Indonesia

Awards for bravery and public service are part of the careers of many law enforcement officials around the world. But in one Southeast Asian country, a different sort of award is making headlines. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

In many parts of the world, bribery is part of business as usual.  Sometimes that includes law enforcement officials.  But the government of Indonesia has come up with a novel concept---rewarding honesty—giving national recognition to a policeman who has refused to accept cash bribes.

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Over the last year, the issue of West Papuan independence has emerged as a major regional issue, and could soon become prominent internationally. As we hear from Neal Conan in today's Pacific News Minute, the key could be the upcoming summit, of the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Tina Franklin / Flickr
Tina Franklin / Flickr

The treatment of overseas workers in Asia is a continuing issue for many governments. Human rights groups say many are mistreated. That’s especially true for domestic workers--those employed as maids. And now the government of Indonesia is taking action. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Indonesia wants to ban its citizens from working as live-in maids in foreign countries.

Craig Morey / Flickr
Craig Morey / Flickr

National forecasters say Hawai‘i faces an increased chance of wildfires this summer, in part because drought conditions worsened last month. Dry conditions are also causing fire worries in Southeast Asia, but one government is taking some steps that may lead to a safer summer. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

A two-day conference in Jakarta this week broke more than 50 years of official silence on one of the worst atrocities of the twentieth century.  Security Minister Luhut Panjaitan said Indonesia must make peace with its past, but ruled out an official apology, while a retired general called for a truth and reconciliation commission.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

A senior Indonesian official's tour through Melanesian countries has stirred up controversy after officials in Jakarta described it as an effort to suppress regional support for the independence movement in West Papua.  More on the minister's reception from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

Ari Wibowo-WWF Indonesia
Ari Wibowo-WWF Indonesia

Big news from a part of Borneo today - Kalimantan - in the Indonesian part of Borneo – where a Sumatran rhinoceros has been found in the wild there for the first time in 40 years.

Maks Karochkin / Flickr
Maks Karochkin / Flickr

Disputes about the regulation of ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft have taken place from Honolulu to Mumbai. This week in Indonesia’s capital, the issue brought rush-hour traffic to a stand-still. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Jakarta’s traffic is not a good place to be at the best of times.  And Tuesday’s morning rush hour was definitely not the best of times.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

  Crews on the west side of Hawai‘i Island have been fighting a series of brush fires over the past two months. Dry conditions have complicated the efforts—and that’s also the case in Southeast Asia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that story in today’s Asia Minute.

Indonesia’s weather patterns are not slaves to the calendar.  Rainy season and dry season can vary on the thousands of islands sprawling across the archipelago.  Dry season is already underway on parts of the island of Sumatra…and that means fires.

NeilsPhotography / Flickr
NeilsPhotography / Flickr

Smokers who are under the age of 21 have just a couple of days left of legal tobacco puffing in Hawai‘i. On Friday, the state becomes the first in the nation to outlaw tobacco sales to anyone younger than 21. The issue of smoking among young people is also getting attention this week in Indonesia—where critics say the government is not doing enough to stop it.

JasonParis / Flickr
JasonParis / Flickr

Last week, the speaker of Indonesia's parliament resigned as an ethics committee listened to a recording, where he demanded a four billion dollar payoff from an American mining company.  Money that he said, would be split with the country's president and Vice President.  Details on what's been called Indonesia's biggest corruption scandal from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

mararie / Flickr
mararie / Flickr

For more than two months, we’ve been telling you about the increasing air quality problems choking Southeast Asia. This week, the situation has gotten so severe that the President of Indonesia cut short a trip to the United States and is considering declaring a state of emergency. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Global Panorama / Flickr
Global Panorama / Flickr

Indonesia’s president has just started a five-day visit to the United States. He’s following a path that’s similar to recent trips of other Asian leaders—including meetings not only with government officials, but also with technology executives.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It’s become a familiar pattern: Asian leaders travel to Washington DC for discussions and photo opportunities, and also stop by the west coast for the same activities.

Chinese President Xi Jinping did it last month…so did Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia

It’s another tough week for air quality in parts of Southeast Asia. Haze is continuing to blow across the region from illegal forest fires set in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has an update in today’s Asia Minute.

Authorities in Indonesia seem to be trying just about everything they can to fight illegal fires.

