Resty Woro Yuniar

Resty Woro Yuniar

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

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How ethnic Chinese shaped the home of Indonesia’s new capital on Borneo

The decision to relocate Indonesia’s seat of government from Jakarta to East Kalimantan has sparked concern about cultural friction between local residents and new settlers. But ethnic Chinese locals remain confident of social unity.

19 Oct 2019 - 1:30PM

The decision to relocate Indonesia’s seat of government from Jakarta to East Kalimantan has sparked concern about cultural friction between local residents and new settlers. But ethnic Chinese locals remain confident of social unity.

How ethnic Chinese shaped the home of Indonesia’s new capital on Borneo
Where China fits in Jokowi’s plan for Indonesia’s US$33 billion new capital city

President Widodo’s US$33 billion plan to relocate the centre of government from Jakarta will require the construction of much infrastructure. Chinese companies are interested, but will Indonesian workers lose out?

21 Oct 2019 - 10:58AM

President Widodo’s US$33 billion plan to relocate the centre of government from Jakarta will require the construction of much infrastructure. Chinese companies are interested, but will Indonesian workers lose out?

Where China fits in Jokowi’s plan for Indonesia’s US$33 billion new capital city
Kratom, the herbal supplement from Indonesia that has US drug agencies worried

To narcotics agencies, kratom is a mind-altering drug on a par with heroin. But to fans it is a herbal panacea – and to Indonesian villagers, a magic money tree.

11 Oct 2019 - 3:43PM

To narcotics agencies, kratom is a mind-altering drug on a par with heroin. But to fans it is a herbal panacea – and to Indonesian villagers, a magic money tree.

Kratom, the herbal supplement from Indonesia that has US drug agencies worried
Indonesia set to choose Japan over China to get second rail mega-project on track

As President Widodo looks to drive growth by plugging infrastructure gaps, Jakarta is tossing up investment from Beijing and Tokyo for a variety of projects across the country.

13 Sep 2019 - 9:37PM

As President Widodo looks to drive growth by plugging infrastructure gaps, Jakarta is tossing up investment from Beijing and Tokyo for a variety of projects across the country.

Indonesia set to choose Japan over China to get second rail mega-project on track
Jokowi tells ministers to take advantage of US-China trade war, as investors bypass Indonesia

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has urged ministers to take advantage of the US-China trade war by improving competitiveness and attracting foreign direct investment, after World Bank research found Chinese companies had relocated to Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

5 Sep 2019 - 10:38PM

Indonesian President Joko Widodo has urged ministers to take advantage of the US-China trade war by improving competitiveness and attracting foreign direct investment, after World Bank research found Chinese companies had relocated to Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

Jokowi tells ministers to take advantage of US-China trade war, as investors bypass Indonesia
Indonesians could soon be jailed for insulting the president, if colonial-era law is resurrected

Indonesian lawmakers are expected to approve amendments to the country’s penal code, which would criminalise contempt of the president and vice-president, in a move critics say demonstrates the country’s creeping encroachment on free speech.

3 Sep 2019 - 12:38PM

Indonesian lawmakers are expected to approve amendments to the country’s penal code, which would criminalise contempt of the president and vice-president, in a move critics say demonstrates the country’s creeping encroachment on free speech.

Indonesians could soon be jailed for insulting the president, if colonial-era law is resurrected
‘Buy now, pay later’ schemes take off in Indonesia’s online shopping malls, as digital loans boom

More Indonesian shoppers are using pay-later methods to buy items ranging from jeans to flight tickets. But as online loans rise, experts warn the nation’s financial literacy needs to improve and that data-protection laws are needed

2 Sep 2019 - 12:45PM

More Indonesian shoppers are using pay-later methods to buy items ranging from jeans to flight tickets. But as online loans rise, experts warn the nation’s financial literacy needs to improve and that data-protection laws are needed

‘Buy now, pay later’ schemes take off in Indonesia’s online shopping malls, as digital loans boom
From ‘Saint Jokoburg’ to ‘Jokopolis’, Indonesia’s new capital sparks name meme fest on Twitter

Joko Widodo’s announcement sparked a wave of Google searches for ‘Penajam Paser Utara’ and ‘Kutai Kartanegara’, the two municipalities the new capital will straddle.

