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Governor: 'New oil reserve discovered in Riau' Governor of Riau Province Annas Maamun revealed on Monday that a new oil reserve, presumably the biggest in Riau, was found in Rokan Hilir District by PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI).

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2014 15:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


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


Prabowo`s wealth reported at more than rp1 trillion Indonesian presidential and vice presidential candidates disclosed details of their wealth here on Tuesday as required by the law for their participation in the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 01 July 2014 17:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK verifies Jokowi's wealth ahead of election The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has verified presidential candidate Jokowi's wealth here on Thursday as mandated by the law ahead of the election scheduled on July 9.

Posted in Elections @ 26 June 2014 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK investigators pledge to trace Suryadharma Ali`s wealth The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators will trace the wealth of Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali, who was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to haj pilgrimage management, a KPK commissioner said.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 22:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious affairs minister suspect in corruption case Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali was named as a suspect in a corruption case linked to hajj pilgrimage management.

Posted in Corruption @ 23 May 2014 01:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Megawati calls on students to monitor 2014 elections Opposition party leader Megawati Soekarnoputri called on students here on Saturday not to become absentee voters, but to help monitor the upcoming general elections. "Do not become absentee voters, because if we do we might get a leader that we do not want. We, instead, must monitor the election to avoid fraud," she said before students of Surabaya University.

Posted in Elections @ 01 March 2014 23:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo: 'Agriculture more important than economic concerns' The issue of agriculture is a more important concern than simple economics, because it has a strategic role in the life of the nation, according to Indonesian Farmers Association Chairman Prabowo Subianto.

Posted in Economy @ 01 March 2014 16:35 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


More tourists visit Komodo National Park in 2013 The town of Labuan Bajo, the entry point to Komodo island, in East Nusa Tenggara, has seen a steady influx of domestic and foreign tourists, following the inclusion of the Komodo National Park in the New7Wonders of Nature.

Posted in Tourism @ 30 December 2013 17:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Defence Minister inaugurates two combat vessels Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro inaugurated two fast combat ships - KRI Pari-849 and KRI Sembilang-850 on Thursday. "The two ships are the fast type. They would be deployed to maintain security and sovereignty in Indonesia`s waters," said Minister Yusgiantoro, after the inauguration ceremony on Thursday.

Posted in Military @ 05 September 2013 14:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau students demand gas block nationalization Dozens of students who are members of the Executive Board of Riau University`s Students, staged a protest by blocking the entrance to PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia in Rumbai complex, Pekanbaru on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2013 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono starts three-day visit in Britain Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono and entourage, arrived at the Heathrow international airport, London at about 6.0 p.m. local time or 40 minutes earlier than the schedule.

Posted in Politics @ 31 October 2012 12:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali to develop tourist villages for elderly foreigners Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post) reports that Bali has plans to develop seven tourism villages catering to retired foreign visitors.

Posted in Tourism @ 13 October 2012 01:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'Solution needed to solve international corruption' Indonesian chief minister for legal, political and security affairs Djoko Suyanto said efforts must be made to find a way to settle corruption cases affecting other countries.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 September 2012 19:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Recommendation to fight corruption from Hong Kong Former chairman of Hong Kong`s anti corruption agency Bertrand de Speville said Indonesia needs to invest more to turn out skilled personnel of the country`s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Posted in Corruption @ 05 July 2012 18:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Six years jail for corrupt former tax official Gayus Former tax official Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to six years in jail and fined Rp1 billion for corruption and money laundering on Thursday. The chairman of a panel of judges at the Corruption Court here, Suhartoyo, said Gayus had validly been proven guilty of corruption in several cases.

Posted in Corruption @ 04 March 2012 02:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All civil servants to be required to report wealth Administrative Reform Minister Azwar Abubakar said all civil servants would be required to report their wealth to anticipate the recurrence of cases of civil servants having huge bank accounts.

Posted in Politics @ 01 March 2012 12:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


BI imposes harsh sanctions on Citibank Bank Indonesia (BI) announced Friday it was imposing severe sanctions on Citibank following a massive embezzlement scandal by a bank employee and the suspected death of a customer at the hands of debt collectors recently. The bank possibly faces other sanctions if found guilty of the two crimes by a court.

