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Indonesian military officer orders that forest burners be shot

File photo of men putting out a forest fire in Indonesia. (Photo: AFP)    JAKARTA: A military official in the Indonesian province of Jambi said on Saturday (Aug 5) he has ordered that anyone who deliberately sets fire to forest areas be shot, as authorities struggle to contain fires that cause choking smoke in the region. Five Indonesian provinces have declared emergencies because of forest fires, according to Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency (BNPB), with the number of hotspots steadily increasing in many areas over the past week. The BNPB isRead More


Drug mule who transited in Singapore with 43 pellets of Ice gets 25 years’ jail and caning

Adri Anton Kalangie was sentenced to 25 years’ jail and 15 strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to importing not less than 249.99g of methamphetamine on Monday, July 17 2017 SINGAPORE – A 42-year-old Indonesian drug mule who swallowed 29 pellets of methamphetamine, inserted 10 pellets into his rectum and hid four pellets in his shorts and shoe, took a flight from China to Singapore, intending to transit to Indonesia on the same day. But at Changi Airport, Adri Anton Kalangie missed his connecting Singapore Airlines flight andRead More


Passenger removed from Garuda flight over bomb joke

A Garuda Indonesia passenger was removed from a Timika-Denpasar flight on Monday after a flight attendant heard him joke to another passenger that his heavy bag contained a bomb. The man, identified only by his initials WH, was removed before the aircraft took off at Timika Airport in Papua at around 2:30 p.m., local time. The incident happened when a passenger named Parlindungan Tambunan asked WH what he was carrying in his bag because it looked heavy. Spontaneously, WH jokingly replied that he was carrying “a bomb”. Parlindungan was notRead More


Singapore steps up checks and patrols after Jakarta, Manchester attacks

SINGAPORE: Singapore is stepping up its checks and patrols at key locations such as the air, land and sea checkpoints, transport nodes and its waters, following the attacks in Manchester and Jakarta, said the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Thursday (May 25). The ministry said in reply to questions that it will continue to monitor developments closely and “calibrate security measures” according to the threat environment. It added that everyone has an important role to play in keeping Singapore safe, and reminded the public to call the police atRead More


Islamic State claims responsibility for Jakarta bus station attacks

CAIRO: Islamic State claimed responsibility for Jakarta bus station attacks that left at least three policemen dead and 12 others wounded on Wednesday. “The executor of the attack on the Indonesian police gathering in Jakarta was an Islamic State fighter,” the group’s news agency Amaq said. The attack was the deadliest in Indonesia since January 2016, when eight people were killed, four of them attackers, after suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the capital. Read more at http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-jakarta-bus-station-8884438 Link to this post!


Semi-permanent buildings demolished for RPTRA in North Jakarta

.The Jakarta administration demolished over 31 illegal buildings under a North Jakarta toll road on Friday to make way for the development of a child-friendly integrated public space (RPTRA) Officers from the public order agency (Satpol PP), local police and military were present during the demolition under the Wiyoto Wiyono toll road in Warakas subdistrict, Tanjung Priok, although no resistance was seen during the process. “We announced the demolition plan a long time ago to street vendors and illegal building’ owners. We hope the plan to build an RPTRA willRead More


Indonesian police ban Islamist rally ahead of Jakarta election

JAKARTA: Police in the Indonesian capital Jakarta have banned a rally organised by Islamist groups ahead of next week’s hotly-contested election to lead the city, officials said on Tuesday (Feb 7). The rally on Feb 11, just four days before voting day, would have been the latest in a series of mass demonstrations by Muslims against the incumbent governor, a Christian, who they claim insulted the Koran. The protests, led by hardline groups and attended by hundreds of thousands of people, have raised fears of creeping religious intolerance and politicalRead More


Further fraud charges slapped on cult leader

The National Police Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has named cult leader Dimas Kanjeng Taat Pribadi a suspect for allegedly defrauding people of Rp 25 billion (US$1.92 million) by claiming to be able to multiply banknotes belonging to the victims. General crimes director Brig. Gen. Agus Andrianto confirmed on Monday that Taat had been declared a suspect, according to Antara news agency. The National Police charged Taat with fraud after the East Java Police named him a suspect in the murders of Abdul Gani and Ismail Hidayah, who were is followers, and inRead More


Indonesia readies prison island for drug convict executions

JAKARTA -Indonesia has beefed up security at Nusa Kambangan prison island and closed it to visitors in a sign authorities are preparing to execute people convicted of drug crimes. The head of prisons in Central Java province said Tuesday that about 1,000 police have been sent to Cilacap, the town nearest the maximum security island, and that preparations on the island are complete. Indonesian officials have said 16 people will be executed this year, including citizens of Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Pakistan, though they have not confirmed any more details. SyedRead More


Jakarta Ponzi scheme

2011, the police arrested Jaya Komara who allegedly defrauded his clients in an investment scam. The scam itself began to surface when four of his alleged victims reported the scam to the police. According to the police, the total fund accumulated from what appears to be a Ponzi scheme is estimated to be around Rp 6 trillion (US$632 million). He is due for release in 2016 The fund was accumulated primarily through Jaya Komara’s cooperative-based organization, Koperasi Langit Biru (KLB) which was established in January 2011. As stated by theRead More