Indonesia Released Australian Teen Convicted of Marijuana Possession

The Australian teen imprisoned of marijuana ownership on the resort island of Bali after the boy spent two months in imprisonment finally released on Sunday. The 14-year-old was sentenced in late November to two months for marijuana use in a case that has drawn international attention. The sentence included time already served.

He will leave Indonesia and will be blacklisted from re-entering the nation for six months. After he has arrested in October, the teen was moved from a prison to an immigration center because the latter is more suitable for a teenager, a local prosecutor said.

Authorities arrested him while he was on holiday with his parents in Bali. After the arrest, the boy's attorney, Mohammad Rifan, said he had hoped to avoid a prison sentence and have him released to undergo drug rehabilitation.

Indonesia's drug laws are among the strictest in the world. But they have a provision, article 128, under which those arrested with small amounts of drugs can be released to rehabilitation if they can prove they are an addict. In the case of underage offenders, that requires a declaration from the youth's parents, officials have said.

Visitors to the country are warned on arrival that some drug crimes carry a determined penalty of death. Still, many have been arrested and convicted for various drug offenses. Two Australians are on death row in a Bali prison while six others are serving life sentences.

source: CNN

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70 US Soldiers Work in Freeport, Is It?

70 US Soldiers Work in Freeport, is that true? The possibility that this statement is correct is as big as our mislead mind about rumors like this. The news itself was initially brought into media by Ali Kastela, member of the House Commission VII from Hanura political party, declared that there are around 70 US soldiers work in PT Freeport Indonesia, subsidiary of Freeport McMoRan (FCX).

Ali claimed that he came up with the fact after his working visit to the Grasberg gold mine in Papua. “There are 70 active US soldiers working in Freeport,” said Ali, as quoted by Detikcom.

His statement was reasserted by Jimmy J, Vice Chairman of Papua Regional Council. Jimmy, however, cannot remember when the soldiers start working there.

Tjahjo Kumolo, member of Commission I of The House from PDI-P, called into question the information and stated that his commission, oversees military and international affairs, has never received such information.

“Commission I never received the information, either from national army commander, defense ministry, or state intelligence body.”

Djoko Suyanto, coordinating minister of politic, law, and security, confirmed the information, but he added that they are retirees from US troops. “There are some retirees (army) that worked in Freeport, which were hired through a proper recruitment phase like others civilians,” said Joko.

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Indonesia’s 2012 Economic Growth Projection the Highest in ASEAN

Indonesia Economic Review 2012 | This is maybe the only good news for Indonesian. Indonesia’s economic growth in 2012 is predicted to be higher than other ASEAN countries. Indonesian government promises to do their best in order to make better preparation of an expansive fiscal policy in 2012 to support the economic growth which projected to be around 6.5% to 6.9%.
The rate of Indonesian economic growth would be higher than Malaysia (5.2%), Thailand (4.5%), the Philippines (5.0%) and Singapore (4.4%).
The public consumption and the government consumption estimated to grow respectively by 4.8 - 5.2% and 6.0 - 6.4%, while the investment would grow by 10.0 - 10.4%. In the other side, export and import were also predicted to increase respectively by 14.9 - 15.3% and 18.8 - 18.4%.
Several steps to encourage the economic growth are among others increase people’s purchasing power by controlling the rate of inflation and encouraging the realization of budget absorption, improve investment climate and speed up infrastructure development.
Budget allocation policy would be made to support the quality economic growth which reflected in significant improvement of budget allocation for infrastructure development, poverty eradication program, and subsidies for farm aid in order to expand employment and improve people’s income.
source: Global Review

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MasterCard will Enable Mobile Payments in Indonesia

MasterCard, a leading payment processing service, plans to develop new retail systems that can be accessed via mobile phones. Indonesia would be one of the leading markets for mobile-enabled payment.

It is enabling payment services through the mobile device without a credit card or debit card. Indonesia’s market offers several potential advantages for MasterCard. The company is interested in the country’s large number of mobile phone users, which now has 180 million users.

Indonesia’s biggest mobile-phone operator, Telkomsel, already has a similar service which called T-Cash.

The service would help boost e-commerce in the country. According to research, online sales in Indonesia last year reached Rp43 trillion (US$4.9 billion). This year, the figure is expected to increase 28% to Rp 55 trillion supported by greater use of online payments.

Mobile subscriptions grew by 50% between 2003 and 2008. By the end of 2009, Indonesia’s mobile subscribers totaled 143.6 million and grew to around 180 million last year.

The positive growth trend is likely to continue at a 10% or more increase this year, and by 2013 Indonesia will become the fourth-largest mobile market in the world behind China, India and the United States.

source: Global Review

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Global Crisis Affecting Indonesia’s Batik Exports

Indonesia’s batik exports in 2011 experienced lower growth compared with previous years as a consequence of the global financial crisis.

Indonesian batik exports in 2008 reached a total value of US$93.09 million. In 2009, the figure dropped to US$76.01 million and in 2010 it fell further to US$69.24 million.

BatikBatik was considered as a national brand product of Indonesia in the world, and its trade value could not drop easily. The top 10 destination countries of Indonesian batik exports were the US, Belgium, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Poland, the UK and France.

Of the ten export destination countries, the US was the biggest buyer with 35.6% of the overall export value, followed by Belgium with 15.2% and Japan with 10.9%.

The destination countries whose Indonesian batik imported saw a decline compared to the previous year were the US from US$25.1 million to US$24.6 million, Japan from US$11.5 million to US$7.5 million and Sweden from US$4.0 million to US$3.0 million.

source: Global Review

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Jusuf Kalla Run For President in 2014?

