#AceNewsReport – Apr.22: Six warships, a helicopter and 400 people are involved in the search: Singapore and Malaysia have dispatched ships, and the US, Australia, France, and Germany have offered assistance:
BBC Asia‘Missing Indonesian submarine has 72 hours of oxygen left, navy says the KRI Nanggala-402 vessel is thought to have disappeared about 60 miles (100km) off the coast of Bali early on Wednesday morning’
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The German-built submarine had been conducting a drill but failed to report back and contact was lost, the navy said.
“We know the area but it’s quite deep,” First Admiral Julius Widjojono told the AFP news agency.
Some reports said contact was lost with the submarine after it was given clearance to dive into deeper waters.
Meanwhile, an oil spill found near where the submarine dived could point to fuel tank damage, or could also be a signal from the crew, the navy said.
The missing vessel is one of five submarines operated by Indonesia. It was made in the late 1970s, and underwent a two-year refit in South Korea that was completed in 2012.
A navy spokesman told the BBC the incident was the first time Indonesia had lost one of its submarines. But similar incidents have happened elsewhere. In 2017, an Argentine military submarine went missing in the southern Atlantic with 44 crew on board.
Its wreck was located a year later and officials said that the submarine had imploded.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: One of the highest-profile atrocities committed by Jamaah Ansharut Daulah was a spree of bombings in the Indonesian city of Surabaya:
Indonesia: ‘Newly weds identified as the jihad suicide bombers who attacked church on Palm Sunday and is believed to be linked to the group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, which is itself linked to the #IslamicState’
“Couple who married 6 months ago identified as suicide bombers in Indonesian church attack,” RT, 30March 29, 2021:
Indonesian police have identified the suspects in Sunday’s church suicide bombing as a recently married couple with suspected jihadist ties. Families have been involved in some major terrorist attacks in the region.
The explosion occurred outside a Roman Catholic church in the city of Makassar after two people entered the churchyard on a motorbike and were prevented from entering by security guards. The blast left 20 people injured and killed the attackers. It happened shortly after a Palm Sunday Mass service was held inside the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral.
The perpetrators were identified as a couple living in the same city who got married six months ago, National Police spokesperson Argo Yuwono revealed on Monday. Lab tests matched the male’s DNA to that of his relatives and confirmed the female’s identity via fingerprints. The police only gave the initials of the man, L, and his wife, YSF, but local media pinpointed the young couple’s residence and spoke to neighbors.
Police say the couple are believed to have had links to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Indonesian jihadist group linked to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The group has been responsible for a number of terrorist attacks in Indonesia and elsewhere in the region.
One of their highest-profile atrocities was a series of bombings in the city of Surabaya, the capital of Indonesia’s East Java province. Three bombs targeted Catholic churches, while one was set off by accident at a perpetrator’s residence and another exploded when police stopped two members of the group for a check. Three families were behind the spree of violence and included their children – as young as seven – in the attacks, investigators reported….
#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: Four couples have been caned with up to 20 lashes for having sex outside of marriage in Indonesia:
Indonesia: ‘Four couples get 20 lashes for sex outside marriage in Sharia province Aceh & the men and women were publicly flogged in the ultra-conservative Aceh province governed by Sharia law on Monday’
Mar 13, 2021 3:00 pm:
“Couples are punished with 20 lashes of the cane for having sex outside marriage in Indonesian region governed under Sharia law,” by Jack Newman, MailOnline, March 8, 2021:
Crowds gathered to watch the brutal punishment being handed out despite the coronavirus pandemic, with many taking pictures and videos on their phones.
The couples, wearing face masks, were checked by medical officers before the caning and escorted in handcuffs to the rug where they knelt to receive the lashings.
A hooded cane-wielding enforcer, whose face could not be seen, delivered the punishment to the offenders.
Aceh is the only province in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country that imposes Islamic law. About 98 per cent of Aceh’s five million residents are Muslims.
The public canings usually attract large crowds of eager spectators but today’s punishments were handed out indoors with only a small circle of observers. …
#AceFinanceReport – May.07: A series of business agreements were signed by the two nations during a Jakarta visit of UAE Energy and Infrastructure Minister Suhail Al-Mazroui on Friday. The agreements are a part of a $22.9 billion deal signed during Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s Abu Dhabi visit in January last year. The investment deal, also covering energy, infrastructure and mining, is seen as the biggest in Indonesia’s history :
‘Aceh, a semi-autonomous province on the northwest tip of Sumatra Island, is the only region in Muslim-majority Indonesia that imposes Shariah’
UAE to develop $500 million tourism resort in Indonesia’s Aceh: ‘The tourism resort development project, which according to Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan is valued at between $300 million and $500 million, is expected to start in Aceh Singkil district in May
March 06, 2021 20:38:
“I think within two months’ time, we can see the progress of this project in the Singkil area,” Pandjaitan said during a joint conference with Al-Mazroui.
