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I would like to start a thread quoting news pieces about Indonesia.
The thread isn't intended for debate about the rights and wrongs of any given situation, more to show expats and potential expats a little about what makes the headlines here, hopefully giving them an insight into what makes Indonesia tick, but a little light comment isn't a problem.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016 … begal.html

Semarang Police have ordered the Elang Team, comprising of 45 policemen, to shoot violent motorcycle thieves (begal) caught in the act.

Semarang Police chief Sr. Comr. Abiyoso Seno Aji said Friday his subordinates would not hesitate to shoot the thieves.

“We try verbal persuasion, if they obey, praise the Lord, but if they insist on committing crimes, I would be glad to reduce the Semarang population,” Abiyoso said.

Just wanna say...isn't it too extreme to just rely on firearms to solve a situation. I don't see any further information in the news except describing the police as if they are trigger happy....

Care to enlighten me a bit, Fred?

Many of the criminals are violent, commonly using knives against their victims, so the police are warning them to stop.

I can see from the good side is that the police is doing something.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016 … -soon.html

'City-owned bus management PT Transportation Jakarta (Transjakarta) has purchased 300 lower deck buses but most of them cannot operate in Jakarta because their fuel qualification needs to be downgraded from Euro 6 diesel to Euro 3 or 4.'

In England - leaves on the line. In Jakarta wrong type of diesel

lukereg :

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/10/10/new-lower-deck-buses-cannot-operate-in-jakarta-soon.html

'City-owned bus management PT Transportation Jakarta (Transjakarta) has purchased 300 lower deck buses but most of them cannot operate in Jakarta because their fuel qualification needs to be downgraded from Euro 6 diesel to Euro 3 or 4.'

In England - leaves on the line. In Jakarta wrong type of diesel

Hoo-boy!

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-indon … SKCN12A10P

By Agustinus Beo Da Costa and Eveline Danubrata | JAKARTA
Indonesian police on Monday urged Muslims to stay calm and not be "provoked" by the vandalism of a mosque in the capital, aiming to dispel fears of growing ethnic tension in the run-up to next year's election for the governor of Jakarta.

Over the weekend, white Christian crosses were found spray-painted at several locations, including on the green gates of the Al Falah Mosque in Jakarta, the largest city in the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation.

Election time commonly sees more extreme groups trying to either get their man in, or dumping someone they dislike.
Who knows what lengths these factions will go to in their attempts to their little bit of power, but it's probably a really good idea for expats to avoid the upcoming demos and general trouble that is likely this time.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37673528

A bridge connecting two small islands near the Indonesian resort island of Bali has collapsed, killing at least eight people, officials say.
People were passing over the suspension bridge for a religious ceremony when the accident occurred, a police officer told Reuters news agency.
The water was not deep but many of the victims were crushed by debris, he said.
Thirty other people were injured. All were reported to be local residents.

Indonesia has some issues with construction techniques and maintenance of various things, including bridges. Whilst these things are getting far better, there are still some major problems, so keep your eyes open.

“Just wanna say...isn't it too extreme to just rely on firearms to solve a situation. I don't see any further information in the news except describing the police as if they are trigger happy....”

IMHO, the police in Indonesia show remarkable constraint in their use of lethal force.  Then again, I was born and raised in the US where babies are given their fist Smith & Wesson before age 1...so…

Whilst there is no argument people like this guy are in every race, nationality, colour and creed, this is one less in Indonesia.

http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/10/18 … Ex-Convict

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Immigration officials of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport detained an Australian citizen, who goes by the initial BD who had just arrived from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on AirAsia flight number QZ201 on Monday, October 17, 2016.

BD was not allowed to enter Indonesian territory because of his status as an ex-convict of sexual crime against children.

"BD was arrested when he attempted to enter Indonesia around 06:25 PM Western Indonesia Time," said Heru Santoso, spokesman of the Directorate General of Immigration on Monday, October 17, 2016.

Heru said that BD was listed in the immigration office’s blacklist. Australian police had also informed about BD's arrival and his status to Indonesian authorities.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-37694475

Indonesia could "wipe out" paedophilia with its new policy of chemical castration, President Joko Widodo has told the BBC.
He said Indonesia respected human rights but there would be "no compromise" when it came to punishing such sexual crimes.
Indonesia passed controversial laws earlier this month authorising chemical castration for paedophiles.

