There is growing criticism of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's decision not to dismiss two senior ministers, implicated in a Bank Indonesia corruption scandal. The situation has been further complicated in recent weeks by allegations that the father-in-law of President Yudhoyono's eldest son was approving the bribes.

Posted in Human rights @ 13 August 2008 15:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia warns oil output to finish in 10 years’ time Indonesia’s oil watchdog, BPMIGAS, warned on Friday that the country’s dwindling oil reserves could be exhausted in 10 years’ time if no new reserves are found. Indonesia has struggled to develop its rich energy resources, turning into a net importer of crude oil in recent years.

Posted in Economy @ 04 August 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Chief of Indonesian central bank arrested on graft charges The anti-corruption commission in Indonesia has finally arrested the country's central bank governor on graft charges, a spokesman for the body said Thursday. The watchdog, which has been investigating Burhanuddin Abdullah since last February over the alleged misappropriation of 100 billion Rupiah in bank funds, said he was taken in for questioning early Thursday and later arrested.

Posted in General @ 11 April 2008 07:28 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi sends aviation watchdog to Indonesia Officials of Saudi Arabia's aviation watchdog arrived in Indonesia Monday to begin inspections of local airlines concerning their safety record after the European Union recently denied entry of all Indonesian airlines. Personnel from the General Authority Civil Aviation (GACA) visited the Transportation Ministry's compound here and were received by director general of civil aviation Budhi Suyitno.

Posted in General @ 30 July 2007 18:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia Jan crude output edges up to 859,000 bpd Indonesia’s crude oil output rose 0.2 percent to 859,000 barrels per day (bpd) last month from December levels as some wells returned from maintenance and February production may increase further, an official said on Saturday. “Indonesia’s crude production may be higher in February because some wells will produce at maximum, although the increase may not be much,” said the official from oil watchdog BPMIGAS, who declined to be identified. Daily production in December was at 857,000 barrels.

Posted in Economy @ 04 February 2007 02:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia says still apart with Exxon over Natuna Indonesia and Exxon Mobil Corp. played down a deadline on Monday for the expiration of a contract to operate the Natuna D-Alpha gas block, although an official at oil watchdog BPMIGAS said the two sides remained far apart. Indonesia says it has terminated the contract, while Exxon Mobil has said its Natuna contract remains valid until January 2009 and still plans to develop the field.

Posted in Economy @ 08 January 2007 13:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia gas sale fails amid Java mudflow row Indonesian energy and mining firm PT Energi on Tuesday lost a potential buyer of some gas assets as controversy over devastating mud flows from near a drilling site in East Java continued to rage. PT Energi Mega Persada Tbk wants to sell stakes in firms that control gas block operator Lapindo Brantas -- a company that has been blamed for causing mud to gush from near a drilling site for months.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 28 November 2006 16:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Chevron to invest $6 bln in Indonesia gas fields Chevron Corp. (CVX.N) plans to invest about $6 billion to develop gas fields off the coast of Borneo, aiming to crank up flagging Indonesian gas output, a senior official at the country's oil watchdog said on Monday. Indonesia, the world's top liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter, has failed to meet its contractual commitments to traditional buyers such as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan because of a slump in production.

Posted in Economy @ 09 October 2006 15:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police foil attempted closure of church The suppression of religious freedom in this predominantly Muslim nation continues in West Java, where dozens of churches and places of worship have been forcibly closed by Muslim extremists over the past year. A mob of around 50 people attempted Saturday to demolish a house they claimed was being used illegally by Christians as a place of worship in the hamlet of Cibintinu, Arjasari village, some 20 kilometers south of Bandung.

Posted in Religion @ 25 September 2006 09:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands displaced by noxious mud in Java Noxious mud oozing from around an oil well since late May has driven about 8,000 people from their homes in Indonesia's East Java province and left hundreds gasping for breath or vomiting, according to local officials. "Factories, houses, fields, freeways have been drowned by the mud which is spread over more then 200 ha (494 acres)," Win Hendrarso, head of Sidoarjo regency, an area near the city of Surabaya where the well is located, told reporters late on Thursday.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 07 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina: Indonesia okays Cepu oilfield plan Indonesia's energy regulator has approved the development plan for its big Cepu oilfield, with production on track to begin in late 2008 or early 2009, the head of state oil firm Pertamina said on Monday. "The development has been approved, we are proceeding with the field development," Pertamina President and CEO Ari Soemarno told Reuters on the sidelines of the Asia Oil & Gas Conference (AOGC). "We hope we can start late 2008 or early 2009."

