Indonesian teenager survives getting speared in the neck by needlefish

A 16-year-old boy named Muhammad Idul from Wakinamboro village in the South Buton regency of Southeast Sulawesi miraculously survived a freak accident when he went fishing on Saturday night.

Viral: Surabaya neighborhood charges racist ‘non-pribumi’ taxes for residents and businesses

Viral: Surabaya neighborhood charges racist ‘non-pribumi’ taxes for residents and businesses

An unapologetically racist community tax policy in Surabaya, East Java is triggering outrage in Indonesia due to its disturbingly discriminatory nature.

Viral: Story of struggling elderly motorcycle taxi driver moves netizens, more than IDR100 million raised to help him

Viral: Story of struggling elderly motorcycle taxi driver moves netizens, more than IDR100 million raised to help him

We’ve written about heartwarming stories involving app-based motorcycle taxi drivers (locally known as ojek online or ojol for short) before, but a recent viral thread on an...

Leader of ‘ancient kingdom’ in Central Java admits delusion, apologizes

Leader of ‘ancient kingdom’ in Central Java admits delusion, apologizes

Indonesia’s most infamous alleged fraudster at the moment has owned up to his delusions as his imaginary kingdom crumbles as quickly as it ascended to its imaginary heights.

Police arrest alleged breast groper in Bekasi, blame his porn addiction

Police arrest alleged breast groper in Bekasi, blame his porn addiction

A man in Bekasi, West Java became the latest sexual assault suspect for allegedly groping the breast of an unsuspecting pedestrian, joining an extensive list of other sexual...

Siwi Widi Purwanti, air hostess in center of Garuda Indonesia prostitution scandal, testifies in defamation case

Siwi Widi Purwanti, air hostess in center of Garuda Indonesia prostitution scandal, testifies in defamation case

After having failed to meet two police summons for a witness statement last week, Siwi Widi Purwanti, an air hostess who has been accused by a whistleblower of being a key figure...

Teenager who killed mugger to protect girlfriend from rape faces life imprisonment with premeditated murder indictment

Teenager who killed mugger to protect girlfriend from rape faces life imprisonment with premeditated murder indictment

A 17-year-old high school student, identified by his initials ZA, may face life in prison for the murder of an alleged mugger last year, which he argued was done out of...

Video shows motorcycle taxi driver in Semarang hurling food at customer after long wait

Video shows motorcycle taxi driver in Semarang hurling food at customer after long wait

A video showing an altercation between an app-based motorcycle taxi driver and her customer in Semarang, Central Java has been circulating on social media today.

69 y.o. man in N. Sumatra sentenced to 2 months in prison for stealing rubber sap worth IDR17K

69 y.o. man in N. Sumatra sentenced to 2 months in prison for stealing rubber sap worth IDR17K

A 69-year-old laborer named Samirin might not have expected a prison sentence for taking a tiny bit of leftover rubber sap at a plantation he used to work at in North Sumatra.

Police question community leader over banner rejecting construction of new cinema and containing call to ‘chase away the Chinese jerks’

Police question community leader over banner rejecting construction of new cinema and containing call to ‘chase away the Chinese jerks’

The Jakarta Metro Police are questioning the leader of a hardline organization over a banner put up in East Jakarta that was disturbingly both racist and bigoted.


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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.