Category Archive: Stories

Tribal groping causes Amok in Sumatra

Twelve people have been killed and more than 1,600 others displaced in violent ethnic clashes on Indonesia’s Sumatra island, police said Tuesday.   “The clashes between residents in two villages in Lampung province… Continue reading

Slave Trade in Kuala Lumpur

An advertisement in Malaysia for cut-price Indonesian maids has gone viral online in Indonesia and sparked new outrage over an issue that has long divided the two countries. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa… Continue reading

Indonesia Strikes

More than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across Indonesia on Wednesday to demand better benefits and protest the hiring of contract workers, union officials said. Hundreds of thousands of… Continue reading

Indonesia’s single time zone is for later

Indonesia has delayed a plan to create a single time zone for the sprawling archipelago this month because of slow-moving bureaucracy. The government had planned to merge its three time zones into one, eight… Continue reading

Kereta Khusus Wanita

Train company KAI Commuter Jabodetabek (KCJ) is set to launch Indonesia’s first women-only trains on Monday, following the “success” of women-only carriages that commenced operations in 2010. KCJ spokeswoman Eva Chairunisa said in… Continue reading

Indonesia foresees a European Spring

Indonesian Vice President Boediono called business sector in the country to raise their alertness on slowing global economy. The vice president said that should the impact of the global economic crisis resulted from… Continue reading

Jokowi-Basuki mob Jakarta

Jakarta gubernatorial election, 2012: “In what was ostensibly an unpaid show of support (paying people to attend campaign events is a common occurrence in Indonesia), more than 2,000 Jokowi fans held a flash… Continue reading

SBY Wanted

A West Papua pro-independence group has offered a £50,000 reward to anyone who places President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono under “citizen’s arrest” during his visit to the United Kingdom for human rights offenses committed… Continue reading

Was there a Monster in Buyat Bay?

A Newmont Indonesian operation, PT Newmont Minahasa Raya, was the center of controversy in 2004 over its subsea disposal of mine tailings. Several local residents of Buyat Bay had complained to Indonesia’s National… Continue reading

This week’s fall: Hartati Murdaya

Another senior leader of the ruling Democratic Party Hartati Murdaya was detained by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday in a bribery case. Hartati, a member of the party`s Advisory Board which… Continue reading

Mild Protest Expected at US Embassy

Indonesian leaders and a prominent cleric have urged calm in the world’s largest Muslim majority nation ahead of expected protests over an anti-Islam film that has sparked anger among followers. Jakarta police spokesman… Continue reading

The epicentre of corruption

Rampant corruption has crippled the public service in Indonesia, where paying bribes is routine. The country scored 3.0 in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2011, where 10 means “very clean” and zero… Continue reading