Seasonal land and forest fire has started to escalate at several places in the Province of West Sumatra, Jambi, Central Borneo, and West Borneo. This natural phenomenon has caused trans-boundary haze, affecting adjacent provinces and even neighboring countries, like Malaysia and Singapore. As of October 18, 2006, several parts of the Province of North Sumatra were also reported to be affected by the haze.
On behalf of all officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of RI, I would like to express our deepest condolence to all the departed, the victims, and the families in the affected areas of the earthquake and tsunami.
Avian Flu represents a potential global threat and is a matter of high priority for member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).
(Indonesia's Trade & Investment News-5 June 06). President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Thursday (1/6/06) that abandoning the Pancasila state ideology for narrow religious or ethnic-based doctrine will only jeopardize Indonesias unity and diversity.
Jakarta, May 29th, 2006 " A 5.9 Richter-Scale earthquake has shaken Yogyakarta and its surroundings on May 27th, 2006, at 05.55 a.m. local time, causing many injured and more than 5,000 dead (as of May 29th, 2006, 13.30 local time).
A Travel Weekly press release stated that "The cancellation of the Convexindo & Motivation Show 2006 came as bird flu claimed its 22nd victim in Indonesia last week." Jack Daniels from Bali Media Center points out this as proof of the immediate need for a more coordinated and sophisticated approach to press and media.
Official comments from various government institutions concerning avian flu in Indonesia.