22 February 2011

Most Merapi temporary shelters still unfinished

Antara News - February 20, 2011

Sleman, Yogyakarta -- Although three months have passed since the recent devastating eruptions of Indonesia's Mount Merapi, most of the temporary shelters the government promised to build for displaced victims are not 
yet ready for occupation, according to a local official.

"Many of the shelters that have been built cannot yet be occupied due to problems related to the supporting infrastructure," Sleman District Chief Sri Purnomo told reporters when he accompanied Yogyakarta Governor Sri 
Sultan Hamengkubowono X on a visit to shelters at Banjarsari, Glagaharjo and Cangkringan, on Saturday.

18 February 2011

Dita Sari looses 3kg since becoming Labour Ministry spokesperson

Dita Sari (below-right) otogether with former vice president and wife (middle); on her back: General Chairperson of the Indonesian Employers Association (APINDO) together with chief of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). Picture from http://matanews.com/2009/06/06/bangkit-mandiri/

Note: Dita Sari was a chairperson of People's Democratic Party (PRD). During or right before the 2009 election she was reportedly resigned from PRD. Until now there's no responsible explanation to the public by PRD of what had Dita Sari been done politically. According to this news, she's now a spokesperson of Labor Minister.
Background readings: article 1 and compilation article 2

Detik.com - February 16, 2011

Dita Indah Sari Susut 3 Kg Setelah Jadi Jubir Menaker - Detik News. Rabu, 16/02/2011.

Nurvita Indarini, Jakarta -- Dita Indah Sari and labour are two things that are inseparable. But over the last three months, she has chosen to work within bureaucratic circles. And in those 3 months, her weight has dropped by 3kg. Duh!

Since late 2010, Dita has been a trusted expert staff member as well as the spokesperson for Labour and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin (Imin) Iskandar. Getting close to the inner circle of policy makers has resulted in her being super-busy.

"I dropped 3kg, Mbak (sister). A drop of 3kg in three months", Dita said with a laugh when speaking with Detik.com on Wednesday February 16.

Domestic workers take to the streets demanding decent wages & protection

Seruu.com - February 14, 2011

Seruu.com. Senin, 14 Februari 2011.

Yogyakarta -- Scores of demonstrators from the Yogyakarta Domestic Worker Protection Network (JPPRT) took to the streets on Monday February 14 demanding decent wages and protection for domestic workers.

According to action coordinator Henny, the domestic workers' demands are totally reasonable because in reality domestic workers are still vulnerable to physical, psychological, social and economic violence.

Domestic workers (PRT) represent the largest group of working women, which in global terms total more than 100 million around the world, with 4 million in Indonesia and more than 6 million others working overseas. In the special Yogyakarta province of Central Java alone there are more than 36,000 domestic workers.

7 February 2011

Women's rights activists say pornography law intruding into people's private lives

Okezone.com - February 4, 2011

Luna Maya Didukung Aktivis Perempuan - Okezone.com - Jum'at, 4 Februari 2011

Mahfiroh, Jakarta -- Women's activists including the Women's Legal Aid Foundation (LBH APIK) and the Free Women National Network (JRPM) are supporting television host Luna Maya as a victims of the distribution of a private video containing sex scenes. The legal proceedings against Maya are not in accordance with the aims of the anti-pornography law.

The groups said that in the application of the anti-pornography law in the case involving the distribution of a private video containing sex scenes from a computer hard disk belonging to pop star Nazril "Ariel" Irham, his fiancee Luna
Maya has been a victim who in the end became a suspect.

Decline in workers' purchasing power threatens consumption, national industry

Kompas - February 4, 2011

Inflasi - Daya Beli Buruh Bakal Kian Merosot – Kompas. Jumat, 4 Februari 2011.

Jakarta -- The government should be more serious about controlling the rising rate of inflation. If the situation continues, people's purchasing power, especially fixed-income labor groups, will continue to decline and impact on national consumption levels.

The decline in domestic consumption will further weaken the resilience of national manufacturing industries that are already reeling under the impact of imported products. Declining domestic purchasing power will result in the national economy being more vulnerable to crisis.