Thai health minister quits in graft scandal

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Antara news, Tuesday, December 29, 2009 20:48 WIB

Bangkok (ANTARA News/Reuters) - Thailand`s Public Health Minister resigned on Tuesday after being implicated in a corruption scandal over a health care scheme funded under the government`s $43 billion economic stimulus package.

It was the third ministerial resignation since the government took office a year ago and the latest setback for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who is facing mounting pressure to dissolve parliament and call an election.

The departure of Witthaya Kaewparadai, a member of the ruling Democrat Party, may also lead to a cabinet reshuffle, which could further destabilise an uneasy military-backed coalition dogged by disunity and internal power struggles.

Witthaya stepped down after an investigation found he was negligent in his handling of a three-year, 86 billion baht ($2.57 billion) procurement project.

"I want to show responsibility to the public," Witthaya said in announcing his decision.

The panel recommended that Witthaya and his deputy, Manit Nopamornbodi, be disciplined for backing ministry plans to build facilities and buy medical equipment deemed unnecessary and grossly overpriced by local health officials.

The committee said nine unelected officials were also involved in the scandal involving the stimulus programme, implemented to speed up economic revival but also seen as a populist move to boost the government`s popularity.

Abhisit is expected to forward the findings to the National Anti-Corruption Commission for further action.

The opposition Puea Thai party, which backs exiled ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, intends to raise the issue during a censure debate early next year planned to coincide with anti-government rallies by the billionaire`s "red shirt" supporters.

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Bangladesh to send home thousands of Burmese refugees

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Rights groups say Rohingya Muslims have fled religious persecution

Burma has agreed to repatriate 9,000 Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, the Bangladeshi government has said.

Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes made the announcement in Dhaka after meeting his Burmese counterpart, who is on a two-day official visit.

The bilateral is also expected to cover trade deals and maritime boundaries.

Human rights groups say Rohingya Muslims have fled religious persecution in Burma and do not want to return to their home country.

Many refugees lack adequate food and sanitation

Many are said to have nowhere to live and suffer "dire conditions".

Burma has assured Bangladesh it will begin the process of repatriation "as soon as possible", Mr Quayes said, after meeting Maung Myint, Burma's foreign minister.

He said Bangladesh had handed over a list of 28,000 Rohingyas to Burma, which had accepted that 9,000 people on the list were its citizens.

Dhaka says there are nearly 30,000 Rohingyas in two official camps in south-eastern Bangladesh, and another 300,000 living illegally elsewhere.

Correspondents say Tuesday's announcement offers a partial solution to a problem that dates back 30 years.

Rohingyas began fleeing Burma in the late 1970s, although the biggest influx was in 1992 when an estimated 250,000 fled to Bangladesh.

Human rights groups say the Burmese junta discriminates against the Rohingyas' Islamic faith, depriving them of free movement, education and employment.

Earlier this year Rohingya refugees tried to escape Burma to other Asian countries, including Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Tanjungpinang immigration repatriates 81 foreigners

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Antara News, Monday, December 28, 2009 21:22 WIB

Tanjungpinang (ANTARA News) - Tanjungpinang`s immigration office repatriated a total of 81 foreign convicts who had served their prison terms in the January-November period in 2009, a spokesman said.

Most of the repatriated foreigners were from Vietnam and Thailand and had been convicted for illegal fishing in waters near Natuna and Tambelan sub-district in Bintan district, Tanjungpinang immigration office chief Pranata said here Monday.

The repatriates included a Singaporean who was arrested for committing immoral acts in Tanjungpinang.

"In 2008 we deported some 41 foreigners," he said.

Pranata said the Tanjungpinang immigration office was planning to repatriate 15 Vietnamese on Wednesday (Dec 30). They had completed their prison terms for committing illegal fishing in Tambelan waters.

"The foreigners who were arrested in Tanjungpinang and will be repatriated to numbers 26," he said.

Pranata urged the public to report any foreigner who breached the immigration law to his office.

"We will arrest and prosecute every foreign citizen who does not have complete citizenship documents," he said.

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Asean accord on disaster management enters into force

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Antara News, Friday, December 25, 2009 11:02 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The ASEAN Agreement on Disaster Management and Emergency Response (AADMER) entered into force on Thursday after being ratified by all of ASEAN`s 10 member countries.

AADMER is the region`s response to the need to establish a regional disaster management framework. It contains provisions on disaster risk identification, monitoring and early warning, prevention and mitigation, preparedness and response, rehabilitation, technical cooperation and research, mechanisms for coordination, and simplified customs and immigration procedures.

