Heru Nainggolan

Heru Nainggolan is a Jakarta-based freelance writer and journalist that's been covering a variety of issues since 2011.

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Tobacco Bill Lights Up Advocates in 2017

The resurrection of a controversial tobacco bill has escalated the battle between pro-tobacco lobbyists and anti-tobacco activists in 2017. Parliament aims to pass the...

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How Technology Can Mess With Your Love Life

In October of 2016, the love story between Indonesian businessman Pablo Putera Benua and popular TV host and comedian Rey Utami took the internet by storm. One day,...

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How the Government Aims to Better Connect Indonesia’s Cities in 2017

Connecting people in a nation like Indonesia – which has an extremely diverse geography across thousands of islands – will always be a big challenge, especially with...

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Indonesia’s Tax Amnesty Policy Hinges on SMEs

You can buy the latest smartphone through Indonesia’s consumer-to-consumer e-marketplace Bukalapak. You can even invest your money by purchasing gold on the site. But...

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Entrepreneurs Cut Out Middlemen in Indonesia’s Agricultural Trade

Technology has long been supporting the agriculture sector in Indonesia, with the use of modern machinery to increase farmers’ productivity and efficiency. Recently,...

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Indonesia May be the Next Frontier for Ecotourism Entrepreneurs

Ecotourism in Indonesia is an emerging trend that could be the next big thing. Here’s a guide on how to start an ecotourism business in the archipelago. Despite...

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US Cooperates with National Police to Arrest Terrorist Leader in Sulawesi

Indonesia’s military has been fighting a guerrilla war with Muslim radicals in Sulawesi for years. Officials claim to be closing in on the group’s leader. What...

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Indonesia’s Anti-LGBT Sentiments are Diverting Attention from the Problems at Hand

Indonesia’s sudden uproar of anti-LGBT sentiment could be a tactic used by the government to divert public attention away from the nation’s real problems.   ...

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Fishermen in Indonesia Undaunted by Declining Shark Fin Demand in China

Demand for shark fin is in decline, particularly in China, but shark fishing is still rampant in Indonesia. A lack of regulation to protect sharks persists. Decreased...

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Following Haze Crisis, Indonesia Pledges to Cut Deforestation Rate in Half

This year’s forest fires sky-rocketed Indonesia’s carbon emissions tenfold. The government has announced a plan to revamp the nation’s land and forest management....

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Facing Desperate Waste Problems, Indonesia Hustles to Find Answers

  The Government says it will improve the garbage bank system in a bid to ease some of the burden from Indonesia’s landfills. Sofia Blake, wife of the US...

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Concerns Loom over Bali’s Readiness Following Visa-Free Travel Policy

Stakeholders are sceptical about whether Bali can accommodate the high number of foreign arrivals that will be caused by the new visa-free policy. Despite concerns about...

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Trans-Sulawesi Railway to Boost Local Economy Without Private Investment

The Government will fund the Trans-Sulawesi railway project entirely, without private investors, in hopes that it will pull foreign money to the region later. The...

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Concerns Loom Over Feasibility of Papua Mega Agriculture Project

Experts say Jokowi’s grand rice harvest plan for Papua will fail, as it would require the Government to round up US$2.9 billion and fly in more than 500,000...