Tim Cook’s Southeast Asia Tour Is Taking Him Through Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, and Maybe Malaysia kompas.id

Mediana, Benediktus Krisna Yogatama, Mawar Kusuma Wulan, Kompas (as translated by Safari):

Indonesia is a destination country visited by the boss of the technology giant company Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, and Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. The second visit has been announced by the Minister of Communication and Information Budi Arie Setiadi since mid-March 2024.


Apple has an obligation to build four [developer] academies, namely in Bali, Batam, Surabaya, and South Tangerang. The total investment value reaches Rp 1.6 trillion.


Regarding the construction of the factory, Agus said that his party would encourage it because Indonesia already has a factory of cell phone components such as batteries or cables, so that Apple can use domestic products.

I saw a few conspicuous cars waiting at the VIP terminal of Jakarta’s smaller airport yesterday. Turns out the private jet carrying the Apple entourage arrived just a few minutes after my discount flight took off. Practically rubbing shoulders over here.

Anyway, that tipped me off to the plane’s tail number and, based on its path this evening — local time — Cook and company have just landed in Singapore. It seems plausible to me Cook could also visit Malaysia to open the country’s first Apple Store, which looked close to finished last month. Thanks to Just Another Rakyat for that tip.

Meanwhile, Apple and Epic Games are fighting again, this time in a court in Melbourne. Perhaps Cook is also on his way to participate in that. There sure is a lot going on in Southeast Asia and Australia right now.

Update: Well my guesses were completely wrong about Cook’s schedule. After Singapore, he went back to California.