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  • ross1948 12:08 on May 24, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago, AMAN, , , Jopi Peranginangin, kemang, , palm oil, pembunuhan, Venue   

    Murder in Posh Kemang! Kenapa Jopi Tewas? 

    Just about to go out into the morning sunshine, late rise today, touch of flu still lingering, but then I read about Jopi Peranginangin.

    Frankly, I’d never heard of him, but he won’t be going out into any morning sunshine today, or ever again.



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    • Not yet 40 years of age, he was brutally killed in one of Jakarta’s most upmarket areas yesterday, that neighbourhood I invariably describe as ‘posh Kemang.’

    It’s way down south, full of fancy cafes and bars, and home to the rich, including many foreigners (those with money, hence my residence elsewhere!)

    And in a car-park, sometime after midnght, he was beaten and stabbed to death, apparently for trying to break up a brawl – so say the cops.  

    That is notable too.

    If one sees a girl walking down a dark street being attacked and robbed, most of us would step in and try to help. But a brawl among half-a-dozen thugs? When the cafe’s own security were on the scene to sort it out?

    Jopi was stabbed in the back.


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    •  The Jakarta Globe curiously doesn’t seem to know which cafe’s car-park, but it shouldn’t be hard to find out.  ( I just did – the more thorough Kompas.com tells us it was the Venue, located at Jalan Kemang Selatan Nomor 2; I’ve never been there)

    Murder most foul, but many such, alas, happen here in Jakarta – why note this one?

    Well, the JG tells us that, at least!

    But only right at the bottom of their report do they provide the details.

    Poor Jopi was ‘an activist with the Alliance of Indigenous Peoples of the Archipelago [AMAN].’ 

    He was, moreover, ‘known for his intense criticism of palm oil companies which violate their working permits and concession areas approved by the Indonesian government.http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/jakarta/environmental-activist-murdered-south-jakarta-reports/

    Again, curiously, this is reflected in their headline…

    Environmental Activist Murdered in South Jakarta: Reports

    … so why only get round to explaining it at the tail-end of their report? Does somebody at the JG think there’s a connection, yet lacks the proof to make the link? 

    At least four witnesses are currently being questioned by the police, including two of the cafe’s security guards..

    I’ll be interested to see who, if any, of those responsible, gets arrested and charged. I don’t get into ‘environmental’ issues as a rule, though occasionally pay attention to them, when undesirables are involved.  ‘Greenpeace – Stooge of the Infidels!’ Latest Jakarta IslamoNazi Rant 

    But nobody deserves to be slain in a car-park for simply showing concern over the fate of the forests.

  • ross1948 13:25 on January 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , buffet, , Grand Kemang Hotel, kemang, Kemchicks,   

    Dangdut, Dinner and Drinking – A Day Out To Posh Kemang! 

    Another rainy morning, but yesterday we had the wonderful hot sunshine that more often characterises Jakarta.


    So off I went, into town, due to meet a friend I hadn’t seen for a couple of years, though we don’t live more than a few miles apart.

    Rather than another post bemoaning the television scenes of moronic rioters in Pakistan, it seems more palatable to talk about my day out. 

    As a special treat, not having spent a lot of money this past week, it was agreed to sample the Grand Kemang’s free-flow buffet, details of which you should be able to locate on their website: http://www.grandkemang.com

    It’s not a bad deal, depending, of course, how much you can eat or drink. If your appetite resembles that of a mouse, skip it. If your notion of a decent drink is s couple of glasses and then home, forget it.

    But if you are a bit of a trencherman (or woman) then go for it.

    Kemang is not somewhere I normally hang out. No slight on its vast array of shops restos and bars, but it is –

    A  – hard to get to, because of its narrow roadways and consequent traffic, and

    B.  -..EXPENSIVE!

    However, I left home in good time for the 6pm tryst and the ac34 got me to Blok M quite speedily.





    There, fortune again attended my outing, a kopaja 605A looming up soon after I disembarked from the big bus. The small vehicle dropped me right outside the Grand Kemang.

    So my total fare amounted to Rp.10K – a taxi would not be far off ten times that sum.




    Before entering the hotel, I had time, an hour or so, to kill,  so took a wander into Kemchicks, almost opposite my intended destination. That fancy deli/store is always cool and pleasant and it generally affords me a good laugh, many of its prices absurd.

    Fanta, for example, retails that at no less than 50% more than any of the other supermarkets or mini-markets I’ve been in recently. No problem with paying a lot for imported meats etc, but a soft drink manufactured right here in Indonesia?

    On the other hand, some wondrous delights were on display, those big plastic bags full of mini-Bounty Bars, which were a feature of my domestic routine many years ago, when I shopped for offspring needs.




    Haven’t seen them anywhere else in town, here.

    Anyhow, to the Grand Kemang.

    When I first went there, more than a dozen years ago, it was downright ramshackle, but these days it’s very plush, a grand renovation job indeed. The staff in the resto area were most friendly and polite, with that super habit of re-filling glasses without needing to be asked!  

    There was live music too, a band with a beautiful singer, who produced a mellifluous rendering of my request, the dangdut fave Jatuh Bangun.


    I add a link to another lovely songstress’s version, which I hope foreign readers both enjoy and can use to gain a little insight into Indonesia’s most popular musical art-form. 

    The buffet ran from potatoes to beef to tandoori chicken, a fair old variety, plus ice-cream, lots of cakes and – a surprise- bread n butter pudding.

    For us drinkers, you had to choose whether to go with wine or with beer.



    We both of us chose beer, which meant a further, less challenging choice…Bintang or Bintang!

    The buffet starts at 6pm then stops at 10pm, but we cherished our final beers and took them to the very comfy smoke-room, which is out by the pool. Since the rain had stopped, we progressed to the open air, by the pool, and chatted happily until late into the night.



    I got home around 1am, and today am staying home to conserve my energies for next week’s party. 

  • ross1948 21:28 on November 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Eclectic Sound of Jazz, , jazz, kemang   

    Eclectic Sound of Jazz, LippoMall Kemang, 21-24th November 

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