Bank Indonesia forecasts 4 percent growth this year JAKARTA (JP): Bank Indonesia (BI) predicted on Wednesday an
economic growth of 3 to 4 percent and an inflation rate of 3 to 5
percent for this year. More ...
New police chief discloses his plansBy Yogita Tahil Ramani JAKARTA (JP): Newly-installed National Police chief Lt. Gen.
Rusdihardjo vows to tell the truth behind all cases and plans to
further improve the skills of police officers nationwide. More ...
Russia could have done worse than YeltsinBy David DeRosa NEW CANAAN, Connecticut (Bloomberg): Many Russians were
celebrating President Boris Yeltsin's surprise New Year's
resignation.Yeltsin's farewell address harked of former U.S. More ...
Syria stands to benefit from violence in LebanonBy Miral Fahmy BEIRUT (Reuters): The origins of a surge of violence in
Lebanon in the new year are still unclear but some analysts see
Syria, keen to maintain a grip on its small neighbor, as a key
beneficiary. More ...
PT Suryamas loses derivative suit JAKARTA (JP): PT Suryamas Dutamakmur lost its legal battle
with Bank Niaga when the Supreme Court upheld the bank's appeal
and annulled an earlier verdict favoring the property developer,
a source at the Supreme Court said.The source said the verdict, dated Dec. More ...
Bus accident kills 12 PURWOKERTO, Central Java: A chartered bus carrying holiday
revelers skidded into a ravine in Wonosobo at noon on Wednesday,
killing 12 passengers and injuring 24 others.Wonosobo Police chief Lt. Col. More ...
Patience and fairness neededFrom Rakyat MerdekaThe regrettable Ambon clashes have not only resulted in many
people being killed, but also giving the image of Indonesia as a
violent nation. In fact, we were known as a patient, polite and
hospitable nation. More ...
Mahadi opposes Gelora Senayan takeover plan JAKARTA (JP): State Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports
Mahadi Sinambela disagreed on Wednesday with Jakarta Governor
Sutiyoso's proposal that the city authority take over the
management of 279-hectares of land in the Gelora Senayan complex
in Central ... More ...
Stereotyping is dangerous Ethnic stereotyping is always a dangerous business. Some
years' ago when teaching in Malaysia my house was burgled several
times. The reaction of my Malaysian teaching colleagues was
"Thais" or "Indonesians" as if no crime could possibly be
attributed to one of their own. More ...
RI on the brink of disintegration?By Desra Percaya LONDON (JP): Indonesia has been utterly engulfed by the
reemergence of separatist movements and religious and ethnic
conflicts following the downfall of former presidents Soeharto
and B.J. Habibie. More ...
Students lash out at Megawati over Maluku JAKARTA (JP): Some 600 students grouped in the Indonesian
Muslim Student Action Union (KAMMI) protested outside the vice
presidential palace on Wednesday, demanding Megawati
Soekarnoputri be held responsible for the prolonged sectarian
unrest in Maluku. More ...
The millennium on Bali: Mediation and purificationText by I Wayan Juniarta photos by Murdani Usman DENPASAR, Bali (JP): To welcome the new millennium, the island
of Bali was enlivened with gala festivities. More ...
Governor urges action against UPC activist JAKARTA (JP): Governor Sutiyoso urged the Jakarta Police on
Wednesday to take all measures necessary against the recent
illegal street rally by becak (pedicab) drivers organized by the
Urban Poor Consortium (UPC). More ...
Trains remain chief form of public transportation in Java JAKARTA (JP): Like many densely populated islands, the
127,499-square-kilometer island of Java and its 114 million
inhabitants depend heavily on trains. More ...
President asks House to replace BI governor JAKARTA (JP): President Abdurrahman Wahid has asked the House
of Representatives to replace Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor
Sjahril Sabirin following the disclosure of the damning audit
report on the central bank, House Speaker Akbar Tandjung said ... More ...
JICT gets new direct call JAKARTA (JP): Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT)
announced on Wednesday it had received its first direct call
service of the year from the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping
Lines (IRISL). More ...
