Tempo English Weekly
Edition: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Shell Company in the Seychelles

Over a dozen unfinished columns of reinforced concrete stood erect at the steam-powered power plant (PLTU) 2 project site in Tanjung Gundul, West Kalimantan last week. There was no sign…



The poor sometimes resemble luckless gods: Their voices should be heeded but the world often listens to them via go-betweens.
Go-betweens usually feel they have the duty to represent…


Agus HermawanMichelin Chef Stays True to Indonesian Cuisine

AGUS believes that luck has been on his side. One April morning in 1997, right before he left for his interview at Spandershoeve Restaurant in Hilversum, his Dutch permanent resident…


Agus Widjojo Governor, National Defense InstituteA reconciliation of the 1965 tragedy is in the national interest

The two-day 'National Symposium on Dissecting the 1965 Tragedy: A Historical Approach' last week got nationwide and international attention.
It was, after all, the first time that the government…


Wae Rebo: Home of the Last Mbaru Niang

The ride was full of jolts as we passed through huge swaths of picturesque hills and paddy fields tapering down to the Savu Sea on the southern shore of Flores.…

Word Watch


Do you know which word in the English language has the longest entry in the Oxford English Dictionary? Well, if you don't already know, it might surprise you, as it…

Diplomatic Bag

Pitching Trade and Investment In Europe

There was no doubt that President Jokowi's trip to Belgium, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany was mainly to sell Indonesia to potential European investors. "Indonesia will prioritize…

Asean & Beyond

Myanmar's Road to Democracy

MYANMAR's new president Htin Kyaw has signed an order to pardon 83 political prisoners on Saturday, April 16, which coincided with the country's traditional New Year's Day. "In order to…


Going for the Reading Habit

Makeshift Reading Rooms
Communities in Riau and Makassar have opened libraries to promote reading among the public. They have amassed thousands of books.

Writing courses Take Root

ALONE in a quiet corner of the Medan Cultural Center, 18-year-old Henny Puspita Sari is not daydreaming. She is searching for inspiration for a love poem.
The physics major…



Clarification from Buddha Tzu Chi Indonesia Foundation
WITH regards to the news article published in Tempo's April 18-24, 2016 issue, page 58-59 contains a sentence that reads "...met Aguan…


Tax Havens and Public Officials

The government should not remain silent over the names of civil servants listed in the Panama Papers. It is not enough for President Joko Widodo to summon the officials concerned…

Don't stop with Samadikun

The detention of Samadikun Hartono should spur the authorities in Indonesia to finally uncover all the facts of the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) megascandal. Although Indonesia has had five…

Arround The Archipelago

Mass Weddings On Board

Twenty-one couples took their vows inside a Boeing 737 airplane at the High School for Airspace Technology (STTKD) in Bantul, Yogyakarta, this month, proving there is no wrong way to…


WWF Launches App to Guide Fish Consumption

WWF Indonesia has launched a new app to help consumers confront the overexploitation of Indonesia's maritime resources.
"The seafood app provides instruction on how to select seafood products wisely,…


Ahok In the Crosshairs?

THIRTY Islamic scholars crowded into the front room of former Deputy Minister of Defense Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin's residence in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, on Friday three weeks ago. His guests included…

Reckoning With A Bloody Past

Discussions on a final statement following the first national symposium on the 1965 tragedy needed an extra day to be completed. "The hardest part involved formulating a resolution on the…


End of the road for 'Tan Jemi Abraham'

SAMADIKUN Hartono walked slowly down the ramp at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, Jakarta on Thursday last week. His face was downcast, contrasting sharply with the sunny smiles of the three crew…

Sharia Arrives for Non-Muslims

THE doors at a sundries shop painted orange on Jalan Asir-Asir, Lut Tawar District, Central Aceh Regency were tightly closed. The owner of the shop-Mak Cak-has not appeared for two…


Not Quite the End of Alchemy

Central banks are impotent and out of ammunition. There is much talk about this ridicule among economists, seeing central bankers' futile efforts to recover optimism and economic growth. No less…

Bringing the Money Back Home

Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Ade Komarudin moved quickly. Having brought the leaders and members of the party faction together to meet with President Joko Widodo, the prospective…

Weekly Business

Weekly Business

SOESEstablishment of Six SOE Holding companies Accelerated
The state-owned enterprises (SOEs) ministry is accelerating discussions on a draft government regulation concerning the establishment of six SOE holding companies. The…