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  • ross1948 10:41 on July 26, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: embassies, , , , , , Jalan Jaksa, Kenneth Yeung, KITTAS, , ,   

    Iya, Cinta Indonesia…Tapi Jangan Pakai Fotokopi2! 


     

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    I was going to confine myself today to a mellow tale of the rather beautiful tukang gado2 spotted near Grogol during one of my food forays last week, a dishy lady from whom I bought two take-away portions of that spicy dish and whose small stall I shall certainly revisit, and not only because the food was good.

    But instead, let me draw your attention to a disturbing story read yesterday afternoon as I sat in Ya Udah (yes, again – I do like that place!)

    While a beer in the nearby Jalan Jaksa may well be cheaper, at least in Ya Udah it seems there’s less risk of being roughed up by government raiders!

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    WHAT?

    I’m referring to the quite long but highly readable account in Indonesia Expat magazine (copies of which were on the mag rack of said watering-hole) about a raid by President Jokowi’s Imigrasi ‘officers’ on the bars and cafes of Jalan Jaksa which, in terms of behaviour described, is rivetting enough.

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    • But what’s worse is the fact that it appears that no longer are we foreigners safe-guarded from such raiders by carrying photocopies of our documents with us wherever we go.
    • Up till now, most of us have always carried copies, because the real papers are valuable and expensive documents, not easy to replace if they are stolen by one of Jakarta’s numerous pick-pockets, or lost, or damaged, for example if you’re caught outdoors in the rainy season. 
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    • My personal interest needs to be declared at this point, because for two months I had only photocopies to carry – the dynamic bureaucrats at Immigration took that long to process, insert the required renewal stamp and return my passport.

    To be fair to them, the problem was exacerbated by my embassy’s refusal to return my expired passport (which had all my immigration stamps) on the ludicrous grounds that it was ‘damaged.’

    It wasn’t.

    A few rain-stains, but perfectly legible throughout. Their rationale – that my old ‘damaged’ passport could be stolen and misused, makes NO sense at all, because had it NOT suffered the rain-stains, it would have been returned with the new one, and an expired passport in 100% good condition is surely much more useful to bad guys who get hold of it than one which is ‘damaged.’

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    The embassy does provide a formal letter ‘to whom it may concern’ verifying that all is in order, but clearly that two months of processing (usually nearer two weeks!) suggests the letter was of scant interest as far as Indonesian Immigration is concerned!

    But that’s BTW – there I was, gallivanting round Jakarta, photocopies only, so fortunate indeed that no bureaucrat raiding party netted me in that time.

    Not so lucky a mixed bag of foreigners, whose fate Kenneth Yeung relates in his well-written and most disturbing article, which I recommend you take the time to read. Here’s a brief extract, with his conclusions…

    So we must always carry either a passport, KITAS, KITAP or KTP-Asing (residency card for foreigners). Should these be originals or photocopies? The law does not explicitly say so, but given the recent raids, photocopies and scans are not enough.

    In which case, it’s high time for countries such as the UK to update their travel advice for Indonesia. The UK Government advises: “Carry a photocopy of the relevant pages of your passport and copy of your arrival card for identification purposes and keep the original documents in a safe place.”

    …and here’s the link so you can read it all over your Sunday brunch.  http://indonesiaexpat.biz/featured/the-immigration-inquisition/

    I might add that. a few years ago, an official at another big embassy here, when phoned to ask for help with an Imigrasi problem, stated very clearly that ‘we don’t get involved with immigration.’ 

    And here’s me thinking their job was to help their citizens.

    If all Kenneth Yeung says is true, and I’ve no reason to doubt him, it indicates an ‘attitude’ on the part of some zealous ‘officials’ here, not – which would be perfectly understandable – against illegals, but against any foreigner whose documents are kept in a safe place and who therefore goes out and about with copies.

    Mr. Yeung does add that much comes down to a foreigner’s attitude.

    Always be polite, friendly and cooperative. Establish a respectful rapport with Indonesian officials and you’ll find there’s less risk of being treated like a criminal…most Indonesian officials are friendly at heart, provided we don’t antagonize them..