Govt may lower planned hike in fuel prices JAKARTA (JP): The government said on Wednesday that increases
in electricity rates and power prices would likely be lower than
the initially proposed 35 percent and 20 percent respectively. More ...
Progress or destruction First, may I take this opportunity to wish the staff of The
Jakarta Post and all its readers a very happy New Year.
Hopefully, this year shall see an improvement in the degree of
peace and prosperity for all Indonesians everywhere. More ...
Buddhist foundation donates rice JAKARTA (JP): Amurvabhumi Buddhist Monastery Foundation has
donated seven tons of rice to some 4,000 poor families residing
near its head office in Karet subdistrict, Setiabudi, South
Jakarta. More ...
President need not fear TNI coup or Wiranto: Agus MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi (JP): Wirabuana Military Commander
Maj. Gen. Agus Wirahadikusuma insisted that President Abdurrahman
Wahid should not fear deteriorating relations with Gen. More ...
Random shooting leaves grieving mother shocked JAKARTA (JP): Yoto Suwarno, a resident of Tawangsari district,
Sukohardjo regency in Central Java received a heavy blow on
Monday night on news that her son was in a critical condition due
to a random shooting incident. More ...
Where to go in Bali for Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000Exhibitions * Photo Exhibition: Foto-Realisme Indonesia, by Agus Kamal, Asri
Nugroho, etc., at Edwin's Gallery Bali, Komp. Tuban Plaza no. 25-
27, Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, Denpasar, until Jan. 18. More ...
Two die in firecracker blast SEMARANG: Firecracker blasts, which have been rife during the
Ramadhan fasting month, claimed two lives in the Central Java
town of Pekalongan on Tuesday.Police spokesman Lt. Col. M. More ...
Maluku may get new leaders JAKARTA (JP): President Abdurrahman Wahid may soon replace
Maluku Governor Saleh Latuconsina and Pattimura Military
Commander Brig. Gen. Max Tamaela with individuals who are
ethnically and religiously distinct from the warring factions in
Maluku. More ...
MasterCard records growth JAKARTA (JP): MasterCard International announced on Wednesday
that the number of people holding its Maestro/Cirrus debit card
had grown by 73 percent to 7.9 million in 1999, up from 4.6
million in 1998. More ...
Stock quotations on JSXStock prices on the Jakarta Stock Exchange (in rupiah) on Jan. 5, 1999: Shares Close Change Trading Volume
Ades Alfindo ... More ...
Free ride for streets vendors TANGERANG (JP): Some 2,000 street traders working in several
areas of Tangerang packed on Monday into 32 buses bound for their
respective hometowns in Java to celebrate the upcoming Idul Fitri
festivities. More ...
Astari enters new millennium with recollectionsBy Amir Sidharta JAKARTA (JP): Java, elements of Javanese culture, 19th century
portrait paintings, 19th century landscape paintings, old
photographs, recent news clippings and other personal images all
become part of Astari Rasjid's Recollections, ... More ...
Troops too late to stop E. Timor mayhem: General JAKARTA (JP): Former chief of restoration command in East
Timor Maj. Gen. Kiki Syahnakri admitted on Wednesday that
reinforcement troops arrived too late to stop the mayhem in the
territory. More ...
Piano and violin duo play for free JAKARTA (JP): Renowned pianist Brachi Tilles and violinist
Spiros Rantos will perform a free concert in Denpasar, Bali,
tonight (Thursday).Sponsored by Ansett Australia, the concert will start at 7
p.m. More ...
Indonesia ought to reciprocate Gen. Wiranto seems concerned that the Indonesian government
allows citizens of other countries to visit Indonesia for up to
60 days without the need to apply for a visa in advance. More ...
A tough challenge ahead To most observers in Jakarta, the replacement on Tuesday of
the chief of the National Police, Gen. Roesmanhadi, by Lt. Gen.