After first resisting international help, now they’re using firefighting resources from as far away as Australia.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Next Tuesday, Indonesia’s president will mark one year in office. Joko Widodo came to power with promises of reform and change.  As part of our series “Following Up,” HPR’s Bill Dorman brings us up to date in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

It’s been another week of unhealthy air for many residents of Southeast Asia. The culprit is haze—coming from fires burning in Indonesia. A related factor coming under closer examination: palm oil.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Palm oil plantations have become so widespread across Indonesia that they now cover an area the size of Iceland.  That calculation was done by Reuters—which also reports a rising demand for sustainable palm oil.  That means sourcing from plantations that do not clear land by burning forests, and that maintain other standards.

Jeanette Burton / Pixabay Commons
Jeanette Burton / Pixabay Commons

The construction of Honolulu’s rail project is already having an impact on everything from traffic to local jobs.  In Asia, a rail project of roughly the same value was suddenly cancelled.  And that’s left potential contractors scrambling for what comes next.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

It was going to be a 5-billion dollar project—a high-speed rail linking Jakarta to Bandung on Indonesia’s island of Java.  Chinese and Japanese companies competed fiercely on proposals, and governments got involved—sending high-level envoys to negotiate last-minute deals.

Tanti Ruwani / Flickr
Tanti Ruwani / Flickr

While the storm system of Ignacio is moving away from Hawai‘i, forecasters are quick to remind everyone that hurricane season in the islands lasts until the end of November. On the mainland, large portions of the west are still facing wildfire season. But in Southeast Asia, it’s the season for a different kind of fire—and haze.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr
Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

Honolulu rail officials will be giving a progress report to the city council’s transportation committee this Thursday.  They’ll also be sharing updates on the 5.3-billion dollar project at a pair of neighborhood board meetings this week.  A rail system with a similar price tag is planned elsewhere in the Pacific, with some developments expected soon.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Global Panorama / Flickr
Global Panorama / Flickr

Indonesia is one of the Asian economies hit by China’s currency devaluation. It’s been a busy week for the president—who has already shaken up his cabinet and is about to deliver his first State of the Union address. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Joko Widodo has been president of Indonesia for less than a year. He’s the first president of the country to not come from the military or the politically-connected elite. He used to run a furniture business in Jakarta, where he later became mayor.

uyeah / Flickr
uyeah / Flickr

This is a busy week for the international profile of Indonesia.  The president has hosted the British Prime Minister and made his first state visit to Singapore. But the activity also underlines some of the challenges facing the biggest economy in Southeast Asia.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

AK Rockefeller / Flickr
AK Rockefeller / Flickr

In Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands, last week, a summit meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group ended with an apparent victory for Indonesia, while the United Liberation Movement for West Papua fell short. Details from Neal Conan in our latest Pacific News Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Hawai‘i Island’s Kīlauea Volcano remains one of the most active in the world—its most recent eruption has been going on since 1983. Right now, the lava movements are not disrupting the lives of people. On the other side of the Pacific, it’s a much different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Janine / Flickr
Janine / Flickr

According to the commercial real estate company CBRE Hawaii, the stores at Ala Moana shopping mall take in nearly three-billion dollars a year. Many of those sales are luxury goods sold to people who live overseas. Now one Asian nation is taking steps to change some high-end shopping habits. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

*** Fanch The System !!! *** / Flickr
*** Fanch The System !!! *** / Flickr

Indonesia has executed eight people convicted of drug smuggling. The cases gained wide international attention, especially over the last several months. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Heaven Ice Day / Flickr
Heaven Ice Day / Flickr

For fans of certain sports, this is playoff time. From high school baseball to professional basketball, teams are rallying to push through the end of the season. In Asia, there’s a different sport that’s making some headlines. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on that in today’s Asia Minute.

fckjhon / Flickr
fckjhon / Flickr

Seven weeks from today will mark the 143rd anniversary of Kamehameha Day. It’s a holiday that’s unique to Hawai‘i, and an opportunity for historical and cultural celebrations. This week, Indonesia observed a different kind of holiday, with its own historical significance. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia minute.

Marie / Flickr
Marie / Flickr

This is another busy week for Hawai‘i’s legislature, as bills approved in the house or the senate cross over to the other body for consideration. Across the Pacific, a national legislature is considering a controversial law, one would that ban alcohol. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr
Danumurthi Mahendra / Flickr

Facilities that burn waste and produce energy are located across the United States including here on O‘ahu. But for a number of reasons, construction of these plants has slowed in the US. In Asia, it’s a different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Pixabay Commons
Pixabay commons

  

Real estate prices around the islands have seen some fluctuations in recent weeks. But overall, the trend is moving up, as demand continues to outpace supply. But in an unusual real estate deal in Indonesia, supply and demand aren’t the only factors. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Pages