Posted in Economy @ 08 May 2011 07:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Murderer and corruptor Tommy Suharto starts own party Former president Suharto’s youngest son, Hutomo Mandala Putra or Tommy, is ready to declare his new political party, the National Republic Party, in June this year. Lt. Gen Edi Waluyo, a party initiator, said Friday that he and some other party initiators had already begun preparing the party’s officials in regions.

Posted in Politics @ 23 April 2011 03:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali pushes on with island-wide rail network The Indonesian government is moving ahead with plans to construct a 560 kilometer long rail system circumnavigating Bali at a total cost of Rp. 7 trillion (600 million euro).

Posted in Economy @ 10 April 2011 10:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Over 250,000 malnourished children in West Java province More than 250,000 Indonesian children under the age of five suffer from malnutrition in West Java's impoverished northern coastal regions, the Jakarta Post reported Saturday.


Posted in Health @ 19 March 2011 20:37 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Huge claim for Aussie papers publishing Wikileaks about Yudhoyono Two Australian newspapers that published articles last Friday accusing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of abusing power and influencing judges based on leaked cables obtained from Wikileaks were sued for $1 billion on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 15 March 2011 15:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono accused of corruption on Wikileaks Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday was accused of abusing power and influencing judges, according to leaked cables obtained on Wikileaks and published on Australian media. The reports published were published Friday in Australia's The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and were based on Wikileaks' sources of diplomatic notes sent by the U.S. Embassy to Washington, D.C.

Posted in Corruption @ 11 March 2011 14:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Former tax officer gets 10 year prison for money laundering Former Jakarta tax office director Bahasyim Assifie on Wednesday was sentenced to 10 years in prison for money laundering, the latest corruption case involving officials in Indonesia.

Posted in Corruption @ 02 February 2011 18:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Gayus gets 7-year prison term in tax corruption case In one of Indonesia's most media-covered corruption cases, tax officer Gayus Tambunan was sentenced to 7 years in prison for his involvement in bribes that led to his multibillion rupiah wealth, local media reported Wednesday.

Posted in Corruption @ 20 January 2011 03:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian President Yudhoyono steps in tax corruption case Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday said he will be taking intervention in the tax corruption case of Gayus Tambunan, local media reported. "The public has asked the President to be involved in resolving corruption cases," President Yudhoyono was quoted as saying by the Jakarta Post.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 January 2011 06:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Growing 'Christianisation' and religious intolerance in Indonesia Religious tolerance in Indonesia has come under increasing strain in recent years, particularly where hardline Islamists and Christian evangelicals compete for the same ground. Islamists use 'Christianisation' - a term that generally refers both to Christian efforts to convert Muslims and the alleged growing influence of Christianity in Muslim-majority Indonesia - as a justification for mass mobilisation and vigilante attacks.

Posted in Religion @ 25 November 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Muslim cleric charged for marrying 12-year-old A wealthy Muslim cleric is being charged with violating the country's Child Protection Act for marrying a 12-year-old girl and sexually abusing her, prosecutors said on Thursday. Wisiyanto claimed that under Islam, this unofficial marriage, which is his second, is acceptable. However, the news has outraged Indonesians nationwide.

Posted in Religion @ 22 October 2010 01:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


This was in the picture! #18 The Barack Obama statue has soon become a controversial addition to the city of Jakarta after it was publicly revealed late 2009. The funders of the statue, mostly wealthy residents of the up-class Menteng area in central Jakarta, just wanted to express their happiness with the fact that the little boy Barry has become president Obama of the United States decades later. While others say he has done nothing for Indonesia and thus placing a statue of him in a public space is not appropriate.

Posted in Picture guess @ 14 February 2010 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia's tourism - a National tragedy Anak Agung Gde Agung is one of Indonesia's most distinguished and well-informed senior statesmen. He is a graduate of Harvard and Leiden universities. He as attended the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in the United States and served as social services minister during the administration of President Abdurrahman Wahid.