    And that’s all good advice, which I learned long ago while still new in Jakarta.

    Grasp the truth, that you are a guest in someone else’s country.

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    • But if you’ve been enjoying a few beers with friends, secure in the knowledge that you have followed your embassy’s advice, clear copies of legitimate documentation in your pocket, and then suddenly you’re grabbed and hauled off to a cell, respectful rapport is not always that simple to summon up!
     
  • ross1948 23:52 on May 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , , Jalan Jaksa, , , , , ,   

    Pelacuran Dimana? One Law for the Rich! 


    Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is recommending that the city administration legalize prostitution in certain areas…

     

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    “Legalizing a prostitution site would be a solution because no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to eradicate prostitution. It will always exist as long as humans exist.” 

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    Ahok’s proposal makes an interesting contrast to the approach of Indonesia’s second-largest city, Surabaya, where the mayor last year ordered the shut-down of one of the oldest prostitution zones. the Doly district. 

    Piala Dunia Dolly? Kupu2 Lawan Fanatik2? Who Needs World Cup Matches? 

    But rather than debate the different approaches, how about the way it’s reported.

    The Jakarta Post accurately notes that the hooker industry operates in plain sight and in various places across the city.

    But then it offers a somewhat selective snapshot of these ‘various places,’ naming three here in Jakarta and one in Bandung.

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    There are several illegal red-light districts in Jakarta, including Kalijodo in West Jakarta, Boker in East Jakarta and Bongkaran in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta.

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    • Well, Kali Jodo would be quite a site, or sight, if properly developed, using its potentially picturesque waterside location.
    • But Ahok himself has threatened to have it erased. 

      Aduh! Adieu Kali Jodo? 

    • However, as constituted at present, it is certainly not upmarket, though its little bars do serve a decent beer at a decent price. I know at least one expat who likes to drop by entirely for that reason.
    • I’ve no info on the other two areas, but suspect they too cater for the low end of the market.
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    • Hence I am moved to ask why the JP doesn’t name (and shame?) most of the upmarket hotels, 5-star variety, where slappers swarm, especially on ladies’ nights.
    • After 10pm, when they weary of their Blok M endeavours, they arrive in droves, and those hotels are awash with rich foreigners…

      Islamist to Sexy Model: ‘Don’t Thank Me, Thank Allah!” 

    • ….and even the occasional Islamist fanatic party functionary, like the one who became a headline last year!
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    • falatehan Blok M’s Jalan Falatehan
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    • Nor is the intrepid reporter even seemingly aware of Blok M, where many, if not most, bars on Jalan Falatehan teem with kupu2 malam, ‘night butterflies, ‘ who aim to ensnare a moneyed expat.
    • Not all expats here are moneyed by any stretch of the imagination, but in the eyes of the butterflies,and certainly compared to the poor local patrons at Kali Jodo, every foreigner is fairly affluent.
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    • Nor is there any mention of Jalan Jaksa, a somewhat pale shadow of the night-life hub it was ten to fifteen years ago, but nevertheless a centre for back-packer budget travellers and the less affluent resident aliens, and thus for less avaricious girls on the make.
    • It used to be a lot of fun, but is now being gentrified…boring, yeah?
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    • If Ahok is serious in his aim to limit prostitution to one official centre, is he going to tackle what happens on those seamy, steamy streets, or in the expensive bars of those glitzy hotels?
    • Doesn’t sound like it.
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    • We see on our tv news, from time to time, ridiculous razia (raids) by SatPol PP civic militia, dragging hapless young (or not so young) ladies off on their trucks.
    • But never yet have I heard of a raid on the fancy haunts of five-star tourists and businessmen.

    He suggested that the city administration provide one apartment building as a prostitution site where visitors would need to provide identification… 

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    • Bajaj+Before Bajaj
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    • ONE apartment block?

    For a city of between ten and twenty million souls? Queues stretching a mile and a half down the road outside, where irate wives and girl-friends could cruise by in bajaj to spot errant menfolk and hand-bag them?

