Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

Top 10 Controversial Convictions in Indonesia

Baiq Nuril Maknun Sexual harassment victim jailed for six months In August 2012, Baiq Nuril Maknun (born 1978) was working as a temporary employee at State Senior High...

Arrested Playwright Duped by Fool’s Gold

A troubled dramatist has fallen victim to a scam involving idiotic claims about the secret gold of an Indonesian king. When I first encountered playwright and actress...

Top 10 Non-Fiction Books on Indonesia

Indonesia Etc. Elizabeth Pisani 2014   Easily the best book about Indonesia in recent years. Elizabeth Pisani, an American who lives in the UK, first visited Indonesia...

Blessing Scammers Busted in Bali

Yet again, professional scammers are being mislabelled as hypnotists. Police in Bali have arrested a gang of seven scammers, including three Chinese nationals, who...

Top 10 Indonesian Statues

Not just the tallest, this list also includes some of Indonesia’s most controversial statues.   Garuda Wisnu Kencana Where: Bukit Ungasan, Badung regency, Bali...

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Natural Disaster Fraud

Natural disasters can bring out the worst in a handful of people. After the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that killed an estimated 5,000 people in Central Sulawesi...

Indonesia’s 10 Worst Air Disasters

Indonesia has been endeavouring to improve its air safety record. Hopefully this list will never require updating. Mandala Flight 660 July 24, 1992 70 fatalities: 63...

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Phony Breast Cancer Doctor Jailed

Staying healthy in Indonesia is hard enough without being exposed to quackery. A court in Bali has jailed a bogus doctor, who fraudulently treated a woman suffering from...

Top 10 Mosques in Indonesia

Being home to world’s largest Muslim population, it’s only natural that Indonesia should have some of the most beautiful and melodious mosques on the planet. Their...

Magic Money Boxes and Jenglot

Conmen are still tricking gullible people into believing that money can be magically increased by mystical and mythical objects. The government is this year spending...

Top 10 Indonesian Serial Killers

1. Ahmad Suradji Born: January 10, 1949 Date of murders: 1986–1997 Victims: 42 girls and women Status: Executed July 10, 2008 Suradji, better known as Datuk, was a...

UAE Boxing Coach Scammed in Jakarta

The Asian Games were a great success, marred only by a few scandals and controversies, including a Palestinian expatriate scamming a visiting boxing coach in a nightlife...

Too Much Ado About Prostitution

Much of the media attention on the recent Asian Games in Jakarta focused on four Japanese athletes being sent home for using the services of prostitutes. As conservatism...

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...