TIMOR LOROSAE NOTÍCIAS 15 JAN 2013

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CENTENAS CONTRA O FIM DO FÓRUM MACAU

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 01:14 PM PST

Pereira Coutinho fala de 300 pessoas, a TDM diz que não foram além das 150. O mote do protesto de ontem, em frente à TDM, foi o cancelamento do programa televisivo Fórum Macau. Os manifestantes acusam o Governo de ter cancelado a emissão.
Inês Santinhos Gonçalves – Ponto Final
A TDM voltou ontem a ser alvo de um protesto contra atentados à liberdade de expressão. Mais de uma centena de pessoas concentraram-se junto à sede da televisão para se manifestarem contra o cancelamento do programa Fórum Macau.
O protesto foi organizado pela Associação Novo Macau (ANM) mas contou com a participação de vários grupos, entre eles a Associação dos Trabalhadores da Função Pública (ATFPM), que, segundo Pereira Coutinho, foi a que levou mais pessoas à rua, cerca de 200. No total, estima, três centenas de pessoas estiveram reunidas na Rua Francisco Xavier Pereira. O responsável pela divisão de programas da TDM, Andy Ho, diz não terem sido mais de 150: “Não estive a contar, mas diria que eram entre 100 a 150 pessoas”.
O protesto faz parte de uma série de iniciativas da ANM em apoio aos jornalistas do semanário de Cantão, alvo de censura por parte do Governo Central. A associação quis aproveitar o acontecimento para promover a discussão sobre a liberdade de expressão em Macau, numa altura em que o popular programa televisivo foi extinto. Pereira Coutinho fez eco das preocupações dos pró-democratas sobre a alegada interferência do Governo no cancelamento do programa e foi, até mais longe: “Sabemos agora, por informações seguras, que um assessor do Chefe do Executivo deu instruções ao departamento de informação da TDM para cancelar o programa”.
Andy Ho rejeita que tal instrução tenha sido dada e justifica a suspensão do programa com dificuldades ao nível dos recursos humanos. “Respeitamos os protestos, as opiniões e os comentários. [Mas] por agora estamos a concentrar os nossos esforços noutros programas”, justificou.
Para Pereira Coutinho esta é uma “desculpa esfarrapada”. “O orçamento da TDM está a atingir os 200 milhões de patacas por ano. Os funcionários da TDM de cargos mais elevados tiveram todos aumentos salariais. O presidente da TDM, Leong Kam Chun, tem um vencimento de mais de 100 mil patacas. A TDM tem muito dinheiro”, acusa.
Para o presidente da ATFPM, o cancelamento do Fórum Macau é “uma machadada na liberdade de expressão, na transparência governativa e nos direitos dos cidadãos de serem informados e darem as suas opiniões”.
Coutinho acredita que o programa estava a crescer em popularidade, aproximando-se já do programa de rádio, com o mesmo nome. Há, aliás, receio de que o programa de rádio venha também a sofrer alterações, depois de, em Março do ano passado, dois dos apresentadores terem abandonado o programa.
“Estamos preocupados. A qualidade da rádio está a deteriorar-se após o despedimento de dois comentadores políticos de relevo, com vasta experiência profissional e social”, aponta Coutinho, chamando ainda a atenção para a diminuição do espaço para os telefonemas da população, cada vez mais ocupado por publicidade.
Andy Ho assegura que não haverá mais mudanças no Fórum Macau da rádio: “Depois de mudarmos os dois apresentadores, temos um programa mais diversificado, há mais gente a participar. Não acho que vá sofrer mais alterações”.
HERCULES’ VISIT TO EAST TIMOR PROMPTS CALL FOR HIS ARREST

