Pertahok: Former Jakarta governor in contention to lead state-owned enterprise, has Jokowi’s backing

Former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama has mostly shied away from politics ever since his release from prison in January after serving his highly controversial two-year sentence for blasphemy.

Wife of Medan suicide bomber arrested, police say she planned terror attack in Bali

Wife of Medan suicide bomber arrested, police say she planned terror attack in Bali

Indonesia’s National Police this morning announced the capture of a woman identified as the wife of the suicide bomber who attacked a police compound in the North Sumatra...

Shopkeeper in Surabaya arrested for allegedly filming women using phone camera in fitting room

Shopkeeper in Surabaya arrested for allegedly filming women using phone camera in fitting room

Police in Wiyung sub-district in Surabaya, East Java arrested a 26-year-old man named Erik Dwi Guna Yulianto on Sunday for allegedly filming women in fitting rooms at a mall.

2 e-scooter riders killed after getting hit from behind by car in Jakarta, police say driver was under influence of alcohol

2 e-scooter riders killed after getting hit from behind by car in Jakarta, police say driver was under influence of alcohol

Two e-scooter riders were killed in a collision with a car in Jakarta, in what has become the first fatal incident involving the increasingly controversial electric vehicles.

Medan suicide bombing suspect identified as 24-year-old student, wore ‘ojol’ attire at time of blast

Medan suicide bombing suspect identified as 24-year-old student, wore ‘ojol’ attire at time of blast

Police have identified a 24-year-old student by his initials RMN as suspect of the suicide bombing that took place in the parking lot of the Medan Police station in the North...

Village residents in Yogyakarta shut down interfaith prayer ceremony, accusing organizer of ‘religious deviation’

Village residents in Yogyakarta shut down interfaith prayer ceremony, accusing organizer of ‘religious deviation’

Yogyakarta has seen a rise in religious intolerance over the last few years, and the latest instance took place just yesterday. A Buddhist and Hindu prayer ceremony in Mangir Lor...

Jakarta gov’t warns public against using electric scooters on pedestrian bridge after photos of damages go viral

Jakarta gov’t warns public against using electric scooters on pedestrian bridge after photos of damages go viral

Since its launch earlier this year, GrabWheels — an e-scooter rental service by Singapore-based app Grab — has somewhat become a trend among youngsters in Jakarta and...

One dead after suspected suicide bombing in Medan

One dead after suspected suicide bombing in Medan

A suspected suicide bombing outside a police station in Indonesia has left at least one attacker dead, authorities said Wednesday.

Indonesian ministry launches complaint portal to tackle radicalization among civil servants

Indonesian ministry launches complaint portal to tackle radicalization among civil servants

Indonesia’s Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform (PANRB) said they will reject prospective civil servants who post social media content deemed to be against the...

Son of official in West Java allegedly shoots contractor over IDR500 million project payment

Son of official in West Java allegedly shoots contractor over IDR500 million project payment

Police in the Majalengka regency of West Java are currently investigating the alleged shooting of a contractor by a civil servant on Sunday night. The alleged shooter, who...


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Coconuts Jakarta News

In a city of just over 10 million people (over 30 million if the surrounding satellite cities of Bogor, Depok, Tangerang and Bekasi were included) and many different cultures, news in Jakarta is obviously as varied as it is plentiful. Being a capital city, it’s a given that Jakarta news mostly revolves around politics and economics on a regular day. Jakarta’s Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama is quite the headline maker, as he’s known to be a no-nonsense, assertive figure who’s actually proving to be the leader the city needs in order for it to progress infrastructurally, socially, and economically. He also has his critics – many of whom like to discredit him based on his race and religion, as Ahok is a double minority as both Chinese and a Christian. Apart from coverage of men in suits and ties (and batik), Jakarta’s news sphere also heavily features crime stories. Many Jakartan crime stories have been covered and obsessed about nationally, the biggest of which in recent times is the case of Wayan Mirna Solihin, who was allegedly murdered in early 2016 by her friend, Jessica Kumala Wongso, who apparently slipped cyanide in her coffee. Of course, there is also good and uplifting news coming out of Jakarta, like stories of selfless citizens who dedicate their time and effort to help other people, such as victims of flooding, which is quite a regular occurrence in parts of Jakarta, especially during the monsoon season.