Maybe an election promise, or perhaps a real one.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016 … -ahok.html

Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has promised world-class sidewalks along Jl. M. H. Thamrin and Jl. Sudirman in Central and South Jakarta once current renovation work is completed.

Ahok’s plan to expand sidewalks along thoroughfares appears to be inspired by his visit to the Netherlands, where he found sidewalks wide enough for small cafés to operate without disrupting traffic.

Another merry dance

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016 … ation.html

'Rats are known as vectors of various diseases that can affect humans, such as hantavirus, rat-bite fever, the plague, murine typhus, leptospirosis, swine dysentery and salmonella. Rats can spread disease through their fur, saliva, urine and droppings.'

The plague, they jest. Well according to:

https://www.iamat.org/country/indonesia/risk/plague

Risk is present on the island of Java, south of Surakarta.

Now you know.....

I might very well buy a gun.

I'm a pretty reasonable shot and we have enough rats out here to make sure I can buy a new car, a computer, a few cameras and the services of several  women with poor moral codes without the need for credit.

India tried this scheme and it went well until people started breeding more rats for cash.

Doomed to fail

This is a nasty one, but holds a lesson to watch out for extremist idiots.
I would like to pass my best wishes to the policemen who were injured.

http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/10/20 … ce-Outpost

Witnesses said that the incident took place at around 7:30 am, when three idividuals started affixing stickers bearing Arabic writings at a police outpost. Police officers at the outpost told them to stop. “When suddenly, the person who had been reprimanded [by police] pulled out a knife and stabbed the cops at the outpost, including Tangerang Police chief,” said a street hawker.

About the above post ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-indon … SKCN12L0I8

Indonesian authorities on Friday said an Islamic State-inspired militant who injured three police officers this week on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta, had prepared several pipe bombs and owned live ammunition and weapons.

Whilst these fools are a tiny minority out of a lovely population, they are extremely dangerous to both expats and locals.

http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/10/27 … ug-Dealers

BNN Ready to Shot Dead Drug Dealers
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TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) chief Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso said his personnel are ready to shot dead drug dealers.

“We will act responsibly, take measured approach,” he said on Wednesday night in Surabaya.

He has promised that the BNN will not violate human rights.

The BNN has set up a special team to crack down on drug dealers. “We are waiting for the bespoke standard firearms which will arrive in November,” he said.

Could be a good idea to avoid illegal drugs.

This story has been bubbling for some while here, both in the news and gossip columns.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016 … rison.html

Judges at the Central Jakarta District Court sentenced murder suspect Jessica Kumala Wongso to 20 years in prison on Thursday after finding her guilty of murdering Wayan Mirna Salihin by putting cyanide poison into Mirna’s coffee on Jan. 6 at Olivier in Grand Indonesia, Central Jakarta.

The court hearing was presided over by judge Kisworo.

In line with the indictment, the judges concluded that Jessica murdered Mirna in revenge for repeatedly telling Jessica to break up with Patrick O'Connor, her former Australian boyfriend.

I don't know if jessica IS GUILTY OR NOT but given the evidence it is highly unlikely she would have been convicted in many countries.

Well this is almost the same kind of case

akarta.coconuts.co/2016/10/21/man-surrenders-giant-pet-crocodile-he-raised-13-years

'Firman had kept the crocodile in a pool surrounded by an iron fence. Every day people would come to see the animal.
“I was always worried that children would fall in the pool,” Firman said.'

Worried = maybe = no further action needed

BAS14 :

I don't know if jessica IS GUILTY OR NOT but given the evidence it is highly unlikely she would have been convicted in many countries.

I would lean towards guilty, but with so much evidence destroyed ... who knows?

Street kids are a big problem in Jakarta and many other places in Indonesia to varying degrees, so I really hope this bit of news works out, but It won't be easy to pull off.

http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/11/27 … ia-by-2017

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa declared a street-children free Indonesia by 2017 at the National Monument, on Sunday.

"Actually, the declaration of street-childen free program was declared for the first time in 2015, but this is to reiterate our determination to make Indonesia free from street children by 2017," the minister said.

The declaration was voiced by the minister together with hundreds of children and several regional heads.

The number of street children in Indonesia in 2015 reached 33,400. They lived in 16 provinces.

Some six thousand children have so far received services under the the governments Child Social Welfare Program in 2016.

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