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February 22, 2012

Gangs in Bali clash, 1 House & 2 Cars Destroyed

Two gangs clashed in a mass brawl in Baturiti, Tabanan on Saturday night (11/12). The incident resulted in a house and two cars being destroyed in the riots. Clashes allegedly involving members of the Laskar Bali gang (LB) and the Baladika Bali gang broke out at about 7.30pm on Kuningan day, one of Bali’s most holy days according to the Hindu calendar. Approximately 15 people claiming to be from organizations LB raided the Village of Mekarsari, known to be the home of the chief of the Baladika organization. The mob stoned houses causing damage to the roofs of many homes, and one vehicle parked on the vicinity was completely destroyed. Tabanan Police Chief Senior Commissioner Eko Purnomo Dekananto said that the local police force had managed to diffuse the immediate situation, however there was still tension and that his team would continue to monitor activities in the area. (February 12th 2012)

Siloam Hospitals Group to Open State of the Art Facility- Bali 2012

The Siloam Hospitals Group is planning to open a state-of-the-art health facility in Bali later this year. The hospital is currently under construction on Sunset road in Kuta. The Siloam group is one of Indonesia’s most progressive and innovative healthcare providers, offering World Class Healthcare. Siloam Hospitals Group was established with a vision to increase equitable access to quality, affordable healthcare across Indonesia. Their concept and business strategy enables the group to provide more services to more people, lowering costs for the individual and thus, increasing affordability. The Siloam Hospitals Group’s exceptional operational and quality standards are enabled by the use of leading-edge technology, equipment and training. SHG’s collaboration with the Mochtar Riady Institute of Nanotechnology (MRIN) and the Universitas Pelita Harapan’s Faculty of Medicine and School of Nursing is unique to Indonesia and demonstrates Siloam’s commitment to creating sustainable healthcare services. In 2007, Siloam Hospitals Lippo Village became the first hospital in Indonesia to receive international accreditation from the USA-based Joint Commission International (JCI), which was re-accredited in 2010. (February 8th 2012)

India Offers Technical Assistance to Produce Cheap Tablets in Indonesia

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Rajasthan, which has gained fame for manufacturing the least expensive tablet computers in the world at a price of only 35 US dollars per unit, announced it will assist Indonesia in manufacturing low-priced tablet computers. According to a press release received on Friday (3/2), Head of the Development Team of “Aakhaas” Tablet, S. Yadav, and Director of ITT Rajashtan B. Ravindra said they would provide technical assistance and product development for Indonesia to manufacture the tablet computer. He made the statement to RI Ambassador in India, Ret. Lt. General Andi M. Ghalib, when he visited IIT Rajasthan in Jodhpur, India on Wednesday, Feb 1. Yadav further said the key to manufacturing such inexpensive tablet computers was maintaining simple concepts. “First, we have to choose the cheapest components without compromising the quality,” he said. The next factor was creating an optimized production process according to location, wages for labor and distribution. “The more important thing is that the production amount should reach the mass amount. Therefore, the production amount must be enough to be able to reach an economic scale,” he said. (February 3rd 2012)

Video of Bali Girl Gang Hitting Ex-member goes Viral

Members of an all-girl gang in Denapsar, Bali have been detained after allegedly taking 15-year-old Kiki Ariani, to a secluded spot and assaulting her. The attack was filmed by a gang member and posted on video-sharing website YouTube. The 51/2-minute clip quickly went viral. The person who uploaded it claimed that it was done to embarrass the victim. All the seven members of the Cewek Macho Performance (or Macho Girls Performance) gang have been arrested. Five have been charged with assaulting the teenager and two are being questioned to find out their exact role in the assault, said Denpasar Police chief Comr. Arif Sugiarto. The girls are all 16 or 17 years old, the police chief said. The footage shows assailants ripping Kiki’s clothes and trying to smash a bottle against her head. Some of them are seen pulling her hair. Kiki is seen being pushed to the ground. Speaking at her Denpasar home, Kiki said the beating occurred in December in the Balinese capital Denpasar. “They picked me up at my home and I was taken to an empty lot. They accused me of different things - flirting with Okta’s (a gang member) boyfriend, getting my club jacket dirty, stealing money from the group. But before I got to explain anything, they beat me and kicked me.” Kiki said she joined the gang and stayed in it for a year because she had a lot in common with the other members. Like others in the group, she comes from a broken home, dropped out of school and loves motorcycles. Kiki, who moved in with her aunt after her father remarried, said she didn’t finish elementary school. She said that after the video caused an uproar, her attackers apologized to her. But other people urged Kiki to file a police report, which she eventually did. Ms Titik Suhariyanti of the Bali Child Protection Agency said the investigation must continue to deter others from conducting similar attacks. (February 12th 2012)

‘Rail Surfers’ to be Stink Bombed

Indonesia has another bizarre way to keep commuters off the roofs of trains: swat them with brooms drenched in putrid goop. “For anyone who is still up there, it’ll be like a whip,” said Ahmad Sujadi, of the state-run railway, PT Kereta Api Indonesia. The contraptions will be installed at select crossings this week. Indonesia has tried just about everything to keep passengers from clamoring atop trains that crisscross its main island of Java: spraying them with paint guns, calling in sniffer dogs, and asking for help from Muslim clerics. The first tactic that worked wasdeployed last month. Grapefruit-sized concrete balls were suspended on chains from a frame that looks like a soccer goal. “Rail surfers,” realizing they could be knocked in the head or even killed, quickly called it quits. The concrete balls however can only be suspended over non-electric tracks. Buoyed by their success, railway officials decided to try the stink bombs. They’ll be set up along the line linking the capital, Jakarta, and the West Java town of Bogor. Sujadi, who didn’t disclose the ingredients of the smelly goop, said he was unaffected by criticism for all the strange and strict security measures. “Some people say it’s inhumane, but that’s fine,” he said. “Letting them ride on the roofs is even more inhumane.” Hundreds have clamored to the roofs in the past because they want to escape overcrowded carriages, can’t afford the price of a ticket, or, simply, for fun. But dozens are killed or injured every year, falling off the train or being electrocuted by the power lines above. (February 6th 2012)

