Author Archive for Ross at Indonesia Matters


Ross McKay has been living in or around Jakarta for eight years, and previously was a politician, among many other jobs. He graduated in Politics and Modern History, and took a post-graduate diploma in Soviet Studies (on the principle that a good doctor studies disease).

Alcohol Taxes

Friday, March 19th, 2010, by . 23 Comments

The luxury tax on alcohol to be abolished, while consumers are not expected to benefit.


Bekasi Bigots

Sunday, February 21st, 2010, by . 196 Comments

Sectarian mapping of cities to prevent conflict, as another church, in Bekasi, is closed.


Anti Smoking Campaign, Jakarta

Thursday, February 11th, 2010, by . 79 Comments

Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo and the Health Dept to deny smokers and their families health care.


Hospitals from Hell

Monday, February 8th, 2010, by . 22 Comments

How some Indonesian hospitals treat complaints & the poor, kidnapping & false imprisonment.


Surya Paloh & Nasional Demokrat

Thursday, February 4th, 2010, by . 155 Comments

A new mysterious political movement led by Surya Paloh, Nasional Demokrat, launches.


Forbidden Hair Styles for Women

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, by and . 45 Comments

hairWomen's hair issues dominate discussions at an East Java clerics' meeting.


Djinn Spirit Impregnation

Monday, January 18th, 2010, by . 50 Comments

DjinnA school principal blames a djinn spirit for an alleged sexual assault on a student.


Artalyta Suryani & Prison Luxury

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010, by . 22 Comments

The 'sel mewah' scandal, rich convicts like Artalyta Suryani living in luxury in Jakarta's prisons.


Tune Hotels, Bali

Thursday, December 31st, 2009, by . 31 Comments

TuneThe arrival of the cheap Tune Hotels chain in Kuta and Legian has Bali hoteliers upset.


Jakarta Taxis

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009, by . 24 Comments

Jakarta TaxiTravelling about Jakarta by taxi, Bluebird, Express, Trans Taxi, the good, the bad, and the ugly.


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