28 Aug 2019 - 10:32PM

Joko Widodo’s announcement sparked a wave of Google searches for ‘Penajam Paser Utara’ and ‘Kutai Kartanegara’, the two municipalities the new capital will straddle.

From ‘Saint Jokoburg’ to ‘Jokopolis’, Indonesia’s new capital sparks name meme fest on Twitter
Indonesian minister clarifies no deal struck between China’s Ping An and national health insurer

Coordinating minister for maritime affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan released a statement after Indonesian social media users asked why a Chinese company had to be involved with the national health insurance agency, known as BPJS.

27 Aug 2019 - 3:41PM

Coordinating minister for maritime affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan released a statement after Indonesian social media users asked why a Chinese company had to be involved with the national health insurance agency, known as BPJS.

Indonesian minister clarifies no deal struck between China’s Ping An and national health insurer
For Indonesia’s finance chief Sri Mulyani, what will a ‘bigger’ role in new Jokowi cabinet entail?

Analysts say a promotion for Indonesia’s finance chief, who turns 57 today and has rock star appeal among citizens, would be to do two jobs: finance minister and coordinating minister for economic affairs.

26 Aug 2019 - 2:02PM

Analysts say a promotion for Indonesia’s finance chief, who turns 57 today and has rock star appeal among citizens, would be to do two jobs: finance minister and coordinating minister for economic affairs.

For Indonesia’s finance chief Sri Mulyani, what will a ‘bigger’ role in new Jokowi cabinet entail?
Trump-linked theme park in Indonesia drops Chinese cash, but trade war ‘nothing to do with it’

Donald Trump Jnr says his father is not involved with the Trump Organisation’s real estate projects in Bali and West Java – and neither has the company profited from Trump Snr’s position as the US president

13 Aug 2019 - 8:47PM

Donald Trump Jnr says his father is not involved with the Trump Organisation’s real estate projects in Bali and West Java – and neither has the company profited from Trump Snr’s position as the US president

Trump-linked theme park in Indonesia drops Chinese cash, but trade war ‘nothing to do with it’
Jokowi loves Rich Brian, but a diplomat thinks the rapper is rude. Who has the right end of Dat $tick?

Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesia’s former diplomat to the US, calls the 19-year-old viral sensation’s tweets ‘disgusting, pornographic and rude’ – but President Widodo says he is a young man who ‘makes us proud’.

18 Jul 2019 - 10:35AM

Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesia’s former diplomat to the US, calls the 19-year-old viral sensation’s tweets ‘disgusting, pornographic and rude’ – but President Widodo says he is a young man who ‘makes us proud’.

Jokowi loves Rich Brian, but a diplomat thinks the rapper is rude. Who has the right end of Dat $tick?
In Indonesia, reporting sexual harassment can get a woman jailed – as Baiq Nuril Maknun’s case shows

Baiq Nuril Maknum was handed a six-month prison sentence after recording her harasser’s sexually suggestive phone calls, in a case that highlights how victims have become compromised by a controversial communications law.

17 Jul 2019 - 1:43PM

Baiq Nuril Maknum was handed a six-month prison sentence after recording her harasser’s sexually suggestive phone calls, in a case that highlights how victims have become compromised by a controversial communications law.

