IDR5 million fine for those who refuse COVID-19 vaccination as Jakarta passes new regulations

The COVID-19 vaccine is still a ways away (well, end of November, based on the government’s most optimistic expectations), but Jakarta has already passed a set of new coronavirus regulations that, among others, would fine those who refuse to be inoculated. 

Indonesian man caught growing weed said he was doing it ‘for research’

Indonesian man caught growing weed said he was doing it ‘for research’

An Indonesian man arrested for growing marijuana at home remains adamant that he was cultivating the illegal plant for research purposes, as he faces serious penalties for his...

President Joko Widodo gets street named after him in Abu Dhabi

President Joko Widodo gets street named after him in Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has honored Indonesian President Joko Widodo by naming a street after him in the capital city of Abu Dhabi. Previously named Al Ma’arid Street...

President Joko Widodo wants Indonesia to show it’s still ready to host 2021 U-20 World Cup

President Joko Widodo wants Indonesia to show it’s still ready to host 2021 U-20 World Cup

Lovers of the beautiful game have been eagerly anticipating the 2021 U-20 (Under 20) World Cup in Indonesia, but, like many other sporting events around the world, plans to hold...

9.1 million Indonesians to be vaccinated by year’s end, pending halal approval

9.1 million Indonesians to be vaccinated by year’s end, pending halal approval

Indonesia’s Islamic authority is set to have a pivotal role in the country’s vaccination drive, which the government is hoping would begin as early as the end of this year.

Man accused of raping woman and killing her 9-year-old son dies in jail

Man accused of raping woman and killing her 9-year-old son dies in jail

A man in Aceh who was facing at least 20 years for the rape of a woman and the murder of her son was found dead in his cell, but questions surrounding cause of death may remain...

Fugitive who pulled off Shawshank-esque escape from Indonesian prison found hanged in hideout

Fugitive who pulled off Shawshank-esque escape from Indonesian prison found hanged in hideout

The elusive Cai Chang Pan was found dead weeks after the death row inmate pulled off an unlikely escape from a Tangerang prison.

‘If the government says it’s a hoax, then it’s a hoax!” says the IT minister of a country with a totally healthy democracy

‘If the government says it’s a hoax, then it’s a hoax!” says the IT minister of a country with a totally healthy democracy

Thou shalt not take with a pinch of salt anything your government says was essentially the message given by Indonesia’s Communications and Information Technology (Kominfo)...

Indonesian man sues wife for defamation after she gossiped about his alleged small penis

Indonesian man sues wife for defamation after she gossiped about his alleged small penis

A civil servant in Probolinggo, East Java has all but brought national attention to his supposed shortcomings as he’s suing his wife for slander after she allegedly told...

Indonesian soldier imprisoned for same-sex relations as military reiterates firm stance against LGBT

Indonesian soldier imprisoned for same-sex relations as military reiterates firm stance against LGBT

The Indonesian Military (TNI) is toughening its stance against LGBT communities and individuals within its ranks following the imprisonment of a chief private for having same-sex...


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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.