Balinese People

14 killed in ethnic clashes in Sumatra

Villagers carry wooden sticks during clashes in Lampung. Photo: EPA

Hundreds of police and soldiers have been dispatched to restore security in western Indonesia after 14 people were killed and dozens wounded in ethnic clashes.

Thursday, 1 November, 2012, 3:54am

Rich and powerful flocking to tycoon's funeral

The funeral of Indonesian tycoon Liem Sioe Liong is drawing a contingent of his countrymen to Singapore to attend the service, with many flights and hotels heavily booked.

13 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

German-born woman makes history as Bali parliament candidate

Next month, when Indonesians go to the polls for both local and national elections, they may be surprised to notice a foreigner's name on the ballot paper.

Petra Odebrecht - a blue-eyed, curly haired, blonde, German woman - is making history as the first foreign-born Indonesian national to contest a legislative election in the country, she claims.

5 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Green spirit of learning and self-discipline

Martial arts black belt Wayan Sumerta is the centre of attention as he takes on three of his teammates during a rehearsal for the opening ceremony of The Green School in Bali.

The Mepantigan Arts team, led by Putu Witsen Widjaya, was preparing for the opening day of the all- bamboo eco-school last week.

13 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Jakarta prepares for compromise cabinet

The new president's shortlist includes cronies of disgraced dictator Suharto

The dozens of candidates from across the political spectrum that Indonesia's president-elect Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has interviewed for his cabinet indicate Indonesia's next government will be one of compromise rather than strength.

19 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Megawati's reluctance to concede threatens legacy

Regardless of the recent election outcome, Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri was bound to go down in the history books as the leader who did more than any other to consolidate democracy in the country.

7 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Beacons of the Islamic world

The two big wings of Islam - Turkey in the west and Indonesia in the east - are reforming and changing at a lightning pace, confounding those who only measure Islam by its seemingly stagnant middle ground.

17 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

How can I show myself, says scarred Timor maid

Nirmala Bonet, the maid from West Timor whose alleged abuse at the hands of her employer has sparked a storm of outrage and outpouring of sympathy around the world, tries to hide her horribly scarred face.

27 May 2004 - 12:00am


Evolution Abstract paintings that juxtapose urban and rural life by Balinese artist I Gusti Ngurah Buda. As a Hindu, his paintings also depict peace and sensitivity to nature. Tue-Sat, 10.30am-7.30pm; Sun 2pm-7pm. Chouinard Gallery, G/F, 1 Prince's Terrace, Mid-Levels. Inquiries: 2858 5072. Ends Jan 31

20 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Flurry of court cases puts the new-found freedom of Indonesia's press to the test

Conviction for 'unsuitable' cartoon just the latest bid to gag media, say critics

A court ruling this week that a newspaper editor was guilty of defamation for publishing a cartoon satirising convicted parliamentary speaker Akbar Tandjung is being seen as a sign of a growing crackdown on Indonesia's lively and critical press.

12 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Distant horror

The lack of panic and shock among ordinary Indonesians after last week's bombing of the Marriott Hotel in central Jakarta was remarkable.

Although foreign governments warned that this could be just the start of a campaign of attacks, the bombing has received far less media coverage than last year's Bali bombings.

13 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Blast could strengthen military's hand

Eager to exercise control, Megawati is likely to increase reliance on armed forces

President Megawati Sukarnoputri's struggle to clamp down on terrorism has fuelled concerns Indonesia's fledgling democracy is being put at risk by her increasing reliance on the military.

6 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Economic aid could iron out extremism

Strengthening Indonesia's security laws, giving its military more powers or providing expert intelligence and hi-tech equipment will not wipe out extremist groups in the country. The solution needs to be more permanent.

Indonesia is in severe economic decay and more than a third of its 210 million people are unemployed. Half live below the poverty line.

3 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Lack of leadership exposed

Megawati Sukarnoputri has always been ambiguous, showing contradictory impulses to be president, queen, housewife and patron.

At a time, as now, when the world looks for her response to the grotesque tragedy inflicted on Bali, questions about her capacity for leadership are to the fore.

24 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Grief silences protests over repressive decree

A draft decree giving Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri powers of detention without trial - which she is due to sign today - is being met with deep disquiet.

But few of the traditional sources of public protest dare to take to the streets while the counting of the dead in Bali continues.

18 Oct 2002 - 12:00am