Expat related news

Gwmeath :

Extremely cagey

Perhaps, but the basic fact of an armed gang beating the hell out of people remains.
That'll do for me, and I see no reason to bother the police over this shooting - Something about kitchens and things getting hot.
They knew the risks, took them, and lost - no big deal, and thanks to the police for removing the threat to the public.

Totally agree with you except they only killed one dirt bag, but like I said “if” true it was a SS1 Someone with a degree of power has some answers to provide at the very highest level

I’ve actually just found and lost a link when a police brigadier was attacked recently (late last year?) and had his rifle stolen whilst sat at a hotel in his car, 3 blanks and 16 rubber in the magazine

There you go

https://coconuts.co/bali/news/brimob-of … el-report/

When caught doing a crime, best is to raise your hands.
Russian criminals  tend to be very violent. No pity.

You'll get away with violence against civilians because they have no ability to fight back, but the cops have guns.
You'll come second.


Besides arresting foreign nationals from Uganda, Congo, and Madagascar who were suspected of being involved in prostitution in Kuta, during the first quarter of 2019.

the TPI Special Class I Immigration Office Ngurah Rai also conducted immigration administrative measures of 40 foreigners from various country.Head of the Ngurah Rai Special Class I Immigration Office, Amran Aris, said on Friday (22/3/2019) that 9 foreign nationals who were prosecuted included 9 people, February 2 people (a Russian and a Canadian), and March as many as 29 people.Added, from the country of origin, a number of foreigners who were taken were from Australia, the Netherlands, Egypt, Italy, Britain, Russia, Bangladesh, Madagascar, USA, India, Chile, and France. The types of violations began from overstay, ex-prison and disobey the laws and regulations,.In addition, Arman said, from the results of supervision carried out by the TPI Ngurah Rai Special Class I Immigration Office on foreigners entering Indonesia, he stated that since January and February 2019 they rejected  entry permits for 205 foreigners from 40 countries with various reasons.The most issued citizens are from Bangladesh, Australia, USA India and China. The reason of refusel are  passport validity period was less than six months, or not have an RI visa or travel documents. Otler cased of  pedophilia, and are also refused because of other things, "he said.The government's decision to sell visas in order to bring in 20 million foreign tourists (foreign tourists) actually brings criminal problems in Bali  from a series of robberies and ATM burglaries, the perpetrators are foreign nationals. Head of Immigration Class I Denpasar Wisnu Widayat said his party had made various efforts related to the supervision of foreigners.One of them is by forming Timpora at the sub-district level in accordance with the order of the Law on Supervision of Foreigners.The formation of Timpora in each sub-district to facilitate supervision of foreigners coming to Bali,said Wisnu Widayat. If there are individual tourists found to take actions that need to be taken action immediately reported to immigration. Later immigration will follow up.He argues that many foreign tourists who violate the law in Bali are one of the negative sides of giving visa-free visits, aka visa on arrivalHowever, this cannot be a problem because it has become a government decision. The point must be to increase supervision.Because tourists are given visa free for vacation, but some are misused. Like a recent robbery case, since January - March, Immigration had taken immigration administration to 14 foreign tourists,and immediately deported because the entry is in detention.

source : https://radarbali.jawapos.com

I disagree with the visa fee being free has increased criminals visiting Indonesia/ Bali, and crime rates increasing I doubt a criminal parting with around $30 or so would be put off coming here. Similar issues are all over South East Asia, opportunities arise for foreign criminals because of local knowledge
it’s no secret Indonesia is a gateway for human trafficking,/ prostitution,  paedophilia and all perpetrators regardless of nationality should face a firing squad
Charging for visas would do absolutely nothing, looking at certain visa applications and sort of visa, marriages, business etc may help

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/25/worl … nesia.html

I believe the ape's brain is more developed that the smuggler's.

Maybe a friend from the above


This might not appear expat related, but that number of people disappearing off for holidays is likely to mean traffic jams to all the usual places

https://en.tempo.co/read/1190235/csis-s … ma_Click_1

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Another survey by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) shows that there will be at least 7 percent of registered voters in the final voter list (DPT) who plan to go on vacation during election day.

