Category: Top Reads

Opinion: Rent-a-Mobs & Religious Red Herrings

(Note: The views, anecdotes and opinions in this article belong to the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of Indonesia Expat.)  Paying people to stage...


A Pledge to Fight Trump’s Racism and Bigotry

People who take on the responsibility of elected office are to be held accountable for their actions. I am not sitting on the sidelines anymore.


Massive Fire Eats Up Neo Soho Mall

Jakarta police reported that the Neo Soho mall in Tanjung Duren, Grogol caught fire at 9 pm, Wednesday evening, November 9.

Is Jokowi Considering A Change to Indonesia’s Death Penalty?

The president claims to be “very open to options” when discussing the possibility of Indonesia abolishing the death penalty. Ahead of his delayed visit to Australia,...

President to Reschedule Australia Visit After Jakarta Riots

President Joko Widodo will have to reschedule his visit to Australia after the anti-Ahok rally, but insists that the situation in the capital city is under control. On...


Indonesia Prepares Tougher Penalties for Pedophiles

Indonesia is moving forward with tougher penalties for convicted pedophiles, according to the department of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection.


Jakarta Braces for Islamic Hardline Protest Against Governor Ahok

Several businesses in Jakarta have encouraged their employees to stay inside during what many fear will become a violent protest by Islamic hardline groups.

Pulling Your Leg

Some creative beggars are posing as amputees in order to elicit more sympathy. Meanwhile, one gang is kidnapping children and putting them to work as beggars. The...

More Than 1.2 Million Indonesians Are Now Using Drugs

The University of Indonesia’s health centre and the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) report an estimated 1.2 million drug users in the country.


Ex-Health Minister Siti Fadilah Arrested for Graft

Former health minister Siti Fadillah Supari was arrested on October 24, following the national anti-graft agency’s investigation into a case of illegal procurement of...


Infamous Money Launderer Tubagus Wardana Gets Just One Year in Prison

After a famous money laundering trial, Tubagus Wardana has been found guilty. Many see his one-year sentence as a slap in the face of Indonesia’s taxpayers.


British Banker Pleads Not Guilty After Filming Rape, Torture, Murder of Indonesian Women

After British banker Rurik Jutting filmed the rape, torture and murder of two Indonesian women in 2014, he pled not guilty on Monday, October 24, 2016.


Indonesia Looks to Indict More Corporate Criminals

Indonesia is working on a rule that would force authorities to investigate and prosecute more corporate criminals, as well as the companies they work for.


Dutch Tourist Dies After Getting Hit By Train in Yogyakarta

A 23-year-old Dutch tourist died after stepping in front of a train at the station in Lempuyangan, Yogyakarta.