In welcoming the occasion, ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said, "AADMER is one of the fastest-negotiated agreements in ASEAN`s history, having gone through a mere four months of negotiations."

He added that the entry into force of AADMER was a remarkable step forward for ASEAN in its efforts in responding to disasters happening in the region and in reducing disaster risks more effectively.

AADMER also provides for the establishment of an ASEAN Coordinating Center for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management (AHA Center) to undertake operational coordination of activities under the agreement. It is also ASEAN`s affirmation of its commitment to the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

AADMER was signed by the ASEAN foreign ministers in July 2005. Since then, ASEAN has put in place measures to implement many provisions under the agreement.

Under the purview of a specialised ASEAN body called the ASEAN Committee on Disaster Management (ACDM), standard operating procedure, training and capacity building, disaster information sharing and communication network, rapid assessment team, have been set up or put into practice.

Surin, who was appointed ASEAN`s Humanitarian Assistance Coordinator by the ASEAN Leaders during the 14th ASEAN Summit, further encouraged ASEAN`s friends and partners to extend their assistance and cooperation to the implementation of AADMER.

He added that "such support will certainly add to our collective efforts in building a disaster-resilient ASEAN Community by 2015."

In anticipation of AADMER`s entry into force, ASEAN had initiated the development of a Work Programme covering the period of 2010-2015 to operationalise AADMER and translate its spirit and goals into concrete terms.

The Work Programme will be adopted by all ASEAN Member States in early March 2010.

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters is noted in the AADMER as the agreed framework for disaster risk reduction.

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Burma to buy Russian MiG planes

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BBC News

MiG-29s are designed in Russia, and used by many nations worldwide

Russia has signed a contract to deliver 20 MiG-29 fighter planes to Burma, Russian media reports say.

The contract is worth 400m euros (£356m; $570m), sources close to the Russian arms firm Rosoboronexport say.

Many countries in the West have imposed sanctions against Burma, in response to its poor human rights record.

But the country's military rulers still receive many goods, including arms, from its neighbours China and India, as well as Russia.

The Kommersant newspaper said Russia had already given 12 MiGs to Burma in 2001.

In the 1990s, Burma bought Chinese military aircraft to the value of about $2bn, a source at Rosoboronexport told the Vedomosti business daily.

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Deported Uighurs told UN of fears of China return

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The Jakarta Post, The Associated Press, Beijing | Tue, 12/22/2009 8:33 AM

Ethnic Uighur asylum-seekers forcibly repatriated over the weekend had warned the U.N. refugee agency they feared long jail terms or even the death penalty if they were sent back to China, according to statements seen by The Associated Press.

The 20 Uighur Muslims had fled to Cambodia in search of asylum after witnessing and documenting violent ethnic riots in the restive western Chinese region of Xinjiang this summer that left nearly 200 dead. They were put on a plane from Phnom Penh to Beijing on Saturday under heavy pressure from China, despite strong protests from the U.S. and the United Nations.

China has called the Uighurs suspected criminals, and on Monday defended the forced returns, saying it was in line with immigration law.

"The Chinese side received the above-mentioned people according to usual practice," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a faxed statement. Jiang refused to say where the Uighurs are being held and whether they had been charged with any crime.

Cambodia said it expelled the Uighurs because they had illegally entered the country. It has since been publicly censured by the U.S., which warned the deportations could hurt their bilateral relations.

But it may have helped cement Cambodia's ties with China, a key ally and major donor to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation. On Monday, China signed over $1.2 billion in aid to Cambodia during a visit there by Vice President Xi Jinping. The assistance, including 14 agreements for grants and loans, ranges from help in building roads to repairing Buddhist temples.

Several of the Uighurs had told the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, in Cambodia, that they feared lengthy imprisonment or even the death penalty if they were returned to China because they had been involved in the summer's ethnic unrest.

Their written statements, which had been provided to the U.N. to support their asylum applications, were obtained independently by The AP Monday. Their names are not being published for fear of retaliation by the government. The statements describe the bloodshed that broke out after security forces cracked down on protesting Uighurs. The unrest, in which Uighurs also clashed with ethnic Han Chinese residents, was widely regarded as the worst ethnic violence in the region for decades.

One man, a 29-year-old from Kashgar, said he had taken photos and videos of the chaos on July 5 in the Xinjiang capital of Urumqi. He told of watching and filming from a roof at night as military police clashed with and shot at protesters, and Uighurs fought back with rocks. He said he saw bloodied bodies in the streets.

"I felt like I was in a battlefield. Looking down at the streets full of Uighur bodies, I thought that I was going to die," he said in his statement.

