Jokowi wants Jakartans to use public transport

Indonesia’s president wants to encourage more people to use public transportation in Jakarta, which is known worldwide for its never-ending macet or traffic congestion.Speaking at the Presidential Palace last month, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for more people to use public transport and said he wanted to see better integration of its many modes in Greater Jakarta.Among the many public transportation systems in Greater Jakarta include the yet to be fully operational Mass Rapid Transi

10 February 2019

Studies show Jakarta quickly sinking

Studies in Indonesia this week have warned that more than a quarter of Jakarta’s 661.5 square kilometres will be submerged by water in less than a decade.

26 January 2019

Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison

Jakarta's former governor was released from prison Thursday, nearly two years after his blasphemy conviction fanned fears of religious intolerance in the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – the Indonesian capital's first non-Muslim governor in half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader – left a prison outside the capital after dawn.Supporters of the Christian ex-governor, who is popularly known as Ahok, gathered outside the prison, chanting a

25 January 2019

Managing Jakarta’s water-related risks

Every day, Jakarta’s 13.5 million people face water-related risks. Some have too much water, while others just do not have enough. Some have water but it is not consumable because of dirt or salt. Some even face the threat of sea water entering their homes. As grave as the situation is, for Jakartans in this megacity, conditions are expected to worsen as a result of climate change.

22 August 2018

Jakarta has that sinking feeling

Jakarta is one of the most populous urban agglomerations on earth. Its population has grown immensely in the last century. The megacity was once home to just 115,000 people in the 1900s when it was a Dutch colony, which then grew to 1.43 million in the 1950s at the time of Indonesia’s independence. In the 2000s, its population was 8.39 million after the collapse of the New Order and in 2017 this figure has grown to almost 13.5 million.

20 August 2018

Indonesia set for 2018 Asian Games

Indonesia has set aside worries about terrorism, street crime and Jakarta's notorious traffic, saying it is ready to roll for the Asian Games in a week's time.Jakarta and Palembang in Sumatra are set to host about 11,000 athletes and 5,000 officials from 45 Asian countries for the 18 August to 2 September Games, the world's biggest multi-sport event behind the Olympics.Indonesia started with less time than most host countries after it agreed to hold the Games when Vietnam pulle

12 August 2018

Jakarta’s anti-macet policy

Jakarta is known worldwide for its never-ending macet or traffic congestion. This year, it was ranked by the traffic information and navigation service provider Tomtom as the third city in the world most affected by traffic congestion, after Mexico City and Bangkok. Jakarta has over 13 million motorcycles and 4.4 million cars on its roads. It is estimated that more than 2.12 million trips are made from the outskirts of Jakarta into the city daily.

8 August 2018

Smart City Spotlight: Jakarta

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is known worldwide for its luxury hotels, malls, antiques along Jalan Surabaya and various national and historical monuments – just to name a few.

28 May 2018

Beat traffic in Southeast Asia with these apps

 The notorious state of traffic in Southeast Asia has forced its people and even governments to look increasingly to tech for solutions. Tech companies seeing the opportunity have also been quick to adapt their products to address this need too. Recently, popular community-based traffic app Waze, for one, adopted the Thai language to help Bangkok's population tackle its traffic woes. Waze, along with Google Maps are two platforms that have a good reach across Southeast Asia.

10 January 2018

Indonesia’s brutal pogrom, 52 years of fear and silence

Two decades since its independence, Indonesia experienced one of its darkest chapters of the nation’s 72-year history. While some justified it as an act of nationalism, many others are still haunted by the memory till today.In 1965, Indonesian politics headed down a much darker path. Led by Kusno Sosrodihardjo – better known as Sukarno – Indonesia’s first appointed president, the government was infiltrated by communists and their sympathisers.

30 September 2017