"A Summary" – Apr 2, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Religion, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Intelligent/Benevolent Design, EU, South America, 5 Currencies, Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Middle East, Internet, Israel, Dictators, Palestine, US, Japan (Quake/Tsunami Disasters , People, Society ...), Nuclear Power Revealed, Hydro Power, Geothermal Power, Moon, Financial Institutes (Recession, Realign integrity values ..) , China, North Korea, Global Unity,..... etc.) -

“ … Here is another one. A change in what Human nature will allow for government. "Careful, Kryon, don't talk about politics. You'll get in trouble." I won't get in trouble. I'm going to tell you to watch for leadership that cares about you. "You mean politics is going to change?" It already has. It's beginning. Watch for it. You're going to see a total phase-out of old energy dictatorships eventually. The potential is that you're going to see that before 2013.

They're going to fall over, you know, because the energy of the population will not sustain an old energy leader ..."
"Update on Current Events" – Jul 23, 2011 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: The Humanization of God, Gaia, Shift of Human Consciousness, 2012, Benevolent Design, Financial Institutes (Recession, System to Change ...), Water Cycle (Heat up, Mini Ice Ace, Oceans, Fish, Earthquakes ..), Nuclear Power Revealed, Geothermal Power, Hydro Power, Drinking Water from Seawater, No need for Oil as Much, Middle East in Peace, Persia/Iran Uprising, Muhammad, Israel, DNA, Two Dictators to fall soon, Africa, China, (Old) Souls, Species to go, Whales to Humans, Global Unity,..... etc.)
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

The headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in 
Jakarta. (BeritaSatu Photo)
"The Recalibration of Awareness – Apr 20/21, 2012 (Kryon channeled by Lee Carroll) (Subjects: Old Energy, Recalibration Lectures, God / Creator, Religions/Spiritual systems (Catholic Church, Priests/Nun’s, Worship, John Paul Pope, Women in the Church otherwise church will go, Current Pope won’t do it), Middle East, Jews, Governments will change (Internet, Media, Democracies, Dictators, North Korea, Nations voted at once), Integrity (Businesses, Tobacco Companies, Bankers/ Financial Institutes, Pharmaceutical company to collapse), Illuminati (Started in Greece, with Shipping, Financial markets, Stock markets, Pharmaceutical money (fund to build Africa, to develop)), Shift of Human Consciousness, (Old) Souls, Women, Masters to/already come back, Global Unity.... etc.) - (Text version)

… The Shift in Human Nature

You're starting to see integrity change. Awareness recalibrates integrity, and the Human Being who would sit there and take advantage of another Human Being in an old energy would never do it in a new energy. The reason? It will become intuitive, so this is a shift in Human Nature as well, for in the past you have assumed that people take advantage of people first and integrity comes later. That's just ordinary Human nature.

In the past, Human nature expressed within governments worked like this: If you were stronger than the other one, you simply conquered them. If you were strong, it was an invitation to conquer. If you were weak, it was an invitation to be conquered. No one even thought about it. It was the way of things. The bigger you could have your armies, the better they would do when you sent them out to conquer. That's not how you think today. Did you notice?

Any country that thinks this way today will not survive, for humanity has discovered that the world goes far better by putting things together instead of tearing them apart. The new energy puts the weak and strong together in ways that make sense and that have integrity. Take a look at what happened to some of the businesses in this great land (USA). Up to 30 years ago, when you started realizing some of them didn't have integrity, you eliminated them. What happened to the tobacco companies when you realized they were knowingly addicting your children? Today, they still sell their products to less-aware countries, but that will also change.

What did you do a few years ago when you realized that your bankers were actually selling you homes that they knew you couldn't pay for later? They were walking away, smiling greedily, not thinking about the heartbreak that was to follow when a life's dream would be lost. Dear American, you are in a recession. However, this is like when you prune a tree and cut back the branches. When the tree grows back, you've got control and the branches will grow bigger and stronger than they were before, without the greed factor. Then, if you don't like the way it grows back, you'll prune it again! I tell you this because awareness is now in control of big money. It's right before your eyes, what you're doing. But fear often rules. …


Friday, July 03, 2015

Anger and Protests as Government Blindsides Public With New Pension Restriction

Jakarta Globe, Ezra Sihite, July 02, 2015

President Joko Widodo inaugurates the state worker pension fund, BPJS
Ketenagakerjaan, on Wednesday. (Antara Photo/Idhad Zakaria)

Jakarta. Thousands of Indonesians have taken to the Internet and the streets in protest at a new government regulation requiring employees and former employees to wait until retirement age to withdraw their pension funds.

An online petition challenging the government’s decision to revise the longstanding regulation on the state-pension fund withdrawal system was launched on Change.org and within less than two days garnered nearly 60,000 signatures.

The petition was initiated by Gilang Mahardika, a Yogyakarta resident who resigned from his job after working for five years.

Gilang had planned to start his own business with his pension fund, deducted from his monthly salary and managed by the Social Security Administration Body for Employment, or BPJS Ketenagakerjaan, which used to be known as Jamsostek.

