Firstly, having been somewhat perversely verbose in articulating how the educational institute which employed me has flouted Indonesia's Manpower regulations, let me briefly tell you that we have now been informed that the Board are willing to meet us to resolve our claim. I don't know if my writing here and your very welcome comments have shamed them. It could be due to business connections which we discovered yesterday.
In this country it's all about who you know, and they can't be sure that our backers aren't higher up the food chain than theirs - which they are. Still, their brinkmanship is (almost) to be applauded.
Naturally, if our meeting, to be held within a week, fails to take place or to resolve our claim, then we'll publish details of how cronyism can affect, negatively, those not in the loop.
Meanwhile, could someone please enlighten me about the following, which all appeared in the Jakarta Post recently.
1. Officials blame poor hygiene on dengue rise
A misused preposition or more cockeyed thinking?
2. In Papua, the Head of the Mimika Regional Development Board, Omah Laduani Ladamany, said that by prioritizing the development of human resources the administration hoped to improve the welfare of the people in Mimika.
Isn't that a bit like saying that we hope to win and hope not to lose?
3. The network of HighScope Schools
placed a nice expensive ad claiming that they are "Leading The Human Development Pradigm". What the hell is that supposed to mean? The rest of the text is bleeding obvious with the usual claptrap about "maximising potential" and "learning from one another".
And because it's there ...........Welcome to the official website of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS).
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Regional instability, terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and illegal narcotics are among the major challenges of the 21st century. SIS assists the government to meet these challenges. To do this effectively SIS must protect the secrets of its sources and methods. This factor is reflected in our website.
In other words, they say very little in a few words.