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Foreign investment should always be considered if the investors are actually supporting the area they are going to invest. There should be if not already strict regulations on how the foreign business treats their local employees in terms of employment standards (wages, benefits, health care etc) but also in regards to supporting the communities it has to interact with in terms of assisting schools hospitals social needs which in turn will support them. However simply welcoming foreign investment and shutting out the people who live and work the land being taken is not a useful or sensible approach. Once foreign investors are allowed to do as they please as long as the government is happy then the social and economic problems that create will in the long term damage the communities and the country overall.
The problems arise when the foreign investor leaves creating an employment and welfare problem behind which cannot be filled.

If that is a great way to attract new investment then I must have missed something. Honda UK threatening to pull out of Swindon in England. Panasonic pulling out of Wales, Tata steel closing plants in the UK have created more problems than solving them. This foreign investment can affect any nation and supporting governments are aware of this.

However long term investors like BP  in Indonesia who provide community support employment and real skills training for local Indonesians are seeing the benefits of doing so. Such as increased productivity, less social disruption and better working relations.

lukereg posted on the thread Looking for an accomodation in Setiabudi on the Jakarta forum

If you are in Jakarta, then you should ask about for a Kost (boarding house) because there are some very good places around there which might be little less expensive. Happy Hours suggestion is definately worth a look as well.

lukereg posted on the thread Immigration at the airport on the Jakarta forum

You have no idea about how immigration rattle people who are leaving and make genuine mistakes especially as tourists. I agree they should pay if they overstay but they way they dealt with is never nice. Have you been taken into the office at the airport and spoken too and asked for money? Have you been made to wait at immigration while they discuss whether they will let you in? Have you been asked to produce all your employees sponsorship documents to prove you were allowed to be here for a year when you are leaving, because I have and I can tell you it is alll not very nice.

I have no objection to the rules and the rules of the land but the manner in which people are treated especially on the way out is not necessary and makes people less likely to recommend coming here or returning.

lukereg posted on the thread Looking for a job, Jakarta or Bali on the Jakarta forum

Komang, schools will not recruit teachers on Bali unless they have the correct teaching qualifications, are from an English speaking country and as Anna is French I think that information you have provided is misleading. Of course Anna may well be teacher from France and there may be a chance that a school needs a French teacher to teach French but I doubt it.

lukereg posted on the thread Immigration at the airport on the Jakarta forum

Its not surprising it happened thats for sure. As for it being published, well the paper has to fill itself with something to read. But as with most things nothing will come of it.
As coming into the country as tourists, 30 days is not explained at all. So if you arrive on the 1st to a tourist the 30 days would probably end on the 31st not the 30th. But as we know if immigration can extort money through fear and misunderstanding then they will do so.

lukereg posted on the thread driver looking for a job on the Jakarta forum

Why not go directly to the bigger foreign businesses in the city that need drivers to ferry the expats around or register on job street or jobsdb?

lukereg posted on the thread What you can and cant do..and advice. on the Indonesia forum

That will depend on what is written in the contract and what the penalty clauses are for breaking contract. As the employer spends a lot of money to get you here, sponsor you and support you they will expect you to complete the agree duration or repay all or sum of the money they have spent.
Make sure the contract is in English and that you can have some one explain it in detail to you and record that when they do.
Just make sure you are happy with the offer before you commit to 2 years here and all the wondrous things both good and bad Indonesia will throw at you.

lukereg posted on the thread looking for molasses in Indonesia on the Jakarta forum

Hi Jane, if you mean BSD then Mas Fred is the man to ask. Taxis from there to the city are not cheap that's for sure. As for push bikes (yep I am English) buy new. Easier and better carrefour or hypermart or the local store will do you.

If you are working with Indonesians there will always be someone willing to help you if you help them with English. Just need to ask about.

I have been in Jakarta for the last 7 years and love it here. The mess, noise, chaos, weather, people and everything else is just so much more intruiging fun and enjoyable than compared to how life was for me back on England. What are you and your husband doing in Indonesia?

lukereg posted on the thread looking for molasses in Indonesia on the Jakarta forum

Molasses try ranch market or food hall. For used bikes they are everywhere. My advice is buy a matic and have an Indonesian go with you but beware. They see you the price will increase. Make sure the person who goes with you knows bikes. If the plate number is less than 15 then the price needs to be less and also for the stnk depending on how many months left on it as well. You must also get a sim c if you plan to ride in the city otherwise if you are stopped by the police you may find the bike impounded.
Finally if you get a bike before you set off down gatot subroto or somewhere full of madness learn how to ride it and take your time with it. Then do all you can never to ride across traffic, don't weave and keep your wits about you.

Good luck with the riding and hopefully you won't be stuck finding molasses.

lukereg posted on the thread Starting a company on the Jakarta forum

You can get a kitas once you have a job and are sponsored by an employer. This process takes weeks or months. So unless you plan to live or work here for a long period of time getting a bank account will not happen.

lukereg posted on the thread Hard to make Indonesian friends? on the Jakarta forum

Yes they can be, it depends what they want from you or what you want from them. But as everyone one will agree or disagree it depends how where and when you do it.

Keep trying, if in doubt join a couch surfing meeting or expat blog event. That can help

Is that Kalibata, South Jakarta, in the middle of traffic all round Kalibata, Tebet Pancoran Pasar Minggu? If so then that is no where near where the poster wants to live.

Kalibata is nowhere near the center or west of the city.  So why bother to post ?