Posted in Tourism @ 02 February 2010 01:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Adopt a Sumatran tiger! Indonesia is thinking about making it possible to adopt a Sumatran tiger. In this way, Jakarta thinks it can prevent the species from going extinct; there are only a few hundred Sumatran tigers left in the wild. They are threatened by deforestation and poaching.

Posted in Environment @ 23 January 2010 02:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Team SBY finds 'hotel rooms' in prisons The authorities in Indonesia have been put in the spotlight by a prison scandal in the capital Jakarta. This scandal erupted yesterday after media published about very luxury housing for some wealthy prisoners in some prisons in Indonesia.

Posted in Crime @ 13 January 2010 01:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sari Club site to be donated to park project? Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has called for the owners to relinquish their ownership of the land where the former Sari Club once stood before being leveled by terrorist on October 12, 2002. Quoted by Beritabali.com, the Governor is dissuading the owners of the now vacant lot from their plans to build a new night spot on the land, in favor of a plan by a group of Australian citizen to construct a Bali Peace Park to commemorate the victims of the 2002 bombing.

Posted in General @ 20 October 2009 05:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


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


Cleric cleared of sex abuse over child bride An Indonesian court has acquitted controversial Muslim cleric Pujiono Cahyo Widianto over child sexual molestation charges for marrying an underage girl, aged 12 last year. Widianto risked up to 15 years in jail, had he been convicted of the charges. Prosecutors said they would appeal the court ruling. The girl is his second wife.

Posted in Religion @ 15 October 2009 05:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia healthcare system failing millions Indonesia's health system is failing to provide even the most basic care to vast swathes of the population, say specialists. Many who cannot afford doctors' fees often receive no treatment at all, while the wealthy fly abroad for a check-up. The system is plagued by under-funding, decentralization, lack of qualified staff, rising medical costs and outdated medical equipment, say insiders.

Posted in Health @ 07 August 2009 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


From cappuccino to Coca Cola Jack Daniels in one nights' out (I) It is still fairly early in the afternoon for a nice evening, but still life slowly comes out of the starting blocks. It isn't a nightclub, where the doors will be kept closed until around ten in the evening. It now happens in other locations in Jogja where preparations are made. All across the city students and young adults have created meeting points to start their Saturday evening together. One of those meeting points, to say it bluntly, is Kedai Kopi Jakal. This is the name that the place has earned already, because it is not the official name.

Posted in Culture @ 09 January 2009 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Tura village residents: 'Do not take our forest away' Around 15,000 hectares of community forest in Central Kalimantan will be cleared for the expansion of palm oil plantations, threatening the livelihood of more than 2,500 people. The community of Tura, Tumbang Tanjung and Tumbang Lahang villages along the Katingan river, are concerned of the impending disaster that will come when their forest is taken away by the companies. Their apprehension is expressed in a film, titled "Petak Danum Itah" or "Our Homeland", made by the community themselves with the support of the Centre for Orangutan Protection was premiered in Jakarta today.

Posted in Environment @ 17 December 2008 06:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-corruption watchdog seizes 194 bn Rupiah from state officials Indonesia Anti-Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said that it has seized 194 billion Rupiah (12.9 million euro) in state assets from public officials during the 2007-2008 period, according to a newspaper on Monday. Indonesia has been combating corruption, which hampered its efforts in attracting foreign investment.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 November 2008 10:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Three partial statues and relief found in Kediri villige Three artifacts, a relief and hundreds of pieces of stone blocks which are thought to originate from a wealthy kingdom in the area, were found in the village of Sumbercangkring, sub-district Gurah in the district of Kediri in eastern Java. Head of the Cultural and Tourist department in the region, Suradi, said earlier today that the historical items were, amongst others, a head of a Dwarapala with a height of 98 centimeters, a partial head of Ganesha with a height of 16 centimeters and a head of an unknown statue with a height of 48 centimeters.

Posted in General @ 16 September 2008 11:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


21 dead in stampede over alms in Pasuruan At least 21 people have been crushed to death in a queue for a charity handout from a wealthy family in Indonesia. Scores more were hurt in the stampede, which took place after about 10,000 people queued for a charity handout to mark the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. The crush happened in the East Java town of Pasuruan when a crowd of poor people were waiting for a donation, known as zakat, of three euro each.