Four days later, he met a foreign reporter on the streets and agreed to turn over the photographs and video footage.

"If I am returned to China, I am sure that I will be sentenced to life imprisonment or the death penalty for my involvement in the Urumqi riots," he said in his statement.

Another 29-year-old witness, from Aksu, who had sold cell phones for a living, said he had joined some 300 protesters in the main square before hundreds of police arrived and began beating them.

"I heard shots fired and became very scared ... The next morning, I went into the street after praying. I saw blood on the streets," he said in his statement.

A third man, a 27-year-old teacher from Aksu, said that before the summer unrest he had been pressed to act as an informant by state security officials who wanted to know if his students were anti-Chinese. They asked him to monitor Uighur communist Web sites. He spent more than a year being tortured and beaten in a re-education camp.

"I can tell the world what is happening to Uighur people and the Chinese authorities do not want this. If returned, I am certain I would be sent to prison," he wrote in his statement.

The group of Uighurs had made the journey from China's far west through to Vietnam and then Cambodia with the help of a network of missionary groups. Two Uighurs fled before the group was forced to return on a special plane sent to Phnom Penh on Saturday.

The European Union said Monday it was "deeply concerned" about Cambodia's decision to return the group of Uighurs to China and urged Beijing to respect the rights of the returnees.

"The (Cambodian) government's action shows a worrying disregard for Cambodia's obligations under international law, as well as for specific undertakings given to UNHCR in this case," said a statement from the EU's Swedish presidency.

Earlier, the United States voiced similar concerns, while human rights groups say they fear the Uighurs will be harshly persecuted.

Overseas Uighur groups say Uighurs in China have been rounded up in mass detentions since the summer's violence. China has handed down at least 17 death sentences over the rioting.

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Work Hard to Compete with Foreign Workers

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Tempo Interactive, Thursday, 17 December, 2009 | 13:53 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: It will take a lot of hard work to offset the foreign workers invasion as a result of the ASEAN â€" China free trade era which begins in January 2010, Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, said in Jakarta yesterday.

Hence, his office will upgrade the capacity of workers in Indonesia. According to Muhaimin, the free trade pact will automatically allow foreign companies investing in Indonesia to choose foreign workers.

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ASEAN charter`s first anniversary observed in Jakarta

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Antara News, Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:18 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The ASEAN Secretariat here on Tuesday observed the first anniversary of the ASEAN Charter which was adopted at a special ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Jakarta on December 15, 2008.

The Charter which aims to transform ASEAN from a loose association of states to a more integrated and rules-based organization, has many ground-breaking institutional arrangements and inspirational goals in its provisions.

"We are now in high gear placing all the elements of the ASEAN Charter into place," said ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan, according to press statement from the ASEAN Secretariat, Tuesday.

On the first anniversary of the Charter`s entering into force, a new Jakarta-based Committee of Permanent Representatives (CPR) to ASEAN institution was established under the charter.

Consisting of full-time permanent representatives from the ASEAN member States, the CPR will coordinate on a broad range of issues and with all relevant stakeholders.

The first year of the implementation of the Charter also saw the ASEAN Summit as the supreme policy-making body in ASEAN.

There has also been a flurry of non-ASEAN member states and inter-governmental organization appointing and accrediting their ambassadors to ASEAN. In fact, some 27 non-ASEAN ambassadors have been accredited to ASEAN.

Another ASEAN initiative was the launch of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) by the ASEAN leaders at the 15th ASEAN Summit in Thailand in October 2009.

The AICHR`s work will begin with education and the promotion of human rights and gradually take up the more challenging task of protection, as mandated by the ASEAN Charter. The Agreement on ASEAN Privileges and Immunities was also adopted earlier.

This agreement provide ASEAN with a legal personality and the necessary privileges and immunities for all those performing official work in the region for the first time.

In tune with the purposes of ASEAN, which includes the creation of a single market and production base, there has been considerable progress in the building of the ASEAN Economic Community.

The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) is near completion, with tariffs for the six older ASEAN Member States almost zero by January 2010.

One of the aspirations of the Charter is for ASEAN to become a more people-oriented organization, with the Charter recognizing the important roles which parliamentarians, the business community, civil society organizations, youth and students play in the life of the ASEAN Community, dialogue and engagement between the region`s political leaders and these stakeholders have been institutionalized.

About the chairmanship handing over from Thailand to Vietnam, the ASEAN Secretary General, Dr Surin said that many efforts has been achieved in the past year, though much more is to be done in 2010.