Jusuf Kalla Run For President in 2014? | Former vice president M. Jusuf Kalla is still weighing whether or not he would run for president in 2014. "It will all depend on whether the nation still needs a figure like him or not. Let us just wait and see," he said here on Saturday.

The survey mechanism to be used by the Golkar Party to select a candidate provides an opportunity for Jusuf Kalla to be nominated by the party to become its candidate for the presidential election in 2014.

Golkar Party secretary general Idrus Marham said earlier the survey would be open for all figures including Jusuf Kalla as a former party general chairman. If his popularity and electability is high he may be put under consideration, he said.

Marham however said he was still optimistic current Golkar Party chairman Aburizal Bakrie would be ranked higher in the survey. He said Jusuf Kalla`s promotion was mere an opinion from certain elite numbering less than 20 percent. The opinion will not always be in line with the aspiration of the people reaching 80 percent.

Marham said his side would not like to see the past problem to happen again in which a presidential candidate had been too late to conduct familiarization and communication with the people.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono would end his term in 2014 and by law he could not be reelected as he has already been in the post two times.

source: Antara

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2012: Indonesia Economic Growth Will be lower than 6.7 %

BI predicts economic growth next year at below 6.7 pct

Governor of Bank Indonesia (BI/the central bank) Darmin Nasution predicted Indonesia`s economic growth in 2012 at below the government`s target of 6.7 percent it set in the 2011 draft state budget.

The BI governor said that the slower economic growth which was predicted to be lower than the target was due to the slowing down of world`s economic performance as a result of the financial crisis in the United States and Europe.

"The slowing down of the world economy will have impact on the declining of commodity prices that will eventually drive down export and economic growth. With that conditions the economic growth in 2012 could be below the target," Darmin said during a meeting with the budgetary body of the House recently.

Darmin said that in the last two months uncertain economic developments could be seen clearly as a result of the debt and fiscal crisis in the United States.

"This conditions have the risk of driving down the world economy, affect the world trade and reduce the demand for Indonesia`s export commodities," he said.

However, the assumed figure of 6.7 percent in the state budget could be achieved if it is supported with a strong fiscal policy through high budget absorption so that higher economic growth could be boosted, he said.

"The target could be achieved if the absorption of the state budget could be accelerated," the BI governor said.

In the meantime, the local currency rupiah is also expected to continue to appreciate more than the 2012 budget prediction, which was set at Rp8,800 per US dollar.

He said that now the rupiah had up to August continued to appreciate with a stable volatility, yet it would appreciate further in 2012 as a result of the world economic turmoil.
"In 2012, the balance of payment will continue to be in surplus as a result of capital inflow into the country`s the real and portfolio investment sectors. This will boost limited appreciation of the rupiah, causing it to be more appreciative than the assumed exchange rate in the budget," Darmin said.

source: Antara

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Moratorium on Sending Indonesian Migrant Workers Effective

The moratorium on the sending of Indonesian migrant workers(TKIs), especially housemaids, to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East, will take effect on August 1, 2011. This is a statement from Marzuki Ali, the House Speaker.

Marzuki had a conversation with Mr. Jumhur as the head of Indonesian workers placement and protection agency (BNP2TKI). From the conversation, he said, Mr. Jumhur decided to stop the sending of TKI’s, housemaids in particular, to the Middle East, Saudi Arabia in particular, as of August 1, 2011.

Earlier on Tuesday, a House plenum decided to impose a moratorium on the sending of Indonesian migrant workers (TKIs) countries, especially those who refused to sign an MoU on the protection of Indonesian migrant workers. DPR will change its mind and revoke the moratorium after systematic improvements had been made on the regulations on the sending of TKIs overseas for employment.

Marzuki said BNP2TKI asked the moratorium on the sending of TKIs be effective until August 1, 2011, as its preparations need time. "It would be a pity for those who have followed special training and ready to go, had to cancel their trip."

The House Speaker said further that the moratorium needs to be followed up by the government because DPR fully realized that many employment problems were still unresolved.

On the occasion, the House Speaker also mentioned the target of legalization this year. He said that as the problem is the responsibility of the House and government, any delay or lack of preparedness in the legalization process would eventually be the responsibility of the House and the government.

source: Kompas

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Saudi Beheads Indonesian Woman Convicted of Murder

Once again, an Indonesian worker sentenced into death in Saudi Arabia just after Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono got long standing ovation on his speech talking about protection of Indonesian workers who work in foreign countries. Here is the question: where the h**l is he?

Today, Kompas wrote the whole story as follow:

An Indonesian woman was beheaded by the sword on Saturday after being convicted of murdering a Saudi woman, the interior ministry said.

The woman named Roiaiti Beth Sabotti Sarona, according to a transliteration from Arabic, was found guilty of killing Saudi Khairiya bint Hamid Mijlid by striking her repeatedly on the head with a meat chopper and stabbing her in the neck, the ministry said in a statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

The ministry did not elaborate on the motives of the crime, nor it did disclose the relation between the two women. But Indonesian officials say that around 70 percent of the 1.2 million Indonesians working in Saudi Arabia are domestic staff.

The beheading in the western province of Mecca brings the number of executions in the ultra-conservative kingdom this year to 28, according to an AFP tally based on official and human rights group reports.

London-based watchdog Amnesty International called on Saudi Arabia last week to stop applying the death penalty, saying there had been a significant rise in the number of executions carried out over the past six weeks.

