Politics

Online hoax syndicate Saracen controlled by a politician: police

Online hoax syndicate Saracen controlled by a politician: police

Saracen, an online “hoax syndicate” authorities believe were used to hold massive campaigns to spread hatred among religious, political, and ethnic groups in Indonesia, may...

Indonesian Military advised not to screen controversial New Order propaganda film G30S/PKI

Indonesian Military advised not to screen controversial New Order propaganda film G30S/PKI

The New Order's fictionalized version of history still has many defenders fighting the ghosts of communists past.

Politician apologizes to employees of karaoke shuttered after he was caught with drugs on the premises

Politician apologizes to employees of karaoke shuttered after he was caught with drugs on the premises

"I apologize to them. Because of the problems I face, they have no certainty about being able to provide for their families."

Islamic Defenders Front asks for weapons to fight for Rohingya in Myanmar, Prabowo says ‘use your brains’

Islamic Defenders Front asks for weapons to fight for Rohingya in Myanmar, Prabowo says ‘use your brains’

"I am a former general, but we must always be cool, calm. Use your heads, use your brains. So I am here to ask you not to speak of weapons so quickly. I implore you, my friends...

Activists in Jakarta evacuated after violent mob surrounds pro-democracy event and accuses participants of communism

Activists in Jakarta evacuated after violent mob surrounds pro-democracy event and accuses participants of communism

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KPK: Regional heads receiving 10% cut of project cost ‘is the norm’ in Indonesia

KPK: Regional heads receiving 10% cut of project cost ‘is the norm’ in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has been on a roll over the past few months, arresting numerous regional heads in Indonesia on suspicion of graft.

FPI leader Rizieq Shihab says he’d rather stay in Saudi and be called a coward than return to Indonesia and get arrested

FPI leader Rizieq Shihab says he’d rather stay in Saudi and be called a coward than return to Indonesia and get arrested

Through his lawyers’ hints, many expected that the leader of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Rizieq Shihab, would return to Indonesia from Saudi Arabia following the...

When asked who he obtained alleged bribe money from, Indonesian official responds, ‘from God’

When asked who he obtained alleged bribe money from, Indonesian official responds, ‘from God’

Indonesian politicians have been caught in all sorts of corruption scandals, but we can’t think of another has been so brazen as to use God himself as an alibi for their...

Indonesia’s police chief wants to form a department staffed entirely by female officers

Indonesia’s police chief wants to form a department staffed entirely by female officers

Police Chief Tito Karnavian wants to increase the percentage of female police officers from around 5% to at least 20%


 

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.