Tunnel Boring Machine, Muskabumi, is one of four bruisers digging deep below Jakarta for the country's first MRT.

With their impressive names and heft to match it’s fitting that a lot is riding on four tunnel boring machines currently chewing their way beneath Jakarta’s all but gridlocked thoroughfares to carve out the capital’s first mass rapid transit system.

With a half-billion dollar investment by parent Lippo Group, MatahariMall CEO Hadi Wenas and Chairman Emirsyah Satar bet they are building Indonesia’s answer to Alibaba

For the better part of two decades e-commerce in Indonesia has been a story about potential, with success just over the horizon. The country’s richest families had irons in the fire, dating back to 1997 when the Salim family reportedly spent $20,000 to set up a string of Internet kiosks.

Indonesia's government has signalled it will investigate mass graves left from the 1965 purges

Indonesia’s president has instructed his government to investigate one of the country’s darkest periods, the bloody anti-Communist purges of the mid-1960s, perhaps ending decades of official reluctance to confront the military’s killings of hundreds of thousands of people.