Tonggo Simangunsong

Tonggo Simangunsong

Tonggo Simangunsong is an Indonesian journalist based in Medan city, North Sumatra. His work has appeared in the South China Morning Post, Al Jazeera, New Naratif and Destinasian, covering politics, environmental issues, culture and identity, arts and travel.

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Unmet promises, foreign workers: Chinese firms in Indonesia face bumps in the Belt and Road

As investment in the Southeast Asian nation ramps up, these firms are facing challenges including disputes with local communities over land as well as perceptions they are hiring too many Chinese workers.

As investment in the Southeast Asian nation ramps up, these firms are facing challenges including disputes with local communities over land as well as perceptions they are hiring too many Chinese workers.

27 Jun 2021 - 5:11PM
Indonesia’s supernatural shape-shifting boar demons – and why a village beheaded a wild pig

Superstitious beliefs are still common in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, where footage of a ‘babi ngepet’ being slaughtered recently went viral.

Superstitious beliefs are still common in the world’s most populous Muslim nation, where footage of a ‘babi ngepet’ being slaughtered recently went viral.

2 May 2021 - 8:58PM
Meteorite or ‘magical’ healing stone? Indonesian social media lights up again over another alien rock landing

Local residents who found a meteorite that crashed to earth in southern Sumatra Island put it into a tub of water, hoping its bottled essence would cure their ailments.

Local residents who found a meteorite that crashed to earth in southern Sumatra Island put it into a tub of water, hoping its bottled essence would cure their ailments.

3 Feb 2021 - 9:32PM
In Indonesia, paranormal activity banned as shamans clash in search for missing children

After three children went missing in North Sumatra, shamans flocked to their village to perform rituals to find them. But the police and even local spirits are unhappy.

After three children went missing in North Sumatra, shamans flocked to their village to perform rituals to find them. But the police and even local spirits are unhappy.

28 Nov 2020 - 9:03PM
Indonesia’s ‘millionaire’ meteorite man ducks limelight after going viral

Josua Hutagalung of North Sumatra has gone into hiding after multiple international media outlets reported the hunk of space rock he found was worth US$1.7 million.

Josua Hutagalung of North Sumatra has gone into hiding after multiple international media outlets reported the hunk of space rock he found was worth US$1.7 million.

21 Nov 2020 - 9:45PM
Indonesia’s unpopular Omnibus Law ‘trying to kill us slowly’, protester says

Thousands have been arrested in violent protests against the new job creation law, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo said demonstrators are being driven by disinformation.

Thousands have been arrested in violent protests against the new job creation law, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo said demonstrators are being driven by disinformation.

10 Oct 2020 - 10:31PM