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

Jakarta faces lengthy wait for metro fix to gridlock

Traffic jams cause annual losses of US$1.8 billion in Jakarta, official figures show. Photo: AFP

Ajeng Dewanti wakes up every weekday before sunrise, squeezes into an overcrowded car, and spends the next two hours making the 17-kilometre journey through the Jakarta gridlock to her work.

6 May 2013 - 4:47am

Top party official a suspect in Indonesian graft probe

Democratic Party chairman Anas Urbaningrum (left) at a party congress with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Photo: AFP

Indonesia's anti-graft body on Friday named the chairman of the ruling party as a suspect in connection with a multi-million-dollar corruption case, the latest scandal to hit the president's party ahead of 2014 elections.

23 Feb 2013 - 3:22am

Storm brewing in Asia's mega-cities

Local residents ride on a bamboo raft in a flooded street in northern Jakarta. Photo: AP

The floods in Jakarta were typical of what Asia's mega-cities have experienced or face. Like the region's other big urban centres, the city of 10 million people is in a low-lying, coastal, area. Poor strategic planning, little investment in infrastructure and corruption and a lack of political will have created significant vulnerabilities to climate change. Inadequate availability of water and sewage systems, severe traffic snarls and slums are everyday realities. When the high temperatures, heavy downpours and sea surges come, chaos, lost productivity, devastation and tragedy are inevitable.

28 Jan 2013 - 3:04am

Jakarta floods claim 11 lives as waters recede

A rescue team looks for people stuck in their homes in a flooded area of Jakarta as the murky brown waters caused chaos for a second day. Photo: AFP

Floods in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta have left at least 11 people dead, authorities said on Friday as murky brown waters submerged parts of the city’s business district, causing chaos for a second day.

18 Jan 2013 - 8:02pm

Indonesian workers protest against benefits tax

Workers in Jakarta protest against the social security law. Photo: Xinhua

Thousands of Indonesian workers have taken to the streets to protest against low wages and having to pay for social security services.

Jakarta police spokesman Colonel Rikwanto said several thousand labourers rallied on Thursday near the presidential palace in the capital, Jakarta, before marching peacefully to the parliament building.

22 Nov 2012 - 3:59pm

Jakarta leads Asia's charge

Indonesia can be many things to many people. Visitors flock to its lauded beaches and mountain tourism sites, while multinational companies head to the capital, Jakarta, to be part of the booming economic action.

21 Nov 2012 - 4:05am

Property Digest, October 31, 2012

Jakarta's office prices ranked best in region

31 Oct 2012 - 3:08am

A good week for ...

Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi

The Myanmese pro-democracy leader, who is touring the United States, was presented with the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in Washington. "This is one of the most moving days of my life," Suu Kyi, 67, told an audience at the Rotunda. She also met fellow Nobel Peace laureate US President Barack Obama for the first time.


23 Sep 2012 - 1:32am

Travel review: Tiger Islands Village and Eco Resort

With its back-to-basics ethos, the Indonesian resort derives 90 per cent of its power from solar energy.Photos: Kristine Servando

Past the smog of Jakarta and its garbage-strewn coastal waters lie some surprisingly pristine islands that offer an escape from the heaving Indonesian capital.

13 Sep 2012 - 11:57am

Alarm raised over increasing number of child kidnappings

Concern is growing in Indonesia over the rising number of child kidnappings, with the majority of those taken being girls under the age of 12.

Arist Merdeka Sirait, the secretary-general of the National Commission for Child Protection, a state institution, said the number of abductions was 'extremely alarming'.

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

Water works

4 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Lai returns to form ahead of National Games

Sprinter Lai Chun-ho made a timely return to form yesterday as he claimed the 100 metres title in the fourth round of the Hong Kong League at Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground.

His time of 10.58 seconds was 0.2 seconds off his personal best, but it was Lai's first major victory since he captured the Asian junior title in Jakarta in June last year.

21 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


Today: Hong Kong Securities Institute luncheon: 'Enhancing ETF liquidity in Hong Kong'. Wing On Centre.

Ipac seminar: 'Property, tax and expats'. The Center.

International SOS breakfast: 'Lessons from Jakarta bombings: Companies need to manage travel risks'. The Excelsior.

27 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Today: Hong Kong Securities Institute luncheon: 'Risk management and internal controls of securities firms'. Wing On Centre.

Ipac seminar: 'Investment outlook for second half of 2009' (in Cantonese). The Center.

Tomorrow: Hong Kong Securities Institute luncheon: 'Enhancing ETF liquidity in Hong Kong'. Wing On Centre.

26 Aug 2009 - 12:00am