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Indonesian monkeys use stones as sex toys, researchers find

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  • Researchers studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019 observed that the monkeys were using stone tools as sex toys.
  • The study, which builds on lead author Camilla Cenni’s previous research in male monkeys in 2020, established that female monkeys exhibited similar behavior.
  • One difference the scientists observed among the female monkeys was their selectiveness in choosing stones to rub/tap against.
  • "When we talk about tool use in animals, we normally think about survival-dependent instances," Cenni was quoted as saying. "There is an increasing number of studies that are suggesting that using objects as tools doesn't have to be a matter of survival. This is clearly an example."

A species of monkeys in Indonesia has been observed using stones as sex toys, a new study revealed. 

Researchers made the conclusion after studying the activity of over 170 long-tailed macaques living at the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in central Bali between 2016 and 2019. 

Nigel Ng, AKA Ungle Roger, left alleged 5-story brothel in Jakarta with a very unexpected regret

Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, who rose to online fame for his Uncle Roger persona, recently shared the story of how an investor brought him to a “swanky” five-story “brothel” in Jakarta, Indonesia.

During Episode 32 of the podcast “HAIYAA with Nigel Ng,” which was released on Wednesday, the 31-year-old comedian said he went to Jakarta on Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 as part of his “HAIYAA World Tour.”

Indonesian university apologizes for discriminating against non-binary new student

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  • Hasanuddin University, located in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, has come under fire after a viral video showed a faculty member dismiss a new student for identifying as non-binary.
  • Law Faculty Deputy Dean Hasrul allegedly called out Muhammad Nabil Arif Adhitya for displaying “unconventional mannerisms” and sitting between male and female students during a campus orientation.
  • Muhammad was forced to stand on stage and explain themself but was eventually ordered to leave the event.
  • Muhammad was reportedly held inside a lecturer’s room, where they had to declare themself as a male.
  • A day after the incident, University Rector Jamaluddin Jompa assured reporters that the institution is “inclusive” and “open for all.”
  • Hasanuddin University, better known as Unhas, is located in the city of Makassar, which is home to the ethnic Bugis people who recognize five genders.

A university in the Indonesian province of South Sulawesi has reportedly apologized after a new student accused a faculty member of discriminating against them because of their gender — in public.

The incident reportedly occurred during a campus orientation for new law students at Hasanuddin University, better known as Unhas, on Friday. The student in question, Muhammad Nabil Arif Adhitya, was allegedly called out by Law Faculty Deputy Dean Hasrul for “unconventional mannerisms.”

Wealthy 65-year-old man in Indonesia divorces 19-year-old wife after 2 months of marriage

  • A wealthy Indonesian man, 65, reportedly divorced his 19-year-old bride after two months of marriage.
  • The two previously went viral in May following the news of their relationship and the age gap between them.
  • The 19-year-old bride had a dowry of RM 149,346.15 (approximately $33,599), and the man bought her a house and car.
  • A neighbor of the 65-year-old claimed that the man has been feeling “sick” following the divorce.

A wealthy 65-year-old Indonesian man and his 19-year-old bride have allegedly divorced after two months of marriage.

The man, Haji Sondani, and his bride, Fia Barlanti, got married on May 18 in West Java, Indonesia. Haji had also bought Barlanti a house and car, reported Kompas. 

Facebook, Twitter and Google escape Indonesia ban by complying with imposed registration at last minute

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  • The Indonesian government imposed mandatory registration for both local and foreign tech companies for new licensing regulations that would allow authorities to remove content from their online platforms.
  • A company’s failure to secure a license by Wednesday would result in their operations in the country being deemed illegal.
  • Spotify, Netflix and TikTok were among the list of 5,900 domestic companies and 108 foreign companies that signed up as of Monday.
  • Meta platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp completed their registration with the country's Ministry of Communications and Informatics on Tuesday.
  • Meanwhile, Twitter and Alphabet Inc.’s Googlewere among the latest companies to be included in the communications ministry’s list of compliant foreign providers.
  • The Indonesian government reportedly imposed the new rules ahead of the upcoming general election in 2024 in a bid to reduce the spread of misinformation and fake news.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have registered for Indonesia’s new licensing rules that empower local authorities to remove undesirable content shared on these platforms, as companies that failed to comply risked being blocked.

