Jakarta governor surrenders guitar gift from Metallica

Joko Widodo with his bass guitar gift from Metallica. Photo: AFP

The heavy-metal-loving governor of Indonesian capital Jakarta has surrendered to anti-corruption authorities a guitar that was a gift from US band Metallica, an official said yesterday.

Wednesday, 8 May, 2013, 2:26am

Who said it?

He's too handsome to be governor, but he does look like he could be president

Clint Eastwood, endorsing Mitt Romney

Independents should not rely on traditional media ...We need to think out of the box

Pong Yat-ming on the tactics needed to win a Legco seat

Hopefully this is the beginning of a new era

15 Aug 2012 - 11:01pm

Hebei governor was a star of China's aerospace programme

Hebei governor Zhang Qingwei is greying slightly, but unlike most mainland leaders he does not dye his hair.

Barely 51 and formerly a top engineer and rocket scientist, he is a committed advocate of research and development.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am


Forms ready for claimants of HK$6,000 handout

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Australian groups in HK begin raising money

Australian organisations in Hong Kong are mobilising to generate much-needed aid to help victims of the disastrous flooding in the state of Queensland.

15 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the city digest headlined 'Free admission to 32 museums' on the front page of City yesterday, the free offer mentioned applies only to 31 museums - the Maritime Museum and Hong Kong Wetland Park are not included. For more details on International Museum Day, check

7 May 2009 - 12:00am

Hong Kong's 8 natural wonders - you choose

Hong Kong has one of the world's most spectacular urban landscapes. Though less well known, its rural landscape boasts some world-class natural architecture, too.

Now conservationists are asking members of the public to vote for their favourite features, ranging from Lion Rock to the hexagonal volcanic rock columns in Ninepins.

6 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Useful contacts


Australian Consulate General Hong Kong Education section, 28275475,

IDP Education Australia 28276362,


4 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Push to turn ex-governor's lodge into park

The site of the former governor's summer residence, the Mountain Lodge, on The Peak should form part of a park for public viewing as the archaeological findings unearthed there would not have much public appeal on their own, experts say.

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the article 'Jilin officials seek investors for 12b yuan projects' published yesterday, the name of Jilin's governor should be Han Changfu.

11 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Suspensions of senior police rock Caymans

Britain's tiny Caribbean territory of the Cayman Islands has been rocked by the suspension of its most senior police officials, including the commissioner, while British Metropolitan Police officers investigate the local force.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Guangdong governor vows progress after re-election

Guangdong governor Huang Huahua pledged to lead the province to new heights after being re-elected as the provincial leader yesterday, ending weeks of speculation that he might step down.

Sources said, however, that Mr Huang's re-election was likely to be a temporary measure because he was set to be replaced after the annual meeting of the National People's Congress in March.

25 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

People's Bank of China reshuffles executives

People's Bank of China assistant governor Ma Delun had been promoted to deputy governor as part of a reshuffle of top government officials, industry sources said.

Mr Ma joined the bank in 1992 and has worked his way up through the ranks. He was previously deputy director of the People's Bank of China in Shanghai.

3 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Deadline for Guangdong governor approaches

Months of rumours that Guangdong governor Huang Huahua is set to be replaced by someone from outside the province will be answered in a week's time as the window closes on alternatives.

Mr Huang is seeking a second five-year term as governor, but speculation has been rife for about three months that he will be replaced.

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

On a collision course over drivers' licences

New York

New York governor Eliot Spitzer made a promise when campaigning last year. He told immigrants he would allow them to apply for a driver's licence regardless of whether they were in the state illegally.

23 Oct 2007 - 12:00am