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Indonesia Expat - - CONTENTS -

The dis­pute be­tween Freeport-McMoRan and the In­done­sian gov­ern­ment has dom­i­nated news head­lines in re­cent weeks. The sit­u­a­tion cap­tures the at­ten­tion of ex­pats in par­tic­u­lar who work for the min­ing be­he­moth – and there­fore are get­ting laid off and sent home – but also those who have other busi­ness deal­ings in the ar­chi­pel­ago. The drama leaves many for­eign­ers out­side the min­ing game to won­der if their sec­tor is per­haps the next one ripe for reg­u­la­tions and roll­backs on for­eign own­er­ship and tax­a­tion. On the other hand, many see In­done­sia’s pol­icy plays as smart and needed to pre­vent west­ern im­pe­ri­al­ism in the coun­try. Whichever nar­ra­tive you are in­clined to favour, one thing is cer­tain: this case will set a new prece­dent for for­eign in­vestor in­ter­est in In­done­sia.

We’ve got some great sto­ries for you this time around. Our team has put to­gether an in­for­ma­tive piece on gov­ern­ment poli­cies toward hir­ing ex­pats and our new free­lancer Me­lati Kar­tini takes an in-depth look at why in­vestor con­fi­dence is di­min­ish­ing as a re­sult of the coun­try’s min­ing in­dus­try woes.

Nadya Joy Go­zon Ador in­ter­views the CEO of a global pay­ments com­pany in In­done­sia, while Bali-based Stephanie Brookes high­lights the is­land’s top five tree­top ho­tels. May Tien vis­its Royal Kitchen for a culi­nary re­view and Grace Suse­tyo sheds light on the strug­gles and de­vel­op­ment of one of In­done­sia’s old­est whale hunt­ing cul­tures. Ken­neth Ye­ung shares the raw facts on a Bali re­sort scam that in­volves two for­eign­ers. Amina Ghazi opines on the fos­sil fuel in­dus­try’s ef­fects on the coun­try’s fa­mous tourist des­ti­na­tion and Hans Roose­boom shares an in­ter­est­ing story on tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine ver­sus west­ern treat­ments.


Leighton Cosse­boom

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