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Three shy and kittenish little monkeys - that's how you recognize our newest column

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Editor: Marten Schmidt

Here at ACI we don’t take ourselves all too seriously. But, we do put seriously high quality expectations in the articles, essays and home-grown columns we write for you. Writers and journalists make mistakes. Numbers get transposed; roles, titles and names get mixed up; and sometimes we confuse names of cities and provinces. 

In this column we will regularly update our obvious and not-so-obvious errors and mistakes, committing ourselves to fact-fidelity and transparency. 

How many provinces does Indonesia have?

In our new series called ‘The Nation which simply doesn’t read’ we elaborated in the first part of this series why books remain unaffordable luxury items to most Indonesians. Indonesia has, if not too many to memorize, then at least too many provinces to list in one paragraph: In total, the archipelago consists of 38 provinces. The very first error we acknowledge here in this column is a very classic one. In the original version of said article, we wrote that Indonesia is divided into 33 provinces. In fact, it’s five more. 

We cannot really recall though which five provinces of the total 38 have escaped our notice: If it wasn't Aceh, Sumatera Utara, Sumatera Selatan, Sumatera Barat, Bengkulu, Riau, Kepulauan Riau, Jambi, Lampung, Bangka Belitung, Kalimantan Barat, Kalimantan Timur, Kalimantan Selatan, Kalimantan Tengah, Kalimantan Utara, Banten, DKI Jakarta, Jawa Barat, Jawa Tengah, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Jawa Timur, Bali, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Gorontalo, Sulawesi Barat, Sulawesi Tengah, Sulawesi Utara, Sulawesi Tenggara, Sulawesi Selatan, Maluku Utara, Maluku, Papua Barat, Papua, Papua Tengah, Papua Pegunungan, or Papua Selatan, then it was Papua Barat Daya.

Mario Dandy got the bigger one compared to Richard Eliezer

In our article on the sentence of Mario Dandy, the most first-rate dandy of all dandies in the world, we compared the relatively heavy verdict he was passed to the relatively short time span Richard Eliezer had to serve his sentence. In our Instagram-Story-promotion for said article we unintentionally claimed that Mario is bound for jail for a time span 12 times as long as Richard Eliezer, which is incorrect.

If you spot any errors* and mistakes* in our content, feel free to contact us anytime by sending us a Direct Message or an email!

*That excludes typos. We’d rather hire you as a proofreader than having you as a grammar-sleuth! 

(Marten Schmidt, Art Calls Indonesia, 13.09.2023)