Teen raped by son of Bekasi official was also offered up for prostitution: Child Protection Agency

The teenage girl who was allegedly raped by a son of an official in Bekasi City, West Java, was also offered by the latter for prostitution, according to the Regional Child Protection Agency (KPAD).

Indonesian man claiming to be 26th prophet in Islam charged with blasphemy: National Police

Indonesian man claiming to be 26th prophet in Islam charged with blasphemy: National Police

An Indonesian man who’s believed to be out of the country has been named a suspect by the National Police (Polri) for allegedly posting blasphemous videos online, with the man...

No sanctions for those who go on ‘mudik’ outside ban period: Transport Ministry

No sanctions for those who go on ‘mudik’ outside ban period: Transport Ministry

The Transportation Ministry said that there will not be any sanctions for those going back to their hometowns outside of the mudik ban period, which will go into force between May...

Ramadan is here! Get yourself a digital gift to keep yourself ahead of the curve on all things Indonesia

Ramadan is here! Get yourself a digital gift to keep yourself ahead of the curve on all things Indonesia

Ramadan Kareem! In this holy month filled with countless blessings, we are giving away a 30-day free trial to Indonesia Intelligencer....

‘We panicked’: Wife of man who assaulted nurse in Palembang says their child’s IV needle was pulled harshly

‘We panicked’: Wife of man who assaulted nurse in Palembang says their child’s IV needle was pulled harshly

Police have charged the man who was filmed assaulting a nurse at a hospital in the South Sumatra capital of Palembang for assault over the weekend. However, his wife has also come...

2 Indonesian hackers stole US$60 million through fake US COVID-19 relief site

2 Indonesian hackers stole US$60 million through fake US COVID-19 relief site

Two Indonesian hackers were arrested in Surabaya, East Java for allegedly creating a fake website to collect COVID-19 relief from the US government, a scam of which reportedly...

Police say woman in Riau hanged herself after husband refused intercourse

Police say woman in Riau hanged herself after husband refused intercourse

A woman was found hanged at her home in Rokan Hilir regency, Riau Province, with police saying that her husband refusing her sexual intercourse might have led her to commit...

Traffic Police will ‘ease’ travel before mudik ban comes into effect on May 6

Traffic Police will ‘ease’ travel before mudik ban comes into effect on May 6

Not that we condone going on mudik amid a pandemic, but the National Police’s Traffic Corps has pretty much validated a glaring loophole of the government’s ban on the annual...

Greater Jakarta Area told to brace for extreme weather from tropical cyclone Surigae

Greater Jakarta Area told to brace for extreme weather from tropical cyclone Surigae

Officials say the Greater Jakarta Area must buckle up for extreme weather over the next two days, as the capital and its surrounding cities may be affected by the intensifying...

Soccer commentator famous for ‘jebret’ catchphrase goes on crusade against rude critics

Soccer commentator famous for ‘jebret’ catchphrase goes on crusade against rude critics

Popular Indonesian soccer commentator Valentino Simanjuntak may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there is absolutely no need to criticize him by calling him names, and he’s...


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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.