Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

Setting the Crooked Record Straight

Some foreigners are involved in hypnotism scams in Indonesia, but the media should not be too hasty to blame Singaporeans. Two weeks ago, this column reported on the...

Top 10 Indonesian Sportsmen

1.Rudy Hartono Badminton player Born:  August 18, 1949 From: Surabaya, East Java Height: 182 cm Sports buffs know that Indonesia’s first Olympic gold medallists were...

Top 10 Indonesian Sportswomen

I recently asked some Indonesian school children to name their favourite female Indonesian athletes. Sadly, they didn’t know any; so here are ten of the best.  ...

Old Singapore Dollars for New Rupiah

A gang of scammers is targeting elderly people in Jakarta by offering Singapore dollars at an exchange rate that’s too good to be true. At about 9.30am on July 16,...

Ahok Blasphemy

Top 10 Indonesian Blasphemy Cases

You’ve got to have faith in a nation where religion is compulsory. And it has to be one of the accepted faiths. Ahok Jakarta Governor             Basuki...

Not So Sweet Anymore

Condensed milk producers will no longer be allowed to falsely market their sickly sweet product as a health food. Growing up in Australia in the 1980s, there was usually...

Top 10 Indonesian Football Scandals

Match-fixing, mismanagement and political meddling have ensured that football-mad Indonesia remains a dormant giant on the international scene.   The following list is...

Here, Have a Photo of One Million Dollars

Pull up a chair. In the 1950s, there was a groundbreaking British radio series called The Goon Show. It was anarchic, absurd and hilarious. The main character was a...

Top 10 Concert Fails in Indonesia

1. Koes Bersaudara Why? Jailed for playing a Beatles song June 29, 1965, Jakarta Formed in Jakarta in 1960, Koes Bersaudara (the Koes Brothers) helped to introduce rock...

Stealing

The Stealing Season

It’s that time of the year again, when some people are resorting to crime to raise money to return to their hometowns. Toward the end of the Muslim fasting month of...

Top Ten Indonesian Endangered Species

Animals are the big losers as Indonesian tycoons continue to profit by destroying forests 1. Javan Rhino Local name: Badak Jawa How many left? 60 or fewer Lifespan:...

Correctional Crimes

Inmates at a jail in Bandung were running a scam for two years in which they seduced women online and then blackmailed them. How can crime be so rampant in correctional...

Top 10: Best and Worst Movies Set in Indonesia

1. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Director: Peter Weir. Stars: Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hunt. Banned for almost 20 years in Indonesia, this film was...

Foreigners who scammed the local

Jember Friendship Ambassador Scammed by Foreigners

I once asked a long-time Australian expatriate why he had made Indonesia his home for over 40 years. Was it the business opportunities? The social life? The temperate...