"Vietnam will take over the ASEAN Chairmanship from Thailand on 1 January 2010 and a high-level ASEAN Secretariat delegation will soon be heading to Ha Noi to discuss with senior Vietnamese officials on priorities under their chairmanship," Surin added.

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Cultural richness

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The Jakarta Post | Tue, 12/15/2009 10:57 AM

Two dancers from Myanmar perform an ancient Myanmarese dance during a cultural show at the Gedung Kesenian Jakarta, on Monday. With the support of Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta, the cultural show was jointly organized by Myanmar"s Ministry of Culture and the ASEAN Secretariat. The performance, which has the theme “The Royal Beauty of Golden Myanmar”, was the fourth in the Best of ASEAN Performing Arts series that was proposed by ASEAN Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan. The previous performances were from Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. JP/Nurhayati

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Laos kicks off Games extravaganza

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Agnes Winarti, The Jakarta Post, Vientiane | Thu, 12/10/2009 11:17 AM

Opening with a bang: JP/Arief Suhardiman

The 25th Southeast Asian Games expressing themes of generosity, amity, health and lifestyle, officially opened its 10-day competition in Vientiane on Wednesday.

Laos President Choummaly Sayasone launched the Games at the opening ceremony at the National Stadium, attended by around 25,000 people, Antara news agency reported.

Some of the 25 sports being contested had already begun competition as early as Dec. 2, including soccer in which the Laotian team stunned Indonesia 2-0 during their Group B match.

As many as 2,500 athletes from 11 nations in the Southeast Asian region are competing for a total of 379 gold medals.

The participating countries are Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam and host nation Laos.

Thailand will be looking to defend its gold-medal tally crown with the largest contingent, comprising 550 athletes and 292 officials.

Laos deployed the second largest with 482 athletes and 261 officials, followed by Vietnam (442 athletes and 229 officials).

Indonesia, which dominated the event from 1977 to 1997, and has now been reduced to a contender status in the region, is competing with 333 athletes and 132 officials, fifth behind the 578-strong Malaysian contingent.

Indonesia will be content with improving its rank from fourth place in 2007 to third.

"Beating Thailand and Vietnam is not realistic, Thailand can claim 120 gold medals and Vietnam 66," Indonesian contingent deputy chief Djoko Pramono said.

"Indonesia is predicted to bring home between 40 and 58 gold medals," Djoko said at the squad"s headquarters in Vientiane.

He was speaking to State Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Andi Alfian Mallarangeng, who was in

the city to attend the opening ceremony.

The venues are scattered around the city, including the National Sports Complex, the National University, the LAO ITECC, the Chao Anouvong Stadium and Gymnasium, the Beung Kha Ngong Sports Complex, the Donchan and Palace Hotel.

While Indonesia can only look forward to a third-place position, Thailand looks poised for another dominating run in the games.

They bagged a total of 182 gold medals, well ahead of runner-up Malaysia with 68 and Vietnam with 64 gold medals, when they hosted the event in 2007.

The opening ceremony on Wednesday began with performances of Laotian traditional dances and songs followed by a parade by the 11 participating nations.

The ceremony peaked with the lighting of the cauldron which will stay lit until Dec. 18. A 15-minute pyrotechnic display and another round of stage performances highlighted the closing part of the ceremony.

No Indonesian TV channel is broadcasting the Games because of their refusal to pay for the broadcasting rights. Media attendance was also restricted with a quota of six representatives from each country.

On Wednesday, seven gold medals were at stake, two of which were bagged by Myanmar from the women's hoop sepak takraw and the poomsae tae kwon do women's individual events.

Vietnam won another two, both from the poomsae tae kwon do: the mixed pair and the men's team events. Thailand and Laos took one each from sepak takraw's men's hoop and the women's hoop respectively.

A total of 27 gold medals will be up for grabs on Thursday, including two in table tennis, two in mountain biking, six in tae kwon do, one in billiards and snooker, four in karate, six in shooting and six in swimming.

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Asian legislators support fight against graft

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Yuli Tri Suwarni, The Jakarta Post, Bandung | Thu, 12/10/2009 10:42 AM

Delegates attending the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) in Bandung, West Java, celebrated Wednesday the UN"s International Anti-Corruption Day.

Delegates agreed to three pillars against corruption: accountability, transparency andparticipation.

All countries attending the assembly have ratified the 2003 United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

The APA president, who is also the Indonesian House of Representatives speaker, Marzuki Alie, said the country"s willingness to ratify the convention showed its commitment to fighting corruption.

During the session, the delegates issued a joint declaration that corruption “will not only create static countries. It will even create significant deterioration in countries.”

