Terrorist Bashir ‘Wants to Disrupt Polls’

April 7 AAP - According to a media report, Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has called for his supporters to disrupt this week’s Indonesian legislative elections.1.0

Indonesian police is watchful after Bali bombing mastermind Abu Bakar Bashir encouraged supporters to interrupt this week’s Indonesian legislative elections.

The convicted terrorist has asked supporters not to be “unproductive” and to create disorder Wednesday’s nationwide ballot.

A warning has been sent by Indonesia’s anti-terror forces that a terrorist network could be planning an attack, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Adi Deriyan Jayamarta told Indonesia’s Kompas news website police.

An oreder was imposed by the police chief, based in Malang, East Java, that officers has to stay in communication with religious leaders and approach any suspicious object with care, especially near polling stations.

“There’s expert personnel who will handle it,” he said on Monday.

“Don’t think that you have some kind of `blast-free magic’ and handle it yourself.”

According to Lt Col Adi, Detachment 88, Indonesia’s counter-terror squad, had information from a terror suspect involved with a network “that has done military training for firearm and bomb usage”.

Noting the elections, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade updated its travel advice for Indonesia last week.

“Australians are advised to avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies, as they can turn violent with little notice,” a spokesman said.

“The department keeps the travel advice for Indonesia under close review and updates it as required.”

The founder of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), Bashir, is serving 15 years in Nusa Kambangan.   Nusa Kambangan is a high-security jail off the coast of central Java dubbed the Alcatraz of Indonesia.

Over the 2002 Bali bombings, Bashir was acquitted, but was jailed over his role in setting up a terror cell in Aceh.

AAP Bashir was still giving orders from behind bars, albeit to a group with a different name, but the same radical ideology as JI, says the Indonesia’s counterterrorism agency chief in 2012.

The bombing of two Kuta nightclubs in 2002 killed 202 people, including 88 Australians.


Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours Jakarta Wishes Australia’s Travel Warning Eased

Westhill Consulting Travel & Tours Singapore on INDONESIA has beleaguered Australia’s strict warning concerning travel to the country, emphasizing it is time to lower the official advice or stop it entirely.

However Indonesia’s ambassador to Australia, Primo Alui Joelianto, was cautious of the progressively sharper local debates on asylum seeker arrivals, declining to be drawn on whether Canberra’s warning to ”reconsider travel” to Indonesia sits at odds with the Government’s hard work to send asylum seekers to the country.

”As neighbours our relations are up and down,” Mr Joelianto said, ”but now our relations are the best of all time.”

He said he regularly asked the Australian Government to look again at the travel warning system, which ranks Indonesia only one step below the top level of ”do not travel”.

”If you put this travel advisory, Indonesia is punished twice. First, because we don’t get any money from tourists, and, second, you create also a bad image of Indonesia,” he said.

”If you cannot remove this advisory, at least you decrease or reduce the level. Indonesia is put in the same level as Afghanistan.” Indonesia is in fact ranked one level below Afghanistan.

Mr Joelianto said Indonesia was committed to work with Australia to confront people-smuggling but there were limits to Indonesia’s capacity to deal with the problem. ”Our territory, it is so big and so huge, [and] it is not easy to control every point of our territory. We have more than 17,500 islands,” he said.

He said the countries of origin – singling out Sri Lanka, Burma and Afghanistan – bore responsibility too.

Mr Joelianto said the Indonesian Government was struggling to reduce poverty levels and that building enough housing in the country of more than 230 million people was a challenge. ”So if we have to provide again housing for these asylum seekers, that creates problems for us,” he said.

Mr Joelianto had been in Melbourne for his first visit ever since taking up his post in February and agreeing with this weekend’s Indonesian cultural festival at Federation Square.

