President Jokowi calls on Indonesian scientists to invent COVID-19 vaccine

President Joko Widodo today urged Indonesia’s top scientific minds to invent and produce a vaccine for COVID-19, as the country’s caseload continues to rise in recent weeks.

Bogor woman finds dead baby in her shopping bag

Bogor woman finds dead baby in her shopping bag

A woman in Bogor, West Java unknowingly brought home a shopping bag containing a dead baby, local police say, becoming the second person in Indonesia to receive such a horrifying...

What PSBB? Large crowds pour into malls and markets as Indonesia prepares for Eid

What PSBB? Large crowds pour into malls and markets as Indonesia prepares for Eid

With Eid al-Fitr coming this Sunday, the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) protocol currently in place in regions across the country seem powerless to stop Indonesians from...

Boy bullied by adults in South Sulawesi gets outpouring of sympathy

Boy bullied by adults in South Sulawesi gets outpouring of sympathy

A boy from South Sulawesi is receiving gifts and sympathy from people all around Indonesia after the horrific abuse he suffered in the hands of bullies who are much older than him.

Firebrand cleric released on probation sent back to prison for alleged violation

Firebrand cleric released on probation sent back to prison for alleged violation

Habib Bahar bin Smith, a firebrand cleric who was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting minors in 2019, has been sent back to prison briefly after he was released on...

Patient under observation for COVID-19 in Jakarta jumps to his death from hospital’s 4th floor

Patient under observation for COVID-19 in Jakarta jumps to his death from hospital’s 4th floor

A patient under observation (PDP) for COVID-19 jumped to his death from the fourth floor of Hermina Hospital in Jatinegara, East Jakarta yesterday, allegedly after requesting to...

West Java COVID-19 patient hauled by medical workers hugs neighbor in act of defiance

West Java COVID-19 patient hauled by medical workers hugs neighbor in act of defiance

A 40-year-old man who tested positive for the coronavirus reportedly went out of line as he refused to be hauled to a hospital in Tasikmalaya, West Java, and went as far as...

Jakarta woman handed box containing dead baby by strangers, police investigate

Jakarta woman handed box containing dead baby by strangers, police investigate

Police in East Jakarta are investigating an incident that shocked the city, which saw the body of a dead infant being handed over to an unsuspecting citizen.

‘Whatever, Indonesia’: Public vents frustration at recklessness and poor governance amid pandemic

‘Whatever, Indonesia’: Public vents frustration at recklessness and poor governance amid pandemic

The hashtag #IndonesiaTerserah (whatever, Indonesia) trended over the weekend as the public poured their boiling frustrations over the apparent disregard for COVID-19 prevention...

Fake COVID-19-free medical letters sold openly on Indonesian e-commerce sites

Fake COVID-19-free medical letters sold openly on Indonesian e-commerce sites

With medical letters stating that one is COVID-19-free a requirement for travel in Indonesia these days, some of the dodgiest entrepreneurial minds have been producing fake...


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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.

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