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.

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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.

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...

Impenetrable doa: Health minister says prayer, not face masks, is why Indonesia remains coronavirus-free

Impenetrable doa: Health minister says prayer, not face masks, is why Indonesia remains coronavirus-free

As of this morning, there is zero confirmed coronavirus infection on Indonesian soil, which has raised questions over whether the country is ill-equipped to detect the disease or...

Indonesia will not repatriate former ISIS members over national security concerns

Indonesia will not repatriate former ISIS members over national security concerns

Indonesia has decided not to repatriate some 660 former members of terrorist group ISIS following a national debate on the issue, with the government choosing to prioritize...

Clash of the Ti-PANs: Chairs fly as brawl erupts during Indonesian political party congress (Video)

Clash of the Ti-PANs: Chairs fly as brawl erupts during Indonesian political party congress (Video)

A power struggle within the Indonesian Islamic-based National Mandate Party (PAN) led to a violent brawl at its national congress today, which reportedly injured some 30 people.

‘We are experienced’: Indonesia defends ability to detect coronavirus as country remains infection-free

‘We are experienced’: Indonesia defends ability to detect coronavirus as country remains infection-free

There has yet to be a single confirmed case of a 2019-nCoV coronavirus infection on Indonesian soil, raising suspicions about the country’s capability to detect infections as...

Indonesia debates repatriation of citizens who renounced citizenship to join ISIS

Indonesia debates repatriation of citizens who renounced citizenship to join ISIS

Indonesia is in the midst of a national debate on whether or not the repatriation of 660 former members of terrorist group ISIS is the right thing to do on a national security and...

‘If I’m a frog, then my mother is a frog’: Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini reports woman to the police for online slander

‘If I’m a frog, then my mother is a frog’: Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini reports woman to the police for online slander

Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini, popularly known as Risma, has reported a Bogor citizen for alleged online slander in a derogatory Facebook post.

Indonesian lawmaker says he aided in sex worker’s discrepancy-filled arrest to prove prostitution is totally real

Indonesian lawmaker says he aided in sex worker’s discrepancy-filled arrest to prove prostitution is totally real

Now we know prostitution totally exists, you guys, and we can thank one of our elected representatives for the enlightenment.


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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.

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