At least 163 Jakarta middle school students fall ill from food poisoning, allegedly after eating tainted tofu

Police believe a bad tofu dish was the cause of the mass poisoning

Two ‘online taxi’ drivers in Medan victims of suspected robbery-murders in two days: police

Two ‘online taxi’ drivers in Medan victims of suspected robbery-murders in two days: police

Two drivers working for ride-hailing apps, locally known as “online taxis”, were killed in as many days in the North Sumatran capital of Medan over the weekend.

Jakartan nicknamed ‘Joker’ demands Christian service for children be stopped while carrying saw and axe, gets beaten up the next day

Jakartan nicknamed ‘Joker’ demands Christian service for children be stopped while carrying saw and axe, gets beaten up the next day

A video showing a man angrily demanding the end to a religious service for children taking place in an apartment building in Jakarta went viral online, in the midst of escalating...

BEE AFRAID: Terrifying swarm of bees descend on Citilink airplane’s wing, causing delay

BEE AFRAID: Terrifying swarm of bees descend on Citilink airplane’s wing, causing delay

Bee very afraid.

‘Halal’ virginity auction site NikahSirri.com blocked in Indonesia, owner arrested on pornography charges

‘Halal’ virginity auction site NikahSirri.com blocked in Indonesia, owner arrested on pornography charges

Although the nikahsirri.com website has been widely condemnened, the practice of nikah siri is still widespread in Indonesia.

Watch: Mob in Batam flips over car after mistakenly thinking it’s an ‘online taxi’

Watch: Mob in Batam flips over car after mistakenly thinking it’s an ‘online taxi’

While ride-sharing services like Uber and Grab (locally known as “online taxi” in Indonesia) recently had many of the legal constraints placed upon them by the government...

Malaysia jails Indonesian pirates for foiled hijacking of oil tanker

Malaysia jails Indonesian pirates for foiled hijacking of oil tanker

"The pirates, who were armed with machetes, planned the robbery and targeted helpless seafarers."

Indonesian authorities to allow US criminal probe into allegations Uber bribed local police

Indonesian authorities to allow US criminal probe into allegations Uber bribed local police

Ride-hailing giant Uber is facing a huge potential legal scandal after the US Justice Department announced they were investigating allegations that the tech company bribed...

Motorcycle taxi driver arrested on suspicion of murder, said he strangled victim ‘out of reflex’

Motorcycle taxi driver arrested on suspicion of murder, said he strangled victim ‘out of reflex’

The Jakarta Metro Police have arrested a motorcycle taxi driver working for a ride-hailing service for the alleged murder of a 19-year-old woman at the Laguna Apartments in Pluit,...

This badass mural of Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti as Wonder Woman is pretty much perfect

This badass mural of Indonesian Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti as Wonder Woman is pretty much perfect

Wonder Susi for President!


 

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.