Measles-related mortality rate drops 90 percent

The measles-related mortality rate in Indonesia has dropped by about 90 percent, a study by an international team of representatives from various countries has revealed, Director General for Disease Control and Sanitation (P2PL) of the Ministry of Health, Tjandra Yoga Aditama, said here on Monday (13/2). Tjandra added that that the team was composed of representatives from the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and CDC United States. The team submitted its report to the Indonesian Health Minister, Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, on Friday. In its visit to Indonesia, the team also provided several recommendations, among others, that the government should consider providing second doses of measles immunizations for infants at the age of 18 months, which is to be combined with the DPT4 immunization. The government is also recommending health checks be performed on children when they began going to school. Additionally, the government should adopt a measles elimination strategy. “It suggests that the government should reinforce routine immunizations and launch a national immunization campaign for children between 9 months to 15 years of age by 2013,” Tjandra said. (February 13th 2012)

Ngurah Rai Airport Targeted to Accommodate 25 Million Passengers - Land Restrictions

Ngurah Rai Airport Bali has been targeted to accommodate 25 million passengers per year at the completion of the current renovations. General Manager of Angkasa Pura I Ngurah Rai Airport Bali, Mr. Purwanto said on Tuesday (7/2) that the visitors to Ngurah Rai Airport Bali in 2011 had reached 12.7 million people while airport the capacity is only 12 million people per year. “It is extraordinary difficult for us to manage the current renovations with only 294 hectares of land. It is very tight, as ideally we should have 1,000 hectares. It will be very difficult to manage two runways,” said Purwanto. (February 18th 2012)

Indonesia Considers Drug Testing Pilots Before Flights Following Lion Air Arrests

Pilots should be tested for drugs a few hours or days before they fly, rather than undergoing the routine testing every six months as they do now, Indonesia’s transportation minister said Monday (13/2). Testing them every six months may not be effective because drug users could prepare for the tests, Minister Evert Ernest Mangindaan said. The ministry is revising regulations after the arrests of three pilots and a co-pilot from budget airline Lion Air since September for using illicit drugs. The arrests have raised concern over security and safety in aviation, a main mode of travel in this sprawling nation of 17,000 islands. Lion Air pilot Syaiful Salam was arrested Feb. 4 three hours before he was to fly a plane. Authorities said he had a small amount of crystal methamphetamine, known locally as “Shabu-shabu.” Another colleague was arrested in South Sulawesi in January, and a pilot and co-pilot were caught with Shabu-shabu and ecstasy pills last September, two months before the airline signed the biggest order ever from Boeing - 230 planes with a list price of $21.7 billion. Last week, a co-pilot failed a random drug test at Jakarta’s airport and three others failed to show up for the testing, transportation ministry officials said, without identifying them. (February 13th 2012)

Air NZ Restarts Bali Route

Air New Zealand will start flying direct to the popular holiday spot Bali from Auckland twice a week during the June to October high season. The service using a Boeing 767-300 has the potential to operate year round if there’s sufficient demand, the airline says. Chief executive Rob Fyfe said Bali was a popular destination for Kiwis and the non-stop service would make it more accessible. Fares and schedules would be announced ahead of tickets going on sale on February 23. The flight time of eight and a half hours compared to at least 14 hours on competing indirect services, Fyfe said. Air New Zealand last operated services between Auckland to Bali in the 1990s (February 3rd 2012)

RI Govt to Send 10,750 Child Workers to School in 2012

The Indonesian government will send some 10,750-child workers back to school in 2012, an increase of 300 percent from last year’s 3,360 children. The child workers are from 84 districts in 21 provinces, the manpower and transmigration ministry’s Manpower Supervision and Development Director General Muji Handaya said here on Tuesday (14/2). The ministry has intensified efforts to remove children working in industries in order to reduce child labor, according to officials. Under the program of Child Labor Reduction to support the Prospective Family Program (PPA-PKH) 2012, 11,213 children had been removed from employment and were largely sent back to school during the years 2008 to 2011. In 2008, some 4,853 children were removed from employment in 48 districts and cities in seven provinces, but only 1,523 children, or 32 percent, returned to school. “For 2012, the target is to pull out 10,730 child workers in 21 provinces and 84 districts and cities throughout Indonesia,” Muji said. The provinces are South Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, Jakarta, Gorontalo, North Sulawesi, West Java, East Java, Bali, Central Java, Yogyakarta, Banten, West Nusa Tenggara, South Kalimantan, Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Bengkulu, West Sumatra, Lampung, North Sumatra, Central Sulawesi, and Aceh. Furthermore he said the National Education Ministry welcomes the program to reduce child labor and provides scholarships for them. The scholarships are available for 3.6 million elementary students, 1.3 million junior high school students, 315,000 vocational school students and 386,000 senior high school students. The education ministry also offers scholarships for 30,000 senior high school graduates seeking to enter university. According to ILO News, child labor remains a significant problem in Indonesia. The 2010 National Child Labor Survey reported that 4 million children are working and 1.7 million of them are child laborers participating in work that harms their wellbeing, their safety and their capacity to benefit from normal schooling. To tackle child labor, the Government of Indonesia designed a National Action Plan on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labor. (February 14th 2012)