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 10:22 AM PST

Markus Junianto Sihaloho – Jakarta Globe – January 14, 2013
East Timor Armed Forces Chief Maj. Gen. Lere Anan Timur has threatened to arrest former gang leader and Timorese Indonesian Rozario Marshal “Hercules” should he enter the country again.
The threat, reported in East Timor news outlets last week, came after Hercules visited Dili, a move Anan Timur interpreted as an attempt to stir up old conflicts. The visit came just weeks after the UN ended its 13-year peace-keeping mission in the country on Dec. 31 last year.
Politicians in Jakarta have reacted angrily to the threat, claiming that Hercules had done nothing wrong.
“How could he say something like that? You can’t just arrest someone if he hasn’t committed a crime,” said Tubagus Hasanuddin, a legislator from the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
Anan Timur allegedly accused Hercules of trying to incite a riot among Dili residents, saying his presence there symbolized a wish to reclaim land formerly owned by Timorese who fled to Indonesia after an independence referendum in 1999.
The general said that all Timorese that left East Timor had no more rights to land in the country.
“We are now an independent country. We can’t let anybody come to our country and interfere just like that,” he was reported as saying.
Mecho Joao, a lawyer for Hercules, said there was no reason for Anan Timur to get angry, let alone threaten an arrest.
“The accusation against Hercules has been wrongly addressed. Anan Timur’s anger stemmed from the fact that Hercules is now an Indonesian and he’s coming from the western part of East Timor,” he said.
Some in the eastern part of East Timor have accused the westerners living along the border with Indonesia of being traitors for collaborating with the Indonesian Military during the fight for independence.
There are fears that the visit by Hercules, a notorious ex-gang leader who is now a member of Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), could strengthen pro-Jakarta sentiment following the UN’s exit, and reviving tensions between easterners and westerners, some of whom have called for reintegration with Indonesia.
Hercules has close ties to presidential aspirant Prabowo Subianto, a former commander of the Army’s Special Forces (Kopassus) during the occupation of East Timor. Hercules was recruited into Kopassus to fight alongside the Indonesians in his native East Timor during that time.
HERCULES – PROTEST ORGANIZER FOR HIRE IN JAKARTA

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 10:18 AM PST

Zubaidah Nazeer – Straits Times | January 02, 2013 – Jakarta Globe
Jakarta. If you need an organized demonstration in the streets of Jakarta, call Hercules.
At the protest that turned violent just last month in front of Indonesia’s Parliament, he was seen in the thick of action — shepherding the crowds, yelling instructions and eventually dispersing them once police fired tear gas and water cannon.
Hercules Rozario Marshal, a former “preman” or gang leader, now organizes demonstrations for a fee. He also leads a movement that some fear has the makings of a paramilitary outfit.
Though he appeared like a true commander at the rally, up close, the man — who was named after the Greek mythological warrior by his Timorese parents and by which he is popularly known in Indonesia – seems a misnomer.
A fake eyeball rests in the right eye socket of this lanky man, while his right hand and lower arm are covered in a glove stretching past his elbow and tucked underneath his short shirtsleeve, crippled in an incident.
These physical shortcomings have not stopped him. Hercules pulled off a massive, crippling demonstration by regional officials clamoring for better benefits last month. He leads a movement aimed at mobilizing support for presidential aspirant Prabowo Subianto.
The name linked with the underworld resurfaced after Hercules, who had repented his crimes several years before, threw his support in last September’s Jakarta governor election behind the now-elected team of Joko Widodo and his deputy Basuki Tjahaja Purnama that Prabowo and his Gerindra party backed.
Indeed, men like Hercules are proving useful for some demonstrators who hire him or others to whip up support and rally crowds for mass demonstrations. Interestingly, police also use him to help manage crowds or gather information from notorious areas.
In the recent demonstration, he was hired by protesters pushing for a bill to upgrade the status of village officials to civil servants and obtain better pay. His civil society organization, Gerakan Rakyat Indonesia Baru (GRIB), or New Indonesia People’s Movement, rallied 40,000 protesters, of whom 5,000 managed to force their way into Parliament. But he was also instrumental in dispersing the crowds.
He arrived in Jakarta from Timor Leste in the 1980s and quickly found his niche running a lucrative debt-collection trade and commanding a gang that raided illegal gambling dens to claim “security fees,” clashing with rival gangs in turf wars in the process.
“Clashes are frequent and bloody. The next morning, it’s common to see dead bodies lying on the road or in the canals,” the 50-year-old tells The Straits Times.
“Police don’t interfere with us because they know we are not targeting them,” says the Timorese who was recruited into the Indonesian army’s special forces (Kopassus) to fight with the Indonesians in the civil war in his native Timor Leste while it was ongoing there.
Though Jakartans know him as a gang leader of Tanah Abang in the heart of the city, Hercules says he is now focused on training GRIB members to help provide welfare to the needy. GRIB was officially launched in May last year.
“I formed GRIB to fight for the poor who are not treated justly. The rich can get away because of political connections or by paying themselves out. No one is helping the underdogs,” he claims.
Members wear army fatigues and red berets. They claim to number six million nationwide with 17,000 in Jakarta.
Some observers are concerned about his links to Prabowo, a former general accused of human rights violations during the Timor Leste civil war.
“The connection between Prabowo and Hercules that began when Prabowo was on duty in Timor Leste as Kopassus special commander looks like it will be revived and will conquer Jakarta if Jokowi is chosen,” wrote news portal kompas.com columnist Arafat Rahman before the capital’s governor election last September which was won by Joko, also known as Jokowi.
Hercules’ civil society organization is among many in the city whose activities blur the line between activism and thuggery.
They control certain areas and collect “security fees” from vendors or businesses there in return for protection.
Gangs are still rife in Jakarta. Police statistics recorded 210 cases involving thugs between January and September last year, including extortions, trespassing, land annexation and murder.
But Hercules, a father of four, insists he has abandoned his dark past. He built a Catholic primary school and is distributing rice to 11 orphanages monthly. He also runs a fishery and vessel-leasing business which hires 200 people.
“Figures like Hercules and his GRIB can be beneficial for police as they have wide connections, including with the elite. Police do work with them, but they have to make sure they are in control,” says Neta S. Pane of Indonesia Police Watch.
However, he does not think that groups with well-known political links will be emboldened to provoke aggression now.
“Everyone knows they are supporting Prabowo, a presidential aspirant, so it is in their interest to be on good behavior. Police should use the time now to rein them in.”
Reprinted courtesy of The Straits Times
Foto: Hercules, wearing the uniform of his civil society organization GRIB, leads a group aimed at mobilizing support for presidential aspirant Prabowo Subianto. (ST Photo/Photo courtesy of Gerakan Rakyat Indonesia Baru).
DELIVERING SOLUTIONS TO DIFFICULT DEVELOPMENT CHALLENGES