Marzuki said corruption was an extraordinary crime that could damage national country. “We expect nations to no longer protect corrupt officials who have run away from their own countries,” he said.

He urged countries providing asylums to exiled foreign corrupt officials to deport them to their countries of origin.

Marzuki spoke on behalf of 41 lawmakers and 16 observers from Indonesia. He said every country had to increase efforts to eradicate corruption to bring prosperity to their own people.

He emphasized good governance on public information access as a means of combating institutionalized corruption. This way, he added, those fighting corruption would not be marginalized.

The head of the Indonesian parliamentary delegation, Sidarto Danusubroto, told the assembly the countries needed concrete action to fight corruption.

“This assembly has to set a common strategy to be implemented in our respective countries,” he said. “Concrete action is the greatest challenge in combating corruption.”

In other APA developments, delegates from five Asian countries proposed the establishment of the Women"s Asia Parliamentary Assembly.

Nurhayati Ali Assegaf, an Indonesian delegate, said of the 26 member countries attending the assembly, only five had women delegates.

She said these countries were Bangladesh, Cambodia, Singapore, South Korea and Indonesia. “We are lobbying other delegates to approve this proposal on Thursday,” she said on the sidelines of the session.

She said the women"s assembly had to be formed because the number of women was increasing in parliaments in many countries.

“This formation is aimed at achieving gender equality in parliaments in many countries,” she added. The assembly has also been working towards a resolution for Palestine.

Marzuki said the assembly would approve the resolution, which said Israel had committed human rights abuses and war crimes.

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Philippines and rebels 'push for 2010 peace deal'

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Negotiators for the two sides met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Philippine government and Muslim separatist rebels hope to reach a peace deal by April next year, a Malaysian facilitator has said.

Malaysia is brokering talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, or Milf.

Earlier talks to end the group's decades-long insurgency in the south of the country collapsed 16 months ago.

At least 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict and two million people forced into refugee camps.

"We have agreed to begin negotiations on a comprehensive compact," said the Malaysian official brokering the talks, Othman Abdul Razak.

"We hope to sign probably by the end of the first quarter of next year, by March or early April."

He said the two sides had agreed to revive an International Monitoring Team (IMT) of ceasefire observers and an ad hoc joint action group which would try to isolate Muslim militants from criminal groups in rebel-controlled areas.

Land conflict

The two bodies pulled out more than a year ago after violence escalated in Muslim areas in the south following a Supreme Court ruling that stopped a deal between Manila and the Milf that expanded an autonomous Muslim region.

The deal seeks to put an end to a conflict that goes back decades

Non-Muslims in the region objected that the deal posed a threat to their land ownership.

Analysts note that although it is often described in religious terms - pitting Muslims against a Catholic-dominant majority - the conflict has been focused on ownership of resource-rich land.

More than 1,000 people were killed and nearly 750,000 people were displaced by fighting between security forces and Muslim rebels from August 2008 until July this year.

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China now biggest source of migrants

Gimana neh pendapatnya tentang China now biggest source of migrants?, PETER MARTIN, December 8, 2009

CHINA has become Australia's biggest source of migrants, for the first time eclipsing the traditional main points of origin, New Zealand and Britain.

The latest migration figures show a record 6350 settlers arrived from mainland China in the four months to October, more than the 5800 who arrived from Britain and the 4740 who came from New Zealand.

The new Chinese ascendancy owes more to a collapse in migration from the traditional sources than it does to the 15 per cent annual growth in migration from China. The number of migrants from Britain is down 28 per cent over the year and the number from New Zealand is down 47 per cent.

An Adelaide University demographer, Graeme Hugo, said the global financial crisis had hit migration from traditional sources in ways that hadn't much affected China.

In March the Government sliced 18,500 off the skilled migration program for 2009-10, disproportionately hitting Britain for which skilled migrants account for eight out of 10 flights booked. Chinese migration, dominated by family reunions, suffered less.

Professor Hugo said New Zealand migration collapsed as people decided to hang on to their jobs. ''Just as someone from Adelaide is likely to try to hang on to their job in the global financial crisis rather than move to Sydney or Melbourne to take their chance at a time of tightening employment, I think that would be the case in Auckland as well,'' he said.

''It's an immediate response. New Zealanders don't need to apply to immigrate. There's no pipeline - that's why the response is so big.''

Figures for short-term arrivals, also released yesterday, show a change in where visitors are choosing to stay. NSW, traditionally the most popular state, received 6 per cent fewer visitors over the past year. Victoria and Western Australia received 9 and 15 per cent more visitors respectively.