Rusdihardjo, does no doubt seem somewhat unexpected.True, talk of such a pending replacement has been in the air
in the capital for some time. More ...
Indosat offers free calls JAKARTA (JP): Customers of the international direct dial (IDD)
operator Indosat will get one minute of free calls for every five
minutes of IDD calls made on Saturday and Sunday, the company
said on Wednesday. More ...
Military policeman arrested for selling arms to rebels BANDA ACEH, Aceh (JP): A military police member has been
arrested for alleged arm sales to the separatist rebel group GAM,
the military chief here said on Wednesday.Chief of Teuku Umar Military Command Col. More ...
Iraq: Silent slaughter of a nation and peopleBy Jason Burke BAGHDAD: No one saw the jets that fired the rockets that
smashed the concrete that shattered the glass that sliced the
faces of the children of class 1A. More ...
Infant abducted from hospital JAKARTA (JP): A 28-day-old infant, Sandi Novari, was abducted
from Cipto Mangunkusumo General Hospital, where his parents had
taken him to register for a healthy infant competition.Sandi's father, Hasan, 30, a resident of Jl. More ...
Labor exporters urge Din to resign JAKARTA (JP): The Association of Indonesian Labor Export
Companies (Apjati) urged on Wednesday the director general of
labor placement, Din Syamsuddin, to step down, saying he lacked
competence. More ...
Military denies role in killing spree SURABAYA (JP): The chief of the Brawijaya Military Command has
strongly denied involvement of a military member in the killing
spree in the city of Malang, East Java, and rebuked the media for
reporting the allegation.Maj. Gen. More ...
More Aceh pupils quit schools BANDA ACEH, Aceh: Unabated tension caused the school dropout
rate in the province to increase to 2.14 percent last year from
1.98 percent the previous year, an official said on Tuesday. More ...
One dies in mass brawl MEDAN, North Sumatra: A man was killed on Monday in a brawl
between two groups of hoodlums on Jl. Cipto in Lubuk Pakam, 27
kilometers south of here.The victim, identified as Robika, 22, suffered multiple stab
wounds to his chest and thigh. More ...
Pick of the Flicks (for Thursday, Jan. 6, 2000)Hollywood KC
Anna And The King 13:00 15:15 19:30
Wishmaster 2 13:45 16:00 20:15
The World Is Not Enough 13:00 15:15 19:30
The Last Marshal 13:45 16:00 20:15
Good Will Hunting ... More ...
Henry Kissinger on corruption I would like to add to Ms. Donna K. Woodward's article of Jan.
4, 2000: The U.S. Embassy and corruption.The former secretary of state of the U.S., Mr. Henry
Kissinger, perhaps the former boss of Ms. Donna K. Woodward,
wrote in the International Herald Tribune of Oct. More ...
Citibank apologizes It seems, indeed, the pen is mightier than the sword. After my
letter Citibank incompetence was published on Dec. 31, 1999, I
was contacted by Mr. Rudi from Citibank's Head Office in Jakarta. More ...
The coup in Ivory Coast Like a fruit in a state of already quite advanced
decomposition, Henri Konan Bedie's regime fell without anyone
lifting a finger to rescue it: neither in Abidjan nor anywhere
else in Africa, and even less in Paris. More ...
The military apologizes A touching event occurred in Makassar on New Year's Eve. The
Army chief of staff, Gen. Tyasno Sudarto, apologized to the
Indonesian people for past mistakes made by the Indonesian
Military (TNI). More ...
Gus Dur names close friends as top aides amid complaints JAKARTA (JP): President Abdurrahman Wahid installed on
Wednesday two veteran government critics, who are also close
associates of his, as top aides, amid mounting criticism of the
effectiveness of his government. More ...
Military to have new intelligence chief JAKARTA (JP): Air Force Chief of Staff Marshal Hanafie Asnan
confirmed on Wednesday that Air Rear Marshal Ian Santoso
Perdanakusuma, chief of the Eastern Air Defense Command, will be
appointed to head the Indonesian Military's Intelligence Board
(Bais). More ...