Gilang, who resigned in May this year, went to a BPJS Ketenagakerjaan office to withdraw his funds only to be told that the rules had changed since the institution began full operations on Wednesday under a new regulation.

“My happiness to finally get the money I planned to use for business ended with a bitter pill,” Gilang wrote.

An official at the BPJS office told him that only those who have been paying into the pension fund for at least 10 years would be allowed to withdraw – and even then, the withdrawal is capped at 10 percent of the total fund. The full fund can only been withdrawn once the policy holder turns 56 years old.

The life expectancy in Indonesia is 70 years.

Previous rules governing the Jamsostek scheme stipulated that the full fund could be withdrawn after five years of paying into the scheme.

Gilang’s online protest spread quickly, with thousands of social media users echoing their disappointment on Facebook and Twitter, and demanding the government rescind the new regulation.

Angry protesters claimed the government was effectively robbing the public with the revised rules.

Despite the outcry, though, Manpower Minister Hanif Dhakiri insisted that the new regulation was in line with prevailing laws.

“There’s no such thing [as] the government taking advantage of the people. This is all about management,” he said on Thursday.

“After 10 years they will be allowed to access 10 percent of funds for miscellaneous necessities and an additional 30 percent for housing.”

BPJS Ketenagakerjaan president director Elvyn Masassya said the new regulation was more in line with the scheme’s intended purpose to provide a pension fund than the previous setup under Jamsostek.

“A pension fund is meant for people who have retired. A 10-year wait is more ideal,” he said on Thursday as quoted by CNN Indonesia. (Yes, Elvyn is a man.) “The funds are still there and can be claimed in full when a worker is 56 years old.”

Democratic Party legislator Dede Yusuf, who chairs the House of Representatives’ oversight commission in welfare, said the new regulation was needed to prevent BPJS Ketenagakerjaan from becoming cash-strapped like its health insurer counterpart, BPJS Kesehatan.

While disgruntled citizens in Jakarta opted to raise a ruckus online, workers in the industrial island of Batam, in the Riau Islands province, took to the streets on Wednesday to protest the new regulation, Batamnews.co.id reported.

Some 200 workers marched on the local BPJS Ketenagakerjaan office demanding to meet with officials there. A scuffle ensued when the workers were denied entry into the office.

The local BPJS office eventually agreed to postpone the implementation of the new regulation until after the Idul Fitri celebration which falls on July 17.

There was a similar protest in Bogor, just south of the capital, where hundreds of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan policy holders protested what they denounced as the government’s negligence in informing them about the drastic change in policy.

The Bogor office said there was nothing it could do to change the rules but to forward the people’s grievances to the BPJS Ketenagakerjaan head office in Jakarta.

Andy Sinaga, of the workers’ rights advocacy group Labor Institute Indonesia, said the regulation went against the spirit of Indonesia’s universal social welfare scheme, which is supposed to work for the benefit of the people.

Andy also said that labor unions and workers’ groups had never been consulted during the drafting of the new regulation. The government, he added, had showed itself to be insensitive toward the impact that Indonesia’s economic slowdown was having on the workforce, including mass layoffs in various industries.

“Workers need cash to survive. With Idul Fitri just days away, there’s an extra need for cash,” Andy said as quoted by Rakyat Merdeka Online.

“President Jokowi must act and revoke this one-sided decision because it victimizes the participants of BPJS Ketenagakerjaan themselves.”

Monday, June 29, 2015

Indonesia to Be Eighth-Largest AIIB Shareholder With $672 Million Stake

Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro, second left, is heading to Beijing on
 Monday to represent Indonesia as a founding member of AIIB. (Antara
Foto/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Jakarta. Indonesia will sign up as a founding member of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, or AIIB, with an investment of $672.1 million paid over five years, the Finance Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

Indonesia will be the eighth-largest shareholder in the AIIB, the statement said, without detailing what percentage its share would represent. Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro is scheduled to travel to Beijing to sign the agreement on Monday.

The AIIB will begin with authorized capital of $50 billion, eventually to be raised to $100 billion.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

Uber Is ‘Stealing Money’ Through Unregulated Operations, Basuki Says

Uber is not welcome in Jakarta unless it sets up a proper office in the country and
 abides by prevailing public transportation regulations, the governor say. (Reuters
Photo/Charles Platiau)

Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama said he would have a meeting with representatives from California-based ride-sharing app Uber only if the company promised to set up an office in the country.

“If they had wanted to meet me [to seek permission] from the beginning, then I would have done it. But now, if they wish to have a meeting with me, they must establish a company [here],” Basuki said at City Hall on Friday.

He added that representatives from the parent company, Uber Technologies, had spoken to him in person inquiring why they were banned from operating in the city.

Uber’s Jakarta operations currently run from a rented office space at the Pacific Place mall in the Sudirman Central Business District, South Jakarta.

Basuki claimed that Uber reaped profits of up to 20 percent from its operations in the city but did not pay any tax.

“They are stealing money in my area,” he said.

Shortly after its launch in Jakarta last August, Basuki branded Uber “illegal.”