Posted in Accidents @ 15 September 2008 15:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Daydreaming about a toll road over Java The road between Yogyakarta and Malang consists mainly of a reasonably maintained two lane road. That is what they call jalan raya ('big road') here, but it's not that big after all. The two most widely used roads for traveling from west to east and the other way around on the island is one road that is virtually on the beach, the Pesisir. The second is a road that runs through the Javanese heartland and brings you to Bandung, Yogyakarta, Surakarta (popularly known as Solo), Madiun and Malang. The road from Yogyakarta to Malang is some 375 kilometers - not in a direct line of course - and has different levels of maintenance in different areas. The road in nice condition in the province of Yogyakarta are in sharp contrast with the bad situation near Madiun.

Posted in General @ 19 August 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Three convicted murderers executed in Indonesia Three convicted murderers have been executed in Indonesia after spending nearly 20 years on death row. An 59-year-old mother and her 43-year-old son who murdered five people for revenge and a self-described shaman who killed eight were executed by firing squad overnight, an official said Saturday. Sumiarsih and her son Sugeng, were shot at shortly after midnight near Surabaya city in eastern Java.

Posted in Crime @ 20 July 2008 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Museum staff held over ancient statues theft Police in Indonesia have arrested a curator and three other workers of a museum for allegedly stealing five ancient Buddhist statues and replacing them with fake ones, said officials on Friday.

Posted in Crime @ 23 November 2007 02:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia considers building its first casino on Bintan Politicians in Indonesia are planning on building it's first casino on the island of Bintan, close to wealthy Singapore. It would be a potentially lucrative but highly sensitive venture in mostly Muslim Indonesia. Gambling is not allowed according to Islam and over 80 percent is Muslim in the country. Earlier plans to build casinos in other locations have already failed because of opposition from Islamic activists.

Posted in Economy @ 11 November 2007 02:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank ANK to merge with Australia's Commonwealth Bank Bank Arta Niaga Kencana in Indonesia will be merged into the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) when a planned take-over is completed, according to a statement from the bank on Friday. CBA has already obtained stock from ANK held by private shareholders until 57 percent of the total. After the merger, CBA will have 50 branch offices operating on the islands of Java and Bali.

Posted in Economy @ 31 August 2007 04:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to push carbon-credits for peatlands conservation Wahjudi Wardojo, director general for forestry research at Indonesia's Forestry Ministry, told Reuters that industrialized countries will need to provide financial incentives for tropical countries to preserve ecosystems - like peatlands - that sequester large amounts of carbon.

Posted in Environment @ 29 August 2007 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


20 new shark and ray species found in Indonesian waters Twenty new species of rays and sharks have been found in Indonesian waters during a five-year study of catches at local fish markets. The study, organized by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, or CSIRO, is the first real in-depth look at sharks and rays in Indonesia after Dutch scientist Pieter Bleeker described more than 1100 species between 1842 and 1860.

Posted in Environment @ 28 February 2007 10:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Australian pedophile jailed for ten years Australian pedophile Peter William Smith is sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing street children in Jakarta. Judges in the South Jakarta District Court found that Smith had used 'economic coercion' in paying the teenage male victims to perform sexually related acts on each other and on him. The judges took in account this coercion and fined the English teacher 75 million Rupiah (6,276 euro) on top of the jail term.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Floods hit some 75% of Jakarta, 25 killed Flooding in Jakarta has affected around 75 percent of the city, an official said Monday as the death toll from the disaster hit 25. Some 340,000 others have been forced from their homes. Storm waters that inundated scores of residential areas and shopping districts late last week were still three meters deep in places, witnesses and an official say.

