Monthly Archives: August 2011

Is “Timor Plaza” a good thing?

From: Zizi Vieira
To: “Joao M. Saldanha”
Cc: Ann Turner , ETAN inputs , “”
Subject: Re: Timor Plaza Soft Opening due in October, store list is out now
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:11:59 +1000

I wonder how this plaza will effect the small bussines in TL? More and more
plazas and expecting overseas tourist (as Joao pointed out) to come for
shopping in Dili? Another Singapore? Wouu…. I wonder what are my fellow
shoeless people expecting to see when they come into the plaza? I wonder
if those ‘ailebas’ and more hundreds of thousands of peasants throughout the
country (which many can’t even afford to come to DIli to witness these
plazas) should also be proud of. Is this the kind of development that
timorese people are dreaming about at the moment? I have always heard about
increasing growth of TL economy but I wonder how it is distributed among the
population. I am probably too ignorant to understand how my friend Joao is
linking this case of ‘more plazas to come’ to the National
Strategic Development Plan for the benefit of all Timorese.

On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 1:19 AM, Joao M. Saldanha

> Thanks Anne,
> This is a vindication of private sector picking up in East Timor. We should
> attract more investment, be it local or international, more tourists, and
> more business and more revenues for government to help move away from over
> dependence on oil and gas revenues. The Strategic Development Plan says that
> in the first decade, government need to spend much on infrastructure,
> education, and key economic sectors. At the same time, undertaking reforms
> to enable the private sector to develop in order to replace the government
> to sustain double digit growth from 2020 through 2030 and beyond. Welcome
> Timor Plaza and other plazas as well.
> Sent from my iPad
> On Aug 30, 2011, at 12:25 PM, Ann Turner wrote:
> ****Today, Timor** **Plaza**** at Dili Central is a hive of activity,
> with shopfitting going on at a very fast pace; some businesses are already
> trading and many others are on the verge of opening their doors to the
> public. The “soft opening” is scheduled for October. ****Timor** **Plaza**
> ** is going to revolutionise the way people go shopping and do business in
> Dili, with everything you need all under one roof and plenty of parking.
> It’s not too late to reserve your unit; there are spaces to suit every kind
> of business, including some “stand alone” kiosks available for short term
> lease, which are great for smaller items like toys and jewellery. If you
> are interested in bringing your business into ****Timor** **Plaza****, or
> if you’re just curious and would like to have a look around for yourself, we
> can arrange a tour of the premises. It is without doubt the largest and most
> impressive building in the country; the first privately-owned elevators in
> Timor-Leste will whisk you up five floors to the rooftop restaurant, which
> is now under construction and which will have a spectacular view of Dili
> from the mountains all the way round to Kristu Rei. There are suites of
> offices – some are already open – luxurious self-contained apartments and a
> hotel, too, which are nearing completion.
> There’s a beautiful marble-floored central court at the core of the
> development, a great space for special events or product launches, with
> plenty of room for entertainment, which will provide a showcase for
> emerging Timorese talent. Contact us if you’d like to book the space for
> your sales function or audition to perform there.
> ****Timor** **Plaza**** will be the hub of this year’s Christmas shopping
> and festivities in Dili and we’re planning some celebrations of our own in
> the coming months. Why not follow our Facebook page to
> get regular updates on what’s on at the ****Timor** **Plaza****?
> ****
> There is a post with a list of the shops and offices that are on the way
> to opening for business on the Timor Plaza blog at
> which will be updated regularly. You can
> email enquiries to Abdul Rozi at
> Cheers
> Ann

Corruption Investigation

August 15, 2011

*KAK wants official letter from PM Gusmao: KAK’s Soares
*Radio Timor-Leste, August 15, 2011 language source: Bahasa Indonesia

Timorese Anti-Corruption (KAK) is ready to investigate the Government
officials, but it needs an official letter from Prime Minister Xanana
Gusmao, KAK Commissary Aderito de Jesus Soares said. Tilman was
referring to the recent recommendation made PM Gusmao, asking KAK to
investigate his officials after the Government’s mandate ends. KAK is
ready to investigate the Government officials, but KAK needs an
official proposal from the prime minister, he stressed. The ex-Prime
Minister Mari Alkatiri said Gusmao is not serious to fight corruption
within the Government and he prefers making fun of the country’s
people. Alkatiri also questioned result of the investigation which
will be reached by KAK due to the investigation is held in the end of
the Government’s mandate and it will take time.