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 10:07 AM PST

Scoop News – Monday, 14 January 2013, 4:15 pm – Press Release: World Bank
NEWS RELEASE – Delivering Solutions To Difficult Development Challenges Is What The World Bank Does Best, Says The Pacific Region’s New Country Director
Sydney, January 14, 2013 — The new World Bank Country Director for the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, Franz Drees-Gross, says the organization will focus on effectively delivering a growing number of projects in the region, to help governments find solutions to common challenges like disaster preparedness and response, connectivity and poverty reduction.
“The World Bank’s strength is delivering solutions that help governments address difficult development challenges,” Mr Drees-Gross said. “Pacific island countries are some of the most vulnerable in the world to climate change and natural disasters. These are a common challenge but we must also look to build on growing opportunities, from expanded telecoms and airports, to better managed fisheries.”
He said the launch of the Tonga broadband cable later this year will be a vital step to connecting people in the Pacific, across islands and countries, and to the world.
Mr Drees-Gross is a German and United States national with more than 15 years’ experience at the World Bank, including operational experience in Asia, South America and Africa.
Most recently he was the Sustainable Development Manager for Indonesia, based in Jakarta, from where he oversaw an annual lending program of about $1.5 billion. This included a large rural and urban, community-driven development program, infrastructure investments in power, drainage and roads, the final stages of the reconstruction effort after the 2004 Aceh Tsunami and a program to protect Indonesia’s coral reefs.
He holds Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Mr Drees-Gross will reside in Sydney with his wife and two daughters.
FIVE-YEAR PRISION TERM DEMANDED FOR BUSINESS TYCON HARTATI

