Indonesia’s new ‘virtual police’ out to warn ITE law violators

Mind what you post online, because the National Police has launched a Virtual Police division that is out to warn internet users who violate the country’s Information and Electronic Transactions Act (UU ITE).

Dozens of Indonesian graft suspects get COVID-19 jabs

Dozens of Indonesian graft suspects get COVID-19 jabs

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has administered COVID-19 vaccines to 39 graft detainees, the anti-graft body confirmed, as it seeks to prevent an outbreak...

Mind your online manners: Indonesia last in Southeast Asia in digital civility study

Mind your online manners: Indonesia last in Southeast Asia in digital civility study

Indonesian netizens might have to learn a thing or two about basic online manners, after the country came last in Southeast Asia in Microsoft’s latest Digital Civility Index...

Soldiers foil suicide attempt at Jakarta’s Wisma Atlet COVID-19 quarantine facility

Soldiers foil suicide attempt at Jakarta’s Wisma Atlet COVID-19 quarantine facility

A woman tried to jump from the 20th floor of the Wisma Atlet COVID-19 quarantine facility in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta yesterday, with the suicide attempt foiled by two soldiers...

Indonesia aims to reopen schools in July after vaccinating 5 million teachers

Indonesia aims to reopen schools in July after vaccinating 5 million teachers

Schools across Indonesia may reopen in July, President Joko Widodo said, if health officials can meet his target of vaccinating 5 million educators in the next five months.

4 male health workers charged with blasphemy for bathing deceased female COVID-19 patient

4 male health workers charged with blasphemy for bathing deceased female COVID-19 patient

Authorities in Pematangsiantar, North Sumatra have charged four male health workers with blasphemy after they allegedly violated Islamic customs by bathing a deceased female...

Indonesian nurse dies from COVID-19 before receiving second vaccine shot

Indonesian nurse dies from COVID-19 before receiving second vaccine shot

An Indonesian nurse has died from COVID-19 after receiving one of two mandatory vaccine shots, with the government highlighting the importance of adherence to health protocols on...

Prabowo Subianto, Anies Baswedan favorites for 2024 presidential election: surveys

Prabowo Subianto, Anies Baswedan favorites for 2024 presidential election: surveys

Come what may, Indonesia is getting a new president in 2024. In this country, it’s never too early to predict the frontrunners for the top job, and a couple of surveys suggest...

Government cuts 5 days from 2021 collective leave schedule

Government cuts 5 days from 2021 collective leave schedule

The government has cut five collective leave days from this year’s libur schedule, considering that previous spikes in the country’s COVID-19 caseload came right after public...

Let Love Flow: Jakarta couple brave flood to get married with help from baby bathtub

Let Love Flow: Jakarta couple brave flood to get married with help from baby bathtub

Not even Jakarta’s massive floods over the weekend managed to stop the union of this couple, with a video that captured them braving the deluge on their way to tie the knot...


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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.