It said at least 27 people have been executed in Saudi Arabia in 2011, "the same as the total number of people executed in the whole of 2010. Fifteen people were executed in May alone." In 2009, the number of executions reached 67, compared to 102 in 2008.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under Saudi Arabia’s strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

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What Will Happen if Indonesia Lack of Food Stocks?

What will happen if Indonesia Lack of Food Stocks? Food has become a problem these days, as the need for food has increased as the population grows. On the other hand, farming seems to have no progress. Indonesia ‘was’ known as an agriculture country, since most of the citizen are working in farming field. But today, it seems like they are abandoned by the government.

Vice President Boediono said Indonesia must always make sure it has sufficient food stocks because food shortages would have far-reaching and fatal consequences such as the threat of poverty, social unrest, security disturbances and other problems.

"Food scarcity can result in an increase in social disturbances and security threats," Boediono said in remarks at the opening of the 13th National Farmer-Fishermen’s Week here.

He said agriculture in Indonesia and the world was now facing its greatest-ever challenge, namely the threat of food scarcities. Therefore, he said, national farmers must work with the aim of increasing food production.

Rising food prices had also become another challenge to the world community, in addition to uncertainties about availability and supplies. To avoid the problems, Indonesia must make sure it can always meet its need for various types of food such as corn, bananas, cassava, and other edible tubers.

If food supply meets the national market’s demand, the nation can be certain that domestic food prices will be stabilized, something that will also have a positive impact on the state’s economic conditions.

Indonesia’s food production must be increased continuously and therefore synergy was needed between the government, private sector, agriculture observers, the farmers and fishermen’s communities. They should all be involved in the production line.

"We must be grateful that God has given us vast natural resources to be used as agricultural areas, and it all must also be used properly," he said.

If the natural resources can be managed well, then it can increase agricultural productivity, so that Indonesia can be free from the global food crisis threat. Furthermore, in order to increase food production, the government must continue fulfill the availability of agricultural facilities and infrastructures such the sufficiency of fertilizer, seeds and other facilities needed.

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source: kompas

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Indonesia Considered As Too Indulgent to Foreign Investors

Indonesia considered too indulgent to foreign investors. As a result, the wealth of Indonesia has been 'hijacked' the foreigners.

"Indonesia is too indulgent to foreign investors," said former Watimpres Jimly Assidiqie, when filling seminars and book Indonesia Sues Back, in Megawati Institute, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (15/06/2011).

He then pointed out some of the behavior of Indonesian officials who seem too privileging the presence of investment from outside the country.

"As the officials do not really need to go abroad, do not need the president to sell abroad, we already owned an instrument, let those who sell," he sneered.

Moreover, he added, privilege is also apparent in every policy issued by the government.

"There have been many laws that we abort, for example oil and gas law, the Electricity Act. Act as devoted to strangers and even limiting its own people. Then a contract extension in advance, which totalized-reaching a total contract of the century," said the former Chairman of the Constitutional Court .

Therefore, Jimly urged the Indonesian Government to restructure the economy. Steps can be taken is to review all current contracts.

"The contract is valid sacred, we must respect, but we have to evaluate and audit as well as determine the direction forward. Whether the contract will be extended or not, as well as renew the contract," he explained.

Moreover, according to Jimly, cooperation with foreign parties in fact can also be taken without a contract, which ultimately harm the nation itself.

"Many techniques reach new capitals, for example, if our own gold mine, then we sell the stock in America, in Europe, would they want to. The advantage is clear to our own," he said.

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SBY: Calls for Protection of Indonesian Domestic Migrant Workers

Indonesia has called on member countries of the International Labor Organization (ILO) to protect domestic migrant workers. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, speaking at a session of the 100th ILO conference here on Tuesday, said "We must support the ILO Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers which I believe will be adopted by the world labor conference."

Yudhoyono said there were around 150 million migrant workers recorded across the world. He said these workers played an important role in the current era of social justice. He said no country should ignore the contribution of migrant workers to the world labor market.

"We in Indonesia call them heroes in respect to their hard work for the welfare of their families," he said.

President Yudhoyono is optimistic the ILO Convention could provide guidance on the need for the recipient countries to protect the workers especially those working in the domestic sector.

"This is a very important issue for Indonesia because the large portion of the country’s migrant workers abroad work in the domestic sector," he said.

In connection with that he stated Indonesia had taken administrative as well as legal measures to protect and empower its migrant workers. SBY said Indonesia would continue to cooperate with a number of countries to realize it especially in terms of wage and days off.

The Indonesian president was one of the heads of government or state giving a speech at the conference. President Yudhoyono delivered his speech after Finland’s President Tarja Kaarina Halonen.

His speech would later be followed by that of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin. Each head of state or government presented their view linked to the theme of the 100th conference which is "Building a Future with Decent Work."

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Nestle SA Will Invest $100 million more in Indonesia

Nestle SA will spend an additional $100 million to expand its operations in Indonesia to make the most of the market's booming potential, Arshad Chaudhry the company's president director for Indonesia said on Wednesday.

The additional investment will be used to expand operations at its new factory which is under construction in Karawang, West Java, Chaudhry said in an interview.

He didn't say over what period the additional money would be spent. Nestle already said in December 2010 it would spend $100 million to build a new factory in Karawang. The site, which will make Milo malt drink and Celerac infant cereal, is due to be completed in 2012.

“Indonesia is a growing market, we are very optimistic about it,“ Chaudhry said.

“We believe that from 2013 onwards we will need additional expansion investment in this factory.“

Nestle has invested heavily in Indonesia, one of the Swiss food company's fastest growing markets, with sales up more than 20% to CHF1.1 billion in 2010. Chaudhry said Indonesia has high potential, with rising purchasing power among its population of 240 million.