In Indonesia, reporting sexual harassment can get a woman jailed – as Baiq Nuril Maknun’s case shows
Indonesian hardliners label Prabowo Subianto ‘traitor’ for meeting with Jokowi

Former supporters of the failed presidential candidate took to Twitter with hashtags accusing him of betrayal

16 Jul 2019 - 4:11PM

Former supporters of the failed presidential candidate took to Twitter with hashtags accusing him of betrayal

Indonesian hardliners label Prabowo Subianto ‘traitor’ for meeting with Jokowi
US names new ambassador to Indonesia as diplomat who helped set up historic first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore

Sung Yong Kim is the current US ambassador to the Philippines who helped organised the historic first summit in Singapore last year between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

11 Jul 2019 - 9:55PM

Sung Yong Kim is the current US ambassador to the Philippines who helped organised the historic first summit in Singapore last year between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

US names new ambassador to Indonesia as diplomat who helped set up historic first Trump-Kim summit in Singapore
Jakarta now rivals Beijing and New Delhi for dirty air – so 31 residents are suing the government

Jakarta is home to 10 million people but that swells to 30 million on weekdays with commuters from nearby cities. It chokes on pollution from traffic, industry and coal plants, which grows even more intense during the dry season.

5 Jul 2019 - 4:25PM

Jakarta is home to 10 million people but that swells to 30 million on weekdays with commuters from nearby cities. It chokes on pollution from traffic, industry and coal plants, which grows even more intense during the dry season.

Jakarta now rivals Beijing and New Delhi for dirty air – so 31 residents are suing the government
Trafficked to China: an Indonesian bride’s story

Monika was promised a good life if she married a man from China, but the 23-year-old soon found out she had been deceived.

25 Jun 2019 - 3:54PM

Monika was promised a good life if she married a man from China, but the 23-year-old soon found out she had been deceived.

Trafficked to China: an Indonesian bride’s story
Indonesia’s listening in on private internet chat groups. WhatsApp with that?

With anger still simmering over a disputed election, Jakarta has taken to ‘throttling bandwidth’, partial shutdowns of the internet and cyber patrols. Campaigners say both privacy and the law are being violated.

24 Jun 2019 - 12:37PM

With anger still simmering over a disputed election, Jakarta has taken to ‘throttling bandwidth’, partial shutdowns of the internet and cyber patrols. Campaigners say both privacy and the law are being violated.

Indonesia’s listening in on private internet chat groups. WhatsApp with that?
Why Indonesia’s muted response to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur internment camps is in stark contrast to anger over Rohingya crisis

Some Indonesians and Islamic groups see the reports of religious persecution as Western propaganda aimed at denigrating China while it is locked in a trade dispute with the United States.

24 Jun 2019 - 1:25PM

Some Indonesians and Islamic groups see the reports of religious persecution as Western propaganda aimed at denigrating China while it is locked in a trade dispute with the United States.

Why Indonesia’s muted response to China’s Xinjiang Uyghur internment camps is in stark contrast to anger over Rohingya crisis
Our father, the dictator: Suharto’s children hope to rehabilitate family name

When your dad’s been linked to a few hundred thousand deaths and owed the state a few trillion rupiah, doing a clean-up job on his rep isn’t easy. Still, the children of Indonesian dictator Suharto are up for the challenge.

17 Jun 2019 - 3:41PM

When your dad’s been linked to a few hundred thousand deaths and owed the state a few trillion rupiah, doing a clean-up job on his rep isn’t easy. Still, the children of Indonesian dictator Suharto are up for the challenge.

Our father, the dictator: Suharto’s children hope to rehabilitate family name
Indonesia reveals frustration with Singapore over delay in Asean adopting President Joko Widodo’s Indo-Pacific concept

Jakarta has been lobbying Asean members to have their own regional agenda, but the plan may not be signed off at this month’s summit as Singapore has not endorsed it, according to an Indonesian diplomat.

17 Jun 2019 - 2:24PM

Jakarta has been lobbying Asean members to have their own regional agenda, but the plan may not be signed off at this month’s summit as Singapore has not endorsed it, according to an Indonesian diplomat.

Indonesia reveals frustration with Singapore over delay in Asean adopting President Joko Widodo’s Indo-Pacific concept
Indonesia hopes ‘new Bali’ will drive tourism boom but the locals of Lombok are unconvinced

Lombok was devastated by earthquakes last year and is yet to recover. Even though visitor numbers have plummeted, many locals would prefer Lombok remain a low-key destination.

26 May 2019 - 4:30PM

Lombok was devastated by earthquakes last year and is yet to recover. Even though visitor numbers have plummeted, many locals would prefer Lombok remain a low-key destination.

