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President Joko Widodo appointed Terawan Agus Putranto as health minister although a decision was once made to suspend his medical license as an ethical sanction. Terawan is believed to have violated a number of points in the Indonesian Medical Code of Ethics in connection with the practice of intra-arterial heparin flushing, known as ‘brain wash’. A team formed by the health ministry recommended for the practice to be put to an end. But the ‘brain wash’ procedure has continued until today. Terawan’s ethical sanctions, such as the suspensions of his Indonesian Doctors Association membership and medical license, were never implemented. Tempo and Tirto.id collaborated to study irregularities in Terawan’s method and dissertation.
Trans Pacific Petrochemical Indotama’s (TPPI) aromatic refinery in Tuban, East Java, will be resuscitated. Pertamina plans to rebuild it into an integrated petrochemicals factory after controlling the majority shares of TPPI’s parent company Tuban Petrochemical Industries (TPI).
There Was No Discussion on the Meikarta Permit Bribe
The KPK detained former Lippo Cikarang CEO, Bartholomeus Toto, who is suspected to be the man behind the bribery in the Meikarta project. It is suspected a higher Lippo Group official is involved in the case.
The National Library and the Archipelagic Manuscripts Society invited Stuart Owen Robson to Malang. He and Peter Josephus Zoetmulder compiled the monumental work of the Old Javanese to English dictionary.
Ciputra’s Love Affair with the Arts
Black Smoke Rising
Despite being just appointed minister of health, Lieut. Gen. (ret) Dr. dr. Terawan Agus Putranto should not be let off the hook from being sanctioned for violation of ethics, as ordained by the Indonesian Honorary Board for Medical Ethics. The professional opinion of medical experts should not be shunted aside using power tactics.
No one asks why Malin Kundang went home.