Meta platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp completed their registration with the country’s Ministry of Communications and Informatics on Tuesday, beating the deadline imposed by the Indonesian government by a day.

Julia Roberts’ Bali-based movie ‘Ticket to Paradise’ criticized for filming location, mixed-race actor

  • Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has defended the upcoming romantic comedy “Ticket to Paradise,” starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, after the film drew criticism for filming in Australia despite taking place in Bali, Indonesia.
  • He noted that the production team had approached his department during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when they may have faced difficulties due to social restrictions.
  • Sandiaga also added that the film could still promote tourism to Bali, which was hit hard economically during the pandemic due to its tourism-dependent nature.
  • The film is embroiled in more controversy surrounding an actor who plays a local Balinese being of mixed-race background along with the film’s portrayal of tourism.

“Ticket to Paradise,” an upcoming romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney, drew criticism earlier this week after it was discovered that the film was shot in Australia despite the story taking place in Bali, Indonesia. 

Indonesia’s Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno defended the film in a press conference on Tuesday. 

Thai travelers risk death penalty if they bring weed into Indonesia; embassy warns against it

  • Although Thailand legalized marijuana earlier this month, its neighbor Indonesia warned travelers not to cross into the country with it, where violators could face the death penalty.
  • The Royal Thai Embassy of Jakarta, Indonesia, issued the warning yesterday on their official Facebook page.
  • Violators of the law could face a fine of at least 5 years to life imprisonment, capital punishment or a fine of roughly 2.4 million baht (approximately $67,800).
  • The warning comes amid Thailand’s decision to not only legalize cannabis, but almost completely de-regulate it, with users free to use as much of the plant as they would like for medicinal purposes.
  • Thailand’s government also recently gave away 1 million cannabis plants to encourage cultivation.
  • As the first Asian country to take this step, Thailand’s radical turn gives hope to weed-friendly residents in neighboring Singapore and Malaysia, along with Indonesia.

Although Thailand legalized marijuana earlier this month, its neighbor Indonesia warned travelers not to cross into the country with it, where violators could face the death penalty. 

The Royal Thai Embassy of Jakarta, Indonesia, issued the warning yesterday on their official Facebook page. A cartoon image of a police officer with his hand up and a “do not” sign of a cannabis plant with a red line through it adorned the message. 

Indonesian teen killed after attempting TikTok challenge in which users jump in front of moving trucks

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  • An 18-year-old teen was instantly killed after attempting a TikTok challenge popular in Indonesia that dares users to jump in front of moving trucks.
  • The teen ​​was hit by an eight-wheel truck and rolled under the vehicle while attempting the “Angel of Death” challenge in Banten, Indonesia, on June 3.
  • In a separate attempt at the challenge, a 14-year-old boy also failed to jump out of the way of a moving truck and collided head-on with the vehicle in Bandung, West Java, on June 2. The teen, who is currently hospitalized, suffers from a fractured skull and shattered teeth.
  • The “Angel of Death” TikTok challenge started in 2021 and has since influenced viewers to attempt the reckless act, even though authorities have urged users to stop making content that endangers lives.

An Indonesian teen was instantly killed after attempting a dangerous TikTok challenge that dares users to jump in front of moving trucks.

The challenge is known as the “Malaikat Maut” — which translates to “Angel of Death” — challenge because its takers “challenge” death by putting themselves in serious harm’s way, in the form of a speeding truck, in the hopes that the vehicles stop.

