A tale of unconfirmed sources in Indonesian newspapers
Sisca Kohl and her sister Aliyyah Kohl have attracted netizens after uploading TikTok videos. They like to review food from all over the world. Despite their popularity, few details are known about them.
False fact #1: She is the niece of Ma Huateng
Many newspapers stated the she might be the niece of Ma Huateng, according to a mere comment on TikTok. However I think it’s unlikely. Further research delving in his family background revealed that he does have a sister:
However, it seems quite unlikely that she married an Indonesian. Actually most migration from China to Indonesia happened in the 19th and early 20th century. So given Ma Huateng’s success, it would seem unlikely for his sister to move to Indonesia, considering the that the life quality in China is slightly better than in Indonesia, and this is quite an important metric for many Chinese.
False fact #2: She studies in Australia
Many newspaper report that she studies in Sydney. I do not know the source of this information, but it’s likely to be her Instagram post from 2017. However, when analyzing her timeline around that post, it shows that she was on a week-long trip to Sydney with her family before flying off to the Maldives. Most newspapers state that she was born in 2002 or 2000. Then she should have been 15 years old that time. Later photos don’t suggest that she lives in Australia, and given her influencer career, it seems implausible that she can study meanwhile.
False fact #3: Kohl is her real last name
Someone suggested that she might be related to Helmut Kohl, this is obviously false. Kohl is indeed a German (possibly Dutch) name but it doesn’t seem to be their real name. An older account of Sisca and old Instagram photos reveal that she used call herself Sisca Koel. Further more the sisters don’t really look European at all. Her sister Aliyyah’s name is Muslim which is also fairly odd considering they’re a Tionghoa (Chinese-Indonesians), which are predominately Buddhist.