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  1. spicyayam

    Bali airport declared a corruption free zone

    The Ngurah Rai International Airport’s Customs and Excise Office declared on Wednesday its commitment to creating an integrity zone across all of its working areas. As part of its commitment to integrity, the Office will ensure the airport is corruption free. Any custom officers found guilty of...
  2. Steve Rossell

    Walking in Ubud at night.

    Just a quick note as a reminder to visitors to Bali. After some pretty torrential rainfall the other night in Ubud the already deteriorating footways are collapsing and in disrepair. 2 nights before the storm I was walking to a local warung and being aware of a gaping manhole in a dark footpath...
  3. spicyayam

    Why are Indonesian's salaries so low?

    An interesting perspective on quora: This goes back to when Indonesian was occupied by VOC or the Netherlands. At the time, the dutch need cheap laborers to work on the plantations and trading route. So they need to pay these people (slavery is sub-optimal since you degrade the dignity of...
  4. C

    Kintamani Tourist Tax

    Has anyone else fallen fowl of the Kintamani Tourist Tax? We went through there the other day and got stopped for 'tourist tax' 160,000!!! 6 of us in the car, made us pay for 5, I didn't have to pay as I was driving. Kitas holders with family. Even if you are just traveling through or not...
  5. balinews

    14 months jail for Facebook tag

    A man in Medan, North Sumatra, has been sentenced to 14 months in prison and a fine of Rp 5 million (US$381) after the Medan District Court declared him guilty of violating the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law in light of a tag on his Facebook page. The man, Dodi Sutanto, was...
  6. davita

    Interview with British Ambassador to Indonesia.

    Here is a link to an interview, conducted by the Jakarta Globe, with the UK Ambassador to RI. Why Indonesia Matters to the World: British Ambassador Moazzam Malik's Economic Perspectives | Jakarta Globe IMO he was very direct in his criticism of how Indonesia is contradicting its economic...
  7. Mark

    Motorcycle License

    I understand that Indonesia has plans to enact a three tier system for motorcycle licenses (up to 250cc, 251-500cc, and 501cc+). Motorcycle licenses to be divided into three categories - The Jakarta Post Does anyone know if this has been implemented? Also, it would be great to hear from anyone...
  8. SusanSydney

    Indonesian airline safety - report on Australian TV

    ABC, Australia's national television station just aired a scary investigation into Indonesia's airline safety record. The program "Foreign Correspondent" discussed training, lack of safety checks and unsurprisingly the word "corruption" was even mentioned. A couple of experts who should...
  9. davita

    Panama Papers

    Whistleblowers have produced a document called 'The Panama Papers'. This shows how some famous leaders and celebrities in the world manage to squirrel ill-gotten money into secret off-shore accounts. Some of the names already noted are heroes and held in high regard! Early days yet but I...
  10. hadodi

    Corruption? Not everywhere!

    When it comes to corruption, Indonesia has not a very good record. Although there is a lot of corruption going on in this country there are quite some white sheep around. I told the story of honest and honorable immigration staff in Singaraja, Bali, few years ago. Recently, as a foreigner in...
  11. davita

    Australian chiropracter jailed

    A third Australian chiropractor has been arrested in Indonesia for allegedly working illegally, as officials enact a sweeping investigation on foreigners involved in health practices. Third Aust chiropractor nabbed in Jakarta | SBS News The RI government is really cracking down on those who...
  12. tintin

    korupsi terang-terangan

    Police corruption in Bali is certainly not new, but if one still persisted to think that it's just due to a few bad apples... This latest example is so in-your-face, demonstrating that it involves the Bali police, starting at the VERY TOP!... Bali News: A Slap on the Wrist?
  13. Markit

    Corruption and Bribery Only in Bali/Indonesia?

    Anyone wanting to look down on Indonesia or Bali because overt corruption is supposed to only be endemic here should read this: Saudi millionaire cleared of raping teenager after claiming he accidentally fell on top of her - Telegraph
  14. spicyayam

    Why startups fail in Indonesia

    A good read for anyone contemplating starting a business here :
  15. balinews

    Businessman asks for bribe money back after failing to win government contract

    A contractor who paid Rp 430 million ($31,750) in bribes to a Bekasi civil servant to get a road-paving project has reported the latter to the police after getting shafted. The contractor, Suhanda, 34, claimed in his report to the South Bekasi Police that he was acquainted with the official...
  16. spicyayam

    General feeling of uncertainty

    I was wondering if anyone gets the feeling Indonesia might be facing some tough times ahead with regards to business outlook. Rupiah is down, and the government seems to be doing anything they can to stop foreigners from working here. A huge amount of bad press in general about Bali/Indonesia...
  17. balinews

    Jakarta councilors study trip to Bali comes under fire

    City councilors from Jakarta have come under fire over the cost of their purported “study trip” to Bali, and their only response has been to complain that they don’t get enough money to buy souvenirs. A group of 32 councilors and eight of their staff left Jakarta on a three-day trip to Bali...
  18. balinews

    Blockchain technology could help to fight corruption in Indonesia

    Oscar Darmawan sits alone at Luciole Bistro at Central Park in West Jakarta. When I enter, he stands and shakes my hand warmly and talks a little about his past. He’s soft-spoken and young-looking. His appearance reminds me of the shy kid in science class who has all the answers in his head and...
  19. davita

    Indonesian football

    According to breaking news, see link, Indonesia has been suspended from FIFA. However, as the SEA games in Singapore have started, they are permitted to play. Seems like yesterday that 3 (Nigerians) playing for the Malaysian club Pahang were denied entry to Jakarta to play because they didn't...
  20. balinews

    Politician arrested in Bali on corruption charges

    A politician from President Joko Widodo’s party became the first sitting legislator to be arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission less than a year since the current batch of members of the House of Representatives were sworn into office. Adriansyah, 60, a member of House Commission...