The month of October has gone by, leaving bitter memories for Indonesians. The deadly earthquake and tsunami that hit Palu, Sigi and Donggala in Central Sulawesi traumatized not only survivors and victims’ families but the whole country as well.
Despite the sadness, our para athletes performed creditably at the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta – winning a total of 37 gold medals, 47 silvers and 51 bronzes to finish fifth in the overall standing. China remained the continent’s powerhouse finishing first, followed by South Korea, Iran and Japan.
Around the same time, Indonesia also hosted the annual meeting of the IMF-World Bank in Nusa Dua, Bali. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo was praised by many for his remarkable speech, in which he compared the current global economic situation with the Game of Thrones TV series.
“With all the problems that the global economy currently faces, it is appropriate to say that ‘winter is coming’,” he said.
Approaching the end of the month, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) dropped the bombshell of an investigation into alleged graft connected to the huge Meikarta construction project.
And last week, Indonesia was struck another grievous blow when Lion Air flight JT610, en route to Pangkalpinang from Jakarta, crashed into the Java Sea some 13 minutes after takeoff. Authorities believe there were no survivors from the plane that carried 189 passengers and crew on board.
The Jakarta Post’s photographers captured the events of October. Below are our best frames. [yan]