While authorities have not revealed more details, in response to a question by Arab News, Al-Mazroui said that some islands off the main coast of Aceh have been identified for the resort.
“Hopefully the team will finalize (it) and then we will be moving to the next stage of having some definitive agreements,” he said.
The project agreement was signed by Aceh Governor Nova Iriansyah and Amine Abide, executive director of Murban Energy, a UAE company whose investment portfolio includes the development of luxury resorts in the Maldives and Seychelles.
According to a statement by the Indonesian Ambassador to the UAE, Husin Bagis, one of the considerations for developing the project in Aceh is that it is only five hours away from the UAE by plane. He said that Abide had visited nine islands in the Aceh Singkil district that were shortlisted for the project.
Among the agreements inked in Jakarta, which Al-Mazroui said are follow-ups to those signed in Abu Dhabi last year, is a $1.2 billion deal between UAE’s logistics company Dubai Port (DP) World and Indonesia’s Maspion group to develop a port and an industrial zone in Gresik, East Java.
Other deals signed on Friday, Panjaitan said, included an agreement between Indonesia’s state-owned weapons manufacturer Pindad and UAE’s small-arms manufacturer Caracal to develop assault rifles, drones and defense system technologies.
LuLu Group International is also expected to enter the Southeast Asian country, as its president director also signed a property lease agreement on Friday to open a hypermarket on the outskirts of Jakarta.
Minister Al-Mazroui hinted that other deals may also follow in the wake of the newly forged economic ties between the UAE and Indonesia.
“Some new deals have been considered, which was not discussed before, and this is the nature of the relationship,” he said.
Al-Mazroui is the first high-level government official from the UAE to visit Indonesia since the signing of a bilateral safe travel corridor agreement in July last year.
He and members of his delegation are in Indonesia to attend a series of events during Indonesia-Emirati Amazing Week, held in Jakarta, Solo, Bandung and Surabaya on March 1-8.
#AceNewsReport – AUSTRALIA:June.12: Prime Minister Tony Abbott is refusing to deny claims Australian officials have paid asylum boat crews to turn back to Indonesia, saying the Government will stop the boats “by hook or by crook“.
#AceWorldNews – INDONESIA – October 20 – Joko Widodo, sworn in as Indonesia’s president on Monday, reached out to political foes seeking support for his agenda.
Joko Widodo is sworn-in as Indonesian president during the inaugural ceremony at the House of Representative in Jakarta, on October 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)
Widodo is the first leader without deep roots going back to the era of dictator, Suharto, AFP reported.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo (centre) rides on a horse-drawn carriage as they greet the crowd as their motorcade makes its way towards the presidential palace in Jakarta, on October 20, 2014 (AFP Photo/Romeo Gacad)
Widodo, a 53-year-old former furniture exporter known by his nickname Jokowi, won the presidency in July after a close race against controversial ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
The former Jakarta governor, who won legions of fans with his man-of-the-people image, is the country’s first leader since the end of Suharto’s three decades of dictatorship in 1998 to have no major links to that era.
Hopes are high for a new style of leadership in the world’s third-biggest democracy, but there are also fears an opposition-dominated parliament could make it hard for Widodo to enact reforms to revive the G20 economy and help society’s poorest.
The inauguration was attended by foreign dignitaries, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
A hostile parliament dominated by parties that opposed Widodo at the election could make it hard for him to push through reforms aimed at reviving South East Asia’s top economy and helping the poorest.
#AceNewsServices – IRAN (Tehran) – October 07 – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary and Expatriates’ Affairs Hassan Qashqavi lashed out at Australia for mistreating asylum seekers, and warned Iranians, specially the youth, not to travel to Australia through illegal channels, particularly on “death ships” sailing from Indonesia to Australia.
‘ Death Ships Sailing from Indonesia to Australia ‘
“Young people travel to some regions legally and then get on these death ship to sail the way between Indonesia and Australia (illegally), which in 90 percent of the cases leads to ship sinking and their death,” he added.
He further expressed regret that even if the Iranian nationals reach Australia sound and safe, they will still lose their lives in refugee camps, and demanded Iranian families to discourage their youth from travelling to Australia through illegal channels.
