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  • Dec 23, 2014
  • Updated: 12:02am


Rich and powerful flocking to tycoon's funeral

The funeral of Indonesian tycoon Liem Sioe Liong is drawing a contingent of his countrymen to Singapore to attend the service, with many flights and hotels heavily booked.

Wednesday, 13 June, 2012, 12:00am

Detours: Bandung

A journey to Bandung allows you to traverse the past, present and even future of Indonesia, all in one city. The capital of West Java province and Indonesia's fourth-largest city with 2.6 million people, Bandung offers everything from the colonial to the kitsch. And with a new highway from Jakarta cutting travel time from five hours to two, it's an easy day trip.

17 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Biblical law plan alarms bishops

While most of Muslim Indonesia is debating the encroachment of Koranic sharia law, a region in Papua is infuriating Christian authorities by planning to enforce laws based on the Bible.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Indonesia quiz

1 How many islands are there in Indonesia? 2 How many years ago was Indonesia, specifically Java, inhabited by Homo erectus? 3 Which volcanic eruption in Indonesia was recorded as the most violent volcanic event (in magnitude) in modern times? 4 Who won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympic Games for Indonesia and six times won the Indonesian Open?

17 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

slice of life

The Indonesian army staged a peaceful coup when President Sukarno entrusted his life and power to the army chief, Lieutenant-General Suharto.

Sukarno had been facing mounting student unrest and opposition from the army.

14 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Giants tread the world stage no more, says summit old-hand

Szetu Mei Sen is probably the best authority on assessing how China's diplomatic skills on the world stage have changed in 50 years - he is one of three who attended both African-Asian summits held in 1955 and this year.

2 May 2005 - 12:00am

Beacons of the Islamic world

The two big wings of Islam - Turkey in the west and Indonesia in the east - are reforming and changing at a lightning pace, confounding those who only measure Islam by its seemingly stagnant middle ground.

17 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Nation gears up for election milestone

Excitement over the coming presidential poll at home has failed to rub off on the 95,000 Indonesians in Hong Kong

AFTER CELEBRATING 59 years of independence from Dutch rule today, Indonesians will reach another milestone next month when they go to the polls in the first direct presidential election in the country's history.

17 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Lucrative move

Every Indonesian child learns about how the Indonesian Republic declared its independence; that in 1945, a radical youth organisation abducted resistance heroes Mohammad Hatta and Achmed Sukarno, virtually forcing them to prematurely declare independence and raise the nationalist movement's red and white flag.

10 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Kathleen Pualam Komala

It is a funny thing. In Indonesia we are considered Chinese, not Indonesian, but here we are Indonesians. I suppose it's fair enough since I hold an Indonesian passport, but it still means we are made to feel different in both places.

5 May 2003 - 12:00am


Last week, leaders of Iran, Iraq and North Korea - the notorious trio that make up US President George W. Bush's 'axis of evil' - met in Kuala Lumpur.

7 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Economic aid could iron out extremism

Strengthening Indonesia's security laws, giving its military more powers or providing expert intelligence and hi-tech equipment will not wipe out extremist groups in the country. The solution needs to be more permanent.

Indonesia is in severe economic decay and more than a third of its 210 million people are unemployed. Half live below the poverty line.

3 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Grief silences protests over repressive decree

A draft decree giving Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri powers of detention without trial - which she is due to sign today - is being met with deep disquiet.

But few of the traditional sources of public protest dare to take to the streets while the counting of the dead in Bali continues.

18 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Megawati MP quits in disgust over 'perverted, corrupt' politics

A leading legislator from President Megawati Sukarnoputri's party, Sophan Sophiaan, has quit Parliament, saying politics has become too perverted and corrupt.

His move capped a week in which leading intellectuals sharply criticised Indonesia's 'sick society'.

28 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Progress report stresses need to restore order

President Megawati Sukarnoputri yesterday painted a picture of her nation sliding towards anarchy and economic collapse, and exhorted politicians to unite to stop the drift.

2 Nov 2001 - 12:00am