Kenneth Yeung

Kenneth Yeung is a Jakarta-based editor.

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Scams in the City: For Worse

Weddings, an essential rite of passage in Indonesia, remain a source of scamming and discontent. It was supposed to be one of the happiest days in the life of Karina...

TUESDAY, DEC. 2, 2014 FILE PHOTO FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014 file photo, Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman, right, walks with Indonesian teaching assistant, Ferdinant Tjiong prior to the start of their trial hearing at South Jakarta District Court in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia top court has overruled the acquittal of Bantleman and Tjiong and heightened their sentence to 11 years in jail for sexually abusing three young children at a prestigious international school in Jakarta. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

Scams in the City: The Punisher

It is often said the Indonesian judiciary is rotten to the core. But there is one Supreme Court judge who always upholds or extends the sentences of corruption felons,...

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Scams in the City: Transgressions of Tolerance

Although some Indonesian transvestites are involved in minor scams, much greater evil comes from bigots who incite intolerance by preaching that cross-dressing is a...

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It’s All in the Mind

Hypnotism – when defined as the act of putting someone into a trance and under your control – is not real. But in Indonesia, many scam victims insist they were...

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Sky High Hijinks

Air travel scams are common, but more worrying is that Indonesian airlines have been ranked among the most unsafe in the world. Despite that, it’s still safer to fly...

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Scum in the Cities

Indonesian law carries a six-year jail term for negligent drivers who cause fatal accidents. But rich kids in costly cars are usually above the law. Among the tenants of...

Mama Wants Credit, Papa Wants Shares

Police have finally busted one of the most common text message scams in the book; meanwhile, the country’s biggest corruption scandal could just be swept under the...

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Stranger Danger

Beware of people you meet online. And beware of strangers seeking help. An Indonesian man has been jailed in Australia for rape after posing as a woman on Facebook to...

Official Ignorance Is Not Bliss

If Indonesia’s greatest crime of the past century remains swept under the carpet – and cannot even be discussed at a book festival – then what hope is there of...

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The Great Degradable Swindle

Consumers in Indonesia will have noticed that plastic bags from leading chains of convenience stores and supermarkets are now labelled ‘green’ and ‘degradable’....

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Playing for Rain

What to do when the country is suffering its worst drought in five years and the Government yet again fails to stop the illegal burning of forests? In one village,...

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Ripping Off Refugees

A photo of a drowned boy sparked an outpouring of international grief, prompting some Western countries to take more Syrian refugees; but in Indonesia, asylum seekers...

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You Say You Want a Revolution?

Cybercrime is on the rise in Indonesia. Government critics claim the biggest online scam is an official website promoting President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo’s...

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Appetite for Destruction

The Indonesian president, the maritime minister and the Supreme Court are all too weak to stop a Chinese mining company from operating illegally on a small, protected...