    Methinks our good Governor underestimates the L.Q. of the  populace!

    But Lust Quotient or not, methinks in reality that Ahok is not expecting to get too far with this scheme. 

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    • “I understand that this idea would be impossible to implement, especially in our country where everyone claims to be pure from sin. But if anyone has a better idea, I would like to hear it,” Ahok said.

    If that’s the plan, let’s hope the city would make sure that the ‘religious guidance‘ would be ‘given’ by decent people – not foul fanatics.

    I still shudder at the way West Java Police handed over defenceless children to rabid sectarians for ‘spiritual guidance!’Muslim School Burned by Angry Crowd – Police Enlist IslamoNazis to Counsel Kids! 

    As the old song has it, best be leavin’ well enough alone!

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    http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/04/28/ahok-suggests-legalizing-prostitution-certain-areas.html

     
  • ross1948 21:38 on November 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: banks, , , honesty, hotels, , , Jalan Jaksa, money-chamgers, plus-plus, pound notes, restos, rip-offs, rupiah   

    About Time! Indonesian Tourism Industry To Use Rupiah! Next Step – Honest Prices? 


    Not before time!

    The peculiar self-abnegation practiced by much of the tourism industry here in Indonesia may be ending. By that I mean the weird custom by which if you want a ticket to fly from Jakarta to Berlin or Beijing, London or Lisbon, you’re given a price in USD!

    Bisnis.com reports that Bank Indonesia, the Association of Airline Ticket Agents (ASTINDO) and the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) have signed a cooperative agreement committing to use the Indonesian Rupiah as the currency of exchange in every transaction carried out on Indonesia territory.

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    The tri-partite agreement encompasses three elements. First, ASTINDOand PHRI have committed to persuade their respective memberships to fulfill their obligation under Indonesian law to price goods and services in Indonesian Rupiahs and use the Rupiah as the currency of exchange in every transaction for the sale of airline tickets, hotel rooms and restaurants in Indonesia.   http://www.balidiscovery.com

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    It was not only demeaning to their own country and troublesome for us purchasers, who had to suffer the extra cost of getting dollars from money-changers who earn a living by charging open or hidden commissions, but also often resulted in ‘crumpled bill’ tantrums.

     

    Unless you’ve been here, you cannot begin to understand the infantile antics of travel agents when presented with foreign currency that has even the tiniest nick, the smallest smidgin of a stain, or – and this has happened to me –  just happens to be a bit crumpled.

    I have grabbed back my dollars and walked out of at least one cry-baby cretin’s office and gone elsewhere, though it is hard to find rational outlets – those on Jakarta’s Jalan Jaksa tend to be less uptight!.

    Even getting money changed at banks can be made wearisome by this idiotic mentality. Money-changers actually are more rational, but when I was new here I went round three or four banks and they all refused to take a couple of Brit tenners because there were red ink-dots (almost microscopically small!) that marred their perfection.

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    But I fear this badly needed reform will not happen soon. Some bank staff seem to savour the taste of customer frustration.

    And as for hotels? And restos?

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    When the Hell will they start quoting honest prices on their ads and menus, the real cost of what’s available, instead of the utterly deceitful ‘plus plus‘ that inflates the price far beyond the actual figures you see?

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    That practice should be outlawed!

     

     

     
    • JazPen 14:06 on November 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thats absolutely true, the headaches you get with these stupid little bank clerks showing how hard they can make life for any of us who bring back foreign money thats crinkly or got a smudge on it.
      I have been all over South East Asia and never met such stupid rules as the banks hit us with here in Jakarta.
      Funnilly enough, in Bali they are more sane than here in the capital. Is that possibly down to the fact they understand that tourists might come back if they are treated helpfully.
      Right on RRA.

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  • ross1948 10:19 on August 22, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Jalan Jaksa   

    Just a Reminder – Jaksa Fair Is On Today! 


    Jalan Jaksa’s the place to be this weekend, but I doubt if I’ll make it today – too much party last night!

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