Zakir Hussain
Indonesia Bureau Chief

Zakir has been reporting for The Straits Times from Jakarta since December 2011. He was previously a political correspondent.

Zakir joined this newspaper in July 2005, and over six years, reported on a wide range of things political in Singapore – from ministerial walkabouts to political party movements, policy changes and founding leaders’ funerals.

He covered two general elections and two presidential elections (one of them a walkover) and also focused on security issues, terrorism, Singapore’s Malay-Muslim community and race and religion in Singapore.

Zakir received a Singapore Press Holdings scholarship and has a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from Oxford and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He has also interned at the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York and was a committee member of the Singapore Press Club and its Young Media Professionals’ Chapter.

He is the author of Keeping The Faith, a biography of Syed Isa Semait, the mufti of Singapore from 1972-2010, and hopes to work on a book on Indonesia at some point.

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