“This is a great market with lots of agriculture produce, and with a lot of potential consumers, people who are increasingly buying packaged food,“ he said.

Sales so far this year were ahead of 2010 levels and Chaudhry said he expected growth to continue at a double-digit rate in Indonesia in the next few years. Nestle will continue to increase its investment in future, he added.

“We see Indonesia as a high potential market for us in driving growth, this means you have to continue to invest, for which we are prepared.

“We will continue to invest on a regular basis to expand our manufacturing and brands and products to develop the market,“ he said.

Nestle, which has operated in Indonesia since 1971, employs 2,600 people in the country at three factories.  In 2010 it spent $100 million expanding a factory at Kejayan in East Java, which employs 1,085 people making milk products such as the Dancow fortified milk brand for children, and ready-to-drink Milo and Nescafe products.

On Tuesday Nestle signed a memorandum of understanding with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the president of Indonesia, to expand its milk production operations in East Java. The company's other manufacturing sites are at Panjang in south Sumatra, which employs 260 people making Nescafe products, and a confectionary factory in Cikupa near Jakarta which has 285 staff making confectionary including Foxes mints and Milo snacks.

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Indonesia's Future Lies in Oceans

Indonesia has around 92,000 km-long beach and coastal areas, second after Canada. It is the biggest archipelagic country in the world, with around 70% its territory is waters and it has 17,480 islands. Indonesia is one of the world’s largest maritime countries with about 5.8 million square kilometers of marine territory., recently observed World Oceans Day by reminding the people of the important role of oceans for the nation’s future.

The world’s oceans which account for about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface are essential to food security and the health and survival of all life, power the climate and are a critical part of the biosphere.

The official designation of World Oceans Day (WOD), which falls on June 8, is an opportunity to promote global awareness of the current ocean-related challenges such as depleted fishery resources, the impacts of climate change, deterioration of the marine environment, and maritime safety and security problem

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his message for World Oceans Day 2011 theme "Our oceans: greening our future", said "All activities and policies related to oceans and the marine environment need to acknowledge and incorporate the three pillars of sustainable development: environmental, social and economic. Only then can we achieve the development objectives set by the international community."

He also urged governments and all sectors of society to embrace the individual and collective responsibility to protect the marine environment and manage its resources in a sustainable manner for present and future generations.

"Local governments must have an awareness of the importance of developing the oceans for the future of the nation," Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said when commemorating the World Ocean Day here recently.

In daily activities, the community enjoys the marine services, such as for transportation, consumption, and recreation, he added. Defense Minister Poernomo Yusgiantoro, who joined Fadel in the WOD commemoration, said small islands in border regions have double functions, namely as marine security and the development of economic potential.

As many as 12 islands in border regions such as Nipah Island, Miangas Island, and Berhala Island are given priority for the double functions. Poernomo also pointed out the very important role of oceans as trading routes because 90 percent of goods in the world is transprted over oceans.

"Therefore, marine security is important to support economic activities in these regions," he said, adding that the country has placed its troops at 12 of 92 outer islands of its border areas.

Despite the huge marine potentials, however, Indonesia has so far been able to utilize only eight percent of its marine potentials so there should be strong efforts to encourage their greater use, according to Minister Fadel Muhammad. The country’s marine and fishery resource potentials are still wide open for development through aquaculture, marine tourism, mining, maritime transportation, and development of marine services.

The contribution of the fishery sector to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2010 reached 3.1 percent. The ministry had set itself the target of increasing the fisheries sector’s contribution to GDP from 3.1 percent to 3.5 percent in 2011.

Fishery exports in 2010 ware estimated to reach a total value of 2.79 billion US dollars, up from 2.46 billion US dollars in 2009. Chairman of Indonesian Fishery Product Processing and Marketing Association Thomas Darmawan recently suggested that the government support traditional fishermen by giving them a subsidy to buy more sophisticated fishing tools.

For example, he said, many traditional fishermen in Indonesia did not have cooling devices to preserve their catches’ freshness during transportation. "Our fishermen also need capacity building trainings such as how to operate sophisticated fishing tools or learn other useful fishing skills," he said.

As part of the capacity building plan, Fadel had asked higher education institutes to create reliable and capable human resources for the maritime and fishery sector in Indonesia. "The Higher Education Cooperation Forum is of strategic significance in the development of maritime-and-fishery-related education and national development in the maritime and fishery sector," Fadel said after meeting with Vice President Boediono at the latter’s office last May 2011.

The Marine Affairs and Fisheries Ministry had also set aside Rp212 billion, or 33 percent of its total budget, to improve the welfare of fishermen through several empowerment programs. Minister Fadel said that the programs included housing for fishermen, villagers’ fish pond empowerment, fishermen’s groups improvement and procurement of boats for fishermen through regional governments.

He will propose a budget of Rp1.2 trillion especially for improving the welfare of fishermen in 2012. The ministry plans to hold a forum and expo themed Indonesian Blue Revolution or IBREF 2011. Around 60 marine industries will take part in the expo to be held from October 6-9, 2011 at the Jakarta Convention Center.

IBREF 2011 is a forum to promote a change in the developmental paradigm from land- to sea-oriented, and balance between land and marine development, Marine Affairs and Fisheries Minister Fadel Muhammad said recently when launching the forum and expo.

"The event is also a means to promote the wealth of Indonesia’s marine resources and the beauty of its submarine environment. It will show Indonesia as a strong and great maritime nation," the minister said.