Posted in Economy @ 12 June 2006 18:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police issue shoot-on-sight for for East Java rioters East Java Police chief Brig. Gen. Herman Suryadi has issued a shoot-on-sight order for rioters following the massive wave of vandalism by disgruntled supporters of a candidate in the Tuban regental elections. Tuban Police intensified their hunt for the masterminds of the violence, Herman said, with a curfew imposed for an indefinite period of time in the area.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Former Indonesia religion minister jailed in graft case A former Indonesian minister of religion was sentenced to five years in jail on Tuesday over a funds scandal involving the Haj pilgrimage, one of a number of cases underscoring the president's war on corruption. The Central Jakarta District Court found Said Agil Munawar, religious affairs minister from 1999-2004, guilty of involvement in the scandal, which focussed on some 700 billion rupiah (43 million pounds) in surplus funds from the government Haj programme to Saudi Arabia.

Posted in General @ 07 February 2006 18:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

Posted in Earthquake @ 10 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


New mammal discovered in Indonesia Researchers from the WWF conservation group may have made an extremely rare discovery of a new species of mammal in the dense forests of central Borneo, the organisation says. The carnivorous mammal, slightly larger than a domestic cat with dark red fur and a long bushy tail, was photographed twice by an automated camera at night in 2003 on the Indonesian side of the island, the WWF said on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 06 December 2005 12:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Watchdog: Press freedom in Indonesia improving Indonesia has made further progress in terms of press freedom over the past 12 months, according to Reporters Without Borders' 2005 Worldwide Press Freedom Index. According to the index, made public late last week, Indonesia is ranked 102nd, out of 167 countries surveyed. The country was ranked 117th last year.

Posted in Media @ 24 October 2005 10:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesia to stay as full Opec member Indonesia, Asia-Pacific’s only member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), has decided to remain a full member of the group, an official at energy watchdog BPMIGAS said yesterday. Indonesia’s declining oil production has left it unable to meet its Opec quota, and it became a net importer of oil for several months of last year. That lead to some calls from parliamentary and industry groups for it to leave the group.

Posted in Economy @ 31 July 2005 10:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia graft agency to question justice minister Indonesia's justice minister will be questioned this week by the country's anti-corruption agency in relation to an investigation of the election commission, the agency's chief said on Monday. The Anti-Corruption Commission (KPK) has been investigating suspected kickbacks by private firms to the General Election Commission, of which Justice Minister Hamid Awaluddin was a member last year.

Posted in Politics @ 06 June 2005 18:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia names ex-minister to head Aceh rebuilding Indonesia's president named a former minister to head a powerful agency responsible for the reconstruction of areas affected by the Dec. 26 tsunami and other recent disasters, a decree obtained by Reuters on Sunday showed. Former mines and energy minister, Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, will manage a 46.1 trillion rupiah ($4.84 billion) fund for rebuilding the tsunami-stricken Aceh province and Nias island, it said.

Posted in Earthquake @ 01 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor of Aceh convicted of graft An Indonesian court on Monday jailed the governor of tsunami-hit Aceh province for 10 years on corruption charges in a case seen as a test of the country's commitment to fight endemic graft. The trial of Abdullah Puteh was the first heard in a new court set up to deal with high-profile corruption cases. The jail term, levied over the purchase of a Russian-made helicopter, was two years more than that sought by prosecutors.

Posted in Politics @ 11 April 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to open 43 new areas for oil and gas exploration Indonesia will open 43 new areas for oil and gas exploration in 2005 in a bid to shore up declining oil reserves and output, an official at the mines and energy ministry told Reuters. Asia-Pacific’s only OPEC member became a net oil importer last year due to production problems at ageing wells, but officials insist Indonesia should be able to restore its net exporter status in the longer term.

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pertamina suspends finance director PT Pertamina's Finance Director Alfred Rohimone has been suspended from his position, effective today, over his alleged involvement in the sale of two of the company's oil tankers last year, the Jakarta Post daily reports. The daily quotes the Minister of State Enterprises Affairs Sugiharto as saying that the board of the commissioners of the oil and gas company has issued a suspension notice to Alfred.

Posted in Economy @ 07 March 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia off the blacklist Indonesia is no longer considered a high-risk country within the global anti-money laundering (AML) system. This means financial institutions in developed countries are no longer required to give special attention to business and transactions with persons and companies in Indonesia. Basically, this means lower costs for transactions with Indonesia.

