Understanding Near Neighbors Fellowships: Challenges facing Indonesia and Malaysia

June 2006

APJC fellows had access to top political figures and some unexpected high profile news events. The eight 2006 fellows met in Melbourne for briefings before flying to Kuala Lumpur to start their 14-day tour of Malaysia and Indonesia. The program gave fellows a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the political, economic and cultural systems of the two societies. Highlights included meetings with Indonesia’s defence minister and a former president and opportunities to report on the central Java earthquake, the eruption of Mt Merapi and the release of Abu Bakar Bashir.

APJC fellows:

Australian Journalists:

Ms Fiona Carruthers, feature writer, Australian Financial Review, Sydney
Mr Gavin Fang, senior producer, ABC Asia Pacific News TV, MelbourneMs Marion MacGregor, radio journalist and broadcaster, Radio Australia, Melbourne
Ms Amanda McLeay, senior journalist and news producer, Channel Ten News, Brisbane
Ms Maria Moscaritolo, issues and opinion editor, The Advertiser, Adelaide
Mr Simon Palan, business and finance reporter, ABC TV, Sydney
Ms Sacha Payne, senior journalist, SBS Radio, Melbourne
Ms Ruth Pollard, health reporter, Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney

The following Indonesian journalists joined the program in Indonesia:

Mr Anton Alibasyah, DetikCom News Portal, Jakarta
Mr Ifran Junaedi, Republika Daily Newspaper, Jakarta
Ms Rieska Wulandari, Indonesia correspondent for Japan News Agency, Jakarta