Indonesian general says his flashy watch is a fake

By Thu, Apr 24, 2014 1:14PM UTC Wearing what he said to be a Chinese-made watch, Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko speaks to the media during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday. Pic: AP.

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia’s military commander, under fire in the media after being photographed wearing a luxury watch, says his critics should be quiet because the timepiece is actually a cheap Chinese fake. A Singapore website flagged a picture of the general and his watch this week, saying it was a Richard Mille worth more than $100,000.

Prabowo the Patriot: Indonesia presidential hopeful produces propaganda flop

By Thu, Apr 24, 2014 12:55PM UTC Prabowo Subianto. Pic: AP.

In recent times Prabowo Subianto’s presidential campaign has often manifested as a peculiar spectacle, characterised by colourful and highly unpredictable politicking. In one such unorthodox campaign manoeuvre, earlier last month, Prabowo released an autobiographical documentary entitled Prabowo Sang Patriot (‘Prabowo the Patriot’), in which he is self-indulgently portrayed as the mortal embodiment of myriad, vainglorious Javanese and Indonesian stereotypes – from ancient, indefatigable warrior descendent, to paternalistic agro-lover and solider of ‘the people.’

Asia-Pacific navies sign communication agreement

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 12:48PM UTC

QINGDAO, China (AP) — Naval officials from the U.S. and nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations have adopted an agreement aimed at heading off accidents and miscommunication at sea. The Code For Unplanned Encounters at Sea was approved unanimously Tuesday at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium held in the eastern Chinese

Indonesia: Candidates struggle with post-election blues

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 11:50AM UTC Electoral workers examine a ballot as they count votes at a polling station during the parliamentary elections in Jakarta, Indonesia earlier this month. Pic: AP.

Following recent legislative elections, most of Indonesia’s political attention is now turned towards the coming months and the presidential vote taking place in July. However, for the many candidates who failed to secure seats on April 9, post-election life can present an even greater challenge than the pre-election campaigns, with some individuals finding themselves in near-financial ruin and beset by debilitating stress.

Indonesia’s former audit chief named graft suspect

By Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:44AM UTC

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Anti-graft officials say the former chief of Indonesia’s state audit agency is a suspect in a multimillion-dollar corruption case. The head of the Corruption Eradication Commission, Abraham Samad, said Monday that Hadi Poernomo allegedly abused his authority, resulting in a $32.7 million loss to the state

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