Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

Those Possessed By Demons?

The weighty Indonesian dictionary compiled by the Education Ministry defines kesurupan as “ possession by Satan or spirits, resulting in strange actions ”. It’s...

My Uncle the Police Chief and Other Lies

Imagine you’re choosing a career. Would you cough up Rp300 million (US$25,400) for a job with a starting salary of just Rp1.56 million (US$113) per month, rising to...

Expat Resort Manager Sparks Row With Politicians

On March 9–10, officials from the Mentawai Islands chapter of the National Democratic (Nasdem) Party held a working meeting on Simakakang Island. Nasdem is the party...

Designer Bag Deceit

Let’s be honest. A handbag is just something in which to carry makeup, car keys, tampons, sunglasses, perfume and a purse. It should be durable and practical, even...

Online Arisan Exposed

A simple Facebook page lured hundreds of Indonesians, mostly housewives, into investing their savings in a scheme offering unfeasibly high returns. It was a classic...

Swipers Still Swiping

Despite the ongoing efforts of Islamic political parties to criminalize sex outside of marriage, Indonesians are still flocking to online dating apps in search of...

Humanitarian Who Swam For Indonesia

Monte Few foreign athletes have devoted themselves to humanitarian and environmental causes in Indonesia as much as Montgomery Monfore, an American world record ocean...

From Trader to Moderator: Olivier Rula

If you’ve ever searched online for advice about Indonesia, chances are you have already encountered Olivier Rula, better known as ‘Atlantis’, the administrator of...

Delving into the Dark Web

Much has been written in Indonesia about the ‘deep web’ and the ‘dark web’ – much of it ill-informed scaremongering. Typical of this is an article headlined...

Sexploitation, Lies and Video

Amid the almost daily allegations of sexual abuse by Hollywood celebrities, there is an understandable response of condemnation and moral indignation. In Indonesia, a...

How to Get Poor Fast

One of the most popular ways to get rich in Indonesia is through politics. There are endless possibilities for self-enrichment through abuse of power. When...

Phony Document & Sweepstakes Hustles

Imagine finding a cheque for US$350,000, or picking up a winning sweepstakes ticket on the street. Too good to be true? Yes, it’s an all-too-common scam in Indonesia....

The Superstition Inquisition

From ghosts to talismans and black magic, irrational beliefs remain widespread in Indonesia despite rapid advances in science, technology and education. Why does...

The Online Virginity Auctioneer

A man who auctioned virgins online claims he merely wanted to fund a sexual revolution to free Indonesia from corruption, poverty and violence. Few people are buying it....