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Newsline: 3 on trial in Singapore over graft charges involving Indonesian embassy worker

An Indonesian Embassy labour attache allegedly tasked a Singaporean freelance translator to look for insurance firms or agents willing to give them a share of the premiums linked to performance bond guarantees for Indonesian maids. A district court heard on Monday (Nov 4) that the insurance firms or agents would then allegedly receive accreditation from the embassy in return. James Yeo Siew Liang, 48, who represented AIG Asia Pacific Insurance and Liberty Insurance, is accused of agreeing to be part of the plan. He is accused of giving more than $21,000 in bribes to the translator, Abdul Aziz Mohamed Hanib, 64. Yeo is also said to have given more than $71,000 to the labour attache, Agus Ramdhany Machjumi, who is no longer in Singapore. (https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/3-on-trial-over-graft-charges-involving-embassy-worker-and-bond-guarantees) The court heard that Aziz allegedly found Yeo through an intermediary, Benjamin Chow Tuck Keong, 56, who was a corporate development director of a firm dealing with organic products. According to court documents, Chow did not give or receive any money. Aziz, Yeo and Chow are on trial, with Aziz and Yeo facing more than 15 graft-related charges each and Chow, one.

An Indonesian migrant worker has died while lining up for a passport extension at the Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the embassy confirmed on Friday. He had been suffering from heart disease. At about 6:45 p.m. on Thursday Tamam Arsyad, 66, collapsed on the embassy’s doorstep at the front of the application line. The Bawean, East Java native had been a permanent resident of Malaysia for three years and was waiting for the consular office to open so he could extend his red identity card when he collapsed. “An applicant who was sitting behind him then laid him down on the floor. He passed away shortly after that,” the Indonesian Embassy wrote in a statement on its official Facebook page, noting that Tamam was immediately taken to the hospital. (https://www.thejakartapost.com/seasia/2019/11/01/indonesian-in-kl-dies-of-heart-attack-in-embassy-line.html) Indonesian Embassy coordinator for consular affairs Yusron Ambary said the line was not as packed as earlier reports had made it seem, as few other applicants were present.

Newsline: Guatemala to reopen embassy in Jakarta

Guatemalan Deputy Foreign Minister Luis Fernando Carranza Cifuentes will visit Indonesia on Friday to meet with his counterpart AM Fachir to discuss a plan to reopen its embassy in Jakarta, which was closed 26 years ago when Guatemala plunged into political and economic instability. The Foreign Ministry’s acting spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah, said the Central American country opened the embassy in Jakarta in 1990 when it started diplomatic relations with Indonesia. “However, due to the country’s [Guatemala’s] economic conditions, the embassy was closed in 1993,” he said in a press briefing on Thursday. (https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/07/18/guatemala-to-reopen-embassy-in-jakarta.html) “So the visit [on Friday] will discuss the possibility of reopening the embassy in Indonesia,” Faizasyah added. The two countries, he said, were expecting the embassy to be reopened before September, and Indonesia considered the plan a positive step as it had shown Guatemala acknowledged Indonesia’s role in both bilateral and regional affairs.

Newsline: Indonesia calls in Australian ambassador

Indonesia called in its Australian ambassador to convey strong condemnation over Fraser Anning’s statements linking the shooting to fears about immigration. (https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2019/mar/18/new-zealand-mosque-attack-police-search-homes-in-nsw-in-connection-with-shooting-live) Speaking on Mar. 18, Australian senator Fraser Anning refused to apologise over the original comments he made, he repeated his calls for a ban on Muslim immigration and said he is not sorry for hitting the 17-year-old boy who egged him.

Newsline: Embassies in Jakarta search for nationals, issue warnings after tsunami

The Australian Embassy in Jakarta was making “urgent enquiries” to find out if any Australians were affected, a DFAT spokesperson said. “We understand that at present there are no foreigners, let alone Australians, who have been impacted by this,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters on Sunday. Oman’s embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta has called for its citizens to exercise caution following a tsunami that has caused heavy damage in the Southeast Asian archipelago. The tsunami following a volcanic eruption killed more than 200 people when it slammed without warning into popular beaches around Indonesia’s Sunda Strait on Saturday night. The deadly wave was believed to have been triggered by an underwater landslide from volcanic eruptions and comes three months after more than 2,500 people were killed by an earthquake and tsunami which hit the city of Palu on the island of Sulawesi.

https://thewest.com.au/news/disaster-and-emergency/sunda-strait-tsunami-embassy-searches-for-australians-caught-in-indonesian-disaster-ng-b881058479z

Newsline: Malaysia and Indonesia sink Australia’s Embassy move to Jerusalem

Forget about Australia moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Veiled Malaysian suggestions of terrorist attacks on Australian targets if the Embassy is moved coupled with Indonesian threats to not sign a free trade agreement with Australia – will suffice to burst Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s thought-bubble. Australia gave Indonesia $360 million in aid in 2016 and was the world’s 16th largest donor in giving $15 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Indonesia gave UNRWA $5000 in 2016 – whilst Malaysia gave nothing. Indonesia and Malaysia – two Islamic states – flex their muscles on Islamic claims to Jerusalem – yet pathetically fail to financially support their Islamic brethren.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/23068

Newsline: Indonesian Embassy staff member implicated in Singapore’s bribery case

Three Singaporeans, including an insurance agent, were charged in the State Courts yesterday over their alleged roles in a bribery case linked to performance bond guarantees for Indonesian maids. Freelance translator Abdul Aziz Mohamed Hanib, 63, is accused of collecting more than $92,000 in bribes for himself and Mr Agus Ramdhany Machjumi, an administrative and technical staff member at the Indonesian Embassy. In a statement, Singapore’s Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said Abdul Aziz, a Singaporean, allegedly received $71,200 from insurance agent James Yeo Siew Liang, 47. The alleged offence took place between March and June this year, court documents said. It was purportedly a reward for Mr Agus to show favour to AIG Asia Pacific Insurance and Liberty Insurance, two firms Yeo represented. Court documents stated that as a result, the Indonesian Embassy accredited both insurance companies as performance bond providers. The Straits Times had reported that since April this year, employers hiring a new Indonesian maid have been asked to purchase a performance bond guarantee from insurers approved by the embassy, which requires a one-off $70 payment. Under the terms of the bond guarantee, employers have to pay $6,000 if they breach a standard employment contract issued by the Indonesian Embassy. In its statement, the CPIB said the Indonesian Embassy was not complicit in the corruption offences. The CPIB added: “There is currently no evidence to suggest that AIG Asia Pacific Insurance and Liberty Insurance were complicit in the corruption offences.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/trio-charged-over-bribery-involving-embassy-employee