Author: Elizabeth Soelistio

INDONESIA: Jakarta governor’s race heads to runoff, controversy

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Thousands turned out in protest last month demanding the governor of Jakarta be locked up for allegedly insulting Islam. The governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as Ahok, is in the middle of a tight reelection campaign that will finish in April. Voting results in the first round showed him in a leading position compared to other candidates but lacking the 50% or more needed for an outright win. Ahok now heads into a runoff with the runner up. Ahok’s trouble stems from an incident last October during a get-out-the-vote stop on a predominantly Muslim...

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THAILAND: BBC journalist faces defamation and cyber crime charges in Thailand

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Jonathan Head, the South East Asia Correspondent for BBC News, is under the threat of serving up to five years of jail time in Thailand after a lawyer reported him for a criminal defamation. This charges are brought to Head after he reported on two foreign retirees who had been scammed out of their properties in Phuket by their wives in September 2015. Though Thailand’s law doesn’t permit foreigners to own a land, many foreigners get around it by placing properties in the name of a company they own or with locals they trust. Ian...

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INDONESIA: Jakarta Governor Gets in Quran Spat With Muslim Extremists

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – The governor of Jakarta has once again caught the attention of the Indonesian media and public with his feisty and straightforward personality.   In late October, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama encouraged Thousand Island residents to vote for whomever leader they choose, regardless of their religious affiliation. He said people have been lied to by religious leaders who bastardize verses from the Quran to justify boycotting non-Muslim candidates.   “You do not need to feel uneasy if you cannot vote for me because you are afraid of being condemned to hell,” Ahok said. “It is alright.”...

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INDONESIA: AN AMNESTY PITCH THAT TAXES ALL UNDERSTANDING!

ELIZABETH SOELISTIO WRITES – Whether it’s Indonesians living outside the country or foreigners in it, everyone’s supposed to follow the laws where they live. Seems simple, but things got confusing recently when the government said residents of Indonesia and its citizens abroad must both pay Indonesian taxes. In July, Parliament approved a tax amnesty that, as reported by the Jakarta Globe, provides a free pass for people to declare past, undeclared income without prosecution. To participate, taxpayers must register with the government and submit paperwork to their local tax office before paying a fine (rates based on the time they...

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