Last week, the Jakarta Police arrested five drivers using the Uber app after receiving reports from the city’s transportation agency and the Organization of Land Transport Operators, or Organda.

The police said the five drivers would only be questioned as witnesses not as suspects.

The arrests mark the latest in a series of legal and regulatory speedbumps for Uber Technologies, which is already facing multiple lawsuits around the globe for bypassing industry regulations.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Suspended Riau Governor Gets Six Years in Bribery Case

Jakarta Globe, Jun 24, 2015

Annas Maamun, the suspended governor of Riau province in Sumatra, was
sentenced to six years in jail on Wednesday for issuing permits to a businessman
 to clear 140 hectares of protected forest. (Antara Photo/Agus Bebeng)

Jakarta. The Bandung Anticorruption Court has sentenced the suspended governor of Sumatra’s Riau province, Annas Maamun, to six years in prison for taking bribes to issue forestry concessions to a local businessman.

The court on Wednesday also fined Annas Rp 200 million ($15,040) after finding him guilty of taking a Rp 2 billion bribe for the permits to clear 140 hectares of ostensibly protected forest in the province. The sentence was the same as that sought by prosecutors from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), although the fine was less than the Rp 250 million demanded by the KPK.

Gulat Medali Emas Manurung, the businessman said to have paid the bribe, has been charged in the same case.

The pair were busted red-handed transacting the bribe at a house in East Jakarta last September by the KPK.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Government Plans to Cut KUR Interest Rate to 12 Percent

Jakarta Globe, Arientha Primanita, Jun 18, 2015

The government has focused on local small businesses to boost employment.
(JG Photo/ Yudhi Sukma Wijaya)

Jakarta. Small businesses that take out a micro loans, or KUR, will be offered a subsidy that will effectively mean interest rates will be cut to 12 percent, a minister announced Wednesday.

Sofyan Djalil, coordinating minister for the economy, said during a limited cabinet meeting led by President Joko Widodo on Wednesday that the government sees the current KUR interest rate — 22 percent — as far too high.

“The government will give a subsidy … so that KUR can only be given 12 percent interest and the gap will be subsidized,” he said.

The plan will be implemented later this year, with the subsidy funds to be drawn from money saved by the cut to fuel subsidies earlier this year.

AA Gede Ngurah Puspayoga, Minister of cooperatives and small and medium enterprises, said the new rate would start in July.

“We are waiting on the technical regulations at the Ministry of Finance,” he said.

In the 2015 State Budget the government allocated Rp 30 trillion ($2.2 billion) for KUR with state-controlled Bank Rakyat Indonesia assigned to distribute them.

The government is focusing on small businesses as a means to boost employment and eradicate poverty.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jokowi, in Rare Tirade, Threatens to Fire Officials Over Cargo Delays at Tanjung Priok

Jakarta Globe, Jun 17, 2015

President Joko Widodo telling officials and reporters what’s what, during a visit to
 Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port on Wednesday. The president threatened to fire
 officials responsible for the notorious delays in moving cargo through the port.
(Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo gave an uncharacteristic outburst during an inspection of Jakarta’s Tanjung Priok Port on Wednesday, threatening to fire officials responsible for the lengthy delays in moving containers through the port.

“The process takes too long because the people handling it don’t want to move fast,” he told an entourage of officials and reporters.

He noted that Tanjung Priok’s dwell time, or the amount of time a container spends at the port before moving on, was an average of 5.5 days – the longest in Asia, he said. He also said some items took up to a month to clear customs and excise.

Joko added he was well aware of the legendary delays at the port, which handles two-thirds of Indonesia’s international trade, from his experience running a furniture export business, and threatened to fire any officials responsible for the problem.

“Let it be known that if things get [even more] difficult, I can fire the director general, the people on the ground, even the minister. If that’s how you work that’s [what will happen],” he said.

He did not specify which director general or minister he was referring to. The director general of customs and excise is Agung Kuswandono, whose office falls under the purview of the Finance Ministry, headed by Bambang Brodjonegoro. The trade and transportation ministries, which also have a hand in operations at the port, are headed respectively by Rachmat Gobel and Jonan Ignasius.

Joko said it was apparent that no one involved in the process – from loading and unloading containers to clearing them through customs – understood their duties or responsibilities, and chastised the officials around him for glossing over the problems.

“Don’t say everything’s fine. The reality is that [Indonesia] is lagging far behind. So who? Customs or trade? Who should I be speaking to?” he said, repeating the question seven more times.

There was no response from any of the officials.

“Which agency takes the longest time [processing] exports and imports?” the president went on. “There’s gotta be one. So I’m asking again, which one? Fess up, and we’ll fix it.”

Again there was no response.

Joko said the average dwell time at Tanjung Priok should be brought down to 4.7 days if Indonesia was to be competitive with Singapore and Malaysia.

“I want this port to be faster, more efficient, to give the best import and export services, because our business is the service business,” he said.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SBY Speaks Out Against Pork Barrel Scheme as Jokowi Stays Silent

Jakarta Globe, June 16, 2015

Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has come down hard on renewed
 talk by the House of Representatives to secure pork-barrel funds. (Antara Photo/
Yudhi Mahatma)

Jakarta. A bid by Indonesian politicians to channel Rp 20 billion ($1.5 million) in pork-barrel funds to every national legislator has met its most powerful detractor yet in former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, even as his successor remains silent on the hugely controversial issue.

