Resty Woro Yuniar

Resty Woro Yuniar is a Jakarta-based journalist who specialises in technology and business
Resty Woro Yuniar
Resty Woro Yuniar is a Jakarta-based journalist who specialises in technology and business

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Indonesia’s gambling with a tax on e-commerce. Will it pay off?

In April, Indonesia is set to tax businesses in its digital sector, which is predicted to be worth US$46 billion in 2025. But there has been fierce opposition from these firms, and presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto is on their side.

18 Mar 2019 - 10:37AM
Indonesia’s gambling with a tax on e-commerce. Will it pay off?

In April, Indonesia is set to tax businesses in its digital sector, which is predicted to be worth US$46 billion in 2025. But there has been fierce opposition from these firms, and presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto is on their side.

Families of Lion Air crash victims ask why Boeing 737 MAX not grounded before deadly Ethiopian Airlines accident

Aviation experts have noted eerie similarities between the crash on Sunday and one in October involving the same model plane that claimed 189 lives in Indonesia.

15 Mar 2019 - 9:21AM
Families of Lion Air crash victims ask why Boeing 737 MAX not grounded before deadly Ethiopian Airlines accident

Aviation experts have noted eerie similarities between the crash on Sunday and one in October involving the same model plane that claimed 189 lives in Indonesia.

Indonesia’s online P2P loan sharks are driving people to suicide

There’s a dark side to Jakarta’s embrace of the digital revolution: unchecked online lending services with debt-collection methods so aggressive some borrowers feel better off dead.

4 Mar 2019 - 3:25PM
Indonesia’s online P2P loan sharks are driving people to suicide

There’s a dark side to Jakarta’s embrace of the digital revolution: unchecked online lending services with debt-collection methods so aggressive some borrowers feel better off dead.

Is China helping Indonesia fix its ballot boxes? No – it’s just another online hoax before the election

The spread of such hoaxes among Indonesia’s 150 million internet users before the April 17 polls has been exacerbated by poor digital literacy, growing religious and racial intolerance, and lingering anti-China sentiment.

1 Mar 2019 - 11:07PM
Is China helping Indonesia fix its ballot boxes? No – it’s just another online hoax before the election

The spread of such hoaxes among Indonesia’s 150 million internet users before the April 17 polls has been exacerbated by poor digital literacy, growing religious and racial intolerance, and lingering anti-China sentiment.

Jakarta’s long ride to an MRT is almost over. Will it boost Widodo during the Indonesian election?

After a delay of almost 30 years, Indonesia’s capital is about to get a subway system, just in time for the April polls. The president is talking up his work in getting it across the line, but there’s more to do to solve congestion in the city.

21 Feb 2019 - 12:57PM
Jakarta’s long ride to an MRT is almost over. Will it boost Widodo during the Indonesian election?

After a delay of almost 30 years, Indonesia’s capital is about to get a subway system, just in time for the April polls. The president is talking up his work in getting it across the line, but there’s more to do to solve congestion in the city.

Can Indonesia’s Go-Jek loosen Grab’s grip on Southeast Asia?

The ride-hailing giants are zoning in on the region in their battle for dominance. Even with another US$1 billion in its pocket, Go-Jek is the pauper – but Grab’s controversial merger with Uber may have left it an opening

11 Feb 2019 - 11:02AM
Can Indonesia’s Go-Jek loosen Grab’s grip on Southeast Asia?

The ride-hailing giants are zoning in on the region in their battle for dominance. Even with another US$1 billion in its pocket, Go-Jek is the pauper – but Grab’s controversial merger with Uber may have left it an opening

Vulgar nickname for Joko Widodo raises eyebrows in Indonesia

A new title was bestowed upon the president by his supporters at the weekend, but critics say it’s offensive and disrespectful

5 Feb 2019 - 9:51AM
Vulgar nickname for Joko Widodo raises eyebrows in Indonesia

A new title was bestowed upon the president by his supporters at the weekend, but critics say it’s offensive and disrespectful

Ex-Jakarta governor Ahok: out of jail … and into arms of ex-wife’s bodyguard

After prison time for blasphemy, life is looking up for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. At 52, the ethnic Chinese Christian plans to marry a 21-year-old policewoman and star in a YouTube channel bearing his initials.

25 Jan 2019 - 3:01PM
Ex-Jakarta governor Ahok: out of jail … and into arms of ex-wife’s bodyguard

After prison time for blasphemy, life is looking up for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. At 52, the ethnic Chinese Christian plans to marry a 21-year-old policewoman and star in a YouTube channel bearing his initials.

Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will be free to ‘preach hate’, Australia warns Indonesia

President Joko Widodo’s move to release the 81-year-old spiritual leader of the Bali bombers is seen by some as an attempt to court the Muslim vote ahead of a looming general election

22 Jan 2019 - 11:15PM
Radical cleric Abu Bakar Bashir will be free to ‘preach hate’, Australia warns Indonesia

President Joko Widodo’s move to release the 81-year-old spiritual leader of the Bali bombers is seen by some as an attempt to court the Muslim vote ahead of a looming general election

Indonesia’s Prabowo Subianto plays to Muslim voters in a twist of faith before election

The presidential candidate is trying to cultivate an image as a pious Muslim before taking on current premier Joko Widodo in the April election – an approach that may be effective in regions where faith plays a significant role

19 Jan 2019 - 1:06PM
Indonesia’s Prabowo Subianto plays to Muslim voters in a twist of faith before election

The presidential candidate is trying to cultivate an image as a pious Muslim before taking on current premier Joko Widodo in the April election – an approach that may be effective in regions where faith plays a significant role

Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo cross swords in first debate

Claims and rebuttals flew during the first debate, in which Prabowo blamed terrorism on foreigners and Jokowi claimed to have a clean human rights record.

18 Jan 2019 - 4:26PM
Indonesian presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and Joko Widodo cross swords in first debate

Claims and rebuttals flew during the first debate, in which Prabowo blamed terrorism on foreigners and Jokowi claimed to have a clean human rights record.

Lion Air jet crash: Navy ends search for human remains

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29, killing all 189 people on board

24 Jan 2019 - 5:40PM
Lion Air jet crash: Navy ends search for human remains

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29, killing all 189 people on board

Can China’s Alipay, WeChat cash in as Indonesia embraces QR codes?

Indonesia is playing catch-up with its regional rivals when it comes to cashless payments, but there are rich rewards on offer for companies that unlock its potential.

31 Dec 2018 - 10:47PM
Can China’s Alipay, WeChat cash in as Indonesia embraces QR codes?

Indonesia is playing catch-up with its regional rivals when it comes to cashless payments, but there are rich rewards on offer for companies that unlock its potential.

Yellow fever: cure needed, say Asian victims of sex prejudice

The fetishisation of Asians may have its roots in the colonial era but it remains a problem for modern women – in everything from finding a date to finding a job.

8 Dec 2018 - 6:45AM
Yellow fever: cure needed, say Asian victims of sex prejudice

The fetishisation of Asians may have its roots in the colonial era but it remains a problem for modern women – in everything from finding a date to finding a job.

Another Ahok? Chinese Christian faces blasphemy rap in Muslim Indonesia

Two years after protests that led to the jailing of the former Jakarta governor, another reform-minded politician is accused of going against the Koran. With an election looming, observers say the outlook is bleak for religious tolerance

1 Dec 2018 - 11:09AM
Another Ahok? Chinese Christian faces blasphemy rap in Muslim Indonesia

Two years after protests that led to the jailing of the former Jakarta governor, another reform-minded politician is accused of going against the Koran. With an election looming, observers say the outlook is bleak for religious tolerance

With Indonesia’s ‘heresy app’, religious harmony hasn’t a prayer

‘Smart Pakem’ allows users to report groups practising unrecognised faiths or unorthodox interpretations of the country’s six official state religions

29 Nov 2018 - 10:00PM
With Indonesia’s ‘heresy app’, religious harmony hasn’t a prayer

‘Smart Pakem’ allows users to report groups practising unrecognised faiths or unorthodox interpretations of the country’s six official state religions

Get smart: Indonesia’s ramshackle warung stores go digital

Tech firms are helping Indonesia’s roadside kiosks, or warung, to embrace the smart revolution

11 Jan 2019 - 8:23PM
Get smart: Indonesia’s ramshackle warung stores go digital

Tech firms are helping Indonesia’s roadside kiosks, or warung, to embrace the smart revolution

In Indonesian elections, how far can VP candidate Sandiaga push Widodo over the economy?
  • The multimillionaire running mate of Prabowo Subianto is vocal about his plans for business and finance. He’s not setting GDP growth rates, but has opened his arms to Chinese investment
21 Nov 2018 - 9:11AM
In Indonesian elections, how far can VP candidate Sandiaga push Widodo over the economy?
  • The multimillionaire running mate of Prabowo Subianto is vocal about his plans for business and finance. He’s not setting GDP growth rates, but has opened his arms to Chinese investment
Indonesia seeks Saudi cash as alternative to ‘aggressive’ China: Widodo ally

Yenny Wahid, a key member of President Joko Widodo’s re-election campaign, recently secured a funding commitment of US$100 million from Saudi investors

13 Nov 2018 - 9:26PM
Indonesia seeks Saudi cash as alternative to ‘aggressive’ China: Widodo ally

Yenny Wahid, a key member of President Joko Widodo’s re-election campaign, recently secured a funding commitment of US$100 million from Saudi investors

Indonesian flight grounded after passengers revolt over sacks of stinky durian in cargo hold

Airline staff were forced to unload the offending fruit, whose smell has been likened to rotten onions, turpentine and dirty gym socks