Witness statement for the HSBC Defence Campaign

On the 18th December, I joined protesters raising awarness
of tax dodging antics of shops in the city centre.

At least 200 peaceful demonstrators attended the protest. At no time
did I hear any police officer impose Section 12 or 14 of the Public
Order Act on anyone.

I believe Northumbria Police became enraged because the demonstration
was so successful and they lost control. They had no idea which shop
or bank we were making for, many shops were picketed twice. I would
further comment that the police lost all restraint when the main door of
Marks and Spenser’s was closed for over 15 mins by protesters sitting
down inside the shop. This is when the police were joined by private
security and bully boy tactics began in earnest. The senior officer, who
earlier said he saw the role of the police as ‘facilitating the
demonstration’ began jumping up and down screaming at protesters and
his fellow officers. This is when police and security guard
violence escalated. Attempts were made to violently grab protesters
and drag them out of the shop, one girl literally had people thrown on
top of her due to these tactics, she was hurt and badly shaken but to
her credit she completed the protest and joined those of us who
picketed the police station. It became obvious to me that the police
were going to arrest someone from then.

I did not witness the arrest of Patrick or Mark, some of us were
picketing another entrance, but from video footage I have seen of
Patricks arrest it is very clear that he is not trying to protect
Mark or anyone else from arrest, but simply continuing his right to
demonstrate in a very peaceful manner – chatting amiably to fellow
protesters. The tactics used in Marks and Spenser’s, which is when I
think the police attempted to make their first arrest, seem to have
been used in arresting Patrick, the police grabbing into demonstrators,
not caring if they injured anyone, going for someone they recognised.

It is interesting that between demonstrators blocking the door at Marks
and Spenser’s and the arrests I encountered the senior officer
described above talking to a member of the public. I went over with a
leaflet and explained to the lady what the demonstration was about.
After she said she fully supported the protesters the officer said, ‘he
had no problem with any of the demonstrators who were peaceful’, the
question begs to be asked if the demonstrators were peaceful why was
anyone arrested, perhaps for political motives.

Lidia Tindle

Cuban Doctors

FRETILIN.Media Flash:
Dili 24.7.2011

President of the Republic Jose Ramos-Horta, is to be congratulated for this very appropriate recognition of the value of the Cuban peoples’ solidarity to the people of Timor-Leste.

Cuban cooperation in the health area that has been ongoing since 2005, and has had all-party support, transcending changes in governments in Timor-Leste since, has saved in excess of 17, 000 lives through service delivery to the grassroots at the village and suco level, where over 5,000,000 consultations have been carried out with the people in rural areas as well as in district and national capitals.

Further, by 2015, thanks largely to the Cuban health cooperation in training Timorese doctors, Timor-Leste will have 500 doctors ready to serve our people. At the moment there are 945 young Timorese being trained as doctors, 732 of these being trained right here in Timor-Leste at the Medicine Faculty staffed by Cuban doctors undertaking the training of Timor-Leste’s future doctors.

In time, Timor-Leste’s medical faculty, will itself be able to begin training doctors from all over the Asia Pacific, with a n umber of Timorese being trained to the level of medical lecturers and trainers themselves.

Ambassador Ramon Hernandez Vasquez is a worthy recipient of the Insignia of the Order of Timor-Leste, for his tireless efforts in ensuring this health cooperation reached its optimum potential. He is a real friend of Timor-Leste and its people and we will miss him.

President Ramos-Horta is to be supported by all Leste Timorese in the nomination of the Cuban doctors for a Nobel Peace Prize. Though it is not necessarily a measure of the immeasurable and sustainable contribution they have made to bettering the health conditions of our people, it is important that we Timorese do all we can to ensure their efforts are internationally recognized.

Jose Teixeira M.P.
Media Coordinator