In a series of Twitter messages on Monday, Yudhoyono laid out his arguments against such a scheme and reminded the public that he had opposed a similar attempt by the House of Representatives during his own presidency.

He acknowledged that while the intention of the so-called “aspiration fund” was to boost regional development, the proposed mechanism went against the prevailing system for allocating development funds.

“If members of the House have the ‘allocation and authority’ to determine projects and funding on their own, what’s the difference between the executive and legislative [branches of government]?” Yudhoyono asked in a tweet carrying the *SBY* tag that indicates it was written by the former president and not one of his aides.

He also questioned how the House members would be held to account for the money, and how the public could be sure that it was not being held by the legislators.

Another argument against the scheme, Yudhoyono said, was the role of regional councilors with a better understanding than the House members of local issues.

“If every House member is to get aspirational funds, what about provincial, district and municipal councilors who are considered to know more about and be closer to the constituency?” he wrote.

“How complicated is development planning going to be when everyone has their own wants and plans?

“During the administration that I led, I rejected the use of such aspiration funds because of these [questions] that remain unclear,” he added.

“I urge the House and the government to be diligent and not hasty in reaching a decision. Don’t make a mistake and ruin the system,” he concluded.

“Shouldn’t the focus and priority of the House and the government at this time be on addressing the economic slowdown and its impact on the lives of the people?”

Yudhoyono’s unequivocal opposition to the scheme comes in stark contrast to the lack of response from his successor, President Joko Widodo, on an issue that has garnered widespread public opposition. Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto, a close aide to the president, said Joko would likely comment on it once the House had fleshed out its plan.

Legislators are pushing the government to include Rp 11.2 trillion in pork-barrel funds, which they are calling the “Electoral Region Development Fund” or UP2DP, in next year’s state budget.

The proposed fund is to be distributed among all 560 House members and used for any development project of their choosing in their respective electoral districts. A House team working on the details of the plan says there will be “no special supervision” of the use of the funds.

Critics have rounded on the plan, calling it unconstitutional and prone to misuse.

The National Democrat Party (NasDem), which is part of Joko’s ruling coalition, said its legislators would oppose any bid by the House to push the plan through. However, Joko’s own Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), says such a scheme is necessary to bypass the tangle of bureaucracy that typically holds up the distribution of regional development funds from the central government.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

World Bank Urges Better Resource Management in Indonesia

Indonesia loses $4 billion from its rain forests to illegal logging.

Farming is seen in the protected areas of the Kerinci National Park (TNKS),
in Kerinci, Jambi, in May. (Antara Photo/Wahdi Septiawan)

Jakarta. The World Bank has pressed Indonesia to improve resource management and governance as the country works towards more sustainable and environmentally-friendly economic growth over the next five years.

“Indonesia has enjoyed tremendous growth … but not all are benefiting from these achievements and they come with a high price of environmental degradation,” said Sri Mulyani Indrawati, managing director and chief operating officer at the World Bank, on the first day of the Indonesia Green Infrastructure Summit 2015 in Jakarta on Tuesday.

She pointed to Indonesia’s forestry industry as an example of the country’s murky governance track record.

“Every year, Indonesia loses some $4 billion through illegal logging. Meanwhile, revenue from forestry licensing amounts to only $300 million per year,” she said. “This is a problem of governance, manifested in poor performance that impacts the implementation of existing regulations or design of better laws.”

Sri Mulyani — who was a former finance minister in the Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s administration before resigning in 2010 — also noted “an information gap” among government agencies in Indonesia, which has led to a lack of transparency and efficiency in resource management.

“The energy sector, for example, needs more and better data on simple energy use and emissions,” she said.

Still, the World Bank managing director praised the government’s moratorium on new fishing permits for large operations as an “encouraging development.”

“A well-managed ‘blue’ economy can ensure food security, promote sustainable tourism and build resilience. But degradation through overfishing and dumped waste exacerbates poverty and undermines food security globally,” she said.

Improving governance of the fisheries sector coupled with large-scale investment in maritime transport and trade infrastructure could double fish production in the next five years, according to Sri.

During the same summit, Vice President Jusuf Kalla admitted the government’s stance to maintaining a sustainable economic growth has been lackluster.

“We’ve always thought about environmental issues after we’re faced with problems,” Kalla said.

“We’ve learnt and we are now learning with economic principles that are sustainable so that we can pass down this country for the next generation.”

Under President Joko Widodo, the government wants to boost growth to 7 percent over the next five years, bolstered by greater investment — both by the government and the private sector — in infrastructure development.

Joko’s infrastructure vision for the country includes the development of new power plants with a total capacity of 35,000 megawatts and nine million hectares of agriculture land across the country.

In a bid to encourage more environmentally-friendly investments, Indonesia currently offers tax allowances to nine business areas relating to environmental preservation, including geothermal power, refining and natural gas processing industry, organic basic chemical industry, and clean water reservoir and purification industry.