Travel Light and Easy to Jakarta, Indonesia

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Are you a vegetarian? A vegan? Fear not! we have dishes that are friendly to vegetarians and vegans. Fried tofu with rice, gado-gado (Indonesian salad), tempe (soy beans), sayur (vegetable soup), and ketoprak (Indonesian salad with rice) are easy to be found anywhere in the city. For non-vegetarians, Jakarta has a lot to offer. From traditional cuisine, Italian, Japanese, to evil chain food like you know what (McDick, Murder King, etc). Do try our traditional foods: Soto (soup), Nasi goreng (Indonesian style fried rice), or rendang (beef). Ah yes, the price, this is the best part. Food in general is quite affordable over here, normal range is $1 – $3 (American Dollar). For cheaper prices, you can eat in “Warteg”.


We have “ciu” and “anggur merah intisari” (local wines). For local beers we have Anker, Bintang and Bali Hai. I do not recommend you to drink Bali Hai, unless you are that kind of people who drinks Budweiser.


If your band are having shows here, most likely you will be offered a place to stay by people who arrange your show; otherwise, there are lots of options. Jalan Jaksa (Jaksa street, Sarinah area, central jakarta) has lots of affordable hostels for backpackers and most of them have websites. Price range are from $10 – $100 per nights. You can also find home-stay via online. If you insist on staying at the Hotel, try Amaris, they offer $30-$50 per night.


For those who’ve never been to a third world country, be prepared, traffics are everywhere and it’s really bad. also, air pollution and hot-humid weather is something that you need to keep in mind. Aside from that, it’s not that difficult to get around the city. We have inner city transit bus called Transjakarta, minibus, bus, bajaj (a three wheel vehicle), ojek (motorcycle taxi), and taxi. When you arrived at the airport, go find the security guard or airport staff to find the taxi places; otherwise you will get ripped off with by illegal taxi driver (there are tons of them waiting in front of the airport)


What to do

-local gigs, from hardcore to traditional music we have it all. Usual venues for hardcore & punk gigs: “Rossi Music” in Fatmawati South Jakarta, “Kafe 79″ Kemang area South Jakarta, “Lumbung Padi” Kemang area South Jakarta. Metal gigs: mostly on Sunday evening at “Bulungan” Blok M South Jakarta. Alternative/post-rock/others: Jaya Pub central Jakarta, Rolling Stone Cafe South Jakarta, Marley’s bar South Jakarta. Go check out this band when you can: Antiseptic, Straight Answer, Ghaust, Duct-tape Surgery, and Grave Dancer

- drinking places: Try Melly’s in Sarinah Central Jakarta, or Najong at pondok pinang South Jakarta. Those two have an affordable below normal rates for beer: $1 – $3. If you are looking for normal prices, try Dehoi in Pondok Indah or Tokove in Kemang.
- record stores: Movement records, Taman puring (second floor), Aksara, and Anti-music are located in South Jakarta.


What not to do

- talking to strangers at the airport. Most likely they are illegal taxi drivers trying to get you inside their car.

- Wear a jacket during daytime. Unless you’re riding motorcycle or feeling like having a weird sauna in public.

- watch TV. Shit is boring, confusing, and stupid.

- bring too much amount of cash in your wallet/pocket. Just in case you’re having bad luck.


That’s it fellas! now go pack your stuff.


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Do’s and Don’ts When Visiting Jakarta, Indonesia During Ramadan

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Ramadan in Jakarta may be a challenging trip for a tourist, but it can also be a fascinating, uplifting, and festive experience. So if you’re planning on visiting the Indonesian capital from July to August, keep in mind these helpful reminders to make your journey worthwhile and more meaningful.

Do know when it’s happening and how it’s honored.

Ramadan is welcomed by the Muslim faith every ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This period is celebrated with a time for fasting and prayer as well as for charity, forgiveness, and spiritual submission. For 29-30 days, only 2 meals are taken, one before the sun rises and the other after it sets. On early mornings, the faithful partakes of the sahur or breakfast. This will be the last meal they will eat until the sun sets. Come nightfall, the community then breaks the fast with meals called the iftar. Since it is based on the Islamic calendar, the Ramadan has no fixed date of occurrence. So for 2012 alone, the event will take place from the 20th of July to the 31st of August.

