Asia Economy Indonesia Jakarta 

JAKARTA SHOULD NOT TURN TO MASS EVICTIONS AS PART OF CITY PLANNING FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS

As a sociologist and media scholar with an interest in emerging forms of civic engagement, I initially came to Jakarta – the world’s Twitter capital – to research innovative social media uses. Instead, my first visits to an informal settlement near an estuary, Kampung Tongkol, in 2015 in North Jakarta, revealed something more hybrid: mixed-media participatory mapping of the settlement’s physical and socioeconomic infrastructure. They have also volunteered to partially remove their housing to make way for a road on the riverbank in the hope to avoid forced evictions, which usually happened…

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Online shopping scam on Facebook.

A report from one of the staff at YourVoice Asia. Our staff member was taken in by a advert for a Drone on Facebook to which he ordered and awaited the delivery. This was the Video which is now been shown by several different companys on the internet. https://www.facebook.com/1138212613004831/videos/2030392770409123/?t=31 I recieved a email with the follow text the next day. You may contact us by simply replying to this email. Sincerely, Alex Smith Head Customer Support support@hyperstech.com After waiting 3 weeks I called and was told that it would take…

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Asia Indonesia Tsunami 

Indonesia tsunami: crisis worsens as aid struggles to reach island

The humanitarian crisis in Sulawesi has continued to worsen as organisations struggle to bring the millions of dollars in international aid that has been pledged to the island devastated by last week’s earthquake. ‘I saw my neighbours get buried alive’: the mud-swamped Indonesian village At least 1,424 people are so far reported to have died from the 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit the Indonesian island on Friday. At least a further 2,500 have been injured and more than 100 are still missing. More than 70,000 houses are…

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Grab taxi Indonesia 

Grab drivers stage rally at Jakarta office

Drivers of application-based ride-hailing company Grab staged a rally on Monday in front of the company’s office at the Lippo building in Kuningan, South Jakarta. The drivers said they were disappointed to not meet high-ranking officials from the company. “We are demanding to meet and convey our aspirations to Grab’s CEO, not representatives,” said Dedi Heryantoni, a representative of the drivers. They said the company had exploited the drivers and it was not transparent when penalizing them. The company sent Pandu from the external regulatory and government affairs division to…

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Indonesia Jakarta 

Thousands join anti-Jokowi walk in Surakarta

Thousands of people participated in an anti-Jokowi walk on Sunday morning in the Gladag area in the city of Surakarta, Central Java. The event on Sunday was also attended by, among others, the Surakarta Sharia Council (DSKS) chairman Muinudinillah Basri, Muhammadiyah activist Mustofa B. Nahrawardaya and local figure Mudrick Sangidu. Earlier, the Surakarta Police said they did not permit the event because it had a potential to create altercations between President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo supporters and those who oppose him. In response, the event committee said they would prohibit the participants…

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Economy Indonesia Jakarta 

Indonesia starts to punish violators of foreign banknotes regulation

Bank Indonesia started on Monday to punish corporations or individuals who violate a Bank Indonesia regulation that limits the amount of of foreign banknotes that can be carried when crossing the Indonesian border. With the enforcement of Bank Indonesia Regulation (PBI) No. 20/2018 on the revision of PBI No. 19/7 2017, only licensed institutions – banks and money changing institutions – are allowed to carry more than US$1 million in banknotes. Violators of the regulation are required to pay a fine of up to 10 percent of the banknotes they carry, with the maximum fine set at Rp…

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Indonesia Jakarta 

Counter-protests and clashes at banned #2019GantiPresiden event, Ahmad Dhani’s hotel sieged

Now that all the players are in place for Indonesia’s 2019 presidential election, the reaction to a protest movement to unseat incumbent President Joko Widodo seems to portend a very heated campaign season between now and when votes are cast in April. The controversial #2019GantiPresiden (Replace The President in 2019) opposition movement was meant to hold a declaration rally in the East Java capital of Surabaya on Sunday, but one of the movement’s most high-profile participants, musician-cum-politician Ahmad Dhani met fierce opposition the day before the event when counter-protesters arrived at…

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Indonesia Jakarta 

Police given license to kill in Jakarta to combat street crime

CCTV footage shows an app-based motorcycle taxi passenger being robbed in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on Sunday. The 37-year-old was killed in the incident. (Via kompas.com/Instagram) The Jakarta Police deployed on Tuesday night 1,000 personnel to combat street crimes in the capital. Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Argo Yuwono said the operation would last until Aug. 3, while the personnel were divided into 16 teams —13 of which comprised personnel from police precincts, while the remaining three teams were from the Jakarta Police. “If there is resistance [from the muggers and…

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Indonesia ISIS 

Cleric sentenced to death had a hand in several terror attacks

Radical cleric Aman Abdurrahman was yesterday sentenced to death for his role in inciting others to commit terror attacks in Indonesia. The five-judge panel ruled that the 46-year-old had, from within his jail cell, planned and incited others to commit terror acts. “The defendant has either met his followers face to face or distributed his write-ups widely on the Internet, MP3 clips as well as (live) audio calls,” presiding judge Akhmad Jaini told the courtroom. Prosecutors had sought the death sentence for Aman, who had been charged with inciting various…

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Asia Crowdfunding Economy Indonesia Property 

INSPIRING HOME OF THE WEEK: HOUSE BUILT FOR WELLNESS IN INDONESIA

This cube-shaped stone home built in the idyllic setting of Lombok island, Indonesia, is named “Maleo” after the region’s local bird species, and sits neatly overlooking the Jabon hills and the golden sands of Selong Belanak beach. Australian architect Mitchel Squires designed the seven-bedroom residence to make the most of the spectacular rolling-hills setting: “I was really taken by its surroundings, in fact many parts of South Lombok are fairly untouched and local villagers were watchful of the new developments. “I wanted to set the tone for properties in the area. I was conscious to design something that blended in the with the landscape…

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