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 10:02 AM PST

Rabby Pramudatama, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Mon, January 14 2013, 1:22 PM
Prosecutors have demanded the Jakarta Corruption Court sentence defendant Hartati Murdaya, a business tycoon, to five years in prison for bribery.
“We ask the panel of judges to declare the defendant [Hartati] guilty of violating Article 5 of the Corruption Law,” leading prosecutor Edy Hartoyo read out the sentence demand before the Jakarta Corruption Court on Monday.
Hartati has been charged under Article 5 on bribery, which carries a maximum five-year prison term, and Article 13 on gratuities, which carries a maximum three-year jail term.
Prosecutors have also demanded that Hartati be fined Rp 250 million (US$25,947).
Hartati is accused of paying a Rp 3 billion (US310,650) bribe to former Buol regent Amran Batalipu to expedite the business permit issuance for her oil palm plantation company PT Hartati Inti Plantation.
The Corruption Eradication Commission has named three other suspects in the case, namely Amran and Hartati’s aides Gondo Sudjono and Yani Ansori.
Amran is also standing trial in similar case in which prosecutors have demanded a 12-year prison term.(iwa)
Foto: Siti Hartati Murdaya: (Antara/Rosa Panggabean)
PU ANNOUNCES POLITICAL PARTIE’S NUMBERS

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 09:58 AM PST

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | National | Mon, January 14 2013, 5:31 PM
The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced on Monday in Jakarta the numbers that would be used by political parties in the 2014 legislative election.
Tempo.co reported that the leaders of the 10 parties that had passed the factual verification stage — including Aburizal Bakrie of the Golkar Party, Patrice Rio Capella of the newly formed National Democrat Party (NasDem), Wiranto of the People’s Conscience Party (Hanura), Anas Urbaningrum of the Democratic Party, Hatta Rajasa of the National Mandate Party (PAN) and Luthfi Hasan Ishaq of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) — attended the numbers draw.
Below is the list of the results:
Number 1: National Democrat Party (NasDem)
Number2: National Awakening Party (PKB)
Number 3: Prosperous Justice Party (PKS)
Number 4: Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P)
Number 5: Golkar Party
Number 6: Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra)
Number 7: Democratic Party
Number 8: National Mandate Party (PAN)
Number 9: United Development Party (PPP)
Number 10: People’s Conscience Party (Hanura)
Among the ten parties, only one new party, namely NasDem, passed the factual verification stage and is eligible to run for the upcoming legislative election in April 2014. (cor)
MP timorense está a investigar alegadas irregularidades no Ministério das Finanças

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 06:31 AM PST

Emília Pires, ministra das Finanças

MSE – VM – Lusa

Díli, 14 jan (Lusa) – O Ministério Público de Timor-Leste está a investigar alegadas irregularidades em procedimentos para concursos públicos, que podem vir a envolver o Ministério das Finanças, disse hoje fonte judicial.
“O processo está numa fase inicial e a investigação é uma consequência de uma série de denúncias feitas publicamente em relação a concursos públicos”, afirmou a fonte.
Questionada sobre o alegado envolvimento nas suspeitas de irregularidades da ministra das Finanças timorense, Emília Pires, como está a ser veiculado pela imprensa local, a fonte explicou que não é a ministra que está a ser investigada, mas sim os processos relativos a concursos públicos, um dos quais de fornecimento de materiais ao Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares, ganho pelo marido da ministra.
“Há suspeitas que é preciso investigar, porque se trata de dinheiros públicos e poderá haver alguma falta de transparência”, disse a fonte, sublinhando que o processo está na fase inicial.
A imprensa timorense tem noticiado que Emília Pires está a ser investigada pelo Ministério Público por causa de um concurso de fornecimento de materiais ao Hospital Nacional Guido Valadares, no qual o seu marido terá alegadamente sido favorecido.
Em declarações à imprensa, na sexta-feira, a ministra afirmou que está disposta a ir responder a tribunal caso sejam provadas as alegadas irregularidades.
A ministra das Finanças timorense é independente e ocupa o cargo desde 2007.
TIMOR LOROSAE NAÇÃO READQUIRE ATIVIDADE REGULAR

