Sat, 24 Apr 2010
Batam, Riau Islands,(ANTARA News) - About 200 ethnic Indians have evacuated to Singapore following Thsursday`s riot which was fueled by a racist remark by an Indian worker at Drydocks World Graha, an Indian community leader said.

"I heard that about 200 Indians have left Batam for Singapore," Indian community leader in Batam Devarajan Prakash said after a meeting with local government officials here on Friday.

He said the number of ethnic Indians who had left for Singapore accounted for 40 percent of Indians staying in Batam. Ethnic Indians were scared to stay in Batam after the incident, Prakash said.

But he expressed confidence that all Indians who had left for Singapore would eventually return to Batam.

In the meantime, Deputy Reginal Police Chief for Riau Islands Sr Comr Bambang Budi Santoso gave the assurance that there would be no sweeping on ethnic Indians in
Batam following the rioting.

On Thursday, a total of 41 Indian workers of PT Drydock World Graha were evacuated through a special port as a result of the conflict between the management and workers following the racist remark.

The foreign workers were evacuated in a boat under heavy police guard. The riot was fueled by a remark by an Indian supervisor that insulted Indonesian workers.

"He said that Indonesians were `stupid`. This was an insult. and that is why we are all angry," Baim, one of the Indonesian workers, said.

During the riot, at least 20 cars were set on fire.(*)


Sat, 24 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by Marmalade

Never really understood what they were doing there in the first place. Probably miss their squaws.


Thu, 29 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
Indians apologize over Batam riot through banners

The Jakarta Post, Batam

Two banners stating an Indians’ apology over last week’s clash at shipbuilding company PT Drydock World Graha dockyard in Tanjung Uncang, Batam, Riau Island, were placed Sunday along a road leading to the dockyard.

Kompas.com reported that the banners stated, “We, Indians, apologize for an incident that happened at a dockyard in Tanjung Uncang.”

On Sunday afternoon, the Dubai-based shipbuilding company appeared deserted without any activity. Several policemen were seen guarding the dockyard.

The riot was allegedly triggered by a racial statement made by Indian workers against local workers.


Thu, 29 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by Om Pong
"....and I like curry...I do...but now that we've got the recipe...is there really any need for them to stay?"


Fri, 30 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by bishopslips
A Kiwi goes to a doctors and says...

"Doctor, I'd like to become Australian. Is there a special operation you can perform to help me live out this dream."

"Sure, no problem. We simply put you to sleep and remove a quarter of your brain."

So the Kiwi agrees to the operation. However, when he wakes up the doctor is standing over him with a worried expression on his face.

"I'm sorry" says the doctor, "There was a problem with the operation. We accidentally removed too much of your brain."

The kiwi replies....


"Tidak pa pa, Pak"


Boom, boom. PS I'm Indian and I live in Batam


Fri, 30 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by Vulgarian
Quoting: bishopslips
PS I'm Indian and I live in Batam



It's true. He can do the accent and everything.


Fri, 30 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by bishopslips
I think you'll find my accent is more welsh-pakistani.

(Btw my spell checker has no problems with welsh with a small w but highlights pakistani with a small p. It's political correctness gone mad, hell in a handcart etc...)


Fri, 30 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by Marmalade
Probably because we don't say that you can pakistani on a deal. You have spellcheck on Jakchat? That's just paranoid...


Fri, 30 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
spel cjecking iz automatik inn firefox.


Fri, 30 Apr 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by Vulgarian
Is it? I don't seem to have it.


Sat, 01 May 2010
From: JakChat
Comment by KuKuKaChu
options/advanced/general/check my spelling as I type



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