In April, Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya said that the ministry plans to offer more incentives — such as soft-loan facilities, business permit extensions and free import duties — to local and foreign investors with technology which reduces pollution and conserves energy.


Saturday, June 06, 2015

Desperate for Tax Money, Indonesia Ready to Grant Criminals Amnesty

Jakarta Globe, Tabita Diela & Yosi Winosa,  Jun 05, 2015

An officer is seen serving tax payers at a tax office in Gambir in Jakarta
on April 2, 2015. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Jakarta. Indonesia plans to let corruptors, tax evaders, and forest and mining illegal poachers to put their money in government bonds, in a move that would reprieve criminals of their past crimes and provide government with additional revenue.

“We have reasons to study and throw this idea to the public. We have very limited data of Indonesians’ possessions and wealth abroad,” said Mekar Satria Utama, director of counseling, service and public relations with the director general of tax at the Finance Ministry on Friday.

“We heard there are 3,000 to 4,000 trillion rupiah [of Indonesians’ assets] in Singapore. That’s the potential,” Mekar said.

The tax directorate general said last week that the government is preparing a bill that will grant amnesty to criminals — except drugs offenders and terrorists — as long as they agree to bring in their ill-gotten money to Indonesia under the government’s terms and conditions. The government is targeting to complete the bill by October.

Mekar said the state plans to offer a remission for crimes such as corruption, money laundry, illegal logging and illegal mining.  Still, those offenders must pay bail of 10 percent to 15 percent of the value of their crime to the government. The offenders must shift some of their “investment portfolios and cash” into government bonds with maturities of five to 10 years, said Mekar.

The government had launched similiar tax remission programs in 1984 and 2004 but failed to attract any interests from offenders because they were not backed with a law that offered amnesty.

Tax experts see the government’s policy as a “paradox” and a “bad idea” as it would reduce taxpayers’ compliance in the future.

“It is such a controversy. It’s not fair for those who have been compliant [with the law]. When the policy is implemented, they will most likely become less obedient,” said Setyo Budiantoro, the director of Prakarsa, an economic policy research center.

Setyo encourages the government to engage more in country-to-country tax reporting and automatic information exchange.

“We need to improve taxpayer compliance first, then we deal with amnesty,” he said.

The government has waived penalties for five years on back taxes that tax payers must comply with by the end of this year, as part of efforts to boost revenue from taxes this year in order to fund ambitious development projects.

President Joko Widodo’s administration is targeting a tax-to-GDP ratio of 16 percent, up from 12 percent in 2013. Still, only 4 million Indonesians from the 250 million current population pay tax. Tax revenues — excluding revenue from customs — in the first quarter of 2015 reached Rp 198 trillion ($15 billion), compared to Rp 1,294 trillion for a full-year target.


Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Chief Detective Flip-Flops on Wealth Report, Now Says Will Comply

Jakarta Globe, Jun 02, 2015

Budi Waseso, center, the National Police’s chief of detectives, says he will, after all,
submit a mandatory wealth report to the KPK. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Jakarta. The Indonesian police’s chief of detectives, Comr. Gen. Budi Waseso, claims his previously quoted refusal to submit a wealth report to the country’s antigraft commission was taken out of context by the media.

Budi told reporters in Jakarta on Tuesday that he had every intention of filing the report with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), but wanted a third party to compile it for reasons of transparency.

“I want to be honest and open. So if possible, I prefer not to be the one to compile the report,” he said as quoted by Tempo.

“Once the report is completed, I will definitely submit it. I never said I didn’t want to,” he added.

Budi was quoted by Kompas last Friday as saying that he would not report his wealth and instead challenged investigators from the KPK to “fill in the details.”

“Let the KPK team do the counting because self-reporting is a subjective mechanism that may differ from what the KPK will find at a later date,” he said at the time.

Activists from prominent anti-corruption organizations lambasted the three-star general for the statement, given that filing a wealth report is mandatory for all senior public officials, including in the police force.

Budi, though, claimed on Tuesday that he had been misquoted as part of a “smear campaign” by the media.

“My statement was flipped over in the media. I know which media it is and who the reporter is. There’s a specific message behind it. But it’s alright, I shouldn’t get upset by it,” he told Tempo.

Despite his claim, Budi has long made clear his hostility toward the KPK.

It was his office that instigated – in retaliation against the KPK’s naming of another police general, Budi Gunawan, a corruption suspect – a series of criminal investigations against KPK officials based on trumped-up charges, some of them dating back a decade.

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Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Indonesia Proposes 50% Salary Hike for Migrant Maids in Malaysia

Jakarta Globe, May 31, 2015

Women training to be domestic workers abroad take part in an infant care exercise
at a training center in Semarang, Central Java. (JG Photo/Dhana Kencana)

Jakarta. The Indonesian government is proposing a 50 percent increase in the minimum wage for its citizens employed as domestic workers in Malaysia.

Hermono, the charge d’affaires at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, said his office had submitted the proposal to the Malaysian government, where it will be discussed at an upcoming cabinet meeting.

