Update of the Bengkulu earthquake

Update 8.16pm – SMS from HOPE’s Charles Ham: 

Bengkulu city is OK, but Lais and Ketahun (northern Bengkulu district) that HOPE team wento to are badly damaged. No electricity, assistance or coordination at all. Communities help each other in this challenging time. Doctor is still treating patients this evening in Ketahun. tx


Friends from Singapore and Malaysia were inquiring with some concern last night if Unspun and other Jakartans were OK because the Bengkulu earthquake was felt at least in Singapore where not a few suits were seen scrambling to the streets in Raffles Square.

The earth did not move for Unspun and his colleagues though, probably Unspun was in a cab muttering obscenities at the worsening traffic in Jakarta.

This morning, however, Unspun received an e-mail update from Hope Indonesia’s boss Charles Ham and here are the details:

Updates on Bengkulu Earthquake

– Ministry of Social Welfare officially reported 2 dead ( earlier report 7
dead, 17 injured). Need of medical staffs are great.

– HOPE worldwide is sending a disaster relief team scheduled to arrive in
Bengkulu at 12.00pm Sept 13, 2007 bringing aid and medicines

– Additional aid of 5,000 lbs are being mobilized consists of medicine,
hygiene kits, and bladder tank.

– The President of Indonesia has declared emergency and asked his
subordinates to take actions.

– USGS has revised the earthquake magnitude to 8.2 Richter scale

– Five aftershocks above 5 Richter scale continue to take place,

– The second tsunami warning was issued after the 6.0 Richter aftershock at
21:40pm and canceled at 22.47pm

Rusmin, resident of Bengkulu described through his mobile phone “People
panic and are afraid to enter their houses. It is still dark so, we do not
know if our friends or family are still alive or not””

For more Information:
Charles M. Ham, Country Director
HOPE worldwide – Indonesia
Gedung Putera Lt 7, Jl. Gunung Sahari 39, Jakarta 10720 – Indonesia
Telp: 62-21-600-9091, Fax: 62-21-601-0570
Website: Http://id.hopeww.org
Cell: 62-816-183-4574

Muscial chairs at Jakarta’s English-language publications

Unspun‘s verified the story of the Jakarta Post losing a senior editor (see here). The said editor, an expat chap who has been in Indonesia and the Post for many years is taking up a position as an editor in a high society magazine.

In the meantime a young woman, said to be an expert on hangover cures, is leaving her job as editor of a hospitality/tourism/lifestyle magazine that covers Jakarta and Java to join the Post. It is not known who will replace her or where the existing editor of the high society magazine will go after reaching, so to speak, a peak in his career.

More on funny logic: Adam Air strikes again

Adam Air corporate communications head Danke Dradjat on why customers are coming back to Adam Air in spite of how they fouled up over their air crash earlier this year:

“There wasn’t any special campaign to get the passengers back. We only emphasized the fact that our aircraft were maintained and serviced by the same technicians as Garuda Indonesia.”

And it gets better:

“Well, eventually people were able to accept the fact that it was an unexpected tragedy, after all, especially since accidents have also affected major carriers.”

Man, what do they smoke at Adam Air?

Supreme Court logic

Sometimes you have to wonder if something is lost in translation or that there is something seriously wrong with the powers of reasoning in this town.

In The Jakarta Post’s front page story today (not clipped because the webmaster at the Post is either asleep or having a nookie and forgot to update the website from yesterday) headlined Time ordered to pay Suharto Rp1 trillion Supreme Court spokesman Nurhad was quoted as saying that Time was penalized because – get this – the article was “considered inappropriate, far from decent and careless, so it is considered against the law on defamation, and against the honor of the plaintiff who is a military general, retired and former Indonesian president.”

Duh! Time, which wrote a story on Suharto’s allegedly stashed millions all over the world was guilty because its article was inappropriate and far from decent? And for that, it is against the law on defamation? One can only wonder what clause Nurhadi was referring to.

Post to lose an editor?

Unspun‘s spies say that The Jakarta Post may be losing a senior editor soon to higher society. All will be revealed in good time.

Malaysians, pay attention

Well said by Malaysia’s man in Jakarta.Those of us who deal with Indonesians day in and out and whose experiences are not confined to the Indonesian maid or construction worker can attest that Indonesians are generally a cool crowd, often cooler than many Malaysians.

They have little religious or racial hangups and many of them are as cosmpolitian and sophisticated as they come. So take Datuk Zainal’s words to heart, brothers and sisters, and make nice with our neighbors.

MALAYSIANS must get rid of the negative stereotype against Indonesians, especially perceiving them as only “good for menial jobs”.

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Roy the Boy Strikes Again!

Our boy Roy is at it again. The very, very Talented Mr Roy is now an expert on verifying dirty pictures. The man is sooooo talented.Treespotter, who’s now back in Jakarta after gallivanting around Asia, pays homage to Roy the Boy below:

clipped from treespotter.blogspot.com

on Roy Soeryo and Elvis


The Honorable RDBMS Roy HTML Soeryo, M.Sc. PRt. XML
Photos of the Pop Top Dhani of the rock band Dewa frolicking with Mulan Kwok are surfacing on the Internet. Multimedia expert, Mr. Roy Soeryo was quick to point out that the pictures were indeed real and made predictions that other, more provocative pictures would soon be found. Mr. Soeryo was subtly suggesting that these private pictures were most probably being released intentionally by ‘parties of interests’.
This revelation was the last in a long series of previous revelations that Mr. Soeryo have preferred in the past. Most recently, Roy have positively certified the authenticity of similar pictures from the model Davina.

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