Posted in Flooding @ 05 February 2007 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta residents line up for free meat; mass poultry culls 200701201.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 21 January 2007 15:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two more die from bird flu in Indonesia Two more Indonesian women have died from bird flu, a health official said Saturday, pushing the toll this week to four in the latest cases to strike the country worst hit by the virus. One of the women died late Friday while the 22-year-old died early Saturday, said Nyoman Kandun, the Ministry of Health‘s director general of communicable disease control. Both had been treated in the same hospital in Jakarta, the capital.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 January 2007 07:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Indonesia to file civil charges against Suharto The Indonesian attorney-general's office plans to file a civil lawsuit against former president Suharto by the end of this month, the Jakarta Post reported on Saturday. The Jakarta Post quoted Attorney-General Abdul Rahman Saleh as saying his office was still calculating how much money it aimed to seize from Suharto. "I don't know the exact amount. One thing for sure, it's a lot of money," he said.

Posted in General @ 06 January 2007 12:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Aceh rebels disband armed wing A year after the tsunami destroyed their battlefield, Indonesia's Aceh rebels formally disbanded their armed wing on Tuesday, effectively ending their 30-year separatist insurgency. The move paves the way for the guerrilla group to transform itself into a political party expected to make a strong showing in elections in April.

Posted in Aceh conflict @ 26 December 2006 12:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fear subsides for ethnic Chinese community It wasn't so long ago that Chinese writing was banned from public places here and Chinese schools and newspapers were prohibited. But walk into the former office of Suharto, the retired Indonesian strongman who maintained these laws in an effort to integrate the ethnic Chinese community, and a large decorative poster of Chinese characters greets visitors.

Posted in Culture @ 17 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Two killed in clash in Papua province Two people including an Indonesian military officer were killed in a clash between security forces and separatists in the remote eastern province of Papua, a military official said on Saturday. The clash occurred on Friday after the officer and some residents tried to enter a separatist camp in Puncak Jaya regency, about 325 km southwest of Jayapura, the capital of Papua, Imam Santosa told Reuters. No other details were available.

Posted in Violence @ 09 December 2006 13:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rebel split overshadows elections in Aceh Muhammad Nasir has more than earned the right to cast a vote in the upcoming historic elections in Indonesia's strife-torn Aceh province. Only 18 months ago, the 39-year-old was languishing in jail, a political prisoner from the armed Free Aceh Movement (GAM), which had waged a guerrilla war against the Indonesian government since 1976.

Posted in Elections @ 09 December 2006 03:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia beckons A1 racers For the second time in two weeks, the A1GP series returns to South East Asia. This time, the series will set up camp at the Sentul circuit on the Indonesian island of Java, 42km from the capital Jakarta, for round five of the 12-round season. The Sentul circuit is located in the wealthy region of Bogor, a popular summer resort and centre of trade for products of the surrounding region including coffee, tea and assorted spices.

Posted in Sports @ 07 December 2006 03:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The hidden tragedy of West Papua "Of course the police are just as good at torturing as the army. Some of the cruder forms [include] putting a table leg onto the foot of somebody and then somebody heavily dancing on the table, which can be extremely painful. So, I mean torture is routine."

Posted in PT Freeport @ 23 November 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parliament drafting bill to ban cigarette advertising and sponsorship Indonesian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would ban tobacco companies from advertising or sponsoring sporting and entertainment events, local media reported Tuesday. The bill, which is sure to face opposition from Indonesia's powerful and wealthy tobacco lobby, also envisages doubling taxes on cigarettes to more than 60 percent in the country of 220 million people.

Posted in Politics @ 22 November 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Freeport looks beyond Indonesia, sticks to copper For the founders of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, this weekend's deal for Phelps Dodge Corp. marks a step away from the source of their wealth - and the belief that its product has still a long way to run. New Orleans-based Freeport in a friendly deal that would forge the world's biggest publicly traded copper miner. The acquisition would spread out Freeport's source of its copper to the Americas, where Phelps Dodge operates mines in the U.S., Chile and Peru.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 21 November 2006 02:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia agonises over search for clean judges Achmad Ali shifted uncomfortably, constantly adjusting his collar as he was interviewed by the Indonesian Judicial Commission about joining the nation's highest legal body, the Supreme Court. Like most Indonesians, the university law school dean is an avid user of SMS phone messaging. Commission members were complaining about being besieged by pleas to ignore reports that Mr Ali was under investigation for embezzling law school funds.

