Sun, 19 Jul 2009
Jakarta, (ANTARA News) - The two low-level bomb blasts which slightly damaged two hotels in Jakarta and killed nine people will mot affect Taiwanese investment in Indonesia, a Taiwanese official here said.

Timothy Chin-tien Yang, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Trade Office in Indonesia, in an interview here on Friday evening said cooperation in many fields between Taiwan and Indonesia would not be affected.

Bomb blasts could happen anywhere in the world. Even the United States whose security system was perhaps the best in the world was not immune to bomb blasts, he said.

"I do not think the bomb blasts will deter Taiwanese investors from investing in Indonesia," Timothy said.

However, the investigation into the incidents should be handled seriously by the government so that foreign investors could be convinced that security in Indonesia was good, he said.

"I personally understand that security and conditions in Indonesia in general now are conducive, good and safe. There is nothing to be worried about," he said, adding that people living in foreign countries did not know this. Therefore, efforts to catch the perpetrators of the bombings should be made consistently," he said.

Asked whether Taiwan would issue a travel warning on Indonesia, Timothy said it would never happen. He as Taiwan`s representative in Indonesia would not make any recommendation to his government to that effect.

"The bomb blasts happened only at two American-owned hotels in Jakarta. Why should we be worried about it. Taiwanese tourists can stay at other hotels," he said.

"I received long-distance calls from four Taiwanese TV stations but I just said there was nothing to worry about. Such bomb blasts could happen anywhere. Hence, it is not necessary to discourage Taiwanese tourists from visiting Indonesia," he said.

In the meantime, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin)`s chairman for Cooperatives and Small Businesses, Sandiaga Uno, said on Friday it was hoped the bomb attacks would not affect the real sector too seriously.

"We hope the bomb blasts will not deter foreign and domestic investors from investing in the country," Sandiago Uno said.

The Kadin official said it was hoped prospective investors would not be prompted to cancel their investment plans in Indonesia in the coming two years. "I am afraid the tourism sector which is now thriving in Indonesia will be affected significantly," he said.

He said Kadin was hoping the bombing`s impact on the tourism sector would not last too long because the multiplier effect of tourism development was beneficial for small businesses. (*)



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