Indonesia organized the first World Ocean Conference (WOC) in Manado, North Sulawesi, bringing together experts and officials from over 70 countries, in May 2009.

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Foreign Exchange Reserves Reach US$116.5 Bn

"The pressure against the rupiah is considered insignificant"
The high capital inflow leads to higher national foreign exchange reserves reaching US$116.5 billion by May 20, 2011. Compared to April 29, 2011, of US$113.8 billion, the reserves rose US$2.7 billion within three weeks.
"Foreign exchange reserves by May 20 reached US$116.5 billion," said Governor of Bank Indonesia, Darmin Nasution, on Friday.
Darmin said the current depreciation of rupiah is still normal. "The pressure against the rupiah is considered insignicant," he said.
Darmin said the deflation rate in May is possible despite the low percentage of below 0.1 percent. The reason for this is that food prices tend to weaken.
source: vivanews

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Indonesia Issues Forest Moratorium

Indonesian Association for Forest Concession Holders said in a statement that forest moratorium that the government has just issued brought benefits to their products in the global market. 
"Given the Presidential Instruction on Indonesian's log prices, [forest's] processed products will improve. The moratorium causes companies to gain more profits," said Chairman of Indonesian Association for Forest Concession Holders of Riau, Endro Siswoko, on Sunday.
Endro said the Presidential Instruction should not be interpreted negatively in the first place. He cited the current tsunami and earthquake in Japan, which had been predicted of seriously affecting Indonesia's export of logs.
On the contrary, domestic log-processing industry could not keep up well with the demand from Japan.
"The moratorium may enable business people to get incentives as well as premium prices through the offered products," he said.

source: vivanews

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Indonesia Requires Rp1,481 Tn for Energy

Indonesia still requires Rp1,481 trillion of investment for developing energy and mineral resources.
Sources of investments are available in the State Budget at Rp81 trillion (5.45 percent), State-owned Enterprises (SOEs) (25.92 percent) and independent parties (68.62 percent). "We're depending much on private sector," said Energy Minister, Darwin Zahedy Saleh.
In the mean time, the realized expenditures of the 2011 budget up until April reached Rp922.87 billion, 6.03 percent of the total allocation of Rp15.3 trillion.
Expenditure composition at the Ministry of Energy included employee expenses worth Rp610 billion, goods, Rp3.51 trillion, and capital expenditure of Rp11.18 trillion.

source: vivanews

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Indonesia Estimates Oil Consumption at 40 Million Kiloliters

The government estimated that the consumption of subsidized fuel oil will reach 40 million kiloliters up to the end of this year. The Oil and Gas Director General Evita Legowo said here on Wednesday the estimate was above the subsidized fuel oil quota set in this year’s State Budget of 38.5 million kiloliters.

However, the government will continue to maintain the 38.5 million kiloliters quota. Evita also said that if the government did not make any special efforts, the subsidized fuel oil consumption may reach as high as 42 million kiloliters.

"But now we are making special efforts of lowering subsidized fuel oil consumption," she said. Motorists in Gorontalo and Manado for instance are using subsidized gasoline.

"Gorontalo and Manado did not lose their Pertamax buyers," she said. In the meantime, head of the upstream oil and gas regulator (BPH Migas) Tubagus Haryono said that subsidized premium and diesel oil consumption increased because of the disparity of non-subsidized fuel oil prices and the large subsidy, unexpected increase in the number of motorcycles, and the misuse of allocations.

Subsidized fuel oil consumption could be lowered, she added, by intensified law enforcement and closer cooperation with the police, public prosecution and the youths. "We need the support of everybody to prevent fuel oil abuse," she added.

source: Kompas

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Foreign Investment in Indonesia to Increase

Money market analyst Farial Anwar has predicted that foreign investment in Indonesia would increase thanks to various factors that would encourage foreign investors to make their investment.

China’s policy which is tightening its liquidity to slow down its fast economic growth is one of the factors that would encourage foreign investors to choose Indonesia’s domestic market, he said here on Wednesday. Farial Anwar, who is also director of the Currency Management Board, said that Indonesia also could take advantage of the slow economic growth in the United States.

Foreign investors are also still unwilling to enter the United States market which still adopts low interest policy and the European markets which are now being plagued by debt crises. He said that debt crises still affected European markets such as Portugal, Greece and Italy.

source: Kompas

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BI to Broaden Bank Ownership to Cut Risks, Ensure Prudence

Bank Indonesia aims to broaden the ownership of banks to reduce their vulnerability and ensure prudential standards are met, a deputy governor said Wednesday.

“Concentrated ownership has more vulnerability and is possibly less prudent. We aim for banks to have more owners and to push them to go public,“ Muliaman Hadad said at a parliamentary hearing.

“To avoid a repeat of Citi and Bank Mega case, BI will develop anti-fraud guidelines for banks,“ he said.

“We also aim for foreign banks to be formal legal entities in Indonesia“ as opposed to representative offices, Hadad added.

Indonesia's central bank has been strongly criticized for tax regulation of the banking sector after a two cases of alleged fraud by bank employees in recent months, with many members of the public questioning the safety of their bank savings.

In February, the central bank and the police launched probes into the Indonesian unit of Citigroup after Citi alerted regulators to suspicious transactions conducted by its relationship manager Inong Malinda Dee. She was detained March 23 and charged with stealing at least 17 billion rupiah ($2 million) from clients after obtaining signed blank checks from them.

Several lawmakers have since pressured the central bank to introduce harsh punishments in such cases and if necessary annul banks' licenses. Earlier this month, the central bank eventually imposed a number of sanctions on Citigroup's unit in Indonesia, including a one-year ban on the local unit signing new Citigold clients, a two-year ban on it issuing new credit cards and a ban on Citi's local unit from opening new branches in Indonesia for one year.