Posted in Human rights @ 04 November 2006 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Trials and travails of Indonesia's richest man Publicity-shy paper and plantation magnate Sukanto Tanoto is in Indonesia's national headlines after topping two high-profile lists. Forbes Asia last month listed the 56-year-old tycoon as the richest individual in Indonesia, with assets worth about US$2.8 billion (Rp25.2 trillion). In June, the self-made ethnic-Chinese tycoon also topped a list of state-owned Bank Mandiri's six biggest debtors.

Posted in General @ 15 October 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesters pour 700 kg of mud outside Aburizal's office Protesters dumped a truckload of mud outside the office of State Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie on Wednesday to demand more help for thousands of people affected by a mud flow that swamped a large swath of East Java province. The sludge was collected from the torrent, which began surging from the ground four months after an accident at a gas well owned by a company linked to the family of Aburizal.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 27 September 2006 11:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The gray ooze that ate the villages Nothing, it seems, can stop the mud. For more than three months, the hot, noxious goop has spewed up through a crack in the earth at a natural-gas exploration site, swamping everything in its path. The expanding, surreal gray lake with the stench of rotten eggs has enveloped more than 10 square miles of land in eastern Java, Indonesia's most densely populated island. The flow has forced 8,000 to 10,000 people from their homes, engulfed about a dozen factories, contaminated fish farms and intermittently closed a major highway.

Posted in Sidoarjo mudflow @ 10 September 2006 14:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Goodbye pluralism Houses of worship are an important topic of discussion for many people, as the recent debate over them showed. The impression was that people put more importance on the buildings themselves than on practicing the good deeds taught inside them. The heated debate revolved around drawing up new rules on church or mosque construction to replace an antiquated joint ministerial decree. If any issue reflects the nation's progress, it is this one. After 61 years as a free nation we are still fighting over rudimentary matters of religion.

Posted in General @ 17 August 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pancasila values must be implemented Belief in one supreme God, humanism, national unity, consultative democracy and social justice. These five principles came into the minds of Indonesia's founding fathers when they discussed the country's ideology. The five principles later became what we now know as Pancasila or the five pillars.

Posted in Politics @ 09 July 2006 13:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Doctor: Suharto's condition deteriorates Former Indonesian President Suharto's condition has deteriorated after further internal bleeding, but the long-time ruler is fully conscious, one of his doctors said on Saturday. Suharto, 84, who ruled Indonesia for 32 years, was admitted to hospital more than a week ago because of bleeding in his digestive system, which lowered his body's oxygen level, including to his brain.

Posted in General @ 13 May 2006 13:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Myths and mysticism that surround Merapi Discussion on Mt. Merapi volcano, expected imminently to erupt, would be considered incomplete unless it included the myths and mysticism that surround it. Reaching magnificently up to the sky on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java provinces, the 2,968-meter volcano is believed, by the traditional Javanese communities that live in its vicinity, to be a sacred place.

Posted in Culture @ 12 May 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt wants non-Muslims tried by Islamic court in Aceh The government insisted Tuesday that Muslims and non-Muslims alike in Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam should be tried by the planned Islamic Court in the predominantly Muslim province. State Secretary Yusril Ihza Mahendra told the special committee deliberating a bill on the province's administration that non-Muslims accused of committing ordinary crimes, such as theft and adultery, would be tried under the sharia-inspired bylaws (qanun).

Posted in Religion @ 26 April 2006 21:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Villagers stay on rumbling volcano's slopes Thousands of villagers are ignoring government warnings of an approaching eruption and staying put in their homes on the slopes of Indonesia‘s rumbling Mount Merapi, officials said on Monday. The volcano, which claimed more than 60 lives 1994 and 1,300 in a 1930 eruption, has been spewing thick smoke for nearly a week. Vulcanologists say it may erupt at the end of the month, but many villagers fear losing property and livestock if they go.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 24 April 2006 10:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


RI's natural wealth, a blessing and curse The ongoing discussion about the urgent need to increase the education budget and Vice President Jussuf Kalla's irritation with Indonesian backwardness despite the obvious natural wealth of the country, as reported in this paper on April 5, highlights a problem that is not limited to Indonesia, but harms this country and coincidentally a number of other Muslim countries disproportionally.

