Proponent of Indonesia’s ‘family resilience’ bill defends article requiring parents and children to sleep in separate rooms ‘to avoid incest’

RUU Ketahanan Keluarga (Family Resilience Bill) is fast becoming one of the most unpopular proposed legislations in Indonesia, as it contains numerous articles that could threaten civilians’ sexual privacy, as well as sexual minorities.

Workers walk barefoot on used face masks allegedly being repackaged for sale in Indonesia (Video)

Workers walk barefoot on used face masks allegedly being repackaged for sale in Indonesia (Video)

Imagine that instead of keeping germs out, the face mask you’re wearing exposes you to a plethora of diseases due to the unhygienic way it was packaged.

Dozens of neighborhoods in Jakarta flooded following days of torrential rain

Dozens of neighborhoods in Jakarta flooded following days of torrential rain

Parts of Jakarta continue to be flooded this rainy season, with torrential rain in the last few days inundating dozens of neighborhoods in the capital.

Government prepares repatriation of 74 Indonesian crew members aboard Diamond Princess as number of infected grows

Government prepares repatriation of 74 Indonesian crew members aboard Diamond Princess as number of infected grows

Indonesia is preparing to bring home 74 Indonesian crew members aboard the Diamond Princess anchored off the Port of Yokohama, as the number of Indonesian crew members infected...

Indonesian minister wants fatwa ruling that the rich must marry the poor to combat poverty

Indonesian minister wants fatwa ruling that the rich must marry the poor to combat poverty

One of Indonesia’s top ministers has come up with what he undoubtedly thinks is a quick-fix solution to the country’s poverty problem: cross-economic class marriage.

Go-Cop: Police officer disguised as motorcycle taxi driver puts motorcyclist in his place (Video)

Go-Cop: Police officer disguised as motorcycle taxi driver puts motorcyclist in his place (Video)

What’s Indonesian Twitter without some good, viral motorcycle taxi content every now and then? While many stories involving app-based ojol ⁠— as they’re locally known...

Indonesian domestic worker recovers from COVID-19 in Singapore

Indonesian domestic worker recovers from COVID-19 in Singapore

An Indonesian domestic worker who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Singapore has recovered from the disease and has been discharged from the hospital, as announced by the Indonesian...

Everybody not really kung fu fighting: College professor arrested for staging viral brawl video on busy Jakarta street

Everybody not really kung fu fighting: College professor arrested for staging viral brawl video on busy Jakarta street

A viral video taken in Jakarta showing what looked like a well-choreographed street brawl turned out to be exactly that, with the police apprehending a couple of social media...

3 Indonesian crew members on Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus: foreign minister

3 Indonesian crew members on Diamond Princess cruise ship tested positive for coronavirus: foreign minister

Three Indonesian crew members aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship have tested positive for the coronavirus, as confirmed by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi today.

50 Shades of Nay: Indonesia looking to ban S&M with ‘family resilience’ bill

50 Shades of Nay: Indonesia looking to ban S&M with ‘family resilience’ bill

Ropes and whips may be banned from sexual activity in Indonesia if the House of Representatives (DPR) passes a bill designed to ensure domestic bliss in all households in the...


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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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