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:

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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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The road ahead may take its toll on politicians

Unspun‘s always thought that Indonesia is about the best place to be a politician. That’s because Indonesians are by naure so forgivign and accepting that it would take a lot for them to get the heckles up.

So rubbish goes by uncollected, roads are riddled with pothols, busses stop in the middle of the road and Indonesians still take things in their stride. But there must be a breaking point before any peopl will say enough is enough.

This is why the class action suit against the rise in road tolls is so interesting to watch. Traffic in jakarta has been getting progressively worse over the years. Each year passes with more and more cars on the roads without new roads being built.  So the traffic jams get longer and its now so bad that each time you have to travel out of your office you get stuck for hours in traffic.

Where traffic jams are concerned Unspun senses that the point has come when Jakartans are ready to do something about it and the class action against toll rises may just be the catalyst. Let’s watch the action unfold. If it gains momentum it can be only good for Jakarta and Indonesia as it would mean that the public has gotten so fed up that they are ready at last to do something about their environment.

Diving in Cenderawasih Bay, Papua

Unspun was seduced by the words “exploratory dive trip” and signed up early for a 12-day liveaboard dive trip to explore Cenderawasih Bay in Papua. What, thought Unspun, could be more alluring that exploring the bottom of the sea in exotic and unexplored Papua?

So on August 22 Unspun with six others – an Indonesian couple, two Americans and a Kiwi-Singaporean couple went on board the Putri Papua in Biak for what could be a dive of a lifetime. The first couple of days was spent diving around Biak, including the Catalina wreck. As before Biak’s seas had great visibility but there was not much by way of marine life to see. A few nudibranches here and there was all. The waters were calm and warm.

Then we set sail southward, into the bay. On the third day we dived at Ruras island, off Biak. On the third day we dived at Gayepi Reef, actually an atoll in the middle of the bay. Again, we had clear, warm water, good visibility but little to see.

It was only on the fourth day, when we dived at Rouw Island that we got lucky. We saw a hammerhead and a loepard shark and lots of nudibranches. In the interval we moored at a bay on the island which had a waterfall that we went to bathe in. It was beautiful. The second dive at the island we saw a crocodile fish, a dancing octopus, pygmy sahorse and lots of other critters.

After that we dived at Roon Island, Numbrat Island, Yop Island, Tanjung Dunesore, Tanjung Wanabore, Windesi Harbor, Tanjung Reweasa, Purup Island and Rumberpon. But there was little to see other than corals and nudibranches of the same species. We were begining to get a bit depressed and Unspun could not help wondering if Teluk Cenderawasih was sterile or it was really difficult to find good dive sites, even in pristine Papua waters.

Some of the places we sailed through were so remote that we were out of handphone range and we did not see anyone for days. When we got nearer toward civilization we would see papuan fishermen and their families, materializing out of the islands with their boats. Each time we moored it was the same: they would come on board and make some small chat before asking for some petroleum.

Our guide explained that the government had given many of the Papuans outboard motors but getting fuel to power them was a real problem out there in the remoter regions of Papua. There were not petrol stations and when petrol is transported out to where they are they are so expensive that the Papuans could not afford it. Therefore their only recourse was to beg or coerce passing boats to donate some fuel to them.

On the 10th day we struck gold where diving was concerned. At Haiwai Point we saw a woebegong shar, pygmy seahorses and nudibranches. Thing were looking up down below. We then proceeded to Sungei Omiand it go even better still. Sg Omi is a black sand beach with lots of rocks. The diving there was just as good as Lembeh in Manado. It was muck diving and there was lots to see – a pygmy seahorse, sea snakes, a small fish, white with an antennae on its forehead and lots more.

We capped off our dive by diving the Pillbox and Shinwa Maru wrecks off Manokwari. The Shinwa Maru wreck was quite spectacular. It is a large Japanese ship that was sunk just off Marsinam islan, off Manokwari. There were still hoses and beer bottles in the ship but the diving helmets that some other divers had said were there had been removed. Still it was interesting swimming through the shop’s bowels before surfacing to the bright sunlight.

3 Malaysians arrested for visa violation

Update: The Malaysia Club Jakarta President Ch’ng Chin Hon has issued a noice to its members to ensure that their visa documentation is in order. Here’s his note:

Dear All,

Further to our message on security measures, we would like to advice that conditions remain sensitive.

Last Friday, three Malaysians have been detained by immigration officers in Bogor for allegedly working in Indonesia without work permits. After being detained for several days in the immigration office, they were transferred to a prison in Bogor last night. We are currently working to find a solution to this matter and to secure their release as soon as possible.

 We would like to advise and remind all Malaysians who are in Indonesia for business or working arrangements to have the proper documentation to prevent any un-necessary problems here. Please make sure that those who are on KITAS here that the KITAS is only one of several documents required for you to stay here. Please make sure you have a complete list of the documents. We will be putting up this list on the site soon. Thank you.

Best regards,

Chin Hon

Antara reports that three Malaysians have been arrested for visa violation. Unspun understands that several parties in the Malaysian community including Embassy officials are trying to secure their release. One party said there was “more to it” than a straight-forward arrest for visa violation.

Immigration office arrests three Malaysians for visa violation

BOGOR, West Java (Antara): The Bogor Immigration Office has arrested three Malaysians, identified as The Choong Eng (53), Yap Yuen Loy (43) and Tee Kok Khing (31), for violating their visas, an official said.
“The three Malaysians used their tourist visas to work for a company in Bogor. They worked in the quality control division of PT Mastrotto Indonesia in Sentul, Bogor,” said the head of the Bogor Immigration Office, Ibrahim Saleh, on Monday.
Ibrahim said the three were arrested last Friday as they attempted to extend their temporary visas.
Foreigners working in Indonesia are required to have a work visa from the Immigration Office and a work permit issued by the Manpower Ministry. They also have to pay income tax, said Ibrahim.
He said the Bogor Immigration Office was processing the case files of the three Malaysians, which will be sent to the local prosecutor’s office when completed.