At the same time the high dollar and the continuing effect of bonus payments sent a record 570,200 Australians overseas on holiday in October, meaning that for at least some of the month one in every 40 Australians was out of the country.

Departures climbed 20 per cent in October, swamping a 7 per cent recovery in arrivals.

NZ remained the most popular destination with travel to Indonesia and the US up 51 and 47 per cent on the previous year. Travel to Malaysia jumped 50 per cent, travel to the Philippines 40 per cent, and travel to Fiji 24 per cent.

The executive director of the Tourism and Transport Forum, Brett Gale, said the boom came at a cost to the local tourist industry.

''Over the past year departures have outnumbered arrivals by almost 600,000,'' he said.

''On the one hand, it's hurting domestic tourism, but more optimistically, there's an opportunity because it has made so many new airline seats available to bring overseas visitors into Australia.''

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RI to renegotiate FTA`s implementation : minister

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Antara News, Saturday, December 5, 2009 08:10 WIB

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The government intends to renegotiate the implementation of the Free Trade Area in the Asean region and between Asean and China which would start on January 1, 2010, Hatta Radjasa said.

The coordinating minister for the economy said after a cabinet meeting here on Friday that it was still being studied if there were possibilities to postpone the implementation of the agreement.

"Indeed there are possibilities for us to think of to discuss the matter. The question is there a possibility for its postponement," he said.

Hatta said Indonesia did not intend to not adhere to the agreement but "we must see if there are possibilities for us to conduct preparations at home."

He said he had assigned the industry minister, MS Hidayat, and officials of the trade ministry to find possibilities for renegotiating the agreement.

"They are still discussing it. They will later report to me. I am optimistic so long as the possibilities are there we will do what we can for the sake of common interests particularly our industries," he said.

Several industrial sectors in the country have complained about the planned implementation of the free trade agreement between members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and China on January 1, 2010 because they thought Indonesia was not yet ready for competing with goods from China.

Several associations have asked the government to conduct renegotiations so that the planned imposition of free tariff agreement on several commodities considered not ready could be postponed.

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A tale of Indonesian migrant workers

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The Jakarta Post, Indraswari , Kuala Lumpur | Sat, 11/28/2009 1:06 PM , Opinion

On Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009, The Jakarta Post published an article written by Silvester *Syl'Asa, titled "Migrant workers: Have we done our part?"

The article reminds me of the stories told by some migrant workers whom I encountered when I traveled back and forth between Malaysia and Indonesia, which I have done quite frequently in the last few months.

Their stories support Silvester's views on the importance of tackling our domestic problems such as poverty and unemployment with regard to the high flow of Indonesian workers going abroad - legally and illegally - in search of a better life.

At one time I chatted with a female migrant worker who was on leave to visit her family in West Java. We were about to board in the same plane from Malaysia to Indonesia. This woman was in her early thirties, married, and had two children aged 10 and five years old.

She had been working as a maid for some years in Malaysia. Prior to working in Malaysia she worked in Saudi Arabia, also as a maid. Her husband remains in Indonesia and works as a pedicab (becak) driver whose income is hardly enough to be relied on for living.

She left her two children when they were months old, leaving them under the care of their grandmother. Her prolonged absence leads to the children regard their grandmother as their mother and call their mother teteh, which means older sister in Sundanese.

She recalls economic reasons for working overseas and leaving her family behind. She wishes for her children to pursue proper education as she said "I wish my children would become clever persons *orang pandai* so they can have a better life *than their parents*".

On another occasion I met a woman in her mid-forties who happened to sit beside me on the plane on our way back to Malaysia.

She had just visited her family in Indonesia, the first time after working as a maid in Malaysia for three years.

She is a widower with five children. The eldest child is married while the other four children who are still studying range from primary to high school.

Her husband died one-and-half years ago and worked as a security guard (satpam) in West Java. Since then she has been the sole breadwinner of her family and leaves the care of her four children in the hands of the eldest married child.

She was thinking of shortening her appointment in Malaysia in order to be able to stay with her children but wondered, "How can I pay their school's fees if I stop working?"

There are other stories from other migrant workers I encountered at the airports and on the planes. Also in these places I often met those who needed help to deal with simple tasks such as how to fill in arrival/departure cards and customs declaration forms.

Others asked me to translate what was written on their boarding passes. In fact these matters may not be that simple for them, which is why they asked for help.

Traveling frequently between Malaysia and Indonesia gives me this unique experience, which is less likely happen when I travel to other places such as Europe.

There are millions of Indonesian migrant workers overseas and most of them are blue-collar. Many of them come from poor families, unskilled and with low education.