Expats from cold countries who fancy a break from the tropical climate have a new option

https://jakartaglobe.id/culture/indones … theme-park


Travel around Jakarta is always a pain in the bum, but this is likely to be at least some of the ointment we all desperately need.
Cheap, fast, and clean. I get the idea a good few expats are going to like this.

https://jakartaglobe.id/context/jakarta … cket-price

Jakarta. The Jakarta provincial government and the city council agreed on a progressive ticket price for the capital's brand-new mass rapid transportation system on Tuesday, ending months of deliberation aimed at striking a balance between affordability for users and an acceptable level of subsidy by the administration.

A trip on the entire 16-kilometer route of the Jakarta MRT, from Lebak Bulus to the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, will amount to Rp 14,000 ($1), which is less than half the cost of using one of the city's ubiquitous online motorcycle taxis over the same distance.
A fixed fare of Rp 3,000 will apply for entering the MRT system and this will increase by Rp 1,000 for every station a passenger passes, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan explained.

Ojek using expats might well be interested in this one

https://jakartaglobe.id/context/governm … nline-ojek

Jakarta. Indonesia's Transportation Ministry finally announced long-awaited zone-based minimum and maximum fares for online motorcycle taxis on Monday (25/03).

The ministry-set fares range from Rp 2,000 to Rp 2,500 (14 to 17 cents) per kilometer in the Greater Jakarta area. The minimum fare in the capital will range from Rp 8,000 to Rp 10,000, the general director of land transportation at the ministry, Budi Setiyadi, said in a statement.

The first of the three zones covers Sumatra, Java and Bali. The massive Greater Jakarta market makes up the entirety of the second zone. The third zone covers Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Nusa Tenggara, Maluku, Papua and other islands.

It might be a good idea not to wear white on election day. Some more 'interesting' members of the Indonesian public might see it as support for a given candidate.

https://en.antaranews.com/news/122969/j … n-april-17

The president has been clear in his opinion the new infrastructure projects are designed to help business, and he's very probably right, that also meaning there could well be more opportunities for highly skilled expats to find good work over here

https://en.antaranews.com/news/122968/i … dge-jokowi

Balikpapan, East Kalimantan (ANTARA) - Incumbent president Joko Widodo (Jokowi), during an open campaign rally held here on Thursday, said that various infrastructure projects undertaken during the past five years were meant to give the nation a competitive edge.

“After this, we will focus on developing our human resources,” Jokowi said, addressing thousands of supporters attending his open campaign.

There is a push from some quarters to bring the English language back into schools as part of a campaign to develop Indonesia's human resources.
If that point of view wins through, the poor state of English in this country is very likely to mean more work for expat teachers.

One for Russian expats in Indonesia, there just might be a few jobs available to you

https://otomotif.tempo.co/read/1190247/ … mp;view=ok

It seems Lada and Gaz could be entering the Indonesian market

I have no idea about Gaz, but I hope Lada have gone up in the world since I last drove one of their lumps of junk back in the 80s.
I didn't own it, just tried one out - Horrible


I debated as to the merits of this story but given expats and tourists are a likely target for extremists, I believe it's valid on this thread, more so as ex-fighters from a previous overseas conflict were part of the Bali bombing lot.
I hold a rather strong opinion on this but, as this is not a political forum, I don't want to express those thoughts here.
Perhaps I could request the same from others :)

https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/201 … -camp.html

Indonesians taking refuge at the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp in Al-Hasakah, Syria, are begging to come home because supplies are starting to run out.

it is a very relevant post and agreed it’s not a political forum, I also have very strong personal views on this topic as I have experienced these / similar groups first hand  over a period of almost a decade
These groups unfortunately have a strong presence in My location and amongst many other places within Indonesia the authorities are trying to combat this, what progress against these groups if any is yet to be seen and continue to pose a very serious threat to Indonesians and foreigners
What I will add is how this is being handled is a huge mistake
“Saturday small and polite rant over”

Here is the news - There's a national holiday tomorrow.

There's also an election but that's of no concern to expats

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