The Indonesian government is seeking an increase of the monthly minimum wage from the current 800 ringgit ($219) to 1,200 ringgit.

“This is indeed our proposal. Malaysia has determined that it will be brought to a cabinet meeting. Now we are waiting for Malaysia’s response,” Hermono said as quoted by news portal Detik.com.

There are an estimated two million Indonesians in Malaysia, employed mostly as domestic workers or manual laborers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jokowi Wants Diversity in Next Batch of KPK Leaders

Jakarta Globe, Ezra Sihite, May 25, 2015

President Joko Widodo, center, meets with the nine-member, all-female committee
 to select the next leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
(Antara Foto/Yudhi Mahatma)

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo said on Monday that he wants the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to be led by people with different expertise and skill sets to expedite the country’s fight against graft and better tackle cases that are getting increasingly sophisticated and complex.

“The selection committee must also consider how to transform the KPK into a respected institution that can develop a modern investigation system,” the president told a nine-member committee tasked with finding suitable candidates for the roles of KPK commissioners.

The term of the current batch of commissioners will end in December and their replacements must be named before then.

Joko last week garnered praise from experts and activists when he announced an all-female selection committee, with  backgrounds ranging from economy, law, human rights and even information technology.

The president appointed economic analyst Destry Damayanti and state administrative legal expert Enny Nurbayaningsih as the committee’s head and deputy head respectively.

Other members of the team include Harkristuti Haskrisnowo, a criminal law and human rights expert; Betty Alisjabana, a technology, information and management analyst; Yenti Garnasih, a money laundering and criminal law expert; noted psychologist Supri Wimbarti; Natalia Subagio, the chairwoman of Transparency International Indonesia; as well as Diani Sadiawati, the director of legal human rights at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas); and Meuthia Ganie-Rochman, an expert on corruption sociology and social capital.

Experts praised the appointment, describing the members as people with professional integrity and free from political affiliations.

The president said selecting a committee from diverse backgrounds should rersult in equally diverse candidates, allowing the KPK to investigate complex cases.

The upcoming candidates “must also be able to build networks and relationships with other institutions,” he said.

Joko met with all committee members for the first time at the State Palace at 3 p.m. on Monday.

State Secretary Pratikno said aside from explaining what his ideal candidates would be like, the president also told committee members to immediately set up plans and procedures for the screening process.

The committee members said they would encourage more women to apply and possibly become the agency’s first female commissioner.

“We feel a diverse team of KPK leaders will be very good. Diverse in the sense of their competency as well as gender,” selection committee spokeswoman Betti Alisjahbana said after meeting the president.

“We will try to have at least one woman [leading the KPK] although our assessment will be based on the criteria set.”

Previous KPK commissioners have so far all been law enforcers, legal practitioners and auditors.

Betti said the committee would be proactive, approaching a variety of non-profit groups and encourage them to have one of their own people applying for the posts.

“If you know any potential candidate, please persuade them, encourage them and convince them to play a role in the KPK,” she continued.

Chairwoman Destry said the committee would also stage consultation meetings with the KPK to understand what the agency needs most at the moment.

She said the committee would host a series of marathon meetings starting on Tuesday to formulate details of the selection process. “We will move quickly, because we don’t have a lot of time,” she said.

The selection process for five new leaders is estimated to conclude by November, after which the final candidates would have to undergo a House of Representatives vetting process. Inauguration is expected in December, after which the five leaders will serve a four-year term.

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Chinese officials sent on prison tours as a 'warning' against corruption

Officials and their spouses in Hubei province spent a day in prison this month ‘as an educational warning’, reported China Daily, provoking mockery online

The Guardian, Agence France-Presse,Monday 25 May 2015

China’s ruling Communist party led by President Xi Jinping has vowed to
crack down on endemic corruption. Photograph: Ma Zhancheng/AP

Chinese officials have been sent on prison tours visiting inmates including former colleagues as a warning against corruption, state-run media said Monday, provoking mockery online.

More than 70 officials and their spouses in central Hubei province spent a day in prison this month “as an educational warning”, the government-published China Daily reported.

The trip had given them a chance to meet 15 former government staff serving custodial sentences at the institution, it added.

The ruling Communist party has vowed to crack down on endemic corruption, with several former senior figures placed under investigation in recent years.

But there have not been systemic reforms and critics say with tight controls on media and the judicial system the campaign is open to being used for factional infighting.

The newspaper cited the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Communist party’s top anti-corruption body, as saying such prison visits had been organised nationwide. The tours encouraged cadres to “be aware of wrongdoings involving corruption”, the CCDI was quoted as saying.

Some Chinese internet users applauded the scheme while others reacted with derision, some calling for the trips to be extended.

One poster on Sina Weibo, a microblogging platform similar to Twitter, wrote: “If you carried out a random check on these officials, most of them would belong in prison anyway.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

Joko Announces All-Female KPK Selection Committee

Jakarta Globe, Ezra Sihite, Novianti Setuningsih & Erwin Sihombing, May 21, 2015

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) headquarters in South Jakarta.
(BeritaSatu Photo)

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo announced nine new members of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) selection committee on Thursday, all of whom are women.

