Hi Mas Fred,
They had a bungalow with a pool and got burgled. The maid had a knife put to her throat. Shortly afterwards they got two security guards, I think a total of one driver, one cook, one cleaner and two security guards. Finally they decided to move to Permata Hijau.
I don't like to come here just to get into arguments ....
.....By the way, several years before that incident, after the Marriott Hotel was bombed, the next target was reported to be the American International School. This information came directly from the British Council.
Sorry if I'm supposed to get articles from newspapers of from the internet, this is just something which I can speak about which happened.If you make a sweeping claim, you have to provide proof.
I have to be honest and tell you, one event does not mean there is a general problem.
I'm not here to argue but I should correct inaccurate claims and that, as far as I know, is an isolated case, not a common problem.
If you insist it is, provide links to the multitude of cases and I'll be happy to admit I was wrong on this matter.
Of course there's crime here, show me a city that's crime free, but it's far less a worry than in the satellite towns of London.
My small home town had more crime in a week than I've seen in 6 years of life in Indonesia.
When in Wonosobo, the local police intel officer was pulling his hair out because of a crime spree.
They'd had less crimes in a month than the first two hours of any typical day in Sheffield, a geographically similar sized area.
Now the question is, how the hell would the British council, a low level lot at best, know about a terrorist threat the Jakarta police were unaware of and there is no verifiable record of existing?
Try searching for any official reference to any such threat and you'll find nothing - not a sausage.
Yes, of course there was a threat - The Americans said so. No proof or anything, just they said so.
You have to believe it, it was in a newspaper.
Almost forgot - one of the links suggests there is a problem with bird flu in Jakarta.
Yep, half the population has dropped dead of that - not.
Again, if you make a serious claim that could effect a choice of school for a poster's child, you really have to back it up with facts, not any old crap you heard and spewed out as fact, especially ancient history.
Last time I checked my watch, it was the year 2014, 12 years after the last, totally unverified, threat and the terrorists of that time were all killed anyway. That group don't pose much of a danger at the moment. Perhaps the daisies they push up will have C4 in their seeds.
I walk around the 'forbidden' areas of Jakarta, places where foreigners never go and, in doing so, I see a lot more than I ever post on the internet.
Basically, Indonesia is a generally safe country and, unless you do daft things, you have far less a chance of a problem than you do in many parts of London.
Again, if you paint this country as a violent, terrorist filled death trap, I really think you should prove it with reliable links.