Category Archive: Stories

And the World’s largest Muslim country will be….

A report predicting India would surpass Indonesia in having the world’s largest Muslim population by 2050 was seen as confirming a “demographic shift” in the country, observers said Friday. “India will retain a… Continue reading

Indonesia’s political elite declares war to KPK

Indonesia’s political elite have closed ranks to undermine the country’s anti-graft commission, which has already been weakened by a bitter dispute over the president’s choice for police chief, a senior official of the… Continue reading

Israel’s low-key ties with Indonesia

Despite pro-Palestinian support from country with world’s largest Muslim population, article in ‘Diplomat’ reveals improvement in diplomatic ties between Indonesia and Israel, with 200,000 Indonesian tourists visiting Israel, billion-dollar trade. The diplomatic ties… Continue reading

House for sale in Indonesia – with free wife

An advert for a house in Indonesia has gone viral online after the woman selling it offered to throw in an unusual extra feature for free, her hand in marriage. The Internet ad… Continue reading

Sexism, made in Indonesia

A football shirt with a washing instruction deemed sexist has sparked cause uproar in Indonesia.  

Jokowi: one thumb up, one thumb down

Indonesia has delayed the execution of two Australian drug smugglers by up to a month, backtracking on an earlier pledge to put the pair before the firing squad by the end of February.… Continue reading

Wee wee quarantine on Valentine

Dozens of Indonesian couples suspected of doing “the nasty thing” have been detained in Valentine’s Day raids in several major Indonesian cities. Uptight authorities, concerned about residents’ morality, staged raids in Surabaya, Pontianak and Malang on Saturday, barging in… Continue reading

The Act of Joko

There are signs of increasing discomfort about the current wave of executions in Indonesia. Quite apart from the lack of any credible evidence that the death penalty has any impact on crime rates… Continue reading

Australians threaten to smoke pot at home this summer

Australian travellers could boycott Indonesia if Jakarta executes two drug smugglers on death row, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said yesterday as she refused to rule out withdrawing diplomats. Bishop had pleaded for the… Continue reading


A popular Indonesian Muslim cleric has issued a fatwa against taking selfies leading to a series of defiant selfies shared by scores of locals. Felix Siauw, a locally well-known author and speaker, has… Continue reading

Journalist murdered in Sumatra

A newspaper editor on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island was shot dead by an unknown assailant, local media reported on Tuesday. Benny Faisal, chief editor of the weekly Fokus Lampung, was killed late on Sunday… Continue reading

Burn crystal burn

Handcuffed and wearing black masks, a Hong Kong man accused of being a drug lord and his gang were Tuesday forced to publicly burn a US$136-million (S$170 million) stash of crystal methamphetamine after… Continue reading