Last month, the Iranian deputy foreign minister had rapped Australia for mistreating the refugees after an Iranian national died in the country due to the inhuman conditions of a refugee camp.
The “Death Ships” Sailing from Indonesia to Australia.
“The islands that Australia has considered for sheltering the refugees who intend to enter the country via the sea have hard and inhumane weather conditions and the refugees are not treated well in them,” Qashqavi said.
He referred to the Iranian refugee who lost his life after suffering septicemia and then brain death in Australia, and said, “The bad respiratory conditions in Manus Island and the impacts of this region’s sewage on people’s living conditions made the Iranian national’s health conditions grow critical and led to his septicemia.”
Noting that he had held several meetings with Australian officials and the country’s ambassador has been summoned to the Iranian foreign ministry to protest at the situation of the Iranian nationals seeking asylum in Australia, Qashqavi called on human rights activists and institutions to use their capacities to put an end to such inhumane conditions in Australia.
“Sometimes, the refugees are deliberately kept in bad weather conditions, made to suffer malnutrition and don’t receive proper medical treatment, and we have always protested at such a behaviour of the Australian government,” the deputy foreign minister stressed.
#AceWorldNews – MALAYSIA (Kuala Lumpur) – June 13 – Malaysia is hunting for a group of machete-wielding pirates who hijacked a tanker off its eastern coast, stealing a million litres of oil, in the latest in a spate of attacks in its waters, an official said Thursday.
Pirates hijacked the Malaysia-registered tanker MT Budi Mesra Dua last Saturday off Bintulu in the oil-rich Sarawak state as the ship sailed from neighbouring Singapore.
“Ten machete-wielding pirates boarded the ship, which was carrying about a million litres of diesel. They took control of the tanker for about 10 hours,” Mohamad Sufi Mohamad Ramli, a local commander with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency told AFP.
The armed pirates siphoned off the diesel fuel to another ship, robbed the crew of their valuables and destroyed communication equipment before escaping, he said.
“We have activated 24-hour sea patrols around Bintulu waters (in the South China Sea) to prevent similar attacks,” Mohamad Sufi said.
“We are hunting down the pirates,” he added.
Pirates have attacked a number of vessels in waters off Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia recently.
In April, pirates injured the captain and stole diesel fuel from a Thailand-owned tanker off the eastern coast of Malaysia.
In the same month, three Indonesian crew were kidnapped and diesel fuel stolen from a Singapore-managed tanker in the Strait of Malacca, an important shipping lane.
The International Maritime Bureau’s Kuala Lumpur-based Piracy Reporting Centre urged maritime agencies in Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia to bolster security measures to stop the piracy menace.
“In recent weeks, we have recorded five hijackings (including this latest incident), in the South China Sea area and in the Malacca Strait,” the centre’s head Noel Choong told AFP.
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#AceWorldNews INDONESIA (Jakarta) – May 30 – Indonesia is testing products made by British confectioner Cadbury to check they comply with Islamic standards, officials said on Friday.
The move follows a scandal in neighbouring Malaysia, after two chocolate varieties were found to be contaminated with pork DNA, Reuters said. “It is prudent to do a test on the other variants to see if they also have traces of the pig DNA,” said Roy Alexander Sparingga, head of Indonesia’s Food and Drug Monitoring Agency.
Some Muslim groups in Malaysia have called for a boycott on all products made by Cadbury over the ingredient banned under Islamic dietary laws.
(Asiaone) – Malaysian Islamic authorities tried to cool anger against Cadbury by saying it remained unclear if the contamination was the company’s fault. “People need to understand that we can’t immediately take action against Cadbury when there’s no solid evidence yet or if contamination occurred in the factory itself or if it was external factors,” said Othman Mustapha, the director general of Malaysia’s Department of Islamic Development, or JAKIM. “What’s happening to Cadbury now is akin to a person who’s remanded and placed in lockup. They have not been found guilty so this is just a suspension,” he added.
JAKIM, which is responsible for awarding halal certification in Malaysia, is conducting further tests on the suspect Cadbury products to confirm the initial findings by the health ministry.
Malaysia Authorities Dampen Concerns
Cadbury Malaysia said in a statement that it had withdrawn the two products as a precaution and that it had no reason to believe there was pork-related content in its other foods.
“We stand by our halal certification and we have the highest levels of product labelling standards,” it said.
Products in Muslim nations are regularly checked to ensure they are halal. Besides pork, items considered non-halal by Muslims include alcohol and the meat of animals and birds that have not been slaughtered according to Islamic rites.
