You have to wonder about the industriousness of the media magnate and all-round tycoon, James Riady of the Lippo Group.
If the comments accompanying the story below in the Asia Sentinel are correct, JR seems to have a finger in every pie.
How does a man become so influential and omnipresent? When Unspun grows up Unspun wants to be like him, or if not, at least have the kind of money he has.
Indonesia to join the Smart Card Set
Written by Our Correspondent Friday, 04 September 2009
Everything you ever wanted to know about everybody
Indonesia appears about to become the latest country in Asia to adopt computer chip-laden national identity cards making voluminous amounts of personal identification available to government officials.
Indonesia’s proposed card, which is to begin field trials before the end of the year, will feature 37 items of personal information including birth certificate, marital status, blood type, parents’ name and employment, physical and/or mental disabilities and fingerprints of all fingers plus a photo. Officials envision that it will be used to identify voters, putting to rest problems of multiple voting that have dogged Indonesian elections.
Field trials can serve as a warning of another sort for prospective vendors. There is little Indonesian officials like better than a competition between companies to line up with their hands out, palms up.
rest of story here
So far so boring. The Asia Sentinel, that Unspun understands to be an online news portal staffed by some veteran journalists (see posting here) decides to carry a fairly local story about ID cards. Boring but no big deal. Then things take on a different hue when you look at the comments (that Unspun hopes haven’t been deleted by the time you read this):
Unspun has no idea who the commentators are, but given it was a journalist that brought the article and comments to Unspun‘s attention it looks like a lot of beans are being spilled because of carping between journalists, but it’s all interesting to know how business and media work all the same.