Indonesia hopes ‘new Bali’ will drive tourism boom but the locals of Lombok are unconvinced
Indonesian President Jokowi’s second term: free as a bird or a lame-duck president?

With Joko Widodo all set for a second and final term in power, he says he’s unburdened. Sceptics say he’s saddled with politics of patronage, doubts about his deputy, overbearing security forces and fallout from the US-China trade war.

24 May 2019 - 6:54AM

With Joko Widodo all set for a second and final term in power, he says he’s unburdened. Sceptics say he’s saddled with politics of patronage, doubts about his deputy, overbearing security forces and fallout from the US-China trade war.

Indonesian President Jokowi’s second term: free as a bird or a lame-duck president?
Indonesia election: why Prabowo Subianto is maintaining victory despite a likely win for Jokowi

Former military man Prabowo has rejected credible pollsters who’ve called the election for Joko Widodo. Is this a case of a general not knowing defeat?

20 Apr 2019 - 10:14PM

Former military man Prabowo has rejected credible pollsters who’ve called the election for Joko Widodo. Is this a case of a general not knowing defeat?

Indonesia election: why Prabowo Subianto is maintaining victory despite a likely win for Jokowi
Indonesia election: Prabowo disputes quick count results to claim victory over Jokowi

Several quick count results suggest the incumbent president has a lead of 8 to 9 percentage points but Prabowo says he’s won 62 per cent of the vote.

17 Apr 2019 - 11:24PM

Several quick count results suggest the incumbent president has a lead of 8 to 9 percentage points but Prabowo says he’s won 62 per cent of the vote.

Indonesia election: Prabowo disputes quick count results to claim victory over Jokowi
Indonesia election: Jokowi and Prabowo both claim upper hand as polls close

Incumbent President Joko Widodo and his challenger Prabowo Subianto both say they’re optimistic about winning.

17 Apr 2019 - 3:05PM

Incumbent President Joko Widodo and his challenger Prabowo Subianto both say they’re optimistic about winning.

Indonesia election: Jokowi and Prabowo both claim upper hand as polls close
Jokowi, Prabowo woo Muslim voters; ex-Jakarta governor Ahok fights for his right to vote in Osaka

Indonesia’s presidential candidates went on the umrah and got endorsements from religious leaders, as overseas voting began ahead of the April 17 ballot in Indonesia.

16 Apr 2019 - 9:42AM

Indonesia’s presidential candidates went on the umrah and got endorsements from religious leaders, as overseas voting began ahead of the April 17 ballot in Indonesia.

Jokowi, Prabowo woo Muslim voters; ex-Jakarta governor Ahok fights for his right to vote in Osaka
Explainer | Indonesia election: who will win between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto?

Both sides have focused on economic issues in the campaign but religious identity politics and fake news have been used to mobilise popular support.

18 Apr 2019 - 1:05PM

Both sides have focused on economic issues in the campaign but religious identity politics and fake news have been used to mobilise popular support.

Indonesia election: who will win between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto?
Indonesia election: Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto pull final punches as campaigning draws to a close

Widodo took a jab at Prabowo’s questionable human rights record, while Prabowo criticised Widodo’s ‘cruel regime’ for having detained some conservative Muslim preachers.

17 Apr 2019 - 11:43AM

Widodo took a jab at Prabowo’s questionable human rights record, while Prabowo criticised Widodo’s ‘cruel regime’ for having detained some conservative Muslim preachers.

Indonesia election: Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto pull final punches as campaigning draws to a close
Review of infrastructure investments in Indonesia not scapegoating China, Jokowi’s opponent says

The vice-presidential candidate said the first economic priority of the Prabowo government would be to woo investments in the energy and agriculture sectors.

14 Apr 2019 - 1:57PM

The vice-presidential candidate said the first economic priority of the Prabowo government would be to woo investments in the energy and agriculture sectors.

Review of infrastructure investments in Indonesia not scapegoating China, Jokowi’s opponent says