“In the past few weeks I have been working hard to form a selection committee for the anti-graft agency [KPK]. Its members have to be competent and possess integrity; they must possess skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas,” Joko said on Thursday.

The president appointed economic analyst, Destry Damayanti, and state administrative legal expert, Enny Nurbayaningsih, as the committee’s head and deputy head respectively.

Other members of the team include Harkristuti Haskrisnowo, a criminal law and human rights expert; Betty Alisjabana, a technology, information and management analyst; Yenti Garnasih, a money laundering and criminal law expert; noted psychologist Supri Wimbarti; Natalia Subagio, the chairwoman of Transparency International Indonesia; as well as Diani Sadiawati, the director of legal human rights at the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and Meuthia Ganie-Rochman, an expert on corruption sociology and social capital.

Joko’s decision to form an all-female selection committee has been welcomed by female activists.

“No one can doubt their [professional] backgrounds; we have a psychologist, an anti-corruption expert, legal experts. They are all great women,” said Ani Soetjipto, a University of Indonesia political lecturer.

The new panel is completely different to potential candidates tipped in the media prior to the announcement — all of whom were males and most of whom were former members of the Independent Consultative Team.

The team was formed by Joko earlier this year to advise him on the then-growing conflict between the KPK and the police, which was sparked after National Police chief candidate, Comr. Gen. Budi Gunawan, was named as a bribery suspect by the KPK.

State Secretary Pratikno said the president chose the selection committee on his own, from 40 candidates proposed to him.

“He read their profiles. It was a long process, taking place for the past couple of weeks, before he finally decided on those names,” Pratikno said, adding it was only a coincidence that the new selectors happened to all be female.

KPK Deputy Chief Johan Budi applauded the president’s choice, saying not only were the members known for their professional integrity, they were also free from political affiliations.

“I see the selected committee as having no affiliation or relation to any political parties,” Johan said. “There will be a lot of political interests and people who will try to interfere in the selection of KPK leaders.

“Therefore we need a selection committee that is credible, capable and free from political interests.”

Chudry Sitompul, a criminology professor at University of Indonesia, echoed Johan’s remarks.

“I think all the nine names presented by President Jokowi are mostly new people. They are not yet contaminated by particular interests,” he said, referring to the president with his popular nickname.

Hifdzil Amil, a researcher at Gadjah Mada University’s anti-graft study center, said he could not be sure if the president had made the right choice.

“I know several names,” he said, adding the public in general were not familiar with the other names.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Basuki Demotes 57 Civil Servants for Poor Performance

Jakarta Globe, Lenny Tristia Tambun, May 18, 2015

Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has demoted dozens of
bureaucrats for not performing. (GA Photo/Mohammad Defrizal)

Jakarta. Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has demoted dozens of top Jakarta bureaucrats for failing to perform in their jobs.

A total of 57 officials in echelon 3 and 4 positions have been downgraded to regular staff, the outspoken city leader announced on Monday.

“There are many people down in the hierarchy who wish to go up,” Basuki said. “We want to have competition in governing the city.”

Agus Suradika, chief of Jakarta’s civil service bureau, said most of the demoted civil servants came from the Jakarta Development Planning Agency (Bappeda) and the city’s urban planning office.

The bureaucrats will have a chance to redeem themselves if they show “progress” during an appraisal in three months’ time, Agus said.

“If they don’t get better, we will cut their performance allowance,” Agus said. “They will only receive a basic salary.”

Basuki introduced quarterly performance-based bonuses for civil servants in February, as part of City Hall’s wider push to incentivize bureaucrats to improve their services to the public.

Basuki has made no bones about his displeasure with poorly performing and lazy city bureaucrats, and has repeatedly expressed his intention to recruit more professionals into his team.

The governor on Monday also promoted 196 officials who will now assume high-ranking posts while 452 others are transferred to other similar ranking positions.

“To be honest I would rather fire as many public officials as possible. We are overstaffed and thus not running efficiently. So maybe one day you too will be [downgraded to] regular staffers if you are not diligent, if you don’t raise the bar,” he said to those receiving their promotions.

Basuki said he would continue to solicit input from the lower ranking officials. “So many staffers reported that ‘my boss can’t even use a typewriter.’ Some also say ‘[my boss] only polishes his gemstones all day,’ ” he said.

The governor said he had tried to verify this by assessing their superiors’ performances.

“I asked them, why aren’t you performing well. I got many excuses. [They say] our staff is incompetent. So we let them choose their subordinates,” he said.

“But we will evaluate again in six months. If the evaluation [results] are still appalling then there’s something wrong with the superiors. Then I will be left with no choice but to downgrade them again.”

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Former N. Sumatran District Chief Jailed in Akil Bribery Case

Jakarta Globe, Erwin Sihombing, May 11, 2015

Raja Bonaran Situmeang becomes the latest regional official to be convicted
of bribing Akil Mochtar, once Indonesia’s top judge, in exchange for a favorable
ruling in an election dispute. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Jakarta. An Indonesian court on Monday sentenced a former North Sumatra district chief to four years in prison for bribing the country’s top judge in exchange for a favorable ruling in an election dispute.

