Tempo English Weekly
Edition: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

New Boss at City Hall

Defying the predictions of pollsters, Anies Baswedan and Sandiaga Uno won the race for Jakarta governor, decisively defeating incumbents Basuki Tjahaja Purnama and Djarot Saiful Hidayat. Various campaign maneuvers significantly…



TO obtain a motorcycle driver's license (SIM-C), I completed a simulation test at the Driver's License Administrative Unit at the Bandung Police twice, on February 27 and March 13, 2017.…


Why Was Novel Attacked?

ON April 11, an unknown person threw acid on Novel Baswedan's face, a senior investigative officer from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), as he returned from his dawn prayers at…


Healing Post-Election Wounds

It is almost certain that Anies Rasyid Baswedan and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno will be the next governor and deputy governor of Jakarta. They have much work to do: from resolving…

Ahok Committed No Blasphemy

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama was not proven guilty of religious blasphemy. It's high time the state abolished religious defamation clauses from the Criminal Code.


We are not embracing only Muslims

NINE months after he was fired by President Joko Widodo as education and culture minister, Anies Rasyid Baswedan's star shone again. The quick count by the Jakarta General Election Commission…


Market Pulse: The Risk Of Failing To Meet Commitments

The uproar of Jakarta's elections has subsided peacefully. One risk factor that had loomed like a thundercloud has dissipated. For financial markets, it does not matter who won as long…

The Data Transparency Predicament

President Joko Widodo wants information of all bank account holders to be made accessible. But the adoption of a government regulation in lieu of law faces opposition from legislators.


Much Ado About Nothing

The prosecution now believes Basuki Tjahaja Purnama did not insult Islam, and seeks for a suspended jail sentence for inciting unrest.

Fatal Shots by the Police

The police fired rounds of bullets at a car after its driver fled traffic inspection, killing one and injuring five.


Recycling on the Rise

Trash has become a pressing Indonesian concern, especially in densely-populated urban areas. According to the directorate of waste management at the forestry and environment ministry, the country amasses a staggering…

Sandals for Soul Mates

Dang Lis and five colleagues created a new tourist spot by producing installations made of recycled trash after cleaning up a beach in Bengkulu. The spot now attracts photographers and…


Gorontalo: Gateway to North Sulawesi

Occupying prime rice growing real estate on a fertile, plain, the Gorontalo region boasts a rich local culture, historical remains and handicrafts, magnificent scenery, an extensive 600-kilometer-long coastline, rare endemic…

Word Watch

The Mind

In my last column about the body, I mentioned that 'the mind', was a word difficult to translate into Indonesian. I decided I had to challenge myself on this, so…

Diplomatic Bag

Trade Barriers Reduced Between US and Indonesia

In a bid to enhance relations with Indonesia, Vice President Mike Pence paid an official visit to Jakarta on April 19 to 21. He held a bilateral meeting with President…

Indonesia and Germany to Sign MoU on Maritime Issues and Education

The governments of Indonesia and Germany have agreed to start the process of initiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on maritime issues and on vocational education at the Indonesia-Germany Bilateral…



We often witness this scene: people in a city bus all sitting with their mobile phones busy playing games or who knows what. They are not sensing being together with…