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).

SBY & Bibit-Chandra Case

Friday, November 20th, 2009, by . 14 Comments

Cicak BuayaPresident Yudhoyono's attention focus, the Bibit-Chandra case vs electricity crisis in Jakarta.


KDI TPI & Dangdut Mania

Monday, November 2nd, 2009, by . 30 Comments

Whither dangdut mania? Financial woes of TV station TPI puts dangdut music under threat.


Funeral Rites & Etiquette

Thursday, October 1st, 2009, by . 18 Comments

The protests and furore over allowing the burial of killed extremists in and around Solo.


Clouds & Silver Linings

Saturday, September 19th, 2009, by . 21 Comments

Two clouds with silver linings, Tommy Suharto's bid for Golkar, and sharia stoning laws in Aceh.


Fatalism & Will of God

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009, by . 147 Comments

Other worldly factors in climate change, are Indonesian students right?


Short Stories

Monday, August 31st, 2009, by and . 81 Comments

Short story competition on the culture wars, Timdog and Ross go head to head.


The Mothering Instinct

Monday, August 31st, 2009, by . 37 Comments

Have the wealthy women of leisure in Jakarta lost their mothering instincts?


Film Merah Putih

Monday, August 24th, 2009, by . 107 Comments

Review of film Merah Putih, evil colonialists & brave patriots.


Tangerang, City of Shame!

Monday, August 17th, 2009, by . 69 Comments

Ross finds shameful bigotry in the fair city of Tangerang.


Lombok Shame Continues

Monday, August 10th, 2009, by . 14 Comments

Ross rails against continued neglect of Ahmadiyah people in Lombok.


Tarekat Naqsyabandiyah

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009, by . 19 Comments

A branch of the Sufi sect Tarekat Naqsyabandiyah is the latest target of the MUI.


Televised Election Debates

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009, by . 4 Comments

Lacklustre televised presidential debates are a ruling class ruse, rails Ross.


Debt Collection, RCTI Reality TV Style

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009, by . 16 Comments

Ross rails against hospital debt collectors on reality television.


Women, Power & Politics

Monday, May 11th, 2009, by . 57 Comments

More women politicians is what is needed, some say.


Jakarta in Top Ten Worst Cities

Friday, April 24th, 2009, by . 117 Comments

Is Jakarta one of the worst third world hellholes?


Aceh Politics

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009, by . 15 Comments

AcehWho is behind the recent violence in Aceh, and the sharia laws.


‘Hareem’, Harem Love Stories

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009, by . 15 Comments

What's the worst sinetron ever? Ross reels at the sight of Hareem.


Prosperous Justice Party

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009, by . 26 Comments

Ross sees parallels between the Justice Party/PKS, and the PKI of old.


Physical Appearance & Work

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009, by . 55 Comments

Ross finds fault in employers' obsession with physical appearance.


Indonesian & Palestinian Refugees

Friday, January 23rd, 2009, by . 12 Comments

Ross rails that faraway refugees in the Middle East excite more sympathy than refugees in Lombok.


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