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After he was proven to have committed self-plagiarism, Muryanto Amin’s career still sailed smoothly until he became rector of the North Sumatra University. His article, published in a journal lacking in credibility, was used to obtain a professorship. Palace officials are said to have intervened.
INDONESIAN Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Herman Hery is allegedly involved in the social aid corruption case. On January 8, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators searched the office of Dwimukti Graha Elektrindo, a company affiliated with Herman. The company is believed to have obtained the largest social aid provisions quota of 7.6 million packages worth Rp2.1 trillion. On Saturday, January 16, the House of Representatives’ (DPR) Legal Affairs Commission chairman visited Tempo’s office to provide explanation. Excerpts of the interview have been published in Koran Tempo daily newspaper.
A number of PDI-P’s elite members allegedly benefiting from the social affairs ministry’s aid project meant for people impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. With several businessmen in their pockets, the party’s officials received quotas of millions of packages. Puan Maharani’s name is mentioned in the investigation.
The government is attempting to expedite mass vaccinations to alleviate the pandemic’s great economic burden. Vice President Ma’ruf Amin asks the Indonesian Ulemas Council to quickly issue an edict for the vaccine. But mass vaccinations are being held back by technical issues and inadequate cold chain facilities. Rejection toward the vaccine is emerging in various regions.
Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment conveys objection to the report of Dragons in Trouble in Tempo English of January 4 edition.
The plan to ban the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) emerged after Rizieq Shihab’s return from Saudi Arabia. President Joko Widodo is said to be the one who wanted the organization disbanded. Jokowi received input from businesses to improve the investment climate. FPI’s political power is considered as weakening.
The development plan for the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) has sparked a controversy. Environment Ministry Director-General of Natural Resource and Ecosystem Conservation, Wiratno, answers Tempo queries about the case. He is the official in charge of the management of national parks and their contents.