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Six weeks since she became a suspect, former Pertamina CEO Karen Agustiawan is now detained over suspected corruption in the company’s investment in an oil block in Australia. The Attorney General’s Office believes that the acquisition did not receive the board of commissioners’ approval. There are reports circulating that some are attempting to extort Karen.
KAREN Agustiawan, now a suspect in the alleged corruption of Pertamina’s acquisition in the Basker Manta Gummy Block, Australia, in 2009, has finally been detained by Attorney General’s Office (AGO) investigators after almost seven hours of examination last Monday. The AGO has placed her at the Pondok Bambu Detention Center, East Jakarta. Karen was declared a suspect in March by the AGO, which has asked the justice and human rights ministry’s directorate-general of immigration to ban her from overseas travel. Three of her former subordinates have also been named suspects in the case.
I was translating something the other day where a land measurement was written; it was 1.766,4846 hectares. Once again, on automatic pilot, I first just typed the same figure, and only when I was checking my translation did I see this mistake, and I changed around the full stops and commas—the land measurement in the English form of writing them is 1,766.4846 hectares (yes, around 1,766.5 hectares) and not approximately 1.8 hectares. Indonesian uses the European system of writing numbers, with the comma for the decimal marker and the point for the thousands separator.
PERTAMINA’s investment losses in the Basker Manta Gummy (BMG) Block in Australia, totalling Rp568 billion, is not sufficient to condemn former Pertamina CEO, Karen Agustiawan, a corruption suspect—let alone put her in detention after she underwent an initial examination. Only after enough evidence proves there has been untoward practices in the procedure for acquisition of 10 percent of the shares of Roc Oil Company Ltd by Pertamina, will it be acceptable to slap her with the status of suspect.
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Regional heads who join the campaign of presidential candidates can potentially hurt democracy. The rules are too loose.
The Attorney General should investigate the cases of crimes against humanity in Aceh. President Jokowi should not stay mum.
In 1935, a young 27-year-old Indonesian poet spoke in the name of his generation when he wrote a poem that later became famous, Heading for the Sea, (here in Teeuw’s English translation):