Posted in Environment @ 20 April 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Axes, arrows and AK-47s used in clash in Papua Four people died today in an exchange of fire between soldiers and suspected separatists in Indonesia’s remote resource-rich province of Papua, a military spokesman said.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 April 2006 20:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


US mining giant faces nationwide protests Students have staged rallies in many parts of Indonesia over the last several days demanding the closure of U.S. mining giant Freeport-McMoran, which they accused of stealing wealth and destroying environment. In the southern Java town of Yogyakarta on Thursday, students took to the streets urging the government to close Freeport's minein the country's most remote province of Papua.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 02 March 2006 13:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Torrent too strong to fight: Survivor Screams and tears were all that marked the evacuation of flood survivors on Tuesday from their village in Rambipuji district, which had been isolated after a bridge connecting it with the outer world was shattered by the raging water and mud. But at last it was a cry of relief as the survivors escaped from the seclusion that had tormented them since the flashflood swept their village on Sunday night.

Posted in Flooding @ 04 January 2006 07:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Papua residents told not to celebrate 'independence day' Papua Governor JP Solossa on Wednesday told residents not to celebrate the self-declared independence anniversary of Papua on Dec. 1. "All residents should go about their day as usual. Do not be provoked by groups that are planning to commemorate Papua's 'independence'," Solossa said. He was speaking after the West Papua Liberation Front announced plans to mark the 43rd anniversary of Papua's self-declared independence with a prayer service.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 December 2005 07:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dozens hurt in clashes in Indonesia Hundreds of pro-independence demonstrators clashed with police in Indonesia's Papua province on Tuesday after two activists went on trial for flying a separatist flag, local media reported. The clashes erupted outside a court in the provincial capital, Jayapura, about 3,500 km northeast of Jakarta, after the two appeared in court on charges of subversion in connection to the incident last year.

Posted in Violence @ 11 May 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


Bush and other leaders quick to offer condolences and aid From President Bush to Pope John Paul II, the world's political and spiritual leaders urged support on Sunday for victims of the giant waves in Asia as relief agencies and governments girded to offer technical help and aid. The United States said assistance was already on its way to some of the most stricken areas. The speed and scale of the disaster - with thousands dead - left some relief specialists struggling to keep pace with events. "The needs are enormous," said Louis Michel, a senior official of the European Union, which offered $4 million in emergency funds.

Posted in Earthquake @ 27 December 2004 00:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tourism won't benefit from visa policy It is welcoming news to see that our new State Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik is looking at extending the number of countries whose tourists will be eligible for a visa on arrival, albeit a visa that costs US$25 and is only valid for 30 days. Jero says he is undertaking a survey of major entry points to see what needs to be done to improve the performance of Indonesia's queue-up-and-pay visa policy.

Posted in Tourism @ 17 November 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK publishes wealth of five ministers Coordinating Minister for the Economy Aburizal Bakrie has declared assets worth a whopping Rp 1.19 trillion (US$132 million), making him perhaps the richest serving state official. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) published on Friday the wealth reports of Aburizal and four fellow ministers, out of 25 Cabinet ministers who had declared their assets to the antigraft body.

Posted in General @ 16 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim militants attack cafe in Kemang Muslim militants in Indonesia's capital vandalized a cafe in an area popular with foreigners on Saturday because it was serving beer during the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, police and one of the militants said. Around 300 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) ordered customers at the Star Deli in South Jakarta to leave, before smashing the building's windows and doors, said Alawi Usman, a spokesman for the group.

Posted in Violence @ 23 October 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Yudhoyono slams foreign funding rumour Indonesian presidential frontrunner Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono rejected on Tuesday rumours he and his party have received foreign funding. Ex-general Yudhoyono, who topped the July first-round presidential vote with 33.6 percent in a field of five, faces incumbent President Megawati Sukarnoputri in a Sept. 20 run-off after failing to win a clear majority. As he fended off accusations of foreign backing Yudhoyono's campaign was boosted by further defections from the powerful Golkar party, a partner in Megawati's coalition.

