New regulations for foreign workers in Indonesia

Here we go again. Another new set of regulations for foreigners working in Indonesia, a country where the President claims is investment friendly and ready to do business with the outside world. This update comes from Hadiputranto, Hadinoto and Partners. New Ministry of Employment Regulation on Foreign Workers On 29 June 2015 the Minister of…

The sad old town of Jakarta

A feeling of sadness always descends on me when I travel to the old, colonial part of Jakarta, Kota Tua. It was once the busiest part of Jakarta since it was close to the sea and port. Many old buildings stand there still. A few have been restored well, some have been mangled by modern…

The JFCC, two Ministers and a lot to wonder about this week

Perhaps as part of the pre-Ramadan rush, the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club has been very busy this week with its media luncheons, where it invites a prominent speaker to address the crowd and field questions. On Monday it hosted Franky Sibarani, is the Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and today it hosted Trade…

Becoming a teenager

And then we are a teenager. We are the communications consultancy Maverick that turns 13 this month. Fortunately, as an organisation we’ll not be subjected to the mood swings, moods and hormonal surges of human teenagers. I suppose, however,  that 13 still represents a landmark of sorts as we grow out of the first flush…

The Mt. Kinabalu tragedy: what are schoolchildren doing there?

Last year a group of us decided to climb Mt. Kinabalu. We weren’t the fittest 40-50 somethings but we weren’t slouches either.We had in tow a 12-year old. a member of the group, Unspun, for instance,  is in his mid-50s but hits the gym at an average of three times a week chalking up 40…

When you try to PR the un-PR-able…

This is what happens. Told’ja so here   Nowhere2Hide: Dr M’s man blasts Kok Wing FMT Reporters | June 6, 2015 Najib’s PR team in tatters, says blogger, and warns image man Lim that his own legacy in danger KUALA LUMUR: Najib Razak’s new image consultant, Lim Kok Wing, has been urged to beat a “quiet…

Najib’s March of Folly

In 1985 Pulitzer prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman wrote the book The March of Folly  which was a fascinating study of why leaders from Troy to Vietnam acted against their own self-interest. If she were updating the book today, Unspun thinks she would certainly consider not only adding Malaysian Premier Najib Razak but perhaps promote him…

Jokowi to connect better with new Communications Team?

It appears that after months of having no one to tell the story on behalf of the Government and giving rise to uncertainty and confusion about government policies and decisions, President Jokowi may finally be taking a step in the right direction. According to the Jawa Pos News Network (below), he has appointed Teten Masduki and Sukardi…

The most dangerous thing about Jokowi for us in Indonesia.

When the subject of Jokowi comes up, there is usually an awkward pause as everyone tries to express the mixture of frustration, despair and disappointment over the man they elected as President with high hopes for reform just a few months ago. The pause, Unspun suspects, is because they are not really ready to confront…

More rants about Generation E

More rants from me about Generation E job seekers that we are interviewing from jobs. God! Did our fathers’ generation think this way about us or is the new generation just too privileged and entitled?   Saying No to the almost perfect candidate EMPLOYMENT / OFFICE / PR & COMMUNICATIONS / WORKPLACE We’ve been interviewing many…