Minister scolds Western media for exploiting “tree Man”

No, this is not a Malaysian minister indulging in the national ministerial pastime of venting spleen at the Western media for a change. It is, in fact, Indonesian Minister for Health Siti Fadilah Supari who was apparently in a foul mood after the President ordered her to do her job and tak care of Dede,…

First Serumpun cyber skirmish?

Indonesian blogs are full of reports that an Indonesian hacker called GatCrash has managed to hack the Malaysian website at http://www.heritage.gov.my. It was apparently retribution for malaysia’s appropriation of Reog Ponorogo.By the time Unspun checked the website looked normal but some Indonesian bloggers seem to think that since I’m from Malaysia I should know whether…

Here we go again…

Yes folks, the Malaysians are pissing off the Indonesians once again with their apparent “appropriation” of yet another Indonesian cultural ite, from this report by The malaysian (Oi, bro don’t call Indonesians Indons because they don’t like it lah). As Unspun‘s explained before, all this is probably because of the difference in the definition of…

Fear and loathing in Bolehland

Just came back from a short visit back to Bolehland and as usual am quite depressed by the place while relishing the food there. The big event that occurred this trip was the demonstration by about 20,000 Malaysians Indians of the Hindu faith demanding, of all things, RM 14 trillion compensation from the UK for…

Old love, mellow love

Unspun must be aging as he catches himself increasingly muttering to himself the Oscar Wilde quote that “youth is wasted on the young.”Another sign of aging is that Unspun found this article in the International Herald Tribute quite touching. What can one say? “I’m old, I’m old. I wear my trousers rolled.” clipped from http://www.iht.com…

Dishonest argument #1: Use of emotionally toned words

At the request of reader Bonar,  Unspun starts today a series elaborating the dishonest tricks used in  argument, as outlined by R.H. Thouless in his book Straight and Crooked Thinking. The first trick Thouless talks about is: #1 The use of emotionally toned words This is a trick that is very common indeed, especially in…

And a mouthful makes three

There’s apparently another English-language newspaper in town. This time it is a mouthful – The Jakarta Morning Observer – to give competition to the venerable The Jakarta Post and The Point, a newcomer itself.According to Moch Kurniawan, who works at The Jakarta Post, the Observer is starting life as a supplement in The Investor Daily…

Bloomberg’s Claire Leow says goodbye to Jakarta

Traditionally the hacks do it with a farewell pissup but Claire, who’s been in Jakarta for many years, and a teetotaler, is choosing to do hers with raising money for a cause.Been fun to have had her in Jakarta as she’s one hell of a business journo. We’ll all miss you Claire. Good luck. clipped…

Yusril takes critics head on, changes to WordPress

Former State Secretary Yusril Izha Mahendra, who has been converted into a blogger recently, is embracing his new role with gusto. He’s waded into Indonesia Matters to answer his critics’s allegations about his life and policies when in the Cabinet. Those of you who relish a good argument can go there to watch the “conversation”…

And the culprit for Jakarta’s traffic jams is…

Scrap iron vendors. At least that’s what the city thinks, as reported in yesterday’s edition of The Jakarta Post: In response to worsening traffic congestion along Jl. Mangga Besar I, the West Jakarta administration plans to evict dozens of scrap iron vendors who operate in the area. The head of the West Jakarta Public Order…

The wedding crashers

LOL clipped from thestar.com.my TAWAU: Chaos broke out at a mass wedding ceremony for 22 couples in this east coast town when two religious officials came to fisticuffs.� The brawl started when one attempted to stop the other from performing the wedding ceremony at Al-Kauthar mosque hall here, claiming the Tawau religious affairs unit had…

What’s good for you

ASEAN Secretary General Ong Keng Yong’s rejected the US Senate’s call to suspend Burma. Interesting use of metaphors about a troubled child. What would Unspun do with such a troubled child? Probably give him the spanking he deserves?  Mr Ong said Burma would sign an Asean agreement this week committing the 10 member states to…