Nonetheless if we look at them through a different lens, despite their limitations, these workers are brave people who make a huge personal sacrifice and dare to take the risks to fight poverty.

Just like everyone else, they wish for a better life for themselves and their families.

I agree with Silvester who writes that many of migrant workers working overseas were lured by the dream of improving their lives and those of their loved ones.

Migrant workers that I encountered at the airports and in the planes are all legal workers with employers who treat them well. But there are workers who are unfortunate, being mistreated and even dead at the hands of abusive employers.

Yes, the protection of our migrant workers overseas needs to be improved. Nonetheless at home it is a high time for the government to tackle the roots of the problem, namely poverty and unemployment.

We can do our part too. If we are one of those employing maids at home, at the very least we must treat them fairly.

When possible we can do more such as helping them improving their skills, supporting their children's education or doing other things to help them fulfill their dreams of having a better life for themselves and their families.

The writer is an Indonesian visiting senior lecturer at the Gender Studies Program, School of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur. The opinions expressed are her own.

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Indonesians face 20-year sentence for alleged smuggling

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The Jakarta Post | Fri, 11/27/2009 5:49 PM

Three Indonesians are facing 20-year prison sentences for their alleged roles in smuggling more than 50 people to Australia last month.

They also face fines of up to A$220,000 (Rp. 18 billion), news portal reported.

One of the defendants, a 19-year old man, heard the charges during a trial session at the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. His trial will resume Monday.

The defendants were arrested by the Australian Federal Police in October as they sailed close to Ashmore islands. (ewd)

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Ancol to perform in Thailand and Vietnam

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Nani Afrida , The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 11/24/2009 4:35 PM

Jakarta-owned developer and recreation operator PT Pembangunan Jaya Ancol will expand its business to overseas markets by performing dolphin shows in three countriesâ€"Vietnam, China and Thailand, starting next year.

The company president director, Budi Karya Sumadi, said that Vietnam would be the first country to be visited, which would cost Rp 10 billion (US$ 950,000) in investment.

“We will work together with Soui Tien Park in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. So, the budget would be smaller,” Budi Karya told reporters and investors during the company public expose in Jakarta on Tuesday.

According to Budi Karya, Ancol would spend about Rp 20 billion to perform dolphin shows in those countries.

“The shows overseas are part of our plans to boost our revenue next year. We also have several other programs in the city amusement park,” he said.

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Ancol gains more revenue on amusement parks

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RI, EU hold seminar on maritime security in Brussels

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Antara News, Monday, November 23, 2009 14:34 WIB

London (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and the European Union organized a seminar themed "Measures to Enhance Maritime Security: Legal and Practical Aspects" at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Brussels on Monday.

The seminar was initiated jointly by Indonesia, the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) SOM Leaders and EU President Karl-Olof Anderson of Sweden, according to Priatna, a diplomat of the Indonesian embassy in Brussels, Monday.

Priatna said the seminar was a follow up of a decision taken during the last meeting of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) senior officials held in Phuket last July.

The Second ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Senior Official Meeting on Maritime Security will be held in New Zealand in March 2010. The results of the meeting will be put forward as recommendations to an ARF ministerial level meeting to be held in Vietnam in mid 2010.

The Brussels seminar was jointly chaired by the Indonesian foreign ministry`s Director General for Asia, Pacific and Africa (Aspasaf) Hamzah Thayeb, who was also the head of the Indonesian delegation, and Head of the European Commission Adviser on ARF SOM Tomasz Kozlowski.

Indonesian Ambassador to Belgium Nadjib Riphat Kesoema at an informal gathering with the seminar`s participants at the Indonesian embassy in Brussels, hailed the cooperation between the European Union and Indonesia within the ARF forum.

It demonstrated that bilateral relations between Indonesia and the European Union were at a very conducive level, he said.

"There are a lot of things that can be implemented jointly by Indonesia and the European Union such as cooperation in the political and security fields," he said.

The Indonesian ambassador hoped that the bilateral relatitions between Indonesia and the European Union could be intensified through activities to mutual benefit.

