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SINGAPORE� Tourism Ministry of Indonesia plans to collaborate with ferry operators in Johor soon to boost the number of international visitors to some parts of the Riau Islands including Tanjung Pinang, Batam and Bintan.

Speaking to Bernama on the sidelines of the Cross Border Tourism Promotion Programme recently, its Director of Promotion for Southeast Asia, Rizki Handayani, said the collaboration may include offering some attractive and affordable promotion programmes.

We would like to receive more visitors to the Islands via Malaysia. For Malaysians, having an edge in terms of your currency, you could spend more over there and help spur our tourism industry, she said.

Rizki said the ministry may replicate a collaboration that it already has with several Singapore ferry operators in bringing more international visitors via Singapore to the Islands.

For Batam alone, an ongoing trial promotion programme sees ferry return ticket from Singapore to the small Island slashed by more than 50 per cent to S$20 (S$1=RM3.10) including terminal fee during weekdays.

The price applies to travelling with Batam Fast ferry, one of the participating ferry operators, from Harbourfront Terminal to all ports in Batam, namely Batam Center, Sekupang and Nongsa Pura.

To get the S$20 promotion ticket, Rizki said visitors only needed to choose one of the 250 tour packages available from 58 tourism industries, such as hotel, spa, golf, and many more.

According to her, the 250 tour packages were also attractive and affordable, offering as much as 30 per cent discount.

Other than Harbourfront Terminal, she said visitors could alternatively board from the Tanah Merah Terminal in Singapore, priced at S$44 to Tanjung Pinang and S$39 to Bintan.

We would like to have the same collaboration with ferry operators in Johor and we do hope we would get their support as we get a good one from the Singapore side, said Rizki.

She noted that for the Singapore segment, the special price and package would be offered until the end of 2017, and would be repeated next year if the result was satisfying.

One of the participating outlets, ESKA Hotel & Spa in Batam Island offers 30 per cent discount for a family fun day package on weekdays, priced at S$252 or RM1,295 for one night that includes ferry tickets for four persons.

The package also includes 90 minutes of reflexology foot spa, breakfast and dinner for the four persons.


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UN Condemns Anti-gay Crackdowns in Egypt, Azerbaijan, Indonesia

Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia have all unjustly arrested dozens of people during anti-gay crackdowns in recent weeks, subjecting many to mistreatment in custody, the United Nations human rights office said Friday.

“Arresting or detaining people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity is by definition arbitrary and violates international law,” U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.

In Azerbaijan, more than 80 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people have been arrested since mid-September and the U.N. has received allegations that some were subjected to electric shocks, beatings, forced shaving and other forms of humiliation to force them to incriminate themselves before being released, Colville said.

There was no immediate comment from authorities in Baku.

More than 50 people have been arrested so far in Egypt’s widest anti-gay crackdown, a swift zero-tolerance response to a rare show of public support for LGBT rights in the conservative Muslim country.

Two were arrested for waving rainbow flags at a concert and one for a Facebook page, Colville said.

“In some cases, individuals were reportedly arrested after being entrapped by law enforcement officials on apps and in internet chat rooms. Charges include ‘habitual debauchery,’ ‘inciting indecency and debauchery,’ and ‘joining a banned group,'” he said.

At least 10 men in Egypt have been sentenced to between one and six years imprisonment, a few have been released, and most others await trial, Colville added.

In Indonesia, more than 50 people were arrested at a sauna in Jakarta last Friday, Colville said. Four men and one woman were charged under the country’s pornography law, a vague statute used to arrest people for consensual same-sex relations, he said.

“In all three countries, authorities have alleged that those arrested were involved in sex work � although in almost all cases the accused have denied such allegations or indicated that they were coerced into confessing involvement,” Colville said.

He called for the release of people detained on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and for authorities to drop charges based on vague or discriminatory laws, and to repeal such legislation.

Source: Voice of America

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