6 Nov 2018 - 10:46PM
Indonesian flight grounded after passengers revolt over sacks of stinky durian in cargo hold

Airline staff were forced to unload the offending fruit, whose smell has been likened to rotten onions, turpentine and dirty gym socks

Black box from crashed Lion Air plane recovered by Indonesian divers in first step to understanding cause of tragedy

The Lion Air flight with 189 on board lost contact a few minutes after take-off from the nation’s capital and crashed moments later in the nation’s worst air disaster in two decades

2 Nov 2018 - 11:44AM
Black box from crashed Lion Air plane recovered by Indonesian divers in first step to understanding cause of tragedy

The Lion Air flight with 189 on board lost contact a few minutes after take-off from the nation’s capital and crashed moments later in the nation’s worst air disaster in two decades

‘My body also has these parts’: Lion Air rescuers discuss their grim task

Tanjung Priok port has seen a steady inflow of body parts, debris and personal belongings from Monday’s crash

1 Nov 2018 - 6:37AM
‘My body also has these parts’: Lion Air rescuers discuss their grim task

Tanjung Priok port has seen a steady inflow of body parts, debris and personal belongings from Monday’s crash

Authorities ‘confident’ crashed Lion Air jet has been found, but currents and low visibility hamper recovery

The accident, feared to have killed 189 people, has resurrected concerns about Indonesia’s patchy air safety record. Some 53 body bags filled with limbs and other remains have been recovered so far, according to authorities

1 Nov 2018 - 11:29AM
Authorities ‘confident’ crashed Lion Air jet has been found, but currents and low visibility hamper recovery

The accident, feared to have killed 189 people, has resurrected concerns about Indonesia’s patchy air safety record. Some 53 body bags filled with limbs and other remains have been recovered so far, according to authorities

‘I am going back home’: families share last stories of those aboard Indonesia’s crashed Lion Air flight

Doctors in Jakarta are trying to identify passengers from 26 body bags of human remains. DNA results are expected within five days.

30 Oct 2018 - 8:42PM
‘I am going back home’: families share last stories of those aboard Indonesia’s crashed Lion Air flight

Doctors in Jakarta are trying to identify passengers from 26 body bags of human remains. DNA results are expected within five days.

Indonesia to inspect all Boeing 737-MAX planes, plans sanctions for Lion Air after crash

The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia’s fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and US blacklists

30 Oct 2018 - 11:23PM
Indonesia to inspect all Boeing 737-MAX planes, plans sanctions for Lion Air after crash

The disaster has reignited concerns about safety in Indonesia’s fast-growing aviation industry, which was recently removed from European Union and US blacklists

Indonesian President Joko Widodo vows all-night search for Lion Air wreckage as all 189 passengers and crew feared dead

Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta

30 Oct 2018 - 5:30AM
Indonesian President Joko Widodo vows all-night search for Lion Air wreckage as all 189 passengers and crew feared dead

Boeing-737 MAX, which went into service just months ago, vanished from radar 13 minutes after taking off from Jakarta

Indonesia to review China’s belt and road projects if Prabowo beats Widodo in presidential election

US$4.5 billion high-speed railway between Jakarta and Bandung – and other plans – will come in for a rethink if the former general wins next year’s vote, says his brother, citing similar move by Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

22 Oct 2018 - 11:53PM
Indonesia to review China’s belt and road projects if Prabowo beats Widodo in presidential election

US$4.5 billion high-speed railway between Jakarta and Bandung – and other plans – will come in for a rethink if the former general wins next year’s vote, says his brother, citing similar move by Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

Have you been Grabbed? #MeToo, say Indonesians

The ride-hailing boom has yielded cases of sexual harassment – and even murder. As the #MeToo movement galvanises women to speak out, they are watching to see how Grab and Go-Jek will prevent such offences.

22 Oct 2018 - 7:02AM
Have you been Grabbed? #MeToo, say Indonesians

The ride-hailing boom has yielded cases of sexual harassment – and even murder. As the #MeToo movement galvanises women to speak out, they are watching to see how Grab and Go-Jek will prevent such offences.

The face of fake news: plastic surgery hoax becomes latest disinformation scandal in Indonesia ahead of 2019 poll

An opposition campaigner’s bizarre deception has shone a light on the problem of online misinformation in the world’s 4th most populous country

15 Oct 2018 - 9:00AM
The face of fake news: plastic surgery hoax becomes latest disinformation scandal in Indonesia ahead of 2019 poll

An opposition campaigner’s bizarre deception has shone a light on the problem of online misinformation in the world’s 4th most populous country

Rupiah and race: where Indonesian election will be won or lost

As campaigning begins in the world’s third-largest democracy and most populous Muslim nation, polls reveal the issues likely to decide the race between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.

5 Oct 2018 - 4:32PM
Rupiah and race: where Indonesian election will be won or lost

As campaigning begins in the world’s third-largest democracy and most populous Muslim nation, polls reveal the issues likely to decide the race between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto.