Ardi Wirdana

Ardi Wirdana is a Jakarta-based journalist covering a variety of topics including business, policy, and news in Indonesia.

Anti-Chinese Sentiment Among Factory Workers Escalates in Central Sulawesi

Conflicts in the workplace, wage disparity and language barriers have all contributed in fueling an anti-Chinese sentiment among workers in the Indonesia Morowali...

Bali House Nominated for Building of the Year Award

A house in Bali has been nominated for Building of the Year Award by Archdaily, a tech company dedicated to architecture. The home is named Casablancka, and is located...

Activists Voice Concerns Over Proposed Legislation on Extramarital Relations

A proposed rule is being drafted in parliament banning all consensual sex outside of marriage. Human rights activists are declaring it a breach of basic human rights,...

Transgender Women Forced to Look and Act Like Men by Authorities in Aceh

A group of transgender women in Aceh had their hair forcibly cut by the local police, who also made them put on male clothing and speak in masculine voices. The 12...

Bali in Top 10 of Best Places to Live for Cheap

Bali has been named in the top 10 of the best places to live for very little money in 2018 by Panama-based company Live and Invest Overseas. The Indonesian holiday...

Governor Anies Denies Mass Becak Arrival to Jakarta

Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has denied suggestions that becak (three-wheeled pedicabs) from various regions of Indonesia are flocking into Jakarta after he announced...

1,500 Chinese Tourists Intend to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Bali

Indonesia is set to receive at least 1,500 Chinese tourists on the resort island of Bali for the lunar new year next month, according to a Tourism Ministry official. The...

Aussie Tourists Paddle Through Kuta Streets in Flood

Heavy rain and flash flood in Kuta, Bali, have prompted some tourists from Australia to paddle their way around the holiday hotspot, perthnow.com.au reports. “It’s a...

Activists Call for End to Dog Slaughter in Indonesia

Animal rights activists have slammed the slaughtering of dogs for their meat in Indonesia and claim that almost all of the dogs killed are stolen from their owners or...

US Defense Secretary Given Insight on Counter-terrorism during Visit to Indonesia

On his visit to Indonesia, US Defense Secretary James Mattis was given some insight by Indonesian Politics, Law and Security Minister Wiranto on how Indonesia has made...

Business Booming for Women-only Ojek Service in Indonesia

At a time when religion is taking a bigger role in Indonesia, a new motorbike-hailing service that is deemed acceptable by Islamic law has started to boom in the...

Non-Muslim Man Caned in Aceh for Selling Liquor

A non-Muslim man was caned under the Islamic law on Friday for selling alcoholic drinks, after he chose the public caning over a prison sentence as the punishment for...

Citywide Search for Jakartan with 364 Million Tax Debt on Luxury Ferrari

The Jakarta authorities are in search of a man who lives in a rented house in a small alley, but who apparently owes the city government Rp.364 million in tax arrears...

Indonesia Protests European Union’s Decision to Limit Use of Palm Oil

Indonesia says it is “disappointed” with the European Parliament’s decision to approve the EU bill on clean energy, which will limit the use of palm oil, saying...