On Tuesday, it also sanctioned small local lender Bank Mega on a similar case of alleged fund embezzlement by bank's employee. The sanction include banning it from adding customers for short-term deposits and it can't open new branches for a year. The sanctions given to Citi and Bank Mega came as a surprise to many analysts as Bank Indonesia has tended to be lenient in such cases.

source: Kompas

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Chinese Investors Interested in Infratsructure Projects in Indonesia

Chinese investors are so enthusiastic to build a number of infrastructure projects including bridges, toll roads, railroad trains, ports and airports, and environmentally friendly energy projects in Indonesia, Indonesian ambassador to China Imron Cotan said.

"Not only in direct foreign investment, Chinese investors are also interested to realize various development cooperation projects in those sectors under the Public-Private Partnership scheme," the ambassador said in a press release here on Wednesday.

By using experience, technology and financial potential, Chinese investors will play an important role in realizing the target of accelerated and expansion of national infrastructure development.

"Indonesia is a very attractive investment destination for Chinese investors wishing to expand their business network in the international world," he said.

The ambassador urged China as an Indonesian strategic partner to increase its investment, especially in infrastructure, transportation, manufacturing and energy which will give added value and technology transfer for Indonesia. On the sidelines of the forum an exhibition is also held of infrastructure development and the oil and gas sector in Indonesia which had enthusiastically attracted Chinese businessmen.

source: Kompas

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Six Indonesian Climbers about to Conquer Seven Summits

Six Indonesian Climbers about to Conquer Seven Summits. A team of six Indonesian climbers is two steps away from conquering the world’s seven highest mountains known as seven summits after they set foot on Mt Denali/ McKinely in Alaska, North America, on May 15. The 6,194 meter-high mountain is the fifth of seven of the world’s highest mountains they have planned to scale in their two-and-a-half-year expedition.

The team reached the peak of Denali/ McKinely known as one of the most difficult mountains at 09.15 p.m. local time on Sunday or 12.15 western Indonesian time on Monday following 15 days of climbing, the Secretariat of Seven Summits in Jakarta said in a statement two days after the team reached the peak.

Only four of the five core climbers managed to reach the peak. They were Fajri Al Lutfi, Iwan Irawan, Martin Rimbawan and Nurhuda. The other core climber, Ardhesir Yaftebbi, along with a guide returned to vase camp to accompany Metro TV journalist Popo Nurakhman who had difficulties when the team reached an altitude of 5,900 meters above sea level.

The climbers started climbing the mountain on May 2. Because of bad weather they were confined to Camp 3 at a height of 4,328 meters above sea level until May 12. As the weather was improving they continued climbing the mountain and set up High Camp at a height of 5,242 meters above sea level.

On May 15 they reached the Denali peak. The secretariat said on Wednesday all the climbers arrived back at Talkeetna, Alaska, on Tuesday, and joined with climbing manager Yoppie R Saragih who had been there while they were climbing the mountain.

By Tuesday all the four climbers -- Iwan Irawan, Martin Rimbawan, Fajri Al Luthfi and Nurhuda-- chief of climbing group Ardeshir Yaftebbi, Metro TV journalist Popo Nurakhman, Kompas daily journalist Herry Susilo, and two guides Kurt Hicks and Dan Otter gathered at Camp 3 at an altitude of 4,328 meters above sea level. They were all in good health and only one climber suffered a minor frost nip, the secretariat said.

Yoppie R Saragih said he was proud of what the Indonesian youths had achieved and lauded the climbers for their perseverance while climbing one of the most difficult mountains. According to plan, the climbers will stay in Talkserna until Thursday to restore their stamina and make an administrative report to the management of the Denali National Park.

The team will proceed their journey to Anchorage where they will stay for three days to take rest before returning home on May 22. Dubbed Expedition Team of 7 Summits, the team was set up by the nature lover community, the association of mountain climbers and jungle explorers Wanadri and the culture community Rumah Nusantara.

It consists of five male climbers Ardhesir Yaftebbi, Martin Rimbawan, Iwan Irawan, Nurhuda, and Fajri Al Luthfi, and female climber Gina Afriani. In total, the expedition will cost an estimated Rp. 10 billion which will come from the team`s sponsors, including the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, state oil and gas company PT Pertamina, insurance company PT Tugu Pratama Indonesia, the medical faculty of Padjajaran University (Unpad), and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB).

The others are cellular phone operator Telkomsel, state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI), tin mining company PT Timah, Indonesia Setara Foundation, PT Indika Energy, Antara news agency, Kompas daily and MetroTV. The success of conquering Mt Denali/McKinely came nearly four months after the team put up the red-and-white national flag on the 6,962-meter high Mt Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest peak in both the Western and Southern Hemispheres.

The team embarked on their expedition on April last year by climbing Mt Carstensz Pyramid in Jayawijaya mountain range in Indonesia`s easternmost province of Papua. They conquered the peak of the 4,884-meter-high mountain on April 22, 2010, coinciding with Earth Day. They scored another success by conquering the 5,895 meter-high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the world’s 4th highest freestanding mountain.

The team set their foot on the peak of the inactive strato volcano in northeastern Tanzania on August 1,2010 at 08.00 a.m. and promptly put up the red-and-white national flag there. Still in August last year, the team further climbed the icy 5,642-meter-high Mt Elbrus in Russia, the highest mountain in Europe.

