The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Fri, 07/08/2011 6:02 PM
The Fatahillah Museum of History in Kota Tua, West Jakarta, will be closed for two years to allow for conservation work to be carried out on the badly damaged museum complex.
Museum manager Enny Prihantini said many parts of the museum were beyond repair, including walls, flooring and windows.
“We hope the conservation work can begin in 2012. [We expect] the conservation project to run for two years. So, the museum will be closed until 2014,” Enny said Friday, as reported by kompas.com.
She added that the project would be conducted with aid from the Dutch government.
The result of a research project on the museum building was submitted to the Dutch government on July 5. The building, built by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1712, once served as the Jakarta (then Batavia) Town Hall.
Former Jakarta governor Ali Sadikin converted the aging building into a museum in 1974.
High cost economy: Trucks wait in a 16-kilometer cue on the Merak-Jakarta toll road heading to Merak Port, Banten, on Friday. There are presently only 15 of 27 ships operating between Merak and Bakaheuni Port in Lampung, Sumatra. (Antara/Asep Fathulrahman)
Do you remember?: Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) activists rally in front of the Presidential Palace on Friday demanding the President fulfill his promise to prosecute those who assaulted ICW researcher Tama Langkun. Tama last year published a list of high ranking police officials with unusually large sums of money in their private bank accounts. (Antara/Yudhi Mahatma)
Brick by brick: Two boys spend their school holidays laboring at a house demolition in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Friday. The boys collected bricks from the destroyed house to sell at Rp 10,000 (US$1.2) for every 100 blocks. (Antara/Dewi Fajriani)
Hexed!: British actors, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe arrive in Trafalgar Square, central London, for the World Premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" the last film in the series, Thursday. Harry Potter's saga is ending, but his magic spell remains.(AP/Jonathan Short)
Capital on alert: Malaysian police stand in line with water cannon trucks seen in rear near Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday. Malaysian police said they will shut major roads and suspend public transportation into Kuala Lumpur's city center to block a rally by opposition-backed activists. (AP/Vincent Thian)
Cattle talk: Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, second right, gestures as he is greeted by Indonesian Agriculture Minister Suswono, left, Trade Minister Mari Pangestu, second left, and Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa, right, prior to their meeting in Jakarta Friday. (AP/Irwin Fedriansyah)
Care free: A homeless man sleeps as people crowd a commuter train during rush hour at a railway station in Depok on the outskirts of Jakarta on Friday. (AP/Irwin Fedriansyah)
Thailand's prime minister-to-be insisted Friday that she will make her own decisions as the country's leader, and not act as the puppet of her exiled brother, ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Fri, 07/08/2011 10:26 PM
The thunderous results of Thailand’s general election on July 3 will seem familiar to anyone attuned to the political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa.
Fri, 07/08/2011 10:22 PM
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told CNN recently that Indonesia was committed to achieving a 26 percent reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020 while concurrently maintaining its rapid economic growth.