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Lippo Group CEO James Riady is implicated in the bribery case plaguing the Meikarta project. The KPK team searched his home, suspecting there may be evidence of foul play. There is suspicion that he once met with suspects in the case and was aware of the bribery.
After four years in office, the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla administration has not yet met their campaign promise to settle cases of serious human rights violations. With no intention to take the cases to trial, the government wants the matter to be settled through reconciliation and no apology. The National Commission on Human Rights is highlighting Wiranto’s role.
THE offer was put on the table by Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo in a meeting at the coordinating ministry for politic, justice and security affairs in May. National Human Rights Commission (Komnas HAM) chief Ahmad Taufan Damanik recalls that during that meeting Prasetyo first offered solutions for serious past human rights violations that occurred after the turn of this century. “That made sense,” Damanik said last Wednesday, repeating his reply to the offer.
As the end of their term of office approaches, President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla still have some unfulfilled campaign promises. One of them is to resolve the past human right abuse cases. While acknowledging their failure in following through on their promise, Kalla said, “the government has done its best,” in a special interview with Tempo in his office two weeks ago.
Payment apps’ competition tightens. Businesses engage in promotion wars to boost transactions
THE WeChat Pay clamor in Bali that began two months ago has not changed Communication and Informatics Minister Rudiantara’s perception. WeChat Pay accepted payment in Chinese renminbi—something which is against Bank Indonesia’s (BI) regulation. But Rudiantara did not make a big deal out of the situation and instead sought ways to allow the company partner with local entities, thus maintaining their operations in Indonesia. “I’ve known about this for quite some time. They’re not exactly hiding it,” Rudiantara said in his office in Jakarta, last Thursday.
The world economy keeps on shaking. Even the mighty Chinese economy has taken a hit. Last Thursday, the renminbi fell, almost touched the psychological barrier of 7 yuan per US dollar. China’s economic growth as of Q3 2018 was only 6.5 percent annually, the lowest since the global crisis of 2008-2009.
A research conducted by the Center for Islamic and Social Studies (PPIM) of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University has indicated that the majority of Muslim teachers in Indonesia are intolerant of other religious adherents. Based on a PPIM survey of 2,237 teachers, those maintaining the intolerant view constituted 63.07 percent of respondents. “The research aims at examining the pluralist view and attitude of school and madrasah (Islamic school) teachers in Indonesia,” said PPIM Executive Director Saiful Usman last Tuesday.
It is now two minutes to midnight. Not long to Doomsday.