Posted in General @ 15 February 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bengkulu mayor suspected of embezzling $2 million An Indonesian mayor was named as a suspect in the embezzlement of Rp18 billion ($1.98 million) in state funds on Friday in the latest case of alleged corruption involving top officials. Chalik Effendi, mayor of Bengkulu town in Bengkulu province, Sumatra island, is suspected of issuing an illegal tender for 52 state-funded development projects, said district chief prosecutor Rusdi Taher.

Posted in Crime @ 29 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Official campaign begins for run-off presidential poll The official campaign has begun for Indonesia's run-off presidential election. Incumbent president, Megawati Sukarnoputri faces, her former security minister, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the September 20 election. Analysts are divided over whether the bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta last week will impact on the poll.

Posted in Elections @ 14 September 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indian national executed for drug smuggling An Indian national was executed by firing squad early on Thursday for smuggling heroin into Indonesia, despite opposition from international human rights groups, officials said. "We confirmed that the execution of (Chaubey) has been carried out," said on official at North Sumatra's prosecutor's office. The execution of Ayodhya Prasad Chaubey, 65, took place at about 2:30 a.m. at a secret location in North Sumatra province, 1,575 kilometres northwest of Jakarta.

Posted in Drugs @ 05 August 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pirates open fire on gas tanker in Indonesia Pirates armed with automatic weapons opened fire on a gas tanker moored at an Indonesian port before boarding the craft and stealing equipment, a maritime crime watchdog reported Wednesday. No one was injured in the attack Monday on the tanker moored at Anyer port on the western tip of Java island, the International Maritime Bureau reported. The vessel was carrying liquefied petroleum gas.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Nine crew missing off Indonesia after pirate attack Nine crew members of a ship were missing after pirates threw them overboard in Indonesian waters, just a few days before military patrols begin in the Strait of Malacca, one of the world's strategic shipping lanes, an ocean crime watchdog said on Wednesday. The International Maritime Bureau (IMB) said the attack occurred on a tug called the Global Semesta Satu in the Bangka Straits, south of the Strait of Malacca on Sunday.

Posted in Terrorism @ 15 July 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Media on the payroll Koran Indonesia looks deceptively like a normal newspaper, but is clearly slanted to make Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri's government look good. "The economy has recovered," reads one headline, while another announces: "Farmers are getting wealthier." The paper appeared on newsstands on the first day of campaigning for Indonesia's first direct presidential elections, and it comes as no surprise that it's funded by Megawati's campaign team.

Posted in Elections @ 18 June 2004 00:01 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 claims poll victory as results filter in The Golkar party of fallen autocrat Suharto has declared victory in Monday's parliamentary polls in Indonesia after early official results and an independent count indicated that it narrowly beat the nationalist party of President Megawati Sukarnoputri. In an interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday, Akbar Tandjung, Golkar's chairman, proclaimed victory and dismissed the possibility of a much-touted alliance with Mrs Megawati's Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ahead of July 5 presidential polls, saying such a coalition was now "very difficult".

Posted in Elections @ 07 April 2004 00:03 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


On behalf of The United States-Indonesia Society and the National Commission on United States-Indonesia Relations, I thank you for this opportunity to present my perspectives on some of the major trends and challenges shaping priorities for U.S. policy in Southeast Asia. I returned yesterday from two weeks in Indonesia and also look forward to sharing my views on developments in that important nation.

Posted in Corruption @ 22 March 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt mulls death penalty for illegal loggers Illegal loggers and corrupt officials who help them plunder vast tracts of virgin tropical forests may face the death penalty under a presidential decree to be issued next month, a senior an official said Monday. "These illegal loggers are environmental terrorists. They steal millions of dollars worth of revenue and destroy the environment," said Fachrir Fathoni, a senior official at the nature conservation directorate at the Forestry Ministry. "We are seriously considering the death penalty. We want to get the big players," he said.

Posted in General @ 16 March 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia takes top spot in world's most corrupt nations It is no surprise that Indonesia ranks again as one of the world's most corrupt nations because graft in the public sector and judicial system is widespread, activists said here Tuesday. The Berlin-based group Transparency International on Tuesday listed Indonesia near the bottom of its list of corrupt countries, on the same level as Kenya but ahead of Myanmar, Angola, Cameroon, Paraguay, Nigeria and Haiti.

Posted in General @ 08 October 2003 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays passing of media law The government has delayed plans to pass a new media law that critics say would stifle freedom of information in the newly democratic country, reports said Thursday. The bill, which would bar local outlets from relaying foreign news programs and allow the government to temporarily shut down news broadcasts deemed to violate the law, originally was to be ratified by parliament at the end of this month.

Posted in Media @ 13 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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