Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

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...

Hatching Hoaxes

Indonesia made international tabloid headlines a few weeks ago when it was reported that a teenage boy from South Sulawesi province had laid 20 eggs over the past two...

Indonesia Top 10: Facts about Durian

They smell like hell but taste like heaven. This football-sized “King of fruit” is famous for its pungent odour. A cleaver or machete is needed to open the thorny...

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...