Ardi Wirdana

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

Indonesia to Lose First and Only Female Constitutional Court Justice

Indonesia’s first and only female constitutional justice Maria Farida Indrati will soon be stepping down from her position and it could spell tougher times for...

Jakarta to Conduct Routine Nightclub Patrol after Drugs Raid

Following the discovery of drugs in a raid of MG International Club on Sunday, the Jakarta government has warned that it will closely monitor other nightclubs to curb...

Muslim Leaders Urge Indonesians to Boycott American Products during Palestine Rally

Muslim leaders called on to the people of Indonesia to boycott American products as a show of protest against the move by American President Donald Trump to recognize...

Work Colleagues Free to Marry After Constitutional Court Overturns Restrictions

Companies in Indonesia can no longer prohibit employees from getting married after the Constitutional Court has ruled in favour of a petition protesting the policy. Many...

Go-Jek Acquires Three Local Fintech Companies

Popular ride-hailing service Go-Jek has agreed to acquire three local financial technology companies to strengthen its grip on the digital-payment market. Go-Jek already...

Court Rejects Bid to Criminalize Gay and Extramarital Sex Despite Split Judges Decision

A panel of Constitutional Court judges was split in its ruling on a judicial review seeking to outlaw gay and extramarital sex, but eventually ruled against the petition...

Four American F-16 Jets Land in Indonesia with Two Less Due to Engine Trouble

Indonesia has received four F-16 jet fighters granted by the United States on Tuesday, two less than initially planned after the other two aircrafts remain grounded in...

Police Arrests 18 Suspected Militants in Security Sweep Before Christmas

The National Police said it has arrested as many as 18 people with suspected links to militant groups ahead of Christmas and New Year as part of an annual attempt to...

Jakarta Ranks Low on List for Expat Living

Jakarta is not a great city for expats according to a recent report, which ranks the capital a disappointing 39 out of 51 cities on the Best and Worst Cities for Expats...

American Drug Convict Escapes Overcrowded Bali Prison

An American man arrested on a drug charge has managed to escape a prison in Bali and is now being hunted by the local police, who are also looking into the possibility...

Indonesia Joins Other Countries in Condemnation of Trump’s Jerusalem Declaration

Indonesia President Joko Widodo has publicly criticised the announcement by US President Donald Trump who recently recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel....

Orangutans Have Self-Medicating Ability, Study Finds

Bornean orangutans possess the ability to cure themselves using medicinal substances from the wild, a new study suggests. The plant has anti-inflammatory properties, and...

Ahok Named in Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy

Former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has been included in the list of top 100 global thinkers of 2017 by US global affairs publication Foreign Policy. Basuki,...

Minister Wants National Health Insurance Debt Covered by Cigarette Tax

With the country’s health and social security agency (BPJS) running a massive debt in rolling out its health insurance program, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani has...

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