On why a Maverick stopped being gay

Its great when one of us go on beyond the workplace to do new, wonderful and imaginative things.

So we are thrilled to learn of Forever Mavbro Zulfikar’s latest adventure – to write a book called So I Stopped Being Gay: A Story of Giving Up by a Queer Muslim Indonesian.

He is kickstarting his effort with Publishizher, which Zul explains as: “a NYC-based crowd-powered publishing company” that is helping him to write the book. They need your help to fund the production though.

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What You Need to Know and How to Nail Instagram’s New Algorithm

With 800 million users worldwide, Instagram has been one of the most significant social media platforms in our lives today.

It is arguably even more important in Indonesia where it is the third most popular social media platform (after Facebook and YouTube). Here, Instagram is used not only for millennials to brag about their picture-perfect meal or vacations, but also as a search engine and commercial platform for both brands and consumers to engage with each other

Instagram’s popularity, however, has also meant that it’s become a crowded space and competition is fierce. Getting ahead of the pack, however, is not as difficult as it may seem if you can figure out the rules of the game and take advantage of this knowledge.

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What Multinational Companies Can Do to Align Support for Social Issues in Different Markets

We have seen countless articles making a case for companies to take a stand on social issues. A recent study featured by Adweek, for instance, found that the majority of consumers want to see not only brands but also CEOs and executives weigh in on these issues.

When it comes to multinational companies, however, how do they navigate the complex social expectations in different markets, especially those such as Indonesia with hypersensitive audiences?

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Criminal Code Revision

People’s Representative Council annul the ratification of Criminal Code at Monday (12/2) because of public pressure. The National Legislative Council will resume debate on the draft law on the Penal Code after the recess period ends on March 4, 2018. The draft law on the Penal Code had been submitted in 2012 and has yet to be passed into law because of the many controversial articles it contained.

This issue even got attention from foreign journalist at JFCC Panel Discussion last week.

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Revisi Undang-Undang Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Pidana

DPR membatalkan pengesahan UU KUHP pada 12 Februari lalu karena desakan yang kuat dari masyarakat. Bahkan isu ini menarik perhatian wartawan asing dan dibahas dalam diskusi panel Jakarta Foreign Correspondent Club.

DPR akan kembali membahas RUU KUHP ini setelah reses selesai pada 4 Maret 2018. RUU KUHP telah diajukan sejak 2012 dan hingga kini belum disahkan karena banyaknya pasal-pasal kontroversial. Rancangan UU KUHP dinilai banyak mengandung berbagai pasal kontroversial seperti:

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Why we won’t be in Singapore to accept a PR Award

Flushed with our Gold Standard Award for Issues Management and Crisis Communications in Hong Kong in December last year, we thought we should submit our work for another award. This new one is run by a marketing portal that includes public relations as one of its disciplines, confident that our work will win an award.

When we won the Gold Standard Award we paid for attending the ceremony but the price was reasonable and they didn’t try to charge us extra for a video interview or a certificate.

True enough, we got shortlisted!

And that’s when the disillusionment began. Read More