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RI considering request for extended participation in maritime task force

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Gimana neh pendapatnya tentang MALU?
Saya merasa tergelitik setelah membaca dalam sebuah blog tentan budaya malu yang disampaikan oleh sebut saja "Ingkang Mbaurekso" selamat membaca bro!
Bangun tidur pagi ini(kalo jam 9 boleh disebut pagi) bikin kopi dan nyalain sebatang rokok saya buka-buka Koran hari ini. Ada berita yang agak menarik perhatian saya. Bukan soal perseteruan presiden dengan seorang tokoh reformasi yang udah jarang meneriakkan reformasi lagi itu, melainkan berita di halaman 11 di koran terbesar di Indonesia itu tentang seorang menteri di negara asalnya Doraemon dan detektif Conan yang mengakhiri hidupnya dengan gantung diri. Bukan bunuh dirinya yang menarik bagi saya, tapi sebabnya dia bunuh diri itu yang agak menggelitik rasa ketertarikan saya. Pak menteri pertanian itu bunuh diri karena dia ketauan terlibat kasus suap. Dalam hati saya bertepuk tangan dan mengacungkan dua jempol buat menteri pertanian Jepang yang biasa saya panggil Om Matsuoka itu. Bukan kagum dengan style dia mengakhiri hidupnya(biasa banget kok, cuma gantung diri), melainkan dengan sikapnya yang pilih mati daripada harus menanggung malu akibat kecurangan yang dilakukannya. Menurut saya hal itu merupakan salah satu bentuk pertanggungjawaban kelas tinggi, yang saya rasa para pelaku kecurangan2 semacam itu di Indonesia belum dapat menyamai level Om Matsuoka ini, dalam hal bertanggungjawab tentunya.
Kita ambil contoh aja para pengemplang dana BLBI yang sampe sekarang gak ketangkep-ketangkep. Alih-alih bunuh diri karena malu telah berlaku curang, mereka malah ngacir ke luar negeri, dan sangat dimungkinkan saat anda baca tulisan ini, mereka lagi asik main roullet di salah satu kasino di las vegas sono sambil ngisep cerutu dan dikelilingi cewek-cewek blonde sexy(kebanyakan nonton film Hollywood ni…).

Memang tampaknya Indonesia harus mengembangkan budaya malu mulai sekarang. Udah telat sih tapi better late than never kan? Andaikata budaya malu itu udah membudaya di Indonesia, maka saya rasa gak perlu ada macam ICW atau KPK di Indonesia. Tapi menurut saya pasti gak akan semudah merebut permen dari anak kecil(wong anak kecil sekarang pada makan French fries), kita udah dididik dan disuguhi budaya malu-maluin macam korupsi, kolusi, nepotisme (KKN) selama seluruh hidup kita. Lha coba anda bayangin, saya yang lahir tahun 1983 dimana mbah Soeharto udah menancapkan cakarnya dibumi Indonesia sebagai penguasa tunggal yang untouchable, sepanjang waktu hidup saya, saya disuguhi berbagai realita seperti memberi kemudahan bagi anggota keluarga dengan kekuasaan yang dimiliki adalah sah, memotong anggaran negara untuk kepentingan pribadi adalah boleh, dan bermacam realita-realita lain yang menyesatkan pandangan hidup saya. Secara perlahan namun pasti saya ternyata juga mulai bermental seperti itu. Baru pada 1998 kemaren era budaya malu-maluin yang diusung mbah Harto(begitu saya biasa memanggil dia) berakhir, eh maksud saya eranya si embah itu ding yang berakhir, kalau tentang budaya malu-maluin sampe sekarang juga belum berkahir.

Tapi saya sebagai orang awam berpandangan positif terhadap pemerintahan Om Bambang (panggilan akrab saya buat SBY). Gebrakan yang dibuatnya untuk menghapus segala warisan jelek era mbah Harto pantas untuk diacungi jempol. Tapi saya sarankan kita juga jangan terlalu berharap banyak Indonesia akan berubah menjadi negara yang bersih dari segala praktek-praktek budaya malu-maluin tadi, waktu 5 tahun yang dimiliki Om Bambang gak akan cukup untuk menutup dosa yang dibuat mbah Harto selama 30 tahun lebih. Paling nggak perubahan ke arah yang lebih baik sudah terlihat. Dan perubahan itu memang harus dimulai dari para pemimpin bangsa ini dulu, karena seorang pemimpin adalah contoh yang akan ditiru oleh rakyatnya, sebuah contoh yang baik akan menghasilkan sebuah tiruan yang baik pula. Saya sarankan lagi jangan bisanya cuma demo teriak-teriak menuntut perubahan ini dan itu secara instan, gak ada yang instan didunia ini selain mie. Sebagai kaum terpelajar seharusnya kita mendemo diri kita sendiri dulu untuk menjadi lebih baik, kalo semua berpikiran seperti itu patilah Indonesia ini menjadi sebuah negara yang kalo dalam pewayangan disebutkan gemah ripah loh jinawi, entah apa arti tepatnya, yang jelas kayaknya artinya baik,he3x..
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