Rizieq Shihab to undergo swab test following hospital admission for ‘exhaustion’

Speculation that Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab has contracted COVID-19 has grown ever stronger after the firebrand cleric was admitted to a hospital in Bogor late yesterday evening due to “exhaustion.”

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KPK parades Rolex, LV, and Specialized bike as evidence of bribe in Edhy Prabowo’s arrest

KPK parades Rolex, LV, and Specialized bike as evidence of bribe in Edhy Prabowo’s arrest

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo was living in luxury from the bribe money he allegedly received, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) said as it...

Indonesians reminisce the good times under Susi Pudjiastuti following Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo’s graft bust

Indonesians reminisce the good times under Susi Pudjiastuti following Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo’s graft bust

Indonesians are celebrating one of the country’s most popular cabinet ministers in modern history following the arrest of her successor on suspicion of corruption.

Rizieq Shihab tests negative for COVID-19, according to Islamic Defenders Front

Rizieq Shihab tests negative for COVID-19, according to Islamic Defenders Front

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab has been cleared of COVID-19, the hardline Islamic group said, after growing speculation that the firebrand cleric had...

President Joko Widodo may shorten end-of-year break: Minister

President Joko Widodo may shorten end-of-year break: Minister

President Joko Widodo may shorten the end-of-year-break in Indonesia, a minister said today, as it appears the government is becoming increasingly concerned about Indonesians...

Rizieq Shihab refuses swab test amid suspicion he’s infected with coronavirus

Rizieq Shihab refuses swab test amid suspicion he’s infected with coronavirus

Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) leader Rizieq Shihab is refusing health screening by authorities, sources close to him say, as those who have been closely associated with his return...

Dec. 9 to be national holiday for regional elections: election commission

Dec. 9 to be national holiday for regional elections: election commission

Whether you’re voting or not on Dec. 9 (we won’t hold it against you if you want to avoid crowds for health reasons), you will get the day off as the government is set to turn...

‘We’ll always be friends’: Senior Indonesian minister Luhut Pandjaitan pays visit to outgoing President Trump

‘We’ll always be friends’: Senior Indonesian minister Luhut Pandjaitan pays visit to outgoing President Trump

Indonesia’s Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, with the senior member of...

President Joko Widodo ‘prepared’ to be among the first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

President Joko Widodo ‘prepared’ to be among the first in line to receive COVID-19 vaccine in Indonesia

President Joko Widodo says he’s ready to lead the country by example in vaccine administration, as he has all but volunteered himself to be among the first to be inoculated...

Islamic group threatens 212 mass rally if regional elections go ahead amid pandemic

Islamic group threatens 212 mass rally if regional elections go ahead amid pandemic

After getting nothing but a light slap on the wrist over recent crowded events, hardline Islamic groups say they are going to defy Jakarta’s crowd ban and press ahead with a...


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Coconuts Jakarta Politics

Politics in Jakarta has sadly become an extremely sensitive topic due to its being muddled by religion. Most political talk in Jakarta over the past couple of years has been about Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama – but not about all of the things he’s done for the city, about the fact that he’s a Protestant Christian of Chinese descent, a minority in Indonesia. This particular topic has divided Jakartans, with one group arguing that a Muslim should lead in a Muslim-majority country, and another group arguing that anyone can lead as long as they are capable, regardless of their race and religion. Aside from city-scale politics, Jakarta is, of course, Indonesia’s capital city. As such, it’s where most of Indonesia’s political action and decision making takes place.