Mike Dillard, chief executive officer of Century Martial Arts and a prominent area developer, is a well known adrenaline junkie — but even he admits he was shaken by his latest adventure.
JAKARTA, April 18 | Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:35am EDT
While acknowledging “some problems” within Indonesia, Trade Minister Tim Groser says New Zealand must strengthen economic ties with the fast-developing Southeast Asian nation. Read more…
Monday, 16 April, 2012 | 16:03 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:National Development Planning Board will synchronize state and regional budget to build infrastructure in Indonesian Eastern regions. We will propose a special label in next year’s state budget, said Max Hasudungan Pohan, deputy of Regional Development and Autonomy Division, contacted by TEMPO on Sunday. Read more…
Ben Farey | April 12, 2012 Jakarta Globe
Indonesia’s Tangguh liquefied natural gas plant in West Papua plans to offer as many as eight cargoes of the fuel to the spot market, according to oil and gas regulator BPMigas.
“Six is the minimum, up to eight, depending on production,” Rudi Rubiandini, deputy of operations at BPMigas, said by telephone from Jakarta. The cargoes will begin loading in May and continue through the year, he said. Read more…
Report – By Arientha Primanita, Farouk Arnaz and Ismira Lutfia
Soldiers may be deployed in West Papua to assist the police in the search for the gunmen responsible for Sunday’s attack on a commercial airplane, as the president demands swift justice.
Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Mon, 04/09/2012 5:02 PM
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has ordered security forces to intensify and heighten security measures in Papua following the attack on a commercial aircraft by an armed gang at an airport in the country’s easternmost province. Read more…
One airline passenger is dead and four people wounded after gunmen fired on a small aircraft in the West Papua town of Mulia.
Those wounded include the two pilots. The Twin Otter was shot at after it landed. The pilots lost control and it then crashed into an airport building in the Indonesian province. The Twin Otter is operated by domestic carrier Trigana Air.
It was carrying eight passengers and crew. The dead passenger was a local journalist. A police spokesman said the others wounded were a female passenger and a four-year-old boy.
Spokesman Johannes Nugroho told the AFP news agency: “I think there were only one or two shots and the other casualties were from shrapnel.”
District official Agus Fakaubun said the pilot was hurt in the leg and the co-pilot in the hand. The plane had arrived from another district of Papua. “The aircraft had reached the end of the airstrip and was taxiing to park when a group of armed men shot at the aircraft from the nearby hills,” he said. The attackers had fled. “The pilots lost control after getting hurt, and the aircraft ran into an airport building,” Mr Fakaubun said. Sunday’s incident is the latest in a spate of gun attacks in the region. Some have been near US mining giant Freeport McMoRan’s Grasberg gold and copper mine.
In December, unidentified gunmen opened fire on an aircraft carrying Freeport workers, wounding one passenger.
Sunday’s incident was not believed to be related to Freeport’s operations. Mulia is in Papua’s Puncak Jaya district, which is believed to be a separatist hotbed.
Source: In These Times
Buried in Indonesia’s rich soil is a minefield of brutality, literally. Last year, the Grasberg mine of the Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold, one of the largest such operations in the world, shut down after thousands of workers launched a strike to demand higher wages. Work recently resumed, but the suffering continues while officials and multinationals maneuver to manage Southeast Asia’s resource curse. Read more…