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 04:56 AM PST

O REGRESSO
Durante um longo período o blogue Timor Lorosae Nação esteve inativo ou até com atividade irregular. Esteve à beira da extinção por dificuldades de disponibilidade de alguns dos seus mentores.
Atualmente essas dificuldades foram superadas e por tal o coletivo da Fábrica dos Blogues considerou tomar a decisão de reativar a publicação com a garantia de proceder a atualizações diárias por compromisso com os leitores e amigos que em tempos faziam do TLN a sua leitura de referência sobre Timor-Leste, a região do sudeste asiático e Austrália. Aqui se privilegiará temas relacionados com a lusofonia no que concerne ao relacionado com Timor-Leste e regiões limítrofes.
Com a responsabilidade e supervisão de Beatriz Gamboa e a colaboração possível de António Veríssimo, incluindo mais dois ou três dos antigos elementos da equipa da Fábrica dos Blogues, julgamos poder garantir aos leitores o regresso do TLN com atualizações regulares e diárias que venham a contribuir para melhor divulgação e conhecimento sobre a região e o país que foi berço ou morada temporária de alguns dos elementos que integram o coletivo que produz e administra o TLN.
Desejamos ser bem-vindos e merecer esse sentimento.
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Parlamento de Timor-Leste compra viaturas e computadores para os deputados

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 01:51 AM PST

MSE – PJA – Lusa
Díli, 14 jan (Lusa) – O parlamento de Timor-Leste entregou hoje 60 novas viaturas e computadores aos deputados do país destinados a fiscalizar a execução do orçamento nos distritos e a contactos com os eleitores.
“O Parlamento Nacional comprou estes carros para os senhores deputados exercerem condignamente as suas funções. Desde funções de representação, fiscalização da execução orçamental nos distritos do país e para o contacto com o eleitor”, afirmou o presidente do parlamento, Vicente Guterres.
Segundo Vicente Guterres, o parlamento adquiriu igualmente 60 computadores, com ‘software’ em português, para distribuir aos deputados.
O parlamento de Timor-Leste é composto por 65 deputados, que representam quatro formações partidárias.
Nas legislativas de julho de 2012, o Conselho Nacional da Reconstrução de Timor-Leste do atual primeiro-ministro Xanana Gusmão elegeu 30 deputados.
A Frente Revolucionária do Timor-Leste Independente (Fretilin), do antigo chefe de governo Mari Alkatiri, é a segunda maior força no parlamento, com 25 deputados.
O Partido Democrático (PD), do atual vice-primeiro-ministro Fernando La Sama de Araújo, tem oito deputados e a Frente Mudança, do ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros, José Luís Guterres, conta com dois deputados.
Dos 65 deputados, seis fazem parte da mesa da Assembleia e já tinham viaturas cedidas pelo Estado.
TAFUI OIL LEVA GOVERNO TIMORENSE AO TRIBUNAL

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 01:47 AM PST

A companhia da Pertamina “Tafui Oil” levou o Governo ao Tribunal, por falta de pagamento, do fornecimento de combustível aos carros do Estado.
De acordo com a ministra das Finanças, Emília Pires a companhia “Tafui Oil” teve o mesmo problema que a Conocophilips. O Governo ao fazer uma auditoria descobriu que os recibos enviados pela “Tafui Oil” não eram suficientes para justificar o pagamento.
“Bloqueámos o processo de pagamento, porque os recibos que nós recebemos não eram suficientes”, explicou a ministra das Finanças.
Emília Pires vai reanalisar todo o despacho, uma vez que é um processo antigo. Até à data foi efectuado um pagamento de quase 14 mil dólares.
No julgamento no passado dia 4 de Janeiro, o Tribunal Distrital de Díli ouviu as declarações das testamunhas sobre o caso do “Tafui Oil”, que segundo eles o Governo Timor-Leste ainda não pagou a referida companhia com montante de $1.772.88.00.
Foi dado um prazo de oito dias para o Governo pagar o montante referido, mas o mesmo não cumpriu.
Os juízes que presidiram o julgamento naquele dia foram Duarte Tilman, Antoninho do Carmo, acompanhado pelo juiz internacional, Paulo Teixeira.
O autor tem assistência legal do José Landim e Francisco Nicolau como sua defesa.
A companhia “Tafui Oil” forneceu a gasolina a EDTL a partir do ano 2007 e teve reconhecimento da parte do Primeiro ministro, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão no dia 13 de Abril de 2009.
O caso foi registado com número de processo 06/Civil/208/TDD.
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