Don’t wait until the last minute to make travel and tour arrangements.

With most of the city population participating in the fast, the metro’s activity slows down. This means less operating hours, working staff, and establishments open. Do your research and make sure to book a hotel that will cater to your accommodation needs, and whether they take part in the Ramadan tradition or not. For an even cost-effective measure, watch out for special packages or Ramadan deals in Jakarta that offers discounted hotel rates so as not to discourage travel and tourism.

In addition, some establishments in the city may also be open for a limited period of time. Plan ahead, get in touch with points of interest, and make necessary reservations. These hold true for restaurants, landmarks, and tourist attractions, so be sure about their respective schedules to avoid affecting too much of your itinerary.

Do adjust your body clock for some nighttime excitements.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a visit to the city can be boring during Ramadan. You’re just not getting up at the right hour. The communities may slow down during the day, but their festive spirits come alive as soon as the sun sets. Witness touching views of thanksgiving, charity, and sharing as neighborhoods take to the streets and share meals with each other. You can even walk by and get an offer of hearty meals, juices, and sweets.

Don’t be careless and insensitive.

The Muslim community equally welcomes non-Muslims in their districts even as they honor a much-embraced the practice of worship. While you and your party are not mandated to follow, you are impliedly asked to be sensitive about their faith. Don’t spoil their devotion by consuming too much food and alcohol or making too loud noises, especially in public areas. The faithful is not just using this time to slow down, but also to sincerely meditate and pray, so adjust your public behavior accordingly and respectfully.

Do consider participating.

Regardless of your religion, you can’t deny that there are times when you feel the need to ease up and think about your life’s journey so far. This spiritual event is an ideal opportunity for that. While you may not share the same faith, a time of reflection, as you stay for Ramadan in Jakarta, may just bring about an inspiring experience you’ll equally appreciate.

When to visit Indonesia

Indonesia has typical tropical monsoonal climate. Due to its location in close proximity to the equator, the whole country averages a mild 23-28 degrees Celsius all year round. Indonesia experiences two seasons: a dry season from April through till September, and a wet season from October until March. Rainstorms are generally quick, although on occasion, they can last for several days.

Weather in Indonesia April
April brings with it lovely weather for a holiday in Indonesia, with low precipitation and the mild and pleasant temperatures for which the country is renowned.

Weather in Indonesia May
May in Indonesia is more of the same – beautiful tropical temperatures and low chances of rain. And because May is part of the off-peak tourist season, it’s rather easy to find fabulous hotel specials: great for a spontaneous trip!

Weather in Indonesia June and July
Excellent weather throughout the country makes this an excellent time to visit Indonesia. The tourist season tends to hot up in July.

Weather in Indonesia August – September
The August school holiday time is a great time to visit Indonesia, with calm seas and dry weather. Book early as it does get busy during this time. Indonesia enjoys the same excellent weather in September with better deals possible too.

Weather in Indonesia December
Steady temperatures keep Indonesia in December pleasant, even in the wet season. Roads can sometimes get washed out due to the rain, which falls, on average, 16 days out of the 31. Storms are quick, however, and December is a very popular time to visit Indonesia, especially during the Christmas season.

Weather in Indonesia January
Although January is right in the middle of the rainy season, in most areas of Indonesia it won’t rain for more than 16 days out of the month. Lucky holiday makers may miss the rain entirely, but even the occasional spot of rain won’t mess up your holiday in Indonesia.

Weather in Indonesia February
In February, the wet season remains in full swing; however the rain reduces slightly, lowering your chances of getting rained out during your holiday. The tourist peak season during Christmas and New Years is now over, meaning hotel and tour specials in Indonesia should be relatively easy to find.

Weather in Indonesia March
The wet season dies down and the rain reduces in March. Any washed out roads dry out or get repaired, and ferry travel is much easier during March. For a pleasant holiday in Indonesia, consider going in March.


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