Video captures people crashing to the ground as water slide collapses at Indonesian amusement park

  • On May 7 at the Kenjeran Park in Surabaya, Indonesia, a 10-meter-high water slide collapsed causing several injuries.
  • A 17-second clip of the incident shared to Facebook by Indonesian social content outlet Noodou shows the terrifying moment when several people crashed to the ground, as water burst from the water slide.
  • At least three people suffered broken bones, and 16 people, a majority of them children, were injured in the accident.
  • A park spokesperson speculated that the waterslide, which had a maximum capacity of 5-10 people, may have collapsed due to an overload.
  • The incident is currently being investigated, and the mayor of Surabaya stated that the park’s management will be held responsible for the incident and medical compensation.

A video caught by a park-goer shows the terrifying moment when a 10-meter-high (approximately 32 feet) waterslide collapsed, sending several people crashing to the ground. 

In a 17-second clip of the incident, which was shared to Facebook by Indonesian social media content outlet Noodou, portions of the water slide can be seen tumbling to the ground accompanied by a torrent of water. Several victims scream while crashing to the floor, as a crowd of people rush to help. 

Russian tourist who posed naked on 700-year-old sacred tree for photos will be deported from Bali

  • Russian influencer Alina Fazleeva is being deported from Bali after staging a naked photoshoot three years ago on a 700-year-old sacred tree. 
  • Fazleeva reportedly took the nude photos on a weeping paperbark tree inside Babakan temple grounds in the Tabanan Regency in 2019.
  • The photos, which were taken by her husband Andrey Fazleev, were uploaded to Instagram, enraging local Hindu-Buddhists and many Balinese people.
  • Fazleeva wrote on social media that she had “heard her ancestors’ voices” while hugging the tree naked and that she was a “part of an endless chain.”
  • The couple were required to participate in a cleansing ceremony at the tree and will be barred from entering Indonesia for a minimum of six months. 
  • Fazleeva apologized on her Instagram in English and Bahasa Indonesian, explaining that she had “made a big mistake” and that it is “very important to treat these places and traditions with respect.”

Indonesian officials announced on Friday that a Russian influencer and her husband will be deported from Bali after they staged a naked photoshoot on a sacred 700-year-old tree three years ago. 

Alina Fazleeva, who has over 18,000 followers on Instagram, staged a nude photoshoot in 2019 at a weeping paperbark tree inside Babakan temple grounds in the Tabanan Regency. She uploaded the photos, taken by her husband Andrey Fazleev, and in the caption described hearing “her ancestors’ voices” when she hugged the tree, saying that she had become a “part of an endless chain.”

Indonesia’s parliament passes landmark bill aimed at tackling sexual violence

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  • Indonesia’s parliament passed a landmark bill on Tuesday in an effort to fight sexual violence and seek justice for victims of sexual abuse.
  • A majority of lawmakers supported the passing of the bill at a plenary session after it was expedited in January by President Joko Widodo.
  • Despite an increasing amount of sexual violence complaints in Indonesia, these crimes are often complicated to prosecute for several reasons, including victims being shamed during questioning.
  • The bill enacts a punishment of up to 12 years in prison for physical sexual abuse regardless of marriage status and 15 years for sexual exploitation.

Lawmakers in Indonesia passed a long-awaited bill on Tuesday in an effort to better seek justice for sexual violence victims.

The landmark bill was first proposed and submitted in 2016 by the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) and civil society groups. Earlier this year in January, President Joko Widodo had asked that the process be expedited to secure more convictions for sexual abuse victims.

Indonesian groom gives liter of cooking oil to bride as dowry for their wedding

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  • An Indonesian man gifted cooking oil to his new wife as her wedding dowry.
  • Muslim dowries traditionally include a prayer rug, gold jewelry and a Quran.
  • In Indonesia, where there is a severe shortage of palm-based cooking oil, the gift is considered to be of high value.
  • In addition to the oil, the groom gave his bride a cash dowry of 1 million Indonesian rupiahs (approximately $64.46).

An Indonesian man gave cooking oil to his new bride as her wedding dowry last week.

Supadi, a 60-year-old groom from East Java, gave his wife-to-be, 54-year-old Sumariati, a liter of cooking oil for her dowry during their wedding ceremony on Feb. 22, reported Mashable