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


Garuda flight cutbacks raise concern Garuda Indonesia's bid to halt its flights to Amsterdam and cut back on the number of flights to Guangzhou has raised concerns about the health of the national airline. The Amsterdam service has sentimental and historic value as it is one of Garuda's earliest overseas destinations. On the other hand, Guangzhou is one of China's most dynamic industrial centres and many wealthy Chinese-Indonesians whose ancestors came from the area have returned as investors.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 18 August 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Corruptors should be given the death sentence' Drug abuse among Indonesian youth has become a cause of major concern, with studies revealing that many started to use drugs in their early teens. Amid the debate on the application of the death penalty to drug dealers and traffickers, The Jakarta Post asked some residents why they support capital punishment. Abdul Rivai, 54, is a civil servant in the Ministry of Social Affairs. He lives in Cipayung, East Jakarta, with his wife and two children:

Posted in Crime @ 10 August 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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


Airports are fun, not only in Indonesia, but everywhere on the world. After flying to Indonesia several times I have seen the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Jogjakarta, Denpasar, Surabaya and Makassar. Not an impressive number, but it’s still growing longer. However the remote destinations always seem more attractive for me, a local flight in Indonesia, from Makassar to Jogja, with a short stop at Surabaya made me smile while thinking of it just recently. It’s just one of those experiences I should not forget about.

Posted in Travel @ 31 May 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Small parties start strong in vote Elections for a new Parliament proceeded smoothly on Monday with early and unofficial counts from polling places here in the capital showing surprising strength for two small parties, including an Islamic party. But election experts warned that this trend was unlikely to hold in the vital rural areas where most voters live and where the two major secular parties have strongholds.

Posted in Elections @ 06 April 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


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

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


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

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


Indonesia dengue deaths hit 255, Singapore on alert Singapore has stepped up monitoring for dengue fever, which has killed at least 255 people in neighbouring Indonesia in an outbreak that has made thousands ill. A spokeswoman for Indonesia's health ministry said authorities were still waiting for test results to find out whether a deadly new strain of the virus was responsible for the high number of deaths in the world's fourth most populous nation.

Posted in Dengue Fever @ 25 February 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Parties strive to meet deadline All 24 parties contesting this April's polls managed to submit their revised candidature documents on Monday to the General Elections Commission (KPU), but only thanks to the commission's leniency. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the National Mandate Party (PAN), the Social Democratic Labor Party (PBSD), the Indonesian Unity Party (PSI), the United Democratic Nationhood Party (PPDK), and the Democratic Party only managed to get their documents in between five and 10 minutes after the 4 p.m. deadline.

Posted in Elections @ 20 January 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Only 1,600 candidates pass KPU screening The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Tuesday that only 1,611 of 8,871 legislative candidates have passed the first screening, with none from, among others, the National Awakening Party (PKB) and the Reform Star Party (PBR). A small number of legislative aspirants failed absolutely to pass KPU verification as they did not meet the minimum age requirement of 21, but the KPU did not provide any figures.

Posted in Elections @ 07 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian movie breaks sexual taboos A candid home-grown tale featuring gay kissing has become an unlikely box office hit in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, challenging and wowing audiences in equal measure. Playing to packed cinemas in Jakarta, "Arisan!" is a satirical comedy mocking the life of the rich in the nation's capital and tackling the taboo subject of homosexuality.

Posted in General @ 01 January 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tutut may join presidential race Former president Soeharto's eldest daughter Siti "Tutut" Hardiyanti Rukmana has been asked to run for the presidency in next year election, a move that could pave the way for the return of the old forces onto the country's political stage. Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) chairman Gen. (ret) Raden Hartono asked Tutut on Wednesday to become his party's sole torch bearer, claiming that people across the country wanted her to run.

Posted in Elections @ 04 December 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Inter-religious marriage defended Over the last three decades, marriages between couples of different religions have generally sparked controversy as the state does not recognize inter-religious marriage. A graphic designer with a foreign advertising company said he "converted" to Islam and the next day his Muslim girlfriend took an oath before a priest in a Catholic church to officiate their marriage.

Posted in Religion @ 29 November 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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