Judge Muchammad Muchlis of the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court also fined Raja Bonaran Situmeang, the former head of Central Tapanuli district, Rp 200 million ($15,200) after finding him guilty of paying Rp 1.8 billion in bribes to Akil Mochtar, then the chief justice of the Constitutional Court, to rule in his favor in a dispute arising from the 2012 district election.

The sentence and fine were lower than the six years and Rp 300 million sought by prosecutors. Both sides said they would study the ruling before deciding whether to appeal.

Bonaran becomes the latest regional official to be jailed in the wake of the Akil scandal. The judge himself was convicted in June last year of taking bribes in connection with more than a dozen regional election disputes, and handed an unprecedented life sentence by the Jakarta Anti-Corruption Court — the stiffest sentence ever given in a graft case in Indonesia.

Others jailed in the same case include Ratu Atut Chosiyah, the former governor of Banten province, and Romi Herton, the former mayor of Palembang in South Sumatra, as well as a host of fixers and lawyers.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Ex-Jambi Education Agency Head Arrested Over Rp 1.5b Graft Allegation

Jakarta Globe, May 08, 2015

The former head of the education office of Jambi City, identified only as R in
 this photo, is a suspect in the alleged corruption in the stationery procurement
of Rp 1.5 billion. (Antara Photo/Wahdi Septiawan)

Jakarta. The Jambi State Prosecutor’s Office on Friday said it had arrested the former head of Jambi City’s education agency over allegations of mismanagement in the stationery procurement budget worth billions of rupiah in 2013.

Karya Graham Hutagaol, chief of the intelligence unit at the Jambi State Prosecutor’s Office, said Rifai had been detained for the next 20 days as part of the investigation process after the State Prosecutor’s Office had compiled enough evidence and questioned 98 witnesses.

“We decided to arrest Rifai as an attempt to prevent the suspect from destroying the evidence and from fleeing,” said Karya.

Rifai, who was named a graft suspect in February, has been accused of corruption to the tune of Rp 1.5 billion ($114,000) in connection to misappropriation of stationery procurement for various schools in the city.

Karya said the project should have been openly auctioned given the large amount of cash, but instead it was divided into 76 packets and then given directly to eight partners that delivered the budget in cash to the schools instead of procured stationery.

Karya added that Rp 1.5 billion was divided in order to avoid an open auction process and that the partners were simply designated as “formality.”

The state prosecutor’s office estimated at least Rp 1 billion in state losses.

According to Karya, Rifai is charged with a 2001 law on anti-corruption and could serve at least five years’ jail time.

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Google Indonesia Wants to Know Your Business and Help You Market It

Jakarta Globe, Tabita Diela, May 07, 2015

A logo is pictured at Google’s European Engineering Center in Zurich,
Switzerland on April 16, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Arnd Wiegmann)

Jakarta. Google Indonesia, the local arm of the global Internet giant, launched on Thursday a free platform called “Google Bisnisku” that will allow small and micro businesses to register and promote their works over the Internet.

The service will let Google to recognize almost every small and medium-size enterprise in Indonesia, offering free services to widen the businesses’ exposure to markets.

“Every kind of business can have the online presence while building its credibility and visibility on the eye of the customers without any charge with Google Bisnisku,” said Mira Sumanti, Google Indonesia’s head of small and micro business.

A recent study by Google and  Ipsos MediaCT, a Paris-based media research firm, fund that business with complete information on the internet can attract 29 percent more customers, Mira said.

Indonesia is home to 56.5 million SMEs with monthly sales between Rp 100 million and Rp 4 billion ($7,700 and $308,000), data from the Cooperative and SME Ministry showed.

A business owner can register with the program simply by logging in to the “Business” section on the Google.com home page. The owner must wait for around two weeks to receive the verification code mailed.

“We need to send it by mail to make sure of the validity and the presence of its owner is such as the address,” Mira said.

After the validation process has been completed, anyone who has registered can then find the business’s name, address, operating hours and phone number at the right side of Google.com’s page. Both customers and the business owner can leave ratings, feedback or comments on the page.

Maulana Cristanto, who owns Locco Gelato, a small ice cream shop in Bumi Serpong Damai City at Tangerang District, is enthusiastic of the new Google facilities. “I’ve been wanting to have my shop on the right side of Google’s search page, just like those big companies do.”

“I hope it will increase awareness about my shop because they can see my shop address right on the first page,” Maulana said.

Right now, search results for “Locco Gelato” only show lists of some blogs, its website and Twitter account.

Google also offers business owner the ability to view simple statistics that might help the business, such as how many people search for their business, how often they look for it, and when is the busiest time at the store.

“We want to introduce hundreds of Indonesia’s local business with the importance of being online,” said Jason Tedjasukmana, Google Indonesia’s head of communications at the press conference on Thursday.

“Small businesses help the economy. We’ve seen how Indonesian economic growth was very slow in the first quarter — 4.71 percent, the weakest since the 4.12 percent pace in the third quarter of 2009. With those small businesses thriving, we might have a chance to grow,” he said.