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Kadin Kamar Dagang dan Industri (Chamber of Trade and Industry).
kafir Unbeliever (in Islam)
KAMI (Kesatuan Aksi Mahasiswa Indonesia) Indonesian Student's Action Front
kampung 1. Village, hamlet 2. Town quarter (often occupied by the less well-to-do)
KAP-Gestapu (Kesatuan Aksi Pengganyangan Gestapu) Action Front to Crush the Thirtieth of September Movement
Kapitan Cina The leading resident Chinese merchant
Kapni Kesatuan Aksi Pengusaha Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian National Businessmens Action Front).
KAPPI (Kesatuan Aksi Pelajar Pelajar Indonesia) Indonesian Pupil's Action Front
Kartini school Indigenous Indonesian school system for girls, founded by R.A. Kartini (1874-1901)
Kartu Keluarga (KL) Family Card
Kartu Tanda Penduduk (KK) Identity Card
kasar Coarse, or unrefined; a Javanese concept defining one polar type of life-style and behavior, typical for peasants or uneducated people generally. The opposite is halus.
KASI (Kesatuan Aksi Sarjana Indonesia) Indonesian Graduates' Action Front
kathi An Islamic magistrate in Malaysia and Indonesia
kebaya Woman's blouse
Kebun Kacang Peanut garden
Kelurahan Lowest official administrative subdivision
Kempetai The Japanese military police in World War II
kenek Unskilled worker/apprentice labourer
Kensi Kongres Ekonomi Nasional Seluruh Indonesia (All-Indonesian National Economic Congress).
kepala Head
Kepala Rumah Tangga Household head
Keppres Keputusan Presiden (Presidential Decree).
kerja Wage work
Ketuhanan JME (Ketuhanan Jang Maha Esa) Beleif in the One and Only God
khatib The reciter of the khutbah (address) at the Friday mosque service
KIK (Kredit Investasi Kecil) A credit programme providing fixed capital for small and medium scale enterprises.
Kko (Korps Komando) Commando Corps, marines
KMKP Kredit Moral Kerja Permanen. A credit programme to provide working capital for small and medium scale enterprises.
KNIL (Koninklijk Nederlands Indisch Leger) (Colonial) Netherlands East Indies Army
KNIP (Komité Nasional Indonesia Pusat) Central Indonesian National Commitee
Kodam (Komando Daerah Militer) Regional Military Command
Kodim (Komando Distrik Militer) District Military Command
Koga (Komando Siaga) Vigilance Command
Kogam (Komando Ganyang Malaysia) Crush Malaysia Command
Kokarmendagri (Korps Karyawan Departemen Dalam Negeri) Department of Internal Affairs Employees Corps
Kolaga (Komando Mandala Siaga) Mandala Vigilance Command
Komstradaga (Komando Strategis Darat Siaga) Vigilance Land Strategic Command
kongsi Generically, an association of any sort. Used especially for working communities of Chinese miners in the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.
Kopkamtib (Komando Pemulihan Keamanan dan Ketertiban) Command for Restoration of Security and Order
Kopri (Korps Pegawai Negeri) Civil Servant's Corps
Koramil (Komando Rayon Militer) Rayon Military Command
Korem (Komando Resort Militer) Resort Military Command
Kosgoro (Koperasi Serba Usaha Gotong Royong) Mutual Aid all Purpose Cooperative
Kostrad (Komando Cadangan Strategis Angkatan Darat) Army Strategic Reserve Command
kota City, town
Kotamadya District or Municipal Government resided over by a Mayor
Koti (Komando Operasi Tertinggi) Supreme Operations Command
Kotrar (Komando Tertinggi Retooling Alat Revolusi) Supreme Command for Retooling the Tools of the Revolution
Kowilhan (Komando Wilayah Pertahanan) Regional Defense Command
kraton Royal residence, the sacral palace-city of the Javanese kings
kretek Indonesian cigarette, with cloves mixed into the tobacco
KRIS (Kebaktian Rakjat Indonesia Sulawesi) Service of the Indonesian People of Sulawesi (Celebes)
kyahi Reverend or honourable (applied as adjective or noun to Islamic scholars and teachers or to others considered to be spiritual elders)
langgar A small prayer house in Java, sometimes attached to the home of one of the wealthier peasants in a village
LBH Lembaga Bantuan Hukum (Legal Aid Office).
Lebaran Religious event celebrated on the day ending the fasting month
Leknas National Institute for Economic and Social Research
LP3ES Lembaga Penelitan, Pendidikan dan Penerangan Ekonomi dan Sosial (Institute for Economic and Social Research, Education and Information).
Lurah Local official at the lowest level of the government's administrative hierarchy


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