Tempo English Weekly
Edition: Monday, March 05, 2018

In Search for a Running Mate

Some surveys have narrowed the field down to Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto as presidential candidates likely to run in the 2019 general election.


Local Resources, International Menu

This year, the agriculture ministry is highlighting its food sustainability program through diversification of local foods.

No Ordinary Pizza

Villagers in the Yapen Islands, Papua, have found a creative use for keladi, using the tuber plant as key ingredient in pizza dough.

Diplomatic Bag

Indonesia Remains Committed to Peace in Afghanistan

Indonesia has taken another step in helping Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process.

Lebanon Aknowledges Indonesia’s Contribution to UNIFIL

Lebanon acknowledges Indonesia’s contribution to maintaining world peace, particularly by placing its Garuda Contingent in the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).



THE arrest of six members of the Muslim Cyber Army (MCA) has given the police indications of the alleged involvement of sponsors of this group.


Drug Rings Rule the Waves

A drug syndicate from Taiwan has entered Indonesia, carrying tons of illegal drugs by sea. Only a small percentage of the smuggling has been intercepted.

China Out, Taiwan In

A Taiwanese syndicate has begun to assume control of the country’s drug trade. Its operations has grown over the past year.


Perry’s Smooth Sailing

The President has long decided on Perry Warjiyo as a candidate for Bank Indonesia governor.

More Money, More Problems

Pelindo II’s global bonds turned out to have long consequences. The Central Statistics Agency estimates hundreds and billions of rupiah in state losses.

Scene & Heard

Sri Mulyani: Acknowledgement from Dubai

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani received good news last month, when she was awarded Best Minister in the World at the World Government Summit in Dubai

Todung Mulya Lubis & Muliaman Hadad: Peat Water and Learning Diplomacy

Being an ambassador will be a new experience for both Todung Mulya Lubis and Muliaman Darmansyah Hadad.


Jokowi versus Jokowi

Joko Widodo should have more self-confidence as he prepares to run for a second presidential term.

Justice for Ahok

The calls for the Supreme Court to reject Ahok’s legal challenge of his conviction should be ignored. Justice must not bow down to mob pressure.


Tough Job Awaits Perry

Perry Warjiyo is the sole candidate for Bank Indonesia governor. He will face tough challenges.



I would like to thank Tempo for publishing about the Home Affairs Ministery’s policies in its February 12-18, 2018 edition.


Temporary Stop Infrastructure Projects

THE government finally allowed 36 infrastructure elevated projects to continue their work.


The Joker

These days, with the fusion of paranoia and politics, when wariness and worry are becoming strident calls, when religion and politics blame with aggression