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2. RT News – 29/05/2014 – Enraged Muslims in Malaysia have called for a holy war or Jihad to be waged on Cadbury after traces of pig DNA were picked up in their chocolates. As a result of the complaint, the company has pulled two of its products from Malaysian shop shelves. http://on.rt.com/21247b
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#AceSecurityNews says that a `Secret Document’ obtained by `NYT‘ reveals that the #NSA has gathered private communications of `US‘ lawyers with their clients in the `Indonesian Government‘ involved in a `Trade Dispute with Washington”
With help from the Australians, theNSA has gathered private communications of US lawyers with their clients in the Indonesian government involved in a trade dispute with Washington, a secret document obtained by the New York Times reveals.
The document provided by the former NSA contractorEdward Snowden exposes NSA activity in monitoring an American law firm at a time when it was representing the Indonesian government during its trade talks with counterparts from the US.
Titled “SUSLOC (Special US Liaison OfficeCanberra) Facilitates Sensitive DSD Reporting on Trade Talks” the document did not specify which trade case was being monitored by Australian intelligence through the so-called Five Eyes network that includes, Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand.
The Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) offered to share with the NSA the information about monitored communications between Indonesian government officials and the unnamed US law firm, according to the February 2013 document.
At that time the Indonesian government was involved in a number of trade disputes with Washington and the New York times reports that the only US law firm involved was Chicago-basedMayer Brown.
“I always wonder if someone is listening, because you would have to be an idiot not to wonder in this day and age,” Duane Layton, a Mayer Brown lawyer involved in the trade talks told NYT “But I’ve never really thought I was being spied on.”
US intelligence officials have repeatedly claimed the NSA is not targeting American citizens and businesses without a warrant and not using its Five Eyes international network as a loophole.
But the new leak confirms that US firms providing services to foreign clients can never be sure they aren’t being spied on. Last year, the US States Supreme court dismissed such fears as “speculative theory” of “hypothetical future harm,” refusing to let Americans challenge a provision in a foreign intelligence law that lets the NSA conduct secret warrantless surveillance on any US citizen as long as they are suspected of conversing with any foreigner.
According to 2009 procedural guidelines for the NSA, when a US citizen becomes an intelligence target, the agency is required to adhere to rules to protect the target’s privacy, for instance removing the identity of the American or data that does not add to the intelligence probe before sharing it with other agencies.
Australians have been longcooperating with the NSA, focusing on the Asia region, mainly China and Indonesia. Last November is was revealed that they worked side by side on a large-scale joint surveillance operation on Indonesia during the 2007 UN climate change conference in Bali.
The intelligence report Australia offered to share could contain “information covered by attorney-client privilege,”the spying agency warned the NSA liaison office in Canberra. Upon receiving guidance from NSA general counsel’s office, the Australian agency has been encouraged to continue their surveillance of the talks “providing highly useful intelligence for interested US customers.”
It remains unclear who those “interested customers” might be.
The new documents reveal that Australia obtained almost 2 million encrypted master keys from the Indinesian Telkomsel mobile network, and colleagues from NSA have helped ASD decrypt them.
The Australian Defense Force public affairs office maintains that all intelligence is collected under strict legal guidance and is vital for supporting national interests, echoing the US officials’ narrative.
p style=”text-align:center;”>Meanwhile, the NSA when reached by the New York times about the new leaks “declined to answer questions.”
An Australian woman convicted of smuggling marijuana into Indonesia walked free fromjail on Monday after being given parole. Schapelle Corby, 35, said nothing as she left Bali‘s Kerobokan prison Monday, AP reported.
Her release from prison was carried live onTV networks across Australia. Corby was convicted of smuggling 4.2kg of marijuana onto Bali in a boogie board bag in 2004 and sentenced to 20 years in prison. In 2010, she asked for clemency, citing her poor mental state.
Corby will have to stay in Bali and cannot return to Australia until 2017.
Asylum seekers on the roof of Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, Sydney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Forty-five asylum seekers who slid ashore on a small island off the Australian city of Darwin on New Year’s day were forced by Australian military personnel back onto their wooden boat and towed out to sea, Reuters said.
Five asylum seekers fromAfrica and the Middle East said in interviews the journey to Indonesia was marked by physical and verbal abuse, and the passengers were reportedly denied proper access to food, water and medical treatment. Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison said he did not give “credibility to malicious and unfounded slurs.”
The Navy andCustoms and Border Protection Service “act in accordance with their training and lawful orders and would only use force where necessary,” the minister said.