They had originally planned to put up the red-and-white there on August 17, 2010 to mark Indonesia’s independence but to no avail. They could reach the peak of Mt Elbrus only two days later.

"This is an achievement that made the red-and-white national flag hoisted at global level. The time has come for Indonesia to serve as inspiration for other nations," Youth and Sports Minister Andi Mallarangeng said when seeing off the team of Indonesian climbers to Mt Denali/McKinely in April.

Next on their agenda is the 4,897-meter-high Mount Vinson Massif in Antartica and 8,850-meter high Mount Everest in Nepal. The team will conclude the expedition in May 2012.

source: Kompas

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This is How Indonesian Labors Celebrate The International Labors Day

International Labor Day demonstrators at the Presidential Palace threw coins towards the palace to grab the attention of the government.

“We will give the President his wages,” said an orator at the rally, as quoted by

This call was followed by the simultaneous throwing of coins towards the palace by demonstrators.

Police officers were seen standing guard throughout the demonstration.

Central Jakarta Police Chief Sr. Comr. Hamidin said 1,817 police personnel were deployed to safeguard the palace.

He also said that so far the situation was under control and no demonstrators had been arrested, “I have yet to receive any report [of any arrests],” he added.

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source: The Jakarta Post

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Former TKI Bring HIV / AIDS To Indonesia

The number of people living with HIV / AIDS in the district of Madiun, East Java, has increased every year. Sadly, most people with a lot of it comes from heterosexual married couples who have a history of ever working outside of Madison, the main working abroad.
Madison County Health Department reported, during 2010 found at least 34 new carriers, in which 13 people died. In 2011, finding people with new HIV / AIDS has reached 14 people in just three months. The total findings of sufferers from 2002 to now reach 103 people, where 35 of which died.

Head of Disease Eradication and Health Efforts Madison County Health Department Soelistyo Widyantono said, the findings of cases of HIV / AIDS in the region is high because on average each month for more than four cases. However, the most surprising of the findings of these carriers, which are very few high-risk groups.
Precisely the most ordinary people, meaning the couple households ie husbands, wives, even children. "But once traced, they have a history of working abroad, such as Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Hong Kong. Minimal work outside of Madison, such as Batam, Kalimantan, Bekasi," he said on Wednesday (04/06/2011).
As an illustration, out of 14 finding new carriers in 2011, almost all of them are ordinary families, ie husband, wife and one child. Only one person out of 14 new carriers are coming from high-risk groups, namely female sex workers (WPS). Sadly again, finding people with HIV / AIDS is dominated by women as much as nine of 14 people.
Efforts to control the spread of HIV / AIDS in Madison County to be difficult because of the mobility of workers is difficult to be monitored. Moreover, after further explored, the average positive-infected workers are those who departed through unofficial channels of illegal alias.
Soelistyo said, as prevention efforts, it has been coordinating with the Department of Labor Madison County. Way, entered counseling about the dangers of disease and the importance of prevention of disease transmission to prospective migrant workers or prospective workers who will go out of town.
He acknowledged HIV / AIDS cases in Madison County is an iceberg phenomenon. This means that people with the current findings only appearance at the summit, while the real case, whose scope is so large it has not been revealed. "This is what is feared by the agency and is compromised by all circles," he said.
Concerns that makes sense because according to data from the Department of Manpower and Transmigration of Madison County, the number of Indonesian workers from Madison in 2010 alone reached 2836 people, consisting of 356 men and 2480 women. That does not include workers who do not register on the official departure of illegal alias predictable amount not lose much.
Head of Placement, Training, and Labor Productivity of Manpower and Transmigration Office of Madison County Suyadi said, based on destination state workers, most of whom work in Hong Kong as many as 833 people. Besides Hong Kong, the workplace of the most ogled Madison TKI origin is Malaysia and Taiwan as many as 748 people as many as 759 people.
Meanwhile, Andreanus M Uran, Nusantara Bamboo Foundation Program Director Madison, a non-governmental organizations that provide assistance to HIV / AIDS, said, in addition to the workers, that deserve serious attention in efforts to control this disease are young people who have free sex.
The indication, they are found hanging out at night entertainment venues, such as karaoke, cafes, and discotheques. The reason, in the last two years in Madison flourishing night entertainment venues and even worse is the targeted market segment of the student.

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Indonesia Trying to Reduce Maternal Death Rate

Indonesia is trying to reduce maternal death rate from currently at 228 per 100,000 living births to 102 by 2015. Coordinating minister for people’s welfare Agung Laksono said here on Saturday "it must drop to 102 by 2015."

Indonesia Trying to Reduce Maternal Death Rate The minister said the rate of maternal deaths in the country was still very high and even the highest among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He said the government had been committed to reducing the rate in line with the Millennium Development Goals.

One of the efforts to realize the goal is preparing various health facilities especially for delivery processing. Besides preparing the facilities the government also tried to produce professional midwives that have skills in helping delivery, he said. The minister said he admitted that the number of such facilities and professional midwives was not big especially in the regions and small islands.

"In remote islands it could take days to get the facilities or professional midwives," he said. He stated the government would provide the budget for it with regard to reducing the rate of maternal deaths.

source: Kompas

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Indonesia Screens Japan Travelers for Radiation

Indonesia gave a preliminary all-clear Saturday after radiation-screening passengers arriving at Jakarta airport from Japan, which is battling to prevent leaks at a stricken nuclear power plant.

“The nuclear energy regulatory agency, with the airport’s management, started to carry out screenings on Tuesday,” Soekarno Hatta international airport official Frans Yoseph told AFP.

“Up until now we have not detected any sign of radiation,” Yoseph said adding that they will continue to conduct checks until the Japan’s nuclear crisis ends.

The team conducted screenings for passengers, crew members and luggage coming off direct flights from Japan, he said, adding that there were six flights to and from Tokyo and Narita every day.

A 9.0-magnitude earthquake on March 11 triggered a giant tsunami that flattened Japan’s northeast coast and killed 7,197, according to the latest police death toll, with almost 11,000 officially listed as missing.

Four of the six reactors at Fukushima No. 1 plant have been in danger of leaking dangerous amounts of radioactivity after an earthquake and tsunami led to a series of hydrogen explosions and fires at buildings housing the units.

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FIFA Rejects The Nomination of Nurdin Halid.

FIFA rejects nomination of Nurdin Halid.

FIFA asks Nurdin Halid to no longer propose him self as the candidate of the next PSSI chairman election.

This was revealed in a reply letter from FIFA to PSSI on Monday (2/28/2011). In the letter, FIFA declared for Nurdin is no longer a candidate for the chairman of the next period.

"There are two important points in the letter provided by FIFA. The first is their decision not to grant sanction to the Indonesian football," said Commissioner of Persebaya 1927, Saleh Mukadar, as cited by World Soccer.

"The second, not approved Nurdin Halid as a candidate for PSSI Chairman on the coming period," added the former national football Rescue Committee Secretary (KPPN).

Nurdin_halid According to Saleh, the letter was first checked and declared officially. "The letter was directly sent from Switzerland (headquarters of FIFA). Previously, Nurdin only describes the first point. He did not disclose the second point that is written in a letter sent by FIFA," said Saleh.

The letter that was submitted by PSSI to FIFA on 28 February has two resolutions, the PSSI congress delayed the implementation of the plan was held on March 26, 2011 and request that FIFA did not impose sanctions on Indonesia.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Andi Mallarangeng said he would call a board PSSI. According to him, if it is done, then the government would be intervening PSSI.

As reported earlier, PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid said so far has not made any communication with Andi Mallarengeng. And this needs to be done to resolve the issue of Indonesian national football uncertain at this time.

"Whenever PSSI refused to consult we're ready. But if we were told to call once, later mistaken for intervention.'ll Be reported to FIFA," said Andi told reporters at his office on Wednesday (03/02/2011).

According to Andi, it would be good if the PSSI himself who came to Menpora. Commission X of the House of Representatives on Tuesday (1 / 3), wanted Menpora and PSSI conduct mediation to resolve all problems. Andi said, "I appreciate that my friends in the House want a mediation process. But that position should be clear, the government position in accordance with the Act and the national sport system and its derivatives. The task of government shall administer, manage, and supervise the PSSI," continued Andi.

"PSSI is a sports organization that fostered, and supervised by Menpora. And such a position should be clear. The government made statutory laws and regulations in the Republic and its provisions. If the government runs its authority, yes you could baseball is called intervention. What more can be done by government only provide guidance and oversight, "the Democratic politicians are complete.

A number of members of Commission X of the Board of Representatives requested that PSSI chairman Nurdin Halid not go forward in the nomination of the chairman of the PSSI period 2011-2015.

In a hearing with PSSI in the Parliament Building, on Tuesday (01/03/2011), members of the House leadership Nurdin Halid rate in the last eight years did not produce a proud achievement. Parliament also highlighted the demonstrations against the power Nurdin like a lot happening lately.

"I ask Mr. Nurdin is no longer running for president. In my opinion, it would be more honorable than forward, but the unwanted people," said Didi Wahidi, a member of the National Awakening Party (PKB).

Didi assess Nurdin try to close all the doors for people outside the scope of PSSI who want to advance in the stock election chairman in four yearly congress later this month PSSI.

Requests for Nurdin no longer forward as a candidate for the chairman of the PSSI also expressed by members of the Democratic Party, Angelina Sondakh. Angie, as she was called, felt sorry for the kids at home Nurdin who always saw his father cursed by the protesters.

"I really do not want Mr. Nurdin abused by other people, trampled his picture, burned, humiliated. So, we asked Mr. Nurdin to no longer run for chairman," he said.

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Coins For President: An Abusive Action?

Coins For President Members of the House of Representatives Commission III Nasir Jamil said that "Coins for President” action is never meant to abuse our president, Bambang Susilo Yudhoyono. The idea is intended as a form of concern over statements by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono about the salary that never rises for seven years.

"This is not abusive, but the form of concerns. While it is considered by the court that assessed the community respond to the statement of the President. He said the President of humor. This is just to synergize with empathy outside parliament. Not criticize, being satirical, and certainly does not also criticize the president institutional. This part of the expression alone, "he said in Parliament House on Tuesday (01/25/2011).

Politicians MCC asserts, the idea of 'Coins for President' did come from him and a number of colleagues in the House of Representatives Commission III, such as Bambang Soesatyo of Golkar faction, Martin Hutabarat from Fraction Gerindra, Syarifuddin Suding of Fraction Hanura and Edy Ramli from the Democratic Party.

However, Nasir claimed to know nothing directly the existence of a transparent box that is on a working meeting between the commission and the police chief last night. Nasir said the idea came from a brief chat on the sidelines of a working meeting with the Chief of Police last night.

They talked about the President's follow-up statement. "That's our form of empathy and sympathy," he added.

The box itself is not visible this morning. However, Nasir said that if the box is full, its contents will be handed over to community groups that are also moving on the statement of the President. It will not be submitted directly to the State Palace. "Nah we may immediately submit to the President. If we leave the President, that was later judged only banter (expense) only," he said.

source: kompas

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